• About Our Medical Director

    Starr Farm Medical Director

    Dr. Isaura Menzies, MD, is a fellowship-trained, board-certified geriatrician, and Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She has experience caring for elderly patients in the nursing home, hospital and outpatient setting. Dr. Menzies will devote most of her time to providing excellent and compassionate care to the residents of Starr Farm and Birchwood Terrace. She will also teach principles of geriatrics to medical students and medical residents.

    Dr. Menzies received her M.D. degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2003. She completed residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in geriatrics at the University of Rochester from 2004 to 2008. She spent the last three years caring for elderly patients at an Acute Care for the Elderly Unit and a Geriatric Fracture Center at the University of Rochester Highland Hospital. She also had a successful outpatient geriatric practice in Rochester. She came to Vermont Jan 1, 2012 to be closer to family. Dr. Menzies was recently appointed to the Technical Advisory Group of Vermont Green Mountain Care Board and looks forward to using her expertise in geriatric care to inform health care policy and administration in the state of Vermont.

    About Our Nurse Practitioner

    Dr. Katharine M. Murphy, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC, is a board certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner who has devoted her career to improving the quality of elder care through clinical practice, teaching and research. She has been a member of the department of Primary Care Internal Medicine at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington for three years providing primary care to residents at Starr Farm Nursing Center and Birchwood Terrace Health Care.

    Dr. Murphy is a graduate of St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, NH and received her Master’s degree in gerontological nursing from Boston University. She received her Ph.D. in Social Policy from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA where she was a fellow in the Center on Aging Policy. Prior to her current position, Dr. Murphy spent 25 years at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston as an Associate Scientist in the Institute for Aging Research, Quality Care and Health Standards Program. With grants from the National Institute of Health and others, Dr. Murphy conducted studies to improve care related to delirium, depression, pain, ADL function and physical strength.

    Under contract with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Dr. Murphy was the lead nurse developer of the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) used nationally since 1991 in CMS-certified nursing facilities to evaluate needs and strengths of each resident at admission and periodically. The RAI provides information for interdisciplinary care teams to develop comprehensive, individualized care plans. Also for CMS, Dr. Murphy co-developed a set of measures to evaluate care quality in nursing and sub-acute facilities. She also co-developed compatible systems for Acute and Palliative Care settings.

    Dr. Murphy has numerous peer-reviewed publications and co-edited a textbook for staff caregivers, “Quality Care in the Nursing Home.” She now incorporates what she has learned from years of research into her clinical practice at Starr Farm and Birchwood.

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