The daughter of an aeronautical engineer, Dede grew up in a space industry community – attending the occasional rocket launch amidst other more grounded childhood pastimes, such as drawing floor plans for “the perfect house.”
Dede took to healthcare design while studying architecture at the University of Knoxville, where she was captivated by complex projects. Today, she has over 35 years of specialized experience in healthcare design and leads planning efforts on complicated projects–developing facility programs, concept and operational planning, master plans, and solutions that support the client’s vision, objectives, and future growth. She has always felt a responsibility to study and understand the newest trends and research. She is motivated by the challenge of creating the most positive experience for all facility users–patients, providers, and family alike.
Dede loves to travel “out west”–where she has made many memories hiking and horseback riding. She has been in the same book club for 26 years and is an avowed “dog person” who nevertheless adopted her first cat on a whim outside of the local bookstore.