Meet our Rehabilitation Services Nursing Team

Julie Pudvay, RN, BA – Director of Nursing

Julie received her Bachelor’s degree in Audiology and Speech Science from Michigan State University and her Registered Nursing degree from Lansing Community College. Julie has worked at Dobie since May of 1988 when she started as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). She has worked all three shifts and has been in almost every nursing position while at Dobie.  In 2003, Julie became the Director of Nursing and has enjoyed it ever since. She is an active board member of the Michigan National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration/Long Term Care and supports their mission of developing and promoting ethical principles, practices, and services to those who work in Long Term Care. What Julie enjoys most about working at Dobie Road is the interaction with the residents and patients, the clean building, beautiful grounds and the caring and dedicated employees. Julie says, “I enjoy seeing the smiles from our residents and patients, and knowing that they are happy and well cared for makes all the difference to me. I am lucky to have started here all those years ago and to be part of such a great team striving towards our mission: Dedicated to Improving Lives”.

Vickie Johnson, RN – Assistant Director of Nursing

Vickie graduated from Lansing Community College as a Registered Nurse in 1993 and received specialized training in geriatric nursing.  She began her career at Dobie in 1991 as an LPN, and for five years was a nurse on the floor until moving into the position of Education Director.  Vickie has been the Assistant Director of Nursing since 2003.  She works with the unit managers, floor staff and other departments to maintain the clinical and personal well-being of those we serve, in addition to attending various committee meetings to ensure compliance with state and federal guidelines.  Vickie is also part of the Capital Area Transition of Care committee and work to improve the transition of care for patients from one health care setting to the next to avoid unnecessary hospital re-admissions where possible across the healthcare continuum. Vickie says, “Our team works compassionately every day to deliver the quality care and service to truly improve the lives of our residents and patients. I am fortunate to be able to help care for our greatest generation and be a part of their lives”.

Char Whitman, RN, Rehabilitation Services Nursing Manager

Before joining Team Dobie over 10 years ago, Char practiced nursing in the acute care setting for 17 years; gaining certifications as a CRRN (certified rehab registered nurse) and in ACLS (advanced cardiac life support).  Char’s professional goal is to stay on the cutting edge of what is new in rehabilitation services and takes “great pleasure in representing Dobie’s rehabilitation services team”.

Michelle Darnold, RN, RAC-CT – Assessment Director

Michelle Darnold joined the team at Dobie in 2006, first as a floor nurse, then working to implement the electronic medical record system.  After finishing that project, she transitioned into her current role as Assessment Director.  Michelle studied at Jackson Community College for her LPN, and Lansing Community College for her RN.  She completed additional certification in assessment coordination.  Over her time at Dobie, Michelle has gained experience in both long term care and short term inpatient rehab.  Her current focus is on the nursing and interdisciplinary team assessment process and clinical reimbursement.  Michelle also spends time creating educational opportunities for the nursing staff.  She greatly enjoys interactions with all residents and families and feels every encounter is an opportunity to share a smile!