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Dan Williams
President & COO Seasons Living 5 stars

“There’s a lot of choices out there when it comes to search firms but I’ve always gone back to Julie Rupenski and MedBest...

Stuart Charlson
Stuart Charlson
President Consulting Firm 5 stars

Julie and her team have an excellent reputation and it has been a pleasure to do business with her and the organization.

Meranda Buck
Meranda Buck
MDS Coordinator
5 stars

Gil was a great help when helping me find an MDS position.

MedBest Testimonials

"Julie Rupenski and her MedBest recruitment team did a great job at finding the right VP of IT for our company and culture. She presented a slate of 3 qualified IT candidates within 26 days for us to interview. We were impressed with each candidate and their IT qualifications. However, one candidate had the exact personality we were looking for. He was able to seamlessly mesh with our team and we couldn’t be happier with the results.  We were also very pleased with the MedBest search process. We plan to use MedBest again in the future."

 - Mark Cronquist, CFO, Southern HealthCare Managementsenior living recruiter

"Julie and MedBest were recommended to me by a trusted colleague due to her vast industry experience. What I liked the most is that Julie took the time to understand our culture and was able to offer behavioral assessments for job candidates. I'm very satisfied with the results and feel that Julie and her team provided a much better experience than other search firms."

-Raj Patel, CEO, Optalis Healthcare


"Your Interim DON did a great job stepping in! She had the passion to make a difference and a love for resident care. Besides her day to day tasks, she was able to help us get caught up with training for clinical staff. We were impressed by her knowledge base, professionalism, and leadership skills, plus found her to be a great team player!"

-Cathie Chabrier, Administrator, Westminster Suncoast, FL


"Amy Stewart, Executive Recruiter with MedBest, has built an excellent reputation with me. She listens to our needs, understands the business and tries to identify local candidates, if at all possible. I can tell you, if we need recruitment assistance, she will be the first person I reach out to."

-Debbie Desmond, VP of HR, Westminster Canterbury of Blue Ridge


"Thanks Gil! Our team interviewed Dani and was highly impressed with him. I am very pleased we found a great candidate, the market is obviously difficult to navigate right now, I thank you for your assistance during this process."

- James Rosenman, CEO, Andrus on Hudson

"I want to say thank you to Amy for helping to staff and build the regional team to make our transition possible. Having this team around me already is a huge help.  I will continue to reach out when we have Interim or FTE openings."

-Craig Neiswanger, B.S., M.B.A., L.N.H.A.
COO of Vita Healthcare Group


"I have greatly appreciated the assistance of your excellent interim professional, Mary.  I am very grateful for your quick response to our needs. Mary has been great.  Many thanks and I will definitely refer your interim services."

- Cheryl Hartman, Regional Director of Sales and Operations
BrightStar Senior Living Franchising, LLC

“There’s a lot of choices out there when it comes to search firms, but I’ve always gone back to Julie and MedBest. I like that Julie came right out of the industry and understands the day-to-day operations.  That’s why she’s able to find the right fit for both the C-level and Mid-Level management positions. I also like that she doesn’t use the shotgun approach. In other words, she doesn’t source on Indeed for resumes. With Julie’s in-depth knowledge and network, she’s able to locate those hard to find candidates and that’s worth gold!”

- Dan Williams, COO & Principal, Seasons Living

"For the past four years I've utilized the professional services provided by Medbest, and I'm very comfortable writing this review on their behalf. They screen their candidates carefully to make sure that they are a fit for the company/employer, which minimizes turnover for the company and therefore become a cost saving to the company over the long term. Personally, I've been placed by them twice and the relationship and fit has been good. In both instances I was relocating and they made it a very seamless relocation due to their strong negotiation skills with both employers on my behalf. I will not use any other recruiting firm. Julie, Gil, and Katie are awesome. Five Stars in my Book. Whatever your needs are, they'll accommodate you."

- Ruth E. Robinson, LNHA Licensed Nursing Home Administrator

"It’s all about results!  MedBest was selected to help us in our search for an Executive Director and they delivered. I worked with Barbara Lawall and Ashley Lodi and was very impressed by their industry experience and knowledge. I’m very satisfied with their services and our new hire. I would say MedBest is a standout when it comes to executive search firms and would recommend them to others."

- Brett Weisel, Executive Administrator

“While seeking a Dietary Manager for our retirement community, I contacted MedBest and Christina Johnson and within a couple weeks, I was presented with 6 highly qualified candidates who I would have never known about otherwise. Plus, all 6 seemed to be tailored to our community’s culture and needs. Ultimately, we had to narrow down the field and made an offer to the best suited candidate. This quick turn-around time was better than expected and the process was very easy. Christina has the industry expertise and skills necessary to find the right candidate for the right job.  I highly recommend Christina and MedBest.”

-Maria Wyatt, Director of Dining Services, Village at Germantown, TN

"I first heard about MedBest Executive Search through an email that piqued my interest. Even though I was happily employed at the time and not looking for a career move, I was open to a conversation with Julie Rupenski about a President/COO position for a multi-state Senior Living Care Community. Julie planted the seed that this could be my dream position. I agreed to interview for the role and found my interest growing stronger. While Julie and Medbest represent the client, I can’t say enough how she championed me as a candidate when it came to my “must haves” for accepting the job. The deal was done in no time.

Now that I’m in the role of President & COO, I have used Julie and MedBest on three separate occasions to help me acquire an Executive Director, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing, and Regional Director of Operations. MedBest successfully filled all these roles and I couldn’t be happier with the results. They’re all doing a great job and our Executive Director has been with us for one year now.

For me, I turn to MedBest because they understand our talent needs, do all the ground work, present at least 3 qualified candidates, and perform all the granular work such as checking references. They are very thorough.  In addition, Julie has become a friend, partner in business, and great resource. She’s also a straight shooter…always being fair, clear, and objective.

We all know there’s a lot of options out there, but I recommend MedBest. Simply put…I had high expectations of MedBest and they exceeded my expectations."

- D.G. Ph.D., President & COO of Multi-State Senior Living Communities, Southern US

“My wife and I knew that we were relocating to Mount Dora, Florida and therefore, I needed to find a job in the area. I was referred to MedBest and reached out to Katie Piperata and Julie Rupenski. They were both phenomenal to work with.

I asked them to help me find a position that was very specific, Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Christina Johnson, Senior Recruiter with MedBest, also pitched in and it became a team effort.  In looking back, it probably was a lot to ask but they came through for me. They introduced me to 2 companies and the process and preparation was awesome. I accepted an offer and couldn’t be happier! They found me the perfect scenario and the perfect fit. This job is amazing!

Prior to moving to Florida, I served as a VP of Talent Development in Ohio and was accustomed to using outside recruiters.  I would have to say that MedBest’s process was as good or better than others.

I would recommend MedBest to colleagues and companies in need of recruiting services. In fact, I plan to contact Katie and Christina again as our company grows and needs additional talent. I won’t call any other recruiting firm!”

 Ryan Carlson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Senior Care Management Company, FL

"I was familiar with MedBest due to their good reputation in the senior living industry, so when I was ready to make a job change, I reached out to MedBest and Christina Johnson. Christina was prompt in returning my calls and very honest and thorough throughout the process. There were no surprises along the way plus she kept me abreast of the details and progress during my job search. In addition, she worked with me to ensure a smooth transition to my next position.

If I had to compare MedBest and Christina to other recruiters, I would say they are much better. I would recommend MedBest to other job seekers."

– Cookie Salter, Director of Nursing

"My new job is going great! Couldn't be a better fit ! I am so happy I'm here! This would have never happened without Gil at MedBest!"

- Michelle Baker,Director of Nursing, Gallatin Healthcare Center, Gallatin, TN

"I’m currently providing interim services at a building that MedBest resourced. They provided a smooth transition and have followed up with me periodically to check in on any support or feedback they could offer. Highly recommended their services for any healthcare company that needs a bridge during a transition."

- Peg M., MSW, LSW, HFA, Interim Health Facility Administrator

"Why do I enjoy working with MedBest? First, I like the quality of MedBest’s clients. Next, MedBest gives me the ability to select an assignment with regards to location, client, and expected length.  Plus, I really like the support I receive from the interim team all the way up to Julie, the President. Also, can’t say enough about MedBest’s reputation in the industry!"

-Dennis D., LNHA, Interim Nursing Home Administrator HA for MedBest

"Charlene Hooker and Christina Johnson were very helpful, very professional, and always kept in contact with me. These top notch recruiters would answer any questions I had in a very prompt manner I was very satisfied with their deep understanding of the industry and my professional needs and goals. I would rate them much better than other recruiting firms.

Thank you ladies and thank you Medbest in helping me find a great position with a great company. You guys are the best!!!!!"

- Jeff Serrano - Director of Environmental Services

"Recruitment  firms  and those who work for them are all so varied and have personality traits like organizations. I found MedBest to be a firm that aligns the client’s (prospective employer) needs first and foremost. I found MedBest to work diligently to find the right fit for the clients’ needs, so that skills, values and organizational culture are all aligned.  A client  will know at the start, during the process and at the end of the process, that MedBest is working with heart and soul to find the right person for the organization. I was so impressed with the due diligence and energy MedBest invested in me as a candidate and in the employer. I would never hesitate to recommend them to any prospective candidate or employer."

 Jim Thomason, CCRC CEO of a NFP & Single-Site Campus

"As the former Vice President of Operations at Discovery Senior Living in Bonita Springs, FL, I had a wonderful position with an excellent company and a secure career. After 27 years in the senior living industry any change of venue would require a dream job. I was able to unexpectedly fall into that opportunity after meeting Julie Rupenski, the owner of MedBest Recruiting at a conference. By serendipitous circumstance, Julie contacted me a year later about an incredible opportunity that would end up taking me to the next level in my career path in an unanticipated way.

As a client, I found Julie to be very professional. It was extremely important to me that she communicated effectively and was able to express details about the prospective company and was descriptive about its culture. I was very apprehensive about leaving a great position at this stage in my career, and taking a chance on a new position. Julie was very candid and honest about what the new company had to offer. She negotiated well and was a great asset to the process

The senior care business is very tight knit and I found I was able to trust her completely with confidentiality. She was very careful and she followed up and kept in close communication with both myself and Starling. I believe the company I now work for had an excellent experience with MedBest Recruiting as well.

Julie is well connected, extremely professional, and very familiar with our business. She was very down to earth, understanding of the angst involved in leaving a secure executive position, and was comforting in a way that made the transition to Starling a seamless process. I highly recommend using MedBest for job advancement in the senior care industry."

– Scott Winans, Former COO, Starling Senior Living

“When our facility was in need of an Interim Executive Director, I called Julie Rupenski and MedBest and they delivered!  Their candidate was able to hit the ground running and worked well with our team. She even helped to train and coach our new full-time Executive Director, a promotion from within. We can’t say enough nice things about our Interim ED. She was a perfect fit.

I’ve known Julie for 28 years and watched her launch MedBest and grow the company. What makes her and MedBest so special and different than other recruiters, is that they truly understand the senior living industry along with our specific talent needs. They understand who we are and what type of candidate is a good fit for us. When we needed an Administrator and a Director of Nursing, they presented top notch candidates that were all very qualified and impressive. What’s more, these were candidates that frankly, we were unable to find on our own.

If you’re looking to fill key positions, I would recommend Julie and MedBest. They will match your needs with the right talent.”

Mike Ward, President & CEO, Pines of Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida

I am truly grateful for the service you provided.  As you know, we lost our Executive Director in the midst of financial turmoil and sale of the community.  We could not find another ED to take the position considering the challenging, short-term circumstances.

After contacting your firm, you immediately identified several qualified candidates who were willing to help us, and we did hire one of them.  The candidate was only at the community for about 75 days while we completed the sale, but his calm, steady hand helped get us to the finish line.  We completed the sale, he helped with the transition, and this went more smoothly than expected.

I cannot tell you how much our company and our family appreciate the outstanding quality of your temporary staffing options.  You were excellent to work with, the temporary ED did a great job, and I thought the fee was very  reasonable, especially considering the short-term assignment.

Thank you for blessing us!

- Chris, Owner/Operator of Assisted Living Facility in Central Coastal California

“Recently, I accepted the position of Director of Community Relations with a beautiful senior living company in Vancouver, Washington and I’m super excited!  Working with Charlene Hooker of MedBest was a great candidate experience. All through the interviewing and hiring process, she exceeded my expectations.  She communicated with me regularly and her follow-up was awesome. Plus, I felt like she had my best interests at heart.

This is my first job in Senior Living but knew the ropes due to the close relationship with my grandparents.  I have such a passion for the senior population and feel like I’m making a difference. I’m excited to work in a job that has such meaning.  In addition, I can’t say enough about the company that hired me and their culture. They gave me a warm welcome, introduced me to the team, and provided training on my first day. In addition, the building is beautiful, calm and clean which makes for a great working environment. I know I’ll be happy here.”

-Lisa Cianni, Director of Community Relations
Vancouver, Washington

“Using MedBest as my Executive Search firm has been an extremely positive experience. As a candidate seeking employment in the highly competitive and specialized healthcare management industry, I was fortunate to have such an organized and proactive team backing me. From my first Skype interview with Bob, and subsequent follow up with Katie, I was impressed with their thoroughness and prompt response. They took the time to establish a relationship and I never felt like cattle within a herd of candidates. I also appreciated how candid they were. I absolutely felt I could trust this company. Their support during my experience allowed me to secure a wonderful opportunity with a leader in the long-term healthcare industry. I would highly recommend MedBest to anyone seeking a well-organized and thorough Executive Search firm!!”

– Ken Cormier, Executive Director, Indian River Estates

“As a job candidate, Julie and her team met my expectations. They were very thorough and easy to work with. I went through three interviews before getting presented to the client. They didn’t waste my time. That’s what pleased me the most and I would recommend MedBest services to others.”

– Ivan Aviles, Senior Business Analyst

“MedBest has been a good partner for our organization.  They have successfully completed difficult placements with professionalism and speed.  Julie and her team keep the needs of the employer and candidate in mind to find the best possible match.  Their assistance has helped me grow my business.  Excellent work.”

– Mike Jones, CEO/Principal of Healthtique Group

health tique

“As a full service real estate development company in the long-term healthcare business, finding top level executives to manage our facilities is crucial to our success.  However, it takes time to match the right candidate with our company’s culture.  We don’t have the time to properly perform this daunting task, yet we can’t afford to take shortcuts or make mistakes. The MedBest recruiters and their CEO, Julie Rupinski, are proving relentless in their quest to find our perfect candidate. They dig deep into a candidate’s background and ask tough questions many recruiters might skirt over or avoid. MedBest is candid with me and has gained my trust. I’ve also found the communication to be excellent and enjoyable. MedBest is saving us a significant amount of time, hassle and money; they are definitely worth the investment and we will continue to use them for future staffing needs.”

– Charles Turner, CEO of Pinpoint Commercial Real Estate

“MedBest Recruiting helped me emerge my business 8 years ago. MedBest has never given up on our tough searches and has been instrumental in helping me recruit professional talent in a highly competitive space. I really believe that we would be less of a company without the spectacular people they have placed with us.”

 Connie Bessler, President of Greystone

“In 2009, I was in need of an Executive Director for my Assisted Living community. I called upon MedBest to seek out candidates. They sent potential candidates who fit exactly what I was looking for in filling the position. The MedBest representatives took the time to personally meet with me to determine what I was looking for in an Executive Director. They really listened and sent potential candidates who fit exactly what I was looking for in filling the position. MedBest also did a great job in background screening. We were able to hire one of MedBest’s candidates and have been satisfied with the outcomes. I would highly recommend MedBest in seeking out the best health care professionals!”

 Susan A. Daurie, President at The Fountains ALF

"My experience with Katie at MedBest was fantastic. All of the important intentions were in the right place. Contemplating offers and making decisions that will affect your life is tough, and Katie was a great sounding board during this process. The perfect balance of professionalism, understanding and compassion all at once…and not let’s forget a big dose of needed humor! I would highly recommend MedBest to anyone seeking a positive recruiting experience."

– Diane McCartin, Executive Director

“In my position, I find the service offered by MedBest to always exceed my expectations. The professionalism, follow-thru and executive search process provided to me by MedBest allows me to keep my focus on other operational key points of our industry. Several of my TEAM members have been brought to surface by MedBest and are performing at a level that far exceeds industry standards and they can only be described as accelerated operators. Keep up the great work MedBest!!”

 Brian McCoy, Regional Vice President

“I have used MedBest over the past seven-plus years to find staff management positions such as Social Workers, Dietitians and Nurse Managers. The candidates presented by MedBest have uniformly been outstanding in their field and reasonable fits for the job at hand. I have also used MedBest personally to seek a new position; MedBest was an advocate for my needs and consistently followed up on questions and interview results. MedBest is the best recruiting company I have ever used!”

 Bo Gillespie, Nursing Home Administrator

"Katie Piperata and MedBest have really helped me find suitable opportunities to fit my schedule and lifestyle. As an Interim Administrator, I depend on MedBest for outsourcing my services and have come to expect professionalism and customer service on each and every encounter. Katie Piperata has first-hand knowledge of the profession, as well as a great reputation with the community. I think that these attributes set Med Best apart from the rest.”

 Adriana Wales, Nursing Home Administrator

“Please believe when I say MedBest is not your typical “external” recruiter. I was an internal recruiter for 14 years before I joined MedBest. My 14 months with the company afforded me professional growth & after many years of dealing with external recruiters I found a gem. They are very discriminating on both sides regarding candidates & companies they will represent. I learned much about clinical screening (not just a resume review, chat with & pass on); for example the NHA screening/interview is 3 pages. Julie, company owner, & Katie, Director of Operations, are NHAs which is invaluable for candidates & clients. They are recruiting experts in the Senior Care Industry who take the match of candidate to position very seriously. If you haven’t already guessed I highly recommend MedBest!”

 Martha Oddo, Recruiter

“I have had the pleasure of working with MedBest Recruiting services. They have placed me twice with positions that were exactly what I was looking for. They had many different opportunities for me to choose from. While there are many different recruiting agencies out there, I know that MedBest is interested in me as a person.

They not only found me opportunities, but talked with me about the pro’s and con’s of the positions and how they would affect me and my personal life. I truly feel like I am a person to MedBest and not just a resume.

I am now extremely happy in my current position, working for a company that values my contribution both monetarily and professionally. I would highly recommend MedBest Recruiting to anyone in the health care field seeking a position and have done so many times in the past.”

– Kim Vermiliyea, Regional Vice President

“What a pleasure it was to work with Katie Piperata at MedBest! Katie is a seasoned recruiter who has been in and understands the roles of the people she is helping today.

I was looking to relocate to Florida and Katie helped me find a great company to work for. She guided me through the entire process, starting with the first interview until the day I signed an offer. Her help, knowledge and instructions were invaluable! Katie is not only an exceptional recruiter; she is also a very open and friendly person. I strongly recommend Katie to anyone who needs professional recruiting services!”

– Jordan Heaps, Nursing Home Administrator

Dear Julie:

We are very happy with the Nursing Home Administrator you and MedBest Recruiting helped us find. As we explained when we began the hiring process, our facility’s culture is different than most, in that it is a small community based skilled nursing facility run by a Board of Directors, and therefore, we needed special focus. We pleased that MedBest gave us the personal attention that we needed in order to find just the right candidate. And in fact, all of the candidates we received from MedBest were thoroughly screened to match our exact needs which made our jobs much easier.

The MedBest Recruiter’s knowledge and their conscientious approach to selecting candidates stood out from the very beginning of the process. They were able to find us the best candidate in the quickest amount of time.

With sincere appreciation, we remain,

Sincerely yours,

– Richard Baldwin, Secretary to the Board of Directors, The Gardens at DePugh Nursing Center


"I have been a nursing home administrator for over eight years with the same company, and recently transitioned from Hawaii. In less than 24-hours the awesome healthcare recruiter, Charlene, called me to conduct a preliminary interview and to set up a formal interview with MedBest President, Julie Rupenski and Vice President, Katie Piperata. Charlene was very dedicated to finding the right fit and not moving in haste. My interviews with Julie and Katie were nothing less than professional, inspiring, and helpful! In less than two weeks…Charlene, Julie, and Katie coordinated an interview with an incredible company and I could not be more ecstatic with my new venture! I recommend Charlene and the MedBest crew to senior care professionals who are serious about being matched with the right company. Thank you so much! #MedBestRocks!"

 Shonda Taylor, Nursing Home Administrator