It runs in the family
Some of the earliest memories that I have are spending time in long-term care communities here in North Carolina. In 1954, my great-grandparents, and grandparents, built two nursing homes, one in the Piedmont and one in the mountains of North Carolina. Since those doors first opened, my family on both sides have continuously remained in the long-term care industry, from skilled nursing and assisted living communities to skilled home health, and I am proud to carry on our family tradition, now going on our 68th consecutive year of providing care to those who need thoughtful, compassionate and engaging care to continue living their best lives possible.
“There’s no place like home.” L. Frank Baum
I am particularly thrilled to be in a position to answer the calling to home care in the Triad because it’s where I grew up. After graduating from West Forsyth High School and going off to college at Appalachian State University, I left home to pursue careers that took me from Washington D.C. to Charlotte and Raleigh. After spending over a decade in the corporate sector, I knew I was being called back home and to the family business. After completing my MBA at Wake Forest University, an opportunity arose to come back home permanently and do just that and I have not looked back since giving a resounding “yes” to that opportunity.
Dignity and joy are the keys to living your best life possible
If there’s one thing I’ve learned having grown up in this industry and being mentored by lifelong caregivers, it’s that nothing leads to happier and healthier lives than being able to live a life that maintains dignity and instills joy on a daily basis. That’s what makes this so much more than just a job. It’s a calling, and our family of caregivers get to answer that call every day in our community.
Family and community life
Ryan is married to Antigone Gragg, an attorney at Nexsen Pruet in Greensboro, NC. When not doing the work they both love, they enjoy spending time at home with family or weekends away in the mountains of Boone, NC along with their two dogs, Alfred and Victor. Ryan is a member of Snow Lodge 363 AF & AM in Boone and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Winston-Salem.
Education and Credentials
- Bachelor of Science, Appalachian State University
- MBA, Wake Forest University
- DementiaWise®-certified office
- CNA Development Apprenticeship Program in partnership with Goodwill and approved by the state of North Carolina
Whether your loved one needs assistance only a few hours a week or around-the-clock, our team is happy to help! Call (336) 759-7207 to learn more about the transition care services offered through ComForCare Home Care (Winston-Salem, NC).