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Meet our Staff

Asif Merchant, MD, FACP, CMD, CPE


Co-Medical Director

Dr. Asif Merchant has completed his medical school training at K J Somaiya Medical College and Bombay University. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and Geriatric Medicine fellowship at North Shore University and Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. He has completed a fellowship in Medical Education from Harvard School of Medicine.

Dr. Merchant is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine.

He is the Chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care Network at Newton Wellesley Hospital and a Partner at New England Community Medical Services,

Dr. Merchant has held a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School and currently is an Associate Clinical Professor at Tufts school of medicine.  In addition, he Chairs the Geriatrics Committee of the Massachusetts Medical Society and has served as the President of the Greater New England Society of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care. 

In September 2020, Dr. Merchant was appointed to the Governor Baker’s Advisory group for COVID-19 Vaccination in Massachusetts.

Azadeh Assarpour, MD

Co-Medical Director

Dr. Assarpour, one of our Co-Medical Directors,  received her Medical Degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences School of Medicine.  After finishing her residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital she went on to complete her Fellowship in Geriatrics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. Dr. Assarpour is a Geriatrician with the Quimby Center for Geriatric Care at Mount Auburn Hospital.
We are so grateful to have someone with Dr. Assarpour’s experience as our Medical Director here at Meadow Green. She is an extremely skilled geriatrician and a well respected leader.

Director of Human Resources

We welcome Linda Romano, our new Human Resources Director!

Linda is originally from Connecticut and relocated to MA in 2013 to be closer to her grandchildren.  Linda has many years’ experience in Human Resources.  As an integral member of our team, she oversees recruitment, hiring and personnel policy at Meadow Green.

Linda Romano


Heidi Assiaf


Director of Nursing

Heidi has been in the health care industry for over 15 years.  She earned her LPN at Lincoln technical Institute in 2013 and her associate degree at Brockton Hospital School Of Nursing in 2018.  She was a CNA for 13 years.

While employed as a nurse at The Ellis Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Norwood, Heidi was promoted to Unit Manager.  From this position, she was again promoted to Director of Nursing at Meadow Green in 2023.

“I am excited to serve as the Director of Nursing for Meadow Green.

My goal is to make positive changes for staff and residents!”

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Patrick Orciani

Director of Admissions

Patrick joined the Meadow Green Team in Spring, 2019 and brings with him years of experience as an Admissions Director with extensive experience in customer service.  As a long time resident of the Waltham,  he has the ability to connect with residents and families both at Meadow Green and in the community.
“I am honored to be a part of the Meadow Green staff.  The facility has a great reputation and I am humbled to be a part of the continued excellent care they provide.”


Sharon Rose

Sharon joined the Meadow Green team in February of 2022 and brings with her over 20 years of experience as Chef /Food Service Manger CDM, CFPP.

Sharon creates varied and nutritious menus that meet the needs of our residents. She is responsible for supervising the dining services operation, including ordering supplies and managing staff.  Our residents enjoy wonderful daily menu choices and many special occasions thanks to Sharon’s skill and experience.

Director of Food Services

Kirsten MacWilliams

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Activities Director

Kirsten MacWilliams is our Activities Director at Meadow Green.
Kirsten graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy.
Kirsten is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Certified Dementia Practitioner and Geri-Care Behavioral Instructor.

"Our Activities program is an extremely important factor in the overall well-being of our residents. The program enhances their quality of life on a daily basis. I am grateful to be part of a talented and wonderful team here at Meadow Green that values that and much more!”

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