The Retreat Experience

Retreat Healthcare is a quality-focused organization that specializes in the unique needs of Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. What makes us different is our approach to healthcare.

The Retreat Experience believes in honoring the total person – mind, body and soul. The result is a care model that unites the power of caring environments, loving skilled caregivers and medical clinicians who are committed to positive outcomes. It begins with a strong dedication to our company’s core values:

Family Centered – relationship building, respect, diversity
Quality of Life – self-determination, comfort, independence, dignity
Accountability – expertise, integrity, safety
Communication – innovation, creativity, education



Lena G. Smith

Lena G. Smith, Ph.D.
Lena Smith is a native of New Mexico with 25 years of experience in the field of aging, healthcare and elder programs. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico where she focused her research in the area of aging, dementia, spirituality, stress and coping. Over the years, Lena has worked with seniors as a licensed social worker, licensed nursing home administrator and as an owner and operator of Alzheimer’s care facilities in New Mexico. Dr. Smith, in partnership with Mr. Robert Metz, founded Retreat Healthcare in 2009 and now serves as the Chief Operating Officer for this family of care organizations that specialize in providing dementia care, home care and hospice care using holistic care approaches that honor each person – mind, body and soul.



Robert Metz
Mr. Metz has twenty years of experience in developing and operating companies in both the public and private sectors throughout the United States. These companies include New Mexico-based businesses in hospice and home healthcare. Having a passion for healthcare, Mr Metz set out to bring a new standard to compassionate and loving care to those seniors his companies served. By creating innovative new approaches through strong leadership and proven management principles Mr. Metz strives to better the lives of the elderly. He now joins Dr. Lena Smith in bringing this same passion and high standards of care to The Retreat by serving as the Chief Financial Officer.

The Retreat Experience continues with years of practical experience in the field of aging coupled with a dedication to translating the most current academic findings into daily practice. The Retreat, Retreat at Home, Hospice de la Luz and Retreat Gardens are all part of the Retreat Healthcare family, providing quality of life at every level of care.