Oakdale of La Mesa employees have an undeniable commitment to serve our residents each and every day with loving care, compassion, respect, and dignity. Few things are more rewarding than making a difference in our residents’ lives. “We are authentic, compassionate, and deeply committed to serving each person we encounter. We create new possibilities by transforming the experience of senior living.”

Joey Collado : General Manager

Joey Collado

General Manager

As General Manager for Oakdale of La Mesa, Joey provides leadership and strategic oversight of operations within the community. A unique focus on service and innovation is part of Joey's hallmark style as a leader, and this can be seen in his day-to-day dealings and long-term planning.

With a passion for helping others, he believes that every individual deserves the highest standards in customer service, and strives to make this happen for Team Members and Residents.Joey brings many years of operational experience and leadership in senior housing, having been with the WESTliving organization in various leadership positions.He also has over 10 years of director-level experience in the hospitality industry, primarily with the Hilton Hotels. Joey holds a Bachelor's degree in Service Management. He currently resides in San Diego with his family and pet beagle, Bruce.

Mercedes Margritz : Assistant General Manager

Mercedes Margritz

Assistant General Manager

Mercedes Margritz is the Assistant General Manager for Oakdale of La Mesa. She has 25 years of experience in the health care industry and is well known in the San Diego Community. Mercedes’ passion is to help families and seniors connect with the right resources. She is bilingual and recently completed her RCFE License. A natural connector, Mercedes is a member of a variety of Boards and Groups within San Diego focused on caregiving and Seniors. Prior to working in the senior industry, Mercedes was a teacher and the owner of Spanish For Fun, Inc. In her free time, she enjoys watching her 13 year old daughter play soccer, softball and lacrosse.

Philipp Mikelatos : Sales and Marketing Manager

Philipp Mikelatos

Sales and Marketing Manager

Philipp is the Sales and Marketing Manager for our community. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2007 with a degree in Political Science/International Relations. Being the youngest of five children in a blended Greek family, the emphasis has always been on work ethic and character. Phil spent 10 years in the health and fitness industry before moving into senior living. His professional experience in Corporate Wellness and personal experience of having his father diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s have led him to have a drive to help facilitate the needs of families in need of care and support like his. The best part of his job is to be able to share and educate families on options they have to provide care and companionship for their loved ones. Phil is always looking for ways to improve his resident’s experiences, is open to feedback, and is looking forward to working with everyone.

Melody Veal : Business Office Manager

Melody Veal

Business Office Manager

Melody has worked at Oakdale of La Mesa for over twenty years in every department except maintenance. She is currently in the role of Business Office Manager. Melody has a passion for working with seniors and loves making a difference in their lives as well as the difference they make in hers. Melody is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has three beautiful children and one grandson. Melody enjoys going to the movies and taking drives with her husband, but most importantly spending time with her family.

Brittany Allen : Assisted Living Manager

Brittany Allen

Assisted Living Manager

Brittany Allen is the Assisted Living Manager at Oakdale of La Mesa. She started at Oakdale in 2012 and has worked as a Resident Service Attendant and Medication Attendant prior to her position as Assisted Living Manager. Her passion for working with seniors shows in her work every day. Brittany is a San Diego native and when she is not at work she loves eating, spending time with her family and going out with friends.