The Team

Who We Are

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Thomas Mcdowell, LNFA


Thomas started out on his career track by working for Church’s Chicken. He worked his way up the ranks to Regional Director of Operations in Chicago, Illinois. Thomas returned to school with a new direction in mind, that of becoming a Nursing Home Administrator.  In 1995, he passed the State and National Board exams and was Licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator.  


In his first year as an Administrator, he won the Award of Administrator of the Year. Continually, he has been recognized by several nursing home owners as an Administrator who truly cares about the residents.  He ensures that each of his residents receive the necessary nursing, medical and psychological services to attain and maintain the highest possible mental and physical functional status.  


Thomas is the devoted father and grandfather, of two children and six grandchildren.

Patrick James, RN

Director of Nursing

Patrick comes to Oaks Nursing Center from the Midland area.  His past life includes working for many years in the oil field.  After the collapse of oil prices, Patrick decided it was time to find work that would be more stable than the oil fields.  And, here he is; a nurse!  Patrick first went to school to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse and, after a few years as such went back to school to obtain his licensure as a Registered Nurse.  

Patrick was first employed by Oaks as a charge nurse providing direct patient care to the residents.  When the previous Director of Nurses stepped up the career ladder, Patrick was the first person to put his name in the hat for consideration.  After considerable interviews and multiple candidates he came out on top of the pack and has now been the Director of Nurses for over one year.  In this time frame the facility has seen resident satisfaction increase, employee satisfaction increase and the facilities medicare star rating raise to 5 Stars.

Patrick can be found in various cities across Texas when not at the facility, trying new restaurants with his wife, Angela and exploring the local life these places have to offer.  They recently purchased a new RV and hope to visit more state parks in the near future.

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Amanda Trussell, RN

Assistant Director of Nursing

Amanda was born and raised just south of San Antonio. In 2013, she received her LVN. She gained experience in long-term care, pediatrics and family medicine/OBGYN. She found her way to Burnet, TX working as a charge nurse at night for Oaks in 2017 while attending school at Galen in San Antonio, TX where she obtained her RN in 2018. Her love for healthcare has taken her through many different aspects of people’s lives and traveling, but her love for geriatrics and the hill country has brought her to the heart of Oaks Nursing Center as the Assistant Director of Nursing.


Amanda and her wife Haleigh are a couple of DIY-ers and remodeling their whole house by themselves.


When they’re not laying floor or painting walls, you can find them kayaking or at any body of water. Amanda is currently expecting their first child and cannot wait for the day she can share baby smiles with her residents. 

Dixie Phillips


Dixie has been a source of kindness in Burnet since she moved here from Dallas in 1977. After retiring from her position as postmaster at the Burnet Post Office she found herself looking for something to do. In her search she found Oaks Nursing Center, where she has been a part of the family since October 2009. Dixie brings joy to our residents and families on a daily basis, with her friendly and caring demeanor. 

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