CountryHouse in Dickinson
Located in western North Dakota, an area rich in frontier history, CountryHouse stands alone as the only community exclusively devoted to providing exceptional care for those with memory loss due to all types of dementia. Visit our community and you’ll see why hundreds have made our community their home away from home. Enriching activities, fun outings, delicious meals and more are enjoyed by each of our 30 residents.
Our sister community, The Kensington, offers assisted living and is located just a few blocks away. We’re pleased to serve local seniors with services at both communities.
The heart of CountryHouse really shines through in our people. Our team members understand the difference between caring and giving care, and they’re committed to infusing our philosophy of treating people like family into everything they do.
“I believe we only have one life to live, so it’s important to do your work with passion every day. I’m committed to treating all of our residents like they’re family, and to creating moments of joy for them every day.”
Tessa Johnson, MSN, BSN, RN serves as Executive Director of both CountryHouse and Evergreen in Dickinson, ND. Evergreen provides Basic Care and Assisted Living services while CountryHouse focuses on Memory Care.
Tessa first joined the Agemark family when she was a teenager, and worked at Evergreen as a housekeeping and dietary aid. She rejoined the Agemark family in 2018, first as CountryHouse’s Wellness Director, before being promoted to Executive Director a few months later. In 2022, she was named Executive Director of both CountryHouse and Evergreen Senior Living and Basic Care. Evergreen provides assisted living and basic care.
Tessa is a certified dementia care practitioner (CDP) and has extensive experience in nursing, long term care, hospice care and health care management. She also spent five years as Medical Services Director at the ND Women’s Prison.
Tessa attended Dickinson State University, where she first earned an Associate in Applied Science in Practical Nursing degree. She later earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. She earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing with an emphasis in Leadership in Healthcare in 2014. She serves as President of the North Dakota Nurses Association and of the North Dakota Center for Nursing, and is an active member of the local Eagles Club Auxiliary.
Born and raised in Dickinson, Tessa and her husband stay busy raising their two children, Jaxson and Bentlee. Both children love to volunteer at CountryHouse and Evergreen. Together, the family enjoys spending time at the lake, fishing, and traveling.
“I knew early in life that I wanted to take care of others. Working in memory care, I have the opportunity to do just that! I love our residents and am proud to help enrich their lives at CountryHouse.”
Amanda Wilson is CountryHouse’s first Memory Care Director. She works closely with Executive Director Tessa Johnson, and oversees daily operations of our community.
She first joined the CountryHouse family in 2012 as a caregiver and CMA. After time working outside of Agemark, she returned to the community in 2018. A lifetime learner who is constantly looking to grow in her professional, in 2020 Amanda took charge of CountryHouse’s dining department, serving as Dining Services Manager. After a year in that role, she transitioned to leading the community’s Life Enrichment Department.
Outside of Agemark, Amanda worked in long term care and as a bookkeeper and manager in the food service industry.
Amanda comes from a large family, and is the oldest of nine children. She has two sons, aged 15 and 2. She loves spending time with family, especially watching her oldest son’s sporting activities.
“I absolutely love serving seniors, and I’m especially passionate about caring for those with memory care needs. I love being part of the Agemark family. Our culture here is second to none.”
Lindsey Pierce joined the CountryHouse team as Director of Nursing in December 2019. New to CountryHouse, but not to the Agemark family, her first job was at Evergreen Senior Living, CountryHouse’s sister community, at age 15. In her current role, Lindsey oversees the physical health of all residents of our community.
Before joining CountryHouse, Lindsey worked at a skilled nursing facility, St. Benedict’s Health Center, for nearly 18 years. Starting first as a CNA, she worked her way through nursing school, eventually serving as a Charge Nurse and the Nurse Manager of a small Memory Care Unit.
She attended Dickinson State University, and earned both an Associates Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She is also a certified dementia practitioner. She has a strong passion for serving seniors.
Lindsey is a Dickinson native. She and her husband have three daughters and one son. The family lives in the country about 14 miles from Dickinson and raise cattle with her in-laws. She also enjoys taking care of her own chickens.
“The moment I walked in the door, I could tell this job would be far different from those I had in the past. Staff was laughing with residents, listening to music and singing together, and everyone that saw me come in greeted me with a smile. They all acted as one big family!”
Jessica Binstock has served as our community’s Service Coordinator since April 2019. She enjoys supporting multiple departments and overseeing training and talent development for CountryHouse team members.
Jessica’s college coursework included studying sports medicine, psychology and American Sign Language. After moving from California to North Dakota, she began exploring a career in healthcare and started by becoming a CNA. She also worked as a classroom special education aide.
She’s served seniors beginning at a young age, when she volunteered her time at the nursing home where her great grandparent’s lived.
Jessica is married to Isiah. Isiah is an elementary school teacher. The couple has a beautiful baby girl who turns one in June. The family loves spending time outdoors, especially on the farm.
At CountryHouse in Dickinson, residents in our care enjoy a variety of life enriching activities. View our activity calendar to see more. Click on the day for more detail.