Capri Senior Communities



Independent & Assisted Living in Waukesha

Summit Woods

Summit Woods

Independent & Assisted Living2501 Summit Avenue
Waukesha,  WI  53188
(262) 521-1388

The location of Summit Woods can be described in one word: stunning. Nestled deep in a grove of mature trees, Summit Woods has the exclusive and luxurious atmosphere of an old-world country estate. Despite the seeming remoteness of its location, Summit Woods is less than ten minutes away from the charming town of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and less than thirty minutes away from Milwaukee.

Whether you're interested in simply relaxing in the comfortable Summit Woods community or would prefer some shopping, dining, entertainment or strolling around the town, Summit Woods provides it all. Summit Woods includes the benefits of both Independent Living and Assisted Living communities. Residents who are looking to spend more free time with friends and family and less time with household chores will enjoy Active Life Service Options. Residents who request or require assistance may take part in the Enhanced Services Program. We want to encourage an active, carefree lifestyle balanced with comfort, safety and security.

Worry-Free Independent Living

  • No enrollment or endowment fees
  • Resident-controlled heat included in rent
  • Additional Active Life Service Options including dining, linen and laundry, housekeeping, and wellness options
  • Responsive, professional management staff
  • Secure entrance
  • Organized social and recreational activities
  • Scheduled transportation to shopping and community activities
  • No maintenance responsibilities

Enhanced Services

In addition to everything included in Independent Living, residents taking advantage of Summit Woods' Enhanced Services Program enjoy the following:

  • A flexible, individualized care plan aimed at promoting independence
  • Dining services providing three meals each day
  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living
  • State-of-the-art emergency pendant system
  • Pharmacy and medication management services

All the Comforts of Home

  • Sunny and spacious one and two bedroom apartment homes
  • Some apartment styles include a balcony or patio, fireplace or washer/dryer connections
  • Convenient, same floor laundry rooms
  • Same floor private storage spaces
  • Optional heated, underground parking
  • Professionally maintained wooded grounds including a creek and duck pond

On-Site Amenities

  • Weekly banking services
  • Country Store
  • Full service hair salon for men and women
  • Library
  • Community room with full kitchen
  • Woodworking Shop
  • Wellness Center
  • Fitness Room
  • Arts & Crafts

Interested in Summit Woods?

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Amber Kowalski

Culinary ManagerEmail: akowalski@capricommunities.comAmber has been at Summit Woods since 2012 and recently was a part of the big kitchen remodel! She and her dining team are now working in a more maneuverable space with commercial appliances. The Summit Woods residents and team alike are excited about this change. Everyone's favorite meal to come out of the new kitchen is Amber's Grandmother's meatloaf.
"Summit Woods is the best because of the people who live here," said Amber. "With an extremely diverse bunch it is always fun and interesting here!"

Jessica Dumke

Assistant ManagerEmail: jdumke@capricommunities.comJessica has worked at Summit Woods since mid-2014. She enjoys working with the residents, especially during lunch time when the smell of a wonderful lunch or dinner wafts from the newly remodeled kitchen. Jessica always makes sure to welcome back residents from their outings with a friendly, "Welcome home!"
When asked why she thinks Summit Woods is the best, she answered, "Here at the Woods, we are not only the Capri baby of the communities being the first one in the profile, but we have residents that have lived here for 25 years since its opening in 1991." Residents at Summit love to participate in bingo, luncheons, outside musical entertainment, and volunteering within the community.

Mary Ann Koehler, LPN

LPNEmail: mkoehler@capricommunities.comMary Ann started as the LPN at The Polonaise in 2014 and moved to Summit Woods in mid-2015. Her passion for senior care is made clear with the effort she puts into her community and residents. "I have experience in all phases of senior living care from being a visiting nurse to working in a nursing home. I am very focused on caring for seniors and being the LPN at Summit Woods allows me to use my past experiences as well as my talents to not only achieve my responsibilities for Capri but to truly bond with the residents and their loved ones."
Mary Ann knows the decisions and time that go into helping a loved one transfer from their home to an Independent and Assisted Living Community like Summit Woods. She had mentioned how she recently helped her parents and in-laws make the transition to Assisted Living and applies her experiences to help seniors and families making the transition to Summit. "I feel especially good when I get feedback from a resident and their loved ones that my experience and empathy has made the transition much smoother for them."
Mary Ann appreciates the balance of her care work and getting to know the residents and families at Summit Woods. "I listen to whatever the residents have to say - I want to make sure they know I will do whatever I can to make our community feel more like home," she said.

Mary Hartmann

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Melissa Schnell

Community Relations ManagerEmail: mschnell@capricommunities.comMelissa joined the teams at Heritage Place and Summit Woods in September 2017. Prior to joining Heritage and Summit, Melissa worked as a marketing and leasing specialist, a client care manager, and a marketing director for other senior living companies; however, she started her path in senior living when she was very young. "My mom was an Executive Director of a senior community and I always knew what this is what I wanted to do," she said.
Melissa graduated UW-Milwaukee in 2007 with a Bachelors of Business Administration, majoring in marketing. She also has a Real Estate Certificate, winning first place in the UWM real estate development competition.
Her genuine and compassionate nature make Melissa so easy to work with, weather current resident, co-worker, or a brand new visitor to the building. "I welcome guests and their loved ones as though they are old friends, listening to their wants, needs, and concerns and offering solutions customized to their needs. I always try to be conscience of their time and timeline - we can spend as much or as little time on a tour as they would like!"
Melissa believes the greatest benefit of Heritage Place is its location (right in the heart of Brookfield!) and the tight knit community of wonderful residents. Summit Woods' greatest benefit is its caring, reliable, and long-term team, great residents, and the warm and welcoming feeling you get when you enter. "I am beyond grateful to be working on behalf of Summit Woods and Heritage Place. Each community feels like home to me."
Melissa grew up in Brookfield and lives in Waukesha with her husband and two children and loves spending time with them and their chihuahua. She has an interest in health and wellness, cooking, and trying new recipes. Melissa enjoys being outside in nice weather, running, yoga, and enjoying life!
Nick Cassell

Nick Cassell

Executive DirectorEmail: ncassell@capricommunities.comNick joined Capri in November 2016, starting as the Executive Director of Casa del Maré and transitioning to Summit Woods in October of 2017. He brings a wealth of knowledge and compassion with him. Nick has graduate education in business administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Applied Sociology from Lewis University, an Associate of Arts degree from Lorain County Community College, and an undergraduate certificate in Sustainable Agriculture from the College of Lake County. "I also received my Licensed Practical Nurse and EMT-B through the United States Army," said Nick. "Joining the Army is one of my proudest accomplishments."
He has worked in senior care focusing on assisted living and memory care for over six years. Nick has held positions as a staff nurse, director of nursing, and as an executive director in other senior communities.
Nick knows having an open door is key to keeping the line of communication open with residents, their loved ones, and staff. "I feel being available and approachable is key to providing comfort for our residents. It is important to get to know each member of the staff and every resident on a personal level. Being able to know everyone in the community will help us provide the best care for our residents.
In his free time, Nick enjoys working in sustainable agriculture and permaculture, watching and playing sports, beekeeping, boating, and spending time with family, friends, and his dog Roscoe. He also travels to Haiti to assist a group called Health4Haiti which provides free surgical services. "I also enjoy volunteering for projects that benefit veterans," he said.
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20875 Crossroads Cir., Suite 400

Waukesha, WI  53186

Telephone | 262.798.1224

Fax | 262.798.1119

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