About Us

Employees at Riva Ridge Memory CareRiva Ridge Memory Care Center is registered as a Type B small, Alzheimer's certified, Assisted Living Facility, licensed by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. We're located off US 183 on the northeast side of Leander at 801 Riva Ridge Drive – just 20 minutes north of Austin. Since March 2000, seniors with dementia and those simply needing help with their daily activities have called Riva Ridge home. By providing person centered care in a family-like setting, our caregivers are able to meet the ever changing needs of our residents and help them feel safe, comfortable and loved each moment of each day.

We're structured to care for a total of 12 residents. This small size allows us to adapt our services to the unique needs of each patient and provide them with a truly personalized plan of care. Our family-style environment allows us to not just bond with the residents, but also to their extended family – a characteristic rarely seen in other care settings. We're able to customize menus, activities and even the décor to accommodate individual preferences and needs.

Riva Ridge Memory Care is owned and operated by Ken Missler, a health care executive with over 30 years experience in hospital administration, group practice administration and health facilities development. Working together with a dedicated group of compassionate caregivers, the team at Riva Ridge Memory Care possesses extensive experience in working with Alzheimer's patients. They consistently receive exceptional ratings from the families they serve. We invite you to browse our Website (particularly the family testimonials) then contact us anytime to schedule your private tour. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming your loved ones to our growing family!





Ken Missler
Owner / Manager

Ken Missler Owner Riva Ridge Memory Care

Ken was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but grew up in Texas. His first eight years of life included short stays in San Antonio, Terrell and Abilene before his family settled in Wichita Falls where he lived from grade school through college. 

Ken earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Medical Services Corps in 1982.  He worked in field and fixed hospital settings until 1988 when he attended the US Army-Baylor University Master’s Program in Health Care Administration.

He then served as administrator for the Department of Surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington from 1990 to 1993.

Following military service, Ken served as the practice administrator for orthopedic groups in Pittsburgh, PA and Greenville, SC.

He was involved in two building projects, which led him to work for Marshall Erdman and Associates (a design-build firm for health care facilities) as a Project Executive from 2002 through 2007.  That opportunity led Ken to establish his home in Allen, TX – a growing community just north of Dallas.

In 2008, Ken began working on his broker’s license with the goal of eventually developing assisted living facilities.

On June 1, 2013, Ken purchased the 12-bed facility, “House at Cedar Ridge” and then renamed it “Riva Ridge Memory Care Center.”  From the onset, his plan has been to grow the business and then divide the operations to form two separate facilities:  Riva Ridge Assisted Living and Riva Ridge Memory Care Center.  That goal is on track to be realized by the end of 2016.



Pat Fiero
Food Service Manager

Pat Fiero of Riva Ridge Memory Care


Pat was born and raised in western New York. She moved to Texas in 1959 after marrying her husband, Don. She was a stay-at-home mom until all three of her children were in school. Pat joined the Austin Independent School District (AISD) Food Service Department in 1972 as a part-time kitchen worker. In 1974, she was accepted into the AISD food manager’s training program. She received her first kitchen assignment in 1975.

Pat continued her management training in 1987 by completing the Food Service Manager’s certification course at Austin Community College. She then began teaching various food service training courses at Texas Education Agency in addition to her supervisory duties within AISD. She managed school cafeteria programs at all levels until her retirement in 1997.

At that point, she and her husband began traveling the country in their RV and enjoyed serving as campground hosts at the Great Smoky Mountain Park until Don was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2009. Pat served as Don’s caregiver until it was time to place him in memory care.

Pat searched high and low for the right facility until she found us at Riva Ridge Memory Care in May 2013 … Just as Ken Missler was becoming the new owner. It didn’t take long for Ken and Pat to connect and leverage the experience that Pat could bring to the facility. Pat has been serving as the Food Service Manager since July 2013. From Ken’s perspective, there was a bit of divine intervention involved that brought these two families together to make this facility the success that it has become today. The journey continues as Pat is heavily involved in the planning for the new facility – Riva Ridge Assisted Living.



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