Elder Care Assistant
Doug was born in Springfield a long time ago. The Cantrall family has deep roots in Sangamon County, as evidenced by the Village of Cantrall being named after one of Doug’s forefathers. “Cantralls have been here for more than 200 years.”
Doug became an Orthotics/Prosthetics Technician at SIU School of Medicine in 1992, moved into private practice in 2002 at Orthotic and Prosthetic Associates of Central Illinois, and just recently retired from Hanger Clinic at the end of a 31-year career in Orthotics and Prosthetics. During his years as a clinician, Doug served patients in Springfield, Decatur and Champaign-Urbana. Doug’s experiences in healthcare gave him a compassionate understanding of the inevitable changes that accompany aging in life and function.
Doug came in contact with Edwards Group when a lifelong friend of his mother-in-law asked for help. Doug was named POA for Healthcare for his mother-in-law’s friend and Guardian for Healthcare for her husband. “We were so blessed that she had been guided to David Edwards once the problems really started in earnest. I was so impressed with David’s level of concern for his clients and his forward-thinking approach to a more holistic look at what his clients really needed. I’ve been hoping to get the opportunity to work with David and the Group for the last 5 years.”
In his time away from the office Doug and his wife Sarah are building a house near Jacksonville, “with a lot of help from friends.” Doug and Sarah, their daughter Shaylan, and their son Connor and his wife Jessica are all very active in the church that Sarah has attended from birth and Doug has gone to since he was 9 years old.
Considering other Edwards Group team members’ bios, Doug has been a bit concerned about the way his lack of attention to professional sports might affect his fitting in at Edwards Group. “I played a lot of baseball and then church league softball for a lot of years, but I really don’t have time to pay attention to it now. I really miss playing but I absolutely cannot throw anybody out from third base anymore, and I never really could hit, so…”