Home care in Kensington, MD

  • 10400 Connecticut Ave
  • Suite 512
  • Kensington, MD 20895

Our Bethesda / Silver Spring Care Team

At BrightStar Care of Bethesda, MD our professional team of caregivers offers the best home care services in Montgomery County, MD. Our staff is dedicated to excellence and providing individuals and families with quality care.

Accountability, Integrity, Family, Trustworthiness.

 Plavnieks ,Egons headshotEgons Plavnieks, Owner

Egons Plavnieks is co-Owner of Bright Star of Montgomery County. Egons is a graduate of Catholic University and the University of Wisconsin - Madison, with degrees in Music and Business. He has thirty years of executive experience working with Procter & Gamble both in the U.S. and internationally. Egons chose to open a Home Care agency along with his wife Anda as a result of personal experience. He saw the challenges faced by families in supporting their loved ones as they become less and less able to live fully independently as he and Anda cared for his mom and other family members. Egons and Anda are the proud parents of a 14 year old son, and they live in the Montgomery County area.


Anda Plavnieks, Owner

Anda Plavnieks is the Owner of Bright Star Care of Montgomery County, Maryland. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and therefore sets high standards in the performance of our field staff inside our client’s homes. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Anda chose to open a Home Care agency because of her own personal experiences caring for her grandmother, mother, and aunt. She understands what families are facing as their loved ones age and can no longer live completely independently. Anda is married and has one son, aged 14, and lives in the Montgomery County area.

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Kim came to Brightstar Care with a wealth of clinical knowledge, and over 20 years of nursing experience in multiple clinical settings, including over 10 years in hospital-based care.  Kim is passionate about providing a higher standard of care and helping clients remain independent.  Kim’s extensive background has allowed her to gain valuable experience dealing with many illnesses, disease processes and procedures.  In recent years, Kim has worked with homecare clients and her ability to form strong relationships and make personal connections allows her clients to feel comfortable.  Kim treats each individual client with respect and kindness and goes above and beyond to provide the highest quality of care.


Director-of-Nursing-Montgomery-County-BrightStar-Care.jpgMargaret Newman, Community Outreach Manager

Since my early childhood living next door to my grandmother and elderly neighbors in an isolated Virginia oystering community, I have devoted myself to assisting seniors and their families on both a personal and professional level.  My UVA gerontology graduate work and community development degree prepared me well for my 22 years in assisted living management and sales, senior care oversight, hospice care and senior housing development.  After working in independent living, assisted living and memory care facilities, I know that quality private duty care is a significant answer to the needs of Montgomery County’s seniors.  Meeting with inquiring families and seniors continues to bring me joy.  I love continuing with clients as a client manager to support compatible and competent caregivers and to be a resource to clients and their families.

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Kerry Swift, Community Outreach Manager

I came to BrightStar having worked in sales and account management at IBM for thirty years. I developed a passion for elder care after personally experiencing the challenges of caring for an elderly family member. I resolved to pursue a second career where I could “make a difference” in people’s lives. I believe in the concept of aging in place and hope to help the elderly achieve this by providing best in class home care services to families in Montgomery County. I spend most of my time meeting clients, both potential and current. In addition to reaching out to new families and facilities, I continue my relationship with all of my clients & families by providing on-going case management support.

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Amanda Vieira, Branch Manager

I have a Degree in Social Work/ also licensed as An Assisted Living Administrator in Maryland. I have worked as an Associate Executive Director in a Senior Living Community for 13 years. My goal is to ensure that the resident’s quality of life is of the best by giving great services to our clients. Expecting high quality performance from our team members. My Professional expertise that is most beneficial - Great leadership, communication and organizational skills. Strengths of others which helps benefits the service we provide to our residents/clients. I am decisive, patient, and respectful, and enjoy coaching/teaching what I have already learned.

Bethesda-Montgomery-County-Home-Care-Team.jpgLeticia Doherty, Customer Care Manager

My passion is to support people, which is why I chose a career as a health care professional.
I have been working in this industry now for over twenty years, both as back-office support and directly caring for clients.

I look forward to helping our Bright Star clients improve their quality of life!

Customer-Care-Manager-BrightStar-Montgomery-County.jpgAkkita Powell, Customer Care Manager

Akkita came to Montgomery County from Pittsburg, PA where she had years of experience working with clients and caregivers in multiple homecare settings, including the administrative office.  Akkita’s lovely personality and excellent communication skills allow her to ask the right questions and uncover the needs of the client.  She gets to know each caregiver individually and feels that if you know your caregivers and what they can bring to the client, the process of helping the client will run smoothly.  She regularly checks in with clients and their families, to make sure they are happy and that the caregivers are giving them the best care. Her friendly and caring way of helping and her passion for providing the highest quality of care to our clients and caregivers make her a valuable member of the team.