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.
Egons 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.
Kim Martindell, Director of Nursing
Born and raised in Washington, DC. Kim attended Old Dominion University in Virginia. Kelly has worked in many aspects in nursing. She worked in post surgical hospital unit before becoming a Triage nurse in a local seniors community in Silver Spring, Md. She found that working with seniors in the community a special calling. She attended many continuing education courses Dementia/ memory care and Seniors Safely Aging in the home setting. Kelly is a registered member of the Infusion Nurse Society and a Geriatric Care Manager associate with NAPGCM. - CLICK FOR FULL BIO
Margaret 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.
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.
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.
Leticia 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!