Home care in Thousand Oaks, CA

  • 463 Pennsfield Place
  • Suite 103
  • Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Our Conejo Valley Care Team

Compassionate Home Care, Integrity, Family, Excellence, Trustworthiness, Accountability, and Diversity

BrightStar Care of Agoura, Conejo Valley and Malibu Home Care and Staffing Services

Meet Karen Abé, Owner

Karen Abe “There comes a time in everyone’s life when they need a helping hand to overcome the challenges life throws them, and I felt the tools and systems BrightStar Care already had in place would allow my team to provide the highest quality of care to our community” said Karen. “I am incredibly excited about my team's arrival in this area,” as specialists in the rapidly growing healthcare industry, we empower our caregivers to live our values and provide compassionate care and service, anytime, anyplace!  BrightStar of Thousand Oaks provides local residents in Agoura, Calabasas, Conejo Valley, Malibu, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, West Hills, and Westlake Village with adult and elder home care and childcare, as well as supplemental healthcare staff to corporate clients such as hospitals, rehabs and assisted livings.


Meet our Team:

Sharon O'Hearn, RN,  Assistant Director of Nursing conejo-valley-ADON.jpg

How long have you been a Nurse?
I have been a Registered Nurse for 43 years and an Orthopedic Nurse for 37 years. I received my bachelor’s degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills and have my Orthopedic Nurses Certification.

What experience do you bring to BrightStar Care?
I have been a successful Registered Nurse for Los Robles Hospital. I leveraged interpersonal communication strengths to establish rapport and build trust with patients and staff alike. I mentored new RN graduates at Los Robles, ensuring proper training was provided to optimize their full potential. I was also a part of the Joint Replacement Team for the hospital.

What aspect of your job are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about following my patients from surgery to healing. Being able to work in the home health industry enables me to have intimate contact with patients. It gives me satisfaction having the ability to support them through one of their most challenging life experiences.

I am Making More Possible for out BrightStar Care clients by…
Valuing my patients and celebrating they life they have lived and entrusted to our care. I take time to get to know each and every one of them. I have a passion to understand what is important to them. I appreciate all of their differences and I love finding out their story. That helps me give them the care that they need.
 

Linda-Conejo-Valley.jpgLinda Alweiss, R.N., Director of Nursing Skilled Services

How long have you been working in healthcare/management?
I have been working as an R.N. for over 35 years since graduating from the University of Iowa, College of Nursing in 1983, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). I have been mentoring new nurses as they enter the field as well guiding and overseeing other medical personnel as needed.
 
What experience do you bring to BrightStar Care?
My background consists of acute care including Medical/Surgical nursing and Intensive Care nursing. I have worked as a Legal Nurse Consultant for over 20 years where I consulted with attorneys on various cases including  medical malpractice, product liability, and personal injury. In addition I  have worked in Home Health Nursing for several years where I performed all aspects of nursing care including infusions, wound care, and end-of-life-care.

What aspect of your job are you most passionate about?
Making a difference in patient’s lives is what brings me the most satisfaction as a nurse. Educating, providing needed treatment, and ultimately seeing the patient improve and heal is the focus of my nursing care. Providing mental/emotional compassionate care to my patients is an essential aspect of the healing process as well.

I am Making More Possible for out BrightStar Care clients by…
Treating each patient and their family members with the dignity and respect they deserve! Acknowledging patient needs and involving them in their plan of care ensures a satisfactory outcome while enhancing their overall wellness.
 

conejo-valley-natalie.pngNatalie Uribe - Business Development & Marketing Manager

What experience do you bring to BrightStar Care?
I have 20+ year experience in Sales,  Business Development and Marketing.  I believe in listening and understanding the customers needs and working together transparently to have a win win outcome for all parties.  I work hard to build strong relationships that grow and strengthen over time to ensure seamless interactions and the opportunity for repeat and continued business.
 
What aspect of your job are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about life in general and helping others achieve their best.  If we all took a little time to understand one another and show empathy the world may be a happier place.  I am excited to be working at Brightstar Care Conejo Valley as I share the same values of serving with a "Higher Standard of Care".

I am Making More Possible for out BrightStar Care clients by…

Being organized and informed about the changing world we live in and the challenges we all face especially during and after a pandemic. As a business we are ready to adapt to these challenges and serve our customers with care, compassion and passion.

Josie Reyes, Client Care Manager

How long have you been working in the healthfield/CNA (for Josie)?
I have been a CNA for over 10 years. I began work in a physical rehabilitation facility in Santa Barbara then transitioned to senior and home care. In 2010, I joined a home care agency as a CNA then moved into operations utilizing my education and experience and have loved working in home health ever since!

What experience do you bring to BrightStar Care?
I bring a decade of CNA and scheduling experience, plus a lifetime of passion for helping others.

What aspect of your job are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about providing clients the best care possible. I do this by  communicating with our wonderful staff, clients, and family members.  Always with a positive attitude!

I am Making More Possible for our BrightStar Care clients by…
Valuing every potential, and current member of the BrightStar team. By doing this I know it is directly reflected in every interaction to create an environment that is positive, professional and conducive to good health.

Gloriana Anderson, Human Resources

What experience do you bring to BrightStar Care?
I have extensive babysitting experience, as well as experience from watching over my grandmother when she was diagnosed with Lymphoma. I also worked at a popular Italian restaurant, where our main goal was to treat our customers like family and provide the best service possible which I aim to do at BrightStar Care!
 
What aspect of your job are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about being able to make a difference in someone’s life, even if it’s small. There’s nothing more rewarding then to help someone in need…in my job I can help our clients and caregivers.

I am Making More Possible for out BrightStar Care clients by…
The best way I can help BrightStar clients is by organizing more training and benefits for our fantastic employees, so they can give the best possible care to our clients.  I also work hard to find the most qualified, dedicated and caring employees to suit every unique case we come across.

brightstar-care-conejo-valley.jpgTracy Varnell, Accounting Manager

How long have you been working in healthcare/management?
I have been working in the medical field for 32 years. I have worked as a Business Office Director, Collections Manager and Human Resources Manager though out my career.
 
What experience do you bring to BrightStar Care?
My background consists of all aspects of billing for Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living and Surgical Centers.  I have also volunteered with the VA (Veteran’s Association) for many years.

What aspect of your job are you most passionate about?
Making a positive influence within our patients and families while providing services and care. Making sure that everyone is billed accurately and correctly.   I enjoy getting to know each client and family member because they are a part of the BrightStar family.

I am Making More Possible for out BrightStar Care clients by…
I take the time to read all files to get to know each client and family member. I also reach out by phone to introduce myself and let them know I’m here for each and every one of them!
 

julia-crop.jpgJulia Rivalta, Skilled Client Care & Staffing Coordinator

How long have you been working in healthcare/management?
I have worked in the healthcare field as a medical scribe and CNA for nearly 2 years at various types of facilities. Having obtained a B.A. in Public Health, I achieve to protect and improve the health of people and their communities. I have volunteered at non-profit organizations, including Monica Uribe Por Amor in Colombia, working with children suffering from Spina Bifida by promoting the integral development of people with spina bifida, seeking their autonomy and social inclusion.

What experience do you bring to BrightStar Care? Having worked in the field as a CNA for BrightStar Care for nearly a year, and now transitioning to the office, I feel I am able to comprehensively understand our clients and their needs. Working in the field has allowed to me to better relate to our employees as well.

What aspect of your job are you most passionate about? I am most passionate about the direct quality care we are able to provide to those in need of it. It satisfies me knowing I am able to create a difference in the lives of our clients, whether it is attending to their basic but essential needs, providing comfort, and/or assisting the families during difficult medical situations.

I am Making More Possible for our BrightStar Care clients by
Promoting autonomy and focusing on preventative measures, as well as, providing the utmost support and care.
 

Alexandra (“Lexy”) Vicich, Administrative Assistantimages-(24).jpg

How long have you been working in Healthcare?
BrightStar Care is my first job in healthcare, I started working here part-time when I was in high-school. It started with just an afterschool job to assist my mother (Karen) with some paperwork, but I now help manage human resources to ensure we are compliant, survey ready and supporting our wonderful staff and Clients.

What experience do you bring to BrightStar Care?
As an administrative assistant, I need to be encouraging with all the people I meet and speak to as well as very organized, which is a skill I have always practiced in everyday life and in difficult classes throughout school.  I previously worked in the service industry and with special needs children, I am good at and enjoy interacting with many different people, and am working towards a future in business administration in college.
 
What aspect of your job are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about meeting and interacting with new caregivers and nurses each day.  I also like to deal with new clients as I assist in keeping their plan of cares up to date both online and in their blue logs at home. I enjoy working with experienced, mature yet fun people in the office everyday.
 
I am Making More Possible for our BrightStar Care clients by…
I ensure all the employee and client folders are up-to-date and all of the employees have kept up with their ongoing training, credentials, and certifications. I make it easier for employees to stay on track with their necessary credentials as well as for clients to know that they can trust the people caring for them in terms of licenses, background checks, and important training.
 

Home-Care-Nurse-Julie-RN-BrightStar-Conejo-Valley.jpgJulie Hanner, RN, BrightStar Care Lead Infusion Nurse, Skilled Services

How long have you been working in healthcare/management?
When I was 18, I started as a CNA at Motion Picture Hospital in Woodland Hills. I come from a long line of nurses including my grandmother, mother, aunt, sister and daughter.  As a result, I always knew I would become a nurse. I graduated from Pierce College with an AA degree in 1980 followed by working in the hospital and was immediately trained in ICU with ALS certification. I was also on their code team and remained working in the hospital for 14 years.  On the side I did platelet pheresis. The Hospital closed in 1994 which lead me to home health where I did wound care, IV antibiotics, post-op cases etc. I started to work with biologic meds in 1997 and had extensive training in all specialty infusion inducing; IVIG, Alpha 1 Antitrypsin, all enzyme replacement therapies and factors. I have continued to perform specialty infusions until present. I enjoy working patients and families of all ages, this year marks 40 years and I still enjoy what I am doing!

What experience do you bring to BrightStar Care?
I bring many years of experience in many areas. I have excellent IV experience with all central lines, epidurals and subcutaneous infusions. I have extensive training in biologic medications and years of experience teaching in facilities and in the home with patients and their families.

What aspect of your job are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about serving the clients assigned to me and making sure they receive the best care possible. My passion is building relationships and assisting patients and families with all aspects of the disease process management.

I am Making More Possible for out BrightStar Care clients by…
Going the extra mile when necessary and providing the teaching they requires, so that they are more knowledgeable and at ease with management of their condition.

Conejo-Valley-BrightStar-Care-Team-photo.jpgJeannette Foti, RN, BSN, Lead Infusion Nurse

How long have you been working in healthcare/management?
I’ve been an RN since 2005 and earned my BSN in 2012. 

What experience do you bring to BrightStar Care?
I started in Pediatrics, worked in the ER, ICU, Cardiac Cath Lab, Interventional Radiology, and home health, home IV infusions and in office IV infusions. 

What aspect of your job are you most passionate about?
I love bring a smile to my patient face and making them comfortable when they are at their most venerable.

I am Making More Possible for out BrightStar Care clients by…
Offering only the best to our patients and our team.