Our experienced and compassionate staff is dedicated to caring for your loved one as if they were family. Get to know our team.
Chris MillerOwnerChris Miller opened BrightStar Care of East Lansing to bring the highest quality of care to families and businesses in Mid-Michigan. His goal is to keep people in their homes longer where they are most comfortable. Chris grew up watching and listening to his mother who was a physical therapist who did home health tell stories about the joy it was to help keep people in their homes longer. His grandparents have had 24/7 home care for 10 plus years which has no doubt helped them live into their late 90’s. Chris graduated with a bachelors degree in Hospitality Business from Michigan State University and a MBA from Northwood University. He has held management positons for the last 11 years in a manufacturing business. Chris is married to Angie with a daughter Lilly and son Blake. It is with this background that Chris strives to grow BrightStar Care of East Lansing to be the leader in Mid-Michigan home care.
Deshonda McFaddenRecruitment & Retention CoordinatorDeshonda, or Dee as we know her started with Bright Star Care as a part time caregiver in the field. Her immediate professionalism and can-do attitude was recognized and acknowledge very quickly. She was promoted to a scheduling position, and most recently to the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator. She is in charge of recruiting the top talent for our clients and also for retaining the staff that we currently have. The scheduling team and on-call coordinators turn to Dee for advice, support and assistance. As demanding as her position is, Dee always has a smile and a laugh that is infectious. Her and her husband enjoy fishing, summertime activities and spending time with family. We are proud to have Dee on our team!
Ketia EllisDirector of Scheduling, Office Admin SupportKetia “Tia” came to the Bright Star team as a part time on call coordinator and has grown tremendously within the company. Her quick critical thinking skills and personal approach with the clients and staff have made her a valuable asset in more areas. Tia can be found in the office during the week, as well as out in the field providing training and support. You may hear her voice if you call the office after-hours or on the weekends. She has been given the nickname of the “swiss army knife” for our office. Tia is responsible for the oversight of the scheduling team and jumps in to assist anytime there is a need. Outside of work, Tia is an active wife and mother of 3 children. She is a hairdresser and has aspirations of pursuing that in the future.
Tom Barthel, RNDirector of NursingAs director of nursing, Tom brings years of experience in hospice and palliative care and geriatric health to the BrightStar team. His dedication to aging in place and desire to empower consumers to direct their own care, guide his leadership of our clinical staff. Maintaining a high standard of care, through staff education and mentorship of caregivers and nurses, gives energy and purpose to his work at our branch. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and pets, gardening, and roller skating.
Nick AndersonSales Liaison and Care CoordinatorDirecting our community outreach efforts, Nick champions the cause of excellence in home health care. His years of experience in senior health and wellness bring a depth of commitment to his work that invigorates our staff. His ability to connect and engage our community make him an invaluable team member, allowing us to reach countless new clients in need. Whenever we have an opportunity to connect, whether with a new potential referral source or a family in crisis, Nick puts his very best foot forward. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and attending as many MSU sporting events as possible.
Our Caregivers and Nurses
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Please contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation or call BrightStar Care East Lansing at 517.679.1700.