Compassion, integrity, family, excellence, trustworthiness, accountability, and diversity at BrightStar Care Santa Barbara
In the Santa Barbara area, the lifeblood of our business are the people who make it happen. Our office staff and caregivers work together day in and day out to deliver quality care and exceptional service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether it's childcare, adult home care or skilled elder care, the people who make up BrightStar Care Santa Barbara are our greatest assets. But don't just take our word for it, see for yourself.
Sharon Perez, MSW, Owner/Director of Operations
As far back as I can remember my family was in the business of helping people. I bring over 35 years of experience and education. With a degree in Ultrasound, a degree in Hospital Administration, a Master of Divinity and a Master of Social Work, I feel I have combined my love for the physical, emotional, as well as psychological needs of the clients and family's that we are privileged to care for. I love the beach, the ocean and doing anything together with my family, especially my little grandbaby, Riley Mae.
Michael Perez, Owner/Sales Manager
Most of my career I have been in Sales, Marketing and Finance. I have started several businesses over the years, but never found one that had such a positive impact on peoples’ lives. Personally, I have experienced the difficulties of being a sole caregiver for a loved one with a terminal illness. During that difficult time, I felt that there was a great need for quality care to help provide rest for those who stay home and care for others. I served four years in the United States Navy, and am a proud veteran.
Annie Rivas, RN, MSN, Director of Patient Services
I have been a nurse for 12 years in Santa Barbara, California.
Over the past 12 years, I have received my bachelors and masters degree in nursing. The experience that I bring to BrightStar include Surgical Trauma Nursing, OR Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Home care Nursing, Travel Immunization nursing, advanced skills in IV Therapy, Care of open heart patients and Neuro Critical care patients, along with many other complex nursing skills.
I am passionate about the impact I bring to my patients lives. The reward in helping others is great.
My strengths include the ability to start an IV on any patient, my ability to teach fellow nurses, and my strength to adapt, learn, and handle stressful environments. I can critically think and problem solve in any situation.
Amber Gilliam, LVN, Clinical Supervisor
I have been in the healthcare industry for over five years in many capacities. These various roles have shaped me into a well-rounded employee that understands the individual needs of each client. I strive to deliver client-centered medical attention in various clinical and residential environments. My experience includes countless hours of hands-on patient care as a Vocational Nurse, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Home Health Aide. I possess an excellent track record of professionalism, patience, and outstanding patient care coupled with strong written and verbal communication abilities.
I receive personal fulfillment when I build a personal connection with each individual patient and their family.
Laura Nielsen, Branch Manager/Recruiter
My passion for helping people drives what I do as BrightStar of Santa Barbara. I have almost 30 years of professional experience working at various colleges, with 10 of those years in leadership positions. I also spent several years as a technical recruiter, and enjoy matching candidates with employers. I have a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. Personally, I helped with hiring caregivers for my parents, and I know first-hand, the importance of finding great, trustworthy, quality caregivers for loved ones. This experience motivates me to search for caregivers that desire to provide each BrightStar Care of Santa Barbara client with the same care and understanding that was provided to my parents.
Rachel Holland, Customer Care Manager
My role is to oversee the scheduling, training and implementation of the Caregiver Task List. I have been a Certified Nursing Assistant working in Facilities and in homes for the past eight years. As the Customer Care Manager, I provide the communication between the client and the caregiver with a higher standard of care always in mind. I am very passionate about what I do and thankful to be a part of BrightStar Care of Santa Barbara from its beginning.
I am the mother of Riley Mae, who often helps Grandma (Sharon) at the office. Her title is Chief Child Executive, and she always brings a smile to everyone at the office.
Melisa Ocampo, Care Specialist
Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to help people. Taking care of patients and making a positive difference in their lives brings me a strong sense of fulfillment. It’s a passion that has made my time as a Certified Nursing Assistant and my two years working for Brightstar Care a very enjoyable experience. Prior to being promoted to my new role as a Care Specialist, I worked in the field for a year and a half with our clients. Now I focus on making sure our caregivers are providing the highest standard of care for our clients and providing the excellent service that they can expect from Brightstar Care of Santa Barbara. Additionally, I work closely with our nurses and communicate with them on any clinical needs. I’m very thrilled to be part of this team and I believe that we will make a difference in countless people's lives.