Home care in Lake Elmo, MN

  • 8951 33rd Street N
  • Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Our People

One of the best aspects of our home-care model is in the nursing oversight of our clients. To help you get more acquainted with our Director of Nursing, we asked Brenda Schesel a few questions that we would like to share with you:

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Meet our Nurse Manager, Quinn Kennedy, LPN

Quinn joined our team after serving six years as
a Certified Nursing Assistant at another BrightStar Care location. While working as a CNA she completed her degree as an Licensed Practical Nurse and then went on to acquire two years more years of experience outside of the BrightStar Family as an LPN.

She enjoys working in home health care because of the variety of people she meets and cares for. She appreciates being able to work with clients and families in providing quality care in their homes.

Quinn loves spending her time reading, fishing and participating in activities with her family and friends. Her future goals include obtaining her license as a registered nurse.

Quinn works closely with our VA Clients and our New Hires to insure that they are successful out in the field and enjoy working for BrightStar St. Croix Valley. Our philosophy: Happy Employees = Happy Customers!





Helping families navigate their journey: Meet Cheri O'Connor our Care Consultant...

Cheri O’Connor has spent more than 28 years working in the medical and health industry in many capacities.
Her merits include: CMA in Ophthalmology, CNA, Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Ward Clerk, Sales and Marketing, Educational Presentations.

Taking time from the health industry she worked in the travel industry as a Travel Consultant, leading her into owning her own international travel tour business.
She would develop tours, market them, and be the attending guide on the tour.
This leaves postings in her passport of 29 countries.
Having a great tour guide in Israel, she was invited to live with his wife and family for some time.
It was an awesome experience living there as one of them as opposed to being a tourist. We still remain family to this day.

Cheri's career journey always brought her back to the health industry. She has worked in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, in home care, private care, alcohol and drug treatment center, and educational consulting.

Cheri's passion is to be able to help, consult, educate, and bring many levels of care and knowledge to all who may be of need. Also, to educate the In-Home Care Givers on how to manage their lives as well as be a good care giver to their loved ones without having guilt feelings.

International travel is in her blood and heart and always will remain.Cheri is a mother of a married daughter and one granddaughter who also is an international traveler, of which she is proud of. Being invited to join the BrightStar Care Team St. Croix is letting me continue my journey of “Helping Others”.

Meet our Customer Care Manager, Tacia Kuhl, CNA

Tachia started out as a CNA about 4 years ago; from there she worked as a Medical Assistant as well.

Tachia started working as a CNA for BrightStar in 2015, and is now our Customer Care Manager.

She became a Certified Nursing Assistant before she started going to nursing school. She has always had a passion for working in the medical field. Although she enjoys working in the field, I love the being in the office and being able to help not only our clients and their families, but our CNA's as well. It is definitely a challenging position, but I enjoy feeling so accomplished when I see what I finished every day. Here at the office, my biggest task every day is scheduling. It is not always easy to fill every shift that comes along, but somehow it always works out! I enjoy getting feedback from our clients, and arranging the best fit for them so we are successful and the families are happy!

"I am so thankful for such an amazing and welcoming team here at BrightStar."

In her spare time...Tachia likes spending my time up North- whether it's four-wheeling, snowmobiling, skiing, or boating. Her biggest pride in life is the family came come from, and my dog.

Meet our Customer Care Manager, Carmen Torres, CNA

In 1986 Carmen came to the United States from Puerto Rico and in 2001 she became a Certified Nurse’s Assistant.

From a young girl she liked and was interested in the medical field. She has always helped and cared for her mother and she likes helping people who are in need and are struggling with daily living. "I want to care for people the same way that I would want care for my family as well as myself in case of the need."

"I choose BrightStar Care St. Croix Valley to work for as I wanted to have the One on One experience with clients. I have worked in Nursing Homes and Adult Day Care previously, but did not find that I could have the One on One that I desired in working with the clients. I like to meet the families also. "

Carmen enjoys learning through listening to the life stories and experiences of her clients and apply some to her own daily life.

"I like working with BrightStar Care St. Croix Valley, because, it is Joint Commissioned, a Team that works together, diversity, continued education, and being able to grow in my career."

Her future goal is to one day expand her career and become a nurse. I want to continue to provide a caring, quality care to our clients, so that they are cared about and for in keeping them comfortable and safe.

Meet our Customer Care Manager, 

Andres Wille, CNA

Andres knew he had a passion for helping people, but didn't know exactly how he was going to go about it. He thought about becoming a psychologist or some kind of therapist and quickly realized it wasn't for him.
According to Andres, "My mom was crazy enough to suggest becoming a nurse assistant while I was continuing my formal education".
He had one year of nursing assistant experience, but only with assisted living before he joined Brightstar Care & loved it.
He quickly realized that In-home Care was the way to go for him as it allowed him to travel and work with individuals in their homes.
"I got overwhelming satisfaction, knowing I was making a impact and adding genuine value to their lives."
After working with Brightstar Care for over two years in the field as a CNA, He was promoted to the office staff "a great administrative team".
Brightstar Care has helped me grow not only in my career, but also in self development and the future is looking brighter!

Sini Stjernsward Ross,

Owner BrightStar Care St. Croix Valley

"We are a company of Compassion and Caring where our employees and customers truly become family” That’s the culture that Sini Ross, owner of BrightStar St. Croix Valley, fosters for BrightStar St. Croix Valley which is starting its seventh year of operation. To learn more about Sini, visit our page which features the January article of HerLife Magazine here: Inspirations_HLM_TC_JAN14-1

Our Director of Nursing, Brenda Schesel, RN, DON and our entire staff are here to serve you and your loved ones. We proudly serve the St. Paul/ Washington County, including the cities of Woodbury, Stillwater, Mahtomedi, Dellwood, Forest Lake, Lake Elmo, Afton, Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, Newport, Landfall, Oakdale, Pine Springs, Willernie, Scandia, Oak Park Heights, Bayport, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, Lake St. Croix Beach, Hugo, Centerville, Marine on St. Croix, St. Mary’s Point, Hudson Wisconsin and a few surrounding areas. Call us now at (651) 234-0044 to start getting help with your home health care needs!

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