Meet Our Team of Home Care Experts!

Since the founding of our Minnesota home care agency, we strive to provide the highest level of expertise and support to every client, PCA, and family caregiver we meet. Our team brings decades of combined experience in home care management and administration, allowing us to improve the client-caregiver relationship through digital timesheets, PCA certifications and training, online resources and tutorials, and much more.

At Best Care, we’re passionate about the people we serve and work to empower each client and employee through trusted guidance, experience, and support.

Take a moment to get to know our team of home care experts a little better! Have questions? We’d love to help. Contact us today and let us have the privilege of helping you find the best home care option available!

Andre Best

Andre Best | CEO and Founder | (651) 219-4791

Andre has over 20 years of leadership and management experience and 10 years legal expertise. Andre is passionate about improving the lives of home care recipients and caregivers by making services easy and convenient, and by providing fair treatment and wages for caregivers. When not working, Andre enjoys reading, listening to music, and practicing Tai Chi.

Leann Lindahl

Leann Lindahl | Chief Strategy Officer | (763) 710-2003

Leann joins the Best Care team with over 15 years in marketing, leadership, brand strategy and a nine year history of working in the home care industry. Leann oversees the brand and communications as well as our client experience, ensuring the agency's approach to educating families on home care and solving client and their caregiver challenges remains our top priority. Family, photography and travel are her focus outside of work.

Amanda Lindner | Care Experience Specialist - Authorizations and Eligibility Team

Amanda Lindner | Care Experience Specialist - Authorizations and Eligibility Team | (651) 219-4792

Amanda's journey with Best Care started in April, 2010. With over 30 years of office experience, she brings a mix of dedication and compassion to help people obtain the services they need to live comfortably in their homes. The journey goes on as she continues to use the knowledge she's gained to help others.


Maria Arriaga Gonzalez | Care Experience Specialist - Intake Team, Spanish Speaking | (763) 710-2071

Maria worked at a financial institution before transitioning into her role at Best Care as an Intake Coordinator. Maria enjoys assisting the Spanish speaking community with starting their services and doing her best to discuss questions and concerns that come up during the intake process. Maria loves spending time with family and traveling.

Michele Lorence

Michele Lorence | Care Experience Specialist - Intake Team | (651) 356-8198

Michele comes to Best Care with over 25 years working in the social services profession. She started
working at a group home with vulnerable adults, teaching daily living skills and then spent several years
in a vocational setting working with people with disabilities and the community to work and live
together. Michele’s last position was a PCA agency assisting support to children, adolescents, adults and
families who need help in their homes for a loved one with a disability or an older adult. Her spare time
is spent enjoying time with her family, dog, cats and traveling.

Shannon Dixon

Shannon Dixon | Care Experience Specialist - Intake Team | (763) 316-2088

Shannon has 20 years of experience providing direct care for children and young adults with special needs. In addition, Shannon has 10 years of direct customer service experience, including intake services for the PCA Choice program. Shannon enjoys gardening and meditation, spending time with friends and family, traveling and live music.

Brittany Steen | Care Experience Specialist - Time and Attendance Team

Brittany Steider | Care Experience Specialist - Time and Attendance Team | (651) 219-4795

Brittany has been with Best Care since 2015. Prior to joining Best Care, she worked at a technology company and has prior experience in the home care industry. When not working, she enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with pets.

Melissa Bardwell 2020

Melissa Bardwell | Care Experience Specialist - Time and Attendance Team | (651) 219-4894

Melissa worked in retail for 6 years and finally found her career at Best Care. She enjoys the outdoors by rollerblading, walking her dogs and grilling. She has pet birds, cats and dogs.

Ashley Bojan

Ashley Bojan | Care Experience Specialist - Payroll Team | (651) 219-4787

Ashley joined Best Care in 2019, she brings over 4 years of customer service experience from her time working for one of the biggest, and busiest hotels in downtown Minneapolis. Prior to that, she was a licensed body piercer for 4 years and still appreciates the art of body modification. She enjoys listening to live music, camping, and playing outside with her hula hoops.

Natalie Kallas

Natalie Kallas | LSW, Care Experience Specialist | (651) 393-9533

Natalie is a licensed social worker who comes to Best Care with over 9 years of experience in
the homecare field. Her previous roles have included Qualified Professional, Aging Services
Social Worker and Designated Coordinator. She is also a Certified Caregiver Consultant and is
trained in evidence-based dementia care approaches. She is currently pursuing her master’s in
public health and is trained as a community health worker. She is passionately committed to
helping clients remain in their communities and advocating for systemic change in the ongoing
progress towards greater health equity.

Anna Oppedisano

Anna Oppedisano | Care Experience Specialist, Time and Attendance Team | (651) 796-2539

Anna joined Best Care in 2020 with over 5 years of home care experience. Her background
includes working with clients and PCAs within both the 245D and PCA programs. Anna brings
her knowledge of home care along with a caring and kind client service outlook. She graduated
with a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse in communications. Anna spends her
free time hiking, camping, and traveling.

Shawn Gigrich | RN, QP

Shawn Gigrich | RN, QP | (612) 991-3346

Shawn has experience working as an RN with 13 years in home care. His LPN practice is from spending time in the medical surgical unit, as well as the cardiac step down unit of care. As a PCA, Shawn has continued his work with the orthopedics unit and within the emergency room. He also has international experience with his travel to Honduras on a medical missions trip through Volunteers in Medical Missions, where he helped set up clinics and assist those in need of support.

Dawn Sheldon

Dawn Sheldon | RN, QP | (612) 600-6569

Dawn has been employed with Best Care since 2014. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, crochet and reading. She has a BA in Biology and a BS in Computer Science. Dawn has 3 kids and 1 cat.


Danielle Dohmeier | LSW, QP | (612) 991-3346

Danielle Dohmeier is a licensed social worker with more than 20 years in the social services profession. She has experience providing services to individuals from a variety of cultural and ethnic background. She believes that strong communities begin with strong relationships. As a case manager with Best Care she appreciates the opportunity to work directly with clients in a sensitive and competent manner.

Wanda Whyte | QP

Wanda Whyte | QP | (651) 417-3222

Noel Dohmeier

Noel Dohmeier | RN, QP, Spanish Speaking | (763) 710-2004

Noel’s journey began in 1989 as a PCA and has enjoyed working as an RN in a variety of health care environments for 18 years. She believes in educating and supporting people’s strengths in order to help them thrive independently in their home.  She’s passionate about speaking Spanish, nutrition and world travel.

Brady Lonergan

Brady Lonergan | RN, QP | (651) 435-0125

Brady has worked individuals and families for over 20 years, first as a nanny, and then as a labor and postpartum doula, then as a home health nurse, and now as a QP. She loves this work. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, knitting and reading. She has a BA from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she lived for over 20 years.

Andrea Alvarado-Valentine

Andrea Alvarado-Valentine | Care Experience Specialist - Grand Rapids Intake Team | (218) 305-4835

Andrea has 10 years experience in the medical field working as a licensed nursing assistant in the State
of Vermont at the surgical/pediactric intensive care unit and health and rehabilitation center and a
medication technician at an assisted nursing facility. Andrea was also a home health aide. She then
moved to Minnesota in 2015 and worked as a medical receptionist and as both a endoscopy and surgery
scheduler. She moved to Grand Rapids and worked as a mental health specialist for the past two years,
working with clients with high behaviors. Andrea is also Spanish speaking. Her hobbies outside of work
are antiquing, spending time with her dog and rabbit, hiking, meditation and cooking.


Hattie Friend | MHP, QP, Grand Rapids | (218) 305-4715

Hattie has been in the health care field for 25 years, starting as a nursing assistant in assisted living, working her way to nursing then management. After the birth of her first son, she ventured to the flexibility of home care. Partnering with a mentor, opened two assisted livings and dove into psychiatric home care, helping keep people in their homes, bridging gaps between clients and providers. She has helped open 2 PCA offices focusing on quality care, fraud prevention & employee rights. She also has experience working at a crisis center with MI & CD clients prior to Best Care. Hattie is happy to have found an agency who holds the same values and ethics. She believes hard work, patience, kindness, adapting through life along with educating are key in caring for and networking with others. Her favorite poem is “Desiderata” (words to live by).

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