Dee Petry, Owner

Almost 4 years ago I left my human resource position in a healthcare firm to pursue my mission of forming a home care company with a team of exceptional caregivers.

Having experience in the home care field and seeing the type of care that some of the companies were offering, my direction was clear- Provide a different option for families.
I have been able to be selective with the type of caregivers that we want to add to our growing team. These individuals are the best in their field and are truly the hands and feet of this organization. I am proud of my team and the great work that we do!!!

I have a passion for Our Family Friend, LLC but I am also a mother of 2 teenage boys and a wife to a corporate pilot. My children and husband also help with families and often volunteer their time to get to know our families better. This is truly a family business!

Anjlia, Director of Human Resources

My name is Anjlia Maslak. I spent a decade working in retail management. I made the decision to depart from the retail world and embark on a new journey, focused on home health care.

Given my nurturing nature, it was an easy transition and I whole heartedly delved into the field. Although I have held many roles in the home health care field and continue to work in many capacities for Our Family Friend, my passion is Hospice Care. There aren't descriptive enough words to convey to you the immense satisfaction and solace I receive from our clients.
I have the pleasure of leaving each shift knowing that I have made a difference, that I have an enormous impact on another's life is extremely gratifying.

I'm married to a wonderful man, we share five children. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and baking.

Carol, Client Services and Resource Manager

My first experience with love and caring for the elderly was working as an activity director at an assisted living Alzheimer's home. Such a gratifying experience to make a day brighter for very special people.

I am so excited to be involved with the vision of Our Family Friend to help our elderly, disabled community enjoy the comfort of their homes for as long as possible. I am privileged and honored to be able to hand pick each caregiver for our clients so they will get the best care possible.

In my spare time I enjoy capturing special memories for people as being a photographer, and spending time with my seven grandchildren and their many activities.

Bethany, TBI home Care Coordinator

Bethany started working with Our Family Friend LLC in January 2015 and quickly developed a passion for Traumatic Brain Injury Care. She is the current household placement manager for the TBI sector of the company.

“Brain Injury is such a difficult thing for and Individual to go through, but I love being an advocate in the recovery process. Every injury is unique, and I enjoy the every changing challenge of finding out what our clients truly need to achieve an ever higher level of success and independence.”

When Bethany is not answering calls, visiting new clients in their homes, or assisting in her own clients' rehab; she likes to draw and paint landscapes, read, go hiking with her hubby, or watch way too much Sci-fi.

Christie, Caregiver

I realized about 15 years ago that I love helping other people on there worst days. I love to bring a smile to someones face when things aren't going quite right.

I was an EMT for 10 years and then moved on to taking care of Alzheimer's and dementia patients in an assisted living home. I enjoyed taking care of the elderly and making them feel like they were at home. Then the opportunity arose to actually take care of people in there own homes.

I loved the idea that the people wouldn't have to leave there own homes to go to an assisted living facility that they could live in the comfort of there own home. I joined the team at Our Family Friend and find this job very gratifying.

Briana, Caregiver

Hi, I'm Briana a caregiver, daughter, sister and mother! I receive much joy from being a caregiver, the impact that I am able to make in the lives of others is what I enjoy the most. I consider myself a nurturer at heart and a natural in this field. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my three children, my family and scrapbooking our many memories.

Duffy, Therapy Dog

Duffy is our certified therapy dog. He is a 5 year old Golden Retriever and he is quite the character.

Along with his smile, Duffy has been known to “hug” people and often finds his way onto the laps of those needing the most attention at the moment.

Duffy is a volunteer at the local hospital visiting patients on the head pain/trauma unit. He is available to work with any clients that request his services. We use Duffy with clients and their extended families alike.

Sue, Caregiver

I’m a retired administrative assistant, senior citizen, mother of 4, grandmother of 6 who likes to stay busy. I enjoy helping people and have always enjoyed the company of those older than me.

I used to love to sit and watch my grandmother crochet and to listen to the stories my grandfather would tell. I lost both of my parents and what I now consider a very young age and therefore cherish the time I get to spend with other seniors.

Helping and caring have been a significant part of my life since very early on. I’d be lost if I didn’t have the opportunities that Our Family Friend provides.

Tonya, Caregiver

My name is Tonya, I've been working in the healthcare industry for many years on and off.

I'm certified in Healthcare Foundation's, Medical Assisting, Patient Care and Dialysis patient care.

I have been married for 9 years and have 2 beautiful boy's. My passion in life is family and to help people in any way I can!!

Michelle, Caregiver

Hi, my name is Michelle,
I've worked with the elderly off and on for years I enjoy interacting with them listing to their life stories and helping them out with their daily tasks. I lost my grandparents at a young age so I'm passionate about sharing time with my clients.

Monica, Caregiver

I started working in my field of Senior care 20 yrs ago with extensive training in Dementia , Alzheimer's, and Memory care.

I've meet some wonderful families and felt that I have enriched the lives of those I've worked with.
When you LOVE what you do and share a gift its all worth it.

I have a wonderful husband of 30 years. A son and daughter. We enjoy our skiing trips, camping and traveling. My other passions are golfing, working out at the gym,biking , Kayaking and baking.

We strive to provide the best quality care.

Michael, Caregiver

My name is Michael, and I graduated cum laude from Siena Heights University in 2013 with a BA in Theatre/Speech Communication and a Music minor. However, I am planning on going back to college in my pursuit to go into the health care field, where I am currently looking to be either a Physician Assistant or in nursing.

I have been a caregiver since early 2015 and have been trained in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED. After caring for my ailing grandfather in Fall 2015, I realized that I wanted to work in a home health care setting. It is incredibly fulfilling to be a member of the Our Family Friend team and forming relationships with its clients.

Outside of health care, I can usually be seen acting and singing on the theatrical stage (or as a director).

Monica, Caregiver

Hello, I am Monica,

Our Family Friend found me a little over a year ago. I have been so blessed to be able to work for this company and be apart of this community. I for one love taking care of others and being able to do that through this business had been so rewarding for me. I am a student working towards the same goal which is helping others by working in the operating room.

Also, I love the Lord which makes my job as a caregiver that much more wonderful. Not only am I able to care for others but also express love to others, which is ultimately God's love.

I want nothing but to put my all into everyone I care for and also there families.

Meg, Caregiver

Hello, my name is Meg,

I am a student at the University of Michigan and am graduating in December 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Cognitive Science and a minor in Community Action and Social Change. After graduation, I will be pursuing a Masters in Occupational Therapy with the goal of working with adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In my spare time, I like golfing, running and hanging out with my family and three Dachshunds.

Rachael, Caregiver

My name is Rachael and I am a senior art and exercise science major at Hillsdale College.

I have been working in medical facilities since beginning high school with work experience and internships in orthopedics, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, geriatrics and chiropractic care. After all of those fulfilling experiences, I come to find the common denominator was that I loved learning from people – young and old. There is so much you can find out about yourself just by learning of others’ experiences. I find it to be extremely rewarding.

I came to Hillsdale on a softball scholarship before my playing days ended in injury. I finally came to the realization that I wanted to use my artistic side to guide my way through life. After my graduation from Hillsdale College it is my hope to continue to a Master of Fine Art program for photography. Photography gives me the same opportunity to watch families grow, learn from others, and tell their story through art.

I absolutely adore sunflowers, giraffes, , quality music and good lattes. I am an avid Detroit Tigers fan and could spend the rest of my days at a ball park, but I will settle for enjoying the outdoors.

Becky, Caregiver

Hi I'm Becky.

I have always been a nurturing soul whether it be people or animals. I have a huge heart for both. I have been a caregiver for a little over a decade.
I enjoy being able to help others, allowing them the freedom to stay in their own homes but the reassurance that we will always be there to provide great care.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, our son, our animals and my girlfriends. I love country music and never pass up a good sale!

Brenda, Caregiver

I'm Brenda,

I have resided in the Ann Arbor area all of my life. In 1995 I began working for the Washtenaw Community Health Organization. This is where I first realized my passion for caregiving. In 2009 I transitioned from caring in the mental health field to the aging population, I especially enjoy working with Alzheimers and Dementia patients. While the work can be challenging, it is also very rewarding and if I can put a smile on a clients face I've done my job. It is my goal to treat every client with dignity, respect, to honor their life story and to help them be as independent as possible.

When I'm not working I'm most likely enjoying my friends, family, my cat Gracey and sports! I LOVE the Pittsburgh Steelers! Go Steelers!!!

Jamie, Caregiver

I'm Jamie,

I graduated from Spring Arbor University in 2013. I have been working in different areas of the healthcare field for a couple years. I am currently a medical scribe and working part time as a caregiver. I plan to return to school to pursue further studies in the healthcare field. Possibly a nurse, NP, or PA.

I developed a passion for healthcare early in life and always loved to get my hands dirty in the thick of any experience I could get, be it first aid or going on medical missions trips. After caring for my grandfather with Alzheimer’s in the last season of his life, I realized a desire to love and support people through the difficult seasons of their life wherever they are at.

When I am not working I love to read, watch movies, play volleyball, ride my bike, and hang out with friends. I am also a huge Seahawks fan (I grew up in Washington) and try to watch them any chance I get.

Anna, Caregiver

Hello my name is Anna.

I am a loving and caring person with a BIG heart for people and animals. I am a wife and mother to 4 beautiful teenagers, a dog, and a cat!

I have been caring for the elderly for about 20 years. I started caring for others when my Grandma was diagnosed with dementia. I spent a lot of time stimulating her mind by playing games.

My passion is to make sure my patients are comfortable and happy with the care I am giving them. I love to make people laugh, and bring sunshine in their lives.

Esther, Caregiver

Hello, my name is Esther. I am a current grad student at the University of Michigan.

Something that I love about being in healthcare is that, I love the fact that I get to be someone’s friend. I am a firm believer that having someone to talk to can make a world of difference in people’s lives.

I truly enjoy what I do and I am grateful that I can keep doing this.

Ayana, Caregiver

Hi, My name is Ayana,

I attend Spring Arbor University and will receive my Bachelor's degree in Psychology May 2017.

I have worked in a group home assisting people with Schizophrenia and Anxiety Disorders. I also have worked in an assisted living dealing with residents with various disabilities and disorders. I am CPR/AED certified, MORC certified, and Medication Administration certified.

I have had many different jobs, but none of them seemed to show me my purpose, except the ones where I helped people with disorders & disabilities.

My goal is to help others by ensuring their everyday living is comfortable and enjoyable no matter their circumstances.

Marilyn, Caregiver

Hello, I am Marilyn ,

I am a retired medical surgery nurse who never stopped loving nursing. After my retirement, I realized I still have abilities to continue nursing in some capacity. Enter— Our Family friend.

I'm loving the goals and standards of this agency–to assist people to stay in their own homes and function as independently as they are able. In my hospital career the main cry of our people was "I want to go home".

I am so happy to be connected with an agency that can make a cry like that a reality. I love what I am doing and I love the people I work with and care for. It doesn't get any better than that.

Carrie, Caregiver

My natural nature is to nurture and to provide caring, loving support to those who need assistance. I have had experience as a caregiver in a facility. I much prefer home health care I am really enjoying it better. Having the one on one interaction time is a true joy for me. I love what I do.

I am a mom of five wonderful kids. I enjoy my time with my family and watching nature, traveling and listening to music.

Maureen, Caregiver

Hi I'm Maureen, an RN whose worked in two nursing homes over 37 years. So I have a place in my heart for the elderly.

As semi-retired now I really enjoy more time to give one on one to the private duty setting. On my own time I enjoy: Bible study, travel, camping, biking, hiking, watching dvd movies and reading.

Vanjelica, Caregiver

My name is Vanjelica, and I am attending Eastern Michigan University pursuing an MBA in Accounting with an expected graduation date of winter 2018.
I've worked in healthcare for 4+ years now. I'm blessed to take after my mother with the passion of caring for the patients both younger and older. I enjoy helping others when they need it, making them laugh to brighten their day and giving someone a good conversation.
Outside school and work I enjoy playing volleyball, spending time with my family, and writing music.

Michelle, Caregiver

Hi my name is Michelle. I was 15 when I began serving the senior population at a nursing home. It was there that my passion for giving and caring began. I find my job to be a very rewarding one in which I am able to make a difference in the lives of others. I feel at home being a caregiver it's just something that is ingrained within me! When I'm not actively with my clients I am busy at home with my two children. My significant other and I enjoy spending time with the kids and love the outdoors.

Stephanie, Caregiver

My name is Stephanie,
I think about the different people I see, meet and interact with daily….I think about them individually and focus on what that person’s real needs in life are. What results are they truly after? How might they need me? What is the impact that my actions, presence, and service have on each of their lives, future, and well-being? How have I impacted their quality of life or their experience? How much more could I do to improve my impact on that result?
I think about their hopes, dreams, fears, interests, families, goals and their dependency and trust in me. I let my purpose work for me and them by connecting compassionately, respectfully and loyally to them. I pray every day to make a dramatic difference and hope unforgettable things happen.
My motive is benevolent, not self- serving. The more value I give, the more value I generate. The more contributions I make to the richness of others’ lives, the more bonded I will be to them and my purpose. Thank you for the opportunity to advocate, care and contribute.

Mariah, Caregiver

Hey! My name is Mariah. I am 22 years old and loving life! just recently got married June 27, 2016. Everything about caregiving I love! Getting to help people out makes it much more then a job to me and that's what I like most about it!. It's more fulfilling and getting to meet new people and hearing there stories is amazing to me!

Stacy, Caregiver

My name is Stacy. I believe how you treat others reflects what kind of person you are….I treat everyone with dignity & respect…that's how id want my family treated & our clients are family.

Lindy, Caregiver

I am a student at Calvin College studying International Development with a minor in Spanish. I am on the Cross Country and Track & Field teams there, and have a love for music. I enjoy spending time outdoors and with my friends and family. After witnessing how hard it has been on my family to take care of my grandparents as they have had to slowly give up their independence, I consider it an honor to be able to help make that process easier for other families with Our Family Friend, and enjoy getting to know the people that we work for.

Vanjelica, Caregiver

My name is Vanjelica, and I am attending Eastern Michigan University pursuing an MBA in Accounting with an expected graduation date of winter 2018.
I've worked in healthcare for 4+ years now. I'm blessed to take after my mother with the passion of caring for the patients both younger and older. I enjoy helping others when they need it, making them laugh to brighten their day and giving someone a good conversation.
Outside school and work I enjoy playing volleyball, spending time with my family, and writing music.

Cassandra, Caregiver

Hello I’m Cassandra.

I’m originally from Escanaba, Mi! I was born and raised as a yooper! I moved down to Britton, Michigan February of 2017 where my boyfriend was.

My passion is to take care of others. Over the last couple of years I’ve worked in two different places that gave me the chance to help others, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Knowing I can brighten someone else’s day just makes mine so much better. Being a caregiver has changed my life in so many ways. I can say I look at things a lot different! I find myself helping others more than I help myself.

I am a very loving and caring person, I can be very shy at first but after you get to know me I’m very outgoing. I love to play basketball in my free time and go fishing with my boyfriend. I’m very family oriented! I feel that family is the key in this world for success!

Sabrina, Caregiver

My name is Sabrina , and ever since I was little I always wanted to work in the nursing field! When I was in high school , I took a program called career center. I took heath, I learned so many interesting things and I also got the opportunity to work in a nursing home! It was so exciting, I attended Jackson college , and I will be going back to school shortly. I love working with people and learning new skills.
I was in cheerleading for 7 years and loved it. I love being with my friends and family , and being with my nephews. I love kids and want to work with them in the hospital .

 

Charles, Caregiver

Hello I’m Charles,
I transitioned into home health care work a few years ago after working 10 years as a nursing assistant in several extended care facilities. I realized the the importance of this work when I helped my father as his health was declining in the last 2 years of his life.
After having worked in different settings, I appreciate the opportunity as an in home caregiver, to fully attend to the needs of clients and their families. Getting to know them, and being part of their lives, is rewarding.