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Meet Our Team

We believe every family in the area deserves tailor made in-home senior care with a compassionate touch. That's why we established Home Instead® of Lee's Summit, MO.

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Proudly Serving Aging Adults & Their Families

Our Promise

As a locally owned business, our team offers friendly, responsive service right in your neighborhood. Families love our team because we:
  • Do what we say we’re going to do – each and every time
  • Solve care problems using compassionate, person-centered solutions
  • Engage in thoughtful relationships with the families we serve
  • Give back to our community

About Us

Meet Our Home Care Team

​Michelle Brunell, CSA, Franchise Owner

​Michelle Brunell, CSA, Franchise Owner

Michelle Brunell's interest in the business came from her first-hand experience as primary caregiver for her father. Her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease when he was 57. While caring for her dad she learned not only how the disease affected him, but how it affected the whole family. Our Home Instead office opened in 2004, the same year that her dad passed away. Therefore, Michelle knew that through her work with Home Instead she would not only be able to help seniors age in-place, but to assist families and alleviate some of the challenges they face in caring for an aging family member.

Michelle graduated from University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene. She also studied internationally at the University of Vaxjo in Sweeden. Prior to becoming a partner at Home Instead, Michelle worked as an Industrial Hygienist for the Missouri Division of Labor Standards and was a Safety & Health Manager at Honeywell. During her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, traveling and walking her dog.

​Kristine Wright, Franchise Owner

​Kristine Wright, Franchise Owner

Kristine Wright opened our Home Instead office in May 2004. Her long-time desire to work with seniors in our community stemmed from her close relationship with her grandmother. As primary caregiver for her grandmother she became acquainted with her grandma's friends and saw that many did not have family near-by to help with some of their day to day needs. When Kristine learned about Home Instead she knew that she had found the perfect avenue in which she could not only honor the memory of her grandmother but help people in situations similar to those of her grandma's friends.

Kristine graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) with the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and English Literature; Master of Arts in 16th Century Spanish Literature; and a Juris Doctorate. During her university years, she also studied at the Universidad Autonoma of Guadalajara, Mexico and the Pontificia Universidad Catolica of Quito, Ecuador and taught Spanish at MU. During her free time, Kristine enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and traveling.

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Paige Wheeler, Director of Operations

Paige Wheeler recently joined Home Instead as Director of Operations. Paige brings a wealth of experience throughout the continuum of care and possesses a true passion for serving seniors.

Paige holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a master's degree in Gerontology. She is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator Paige began her career as a Social Services Director in long term care followed by a number of years as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Executive Director with a senior living management company. Paige’s passion for the field guided her to serve on the board of directors for a number of senior service organizations. Prior to joining Home Instead, Paige served as Vice President of Health Care at a senior living community. Paige has enjoyed serving served thousands of seniors at all levels of care in a variety of living environments.

Paige is committed to improving quality of life for seniors. The rewards of providing resources and services for high quality care is important to Paige. She is dedicated to the industry and her desire to serve others. Outside of work, she loves to spend time with family and enjoy the great outdoors. Paige is married with two adult sons with whom she has always shared a love for sports and continues to spend time with them attending sporting events.

Sandy Eaves, Client Care Manager

Sandy Eaves, Client Care Manager

Sandy Eaves started working at Home Instead as a CAREGiver in 2012. Since 2016, she has served in the roles of On-Call Coordinator, Scheduling Coordinator and Service Manager. Working in multiple positions has given her the opportunity to build relationships with CAREGivers and clients. In her current role as Client Care Manager, Sandy is using this knowledge to provide support to CAREGivers and the best care for our seniors. She has often said, “Working with seniors has been the most rewarding job that I’ve ever had.” Before coming to Home Instead, Sandy was a stay at home mother for 13 years raising two special needs boys. Sandy and her boys are animal lovers, they currently live with two dogs and two cats. Sandy enjoys spending time with her boys, reading, watching movies, knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, needlepoint, and quilting.
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Sandy Omtvedt, Scheduler-Receptionist

Sandy comes from a large family in which she and her twin sister are the oldest of 7 children.  Sandy grew up in Johnson County, Kansas and graduated from Olathe North High School.  After high school, Sandy entered the US Air Force and was a Law Enforcement Specialist.  She served in numerous locations around the world including the Phillipines and her last base was in Enid, Oklahoma.  Sandy continued her law enforcement career  until retiring in 2010 from the Kansas City, KS Police Department.

Sandy is the proud mom of two grown children and a grandma of 5 grandkids and 2 great-grandkids.

Sandy started at Home Instead in 2020 as a receptionist and is now also the scheduler.  Sandy enjoys getting to know clients and care professionals.  She enjoys the challenge of matching the right care professional with our clients to provide them with the best possible experience with Home Instead.

When not working, Sandy enjoys watching the KC Chiefs, cooking and is an avid genealogist!

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Malorie Pitchford, Onboarding Assistant

Malorie is the newest addition to our Home Instead team at Lee’s Summit.  She joined the team in December 2022 as the Onboarding Assistant bringing expertise in multiple areas.  Malorie spent fifteen years of her career to date in retail management where she spent most of her time as a Visual and Operational Manager.

As a lifelong resident of Kansas City, Malorie is thrilled to serve her community and it’s senior population.

Our Team

Your Home Instead team in Lee's Summit, MO possesses a heartfelt desire to work with seniors in the community. It is our ultimate goal to forge extraordinary relationships between our clients and their Care Professionals.

We are always looking for the right people that are dependable and compassionate to become Care Pros. We have available home care careers in these cities:

Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Greenwood, Independence, Lone Jack, Oak Grove, Kansas City, Pleasant Hill, and Raytown

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