Who we are

Network of healthcare professionals passionate about supporting family caregivers. 

Our Students

Our students are Family Caregivers

They provide care for parents, grandparents, husbands, wives, siblings, friends and neighbors.

Family Caregivers often assist with...

  • Doctors visits

  • Dressing

  • Meals and nutrition

  • Ambulation

  • Bathing 

  • Companionship

  • Medication management

  • Transfers

Our Team

Ryan McGuire


Marie Hoffman, RN, BSN

Family Educator

(San Antonio)

Chelsea M Vargas B.S., LVN

Family Educator



Russell Gainer, LCSW

Co-Founder - GainWell


Tim Montfort

Financial Advisor - Raymond James


Leanne Chaloupka

Occupational Therapist

Laura McGuire

Owner / Senior Advisor - Griwold Home Care


Carol Bertsch

Elder Law Attorney - Law Offices of Carol Bertsch


Byron Cordes, LCSW, C-ASWCM, CMC

Founder - Sage Care Mgmt


Toni O'Brien

Paralegal - Law Offices of Carol Bertsch


Why we do it

There are over 45,000,000 family caregivers in the United States. 


The healthcare industry continues to ask family caregivers to take on greater responsibility in the care of their loved ones.


We believe that we should be preparing family caregivers for that responsibility. 

Our goal is to empower family caregivers with the skills they need to care for the ones they love. 

Our Philosophy


We coach our caregivers in effective ways to communicate with their loved ones. Communication during care can build trust, credibility and set proper expectations. Prior to beginning any transfer or action we remind our students to clearly explain what the plan is. 


Learning proper body mechanics and transfer technique are a critical aspect of our program. Our students will learn by doing. Students will  perform transfers in the classroom under the supervision of the instructor. They will receive feedback and identify ways to improve  until their technique is sound. 


Our goal is to prepare family caregivers with the skills they need to deliver care for their loved ones. Once the proper technique and communication skills are established they should be able to repeat the skills and deliver the care necessary for their family members. 

Get the skills you need

to care for the ones you love

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1380 Pantheon Way
San Antonio, TX 78232