Certified Dementia Practitioner CEO
Brenden was born in Soroako, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Both his parents were born in Pittsburgh PA. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his daughters, friends and competing in Ironman triathlons. His favorite movie is Saving Private Ryan and his favorite musician is U2. As for food, it’s Tex Mex.
In his free time you can find Brenden spending time with his precious two daughters and serving the community with his church.
Brenden attended Blinn Jr. College in Bryan TX, Texas A&M University-Mays Business School in College Station TX and University of Houston Main Campus-C.T. Bauer College of Business Executive Education in Houston TX. Receiving a Double Major and Triple Minor.
Certified Dementia Practitioner, COO, Social Media and Marketing Manager
Kelley was born in Sac City, Iowa but moved to Texas before she turned one and considers herself to be Texan through and through. Her journey dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s began almost ten years ago when her father began having memory issues. This journey has fueled her desire to help others as she was helped in getting her father the care he needed.
Kelley also owns a construction company with her husband, co-founded an online homeschool company and was a leader in the Texas homeschool community all the while being a homeschool mom to her daughter who graduated and went on to become a vet tech. Kelley loves spending time outdoors, especially in the mountains, catching up with friends every chance she gets, she is a voracious reader ever since putting those first letters together, she also loves all things techie and anything that sparkles.
Vice President of Operations & Sales/Marketing for Houston, BBA & Business Management
Born in Colorado, Lori moved around the Western Pacific states with her family. Places like Reno, NV, Carlsbad, NM, Zuni Indian Reservation, NM, and Houston, TX were among some of those Lori and her family lived.
Playing nationally competitive tennis was part of her younger years as she won her first tournament at the age of six. Lori put down her tennis racket after 26 years to focus more on a different career. Although she studied computer science, accounting and management in college, Lori settled on a career in aviation. After college Lori began working for the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller. Climbing through the ranks into management Lori enjoyed a long and exciting career, 15 of those years in management, and retired in 2015.
Lori likes to travel, enjoy fine dining, fly-fishing, study of genealogy, and making ceramics in her spare time. Moving back to Texas in 2012 to care for her sibling and both parents with dementia led Lori to bring her skills in operations management and issues involving care for someone with dementia to partner with Complete Dementia Solutions. Her passion to help others who are impacted by Dementia or memory impairment will be an asset to our team.
Gerontological Nurse Practitioner MSN, ANCC, APRN
Amy received degrees in Biology and Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1996. She then went to nursing school and received her BSN from St. Mary’s College in 1997. After that, she went straight to graduate school and received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a focus on gerontology. She has been certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner since 1998 and is recognized by the Texas Board of Nursing as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).
When choosing her nursing specialty, Amy focused on her lifelong love of the elderly, and their unfortunate, but frequent, lack of support. Many other specialties enticed her, and probably would have been more glamorous. In general, working with the elderly is physically and emotionally taxing, but Amy knew they needed advocates. She has always been very conscious to treat her elderly patients with compassion in all areas of their life - mind, body, and spirit.
Amy lives in Cypress, TX with her five children and two dogs. She enjoys yoga, staying active, and spending time with her amazing kids. She is also passionate about getting to the root cause of illness rather than repeatedly putting band-aids on her patients’ issues, so can frequently be seen reading functional medicine texts and learning from experienced practitioners all over the globe.
Certified Dementia Practitioner MA, LCDC, MAC & AADC, Vice President of Human Resources, Counseling, and Mediation
Through many hours of research Andrea felt blessed to find Complete Dementia Solutions when trying to place a loved one who has Lewy Body Dementia within a memory care facility. She says there are large placement companies with huge advertising budgets out there, but found out the hard way, that they do not specialize in memory care placement only. This caused undue stress on Andrea as she was advised to search through the wilderness of memory care communities that were supplied to her with no assistance from these companies. Memory care facilities are definitely not a “one size fits all” as there are many types of dementia and levels of care. This can lead to ill-informed placement resulting in a short-term stay which can be physically and emotionally devastating to the dementia resident.
Once she came across Complete Dementia Solutions, it became apparent to her that she was at the right source to get assistance for my loved one. The CEO of Complete Dementia Solutions was available at the time that she called. He conducted an assessment, personally checked out distinctive locations that accepted Lewy Body Dementia clients, and took everything off of her plate while taking Andrea through the entire process with compassion and empathy. She says she did not find this type of support with any other placement company. It was because of all of this that she was not only impressed with the impeccable service provided but felt led to join a company that sincerely helps those in critical need of dementia and Alzheimer’s guidance. Andrea's mother passed away three and one-half years ago of Alzheimer’s, and she only wished that there could have been a company like Complete Dementia Solutions to have helped her through her fourteen-year journey with Alzheimer’s in finding the correct placement she desperately needed. Andrea feels this is now her opportunity to assist families find the proper memory care placement for their loved one’s as well as providing counseling and mediation to those who request these additional services.
Andrea has been a counselor/therapist for over thirty years. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California with a Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance and Pepperdine University in Malibu, California with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She is also a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and works with Geriatric Substance Use clients who abuse alcohol and opiates. Lastly, Andrea is also a Transitional Lifestyle Coach for seniors and their families. When she is not working, Andrea likes to read, cook, hang out with friends and family, and listen to a lot of good old classic rock. She also has two cats - one that is “special needs” and the other is her eighteen pound brother….
Certified Dementia Practitioner PTA
I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and moved to Houston when I was two years old. With that, I consider Houston my hometown. I started working in the medical field at seventeen at a minor emergency clinic for my co-op job in high school. My next ten years of experience was spent in medical and physical therapy office settings conducting insurance verification, scheduling, billing and collections, occasional marketing, and eventually office management.
When my daughter was born, I was blessed to be able to stay home with her throughout her first five years of life. At that time, I took the opportunity to go back to school for what I believed had always been my “calling.” I spent the next three years in school; the first year getting all of my prerequisite classes and observation hours completed to apply for the Physical Therapist Assistant program. I was
accepted into the program at Lone Star College – Montgomery campus where I spent the next two years taking my required courses to sit for my state board licensing exam.
Four years have already passed since I began my Physical Therapy Assistant career in Home Health. I have always had a passion for helping others, and it is a blessing to serve individuals in their homes by helping them return to their prior level of function.
I came into contact with Brenden Shannon, CEO of Complete Dementia Solutions, while providing Home Health physical therapy services for his mother who was recovering from hip surgery. I had never heard of a company that offered services for individuals with dementia and their families/caregivers. Brenden gave me a couple of business cards in case I would ever come across a family that may need help in placing their loved one in a group home or facility.
The following Sunday, a woman in my bible study class was explaining her situation about taking care of her husband with dementia. She lovingly explained that she did not feel that she could continue to give him the care that he needed at home. After class, I gave her Brenden’s business card and explained that I believed in the company and what they do comes from love and compassion for others facing this dilemma. The woman contacted Brenden, and he was able to get her husband into a facility that was within walking distance of her home. This was very important so that she could visit him on a regular basis.
I became part of the CDS team as a Certified Dementia practitioner with a background in physical therapy. If I can have the opportunity of helping one family place their loved one in a facility that best fits their needs the first time, I am blessed to be able to do so.