Meet the Team

Marcus Gardner


Owner of Always Best Care Senior Services in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. He was raised in East Texas and is a Graduate of Texas A&M University. Marcus’ passion has been people all of his life and he cherishes each client as well as every staff member that he is blessed to associate himself with …

Customer service is the heart of his vision and treating each individual with the highest level of
respect, dignity and excellent care has been and will always be our trademark.
Marcus has been married for nearly twenty years to his wonderful wife, Melissa and they have two children … Madison and Marshall

From everyone at Always Best Care … We thank you for the privilege to care for you and your loved ones … We are truly here to Serve!

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Barbara Durham

Operations Manager/ Alt Administrator

Barbara is a graduate of Texas Tech University. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies.

Barbara has over 21 years in the Health Care profession, experiencing in Case Management, Office Management, Director of Hospital Admissions, and Marketing. Barbara resides in Prosper, TX and is happily married to her husband, Sean. They have 4 beautiful children, Jamal, Devon, Tenae, and Myah. Their oldest son, Jamal is attending medical school at the University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio. And their oldest daughter Tenae, will be attending her Freshman year at the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2018 in hopes to become a Registered Nurse. They too share her passion of giving back and being an advocate to improve population health outcomes.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Neeva Shrestha

Finance Specialist

Neeva is a native Austinite who also graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Biology. She is a huge animal lover and enjoys hiking as well as kayaking with friends and family. She also has a passion for cooking and loves learning new recipes to cook for her friends and family.

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Tisha Perdue

HR Recruiter

Tisha has been working at Always Best Care since 2017. She has been working with the elderly for the last 6 years. Starting as a caregiver at an Assisted Living Facility, she worked her way up to Care Manager. She found great satisfaction in taking care of others, and has since then taken great pride in ensuring each client has the best care. She looks forward to helping you and your family get the care they deserve.

In her free time she enjoys time with her two amazing children Jacob and Alyssa, riding her bike on the local trails, singing karaoke, and spending time with family and friends.

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Denise Stock

Staffing Manager

Denise has completed courses through the Department of Aging and Disability in the State of Texas for Alternate Administrator. She also was a Medical assistant for many Doctors from UTSW Medical School in Dallas.

She has dedicated 12 years in Personal Assistant Services for the Elderly. She literally went full circle in the industry having experience in every position from Administration, marketing, staffing, billing, and payroll. All the time caring for an elderly parent in her home for 17 years.

Denise loves people, and loves caring for everyone. She is an active grandmother and wife who spends her spare time feeding and clothing those less fortunate. She works with two non-profit organizations providing Hope for those in need. Her hobbies include sewing, quilting, and camping with her family.

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Tynisha Bennett

Office Coordinator

Tynisha joined Always Best Care in 2018. She is originally from the Midwest, but has resided in Dallas for the last 12 years. Tynisha has over 19 years of experience in the Healthcare Industry. She started as a caregiver working with individuals with special needs. Tynisha has also held positions in Case Management, Human Resources, Office Administration and has worked as an Area Director over a Residential Service Program for individuals with developmental disabilities. Tynisha has a passion for helping others and receives satisfaction from knowing each day she has made a difference in someone’s life. In her spare time Tynisha enjoys spending time with her son, Christopher.

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Stephen Wyatt

Care Coordinator-Marketing

Stephen Wyatt joined our team in 2019, he is a native of Dallas, TX., married to a great wife (Christie) for 30+ years, with 2 awesome children (Stephon and Camri).

Stephen is a graduate of Grambling State University (post-graduate Texas Tech University). He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing and his MBA in Business. Stephen has over 28 years in the Health Care Industry (primarily within the Pharmaceutical Industry), in various leadership roles, with a patient/customer first philosophy. He was raised to care and respect all people…

Stephen has received several Leadership Certifications: John Maxwell Certification Program and Harvard Manage-Mentor Leadership Development Program.

In his spare time, Stephen enjoys singing at church on the Praise Team, Estate Sales and Date Night with his wife (Christie).

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Kelly Bennett

Care Coordinator-Marketing

Kelly graduated from Texas Woman’s University with degrees in Social Work and Sociology. She has twenty-five years of experience working in healthcare, serving the geriatric population in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

Born and raised in Dallas, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

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Elisa “Elise” Rene Carrillo

Staffing Coordinator

Elise has been with Always Best Care since 2013. She has one son named Lincoln and enjoys spending time with him on her off days. Before Always Best Care, she was a Caregiver/Med Tech in an Assisted Living Facility. Elise found peace helping seniors, many of them she worked directly with and some she didn’t. But, their wisdom of life helped mature her and remains in her heart. Elise has a true passion with matching caregivers and clients together and takes great pride in finding that perfect match. She loves being there for Seniors and their families when they are faced with a difficult time in their life or when they might need help transitioning into needing additional care.

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Shantel “Shay” Smith

Staffing Coordinator

Shantel has over 10 years experience providing care to the elderly. Working in the Assisted Living and Senior Living facilities has brought a wealth of knowledge and compassion when it comes to understanding the individual care needs of our clients.
She enjoys cooking, hunting, and spending time with her family.

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Scheduling Coordinator

Bonnie was born in Corpus Christi TX and raised in Dallas TX.

She has always enjoyed caring for not just the elderly and disabled but anyone God puts in her life. She has even had the pleasure to work with disabled children.
We all have a purpose in life and believes this is what is planned for her. Working for Always Best Care is another opportunity to meet new people who need care.

Bonnie has worked in the Health Care industry for 10 years. She has worked as a caregiver, administrative assistant, as well as a staffing coordinator. She has worn many hats in the industry and has enjoyed every moment. All the while caring for her 3 children Azalia 19 yrs old, Marqus 9yrs old, and Ellianna 4yrs old.

Bonnie is a firm believer of doing what makes you happy in life and knowing that she can make a difference in someone’s life is extremely rewarding for her.

In her spare time, she spends as much time as possible out doors with Family & Friends.

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Melissa Cooley

Scheduling Coordinator

Melissa was born and raised in the Dallas Ft Worth area. She is currently attending Tarrant County College applying for their Physical Therapy Assistant Program. She is also pursuing Medical Billing and Coding.

Melissa has been in the Health Care Profession since 2005 and has a very strong background in Medicare and Medicaid Programs. She has experience in Office and Field Management as well.

Melissa has a strong dedication for caring for seniors and the community. She is a mother of four wonderful children and caretaker of her mother. Her spare time is dedicated to her family.

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Attiyah Hameen

Administrative Assistant

Having worked as a receptionist/ administrative assistant, Attiyah is simultaneously continuing her education to obtain her BSBC {Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry) degree. Her ultimate goal is to become a Medical Doctor, specializing in Pediatrics.

Attiyah enjoys caring for children, as they are the future. In her spare time, Attiyah enjoys seeing new movies, traveling the world, and spending time with loved ones.

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