Our Assisted Living Team
Our mature and compassionate team of caregivers and healthcare providers truly makes Unlimited Care Cottages a special place. Each person chosen to help us care for your loved one becomes a part of our close-knit family.
Assisted Living Director
Candace has been in long-term care since 2013 and received her Assisted Living Administrator Certification in 2014. Before starting in long-term care, she worked with underprivileged youth from all over the state of Texas. Her happiness is in helping and serving others and is evident in her chosen careers. She is compassionate and loves to be the person that families can lean on when it comes to helping them make some of the toughest decisions for their loved ones.
Candace meets people in all different situations with a multitude of family dynamics and feels led to help them each step of the way. Her goal as the Director of Unlimited Care is to bring families, care partners, and anyone else involved in a residents’ care together. She forms a true team for each resident in order to make the best decisions necessary for their comfort and care.
Candace is able to leave each day with a feeling of accomplishment in making a difference in someone’s life. She is humbled to be able to do this on a daily basis because it is so therapeutic for her. She pours her heart into each resident and family, so there are naturally days that she must leave with a heavy heart. Her response to these days is to prepare for the next and be able to provide the loving care and help that a new family is searching for.
In her role as the director, she introduces families and the community to our care homes. She is the first person families will typically meet and she guides them through the whole process, even after they move into one of our communities. Her passion and heart are evident when you meet her and become more clear as you become one of her families. Candace’s devotion to Unlimited Care and our residents and families is obvious. With Candace’s support, she makes a very tough experience one where you never feel as though you are going through it alone.
Director of Quality and Training
Woodlands, TX (June 27, 2017) – Marlene N. Wanjala has recently been promoted to Director of Quality and Training at Assisted Living by Unlimited Care Cottages. She previously held the position of Care Partner for the last three years and joined the company seven years ago in 2011.
Wanjala received a bachelor’s degree in management from Park University in Austin. She has earned professional certifications in Gerontology and End of Life Care from Houston Community College.
She is now responsible for providing consistent training among all care partners within the caregiving business.
Assisted Living by Unlimited Care Cottages was founded in 1998 by co-owners Buck and Terri Buckholtz. Today, their caregiving business has seven assisted living and memory care personal cottages in The Woodlands and Spring areas.
Each cottage offers a unique, cozy, home-like alternative to larger, more traditional assisted living communities or nursing homes for families in need of care for an aging parent or relative. Staffed 24/7 by full-time, live-in care partners, the cottages boast a high staff-to-resident ratio for the caregiving industry. Private and companion rooms are offered for residents whose needs range from minimum to maximum care with assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, transferring, and medication reminders.
Transitional care for elderly patients who need extra help after a lengthy stay in the hospital or a rehabilitation center, as well as temporary respite care is also offered as space is available.
Cottage residents enjoy home-cooked meals in the kitchen and sitting out on the front and back porch. They can also participate in activities, such as music therapy, and they have access to volunteer services, house call physician services, hospice, and home health services. Other services, such as hair and nail care, are also provided for the residents.
“We are very proud to announce the promotion of Marlene,” said Buck Buckholtz. “She has been a loyal member of our care team and has worked hard to improve her professional education and skills throughout her tenure with us. In her new and expanded role, she is continuing to make a difference in the lives of residents we serve each day. Our philosophy is to take care of the people who take care of our people.”
Resident Care Coordinator
Hello, my name is Sonia Botello and I am originally from Mexico. I came to the US in 1976 at age 14 and graduated from John H Reagan HS. I became a US citizen in 1996. I got married in 1983 and have 4 beautiful kids and proud to be a grandma of 2 lovely grandchildren. Working with kids and seniors is my passion and I am so fortunate to be able to combine the two. I became employed with Unlimited Care through a former resident, Mr. Dale. I was his private caregiver for 5 years and when he moved into one of the cottages at Unlimited Care, that’s how I met Buck & Terri. I feel like that is when I became part of what I call my second family. I have been with Unlimited Care Cottages for 4 years and my title has progressed to Resident Care Coordinator which involves so many different details that I love overseeing and being involved with. This is truly my life’s calling.
SHANNON HILL, RN, BSN
I started my nursing career later in life. I was blessed to be able to be a stay at home Mom while my children were young. After graduating from nursing school in Missouri, I worked in a hospital on the med-surg floor for 5 years. We then were transferred to Texas with my husband’s job. Thankfully I was able to take a little time off to get settled in our new surroundings. Most recently, before working for Unlimited Care, I worked for a local hospice company
I feel very blessed to be working with such wonderful residents, gifted caregivers, and also Terri, Buck, Candace, and the entire Unlimited Care family.
MERCY KIMUHU, LVN
Mercy Kimuhu serves the patients at Unlimited Care Cottages as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Her responsibilities include managing her patients’ conditions, administering prescribed medications, and helping caregivers learn how to best care for them.
Originally from Kenya, Mercy now lives in Spring, TX and has been with Unlimited Care Cottages since 2011. She brought with her previous experience working as a caregiver and a Certified Nursing Aid for The Woodlands Healthcare and several home health care companies. She is currently studying to become a Registered Nurse.
Mercy enjoys being able to care for people and meeting all their needs. She has the heart to provide care that is attentive and complete. It’s a joy for her knowing her patients are happy with the care they receive.
Mercy chooses to provide personal care services at Unlimited Care Cottages because of the small setting. It is satisfying for her to know that she can reach every person in the assisted living community, something that would not be possible in a larger setting.
“Unlimited Care is just like a small community. People here work together and help each other as a team. There’s nothing that can beat that.”
When Mercy is not working, she enjoys traveling back to Kenya to visit her family.
Handle With Care Manager
Life Enrichment & Marketing Liaison
From the time Amber was a little girl, her family taught her the importance of caring for the elderly and their needs. They had an elderly neighbor that they would help out by tending to her yard, purchasing her groceries and taking care of any day to day needs she might have. She ended up being an adopted grandmother to the family. Her family would also minister and sing in local skilled nursing facilities. After high school Amber attended Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX. While there she volunteered in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. During this time Amber also traveled around the world as a vocalist, ministering in churches. She then attended Lamar University in Beaumont, TX and received an Associates Degree in Medical Administration. After completing her degree, she went to Costa Rica for a year and attended the Spanish Language Institute of Costa Rica where she had the opportunity to not only learn the language but to minister in churches. Amber returned to the states, got married, and took the next 10 years to focus on being a mommy to her two sons.
After staying home for year 10, it was time to launch back out into the work force. Amber accepted a position as Administrative Assistant with Carter Home Healthcare. After sitting behind a desk for several years learning the industry she was promoted to Professional Sales Coordinator. She worked in the field for a year gaining experience. Amber then accepted the position of Area Manager with Encompass Home Healthcare. Working in the industry for over 7 years, Amber and her husband, Steven, recognized a need and started a senior home safety company, Handle With Care. She and her husband, who is a Woodlands Firefighter, work together spreading the word about their company and educating on the need for senior home safety and the ongoing risk of falls. Amber not only manages Handle With Care, but is now also the Life Enrichment and Marketing Liaison for the Unlimited Care Cottages where she continues to give and be a resource to our local Seniors.
Senior Fitness Instructor
Jonathan Sanchez is a young professional born in Harlingen, TX a small town in the most southern tip of Texas. He moved to Houston in 2014 to get his Bachelors of Science degree in Sports Administration with a minor In Human Nutrition from the University of Houston. Upon graduation, he founded Revitalize Senior Fitness and currently teaches classes at independent & assisted living facilities, recreational facilities, as well as churches. Jonathan has a passion for teaching wellness classes that are not only challenging but full of joy! He is SilverSneakers certified and greatly enjoys serving the mature adult population. For two years Jonathan worked at the Star of Hope Mission in downtown Houston where he found a desire for philanthropy work and hopes to one day be able to give scholarships to less fortunate youth in inner-city Houston!
If you are looking for a great workout, but also want to experience having fun at the same time join his classes offered at Unlimited Care Cottages.
Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 AM – 10:140 AM at Budde Rd. location
Tuesday and Thursday 10:50 AM – 11:20 AM at the Cooper Cottage
Wednesday 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM at Mimis
Dr. Jason DeMattia, MD
DR. JASON K. DEMATTIA, MD
Jason K. DeMattia, MD earned his medical degree from N.Y. Medical College in 2001. He completed a Family Medicine residency at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown TX, and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He received the coveted honor, “Resident Teacher Award.”
Together with his wife Candice M. DeMattia, MD they have been practicing Family Medicine in the greater Houston area since 2005.In answer to the escalating population of geriatric patients and their need for health care accessibility, Dr. DeMattia founded Physicians Home Care of Texas in Spring of 2013 to ensure that the elderly have the opportunity to receive the health care they need, when and where they need it.
VA Accredited Agent
I will assist any Veteran, spouse or widow of a Veteran who is eligible for Veterans Benefits. There are two types of Pensions for Aid and Attendance. The first is for Veterans with low income and no assets. the second type is for Veterans with high income and disposable assets. These claims require a rating and special documentation. You will need my assistance as there are specific provisions for this.
Ashley Durkin is the primary house call practitioner in Spring, The Woodlands, Conroe, Kingwood and Humble for the Geriatric and Hospice Medical Services (GHMS). This job includes medical supervision of two GHMS employees. She has worked in a medical supervisory capacity since 2000 with multiple GHMS employees such as medical assistants, nurse’s aids and nurses. Her duties include direct patient care, diagnosing, treating, reviewing labs, ordering tests, writing prescriptions, taking call, coordinating care plan oversight with home health nursing staff as well as preparing coding and billing for Medicare patients.