We are privileged to have one of the most experienced and talented assisted living care teams in the state of Michigan. Many of our team members have been employed at this location for many years, something you may not see at other care facilities. We have also added several new faces to further our expertise and ensure that we EXCEED the state required resident to staff ratios for all shifts. Sandyside’s experienced and talented staff of elderly care specialists make our residents feel at home! Meet the team who will be caring for your loved one.

Shyam Mahesh, MD

Dr. Mahesh is the new Medical Director at Sandyside Senior Living. He is a board-certified internal medicine physician. Dr, Mahesh has been on staff at Huron Valley Hospital in Commerce Township for the last several years. Recently, he opened his own office in Commerce Township. We at Sandyside felt that it was important to have one of our local physicians caring for our residents. This means if any one of our residents has to be sent to the hospital, they will see the same doctor they see at our facility.


Mary Johnson wears many hats for us at Sandyside. She has been employed at this facility since 2012.  You will see Mary both in the kitchen at Sandyside and then working the floor tending to our residents every needs. She truly enjoys the interaction with our residents. Mary is nearing retirement age, but has already made it clear to Mike and Tim that she still wants to work part time once she retires. 

Lacracha Watkins is a vital part of our care team. She has been employed at this facility for five years. She drives from Detroit four days a week to help care for your loved one’s. She serves as a team leader on our midnight shift.  Lacracha had worked at several other metro Detroit Adult Foster Care Homes before finding her way to us .

Karen Anderson  joined our team in June 2020. She has been involved in senior care for over 15 years.  Karen has been a CNA for many years.  She most recently was working for a larger facility that was recently sold to a corporation.  It was a tough decision for her to leave the residents she loved and had worked with the last 12 years, but she longed to work for another family owned facility. She has brought a vast array of knowledge from her past experiences. Karen can be found working afternoons.

Jane Helka just joined us at Sandyside in late December 2018, she has worked at a couple other local facilities and has several years of senior care experience. You will see Jane working with us mornings from 6 am – 2 pm. 

Elizabeth Harris has been involved in patient care for over 25 years. She has worked in giant facilities and most recently as a home based caregiver.  In her time in patient care there is not much she has not seen or done.  Liz has been invaluable helping us institute new polices and procedures.

Mandy Utter has worked at our facility for many years, for several years before we even bought it.  After adding two more children to her family… (for a total of 4) and a short time away, she is back!  Mandy will be a vital part of our weekend team.

Danae Sandy is a CNA who just recently joined our team. She moved down from the Upper Pennisula to spend time with her boyfriend. She is a mainstay on our afternoon and midnight shifts.

Susan Thompson joined our staff in November 2018. She has known our owner Mike for over 20 years and Mike persuaded her to join us at Sandyside.  Sue is the second member of our cooking staff and we are thrilled to have her on our team.

Victoria Fernandez-Guitierrez  just graduated High School in June 2019.  She first found her way to Sandyside as a volunteer during her senior year as part of the Oakland Schools Technical Campus, working towards her dream of becoming a nurse. She was a stand out during her volunteer time with us, and we made the decision to hire her as soon as she turned 18.  Vicky took her CNA class while in High School and passed her CNA test just after graduation.

Megan Dewar is another recent High School graduate, class of 2019. Megan was also a volunteer at Sandyside during her senior year through the Oakland Schools Technical Campus. She like Victoria, impressed Mike and Tim and when they discovered she wanted to come to work for Sandyside, it was a simple decision. Megan is currently studying to become a nurse. Megan is also a CNA.

Meghan Weber joined our team in February of 2019. Since joining us she has literally worked every shift and worn many hats for us. She recently moved to South Lyon and continues to drive to White Lake to care for our residents at Sandyside. Meghan is a CNA and a certified EMT.

Keona Foster is another valued caregiver, she has worked in Senior Care for over 5 years.  Keona is currently working full time  on our midnight shift.

Debra May  joined our staff late in 2019. She has been employed at the South Lyon School District as a para-pro tending to the needs of some of the districts special needs children. She has the perfect demeanor to add to the enrich the lives of our residents here at Sandyside.

Olga Curry just joined us in September of 2020. She also is a CNA and brings 12 years of senior experience with her. Olga is a mother of a 14 year old son. She will be helping us on our midnight shift fulltime.




Timothy Nye and Michael Piagentini have been friends for 25 years. They first met while they were both teenagers working at a local funeral home.

Both Mike and Tim are licensed funeral directors and had been looking at buying a funeral home for the last few years, when this opportunity crossed their paths.

They have always enjoyed aiding the elderly and buying this facility just seemed like a natural fit for both of them. Both Mike and Tim are very active in the day to day operations and both can be seen everyday at Sandyside Senior Living’s beautiful facility in White Lake, MI.


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We take the business of providing exceptional care very seriously. As such, we are always looking for the best talent in the industry. If you are looking for a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the Detroit area, or you are an experienced elderly caregiver, you might consider Sandyside Senior Living. Ideal team members must be passionate about providing exceptional care in a team-centric environment.


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