Life Care Solutions is a team of dedicated professionals who use their expertise and experience to ensure our clients' quality of life is maintained or improved.


Sheila Schmidt, MBA
Owner

Prior to Life Care Solutions, Sheila spent 17 years in corporate telecom, negotiating contracts for Fortune 500 clients and advising CIO’s and technology executives regarding telecom procurement strategy.  For the last 5 years, Sheila was General Manager of a consulting practice for a company in San Diego.  Sheila valued the people that she met and the experience that she gained during these years, but she felt called to make a difference and re- focus on work that directly helps people.  This calling intensified while serving as Medical Power of Attorney for a close family member who experienced a rapid decline due to Alzheimer’s. Sheila experienced first-hand the guilt, anxiety and stress that can come with navigating a health crisis of a loved one, and she knew that she had found her passion to ease the burden of these situations.  She is thrilled to be serving individuals and families through Care Management.  Sheila is certified to be an assisted living administrator and has earned her Certificate of Professional Advancement in Gerontology at UCCS.  Sheila earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bucknell University, and then earned her Master of Business Administration and Master of International Business from the University of Colorado at Denver.


Erik Schmidt 
Owner

Erik has seventeen years’ business experience in finance and management.  Over his career, he helped secure over $1 billion in public financing with a Denver based investment bank, managed a $200 million business unit for a fortune 500 company, and consulted on the strategy and build out of a South African fiber optic network for the largest cellular communications company in Africa.  In 2011, Erik decided that he wanted to pursue a career that had a greater social impact.  While helping his family manage his grandparents’ affairs and twenty four hour home care, he saw first-hand the need for quality support of senior individuals.  He and his wife Sheila acquired Life Care Solutions in 2014 after searching for an area of the senior care industry which helps people navigate the myriad of care options and provides the type of objective and professional guidance on which family members can rely.  Erik has a BSBA in accounting from Bucknell University, has completed the Colorado state certification for administrators of assisted living communities, and earned a Certificate of Professional Advancement in Gerontology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  Erik is particularly interested in the neurological effects of aging and how to cope with the changes people experience.


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Kristen Brandenburg
Care Manager

Kristen has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has been working at Life Care Solutions since 2010. Kristen previously worked at Pepsi Cola and The Colorado Medical Weight Loss Center. While not working Kristen enjoys advising the collegiate chapter of Pi Beta Phi at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, knitting, and watching Major League Soccer matches. 


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Cate Snow
Care Manager

Cate has a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Cate previously worked as an attorney for legal services and focused on custody disputes and Medicaid qualification. She originally joined the Life Care Solutions Team in 1997 for three years before becoming a mother and staying home with her children. Cate later worked as a counselor for Pikes Peak Mental Health working exclusively with older clients through their newly formed senior division. Following that, she worked as a Special Education Teacher in middle and elementary school. She rejoined the Life Care Solutions Team in June of 2013 as a Care Manager.  Outside of work Cate enjoys spending time with family, hiking/ running, camping, biking, and reading. 

Shawnna Masterson, LPN
Care Manager

Shawnna Masterson, LPN
Care Manager

Shawnna graduated with honors from the Practical Nursing program at Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, NC.  Currently Shawnna is attending Pueblo Community College to obtain her degree as a Registered Nurse.  Before joining the team at Life Care Solutions, she worked as a charge nurse at an area rehabilitation facility with previous experience in ophthalmic surgery and working with geriatric populations in nursing facilities.  Although Shawnna originally set out to work in emergency medicine, working with the elderly population has quickly become something she is very passionate about and holds close to her heart. In her spare time, Shawnna enjoys spending time with family, remodling her home, and enjoying the outdoors.  

 

Sheila Gallup, LCSW
Care Manager

Sheila Gallup, LCSW, has over 34 years experience as a social worker and has worked in almost every setting including positions at Rx Home Health Care, Rose Medical Center, St Anthony's Psychiatric Unit, and the Innovage PACE program as a social worker. Sheila has extensive experience in family therapy, case management, private case management, elder law, gerontology, and support and counseling of oncology and rehabilitation patients. She has a depth of knowledge on connecting people to resources, and assessing their psychological status and needs.  Sheila enjoys life with her husband, Ed, dog, Frank, and parrot, Chloe near southeast Denver in sight of Pikes Peak. Other interests include enjoying her grandson Patrick, and the Colorado countryside.


Erin Cyrus
Marketing and Operations Manager

Erin earned an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from American Public University, and is now pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Most recently, Erin worked as an Instructional Assistant in an elementary school in Colorado Springs. Before moving to Colorado in 2012, Erin was the Executive Assistant for a non-profit organization, Easter Seals Blake Foundation. During her tenure there, she supported the Adults with Disabilities program as well as the organization’s Behavioral Health program.  When Erin is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, loves to camp and travel, and enjoys time with family and friends.


Patriot
Office Dog

Patriot has been the Office Dog at Life Care Solutions since February 2014. He has a PhD in napping. While not at work Patriot enjoys chasing squirrels, playing fetch, chewing on his toys and bones,  eating, spending time with family, and other dog tasks.