Our Team

Sandee Dougherty

Owner, Visiting Angels Canton, OH

How I started Visiting Angels.

I have a finance degree from the University of Akron and was a financial planner for over 17 years.

In November of 2000 my Mother, who was a very independent person, had a brain bleed and was rushed to the hospital for emergency brain surgery. It was determined that the bleed was due to small cell lung cancer which had gone previously undetected.

For the next month I visited her in the hospital daily where she recovered and received rehabilitation. During one of my regular visits I was approached by the social worker and told that my Mother would be going home by the week’s end. I was mortified. She could no longer take care of herself, she could not do steps and really she could not be left alone due to continued seizures due to the cancer now present in her brain.

The social worker gave me three brochures for nursing homes and assisted livings in our area. On a cold and blustery December day I started my search for my Mother’s new home. I found a wonderful new assisted living that was willing to work with us as my Mother’s diagnosis was terminal with a 3-4 month life expectancy. Hospice would also be involved at some point in the future.

My Mother lived 6 more months and she and I shared a lot of laughs and tears during that time. One of my biggest regrets was not being able to keep her at home.

From that point I started my quest to figure out how to help other families navigate these waters. I knew that I was not the only one in this position, caring for an elderly loved one while working and caring for my own family, and that there would be many more in the future.

After Mom passed, life settled down and I got back into my regular work/family routine. And as the good Lord would have it, I turned on my computer and started to read my work emails. There before my eyes was an email from “Visiting Angels – Senior Living Assistance.” A new Cleveland office was making connections with area financial planners. As I continued to the Visiting Angels website, I spotted a box that said, “Want to own a franchise.” I clicked it and the rest is history.

Kristy Bell

Leader of Operations

Kristy is part of the Canton Visiting Angels team as Office Manager. She graduated with honors from Brown Mackie College with a 3.99 GPA, a member of Alpha Beta Kappa, and an Associate Degree in Applied Business Accounting Technology. She came to us in December of 2011 and has been a part of our growing team ever since.

She has a background as a State Tested Nursing Assistant. She worked in a facility as an STNA doing midnights, while going to Aultman School of Nursing during the day. She enjoyed caring for the residence and wished there was more time in a day to spend with them to hear their life stories.

After a couple of years of school and working full time, she decided to dedicate her time to her family and became a stay at home mom. Once life settled down and the time was right, she enrolled at Brown Mackie College. Dedicated to her studies, she excelled. When the time came for her to take an externship, she noticed that Visiting Angels was hiring office help. She called up Visiting Angel and introduced herself to Sandee. With Kristy’s experience in the field of caregiving along with her desire to make a difference and an impact on her community, Canton Visiting Angels is clearly a perfect match.

Each Visiting Angels agency is a franchise that is independently owned and operated. The Franchisor, Living Assistance Services Inc., does not control or manage the day to day business operations of any Visiting Angels franchised agency.