About


Since Barr Private Care opened its doors in March of 1992, there has been an overwhelming community response due to our dedicated and caring staff and the economical and efficient quality of care.

Barr Private Care was nurse founded and is locally, family owned. We offer an alternative to institutional care. Our goal is for you or your loved one to achieve the highest level of independence while remaining in the comfort of your own home.

Our staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support to our clients and their families.

Barr’s Management Team

Michelle Smart; Owner/Administrator

Michelle Smart, owner and administrator of Barr Private Care is a Kansas City native. Born and raised in Kansas City, KS, Michelle attended Kansas University before settling in North Kansas City, MO. After giving birth to her last child, Michelle relocated with her husband and family to Olathe, KS where until 2014 she spent 12 years as a stay at home mom to her 7 children.

Her road to Barr began in 2003 when her mom was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Like many before her, Michelle found herself in the new role of Care Manager / Caregiver. She felt ill prepared to make life changing decisions for her mom’s treatment. There is nothing like learning in the trenches and after 2 years of consultation, radiation, chemo, surgery and recovery she felt like she knew more about cancer care management than any non-professional ever needed to know! A few years later found Michelle and her husband watching as his parents cared for their two octogenarian mothers in their home. It was both heartbreakingly sweet watching their devotion and also difficult as they watched their own parents aging dramatically before their very eyes. They saw the effects that lack of sleep and constant worry had on their own aging parents. At the time, Michelle had never heard the term ‘respite care’ nor did she really understand the function of hospice. It would be several more years before Michelle would come to Barr Private Care. She continued to raise her 7 children and sent 5 off to college before she would realize caring for people – her children, parents, friends and family, is truly her heart’s calling. At Barr, Michelle is able to combine her business background with her desire to care for others. She hopes to offer the comfort, care, resources and support she now knows are available.

Michelle is also active in her church. She is a regular volunteer with the youth group and participates in local charitable organizations including Center of Grace Food Pantry and Mission Southside in Olathe.

Peggy Nichols; Office Manager/Accounting

Peggy Nichols joined Barr in 2004 as the Accounting Manager overseeing billing and payroll. Peggy is the backbone of Barr and is known for her accurate and timely work. Prior to Barr, Peggy had more than ten years of experience in the banking industry serving as a financial officer, auditor and operations manager for several banks. Peggy is an active member of her community and enjoys volunteering time providing financial assistance to her church and homeowners association.

Peggy received her B.S.B.A from Drake University and her MBA from Rockhurst University.

Leigh Lloyd; Scheduling Manager

Leigh joined Barr in 2012. In addition to managing all aspects of scheduling, Leigh is the liaison for all field staff and clients. Leigh is a highly organized, detail-minded individual with a strong personal and work ethic. She is a self-motivated problem solver with a long history of customer service excellence. She understands the importance of matching caregiver’s skills and personality with our clients. She is very dedicated to senior care and meeting client needs. Because Leigh herself is a Certified Nurse Assistant, she is able to counsel caregivers on patient issues and can act as a resource and backup caregiver to provide seamless care to our clients.

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