About Us

Specialized Home Care is a newly established home health agency in the Kansas City area. Based out of Jackson County, we service Jackson, Johnson, Clay, Cass, Ray, and Lafayette counties. Specialized Home Care is owned and operated by nurses and therapists. We are a Medicare certified company and fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Healthcare (ACHC).

If you are facing the task of choosing a home health agency for yourself or a loved one, you can rest assured that with Specialized Home Care you are getting the best in Home Health Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Skilled Nursing in the Kansas City Metro area. We are experts in the field of orthopedics, fall prevention, and chronic disease management. Our goal is always to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. With Specialized Home Care you are never just a number. We take great pride in the quality of care that we offer our local community.

Erik Hansen, MPT
Erik Hansen, MPTCo-founder
Erik graduated from Rockhurst University with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2005. He has an extensive clinical and business background in both home health and outpatient settings. Erik brings a strong joint replacement background and is considered one of the best joint replacement clinicians in the Kansas City area. He enjoys mentoring other clinicians that enjoy joint replacement therapy. Erik also has a passion for the geriatric population including working on improving balance and function for this aging population. He has teamed up with the best in the business to formulate Specialized Home Care and is excited to serve this community. Outside of work, Erik enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, coaching kids sports, many outdoor activities, and traveling.

Management Team

Bo Thomas
Bo ThomasOperations Officer/Administrator
Bo is the Administrator at Specialized. He has been with the organization since SHC received its Medicare Certification. Bo has been an integral part of working with ownership to build a foundation at Specialized that consists of:
1. An experienced, caring, and talented staff.
2. A referral base that consists of over 50 different providers.
3. Operation and fiscal processes to ensure the continued growth and long term success of SHC.
Diane Petifurd RN,MSN,COS-C,WCC
Diane Petifurd RN,MSN,COS-C,WCCCompliance Officer & Director of Nursing
Diane is our Compliance Officer. She brings 31 years of nursing practice including 20 years of management experience. She graduated from the University of Mary with a Master’s in Nursing Administration, Sigma Theta-Tau. She specializes in Geriatrics, certified in OASIS, Wound Care, and soon ICD-10 coding. Although having practiced in various clinical settings she fell in love with Home Care in 2001 and never looked back. Diane believes the best place to heal; mind, body, & spirit is in your own home. She states, “it’s a privilege to provide care in the community and there is never a dull day.”
Diane is a member of the AAPC, National Nurses Society, and Missouri Show-Me-Response Emergency Program. In her leisure, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking gourmet meals, art, and various outdoor sports.
Chad Vangaasbeek, RN
Chad Vangaasbeek, RNClinical Nurse Manager
Chad graduated from Missouri Western State University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree and has worked in the Kansas City metro for 11 years. He has a strong orthopedic background and a great sense of humor. We are very excited to have him as part of the Specialized team.
Ashley Greco, MSN-IT, RN, COS-C
Ashley Greco, MSN-IT, RN, COS-CClinical Nurse Manager
Graduated top her class from University of Central Missouri and University of Phoenix with a bachelors in nursing with an emphasis in psychology and a masters degree in nursing and IT. She is part of the Nursing Honors Society. She’s worked inpatient at St. Luke’s Hospital Nueroscience Institute and surgery aftercare. She also has a six year background in home health nursing and quality analysis. She is also certified in OASIS.
Suzee Mellot
Suzee MellotOffice Manager
Suzee has been in the home health industry for 5 years. Prior to home health she worked in customer service, primarily the customer relations department dealing with escalated service complaints. It is important to her that every customer or potential customer is treated with respect. She enjoys managing the administrative parts of the office and strives to give excellent customer service at the beginning, middle beyond of every patient experience with Specialized Home Care.

Best Team in Kansas City