Meet Our Team

Ty McWilliams, Home Health Administrator

Ty was born and raised in Idaho and loves East Idaho. She is a Registered Nurse with 17 years of experience in the medical field. She started her career as a CNA, and worked for many years as a licensed practical nurse. Ty returned to school 7 years ago to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a RN. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was the vice president of her nursing class. Ty has spent many years of her career working in home health and hospice, as both a RN case manager and as a director of nursing. Pediatric and neonatal nursing are her passion and she looks forward to utilizing her skills in those areas as she cares for patients and their families at Just 4 Kids Home Health and Hospice. She is happily married to her husband, Ben, and is the proud mother of 3 children and one beautiful granddaughter.

Erica Heaps, Director of Nursing

Born and raised in Utah, Erica always planned to be a Pre-school teacher because of her passion for working with kids! She worked as a CNA in a rehab/long term care along with a home health and hospice. She also took a position at Portneuf Medical Center in the ICU as a monitor tech. Erica finished her RN at BYUI in 2018. After which she worked at a Pediatric specific home health agency in Utah before moving to Idaho and joining Just 4 Kids Home Health. Erica is married and has a little girl. She and her family love to be outdoors, camping, fishing, hiking, and swimming. She also enjoys home time with family and friends.

Melynda Gessel, Assistant Director of Nursing

Melynda was born in Idaho and grew up in a small farming community called Coltman just north of Idaho falls. At the age of 11, her grandmother became ill with cancer. Melynda spent time at her bedside helping her walk and caring for her. During this time family and friends saw her natural talent for caring for others and being a nurse became one of her greatest life goals. She attended the nursing program at Ricks College, Now BYUI, and finished in two years. She graduated in 1994 from nursing school and then worked at Good Samaritan Nursing home where she met her husband. She discovered her love for Pediatrics while working at Utah Valley regional Medical Center and attending BYU. After finishing her bachelors degree she went to work at UCLA medical Center for a few years in the pediatric unit. She then married and moved back to Idaho falls where she worked at EIRMC from 1999 to January 2021. She worked on the pediatric/PICU for 11 of those years. In Jan. of 2021 Melynda joined the nurses at Just 4 kids Home Health and Hospice. She looks forward to helping children and families in the community with the skills she has learned and honed for the past 27 years as a nurse.

Nancy Stirling, Office Manager

Nancy grew up in southern California in a family of USC football fans (Fight On!). She and her husband, Doug, have been married for many years and raised two children. Nancy has years of experience providing office support in a variety of business settings, her favorites being in the health and medical fields. In California, she worked five years at the UCLA Medical Center as an Administrative Assistant for the Pediatrics Genetics division helping families with children with genetic disorders. In Colorado, she worked 18 years as Assistant to the Executive Director of the Health District of Northern Larimer County, providing support to the Executive Director and Board of Directors as they engaged in providing various physical and mental health programs and services for under or un-insured individuals. Recently, Doug and Nancy took a leap of faith, leaving a home and jobs in Colorado, where they lived for 25 years, and moved to eastern Idaho to live closer to their kids and grandkids. Nancy loves being a Nana to 5 grandchildren and getting to be a part of their lives. Nancy is excited to be a part of the Just 4 Kids Home Health Team! She considers the opportunity to work with such an amazing team of providers and nurses and to serve children and their families, an honor, and a blessing.

Dr. Aaron Gardner, MD, Medical Director

Aaron is a Pediatric Intensivist and Chief Medical Officer at Just 4 Kids Urgent Care and Just 4 Kids Home Health & Hospice in Idaho Falls, which he founded in 2018 and 2020. Prior to that he was an intensivist in the Pediatric ICU at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for 5 years. He completed his Pediatric Critical Care training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and his Pediatric residency and chief residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. He has a master’s degree in Disaster Medicine from Universita’ del Piemonte Orientale and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He earned his medical doctorate from St. George’s University and his undergraduate degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University. His professional and research activities involve pediatric disaster medicine and healthcare preparedness. He is a Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health and Human Service’s ASPR Incident Management Team, and has deployed to many domestic and international disasters. He serves on the Executive Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery. In addition, has worked as an independent contractor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on radiation medical countermeasures, as a critical care transport physician, as an emergency medical technician in various capacities, and as an American Sign Language interpreter. He is happily married to his wife Amy, and has four children.

Viki Bailey, Hospice Administrator

Viki is a Family Nurse Practitioner with 26+ years of experience in the nursing field. She and her husband Greg have seven children and have been living In Idaho Falls since 2004. Viki loves hiking, reading, baking, Christian rock and Country music, quilting, Harry Potter, Social Media, and all things dark-chocolate! She has a passion for working with children and is humbled and honored to work with the families of some of East Idaho’s most fragile and yet strong ones!

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