Christie is a human resources professional who was searching for her next opportunity. Deciding to open Homewatch CareGivers of Austin Lakeway was a decision that came easily after having the experience of saying goodbye to her grandparents. Christie was very close with her grandmother, “Gammie.” Gammie was an extremely vibrant, happy, and industrious woman who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and suffered a very difficult year before passing away. Christie was blessed with the opportunity to spend priceless hours with Gammie as she became increasingly unable to care for herself without assistance. Sometimes what she needed was companionship, a drive into town, help making dinner, or doing her hair. Toward the end, her needs become more complicated with showering, a complicated medication schedule, multiple doctor visits, etc. None of this felt like a burden, and in the end, it shaped the direction of Christie’s future.
Christie and her husband, Kamran, were married in 2017. “We love living in Austin because we’re enthusiastic dog people, we love that this city is so pet friendly! We’ve spent a lot of time training our sweet therapy dog, Fredrick,” Christie says.
“Being outside, surrounded by live oak trees with the smell of cherry or hickory wood in the breeze is a pretty fantastic way to live! We love spending time with our family near and far, road-tripping, volunteering, random visits to Disneyland, and consuming all books we can find about world history,” she added.
Ashley Smith, Staffing Director at Homewatch CareGivers in Austin Lakeway, interacts with all caregivers to coordinate warmhearted and versatile care to clients. She worked for several years as a high school English teacher before transitioning to home care, and says, “Serving and empowering others is the most meaningful way I know to live my life.” When she’s not at work, Ashley likes to read good books, food, and adventures.
Meet Freddy! He is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and loves to go to the office every day. He is currently training to be a therapy dog so that he can volunteer to cheer up those in hospitals or facilities with his adorable big ears and snuggles. He is also available to visit our clients, if requested.
Freddy loves to nap, spend time with humans, chase lizards, and explore Austin in his free time.