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About Our Staff

About Our Staff

Nikhil Mehta – Owner

Nikhil Mehta – Owner

Nikhil has more than 25 years of financial and general management leadership experience in high technology, medical technology, biotech and Cleantech companies. He has been a C level executive for the last 15 years. His experience includes significant operational finance management in manufacturing companies including profit improvement, IPO and follow-on equity issuance, debt procurement, several acquisitions, divestitures and a reverse merger. Nikhil served as Chief Financial Officer of Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTI) from July 2008 to August 2014. He also served as Interim CEO from December 2013 to July 2014. At CDTi, Nikhil engineered a reverse merger and was instrumental in raising equity capital and debt procurement. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Mehta served as Chief Financial Officer of Spacelabs Healthcare, Inc., a medical technology company and wholly owned subsidiary of OSI Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSIS). Nikhil served as Vice President of Corporate Development for OSI Systems, Inc. from 2002 to 2008, where he participated in or led several acquisitions and the IPO of Spacelabs on AIM. From 2000 to 2002, Nikhil was Chief Financial Officer of Advanced Tissue Sciences, Inc., a previously listed NASDAQ biotechnology company. Nikhil also spent over 15 years in several senior financial management positions with Xerox Corporation and strategic management positions at Citibank. Nikhil received an MBA degree with distinction from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor of Commerce from Bombay University.


Kavita Mehta - Owner

Kavita Mehta – Owner

Kavita has been a pre-school teacher for over 2 decades and also a pre-school administrator for the last 4 years. She has been an integral part of helping educate and raise several hundred children in New York, Connecticut and Southern California. She has also worked as an accountant. Kavita has a Bachelor OF Commerce Degree from Bombay University.

Nikhil and Kavita have two children. Their son Arjun obtained his MBA from The Marshall School at the Unversity of Southern California and is Director of Business Development at a global company based in the Los Angeles area and their daughter Jaya graduated from the Jefferson Medical in Philadelphia and is currently a resident physician at The Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Janetta Rhoades - Client Care Manager

Janetta Rhoades – Client Care Manager

Janetta Rhoades has over 15 years of experience within the senior care industry. She has an extensive educational background, graduating from Montgomery College and earning her Certificate in Gerontology. Furthermore, she is licensed by the State of California, Department of Social Services in Residential Care for the Elderly.

Ms. Rhoades began her professional career in 1997, when she started working for Bellaire Retirement Home in Loma Linda, California as the Care Manager. For a short time in 1999 and 2000, Ms. Rhoades acted as a Teacher Aid for the San Bernardino School District, California where she worked with children who had learning difficulties.

From 2001 to 2005, Ms. Rhoades worked at Sunrise Senior Living where she held various positions in various locations in Virginia and Maryland. Janetta moved back to California in 2005 and until 2012 worked at Sunrise Senior Living as Assistant Living Coordinator in Brighten Garden of Rancho Mirage until 2010 and then as Assistant Living Coordinator and Residential Care Coordinator at the company’s San Marino, California location. From 2012 through 2014, Ms. Rhoades held the position of Memory Care Program Director at Emeritus of Rancho Mirage, where she developed and facilitated programming to meet the needs of residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, parallel with conducting resident health assessments, care planning, and family interviews. Furthermore, she had trainer and human resource duties such as hiring, scheduling and directing the work of all Memory Care employees, planning, conducting and implementing staff training and coordinating educational opportunities.

Janetta brings with her a passion to provide care to seniors along with significant expertise in memory care and dementia care.


Jack Kratochvil as Manager of Business Development and Community Liaison

Jack Kratochvil – Director, Business Development and Community Liaison

Home Care Assistance of Palm Desert is proud to welcome Jack Kratochvil as Manager of Business Development and Community Liaison. Kratochvil brings more than two decades of experience in the healthcare industry as a sales/marketing executive managing multi-million dollar portfolios for worldwide corporations such as ResMed, Zimmer, Smiths Medical, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Most recently Kratochvil owned and operated a real estate investment firm. His broad background implementing strategic efforts in sales and business development has brought great success to many ventures in the healthcare field. Kratochvil looks forward to add his business acumen to the team assisting and educating families, health care providers, and the Coachella Valley community.


Andrea Barajas - Staffing Manager

Andrea Barajas – Staffing Manager

Andrea brings over 30 years of experience in the Senior Care industry. She has been a Caregiver, a Coordinator in a memory care center and a Remote Office Manager and Staffing Coordinator in the in-home care industry. Andrea is passionate about providing the highest quality of care for seniors and those with unfortunate disabilities.“What attracted me to Home Care Assistance was their commitment to help clients thrive and reach their maximum potential no matter what their age. In addition, Home Care Assistance impressed me with it’s unwavering commitment to hiring the best caregivers and treating them with respect and providing them with a great work environment. The holistic care philosophy is evident in the extensive training given to caregivers in the Balanced Care MethodTM and the Cognitive Therapeutics MethodTM. I feel that Home Care Assistance provides me the ideal environment to pursue my passion.