Daughters with Degrees

Providing Compassionate care for your loved one as well as for you and your family.  We will help you navigate through the overwhelming and emotional task of managing your loved one’s care plan.  Daughters with Degrees is owned and operated by a Nurse Practitioner and, therefore, has the medical backing that sets us apart from the rest.


Certified professionals who are experienced and committed to providing the highest level of care. We are staffed by state tested medical  assistants, licensed practical nurses, physical therapy assistants, nursing students and experienced home health aides.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could have more quality time with your loved one each day? If you could have an extra moment to share a laugh, a story, a hug? Our home health care services will give you that time by providing you the support you both need. Whether your loved one requires assistance with medical care, transportation, or could just use a hand around the house, we’re here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Ellen Minerd, Certified Nurse Practitioner/Co-Owner, Daughters with Degrees

My nursing studies began at Ohio Wesleyan University from 1991-1995 where I completed my RN,BSN. Since then I have worked in many hospital settings, long term care facilities and home health. My husband and three boys supported my decision to return to Kent State University in 2009 to obtain my MSN degree with a focus on Adult/Geriatric studies. I graduated in 2012 as a Certified Nurse Practitioner and since then I have worked exclusively with the senior population.

My parents were motivating factors for launching a home care business as they were beginning to show signs of dementia. The task of establishing a team of caregivers for them was my responsibility as their health care power of attorney (HCPOA). After several attempts with caregiver staffing agencies I decided I could interview and hire caregivers myself utilizing the many years as a healthcare professional and the relationships I had maintained with previous coworkers who may desire to work as a caregiver in a private home versus the hospital/long term care settings.


Eileen McGunagle, Co-Owner, Daughters with Degrees

Eileen has a vast background which includes Corporate Human Resources, Education, and the Medical field. Eileen contracted with DWD in 2017 with the task of creating an online presence for the business. Soon after, DWD began to grow and flourished and Ellen welcomed Eileen as partner in this business of caring for the aging in our community.  Eileen brings with her an insatiable dedication to understanding our clients needs and works tirelessly to ensure the client receives excellent, consistent care by making a personalized match of caregiver to client. 

Daughters with Degrees has been a real life-saver and a back-saver for me, as I care for my wife. She has Alzheimer’s disease, and our lives have been blessed by the wonderful care she receives 7 days per week, 10… Read more “”

DWD has been excellent at responding quickly to several last minute caregiving needs. We have layered in their professional group to our personal care team for my father in law. Ellen and Eileen are patient, encouraging & provide creative suggestions.… Read more “”

Laura Jensen

We had the pleasure of working with the Daughter’s With Degrees team when taking care of my dad. He was placed in hospice in his home and we brought them for 14 hours/day. I cannot fully express how much of… Read more “”

Ann Klingshirn Johnson

Fabulous! So comforting to know my mom was being cared for responsible caring ladies. My mom enjoyed the company of the ladies while all her needs were met. We all felt so lucky to have found Daughters with Degrees. It… Read more “”

Liz Makman

All of the people at Daughters with Degrees are wonderful!!  I feel confident that my mother-in-law’s needs are being more than met.  Anything we have asked they will take care of.  On several occasions our schedule has had to change… Read more “”

Laura Ponsart

I can’t thank you, (Daughters with Degrees) enough for all you did. We never would have made it through everything without your help. My mom enjoyed having the company of the caregivers. They became part of our family. I enjoyed… Read more “”


In the past year and a half my husband and I called upon Daughters With Degrees to provide me with assistance following discharge from the hospital after two knee replacement surgeries. My husband and I thought that we could “Go… Read more “”

Pat Reichard

Daughters with Degrees is a wonderful company. The caregivers are all compassionate and genuinely care about each person they encounter. I feel so lucky to have DWD caring for my parents. Knowing that they are in charge each day allows… Read more “”

Jane Vitou

Daughters with Degrees came into my life in March of 2017. I have never met a more compassionate group of women. Everyone always went the extra mile to care for my terminal mother. My mom gave them a hard time… Read more “”

Tamara Brown-Cunningham

“I would give this wonderful group of caregivers ten stars if I could! They immediately swung into action when we needed them and never missed a beat, going from zero to 24-hour care in a matter of days. But it’s… Read more “”

Brigitte LeBlanc

“Daughters with Degrees is exceptional! My husband requires 24-hour care by people who can take the initiative to fill his days with meaningful activities and caring interactions. Of course I expect them to be competent and reliable (they are!), but… Read more “”

Luanne Bole-Becker

“What an amazing group of ladies! They treated my mother with such respect and compassion; as if they were caring for a member of their own family. They assisted with every aspect of daily living without ever being asked to.… Read more “”

Jessica O'Neal Whitman