About Us

Bear Valley Hospice has its roots back in Big Bear High School from the 1980s. Dr. Stewart, the hospice administrator, was then a student football player who had found a calling through helping the team through first-aid. Since then, he has studied at Point Loma Nazarene College, Loma Linda University, and UC Irvine for residency. Going on, he has served in the medical field with over 12 years of experience in hospice. Now, this calling has led him back home to Big Bear with the establishment of the mountain's first local and community-based hospice.

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Dr. Stewart with his family.

Recognizing the value of Big Bear's beauty and the small town community, it is our goal to provide the best care possible for individuals while remaining in the mountains. Through being a small, streamlined team of professionals, we can provide timely, personal, and exceptional care without the overhead and distraction of larger corporations. Part of our commitment to the local community includes donating a portion of our income to the community's non-profit organizations.

As Big Bear Valley's first very-own hospice, we hope to serve the community with the same honesty, respect, and compassion that makes these mountains such a special and cherished place.

Alan Herendich

Alan Herendich, Chaplain
Personal description to be posted.


Kim Buckingham, RN, Case Manager
Kim Buckingham RN hails from Washington State and is a newer resident of the Big Bear area and the Bear Valley Hospice team. She brings many years of nursing experience and will be helping as the alternate RN Supervisor, providing supervision and hands-on care to patients and families, assuring quality care and comfort. Kim is enjoying all that Big Bear has to offer with its seasonal outdoor activities with her family.

Kim Sanchez

Kim Sanchez, RN
Kim brings 30 years of nursing experience to Bear Valley Hospice and is the RN Supervisor for the team . She will be overseeing admissions along with making home visits to ensure that our patients are being well cared for and comfortable. As an outdoor enthusiast, she loves Big Bear for its four seasons and is an avid skier, hiker, boater, fisherman, and most recently, paddle boarder.

Faith Orr, Assistant Administrator
Personal description to be posted.


Lynda Boggie, LVN
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Liz Schuber, RN
Personal description to be posted.

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Lupe Ponce, CHHA
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Michelle Minor, RN
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Nancy Carlson, Chaplain & Bereavement Coordinator
Personal description to be posted.

Priscilla Bravo, CHHA
Priscilla finished her CNA program in April, and is new to the Bear Valley Hospice team. She will be making home visits to each one of her patients three times a week, making sure all their needs are met as well as assisting her patients with activities of daily living. Priscilla looks forward and is highly motivated to launch a nursing career; future goals include, education leading to an RN license. As a local, Priscilla enjoys all outdoor activities - she loves being in the woods! She looks forward to be able to give back to her community.

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Sherrill Reynolds, LCSW
Sherrill is the Social Worker for the team. She offers support to the patient and caregivers while providing interventions across the life cycle and coordinating community resources. She has expertise in enhancing the quality of life and promoting the well-being of patients, families and caregivers. An 18 year resident of the Big Bear Valley, Sherrill has long appreciated the small town life style of Big Bear. She enjoys gardening, reading and crocheting.

Interested in joining the team?

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