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About Barrier Free Access, Inc.

From humble beginnings, Barrier Free Access, Inc. was created as a division of a family-owned construction company in 1991. The initial focus of the company was to provide accessibility products and services for persons with disabilities and the elderly to help them live independently. Over the years, BFA expanded its showroom and began working not only with consumers, but also with facilities. Today, years later, the company still offers homecare products but has also grown into a highly respected, award-winning company, distributing safe patient handling products across Minnesota, North Dakota & South Dakota. Although Barrier Free Access, Inc. has changed and grown immensely over the years, one thing that hasn’t changed is the company’s commitment to doing what is right rather than what is easy!

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Store Hours:

Byron: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Mon - Fri and by appointment

St Paul: by appointment

Mark Stinson, President

Mark holds a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Construction Management and has over 20 years of experience owning and operating a family-based business. While providing leadership to his team, Mark focuses on directing the company, shaping areas of growth and opportunity, and ensuring the highest level of customer service. With extensive knowledge on accessibility and construction, Mark thoroughly enjoys seeing the positive impact the company makes. His time away from the business is often spent relaxing with his family at the cabin. 

Cheryl Stinson, Office Manager

Cheryl is co-owner and manages the offices of Barrier Free Access, Inc. She efficiently handles all duties of office management including quotes, order entry, accounts receivable and accounts payable. Our partners appreciate Cheryl’s ability to assist them rather than being passed on to several different departments. Customers are greeted by her helpfulness and pleasant attitude as she assists them in the showroom and on the phone. Cheryl enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and vacationing. 

JoAnn Bunke, MA, RN, Clinical Director

JoAnn is a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Nursing Leadership. She has over 30 years of experience as an RN in numerous clinical settings. Mrs. Bunke has presented both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics and is considered an expert in safe patient handling. After working at the national level as  Clinical Director of Program Management for Liko Hill-Rom, she is now concentrating her efforts in a tri-state area working as the Clinical Director for Barrier Free Access, Inc. Whether it is working with customers in the initial phase of SPH program development, helping them maintain or revitalize their SPH program, or being a ready resource for advice related to patient safe lifting needs, JoAnn is well equipped and eager to do so. Customers appreciate her attention to detail and prompt response. In her time away from work JoAnn enjoys volunteering and spending time with family and friends. 

Jay Bunke, OHST, Director of Healthcare Ergonomics

Jay is a Liko Certified Distributor Trainer who has become an expert in safe patient handling over the past 17 years. He conducts high-energy training sessions that focus on using equipment safely and with the best interest of the patient/resident in mind. All too often, the quality and quantity of training is overlooked until the institution realizes that staff buy-in isn't as expected. This is a costly oversight! Jay’s focus on the important culture change that needs to occur is an integral part of the training. Mr. Bunke joined Barrier Free Access Inc. after years of service in the ergonomic/safety department at the Mayo Clinic. Jay has presented locally and nationally on a variety of safe patient handling related topics and is well respected in the industry. His values and passion show through in everything he does. In his free time, Jay spends a great deal of time fishing and hunting.

Mike Nigon, Service Manager

Mike is a Liko Certified Technician. He manages Barrier Free Access's service department and has over 15 years of experience servicing and maintaining patient lifts. Facility technicians really appreciate the fact that Mike is only a phone call away and can walk them through whatever issues they are having. Mike enjoys spending a lot of his free time outside. 

Tim Skeate, Project Manager

Tim is a Project Manager for Barrier Free Access. He is in charge of the overhead lift design as well as the coordination of the day-to-day activity related to lift installation.  Overhead lift installations require the involvement of many different people & departments within a facility. Tim’s ability to communicate with everyone involved assures the project is managed properly from start to finish. His tedious attention to detail for things like optimizing lift height, maximizing lift coverage, working with architects to coordinate lift rail locations & attachment methods all assure that there are no surprises during or after the installation. This level of service is unique in the industry. Tim is a Liko Certified overhead lift installer and technician. He joined Barrier Free Access, Inc. after over 15 years of employment with Unistrut International where he installed hundreds of patient lifts as a union carpenter. Tim has also served our country in the US Navy. He is known for his great cooking and enjoys time outside golfing, biking, and swimming.

Joe Pitzen, Installation & Service Technician

Joe is Liko Certified as both a technician and an overhead lift installer. He is in charge of managing Barrier Free Access' Preventive Maintenance Program. Customers tell us they appreciate Joe's calm demeanor and the quiet way he goes about his work. A valued team member, Joe is a very hard worker with meticulous attention to detail. He especially enjoys golf and fishing, but has a love for most other sports as well. 

Paul Tuinstra, Installation & Service Technician

Paul is Liko Certified as both a technician and an overhead lift installer. He enjoys the variety and challenges of his job. Customers appreciate Paul's attention to detail, sense of humor, and positive attitude. Fishing is definitely Paul's favorite hobby.


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