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, Wisconsin, Iowa, 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!
Byron: 8 am - 4 pm
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St Paul: by appointment
Mark has over 30 years of experience owning and operating a family-based business, leading Barrier Free Access since 1991. 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. He’s driven by collaborating with his team to make a difference in people’s lives. Providing proper solutions throughout the continuum of care is a passion of Mark’s. He holds a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Construction Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Mark enjoys spending time at the cabin, especially watching the sun set across the lake in the evening.
Amy Villars, LPN, BOS
Safety and Education Manager
Amy has 23 years of experience in healthcare and safety. She holds a BS in Occupational Health and Safety and is a Licensed Practical Nurse. In addition to leading a safe patient handling program, Amy’s extensive experience in healthcare settings include surgical first assist, labor and delivery nurse, urgent care, plastic surgery, family medicine, home care, occupational health and various settings in ambulatory care. This comprehensive background enables her to connect the dots throughout organizations. Emergency management, workplace violence education, and insurance experience as a medical underwriter have provided Amy with a unique perspective and ability to create innovative solutions. She believes it is a privilege to wake up every day and impact the lives of others by making safety fun, engaging patients and improving everyone’s quality of life. Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, family and friends. She loves the outdoors, gardening, hiking, biking, traveling, cooking and scuba diving.
Senior Project & Service Manager
Tim is a certified overhead lift installer and technician. Prior to joining Barrier Free Access as project manager nine years ago, Tim spent many years at Unistrut International as a carpenter, foreman and superintendent. He is particular about designing and managing projects from start to finish. Tim has an Associate Degree in Applied Science. He enjoys cooking, biking, golfing and spending time with his family.
Cheryl has been the Office Manager at Barrier Free Access for 13 years. The satisfaction of helping others and making people happy is important to her. Customers appreciate her creative solutions, responsiveness, attention to detail and ability to streamline processes. Prior to joining Barrier Free Access, Cheryl worked in the dental field for twelve years and her experience provides a valuable perspective within the dental industry. She enjoys scrapbooking, reading, traveling and spending time at the lake.
Safe Patient Handling Training Specialist
Jay is a certified trainer who has become an expert in safe patient handling over the past 18 years. He conducts high-energy training sessions that focus on using equipment safely and with the best interest of the patient/resident in mind. Jay is passionate about culture change to improve safety in healthcare settings. He welcomes every opportunity to share this message with caregivers, patients and family members alike. Jay’s training sessions are empathetic, energetic and evidence-based with a focus on adding value to everyone in attendance. Not only is Jay respected locally, but also on a national level. He is an avid music collector, outdoorsman, volunteer and family man.
Safe Patient Handling Trainer and Assistant Project Manager
Rico is a Safe Patient Handling Trainer and Assistant Project Manager with Barrier Free Access. He has served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a Structural Journeyman in the Civil Engineering Squadron. Rico enjoys the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of others. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology. Rico and his wife compete in CrossFit and are on a continual journey to better health and fitness through physical training, coaching and proper nutrition.
Mike has been a Service Advisor with Barrier Free Access since 1998. He has 20 years of experience servicing and maintaining patient lifts. He has previously worked in customer service as a service technician and service manager. Mike is solution-oriented and customer-focused. He enjoys spending time with his dog while working outside around the farm.