About Birchwood Cottages


Birchwood Cottages specializes in memory care, providing assisted living services in an enhanced care home-like setting. Our first building opened in December of 2015, nestled in a lovely residential area of Owatonna. The campus grew with the addition of a second building in June of 2017. Birchwood Cottages expanded again the following year to North Mankato, again building in a beautiful residential area. We are family-owned and operated with strong community ties. We are dedicated to making a positive difference for our residents, for our team members and for our greater communities.

How Birchwood Cottages is different

What our Campus Administrators are saying about Birchwood Cottages

Birchwood Cottages, in Owatonna and North Mankato, specializes in memory care. We are an assisted living and enhanced care setting that feels very homelike. We offer a secured community with two separate neighborhoods that are joined together and each neighborhood has room for 16 residents. Our team members are specifically trained to support and care for those with dementia and memory loss. Our buildings were designed with dementia in mind. The open concept fosters connection and feels like home. Our amenities include heated floors and heated towel racks, door and motion sensors, social kitchens, an outdoor courtyard with walking paths and raised gardens and much more. Birchwood Cottages is about the people which includes our residents, team members, leadership team, as well as our ownership.

Providing quality care for those with memory loss and making a difference in their lives is what we do at Birchwood Cottages.

Birchwood Cottages in the Community


Birchwood Cottages encourages an active partnership with families and loved ones. Care conferences are offered as needed or desired, often after a major change of condition. We believe the family and/or personal representatives play an integral role in identifying resident needs. We welcome visits, participation in activities and interaction with staff. Community gatherings are scheduled throughout the year.

Birchwood Cottages encourages volunteers to join us in providing meaningful engagement and meeting the needs of our residents.

The Alzheimer’s Association- Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event not only to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, but also provides support to caregivers and helps fund reasearch. More than 600 communities nationwide hold an annual walk.

With a focus on providing Memory Care, Birchwood Cottages of North Mankato and Owatonna are pleased to take an active part in our local walks. We welcome new walkers, donors and volunteers to assist with our walks, held late summer and early fall. For more information on the Greater Mankato area walk please contact Kim Alinder, walk committee member at 507-594-8386 and for the Owatonna walk contact Erin Carter at 507-594-8005.

Meet the Owatonna Staff


Elli Fuller

Elli Fuller

Campus Administrator

Brenda Haugen

Brenda Haugen

Assistant Director, South Building

Rhonda Nappin, LPN

Rhonda Nappin, LPN

Assistant Director, North Building

Holly Schoettler

Holly Schoettler

Community Relations Director

Lindsey Chouinard, RN

Lindsey Chouinard, RN

Home Care Director

Carri Avila, RN

Carri Avila, RN

Clinical Care Coordinator

Kassandra Fierst, RN

Kassandra Fierst, RN

Clinical Care Coordinator

Sonja Sigler

Sonja Sigler

RA Staff Manager

Erin Carter, MT-BC

Erin Carter, MT-BC

Life Enrichment Coordinator

Jamie Sultze, CSC, MFPM

Jamie Sultze, CSC, MFPM

Culinary Coordinator

Jeff Funk

Jeff Funk

Maintenance Coordinator

Meet the North Mankato Staff


Kim Alinder, BA, ACC/MC

Kim Alinder, BA, ACC/MC

Campus Administrator

Maria Uekert, BSW

Maria Uekert, BSW

Assistant Director

Ri Weeks, RN

Ri Weeks, RN

Home Care Director

Emily Bertrang, LPN

Emily Bertrang, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Kati Hanson, BS, RPLS, TRS

Kati Hanson, BS, RPLS, TRS

Life Enrichment Coordinator

Faye Nelson, CFPM-MN, SERVESAFE

Faye Nelson, CFPM-MN, SERVESAFE

Culinary Coordinator

Doug Mehlhaff, BS – Business and Horticulture

Doug Mehlhaff, BS – Business and Horticulture

Maintenance Coordinator