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Physical Therapy: Bill Thornton, Director of Physical Therapy

Bill has a been a member of the Irvine team since 2004. He is a licensed physical therapist. Bill is experienced in physical therapy for spinal cord injury, various orthopedic conditions, in-patient stroke, geriatric and traumatic brain injury. He has also worked an instructor of Wayne State University’s physical therapy program.

Bill earned a Masters of Physical Therapy Degree from Wayne State University, a Bachelors in Science Degree in Biology from the University of Texas and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Allied Health from Wayne State University.

Bill is a member of the Michigan Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association

Occupational Therapy: Amy Cooper, Occupational Therapist

Amy joined the Irvine team in March, 2010. She is been an Occupational Therapist since 2003. She specializes in neuro rehab, specifically neuro impairments, inpatient care, orthopedic injuries, neuro developmental treatment, splint fabrication and myofascial release.

Amy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Baker’s College. She is also a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Nursing: Sandra Nabors, Registered Nurse

Sandra is a registered nurse, experienced in patient care since 2004. Her experience includes coordinating and assessing patient care activities, collaboration with physicians and other healthcare providers throughout the nursing process. She has worked in various departments throughout her career including the emergency room, oncology, cardiology, surgery, physical rehabilitation, and managed care.

Sandra earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University.

Speech Therapy: Regina Kinnard, Speech Therapist

Regina is a certified speech pathologist. She specializes in a variety of neurogenic communication disorders and dysphagia management. She has extensive experience with traumatic brain injury patients for specialty populations such as TBI with cognitive retraining, head and neck cancer, trachea/vent and craniofacial anomalies. She has clinical experience in videofluroscopy/ modified barium studies and voice instrumentation.

Regina earned her Masters of Education degree in Speech Language Pathology from Tennessee State University and a Bachelors of Arts in English from Fisk University.

Medical Director: Dr. Theodore Ruza, DO, Psychiatrist

Dr. Theodore Ruza is a clinical psychiatrist. He is certified and licensed by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Ruza graduated from University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Services in Des Moines, Iowa. He earned his Bachelors of Science in History from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

Dr. Ruza is a member of Phi Sigma Gamma, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Michigan Psychiatric Society and the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Ruza is also, Chief of Staff at Botsford General Hospital.

Case Management: Karen Dawson

Karen Dawson manages the Irvine Case Management program . She oversees and manages the process of treatment for all Irvine patients to ensure that the most appropriate medical and rehabilitation care is provided. In her role for more than 20 years, she has served as the liaison between the patients and healthcare providers. She coordinates medical treatment between Irvine, the insurance companies and area healthcare systems. Karen is a patient advocate and manages each patients case with considerable care and efficiency, ultimately resulting in advancement of the neuro rehabilitation process.

Rose Cephas (Nursing) Outstanding.