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Meet the Rehab Team

   
Leadership

Ray Owens, MHA

Director of Rehabilitation

Ray is Metroplex Health System Director of Rehabilitation, with responsibility for overseeing Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology services at Metroplex Adventist Hospital and Rollins-Brook Community Hospital in Killeen and Lampasas.  Ray’s responsibilities include inpatient and outpatient services, as well as adult and pediatric services.

Ray holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology and a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration.  He has more than twenty-five years’ experience in healthcare administration, including fifteen years overseeing rehabilitation programs.  Ray began his career as a clinician, providing speech-language therapy to special needs children in school and hospital settings.   Ray has worked with Christian healthcare organizations for more than fifteen years and came to Metroplex Health System in 2012 to join its mission of “Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ.”

Ray has been married to Susan for 30 years, and they have one daughter, Anne-Marie.    They live on their family cattle ranch, established in 1886, in Mills County. They enjoy church and community service, as well as traveling, fishing, hiking and camping.


Physical Therapy

Daniel Ranucci, PT

Outpatient Physical Therapy Manager

Daniel has been practicing physical therapy for over 30 years. He is experienced in outpatient orthopedics, inpatient acute care, skilled nursing rehabilitation, including neurological disorders, wound care, and gait training. He has also worked in Home Health, and hospital administration as a Director of Physical Therapy.

Daniel received his Physical Therapy Masters Degree in 1985 from the University of Indianapolis. He also has a Masters in Exercise Physiology, 1980, from the University of Akron, and a B.S in Physical Education from Slippery Rock State University, 1974.

He enjoys golf, gardening, and spending time with his active family. Daniel feels fortunate to have practiced in "patient centered" organizations. He is focused on patient needs and returning them to good health and physical function.


Terry Jenkerson, BS, MS, PT

Inpatient Physical Therapy Manager

Terry is Inpatient Physical Therapy Manager at Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen.  Terry has been a Physical Therapist for 31 years, graduating from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1986, after receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 1984.   He has been with Metroplex Hospital for 6 years.  Having worked in virtually every physical therapy setting, including professional sports therapy and outpatient private practice, Terry now has special interests in manual therapies, orthopedics, total joint replacement, and wound care.  Terry is the Metroplex Hospital Total Joint Care Coordinator, and leads our Joint Camp program.

In his spare time, Terry is an artist and musician, and enjoys home improvement projects. Terry resides in Austin with his family, which includes his wife, Marie, five children, and “too many” pets.


Physical Therapy

Karen Darby, PT, DPT

Karen received by degree in Physical Therapy from UTMB in Galveston and then later received my Doctorate in physical therapy from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. Karen is passionate about caring for each patient in the most effective manor with great empathy. She feels that each patient is unique and it is privilege to treat them and improve the quality of their life.

Karen strives to continue her education with different approaches and techniques. She has had extensive education in Manual therapy, the McKenzie approach, aquatic therapy, Muscle energy techniques, strain/counterstrain, strengthening approaches, and Total Motion Release. When not at the clinic, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband where they take walks while holding hands. Their goal is to take a walk in all 50 States.

"I look forward to an opportunity to meet you and determine if my special skills would be of benefit to improving your quality of life. My desire is to serve God each and every day all to the glory of God."


Becky Bringhurst, PTA

Becky graduated with an Associates of Applied Science degree from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at McClennan Community College in Waco, Texas in 1995. Since then she has worked in various physical therapy settings including neurological rehabilitation, acute care, skilled nursing, home health and outpatient physical therapy. Becky enjoys all of the patients she treats and is especially interested in geriatric and neurological rehabilitation, post operative joint replacement therapy, and working with patients who are having difficulty with their backs, necks, shoulders and ankles. Simply put, Becky loves caring for patients and watching as they get better, returning to work and activities that they like to do.

Outside of the clinic Becky likes to spend time with her family camping, scuba diving, or just hanging out.


 

Billy "Wayne" Carroll, PT

Wayne is from Izora, TX and serves as the Manager of Physical Therapy at Rollins Brook Community Hospital (RBCH) in Lampasas, Texas. He is a graduate of Evant High School, completing his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M, and going on to earn his Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy from UTMB in Galveston, Texas. Wayne has been practicing physical therapy for thirty-six years, twenty-seven of them in private practice.

Wayne has spent over thirty years treating sports related injuries among athletes ranging from high school to professional level, five of those years were spent with the Houston Oilers. He currently provides on the field physical therapy services for the Richland Springs and Goldthwaite High School football teams.

His vision for Rehabilitation Services at RBCH is, “To provide the local community access to the same high quality physical therapy services afforded to people in larger communities.”

The aspect of physical therapy that Wayne finds most rewarding is the interaction he has with his patients, and celebrating with them as they get better.

Wayne enjoys playing golf, and is a die hard Texas A&M fan.


 

Cindy Crebo, PTA

Cindy is a transplant to Texas from northwestern New Mexico. She graduated in 2013 from San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico, and has worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Metroplex Outpatient Rehabilitation Center since June 2013. 

Cindy values the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team to provide excellent patient care, and loves supporting her patients as they work toward regaining function and mobility toward an improved quality of life. 

Some of the other hats Cindy wears at Metroplex are Spiritual Ambassador and CREATION Health Coach for the rehabilitation department.

She has been married to Earl for over 30 years. Health and wellness, hiking with her dog, Daisy, reading, and playing with her grandchildren light up her life.


 

Brent Dunbar, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Brent graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Genetics in 1993 and a Masters degree in Nutrition in 2001.  He further continued his training at Southwest Texas State University, obtaining a Masters degree in Physical Therapy in 2003.  Since then, he has achieved a Specialist Certification in Clinical Orthopedics.  He has completed a clinical Manual Therapy Fellowship Program.  By 2012, he completed a transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy with Texas Tech University Health Science Center.  Brent is native to Gatesville, Texas and currently resides there with his wife and two children.

“The Good Lord has allowed me the privilege to serve the doctors and patients in Central Texas area.  I take pride in working with challenging orthopedic cases involving the spine, shoulder, hips, knees, and ankles using an evidenced based approach supported by research.  My forte is identifying and working at restoration of normal joint movements to decrease pain, reduce muscle spasms to improve circulation, improve movement impairments, and calm irritable nervous tissue to restore function in the individual patient with customized therapy programs.   Often, our team at Metroplex can centralize spinal radicular symptoms in patients in order to delay or eliminate the need for surgery.  In patients that still require surgery, improved tissue vascularization from exercises demonstrate superior post-operative outcomes.  We work hard to get patients in to therapy quickly and provide superior care from start to finish.” 


 

LaTerra Jennings, PTA

LaTerra graduated from Greenville technical College with an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant in 2006. She has spent three years working in a subacute rehabilitation hospital in South Carolina, and three years working with military families at an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Virginia. LaTerra’s specialties include core strengthening and generalized weakness. Her continuing education has honed her skills in manual therapy techniques, Pilates, joint mobilization and therapeutic interventions for orthopedic patients.

LaTerra is fond of traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.


  Jakara Mayfield, MPT

Jakara graduated from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with a Bachelors of Health Science and Masters in Physical Therapy in 2006. Jakara originally joined the Metroplex Hospital Rehabilitation Team in January 2010, working in acute inpatient care. In October 2013, Jakara joined the Outpatient Metroplex Rehabilitation team and became the pediatric physical therapist in February 2014. She has over seven years of experience in acute care, subacute care, long-term care, inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, as well as pediatric orthopedic and developmental disability.  Her therapeutic special interests are geriatric rehabilitation, neurological dysfunction, and pediatric developmental disability and delay.  She was introduced to physical therapy when her mother was hit by a drunk driver in her junior year of high school and she went to her mother's therapy sessions.  Jakara was lead to physical therapy due to her love of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, interests in sports-related activities, and her mother's experience in therapy as a child.

Jakara is married to Eddie Mayfield, who also works at Metroplex Hospital. They share 5 children together and a love of traveling. They married in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Their goal is to continue to travel the world together, while staying madly in love. 


 

Elizabeth Harkness, AAS, BS, PTA

Inpatient Physical Therapist Assistant

Elizabeth received her initial training and education in physical therapy from Army Medical Training Center in 2000 as a Physical Therapy Technician while serving in the Navy. She went on to receive Associate of Applied Science for Physical Therapist Assistant in 2007. Elizabeth also earned a Bachelor of Science with an Exercise Physiology major from Mary Hardin Baylor in 2016. She is planning to apply for the PTA to PT bridge program at University of Texas Medical Branch in 2018.

Elizabeth has over fourteen years of experience in various skilled nursing, home health, and outpatient settings from active duty at various Naval bases on the east coast to locally at Temple VA Hospital, Metroplex Hospital, and Darnall Army Medical Center.

Elizabeth is especially interested in providing care for the geriatric population including stroke, orthopedic/post-surgical rehab, strength and conditioning, gait training, functional mobility, neuromuscular training, pain management, lower extremity amputee rehab, home exercise programs and fall prevention.  Elizabeth strongly believes in treating everyone the way she would treat her own family when providing care during a vulnerable time for patients.  She loves witnessing how the body can recover from injury or disease by just moving and being active.

A wide variety of interests occupy Elizabeth’s time away from the therapy setting. She is interested in everything from fine to contemporary arts, good music and FOOD!


 

Ronata Lewis, BS, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

Inpatient Physical Therapist

Ronata received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Michigan in 2007. She has been practicing PT since 2008 and has experience in the outpatient, acute care, and home health settings.

Ronata enjoys treating adults. However, treating the older adult population has always been nearest and dearest to her heart. She has achieved certification through the American Physical Therapy Association as a board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) and a Certified Clinical Instructor.  She has also achieved certification by the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy as Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA). 

In her personal time, Ronata enjoys spending time with her pug, Rosco, and watching Golden Girls reruns.


 

Douglas Phillips, BS, MS, PT

Inpatient Physical Therapist

Doug received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Loma Linda University in 1978, and his Master of Science in Anatomy at the University of California, Davis in 1980. He has experience in inpatient and home health rehabilitation and has served as a Senior Physical Therapist and Education Coordinator in outpatient rehabilitation.

Doug’s special interests include physical therapy intervention for stroke rehabilitation and working with prosthetics and orthotics. He holds an Ergonomic Certification from Atlanta Back School, and has had specialized prosthetics and orthotics training from Northwestern University and UCLA. Doug states, “I like the satisfaction that comes with improving the functional and physical well-being of my patients.

Outside of the therapy setting Doug enjoys travel, photography, family activities, and local community and political involvement.


Occupational  Therapy



MaryAlice H. Morgan, BS, OT/OTR

Occupational Therapy Manager

MaryAlice is the Metroplex Health System Occupational Therapy Manager and oversees Occupational Therapy services at Metroplex Adventist Hospital and Rollins-Brook Community Hospital in Killeen and Lampasas.  MaryAlice’s responsibilities include inpatient and outpatient services, as well as adult and pediatric services.

During her nineteen years as an Occupational Therapist, MaryAlice has provided OT services in a wide variety of clinical settings, including outpatient rehab, for both adult and pediatric patients; home health; aquatic therapy; Early Childhood Intervention; geriatric; long term care, including skilled nursing facilities, Alzheimer’s units, and long-term-acute-care hospitals; hand therapy; and inpatient acute care, including rehab, telemetry and intensive care units.

MaryAlice’s interest in working with people of all ages in specialized aquatics led to a Health & Wellness Specialty, and enhanced her skills in providing “Whole Person” care.  Her specialty began with teaching “Learn to Swim” classes for people terrified of water (1975), Adapted Aquatics (1984), and Aquatic Exercise and Fitness (1992).  MaryAlice earned an Associate of Arts in Psychology from Collin County Community College, graduating with honors, in 1993; and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University, graduating with honors, in 1997.  MaryAlice has been awarded certificates of training in balance, manual therapy and kinesio taping.


George Becerra, OTA/COTA

Occupational Therapy Assistant

George provides outpatient and inpatient occupational therapy at Metroplex Rehabilitation Center-Killeen and Metroplex Adventist Hospital.  George received his occupational therapy training through the US Army Medical Command Center and School, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. He has worked in inpatient, outpatient and skilled nursing settings as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant since his graduation in 1999.

George’s special interests include hand therapy and pediatric care. He gets great satisfaction in making his patients feel valued. Family, loyalty and integrity are high values for George.

George’s favorite things to do outside of offering high quality occupational therapy care to his patients are spending time with his family doing outdoor activities.


Darius Cox, OTA/COTA

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Darius provides outpatient occupational therapy at Metroplex Rehabilitation Centers in Lampasas and Killeen, and inpatient occupational therapy at Rollins-Brook Community Hospital, in Lampasas. Darius received his OTA training at the U.S Army Medical Department Center & School, Fort Sam Houston, TX in 1999. In 2000 he earned his National Certification for Occupational Therapy Assistants.

Darius retired from the U.S Army in 2012 after 20 years of service as a combat medic. From 1999 -2007 he served as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of three Occupational Therapy clinics: Fort Knox, KY; Landstuhl, Germany; and Fort Riley, KS; where his focus was physical disabilities. During his last five years of service, he was a platoon sergeant and team chief in a Combat Stress Control unit where his focus changed to the mental health aspect of Occupational Therapy, and he taught life skills classes and suicide prevention.  Darius proudly served in harm's way, completing two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. From 2012-2016 his work focused on special needs children in private clinics and public schools in Killeen. 

Darius enjoys being a member of a productive team at Metroplex Rehabilitation. Although he has a deep passion for helping people of all ages, he is truly excited to work with children, because he is considered a "big kid" himself.

In his leisure time, Darius likes to laugh, joke, play and spend time with his family and friends. He is married to Crystal and is the proud father of four kids. Darius is active in the community, working with various nonprofit organizations. He loves to participate in outdoor activities, including anything from walking his dog to riding his motorcycle. Last but not least, he is a huge New York Giants fan.


 

Jordan Yuen, BS, MS, OT/OTR

Occupational Therapist

Jordan recently moved to Texas from New York City, where she completed the Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy program at New York University in 2017. Prior to earning her degree in OT, Jordan worked as a nursing assistant while completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology at New Mexico State University.  Jordan has been working as an inpatient Occupational Therapist at Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen since August of 2017.

Jordan is continuing her education to improve her skills in evaluating and treating a variety of diagnoses and conditions, with a special interest in the stroke population and with patients in the intensive care unit.

Jordan enjoys weight training and outdoor activities, such as hiking, with her boyfriend, Corey.


 

Speech Therapy

Jennifer Poe, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathology Manager

Jennifer is the Metroplex Health System Speech-Language Pathology Manager and oversees Speech-Language Pathology services (including Speech Therapy, Language Therapy and Swallowing Therapy) at Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen and Rollins-Brook Community Hospital in Lampasas.  Jennifer’s responsibilities include inpatient and outpatient services, as well as adult and pediatric services.  She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2002 with a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  She is licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners and earned her Certificate of Clinical Competency in 2003 after completing her Clinical Fellowship.  She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing-Association.  Along with the required studies for Speech-Language Pathology, Jennifer added courses she felt would enhance her work, such as American Sign Language, Visual Impairment, and Educational Appraisal of Exceptional Children.  

Jennifer has experience in a variety of settings such as hospital, long-term care, home health, rehab hospital, out-patient clinic, early childhood, and public school.  She provides assessment and therapy services for adults and children in the areas of speech/language delays and impairments, speech disorders, articulation, fluency, autism, stroke, auditory processing disorders, intellectual disability, cognitive impairments, swallowing disorders, and aphasia.  Jennifer provides supervision for Clinical Fellows and also works with the hospital’s radiology team to conduct modified barium swallow studies. 

Jennifer loves her job at Metroplex because of the people and the overall work atmosphere. She says, “I love that I can share Christ in the workplace and that I can pray with my patients and fellow employees.”  

When she is not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, dining out with friends, reading, movies, fine arts, camping, hiking, observing nature, and sewing.


 

Jacquelyn B., BS, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jacquelyn provides inpatient and outpatient Speech-Language Pathology services at Metroplex Adventist Hospital and Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Killeen and Lampasas.  Jacquelyn received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from The University of Texas at Dallas, a nationally-ranked graduate program in speech-language pathology. Prior to graduate studies, she completed one year of post-baccalaureate work at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. However, she is a Baylor Bear first and is thrilled to find herself back in Central Texas. Jacquelyn was set on the path to speech-language pathology via research experience in neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics with the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth and the UT Southwestern Medical Center.  

Jacquelyn holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a member of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is a certified VitalStim™ swallow therapy provider, as well as a certified provider of Parkinson Voice Project’s SPEAK OUT!® voice therapy program. Jacquelyn’s Clinical Fellowship comprised experiences across home health, outpatient, skilled nursing, acute hospital, and preschool settings. Practicum settings included the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth (early-onset dementia), the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (traumatic brain injury and stroke), and Dallas ISD.

Her special interests lie in Parkinson’s disease and related neurological disorders, with provision of treatment across the domains of language, cognition, speech, voice, and swallowing. In treating pediatric clients, she has developed a special interest in working with toddlers and their families on establishing the language foundations required for meaningful learning and communication throughout childhood development. 

Outside of professional interests, Jacquelyn enjoys exploring Austin and the Hill Country for live music, scenic views, and local food opportunities.  


 

Tabitha Kao, BS, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Tabitha provides inpatient and outpatient Speech-Language Pathology services at Metroplex Adventist Hospital and Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Killeen and Lampasas. Tabitha graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a master’s degree in communication disorders in 2015, and from the University of North Texas Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. 

After working for a year at an outpatient center in San Angelo, she was employed at Metroplex Adventist Hospital in 2016, where she assesses and works with patients at both the hospital and the outpatient center to improve their communication, swallowing, and quality of life.  Tabitha is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  She earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA in 2016. 

Tabitha is specially trained in:

  • Myofascial release for dysphagia treatment.
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) for dysphagia instrumental assessment.
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT-LOUD®) for voice assessment and treatment.
  • McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program (MDTP) for dysphagia assessment and treatment.
 

Dana Reed, BS, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Dana provides inpatient and outpatient Speech-Language Pathology services at Metroplex Adventist Hospital and Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Killeen and Lampasas.  Dana is currently licensed by the State of Texas and holds her ASHA CCC-SLP (American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Clinical Competency Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology). Dana graduated from University of Central Florida with her Bachelors of Science in Communicative Disorders in 2000. Before pursuing her Master’s Degree, she worked in Seminole County Public Schools for two years. Dana continued her education at Southern Illinois University obtaining a Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders in 2004. During her college years, she was an active participant in NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association) and volunteered at various schools including varying exceptionalities and hearing-impaired programs. During her graduate school studies she was selected to participate in The Childhood Autism Research Project in conjunction with Behavioral Analysis Program students. Her Masters focus was in communication of individuals with Rhett Syndrome. Following her course work Dana's externships were completed at Florida Hospital Waterman and Seminole County Public Schools.

Dana has work experience in the following settings; public schools, pediatric private practice, hospital inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, long-term care and comprehensive rehabilitation hospital.  Her favorite part about being a Speech-Language Pathologist is helping people. Dana says, "I treat my patients as if they are my family." She also enjoys the wide range studies her field offers.  Dana would like to expand her expertise in pediatric feeding and NICU care.

Dana lives in the Central Texas area with her husband, who is in the Army, and their 4 children. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching her kids play sports, attending church and listening to live music.


   
 

 Office Staff  Martha Neighbors, Rehabilitation Secretary

Martha is one of the first voices you will hear and the first face you will see when you begin therapy at Metroplex Outpatient Rehabilitation. She provides individualized care and attention to patients. Martha works to ensure that new patients feel comfortable, and their scheduling and information needs are met.  She verifies insurance and physician orders. Her goal is to provide exemplary customer service to each patient.

Martha values family, friendship, dependability, responsibility, honesty, and faith in God. She loves Zumba, water aerobics, walking, reading, and hanging out with her two grandsons Christopher and Aiden.


  Natasha Hall, Rehabilitation Secretary

Natasha loves connecting with patient and building trusting relationships with them. She offers a warm greeting, a bright smile, comfort, and the assurance they will be well cared for. Her values reflect her Christian faith. Natasha values friendship, honesty, dependability and family.

She has been married to Isaac for over 15 years, and has two beautiful girls. Natasha enjoys camping, fishing, and hanging out with family and friends.