AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

The “Award of Excellence” is presented by the American Health Council to the medical providers and educators who exceed expectations in performing their duties. These providers are recognized for their admirable character, selfless dedication, and outstanding effort. Perpetually raising the bar for all, they help establish a higher standard quality of care and overall quality of life for patients.

We’re excited to announce that we’ve commenced selecting recipients for our awards program!
The latest awardees are highlighted below. Please check back regularly as additional recipients will be added throughout the year.

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ALABAMA

Elizabeth Lynch, MPT

Physical Therapist
Therapy South

ALASKA

ARIZONA

Geri DeWaard, MS

Occupational Therapist
Dignity Health

Amber Enright, DPT, LSVT GoBIG, NDT

Physical Therapist
The Therapy Doctor

Kelly Garcia, MOT

Occupational Therap Assistant Program Director
PIMA Medical Institute: Mesa

Donna Partenio, MSOT, M.Ed.

Occupational Therapist
MD Home Health, Southland Home Health, Quality Home Health

Shelly Sayman, DPT

Physical Therapist
On Call Therapy Associates

Tami Thornton, MSOT

Occupational Therapist & AT Specialist
Isaac School District & Therapy One

ARKANSAS

Lori Forwe, MSPT, BS

Owner & Physical Therapist
Forwe Therapies, Inc.

Jenna Harris, DPT

Physical Therapist
Access Group Inc.

Anelisa Henry, DPT

Staff Physical Therapist
St Vincent Infirmary

Phillip Hotz, DPT, LSVT BIG, PWR

Physical Therapist
Northwest Home Health

Susan Umbaugh, Ed., MSED, BSOT

Occupational Therapist
Sarratt Therapy Services, Inc.

Luke Williams, DPT

Program Director/PT
Wood-Lawn Heights

CALIFORNIA

Amy Mourad, MPT

Physical Therapist- Per Diem
Aim Sports Medicine

Myrna Rousseau, OTR/L, CHT

Occupational Therapist & Owner
Humboldt Hand and Foot Therapy

Michael Shehata, MSOT

Occupational Therapist
Providence Speech and Hearing Center

COLORADO

Maria Grufstedt, PT

Physical Therapist
Bridging Bionics Foundation

Barbara Piel, OTD

Occupational Therapist
Occupational Therapy Services

Janet Sibell, BSOT

Occupational Therapist
Rehabcare

CONNECTICUT

Danielle DeBlois, BSPT

In-Patient Physical Therapist
Hospital for Special Care

DELAWARE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

FLORIDA

Iris Cledera-Bona, DPT

Staff PT-PRN
Manor Care Dunedin

Maury Diaz-Gorrin, MAOT, SIPT, CLT, IMC

Occupational Therapist
Memorial Hospital— Miramar

Joy Dorinski-Smith, BSPT

Owner & Physical Therapist
Joy of Therapy, PLLC

Alexis Heather, DPT

Physical Therapist & Clinical Director
Heartland Rehabilitation

Maria Fatima Natividad, CLWT, CKTP

Physical Therapist
Pruitt Health

Manoj Gupta, OTR/L

OTR
Select Rehab

Lisa Smith, BSPT

Physical Therapist & Clinical Specialist
West Florida Hospital

Jyothi Stoll, MOT

Occupational Therapist
Rehab Care

Carolyn Tremblay, DPT

Physical Therapist
Kindred Healthcare

GEORGIA

Kendra Davila, MOT

Occupational Therapist
South Georgia Medical Center

John Martin, MPT, BSAT, CIDN

Owner & Director of Operations
Rehab Advantage & Sports Medicine

Leanne Row, BSOT

Occupational & Physical Therapist Director
East Central Regional Hospital— Georgia

HAWAII

IDAHO

ILLINOIS

Anthony Placek, DPT

Vice President of Operations
ATI

INDIANA

Michael Constancio Mahinay IV, BSPT

Physical Therapist
RehabFocus Physical Therapy

IOWA

Sue Smith, OTR/L, CLT

Occupational Therapist
Midwest Rehab Professionals

KANSAS

KENTUCKY

Justin Rzepka, MPT

Physical Therapist
NeuroRestorative

LOUISIANA

Ryan Andrews, PT, MS-HCM

Director Of Rehab
Concerned Care Home Health

Tammy Gilbert, PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist
Ochsner Health

Emily McElrath, BSAT, DPT,MTC, CIDN

Physical Therapist
Ochsner Therapy and Wellness

Patrick Thompson, DPT

Physical Therapist
Kindred Healthcare

MAINE

Brenda Achorn, MSOT, CBIS

Rehabilitation Director
Preferred Therapy Solutions

MARYLAND

Ralph Betonio, BSPT

Physical Therapist
Lorien Health

Cristen Gordon, DPT, VRT

Clinical Coord. & Neuro Mentorship Coord.
Medstar national rehabilitation hospital

Kikélomo Idowu, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
Spring Grove Hospital

Lisa Kammann, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
Lifebridge Health

MASSACHUSETTS

Joleen Alicea, BSOT

Director of MH Occupational Therapy
Advocates

Karlyn Goodman, OTR

Occupational Therapist
The Futures HealthCore

MICHIGAN

Theresa Pszczolkowski, BSOT, MEd, OTR/L, NBCOT

Clinical Manager
Experts in Home Health Mgt, Inc

MINNESOTA

Sonya Tangen, OTR/L, ATP

Occupational Therapist
Veterans Affairs

MISSISSIPPI

MISSOURI

Yvette Thomas, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
Self- Employed

MONTANA

NEBRASKA

Paige Dinslage, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
Comper Care Home Health & Rehab

Sarah Huffman, MSOT, BSOT

Occupational Therapist
Genesis Rehab

Rocky Williams, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
Regional West Medical Center

NEVADA

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW JERSEY

Antonious Aboseff, DPT/MPH

Physical Therapist
Comprehensive Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Stephanie Bennett, MS

Occupational Therapist
Children’s Specialized Hospital

Patricia Cortina, MSPT

Physical Therapist
The Arc Kohler School

Andrew Eades, MSOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
Almost Family & LHC

Irene Egan, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
Pediatric Therapy Resources

Cherrilyn Garcia, DPT

Physical Therapist
Dynamic Physical Therapy & Wellness Center, LLC

Karen Goodman, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Pathologist/Rehab Manager
Prime Healthcare Saint Michael’s Medical Center

Jaclyn Janicky, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
Adaptive Home Therapy

Carisa Mazzoni, MOT

Occupational Therapist
Vineland Public Schools

Stephanie McGowan, OTR/L, BS

Occupational Therapist
Leonia Board of Education

Donna Neidlinger, BSOT

Occupational Therapist Supervisor
Children’s Specialized Hospital

Ellen Osei, MSOT, MEd

Occupational Therapist
Self-Employed

Mona Patel, MOT

Staff Occupational Therapist
RWJBH

Megan Petersen, MSOT

Occupational Therapist
Madison Public Schools

Genna Wallerstein, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
The Newgrange School

Jillian Woods, MSOT, BS

Occupational Therapist
CareOne Wayne

NEW MEXICO

Saundra Anderson, MA, OTR

Occupational Therapist Supervisor
Bilingual Multi-cultural Services Inc

Alegre Murguia, DPT, BA

Physical Therapist
Spine Solutions

Sallie Roe, BSOT

Occupational Therapist
5 Star Quality Care

Carolyn Ahearn, PT

Physical Therapist
Las Cruces Comprehensive Rehab & Home Health

NEW YORK

Alisha Alava, BSOT

Occupational Therapist
Totowa Public Schools

Jeremy Voorhees, CCRP

Physical Therapist
CHS

NORTH CAROLINA

Aldrin Aquino, BSPT

Home Health Physical Therapist
WellCare Home Health

Stephanie King, OCC, CLT, M/OTR/L

Owner
Lymphatic Health Center

Jacqueline Mayo, OTD, MSOT, BSOT

Instructor of Occupational Therapy Assistants
Central Piedmont Community College

Sangini Rane, BSPT

Physical Therapy Owner
Apex PT Postural Restoration Center

Devin Charles Sweeney, PT, OCS, Astym Certified

Physical Therapist
EmergeOrtho

NORTH DAKOTA

Suzanne Fox, BS

Occupational Therapist
Manorcare Health Services

Elizabeth Glander, BSOT, LSTV BIG

Occupational Therapist
Rehab4Life & At Home Therapy Seevices

OHIO

Caroline Barnes, BA, BAPT, AS

Occupational Therapist
Amity Care

Amy Bertram, DPT, LSVT, RSB, AP, BHS

Self- Employed
Self- Employed

Sandra Burge, BSPT, NDT, LSVT, FCE

Physical Therapist
Marietta Memorial Hospital

Valerie Bush, M.Ed.

Occupational Therapist
East Liverpool City Hospital

Jessica Giordano, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
Sprenger Healthcare

Mary Ann Mucha, BSOT, MBA

Senior Business Operations Analyst
University Hospitals of Cleveland

OKLAHOMA

OREGON

Penny Dorey, BSPT

Physical Therapy- Per Diem
Kindred Healthcare

Diedra Pine, BS, MOT

Therapist & Owner
Pediatric OT Solutions, LLC

Lydia Sawka-Leendertse, BS, PT-R

Registered Physical Therapist
Signature Home Health

Melissa Vidoni, DPT

Physical Therapist
Kaiser

PENNSYLVANIA

Gabriella Castellani, MSOT

Occupational Therapist
Pediatric Therapy Specialists

Sylvain Guet, BSPT, MSPT, MHSA, PhD

Director of Rehabiliation
Genesis Healthcare Services

Marla Tonseth, BS, MBA

Rehab Performance Improvement Specialist
Mercy Home Health

RHODE ISLAND

SOUTH CAROLINA

Roberto Antonio Imson, MD, BSPT

Physical Therapist
Bayada Home Health

SOUTH DAKOTA

TENNESSEE

Christy Carter, MSOT, BS, PAM

Director of Rehabilitation
Reliant Rehabilitation

Suzanne Grace, BSPT, NDT, GT

Physical Therapist
Self Employed

TEXAS

Oluwaseto Abidakun, MOT, BS

Occupational Therapist
Reliant Pediatric Therapy Services

Hallie Ager, DPT

Physical Therapy Supervisor
EPIC Health Services

Julianna Amspoker, BS-OT

Evaluating Occupational Therapist
Senior Rehab Solutions

Carolyn Antilley, BSPT

Lead Physical Therapist
St. David’s Surgical Hospital

Racheryl Barnes Durkay, BS

Team Lead Occupational Therapist
At Home Health

Tonia Bingham, OTR

Occupational Therapist
Wilson N Jones

Justin Bridges, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Momentum Physical Therapy

Tina Chaney, DPT

Physical Therapist
Methodist Mansfield

Courtney Clark, DPT, DN, MDT, LSVT BIG

Physical Therapist
Seton Medical Center Hays

Christopher Collins, PT, DPT, Cert DN

Director of Therapy Services
Driven Elite Health

Kimberli Curtis, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
Believe Pediatric Therapy

Jason Faris, BSOT

Occupational Therapist
Therapy Management Corporation

Rebecca Garcia, DPT

Polytrauma Physical Therapist
Audie Murphy VA Hospital

Jocelyn Hendrix, MS, CBIS

Occupational Therapist
Texas Rehab Hospital of Fort Worth

Christina Jacinto, DPT, BS

Physical Therapist
Personal Touch Home Care

Sarah Kendrick, MPT

Physical Therapist & Case Manager
Ability Home Care

Cyd Marusak, BSOT

Occupational therapist
Turn Center

Charlene Milagres, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
Texas Health Resources

Cissette Muster, HWT, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
Private

Patricia Neria, BSOT

Director of Rehabiliation Services
The Hospitals of Providence- East Campus

Ben Ness, DPT, MPT, CIDN

Physical Therapy
Baylor Scott & White Rehab

Margaret Norstebon, BSPT

Physical Therapist
Center for Neurological Disorders

Shanan Richard, MSPT

Physical Therapist
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Cynthia Sanchez, OTR/L

Occupational therapist
Rehab Synergies

Doug Soell, MPT

Owner
Velocity Physical Therapy

Starla Sweda, MS, ASI

Staff Occupational Therapist
Therapy 2000

Cynthia Thornton, BSOT

Occupational Therapist
Goose Creek C.I.S.D. (Baytown, TX)

Suet Tsui, BSOT

Occupational Therapist
Project Grow ECI

UTAH

VERMONT

VIRGINIA

WASHINGTON

WEST VIRGINIA

Dina Cooney, DPT, IASTM, CIDN

Physical Therapist
Wheeling Hospital

WISCONSIN

Jennifer Labonte, BSOT, MS

Clinical Educational Coordinator
Encore Rehabilitation

Laura Sostre, BSOT, MS

Clinical Fieldwork Coordinator
Encore Rehabilitation Services

WYOMING