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Award Of Excellence - Best In Patient Care


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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Elizabeth Lynch, MPT

Physical Therapist
Therapy South

Jonathon Brent Morrison, MS, BA

Encompass Health



Scott Arehart, CPR/BS-PT

Senior Physical Therapist
Advanced Home Care

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

Erin Mills, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

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

Margaret Schmugge, DPT

Lead Therapist
EntireCare at Flagstaff Medical Center

Tami Thornton, MSOT

Occupational Therapist & AT Specialist
Isaac School District & Therapy One


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


Mahnaz Kazalbasch, PT

Physical Therapist

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


Maria Grufstedt, PT

Physical Therapist
Bridging Bionics Foundation

Barbara Piel, OTD

Occupational Therapist
Occupational Therapy Services

Janet Sibell, BSOT

Occupational Therapist


Danielle DeBlois, BSPT

In-Patient Physical Therapist
Hospital for Special Care

Robert Thompson, MSPT, LATC, ATC, CSCS

Assistant Director of Rehab




Christine Acree, MS, BA

Speech-Language Pathologist
Reliant Rehabilitation

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

Select Rehab

Adam Kalman, Vestibular Rehab

Rehab Manager
Cleveland Clinic Akron General Visiting Nurse Service

Elizabeth Oakes, BS


Teresa Ross, MA, BS

Physical Therapist PRN
Florida First Care

Ron Schreffler, M.Ed, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist
Nancy Kanso, MS, CCC-SLP

Lisa Smith, BSPT

Physical Therapist & Clinical Specialist
West Florida Hospital

Anna Stephens, BSPT

Contract PT

Jyothi Stoll, MOT

Occupational Therapist
Rehab Care

Carolyn Tremblay, DPT

Physical Therapist
Kindred Healthcare


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




Anthony Placek, DPT

Vice President of Operations


Michael Constancio Mahinay IV, BSPT

Physical Therapist
RehabFocus Physical Therapy


Sue Smith, OTR/L, CLT

Occupational Therapist
Midwest Rehab Professionals



Allison Parker, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Justin Rzepka, MPT

Physical Therapist

Kimberly Raho, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
Jefferson County Board of Education


Ryan Andrews, PT, MS-HCM

Director Of Rehab
Concerned Care Home Health

Blake Brown, DPT

Physical Therapist
Brown Physical Therapy

Tammy Gilbert, PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist
Ochsner Health

Emily McElrath, BSAT, DPT,MTC, CIDN

Physical Therapist
Ochsner Therapy and Wellness

Jodi Montagnino, DPT

Physical Therapist
Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital

Jesse Spriggs, PT, BS

Physical Therapist
Freeman Group

Patrick Thompson, DPT

Physical Therapist
Kindred Healthcare


Brenda Achorn, MSOT, CBIS

Rehabilitation Director
Preferred Therapy Solutions


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


Joleen Alicea, BSOT

Director of MH Occupational Therapy

Karlyn Goodman, OTR

Occupational Therapist
The Futures HealthCore


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

Clinical Manager
Experts in Home Health Mgt, Inc

Sara Tormala, OT

Occupational Therapist


Stacey Huiras, MA, BS

Occupational Therapist Senior
State of Minnesota – Minnesota Security Hospital

Sonya Tangen, OTR/L, ATP

Occupational Therapist
Veterans Affairs



Yvette Thomas, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
Self- Employed

Jenna Scholl-Roehrig, DPT

Physical Therapist
Genesis Healthcare



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




Antonious Aboseff, DPT/MPH

Physical Therapist
Comprehensive Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Stephanie Bennett, MS

Occupational Therapist
Children’s Specialized Hospital

Danielle Centi, DrOT

Senior Occupational Therapist
Kessler Rehab

Alexa Centrella, MS

Assistant Director of Rehabilitation
Care One

Patricia Cortina, MSPT

Physical Therapist
The Arc Kohler School

Dolores (Lori) DeLuca, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
Bridgeater-Raritan Regional School District, Speech and Hearing Association

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

Alyssa Leonard, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

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

Mona Patel, MOT

Staff Occupational Therapist

Megan Petersen, MSOT

Occupational Therapist
Madison Public Schools

Jill Tresidder, BS-OT

Hand Therapist

Genna Wallerstein, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
The Newgrange School

Jillian Woods, MSOT, BS

Occupational Therapist
CareOne Wayne


Carolyn Ahearn, PT

Physical Therapist
Las Cruces Comprehensive Rehab & Home Health

Saundra Anderson, MA, OTR

Occupational Therapist Supervisor
Bilingual Multi-cultural Services Inc

Liliana Labady, DPT, MPT

Physical Therapist
Alamogordo Physical Therapy and Wellness Center

Alegre Murguia, DPT, BA

Physical Therapist
Spine Solutions

Sallie Roe, BSOT

Occupational Therapist
5 Star Quality Care


Alisha Alava, BSOT

Occupational Therapist
Totowa Public Schools

Sara Jensen, MS-OT

Support by Design

Jeremy Voorhees, CCRP

Physical Therapist


Aldrin Aquino, BSPT

Home Health Physical Therapist
WellCare Home Health

Kristin Carpenter, BS, MPT

Rehab Director
Liberty Healthcare

Devin Charles Sweeney, PT, OCS, Astym Certified

Physical Therapist

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

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


Suzanne Fox, BS

Occupational Therapist
Manorcare Health Services

Elizabeth Glander, BSOT, LSTV BIG

Occupational Therapist
Rehab4Life & At Home Therapy Seevices


Lesley Ater, MS

Speech Language Pathologist
East Clinton Local Schools

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

Jason Valley, MOT, OTR/L

Visiting Instructor
Cleveland State University



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


Gabriella Castellani, MSOT

Occupational Therapist
Pediatric Therapy Specialists

Sylvain Guet, BSPT, MSPT, MHSA, PhD

Director of Rehabiliation
Genesis Healthcare Services

Mary Kingston, DPT

Physical Therapist
Centers for Rehab Services

Marla Tonseth, BS, MBA

Rehab Performance Improvement Specialist
Mercy Home Health


Mary Brinson, BS, MS, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Associate Professor
New England Institute of Technology


Roberto Antonio Imson, MD, BSPT

Physical Therapist
Bayada Home Health



Christy Carter, MSOT, BS, PAM

Director of Rehabilitation
Reliant Rehabilitation

Suzanne Grace, BSPT, NDT, GT

Physical Therapist
Self Employed


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

Amy Depner, BA, MPT

Assistant Clinical Director and Alternate Administrator
OCI Holdings

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

Moriam Kadiri, DPT

Supervising Physical Therapist
HealthRite Rehabilitation Clinic

Sarah Kendrick, MPT

Physical Therapist & Case Manager
Ability Home Care

Timothy Komazec, BIG, SFMA

Clinic Supervisor
Your Personal Best PT

Cyd Marusak, BSOT

Occupational therapist
Turn Center

Charlene Milagres, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
Texas Health Resources

Cissette Muster, HWT, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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

Cristian Olivares, MPT

Rehab Director
SAVA Senior Care

Shanan Richard, MSPT

Physical Therapist
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Cynthia Sanchez, OTR/L

Occupational therapist
Rehab Synergies

Sherry Shaaf, DPT, CPR

Physical Therapist
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Christy Snowdon, BS

Director of Therapy Services
Lake Granbury Medical Center

Doug Soell, MPT

Velocity Physical Therapy

Andrea Springer, BS, MS, PhD


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

Somadina Umeh, GCS/ PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
Hospitals of Providence

Joanie Weber, MS

Senior Physical Therapist
PhyTex Sports Rehab






Dina Cooney, DPT, IASTM, CIDN

Physical Therapist
Wheeling Hospital

Mary Lucas, PT

Physical Therapist
Kindred at Home


Dana Kreusel, DPT

Physical Therapist
Fremont Therapy Group

Jennifer Labonte, BSOT, MS

Clinical Educational Coordinator
Encore Rehabilitation

Laura Sostre, BSOT, MS

Clinical Fieldwork Coordinator
Encore Rehabilitation Services


Michelle L. Anderson, MOT, OTR/L, CKTP

Occupation Therapist
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center