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Meet the Rehab Team

   
Leadership Ray Owens, MHA 

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, in Killeen, and Rollins-Brook Community Hospital, in 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 and Audiology and a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration.  He has more than twenty years experience in healthcare administration, including ten 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 twelve years and came to Metroplex Health System to join its mission of “Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ.”

Ray has been married to Susan for 26 years, and they have one daughter, Anne-Marie.    They live in Round Rock and enjoy family and church activities as well as traveling and spending time at their cattle ranch in Mills County.



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.


 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. 


Occupational  Therapy
MaryAlice H. Morgan, OTR/L - Occupational Therapy Manager

During my nineteen years, I have provided Occupational Therapy Services in outpatient rehab adults and pediatrics, home health, aquatic therapy, ECI pediatrics, adults-geriatrics, long term care - SNF with an Alzheimer’s unit, LTAC specialty hospitals, Hand Therapy, Inpatient Acute Rehab, Telemetry unit, and ICU.

My long term interests working with people of all ages in specialized aquatics   developed a Health & Wellness Specialty, enhancing my therapy skills to treat the “Whole Person”.  My specialty started with teaching “learn to swim” for those terrified of water (1975), Adapted Aquatics (1984), Aquatic Exercise and Fitness Specialist (1992). 

Returned to college in 1991, for Associated of Arts in Psychology at Collin County Community College, graduated with honors, 1993; transferred to Texas Woman’s University Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy, graduating with honors, 1997.  I have completed certificates of training in balance, manual therapy and kinesio taping.  


 
 

Speech Therapy

 Jennifer Poe, M.S., CCC-SLP

Jennifer is the Speech Therapy Team Lead at Metroplex Rehabilitation. 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.  Jennifer’s college years began at Trinity Valley Community College where her  studies concentrated on Science and Psychology before moving on to university studies.   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 along with the hospital’s  radiology team to conduct modified barium swallow studies. 

In her younger years  she spent her summers volunteering  at the West Texas Rehabilitation Center in Abilene, Texas, where her interest in speech-language pathology began.  Her other volunteer experiences included volunteering each January for the yearly Telethon  presented by the center, assisting with Special Olympics event during her college years, and with the Boy Scouts of America for many years.

Jennifer says that she loves her job here because of the people and the  overall work  atmosphere.  “I love that I am allowed to talk about Christ in the workplace and that I can pray with my patient’s and fellow employees.”   When she is not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her  family, dining out with friends, reading, movies, theater and ballet/opera/symphony/fine arts,  camping, hiking/observing nature, and sewing.


 
 

 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.