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Dr. Mary Kaye Hill, DPT

Founder & Physical Therapist

Mary Kaye has always had a passion for helping those who have had a stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury, or any other neurological issue. From being able to get out of bed without help to being able to climb stairs again, Mary Kaye gives it her all to help each person reach their goals.


Mary Kaye graduated with her Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy in ‘98 and her doctorate in Physical Therapy in ‘09. She is Neuro-IFRAH certified (specialty training for treating persons with strokes and head injuries) and also specializes in custom wheelchair evaluations.

Speciality

Physical Therapy

Degrees

Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Areas of Expertise

Adult Neurology and Customized Wheelchair Evaluations

Gender

Female

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Kari Richards, DPT

Physical Therapist

Kari’s love for helping people get back to being independent is evident to anyone that works around her. She has worked in a variety of settings, each with an emphasis on treating people with a neurological diagnosis (such as a stroke or brain injury). Kari finds it very rewarding when she helps people take their first step walking and continues to help them increase their independence with every session.


Kari graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas in 2005 and continued to develop her treatment techniques by becoming Neuro-IFRAH certified.

Speciality

Physical Therapy

Degrees

Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Areas of Expertise

Adult Neurology

Gender

Female

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Ellie Smith, SLP

Speech Language Pathology

Ellie has worked as a speech pathologist with adults for 17 years. She has a passion for helping people recover from strokes and other life-altering illnesses and diseases. Helping others regain the ability to swallow, speak, and improve their cognition (problem-solving and memory, to name a few) is very rewarding to Ellie.


Ellie graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Master’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology in 2002 and has been helping people regain their independence since. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.

Speciality

Speech Language Pathologist

Degrees

Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology

Areas of Expertise

Cognition and Dysphagia

Gender

Female

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Heather Leinhart, OT

Occupational Therapy

Heather has a deep desire to help people regain freedom through reaching their goals, all while having fun. Not only does she see the importance of a person’s ability to take care of their basic needs such as bathing and dressing, but she takes it further to improving use of their arm or hand to be able to play catch with their grandkids or dominoes with the neighbors. Heather is all about treating each person as an individual and creating a custom plan to help them succeed.


Her love for treating patients with strokes and head injuries grew while finishing up a three-month internship at a local outpatient, and she’s never looked back. Now, almost ten years later, she is Neuro-IFRAH certified and uses her skills every chance she has to help people get their lives back. She graduated with her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas over ten years ago and loves helping people become more independent in their daily lives.

Speciality

Occupational Therapy

Degrees

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Areas of Expertise

Adult Neurology

Gender

Female

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Megan Vaughn, SLP

Speech Language Pathology

Helping individuals and families during challenging times, when their everyday life is suddenly not as it has been, is a passion for Megan. She understands firsthand how neurological traumas can impact the family's and the person's overall quality of life, as stroke and traumatic brain injury have personally affected members of her own family. She is dedicated to developing a treatment plan with the patient's and their family's input to help them achieve functional and appropriate goals to improve the way they interact with the world around them, whether it's swallowing issues, cognitive decline, language deficits from a stroke, or anything in between. Megan also places emphasis on patient and family education within the course of treatments so that those involved can be an advocate for their loved one's needs.


Her educational background includes a B.A. in Communication Disorders from Biola University in La Mirada, California (‘09) and an M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas (‘16). Megan is a well-rounded clinician with several years of experience serving both children and adults in the rehab, hospital, and outpatient clinical settings. She has experience working with Lingraphica AAC devices for those individuals with severe aphasia. She is also Synchrony for Dysphagia trained.

Speciality

Speech Language Pathologist

Degrees

Master of Science in Communication Sciences Disorders

Areas of Expertise

Cognition and Language

Gender

Female

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Karen

Occupational Therapist

Karen has been practicing as an occupational therapist for over 10 years.

She loves all things neuro, including stroke, brain, and spinal cord injuries.

She has a passion for helping her patients get back to living their lives as independently as possible.

She makes sure to work with her patients to create an individualized plan that is tailored specifically to their needs.

Speciality

Karen has been practicing as an occupational therapist for over 10 years.

Areas of Expertise

She loves all things neuro, including stroke, brain, and spinal cord injuries.

Gender

Female

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Katy

Speech-Language Pathologist.

She attended the University of Arkansas Fayetteville where she was recognized as the Outstanding Undergraduate in her Communication Disorders program.

She received her Master's in Arts for Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Kansas/University of Kansas Medical Center in 2009.

Katy is passionate about her job and really enjoys being able to treat a wide scope of disorders in speech, language, voice, cognitive-linguistics, and swallowing in the pediatric and adult populations.

Speciality

Speech-language pathologist.

Degrees

She received her Master's in Arts for Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Kansas/University of Kansas Medical Center in 2009.

Areas of Expertise

Disorders in speech, language, voice, cognitive-linguistics, and swallowing in the pediatric and adult populations.

Gender

Female

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Amanda

Neurological and Hand Treatments

Amanda enjoys working with individuals to regain upper extremity function, especially neurological conditions.

She has specialized in neurological and hand treatments throughout her 12+ years of outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation experience.

Amanda was certified in Neuro-IFRAH in 2009.

Speciality

Amanda enjoys working with individuals to regain upper extremity function, especially neurological conditions.

Degrees

Certified in Neuro-IFRAH in 2009.

Areas of Expertise

Neurological conditions

Gender

Female

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Max

Max came to CARE in January of 2022 and we won the lottery with this guy!

By far, he’s the one everyone wants to see first when they arrive.

Max enjoys walks, treats, naps, and belly rubs. Check out his Dog Blog to see what he’s up to!


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