Leadership & Staff
Sandra Hegland brings more than 20 years of healthcare management expertise to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Austin. A Missouri native, she received her associate degree in nursing from Mineral Area College in Missouri, and later graduated from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and a master’s degree in business administration. Her expertise in leading successful patient outcomes and overall hospital performance is a result of her passion for mentoring leaders, building teams and coordinating strategic planning.
Shane Ross, M.D.
Dr. Ross brings more than 17 years healthcare experience to HealthSouth. Dr. Ross is certified by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is proficient in spasticity management, soft tissue trigger management, pain management, wound management and surgical debridement. His professional interests also include comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation, program development, neurorehabilitation (stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury), electrodiagnostic medicine and cardiac rehabilitation.
Shane Ross, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.
Director of Pharmacy
Peter has worked in both hospital and retail pharmacies and has extensive experience as a clinical and administrative pharmacist. He is a direct contributor to the high quality delivery of pharmaceutical services at HealthSouth Austin. Peter graduated with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, and has a master’s degree in healthcare pharmacy administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Director Quality/Risk Management
Crystal joins HealthSouth Austin with five years of experience in healthcare quality and risk management. She is a native of Austin, Texas, and has a unique passion and strong commitment to the continuous improvement of patient outcomes and the quality of patient care in the Central Texas community. Crystal is a graduate of Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and is currently pursuing her certification as a Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ).
Jennifer Butler, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Jennifer brings over nine years of healthcare experience to HealthSouth. She is a highly motivated, efficient, and patient-focused RN, with proven experience in emergency, trauma, critical care, pre-operative and long term acute care. Jennifer graduated from Texas Women’s University in 2004, with a Bachelor of Science in nursing.
Director of Case Management
Linda has worked at HealthSouth Austin since 1991 and has extensive healthcare experience encompassing both inpatient psychiatric and rehabilitation hospitals. She was recently selected as a task force member for the development and implementation of the company-wide care management program. Linda earned her master’s degree from Texas Woman’s and has served as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Certified Case Manager for HealthSouth. She is a member of the Austin Case Management Association.
Director of Marketing Operations
Denize has been in the healthcare field for more than 30 years. She started her seven year nursing career in inpatient rehabilitation in 1986. Denize has been in healthcare sales since 1991 having experience working LTAC, inpatient rehabilitation, home health and hospice. She is a licensed vocational nurse (LPN). Denize graduated from Howard College in 1983, from Excelsior College in 2009 with an associate’s degree in general studies, sociology focus, and is currently pursuing her BSN.
Kristi Keene comes to HealthSouth Austin with over a decade of experience in inpatient rehabilitation working both clinically and in administration. Prior to coming to HealthSouth, Kristi worked as rehabilitation hospital director of therapy services. A graduate from Texas State University receiving a master's degree in communication disorders in 2000, Kristi is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist.
Chief Financial Officer
Pam joined HealthSouth Austin in 2000. Her 26 years of healthcare management experience includes Medicare auditing, hospital turn-arounds and start-ups, acute care hospitals, specialty hospitals, MSO's, physician practices and pharmaceuticals. Pam graduated from St. Mary’s with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics.
Plant Operations Director
Ricky Nevels retired from the Air Force in 1996 and began working in hospitals in the Austin area shortly thereafter. He manages the facility operations that include the areas of the environment of care, plant operations / maintenance, dietary, purchasing and environmental services.
Director of Human Resources
Michael brings more than five years of human resource experience to HealthSouth. He values employees and is dedicated to providing them support and meeting their needs. Michael graduated in 2008 from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, with a bachelor's degree in communication studies, and is pursuing his PHR certification.
Director of Home Health
Tana brings more than 22 years of home health expertise to HealthSouth at Home. She has been employed by HealthSouth for seven years. A West Texas native, she graduated from Odessa College with an associate degree in nursing.
Director of Therapy Operations
Liz Warfield, director of therapy operations has worked at HealthSouth Austin since 2009 as a speech therapist and team lead. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s at the University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP). She holds additional certifications in Vital Stim and Lee Silverman’s Voice Treatment.