Leadership & Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Duke brings extensive healthcare leadership and expertise to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Austin with more 25 years of experience as a healthcare executive with Christus Healthcare, HCA St. David’s and HealthSouth. He is an associate of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Duke received his bachelor’s degree in medical technology MT(ASCP) from the University of Texas at Austin and was awarded a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Texas Woman’s University.
Maria Arizmendez, M.D.
Dr. Arizmendez is a Mayo-trained, board certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician whose practice focuses on providing rehabilitative care to patients with a wide spectrum of neurologic disorders and peripheral vascular disease, including those at high risk for amputation. Dr. Arizmendez is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Maria Arizmendez, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.
Human Resource Director
Debbie is a skilled human resource specialist with more than 20 years experience in human resource management. She completed her bachelor’s degree in human resource management from St. Edwards University, is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and has received specialized training as a credentialed mediator. Debbie is also a member of the national Society for Human Resource Management and of their local chapter.
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 of Quality
Wayne has more than 30 years in nursing and 18 years in healthcare quality. Wayne received his bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Akron in Ohio and his master's degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. In 1991, he received a certification as a Professional of Healthcare Quality.
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 Plant Operations
Kenny has more than 22 years experience in healthcare construction and facility management working as the head of engineering for St. David’s Medical Center, a 522 bed acute care facility, and as the director of facility management for River Ranch Radiology with offices in Austin and San Antonio. His also holds memberships in the American Society of Healthcare Engineering, Texas Hospital Association, and was the former President of the Texas Association of Healthcare Facilities Management.
Chief Nursing Officer
Mary brings more than 30 years of nursing experience to HealthSouth Austin in her role as chief nursing officer. She has an extensive history of healthcare management in psychiatric, rehabilitation and long term acute care hospitals where she has served in leadership, executive and clinical roles. Mary obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from West Texas A&M University and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor.
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.
Director of Marketing Operations
Julie has more than 20 years in healthcare with previous experience as a licensed social worker, certified assisted living manager and director of marketing in both skilled nursing facilities and assisted livings. She has also led marketing and operations teams in Ohio, Michigan and Texas. She works with many community and professional groups serving the community. Julie graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio with a double major in psychology and sociology.
Director of Home Health
Kerry is an experienced professional administrator and has more than 15 years experience in home health management. She received her licensed vocational nurse training from Lamar University in 1992, and returned in 1998 to obtain her associate degree in nursing from to become a registered nurse. Kerry is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC) and is an active member of the Texas Heart Association.
Director of Therapy
Corey comes to HealthSouth Austin with more than 16 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to working at HealthSouth, she served as a hospital administrator and project manager. A graduate of the University of Texas in psychology, Corey also received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Texas at Galveston, and, in 2004, a master’s degree in business from University of Houston. Corey is a licensed occupational therapist and an associate of the American College of Healthcare Executives.