Medical Team

Employee PictureEric Kaplan, MD

Medical Director of Behavioral & Cognitive Services

Eric Kaplan, MD

Medical Director of Behavioral & Cognitive Services


  • Medical Degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • General Psychiatry residency at the University of Southern Florida Psychiatric Center
  • Board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
  • More than 30 years of experience in psychiatry & forensic psychiatry
Employee PictureRebecca C. Villar, Psy. D

Neuropsychologist

Rebecca C. Villar, Psy. D

Neuropsychologist


  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Specialization in Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Residency in Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Adjunct Professor at the University of Central Florida
  • Executive Director of the Central Florida Brain Injury Support Group

Leadership Team

Employee PictureRobert J. Bunker, MBA

Chairman

Robert J. Bunker, MBA

Chairman


  • More than 40 years of healthcare & served in the USAF Medical Corps
  • Highly decorated Lieutenant Colonel retired after 20 years
  • Co-founded Humana Military Healthcare Services Inc. and led their award of the Department of Defense (DoD) TRICARE contract
  • Board Chairman for three healthcare and technology companies.
  • Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management & Business Administration from Pepperdine University
Employee PictureShane Martin

Chief Operating Officer

Shane Martin

Chief Operating Officer


  • More than 20 years of experience in private and public healthcare companies
  • Extensive management experience and a proven track record for delivering improved and profitable results
  • He has served in several capacities including Chief Operating Officer, Vice President and Senior Director for companies ranging from $8MM to $650MM in annual revenues
  • Specialties include strategic planning, healthcare operations, business continuity, data analytics & reporting, cross-functional team leadership and leadership development
Employee PictureRuth Wallace

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Ruth Wallace

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)


  • Leading business transformation and performance improvement as an executive for over 20 years. Encompasses many areas of business including:  forecasting, strategy analysis and planning, business transactions, operational improvements and risk management.
  • Served in capacities including CFO, COO and CEO/President, for companies ranging from $2MM to $250MM in annual revenues and has provided services to companies whose annual revenues exceed $10B.
  • CPA and participates in many local and national organizations supporting both the business community and non-profit organizations.
Employee PictureDonna Check

Senior Advisor to the Chairman & CEO / Workers’ Compensation Specialist

Donna Check

Senior Advisor to the Chairman & CEO / Workers’ Compensation Specialist


  • Co-Founder and former Executive Director
  • Serves as a subject matter expert in NeuLife’s development
  • 25 years of experience in the catastrophic injury rehabilitation
  • As a certified presenter, she increases awareness of the needs of individuals with neurological injuries and has presented at various conferences since 1995
  • Maintains 4 key principles of success: clarity in the vision, a strong team, a driven focus on sustained successful outcomes, and the provision of excellence in customer service.
Employee PictureJanet Ott, BS

Administrator

Janet Ott, BS

Administrator


  • More than 25 years of healthcare experience
  • Extensive knowledge of state and federal regulations for patient safety
  • Specializes in managed care, workers’ compensation and auto cases
  • Experienced in managing short- and long-term disability claims
Employee PictureBryan Rotella

General Counsel

Bryan Rotella

General Counsel


  • Founder & CEO of Rotella Legal Group, P.A.
  • 15 years of business litigation experience, specializing in healthcare
  • Bar Admissions: Florida and California
  • Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science from Ohio State University
Employee PictureForrest Scott, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Vice President of Human Resource

Forrest Scott, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Vice President of Human Resource


  • More than 30 years of human resources experience, 20 years in healthcare human resources
  • Began his career as a physician recruiter in the U.S Air Force
  • Served as Director of Health Professions Recruiting Programs for the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico
  • Certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) for more than 20 years
  • Certified with the Society for Human Resources Management’s Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)
Employee PictureMichael Samogala

Director of Education

Michael Samogala

Director of Education


  • Registered Nurse, State of Florida 2013
  • Registered Nurse, State of Ohio (1983)
  • Obtained C.R.R.N. 2008 (Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse)
  • Obtained Clinical Ladder S.N. IV Status 2008 (The Ohio State University Medical Center

Clinical Team

Employee PictureNikki Eldridge, RN

Director of Nursing & Clinical Education & Training

Nikki Eldridge, RN

Director of Nursing & Clinical Education & Training


  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) from Lake Technical Center
  • Registered Nurse (RN) from Lake Sumter Community College
  • Compassionate and high-energy nurse
Employee PictureJamie Birmingham PT, CWS, CLT

Director of Rehabilitation Therapy Services

Jamie Birmingham PT, CWS, CLT

Director of Rehabilitation Therapy Services


  • More than 23 years of physical therapy and rehabilitation experience
  • Board certified in Wound Management by the American Board of Wound Management
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy
  • Founder of JVB Enterprises, Inc., a medical professional continuing education corporation
Employee PictureKrysta Aguis, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Pathologist & Cognitive Specialist

Krysta Aguis, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Pathologist & Cognitive Specialist


  • Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Florida
  • More than 4 years of experience
  • Specializes in speech, language and cognitive therapies.
Employee PictureLinda Reynolds, CCC-SLP

Speech Pathologist

Linda Reynolds, CCC-SLP

Speech Pathologist


  • 10 years of experience as a Speech Language Pathologist
  • Bachelor of Science & Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Miami University
  • Experience in adult rehabilitation for stroke, traumatic brain injury and neurological disorders
  • Certified in VitalStim® Therapy
  • ASHA Clinical Certification of Compliance in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP)
  • Specializes in swallowing, speech, language and cognitive therapies.
Employee PictureBelfazar Grant, MS, OT

Occupational Therapist

Belfazar Grant, MS, OT

Occupational Therapist


  • Served as a SMSgt (E-8) in the US Air Force
  • Studied Multidisciplinary Studies at Liberty University
  • More than 6 years of experience
  • Specializes in helping patients perform activities of daily living (ADLs)
Employee PictureAdam Colando, LMHC-S, MCAP, RPT-S, NCC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Adam Colando, LMHC-S, MCAP, RPT-S, NCC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor


  • BS, Stetson University, Psychology
  • MS, Stetson University, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Play Therapy Certificate Program, Stetson University
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, FL
  • Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional
  • National Board Certified Counselor
  • Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor
  • Certified EMDRIA-Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing/EMDR
Employee PictureElmer Perez-Alvira, M.Ed

Rehabilitation Counselor

Elmer Perez-Alvira, M.Ed

Rehabilitation Counselor


  • Masters level Counseling Education graduate from The Pennsylvania State University
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
  • More than 14 years of mental health experience
  • Experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults with severe mental health diagnoses
  • More than 8 years of experience managing adult and children residential programs
Employee PictureBrittany Giammalvo, PT, DPT, CLT
Brittany Giammalvo, PT, DPT, CLT
  • Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist
  • Summa Cum Laude graduate from University of Central Florida
  • Dedicated to community service outreach programs and leadership within the Florida Physical Therapy Association
Employee PictureRosa Gonzalez

Nurse Case Manager

Rosa Gonzalez

Nurse Case Manager


  • More than 13 years of experience in the healthcare field
  • CNA and LPN from Lake Technical College
  • Bilingual (Spanish)
  • Currently enrolled in the RN Bridge program with Lake Sumter State College
  • Experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults with severe mental health diagnoses and addictions.
Employee PictureJillian Mathis

Admissions Coordinator
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Jillian Mathis

Admissions Coordinator
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  • 19 years excelling in Customer Service
  • 7 years of experience in Long Term Care and Assisted Living
  • AS Degree from Fortis College specializing in Medical Administrative Assistant

 

Office: 352.729.6023
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Employee PictureLaurel Wise

MSW – Social Work Case Manager

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Laurel Wise

MSW – Social Work Case Manager

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  • More than 24 years of healthcare experience
  • Extensive acute hospital & long-term acute care case management experience
  • Experience as a community liaison for skilled nursing facilities
  • Background in child, adolescent, adult, family, and group counseling
  • Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from University of Central Florida

    Office: 352.720.3686
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Clinical Liaisons

Employee PictureWendy McCracken

Clinical Liaison
East Coastline & GA
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Wendy McCracken

Clinical Liaison
East Coastline & GA
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  • More than 30 years of healthcare experience
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Certified rehabilitation registered nurse (CRRN)
  • Certified hemodialysis registered nurse
  • Held a variety of roles from cardiac nurse to catastrophic case manager
  • Leverage her clinical expertise to promote NeuLife’s continuum of care to referral sources and aid in the admissions process.

Cell: 904.534.2518
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Employee PictureFrederick Langan

Clinical Liaison
South Florida

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Frederick Langan

Clinical Liaison
South Florida

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  • More than 17 years of healthcare experience; 5+ years as Clinical Liaison
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist
  • U.S. Army Reserves, 1991-2003 with Honorable Discharge
  • B.S. Communications/Health Science- University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Extensive experience in post-acute continuum of care

Cell: 727.308.8073

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Employee PictureAshley Miller, RRT

Clinical Liaison
FL Panhandle/AL
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Ashley Miller, RRT

Clinical Liaison
FL Panhandle/AL
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  • More than 16 years in healthcare experience
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
  • B.S. Health Sciences, Magna Cum Laude Graduate
  • Certified Pulmonary Disease Educator
  • Certified Pulmonary Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Experienced in clinical consulting, sales, and marketing

Cell:  352.431.0044
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Employee PictureRJ Blessie, LPN

Clinical Liaison
Central FL
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RJ Blessie, LPN

Clinical Liaison
Central FL
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  • More than 25 years of healthcare experience
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Licensed Pharmacy Technician
  • Assisted living operator – State of Kansas
  • Held a variety of positions: Corporate Marketing admissions coordinator, Director of Nursing (DON), MDS Coordinator, 5+ years Medical Surgical Nursing, Occupational & Travel Nursing
  • Extensive experience in home health & hospice, and post-acute continuum of care

Cell:  352.801.6731
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Employee PictureTom McClanahan, BS RRT

Clinical Liaison
Central & SW FL
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Tom McClanahan, BS RRT

Clinical Liaison
Central & SW FL
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  • Respiratory care practitioner for over 25 years.
  • Graduated from Cincinnati State Associate degree in respiratory care.
  • Graduated from ST. Pete college BS in respiratory and healthcare administration.
  • Former COO Pharmacy Solutions Group
  • Over 19 years of sales, marketing, and liaison experience.
  • Former area director of sales and Marketing VHC

Cell:  859.609.7185
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