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

Co-Founder

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Ruth Wallace

Co-Founder

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 PictureEric Patten

Executive Vice President of Business Development

Eric Patten

Executive Vice President of Business Development


  • Experienced National Clinical Leader and with Proven Results. Focused on program and business development.
  • 20 years in the Workers Compensation- Catastrophic Case Management, Business Development and Clinical Education.
  • Specialties include Program and Business Development, Clinically Sales, Team building, Strong Leadership experience, National Speaker, Panelist and several authored/published articles.
  • A Graduate of Northeastern University School of Nursing 93 with 26 years of Clinical experience and expertise.
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 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
Employee PictureDonna Check

Co-Founder, Director of Workers’ Compensation

Donna Check

Co-Founder, Director of Workers’ Compensation


  • 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 PictureBrigitte Beckles

Human Resources Manager

Brigitte Beckles

Human Resources Manager


  • More than 10 years’ experience in the health and human services industry
  • Experienced in Human Resources Management
  • Extensive knowledge in employee relations, recruitment and benefits administration

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 PictureTamar Nir

Speech Therapist

Tamar Nir

Speech Therapist


  • Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Summa Cum Laude graduate from University of Central Florida
  • ASHA Clinical Fellow in speech-language pathology
  • Bilingual (Spanish and Hebrew)
  • Experience in adult rehabilitation for stroke, TBI/ABI in acute care, inpatient, and private settings
  • Specializing in speech, language, cognitive, swallowing, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) therapies
Employee PictureKizie Quintyne-Bent

Speech Therapist

Kizie Quintyne-Bent

Speech Therapist


  • 15 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Central Florida
  • Experience in adult rehabilitation for stroke, traumatic brain injury, dysphagia and neurological disorders
  • Certified in VitalStim® Therapy
  • ASHA Clinical Certification of Compliance in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP)
  • Specializes in swallowing, voice, 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 PictureBrittany Giammalvo, PT, DPT, CLT

Physical Therapist

Brittany Giammalvo, PT, DPT, CLT

Physical Therapist


  • 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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Clinical Liaisons

Employee PictureWendy McCracken, RN CRRN

Clinical Liaison
East Coastline & GA
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Wendy McCracken, RN CRRN

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 PictureBrandy Narciso, LPN MHA

Clinical Liaison

Brandy Narciso, LPN MHA

Clinical Liaison


  • LPN with 15 years Healthcare Experience
  • Masters in Healthcare Administration from Florida Institute of Technology
  • 10+ years’ experience marketing for TBI, SCI, and other neurological disorders
  • Experienced nurse liaison with extensive knowledge of continuum of care
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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