Outpatient Rehabilitation

Outpatient Rehabilitation

Outpatient rehabilitation is a form of therapy where patients travel to a clinic or hospital to attend sessions and then return home the same day. Typically, a therapy session lasts from 30 minutes to an hour. When patients are admitted into outpatient programs, it shows that the patients are doing well enough to be home, and their doctors have confidence in them completing their course of therapy through outpatient rehabilitation.

Comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation services with an experienced team

Our team of highly skilled professionals represents a wide variety of rehabilitation techniques, providing the newest of treatments and rehabilitation technology. We offer a wide variety of outpatient services in three concentrated areas of therapy.

Specialized outpatient rehabilitation programs 

Our outpatient rehabilitation team works to develop individualized treatment plans to help patients reach their goals. A patient’s first visit includes a complete evaluation with a licensed physical or occupational therapist who develops a treatment plan with one of our physicians. This plan is carefully customized to the patient’s specific needs.  Our specialized outpatient programs include:

The UVA-HealthSouth Outpatient Rehabilitation clinic provides comprehensive interdisciplinary therapy services to meet a variety of patient’s needs. 

Our clinic consists of experienced occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech language pathologists who treat a variety of complex patient concerns and diagnoses including:

  • Amputee, Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid )
  • Chronic Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lymphedema
  • Low Vision
  • Orthopedic issues
  • Neurologic disorders (Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury)
  • Post surgical treatment (joint replacements, tendon lengthening surgery, ligament and tendon repairs)
  • Speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders
  • Vestibular Disorders
  • Voice
  • Women’s Health . 
  • We also specialize in treatment and education towards wellness and fall prevention for clients who are experiencing difficulties in their general balance and mobility. 
  • Please call (434) 244-2013 to set up an appointment today.

Our experienced clinical staff:


Clinic Director

Heather T. Carpenter, MSPT, ATC


Heather Carpenter is a graduate of the University of Virginia in 1998 where she received a BS in education with a concentration in sports medicine and a graduate of The Medical College of Virginia in 2002 where received a master’s degree in physical therapy.  Heather began working at HealthSouth in the outpatient rehabilitation department in 2002. Heather transitioned to a managerial role in the Outpatient clinic in 2006.  Heather holds a certification in athletic training.   Heather is an educator at weekly pre-operative joint replacement classes.  She participated in a team panel for two local amputee conferences and is also a corporate educator for Amputee Rehab. She treats a wide variety of patients and specializes in the orthopedic, joint replacement and amputee patient population.  Heather is trained in use of the Bioness L300 and Plus device, the AutoAmbulator , the RT300 FES bike and Interactive Metronome technologies .



Physical Therapy


Helen Gatling-Austin, MS, PT, CLT

Helen Gatling-Austin is a graduate of Columbia University's physical therapy program. She specializes in the treatment of chronic pain and has advanced training in many manual therapy and exercise interventions for orthopedic and spinal injuries.  A member of the American Pain Society, the International Association for the Study of Pain, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, Helen brings cutting-edge rehabilitation techniques to the treatment of chronic pain and acute injury.



Blair Anderson, MSPT

Blair Anderson is a graduate of Boston University with a master’s degree in physical therapy.   She has a broad array of experience in acute care, in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation with an expertise in treating neurological conditions.   She has received specialized training with the AutoAmbulator, Bioness, Lite Gait,  Interactive Metronome technologies, FES bike.  Blair is also proficient in serial casting and dynamic taping.



Leigh Sato, PT, DPT. MSCS

Leigh Sato received her master’s degree and doctorate in physical therapy from Boston University. She has specialized in neurological rehabilitation at the UVA/HealthSouth Rehabilitation Clinic since 2000 and worked with the James Q. Miller Multiple Sclerosis Clinic since 2009. Leigh is an MS certified specialist.  Her areas of interest include NeuroRecovery training, gait training, spasticity management, balance training and equipment evaluation to enhance mobility for patients who have sustained neurological injury. She specializes in stroke and brain injury recovery as well as supporting a healthy and active lifestyle for those living with disability from multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy. She is also certified in the Feldenkrais Method of movement education.



Lauren Silvey, BS, PT

Lauren Silvey PT, received her Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in 1990.  As a therapist at UVA-Healthsouth since 2004, Lauren has treated a wide variety of patients with neurological and orthopedic involvement.  Her areas of interest and specialty include women's health, vestibular and balance rehabilitation, joint replacement rehab and manual therapy with a focus on the spine.  Lauren is an educator at weekly pre-op class for joint replacement patients, is a certfied clinical instructor, and is trained in the technologies for Interactive Metronome therapy, Bioness L300/Plus, RT 300 FES bike and dynamic taping.



Mary Beth Wiley, MSPT

Mary Beth Wiley, a graduate of Medical College of VA (BS in PT 1979) and University of VA (MEd 1998), specializes in the treatment of lymphedema and post mastectomy rehabilitation.  She became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2007.  She is Wound Care Certified and has an extensive background working with neurologically impaired patients. 


Janet Doroh, MPT

Janet Doroh graduated from Hope College with a BS in Biology and the University of Michigan with a Masters of Physical Therapy degree.  She has practiced in a variety of settings across the country, including: acute care, inpatient rehab, and currently outpatient rehab.  Her interests include treating balance disorders, neurological conditions and geriatric patients.  She is a certified LSVT – BIG clinician, providing specialized treatment to patients with Parkinson’s Disease.  She is trained in the use of the Bioness L300, RT300 (FES bike), Interactive Metronome, Lite Gait and Autoambulator technologies.



Occupational Therapy

Mary Jo Rajek, BS, OT, MSCS

Mary Jo Rajek OT/L is a 1979 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison with a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy.  Mary Jo is also a MS certified specialist.  She has specialized in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis and related neurological disorders, traumatic brain injury , stroke and arthritis  care management.  Mary Jo has worked at the James Q Miller MS clinic for over a decade and frequently volunteers her time and talents to the MS Society community and professional education activities.  Interests include fatigue management, spasticity management, neuro-recovery, cognition and visual perceptual disorders.  Specialty certifications include : Saebo Dynamic Hand Splint/Saebo Reach fitting and training, Interactive Metronome, Myomo Neurorobotics, Bioness H200 hand/wrist electrical stimulation, and Wellness and Fatigue Management Instructor for the MS Society.  She serves on the clinical advisory board for the local MS Chapter and provides consultation throughout the east coast region on various topics related to MS care.


Marga White

Marga White, a Winchester, Virginia -native, currently resides in Charlottesville. She received a bachelor’s degree in human development from Virginia Tech in 2004 and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Shenandoah University in 2007. She loves working as an occupational therapist, helping patients reach their potential in performing daily activities. Marga has experience working with patients with a wide range of diagnoses including: stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, orthopedic injuries and arthritis. She is a SAEBO-trained and LSVT – BIG certified therapist and her interests include helping patients with neurological injuries regain use of their upper extremities.


Doris Luu, OTR/L, CLT

Doris Luu graduated in 2007 from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.   She received her certification in Upper Quarter Rehab and Hand in 2010 through Drexel University.   In 2011, she became a certified lymphedema therapist through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy.  She has worked as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings including home health therapy, skilled nursing facility, inpatient rehab, and outpatient rehab treating an array of diagnoses.



Speech Therapy

 Mark Evans, CCC-SLP

Mark Evans received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology from the University of Washington in Seattle.  He specializes in communication, cognition and swallowing rehabilitation.  Mark is certified in LSVT-LOUD therapy, a treatment program to improve the voice and speech of individuals with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions.  He is also a certified VitalStim therapy provider.  VitalStim combines neuromuscular electrical stimulation with other therapeutic techniques to improve swallowing function.  He is trained in the use of Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES).  He received his Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association in 2004 and has been providing outpatient therapy at UVA-HEALTHSOUTH since 2006.


Megan Ferris, CCC-SLP

Megan Ferris obtained her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida and her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Appalachian State University.  Megan holds specialized certifications in VitalStim, Interactive Metronome, and LSVT-LOUD for treatment of voice disorders in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.  She has worked at UVA-Healthsouth since 2005 in both the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings with focus on neurogenic speech, language and swallowing disorders.


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After four or five days I looked at my therapist and realized she had me doing things that I thought were impossible; now they’re possible.
Alexander Stumpf

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