Leadership & Staff
Tom Cook, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Tom has served as the hospital's chief executive officer since 1998. He came to Charlottesville from Tyler, Texas, where he served in the same role for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tyler. He has served on the Northwest Virginia Health Planning Agency Local Review Board, the Certificate of Public Need Review Board Nominating Committee as well as numerous professional and educational advisory boards. His vision for the hospital and outpatient services is clinical excellence in an environment promoting professional growth and outcomes research. Tom received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and a master of business administration from the University of Texas at Tyler.
Allan Alfano, M.D.
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for University of Virginia Health System, Medical Director, UVA HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Dr. Alfano has been the medical director at UVA-HealthSouth since the hospital opened in 1998. He has published scholarly articles in multiple peer reviewed medical journals, is actively involved in teaching residents and medical students and was honored to be ranked in the top 10% of all HealthSouth medical directors for patient satisfaction in 2011. He currently attends on the orthopedic, general and geriatric rehabilitation services at UVA-HealthSouth in addition to his role as medical director. Dr. Alfano graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Nassau County Medical Center in New York.
Deanne Clark, BSN, RN, CRRN
Director of Marketing Operations
Deanne is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she received her bachelor's degree in nursing. She has more than 25 years of extensive nursing, leadership, and business experience in a variety of clinical settings including rehabilitation, academic, community, military and correctional healthcare. As a 10-year employee of UVA-HealthSouth, Deanne has held a variety of nurse leadership roles. She obtained her certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN®) in 2006. In her current role as director of marketing operations, she leads a dynamic team of professional nurses and administrative personnel responsible for business development, community outreach, patient education, public relations and marketing including organizing the hospital's annual flagship community event to celebrate National Rehab Week each September.
Susan R. Collins, MHSA, RHIT, CPC, CPMA
Director, Health Information Management Services and Privacy Officer
Susan has over 30 years of experience in healthcare, with expertise encompassing all aspects of HIM operations and physician practice administration. Her experience includes EMR implementation, Military Health System coding/billing education and training, audits, clinical documentation improvement. She was a college department chair as well as an instructor for HIM and business courses. She is a member of AHIMA, the Virginia chapter of AHIMA, and the AAPC. Susan is an AMIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS Approved Trainer and holds a master’s degree in health services administration.
Paul Diamond, M.D.
Associate Professor, University of Virginia Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Diamond earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1986. He was appointed the director of neurorehabilitation and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins/Sinai Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Diamond also received certifications in internal medicine in 1989, and physical medicine and rehabilitation in 1993. His clinical and research interests are in neurorehabilitation and geriatric rehabilitation.
Director of Case Management
Michelle is the director of case management for UVA-HealthSouth. Her diverse experience includes in-home social work with teens and families, work with developmentally delayed adults, and clinical social work in obstetrics. She is passionate about patient-centered care and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. Michelle is an active volunteer in the community and an elected member of her local school board. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Radford University and her master’s degree in social work from The Catholic University of America.
Dianna Gomez, CPA
Dianna has 12 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has worked an additional 15 years in the banking, leasing and public accounting industries. In her role prior to joining UVA-HealthSouth as controller of a mobile imaging company, she supported a 400% growth in revenue. She received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland and is a certified public accountant.
Sherry Herring, RN, CRRN, WCC
Chief Nursing Officer
Sherry has been with UVA Healthsouth since 2001. She has 11 years of extensive knowledge and clinical skills related to rehabilitation nursing. Sherry is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN®) as well as a Certified Wound Care Specialist. She is committed to working within a strong interdisciplinary team to achieve the best outcomes for patients. She received her associate degree in nursing in 2003, and is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Tonya R. Loving, MBA, MHSA
Director of Human Resources
Tonya joined UVA-HealthSouth in 2007. Her career expands 18 years of experience in the field of human resources, with seven years in the healthcare industry. Tonya’s passion for resolving employee relations issues makes it evident that preserving the company’s most valuable asset, the employees, and salvaging relationships is critical to the hospitals overall goals and objectives. She graduated from Strayer University of Manassas, Virginia with a master’s degree in business administration in 2006 and a master’s degree of health services administration in 2009.
Maribeth Mills, MOT, OTL
Director of Therapy Operations
Maribeth has been the director of therapy operations since the facility opened in 1997. She brings more than 30 years of clinical, healthcare and rehabilitation management experience to UVA-HealthSouth. In her role, her primary responsibility is to make sure the clinicians have the tools and resources to provide exceptional, quality care to the patients they serve. Maribeth received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and master’s degree in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University.
Geoffrey Smith, M.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Virginia Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Smith began his career at the University of Virginia in the summer of 2011. He earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his preliminary medicine internship and rehabilitation residency at Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minnesota. Realizing a passion for serving people with life-changing disabilities, Dr. Smith elected to do a fellowship in spinal cord injury medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. During that fellowship he divided his training time among MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland’s Level-1 Trauma Center and Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Center, Cleveland Clinic, and Cleveland’s Veteran Affairs Medical Center.
Michael Vanhoy, MS, OT
Director of Quality Improvement/Risk Management
Michael joined UVA-HealthSouth in 1998 as the senior OT on the spinal cord/orthopedic injuries team and lead therapist for the seating clinic. In 2008, he transitioned to the role of director of quality/risk management where he is responsible for maintaining the hospital’s readiness for accreditation surveys, facilitating performance improvement, addressing complaints and managing the physician credentialing process.