Leadership & Staff

Alan Alfano

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 percent 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.

Paul Diamond

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.

Rob Dixon

Rob Dixon

Director Therapy Operations

Rob Dixon, DPT, began his career holding multiple roles in corporate marketing and finance prior to joining UVA/HealthSouth as a physical therapist. He gained more than 10 years’ clinical experience with a focus on neuro rehabilitation and the related technologies before moving into the role as director of therapy. Rob holds clinical certifications including neuro-rehabilitation, wound care and lymphedema, and has contributed to the development of the wound care and lymphedema programs for UVA/HealthSouth along with the national training program for the partial weight bearing treadmill trainer, the AutoAmbulater. Rob is an adjunct faculty member with the physical therapy department at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences at Mary Baldwin University.  Rob earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from Radford University as well as a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Michelle Flynn

Michelle Flynn

Certified Case Management Director

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

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 percent 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

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's degree in nursing in 2003, and is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Tonya Loving

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.

Dr. Regan Royer

Regan Royer, M.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Regan Royer joined UVA-HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in July 2016. She currently attends on the general rehabilitation service, caring for patients’ impairments primarily related to cancer, cardiac, pulmonary and general orthopedic conditions. She graduated from University of Virginia Medical School as well as completed her residency training at UVA. Prior to her medical training, she received her master’s degree in public health from The George Washington University and spent several years at The National Cancer Institute conducting and publishing research related to cancer survivorship concerns.

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

Geoff Smith

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.

Rand Southworth

Rand Southworth, RN CCRN

Director of Marketing Operations

Rand has an extensive background in business management and nursing. He held positions as a regional manager and trainer for multiple large retail firms. He has had multiple roles in the health care industry from ICU RN to case management as well as a role in utilization management and clinical assessment for a medical insurance company. Rand served on multiple leadership teams in various hospitals from quality assurance to best practice. He served as a volunteer in a local community for approximately 10 years as firefighter/EMS. Rand is committed to developing a strong team to identify patients who are in need of quality care and therapy to produce the best outcomes for the patient.

Michale Vanhoy

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 and 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.