South West Advanced
Neurological Rehabilitation L.L.C.

Staff

Executive Team
Kay Wing PT, DPT, NCS, GCS

Kay Wing PT, DPT, NCS, GCS
Founder and President

Dr. Wing founded SWAN Rehab because of her passion to give hope to survivors of stroke and other neurological injuries. She received her Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University and her Doctorate from Northern Arizona University. She is certified by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Neurological Certified Specialist, as well as a Geriatric Certified Specialist. She is an adjunct faculty for Northern Arizona University and for A.T. Still University and lectures around the country. Dr. Wing has several publications on stroke recovery.

Kay is the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award from the American Physical Therapy Association. In addition she has received the Clinical Excellence in Neurology Award from the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Outstanding Service Award from the Section on Administration, and the Outstanding Physical Therapist of the Year award from the Arizona Physical Therapy Association. She is past president as well as a long-term board member holding several positions for the Arizona Physical Therapy Association.


Rachel Dorsey

Rachel Dorsey, DPT
Outpatient Program Manager

Rachel was born and raised in Holbrook, AZ and is a true Arizonian. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona and received her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University. She has years of experience in the treatment of Neurological, Orthopedic, Cardiopulmonary, Vestibular, and Geriatric conditions in Hospital, Outpatient, Community, and School-based settings.

Rachel has been an active member of the Arizona Physical Therapy Association since a student. She is a leader in community affairs, and founded the Friends of the Holbrook Animal Shelter non-profit organization in Holbrook, AZ which received the Organization of the Year award. Rachel is a believer in the SWAN rehab philosophy, particularly in their interdisciplinary approach. She is energized by her role as the outpatient clinical team leader and the opportunity to bring her passion for patient care to SWAN.


Sarah Homan

Sarah Homan
Comprehensive Center for Vocational Rehabilitation Program Manager

Sarah is a graduate of Arizona State University with her Bachelor's degree in Recreation Management with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. She has worked in outpatient neurological rehabilitation and physical medical rehabilitation for the past 19 years in various positions including: Recreational Therapist, Director of Recreation Therapy and Extended Rehab, Community Reentry Specialist and Vocational Rehab Specialist.

Sarah's accomplishments include being awarded with Gentiva Extra Mile Award in 2008, ResCare Sue Scheuner Award for Clinical Excellent in 2011 and the 2013-2014 Volunteer of the Year Award through the City of Mesa and Arizona Disabled Sports.

Physical Therapy Team
Michelle Whalen

Michelle Whalen, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Michelle is originally from Orange County, California. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, and received her Bachelor's degree in Biology-Physiology and Minor in Chemistry from California State University of Long Beach. Michelle loves working with the Neurological population and assisting patients with regaining strength, function, and independence. Michelle had played soccer for 21 years and now spends her spare time hiking with her husband Michael and their dog, Maple. Michelle also enjoys working with ceramics and polymer clay as hobbies.


Kimberly Chesney

Kimberly Chesney, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Kimberly earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2016. An Arizona native, Kimberly grew up in Prescott and moved to Phoenix to start her career at SWAN Rehab. She is dedicated to providing quality and compassionate care for those living with neurologic conditions. In her free time, Kimberly trains and competes with her horse in the sport of three-day eventing, and also enjoys hiking, camping and cooking.


Patty Sullivan

Patty Sullivan, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Patty is a passionate physical therapist from Phoenix, AZ. She graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2004 with a BS in Zoology, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2007 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (Go Rebels!). Patty then went on to become a Neurological Certified Specialist, recognized by the APTA for a specialized skill and knowledge with patients with neurological impairments. Since graduation, Patty has worked at St Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, gaining invaluable experience in treating the early through chronic phases of injury. She has developed further training and education with kinesiotape, neuro IFRAH, and chronic pain management. Patty is excited to bring her experience to SWAN, to learn more, and be a part of a team to help patients regain their quality of life.


Tracy Williams

Tracy Williams, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Tracy was born and raised in southeastern Arizona.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology with an emphasis in pre-med from Eastern New Mexico University in 2008.  She served a service mission in Argentina for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 2008-2010 before earning her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in 2016.  Tracy worked in various skilled nursing facilities as a travel physical therapist for a year before seeking to further her career at SWAN Rehab.  Apart from her career, Tracy loves spending time with her husband Dominic and supporting his music.


Annette Ruby Cordero, PTA

Annette Ruby Cordero, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Center Coordinator of Clinical Education/Inservice Coordinator

Annette received her Associate's in Applied Science in 2010 from Gateway Community College Physical Therapist Assisting Program. Annette is from El Paso, TX, where she attended the University of Texas at El Paso. Annette speaks Spanish fluently and can interpret as needed. She enjoys hiking and cooking.


Kate Hirsch, PTA

Kate Hirsch, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

Kate earned her Associate in Applied Science from Gateway Community College Physical Therapist Assisting Program. Kate grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Arizona in 2007. Kate decided to pursue a career in physical therapy and discovered her passion for working with the neurological population. She is excited to be a part of the SWAN team and enjoys hiking, yoga, and traveling with friends and family.

Exercise Technician Therapy Team
Kristen Young

Kristen Young
Exercise Technician

Kristen was born and raised in Peoria, AZ. She received her Bachelor's in Psychology from Arizona State University in 2012 and is waiting to start the process of applying to Physical Therapy schools in the summer. Kristen loves spending time with her family and friends in addition, to helping others. Kristen also enjoys rooting for her two favorite hockey teams, the Detroit Red Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes, working out, country music, and food. She feel very blessed to work with the SWAN team members and wishes to provide as much happiness and humor to others as life granted her.


Kari Stephans

Lindsay Heffron
Exercise Technician

Lindsay was born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona and is a recent graduate from Arizona State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Education and is studying to become a Physical Therapist with a specialization in Neurological Rehab. Lindsay hopes to attend a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program in Fall 2019. Outside of physical therapy, Lindsay loves to volunteer with Best Buddies Arizona and spends most of her free time fishing down at Saguaro Lake or cheering on the Green Bay Packers. She is extremely passionate about Neurological Rehab and loves helping others improve their quality of life. She is super excited to be a part of the SWAN team and cannot wait to learn more about Neurological Rehab!


Kari Stephans

Brendon Rammell
Exercise Technician

Brendon was raised in Idaho and graduated from Brigham Young University – Idaho, with a B.S. degree in Exercise Physiology. He has worked in various orthopedic clinics including Select Therapy and Physiotherapy. He plans to continue his education in Physical Therapy School. He likes helping people and constantly has a smile on his face. He loves to play soccer and rock climb, but also enjoys a good Harry potter book or Lord of the Rings movie. Brendon is looking forward to working with the rehabilitation team.

Occupational Therapy Team
Jeff Phillips

Jeff Phillips, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Jeff received his Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Texas Tech University. Jeff was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and is a big Dallas sports fan. Jeff enjoys playing soccer and being outside with his husky, Ghost. Jeff is excited to be a part of the SWAN team and is looking forward to growing as an Occupational Therapist.


Breanna Dennis

Breanna Dennis, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Breanna received her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ and a Bachelor's degree in Human Health Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Breanna is a proud native and was born and raised in Chandler, AZ. In her spare time, Breanna enjoys traveling, camping, playing volleyball, bowling, and wrestling with her three pups. Breanna has worked with neuro patients her entire career in many different settings and is excited to be a part of the SWAN team to share her experience and passion for recovery with you.


Nathan Biddulph

Nathan Biddulph, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Nate received his Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in San Diego, CA and his Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Brigham Young University. Nate was born in Phoenixville, PA, and moved to the larger Phoenix in 2017. Nate enjoys sports, composing music with his family band The Happies, and spending time outdoors with his wife Kaarina and their daughter Ariana. Nate has worked in a variety of neurological settings and is excited to be a part of the SWAN team.


Emily Ekama

Emily Ekama, COTA
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Emily graduated from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, PA. She has experience working in all different types of therapy settings including outpatient, assisted living, short term rehab, and pediatrics. She loves working with people who have neurological conditions to improve the quality of life for those she works with. She enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, art, and spending time with her family and friends.

Speech Therapy Team
Annette Rak

Annette Rak
Speech-Language Pathologist

Annette is a Speech-Language Pathologist who joined SWAN Rehab in 2012 because of her desire to provide excellent therapy for people with neurogenic communication disorders. She received her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University where she gained valuable experience working in the Aging and Adult Language Disorders research lab. She is our ALS Speech Therapist. Annette is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the national professional credentialing association. At the state level, Annette is a member of the Medical Special Committee for the Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is proud to be a member of the SWAN team.


Taylor Hickock

Taylor Hickock, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Taylor received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Berkeley and her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Behavioral Health Management from ASU part time. She has a special interest in providing functional and individualized treatment to individuals with brain injury who are aiming to return to work. In her free time, Taylor spends quality time with her family, watches Game of Thrones, and plays with her two German Shepherds.


Janet Smith

Janet Smith
Speech-Language Pathologist

Janet was born and raised in Wisconsin. She completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Arizona State University. Her primary focus throughout her career has been the rehabilitation of individuals with neurological disorders. She considers it both a pleasure and a privilege to work with this population. Janet is excited to be a member of the SWAN team. She enjoys early morning walks with her yellow lab Sydney, spending time with friends, hiking, yoga and sports./p>
Social Services Team
Terri Buresh

Terri Buresh
Licensed Certified Independent Social Worker

Terri Buresh is a Licensed Certified Independent Social Worker who received her Master's degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. She has worked as a Social Worker in various areas of the Greater Phoenix community from Girls Ranch, Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Fort McDowell Indian Communities to St. Joseph's Hospital and Barrow Neurological Institute for more than 30 years. She is presently a Clinical Social Worker in private practice working with traumatic brain injuries and other neurological diagnoses, domestic violence victims and vocational rehabilitation services. She is the immediate past Vice President of The Brain Injury Association. She enjoys traveling to Mexico and spending time with her family and her dog, Simba.


John Walker

Dr. John Walker
Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Walker is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in neuropsychological evaluation, independent medical evaluations, pre-surgical evaluation and psychotherapy with patients with medical and neurological disorders. He also completes medico legal evaluations, as well as forensic evaluations, including competency to stand trial, restoration to competency, mitigation, capital mitigation and guilty except insane pleas. Dr. Walker is a consultant to the Maricopa County Superior Court. He is board certified in clinical neuropsychology and has reached diplomat status recognized by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Walker is a full member of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology and a professional member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Walker graduated from Arizona State University. He completed his doctoral training at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology followed by internship and residency in clinical neuropsychology at Gentiva Rehab Without Walls.


Mattie Cummins

Mattie Cummins
Licensed Certified Independent Social Worker

Bio coming soon...

Administrative Team
Krendi Ford

Krendi Ford
Administrative Assistant Comprehensive Vocational Rehabilitation

Krendi is a native of Michigan and moved with her family to Arizona in 2008. She has an extensive administrative background and is our Administrative Assistant for our Comprehensive Vocational Rehabilitation. When not at work, Krendi enjoys being with her family, watching movies, and loves board games. She also loves exploring Arizona.


Ashton Forman

Ashton Forman
Administrative Assistant

Ashton is a Wisconsin native with an extensive healthcare background in credentialing, billing, and insurance. Ashton’s leisure time includes spending time with family and road trips.


Marisol Rosas

Marisol Rosas
Front Office Representative

Marisol is an Arizona native who has a passion for helping people and giving each individual a genuine human connection. She is a senior at ASU majoring in law. On her time off you'll find her at a Diamondbacks game cheering her heart out or practicing catching and batting with her daughter in the park.


Marisol Rosas

Jehna Hall
Scheduler

Jehna is an Arizona native who enjoys making people smile and helping others. Her favorite teams include: Dallas Cowboys, LA Lakers, and the Dodgers. If she is not cheering on her favorite teams she is playing with her 2 dogs. She is excited on her journey with Swan and looks forward to making a difference on our team.