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Welcome to our hospital

At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Dallas, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Dallas, we are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, brain injury and other complex neurological and orthopedic conditions.

Using clinical collaboration and advanced technologies, we provide a personalized care plan designed to meet your unique needs and help you achieve your goals.

Our inpatient rehabilitation hospital uses an interdisciplinary team approach that includes physical, speech and occupational therapists, rehabilitation physicians, rehabilitation nurses, case managers, dietitians and more, combined with our advanced technology and expertise, to help you achieve your goals. You will receive at least three hours of therapy five days per week while under the constant care of registered nurses, many of whom specialize in rehabilitation, and frequent independent private practice physician* visits.

Rehabilitation is covered in full or part by most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Our hospital has contracts with most major insurance companies and is willing to negotiate with other companies, as needed.

*The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

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Superior amenities at our hospitals

60 Private rooms

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Courtyard

Cafeteria

No pets allowed

Interpreter services

Spanish translators available

Tours available

Student observation hours

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We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Joint Commission Accreditation

By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety, our hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission.

Stroke Rehabilitation

Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation.

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The following region contains a Google 3D virtual tour feature that allows a user to view the Encompass Health facility. To assist screen reader users in understanding what is presented in the 3D virtual tour, each image view is independently described within lists that can be found under each linked heading.

Please click on the arrows to navigate through the hallways on each floor. Use the "L" options on the right-hand side of the tour window below to navigate through different areas/floors of the hospital for a full virtual tour. See a key to "L" areas below.

  • Driveway patient accessible entrance leading to sliding front doors.
  • Sliding doors leading to reception desk and hallway.
  • Patient seating available on both sides of entrance doors.
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  • Couches, chairs and tables for sitting.
  • Wall lined with window to outdoors.
  • Hallway and doors leading to other areas of the hospital.
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  • Various tables and chairs for sitting and dining.
  • Vending machines for drinks and snacks against wall.
  • Fountain drink machines with napkins and straw station.
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  • Area with two nurses stations.
  • Couches and chairs for seating.
  • Staircase used for therapy.
  • Multiple doors leading to other areas of the hospital.
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  • Therapy room with various equipment and technology.
  • Therapy beds line walls for individual therapy sessions.
  • Windows lining wall.
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  • Single patient bed with nightstand, chair and large window.
  • Wardrobe and shelves for person items.
  • Sink and mirror against wall next to bed.
  • Bathroom with toilet and shower.
  • Doorway leading to hall.

Leadership and staff

Daniel MacNicol
DANIEL MACNICOL

Chief Executive Officer

Daniel has served in various healthcare administration roles throughout his career including senior leadership positions in both acute and post-acute settings.
Daniel has served in various healthcare administration roles throughout his career including senior leadership positions in both acute and post-acute settings. Prior to joining Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Dallas he served as the associate administrator at the Encompass Health location in Charlottesville. A graduate of Florida State University, he completed his Bachelor of Science in rehabilitation services, then obtained his master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of West Florida. Daniel’s focus is to continuously improve the hospital in an effort to exceed the expectations of patients, visitors, staff and physicians.
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Yuemeng Dai
Yuemeng Dai, M.D., Ph.D., FAAPMR

Medical Director

Yuemeng Dai, MD, PhD, completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and brain injury medicine fellowship training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Yuemeng Dai, MD, PhD, completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and brain injury medicine fellowship training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Dai is a board-certified physiatrist by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Dai is an active member of American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Texas Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Society, American Medical Association, Dallas County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association and American Association of Chinese Rehabilitation Physicians.

Dr. Dai is an independent private practice physician.

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Zia Ali
Zia Ali

Controller

Zia Ali has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare with public, private and non-profit organizations.

Zia Ali has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare with public, private and non-profit organizations. Prior to Encompass Health, Zia held various leadership roles including director of finance, controller, finance manager and internal audit manager. Zia is a Certified Fraud Examiner and holds certification with the American Case Management Association. He received a business of administration degree at the University of Karachi and went on to receive his master’s degree in business administration at the University of Southern California.

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Jay Daffron
Jay Daffron

Director of Plant Operations

Jay has more than 35 years of experience in facilities management and has worked in various settings including acute care, inpatient, long-term care and behavioral health hospitals.

Jay has more than 35 years of experience in facilities management and has worked in various settings including acute care, inpatient, long-term care and behavioral health hospitals. Prior to joining Encompass Health Dallas, he was the senior director of plant operations at SW Long Term Care. Jay is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of support services and is committed to life safety.

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Laura Farrar CCC-SLP
LAURA FARRAR, CCC-SLP

Director of Therapy Operations

Laura Farrar joined Encompass Health in 2013 at the Fort Worth location and transferred to Dallas in December of 2015.
Laura Farrar joined Encompass Health in 2013 at the Fort Worth location and transferred to Dallas in December of 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Dallas Baptist University and a Master of Science in communication disorders from University of Texas at Dallas. Laura holds a Clinical Competency Certification from the American Speech Language Hearing Association as well as additional membership in Special Interest Group 13 – Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia). She also holds a certification as a brain injury specialist from the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists.
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Rob Gaston
ROB GASTON

Director of Pharmacy

Rob graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy.
Rob graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy. He has more than 20 years' experience as a retail/hospital pharmacist. Prior to joining the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Dallas team, he served as director of pharmacy at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Midland. Rob is committed to a team approach focused on improving patient’s lives.
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Dexter Hodge
Dexter Hodge

Chief Nursing Officer

Dexter Hodge joined Encompass in 2005 at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Texarkana.

Dexter Hodge joined Encompass in 2005 at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Texarkana. His experience includes 15 years in the rehabilitation setting, development of educational content specific to rehabilitation and national trainer for our safe patient mobility program. Dexter has worked at multiple levels in rehabilitation nursing and in April 2020, he completed the CNO development program and was transferred to Dallas. Dexter holds a bachelor's degree in nursing and is on track to earn his MBA from Texas A&M University-Texarkana (2021). He is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN®).

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Cass Lucas LMSW
CASS LUCAS, LMSW

Director of Case Management

Cass has been providing case management and advocacy services to a diverse client population for more than 16 years.
Cass has been providing case management and advocacy services to a diverse client population for more than 16 years. As the director of case management she serves as an advocate for patients and families, ensuring a comprehensive approach to patient care is provided. A Seattle, Washington native, she received her undergraduate education from the University of Washington and went on to obtain her Master of Science in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Cass also holds a certification as an Accredited Case Manager from the American Case Management Association.
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Karie McCann
KARIE MCCANN

Patient Assessment Standards Coordinator

Karie graduated from Louisiana State University Health Sciences in Shreveport, Louisiana, with a master’s degree in occupational therapy.
Karie graduated from Louisiana State University Health Sciences in Shreveport, Louisiana, with a master’s degree in occupational therapy. She has worked for Encompass Health Dallas since graduating and has been a committed member of the hospital team. As PASC, she strives to provide the hospital staff with support and promote accuracy in communication.
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Peggy Tyson
Peggy Tyson, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Human Resources Director

Peggy Tyson has been in healthcare her entire career, and maintains over 20 years in Human Resources.

Peggy Tyson has been in healthcare her entire career, and maintains over 20 years in Human Resources. Peggy holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Friends University in organizational management and leadership and executive MBA with University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Bloch School of Management.

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Judy Uko-Akpabot
JUDY UKO-AKPABOT

Director of Quality/Risk

Judy graduated from Florida International University, Miami, Fla. with both a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences/psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.
Judy graduated from Florida International University, Miami, Fla. with both a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences/psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She has more than 20 years experience in the healthcare industry and has made a strong impact in patient lives in multiple hospital settings. Prior to joining the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Dallas team, she worked in long term acute care as the director of quality/risk and infection practitioner. She is a member of the North Texas Association for Healthcare Quality.
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