The nation's largest system of rehabilitation hospitals, Encompass Health is the trusted choice of medical professionals.
Encompass Health is a national sponsor of Together to End Stroke
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Joint Commission Accreditation
At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Tustin, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Tustin, we serve the surrounding area including Newport Beach and Mission Viejo as 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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Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation.
Chief Executive Officer
Paula joined the Encompass Health Tustin team in 2006. Paula brings more than 20 years of experience in healthcare finance, leadership and management. Prior to joining Encompass, Paula held finance leadership positions in acute care settings and physician groups. She also has experience in public accounting, tax and audit, as well as non-profit organizations. Paula is passionate about performance improvement and ensuring the patient experience is nothing short of excellent. Paula earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Cal Poly Pomona.
Dr. Ann Vasile began her clinical practice in 1993 and is currently serving as medical director* of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Tustin. In addition, she serves as medical director at Paradigm Medical Director and a partner at Rehabilitation Associates Medical Group. Throughout her career, she has been involved in multiple leadership roles in spinal cord injury and rehabilitation. She received her medical doctorate from Albany Medical College in New York, then completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at New York University’s Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Vasile has held board certification in physical medicine and rehabilitation since 1994, and has held a second specialty board certification in spinal cord Injury medicine since 1999. She remains actively involved in rehabilitation, research, advocacy and innovative interventions to improve function and quality of life for disabled persons throughout the continuum.
Dr. Vasile is an independent private practice physician.
Director of Quality/Risk
David has more than 24 years of experience in healthcare leadership specifically in the field of rehabilitation. His roles have included administrative operations director, program director and therapy services director in hospital, outpatient, acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing settings. He is a physical therapist licensed in California since 1995. David received his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from California State University of Long Beach in 1994 and his master's degree of health administration from the University of Providence in 2019. He sits on program advisory boards for a number of colleges in southern California and is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association. David’s vision is focused on the advocacy for all patients and to ensure quality care and a positive patient experience.
Director of Therapy Operations
In her role as DTO, Gretchin brings a wealth of experience that includes more than 16 years in the acute rehabilitation level of care. After joining the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Tustin team as a staff physical therapist in June 2003, Gretchin was eventually promoted to director of Therapy Operations in February 2008. She currently serves as an active member in both the Orange County Stroke Rehabilitation Network and on the Program Advisory Committee for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Concorde College. Gretchin earned both her bachelor’s degree in Biology and master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University.
Chief Nursing Officer
LaDonna is a healthcare and operations executive with greater than thirty one years of progressive leadership experience. She has held Sr. Executive positions in adult, women’s and children’s hospitals including home health, hospice and currently acute rehabilitation services. Her expertise includes operations management, clinical outcomes improvement, program development, cultural change and leadership. LaDonna is a proactive leader who is a creative problem- solver with strong interpersonal and communication skills aligning the values of the organization with operational effectiveness. In the role of the chief nursing officer at Encompass Health, she is responsible to ensure that patients receive excellent care, with genuine concern and compassion. LaDonna received her master's degree in healthcare administration from California State University Los Angeles and her bachelor's degree in nursing from California State University Fullerton. Past administrative positions include chief operating office, VP of operations - ancillary services and chief nursing officer. In addition, she was an adjunct professor at the University of Laverne, University of Phoenix and a clinical examiner for the School of Nursing, New York Regents University. She also has an intermediate coaching certificate through the college of executive coaching, Santa Barbara, California.
Business Development Director
In her role as director of business development, Tiffanie brings valuable experience and a passion for marketing to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Tustin. With over 15 years working with patients and their families through home-care, she furthered her experience as nurse/liaison for the RTH Stroke Foundation where she built many relationships with case managers and doctors. In 2016, Tiffanie joined the Encompass Health Tustin team as clinical rehab liaison, then was promoted to senior clinical rehab liaison, and in 2020 was promoted to her current role. She currently serves as co-facilitator of the stroke support group held at Encompass Health Tustin.
Director of Pharmacy
Maryam graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California at Irvine in 2001. She earned her doctorate of pharmacy in 2008 from Loma Linda University, where she also completed all of her clinical rotations. Maryam started her pharmacy career in Louisiana, working in both direct patient care and in retail as a director of pharmacy for CVS. A preceptor for pharmacy students since 2009, she also received her immunization certification from American Pharmacists Association in 2010. Throughout her career endeavors, Maryam's philosophy has been to adhere to the core value of emphasizing customer satisfaction as the center of any successful operation. Maryam currently holds an active pharmacist license in the states of Louisiana and California.
Human Resources Director
JoAnn is certified as a professional in human resources (PHR) and as a society for human resource management (SHRM) certified professional. She brings more than 25 years of human resource management expertise to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Tustin. Having worked in several business environments including small business, retail and manufacturing, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as director of human resources. JoAnn has been with the hospital since 2007.
Director of Case Management
Lindsey has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, with focus in the areas of case management, discharge planning, physician and payor relations and social services. She has worked for Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Tustin since 2008. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Director of Plant Operations
Ben has been the head of facilities management at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Tustin. Before joining the hospital, Ben’s extensive experience including 18 years of supervisory service in several long term care facilities including Alzheimer’s units. In addition to the invaluable expertise Ben has acquired through his many years of Healthcare experience, he’s also earned certification in HVAC plumbing and electrical systems. Ben also serves as the hospital’s Safety and security officer.
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