Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute

The Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center serves adults and children who have been diagnosed with central nervous system disorders, including brain injury and stroke. Our goal is that each patient gains independence and an improved quality of life. 

Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Personalized, collaborative care: We understand there is no one-size-fits-all plan for patients. Our team works together with your primary care provider, neurologist and other specialists to design a personalized plan to improve your cognitive, physical and emotional functionality. You can be confident that our team will provide you the life skills necessary to maintain your quality of life. 
  • Latest technique: Our occupational and physical therapists and speech-language pathologists are trained and certified in the latest, most effective rehabilitation techniques.
  • Case management: A clinical social worker will help identify and address your needs,  including coordinating appointments, locating community resources and providing counseling. This person can also assist with financial concerns, social security and disability.

Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute Programs and Services

Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute: Conditions We Treat

Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute: Tests We Offer

  • Evaluation for a cane, custom mobility seating or walker
  • General endurance
  • Gross motor skills
  • Hand function and hand eye coordination
  • Home safety/risk assessment
  • Muscle strength and range of motion
  • Safety awareness
  • Sensation 
  • Vision and visual perception

Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute: Treatments

  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC): This treatment may range from a simple communication board that allows the individual to point to letters or pictures to a high-tech tool such as a speech-generating device using different access methods including switches and eye gaze. 
  • Lee Silverman voice treatment (LSVT): An evidence-based program designed to improve speech clearness in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. This four to five week intensive program is provided by a LSVT-certified speech-language pathologist.
  • Occupational therapy: At Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute, we address issues that limit your independence and safety such as physical, visual, perceptual and cognitive abilities after trauma to the brain, stroke or other acquired nervous system impairments. 
  • Physical therapy: Physical therapists at Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute help with physical movements such as decreased mobility and problems with balance or dizziness after a disruption of blood flow to central nervous system.  
  • Speech pathology: Speech-language pathologists at Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute help rehab patients with cognitive, communication and swallowing disorders as a result of neurological injuries. Cognitive and communication disorders may affect a person’s ability to perform community, school and work activities, so emphasis is placed on the skills necessary to resume the highest level of functioning possible in returning to work, school, and social settings. 

Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute Locations

Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
Medical Center East – South Tower, 9th Floor
1215 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232
Phone: (615) 936-5040
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Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute: Meet Your Care Team

Speech-Language Pathologists

Jennifer Barry, MS, CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. She received her master of science in speech-language pathology from Florida State University. She serves as a clinical education associate for the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University. She is a member of the ASHA Special Interest Group for Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders. She is also a member of the Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists. 

Michael de Riesthal, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. He received his doctorate in hearing and speech sciences from Vanderbilt University. He is the director of Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute and an assistant professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University. He teaches courses on the management of aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and motor speech disorders.

Dominique P. Herrington, MS, CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. She received her master of science in speech-language pathology from the University of Montevallo. She is the assistant manager of Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute in addition to serving as the program coordinator for the Aphasia Group and Aphasia Program of Middle Tennessee. Dominique is a senior clinical education associate for Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. 

Keely McMahan, MS, CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. She received her master of science in hearing and speech sciences from Vanderbilt University. She serves as a clinical education associate for the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University. Keely has specialty training in treatment of motor speech disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease, including Lee Silverman voice treatment and SpeechVive.

Katrina Thomas, BA, is a speech-language pathology assistant. She received her bachelor of arts in communication disorders from Western Kentucky University. She is an active member of the Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists.

Sarah Whyte, MS, CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. She is a certified brain injury specialist and is actively pursuing an assistive technology professional certification. She currently leads the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) program at Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute, providing AAC evaluation and treatment to adults with motor impairments and complex communication needs. She serves as a clinical education associate for the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University. 

Occupational Therapists

Christy Barefield, OTD, OTR/L, is a licensed occupational therapist. She received her master of occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, Tx. Christy has specialty training in vision and cognitive rehabilitation, in neurological treatment and splinting/casting of the upper extremity.

Colin Bonfiglio, OTD, OTR/L, DRS, is a licensed occupational therapist. He received his clinical doctorate of occupational therapy from Belmont University. He has specialty training in vision and cognitive rehabilitation, in driver evaluations and rehabilitation, and in neurological treatment and splinting of the upper extremity.

Christy Sanders Horner, OTR/L, CDRS, is a licensed occupational therapist. She received her bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She directs the Driver Evaluation and Rehabilitation Program. She is a certified driver rehabilitation specialist through the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists. She has specialty training in evaluation and treatment of visual perceptual and cognitive challenges and in neurological treatment and splinting of the upper extremity.

Meg Hudson, OTD, OTR/L, CPAM, is a licensed occupational therapist. She received her doctorate of occupational therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Meg is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association. Meg is certified in LSVT BIG for people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological challenges.

Valery Shaw-Hanks, OTR/L, CPAM, is a licensed occupational therapist. She received her bachelor of science in occupational therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. Valery coordinates the OT student program and is a certified fieldwork educator through the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is certified in neuro-developmental treatment and the use of physical agent modalities. She has specialty training in vision and cognitive rehabilitation, in constraint induced movement therapy, and in neurological treatment and splinting of the upper extremity.

Physical Therapists

Holly Cauthen, PT, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist. She received her doctorate of physical therapy from the University of South Alabama. She has completed competency-based certification in vestibular rehabilitation and is a credentialed clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association.

Ginger Devine, PT, is a licensed physical therapist. She received her bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University of Tennessee Memphis. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Andrea J. Donald, PT, DPT, NCS, is a licensed physical therapist. She received her doctorate of physical therapy at Belmont University. She is a credentialed clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. Andrea has earned a clinical specialty certification in neurologic physical therapy. She is the clinical director of Pi Beta Phi’s Neurological PT Residency Program.

Christina M. Durrough, PT, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist. She received her doctorate of physical therapy at Ohio State University. She participated in specialty training through the neurologic clinical residency at Vanderbilt Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute and Belmont University. She is a credentialed clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association.

Patricia J. Flemming, PT, DSc, GCS, is a licensed physical therapist. She received her doctorate in geriatric physical therapy from Rocky Mountain: University of Health Care Professions. Patricia has completed competency-based certification in vestibular rehabilitation and has a clinical specialty certification in geriatric physical therapy. She serves as ethics committee chair for the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association and is a credentialed clinical instructor of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Elise Meade, PT, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist. She received her doctorate of physical therapy from Belmont University. She is currently participating in neurologic clinical residency at Vanderbilt University Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute and Belmont University. She is a credentialed clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association.

Cathey Norton, PT, is a licensed physical therapist. She received her bachelor of science degree and physical therapy certificate from Texas Woman’s University. She has completed competency-based certification in vestibular rehabilitation and is a credentialed clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. She also has specialty training in facial rehabilitation.

Jennifer Meyer, PT, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist. She received her doctorate of physical therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She participated in the neurologic clinical residency at Vanderbilt Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute and Belmont University. She is a credentialed clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association.

Penny J. Powers, PT, MS, ATP, is a licensed physical therapist. She received her bachelor of science in physical therapy from Russell Sage College and her master of science from Northwestern University. Penny directs the Seating and Mobility Clinic. She is a certified assistive technology practitioner through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. She is a credentialed clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. Penny provides consultation and intervention for the Muscular Dystrophy and ALS Clinics. She also serves as a reviewer for continuing education course approval for the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association.

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