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Our values and culture of development and person-centered care don’t exist by accident. They were put into place intentionally, and are exemplified every day by our management team.  Learn more about Vertis Therapy’s management team and the roles they play in our organization.

  • Corporate Office

  • Jeff Clayton

    Jeff Clayton

    CEO

    Locations:
    Corporate Office
    Divisions:
    Leadership

    Education

    • Indiana University: Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy, 1997

    About Jeff

    Jeff Clayton founded Vertis Therapy in the spring of 2011. He built a successful career as a Physical Therapist and a career in therapy operations for national and local therapy companies. He felt the need to build an organization that would support therapists with clinically-focused treatments and ethical practices.  While he does miss the day-to-day patient interaction, being on site with his teams and interacting with the patients to hear about how their needs are being met by the staff allows him to maximize the value of the services provided to the community.

    Jeff is married 20 plus years to the love of his life, Kara, who is Physical Therapist. They have three children who love travel and adventure! Jeff is an avid health and fitness guy. He has played basketball for the past 21 years with a group of guys from his town.  Jeff is a devoted man who works hard to balance life between faith, family and work. 

  • Paul Riccio

    Paul Riccio

    Vice President of Finance and Development

    Locations:
    Corporate Office
    Divisions:
    Leadership

    Education

    • Indiana University Presidential Scholar

    About Paul

    Paul has a background in finance and sales operations, having worked as a financial advisor, sales trainer, and consultant before coming to Vertis Therapy. Being familiar with the healthcare industry but frustrated with the culture and operations of many organizations, Paul sought a company with commitment to its employees and an operational model which enabled quality of care. This culture and model, along with their commitment to elders and person-centered care, brought Paul to the company in 2012. Paul is married to his wife, Alison, and they live in Noblesville, Indiana.

  • Jessica Beaudry

    Jessica Beaudry

    Director of Operations

    Locations:
    Corporate Office
    Divisions:
    Leadership

    Education

    • Ball State University
    • Ivy Tech Community College - Associates Degree, Physical Therapy Assistant

    About Jessica

    Jessica Beaudry has been a member of our team since 2011 and joined our management team in 2014. Jessica is responsible for daily operations of all Vertis facilities. This involves her directly overseeing all the teams in order to ensure ethical, quality care through staffing, education and clinical programming. Physical Therapy is a second career for Jessica. She went back to obtain her degree after she and her husband started a successful business in Indiana, which they continue to own and operate. Jessica has a passion for influencing the highest quality of care through providing support to her teams. Jessica will occasionally fill in as a clinician, as she misses the one-on-one interaction with the patients. However, she sees her opportunity to make a bigger impact on the quality of care as Director of Operations. Her mission is facilitating through operations the provision of the most quality, clinically, and ethically sound treatments in the industry.

    Jessica and her husband of 21 years, Josh, have two children. Jackson is active in basketball, football, track, National Honors Society, and FFA. Gracie is active in basketball, volleyball, track, National Juniors Honors Society, and community leadership programs. Jessica and Josh attend all of their children’s sporting events. When they are not sitting in the bleachers or on the court, the family enjoys spending time together working on their micro farm. 

  • Marcia Barnard

    Marcia Barnard

    Business Office Manager

    Locations:
    Corporate Office
    Divisions:
    Leadership

    Education

    • Indiana University: B.S. in Business Administration, May 1996

    About Marcia

     

    Marcia has been part of the Vertis Therapy team since 2013. As Business Office Manager, her primary duties include accounts receivable and customer invoicing, accounts payable, payroll, hiring and onboarding new employees. She has been in the business side of the healthcare field for her entire career.  Before working at Vertis Therapy, she worked for a long-term care and therapy company in various positions, including Assistant Business Office Manager, Business Office Manager and Executive Assistant. 

    Marcia and her husband, Jason, have three children. Away from the office, Marcia enjoys reading, attending church and school activities and spending time with her family.

  • Linda Riccio, OT

    Linda Riccio, OT

    Vice President of Clinical Services

    Locations:
    Corporate Office
    Divisions:
    Leadership

    Edcuation

    • Mount Mary University, B.S.-Cum Laude in Occupational Therapy, 1981

    About Linda

    Linda is 35-year veteran of long-term care operations and clinical development, having been in a variety of professional roles on state and national levels. Linda is a national educator in dementia care, and has a passion for helping others to enable elders with dementia to live meaningful and productive lives in home-like settings. She possesses a variety of professional certifications, such as being NDT (Neurodevelopmental Treatment) Adult Stroke certified. Linda is very involved in national professional boards, such as the National Association of Rehabilitation Providers and Agencies.

    She has a diverse skill set in program development and implementation resulting in fiscally responsible and meaningful programs, often consulting with customers on healthcare strategy in this evolving reimbursement environment.

    Away from work, Linda is an active volunteer in Grief Recovery in the community and her church. She lives in the Indianapolis area where she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

  • PJ Windell, PT, DPT, MS, CHC

    PJ Windell, PT, DPT, MS, CHC

    Director of Corporate Compliance and Reimbursement

    Locations:
    Corporate Office
    Divisions:
    Leadership

    Education & Certifications

    • B.S. Physical Therapy (summa cum laude), Washington University - St. Louis, 1989
    • Adv. Masters in Physical Therapy (summa cum laude), University of Indianapolis, 1992
    • Transitional DPT, Des Moines University, 2010
    • Certification in Healthcare Compliance, Healthcare Compliance Association, 2012

    About PJ

    P.J. Windell is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, with a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy; University of Indianapolis, with her MS degree in Physical Therapy; and Des Moines University with her Doctorate in PT. She holds her Certification in Health Care Compliance, and currently serves as the Director of Corporate Compliance and Reimbursement for Creative Health Solutions, as well as a consultant in the field of rehabilitation compliance management. 

    Additional roles held in the field of geriatric rehabilitation include: National Neurological Specialist with Gentiva Health Services sharing knowledge and expertise in developing appropriate clinical rehab programs within Gentiva with an emphasis on falls and balance, cardiopulmonary and neuro rehab for the geriatric home based population; Regional Director of Clinical Services for Aegis Therapies responsible for clinical program development, training and regulatory oversight with an emphasis on geriatric rehabilitation in LTC settings. P.J. has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Indianapolis assisting with their clinical neurology curriculum. P.J. is a member of HCCA, NARA and the APTA including Section membership in Geriatrics and Health Policy and Administration.

  • Stephanie Vise

    Stephanie Vise

    Assistant Director of Compliance and Reimbursement

    Locations:
    Corporate Office
    Divisions:
    Leadership

    Edcuation

    • University of Southern Indiana- Associate of Science, Occupational Therapy

    About Stephanie

    A member of our team since 2015, Stephanie Vise is responsible for identifying and assessing areas of compliance risk for Vertis Therapy. Her duties also include communicating the importance of the Compliance Program to employees, developing and implementing education programs addressing compliance and the Code of Conduct and collaborating with executive management to effectively incorporate the Compliance Program within system operations and programs. This involves her working directly with teams to make sure education and mentorship is provided to therapists to ensure ethical quality care. Stephanie started her career in Occupational Therapy in the hospital rehabilitation setting and then found a love for Geriatrics and Dementia Care. Stephanie has a passion for influencing quality through documentation and education. Stephanie is an active member in the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA).

    Stephanie and her husband, Chris, have a 3-year-old son Marshall who is the light and center of their lives, along with two Golden Retrievers Maggi and Rudy, and a cat named Phoebe. She spends most of her time with them. She enjoys watching her nieces play volleyball, basketball and softball. 

  • Central Indiana

  • Heather Dang

    Heather Dang

    Assistant Regional Manager - Indianapolis Area

    Locations:
    Central Indiana
    Divisions:
    Leadership

    Education & Certifications

    • Associate of Applied Science, University of Saint Francis
    • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

    About Heather

    Heather Dang joined the Vertis team in 2010 and joined our management team in 2016. In Heather’s current role as Assistant Regional Manager over the Indianapolis area, she is responsible for overseeing outpatients from pediatrics to geriatrics at several of our Southside Indianapolis locations. Some of her daily roles include marketing, building relationships with the community, and overseeing day-to-day operations at our clinics. Heather is a huge patient advocate and loves when she gets the chance for patient interaction. She enjoys chatting with the patients and their family members to hear about how their needs are being met by the staff, which allows her to maximize the value of the services provided to the community.

    Heather is married to her husband, Vinh, and has a daughter, Alexa, and a son, Brandon. Most of Heather’s free time is spent with her family. Not only does Heather participate in patient advocacy at work, but Heather and Vinh are always advocating for their daughter Alexa, who has a rare syndrome that affects 1 in a million people. Growing up with a special needs sister has taught Brandon empathy and to strive to make the most out of each day. Brandon is part of the National Junior Honor’s Society and is aspiring to be a pediatrician. When time permits, Heather and Vinh like to explore diverse cuisine and like to travel to the family’s favorite vacation spot in Florida.

  • Northern Indiana

  • Tabitha Suman

    Tabitha Suman

    Assistant Regional Manager - Northern Indiana

    Locations:
    Northern Indiana
    Divisions:
    Leadership

    Education & Certifications

    • Associate of Applied Science, Michiana College
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant

    About Tabitha

    Tabitha Suman joined Vertis therapy in 2011 as a treating clinician; she transitioned to management in 2012. Tabitha is now an Assistant Regional Manager for Northern Indiana. Tabitha leads a large team who empower elders to live life to their fullest in multiple settings, including independent, assisted, and skilled rehab. Tabitha values the influence she has on quality of life in the aging population, while working with a multi-level dementia care program. Tabitha finds joy in providing leadership at our assisted living facilities, promoting aging in place and partnering with her facilities to provide quality person centered care. Tabitha has worked in the therapy field for 12 years and is dedicated to ensuring that patients are receiving the most innovative therapy while promoting positive outcomes and quality of life. Tabitha’s experience enables her to mentor every staff member with the tools and support required to be successful. Tabitha excels in clinical program mentoring and development.

    Tabitha lives in Bluffton with her husband, Brett, and 3 children, Bailey, Macenzie, and Jayden. She loves spending time with her family and 2 dogs. Tabitha is also passionate about fitness and is a class instructor at Warren Health and Fitness.