Leadership & Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Tiffany joined the HealthSouth Mid America Rehabilitation Hospital team in 2003. She has more than 20 years of healthcare experience, including leadership positions as director of marketing and director of quality and risk management. She earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation therapy from Northwest Missouri State University and received her master’s of healthcare administration from Park University.
Cielo Navato-Dehning, M.D.
Dr. Cielo Navato-Dehning graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center in physical medicine and rehabilitation in 1995 with the distinction of chief resident. She is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and spinal cord injury medicine.
Cielo Navato-Dehning, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.
Business Development Director
Jessica joined HealthSouth MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital in 2017. She has more than 17 years clinical experience in acute rehab and 12 years in sales and marketing. Jessica graduated from Penn Valley Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree and acquired her physical therapist assistant license. She is now the director of marketing operations.
Director of Case Management
Sara joined the HealthSouth MidAmerica team in 2004 as a speech language pathologist. She was the speech therapy team lead up until 2013 when she transitioned to the leadership team as the director of case management. Sara graduated with her master’s degree from the University of Kansas and has more than 10 years of healthcare experience.
Human Resources Director
Elizabeth joined Healthsouth MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital team in 2015. She has more than 10 years of experience in human resources including eight specifically in the healthcare field. She has a varied background with experience in restaurant operations, steel mill industry, skilled nursing facilities and acute care hospitals. She graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA with two bachelor’s degrees, one in international business and the second in modern languages - Spanish. She achieved and earned her master’s degree in business administration from Kansas State University. She has had her Professional Human Resources certification since 2011.
Director of Quality and Risk
Amy originally joined the therapy leadership team at HealthSouth’s hospital in Yuma, Arizona in 2006 and transferred back to her home state of Kansas in 2008 joining the MidAmerica Rehabilitation therapy team. Amy has 16 years of clinical experience with specialization in neurological conditions and is a certified Hemi Move Instructor. In addition to serving in her current role as the director of quality and risk, she has had leadership and management experience as a therapy team lead and director of therapy. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy and psychology from Pittsburgh State University and a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from St. Louis University.
Paul Matlack, MS, OT
Director of Therapy Operations
Paul is the director of therapy operations and has been with HealthSouth Mid America Rehabilitation Hospital for more than 11 years. Paul has worked in healthcare for almost 20 years, the past 12 as an occupational therapist. He has a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Kansas State University and achieved a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Rockhurst University.
Amy McKay, MBA, BSN, RN, CRRN
Chief Nursing Officer
Amy has been employed with HealthSouth Mid America Rehabilitation Hospital since 2012. She has more than 20 years experience, including 17 years of rehabilitation nursing experience. She has been a certified rehabilitation nurse since 1997. She graduated from Iowa Central Community College with an associate degree in nursing and from National American University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She graduated from Baker University with her master’s in business administration degree. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, Kansas State Nurses Association and the Missouri Nurses Association.
Director of Plant Operations
Jeremy joined HealthSouth Mid America Rehabilitation Hospital in 2008. He has worked in healthcare for more than 15 years. Jeremy graduated from Fort Scott Community College with an associate degree in science.
Director of Pharmacy
Crystal joined the HealthSouth MidAmerica team in 2009 as a staff pharmacist. She was part of the clinical pharmacy team and transitioned to director of pharmacy role in 2015. Crystal graduated from the University of Saint Mary with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Then, she earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and has ten years of experience in the pharmacy industry including retail and hospital settings.
Carol joined HealthSouth MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital in September 2015. She has over 15 years of experience in healthcare accounting and finance. Carol received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Treasury Professional.