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Personalized Patient Care

Team Care From Day One

Early intervention is a key factor in realizing the best possible outcome for a patient disabled by catastrophic injury or illness. Our staff works with other medical specialists, trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons, and orthopedic surgeons at SCVMC to begin the rehabilitation process immediately following the onset of the condition or the injury.

The interdisciplinary team is another key to a successful outcome. Each patient’s care is overseen by a specific on-staff physiatrist, leading a dedicated team that includes therapists, a nurse, case manager, and social worker. 

As treatment progresses, additional health professionals are added to meet the unique and changing needs of that patient. This team is a constant factor throughout the patient’s stay, and works with the patient and family to prepare for returning home.

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Along with state-of-the-art technology and treatment capabilities, the Rehabilitation Center has one of the largest, most highly trained and experienced care teams in the region. The teams are led by nine board-certified physiatrists and include:

  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Speech therapists
  • Recreation therapists
  • Case managers
  • Social workers
  • Wheelchair specialists

We’re staffed by full time, board-certified physiatrists with experience and specialized training in either brain injury, spinal cord injury, and stroke. In fact, many of our highly-trained physicians, therapists, and nurses are double and triple board-certified, and are willing to go the extra mile for specialized training so they can provide the highest level of compassionate care after the unthinkable occurs.​

Our patients tell us that the personal one-on-one time with these therapists is the most helpful part of recovery, as they strengthen, build up, encourage, and support the patient mentally, physically, socially, spiritually – because all integral to recovery. This team plays a significant role throughout your stay, and will work with you and your family to prepare for returning home.​

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation Therapy Leadership Team


James Crew, M.D., Chair, PM&R; Chief, Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation  
Thao Duong, M.D., Vice Chair, PM&R   
Henry Huie, M.D., Chief, Brain Injury Rehabilitation ​
Stephen McKenna, M.D., Chief, Respiratory Rehabilitation Unit
Kazuko Shem, M.D., Chief, Outpatient PM&R Clinic  


Daniel Cruz, RN, Nurse Manager Spinal Cord Injury, General Rehab, and Respiratory Rehabilitation Unit     
Kim Johnson, RN, Nurse Manager, Brain Injury, Stroke and General Rehab
Sue Kehl, RN, Nursing Administration     ​


Stacy Sweeney, PT, Director of Therapy Services     
Teri Zimmerman, OT, Therapy Services Manager, Spinal Cord Injury and General Rehab
Jennifer Flores, OT, Therapy Services Manager, Brain Injury, Stroke, and General Rehab
Karen Lucente, PT, Therapy Services Manager, Outpatient Program​