The Rehab Pathways team includes Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Vocational Counselors, Social Workers, Recreational Therapists, Teachers, Certified Brain Injury Specialists, Job Coaches, Residential Coordinators, and Residential Assistants.
Working in coordination with family, physicians, case managers, insurance adjusters, employers, schools and teachers, and any other professionals involved with a client, our goal is problem resolution and the best possible outcome for our clients.
James E. Bradley began his career in 1979 as a Speech Language Pathologist. His goal has always been to help individuals suffering from the effects of brain injuries, including strokes, to relearn how to live within their home and communities. He began his career at Providence Hospital moving up to Acting Director of Speech Therapy. From there he moved to the Rehab Institute of Michigan (RIM). While at RIM he developed extraordinary evaluation skills and began to learn to apply them to treatment within the walls of the hospital. A problem arose that began to bother him immensely. And that was what to do for his patients after they were discharged. Few facilities at that time were practicing treatment in the community the client actually lived in and often the clients complained that their home environment was different from the hospital setting. He would often see clients at RIM when they came in for follow up doctor appointments after discharge and a common concern they voiced to him was “what do I do now”. A significantly large number of clients had difficulty applying what they learned in the clinical setting to their real life thus the vision for RPG℠ was created…to help clients suffering from life altering injuries to gain the stability and freedom to be independent in their community. Jim wanted to “make a difference…everyday” by assisting clients in their own home with the skills they would need to live as independently as possible. Thus he began Rehab Pathways Group®, often called RPG℠, in 1990 and incorporated it in 1992. Currently Jim, in his role as President of the company, acts in an advisory capacity providing insight he has gained from over 30 year experience.
Sarah Bradley Gibbs Jim’s daughter, started with the company during her high school years, providing clerical assistance. She worked in the corporate office fielding phone calls, typing and collating client evaluations, notes, and reports. She worked in this capacity until leaving for college, although during breaks she would return and continue to work in the office. During her last year of college she began assisting with direct client care as a Residential Assistant, gaining valuable knowledge about the care and treatment of RPG℠ clients and residents. Upon graduation from Grand Valley State University, Sarah continued in her work at RPG℠ as a Residential Coordinator and worked at completing her requirements to become a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS). She currently serves the company as its Chief Executive Officer where her time is spent overseeing daily operations of the company including growth, marketing, networking and strategic planning.
Dr. Schoenherr’s responsibilities include guiding the RPG team in the treatment of clients and assisting with communication to family members, case managers and adjusters, with the goal of achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.
Dr. Schoenherr brings with him over 13 years experience in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. He received his Medical Doctorate from Michigan State University and is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a sub-specialty board certification in Sports Medicine.
He is currently affiliated with Specialists in Rehabilitation Medicine and sees patients in all three of their locations: Rochester, Bloomfield and Commerce. Additionally, he treats patients and completes rounds at Crittenton Hospital in Rochester.
Director of Marketing
With over 20 years of collective experience in HR, Sales and Business Development, Cheryl’s experience was built working with a variety of organizations from case management groups to physician practices, hospital environments and long term care facilities. She also has medical recruiting experience where her responsibility was to source and recruit the best medical staff available while working to ensure that the skills and personality of each staff member was the right fit for each client they served. She performed extensive required pre-employment evaluations in order to determine employment eligibility. Cheryl has been working directly with case managers, therapists and both spinal cord and traumatic brain injury clients in both the clinical and community settings.
As the Director of Marketing with Rehab Pathways Group, Cheryl is responsible for developing and implementing short and long term marketing along with sales and business plans to maintain our existing relationships as well as developing new ones.
Cheryl has volunteered with the Special Olympics, event planning for the local Jerry Lewis Telethon and Band of Angels.
Krysta Duffany received her Bachelor’s of Applied Arts in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Administration with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation from Central Michigan University. For the past 13 years, she has worked in both the clinical and community settings with both TBI and psychiatric patients. Previous work experience includes Oakwood Hospital, Henry Ford Health System, Apex Behavioral Health, working with inmates with psychiatric illness in the Wayne County Jail and the Lakeland Center working with TBI and SCI patients. Krysta began working for RPG℠ in 2010 as a Site Supervisor for our Rochester Hills site. She earned herself a promotion in October of 2013 to our Program Director. In 2014 she became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. Her responsibilities, to name just a few, include overseeing the daily operations of all RPG℠ locations, program development, and communication with clients and their team members. She most recently successfully passed the test and became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist.
B.S., El. Ed., CBIS
Site Supervisor – Shelby Twp
Alison Chanley has a long history with RPG℠. She began here in 2004 as a member of the direct care staff team. She worked in that capacity for about one year, after which she left to further her education at Oakland University. During that time she worked with one of our clients as a private duty aide. Alison graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor’s of Science of Elementary Education and though, educated to be a teacher, her skills in time management and organization are a great asset to both her job as a supervisor and in the day to day coordination of our residents’ needs. Most recently Alison was promoted to our Site Supervisor for our Rochester Hills site.
Site Supervisor – Farmington Hills
Anne Ross, graduated from Wayne State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Sciences, with a major in Psychology. At that point, she became an Assistant House Manager, working directly with individuals who sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury. Anne furthered her education by successfully passing the exam to become a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. In 2017, she graduated from Northwood University with a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Anne has over 10 years experience in the healthcare field, working directly with individuals who sustained a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, psychiatric diagnoses, and the geriatric population. Anne joined RPG in 2019 as a Residential Coordinator and soon after was promoted to Site Supervisor of their Farmington site. Anne demonstrates an ability to connect with diverse individuals while establishing trusting relationships. Her overall goal is to ensure outstanding client experiences while promoting optimal health and quality of life.
Site Supervisor – New Baltimore
Krystal Evola graduated from Oakland University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Sciences, with a major in Sociology and Social Work. Upon graduation, she began working at Oakland Family Services in the Family Support Unit. Initially, she was a Group Leader for an All-Inclusive Child and Parent Education Program called “Ready Let’s Grow” and “C.H.A.M.P.S” which worked at local Elementary Schools in Pontiac to serve children who would benefit from a support group focused on developing positive self-esteem. Later, Krystal moved on to join the Family Preservation unit where she served as an Adoption Case Manager for children committed to the State of Michigan. Krystal studied and then provided recommendations for families interested in Adoption and assessed the needs of children waiting to be adopted in order to find a family that could best serve them. After taking a small break to have children, Krystal decided to come back to work, this time focusing on Adults. She joined the RPG team in 2016 as a Residential Coordinator.
Vicki Akins graduated from Macomb Community College in 2001 with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Previous work experience includes being a Supervisor in the Mortgage Department at Flagstar Bank as well as being a bookkeeper at Specialty Sealants, Inc for 30 years. She began her work at RPG in 2001 as an Administrative Assistant at our Troy corporate office and was promoted to Office Manager in 2016. Vicki says that working at RPG has given her the chance to give back to the community, especially with being heavily involved with our annual fashion show that raises money for Stiggy’s Dogs. She said that she gets a chance to make a difference every day, here at RPG.
Nancy Osey is the HR Assistant for Rehab Pathways Group.
B.S. Sp. Ed. (CI)
Anna Horyd earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University. She began her career in a private school for students with Special Needs. Anna then moved on to the vocational rehabilitation setting working with Traumatic Brain Injuries and other special needs adults. Anna also gained valuable work experience working with the Autistic population. Anna joined RPG in July of 2019 as a Residential Coordinator. In this capacity she is responsible for assisting our clients with activities of daily living that help them to become as independent as possible. She also works with the growing number of Special Needs clients that RPG serves. Anna is excited to continue to participate in the growth of RPG and the success and happiness of their clients!
Jessica Witinko joined our team in April of 2018. She came to us with an extensive background working in the TBI field. She spent 12 years at Unique Options in vocational rehab. Jessica sought out the opportunity to work at RPG with the desire for more challenges and learning opportunities within the field of Traumatic Brain Injury. Here at RPG, Jessica is a Residential Coordinator and is responsible for managing her own case load and for ensuring that her clients are striving to reach their highest level of independence within the community setting. Jessica is also actively involved in advocating for the protection of Michigan Auto No Fault and for improving the lives of those with Traumatic Brain Injuries.
MA, LPC, CDMS, CCM
Linda Rosberg received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Gerontology and her Masters of Arts in Guidance and Counseling. She is a licensed professional counselor by the state of Michigan. She has been with RPG since October of 2014. She specializes in job development/placement and has been very successful in her placement ratios and placing persons with disabilities in jobs, community service positions or related venues. She works with a variety of medical and rehabilitation professionals to best assist her clients and their families. She has been a case manager for over 30 years. Prior to case management, she worked with senior citizens in the community. In addition to her consulting practice, she works with the special needs department at The Jewish Community Center. This is a social group for adults in the community with special needs. She has been with this group for over 30 years. Her husband and two children, Emily and Jacob, also participate as volunteers with this group. Volunteering and working in the community are very important to Linda. Linda has successfully placed persons in such venues as office and retail stores, the school district, local sports arenas, day care facilities, and as host/hostess. She has placed nurses, engineers, and teachers. There are no limits. Depending on the severity of the disability, some employers may not even know of the challenges these people have overcome. She often advocates for them but just as often, as a counselor, she focuses on what they can do and how to present themselves on their own to an employer. Linda’s philosophy: “Everyone is capable of doing something, with or without disabilities. By placing people with disabilities in jobs or as volunteers in the community it brings awareness to their capabilities and provides inclusion for persons of all abilities. Disabilities don’t define people – they are people with disabilities and as we all age and grow, we are all exposed to obstacles that create challenges. Theirs are no different.”
Most recently, Linda became a court approved mediator. In this position, she helps people to resolve various issues including domestic, guardianship and civil matters.
Linda can also assist on files in litigation. She offers her vocational opinion for legal matters and can provide expert testimony.
Sheri joined our team in 2020. She brings with her a passion for rehabilitation that is easily identifiable when she speaks about her plans for her clients. Sheri has worked in a variety of settings, providing direct speech therapy services and developing programs to enhance many client’s day to day activity. Certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association and licensed by the State of Michigan, Sheri comes to RPG with 35+ years of experience. Her interests are vast in the area of speech/language remediation, however, interaction with adults who display challenges, feed her fire. Sheri is married and has twins, Ian and Shelby. In her spare time, Sheri works with several animal rescue groups.
We believe in practicing a community-based approach that allows our clients the most direct and effective route to gaining a higher level of independence. Our philosophy of treatment stresses a functionally oriented approach.
From this perspective, we make much less use of ‘paper and pencil’ rehabilitation tasks that form the backbone of treatment in many other settings. We begin by assessing the specific strengths and weaknesses of each client, identifying those areas in which they are independent, the areas in which they are dependent and those in which treatment can reasonably be expected to yield functional improvement. From this starting point, we focus on maximizing client independence, functional adaptation and recovery.
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Focusing our treatment on helping individuals to gain the practical daily skills needed to live independently within their own chosen community.
Using naturalistic settings and available community resources as a part of treatment to the greatest extent possible.