Meet Our Therapists & Staff

Richard Hultz

Richard Hultz

Clinical Specialist
Physical Therapist

Richard Hultz is a graduate of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and has been practicing PT since 1995.  His background includes duties at the University of VA and Duke University Medical Center.  He is an experienced pediatric and adult therapist and has worked in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities as well as home health settings.

Mark Ansbrow

Mark Ansbrow

Physical Therapist

Mark holds a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy from Daemon College, Amherst, NY. He has practiced since 1987 and is APTA board certified in Orthopedics. He enjoys fitness, camping and ice hockey. He has an intellectual spirit – enjoying music, theater, and reading. Mark’s knowledge and experience, along with strong interpersonal skills, allow him to effectively communicate with patients to enhance their experience as they improve their health.

Deb Bishop

Deb Bishop

Physical Therapist

Deb is a licensed physical therapist originally from Pennsylvania. She graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Exercise and Sport Science and then earned her doctorate degree in physical therapy from Slippery Rock University. She moved to North Carolina in 1998 and has a wide variety of experience in different settings, including hospitals, orthopedic outpatient facilities, assisted living buildings, skilled nursing homes, and home health. She enjoys working with people of all ages, but finds she truly loves working with the geriatric population. She feels her friendly personality works well with the elderly and she enjoys being able to spend time one on one in their home environment to achieve their optimal function. When not working in PT, she easily fills her time with family activities and caring for her three children. She enjoys long outdoor walks, arts and crafts, and cheering her kids on at their sporting events.

Jennifer Rizzardi

Jennifer Rizzardi

Physical Therapist

Jennifer is originally from Michigan and relocated to North Carolina in 2006. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Master of Physical Therapy, Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Biology degrees. She has been working in the Home Health field for 13 years and feels she has found her niche. She loves the diversity and dynamic demand that Home Health provides. She loves working in a one-on-one capacity to efficiently and effectively rehabilitate her patients. Physical activity and exercise are her passion. She enjoys doing yoga, Pilates, and recently completed a mud run. She also enjoys reading, knitting and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband have two wonderful little girls, 5 and 3. Jennifer is a person who is passionate about her work, enjoys helping her patients and is looking forward to getting them moving well again.

Rosalind Yoboby-David

Rosalind Yoboby-David

Physical Therapist

Rosalind is a licensed Physical Therapist originally from New York City. She graduated from Long Island University with a Masters in Science in Physical Therapy in 1996. She has worked in various settings and under incredible mentors, servicing children and their families, and the elderly for over 15 years. She is passionate about working with people in their home and surrounding community to help them achieve the highest level of function that is directly relevant to their daily living. Her continuing educationcourses include topics such as Fitness Massage, Sensory Integration and NDT for Children and Adolescents, and Integrating Yoga into Treatment. She believes in considering the whole person in her treatments, and takes pride in being able to provide comfort, whether it’s through manual therapy and/or through educating the patient and caregiver, so that they’re more proactive in the rehabilitation process. Rosalind is fluent in English, Spanish, and has conversational skills in American Sign Language. She enjoys nature and having recently relocated to NC, enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family.

Donna L Hellowell

Physical Therapist Assistant

Donna is a Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant graduating in 1987 from Broward Community College in Davie, Florida. She has focused her years of experience in the home health setting both in Florida and North Carolina. Donna is originally from South Florida and relocated to North Carolina in 2002 with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities and going to the beach.

Claudia Huntanar

Claudia Huntanar

Clinical Specialist
Physical Therapist Assistant

I graduated from Mercer County Community College in 2008 from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. I have experience with orthopedic cases and sports for the past 7 years and am now doing pediatric and geriatric as well this past year. I am fully bilingual and have good manual skills, professionalism, and an easy going personality. Physical therapy is my passion and I love helping people to reach their goals to a functional stage. I enjoy every patient in their own needs from pediatrics to adults. We all learn from each other. I am married and my husband and I have a little 2 year old that keeps my drive very high. We enjoy outdoors activities, dancing and puzzles.

Niya Spears

Niya Spears

Physical Therapist Assistant

I possess more than 7 years of progressive experience in the customer service field. I have been a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) for over 4 years and a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist (LMBT) for over 8 years. I have been married for three years and enjoy spending time with my family. I spend a lot of time
volunteering and meeting new people. I thoroughly enjoy what I do which is, making a difference in the lives of others.

Ross Henderson

Ross Henderson

Physical Therapist Assistant

My name is Ross Henderson I am a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant who recently moved to North Carolina from Hawaii in November of 2015. I graduated from Kapiolani Community College in 2015. I am married with two children ages 5 and 8. We loved being active and spend as much time as possible surfing, hiking, skateboarding, and anything that gets us to the beach or in the water. I am a former US Army Infantryman and Army Deep Sea Diver with a love of physical activity which has led me to the word of physical therapy. I have learned I really like to help people of all ages get better at whatever it is they need.

Deanna Foley

Deanna Foley

Physical Therapist Assistant

Deanna is a Physical Therapist Assistant who received her bachelors degree at NC A & T University in 2009. She decided to continue her education at Martin Community College where she received her Physical Therapy Assistant Degree. She enjoys being a mother to her beautiful baby girl. She has a specialty in geriatric and pediatric Physical Therapy through her experience in daycare’s, and home health. She recently worked in school systems with children of all ages. She has experience working with multiple diagnoses. She has a huge passion for helping children reach their developmental milestones, and loves to see them gain confidence in completing various activities.

Serenity Chandler

Serenity Chandler

Physical Therapist Assistant

I have been a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2013. I graduated from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville Arkansas. I became passionate about physical therapy after my youngest child had a birth injury and required PT for a year. I have spent my career working with pediatrics in school settings and geriatrics in nursing homes. These populations hold a special place in my heart. With pediatrics, I have worked with the following conditions: Cerebral palsy, developmental delays, spinal bifida, and autism. With adults I have worked with the following conditions: Back/neck injuries, total joint replacement, brain injuries, Alzheimer’s, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s, stroke, MS, and stroke. I was born in Canada and raised in Arkansas. I moved to North Carolina in 2014 with my husband and our four children. In my spare time I enjoy spending time as a family, reading, knitting, and spending time at the beach.

Donna Richmond

Donna Richmond

Speech Language Pathologist

Donna, M.A., CCC-SLP, received her B.A. and M.A. from Marshall University, Huntington, WV. Her experience in the field of communication disorders spans over 32 years in early intervention, preschool and school settings. She has been an active member of the North Carolina Speech, Hearing & Language Association for over a decade. She is also active the American Speech Language Hearing Association, which she is NC Stat liaison for Division 14, school-based issues. Donna’s areas of expertise encompasses emergent literacy, phonological awareness, spoken language disorders, autism, apraxia (motor planning), Assessment/Management of children with craniofacial impairments (toddler, preschool, school age), augmentative communication, fluency, intellectual disabilities, articulation and language delays and disorders. Donna has always loved working with children and their families, watching them develop their communication potential. Parents always receive support from Donna regarding techniques, strategies they can implement in the home setting to increase their child’s potential. She has served over hundreds of children in a variety of settings. Donna always demonstrates passion of care for all children and makes her sessions educational and fun. She supports and implements a transdisciplinary team approach for each child.

Paula Hils

Paula Hils

Speech Language Pathologist

Paula Hils, MA, CCC-SLP received her B.A. degree in communication disorders from Pennsylvania State University in 1985. She continued her studies at Indiana University and earned M.A.T. in speech and hearing sciences and completed ASHA certification of Clinical Competence in 1988. As a licensed speech-language pathologist she has over 25 years of experience in childhood speech & language development including articulation, phonological awareness, language delays/ disorders, autism, stuttering, augmentative/alternative communication. She has provided assessment and treatment of adult & geriatric patients for aphasia, dysphagia/swallowing and voice disorders. Additional professional experiences include clinical supervisor and clinical research coordinator. She has lived in North Carolina for 25 years and resides in Apex, NC with her husband and 3 school age children. She enjoys traveling, especially to the beach, cooking and reading.

Prashant Sonker

Prashant Sonker

Founder/CEO & Occupational Therapist

Prashant hails from New Delhi, India where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. His experience spans over two decades where he has worked in outpatient and home care settings. His management experience includes facility director and most recently, CEO.Prashant’s vision is placing the patient’s Care First in every visit and interaction. He strives to maintain and project a warming charisma which instills patient confidence and self-empowerment for embracing personal plans of care; while reaching a better state of well-being. Please do not hesitate to speak with Prashant if you have questions or concerns.

Beckman Oral Motor Certified

Nandita Garg

Nandita Garg

Occupational Therapist

Nandita has over 20 years of experience in clinical delivery of Occupational Therapy services in Adult and Geriatric physical disabilities, with specialty in falls management. She has been responsible for overseeing rehab operations, quality outcomes, sales and human resources in skilled nursing and Assisted Living Facilities.  Additionally she is trained in evaluation and delivery of Occupational Therapy services in the Pediatric population with special interest in ADHD evaluation and treatment.

Debi Coleman

Debi Coleman

Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

Debi has extensive experience as a Certified Occupational Assistant and has been a practitioner since 1998 who holds licensure in North Carolina, New Jersey and New York. In additional, Debi has recently acquired Certification as a Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming to add advanced communication and teaching skills to her Occupational Therapy practice. A warm individual who brings skill, professionalism and passion to her work with children and adults. Originally from New York, she relocated to North Carolina from New Jersey this past year and is proud to call North Carolina home!

Tiffany Benoit

Tiffany Benoit

Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

Tiffany holds an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy Science as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, graduating in 2012 from Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin. Tiffany moved to Morrisville, NC from Fort Myers, Florida in 2013. She currently holds a COTA license in Florida and North Carolina. She is also a wife, and a mother of two young children and she loves to spend time with her family. She loves being creative and having fun, which is a perfect combination for working with children. Tiffany shares ownership of her patient’s struggles and strives to use patience and persistence to foster meaningful results.

Beckman Oral Motor Certified

Angel Rivera

Angel Rivera

Massage Therapist

I am a 25+ year “thrivor” of metastatic malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer, and after the last encounter, I decided to fulfill one of my purposes in life, which is to facilitate the healing of others. For me, becoming a massage therapist was one way to have the tools, the skills, and the knowledge to server others.I have a variety of techniques, such as myofascial release and Swedish massage, that helps relieve tension and discomfort from tired and sore muscles that are causing pain and stress, and my goal is for you to feel relaxed and pain-free, so that you can live the healthy lifestyle that you want.

Niya Spears

Niya Spears

Massage Therapist & Physical Therapy Assistant

Over the last 15 years, I’ve specialized in Sports Bodywork and Myofascial Therapy, working with everyday athletes to NFL professionals. My goal is to bring therapeutic bodywork back into the sports world as an invaluable component of an integrated training program by addressing the muscular and soft tissue dysfunctions common in athletes. Through a proactive approach, I am able to keep athletes performing at peak levels while reducing risk of injury.

Sheri Lawler

Sheri Lawler

Massage Therapist

I possess more than 7 years of progressive experience in the customer service field. I have been a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) for over 4 years and a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist (LMBT) for over 8 years. I have been married for three years and enjoy spending time with my family. I spend a lot of time volunteering and meeting new people. I thoroughly enjoy what I do which is, making a difference in the lives of others.

Prashant Sonker

Prashant Sonker

Founder & CEO

Prashant hails from New Delhi, India where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. His experience spans over two decades where he has worked in outpatient and home care settings. His management experience includes facility director and most recently, CEO.Prashant’s vision is placing the patient’s Care First in every visit and interaction. He strives to maintain and project a warming charisma which instills patient confidence and self-empowerment for embracing personal plans of care; while reaching a better state of well-being. Please do not hesitate to speak with Prashant if you have questions or concerns.

DeAnna Myers

DeAnna Myers

Director of Human Resources and Administration

DeAnna Myers is an HR professional with over 10 years’ experience in human resources management. Prior to her recent relocation to North Carolina, she was CEO and HR manager of a holistic healthcare center in Northern Wisconsin.
As Director of HR and Administration at Care First Rehab, her role is to manage all functions of HR including: strategic & succession planning, policy implementation, leadership development, workforce recruiting, performance management, HR compliance, and payroll.
She earned Master’s Degree in Strategic Human Resources Management & Development at the University of Denver. In her spare time, she enjoys being out in nature with her husband Nick and their dog, Dusty.

Kathy Lampman

Kathy Lampman

Patient Care Coordinator

Kathy has been with Care First from its inception in 2008. A native of Queens, NY, she is charged with the critical responsibility of managing patient office flow and provides insight into clinic operations. She was employed by AIG for 25 years as a manager in the risk management. Kathy and her family moved to North Carolina to enjoy improved educational opportunities.

Krista Forrest

Krista Forrest

Patient Care Coordinator

Krista Forrest has over 16 years Marketing and Sales experience and has 7 years experience in the HealthCare field. She and her husband moved to North Carolina over 10 years ago with their daughter. They now have a son as well. Krista is from Florida originally and graduated from Florida State University and since then has lived in Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and New Jersey but now settling in North Carolina. Krista spends her free time on the sideline of the soccer fields cheering both of her kids on in Club soccer. She also loves to spend time on the lake relaxing in their boat. Krista has never met a stranger and loves a challenge and looks forward to her career at CareFirst!

Jeannie Bell

Jeannie Bell

Front Desk

I have been in the medical field for over 15 years working in hospitals, nursing home, and home health settings. I have worked in many aspects of healthcare from C.N.A to Restorative Aide. I’ve been a schedule coordinator for the past 5 years of my career. I am very passionate about caring for people.  In my free time I enjoy traveling and spending time with family.

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