History of Regional Rehab
After years of experience as a Physical Therapist working in a variety of health care settings – hospitals, home health agencies, private practices and small corporations – Charles Donley, PT, opened Regional Rehab, a private practice, outpatient physical therapy clinic in Spring Hill, Florida.
For Charles and his wife, Christine, the goal was to treat both their staff and their patients the way they themselves would personally want to be treated; with honor, respect and genuine caring.
Regional Rehab was born in 1999 out of a desire to provide excellent, one-on-one, personalized care for hurting people; to create an atmosphere of healing through the hands and hearts of a loving, knowledgeable team – from the front office staff to the licensed clinicians.
As the practice grew, the clinic relocated in 2009 to their current, roomier location on Mariner Boulevard which features private treatment rooms along with an efficient gym area. At that time, in addition to the more traditional forms of therapy such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, traction, therapeutic exercise and iontophoresis, Regional Rehab acquired what would become their signature therapies: both the Class IV Deep Tissue Laser and the Hivamat 200 Deep Oscillation Therapy. These state of the art, FDA approved treatment tools became key components in their arsenal of surgery-free pain relief and rehabilitation techniques which produce effective, long lasting results. Since then, Regional Rehab has been serving this community with an unwavering objective: to do all things with excellence while uplifting those with physical needs, offering a special combination of professional and interpersonal skills designed to bring optimal health and healing to the whole person – spirit, mind and body.
CHARLES C. DONLEY
P.T. & Owner
Charles C. Donley, P.T., has been a Licensed Physical Therapist since 1984, graduating Cum Laude with a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh; he has been engaged in his own private practice since 1999. Charles served for 10 years as the staff P.T. with Dance Revolution Ministry’s national tour, is a Director with Touching Nations Today, Inc., a non-profit humanitarian organization, and has become a certified speaker/coach/teacher with the John Maxwell Team. He offers the best care to the community through the acquisition of state of the art, cutting edge technology, and developing his staff to reach their greatest potential as clinicians and as individuals. The result is a progressive, exciting and friendly environment designed for optimum health and healing
With many years of clinical experience in an array of settings, Charles offers a rich base of knowledge and understanding about human health. In 2018, he endured an extensive health crisis which included suffering four strokes, one of which left him with right side paralysis. Exceptional acute care at Shands Hospital was followed by rehab at the stroke unit at Tampa General Hospital, and the final piece to the puzzle was the extraordinary physical therapy he received from his own team here at Regional Rehab. The result? You will find him evaluating new patients during the week, as always, and playing softball or golf in his free time. His personal health journey makes him a great encourager to those walking through the doors here who are facing difficult physical challenges. His faith and his ‘can do ‘attitude serve as an example and an inspiration to those around him.
Co-owner & Administrator
Christine Donley met Charles C. Donley at Springfield College, Springfield MA, where she received her B.S. in Physical Education and participated in multiple team sports. In 1977, they married and an assortment of work experience followed: driving school instructor, health club sales and office staff, exercise instructor, tri-state sales representative for a business school, part time waitress, switchboard operator at an assisted living facility for the mentally impaired, licensed nail technician, and homeschool Mom for daughter, Caitlin. Since 2007, she has been the Director of Touching Nations Today, Inc., handling all the day to day operations for this missionary organization, and serving with her husband, Charles, on short term missions trips to Tanzania, Africa on five occasions.
In 2009, Christine moved from some home operations for Regional Rehab to on-site involvement, working part time at the clinic alongside her husband ever since. Public relations, checking in new patients, scheduling appointments, answering phones, paying bills and other secretarial duties round out her days, along with being a cheerleader for her wonderful staff. Turning both staff and patients into family is her workplace goal……. living a life well for Jesus is her ultimate ambition.
PAUL A. ERNANDES
PhD, P.T. & Rehab Director
Born in Aruba, Paul A. Ernandes, PhD, P.T. graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1980 from Physical Therapy school in Breda, the Netherlands. Years later, he earned his PhD in orthopedic manual therapy and brings many other specializations to the table: sports therapy, eastern medicine, TMJ, myofascial release and cranio-sacral therapy, neurology and spinal cord injuries, pain management and hyperhidrosis treatment. Paul has worked in a wide variety of situations, with positions as a staff P.T., director of rehabilitation, and as a private practice owner. His greatest love is the outpatient setting and the daily challenge of assessing patients and developing a personalized treatment plan for each one. Staying current with the latest techniques, innovations and health care guidelines keeps him motivated and in touch with the field of physical therapy which he enjoys so much.
Active in the community throughout Hernando County, Paul is a Sir Knight with the Knights of Columbus and is a graduate of Leadership Hernando. He is married to Marieva, with whom he shares a daughter, two sons and six grandchildren. Whenever there is laughter heard in the clinic – and that is a frequent occurrence – Paul is sure to be found in the midst!
MARIEVA L. ERNANDES-ROJAS
Marieva L. Ernandes-Rojas was born in Curacao and worked there in the dental field until moving to the Netherlands. Along with her husband, Paul A. Ernandes, she was co-owner of a physical therapy private practice clinic where she became familiar with this aspect of health care. After moving to the United States, Marieva worked as a Rehab Technician for several years and also developed her skills in the workplace as an office assistant in multiple settings. She was a CCD teacher at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Spring Hill and volunteered for six years at Oak Hill Hospital, wearing many hats and filling a wide range of needs.
In 2019, Marieva came on board at Regional Rehab where she specializes in ‘diversity’, as she can be seen interviewing and checking in new patients, handling clerical duties, and helping out when needed in her role as a laser certified Rehab Technician. A mother of three and grandmother to six, Marieva thoroughly enjoys working with her husband, Paul, and refers to him as her ‘biggest kid’. Together, they are a joy-filled team!
Regional Rehab’s Practice Manager since 2005, Gregory offers a welcoming voice to people calling in for our help, answering questions about insurance coverage and scheduling patient treatments. He is a Certified Fitter for custom and ready-made compression garments, a valuable service for our patients with lymphedema, and is instrumental in keeping us up to date with changes in health insurance coverage and regulations. Fluent in Spanish as well, he is known around the office as “The Man”, wearing many, many hats and, in addition to all of his administrative duties, can be found repairing everything from computers to light fixtures. He serves with excellence as our ‘answer man’ for pretty much any question that comes up over the course of a business day.
Joyfully married to Rainelle since 1979, they like bowling, ping pong and working puzzles together. Gregory also loves spending time with his granddaughters as well as crafting creative projects around the house.
Office & Finance Manager
Phil Prouty has been on board as Regional Rehab’s Office/Finance Manager since 2007, interacting with patients about insurances and scheduling, as well as being the ‘go to’ man regarding the key financial components of daily business operations. He tracks every penny in and out from every source, including payroll, billing units, taxes, patient visits and accounts payable. Known for providing much of the fun and laughter at our office, Phil has been happily married since 1988 to his precious wife, Sherri. They have two wonderful sons and two much-adored grandsons. Phil is also an ordained minister and he has traveled throughout the northeast for many years, sharing the good news of the gospel wherever he goes. His passions are time spent with family, tennis, working out, and sharing his financial knowledge with others in order to help them be financially secure.
Kyle Benders P.T.A., graduated from South University’s Physical Therapist Assistant program in 2016. Born and raised here in Spring Hill, Florida, he has been a wonderful addition to the staff at Regional Rehab. Kyle started his career in health care as a Rehab Technician at HealthSouth, where his interest in the field of physical therapy developed. His expertise, competence and quiet confidence are qualities which quickly earn him the trust of his patients. Getting to know those patients and seeing them progress day to day towards meeting their therapy goals is what keeps him enthused about working in this field. Kyle married his wife, Carissa, in 2017; he enjoys staying active by playing sports and has a special love for basketball…. GO HEAT!
Brandi Girard, P.T.A., is a graduate of Central Florida Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program and has been on staff at Regional Rehab since 2000. She began her career here as a member of the Rehab Technician support team and soon found she had a passion for physical therapy, desiring to work hands-on in the clinic. As a licensed P.T.A., Brandi is well qualified in all areas of therapy and specializes in manual therapy. In January of 2016, she made a career shift to be able to spend more time with her beautiful daughter, Mikayla, and lent her skills to the home health care setting for a season. To our delight, however, she returned to us and can still be found caring for patients with her special brand of love. Brandi brings years of experience and a high level of proficiency to the outpatient setting, along with a passion for delivering the best care to her patients, all of whom adore her – as do we!
Lynne Simone, our Licensed Massage Therapist, began her tenure with Regional Rehab as a Rehab/Laser Technician, a position she held for eight years. Her love for hands-on patient care led her to the field of massage, graduating from Bene’s Career Academy and obtaining her license in 2015. Her services include Swedish Relaxation techniques and Therapeutic/Deep Tissue massage, which takes Swedish basics to the next level of effectiveness. Lynne specializes in sciatic relief using a specific massage sequence and stretching. She can be found in her lovely massage room here at the clinic, where you will also see some of her paintings on display. Lynne studied art in the 80’s at the State University of NY at New Paltz and has worked with private instructors throughout her life. She now teaches acrylics, pastels and oils and also does custom commission work. Her artwork graces our lobby, as well, and you can find out more about her at www.lynnesimonefineart.com or on Facebook @lynnesimonefineart.
Maribel Aliaga, P.T.A., earned her degree in physical therapy from the College of Central Florida in 2015 and brings outpatient and skilled nursing facility experience to our team. Initially working behind the scenes in therapy offices, she saw how much physical therapy helped patients and decided she wanted to be the one administering the treatments that bring healing and recovery. Maribel loves seeing patients progress, especially as they feel better and are able to accomplish big tasks that they couldn’t do before treatment. Another of her assets is her fluency in Spanish, which really comes in handy in the workplace. Outside of work, Maribel enjoys reading, Zumba, watching sports, dancing, spending time with her husband and their fur kids, and performing in local theater. On occasion, she can be heard singing to her patients.
Rehab and Certified Laser Technician
Claudia L. Caceres, Rehab and Certified Laser Technician, comes to us with a bachelor’s degree in biology from USF. Born in California, with family history in Honduras, she has lived in this area since she was 16 years old. Her position here consists of multitasking at its finest and she excels at it! Claudia offers support to our professional clinicians in a variety of capacities, particularly with our Class IV laser treatments, as she is a certified laser technician. She also greets patients – in Spanish, if needed – escorts them to their treatment rooms, maintains supplies, processes the laundry, keeps the place clean and shiny, helps out with admin tasks, and is the very cheerful voice making daily appointment reminder phone calls. Claudia loves singing, playing bass guitar and is active in her church worship ministry as a vocalist and member of the leadership team. Outside of church and work, she enjoys spending time with her four-legged fur babies, Chiquis and Muneco.