Carol-Ann received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Duke University, before moving to Florida where she worked as a Physical Therapist in the Neuro Recovery Center at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital. She specializes in treating patients with a variety of complex neurologic conditions including spinal cord injury, stroke, Parkinson's, Guillian Barre, CP, spina bifida and MS. Carol-Ann is a licensed physical therapist in Oregon, Vice President of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association, member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Neurologic Section. Carol-Ann grew up in Eugene, and moved to Bend in the summer of 2015, and is passionate about combining her love of the outdoors with bringing people to a new level of ability in their daily function.
Mary Tyler, Vice Chair, Board of Directors
Mary and her husband Merle have lived in Bend since 2011. They love the mountain views and downtown coffee shops. Mary works for the Red Cross as the Volunteer Program Coordinator for the central region. She is passionate about people realizing their dreams and her expertise in non-profit management is a huge asset to our program.
Andrea Boyer, PT, DPT, CKTP, CCIP, Board of Directors
Andrea is serving on our Board of Directors. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Duke University and works as a PT in outpatient orthopedics in Fort Worth, TX. Andrea offers her expertise in injury prevention, manual therapy techniques, workplace injury management, and she is a certified clinical instructor. She is currently working toward her COMT through Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. She has participated in numerous volunteer and outreach projects during her career, including medical mission trips abroad. Andrea is passionate about encouraging and guiding people toward reaching their functional goals - helping people get back to doing the activities they love. We are excited to have her on board!
Kenny Tyler, Board Treasurer
Kenny received his engineering degree from Oregon State University. He has worked on a number of large scale projects for Andersen, including Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, a high-tech data center, Our Lady of the Lake school/parish, a 29-story high-rise in downtown Portland, Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center, and his current project is at Facebook in Prineville. Kenny is very active and enjoys the outdoors, and he loves being part of an organization that helps people experience the beauty of Central Oregon.
Laura Thayer, Board Member
Laura is the Associate Director of Service Operations for Optum, a Division of UnitedHealthcare. She has worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years, and has consistently demonstrated integrity, compassion and relationship-building with people at all levels of service. She is passionate about improving quality of life for individuals with chronic conditions through communication and connecting them to resources and their community. Laura's wealth of expertise and deep perspective into current healthcare issues makes her a valuable member of our team.
Mike Edgerton, PT, NCS, ATP
Mike has over 25 years experience as a physical therapist, and with specialty training in many areas related to neurology, he brings a wealth of knowledge to our team. Mike received his Physical Therapy degree from the University of Washington in 1992. He initially worked at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle WA and quickly developed a passion for working in the field of neurology. He has spent the bulk of his career working in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers. He and his wife Jenny moved to Bend in 2001 and Mike is the lead physical therapist at St Charles Medical Center. He specializes in working with stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, concussion, vestibular disorders and balance disorders, and runs a thriving wheelchair/seating clinic.
Mike, Jenny and their two sons, Jacob and Nolan, enjoy mountain biking, skiing, rafting, fishing, backpacking and all of the other things that Central Oregon has to offer.
Alice Houghtaling, Advisory Council
Alice and Dave Houghtaling returned to Oregon in 2013 after spending their careers in upstate New York. They are both graduates of Oregon State University. Dave retired from his career as an engineer with GE, and Alice retired from her role as chaplain on the Pediatric Palliative Care Team known as "Journeys" at Albany Medical Center Hospital. They have always enjoyed traveling, friendships, and working in the community. They have a son, and grandson.
Upon their return to Oregon, they learned that Dave was dealing with a Parkinsonism called CBD. Since then, as this neurological condition has advanced, they have searched for ways to engage with life as best as possible. It was becoming increasingly difficult. Upon discovering Destination Rehab in 2017, they participated in as many activities as possible: a hike at Dillon Falls, pickleball, art class, recumbent biking, a first-ever kayak event, celebrating with others at a summer's end event at the Pavilion. Yet, the hardest activity is involved with people: processing information, communicating with a small group of people, and dealing with the speed of ordinary life outside of the home. "Isolation" can become debilitating to the human spirit. What Alice and Dave are about is the renewal of that inner human spirit and embracing life - perhaps in a new way.