Empowering people to live their best lives

Founded in 2012 and owned by non-profit organizations, Centrex Rehab is a therapy company that provides rehab services to diverse clientele in many distinct settings.

 

Leadership Team


Kristy-BrownKristy Brown, MS, CCC-SLP
President and CEO

Kristy began her career treating patients as a Speech-Language Pathologist but quickly found her true passion was in management. With a strong desire to continue to have an impact on the delivery of therapy services, Kristy approached management with a focus on quality. After serving in management roles for therapy companies in Wisconsin and Minnesota, Kristy was given the opportunity to develop a therapy company for Augustana Care Corporation in 1999. Starting with just 15 employees and three therapy sites, Augustana Therapy Services (ATS) grew significantly. In 2012, Augustana combined with Ebenezer Society to become the Charter Members of Centrex Rehab.

As the President and CEO, Kristy has focused on enhancing services and expanding quality care to a variety of  populations. In 2017, under her leadership, Centrex Rehab added two Sponsoring Members — Volunteers of America (VOA) and BEK Care, LLC. The company currently has more than 500 employees who serve many diverse communities across the United States.

Kristy has a Master’s degree in the field of Communication Disorders. She is an active member of ASHA, MSHA, Leading Age, Care Providers and NASL. With a strong desire to educate and share ideas, Kristy regularly speaks at a variety of conventions in addition to writing blogs and articles for national and local publications.


centrex-CarlaCarla Tocko, DPT
Regional Operations Director

Carla graduated from the College of St. Catherine with a Masters in Physical Therapy. She began her career in Traumatic Brain Injury rehab, but has always had a passion for geriatrics. Her clinical experience has included areas such as acute care, geriatrics, neuro rehab and bariatric care. In 2007, Carla returned to the College of St. Catherine and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and has served on the nominating committee, with one term as the committee Chair. She is also a member of the APTA Geriatric and Neurology sections.

Carla brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and managerial skills to Centrex Rehab. Her roles have included Therapist, Rehab Director, Clinical PT Specialist, and her current position of Regional Operations Director.


centrex-AmyAmy Kesti, MA, CCC-SLP
Regional Operations Director

Amy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders, and two years later, earned a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Minnesota. Amy began her career working as a Speech-Language Pathologist with Augustana Therapy Services, but soon found her niche in management. When Centrex Rehab was formed, Amy transitioned into the role of Regional Operations Director and continues to work in this capacity today.


Charlie Powell
Regional Operations Director
Charlie launched his career at the University of Denver with a degree in Business Management. A passion for helping others brought him to San Luis, Honduras to work with the schools and local business development as a Peace Corps volunteer. Upon returning to the U.S., he continued to pursue his passion through Public Health in a management role here in the Twin Cities. Charlie discovered Occupational Therapy around this time, and his passion grew there. He completed the Master of Occupational Therapy program at St. Catherine University. At Centrex, Charlie began as a full-time float occupational therapist, which allowed him to see nearly every location in the Twin Cities and meet the majority of our incredible therapists. Charlie’s combined passions and talent for working with people and background in business made the transition to management a logical and seamless one. As Centrex continued to grow, Charlie’s role developed into Regional Operations for the NW Minnesota and North Dakota region.


centrex-TammyTamara Althoff, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Speech-Language Pathologist Specialist

Tammy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Masters degree in Communicative Disorders. She has provided Speech-Language Pathology services for all ages in a variety of settings, including outpatient clinics, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. Tammy is actively involved in both the Minnesota Speech and Hearing Association and American Speech and Hearing Association. She has served as the State Medicare Administrative Coordinator in which she represented Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in the state of Minnesota. Since 2000, Tammy has served as the Centrex Rehab Clinical Speech-Language Pathology Specialist, providing Clinical oversight to all Speech-Language Pathologists on staff and providing new graduates the support they need to get started in this field.


centrex-PamPam Brooks, OTR/L
Clinical Occupational Therapy Specialist

After several years of working in the business field, Pam chose a career change and graduated from the College of St. Catherine in Occupational Therapy. Pam has worked in the therapy industry for over 20 years and has gathered a wealth of knowledge from working in various settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and home care. She is actively involved in the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association. Pam has spoken at many professional events throughout her career.

Pam provides ongoing clinical support to Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants in her role as Clinical Occupational Therapy Specialist at Centrex Rehab.


centrex-MattMatt Mesibov, PT, GCS
Clinical Physical Therapy Specialist

Matt graduated from Ithaca College in New York State with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1984 and received the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialty certification in Geriatrics in 2008.

As part of the Centrex clinical team, Matt is responsible for providing clinical support to the physical therapists and physical therapy assistants at Centrex Rehab.  This may include shadowing, providing clinical education and support as well as program development in order to provide the best treatment interventions possible for a given patient.

Matt began his career at the Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in NYC (part of New York University Medical Center) and eventually joined a multistate private practice in the Philadelphia area as part of the quality assurance team providing clinical care as well as serving as the Director of Regulatory Affairs.

In addition to membership in the Minnesota Physical Therapy Association, Matt is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and several of its specialty sections and academies serving in various positions as an active volunteer leader.


centrex-HR-MicheleMichele Mazanec MHRM, PHR, SHRM-CP
Director of Human Resources
As the Director of Human Resources, Michele Mazanec oversees the strategic and operational HR functions within Centrex Rehab. Michele is passionate about human resources and truly cares about the success of the employees. Michele holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from the College of Saint Benedict and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s University. Additionally, she is a certified HR professional with both HRCI and SHRM as well as an active member in several HR associations.