Program Managers and Champions
Jessica Finnegan, PT, MPT, NCS
Stroke Program Manager
Jessica joined the HealthSouth Toms River team in 2009 and has been a senior physical therapist since 2011. She is a board-certified specialist in neurologic physical therapy and takes great pride in helping patients with stroke and other neurologic disorders return to their household and community roles. Jessica also serves as the physical therapy department’s center coordinator of clinical education and enjoys clinical teaching and mentorship. She holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University
Jessica Heimall PT
Brain Injury Program Champion
Jess began her career at HealthSouth in 2013 after obtaining her clinical doctorate at Drexel University in Philadelphia. In June 2014, Jess became the physical therapy representative of the Brain Injury Program and took on the role of co-champion in February 2015.
Patricia Henk OT
Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Program Manager
Patricia Henk is a senior occupational therapist who has been with HealthSouth Toms River since 2006. She graduated from Stockton University in 2009 with a Master’s of Science degree in occupational therapy. Patti has been a co-champion of the Diabetes Program since 2012 and helped the hospital achieve the distinction of Advanced Certification for Inpatient Diabetes in 2014 from the Joint Commission. Her interest is in education, and she has developed a diabetes education group for our patients to attend.
Denise Loughlin PT
Wound Care Program Manager
Denise joined the HealthSouth Toms River team in 2012 and has been the wound care coordinator since 2015. She became a certified wound care clinician in 2014 and a certified Lymphedema therapist in 2016. Denise holds a bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University and a doctorate in physical therapy from Arcadia University.
Tricia Lynch CRRN
Cardiac Program Champion
Tricia started at HealthSouth Toms River in June 2012 after graduating from Ocean County College in 2010 with an associate degree in nursing. She is currently attaining her BSN through Chamberlain University School of Nursing. Tricia has been a member of the cardiac recovery program since September 2012 and became the hospital’s Program Champion in January 2015. In June 2014, she passed her Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse exam and then moved into the position of north wing charge registered nurse in January 2017.
Kristen Ientile McQueen SLP
Stroke Program Champion
Kristen has been a speech pathologist with HealthSouth Toms River since 2007. She received her bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders from The University of Connecticut and her master's degree from Montclair State University. Kristen has been an active member of the Stroke Program since 2008.
Neelam Patel, PT, DPT
Cardiac Program Manger
Neelam attended University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2013. Neelam started working with HealthSouth Toms River in November of 2013. Neelam has been a team member of the Cardiac Recovery Program since she started with HealthSouth in 2013, and became co-program champion in January of 2015.
Kristen Schreier SLP
Brain Injury Program Manager
Kristen has been a speech pathologist with HealthSouth Toms River since 2007. She received her master’s degree from The College of New Jersey. Kristen is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist.
Toni Tomaini, RRT, BSRT, MHA
Pulmonary Program Manager
Toni joined HealthSouth in 2008 and became the Pulmonary Program champion in August of 2014. Toni has been a respiratory therapist for over 25 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University and her master’s in healthcare administration from Seton Hall University. Toni is dedicated to her patients and works diligently to promote and grow the Pulmonary Program at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River.