Prior to the founding of Therapy Partner Solutions, our founding partners, physical therapists themselves, owned and operated a successful regional outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine physical therapy portfolio of practices based on the simple idea of creating a small group of outpatient practices that simply did therapy the right way.
Experiencing continued downward pressure on therapy reimbursement, increased regulatory burden, and a constant shortage of high-quality clinicians, the leadership team aimed to solve these issues for their successful clinic business as well as their peers. With this goal in mind, the team identified the best companies focusing on the most relevant aspects of the physical therapy value chain and pulled them together into what Therapy Partner Solutions is today – a family of therapy-centric companies providing solutions across the full continuum of care settings.
This approach has helped expand the reach of the Therapy Partner Solutions family of companies with offices in 9 states, employing over 500 associates, and servicing clients in 49 of 50 US states.
With this in mind, we strive daily to empower our partners and clients to achieve their goal of building a profitable and sustainable therapy organization that provides best practice care to their patients.
With an understanding that to provide the best care possible, organizations in the physical therapy space need to optimize every aspect of their operations, Therapy Partner Solutions brings the best and the brightest into one organization, making these resources available collectively to the marketplace.
To ensure excellence is maintained along every facet of the physical therapy business value chain, Therapy Partner Solutions pulled together best-in-class companies recognized for their excellence in clinical care, operations, finance, staffing, compliance, and billing.
Whether working with these companies collectively or individually, hospitals, health systems, home health organizations, private practice physical therapy clinics and physician owned physical therapy services will receive the benefit of industry-leading solutions.
Always doing what is right regardless of the outcome
Always seeking fairness and telling the truth
Bringing out the best in our clients, employees and partners
Understanding our success and reputation is built securely in our connection to others
Execution of best practices to ensure the achievement of our goals
Remaining ahead of an ever-changing healthcare industry curve
We view each client engagement as an opportunity to build a long-term relationship to support the delivery of unsurpassed outcomes through best clinical & business practices with an emphasis on customer service and an active sense of community.
Steve Chenoweth is one of the co-founders of Therapy Partner Solutions (TPS) and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for TPS.
With over 25 years of clinical and operational experience and over 20 years of experience as a private practice owner, Mr. Chenoweth brings a diverse background of healthcare and rehabilitation industry experience to the TPS family of companies. As CEO, Mr. Chenoweth oversees all aspects of the company including strategic relationships, long term planning, mergers & acquisitions and operational direction.
As a graduate from the Physical Therapy Program at Georgia State University in 1992, Mr. Chenoweth’s extensive clinical experience includes practice in the areas of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy approaches to the treatment of the spine, and Industrial Medicine. This clinical background crosses a variety of settings including – Private Practice, Hospital based programs, Home Health Agencies, Assisted Living Communities and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
In the Healthcare Industry and specific to the area of Rehabilitation, Mr. Chenoweth has expanded expertise in the areas of Reimbursement, Billing & Collections, Business Analytics, Corporate Compliance, Mergers, Acquisitions, Strategic Partnering as well as Healthcare Finance and Operational Management.
Mr. Chenoweth currently serves as a Governor’s appointment on the Florida State Board of Physical Therapy, is an active member of the Federation of State Physical Therapy Boards (FSBPT), is a member of the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) & the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) including its Private Practice, Orthopedic & Sports, Home Health Sections and currently sits on the Reimbursement & Payment Policy Committee for the Private Practice Section of the APTA. Mr. Chenoweth is also an active member of The 1st Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach and currently serves as an Elder and member of the Session.
Sam Echols is one of the co-founders of Therapy Partner Solutions (TPS). He currently serves as the Chief Clinic Officer of TPS, in addition to his role as President of Therapy Partner Solutions Private Practice Solutions, the outpatient division of Therapy Partner Solutions.
With over 20 years of experience in the therapy industry as a clinician, business owner, and team leader, Sam brings a variety of experience to our TPS partner clinics. With a foundation firmly based on clinical excellence, customer service, and best client outcomes, Sam understands the importance and relationship between Best Clinical Practices and Best Business Practices. Sam currently oversees the TPS programs for Clinical Quality & Compliance, Talent Development, Leadership Training, Operational Excellence, and Strategic Partnership Development
As a graduate from the Medical College of Georgia in 1995 with a degree in physical therapy, Mr. Echols worked extensively in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine. With advanced training in many approaches to manual therapy and orthopedics, he was over clinical competency for the licensed staff at Advance Rehabilitation, a regional therapy company he helped to found. Sam also has an educational background teaching and facilitating monthly clinical forums and CEU courses.
In the healthcare industry and specific to the area of rehabilitation, Mr. Echols is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) with expertise in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, business development, developing a strong clinical team and reputation, leadership development, clinical program/protocol development and marketing/relationship development.
Since 2007, Mr. Echols has been a Board Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapist, and for 22 years has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) presently including the Private Practice, Orthopedic and Sports section of APTA, Private Practice Section of the APTA and the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG). He served as the physical therapist for Berry College Sports Medicine Program for 12 years. Sam is on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Open Door Home and Cumberland Wilderness Boards as well as the Race Committee for the Local Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and Committee for Destination Graduation for Every Child. He is active at his church and serves as a mentor for the Berry College Integrity in Leadership class.
Chad Whitefield is a co-founder of Therapy Partner Solutions (TPS). He serves as the President of Advance Rehabilitation Management Group (ARMG), a therapy management and consulting company within TPS.
Since 1996 Mr. Whitefield has owned and operated therapy clinics and has been involved in all aspects of clinic operations to including management, marketing, compliance, human resources, development, and clinical programs. With over 20 years of therapy experience, Chad brings a vast background and knowledge base to the TPS family of companies.
Mr. Whitefield graduated from the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) in 1994 and worked in acute care, industrial medicine, and wound care settings before opening his first outpatient clinic in 1996. His clinical concentration is in orthopedics with a particular interest in knee and shoulder dysfunction.
Outside of clinical responsibilities, Chad has expertise in marketing and development as well as building high performance teams that excel in clinical and operational outcomes.
Chad was recently reappointed for a 3rd term to the Georgia Board of Physical Therapy by Governor Nathan Deal and serves as the Boards cognizant member. He is actively involved in the APTA to include its Georgia Chapter as well as membership in several sections including, Home Health, Private Practice, and Orthopedics. Chad is involved with professional healthcare associations around the country and is a sought-after speaker on therapy related topics. Chad and his wife Lauren live in Rome, Georgia with their 2 children where they are actively involved in their church and civic clubs. Chad is a former two term County Commissioner and is actively involved in State and Federal legislative efforts related to Healthcare.
Kristy Krueger is the Vice President of Human Resources for Therapy Partner Solutions. With over 20 years of executive level HR experience, Kristy has a proven record as a specialist in the field of Human Resources with additional expertise in the areas of leadership development, training, professional coaching, and personal performance enhancement all of which continues to contribute to the individual success of our associates and the overall success of our organization.
As the executive in charge of Human Resources, Kristy and her team manage all things related to staff recruitment & retention, benefits and compensation management, employee relations, and professional development. Kristy has been influential in the development our company culture, our award winning employee satisfaction and retention rates (Press Gainey – Employer Choice Awards) as well as building an environment that is employee focused and patient centered.
Kristy earned her BS in ED at Jacksonville State University and is a long standing member of the local and national Society of Professional Human Resources organization, having served on the local chapter board in various positions.
David is a strategic marketing executive with broad industry experience in corporate strategy, product development and commercialization. His experience driving growth strategies for organizations ranges from start-up companies to Fortune 100 businesses.
David’s methodology has been refined through time spent in the technology, finance, consumer packaged goods, healthcare, sports and energy industries. A 15-year GE veteran, David led marketing, sales, product and communications initiatives across diverse business units in the US and internationally, including both GE Capital’s consumer and commercial finance divisions, GE Lighting, GE Healthcare IT and GE Power. Outside GE, David has applied his growth mindset and methodology to organizations in the sports, banking and healthcare space, including SaaS business models.
David believes collaboration and collective achievement among the marketing, sales and product functions are essential in realizing the potential of any organization. He brings this cross-functional approach, hands-on style and toolkit to every engagement.
David holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Science degree from The College of the Holy Cross where he was also a captain of the football team. David is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
John Dimas has a background that includes over 20 years of accounting experience in the services and healthcare industries. His hands-on approach and ability to create exceptional customer service, operational integrity and sound accounting practices are responsible for his past success.
John joined Therapy Partner Solutions as its Chief Financial Officer in July 2019. He is responsible for functions related to the financial operations of the Therapy Partner Solutions Holdings portfolio of businesses, clinics and partnerships.
Prior to joining Therapy Partner Solutions, John was a Controller for Enterprise Holdings, one of the largest private companies in the United States, and parent company of the Enterprise, National & Alamo rental car brands. Most recently, John served in an executive capacity at U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc., the largest publicly-traded operator of physical and occupational therapy clinics in the U.S.
John is recognized for his strengths in full-cycle accounting, operational analysis, internal controls, reporting and planning strategies. He has extensive experience in growing de-novo physical therapy clinics and partnering with strategic acquisitions. Known for building rapport and adding value, John is respected by practice owners and founders alike.
John holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah. John is a native Texan and the son of a retired Army Staff Sergeant. He competed at the collegiate level in the the pole vault, decathlon and the mile and was responsible for helping bring his alma mater their first ever South Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship in 1998. John and his family enjoy working out, traveling and cooking.
Janet Shelley is the Chief Disruption Officer at Therapy Partner Solutions (TPS), focusing on marketplace disruption across TPS business lines.
Prior to joining Therapy Partner Solutions, Dr. Shelley was a partner in an independent physical therapy practice, then subsequently founded Medical Billing Center (MBC), a therapy-specific billing and collections company. She served as MBC’s CEO from its inception, until she transitioned out of MBC and into the TPS leadership team in January 2021.
Janet’s success as a business leader is due, in part, to her willingness to dig deep in the healthcare space, and to her innate ability to recognize, and adapt, to new market trends. Following graduation from physical therapy school Janet snagged a job at an orthopedic specialty hospital and immediately experienced healthcare disruption firsthand as a major shift in payment by Medicare when diagnostic-related groups (DRGS’s) became the payment methodology for inpatient hospitalizations. Consequently, her hours were reduced, while her first home mortgage and student loan payments were due. Thus, disruption, and the ability to react accordingly, became fundamental themes of her professional career.
While DRG’s may have been the first disruption in Janet’s professional life, many others followed. Dr. Shelley became the first female partner in the oldest private practice in South Carolina. Her involvement in the therapy marketplace quickly expanded to include free standing physical therapy offices, hospital joint ventures and home health contracting. While in practice, disruptions to market share and healthcare regulatory challenges (i.e. Balanced Budget Act, Therapy Caps, One-on -one inclusion in CPT coding language, Physician Ownership, Resource Based Relative Value Unit Payment) bore opportunities for growth out of seemingly detrimental policies.
The theme of disruption hasn’t been limited to Janet’s professional career. Personal disruption along the way added a physical therapist husband, a certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA) son who likewise married a CRNA, and a physician daughter who married a mechanical engineer, finally lending some non-healthcare interest to her nuclear family! Janet is actively involved serving her community with her church family, enjoys a legislative appointment to a regional healthcare board and gives abused and neglected children a voice in court as a Guardian ad Litem.
Dr. Shelley will be the first to admit that the new, disruptive ideas are not usually her own. Instead, she finds insight from a network of professional colleagues and through industry trade associations, many of which she serves on at both state and national levels. She dedicates her time to influence, interpret and educate colleagues on regulatory changes that will disrupt healthcare. Thoughtfully, Janet aspires to “Be like a flower. Survive the rain but, use it to grow.” Y Tiwari
Andrea Hines is the Vice President of Sales for Therapy Partner Private Practice Solutions, the outpatient division of Therapy Partner Solutions. In this role Andrea drives the physician and patient acquisition strategy for the family of Therapy Partner Solutions clinics, building a program to drive consistent growth in new patient volume.
Andrea’s leadership role is focused on driving the clinical sales team with the intent of evolving and refining the sales approach as the industry continues to change. She also owns the physician and patient acquisition strategy for the family of Therapy Partner Solutions clinics, building a program to drive consistent growth in new patient volume across the Therapy Partner Solutions clinic footprint. Andrea has a passion for building strong teams of successful marketing representatives, as well as assisting therapists in identifying their marketable assets/capabilities and promoting them within their communities and the medical platform.
Andrea previously worked for the founders of Therapy Partner Solutions for 8 years when she served as the Regional Sales Director for their earlier physical therapy clinic platform, Advance Rehabilitation. She’s thrilled to be back on team. Andrea brings with her 30-years of healthcare experience as a treating clinical physical therapist assistant, nursing home administrator, community residential care facility administrator, clinical/regional marketing and sales director for outpatient PT clinics, and a regional director of rehabilitation services.
Andrea is graduate of both Medical University of South Carolina where she earned a Bachelor of Health Science, and Trident Technical College where she earned an Associate of Health Science, Physical Therapy Assistant. She lives in Woodruff, South Carolina with her husband Jeff and her daughter Samantha. Andrea is an active member of Joy Lutheran Church. Her love for helping people has also led her to become involved with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Greenville Area Parkinson’s Society where she has served as an ambassador and support group facilitator.
Nicole is the CEO of Medical Billing Center, an outpatient therapy-specific billing and collections company founded by physical therapists in 2001.
Nicole has 25 years of clinical and operational experience with close to 20 years spent in operations and administrative roles across a broad range of healthcare settings. She has led operations for large clinics and multi-site regions, and driven teams managing back-end processes including billing, revenue cycle oversight, quality, education, credentialing, leadership development implementation and led the oversight of several managed service arrangements nationally, including joint venture relationships. These varied experiences lend to an innate understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing therapy facilities and private practices today.
Nicole has been an active member of the APTA since 2006 and she serves as the Chair of the Payment Policy Committee for the South Carolina Physical Therapy Association (SCAPTA).
Nicole received a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of New England in 1996 and obtained her DPT from Regis University in 2009. Nicole is also Certified in Healthcare Compliance and a Certified Athletic Trainer.
For over two decades, Mary Daulong, PT, CHC, CHP has skillfully guided private practitioners, rehab agencies and therapy specific billing companies through the maze of healthcare challenges due to its constant regulatory change. Her national reputation, resourcefulness and comprehensive knowledge supported by compliance credentials are what make her solutions-based approach so valuable.
Mary has specialized in healthcare operations, regulatory compliance, payment and healthcare policy and legislation throughout a career that includes self-employment as a private practitioner and senior and mid-management employment in diverse settings. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, SAHS, has masters-level business management education and has well over thirteen hundred (1300) hours of postgraduate education in healthcare and health care-related matters. She is the first physical therapist to become certified in healthcare compliance and is an active member of the Healthcare Compliance Association. She also is credentialed, by the HIPAA Academy as a HIPAA Privacy Professional.
Ms. Daulong founded Business & Clinical Management Services, Inc. in 1985. Its initial function was to provide management services for private physical therapy practices. Following the sale of her practice in 1996, she focused exclusively on healthcare consultation for small to medium-large sized private practices and billing companies. Over the last twenty years, Mary has honed her expertise in healthcare regulation with specific concentration on OIG Guidances, Medicare payment and coverage regulations, OSHA, ADA, Department of Labor, HIPAA/HITECH and professional practice regulatory compliance and operational integration.
Mary has been recognized by her profession and community and has regularly been billed as the ‘featured’ speaker in both national and state venues. She has been honored by academic institutions, state agencies, professional, community and civic associations as well as by her peers. Mary has and continues to be an active volunteer in her professional associations.
David Emmons is a Managing Director and Advisory Board Member of Therapy Partner Solutions and oversees all Merger and Acquisition activity for the company.
With over 25 years of experience in Mergers and Acquisitions, Post-Merger Integration, Financial Modeling and Capital Structures for Acquisitions, David also has extensive experience in operational management and turn-around management on a C-Suite level. David is Managing Director of Private Equity for Broadcrest Asset Management, where he heads up the private investment activities, for the firm.
Upon graduating from Jacksonville University, David worked on his MBA at the Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University. During his second year of business school he was recruited by a fast growing media company and joined them as an executive responsible for M&A, business restructuring and operational oversight before the completion of his MBA. Two years later at 28, David became a Vice President for the largest privately owned media company in the country responsible for executive level management of a HoldCo, operational and financial oversight, and M&A to a region in New England.
David is experienced in merger & acquisitions, due diligence, financial analysis, contract negotiations, post-acquisition integration, value enhancement, turnaround management, executive level management of complex operations, executive level management of holding companies, and capital structures for private equity transactions.