Departmental Information

Rehabilitation Services is a multidisciplinary team of allied health professionals consisting of Physical and Occupational Therapists and their support staff. There are approximately 60 full and part time employees within the department. The department prides itself on providing coordinated and integrated rehabilitation care to individuals with disabilities or impairments in order to maximize function and overall quality of life. In addition, the department creates a climate that emphasizes the importance of clinical research to advance the knowledge base of rehabilitation professionals while increasing patient outcomes. Rehabilitation Services aims to facilitate the education of therapy students by directly participating in classroom lectures at the School of Health Professions and by providing clinical training to students from across the country.

St. Vincent's Benefit Concert

On March 13th, 4 members of the Rehabilitation Services team participated in the St. Vincent's House benefit concert. This fundraiser directly benefits St. Vincent’s Student Clinic, a UTMB student-run free clinic that serves the uninsured and underserved people of Galveston County. The multidisciplinary team of allied health professionals, consisting of Physical and Occupational Therapists and their support staff, made their debut performance as "Therapeutic Sounds" with original music written by J.D. Kennemer. The group consisted of Tyler Morrison, Juan Tovar, Erica Kennemer, and J.D. Kennemer, as seated from left to right. We are extremely proud of this talented group for dedicating their free time to such a worthy cause.

Rosa Lee Torres Award

Rehabilitation Services is proud to announce Emily Skinner, OTR, MOT, CLT, as the 2014 recipient of the Rosa Lee Torres Award.


Each year one occupational therapist is recognized for his or her outstanding dedication to clinical service and quality patient care. The recipient is nominated by his or her peers based on the following characteristics: demonstrates great respect for patient’s rights, displays a positive working relationship with peers, as well as a willingness and ability to share creative treatment ideas, provides quality care, particularly to those individuals of diverse cultures and disabilities, and has a positive outlook and ability to offer an optimistic viewpoint.

Emily has worked diligently in her career to achieve a varied skill set making her an invaluable member of this department. In 2008, Emily earned her Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology from UT Austin with a Minor in Psychology. In 2011, Emily graduated from UTMB’s School of Health Professions with a Masters of Occupational Therapy. She initially began her career to help others as a behavior therapist for children with autism. Following graduation, Emily worked full time in inpatient rehabilitation. To our great pleasure, Emily decided to join the UTMB family as an outpatient therapist in our Galveston facility where she has thrived in her enthusiastic involvement with the UTMB Stroke Support Group and pre-op education seminars for patients awaiting hip and knee replacement. Emily has graciously assisted in the hand clinic for the Texas Departmental of Criminal Justice and insured that the outpatient Galveston facility complies with Joint Commission standards. Emily was instrumental to initiating the department’s new low vision program as well. Throughout the last several years, Emily has found time to become Worksteps certified as well as a certified lymphedema therapist. When Emily is not immersed in her work, she enjoys spending time with family, fishing with her husband, and reading.

Our department is fortunate to have Emily serve this community with so much compassion and dedication.

Spring Spotlight

Rehabilitation Services is proud to present Kristi Shashack, PT, as our Spring Spotlight.

In 2007, Kristi graduated from the School of Health Professions at UTMB with a Master in Physical Therapy. Soon after, Kristi began her physical therapy career at Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine and Rehab. Changing venues in 2011, Kristi offered her skills to a private practice outpatient clinic. Finally, in 2012, Kristi transferred to UTMB’s Department of Rehabilitation Services in our Texas City outpatient clinic where she specializes in orthopedics. During her spare time, Kristi works diligently toward her Doctor of Physical Therapy. She enjoys baking and cooking, playing with her 3 yr old son Connor, and traveling with her family. Be sure to congratulate Kristi as she is awaiting the arrival of her 2nd bundle of joy in May!

Our department is fortunate to have such a dedicated staff member as part of our team!

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