Leadership & Staff

John Papalia

John Papalia

Chief Executive Officer

John joined HealthSouth Erie in November of 2014 after serving as chief executive officer for an acute care hospital in Pennsylvania for 14 years. He has more than 24 years of healthcare experience and brings administrative leadership and healthcare expertise to HealthSouth. John has a strong commitment to Northwest Pennsylvania where he has served on many boards of directors. He has a Bachelor's of Arts with a concentration in labor studies. He is a board-certified Diplomat Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and is certified in financial management from the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration Executive Program. John and his wife, Janice are the proud parents of five children and two grandsons. 

Dr. Grisier

Douglas Grisier, D.O.

Medical Director

Dr. Grisier has served as medical director at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie since 2006. He has a longstanding relationship with HealthSouth Erie, including serving several terms as chair of the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee. Dr. Grisier is an assistant clinical professor of Family Medicine for Lecom Health and has educated residents and students for over 25 years. He maintains a private practice with Medical Associates of Erie at Plaza 18 Medical Center in Erie. An Erie native, Dr. Grisier is a graduate of Gannon University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at Millcreek Community Hospital.

Douglas Grisier, D.O. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.

Charlotte Brunst

Charlotte Brunst, RN, BSN

Director of Case Management

Charli brings eight years of case management experience and nearly twenty years of nursing experience to HealthSouth Erie. Serving on multiple healthcare committees and in various nursing leadership roles at an acute care hospital, she is well versed in discharge planning and utilization review. Charli received her associate’s degree in nursing from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Charli’s team plays a vital role educating patients and their family, including them in treatment plans to ensure a safe transition to their home setting.

William Chiaramonte

William Chiaramonte

Director of Plant Operations

Bill joined the hospital in April 2006 as the director of plant operations. He achieved certification by the American Hospital Association as a Certified Health Care Facility Manager in December 2008. An Erie native, Bill previously served as an electronics instructor in the Air Force. Since his discharge in 1974, Bill has worked exclusively in healthcare maintenance, first in an acute care setting and then in long-term care prior to coming to HealthSouth.

Dr. James A. DeMatteis

James A. DeMatteis, MD, FACP, FAAN

Physician

Dr. DeMatteis has been on staff at HealthSouth since 1986. He has served as the stroke/neurology program director at HealthSouth for the past 20 years and previously served as medical director. Dr. DeMatteis is on staff at Hamot Medical Center and maintains an outpatient practice at UPMC Northshore Neurology located at 120 East Second St. in Erie.

Dr. DeMatteis attended medical school at the University of Miami, Florida and completed his residency training in internal medicine and neurology at the Cleveland Clinic. He has achieved board certification in internal medicine, neurology, electromyography (EMG) and vascular neurology and is a certified member of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation.

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

Tim Dommermuth

Tim Dommermuth

Director of Pharmacy

Tim joined HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie in 2014 as director of pharmacy. He brings more than 30 years of operational and clinical experience in acute care and long term care settings. He received his  bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences in 1981.

Lori Gibbens

Lori Gibbens

Controller

Lori has served as the hospital's controller since 2005 and has been an employee of the hospital since 1991. A native of Erie, Lori earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Janet Hein

Janet Hein

Director of Therapy Operations

Janet began her career at HealthSouth Erie Rehabilitation Hospital in 2009 in the position of physical therapy manager. In 2013, she was promoted to her current role as director of therapy operations. She brings more than 19 years of clinical experience in outpatient, skilled nursing, long term acute care, home health care and inpatient rehabilitation. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Daemen College.

Corey Hickey, DO

Corey Hickey, DO

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) Program Director

Dr. Hickey is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by the ABPMR and serves as the physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) program director at HealthSouth Erie. Dr. Hickey is employed by Erie Physicians Network - UPMC (EPN) and is also on staff at UPMC Hamot as the trauma rehabilitation director.

Dr. Hickey completed a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. While there, he served as the acting academic chief resident of the PMR residency program. Dr. Hickey completed his medical studies at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also has an undergraduate degree in sports medicine from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson

Director of Quality

Mary began serving in the capacity of director of quality in August 2010 bringing with her more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health. She has assumed leadership of the hospital’s team effort to maintain existing and achieve new Disease-Specific certifications under The Joint Commission. Mary has served in a variety of roles including, staff nurse, assistant nurse manager, nurse manager and case manager in clinical areas such as neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and trauma. Prior to joining HealthSouth, she worked in Utilization Review. Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Gannon University.

Lindsay Kopac

Lindsay Kopac

Director of Human Resources

Lindsay began her career at HealthSouth Erie in 2012 as the Human Resources Assistant. She was promoted to director of human resources in November 2015. Lindsay brings more than seven years of experience in human resources to her role. Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology – human resources from Westminster College. As the human resources director, Lindsay is responsible for the day to day employee relations of approximately 185 employees.

Denise M. Lopez

Denise M. Lopez

Director of Marketing Operations

Denise comes to HealthSouth Erie with more than 20 years of healthcare experience, holding positions in all levels of care within the behavioral health treatment field. Her expertise is in marketing/sales and business development, in addition to operations and program development. Denise earned her undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Gannon University, and obtained her graduate degree in juvenile corrections from Eastern Kentucky University.

Sarah L. Swinarski

Sarah L. Swinarski, D.O.

Rehabilitation Physician

Dr. Swinarski is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by the ABPMR and serves as an Admitting Physician at HealthSouth Erie. Dr. Swinarski is employed by Erie Physicians Network - UPMC (EPN) and is on staff at UPMC Hamot. She also sees outpatients at UPMC Occupational Health and Physiatry at 2861 West 26th Street. Dr. Swinarski completed a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. While there, she served as the academic chief resident of the PMR residency program. Dr. Swinarski completed her medical studies at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

Kimberly Thomas

Kimberly Thomas, BSN, RN, CRRN

Chief Nursing Officer

Kimberly was promoted to chief nursing officer (CNO) in March. Kim began her nursing career eleven years ago at HealthSouth. She went on to work in home health and labor and delivery. She returned to HealthSouth Erie in 2013 and served as a weekend nursing supervisor and nurse manager prior to being promoted to CNO. Kim holds a Bachelor of Art degree in speech-language pathology from the University of South Florida as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Daemen College.  She is also certified as a rehabilitation registered nurse (CRRN).  Kim plans to begin classes for a master’s degree in nursing in the fall.