Our Leadership

Meet our leaders in patient care and business services.

Susan J. Harris, OTR/L, Founder

Susan J. Harris, OTR/L, founded Therapy Specialists in 1976. With a revolutionary approach to providing comprehensive therapy services, Harris grew the company to be the largest independently owned and operated rehabilitation company in San Diego and a leading provider throughout the Golden State. Sue is an active AOTA and OTAC member, sits on various industry boards, and can be seen raising money and awareness for those in our profession.

Vickie Harris, President

Vickie Harris leads our constant pursuit of complete customer satisfaction and business and financial excellence. She joined the company in 1996 and has successfully guided us through critical moments of growth and change. With years of targeted experience and an innate ability to lead strategically, Vickie is the torchbearer for our corporate mission, ensuring we meet customer needs within a thriving business model.


#cPaula Colbert, C.P.A.Director of Finance and Accounting

Paula is a 25+ year financial management professional with the kind of progressive experience it takes to help us succeed in the areas of Finance, Business Planning, Budgeting, Technology and Equipment Procurement.  Her skills help us to strengthen and maximize our internal infrastructure and to assist our management team in making educated economic decisions.  She directs the Controller and all associates in our accounting and finance department with a savvy and knowledgeable “Can Do” attitude.

Lisa Rodriguez, OTR/L, VP Clinical Operations

Lisa Rodriguez is known as a trusted troubleshooter and the go-to resource for clinical care issues. She oversees contract facilities’ rehab programs so that goals are met and also heads initiatives for additional clinical programs and services. Lisa has spent all of her nearly 30-year career at Therapy Specialists, starting out as an OT student from the University of New Hampshire gaining field experience and steadily rising through the ranks to become a leader respected by customers and colleagues alike.

Heidi Trivelpiece, MSPT, Director of Outpatient Services

Licensed by the California Board of Physical Therapy, Heidi Trivelpiece, M.S.P.T., has been a Physical Therapist practitioner for nearly 15 years. During the course of her career she has worked with patients in a variety of clinical settings including orthopedic clinics, acute hospitals, occupational health and skilled nursing facilities. Outpatient orthopedic services is where her passion lies. As Director of Outpatient Services at Therapy Specialists, Heidi oversees all clinical and operational aspects of our outpatient services in San Diego.

Keith Carson, Director of Partnerships

Keith Carson is often “the first handshake” for Therapy Specialists’ new business partners. Responsible for finding, nurturing and growing strategic partnerships in the market, Keith is the point of contact for facilities considering values-driven contract therapy options. His background in medical and healthcare sales management includes
tenures with start-ups and multi-million dollar companies that put him on the frontline with the likes of physical therapists, neurosurgeons and long term care facility managers. He calls on his vast experience and track record to strengthen grow outpatient services and strengthen our business.

Lynn Johnson, Director of HR & Marketing

Lynn Johnson’s leadership is integral to Therapy Specialists’ positive brand recognition. At the helm of all marketing and recruitment efforts since joining our team in 2007, Lynn makes sure our company is well known and respected among key internal and external audiences. Under her skilled guidance and 20+ years of marketing experience, we continuously attract, recruit and retain the strategic partners and quality employees that make our company a true standout in a competitive, burgeoning industry.

Alan Leingang, MBA, CPA, Business Systems Analyst

Alan Leingang stands on the frontline of billing and administrative issues for our company. He has focused his 20+-year finance and accounting career in the healthcare industry, with more than 11 of those years as part of the Therapy Specialists team. His targeted knowledge of reimbursement rules and regulations is invaluable to our customers and our company. Alan holds an Accounting degree from Moorhead State University and an MBA from the University of North Dakota.

Kelly M. Cooney, M.A. CCC-SLP

Kelly sees herself as a clinician first, and her management outcomes have always been focused on a clinically rich environment where therapists are encouraged to treat every client, regardless of age, as if they were part of the family. Her management experience has included single site, multi-site, multi-state, and consulting roles. She advocates for superior patient care, a supportive and positive work environment for staff, and cooperative partnerships with customers and associates. Kelly is a long-standing member of the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA) and member of ASHA, Special Interest Division 11. Kelly is active in various industry related associations and serves on the Executive Committee of the board of directors for NARA, the National Association of Rehab Providers and Agencies.