Leadership & Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Karthik began his career with HealthSouth in 2015 through the Developing Future CEOs program. He received his Master of Science in physical therapy from University of Central Arkansas, bachelor's in physical therapy from Vel's College of Physiotherapy, India and is currently pursuing his master's degree in business administration with Cameron University. Prior to joining HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Ocala as the CEO, Karthik served as the associate administrator at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Glendale, Ariz. He also served as a medical rehabilitation surveyor with CARF International performing accreditation surveys throughout the country. Karthik brings more than eight years of rehabilitation program management experience to HealthSouth. His experience includes business development, performance improvement, patient satisfaction, revenue cycle, quality and compliance. Karthik is also a software programmer with keen interest in developing patient portals for health education.
Juan Beyley-Pagan, M.D.
Dr. Beyley-Pagan serves as the medical director of HealthSouth Ocala. Specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, he oversees the care of patients who are recovering from debilitating illnesses and injuries. Dr. Beyley-Pagan achieved his medical doctorate at the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Austin, Texas.
Director of Therapy Operations
Monica is HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Ocala’s director of therapy operations. Prior to working at HealthSouth Ocala, she served as the rehab director for Oakhurst Health where she received their national award for excellence in customer service and product development. She also led her team to department of the year and was awarded department head of the year. She has more than 17 years of experience being an occupational therapist. Monica is a graduate from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, Florida.
Rob has 30 years of broad financial and accounting experience spanning financial consolidations and reporting, mergers & acquisitions, planning, forecasting, analysis and shared services. Past roles include director titles with experience in manufacturing and IT infrastructure industries. Rob obtained his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in Indiana, and maintains CPA status in both Maryland and Illinois.
Heather Frizell, RN
Director of Quality
Heather is the director of quality for HealthSouth Ocala. Before moving into her current role, she served the hospital as the infection control nurse and hospital educator. She has more than 14 years’ experience working as a nurse in a variety of settings and roles. She completed her registered nurse certification in from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, Canada, and is currently enrolled in a healthcare risk management online course through the University of Central Florida, in which she expects to have the HCRM certification completed in early 2018.
Human Resources Director
Lâle Gerger serves as the human resources director of HealthSouth Ocala. She brings with her 15 years of experience in human resources management. Her past roles include being the vice president of human resources & staff development at Partnership for Strong Families and the vice president of human resources at Lakeview Health. She has also worked as a consultant in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors assisting organizations in growing and developing their workforce. Lâle obtained her bachelor’s degree from University of California, L.A. (UCLA) and has graduate studies from the University of North Florida focusing on conflict transformation. She also holds the GPHR (Global Professional, Human Resources) certification and is certified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® Personality Assessment (MBTI®).
Linda M. McCarthy
Chief Nursing Officer
Linda McCarthy has more than 30 years of experience in health care and hospital management. She earned master’s degree in business administration from Detroit College of Business, a Bachelor of Science in health care administration from Ferris State University and bachelor’s degree in nursing from Chamberlain University. Her past experience includes positions as an operating room staff nurse, director of surgical services and chief nursing. During her nursing career, she has developed a reputation for her commitment to team philosophy and change management. Her enthusiasm does not remain within the walls of the hospital as she a member of multiple professional and community organizations including Altrusa International, Citrus County Chamber of Commerce Business Women’s Alliance, Florida Nurses Association and the Association of Operating Room Nurses.
Business Development Director
Jessica Pent serves as the director of marketing operations for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Ocala. Jessica brings with her 15 years of healthcare experience, 12 of which were dedicated to management. Jessica graduated Keiser University in 2009 with her associate’s degree in science and is a Florida licensed radiography technologist. Jessica has a vast background in sales and marketing with strong focus on building business and building meaningful relationships in the healthcare community. Her team at HealthSouth Ocala completes clinical evaluations, provides marketing support, public relations and inpatient rehabilitation education to a wide geographic area.