Leadership & Staff

Dan Gaskell

Dan Gaskell

Chief Executive Officer

Dan Gaskell was named chief executive officer of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Virginia in Richmond in May 2017.Prior to joining HealthSouth Virginia, Gaskell served as the associate administrator at HealthSouth’s hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and as an interim CEO at HealthSouth’s hospital in North Charleston, South Carolina. Gaskell achieved a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology from Texas Christian University, a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Hawaii and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of South Carolina.

Todd Wichman

Dr. Todd Wichman, PM&R

Medical Director

Dr. Wichman comes to us from Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C. where he served as the chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation and battalion surgeon for the 1-508 Parachute Infantry Division 82nd Airborne, with active service in Afghanistan.

Dr. Wichman earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, with postdoctoral training at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his duties as medical director at HealthSouth Virginia, Dr. Wichman competes in national Crossfit and mud racing competitions, is an active aviator with a commercial pilot’s license, and is cultivating a hop farm in Craig County, Va.

Todd Wichman, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.

Yolanda Artis

Yolanda Artis

Human Resources Director

Yolanda Sharpe joined the HealthSouth team in 2015. She brings more than 15 years of human resource experience from various industries (manufacturing, banking and healthcare). She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in psychology. As an HR professional, her philosophy is to be fair and consistent as she leads people and manages processes.

Maggie Balackhurst

Marjorie (Maggie) Blackhurst

Director of Quality/Risk Management

Maggie Blackhurst has been a member of the HealthSouth family since 2008 as the director of quality and risk management. She began her career in healthcare as an LPN. During her ten year tenure with the Tennessee QIO she obtained her Certification in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). She obtained her degree in health information management and is currently a member of AHIMA, NAHQ, and ASHRM.

Stephen Borrell

Stephen Borrell

Director of Marketing Operations

Steve joined HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Virginia in February 2013 and has been promoted from rehabilitation liaison to director of marketing operations since then. As a respiratory therapist, he brings a unique perspective to the marketing team which he combines with his 20 years of management experience to meet the challenges of admitting patients. He holds a master’s degree in business administration and enjoys being a part of a team that truly makes a difference in the patients who come to HealthSouth. He is married and has one daughter and enjoys woodworking and renovating houses. 

Rob Diesta

Roberto Diesta, CHFM

Director of Plant Operations/Safety Officer/Security Officer

Rob brings 20 years maintenance experience and more than six years of experience in an acute care hospital to Richmond. He began his career at HealthSouth at the Richmond facility in July 2014. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Associate's in Marine Engineering. Rob is a native Baltimore, Md. and retired veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is married to Catherine and has a son, Robert.

Penny Essienberg

Penny Eissenberg, OTL

Director of Therapy Operations

Penny Eissenberg has been with HealthSouth for over 15 years. She started her HealthSouth career as an inpatient occupational therapist and moved into the role of occupational therapy manager which she held until her promotion to director of therapy operations. Penny graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Penny has varied experience in rehabilitation services with a special interest and expertise in driver rehabilitation. Her first love is direct patient care and she strives to lead her department by example. Each therapist she directs is challenged to create meaningful and purposeful relationships with every patient they treat. Our patient’s goals become our goals

Cathy Kelley

Cathy Kelley, BSW

Director of Case Management

Cathy has been with HealthSouth for over a decade and was recently promoted to director of case management. Her department is responsible for managing the patient’s case once admitted, and focuses on the patient and family from initial assessment, throughout their stay, and finalizing discharge planning with the patient and the team. The department offers family conferences, weekly interdisciplinary rounds and individual case management for patients and their families. She has worked in acute care prior to her role as case manager at HealthSouth. Cathy graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.

Jennifer Martin

Jennifer Martin


Jennifer is a graduate from Longwood University with a degree in business administration concentration in finance and a minor in economics. Jennifer started her career with HealthSouth as an administrative assistant with the Charlottesville location in February 2004. Soon thereafter, she was promoted to accountant. In May 2014, she took on the role as controller for the Richmond location. Jennifer is an avid reader and enjoys running and spending time at the beach with her family.