Leadership & Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Susan joined HealthSouth in 1994 and has worked in rehabilitation since 1990. Prior to starting her current position, Susan held regional responsibilities in the area of business development. She is the chair of the Medical Division Committee for the Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Providers (PARF) and a member of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). Susan holds a bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in State College with her husband and two children. Locally, Susan is proud to serve on the board of directors of Centre Volunteers in Medicine.
Richard Allatt, M.D.
Dr. Allatt has served on the HealthSouth Nittany Valley team since 1995. He offers special expertise in back pain treatment, sports medicine and musculoskeletal medicine. Dr. Allatt earned his medical degree from McMaster University Medical School in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He completed his residency in family medicine at McMaster, followed by a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at The University of Ottawa in Canada. He is certified by The Royal College in Canada and The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Medical Society.
Richard Allat, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.
Director of Case Management
Amy joined the HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital in 2003 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from the Pennsylvania State University. While at HealthSouth, Amy gained more than 10 years of care management experience before being promoted to the case management director in 2015. Amy serves as a leader of the interdisciplinary team to ensure services are being delivered and the needs of patients and families’ are being met. She lives in Bellefonte with her husband and two children.
Director of Therapy Operation
Tracy joined HealthSouth Nittany Valley in 2007 as manager of the Pleasant Gap outpatient clinic. In 2010, her role expanded to manager of all outpatient services, including HealthSouth Nittany Valley’s clinic at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital. She was promoted to director of therapy operations in 2015, and oversees both inpatient and outpatient therapy operations. Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Mount Aloysius College and has more than 23 years of clinical experience in numerous settings. Tracy serves on the HealthSouth National Outpatient Task Force and has been an active participant with process reviews and changes. She resides in Huntingdon with her family.
Director of Marketing Operations
Tracy joined HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital in May 2009 as director of marketing operations and is responsible for admissions and business development. She has worked in a variety of roles in the acute care hospital setting including staff nurse and manager of emergency services, in addition to long-term care, assisted living administrator and regional operations director. Tracy has a bachelor's degree in nursing from The Pennsylvania State University School of Nursing and a master's of health sciences from Saint Francis University.
Human Resources Director
Michelle Katz joined HealthSouth in April 2013 as human resources director. She has over 15 years of experience in human resources and employment law in a variety of settings. Michelle holds a B.A. from the University of Alabama and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. She serves as secretary of the Human Resources Association of Centre County and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management as well as the Society of Healthcare Human Resources Professionals in Pennsylvania. Michelle and her husband reside in State College.
Director of Quality and Risk Management
Dave has been with HealthSouth since 1996 and has served as the director of quality and risk management since 1999. He champions patient and family concerns, working with all appropriate staff to ensure the hospital is continuously improving its patient experience. He serves on the employee activities committee and patient experience group at the hospital. Dave received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Penn State University.
Alan joined HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital in November 2012. Prior to coming to Nittany Valley, Alan was the controller for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, since 2001 when he joined HealthSouth. Prior to his rehabilitation experience, Alan worked for a variety of for-profit healthcare providers since 1998. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Houston. He enjoys various outdoor activities and resides in Bellefonte with his wife Keri.
Supervisor Administrative Support
Patty has worked at HealthSouth since 1990 in a variety of positions, making her a valuable voice on the senior management team. Patty oversees the switchboard operations and coordinates the support for the senior leadership team. She lives in Philipsburg with her husband and three children.
Chief Nursing Officer
Michelle joined HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital in August 2015 as chief nursing officer and is responsible for leading the nursing team. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings which includes director of nursing of an inpatient psychiatric hospital, clinical head nurse and office manager of an outpatient clinic, and outpatient director of a regional health system. Michelle holds an associate’s degree in nursing from Mount Aloysius College, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Penn State University, and a School Nurse Certificate from Saint Francis University. She resides locally with her husband and two sons.