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Leadership

Leadership Team

Dr. John F. Baker PT, MA, GCS, NCS, NDT, DScPT​

Chief Executive Officer

Read John’s full bio here.

Dr. Kelli Laffin, PT, NCS

Clinic Director, Brain and Balance Center

Kelli Laffin joined the Baker Rehab Team in 2016. Kelli has Bachelor’s of Science degrees in both Biology and Health Sciences and a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. She is board certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy and she is a certified brain injury specialist. Kelli has taught clinical education courses and collegiate lectures on electrophysiology and functional electrical stimulation.

Brandon Robert

Project Manager

Brandon joined the Baker Rehab Group team in 2016 after working as the growth lead for a Phoenix-based media startup. He graduated from Grove City College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance, and later from Bloc in Software Engineering. In his free time, Brandon enjoys Crossfit, slow-pitch softball, and relaxing on the lake.

Brooke Kelly, LCPC

Director of Operations

Brooke joined the Baker Rehab Group team in 2017. Brooke has a background in behavioral therapy and extensive experience in administrative healthcare regulatory compliance. Brooke obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. She has 20 years’ experience in healthcare working with pediatric, adult and geriatric populations within clinical and administrative capacities in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, home health, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities. In her free time, Brooke enjoys mentoring at-risk youth and families and spending time with her husband and four children.

Grant Steele

Finance Manager

Grant joined the Baker Rehab Group team in 2015 after working in & managing departments in finance and accounting for the last 16 years. Grant graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Finance. In his free time, Grant is completing his Masters degree in business, with a concentration in accounting in addition to coaching soccer and spending time with his wife and four children.

Jake Bal, SLP

Director of Clinical Services

Mr Bal graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in linguistics and psychology before obtaining his Master’s degree in speech pathology from Eastern Michigan University. Mr Bal brings 9 years of rehabilitative experience, working with pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients to Baker Rehab Group. He has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals (University of Michigan), home health, outpatient clinic, and assisted living facilities. Mr Bal is VitalStim and LVST certified, and has a strong interest in the rehabilitation of the neurologically complex patients across the pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations. Mr Bal takes special interest in leveraging technology with his patients, and has served as a therapy advisor to software developers. In his spare time, he enjoys playing in his weekly soccer games, serves as a board member to his community association, volunteers for his local church, tinkering with endless house projects, and most of all enjoys spending time with his family.

Peter Jackson

Homecare Lead

Peter Jackson joined the Baker Rehab Group team in 2015 after working with a sports ministry organization. Mr. Jackson graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work. In his free time, Peter is a drummer in a regional band and enjoys participating in recreational sports leagues.

Clinical Team Leads

Tracey Cannon, MPT

Edenton Retirement Community, Frederick, MD

Tracey Cannon, MPT is a graduate of the University of Maryland at Baltimore, Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science. She received her Masters of Physical Therapy in May 1997. Tracey began her career in Pediatrics and worked for the Frederick County Infants and Toddlers Program. For the past seventeen years Tracey has been happily employed by Baker Rehab Group. Tracey has worked with a variety of patients across the spectrum but has spent many years focused on treating and helping the population with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, often in partnership with Assisted Living facilities in both Frederick and Washington counties. Today she spends her work time balancing joint replacement patients and continuing to treat those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. She loves helping families who feel lost and without answers come to a place of better understanding and control with their loved one. In her personal time she can be found supporting one of her almost grown and flown kid’s passions or attempting to be graceful in her new practice of yoga.

Dr. Monica James, PT

Montgomery County, Maryland

Monica is a native of Baltimore, MD who earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of MD, Baltimore in 2004. She is an experienced clinician who has worked in a variety of clinical settings including acute care, outpatient rehab and home health. Monica’s early career focused on treating critically ill patients in both the adult and neonatal ICU. During that time, she trained other clinicians in best practices in the ICU and taught a continuing education course on treating medically complex patients. Most recently, Monica has worked in the home setting, providing skilled intervention with creativity and compassion to those suffering from acute and chronic conditions. She aims to educate the elderly community on fall prevention strategies to promote aging in place and safety at home.

Outside of work, Monica spends quality time with her husband and 2 children. She enjoys reading, hiking, movies, fitness and travel.

Dr. Rebecca Weddle, PT

Washington County, Maryland

Rebecca Weddle DPT is a board certified Doctor of Physical Therapy. She received her degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 2008. From there, she worked in several different nursing home settings before joining the Baker Rehab Team in 2018. She has worked with a variety of patients, specializing primarily in the geriatric population, as well as patient care following elective joint replacements. She now works in Home Health, primarily in both Washington and Frederick Counties.

Dr. Michelle McGregor, PT

Northern Virginia

Michelle McGregor, PT, DPT, graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia in 2005. She has treated patients with a variety of medical diagnoses, but has spent the majority of her career in orthopedics. Michelle was the former Clinical Director of a busy outpatient physical therapy practice prior to becoming Team Lead for Baker Rehab Group’s Homecare program in Virginia, specializing in joint replacement therapy. Michelle is certified in therapeutic dry needling and the Select Functional Movement Assessment (or SFMA), which she utilizes with her outpatient in the home patients.

Dr. Meghan Mahar, PT

Baltimore County, Maryland & Howard County, Maryland

As a Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Dr Meghan Mahar enjoys treating clients with a variety of orthopedic injuries. She prides herself on focusing on the whole person and encouraging better overall health. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and Biology. She then graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Dr Mahar is a Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist and is licensed to safely provide dry needling treatments to a variety of body parts in order to help combat acute or chronic pain. She finds this treatment can be especially advantageous for stubborn trigger points in the neck and back that have not responded to more conservative strategies. She has been with Baker Rehab Group since 2017 after taking a break from years of managing a busy clinic and enjoys finding ways to bring her skills from the clinic into the home to help promote a faster recovery. She relishes in seeing patients recover from Total Hip and Knee Replacements in a matter of weeks rather than months using early weight bearing strategies. In her spare time, Meghan can be found walking, running, cycling, or even roller skating with her family. She also enjoys home renovation projects and has been a vegetarian for over 20 years. She tries to encourage not only her clients, but her family and friends to choose a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Ashley Dicks, PT

Washington County, Maryland

Dr Ashley Dicks, DPT is a graduate from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in May 2008. She also graduated from Salisbury University where she played soccer and through her own injury discovered her love of orthopedic rehabilitation. Ashley is a Certified Clinical instructor through the APTA. She has previously worked in a variety of settings including Hospitals, Inpatient Rehabilitation Centers and a Skilled Nursing Facility where she was a clinical specialist for the MD/DC/VA area for cardiopulmonary disorders. She is the team lead for Baker Rehab Group at the Cumberland Valley Surgical Center. Her areas of interest include post-operative joint replacement and geriatrics.

Kristy Cleaver, PT

Frederick County, Maryland

An Iowa native, Kristy Cleaver, PT completed all of her formal education in Iowa. She started at The University of Iowa, followed by graduate coursework in Rehabilitation Counseling at Drake University and then completed her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy at St. Ambrose University in 1996. Ms Cleaver has worked in almost all areas of physical therapy during her career, but her primary love is with neuro rehab. She has a special interest with the stroke, traumatic brain injury and Parkinson’s disease populations. With almost 15 years with Baker Rehab Group, she has enjoyed working with the Senior community helping patients and families with transitions from home health and outpatient services in the home, in the Adult Daycare setting and at multiple Assisted Living facilities in the area. Ms Cleaver lives in Frederick with her husband, George and 2 young children. Life doesn’t allow for many individual hobbies anymore, but her evenings and weekends are filled with swim meets and scouting activities. She is happy that the kids are now old enough to take some interest in the family flower and vegetable gardens.

Maggie McKelvey, RN

Carroll County, Maryland

Maggie graduated with her BSN from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She spent the first 12 years of her career in the hospital setting, mainly focused in the critical care unit and emergency department. In 2018, she made the change to home health care. Maggie enjoys working with various groups of patients, but especially orthopedic patients and patients with complex medical needs. Since no two patients are alike, she believes in a person-centered approach to nursing and work with other disciplines involved to find the best course of action for each patient. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two children.

Dr. Jason Roush, PT

West Virginia

Jason Roush, DPT is a board certified Doctor of Physical Therapy. He received his degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2003. He practiced in outpatient settings for 8 years before treating patients in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and home health. Dr. Roush joined the Baker Rehab Group team in 2018 and practices in the home health setting. He treats geriatric and joint replacement patients in West Virginia and Washington County, MD.

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