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Centre for Neuro Skills Promotes Three Longtime Executives

Centre for Neuro Skills Promotes Three Longtime Executives

National Director of Payor Relations, Director of Business Development (Fort Worth, Texas) and Director of Business Development (Austin, Texas)

Bakersfield, Calif. (February 24, 2022) Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS), a premier provider of treatment for traumatic and acquired brain injury, announced three key promotions to its executive team:  Dane Taylor was named national director of payor relations,  Lisa Soucy has been promoted to director of business development supporting the Fort Worth, Texas, area and Leslie Hamilton has been promoted to director of business development supporting the Austin, Texas, area.

"We are thrilled to promote Dane, Lisa and Leslie, who bring a wealth of expertise to insurers and referral sources," said Mark Ashley, founder and CEO of Centre for Neuro Skills. “These three leaders have worked with the most influential acute care and payor providers in the country. Their understanding of the clinical and business landscape spans four decades and has been a cornerstone of their contribution to CNS. In each case, achieving best outcomes for patients and their return to work is paramount.”

Prior to her promotion, Taylor was regional director of payor relations for Southern California, a position she held since coming to CNS in 2016. Taylor’s goal is to increase awareness about the CNS neuro rehabilitation program in the workers’ compensation industry. Taylor was a senior claims examiner in Southern California for ten years.  Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in multi-cultural/ethnic studies from California State University at Fullerton.  

“I have been fortunate to have developed significant relationships with payor sources over the years,” Taylor said. “It is crucial to understand the complexities of this industry and have the necessary contacts and background to maneuver successfully throughout this environment. I look forward to leading the outreach even further into this market.”

Soucy began her career with CNS July 2017 as a community liaison, where she played an integral part in helping to start and develop the Fort Worth clinical facility. Before joining CNS, Soucy worked as a nurse on the trauma floor of John Peter Smith Hospital, where she focused on patient rehabilitation. She later held nursing positions at Texas Health Resources and Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Worth. Soucy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she later received her Master of Science in nursing. Lisa continued her education at Western Governors University with a master’s in business administration.

“I am honored to have been a part in the development of the CNS program in the Fort Worth community during the last five years,” Soucy said. “Educating families on the next step in their loved one’s recovery is often the highlight of my day. It is incredibly rewarding to sit with families as they begin to have hope again.”

Hamilton had served as the lead liaison for CNS’ new clinic in Bee Cave, near Austin, where a new 17,000-square-foot facility at 14425 Falconhead Boulevard opened in June. It offers services that range from around-the-clock residential programs to outpatient programs.

Hamilton began her career with CNS in September 2017. Before joining CNS, she started her career as a clinical social worker and later as a clinical case manager in acute care settings, including the emergency room, ICU, intermediate care, LTAC and inpatient rehab. Hamilton has experience collaborating with hospitals, insurers, and referral sources to provide expert care for traumatic brain injury and stroke.

Hamilton graduated with a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in business administration from Texas A&M University. She later received her master’s degree in social work from Texas State University.

“It has been wonderful to be a part of the team in Austin and I look forward to expanding CNS services to patients and families in Central Texas,” Hamilton said. “Our services truly do change people’s lives and help patients and families rebuild their lives. To be able to bring that to more people and to serve more Texans and more people from Austin is a really exciting prospect.”

About Centre for Neuro Skills

Centre for Neuro Skills is an experienced and respected world leader in providing intensive rehabilitation and medical programs for those recovering from all types of brain injury. CNS covers a full spectrum of advanced care from residential and assisted living to outpatient/day treatment. Founded by Dr. Mark Ashley in 1980, CNS has seven locations in California and Texas. 

For more information about Center for Neuro Skills, visit neuroskills.comFacebookTwitterLinkedInYouTube.

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