Meet Our Leaders

Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico is led by a team of highly experienced healthcare professionals who are passionate about providing the highest level of care available to the hospital’s patients.

We invite you to learn more about us below:

Meet Our Leaders


Sabrina Martin, MPT, Chief Executive Officer
Sabrina possesses more than 15 years in healthcare leadership in acute and in-patient rehabilitation facilities. Today, she is responsible for the leadership and management of the day to day functions of our hospital.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M., Sabrina also completed her master’s degree in physical therapy at the University of Texas in El Paso, Texas. Sabrina has a passion for stroke and brain injury rehabilitation and has served as a member of the National Stroke Association Rehabilitation Steering Committee.

Sabrina is committed to elevating her community in all its facets and serves on the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, New Mexico State University’s College of Health and Social Services Advisory Board, and is the current Board Chair for Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico.

 


Jonathan D. Ellen, MD, Medical Director
Jonathan Ellen, MD completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1990 at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital in Chicago, IL. After his residency, he joined a physiatry practice at the Weldon Center in Springfield, MA, where he practiced for 5 years.

In 1995, Dr. Ellen became the medical director of the St. Francis Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation unit in Memphis, TN where he practiced until 2011. He then joined Health South in Memphis as the stroke program director, and went on to become the medical director there in 2014.

In 2016, Dr. Ellen accepted the associate medical director position at Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico and in 2018 he became the medical director.

Dr. Ellen has a strong passion for stroke and brain injury rehabilitation and he served as the physician advisor to the West Tennessee Brain Injury Association for more than 10 years.

Dr. Ellen and his wife, Melissa Esparza, OTR, enjoy running, biking and hiking activities. From 2003 until 2015, they organized and sponsored Ride for Your Mind bike charity event to help support the Brain Injury Association.

 


Luis A. Roman, Director of Plant Operations
Luis is an El Paso, TX native and has more than 18 years’ experience in hospital plant and operations.  Luis holds an Associate’s Degree from Western Tech in HVAC.  Luis has most recently been an Engineering Supervisor for the last 10 years, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team.  As a Navy reservist, Luis has been formally trained as an equipment operator as well, and will bring with him the comradery and training he received there to the benefit of our entire team and facility.

 


April Barela, MSN, RN, CCM, Director of Patient Outcomes
April provides direction in care coordination and discharge planning for the case management team to ensure our clients receive exceptional, safe, quality, and cost effective care.

A Registered Nurse and Certified Case Manager, she brings more than 9 years of case management and 18 years of nursing experience to her role. April earned her Bachelor in Nursing and Master’s in Nursing Administration from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M.  She is a member of the American Nurses Association and New Mexico Organization of Nurse Leaders.

 


Christina Salazar, Director of Nursing Operations
As a registered nurse, Christina brings passion for rehabilitation nursing to our leadership team.

With a background that includes nursing and education, her teaching and medical skills enable her to promote the best possible outcomes for our patients. She started her career at Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico, where her joy for teaching and nursing came to life.

Christina initially earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M. She later returned to the university and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Christina was born and raised in Las Cruces. She enjoys spending time with her family during her time off.

 


Daniel Co, Director of Pharmacy Services
Daniel comes to the team as a native Georgia resident, with the goal of delivering quality patient care through the provision of clinical knowledge and cost-effective pharmacy management.

After completing a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga, Daniel earned his doctorate for pharmacy at The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. He completed his PGY-1 acute care residency at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga.

An active member of the American Pharmacist Association and the American Society of Hospital Pharmacy, Daniel looks forward to bettering the profession of pharmacy while also contributing to the visions of Ernest Health.

 


Jennifer Risley, Director of Therapy
Jennifer is committed to learning and doing all she can to provide quality, state-of-the art, and patient-centered therapeutic services for everyone who walks through our doors. Jennifer has spent more than eight years as an occupational therapist with experience in long term acute care, in-patient rehab, home health services, and pediatrics. She is Neuro-IFRAH Certified with additional training in aquatic therapy and hippo-therapy.

Her responsibility is to oversee inpatient and outpatient therapy operations.

Jennifer gained her bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M. and then completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. She is a member of American Occupational Therapy Association.

Jennifer loves helping others and now serves as secretary for the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army of Las Cruces.

 

Brandon Masters, Director of Human Resources ​
Brandon has 18 years of experience in human resources management, including employee relations and generalist experience.​ He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration – HR Management from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.  He has earned his PHR Certification from the HR Certification Institute and is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). ​
As HR Director of RHSNM he prides himself in supporting all employees that contribute to the mission of our hospital, and make a positive difference in the lives of the patients and families that we serve. ​

 


Meghan VanNatta, Director of Compliance
Meghan is passionate about providing high quality care to patients and constantly strives to assure the improvement of patient satisfaction and results.

Meghan brings more than 11 years of experience to her role, having served in both compliance and critical care nursing.

A registered nurse, Meghan earned an Associate’s degree in nursing from Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Heart Association.

In her spare time, Meghan is involved with missionary work within her church. She enjoys spending time with her two children and playing recreational softball and volleyball.

 


Andriena Rosati Martinez, Director of Marketing and Business Development
Andriena has more than 10 years of experience in Marketing, Advertising and Sales. With a true passion for high quality healthcare, she strives daily to promote the unique level of care that Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico proudly brings to the community of Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico.

Andriena is originally from South Georgia but has been in Las Cruces for the last ten years. She is a proud Aggie that graduated from NMSU with a bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Within the Las Cruces community, Andriena is involved in different several groups such as the Junior League of Las Cruces, Leadership Las Cruces, and Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and proudly serves on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

She enjoys traveling with family and friends, watching college football and spending time with her daughter, Sophia Rose.