Laura Johnston, PT
Laura is a 1984 graduate of Oklahoma State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology. She furthered her education by attending the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree in 1986. Following graduation, Laura moved to Western Oklahoma, to work in the areas of manual therapy and pediatrics by working with area schools and home health agencies. In 1999, Laura transitioned to out-patient rehab services at Great Plains Regional Medical Center (GPRMC) in Elk City and eventually assumed the Director of Rehab Services position for GPRMC until joining FirstCare Rehabilitation, Inc. in March of 2016.
As a practicing Physical Therapist for the past 30 years, Laura has developed a love for manual therapy. She continually improves her skills with ongoing continuing education in manual therapy focusing on muscle energy techniques, joint mobilizations and manipulations, kinesio-taping, and treatment of myofascial restrictions that lead to pain and movement dysfunction. Laura has also completed training as an Integrative Dry Needling (IDN) practitioner and offers this service as a complimentary modality in the field of pain management.
Laura is married to Jerry who is a longtime employee of Cudd Energy Services. They have 6 children and 4 grandchildren. Laura is an accomplished pianist and enjoys playing for church activities as well as for school and community theater performances. Additionally, she enjoys boating, wakeboarding, water skiing, snow-skiing, golf, travel and spending time with her parents, children and grandchildren.
Katy Cole, PTA
Katy Cole graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in December 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health Science with a minor in multi-disciplinary studies in Athletic Training and Parks and Recreation Management. She continued her education through the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program and graduated in June of 2012. In July 2012, she became employed and began working at FirstCare Rehabilitation, Inc. Katy married Tyler Cole in September 2012 and they have a son who was born in February of 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys running and participating in 5K charity runs. In April 2016, she participated in the Oklahoma City Memorial run where she completed her first half marathon.
Michaela Morales, PTA
Michaela Morales, PTA graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Management in May 2012. Michaela furthered education at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in the Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) Program and graduated with a PTA degree in June 2013. She became employed and began her PTA career at First Care Rehabilitation, Inc. in June 2013. Her hobbies include helping her husband work cattle, teaching 4th-6th grade girls at Eakly First Baptist Church, helping out local charities, and running. She participates in 5K races and she recently completed her first half-marathon.
Tamara M. Powell, President, Office Manager, Owner
Tamara Powell is one of the founders of FirstCare Rehabilitation, Inc. and has been employed with FirstCare since its inception in 1996. Tamara obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has held the position of Office Manager since the opening of FirstCare, in 1996. Her duties include scheduling patients, checking insurance benefits, billing and accounting.
Tamara has two teenage boys. Tamara enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, boating, hiking, horseback riding and golfing, but what she enjoys most is spending time watching her boys participate in all of their sports and activities. She is also very active in donating her time towards school, church and community functions. Tamara also holds a private pilot license along with an I.F.R. certification.
Brand Hartsell, Vice-President, Business Manager, Owner
Brand Hartsell is one of the founders of FirstCare Rehabilitation, Inc. and has been employed with FirstCare since its inception in 1996. Since graduating from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and minor in Accounting, Brand has over 20 years of experience as a self-employed, entrepreneur in multiple business settings. He began his career in the retail marketplace and ventured into the medical field which included durable medical equipment, home health, orthotics and prosthetics, medical supply and outpatient physical therapy. His experience encompasses development and plan execution, business management, customer service, wholesale and retail marketing, human resources, sales, billing, scheduling, pricing, supply inventory, contract negotiation, consulting and finance.
Brand has one son and one daughter. He enjoys such activities as fishing, golfing, traveling, watching his children's activities and spending time with his family.