Rehabilitation Care Coordination has been a comprehensive nationwide Case Management and Life Care Planning service provider for more than 30 years.
Doreen CasutoRN, MRA, CRRN, CCM, CLCP
Doreen left Grossmont Hospital in 1989 with a goal to provide continuous care to the patients she had seen with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. She’s been the CEO of Rehab Care for 25 years helping to create an industry out of nothing. Born in Manhattan, she grew up in Amsterdam and lived throughout the United States before coming to San Diego in 1979. Doreen loves Amsterdam for obvious reasons but mostly enjoys anyplace she cruises to. and is a big dessert/chocolate fan.
Diane WardRN, CRRN
Diane Ward was the very first employee hired by RCC at its founding, spending over 25 years with the company as a life care planner. She and Doreen became friends when both worked together at a local hospital. Diane has 32 years of experience in Rehab which gives her an amazing wealth of knowledge for the betterment of our patients and staff. Diane loves dessert above all else, specifically Milk Chocolate (has to be milk!) and Jelly Beans. Diane looks forward to visiting Oahu, Hawaii, where she was born and raised.
A native San Diegan, Haydee Piña spent the first five years after college as an elementary school teacher. She eventually moved onto the medical field taking on a variety of roles before spending the past 12 years with Rehab Care. Haydee is our Case Coordinator and provides support to our case management patients while also working with fiduciaries/special need trusts & in marketing. She loves seafood and homemade Italian and while she’s a voracious traveler, she plans on adding two places she’s never traveled to the list, New York City and Chicago.
Maria joined RCC as a Life Care Planner and is the only nurse on our team with licenses from three different countries. After graduating from nursing school in Biñan City, Maria worked as a Research Nurse in Manila. From there she spent three years as a Staff Nurse in Laguna, The Philippines, then two years as a Registered Nurse in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia before moving with her family to San Diego. She brings over a decade of experience, and expertise in writing and research, to our team. Maria loves carbs but specifically pasta and cakes and looks forward to touring Europe soon.
Tana HansRN, BSN
A San Diego Native, who lived all over the world as a navy brat, Tana joined the Case Management team in mid-2018. She brings over 19 years of nursing experience, primarily with Surgical ICU & Trauma, and spent most of her career at UCSD Hillcrest and Sharp Grossmont. Tana’s favorite place to travel is Italy. She loves Mexican food and The Rolling Stones.
Sabrina PadilloSocial Worker/Case Coordinator
Sabrina joined RCC after working as a Pharmacy technician for seven years and with the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency for a year. She received a Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in gerontology and public health and an Associate’s degree in Social and Behavioral Science from Grossmont College. Sabrina adds passion, knowledge and experience to our benefit administration and case management team with a focus on transitional and elderly clients. She, as one of our two vegans in the office, loves vegan food and loves visiting Italy, or anywhere in Europe.
A graduate of San Diego State University’s School of Social Work, Samantha is the first Social Worker hired by RCC. She joined our Case Management team in late 2018 and assists with coordinating our patient’s care and helping them apply and receive benefits. Her career has been focused on helping those in need including serving as a Family Advocate with the YMCA, an Employment Specialist with The Union of Pan Asian Communities and an Interventionist with ABA Works. Samantha looks forward to traveling through Europe in the future and loves Mariscos.
Norma AvalosOffice Manager
Norma Avalos is Rehab Care’s Office Manager; basically she is responsible for keeping the office running smoothly. She is also the point person for our clients and patients which means her cheerful voice and sunny disposition will be one of the first things you encounter upon calling our company. The Tijuana native has been at RCC for 9 years and prior to that she moved up the ranks at an OBGYN office, becoming their office manager for over ten years. She loves Mexican food and dreams of being on a beach in Costa Rica with a drink in her hands.
Marlene DeFreitasBilling Specialist
Marlene DeFreitas is originally from Trinidad & Tobago in the West Indies & came to the US in 1989. She is RCC’s Administrative Clerk responsible for all billing and collections and has been in that role for 13 years. Prior to that she spent 13 years with another rehab organization where she was also the Billing Specialist. She has two kids as well as six grand kids, loves Caribbean style Curry and longs to visit Fort Lauderdale, FL again.
Loren Casuto, Esq.Director of Operations
Loren Casuto basically grew up around Rehab Care. After spending three years practicing in the Delaware Valley, he returned home to Southern California to join RCC. As Director of Operations he handles most internal affairs such as HR, Collections & legal matters as well as marketing. He loves a good steak but is a foodie at heart and wishes he could be either in French Polynesia or Amsterdam, where he has family.
Kasandra Strangman previously joined RCC in June 2016 as our Legal Secretary. After a brief stint in Austin she returned as our Paralegal.