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Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist

Certified ergonomic assessment specialists (CEAS) perform OSHA-compliant ergonomics analysis applicable in the industrial, healthcare and office workplace. The CEAS is able to identify potential hazards that contribute to the development of musculoskeletal disorders and suggest cost-effective, high-impact solutions for prevention of workplace injury. 

Wellness Coach

Our health coaching team in made up of wellness mentors who motivate you to make positive health choices. They are here to help educate and support you so that can you successfully achieve your health goals through lifestyle adjustments.

Verlinda Henshaw, Executive Director of Rehabilitation Services

Henshaw is the Executive Director of Rehabilitation Services for Southern Illinois Healthcare. She received a BS in Occupational Therapy (OT) from University of Illinois, a MS in OT from San Jose State and a clinical Doctorate from University of St. Augustine. She has over 20 years experience with prevention and intervention program development related to Worker's Compensation.

Dena Kirk, Administrative Director Occupational Medicine & Rehabilitation Services

Kirk is the Administrative Director for WorkCare.Ready.Well.  She received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy (OT) from the University of Southern Indiana in 1998 and graduated from McKendree University with her MBA in May 2017.  Dena is a Certified Work Capacity Evaluator (CWCE) and a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS) and has assisted companies in southern Illinois with developing job demand analyses, return to work accommodations and injury prevention programs.  She has nearly 20 years of experience and is committed to the health and wellness of working people in southern Illinois.  


Mark Smith, MD

Occupational Medicine

Kim Lashway, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Rebecca Barger, Practice Manager

Rebecca Barger is the Practice Manager of WorkCare for Southern Illinois Healthcare Medical Group. She received her nursing degree at Southeastern Illinois College. Barger has 30 years experience in management, marketing and building medical practices. For the past 10 years, she has been working with companies to help reduce their Worker's Compensation claims and injuries.

Certified Industrial Rehab Specialist

Certified Industrial Rehab Specialist specializes in providing service in the field of industrial rehabilitation. Certified industrial rehab specialist is able to complete objective testing throughout the injured worker’s rehabilitation program to establish appropriate treatment and return to work goals that are consistent with the physical demands of the job. 

Darrell Coleson, Practice Manager

Coleson is the Practice Manager for WORKready for Southern Illinois Healthcare Medical Group. He is a healthcare professional who has devoted his career to providing the highest level of care to patients and the highest level of accountability to providers in the care of the occupational injuries. His experience spans nearly 15 years in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Coleson is a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and began serving our community in physical therapy, progressing to prevention and management of occupational injuries for local and national companies. 

Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists & Athletic Trainers

Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Athletic Trainers may also treat an injured worker. These professionals use their skill in evaluation and functional restoration for a comprehensive approach to return an injured employee back to the workplace. They are skilled at musculoskeletal assessments which allow them to make an objective determination regarding the employee physically capability of performing the demands of the employee’s job and establishing return to work recommendations at various stages of the injury process.   The therapists/trainers help employees get healthy, return to work and provide individualized education to reduce the risk of re-injury. As a result, they help employers reduce their Workers' Compensation costs as well as ergonomic risks. 

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