RAC-CT® Certified

The Minimum Data Set (MDS) is the driving force in care planning, quality measures, survey process, and reimbursement in skilled nursing facilities. Having a solid understanding of the entire MDS item set is key to capturing the unique needs of each individual ensuring appropriate reimbursement. 


Meet Our Experts

(RAC-CT®) certification is the distinguishing characteristic of an expert in resident assessment. AANAC’s RAC-CT program has long set the national standard for skilled nursing facility PPS and MDS education. More and more employers are requesting RAC-CT certified applicants in their job postings as it has become the mark of a professional who is committed to their career and residents.

Melissa Ward

VP of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs

Melissa has over 20 years of healthcare experience with most of her career devoted to improving care in the senior living community. She brings expertise in program development, maximizing functional outcomes, and ensuring appropriate reimbursement in adherence with state and federal regulatory guidelines. During her tenure with Functional Pathways, she has been instrumental in the development of best practices for effective and efficient care delivery within multiple alternative payment initiatives.

Chris Geier

Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

Chris brings more than 25 years of healthcare experience with her knowledge of accounts receivable including: billing, contracting, credentialing, and revenue management in her role as Director of Revenue Cycle at Functional Pathways. Before her promotion to Director in 2016, she served as the Assistant Billing Manager when hired in 2013 prior to becoming Billing Manager later that year.

Karen Welsh

Director of Clinical Outcomes

Karen has over 30 years of SNF and post-acute care experience with an extensive background in 5-Star and Quality Measure improvement programming and outcome management. Her areas of expertise include: PDPM, clinical program development, compliance, documentation audit and improvement processes, clinical reimbursement, and EMR development and implementation.

Gina Elkins

Director of Compliance & Regulatory Strategy

Gina has worked in post-acute care for over 25 years. She currently serves as the Director of Compliance and Regulatory Strategy. Her areas of expertise include: ensuring compliance with regulatory changes, understanding clinical reimbursement, and following state and federal guidelines. She is actively pursuing her certification in health care compliance (CHC).

Verona Bair

Clinical Reimbursement Specialist

Verona is a Registered Nurse with over 40 years of experience serving multiple roles in the long-term care industry. As a DON and MDS Coordinator, she focused on education related to policy and procedure as well as reimbursement. She has assisted communities struggling with compliance and large census buildings nationwide.

Beth Reigart

Clinical Outcomes Specialist

Beth has worked in healthcare for 40 years. As a registered occupational therapist, Beth has certifications in rehabilitative Tai Chi, relaxation based pain relief and use of the Brief Cognitive Assessment Tool (BCAT). Her RAC-CT certification is an impressive addition to her expertise and illustrates her commitment to professional development. Beth is a key contributor to PDPM implementation and clinical initiatives.

Jennifer Callahan

Clinical Outcomes Specialist

Jennifer has extensive clinical and operational experience in the post-acute care continuum and has held various leadership positions both operationally and clinically. Jennifer’s experience includes identifying areas of operational opportunity, improving clinical outcomes and efficiencies through program development and training, and increasing accuracies of coding and documentation for optimization of patient-centered care.

Sarah Sears

Documentation Compliance Coordinator

Sarah has worked in health care for almost 20 years. In addition to being a COTA, Sarah is also a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and has her master’s in business administration. Her RAC-CT certification is an impressive addition to her expertise and illustrates her commitment to professional development.

Anita Wagner

Area Director of Operations

Prior to becoming an Area Director of Operations, Anita worked as a Manager in skilled nursing facilities and ST rehab settings for the past 25 years for both operational and clinical oversight. She has held project lead positions in various focus groups for employee relations and clinical development. She is current overseeing multiple contracts within SNF/IL/AL communities.

Beth Dunn

Area Director of Operations

Beth has been a practicing PTA for almost 40 years and has spent the last 15 years as an Area Director. Prior to working at Functional Pathways, Beth worked with an acute care hospital designing bundle payment programs for orthopedic conditions.

Carrie Boward

Area Director of Operations

Carrie is a licensed OT that has been practicing for over 25 years working in a variety of settings including acute care, pediatrics, home health, and long-term care. She started working for Functional Pathways as a Director of Rehab at a large CCRC before being promoted to Area Director of Operations. Carrie specializes in assisting communities with improving their outcomes through the development of long- term care programming as well as leading her region in being innovative and effective with their approaches to patient care.

Shelly Taylor

Area Director of Operations

Shelly is an OT that has worked as a Manager with the geriatric population in a number of settings with a primary focus in SNF’s. Currently, Shelly serves as an Area Director of Operations in and around the Cincinnati area.

Wanda Terrell

Documentation Compliance Coordinator

Wanda is a PTA with over 30 years of experience.  She started her career working in an outpatient chronic pain clinic providing manual therapy services. In 2010 she became an Area Director of Operations for Functional Pathways and continued in that position until 2012, when she transitioned into her current role as Denial Recovery Coordinator.

Terri Watts

Area Director of Operations

Terri is a PTA that has worked in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. She has help positions ranging from Director of Rehab to Regional Vice President. Currently, Terri holds the position of Area Director of Operations serving the Southwest region.

Sherri Hunter

Area Director of Operations

Sherri is a PT with over 25 years of post-acute multi-site, multi-state leadership experience in healthcare roles ranging from Senior Vice President of Rehab Operations, Vice President of Home Health and Hospice Operations, and Regional Director of Utilization and Reimbursement. Currently, she serves as Area Director of Operations in the Southeast Region.

Marie Robb

Quality Compliance Specialist

Marie is a PT with over 20 years of experience in skilled nursing and home health settings. She started with Functional Pathways as a therapist before transitioning into her current role as Quality Compliance Specialist where she audits and trains therapists to improve their documentation.

Colleen Oakley


Colleen is an Occupational Therapist with more than 26 years of experience in long-term care Operations and Administration. With expertise in system analysis, revenue optimization, and people development, she earned her Nursing Home Administrator license in 2010. An educator at heart, she loves helping people optimize reimbursement through resident focused care that delivers the very best outcomes and quality of life for our seniors.


Vikas Prasad

Area Director of Operations

Vikas is a Licensed PT and has worked for over 12 years in Healthcare Industry as Lead PT, Director of Rehab and currently serving as an Area Director of Operations for MD, DC and VA. With Masters in Cardiac Rehab he comes experienced in Team leadership, managing and directing numerous therapy teams in variety of settings to maximize clinical outcome with highest level of quality care delivered.