Meet Our Rehab Team

Occupational Therapy
Olivia Muse, MS, OTRL

Olivia Muse, MS-OTR/L holds a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She completed an internship at Kidnetics Pediatric Outpatient Therapy Clinic in Greenville, SC and at Haywood Regional Medical Center with our hand department. She has experience with hands, pediatrics, neurological disorders and inpatient care setting.  Her special interests is in pediatrics-sensory integration disorders and neurological patients such as strokes, brain injuries and motor vehicle accident injuries.  She has worked at Haywood Regional Medical Center since 2009 and is working to progress our pediatric and neuro caseloads.  She was part of the Lunch and Learn Balance series at Haywood Regional.  Olivia is passionate in helping people return to their daily activities and hobbies. When she's not in the clinic she enjoys spending time with her husband, her baby girl and being outdoors.

Physical Therapy
Heather Edwards, PT

Heather Edwards is a pelvic Physical Therapist at Haywood Regional Medical Center. She received her BS in Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2001 and her Masters in Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University in 2003. She has completed the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Women’s Health series of Pelvic Floor 1, 2, and 3. She currently attends University of Michigan Sexuality Counseling and Education program. She has worked at Haywood Regional Medical Center since 2003. She hosts a monthly, inclusive, sexual health discussion forum in Asheville. As a pelvic PT, she is passionate about working with people of all genders with sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain, urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, constipation, back pain and hip pain. She is currently leading a research team to assess transgender pelvic health needs and offers a LGBTQIA affirming environment. She’s a self-proclaimed “pelvic nerd” and thoroughly enjoys following the latest research in pelvic and sexual health. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading, creating artwork and dance parties in the kitchen with her 2 little boys. 

Jane Finneran, PT

Jane has over 30 years of experience, with a PT degree from Emory University and a doctorate from North Carolina State University. She has a special interest in the mind-body connection and how stress and depression influence the body’s reaction to pain. Jane has worked in Chronic Pain Clinics in the past and specializes in chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, headaches, and TMJ problems. She utilizes biofeedback, relaxation and pool therapy along with traditional exercises and soft tissue work. When not working as a PT, Jane is a certified dog trainer and works with rescue and shelter dogs as well as helping dogs with their owners. 

Ken Picou, PTA

Ken received his Associates degree from the United States Air Force in 1987. He has been practicing at Haywood Regional Medical Center since 2003. He was worked in multiple settings including Outpatient orthopedics, neurological, Ergonomics, Aquatic Therapy, and Inpatient. He is a Level 1 coach with the North Carolina High School Association. In his free time, he enjoys gardening and playing racquetball. 

Sharon Arnold, PT, OCS, CLT

Sharon graduated with a BA in Biology in 1996 from Drake University in Des Moines, IA; She graduated from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1998.  The majority of Sharon’s career has been in WNC, beginning at Harris Regional Hospital in 2002 and transferring to Haywood Regional in 2011 after the two health systems partnered.  Sharon has a specialty in orthopedics since 2008 and became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies, in 2016.  She lives in Haywood County with her husband and two daughters.  Sharon enjoys spending time with her family, running, and being outdoors.

Mark Rich, PT 

Mark Rich graduated from East Carolina University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.  He is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT), with extensive training in joint and spinal mobilization.  Mark enjoys helping patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, and is passionate about patient education.  When he is not working, Mark enjoys kayaking, reading, hiking and pretty much anything outside, and hanging out with his family.

Speech Therapy
Lauren Kinsland-Tatham, MS, CCC-SLP 

Lauren Kinsland-Tatham, MS, CCC-SLP holds a Master’s of Science in speech-language pathology and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Before working at Haywood Regional, she completed a Child Life Specialty internship at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Lauren completed a Master’s level grant specializing in speech and language services for children with severe and profound disabilities. She has worked in early intervention collaborating with the Children’s Developmental Services Agency. Lauren specializes in pediatric feeding/swallowing.

Speech Therapy
Catherine M. Leister, MEd, CCC-SLP

Catherine M. Leister, MEd,CCC-SLP holds a Master’s of Education in speech-language pathology from UNC- Greensboro and a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. She has 31 years experience in the speech pathology field.  She has worked in home health settings and in the schools. Most recently, she owned a speech-language private practice in Charlotte, NC. for 25 years.  She and her staff provided pediatric speech/language services to children, ages 12 mos. to 18 yrs.   She specialized in working with children who have autism, auditory processing disorders, and delayed language. Since coming to Haywood Regional Medical Center,  in June 2010, Catherine has built up the pediatric outpatient speech caseload at the Fitness Center .  She has also expanded her knowledge with the adult population, and sees adults, inpatient and outpatient,  for swallowing and speech language disorders following stroke , neurological disease, or traumatic brain injury. Her favorite past times are spending time with her husband, gardening, reading, and enjoying log-cabin living. 

Chris Thornton, MS, CCC-SLP

Chris Thornton, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist with 20 years of experience working with adults with speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders.   She has been with Haywood Regional Medical Center for 16 years.  She attended Michigan State University and East Carolina University, and holds the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Certificate of Clinical Competence.  She received specialized training in Vidoestroboscopy, which allows for slow-motion imaging of the vocal cords.  Her areas of expertise include modified barium swallow study interpretation; videostroboscopy; and evaluation and treatment of voice disorders, swallowing disorders, cognitive deficits, and  speech and language problems, including those resulting from a stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, cancer, trauma, or degenerative disease.  She is committed to providing thorough education and guidance for helping others regain optimal swallowing and communication ability. When not at work, Chris enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, photography and reading.

Rebecca Mashburn, OT/L, CHT

Rebecca Mashburn graduated in 1999 from Lenoir-Rhyne University as an Occupational Therapist and has worked at Haywood Regional Medical Center since 2000.  She is a Certified Hand Therapist with special training in the upper extremity.  Rebecca works closely with our orthopedic surgeons by providing individualized therapy programs and custom fabricated orthotics/splints for people with traumatic injuries, orthopedic injuries, repetitive stress injuries and arthritis. Other areas of special interest and training include assisting people who have had strokes and other neurological disorders to regain optimal function in life.   

Nicole Stanton, OTR/L

Nicole Stanton joined the Hand Therapy team at HRMC in 2015. She has over 12 years' experience as an Occupational Therapist, with the last 9 concentrated in hand therapy and administration, overseeing Occupational Therapy services for 3 outpatient clinics, inpatient rehabilitation and 2 long term care facilities. Hand therapy is a specialized treatment that addresses injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Hand therapists are uniquely trained to treat upper extremity conditions through advanced study. Being her passion, she is currently seeking her certification in hand therapy. Her motto is to "live life to its fullest" and truly enjoys helping others do the same through rehabilitation. Outside of work, she likes kayaking, hiking, and family time with her husband and 2 girls.   

Donna Henson, PTA

Donna graduated from Southwestern Community College in 1996 with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapy. She has been employed at Haywood Regional Medical Center since 1997. Donna has experience in a variety of areas including orthopedics, spine therapy, and aqua therapy. She is a Haywood County resident and enjoys helping people in her community return to activities at their maximum potential.  Donna also enjoys being outdoors with her family and reading a good book. 

Mike Mattfeld, PT

Mike graduated from Ithaca College in 1988 with a BS in Physical Therapy. The first 10 years of his career were spent mainly in Hawaii working in an outpatient clinic where his practice emphasized manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and patient education. Since arriving in North Carolina in 1998, Mike's work has gradually shifted from outpatient orthopedics to inpatient acute care where he enjoys the flexible schedule and focus on function. Mike farms and enjoys adventure sports with his free time.  

Amy Sutton, PTA

Amy received her Associates Degree from Southwestern Community College to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. She been at Haywood Regional Medical Center since 2008.  She has a passion for both geriatric and pediatric care. She assists with coverage at all locations, but her primary home is at the Outpatient Care Center currently. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and family as well as participating in activities with her church. She also enjoys gardening and doing crafts at home.  

Brooke Worley, PTA 

Brooke graduated from Southwestern Community College in 2015 with an Associate’s degree to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. She became certified in the LSVT Big Program, a program specialized in improving quality of life for people with Parkinson ’s disease, in December of 2015. Brooke is also passionate about orthopedics, geriatric care, and is cross trained in treating patients with Lymphedema. She is currently working at both of our outpatient locations, the Fitness Center and Outpatient Care Center. Outside of work, Brooke enjoys being outdoors, going to the lake and spending time with her family.

Lauren Page, PT 

Lauren graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Western Carolina University. She has interests in patients with both orthopedic and neurologic conditions and enjoys working with patients of all ages. She is also passionate about fitness/wellness and holds a group fitness certification. When she’s not in the clinic, she enjoys active pursuits such as hiking, running, dancing, and strength training, as well as other activities such as playing the piano, singing, and reading.