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Getting to Know Carol Cadena, Senior Occupational Therapist, Debbie Brown, Physical Therapy Assistant and Karla Roupe, Speech Therapist

At Texas Health Huguley, our associates make the difference. That's why we look for skilled, professional personnel to help us fulfill our goal of providing extraordinary service. At the heart of Texas Health Huguley's success is its dedication to providing the finest healthcare while living out our mission of serving people like those we love the most.

We’d like to introduce you to Carol Cadena, Senior Occupational Therapist, Debbie Brown, Physical Therapy Assistant and Karla Roupe, Speech Therapist.

Carol Cadena, Senior Occupational Therapist

Tell us about a day in the life when you’re at work.

I try to get here early enough so I can have our current patient lists ready for the other occupational therapists when they arrive. Once I have reviewed my patient list, I can plan my schedule with other therapists and begin meeting my new patients and encouraging them to get moving.  This gives me the opportunity to challenge my patients into being in charge of their health, following the CREATION Health principles. 

What do you love most about your job?

I love to meet new people every day! And of course, like all who work in healthcare, I love treating my patients and helping them to get better, giving them confidence in being more independent and safer so they can return home as soon as possible. 

Tell us about the ones you love the most.

I am blessed to be married to the love of my life for 30 years. Juan and I were able to celebrate our 30th anniversary in Malaga, Spain in February. My other loves are my three beautiful daughters, who have grown up here in Burleson and have enjoyed the fun family days we used to share here on the campus and each one loved coming to work with me when they were junior volunteers during their young teenage years.  I am a happy person because of my family and our love for God.

Debbie Brown, Physical Therapy Assistant

Tell us about a day in the life when you’re at work.

My day starts with me praying for all my patients and co-workers. I have learned that I will never look at any other person who is not loved by God. So, I ask for Him to help me serve those He entrusts to me. When I get to my office, I review all the charts of the patients that I will be able to see that day. Then, I get to go see "my people", the patients assigned to me for that day.

What do you love most about your job?

As my parents aged, they chose Texas Health Huguley to be their hospital. My dad entered Heaven while here as a patient and my mom transitioned from here to hospice. So, I had hands on experience with this organization as I watched them care for my family. It felt like home, like family. Every day, I get to watch God heal people. I get to see them get their lives back, to gain strength, to perform activities they did not believe they could perform. It's miraculous. I still love my job and coming to work even after 22.5 years here at Texas Health Huguley.

Tell us about the ones you love the most.

Anyone who knows me, knows about my family. Each of them is doing their part to make this world a better place.

My eldest daughter, Rachel, is a teacher who has won a rare grant to help her students. She is a busy mom of two who has a drive and zest for life unmatched by others. She is an excellent friend to those in her world, highly successful and I am so proud of her accomplishments. My next daughter is one of my life long very best friends. She also is an educator that uses her theater background to bring teaching to life as she prepares the next generation for the world. She is my traveling companion, sunshine and happiness 24/7. My son teaches, among other subjects, robotics on the Big Island of Hawaii. He is a world traveler, talented, smart, funny. Each time I see him, I feel myself light up. He helps students get into the college of their choice. He has brought a wonderful young lady into our family, his girlfriend, Viviana. He challenges me to be the very best I can be no matter what I do.

Karla Roupe, Speech Therapist

Tell us about a day in the life when you’re at work.

My day is flexible.  I review the outpatient schedule on Sunday for the week which includes outpatients and modified barium swallow studies.  I also review the schedule for any meetings that I need to attend.  Then I look at the board to determine the order of the evaluations to be completed.  Stroke patients are evaluated first.  Then I prioritize the other evaluations based on the history and physicals that I review. 

Every patient at Texas Health Huguley has a different complex medical profile.  I read all of the other specialist’s evaluations to compile a complete picture of the patient prior to completing the evaluation. 

What do you love most about your job?

What I like most about my job is the option to specialize in many different areas with various age groups and the support from my team members. Areas of impairment that speech language pathologists assess include: articulation, language, cognition, swallowing, fluency and voice. I am trained to treat pediatric through geriatric patients.  I am currently receiving education for the neonatal intensive care unit. I have worked at Texas Health Huguley for over 20 years.  The speech team is very supportive and open to suggestions from each other. Support also comes from other rehab members, RNs, dieticians, case management and physicians. 

Tell us about the ones you love the most.

The patients who are dear to my heart are the patients who are near the end of life.  Many have difficulty swallowing and may need long term non-oral nutrition.  Some of them decide on palliative care rather than a feeding tube. I assess and educate them on the considerations based on the bedside swallow evaluation.  Then the physician talks to the patient and family to consider choices.