The Mary Free Bed Advisory Group is led by:
Jeff Garber, Chief Strategy Officer
Jeff joined Mary Free Bed in 2011, tasked with leading the establishment of the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network, an innovative alliance of hospitals and providers. As chief strategy officer, Jeff develops affiliations and partnerships that create a rehabilitation continuum committed to stellar outcomes, greater accessibility and improved health care.
Jeff’s experience in rehabilitation health care is vast. He developed and supervised Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, one of the largest rehabilitation facilities in the world. As CEO, he oversaw the successful activation of a $250 million, private non-profit medical facility, developed strategic business plans and ensured compliance with quality standards, policies and objectives. He was responsible for the supervision of more than 2,500 clinical and non-clinical staff from 28 countries.
Jeff also served in leadership roles at Tampa General Hospital and created the JSG Advisory Group, a comprehensive health care consulting company that helped clients throughout Florida achieve positive patient and financial outcomes, and improved customer satisfaction.
He earned a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida.
Joyal Pavey, Vice President
Joyal became part of the Mary Free Bed family in 2019, as vice president of the Mary Free Bed Advisory Group. With more than 18 years of experience in the world of acute inpatient rehabilitation, Joyal has a wealth of knowledge garnered from 15 years of experience in hospital administration.
Joyal has a successful record of programmatic growth, census development and navigating regulatory and compliance issues. She’s led Joint Commission and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities surveys, including specialty accreditations. She recently became a CARF surveyor. She has diverse experience, including inpatient rehabilitation, home health care, swing beds, skilled nursing, acute care and outpatient rehabilitation. Before Joyal joined Mary Free Bed, she served as market director of inpatient rehabilitation services for the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Sinai-Grace Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. She also was director of rehabilitation at Atlanta Medical Center, executive director for a freestanding rehabilitation hospital in northern Michigan and a manager of rehabilitation operations at Spectrum Health.
She completed a master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of North Alabama and a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy and Gerontology from Western Michigan University.
Sherry Mullins, Regional Director of Care Transitions
Sherry has more than 25 years of experience in health care leadership primarily focused on post-acute rehabilitation services. As a regional director for the Advisory Group, she’ll help develop a well-defined care transition program and assist with expansion of Mary Free Bed’s expertise.
Before joining Mary Free Bed in September 2020, Sherry worked as the director of Rehabilitation for Tenet Health’s home office in Dallas, which involved strategic development and operations support for its 17 inpatient rehabilitation programs across the country. Previously, she was the rehabilitation and orthopedic market lead for Baptist Health System, a Tenet subsidiary, in San Antonio.
She has a record of success with strategic growth, program development, hospital operations, program implementations, team leadership and data analytics to drive market share growth as well as process improvement initiatives.
Sherry earned a master’s degree in Health Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Southwest Texas State University.
J’nise Ramsey, Regional Director of Network Care Transitions
J’nise joined the Mary Free Bed Advisory Group in September 2020, bringing more than 20 years of experience in leadership, delivery of value-based programming and athletic training. As a regional director, she’s focused on developing a well-defined care transition program and assisting with the expansion of Mary Free Bed’s expertise.
Her experience includes the successful launch and development of several Medicare Bundled Payment of Care Improvement programs and development of a well-defined continuing care network in southeast Michigan. Before joining Mary Free Bed, J’nise served as program manager of Value Based Programs for Tenet Healthcare, overseeing the Detroit market. Additionally, she was manager of the Total Joint Continuum for the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in delivery of its Model 2 Bundled Payment for Care Improvement program.
J’nise holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Baker College, a master’s degree in Sports Administration from Eastern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Manchester College.
Robert Krug, Vice President of Medical Affairs
Dr. Robert Krug, M.D., recently joined the Mary Free Bed Advisory Group as vice president of Medical Affairs. He’s responsible for advising clients regarding opportunities to improve physical medicine and rehabilitation care across the acute and post-acute continuum. He interfaces with governmental, philanthropic, commercial and health care executive teams to advocate for program creation, facility enhancement and staff development to improve access to high value rehabilitative care. Dr. Krug also supports business development through medical outreach to targeted entities that may need Advisory Group services.
Dr. Krug has longstanding experience working in a complex integrated health care system, having served as regional vice president for Rehabilitation Services for Trinity Health Of New England, as both president and executive medical eirector of Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Conn., and as the PM&R medical director and executive lead for the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Care and Neuroscience Research Center. In addition, Dr. Krug served as the inaugural leader of Quinnipiac University’s Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine as the endowed William and Barbara Weldon Chair.
His prior clinical practice spanned both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings across the continuum. His area of interest and expertise is neurorehabilitation, particularly stroke and multiple sclerosis, with a focus on spasticity management.
A nationally recognized leader in the industry, Dr. Krug advocates for access to critically important rehabilitation care. A fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a longstanding board member of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA), he most recently served as board chair in 2020 and remains on the board’s executive committee as past chair.
A graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Stony Brook University School of Medicine, he completed an internal medicine internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and his PM&R residency at Harvard School of Medicine/Mass General Hospital/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, where he served as chief resident.