Leadership & Staff

Alfred Santos CEO

Alfred Santos

Chief Executive Officer

Alfred Santos joins HealthSouth Regional Hospital of Northern Virginia as the new chief executive officer on August 15, 2016. Al previously served as the administrator of Lincoln County Medical Center. He is a retired U.S. Army Medical Service Corps officer and has more than 30 years of management and broad leadership experience in the healthcare industry as a chief operating officer, regional director of operations and senior director of integrated health services operations. His experience includes managing and leading facilities in Seoul, South Korea, Arizona, Alabama, Ohio, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Texas, Washington D.C., and Florida including hospitals, clinics, service centers and health insurance plans. He is Six Sigma black belt trained in quality and process improvement and received a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree in healthcare administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Shaik Samdani

Shaik Samdani, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Samdani was appointed as medical director at HealthSouth Northern Virginia in 2011 and opened a private practice at the same location. His philosophy of service to the patient along with the support of a great rehabilitation team creates excellence in both patient care and outcomes. In 2005, Dr. Samdani started working as medical director of the inpatient rehabilitation facility at Henrico Doctors Hospital, Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Samdani is a board certified physiatrist. He graduated from Kurnool Medical College, India, in 1988 in the top ten of his class. Dr. Samdani has completed a general surgery residence and received a master's degree in surgery. He moved to the United States in 1998 and worked as a house staff (PGY-1) in Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He enrolled in the physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program at the SUNY at Stony Brook University in New York. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical Society of State of New York and Richmond Academy of Medicine.

Shaik Samdani, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.

Curtis Huffman

Curtis Huffman, COTA

Business Development Director

Curtis is the director of marketing operations and has oversight of all marketing and communication functions for the hospital. He brings experience in rehabilitation healthcare and proven success in brand positioning and community marketing. Prior to joining HealthSouth, Curtis was the assistant department head with Rehabilitation Management. Curtis’s previous hospital experience includes, Genesis, Camden Clark Memorial and Charleston Area Medical Center Health System. Curtis is a graduate of Mountain State University with an Associate of Science and is a certified occupational therapist. 

Vidhya Kannan

Vidhya Kannan, PT, DPT, C/NDT

Director of Therapy Operations

Vidhya joined HealthSouth in June 2010 when the hospital opened and served in various positions. After serving as a manager, she was promoted as director of therapy operations.  Vidhya’s clinical background includes a doctorate degree in physical therapy from Shenandoah University and more than 12 years of experience as a physical therapist. She is certified in neuro-developmental techniques, utilized in treating brain related impairments. She takes pride in leading a team of exceptional therapists who strive for excellence while focusing on restoring function and promoting safety through evidence-based practice. Vidhya is an avid gardener and a mother of two boys. 

Nora Loesche

Nora Loesche

Area Controller

Nora joined the HealthSouth team as controller in July 2016, after working 10+ years in various accounting capacities in healthcare, banking and energy. She is a CPA, and has her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Science in Financial Management and Information Systems. She grew up in Colorado, then lived briefly in California and settled in Virginia with her military spouse in 2004. 

Veronica Murphy

Veronica Murphy

Director of Human Relations

Veronica is a human resources professional with more than 10 years of experience working in the scientific research, technology and consulting industries. She earned a master’s degree in management from American Public University, a master’s certificate in human resources management from Villanova University and is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, she has obtained SHRM-SCP and SPHR certifications.

Heather E. Norman

Heather E. Norman, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNL

Chief Nursing Officer

Heather is a registered nurse with more than 15 years of healthcare leadership experience. She earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Virginia, and board certifications as a nurse executive and clinical nurse leader. Heather served on active duty in the U.S. Army for seven years as a combat medic and has a broad range of clinical experiences in acute care trauma, orthopedics, labor and delivery. Heather previously served director-level positions in long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and dialysis. Most recently, she served as the chief clinical officer for the largest multi-specialty, integrative medicine practice in Northern Virginia. Her favorite aspects of nursing are being able to advocate for her patients and making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Aman Rajpal

Amandeep Rajpal

Director of Case Management

Aman began her HealthSouth career as a senior case manager in 2015 and transitioned into the role of director of case management in 2016. She has experience in marketing and strategic planning in the healthcare sector. She earned a bachelor’s degree in honors school in English and a MBA degree from India. She has a second master’s degree in health systems management (executive management) from George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.

Erin Sherwood

Erin Sherwood

Director of Pharmacy

Erin joined HealthSouth in July 2010 as a part-time pharmacist and was promoted to director of pharmacy in October of the same year. Prior to working at HealthSouth, she worked at Giant Pharmacy for more than 20 years serving as a staff pharmacist and manager of three pharmacies. Erin completed a pre-pharmacy program at Mary Washington College, now named the University of Mary Washington, and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy. Erin is a member of VPha and also is a preceptor for Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy.

Jim Stover

Jim Stover

Director of Plant Operations

Jim joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Virginia after 33 years as the director of integrated support services and environment of care at an acute care hospital in the southwest. He is certified by the International Board for Certification of Healthcare Safety Managers as a certified healthcare safety professional and also has a fire safety manager endorsement. He has devoted his life to caring for patients, while being a nationally registered paramedic for 34 years. Jim takes his responsibility for the safety of the staff, patients and visitors very seriously, while ensuring the facility is not only operating to provide a safe and comfortable environment. In his role, he also ensures the life safety components of the facility are operational and compliant. He is a customer service advocate and prides himself on having his staff provide exceptional customer service.

Joseph Williams

Joseph Williams, BSN, RN

Director of Quality Improvement/Risk Management

Joe joined HealthSouth Northern Virginia in 2013 as part of nursing administration. In 2015, he transitioned to his current role of director of quality and risk management, in which he is responsible for maintaining the hospital’s accreditation readiness, facilitation of performance improvement and addressing organizational complaints and grievances. Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in health administration and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in business administration.