About U.S. Physiatry

At U.S. Physiatry, we help post-acute facilities provide the same or higher level of rehabilitative care traditionally provided in more expensive settings, such as inpatient rehab departments.  We do this by building a network of the nation's leading physiatrists (physicians specializing in rehabilitation medicine) and, together with those physiatrists, using evidence-based medicine, technology and collaborative management to help skilled nursing facilities and other post-acute institutions provide better, more cost-effective rehabilitation for their patients. We believe the physiatrist is integral to the rehabilitation process, and we are gearing our company around them.

We have a lot of resources and experience.  We're owned and led by:

  • A leading group of physiatrists,
  • One of the nation’s largest rehabilitation companies,
  • National leaders in owning and operating skilled nursing facilities,
  • An energized, physician-focused management team with deep experience in creating cost-effective care models that improve outcomes and patient satisfaction. 


What is Physiatry?

Phys•iat•ry (noun): a medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of disabling diseases, disorders, and injuries typically of a musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neuromuscular, or neurological nature by physical means-from Greek "physikos" (physical) and "iatreia" (art of healing).

Physiatry is a medical specialty involving a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive approach to the diagnosis, medical management and rehabilitation of disabilities resulting from injury or disease. Physicians in this field, or physiatrists, are focused on maximizing a patient's functional performance and independence.

Physiatrists utilize research based, non-surgical methods of holistic rehabilitation. Focus is placed on the patient as a whole, and individualized rehabilitation programs are designed to address the physical, emotional and social needs of each unique person.

Physiatrists provide leadership and medical expertise to a multitude of cases. They are experienced in improving the quality of life for patients who have suffered from strokes, neurodegenerative diseases, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, hip fractures, elective joint replacements, amputations, and burns. They are also able to rehabilitate patients with cardiac and pulmonary conditions such as myocardial infarcts, congestive heart failure, COPD and asthma among others. Physiatrists facilitate and coordinate care by working in teams that include physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, orthotists and prosthetists, psychologists, nurses and social workers. They work in many settings including acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, long-term acute care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient centers.

With the advancing age of our "baby boomer" population, physiatry has become a vital component of care. The United States'’ unprecedented elderly population presents a challenge that will require skilled team work and efficiency in delivering quality patient care. U.S. Physiatry is ready. Are you?

Our Leadership

Board of Directors

Mike de Cardenas, M.D.
Gary Anderson
David S. Chernow
Robert A. Ortenzio
Tom Scott
John H. Short, Ph.D.
Jose L. Vargas, M.D.


Management Team

Paul E. Jardina
Jose L. Vargas, M.D.
Charlotte H. Smith, M.D.
Joe Stork
Matthew T. Racer

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