Rehab and Beyond is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, founded in Atlanta, GA dedicated to providing free rehabilitative continuum of care to stroke and brain injury survivors.
Using an integrated wellness approach, Rehab and Beyond combines physical and cognitive rehabilitation therapies, medical exercise, motivation and physician backed health coaching to improve the quality of life for stroke and brain injury survivors. Our program bridges the recovery gap and transitions participants from patient to self-dependence.
Board of Directors
Stan Maddox, CHC, PRT
Coach Stan Maddox is a native of Atlanta, Ga. A “Grady Baby”, that is also a married father of two children. He is a Physical rehabilitation/Medical exercise coach and founder of the program Rehab and Beyond, which combines physical rehabilitation, medical exercise and physician backed health coaching. Specializing in stroke survivors, tbi survivors, cancer survivors, and many more. Coach Stan is a public speaker, and also the author of the book entitled, “Make me healthy, make me happy”. His favorite hobbies are mixed martial arts training, weightlifting, and running. He has been a health and wellness expert for over 15 years.
“Through education and experience, my skill sets were formed. My mission is to better each and every life that I come in contact with…” -Coach Stan, CoachStanMaddox.com
Jeff Sanders was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Manalapan, NJ. He is a married father of 6 children and one grandchild. He has been a resident of Georgia, since 1984. Since his arrival to present, he has established a series of businesses and created multiple jobs in the state of Georgia. Companies include Meineke, Nationwide muffler and Brakes, Maaco and The Dojo Martial Arts. He is also a home builder and home renovator. Jeff is a heart attack survivor and passionate about the health and well-being of others. His hobbies are traveling, cooking, dancing, martial arts, and exercising.
Sonya Maddox is a native of Georgia. She is a married mother of two children. A handsome son and a beautiful daughter. As a Devry University graduate, she has displayed her talents for major companies such as Emory Healthcare, Aetna, Home Depot, UPS, and AT&T. One of her most common disciplines is to stay updated on the latest technology trends. She has a passion for branding and design. Her hobbies are reading, writing, and designing.
Sonya’s favorite quote is “Love what you do, and it will show…”
William Sears, MD
Dr. Bill Sears has been practicing medicine for over 40 years. He received his medical degree from St. Louis University and medical training at Harvard University, the University of Toronto and the National Institute of Health. Dr. Sears has been a clinical professor at the University of South Carolina, University of Southern California School of Medicine and University of Irvine School of Medicine.
Dr. Sears is the author of 45 books including nutrition and wellness titles, including The T5 Wellness Plan, Prime-Time Health, The Family Nutrition Book, The Omega-3 Effect, The Inflammation Solution, The Healthy Pregnancy Book, The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood, L.E.A.N. Kids, among others. He has spoken at numerous scientific conferences all over the world and has successfully motivated others to make positive health behavior changes through practical applications of simple and science-based strategies. Dr. Sears has been featured on 20/20, Dateline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, PBS, CNN, Dr. Phil, The Doctors, and Oprah.
Eric Garrard, FACHE, PT
Eric Garrard, FACHE, PT is the Chief Executive Officer of Emory Rehabilitation Hospital & Outpatient Centers. His responsibilities include both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs in the metro-Atlanta area that operate as a joint venture between Emory Healthcare and Select Medical. Mr. Garrard is a licensed physical therapist in Georgia & Tennessee and holds a Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of South Alabama. He also earned a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has held leadership positions in acute and post-acute health care networks in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. Mr. Garrard has served as Chair of Georgia Hospital Association’s Rehab Council and recently began a three year term on American Hospital Association’s Long Term Care & Rehabilitation Council. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Eric and his wife, Deana, have 3 children and enjoy most outdoor activities including running, fishing, hiking, and kayaking.
Emory Rehabilitation Hospital is a freestanding, 56-bed hospital offering rehabilitation services to inpatients and outpatients at its main campus located at 1441 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322. ERH’s case mix index is among the highest in the country. Of ERH’s over 1,000 annual admissions, 35-40% of ERH’s inpatient population is recovering from an acute stroke and another third of its caseload is rehabilitating neurologic issues like brain or spinal cord injury, with complex medical and orthopedic/trauma comprising the remaining cases. Emory Rehabilitation Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission as well as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) with specialty certifications in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Injury Rehabilitation.
Emory Rehabilitation Outpatient Centers are located in 25 individual clinics spread over 12 Georgia counties and provide care in over 130,000 visits annually. These centers extend the rehabilitation continuum to communities where patients live, greatly improving access to rehabilitation services. These clinics treat a myriad of conditions for outpatients including orthopedic injuries and conditions, neurologic disorders, occupational injury, sports medicine, and hand therapy.
Sherrill Rucker-Peoples is a native of North Carolina and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in 2000. She has been a practicing and certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist since 1993. Currently, Sherrill is employed at Emory Rehabilitation Hospital and has worked as a Recreation Therapist on the Neurological Team specializing in Brian Injury and Stroke Rehabilitation Therapy for the past thirteen years. Sherrill received his Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation at Winston-Salem State University and a Masters in Special Education at
Jerome D. Lubbe DC, DACNB
I had my first debilitating migraine when I was 17. Since then, I’ve averaged about 100 migraines per year. My life has been a journey of victory and defeat, despair and hope, faith and doubt. As a complex neurological patient, I lived in a medical purgatory. I saw the best of traditional practitioners to no avail. I explored innovative, alternative healthcare models that also fell short. Ultimately, I became a doctor because I couldn’t find a good one. Every day I wake up, I am both the patient and the doctor, the believer and the doubter. Being a functional neurologist has shown me that the healing we once thought was impossible is actually possible. Neuroplasticity tells us that we are capable of change. If we understand the function of the brain, we can improve our way of life. My wife once told me that I had to anchor my life to a deeper truth. The deeper truth I anchor to is that my pain cultivates my faith, and my faith creates the possibility of a healthier future. As a clinician, I desire nothing more than to ease the pain of those I encounter, educate the families I serve, and connect the dots between unanswered questions and solutions. In my years of practice, after seeing patients improve speech, mobility, and brain function once thought impossible, I know that we have good reason for hope.
Rachel is co-founder of the nonprofit Trellis Horticultural Therapy Alliance that brings therapeutic gardening programs to people facing challenges related to physical, mental, cognitive and emotional health. She is very passionate about serving as a connector of people to plants and nature and believes that this connection is vital to our health and well being. Professionally, Rachel was employed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for 12 years in water quality compliance and environmental education. As a gifted science writer, she began a career in grant writing and grant administration at Georgia Tech in 2011. In 2015, she a certificate in horticultural therapy. Rachel is an Atlanta native, and graduated from Georgia Tech and subsequently earned a M.S. degree from the University of Georgia's School of Forest & Natural Resources. She lives in Decatur with her husband Chuck and two teenage daughters.
My name is Michelle Graves, I have been a CTRS since 1998 and graduated form Georgia Southern University in Stateboro, Georgia. I have been working as a CTRS for the past 20 years at Emory in their Rehabilitation Hospital, Adult Mental Health, Budd Terrace, Wesley Woods Geriatric Psych facility and the Wesley Wood Towers. I have been part of the Gwinnett Health System for the past 5 years in the In- patient Rehabilitation Center. Over the years I have worked with a variety of patient diagnoses which have included Brain Injury, Stroke, Amputee, Auto Immune Disorders, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson's and many other Orthopedic impairments. I am certified in Aquatics Therapy and had a Personal Training Certification as well.
I have 3 children ages 11,15 and 18. My oldest daughter is currently in the Air Force and my other two children are in middle school and high school. I enjoy biking, hiking, kayaking, running, spending time with my family and my 2 dogs Riley and Landon. I have lived in the Cumming area for 11 years and am originally from Miami, Florida.
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In 2009 Ashley graduated from Florida A&M University with a degree in Public Relations. Soon after, she completed the NABOB Media Sales Institute where she immersed herself in the sales strategy of all major media platforms. Using this knowledge, Ashley has been at the forefront of convergence helping traditional media brands like AT&T, CBS Atlanta, and Emmis NY to increase their digital footprint and become key players in the digital marketing space.
As Emmis New York’s Digital Sales Strategist, Ashley uses her passions for music, creativity and community to develop media sales opportunities for iconic radio brands WQHT Hot 97, WBLS 107.5 and WLIB 1190. Within the healthcare sector, Ashley has developed campaigns for Grady Hospital, the New York Health Department, and the American Heart Association.
In 2017, Ashley Smith’s mother experienced a hemorrhagic stroke, and this life-changing experience ignited her fire to bring stroke awareness to the masses. Along her journey as a stroke caretaker, Ashley met Rehab & Beyond Founder Coach Stan Maddox and the rest is history. Her mother’s miraculous recovery continued under his care; strengthening Ashley’s advocacy for the organization and its mission.
By combing her experiences, Ashley hopes to educate communities on stroke prevention and increase conversations within underserved communities.
Hear what a few of our clients have to say about their experience.
We cannot thank you enough for the encouragement you provided to her while rehabilitating her mind and body, and for giving her the encouragement to believe that her body can be strengthened with routine exercise programs. The constant affirmations you gave her throughout the program reignited her confidence and willingness to fight through her situation that once hindered her. The encouragement from the support groups help her, and mainly her family, understand that people do bounce back to productive lives after experiencing major bodily injuries. The stories certainly provided us a real sense of hope that our loved one will be amongst those people who God allows to survive a tramatic experience.
My Aunt Sue has started preparing small meals for herself. She dresses and bathes herself. She is now willing to go out more. She's in the beginning stages of relearning how to create and send text messages. She's been a positive force to reckon with these days. We're very proud of her resurrected independence. Again, we thank you, for helping her regain her confidence and believe in herself to fight through this journey. We're very grateful for the gift that God has bestowed upon you. May God continue to give you uncommon favor in your personal and professional life. Thank you so much, Coach Stan. Peace and blessings to you and your family.
The Family of Dr. Susan Jones