Leadership & Staff

Sheila Kramer

Sheila Kramer

Chief Executive Officer

Sheila serves as chief executive officer for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Cypress. She joined HealthSouth in March 2010, as the interim chief executive officer at HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital. Sheila has a bachelor’s degree in general education as well as respiratory therapy. An accomplished healthcare professional with 21 years experience in the industry, she has a strong background encompassing all aspects of business development and operations in the post acute care environment.

Dr Ignazio LaChina

Ignazio LaChina, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Lachina has served as the medical director of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Cypress since October 2011. He completed his medical studies at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at New York Medical College.

Prior to joining HealthSouth, Dr. Lachina served as the medical director for the rehabilitation department at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital for 22 years. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a member of the Harris County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association and American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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

Howard Busa

Howard Busa

Director of Plant Operations

Howard is responsible for the plant operations management of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Cypress including all aspects of EOC compliance planning, facility equipment purchasing/maintenance/certification, building repairs and maintenance and environmental services. He is also responsible for scheduled drills, implemented emergency management plan and coordinated federal grant allocations for emergency preparedness (HRSA) and is the designated safety/security officer charged with regulatory compliance with TJC, TDH, OSHA and FEMA.

Claudia Hauser

Claudia M. Hauser

Director of Marketing Operations

Claudia has more than 16 years of experience in healthcare, consisting of both clinical and operational roles, with thirteen of those years in senior management and executive levels. She earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Prior to rejoining HealthSouth, Claudia served as chief executive officer for the Triumph HealthCare System at their central Houston location. She is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Association for Female Executives.

Ashley Haywood

Ashley Haywood

Director of Quality and Risk Management

Ashley joined HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Cypress in June 2012. Her prior work experience includes data analysis in a risk management department for a non-profit medical organization. She then moved to the hospital setting in order to gain experience in quality management, which includes patient satisfaction, process improvement, and compliance. Ashley received her bachelor’s degree in communication from St. Edward’s University in 2006 and her MBA from University of Houston – Victoria in 2012.

Elizabeth LaLonde

Elizabeth LaLonde, LBSW, MS

Director of Case Management

Elizabeth brings more than 15 years of hands-on experience in the healthcare field to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Cypress. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and social work, as well as a master’s degree in gerontology from Baylor University. Elizabeth began her career in long term care, has enjoyed opportunities with a retirement community and physician-owned hospital, and has served as the director of a dementia-specific day program in Houston.

Byron Moore

Byron Moore, PHR

Director of Human Resources

Byron serves as the director of human resources for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Cypress. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He joined the HealthSouth Cypress team in 2016 after spending the previous 12 years in the acute care hospital environment. Byron is responsible to plan, organize and direct all aspects of human resources management for the hospital. 

Elena Pugh

Elena Pugh, PT

Director of Therapy Operations

Elena has more than 16 years experience in healthcare, consisting of both clinical and supervisory roles. She earned her master’s degree in physical therapy at Touro College School of Health Sciences in New York. Elena began her career working at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Austin. Prior to rejoining HealthSouth in 2011, Elena focused on her clinical skills working in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient, skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient wound care services and assisted living. Elena served as the physical therapy team leader prior to becoming the director of therapy operations in September of 2013.

Douglas Unangst

Douglas Unangst

Director of Food Services

Doug is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America (C.I.A.) in Hyde Park, New York. Since graduating from the C.I.A., he has developed a successful career of more than 20 years in the food service industry. Specializing in healthcare, Doug recognizes how important it is in the rehabilitation process to serve quality and wholesome food.