Meet Our Leaders

Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital is led by a team of highly experienced healthcare professionals who are passionate about providing the highest level of care available to the hospital’s patients.

We invite you to learn more about us below:

Meet Our Leaders

Mike Phillips, Chief Executive Officer
Mike has a great passion to help other people achieve their ambitions. That goes for patients, their families and his staff alike. Mike is committed to the success of everyone around him, and it shows in how treats people.

Mike possesses 19 years of management and marketing experience with a background in both long-term and short-term acute care. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming in Laramie and a master’s degree in management from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.

Mike serves his community as a Rotarian and as a member of the United Way of Natrona County Board of Directors. He also is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Connie Longwell, Chief Financial Officer
Connie’s attention to detail and almost a decade worth of experience in finance, accounting, and management have given her the background she needs to lead our financial planning, management, analysis and reporting initiatives for the hospital.

Before coming to the hospital, Connie served as CFO for a community health center and a statewide contractors’ association including a regional training center. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., and a master’s degree in business administration with a healthcare concentration from the University of Phoenix. Currently, she is studying to receive the certified management accountant (CMA) credentials.    

In her spare time, Connie enjoys time with her family outdoors, camping, riding horses, and playing golf.   

Connie is a Wyoming native and excited to be part of the EVRH team and Casper community. 


Dr. Ryan Swan, Inpatient Medical Director
Dr. Swan has always had a passion not only to serve others, but to lead teams that protect and heal those around him. His extensive medical background includes internships at National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. as well as a residency at Loyola University in Chicago.

A stint in military medicine included time as a surgeon on 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Okinawa, Japan and as surgeon on the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron. It culminated in an Honorable Marine discharge in 2000.

Dr. Swan earned a medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. He has been board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation for more than 10 years.

Dr. Swan enjoys leading the treatment team in delivering a personalized and progressive rehabilitation program.


Dr. Carlos Buckner, Outpatient Medical Director
Dr. Buckner loves reaching out into the community where he can forge relationships with patients, field staff and young people. His extensive medical background includes a residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, where he served as chief resident.

Board Certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation since 2012, Dr. Buckner is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, and his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

In his free time, Dr. Buckner serves his community as a youth leader in the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints and as an assistant scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America.



Shelly Applegate, Director of Human Resources
Shelly has a total of 18 year experience in Human Resources, starting with nine years in the utility industry.

She earned an associate’s degree in paralegal studies from Casper College and worked as a paralegal for five years in Casper where she worked for both civil plaintiff and civil defense attorneys. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in social science from the University of Wyoming and moved back in the human resources field at the local hospital where she told she was a “natural” when it came to HR.

She joined the team at Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital coming in on the ground level in December 2007 before the hospital officially opened in January 2008. Shelly truly enjoys her HR position and passion and support for the staff at Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation hospital is evident.


Lisa Cutrell, Director of Case Management/PAI
In her role, Lisa provides direction and leadership to case management, ensuring that our patients are helped through the healthcare process in an efficient manner.

Lisa is a registered nurse who has served with Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital for six years. She earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Casper College in Casper, Wyo. and has taken continuing education courses through the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo.

Lisa is a member of the Professional Advisory Group for Frontier Home Health and has served in the same role at Interim Home Health and Amedisys Home Health. Currently, she is assistant chairman for the Brain Injury Alliance of Wyoming Board.


Dan Davis, Director of Pharmacy Operations
Dan is passionate about the safe and efficient delivery of pharmaceutical care to our patients.

Dan has been in the pharmacy field for more than 12 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., followed by a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Wyoming in 2003.

Dan serves as a pharmacy preceptor for the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy, as well as adjunct faculty for the School of Pharmacy for a three-year term.


Tanya Jernigan, Director of Therapy Operations
Tanya’s passion is both for therapy and for teaching. With 13 years of experience, mostly in acute rehabilitation, Tanya specializes in patients with strokes, amputations and spinal cord injuries.

Tanya earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas, before securing her master’s degree in physical therapy from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock, Texas. Tanya recently completed her transitional doctorate in physical therapy in from Regis University in Denver.

Tanya brings her excitement and skill for therapy and education to the community through service as a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and in education for the local spinal cord injury support group.


Angela Johnston, Director of Compliance
Angela brings the hospital more than 17 years of experience in healthcare, including interventional radiology, emergency department, dialysis, case management and intake coordination for an inpatient psychiatric unit. In 2010, Angela joined the Ernest Health team at Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital as a clinical liaison before assuming her current role.

Angela earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, N.C. Bringing her considerable experience and education to the community, Angela volunteers on the Public Health Community Medical Workgroup at the Natrona County Public Health Department.


Michele Luckow, Director of Nursing Operations
Michele was one of the first team members to help open our hospital back in 2007, accepting the new challenge of rehabilitation nurse manager. In 2013, she accepted the opportunity to become the director of nursing.

With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare including rehabilitation, ANCC- board certified medical/surgical and operating room, Michele directs our nursing operations to ensure the best care possible for our patients.   It is her personal mission to make EVRH the premier healthcare facility destination for patients and clinical staff by infusing the Ernest Health culture into the community.

Michele is a certified rehabilitation registered nurse. She earned her nursing degree from Casper College in 1995. She is a member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.
Michele enjoys volunteering at the Annual Stride out Stroke event sponsored by the hospital. Other activities include coordinating with the local community spinal cord support group and attending the Advisory Board of the H.W. Stuckenhoff Department of Nursing at Casper College.


Anne Thorpen, Director of Marketing & Business Development
Anne is a Wyoming native, born and raised in Casper – home of Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. She is proud of the services the hospital provides to the people of her community and all throughout Wyoming. With enthusiasm for bringing the best of service and care to those around her, Anne has spent 19 years in healthcare including pharmaceutical sales and management.

Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Anne has devoted her career to serving others. Today, she continues that legacy of service as a member of Wyoming Medical Center Stroke Steering Committee and as a facilitator for the local stroke support group. Anne also spearheads the hospital’s Annual Stride out Stroke 5k Run/Walk and enjoys the growth and participation each year brings.