Meet Our Leaders

Connie Longwell, Chief Executive Officer

Connie possesses more than 20 years of experience in healthcare.  Connie began her career at Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital (EVRH) in 2016 as the chief financial officer. In 2019, she was promoted to her current role as chief executive officer. She is responsible for the leadership, business operations, and management of the day-to-day functions of our hospital.  Connie’s passionate about ensuring that patients in Wyoming and surrounding areas have access to high-quality, safe, and effective inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services that meet their individual needs. Her attention to detail, experience in finance, accounting, and management, has given her the background she needs to lead our hospital.

Connie earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY, and a master’s degree in business administration with a healthcare concentration from the University of Phoenix.

Connie is a Wyoming native and excited to lead the EVRH team.

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 16 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.

Carrie Clark, Director of Therapy Operations

Carrie is committed to life-long learning and encouraging quality, state-of-the-art, and patient-centered therapeutic services for everyone who walks through our doors. She specializes in geriatric care and myofascial release, and has dedicated thousands of treatment hours to help her patients reach their goals. Her responsibility is to oversee inpatient and outpatient therapy operations.

Carrie earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of North Dakota satellite program in Casper, WY. She has spent the past 20 years gaining experience in long-term acute care, inpatient rehab, home health, and acute care services.

Born and raised in Casper, Carrie returned to work as a staff therapist, was promoted to lead therapist, and now serves EVRH as the director of therapy operations. She is proud of her Wyoming roots and excited for her new role in supporting the success of our therapists and our patients. She prides herself in her mentorship abilities and has given back to the OT field by mentoring new graduates and students throughout the years.

Carrie loves helping others and is committed to our therapy department to make sure your loved ones are in the best hands possible.

Leah Stover, RN, Director of Patient Outcomes

Leah is a Casper, Wyoming native who began her career in healthcare in 2007. Her passion to help others began in a long-term healthcare facility as a CNA. Leah’s dedication and commitment to patient care led her to pursue licensure as an LPN, prior to obtaining an associate degree in nursing through Casper College. Her nursing experience consists of different levels of care including assisted living, acute care, hospice, and IV infusion.

In 2020, Leah began her career as a rehabilitation nurse at Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. With her continued leadership skills and dedication to teamwork, she accepted the responsibility of house supervisor. Leah takes pride in helping her team and working with other disciplines to ensure that the patient is treated as a whole, with the best possible outcomes. She is looking forward to diversifying her experience with a company dedicated to improving the quality of each patient’s experience.

Leah also gained experience in business, when she owned and operated a local business for five years with her husband. She managed inventory, payroll, taxes, and everyday business operations.

When she is not at work, Leah enjoys spending time with her family. She loves to box, run, and hike outdoors.

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 17 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.

Tamara Thomson, Chief Nursing Officer

Tamara Thomson joined the Elkhorn team in 2022 with an extensive background in acute care Surgery and Neurology. She grew up in Wyoming, attending Casper College and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Wyoming. She went on to achieve a Master’s Degree in Nursing Leadership and Management from Western Governer’s University.

Tamara is dedicated to providing patient-centered care to all patients, and seeing each patient holistically.  She sees rehabilitation nursing as a privilege, and watching patients overcome health setbacks is very rewarding. She believes making meaningful connections with patients is helpful for healing the mind, body and soul.

Tamara’s greatest passion is building high performing, innovative patient care teams through trust, collaboration, and patient safety.  Leadership has been her calling.  Building a culture of integrity, respect, and kindness are essential to a strong team.

Tamara enjoys spending time with her 3 children, watching football, and playing with her two Golden Retrievers Echo and Halo.

Anne Thorpen, Director of Marketing and Business Development

Anne graduated in 1992 from The University of Notre Dame with a bachelor of business administration and a major in marketing. After 12 years of healthcare sales, she joined Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital in 2009 to lead the marketing team of clinical liaisons in their pursuit of educating others on the IRF level of care and the exceptional care and outcomes of EVRH.  Anne will go the extra mile, literally and figuratively, to introduce and represent EVRH to patients and healthcare providers seeking world-class post-acute care.

As a Wyoming native, Anne loves the sense of hope and healing that Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital brings to her home state and surrounding areas. She is passionate about people, effective communication, strong teamwork, and a positive patient experience. When not keeping busy with her leadership and clinical liaison team, Anne enjoys time with her many siblings and friends, husband, Jim, sons, Cole and Connor, and lovable black lab, Murphy.

Viki Kincaid, Human Resources Manager

Viki has been in Humans Resources for over ten years and joined Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital in 2021. She is passionate about employee engagement and retention. Viki believes in treating our employees and patients with dignity and respect.  She concentrates on making EVRH the place employees want to come to work every day.

In her spare time, Viki likes to ride motorcycles, golf, camp, and spend time with her family.

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