Leadership & Staff

Dr. Ashli Alexander, M.D., MPH

Ashli Alexander, M.D., MPH

Medical Director

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan welcomed Ashli Alexander, M.D., MPH, as medical director in January of 2018. Dr. Alexander is a board certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. She received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and specializes in the management and treatment of complex rehabilitation patients.  Dr. Alexander has medical expertise in caring for patients with occupational injuries, neurological disorders, spinal disorders, stroke, amputations, sports -related injuries and pain disorders. 

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

David Broom

Director of Plant Operations

David brings 26 years of healthcare facility maintenance to HealthSouth Newnan. David has advanced and learned by working with several different healthcare organizations, including Tanner Health System, Piedmont Downtown Campus and Community Health Systems. David has also been involved in numerous Joint Commission surveys as well as day to day survey readiness. 

Kent Buchanan

Kent Buchanan

Director of Therapy Operations

Kent brings more than 20 years of healthcare management and leadership experience to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and has a master's degree in business administration from the University of West Georgia. He also completed a doctoral degree in physical therapy from the University of Montana. He has been active in the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia serving as a former president and a member of the board of directors.

Akela A. Fordham

Akela A. Fordham, Pharm.D.

Director of Pharmacy

Akela is the director of pharmacy at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Ga. To continue her education, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at Columbus Regional Hospital. Akela has worked at institutions including Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., Columbus Specialty Hospital in Columbus, Ga., West Central Regional Hospital in Columbus, Ga. and Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in Phenix City, Ala.

Tonya Fulks

Tonya Fulks

Business Development Director

Tonya serves as director of marketing operations for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan in Georgia.  She has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and business development spanning across multiple specialties within the healthcare industry.  Tonya's passion for providing the best care and service to patients has resulted in successful marketing programs, campaigns, strategic business development, market growth and business development training.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in economics from Georgia Southern University.

Nancy Kendall

Nancy Kendall

Chief Nursing Officer

Nancy is the chief nursing officer of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan. Nancy has more than 20 years of experience in the nursing field with 12 years in various leadership positions. Nancy is involved in several professional organizations including the American Organization of Nurses Executives, Georgia Organization of Nurse Leaders and Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

Nancy earned her master’s degree in nursing at Troy State University School of Nursing and her undergraduate degree in nursing from Georgia Southwestern State University. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society for nursing. 

Tricia Nelson

Tricia Nelson


Tricia currently serves as controller at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan. Tricia’s career spans over 25 years of progressive and accomplished home health and hospital CFO experience. She received her master’s degree in business administration from North Greenville University in her hometown of Greenville S.C.