Leadership & Staff

Chris Daughtry

Chris Daughtry, OTR/L, ATP

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Daughtry, OTR/L, ATP, assumed the position of chief executive officer of HealthSouth Columbia on Jan. 30, 2018. Chris has worked in the Encompass Health network, formerly known as HealthSouth, since November 2002 when he started as a lead occupational therapist at AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Anderson. There, he was quickly promoted to director of therapy operations, a role he held from April 2004 until December 2017. He has also served as a regional director of therapy operations for Encompass Health before assuming his current role. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from East Carolina University and performed much of his fieldwork in rehabilitation settings throughout North Carolina. He has taught many courses around the topics of disability awareness, diversity awareness, seating and positioning, transfer training among other rehabilitation topics.

Dr Devin Troyer

Devin Troyer, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Troyer has been at HealthSouth Columbia since 1991 and has served as the hospital’s medical director since 1993. He has also served on the HealthSouth Physician Advisory Board since 1999. Dr. Troyer graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree and doctorate of medicine. He performed his internship in internal medicine and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh. A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Troyer is married and has four children.

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

Melanie Banks

Melanie Banks

Director of Marketing Operations

Melanie came to HealthSouth with more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the healthcare industry. She is passionate about quality patient care and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. She worked with Rock Hill and Columbia HealthSouth Hospitals for a total of seven years as a rehabilitation liaison before being named director of marketing operations in May 2014. As director of marketing operations she leads a dynamic team of healthcare professionals responsible for business development, community outreach, patient education and marketing in the midlands area of South Carolina.

Jessica Burriss

Jessica Burriss


Jessica brings more than six years of healthcare financial expertise to HealthSouth Columbia. A South Carolina native, she graduated from Limestone College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Luanne Burton

Luanne Burton

Director of Human Resources

Luanne is the director of human resources for HealthSouth Columbia and has more than 15 years of human resources experience in the healthcare field. A native of St. Augustine, Florida, Luanne graduated from Campbellsville College in Campbellsville, Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She and her husband have two daughters.

Jamie Manders

Jamie Manders

Director of Plant Operations

Jamie was promoted to director of plant operations in November 2006. His responsibilities include supervision of security, engineering, dietary, housekeeping, materials management and emergency response. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Jamie has been employed by HealthSouth since 1994. During his employment with HealthSouth, he earned an associate's degree in electronics engineering from Midlands Technical College in 2002.

Kathy Miller

Kathy Miller, RN, MSN, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing Officer

Kathy has more than 20 years of nursing leadership experience. She has been employed at hospitals in Georgia and South Carolina, serving as chief nursing officer at Clarendon Memorial Hospital, director of cardiovascular and respiratory services at University Health System in Augusta and has led the cardiovascular thoracic program at Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals in Columbia. She has experience in leading and developing nursing and clinical teams and holds a master’s degree in nursing administration from The Medical University of South Carolina.

Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith

Director of Case Management

Nancy has more than 20 years of case management and leadership experience in a variety of settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, home care, insurance plans and physician offices. A West Virginia native, Nancy is a registered nurse and certified case manager. She graduated from St. Joseph’s College with a bachelor’s degree in health care administration

Darryl Stewart

Darryl Stewart

Director of Quality and Patient Safety

Darryl Stewart comes to HealthSouth after working nearly 25 years for the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  He has also worked for the Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby, North Carolina, as director of quality and patient safety from 2005 to 2008. While working at Cleveland Regional, Darryl helped the quality program achieve the Carolina Medical Center’s Quality Performer Award for 2007.  From 2008 to 2012, Darryl served as director of quality and risk for the newly opened Village Hospital in Greer, South Carolina. He holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. His professional background includes experience as a respiratory therapist, an IT analyst and a quality professional. He is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (Quality) and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.

Dr Daniel Westerkam

Daniel Westerkam, M.D.

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Westerkam is the associate medical director at HealthSouth Columbia focusing on the traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputation programs. He sits on the South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund Board and is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of neurology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Westerkam graduated from Duke University and attended medical school at Emory. He did his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Westerkam is originally from Irmo, South Carolina.

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