"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." ~ Unknown

Tara Therapy's staff is committed to working together toward common goals with over 300 qualified staff members at various locations in the US. Each location is managed by one of our Directors of Rehabilitation and supported by our regional team.

Our senior management team is comprised of professionals with numerous years of experience. Meet our leaders.


Jackie K. Burke, M.A., CCC-SLP

Director of Recruitment & Development

Jackie Burke

Jackie has 22 years experience predominantly in long-term care, successfully overseeing multi-state clinical operations. The majority of her career has been spent in contract rehabilitation and she is well versed in regulatory compliance, denials management, contract acquisition and recruitment. She also holds 2 state Nursing Home Administrator's licenses. Jackie joined Tara Therapy in 2005 and now oversees recruitment and retention activities for the company.

Tara Kuhne, M.S., CCC-SLP

Regional Director of Rehabilitation

Tara Kuhne

Tara has worked primarily in long term care and has specialized in training with ventilator/tracheostomized patients. She joined Tara Therapy, LLC in January 2006 as a Director of Rehabilitation in Illinois and transitioned to an Assistant Regional Director of Rehabilitation in 2008. Tara's strong organizational skills and desire to provide the best therapy for her patients resulted in her promotion to Regional Director of Rehabilitation in 2009. She currently oversees 7 locations in 2 states.

Micheal Smith, MS, OTR/L

Regional Director of Rehabilitation


Michael is our Regional Director of Rehab for Alabama and Georgia.  He lives with his wife and 3 children in Mobile and oversees 10 Tara Therapy Departments in Birmingham, Florence, Atlanta, Elba, and Mobile.  He brings 10 years of management experience in long term care as to his position as regional manager as well as 19 years of clinical experience as an OTR.

Gail M. Polanski, RN, BSN

President of Tara Therapy

Gail Polanski

Gail has over 30 years of experience in long-term care and over 25 years in senior management. Her expertise includes rehabilitation services and case mix management. Gail's nursing background brings a unique perspective to Tara Therapy. Her commitment to the rehab team and outstanding leadership abilities promotes the provision of quality rehabilitation services.

Megan Reeder, M.S., CCC-SLP

Regional Director of Rehabilitation

Megan Reeder

Megan has 8 years of experience with geriatrics including long term acute care, homehealth and skilled nursing.  She joined Tara Therapy in February of 2010 as a staff Speech-Language Pathologist.  She took on the role of Director of Rehabilitation in January of 2011.  Megan was promoted to Regional Director of Rehabilitation in September 2012 and currently oversees 8 locations.

Shelley Simpson, M.S., CCC-SLP

Regional Director of Rehabilitation

Shelley Simpson

As the newest member of the Tara Therapy management team, Shelley brings more than 20 years of experience in long term and skilled nursing care. Shelley has used her experiences to provide continued training and growth for those on the front line of direct care. She is currently providing guidance to 9 Directors of Rehabilitation in Mississippi and Tennessee.