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James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida


Faculty & Staff

Program Director:

Dr. Beverly Cheshire, PT, DPT, has a total of 26 years with the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital.  Professional experience includes working within various clinical settings of acute care, outpatient orthopedics, inpatient neurological rehabilitation, and chronic pain programs.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from University of North Dakota and later earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine.  She currently serves as the Supervisor of Physical Therapy at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital providing administrative oversight for the multiple specialty programs within the Physical Therapy Department of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service.

PT Residency Program Director:

John Seiverd, PT, DPT, CCCE, received a Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree from the University of South Florida in 2003 and shortly after joined on with the JAHVH as a staff physical therapist.  In 2007 he became the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education (CCCE) for the Physical Therapy Department.  His clinical experience has included: Polytrauma/TBI, acute care, chronic pain, outpatient orthopaedics, post-deployment health and education, locomotor, and amputee rehabilitation.  He went on to complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University in 2010.  That same year he completed the highly competitive VA Leadership Training Program, Competency Development for Leaders in the 21st Century.  Dr. Seiverd continues serving at the JAHVH as CCCE, PT Residency Program Director, and an active member of the Hospital Education Committee.

Clinical Faculty:

Dr. Warren F. Hucks, PT,  DPT, OCS has been working at James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital since 2009. He was born in South Carolina and attended Clemson University graduating in 2004 with a BS in Biological Sciences with a focus in Science Teaching. He then moved to Florida with his wife after graduation where he attended the University of South Florida graduating in 2009 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He worked in several therapy settings with the Veteran population including spinal cord and locomotor. He is currently the lead PT for the Center for Post Deployment Health and Education (CPHE) program working with newly returning Veterans with PTSD and orthopedic conditions. he also works with the orthopedic outpatient population and his interest in orthopedics lead to him attaining his Orthopedic Clinical Specialty in 2013.

Dr. Mandi Lewis, PT, DPT, MTC received her Master in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida in 2002. She went on to earn her Manual Therapy Certification from the University of St. Augustine in 2007 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2011. Dr. Lewis joined the staff at JAHVH as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2008. She is currently working in outpatient orthopedics as a mentor in the residency program. Dr. Lewis uses her manual therapy background specializing in spine and extremity orthopedic related injuries. Professional experience includes sports/orthopedics chronic pain, inpatient rehab , various acute care settings, workplace ergonomics and spinal cord injury. Dr. Lewis is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Florida Physical Therapy Association.

Mr. Juan Jose Villeda, PT, OCS, has worked at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital since 2005.  He received his bachelor of science in rehabilitation services at the University of Florida before completing his Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of South Florida. Mr. Villeda is a board certified clinical specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and a faculty member of the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital orthopaedic physical therapy residency program. He is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Florida Physical Therapy Association where he serves on the government affairs committee. He is also involved in the local west central district chapter of the FPTA where he serves on the district council. His primary areas of interests include individuals with orthopaedic injuries and complex TBI with concomitant orthopaedic injuries. He is also a strong advocate for the education of medical professionals and the public in the role physical therapists play as movement specialists. 



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