CRIT USA

“It’s not how much we give, but how much we put into giving”

Mother Teresa

About Us

CRIT-USA is part of the largest private pediatric rehabilitation system in the world. We provide a comprehensive one-of-a-kind model of care.

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Mission

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Vision

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Core Values

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History

Mission

The Children’s Rehabilitation Institute celebrates the dignity of every individual, serving children and families with neurological, muscular, and skeletal disabilities through integrated and state-of-the-art rehabilitation that empowers patients to reach their full potential and inclusion into society regardless of their ability to pay.

Vision

We strive to be the world’s best pediatric rehabilitation system, within the context of promoting human values and culture that encourages the social inclusion of people with disabilities.

Core Values

Our institutional principles guide our work and are the foundation of everything we do. These values guide us to:

 

  • Love for those we serve
  • Forge a new culture
  • Be loyal to the institution
  • Show responsibility and passion for our work

 

History

After identifying a need for our comprehensive model of care in the United States, the TeletonUSA Foundation was established to raise funds for the construction and operation of the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of TeletonUSA (CRIT-USA). Modeled after the pediatric rehabilitation centers of the highly successful Teleton Foundation of Mexico, in November 2014 CRIT-USA opened in San Antonio, TX to serve patients and families from San Antonio and across the United States. As CRIT-USA succeeds in San Antonio, TeletonUSA will look to build additional CRIT-USA locations across the country.

Our Team

These are just a few members of our entire staff of doctors, nurses, medical personnel and other highly experienced team leaders dedicated to the children and families who come to us for their rehabilitative care, and are fully committed to CRIT-USA’s mission and vision.

  • Marcelo Sanchez

    Marcelo Sanchez

    Senior Executive

    Marcelo P. Sanchez is a bi-national U.S. and Mexican Citizen. He is a Senior Executive, who formerly led Ganahmsa’s steel trading company for Altos Hornos de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., AHMSA, the largest steel mill manufacturer in Mexico.  He developed strategic solutions to address client needs in the U.S. and abroad, including Canada & Mexico.  He has an excellent relationship with the Mexican government, and the border states of Mexico and the United States.  Prior to his career with AHMSA, Marcelo led strategic endeavors in the steel, oil, and chemical industries.  He sits on the advisory board of the UTSA College of Business, and serves as the Executive Director of Twin Hawks Corp. in a joint venture agreement with UTSA; he is also an advisor to multiple key companies. He developed and has maintained a close relationship with the City of San Antonio from 1993 to 2000, and both the Greater Chamber of Commerce and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is a Board member of the Free Trade Alliance San Antonio and Co-Chair of AEM San Antonio. He holds a B.S. in Accounting & Finance from Escuela Bancaria y Comercial in Mexico, D.F. and received his executive education from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management.

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  • Shokare N. Nakpodia

    Shokare N. Nakpodia

    Founding Partner and Creative Director of The MightyGroup

    Shokare Nakpodia is a founding Partner and Creative Director of The MightyGroup—a full service communications agency established in 2002, located just east of Downtown San Antonio. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Sho lived and worked in London and New York prior to making the move to San Antonio, a little over 15 years ago. His diverse professional and academic training in civil engineering, fine arts and graphic design has taken him to four continents around the globe.

    Sho received his early break in New York producing illustrations for the New York Times and providing promotional services for Sprint Nextel. Sixteen years later, he has built a career straddling design, advertising and marketing. The MightyGroup’s “media for community empowerment” ethos defines the ability to provide clear, innovative, far-reaching advertising and marketing to diverse local markets.

    Sho’s aptitude and passion for creative direction is well substantiated by his extensive background in writing, illustration, interactive design and photography. He has worked with a number of corporate, city and civic clients throughout the nation, and his personal commitment to the growth of San Antonio’s Eastside community has led to the development of DreamWeek, a 12-day summit that aims to advance the voices of tolerance, diversity, and equality. Sho currently serves on the boards of Centro San Antonio, Alamo Chamber of Commerce, Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation, CRIT-USA San Antonio Council, and Goodwill Industries of San Antonio.

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  • Mona Patel

    Mona Patel

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    I am a licensed clinical social worker. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science (minor in Criminal Justice) from California Polytechnic University, Master’s degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and Master’s in Social Work from Southwest Texas State University. I am employed at Hanger Prosthetics as a social worker and founder/Executive Director for San Antonio Amputee Foundation (SAAF). SAAF’s mission is to help amputees through support, advocacy, education, case management, assistance with home modifications, car modifications, and prosthetic limbs.

    I am a single mother to two daughters (Anaya, 13 and Arianna, 11). I enjoy reading, travel, and fitness.

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  • George Kauss

    George Kauss

    Politician, Entrepreneur

    A former Ronald Reagan Presidential Appointee as Assistant Secretary of the UnitedStates Department of Commerce in Washington D.C., Mr. Kauss is an experienced international entrepreneur with extensive involvement in the corporate and start-up arenas.

    With a strong base of experience that includes a concentration in international business development, Mr. Kauss has been heavily involved in multiple successive company startups such as Group CMK, an international development partnership with former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros; Vantage Bank Texas, a San Antonio and South Texas-based financial institution; Actium Biosystems, a novel hyperthermia cancer treatment purchased by Endomagnetics in London, England; The Vulano Group, an inventive technology wildcatting company; Vesuvius, a technology development company sold to Qualcomm; and ICG Mexico, a satellite communication venture in Mexico purchased by British Telecom.

    Mr. Kauss is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin and has a long career of serving as a Director on many corporate and non-profit Boards including Vantage Bank Texas, the San Antonio Symphony, the Historic City Centre Foundation, the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos (Mexico Business Association). Fundacion UNAM, and the US Department of Commerce Crisis Communication Committee.

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  • Dr. Richardson Gill

    Dr. Richardson Gill

    The Richard Gill Company

    Dr. Richardson Gill was born and raised in San Antonio, where he now resides. He has earned six academic degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, including history, electrical engineering, mathematics, physics, anthropology, and his Ph.D. in archaeology. His business career has been spent in banking and mortgage banking, with Gill Savings, Gilldorn Savings, and The Richard Gill Company; wine production, with Llano Estacado and Ste. Genevieve Wineries; and ranch management at Cibolo Creek Ranch in the Big Bend. He is the author of the groundbreaking books, The Great Maya Droughts: Water, Life, and Death (University of New Mexico Press, 2000) and the Spanish version, Las grandes sequías mayas: Agua, vida y muerte (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2008), both of which deal with the collapse of Classic Maya civilization between the eighth and tenth centuries. In addition, he has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. In 2000, the BBC and The Learning Channel produced an hour-length documentary about Dr. Gill and his work in Maya archaeology entitled Ancient Apocalypse: The Maya Collapse, which is available on YouTube. He currently serves on the boards of several community and academic organizations.

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  • Katy David

    Katy David

    Partner at Strasburger & Price, LLP.

    Katy David is a Partner in the Tax Section of the law firm, Strasburger & Price, LLP.  She specializes in representing tax-exempt organizations.  She is a native of San Antonio and attended St. Mary’s Hall (’96), Johns Hopkins University (B.A. ’00), and Georgetown University (J.D. ’03).  She and her husband, Ryan, have two children, Claudia and Thomas.

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  • David Alvarez

    David Alvarez

    CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™

    David K. Alvarez is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and Wealth Advisor for Intercontinental, a 35-year-old boutique wealth management firm headquartered in San Antonio. He works with families, charitable foundations and retirement plans providing a comprehensive approach to financial planning, including investment and retirement advice, business succession, risk management, estate planning and charitable strategies. Prior to this, he spent 13 years with J.P. Morgan Private Bank advising families and institutions in New York, Chicago, and San Antonio.

    In addition to being a member of the San Antonio Council for the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of TeletonUSA, David is actively involved in the community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Blood and Tissue Center Foundation, and the Planned Giving Council of San Antonio. David is also on the Founder’s Council of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, and a member of the San Antonio Estate Planner’s Council.

    David grew up in San Antonio where he attended Antonian College Preparatory High School. He completed his Bachelor of Arts majoring in both Economics and History at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where he met his wife Meredith. David and Meredith live in Deerfield with their two boys, Josiah and Theodore.

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  • Fernando Landeros Verdugo

    Fernando Landeros Verdugo

    Founder and President of Teleton Foundation Mexico

    As founder and current president/chairman of the Teleton Mexico Foundation and the TeletonUSA Foundation, Fernando Landeros is the visionary behind the CRIT system of children’s rehabilitative hospitals in Latin America and the United States, which is the largest private pediatric healthcare network in the world. He also serves in leadership roles for the educational nonprofit Mexicanos Primero and the Organizacion Internacional de Teletones (ORITEL), an international nonprofit that helps organize telethons around the world to raise money for people with disabilities. Landeros lives with his family in Mexico City.

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  • Alonso Ancira

    Alonso Ancira

    Chairman of the Board of Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA)

    Alonso Ancira is the President of the Mexican industrial consortium Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA) and President of CESPEDES, the Commission for Private Sector Studies for Sustainable Development, composed of representatives of private companies involved in sustainable development institution. He serves as a member of various boards, and is the founder and Chairman of the Board of MATT (Mexicans & Americans Thinking Together) Foundation, an organization based in San Antonio that is focused on improving bilateral relations between the United States and Mexico. He has received several recognitions for his contribution in this field, including the Doctors Letter by both Texas A&M University and the University of the Incarnate Word.

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  • Tyree Collier

    Tyree Collier

    Attorney Thompson & Knight

    Tyree Collier is an attorney in the Dallas office of the law firm Thompson & Knight L.L.P. His practice is focused on all types of nonprofit organizations and their contributors, as well as estate and gift planning. Mr. Collier provides a comprehensive range of advice and representation in those areas.

    Mr. Collier received his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in 1988 and his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law in 1994. He is also a licensed CPA in the State of Texas.

    Mr. Collier has previously chaired the Section of Taxation of the State Bar of Texas. He serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and is the Immediate Past Chair of Child Care Group, which is one of the oldest children’s charities in Dallas. Mr. Collier speaks and writes regularly on issues relevant to nonprofit organizations.

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  • Archbishop José H. Gomez

    Archbishop José H. Gomez

    Archbishop of Los Angeles

    The Most Reverend José H. Gomez is the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Catholic Archdiocese. He is the first Hispanic to serve in that position, as well as the highest-ranking Hispanic bishop in the United States. Archbishop Gomez has advocated tirelessly for programs and policies that improve the lives of children with disabilities and other special needs. He has also been a strong advocate for immigration reform in the United States.

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  • Raúl Rojas González

    Raúl Rojas González

    Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at the Free University of Berlin

    Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Raúl Rojas González is a professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at the Free University of Berlin and a renowned specialist in artificial neural networks. The FU-Fighters, football-playing robots he helped build, were world champions in 2004 and 2005. He is now leading an autonomous car project called Spirit of Berlin. He and his team were awarded the Wolfgang von Kempelen Prize for his work on Konrad Zuse and the history of computers. Although most of his current research and teaching revolves around artificial intelligence and its applications, he holds academic degrees in mathematics and economics. In 2009 the Mexican government created the Raúl Rojas González Prize for scientific achievement by Mexican citizens.

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  • Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa

    Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa

    Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology, Neuroscience and Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Johns Hopkins University

    Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology, Neuroscience and Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. In addition to directing the Brain Tumor Surgery Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital, and the Pituitary Surgery Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Quinones leads the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory. Dr. Alfredo Quinones focuses on the surgical treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, with an emphasis on motor and speech mapping during surgery, as well as in the treatment of patients with pituitary and skull base tumors using transphenoidal endonasal and minimally invasive surgical approaches.

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  • Allan Castro

    Allan Castro

    Chief Administrator

    Allan Castro is the Chief Administrator at CRIT-USA. In his role, Allan oversees all areas of the facility and is tasked with ensuring operations are performing under the highest of standards. Allan leads a team of over 70 employees.

     

    Allan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s University and a Masters in Health Care Administration from Trinity University. He is a health care executive with 15 years of experience in hospital administration and has held management roles at a national hospital association level. This experience has allowed him to develop a wide-ranging knowledge of the health care industry and has guided him in assisting hospitals throughout the United States to improve their clinical and operational performance.

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  • Dr. Katherine Evans

    Dr. Katherine Evans

    Dr. Evans has been board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine since 2009. She is originally from Louisiana. She graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and then attended medical school at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. 

    Dr. Evans completed her residency at University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine where she served as Academic Chief Resident of her program during her final year.

    Following residency, Dr. Evans practiced in the Traumatic Brain Injury Department at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio (now San Antonio Military Medical Center). At BAMC, she guided the rehabilitation of both active duty soldiers and civilian trauma with brain injury using a multidisciplinary approach to their care. She has also worked in private practice performing inpatient rehabilitation. 


    Dr. Evans feels that the well-known proverb “give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime” is especially appropriate to Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Evans believes a team approach is an effective way to empower patients and their families with the skills to obtain and maintain a higher quality of life. 


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  • Laura Flores

    Laura Flores

    Human Development Manager

    Laura Flores is the Human Development Manager at CRIT-USA. She plans, organizes, directs, and implements comprehensive Human Development strategies through employee relations programs including recruiting, employment, benefits, compensation, employee relations, performance management, training and other services.

     

    Laura attended the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration. She brings eight years of Human Resources experience to the CRIT USA team, with expertise in employee relations and conflict resolution, and running a multi-corporate payroll system across the United States.

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  • Ana Garcia

    Ana Garcia

    Finance Manager

    Ana Garcia is CRIT-USA’s Finance Manager. She is responsible for the day-to-day financial operation of the facility, which includes financial reporting and analysis, budgeting, compliance with tax and legal regulation and the review of contracts.

     

    With a specialty in the non-profit industry, Ana brings 12 years of public accounting experience to the team, with the largest locally owned CPA firm in San Antonio, Texas. She is a Certified Public Accountant who earned her Master’s degree from Baylor University in 2001.

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  • Justin Graham

    Justin Graham

    Information Technology Manager

    Justin Graham is the IT Manager at CRIT-USA.  In this role, Justin oversees all Information Technology areas of the facility as well as serving as Information Security Officer. Justin graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Texas State University in San Marcos.  He brings over 10 years of data security experience to CRIT-USA with the majority spent specifically in the Healthcare industry.

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  • Manuel Rico

    Manuel Rico

    Facilities & Purchasing Manager

    Manuel Rico is the Facilities and Purchasing Manager at CRIT-USA. He is responsible for overseeing all of the day-to-day operations and ensuring that the organization runs as efficient as possible. He is also in charge of the purchasing department where he makes sure that every purchase is accounted for and accurate.
    Manuel is a San Antonio native who brings over 17 years of experience in the facilities management field.  He is certified in water treatment, OSHA, CPO Licensed to operate therapy swimming pools, HVAC & Facilities Management.  His career started with KYSE & Associates 9 years ago, he was in charge of overseeing 25 properties throughout south Texas. While working at KYSE he also ran his own business named Rico Renovations (R&R) for over 6 years. He gained a lot of knowledge and experience at The University of Texas Health Science Center where he ran day-to-day operations in the Central Energy Plant for 8 years.

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  • Claudia Mercado-Smith

    Claudia Mercado-Smith

    Volunteer Manager

    Claudia Mercado-Smith is the Volunteer Manager at CRIT USA. She leads a group of 70 kind and compassionate volunteers who carry the torch of CRIT USA’s motto, “Love and Science in service of life.” She is in charge of all department functions such as managing patient flow as well as recruiting, training and assigning volunteers to the different roles they play at the center. She makes sure that there is always a volunteer whenever they are needed, whether it be to cheer up a child, listen to a parent, or help our team members with translations and other tasks.

     

    Claudia graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico, and she has more than 15 years of experience in business administration and educational counseling. She is a firm believer in the power of volunteering to change and enrich lives.

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  • Tierney Savage

    Tierney Savage

    Tierney Savage is the Manager for the Patient Services at CRIT-USA. She is responsible for leading, organizing & supporting the successful operation of the Patient Services Department by implementing improvements to achieve overall goals and objectives for the organization as well as the patient experience.

    Tierney graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management and has over 15 years of medical billing & customer service experience.

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Our Location

You can find us at:

10839 Quarry Park
San Antonio, TX 78233

Please give us a call at 1.844.206.4512.

Our Sponsors

The following companies generously support the efforts of CRIT-USA to bring comprehensive and compassionate rehabilitative services to children with disabilities and their families.

Corporate Partners / Sponsors

Partnerships

Memberships

Community Partners

Patient Demographic

You can download our patient demographic documents below.

  • Texas Counties

    Texas Counties

  • National

    National

  • Bexar County

    Bexar County

  • City of San Antonio

    City of San Antonio

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