Children’s Rehabilitation Institute TeletonUSA (CRIT) is the largest private pediatric rehabilitation system in the world with more than 110,000 patients treated to date in the United States and Mexico.
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.
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.
Our institutional principles guide our work and are the foundation of everything we do. These values guide us to:
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 Children’s Rehabilitation Institute TeletonUSA (CRIT). 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 succeeds in San Antonio, TeletonUSA will look to build additional CRIT locations across the country.
Our integrated team includes: physicians, therapists, nutritionists, social workers, counselors, recreational therapists, and nurses who are dedicated to the children and families who receive rehabilitative care services at CRIT.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Cynthia Riley is the Chief Medical Officer and Attending Physician leading a comprehensive rehabilitation team at Children’s Rehabilitation Institute.
Dr. Riley is a graduate from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine (UTHSCSA). She completed her residency at UTHSCSA in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Following residency, she practiced inpatient and outpatient pediatric rehabilitation with Baylor College of Medicine at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.
Originally from Arizona, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northern Arizona University. She also holds a degree in Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. She practiced as a Registered Occupational Therapist in multiple practice settings for several years.
Dr. Riley is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is Adjunct Assistant Professor at UTHSCSA in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She brings over twenty years of rehabilitation knowledge to the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can find us at:
10839 Quarry Park
San Antonio, TX 78233
Please give us a call at 1.844.206.4512.
The following companies generously support the efforts of CRIT to bring comprehensive and compassionate rehabilitative services to children with disabilities and their families.
You can download our financial documents below.
CRIT USA 2014-2015 Audit Report
CRIT USA IRS Exemption Letter
You can download our patient demographic documents below.
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