Pate Leadership Team

Kent Hayden

Kent Hayden

Chief Executive Officer

Kent Hayden joined Pate Rehabilitation in 1991 and has served as President and CEO since 2002. He has a degree in business administration and extensive experience in the brain injury rehabilitation industry. Kent is responsible for day-to-day administration and managing the growth of the company. He oversees multiple facilities in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. Kent is a strong advocate for brain injury rehabilitation in the profession and in the community at large. Kent was elected to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) board of directors in 2017 and is currently serving as Treasurer. Kent also participates in state level activities to promote access to healthcare through legislative activities.


Marilee Hayden, MBA, CPA

Chief Information Officer

Marilee, a Texas-licensed CPA, joined Pate in 2010. With 25 plus years of experience in healthcare, Marilee has experience with hundreds of small clinics in business management and planning, working to maximize the effectiveness of resources. Marilee was instrumental in clarifying Pate’s Core Values and is passionate regarding promoting a culture that reflects those values.

Barbara Giesing

Barbara Giesing, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Vice President of Human Resources

Barbara is a licensed, Senior Professional of Human Resources and a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional, joined Pate in 2004, and has a Master of Public Affairs. Barbara has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources, working for small to multi-national companies. Barbara has extensive experience in payroll, benefits, compensation and all things employee related.

Christine Nelson

Christine Nelson, MBA, M.Ed, MOT, CBIS, CDRS

Vice President of Operations

Christine is a licensed occupational therapist and a Certified Driver Rehab Specialist with a background in neurorehabilitation. She has an MBA in strategic management and oversees the operations across all Pate locations. She works with the clinical director to ensure the clinical care and patient experience at Pate is evidence-based and meets our high standards for quality.

David Salisbury Clinical Director at Pate Rehabilitation

David Salisbury, Psy.D., ABPP – CN

Clinical Director

David is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist who oversees clinical care across Pate locations. David completed a NIH-funded fellowship at the University Of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine with a focus on brain injury rehabilitation and research along with the management of neurology populations across inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. He guides Pate’s research projects and is a member of the research committee for the Foundation to Advance Brain Rehabilitation (FABR). David’s publications have primarily focused on acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury.