Leadership Team

Greg Nichols, P.T.  President

Greg received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy in 1994 from the University of South Alabama. After working for a privately held outpatient rehabilitation company, he ventured into the hospital arena where he started and co-owned a private practice/joint venture with an acute care 250-bed hospital. After six years, Greg joined the hospital full time as the chief operating officer where he was responsible for 450 full-time employees and ancillary support departments. This unique senior management experience required him to develop a keen sense of financial management and cost containment development. Previously vice president of business development for SPNet, Greg assumed his current position as president in April 2012.

Kathy Beckett, P.T.  Vice President of Clinical Services

Kathy has 35 years of clinical experience in the management and delivery of workers’ compensation injury prevention and management services. As vice president of clinical services, Kathy oversees clinical management of SPNet’s real-time, interactive utilization management program. She works closely with our National Outcomes Department to coordinate the assignment of risk-adjusted clinical guidelines and oversees our concurrent utilization management and tracking program. As a clinical instructor, Kathy also provides continuing educational programming for network clinicians, nurse case managers, adjusters and other stakeholders.

Sam Lovingood  Vice President of Business Development

Sam joined the SPNet team in 2012 and brings more than 25 years of experience in the workers’ compensation arena. Sam’s diverse background in sales and operations allows for a consultative “big picture” approach when working with client partners. Sam has worked directly with regional and national partners throughout his tenure to collaborate, develop and deliver the right cost containment solutions to clients. As vice president of business development, Sam focuses on new business opportunities and maximizing the effectiveness of cost containment strategies for SPNet’s clients.

Judy Manyo-Plange, CEAS  Senior Director of Operations

Judy has 25 years of experience in the workers’ compensation space. Prior to becoming senior director of network access for SPNet, Judy held several positions within various Fortune 100 companies where she focused on diversity and equity in the workplace. During her time with Select Medical, she was responsible for designing and implementing a platform for nationwide referral processing and scheduling. At SPNet, Judy is charged with providing a standardized and customizable delivery platform for quick and easy access. She is focused on adding value through network development and provider selection and scheduling, including program implementation and process improvements.