Leadership Team

  • Greg Nichols, P.T. - President

    Greg Nichols received his 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 of private practice and hospital management, Greg joined the hospital full time as the Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he was responsible for 450 full-time employees and all ancillary support departments. This unique senior management experience as an employer 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.

    Corale Jenkins, R.N. - Vice President of Operations

    Corale Jenkins has over 30 years experience in the medical profession and throughout most of her career, has focused on workers’ compensation. Corale worked with the Florida Department of Labor, Rehabilitation & Medical Unit, where she developed a strong base of knowledge as she participated in the regulatory aspects of workers’ compensation.  As a registered nurse, she has worked extensively in utilization and case management roles.  In her current role as Vice President of Operations, she assists in the development and implementation of innovative and cost-effective solutions for the prevention and treatment of work-related injuries.

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

    Kathy Beckett has 30 years of clinical experience in the management and delivery of workers' compensation injury prevention and management services. These include acute and sub-acute injury management, functional capacity evaluations, work conditioning, work hardening, post-offer employment programs, job-site analysis and on-site programming. As our Vice President of Clinical Services, Kathy oversees clinical management of our 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 SPNet's concurrent utilization management and tracking program. As a clinical instructor, Kathy also provides continuing educational programming for our network clinicians, nurse case managers, adjusters and other stakeholders.

    Sam Lovingood - National Director of Business Development

    Sam Lovingood brings more than 20 years of experience in the workers' compensation arena to the SPNet team. He enjoys the benefit of a diverse background in both sales and operations in his previous experiences with Concentra, CorVel and Progressive Medical, allowing for a consultative "big picture" approach when working with client partners. Sam has worked directly with both regional and national partners throughout his tenure to collaborate, develop and deliver the right cost containment solutions to clients. In his current role as National Director of Business Development, Sam focuses on new business opportunities and maximizing the effectiveness of PT/OT cost containment strategies for SPNet's current book of business.

    Pat Ballock, R.N. - Director of Network Development

    Pat Ballock is the Director of Network Development for SPNet. She graduated from Purdue University in 1983 and has 12 years of clinical nursing experience. She spent the past 14 years insuring access to rehabilitation services for both group health and workers' compensation injury claims as a Medical Manager for a workers' compensation carrier and National Director of Utilization Management with a provider organization. As the Director of Network Development, Pat is currently working to expand the Select Provider Network through participating provider agreements or single case authorizations to insure timely access to quality rehabilitation services for injured workers which represent multiple payor organizations on a state and national basis.