Utah Valley Specialty Hospital is led by a team of highly experienced healthcare professionals who are passionate about providing the highest level of care available to the hospital’s patients.
We invite you to learn more about us below:
Meet our Leaders
Ezra Segura, Chief Executive Officer
Ezra has been passionate about providing communities with quality healthcare for his entire career. With 21 years of experience in healthcare administration, Ezra has completed a term on the American Hospital Association’s Governing Council for Small and Rural Hospitals and was appointed by Gov. Gary Herbert to serve to the Utah Department of Health’s Healthcare Facility Licensure committee.
Ezra has worked in both hospital and group practice administration, including as an administrator at the Mayo Clinic in both Rochester, Minn. and Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ezra earned a bachelor’s degree behavioral science and health at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a master’s degree in health services administration at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. He has been recognized for his efforts as a leader in the healthcare industry by being the recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executive’s Regent’s Award and Service Award.
Ezra was appointed by Governor Gary Herbert to serve on the Utah State facility licensure committee. Additionally he served on the American Hospital Associations Governing Board for Small and Rural hospitals. He has served in his community as chairman of the Wasatch Community Foundation and is actively engaged in community events such as Swiss Days, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.
Cheryl Freeman, Chief Financial Officer
Cheryl is well-prepared to handle the hospital’s finance and accounting operations with more than 11 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has previously worked for three hospitals in accounting and as a budget supervisor for more than 50 different hospital departments at an integrated healthcare system in Utah.
Cheryl earned a bachelor’s degree n business management from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Ginger Fisher, Chief Operating Officer
With more than 35 years of healthcare experience as a registered nurse, Ginger is well prepared to lead the operations of Utah Valley Specialty Hospital. In her role, Ginger is responsible for the daily management and coordination of the hospital’s functions, as well as development and implementation of long-range plans and goals for the organization.
Ginger’s broad and varied background includes clinical bedside experience in adult critical care, including critically ill, cardiovascular, and trauma patients. She has managed a step-down adult intensive care unit, a neonatal intensive care unit, and a medical/surgical adult intensive care unit. She also has served as director of nursing operations and case management, and regional director of nursing and respiratory operations for Ernest Health. She possesses more than 17 years of experience in nursing administration.
Ginger earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah and a master’s degree in public administration from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
When not at the hospital working, Ginger enjoys spending time with her husband, three daughters, and three grandchildren. She enjoys cycling, exercising, singing and traveling and often can be found at her church teaching and working with teenagers. Ginger has lived in Utah for more than 45 years and currently resides in Orem.
Joe Bonnett, Director of Clinical Services
Joe possesses more than 25 years of experience as a respiratory therapist, having worked previously in adult critical care.
He earned an associate’s degree from Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, and a bachelor’s degree in advanced respiratory therapy from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He is a board certified registered respiratory therapist and also has a subspecialty certification in perinatal/pediatric respiratory care.
Courtney Cherrington, Director of Nursing Operations
Courtney has been in the healthcare field for 15 years, providing care to patients in a variety of settings including adult intensive care.
Courtney earned an associate and bachelor’s degree in nursing from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.
Courtney lives with her husband and three kids in Mapleton, Utah, and enjoys the outdoors and boating in her spare time.
Shane Frank, Director of Plant Operations
Shane is a dedicated leader with a hands-on approach to solving problems and a high commitment to excellence and teamwork.
Shane has more than 25 years’ experience in the operations and maintenance areas of a hospital. He has additional training in backflow prevention, medical gases, law enforcement and disaster planning and response. He earned a degree from the plumbing program at Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah, and is a licensed plumber.
Brad Gardner, Director of Pharmacy
Brad is an experienced pharmacist with more than 30 years of successful pharmacy practice. He is a strong leader in clinical pharmacy interventions and drug utilization review for the hospital. His areas of clinical pharmacy expertise include antibiotic stewardship, formulary management, and total parenteral nutrition.
Brad earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. He currently is a preceptor of pharmacy for Roseman University in Henderson Nev. He has served as president of the Utah Society of Health System Pharmacists and a state delegate to the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.
Matt Harmer, Director of Therapy Operations
Matt is passionate about using therapy to help patients recover to their fullest. With more than 14 years of experience as a physical therapist, Matt has worked in long-term acute, rehabilitation, outpatient, and home health settings.
Matt received a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a master’s degree in physical therapy. He is a certified lymphedema therapist and has been providing complete decongestive therapy to patients since 2005.
Matt also has an advanced certification in treatment of stroke and traumatic brain injury. He is an advanced credentialed clinical instructor for physical therapy students. He currently teaches education classes on lymphedema and edema management via compression therapy.
Matt’s personal interests include spending time with his wife and four active children, running, hiking, canyoneering, and traveling.
Natalie Kellett, Director of Human Resources
Natalie enjoys working with employees to ensure that their career expectations are met. She brings nine years of experience in human resources management to her role at the hospital.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Jenny Opfar, Director of Case Management
Jenny is dedicated to ensuring our patients have the best experiences from the time of admission through their discharge. As a registered nurse, she knows how to help a patient through the healthcare process.
Jenny has 15 years of experience in the nursing field. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Utah Valley University in Orem, UT, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She also served as president of the university’s student nurses association.