Meet Our Leaders

Lafayette Regional Rehabilitation 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


Carrie Frank, Director of Therapy Operations
Carrie received her Bachelors of Science degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Purdue University, then completing her Masters of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Purdue as well.

Carrie has treated patients in a variety of settings including early intervention, schools, skilled nursing, adult and geriatric home health, and inpatient rehabilitation.

Carrie served honorably in the U.S. Navy for 5 years. She lives in Lafayette with her 4 children and 2 cats. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her kids, attending their extracurricular activities, and visiting family in Northern Indiana. Carrie is excited to see Lafayette Regional Rehabilitation Hospital become a pillar of education and training for those affected by neurological trauma or disease.


Brad Christopher, Director of Pharmacy Operations
Brad enjoys assisting patients with their medication needs in their healing process.  He has been a been a Pharmacist for 33 years and a director of pharmacy in another rehab facility for ten years.

Brad is a graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana with his pharmacy degree.   

Brad lives in Kokomo, Indiana with his wife of 23 years and has 3 daughters.  Brad enjoys golfing, fishing, and anything that has to do with being outdoors. 


Rich Essick, Director of Facilities Management
Rich takes pride in ensuring the physical components of the hospital are well maintained and operating effectively.

A decorated Air Force veteran, Rich is a medical service corps officer and biomedical equipment engineer. He has directed engineering and maintenance operations in healthcare, university, hospitality, and government facilities.

Rich is an occupational education instructor and former certified biomedical equipment technician. He earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational education from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, and a master’s degree in business administration from Touro University in Cypress, California, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He also is a distinguished graduate from Airman Leadership School & Commissioned Officer School.

In his spare time, Rich enjoys sports, industrial art and design, music, traveling, and cooking.


Erin Couch, Director of Patient Outcomes
Erin currently resides in West Lafayette, Indiana. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Indiana State University and continued on to receive a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Erin has been an active member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association since 2012.

Prior to her current role, Erin served as an Administrator for a Home Healthcare agency. Additionally, she practiced speech and language pathology for a local hospital for 5 years serving pediatric and adult outpatients, long term acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home health, and acute care populations.

Erin is married with two children. When not working, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her friends and family outdoors.


Darci Dreher, Director of Marketing & Business Development
As a Registered Nurse and Long Term Care Administrator, Darci brings a caring, compassionate, upbeat drive with her. Darci’s experience include Acute Care, Psychiatric Nursing, Home Care and Long Term Care. She graduated from DACC in 2005 as an LPN and 2007 as a Registered Nurse.

In Darci’s current role, she enjoys educating the community about the hospital and its services.

Darci currently resides in Covington, Indiana with her husband and children. When she is not at work, Darci enjoys spending her time with her family and attending her children’s sporting events.