Rebecca Clearman, M.D. Executive Director

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Biography (PDF)

Dr. Clearman specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, an unusual medical field that focuses on illness from the patient’s perspective.  An experienced clinician and medical director of several rehabilitation units, she has extensive experience in the management of catastrophic illness.  Dr. Clearman is expert in the rehabilitative care of patients with cancer, spinal cord and brain injuries, neurologic diseases, dementia care and psychiatric rehabilitation, burns, dual diagnosis, polytrauma, and orthopedic injury.

During her twenty years in academic medicine, Dr. Clearman served as Associate Director of Rehabilitation at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Medical Director of Outpatient Services for The Institute of Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR), Medical Director of Hermann Hospital Rehabilitation Program, and Program Director at TIRR Hospital.  She has served as personal physician to the Royal House of Saudi Arabia.

She is a faculty member at three medical schools and has received awards and honors from both the medical and lay communities, from the Alliance Clinical Achievement Award for her work with cancer patients to the Award for Excellence in Community Medicine.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and a Fellow of the Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation, and is certified as a Life Care Planner, Mediator and Medical Accupuncturist.

Dr. Clearman practices patient-centered medicine, caring about her patients as she cares for them.  She works tirelessly to ensure that each patient receives meticulous attention to every detail of his or her care, comfort, safety, and well-being.

Practice Philosophy (PDF)

My goal is to provide my patients the highest level of medical expertise, confidentiality, and respect in an unhurried and supportive atmosphere. I believe that patient and physician must collaborate to achieve optimal health for the patient. Together we work to identify causes of pain, illness, and dysfunction and to develop a treatment plan that is workable in the context of the patient’s life.

I am trained in high-tech American medicine and am always interested in new medical developments. As a member of the faculties of Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and Cornell Weill Medical College in the Texas Medical Center, I have both the opportunity and the responsibility for staying on the leading edge of Western medicine. I do not believe, however, that this type of medicine always has the answers to every problem. While I will always utilize everything American medicine has to offer, I continue to study and use the best techniques of acupuncture, manual medicine, and complementary therapies.

A friend described PPG as going “back to the future of medicine” because we practice an old-fashioned “house call” style of medicine. Ideal medical care demands meticulous attention to every detail of the patient’s well-being and continuous communication. PPG’s team is able to personalize care according to the needs and life situation of each patient. Nothing in my medical career has been more satisfying than establishing Personal Physician Group LLP in 1999 and watching it grow.

Susan Altemus, RN Clinical Director

staff-susanSusan attended nursing school in Auckland, New Zealand. Following graduation, she worked as a staff nurse in the burn, orthopedic, and obstetrical units there. She was an emergency room charge nurse for five years and was then recruited for an intensive care unit position in the Texas Medical Center. She immigrated to the United States in the early 1980s.

While raising her family, Susan served in a number of voluneter organizations, including the Medical Center Hospice, Ronald McDonald House, Meals on Wheels, and the Special Olympics.

She joined the staff of Personal Physician Group LLP in 2002 and her particular medical interests include sudden death and its impact on families and hospital staff, end-of-life care issues, pain control, and patient advocacy.

Rafferty Laredo, OTR, MA, ATP Occupational Therapist

staff-raffertyRafferty Laredo is an occupational therapist with more than twelve years’ experience.  He has a special interest in spinal cord injuries with a wide experience in the spectrum of neurological and orthopedic disorders.  He served as Occupational Therapy Clinical Coordinator at TIRR Memorial Hermann for a number of years before joining Personal Physician Group LLP in mid-2011 to focus on the team’s home health services.

Rafferty’s treatment philosophy is grounded in promoting meaningful quality of life beyond disability.  He has advanced skills in community reintegration, bowel and bladder management, rehabilitation technology, ventilator management, and wheelchairs.  He has co-authored chapters in SCI texts and has contributed to a number of spinal cord injury (SCI) texts clinical practice guidelines.

Rafferty graduated from Baylor University in 1997 with a BA in psychology. He received his occupational therapy degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1999 and completed his Master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2005 at Texas Women’s University in Houston.  Rafferty has international experience (Abu Dhabi, UAE) in designing, implementing, and staffing a neuro-clinic in the home of a traumatic brain injury patient.

Rafferty is currently Executive Director of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association and received the 2011 Excellence Award from the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals for his work in the SCI/D community.

Rachel Schneider, CPC Operational Director

staff-rachelRachel has worked with Personal Physician Group LLP in a variety of capacities since 2009. She oversees HR, administrative front and back offices,  as well as managing the IT team.  She has managed and coordinated a variety of projects includes developing and updating the website and remodeling of our former building. She enjoys the combination of medical, business, and creative elements that Personal Physician Group LLP offers.

Rachel has a degree in photography and psychology and was a recruiter for many years. She has owned a variety of businesses, from a natural dog bone company to a career coaching company. Rachel is also a fine art photographer and has shown her work internationally.  She enjoys traveling, cooking and baking, live music, and spending time with her young family.