Our Team

Rukiya Washington, MHA, LFNA
Administrator

Rukiya Washington brings over 15 years of healthcare management experience in long term care to Sharpview Residence and Rehabilitation Center. She has been a Leader here at Sharpview for 6 years and before that worked her way through many different management roles in long term care facilities. She has been been business office manager for 10+ years as well as the HR manager and Admissions director. All of these roles have shaped her outlook and help her to be an incredible administrator.
Originally from Reno, Nevada she received her masters in healthcare administration from….. She moved to Houston 13 years ago and is now proud to call herself a real TEXAN. She is always available to help guide our residents and their families through all concerns and needs.

Rukiya Washington, MHA, LFNA
Administrator

Rukiya Washington brings over 15 years of healthcare management experience in long term care to Sharpview Residence and Rehabilitation Center. She has been a Leader here at Sharpview for 6 years and before that worked her way through many different management roles in long term care facilities. She has been been business office manager for 10+ years as well as the HR manager and Admissions director. All of these roles have shaped her outlook and help her to be an incredible administrator.
Originally from Reno, Nevada she received her masters in healthcare administration from….. She moved to Houston 13 years ago and is now proud to call herself a real TEXAN. She is always available to help guide our residents and their families through all concerns and needs.

Wanda Thomas, RN, LPN, VOHRA
Director of Nursing

Wanda Thomas has been working at Sharpview since 1993. She has been the Wound care nurse, the charge nurse and the DON during her time here. She received her associate degree in nursing from Excelsior College and completed her LVN Degree at Delta University. In conduction with all the time, effort, and love that she puts in at the facility, she is also heavily involved in community outreach and engagement. She volunteers through her Church The Ricefield Mount Olive Baptist Church as a first responder.

She has been voted Best DON by the staff and has been employee of the year countless times. She is proud to make herself available to you and your family should you have any questions or concerns throughout your stay here at Sharpview.

Dr. Rupesh Vakil, MD
Medical director of Pulmonary Program

Dr. Vakil has recently joined our team here at Sharpview RRC as the director of our brand new Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. Although he is new to us he has been in the medical field here in Houston for over 10 years. He is originally from London England, where he received his doctorat in . He is also the owner and manager of a private practice in Houston, the director of the critical care committee at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, and mentor to numerous Nurse practitioners.

Dr. Rupesh Vakil, MD
Medical director of Pulmonary Program

Dr. Vakil has recently joined our team here at Sharpview RRC as the director of our brand new Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. Although he is new to us he has been in the medical field here in Houston for over 10 years. He is originally from London England, where he received his doctorat in . He is also the owner and manager of a private practice in Houston, the director of the critical care committee at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, and mentor to numerous Nurse practitioners.

Tanjlea Pruitt
Marketing and Admissions Director

Tanjlea has been in the healthcare industry for nearly a decade and before that was in the hospitality sector. She brings a unique view and approach to our team here at Sharpview. Starting at the young age of 15 she would volunteer in long term care facilities where her great grand father was a resident. She saw the stress and struggle that could be placed on families with loved ones in long term care when they didn’t have all the right information and no one had the time to sit with them and walk through the process. Because of this and her love for serving such a vulnerable population, she vowed to try her hardest to change the system to ease the burden on the families of long term care patients. She works daily through her role as admissions and marketing director to guide every family through the intake process here at Sharpview and sit with them throughout to make sure they have everything they need. She really does make the choice of placing your loved one in our care an easy one with her warm attitude and giving heart.

Deborah Williams
Activities Director

Deborah Williams has worked in almost every facet of long term care. She was the director of the Alzheimer unit here in Sharpview for over 12 years. She also did marketing and admissions for over a decade and has been dietary manager for four. But the direct impact she could have on the quality of life of the residents here at Sharpview has kept her in the position as director of activities for over 20 years. She has an associate degree in engineering technology and a bachelors degree in christian theology as well as an official certification from the consortium for therapeutic recreation/activities certification. Born in Texas, she moved to Berkeley California before being pulled back to her real home. Outside the facility she is an active member of the community, she ran a support group at Memorial Herman Southwest for families of Alzheimer patients as well as volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association and sponsoring a child in need in Africa through the Mercy Wings organization. She is an integral member of the family here at Sharpview and is always wiling to step up to the plate for all the residents here, her Family.

Deborah Williams
Activities Director

Deborah Williams has worked in almost every facet of long term care. She was the director of the Alzheimer unit here in Sharpview for over 12 years. She also did marketing and admissions for over a decade and has been dietary manager for four. But the direct impact she could have on the quality of life of the residents here at Sharpview has kept her in the position as director of activities for over 20 years. She has an associate degree in engineering technology and a bachelors degree in christian theology as well as an official certification from the consortium for therapeutic recreation/activities certification. Born in Texas, she moved to Berkeley California before being pulled back to her real home. Outside the facility she is an active member of the community, she ran a support group at Memorial Herman Southwest for families of Alzheimer patients as well as volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association and sponsoring a child in need in Africa through the Mercy Wings organization. She is an integral member of the family here at Sharpview and is always wiling to step up to the plate for all the residents here, her Family.

Michael Liska
Director of Rehabilitation

Mike brings over 32 years of experience in healthcare to the team here at Sharpview RRC. He has worked in the Acute Care setting as well as Inpatient Rehabilitation, Skilled nursing and Long Term care settings as well. Born and raised in Houston Texas, he has an associates degree in applied science physical therapy and has been a physical therapy assistant for over 30 years. He finds great joy in working with the residents here at Sharpview and  getting them back to their former selves. He believes that you are never too old to learn new things and that each and every resident here has a wealth of knowledge and experience from which he can learn.

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