Meet Our Leaders

Sabrina Martin, MPT, Chief Executive Officer

Sabrina possesses more than 18 years of healthcare leadership in acute and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. Today, she is responsible for the leadership and management of the day-to-day functions of our hospital.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM, Sabrina completed her master’s degree in physical therapy at the University of Texas in El Paso, TX. Sabrina has a passion for stroke and brain injury rehabilitation and has served as a member of the National Stroke Association Rehabilitation Steering Committee.

Sabrina is committed to elevating her community in all its facets and serves on the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, New Mexico State University’s College of Health and Social Services Advisory Board, and the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico Board of Directors. Sabrina is also passionate about elevating the level of healthcare throughout the state as a member of the New Mexico Hospital Association Board of Directors.

Alejandro Arzabala Jr, MD, Medical Director

Dr. Arzabala is a highly skilled and experienced medical professional who has dedicated his career to helping patients with sleep disorders, respiratory issues, and critical care needs. He graduated from the Universidad Autonoma De Ciudad Juarez Instituto De Ciencias Biomedicas in 2004 with a specialization in Sleep Medicine, Critical Care Respiratory Therapy, Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pulmonology.

Since then, Dr. Arzabala has worked in Las Cruces, NM, gaining extensive experience in the field of medicine and pulmonology. He joined ACHSNM in May 2020 as the hospital’s Medical Director. Known for his compassionate care and commitment to providing the highest standard of medical treatment to his patients, Dr. Arzabala has become a respected figure in the medical community.

Throughout his career, Dr. Arzabala has helped countless patients with a variety of medical issues, ranging from sleep disorders to critical respiratory and pulmonary conditions. His expertise in these areas has made him a sought-after medical professional, with patients seeking him out for his specialized knowledge and compassionate care.

Christina Salazar, RN, Chief Operations Officer

As a registered nurse, Christina brings a passion for rehabilitation nursing to our leadership team.

Christina initially earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from New Mexico State University (Go Aggies!). She later returned to NMSU and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Presently, she is enrolled at Walden University to obtain her Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner.

She sits on the board of the New Mexico Organization of Nurse Leaders, where she serves as Region III director for Doña Ana County and sits as the chair of the legislative committee.

Christina was born and raised in Las Cruces. During her time off, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and family.

Melanie Gutierrez, RN, Chief Nursing Officer

As a registered nurse, Melanie has 15 years of critical care and nurse management experience. She has a passion for exceptional outcomes for all patients.

Melanie’s responsibilities include clinical nurse management of the rehabilitation and advanced care hospitals. She strives for all patients to have the best outcomes by delivering comprehensive, quality nursing care to the patients we serve.

Melanie earned an associate degree in nursing in 2007 and is currently obtaining her bachelor’s degree from Western Governors University. She has lived in Las Cruces for the past 13 years. She enjoys spending her time helping local animal rescue operations in Dona Ana County.

April Barela, MSN, RN, CCM, MRMC, Director of Patient Outcomes

April provides direction in care coordination and discharge planning for the case management team to ensure our clients receive exceptional, safe, quality, and cost-effective care.

A registered nurse and certified case manager, she brings more than ten years of clinical case management and 19 years of nursing experience to her role. April earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing administration from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and a volunteer on the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association’s credentialing committee.

Jennifer Risley, Director of Therapy

Jennifer is committed to learning and doing all she can to provide quality, state-of-the art, and patient-centered therapeutic services for everyone who walks through our doors. Jennifer has spent more than eight years as an occupational therapist with experience in critical care, inpatient rehab, home health services, and pediatrics. She is Neuro-IFRAH Certified with additional training in aquatic therapy and hippo-therapy.

Her responsibility is to oversee inpatient and outpatient therapy operations.

Jennifer gained her bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM, and then completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Jennifer loves helping others and now serves as secretary for the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army of Las Cruces.

Tyler Short, Director of Pharmacy Services

Tyler Short, a New Mexico native, completed three years of pharmacy-centered undergraduate work at New Mexico State University and went on to obtain his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University Of New Mexico College Of Pharmacy. While attending UNM, Tyler was recognized for outstanding intellectual achievement by induction into The Rho Chi Society (The Academic Honor Society in Pharmacy).

Tyler actively participates in community health through medication information lectures. With a strong interest in critical care, infectious disease, and cardiovascular medicine, he brings extensive clinical knowledge to the leadership team. With a passion for ensuring quality patient care through clinical management and cost-effective pharmaceutical care, Tyler’s goal is to advance the pharmacy profession.

Meghan Johnson, BSN, RN, Director of Compliance

Meghan is passionate that all patients receive the highest quality of care and constantly strives to assure the improvement of patient satisfaction and patients’ overall functional gains.

Meghan brings more than 15 years of compliance and critical care nursing experience to her role. She oversees the quality program, infection control, regulatory compliance, and health information management at the hospital.

A registered nurse, Meghan earned an associate degree in nursing from Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Heart Association.

In her spare time, Meghan enjoys spending time with her two children, who are very active in sports and other extracurricular activities, as well as attending church, watching and playing sports, and spending time outdoors.

Luis A. Roman, Director of Plant Operations

Luis is an El Paso, TX native and has more than 18 years of experience in hospital plant and operations.  Luis holds an Associate’s Degree from Western Tech in HVAC.  Luis has most recently been an engineering supervisor for the previous ten years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team.  As a Navy reservist, Luis has been formally trained as an equipment operator as well and will bring with him the comradery and training he received there to the benefit of our entire team and facility.

Joey Valenzuela, MHA, Director of Marketing & Business Development

Joey is a native of Las Cruces and possesses over 20 years of management and business development experience, the last of six of those years in the acute and post-acute healthcare industry. Joey is passionate about patient care and is invested in ensuring that every person receives the right care at the right time.

Joey received his bachelor’s degree in management and later his master’s degree in health administration from the University of Phoenix. He is currently working on his doctoral degree in healthcare administration and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

In Joey’s spare time, he is a father and enjoys working with children and teens in various youth groups. He also enjoys cooking and enjoying time with family.

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