Laredo 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
Carmen MacDonald, Chief Operating Officer
Having begun her career as a registered nurse 18 years ago, Carmen continues to enjoy the daily interaction with patients in her current role as she provides on-going support with the patients’ stays, helping them plan toward being discharged home.
Carmen began her nursing profession in San Antonio before moving to Laredo. In addition to working in hospitals, she also has been a clinical instructor at Texas A&M International University. Carmen served in a clinical liaison role prior to moving into case management.
Carmen earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas, and earned her Master’s degree in Nursing from Texas A& M in Corpus Christi. She is involved in her community through numerous volunteer activities, and currently teaches Sunday School at the Grace Bible School – Children’s Ministry.
Dr. Joseph Camero, Medical Director
Dr. Camero is responsible for the overall medical supervision of the hospital, which includes nursing and therapy staff, along with the main approval of all admissions and care plans.
Dr. Camero possesses deep experience in the healing profession, having spent 28 years as a physician, 17 of those as medical director of inpatient rehabilitation.
After completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, Dr. Camero earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee before completing an internship in internal medicine at the college. He completed a residency in neurology at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.
Magda Mendieta, Director of Compliance
With more than 25 years of nursing experience, Magda oversees the quality and regulatory compliance at the hospital, helping to ensure that our patients receive the highest level of care.
Magda is a registered nurse who earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Laredo Community College. She currently is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas in Arlington.
Magda is an international board-certified lactation consultant, and is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Texas Nurses Association (TNA).
In her spare time, Magda can be found spending time with her family and caring for her horses on their ranch.
Jennifer Duarte, Director of Pharmacy
Jennifer knows that good pharmaceutical management can play an integral role in our patients’ recoveries.
Jennifer brings more than 20 years of hospital, retail, and teaching experience to her role, serving as a clinical pharmacist and clinical coordinator. She earned a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Texas in Austin, and completed a residency in ambulatory care at Blackstock Family Clinic in Austin, Texas.
She serves as a preceptor to pharmacy student and interns, and is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
In her spare time, Jennifer volunteers with several religious organizations. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Maria Castillon, Director of Human Resources
Maria has been a human resources administrator for over 23 years for numerous large local, national and multi-national private and public organizations, health care providers and manufacturers.
Maria’ priority is to find, hire and retain the most qualified health care and professional staff with the skills, experience and commitment that contribute and assure the most beneficial services to our patients.
She earned a BA degree in Bilingual Education from the Universidad Regiomontana of Monterrey and has attended Laredo Community College.
In her spare time, Maria enjoys spending time with family, friends and traveling.
Joseph Troudt, Director of Therapy Operations
Joseph has dedicated his career to helping clients reach their full abilities and return to their homes. For the past five years, Joseph has been providing and managing care for his clients.
Joseph earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of North Dakota and currently is neuro-INFRAH certified.
Joseph is a member of American Occupational Therapy Association. He extends his dedication to high-quality care for the community by serving at the Hands and Feet Clinic of Laredo.
Wayne Deem, Director of Facilities Management
Wayne brings more than 25 years of experience to his position, with 13 of them in leadership and management.
Wayne’s varied experience has provided him insight to many aspects of facilities management. Along with past leadership positions, he has served as an HVAC/R technician, commercial and industrial refrigeration pipe fitter, and an industrial thermal cooling plant mechanic.
Wayne earned an associate’s degree in applied science from Laredo Community College and holds a HVAC/R certificate. He is involved with the Hospital Preparedness Program.
In his spare time, Wayne enjoys the outdoors, fishing, and camping with his family.
Carina Reyes, Director of Patient Outcomes and Case Management
Carina is passionate about helping to ensure that patients understand the steps in their recovery processes so they can receive the best results possible.
A registered nurse, Carina possesses more than five years of long-term acute care and rehabilitative experience. Before joining Laredo Rehabilitation Hospital, she worked in nursing and case management at Laredo Specialty Hospital. She joined the rehabilitative hospital when it opened its doors in January 2015, serving again in a nursing then case management role.
Carina earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas A&M International University, Canseco School of Nursing in Laredo, Texas.
When not working, Carina enjoys reading, writing poetry, traveling with her family, and walking her dogs.
Katherine Cardenas, Director of Nursing
Katherine’s passion to provide high quality nursing care shows in her actions every day.
A registered nurse, Katherine possesses more than six years of experience, having previously served in medical/surgical, oncology, and rehabilitation settings.
Katherine earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. She has served as a preceptor for nursing students and new nursing graduates as well.
When not working, Katherine can be found reading, spending time with her family, or volunteering at children’s summer sports camps in the community.