Meet Our Leaders

Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute 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

Richard Schulz, Chief Executive Officer
Richard possesses nearly 20 years of extensive experience in healthcare administration and finance, and he is passionate about sharing those skills with the Upstate community. He has served in various financial leadership positions within hospitals in Florida, Maryland, and Virginia before coming to South Carolina.

After securing his bachelor’s degree in public administration from Georg Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Richard went on to earn his master’s degree in healthcare administration from Walden University, Minneapolis, MN. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Richard enjoys serving the Spartanburg community as a Rotarian and is a member of the board of directors for the Salvation Army of Spartanburg. He currently resides in Spartanburg with his wife of 15 years, Sally, and his two children, Richard and Natalie.

Dr. Timothy Murphree, Medical Director
Dr. Murphree has practiced in the acute rehabilitation setting for more than 20 years and is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and neurology. His specialty training includes physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as neurology. He has served as an assistant professor at a medical university and as medical director for other acute rehabilitation hospitals in South Carolina and Austin, Texas.

Dr. Murphree earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., and a doctor of medicine degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. He completed an internship and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y., and a second residency in neurology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.

His is a member of the Southern Medical Association, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the York County Medical Society.

Heather Crisp, Director of Compliance
With 22 years of experience of bedside nursing and management, Heather brings skill and talent to her work. She oversees quality and regulatory compliance at the hospital, thus assuring our patients the very best of care.

Heather earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. Today, Heather enjoys giving back to her community by participating in Relay for Life and through volunteering with the American Red Cross. She was born and raised in Spartanburg, S.C., and lives here with her husband, Frank, and two sons, Cameron and Cason.

Kali Junker, Director of Nursing Operations
Kali’s calling to become a nurse started in the 6th grade after she shadowed a public health nurse practitioner as part of a Girl Scout project. Now 18 years into her career, Kali’s passion for nursing care still continues to grow.

A registered nurse, Kali has worked and traveled throughout the United States and the Caribbean in a variety of leadership roles. Her resume includes experience in rehabilitation, orthopedics, neurology, case management, home health, and program development. Kali earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, and she is an accredited case manager. She brings energy, enthusiasm, and focus to whatever she is doing.

When not working, Kali spends time with her husband raising their two daughters and can be found on their hobby farm dabbling in “do-it-yourself” projects, exploring the wilderness in the greater upstate area, and working towards completing her graduate degree.

Shawn Basile, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy
With nearly 22 years of pharmacy experience, Shawn has worked in various pharmacy settings including retail and hospital pharmacy. During that time, Shawn has worked as a staff pharmacist for CVS Health, pharmacy manager for Walmart Pharmacy, and a medication safety/lead pharmacist for UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Shawn earned his bachelor’s degree from Mercyhurst University and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy in Erie, PA.

Originally from Punxsutawney, PA (home to Punxsutawney Phil), he moved to Erie where he met his wife, Sarah. They have three beautiful daughters who enjoy putting makeup on their Dad, including him in various karaoke renditions, and being treated like princesses. He currently resides in Duncan, SC. In his free time, Shawn enjoys completing home projects and rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers as well as the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Art Kirkland, Director of Marketing & Business Development
Art has over 14 years of experience in healthcare leadership and marketing and 10 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities and special needs. Art’s passion for helping others is on display daily as he works to ensure those in need of physical rehabilitation have the knowledge of services provided in their community and access to those services.

A licensed social worker, Art earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Limestone College in Gaffney, SC.

Art resides in Greenwood, SC, and enjoys serving his community as an active Rotarian and spending time with his wife, Julie, and their twin daughters, Mackenzie and Taylor.

Michael Young, Director of Culinary Services
With nearly 25 years of experience, Michael brings careful attention and creative skill to our culinary services.

Michael was awarded his certification in culinary arts from Midlands Technical College in Columbia, S.C. He is certified by the Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals, with an advanced certification in nutrition. He also has earned a Servsafe certification.

Currently, Michael serves as a consultant with Browning Geriatrics, and he participates in a mentoring program for students studying culinary education. Originally from the Upstate, he and his wife, Amy, and two children, Abigail and Jessica, continue to enjoy the area.

Traci Traynham, Human Resource Director
Traci loves working with people and watching them strive to become the best they can be. 

Traci possesses more than 30 years of experience in human resources, with 18 being spent as a human resources manager at a local manufacturing plant. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of South Carolina Spartanburg (now called University of South Carolina Upstate).

She currently lives in Moore, S.C., with her husband of 26 years. They have two grown children. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, church, scrapbooking and watching football. She especially enjoys watching her son’s college football games.