Meet Our Leaders

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Northwest 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

Dave Cox, Chief Executive Officer
Dave has been passionate about rehabilitative care for years, possessing more than 23 years of experience in rehabilitation. He is responsible for the oversight of operations, safety, and compliance of Rehabilitation Hospital of the Northwest.

Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carroll College, and another bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Washington. He is involved heavily in professional organizations such as the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Post Falls, Idaho, Chamber of Commerce. He serves as an advisory board member of the KROC Center of the Salvation Army. He also serves his community through the American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association.


Nicole Rostron, Director of Nursing
Nicole’s love of caring for people is evident in her actions every day as she leads the nursing management of our hospital.

Nicole has held numerous management and leadership positions as a registered nurse, most recently serving as nurse manager at a rehabilitation hospital in Arizona before coming to Rehabilitation Hospital of the Northwest. She also has served as a charge nurse in a mixed medical-surgical-telemetry and progressive care unit, as well as inpatient rehabilitation and in-home settings.

Nicole earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, and an associate’s degree in nursing and science from Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. In addition, she is certified in neuroscience nursing.

Nicole has been an expert lecturer and speaker at the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses National Conference. She is the member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau, an Honor Society of Nurses.

A North Idaho native, Nicole grew up in the Moscow/Pullman area. She has lived in Tucson, Ariz., Florida, Washington, and Melbourne, Australia.  Nicole is a busy mom with four children.  When she isn’t working or parenting, she loves to swim and read just about anything.


Ashley Bertagnole, Director of Therapy Operations
Ashley enjoys helping patients progress to their highest abilities possible through physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Bringing six years of experience to her role, Ashley earned a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences from Daemen College in Buffalo, N.Y. She then went on to earn a doctorate in physical therapy from Daemen College as well. She currently is Neuro-IFRAH certified.


Sue Jackman, Director of Clinical Compliance
Sue is a registered nurse with more than 40 years of experience, including 11 years in inpatient rehabilitation setting and 10 years in management. A certified rehabilitation registered nurse, Sue is responsible for the performance improvement, infection prevention, and regulatory compliance of the hospital.

She is a first-aid volunteer for local community events and a proud mom of two grown sons.


Travis Mendy, Director of Plant Operations
As a life-long resident of Northern Idaho, Travis has been a part of Ernest Health for over nine years as a maintenance mechanic. Travis also brings nine years of experience in Information and Technology, as well as over 15 years of janitorial and EVS.

Travis is an active member in the community and coaches youth sports. He loves the summer but enjoys winter time activities.

His hobbies include playing sports, riding ATVs, road trips with the family and being an amazing single father to his two sons.