Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute in Galveston opened its doors to the Gulf Coast communities in 1982. Drawing over 40 years of experience in the field of post-acute brain injury rehabilitation, Moody Neuro in Galveston provides an important service to the Greater Houston area by serving adults with acquired brain injury the comprehensive, interdisciplinary services needed to re-enter the community.

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About Galveston

Moody Neuro in Galveston is located in the heart of a charming, historic neighborhood, complete with beautiful Victorian homes and palm trees, and only a short walk from the beach. The Moody Neuro campus is located on a public transit route and is only a few blocks from grocery stores, banks, the Strand entertainment district, and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) hospitals and clinics. Moody Neuro’s access to the community allows patients to practice important living skills in a real world, community context, better preparing them for re-entry into their respective discharge communities.

Therapy treatment is generally provided Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. by licensed clinical staff employed by the Moody Organization.

DADS#: 000551; 101548


Moody Neuro provides a wide range of therapeutic services, based on patient needs. With nursing staff on campus daily, Moody Neuro can provide medical monitoring and care for patients who are medically complex. For patients who are higher functioning physically and cognitively, and who have the potential to live independently and return to school or work, Moody Neuro provides on-site apartment trials and vocational rehabilitation services.

Neuropsychology & Counseling

Following brain trauma or acquired brain injury, patients may exhibit modifications to behavior, emotion, and cognitive abilities. The field of ... Read More neuropsychology seeks to understand how these modifications are correlated with the brain injury, providing an informed pathway toward progress, and a most effective rehabilitation regimen. At Moody Neuro, our Neuropsychology Department contributes to client care in three important ways: (1) comprehensive neuropsychological assessment, (2) cognitive rehabilitation and (3) management of emotional and behavioral problems. Upon admission, every client participates in a detailed assessment of his/her cognitive and emotional status. This comprehensive evaluation assesses all aspects of an individual’s cognitive skills: attention, planning and organization, language, visual processing skills, motor and sensory functioning, and memory. Patient mood and personality are also assessed. The results of this evaluation provide information about the client’s cognitive strengths, which allows the interdisciplinary treatment team to develop maximally-effective treatment plans and prioritize interventions. In addition, the neuropsychology team assists the client in adjusting to his/her disability, manages undesirable behaviors, provide individual and group therapy to survivors, and conducts family therapy when necessary. Read Less

Speech & Language

The ability to communicate is a vital part of everyday life. However, when a person experiences an acquired brain injury, ... Read More fundamental components to communication such as speech, or even swallowing my not be possible. Therefore, it is important that throughout the rehabilitation process, compensatory strategies and alternative methods of communication that utilize a patient's existing capabilities are maximized and expanded upon.  Our Speech and Language Pathology (SLP) Department evaluates and treats individuals with communication disorders including the ability to comprehend and express language. In addition to speech evaluations and treatment, speech language pathologists conduct swallowing evaluations and provide recommendations for meal preparation and food texture. The SLP department provides comprehensive augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) evaluations and conducts necessary treatment for individuals with persistent communication disorders. Read Less

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy plays a very important role in the rehabilitation process. Our Physical Therapy (PT) Department is committed to assisting ... Read More brain injury clients in fulfilling their goals related to their physical activity and motor control. Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants evaluate and address physical limitations and functional movements (i.e., walking) by focusing on muscle strength, flexibility and balance. The physical therapy department helps to train survivors of acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families in exercise programs, gait training, mobility and balance training, safe transferring techniques and the use of assistive devices or adapative equipment that may be necessary for the client’s independent and functional living. Read Less

Occupational Therapy

The "occupation" in occupational therapy (OT) refers to more than just paid employment. It encompasses everything that "occupies" a person’s ... Read More time. In other words, all of the daily activities that are a part of “the job of living.” When people are unable to perform these activities, they need help in order to succeed, either from other human beings, mechanical devices, or both. At Moody, our Occupational Therapy Department works closely with individuals and their families to achieve optimal independence. Under the direction of licensed occupational therapists, clients will participate in programs designed to increase basic motor and cognitive skills, upper body strength, mobility, and the ability to safely perform activities of daily living. In addition, individual compensatory strategies are developed to match client and family needs. Clients receive specialized training and equipment to promote independence with activities of daily living. The focus of the services is to train upper extremity function, self-care skills (e.g., showering, dressing, grooming), and advanced living skills (cooking, housekeeping, money management, mobility). The OT Department uses both simulated (i.e., virtual reality) and real-life experiences for training purposes. Read Less

Community Integration

Community integration involves enabling individuals with a brain injury to live successfully in their community and participate fully in all ... Read More aspects of community life. This means more than a return to doing what they loved to do before the illness or injury. It involves the ability to live in the way the patient chooses to live without barriers. Moody Neuro fosters a patient's growth in their new life in the community as opposed to the nuances of the medical facility where they achieved medical recovery. Therapists at Moody Neuro work with patients to develop safe, productive leisure activities to improve quality of life. New activities are learned and old activities are re-evaluated to determine the need for assistance and/or adaptive equipment. Apartment trials are provided for patients who have demonstrated independent and safe behaviors on campus. While in the apartment, these patients are expected to engage in real-life scenarios (e.g., meal preparation and clean-up) with guidance from licensed therapists. Read Less

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is an appropriate and effective alternative to conventional land-based treatment. Research demonstrates that patients receiving aquatic rehabilitation regain ... Read More functional range of motion and gait at a faster rate than through conventional physical therapy alone. Aquatic rehabilitation takes advantage of the buoyancy and neutral warmth of the water to lessen the weight bearing status on the joints and maximizes functional movement of the extremities through fluid resistance, hydrostatic pressure or constant sensory input and specific gravity. The benefits include increased strength and endurance, range of motion, gait and balance, which result in the decreased need for patient compensation. Co-treatment is given by our Physical, Occupational and Recreational Therapy departments. Patients participate in aquatics groups focused on stretching and range of motion to active games and individual and team activities. Read Less


At Moody Neuro, the process of recovering from a brain-injury is comprehensive and immersive. As a result, it is necessary ... Read More that certain patients conduct post-acute rehabilitation, or receive long-term care in a residential setting. During their time at Moody Neuro, we strive to provide the highest-quality patient experience to the patient as well as peace of mind for their loved ones.  Residential therapies encompass a wide array of activities each aimed a maintaining the comfort of patients while encouraging continued progress. Our Residential Department provides a full range of residential services for survivors of brain injury. They offer: round-the-clock supervision; observation and documentation of behaviors; assisting with activities of daily living (ADLs); ensuring the safety and security of clients; implementing treatment techniques; following therapist recommendations related to cognitive, behavioral, and physical limitations; assisting with toileting, feeding, and personal hygiene; providing feedback on the application of recommendations; aiding clients in attending scheduled therapy sessions and appointments; and assisting with the adjustment to a residential rehabilitation treatment setting. Read Less


As pioneers in post-acute brain injury treatment and rehabilitation, Moody Neuro leverages a portfolio of advanced treatment technologies and equipment ... Read More to help patients regain independence and an enhanced quality of life.Assistive technology includes any device utilized by an individual with a disability to maximize independence and allow for maximum community reintegration. For brain injury survivors, assistive technology can be as simple and low-tech as a spiral notebook to help with organization and memory, or as sophisticated as a computer-powered vocal assistant to aid with communication. The following innovative technologies complement the talents of our human staff, furthering our rehabilitation capabilities and value to the patient. LOCOMAT® The world’s leading robotic medical device, the Locomat provides highly intensive rehabilitation to increase the strength of muscles and the range of motion of joints in order to improve walking. BIONIK INMOTION ROBOTIC ARM  InMotion Interactive Therapy enables clinicians to efficiently deliver intensive motor therapy to help patients regain motor function following a neurological condition or injury.  This new generation InMotion ARM is an evidence-based neurorehabilitation technology that provides patients with real-time Assistance-as-Needed™. The InMotion ARM quietly monitors the patient’s movements during therapy while it gently assists where needed to help them complete various motor therapy activities. MOVEO XP The Moveo XP is a weight bearing exercise platform for patients who need full body weight support in order to be able to exercise and participate in the rehabilitation process. It is ideal for patients with conditions such as: lower extremity weaknesses, poor postural control, poor muscle control, and decreased lower extremity range of motion.MYRO BY TYRMOTION The Myro is a touch and pressure sensitive screen that provides bio feedback to therapist and patient alike. Utilizing a variety of attachments to target different grips and movements while also using interactive screen activities to test cognition and visual acuity. DRIVING SIMULATOR Our driving simulator allows patients to test the necessary skills to drive without risking safety. With multiple settings including traffic, day vs night and rural vs urban driving it is possible to simulate a variety of real world situations. We also have adaptions to allow those without use of lower extremities to use hand control for acceleration and break BIONESS L300GO AND H200 The L300 go utilizes FES (functional electrical stimulation) to improve thigh weakness and foot drop to allow patients improved independence and functional mobility. It can be worn throughout the day allowing movement withoutwires. The H200 Wireless Hand Rehabilitation System is an easy-tooperate system that helps the patient achieve recovery goals. Reaching, grasping, opening and closing the hand are all possible in a functional capacity using this device ZeroG The ZeroG Gait and Balance system is a robotic body-weight support system attached to a motorized trolley that rides along a ceiling-mounted track to help patients regain the ability to walk and maintain balance. When patients use ZeroG, they are safe and cannot fall, yet can be challenged as they progress. Activities such as walking up steps, getting off the floor, or navigating rough terrain are real-life demands that patients can practice with the ZeroG. Read Less


Out-patient services are recommended and provided depending upon the presenting needs, preferences, and available resources of the patient. Numerous studies ... Read More have demonstrated the benefit of both multidisciplinary and single service out-patient treatment for moderate to severe acquired brain injury. Results of these studies showed significant improvement in motor performance (i.e., balance, endurance, ambulation), cognition (attention, memory, information processing speed), and activities of daily living (ADL’s) following intensive outpatient therapy. Improvements in motor, cognitive, and daily living skills were shown to significantly decrease function dependence and promote community integration. Patients receiving out-patient services meet the same admission criteria as those receiving comprehensive residential treatment. Those criteria include: primary diagnosis of acquired brain injury (i.e., traumatic brain injury, stroke, anoxic and other encephalopathies, brain tumor, etc.); 16 years of age or older (younger adolescents are considered on a case by case basis); ability to participate in and benefit from up to 5-6 hours of skilled therapy per day; the patient is medically stable (i.e., the patient does not require 24-hour skilled nursing care); the patient is self-preserving (i.e., not a danger to self or others); and the patient has been free from chemical substances (i.e., “clean & sober”) for 30 consecutive days. Generally, patients must be 16 years of age or older to participate in the out-patient programs. Moody Neuro PABI programs typically serve 1-2 adolescents per year. 2. Occasionally, Moody Neuro will provide outpatient services to patients that have co-occurring limb loss, spinal cord injury (SCI) or have a SCI without acquired brain injury. In order to participate in rehabilitation programming, it is necessary for brain injury patients with co-occurring SCI or SCI only to have some use of their hands for mobility, ADL’s performance and bowel and bladder care. Patients with incomplete spinal cord injuries at the C 5-6 level, who have sensory and motor function preserved below the neurological level of injury with more than half of key muscles having a grade of 3 (active movement against gravity), and the potential for recovery of function, are appropriate for admission. Patients with complete spinal cord injuries at or below the T-1 level are appropriate for admission. 3. During the 2018-19 fiscal year, Moody Neuro Galveston did not serve any SCI patients in the out-patient setting. Moody Neuro Lubbock program served three (3) patients with SCI in the out-patient setting. 4. Additionally, Moody Neuro out-patient programs will consider accepting patients with portable nasal cannula oxygen on a case-by-case basis.  A patient may transition from the Residential PABI program to the Outpatient program if the patient has made progress enough to live supported in their own home environment, the clinical teams deems it appropriate and if the funding source permits. Read Less

Key Staff

Moody Neuro in Galveston staff are specialized in brain injury treatment and rehabilitation and have a thorough understanding of the cognitive and physical needs of individuals with acquired brain injury. Get to know the Galveston team here.

Norman Singer

Residential Manager - Galveston
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Ana V. Durand-Sanchez, MD

Medical Director, Galveston
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Susan Barnes, LCSW

Galveston Program Director
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Jeff Eppinette, MBA, FHFMA

President & CEO
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John W. Wood II, MBA

Chief Operating Officer
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Lori Stacks, PT, DPT

Chief Clinical Officer
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Card game among patients during recreational therapy at Moody Neuro Institute Galveston

Location Activities

The Therapeutic Recreation Department at Moody Neuro develops cognitive and social skills through leisure activities of interest to the patients. The recreation staff encourages patients to rediscover hobbies, develop new interests, and explore recreational resources available to them. The goal is to help individuals plan, organize and enjoy their leisure time: and at the same time, improve their social interaction skills. The staff also arranges for trainees to attend local events such as:

  • Mardi Gras Galveston
  • Dickens on the Strand
  • Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo
  • Professional basketball and baseball games

Our patients also participate in several camps throughout the year as well as the adaptive water sports event sponsored by Texas Adaptive Aquatics held at Moody Gardens. The camps are located in the beautiful Hill Country near Brenham, TX. Patients participate in a number of outdoor activities including archery, kayaking, and horseback riding. All activities are designed and lead by trained individuals to ensure a safe yet fun event. Our goal for our patients is to provide an activity that engages them in a social activity where they can apply learned therapeutic strategies.

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