Nova Featured Employee – Michael

Michael Couch has been a driving force at Nova Medical Centers for more than 13 years. He currently serves as the Industrial Director for Houston East. After completing both a Bachelor’s degree and a Masters degree in Human Performance at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Michael became a leading figure at Nova. His expertise ranges from building lasting relationships with each of his clients to assisting DOT clients with questions they may have about sleep apnea, high blood pressure, diabetes and other symptoms. He believes that a key part of his job is building trust with his clients and being there for them when they need him.

Throughout his successful career, he has built an understanding of the East Side of Houston through his ability to work with multiple types of businesses. His knowledge of OSHA has helped him bridge the gap between Nova’s services and companies that are very OSHA sensitive in this part of Houston. Many of these companies are under various OSHA Surveillance Requirements and are concerned with OSHA Recordability. Michael’s knowledge and initiative have helped him build lasting relationships with these clients as well.

Michael Couch has been married to his beautiful wife, Carolyn, for almost 24 years. They both adore their precious cat, who they named Funny Face. In his free time, Michael loves to spend time outdoors with his friends and family. He also enjoys seeing live music shows, fishing, relaxing with the occasional Starbucks, and watching his favorite college team, the University of Houston Cougars, play.

Thank you for your dedication and hard work at Nova Medical Centers, Michael!


Nova Culture

Nova Medical Centers is one of the leading occupation healthcare providers in the nation. Our journey began 25 years go in Conroe, Texas with a single facility dedicated to providing the highest level of healthcare to patients suffering from musculoskeletal injuries. Today, over 49 Nova facilities provide treatment to 40,000 injuries each year and attend to more than 60,000 patient visits annually across Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Indiana. We acknowledge that our success depends heavily on keeping our Nova Culture alive which relies on 3 key aspects:

Our Mission and Vision

We are transforming the occupational health industry through exceptional service, outcomes, and inNOVAtion. Outstanding patient service in our facilities, extraordinary enhancements in our technologies for our staff members and remarkable improvements in our services for our clients all assist in successfully executing our mission.  Continuing on this path will allow us to deliver incomparable occupational healthcare coast to coast.

Ethics and Compliance

At Nova Medical Centers, we have a comprehensive Ethics and Compliance program which is an integral part of the way we care for patients and conduct business with our clients and occupational healthcare partners. We not only meet but exceed all standards set forth by OSHA, ADA, NIOSH and state and federal guidelines.


Quality, respect, service, and teamwork are values at the center of all that we do. We understand the importance of supporting our staff members in flourishing their passion in order to deliver quality service to patients. We respect every single role and partnership involved in making our mission a reality. Working together as a team builds trust and strong communication with our patients, staff, clients, and business partners.

With continuous growth and evolvement in the occupational health industry, it is reassuring to have the consistency of our Nova culture to help guide our decisions and remind us of our mission in providing transformational and exceptional services to our patients, clients, and team members.

At Nova Medical Centers, we aim to be the best in the industry and pride ourselves in providing exceptional services. Our Nova Culture has played an extensive role in revolutionizing the occupational health industry.  Contact Us for more information on how you can be part of the expedition. Our friendly staff and team of experts are here to meet all your occupational health needs.

National Doctor's Day

Happy National Doctor’s Day: Meet Dr. John G. Speck M.D.

It’s National Doctor’s Day, an annual observance aimed at appreciating physicians everywhere. The holiday started in 1933 in Winder, Georgia, and since then it’s been held every year on March 30.

We want to say “thank you” to all of the physicians, here at Nova Medical Centers, as well as our colleagues and friends in the industry. We honor and appreciate your dedication to the profession.

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Today is the perfect day to give a great big shout out to Dr. G. Speck M.D. He has been with us for almost three years and has gone over and beyond the call for Nova Medical Centers. Recently, he took the FAA course in Oklahoma enabling our organization to do flight physicals. He says this about his love for flying:

“I had my first solo flight at 16 years old and earned my private pilot license at 17 years old. I have enjoyed general aviation as an exciting hobby and past time. My father, who has been an AME for 30 years, has always told me how much he has enjoyed working with fellow pilots. A career in occupational medicine gives me the perfect opportunity to merge these two exciting fields.”

History of National Doctor’s Day

Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. This first observance included the mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors. On March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors’ Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctor’s Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30th as “National Doctor’s Day.”

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Meet Dr. Andrea Hull, PT, DPT Supervising Physical Therapist

Nova Medical Centers is pleased to announce Dr. Andrea Hull, PT, DPT in her new role as Supervising Physical Therapist at our Lubbock location. She has been with the company for one year and six months and her leadership within the company shines. Join us in congratulating her!


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How long have you been with Nova?

One year and six months

Why did you decide to go into the healthcare industry?

I chose the healthcare industry because I take joy in helping people and felt that healthcare was an area where I would be most effective.

What do you like best about working at Nova?

I enjoy working at Nova Medical Centers because I know the company is committed to excellence. In addition, Nova supports it’s physical therapists in furthering both their skill set and career as a whole.

Fun fact about you:

I’ve been swimming with sharks! 🙂

The best advice you were ever given:

I don’t know if it was the best advice I’ve ever been given, but my basketball coach in high school loved quotes. One of his favorites being:

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke.

I still think about this quote from time to time, remembering that work ethic is imperative in reaching goals and that those goals are not obtained without sacrifice.

What you are looking forward to the most with this promotion:

I’m looking forward to working with the staff in Lubbock and taking an additional responsibility at improving my skill set as well as using my current skills to help develop the market.

Looking for a career in physical therapy ? We would love for you to be a part of the Nova Family! Check out the job opportunities at Nova Medical Centers by clicking here.

Thoracic Rotation

Video of the Week: Phase 2 Thoracic Rotation with Stability Ball

Dr. York, PT, DPT, demonstrates an exercise utilizing a stability ball for shoulder, core or trunk stabilization. It’s a great exercise for occupational athletes who work on assembly lines or moving from side-to-side.

Follow Nova Medical Centers on YouTube for more physical therapy videos.

Looking for a job in physical therapy? Check Nova Medical Centers’ job listings!

CSM Sessions

Five CSM Sessions We Don’t Want to Miss

The countdown is on for our physical therapy team as they gear up for APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, California. Last week, Dr. Andrea Hull, PT, DPT gave us five things you need to survive CSM 2016. Don’t forget that name tag! Today, it’s all about the CSM sessions. Here are Dr. Hull’s top five session recommendations for Physical Therapists who will be in attendance.

Warning. She talks in hashtags. You should too!

1. The Many Faces of Sports Physical Therapy #occupationalathletes #nova

2. Mirror, Mirror, in my Brain: Graded Motor Imagery to Improve Clinical Outcomes #outcomemeasures #improving #getpaid

3. Why and How Exercise Is the Best Treatment for Tendinopathy #overuse #alldaylong

4. Evidenced-Based Approach for Selection and Application of Strength and Neuromuscular Control Exercises for ACL Rehabilitation #showmetheresearch

5. Sports Medicine Secrets for the Advanced Orthopaedic Clinician #OCSgettin #frontrowsittin

Dr. Hull PT DPT

Dr. Andrea Hull, PT, DPT graduated from Southwest Baptist University in 2014 and is originally from Missouri. September 2016 she will be celebrating two years with Nova Medical Centers. Dr. Hull enjoys running, hiking, and travel. This will be her first time attending CSM.

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Meet Kemon Simon, Team Lead DFW Ft. Worth North

Nova Medical Centers is pleased to announce Kemon Simon in his new role as Market X-Ray Tech-LMRT to Team Lead at our DFW Ft. Worth North location. He has been with the company for just six months, but his hard work is already shining through! Join us in congratulating him.

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How long have you been with Nova?

Six months

Why did you decide to go into the healthcare industry?

Because I’ve always been fascinated with X-rays since a young age

What do you like best about working at Nova?

Nova is a great company to work for, I like that the employees hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.

Fun fact about you:

I will dance to anything

The best advice you were ever given:

Don’t be afraid to try something new. Just show up and give your best.

What you are looking forward to the most with this promotion:

Getting to learn more about Nova and handling more responsibilities.

Looking for a career in occupational health? We would love for you to be a part of the Nova Family! Check out the job opportunities at Nova Medical Centers by clicking here.

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Meet Dr. Angel Williams, Supervising Physical Therapist

Nova Medical Centers is pleased to announce Dr. Angel Williams, PT, DPT in her new role from Staff Physical Therapist to Supervising Physical Therapist at the San Antonio – Downtown clinic. As of December 1, she has been with the company for one year. Join us in congratulating her!

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Why did you decide to become a physical therapist?

My grandfather had a stroke and I use to attend his therapy sessions at Health South; which sparked my interest in physical therapy. I, then, began to shadow a physical therapist and I said to myself, “I want to do this.” I would love to help someone improve their mobility.

What do you like best about working at Nova?

I really love that Nova Medical Centers invests in their therapists and focuses on improving professional development.

Fun fact:

I love the Ultrasound machine!! Some may beg to differ!!

The best advice you were ever given:

I have two bits of advice… 1.) All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort and effort means work. 2.) What you achieved is not what defines you, its what you have overcome.


Looking for a career in occupational health? We would love for you to be a part of the Nova Family! Check out the job opportunities at Nova Medical Centers by clicking here.