Our Leadership Team

The leadership team at BenchMark is dedicated to providing patients with the highest possible care and empowering and inspiring people to reach their full potential. We are focused on treating patients with evidence-based, manual-therapy techniques provided by licensed clinicians that achieve the best possible outcomes. Our clinical culture is derived from highly educated, seasoned clinicians with advanced certifications and the heart to serve our patients and communities.
David Van Name
Chief Executive Officer
Dave believes strongly in the culture of BenchMark: providing the highest quality patient care, developing physical and occupational therapists to their full potential and giving back to the communities we serve.He has been part of Benchmark since 2004, and assumed the CEO position in 2006. Dave is leading Benchmark through the focused development of markets including clinical growth, acquisition, partnership, and de novo development while building a strong brand presence. He has held leadership positions in several healthcare and outpatient rehabilitation companies and is also the CEO of Benchmark’s parent company, Upstream Rehabilitation. Dave is an avid skier, a fan of his alma mater the University of Southern California, and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Steve McPherson
Chief Operating Officer
Steve oversees all of the company’s clinic and administrative operations. He brings to BenchMark 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry delivery focusing on development, operations, strategic planning, revenue cycle management and physician relations. His background includes management positions in several of the nation’s largest outpatient rehabilitation companies. Steve’s specializations include developing leadership teams, executing growth initiatives, and implementing operational improvements. Steve is married with three children, graduated from Southern Illinois University, and enjoys fly-fishing and golf, and roots for University of Alabama football.
Walt Porter
Senior Vice President of Operations
Walt holds responsibility for the growth and development of the company’s clinics, including both seasoned clinics and de novo openings. He has been instrumental in the growth of markets and clinic locations and pioneered Benchmark’s partnership growth model. Walt has been with Benchmark since 2002, and his direct reports include all of the company’s Regional Vice Presidents and Regional Directors. Walt is a licensed physical therapist and completed his undergraduate education at Troy State University, Master of Physical Therapy degree from Emory University, and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Walt loves playing golf and watching Alabama football, but his passion is coaching baseball for his sons.
Phil Christian
Senior Vice President of Business Development
Phil is responsible for creating and executing the company’s business development, partnership, and growth strategies. Phil brings to Benchmark 25 plus years of successful development, marketing, and communications experience and has held senior leadership positions responsible for creating and executing community outreach strategies to grow market share and brand identity. He has been invited to address state legislators on healthcare and education and has served at the appointment of the Alabama Governor on the Alabama Commission on Education Reform. He is passionate about fitness and an avid swimmer and golfer. Phil attended Penn State University and enjoys time with his wife and four children.
David Myers
Chief Clinical Officer
David leads the BenchMark Rehab Institute, including our Residency, Fellowship, and clinical education programs, along with our development programs such as our worker's compensation initiative. David was the first to partner with BenchMark Rehab Partners and the first Regional Director within the company. David is an instructor and a mentor for leadership and personal development programs. He has served on the US Olympic Sports Medicine Committee and is published in the areas of cardiovascular disease and evaluative techniques for cervical radiculopathies. David holds a teaching degree from Cedarville University, a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology/Cardiac Rehabilitation from the University of South Carolina and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University. Additionally, he is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, a Certified Integrative Manual Therapist and an ATC. David enjoys being a grandfather and spending time with his wife and children.
Krisi Probert
Senior Vice President of Clinical Services
Krisi is responsible for the development of programs, processes, and trainings to strengthen our clinical associates. She is instrumental in the creation, testing, implementation, and evaluation of initiatives to support company-wide strategic goals. She is a dynamic and passionate educator, committed to the growth and development of clinical associates at all levels. In addition to her role at BenchMark, she is a nationwide instructor in physical and occupational therapy continuing education, as well as an associate professor at Brenau University’s Occupational Therapy School, specializing in upper extremity anatomy, kinesiology, and healthcare business management. Krisi earned her Occupational Therapy degree at the Medical College of Georgia and her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at the University of Saint Augustine, and she is a Fellow of the American Society of Disability Evaluators. Krisi serves on the national legislative committees of both the AOTA and ASHT, and has published numerous journal articles, three instructional textbooks, and most recently, became a chapter author in Occupational Therapy in Acute Care. Krisi enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at her local church, and traveling.
Jennie Hobbs
Vice President, Human Resources
Jennie is a senior professional in human resources with more than twenty-five years of human resources leadership in a wide range of industries. She provides leadership guidance to our team through associate relations, compensation, benefits, training and strategic workforce planning. She is committed to impacting lives in a positive way, inspiring those around her to be the best and enhancing true passion in each person she encounters. Jennie earned a Management and Marketing degree from Baylor University, a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and wrote the book Dream Catchers: How to Get Your Dream Job In Any Economy. She enjoys spending time with her family, walking and unsweet tea.
Bryan Barganier
Chief Financial Officer
Bryan is responsible for the development and implementation of an efficient and highly scalable administrative infrastructure, comprising various business functions such as accounting, financial reporting and revenue cycle operations. Bryan has been with the company for 10 years and has over 19 years of healthcare industry experience. He is a strong financial leader, building a reporting infrastructure that provides metrics-driven visibility throughout the company. Bryan is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration from Troy University. Bryan is a devoted husband and father of four who enjoys spending time with his family and coaching youth sports.