March 2, 2009


Governor Haley Barbour announced today the appointment of Tamra SuAnn Poole of Brookhaven, Phil Rasberry of Laurel and Mary A. Mistal of Ridgeland to the State Board of Physical Therapy.

The State Board of Physical Therapy oversees the licensing and regulation of physical therapists.

“I appreciate Mrs. Poole, Mr. Rasberry and Mrs. Mistal for dedicating their valuable time to public service,” Governor Barbour said. “Their collective experience is much needed as we help grow and regulate one of the most popular areas of medicine today.”

Poole, who replaces Joe Tufts, has been a physical therapy assistant at Kings Daughters Medical Center for 10 years. She also is a member of the Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Poole is an ambassador for the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. She received her associate’s degree in physical therapy assistance at Pearl River Community College. She and her husband, David, have one son, William David.

Rasberry, who replaces Susan Pearson, has served as director of rehabilitation services at South Central Regional Medical Center for 33 years. He is the former director of the Southern District Mississippi Physical Therapy Association. Rasberry received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also received an Institute of Physical Therapy Certificate from the University of St. Augustine. He and his wife, Karen, have two children, Clark Rasberry and Erin Napier.

Mistal, who replaces Quionsetta Franklin, has worked as a staff physical therapist at Sta-Home Health and Hospice for almost four years. She is a past member of the Rotary Club. She was clinical director of early intervention and pediatrics at Mid-South Rehab Services in Ridgeland and was project coordinator for the Easter Seals in Chicago. She received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Mississippi and participated in post-graduate studies in vocational rehabilitation at Eastern Montana College. She and her husband, Dr. C.M. Webber, have one son, Sean P. Connolly. They attend St. Mark’s Methodist Church in Brandon.