532 Jefferson Terrace New Iberia, LA 70560
(337) 364-6923
(337) 608-0361

About Us

Iberia Rehabilitation Hospital is, The Joint Commission Approved, premier 24-bed in-patient physical rehabilitation facility. We have two campuses for our patients to recover close to their loved ones. Our 24-bed rehab hospital is in New Iberia Louisiana and our 16-bed campus is in Lafayette Louisiana. Both campuses offer a premier level of rehabilitation care under the direction and leadership of physicians who specialize in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Our mission and commitment is to help patients regain their maximum potential after a life-altering event.

“Personalized, Comprehensive, Physical Rehabilitation is what we do”. Our experienced Doctors and professional staff work together to attain the highest level of function to maximize our patient’s recovery. At Iberia Rehabilitation Hospital, We treat all of our patients as if they are family. We have a pleasant down-home family atmosphere that makes our patients feel comfortable, safe, and confident as they regain their physical independence. 

Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital, located in New Iberia, Louisiana offers a premier level of rehabilitation care under the direction and leadership of physicians who specialize in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Therese Ritter
and Dr. Stuart Begnaud.

Iberia Rehabilitation Hospital is under new ownership and Management effective April 2, 2009. For more information please contact MDA LLC. 

Patients of Iberia Rehabilitation Hospitals are under the care and supervision of two of the most experienced Rehabilitation Doctors in the Acadiana area, Dr. Therese Ritter and Dr. Stuart Begnaud.

Therese Ritter, MD

Therese L. Ritter, MD Graduated magna cum laude from college at LSU in Baton Rouge with a microbiology degree in 1986.
She then went on to medical school at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans for medical school from where she graduated in 1990.

She then completed two years of Internal Medicine training at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans followed by three years of physical medicine and rehabilitation residency training in LSU in New Orleans. She finished her residency in 1995 and became board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has maintained her board certification since then and has been in private practice as a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician in the Acadiana area since 1995. She was the first physical medicine and rehabilitation physician to have a full-time practice in New Iberia.

She has a solo private practice and as part of that, does inpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation care at Iberia Rehabilitation Hospital and is one of its founding physicians. Iberia Rehabilitation Hospital was started because there were no inpatient rehabilitation beds in New Iberia when Dr. Ritter started practicing there. It was those facts that led Dr. Ritter and others to get together to create an inpatient rehabilitation hospital in New Iberia so that local patients who needed that service would have access to it closer to home.

She prides herself on giving personal service to each patient she sees, providing them with a specific individual care plan that encompasses taking care of the whole patient, whether it is during their inpatient stay at Iberia Rehabilitation Hospital or when she sees them in her outpatient clinic next door.

Stuart Begnaud, MD

Dr. Stuart Begnaud was born in Lafayette, LA and raised in Acadia Parish. He is a graduate of USL (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. After one year of intern training in internal medicine at LSU, he completed three years of specialty residency training in physical medicine and  rehabilitation, culminating as Chief Resident in 1998. He has been in private practice in Lafayette for over 20 years.

In addition to caring for civilian patients, Stuart served as physician to soldiers in the Louisiana Army National Guard, honorably discharged after completing 8 years of service. As a lifetime learner, he remains a Board Certified Diplomat of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has continued to maintain the highest recertification standards for the most up to date treatments.  His practice is one of general rehabilitation, treating a wide variety of neurologic and  musculoskeletal disorders, with a particular interest and focus on stroke and spinal cord rehabilitation.  A proud Acadiana native, Dr. Begnaud has also provided medical mission work to Haiti and is an advocate for foster and adoptive care in Louisiana.  

Dr. Begnaud believes the best way to make an impact on the health of his patients is to encourage physical, spiritual and emotional well being through comprehensive and personalized care.  He also believes that care given by any medical professional is simply part of a process of healing as provided by our Creator.  Dr. Begnaud’s goal of treatment is to promote restorative care and maximization of function in order that an individual may continue to live as high quality of life as possible with the least possible residual impairment.