Elliott & Associates

Professional Staff

Ascendant Consulting, Inc. encompasses a team of professionals that are available to meet the life care planning and vocational rehabilitation needs of clients throughout Mississippi and the Southeastern United States. Our qualified experts include:


David E. Stewart, M.A., CRC, LPC, CLCP, ABDA

David Stewart is the founder of Ascendant Consulting, Inc. He has 30 years’ experience in rehabilitation, with over 20 years of rehabilitation supervisory experience. Mr. Stewart has held leadership positions in the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) and has presented on rehabilitation-related topics in a variety of national and regional forums.


Nancy Hamblin, R.N.,CCM,CLNC
Rehabilitation Nurse Case Manager

Ms. Hamblin is a registered nurse with a strong hospital background in neuro, critical care, and rehabilitation. She possesses over 20 years experience in private rehabitation and is a trusted resource for case management and life care planning. In her career she has worked for two large insurance carriers.


Daniel V. Turner, M.Ed., CRC
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Daniel V. Turner is a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor who began working at Ascendant Consulting, Inc. in 2011.  He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and Auburn University.  Daniel’s areas of practice include Job Placement Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Evaluations, Vocational Expert Testimony, and Labor Market Research.  Daniel is also actively involved in research related to vocational issues in litigated cases.  Daniel is currently the President of the Mississippi Chapter of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals and was a co-presenter of “The Reasonable Job Search Question” at the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals annual conference, in November 2013.

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Kwadis Beard, OTR/L, CLCP

We are pleased to announce a new associate has joined our group Mr. Kwadis Beard is a very experienced occupational therapist. He completed his life care planning certification in 2013. Mr. Beard is a native of New Albany, Mississippi. He brings great enthusiasm and expertise to our group. We are very pleased Mr. Beard has chosen to associate himself  with Ascendant Consulting, and we know that our clients will benefit from his expertise.


Barbara B. Puryear, RN,MS,CCM,CLCP

Ms. Puryear holds a Masters degree in Nursing. She has extensive experience in case management and life care planning, having served as a nursing instructor as well as a staff nurse for a large insurance company.


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