Allied Health Faculty

Athletic Training

    James T. Crawley, M.Ed., ATC, PT

    Program Director, Assistant Professor

    Phone:  845-848-6004

    BS, Physical Education/Athletic Training – Towson State University
    M.Ed., Sports Medicine/Athletic Training – University of Virginia
    M.S. Physical Therapy – Dominican College

    James Crawley was appointed the first Program Director of Athletic Training in August 1998. Jim has overseen the Athletic Training Program’s through its candidacy stage and directed the Program towards initial accreditation by CAATE. Jim has brought a wealth of Athletic Training experience to his position as Program Director. This extensive experience included Athletic Training at The United States Military Academy, Monmouth University, and MARC Physical Therapy.

    Mr. Crawley teaches Therapeutic Modalities, Therapeutic Exercise, Organization and Administration of Athletic Training, Pathology and Management of Athletic Injuries I & II and Introduction to Athletic Training. Additionally, Jim is responsible for program administration, student recruitment, student advisement, and curriculum review and academic planning. Jim also serves on several college committees. He is also the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative and has served on the NCAA Division II Management Council, the Division II Degree Completion Award Committee, and the Competitive Safeguard & Medical Aspect of Sports Committee.

    Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/Athletic Training from Towson State University in 1985 and his Master of Education in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training from the University of Virginia in 1986. Jim completed his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Dominican College in 2004. Jim has two beautiful twin-daughters, Nicole and Jennifer, and resides in Manhattan with his wife Martha.

        Jenna Tacinelli Hach, MS, LAT, ATC, CCT, CKTP, ITAT

        Clinical Education Coordinator and Assistant Professor

        Phone:  845-848-6003

        B.S., Athletic Training – Canisius College
        M.S., Exercise Physiology/Cardiac Rehabilitation – Canisius College

        Jenna Tacinelli Hach joined the Dominican College Athletic Training Program in August of 2007. As the Clinical Education Coordinator, Jenna is responsible for many facets of the program. Jenna is responsible for maintaining all aspects of the program’s relationships with clinical sites. These duties include, but are not limited to, creating clinical affiliations, performing clinical site visitations and monitoring clinical proficiencies. Under Jenna’s leadership, the program’s number of clinical sites utilized by the students has dramatically increased since Jenna’s arrival. Jenna has proven to be an asset to The Athletic Training program as it continues to grow since her appointment.

        Jenna specializes in both Cardiac Rehabilitation/Health & Human Performance and Sports Medicine/Athletic Training. Her passion for anatomy and physiology along with her vast clinical experience has allowed her to become a unique professor. Jenna’s courses include, but are not limited to, Assessment of Athletic Injuries I & II, Health Assessment, and AT Technique Labs V & VI. She is an active member of several committees at the campus and is the mentor of the Athletic Training Iota Tau Alpha Athletic Training Honor Society.

        Prior to her faculty appointment here at Dominican College, Jenna was the second shift Head Athletic Trainer and Exercise Physiologist/Staff Specialist at the General Motors Tonawanda Facility. She was responsible for all aspects of patient orthopedic care in addition to maintaining all on-floor intervention programs. Jenna’s diverse athletic training career also includes the Adjunct Faculty position she held at her alma mater, Canisius College’s Undergraduate Athletic Training & Physical Education Program.

        Jenna received both her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and her Master of Science in Health & Human Performance at Canisius College. She holds additional certifications as a Certified Cardiographic Technician and ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer, as well as an American Red Cross Instructor and Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner.

            Samantha James, MS, ATC

            Head Athletic Trainer, Preceptor and Adjunct Faculty

            Phone:  845-848-7709

            B.A. – SUNY Stony Brook
            M.S., Athletic Training – Long Island University

            Samantha James began working at Dominican College in August 2004 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. She was promoted to Head Athletic Trainer in August of 2007. Samantha’s classroom teaching includes: Athletic Training Techniques I & II, which includes emergency response training and the application of taping, wrapping and bracing techniques. She also teaches CPR/ AED for the Professional Rescuer, Oxygen Administration and First Aid as part of the curriculum for AT 118 – Introduction to Athletic Training. Prior to coming to Dominican College, she was the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Iona College for 3 years.

            She began her athletic training career at Stony Brook University, where she started a student internship program. After graduating from SUNY Stony Brook in May 1997, she decided to complete the internship program by pursuing her Master’s degree in Athletic Training at Long Island University and finishing her clinical hours at Pace University. After graduating from LIU in September of 1999, she began working at HealthSouth Sports Physical Therapy Clinic as a rehabilitation technician and Athletic Trainer for the local high schools.

            Samantha currently resides in Rockland County with her husband Mark and their two daughters, Haven and Celeste.

                Dr. Richard L. Popowitz

                Northeast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Medical Director

                    Dr. Jason E. Fond

                    Northeast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Team Physician

                        Dr. Barry S. Kraushaar

                        Northeast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Team Physician

                            Dr. Robert M. Conenello

                            Orangetown Podiatry, Team Podiatrist

                                Lynda Chesterman

                                Director of the Student Health Center

                                Phone: (845) 848-7917

                                Lynda Chesterman, RN, BSN, MA, ANP-BC, has over twenty eight years of nursing experience in college health, occupational health, women’s health and critical care. She served as the Staff Nurse Practitioner from 2001-2008 in the Dominican College Student Health Center and took over in 2008 as the Director.

                                Board Certified by the ANCC, Lynda received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Pace University and her Masters of Arts as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from New York University. She is a member of both the NPA – New York State Nurse Practitioner Association and the ACHA – American College Health Association.

                                In addition to her role as the Student Health Center Director, she has taught as an adjunct faculty member and is currently a clinical preceptor in the Division of Nursing in Undergraduate, Accelerated and Graduate Programs. Her professional interests also include wellness and health promotion.

                                    Julie Albrecht

                                    Assistant Director of the Student Health Center

                                    Phone: (845) 848-7923

                                    Julie Albrecht, RN, BSN, MS, FNP-BC, has over eighteen years of experience in internal medicine & college health as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She began as a Staff Nurse Practitioner in 2009 in the Dominican College Student Health Center, and prior to that worked in private practice for 10 years.
                                    Board Certified by the ANCC, Julie received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from University at Buffalo and her Masters of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Pace University. She is a member of the New York State Nurse Practitioner Association and the American College Health Association.

                                    In addition to working at the Student Health Center, she is an adjunct faculty member and clinical preceptor in the Division of Nursing in Undergraduate, Accelerated and Graduate Programs. On campus, Julie focuses on assisting students in becoming more active and independent participants in their own health care.

                                        Kerry Zona

                                        Administrative Assistant

                                        Phone:  845-848-6005

                                        Kerry Zona has been working at Dominican College since August 2017 as an Administrative Assistant for the Athletic Training Program. Kerry prepares files, spreadsheets, schedules appointments, and deals with incoming clinical students, as well as, performing other administrative duties as requested.

                                        Kerry worked at Prosight Specialty Insurance in New York City for 22 years and was promoted to Senior Loss Adjuster. While achieving this, she took courses at St. John’s University and received an Underwriting Certificate. In 1988, Kerry received her Bachelor of Business from Iona College with a major in Marketing. Kerry Zona coordinates a “Run for Fun” for the last fourteen years in memory of a fallen firefighter and volunteers at St. Catharine’s Parish. During the school year, Kerry helps organize fund raising for Bergen Catholic “Crusaders” for cancer and assisted the AT Honor Society.

                                        Kerry currently resides in Rockland County with her husband Michael and children Matthew and Emily.

                                          Occupational Therapy

                                            Pam Story

                                            Assistant Professor, Director Division of Allied Health, Program Director and Coordinator of Graduate Academics and Advising Graduate Occupational Therapy Program

                                            (845) 848-6039

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                                            B.S., Utica College of Syracuse University
                                            O.T.D., Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

                                                Sandra Block

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                                                B.S., Dominican College
                                                M.S., Dominican College
                                                OTD, Chatham University

                                                    Catherine Cavaliere

                                                    Assistant Professor

                                                    Phone: (845) 848-6034

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                                                    B.A., Catholic University
                                                    Post Baccalaureate Certificate in OT, Quinnipiac University
                                                    Ph.D., Seton Hall University

                                                    Academic Biography

                                                    Dr. Cavaliere graduated from Quinnipiac College’s Occupational Therapy Program in 1998. She received her PhD in Health Science from Seton Hall University in 2010. Her doctoral work involved investigating the physiologic components of sensory processing disorders (SPD) and the differences in the physiologic responses to sensation in children with autism and typically developing children.

                                                    Dr. Cavaliere has been a practicing clinician for over 20 years and has spent 15 of those working in pediatrics. She opened her own private practice in 2014 where she serves children and adolescents with sensory processing disorders and their families. Dr. Cavaliere spends much of her clinical time coaching and empowering families to become self- aware and self- confident both as individuals, and as a family unit.

                                                    Dr. Cavaliere has completed Mentorship Level 1 &2 and the Research Mentorship at the STAR center for sensory processing disorders. She is currently an instructor in training with STAR center. She has lectured extensively to various audiences including scholars, colleagues, teachers and parents, on sensory processing and related topics.

                                                    Dr. Cavaliere is spearheading a Sensory Health clinic at Dominican College. This clinic will serve undergraduate students who are at risk for academic failure or mental health challenges. Dr. Cavaliere is passionate about the role of sensory health in overall health and well-being and is committed to bringing this awareness to the students at Dominican College.

                                                    Dr. Cavaliere, along with Prof. Damaio and the second year research students, is conducting an expansive critically appraised topic on the role of sensory processing in health and well-being including the role of sensory processing in mental health, physical health, resilience, relationships, self-actualization, addiction and incarceration. This will be presented as a short course at the 2020 AOTA National Conference in Boston.

                                                    Dr. Cavaliere is the faculty mentor for the Gamma Alpha Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, Occupational Therapy’s National Honor Society. The mission of the PTE is to promote scholarship among occupational therapy students. This year’s cohort organized the program’s first ever Service Learning trip to Guatemala.

                                                        John Damiao, MS, OTR/L, PhD Candidate

                                                        Instructor, Coordinator of OT Admissions and Pre-OT Advisement

                                                        Phone: 845-848-6000

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                                                        A.A.S., Union County College
                                                        B.S./M.S., OTR, Dominican College

                                                        Academic Biography

                                                        John A Damiao, MS, OTR/L, (PhD Candidate) is a 2009 graduate of the Dominican College Graduate OT program and rejoined Dominican College in June of 2017, as the Coordinator of OT Admissions and Pre-OT Advisement, and instructor. He has brought his skills and experience in assistive technology innovations to the classroom, as a lecturer and research mentor.

                                                        His present research initiatives include assistive technology, smartphone addiction, wheelchair seating and mobility. He also serves as an adaptive equipment design mentor to help bring ideas to life in collaboration with a robotics team. While employed at The Center for Discovery, a mobility device of his invention received several grants to assist with research and development, engineering, commercialization, and marketing.

                                                        Research interests

                                                        • Assistive Technology
                                                        • Seating and Mobility
                                                        • Pediatrics
                                                        • Neuro-rehabilitation

                                                        John’s most notable accomplishments include a role as Lead Developer and Inventor of the IndieGo, a power mobility device awarded a Google Grant of .125M. He was also the creator of a power mobility training program for individuals with severe mobility impairments which also received a 0K support grant. He is the recipient of several awards for his work in promoting assistive technology and was presented the North Country Assistive Technology Distinguished Lectureship at the Adirondack Assistive Technology Conference in 2017.

                                                        Presently, John is a PhD candidate in Health Related Sciences through Virginia Commonwealth University where he is trialing a novel method of designing custom-contoured seating to decrease the incidence of pressure injuries among wheelchair users. Ongoing research work includes studying the impact of smartphone addiction on student performance among young adults, while also serving as instructor and mentor for student research projects, including statistics. Most of these projects have been selected for presentation at the national OT conferences. He also serves as mentor to the adaptive equipment design projects of 3rd year students and has recently brought together these OT students with a high school robotics team to create truly unique devices for individuals with disabilities in the community.

                                                        John is the Coordinator of Admissions and Pre-OT Advisor, while also serving as instructor for Kinesiology in OT, Foundations in OT, Intro to Research, and Research Symposium courses.


                                                        Honoring Leadership Award – Inducted into the Dominican College Alumni Hall of Achievement, April 29, 2017.

                                                        Distinguished Service Award – Awarded by the Speech and Hearing Association of the Hudson Valley (SHAHV) May 12, 2015.

                                                        Peer Reviewed

                                                        Damiao, J., Kean, D. (2016). Upper Extremity Neuro-rehabilitation Through the Use of Power Mobility. Assistive Technology Journal, 28.1, p17-21.

                                                        Non- peer reviewed

                                                        Damiao, J. (July 9, 2013). Going for the Goal: Power soccer as a motivational tool to learn power mobility skills. OT Advance Online Issue

                                                        Damiao, J. (Nov/Dec 2012). Assistive Technology: Improving function through enhancing motivation. Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association Network, Online Issue

                                                        Damiao, J. (Nov. 7, 2011). OT: Not just a cog in the healthcare wheel. OT Advance

                                                        Damiao, J. (July 26, 2010). Assistive Technology and Client Centeredness. OT Practice

                                                        Damiao, J. (March 8, 2010). Visual Perception: It’s not a matter of black and white…or is it? OT Practice


                                                        Damiao, J., Kean, J. (February 23, 2017). IndieGo project. Google Accessibility Summit, San Francisco, Ca.

                                                        Damiao, J. (January 30, 2014). ATIF-05 Wheels to Words: The art of communication through power mobility. Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), Orlando, Fl.

                                                        Damiao, J. (January 30, 2014). ATIF-13 Therapeutic Power Mobility: Improving Mobility, Function, Cognition and Therapeutic Outcomes. Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), Orlando, Fl.

                                                        Damiao, J., Leyden, E., Montarsi, H., Rose, V., Somwaru, B., (2019). Using an Unloaded Shape Capture Method for Wheelchair Seating. New York State Occupational Therapy Association Conference

                                                        Catubig, R., Cudlitz, T., Eliachov, V., Gough, K., McInerney, S., Walters, V., Garbarini, J., Damiao, J. (April, 2019) Enhancing Participation through the use of Assistive Technology for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference

                                                        Damiao, J., Clemson, J., Longinott, P., Gradziel, L. (October, 2013). Assistive Technology: Improving function through enhanced motivation. American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

                                                        Damiao, J. (April 2009). White text on a black background: Improving visual discrimination of school aged children. American Occupational Therapy Association Conference

                                                            Tara Fettes

                                                            Adjunct Lecturer


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                                                            B.S., Dominican College
                                                            M.S., Dominican College

                                                                Brenda Mahon

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                                                                B.S., Dominican College
                                                                M.S., Dominican College
                                                                OTD, Chatham University

                                                                    Randy Marti

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                                                                    B.A., Rutgers University
                                                                    M.S., Seton Hall University

                                                                        Noreen Martinez

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                                                                        B.S., Dominican College
                                                                        M.S., Dominican College

                                                                            Corinne Piren

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                                                                            B.S., Dominican College
                                                                            M.S., Dominican College

                                                                                Michael A. Pizzi, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

                                                                                Associate Professor

                                                                                Phone: (845) 848-6037

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                                                                                B.S., Elizabethtown College
                                                                                M.S., Towson University
                                                                                Ph.D., The Union Institute and University
                                                                                FAOTA, Fellow American Occupational Therapy Association

                                                                                Academic Biography:

                                                                                Dr. Pizzi was selected as the 2020 recipient of the Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Occupational Therapy and was one of the youngest therapists to have the honor of becoming a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (FAOTA), given to those who demonstrate scholarship, leadership and service to the profession. He was recently guest editor of the Special Issue on Childhood Obesity and the Special Issue on Health, Well-Being and Quality of Life for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

                                                                                Dr. Pizzi teaches OT theory and practice, health and wellness, community-based practice and Maturity courses. He developed the first childhood obesity occupation and client-centered assessment which has been utilized nationally and is undergoing psychometric testing and is being used in research in the US and Israel. He has also developed the Pizzi Health and Wellness Assessment (PHWA) and the Pizzi healthy Weight Management Assessment (PHWMA) which have been utilized in several research studies and was presented at AOTA 2014-18. Besides writing and research, in 2014, Dr. Pizzi was selected for the Executive Board of the Leaders and Legacies Society (LLS) Steering Committee. He has published many peer reviewed journal articles and chapters on topics including HIV rehabilitation, hospice, entrepreneurship, and childhood obesity and was a forerunner in these areas. There are over 100 lectures, workshops and keynote addresses focusing on advancing occupational therapy practice in the area of health and well-being to his credit. Dr. Pizzi co-edited the OT textbook “Occupational Therapy in the Promotion of Health and Wellness” which is used internationally. He believes in developing a spirited and collaborative teaching environment where students can actively learn, utilize their creativity, and apply knowledge for the betterment of society. Dr. Pizzi takes great pride in mentoring future clinical scholars. He currently serves as a reviewer of the American and Australian OT journals, is a reviewer for OT in Health Care and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Occupational Therapy.

                                                                                Research summary:

                                                                                Current research is focused on quality of life, health and wellness, and occupational participation in the areas of childhood obesity and the use of the performing arts for children with disabilities. Other interests include exploring the impact of occupational deprivation on marginalized people and the poor in our society and health disparities.

                                                                                Select Publications

                                                                                Scaffa, M.E., Reitz, S.M. and Pizzi, M. A.(2010). Occupational therapy in the promotion of health and wellness. Philadelphia: FA Davis [Co-editor]

                                                                                Chapters within the book written or co-written by Michael Pizzi:

                                                                                • Occupational therapy conceptual models for health promotion practice
                                                                                • Quality of life and health promotion
                                                                                • Evaluation principles in health promotion practice
                                                                                • Assessments for health promotion practice
                                                                                • Weight management and obesity reduction
                                                                                • Promoting sexual health: An occupational perspective
                                                                                • Promoting mental health and emotional well-being
                                                                                • Health promotion for people with disabilities
                                                                                • Promoting health and occupational participation with caregivers
                                                                                • Promoting successful aging through occupation
                                                                                • Promoting wellness in end-of-life care

                                                                                Pizzi, M. (2013) Editorial. Special issue on obesity and the role of occupational therapy. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 27(2):75–77, 2013

                                                                                Pizzi, M. (2013). Obesity, health and quality of life: A conversation to further
                                                                                the vision in occupational therapy, Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 27(2), 78-83.

                                                                                Pizzi, M. & Vroman, K.E. (2013). Childhood obesity: Effects on children’s
                                                                                participation, mental health, and psychosocial development, Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 27(2), 99-112.

                                                                                Pizzi, M. (2013)(Guest editor) Special issue on childhood obesity: Occupational
                                                                                Therapy in Health Care, 27(2). Articles Dr. Pizzi reviewed and edited with another reviewers and the journal editor:

                                                                                • A Multi-Tiered Approach to Addressing the Mental Health Issues Surrounding Obesity in Children and Youth
                                                                                • Culturally Competent Interventions to Address Obesity Among African American and Latino Children and Youth
                                                                                • Cross-Border Contributions to Obesity Research and Interventions: A Review of Canadian and American Occupational Therapy Contributions
                                                                                • Service Learning in a Pediatric Weight Management Program to Address Childhood Obesity
                                                                                • Effects of an Occupation-Based Obesity Prevention Program for Children at Risk

                                                                                Pizzi, M. A. (2014). Blended Learning Pedagogy: The Time is Now!
                                                                                Occupational therapy in health care, 28(3), 333-338.

                                                                                Pizzi, M. A. & Richards, L.G. (2017). Promoting health, well-being and quality of life in occupational therapy: A commitment to a paradigm shift for the next 100 years. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 71(4), 7104170010p1-7104170010p5

                                                                                Pizzi, M., Reitz, S.M. & Scaffa, M.E.. (2018). Wellness and health promotion for people with physical disabilities. In H. Pendleton and W. Schultz-Krohn (Eds), Pedretti’s Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction, 8th Edition, Elsevier: St. Louis, MO, pp. 58-70. (CH)

                                                                                Pizzi, M. & Teaford, G. (2018). HIV and AIDS. In H. Pendleton and W. Schultz-Krohn (Eds.), Pedretti’s Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction, 8th Edition. Elsevier: St. Louis, MO, 1167-1183.

                                                                                Pizzi, M. A. (2018). Health promotion and wellness. In R. DiZazzo-Miller & F. D. Pociask (Eds.), Preparing for the OT National Board Exam: 45 Days and Counting (2nd ed., pp. 557-564). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

                                                                                Pizzi, M. (2018). Fieldwork at the convent. OT Practice, February 5, pp. 15-17.

                                                                                Serwe, K., Walmsley, A., & Pizzi, M.A. (in press). Reliability and Responsiveness of the Pizzi Health and Wellness Assessment”. Annals of International Occupational Therapy.

                                                                                Other interests

                                                                                Dr. Pizzi is also an Equity musical theatre performer, and in his spare time creates musical theatre events for charity primarily in the Pinehurst NC area where he has a home. He is the creator of The Wellsongs Project, is developing a CD of those songs with Broadway singers and is Executive Producing a documentary about the project (  He also loves to play tennis, loves the beach (having grown up in Toms River NJ!), is addicted to cable TV and is a political news junkie.

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                                                                                    B.S., Dominican College
                                                                                    M.S., Dominican College

                                                                                        Mary Walsh Roche, MS, OTR/L, LMT, RYT

                                                                                        Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Instructor

                                                                                        Phone: (845) 848-6038

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                                                                                        A.O.S., Swedish Institute
                                                                                        B.A., Iona College
                                                                                        M.S., Columbia University

                                                                                        Academic Biography

                                                                                        Mary Walsh Roche started as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Occupational Therapy Program at Dominican College in the summer of 2016. Mary’s educational background includes a B.A. in English from Iona College, in New Rochelle, NY. She received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University. After beginning her career as an occupational therapist, Mary studied at the Swedish Institute in New York City, where she received an A.O.S. in massage therapy. Mary is currently a doctoral student in the Medical Humanities Program at Drew University working on her dissertation which focuses on reflective writing in health professions education.

                                                                                        Mary is a graduate of the first cohort of the Integrative Health Leadership Program at Duke Integrative Medicine. She is a graduate of the Ohashi Institute where she received a certificate in advanced shiatsu studies. She is trained in Peggy Huddleston’s Prepare for Surgery: Heal Faster program and is an alumna of the Center for Mind Body Medicine’s (CMBM) Advanced Training program. She completed the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Training Program and is a certified yoga teacher. She is a Reiki Master Level Teacher, a Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader, and a Certified Infant Massage Instructor.

                                                                                        Mary has over twenty years of experience as an occupational therapist in a variety of practice settings. She was as an occupational therapist with the NYC Department of Education for eight years. There she participated in the Senior Instructional Therapist Training Program teaching workshops on seating and positioning and adaptive equipment to therapists in the school system. During that time Mary was also involved in performing home accessibility evaluations and recommending environmental modifications for clients in the community. In 2007 she transitioned to work in adult inpatient rehabilitation at Bellevue Hospital where she worked on the orthopedic and neurological units. She also worked in outpatient traumatic brain injury rehabilitation at the James J. Peters Bronx VA Hospital and on the inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. From 2012-2015 Mary served as the Westchester Rockland District Chair for the New York State Occupational Therapy Association.

                                                                                        Prior to working at Dominican College, Mary was an Integrative Health Specialist with the NYU Department of Integrative Health Programs at Rusk Rehabilitation where she designed and implemented programs to help pediatric and adult patients, their families, caregivers, and staff ease pain, anxiety and stress through integrative health modalities such as reiki, guided imagery, adaptive yoga, and meditation.

                                                                                        In 2018, Mary served as the Project Scholar for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Literature in Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Healthcare program where she led a series of Literature and Medicine Sessions for first and second year medical students in the Arbor Vitae Literary Society at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Mary is currently the Director of the Bronxville Senior Citizens where she develops wellness and social programs for active community dwelling older adults.

                                                                                        At Dominican Mary coordinates all Level I and Level II fieldwork placements and teaches the Introduction to Occupational Therapy and the Level I Fieldwork Seminar courses. Mary enjoys introducing students to the core tenets of the profession as well as its history and evolution. Mary also enjoys working with community partners to develop clinical affiliations and fieldwork experiences for students in traditional as well as emerging areas of practice.

                                                                                        Research interests

                                                                                        • Integrative health and wellness
                                                                                        • Non-pharmacologic methods of pain management

                                                                                        Narrative medicine and ethics

                                                                                        Rust, N. & Walsh Roche, M. (June 2018). True Partners: The Dominican Charism and Occupational Therapy Education and Practice. 15th Biennial Dominican Colloquium, Providence, RI.

                                                                                        Lopes, A., Palase, N., Rigney, C., Wolosin, S., Garbarini, J., & Walsh Roche, M. (May 2018). The Effect of Mindfulness Practice on Graduate Occupational Therapy Students Perceived Stress and Well-being. International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (ICIMH), Baltimore, MD.

                                                                                        Walsh Roche, M. (April 2018). Mindfulness Practices and Graduate Occupational Therapy Students Perceived Stress and Well-being. Drew University Medical Humanities Colloquium, Madison, NJ.

                                                                                        Lopes, A., Palase, N., Rigney, C., Wolosin, S., Garbarini, J., & Walsh Roche, M. (March 2018). The Effect of Mindfulness Practice on Graduate Occupational Therapy Students Perceived Stress and Well-being. Drew University Medical Humanities Symposium, Madison, NJ.

                                                                                        Walsh, M., DeSio, T., Abatemarco, J. & Tafurt, M. (May 2016). Integrative Occupational Therapy: Building a Pediatric Rehabilitation Family Integrative Health Program. International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (ICIMH), Las Vegas, NV.

                                                                                        Walsh, M., Eberhardt, A., Ingraham, M. & Shrestha, D. (May 2016). Mindfulness and Imagination: The Creation of a Pediatric Rehabilitation Adaptive Yoga Program. International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (ICIMH), Las Vegas, NV.

                                                                                        Walsh, M., Eberhardt, A., Ingraham, M. &Shrestha, D. (November 2015). Mindfulness and Imagination: The Creation of a Pediatric Rehabilitation Adaptive Yoga Program. New York State Occupational Therapy Association Conference, White Plains, NY.

                                                                                        Walsh, M. (November 2014). Mind Body Skills and Occupational Therapy Practice. New York State Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Albany, NY.

                                                                                        Walsh, M. & Siminovich-Blok, B. (October 2014). The Practice of a Modified Form of the Ignatian Examen by Healthcare Workers. International Symposium of Contemplative Studies, Boston. MA.

                                                                                        Walsh, M., Lesser, S. & LaSorse A. (November 2005). Adaptive Environments for Children. United Cerebral Palsy of New York City Techworks Expo, Brooklyn, NY.

                                                                                        Professional affiliations and activities

                                                                                        Member of the American Occupational Association
                                                                                        Member of the New York State Occupational Therapy Association
                                                                                        Member of the American Massage Therapy Association
                                                                                        Member of the Metropolitan Occupational Therapy Education Council (MOTEC)

                                                                                        Other interests

                                                                                        Cooking, dancing, road trips, painting

                                                                                            Bonnie Ross



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                                                                                            A.A.S., Orange County Community College
                                                                                            B.A., Wagner College
                                                                                            B.S./M.S., Dominican College

                                                                                                Nadia Rust, OTD

                                                                                                Assistant Professor

                                                                                                Phone: (845) 848-6033

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                                                                                                B.OT., University of Kwazulu-Natal
                                                                                                O.T.D., Chatham University

                                                                                                Academic Biography

                                                                                                Dr. Rust’s educational background includes Bachelors in Occupational Therapy from the University of Durban Westville, South Africa. She received a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Chatham University. Her doctorate capstone examined the impact of occupational therapy training and consultation on teachers’ competence in providing pre-writing instruction.

                                                                                                Dr. Rust is certified in Sensory Integration and Listening Therapy. Dr. Rust has also served as an independent evaluator in a NIH funded research study examining the efficacy of sensory integration intervention in autism. She has over 15 years of managerial and clinical supervisory experience. Dr. Rust manages the occupational therapy department for The Bronx McCarton Early Intervention Center. Dr. Rust is a full time faculty member at Dominican College since October 2017.

                                                                                                In the first year of the occupational therapy program, students in Dr. Rust’s classes are involved in several community-based projects underscoring the connection between the Dominican Charism and occupational therapy practice. In Tools of Practice class students visit Adaptive Design in New York City and learn how to create low or no cost adaptations for people with disabilities. The 2019 cohort has completed several task and activity analysis for the Poughkeepsie Chapter of Days for Girls. Days for Girls International empowers women and girls around the globe providing sustainable feminine hygiene solutions and health education.

                                                                                                In their final trimester of year-one students complete a research project in their own community increasing their awareness of public and private community resources. Second year student’s working with Dr. Rust on a research study that examined the efficacy of video and web-based games to increase cultural skill, cultural knowledge, and cultural awareness has been accepted as a poster presentation at the national conference in Boston 2020.

                                                                                                Research interests

                                                                                                • Pediatrics
                                                                                                • Sensory Integration and related topics
                                                                                                • Cultural diversity

                                                                                                Professional affiliations and activities

                                                                                                • Member of the American Occupational Association
                                                                                                • Member of the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section
                                                                                                • Member of the World Health Federation

                                                                                                Other interests

                                                                                                • Travel, theatre, cooking

                                                                                                    Diane Weiss

                                                                                                    Adjunct Lecturer


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                                                                                                    B.S., University of Western Ontario
                                                                                                    M.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University
                                                                                                    FAOTA, Fellow American Occupational Therapy Association

                                                                                                      Physical Therapy

                                                                                                        Emil Euaparadorn

                                                                                                        Director of Physical Therapy Program and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

                                                                                                        Phone: (845) 848-6048

                                                                                                        B.S., Health Science, Touro College
                                                                                                        M.S., Masters in Physical Therapy, Touro College
                                                                                                        DSc, Doctor of Science of Physical Therapy, Andrews University
                                                                                                        Board Certified Clinical Specialist, Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS)
                                                                                                        Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) Certification
                                                                                                        Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist (MSCS)
                                                                                                        Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT)

                                                                                                        Dr. Euaparadorn is widely recognized as a leading Physical Therapist in orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation.  As one of the most highly credentialed PT’s in New York, Dr. Euaparadorn has spoken at both National and International professional conferences in his areas of expertise.   Dr. Euaparadorn has achieved several certifications in both neurological and orthopaedic realms and has gone through a comprehensive fellowship program in manual therapy, in order to receive the highest distinction one can achieve in Manual Therapy, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.

                                                                                                        Dr. Euapardorn began his career working at Mt. Sinai Hospital for many years before going into the world of private practice. He has taught at several other PT school institutions in both Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistant departments.  Dr. Euaparadorn continues to be involved with private practice and brings his real world experience, along with extensive training into the classroom, in order to provide students with practical hands on solutions to real world problems.

                                                                                                            Mark Amir

                                                                                                            Adjunct Assistant Professor

                                                                                                            Phone: 845-848-6045

                                                                                                            B.S., Physical Education in Secondary Education, Brooklyn College
                                                                                                            B.S. Health Sciences, Touro College
                                                                                                            M.A., Masters in Physical Therapy, Touro College
                                                                                                            MPH, Masters in Public Health, City University of New York
                                                                                                            t-DPT – Executive Private Practice Management, EIM
                                                                                                            DipMDT, Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy, McKenzie Institute International

                                                                                                            Mark Amir helps students integrate newly acquired clinical skills that match their innate strengths to truly make a difference in the lives of their clients.

                                                                                                            Dr. Amir has hired, trained and mentored hundreds of clinicians and aspiring clinicians over his 25+ year experience as a physical therapist, business owner, teacher and advocate of our profes-sion. He uses his passion of learning topics related to leadership, management, professionalism and customer service to educate new student professionals who are ready to tackle the challenges of their new career.

                                                                                                            Dr. Amir is a private practice outpatient physical therapy and wellness center owner. He is also a managing partner of a company that provides innovative workplace injury prevention services to several local and national industries. From 2005 to 2010, Dr. Amir was a contractor to APTA’s Payment & Policy Department advising members and staff on regional and national health care issues. He remains active in NYPTA and APTA legislative activities.

                                                                                                                Stefanie DiCarrado

                                                                                                                Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy


                                                                                                                B.S.,  Information Technology, Marist College
                                                                                                                D.P.T.  Hunter College Masters in Physical Therapy, Touro College

                                                                                                                Dr. DiCarrado is a physical therapist at Aspire Center for Health & Wellness, an outpatient orthopedic and neurological rehab practice based in New York, NY. She is a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Performance Enhancement Specialist. Dr. DiCarrado is passionate about the blend of neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation and the use of technology to improve patient care; her research involves the effects of fatigue in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis as related to clinical interventions. Stefanie is currently working towards her NCS (Neurologic Certified Specialist) as well as her COMT (Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist) through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.

                                                                                                                    Ayse Ozcan Edeer

                                                                                                                    Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

                                                                                                                    Phone: (845) 848-7615

                                                                                                                    B.S., Hacettepe University School of P.T. and Rehab (Turkey)
                                                                                                                    M.S., Institute of Health and Sciences Dokuz Eylul University (Turkey)
                                                                                                                    Ph.D., Institute of Health and Sciences Dokuz Eylul University (Turkey)

                                                                                                                    Dr. Edeer has more than 20 years of experience providing physical therapy for adults and older people with various orthopedic conditions and serving as faculty in professional entry level physical therapy in Turkey and USA. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at both national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Edeer’s primary research interests involve management of shoulder pathologies, preventing fall in geriatric population, exercise intervention in various conditions. Dr. Edeer joined the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program as full time core faculty in 2012. She teaches PT 639 Research I, PT 789 Research II and PT 889 Research III courses. She is on the NYPTA’s Research Committee and Dominican College IRB Commitee. She is a reviewer for ISRN Rehabilitation Journal, Turkish Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, MOJ Yoga & Physical Therapy, NorCal Journal of Bone and Muscle Study.

                                                                                                                    Click here to see Dr. Edeer’s reviewed publications and grants funded.

                                                                                                                        Duane Grell

                                                                                                                        Adjunct Assistant Professor


                                                                                                                        Board Certified Clinical Specialist, Neurological Physical Therapy (OCS)
                                                                                                                        Board Certified Clinical Specialist, Orthopedic Physical Therapy (NCS)
                                                                                                                        Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist (MSCS)
                                                                                                                        Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT)
                                                                                                                        Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
                                                                                                                        LSVT BIG Certified Clinician

                                                                                                                        Dr. Duane Grell received his Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University, and received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro College, in New York City. Dr. Grell is Board Certified in both Neurology and Orthopedics, and is currently pursuing his Fellowship in Manual Physical Therapy, as a way of continuously advancing his clinical skillset. Dr. Grell has a passion for teaching and recognizes the importance of promoting skilled physical therapy throughout the profession. As a professor, Dr. Grell recognizes the importance of blending orthopedic and neurological assessments in the classroom, as he believes that the dynamic interflow between the two systems is what guides movement.

                                                                                                                        As a clinician based in NYC, Dr. Grell’s treatment approach is centered around driver assessment and movement analysis, addressing any underlying movement dysfunctions or arthrokinematic issues that may be causing the musculoskeletal dysfunction. When working with clients with neurological impairments, Dr. Grell follows an ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health) based approach, identifying and addressing the specific body function or movement that is causing the activity and participation limitations.

                                                                                                                            Helen Hallinan

                                                                                                                            Administrative Assistant

                                                                                                                            Phone: (845) 848-6055

                                                                                                                                Annemarie Lee

                                                                                                                                Administrative Assistant & DPT Operations Coordinator

                                                                                                                                Phone: (845) 848-6049

                                                                                                                                    Stephen Rodriguez

                                                                                                                                    Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

                                                                                                                                    Phone: (845) 848-6047

                                                                                                                                    B.S., Health Science, Upstate Medical University @ Syracuse, NY
                                                                                                                                    MPS PT, Masters of Professional Studies in Physical Therapy, Upstate Medical University @ Syracuse, NY
                                                                                                                                    DPT, Upstate Medical University @ Syracuse, NY
                                                                                                                                    DSc, Doctor of Science of Physical Therapy, Andrews University, MI
                                                                                                                                    Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS)
                                                                                                                                    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT)
                                                                                                                                    Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT)
                                                                                                                                    Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT)

                                                                                                                                    Stephen Rodriguez has been a practicing physical therapist since 2000 and has worked in a variety of settings with a eclectic patient population. Dr. Rodriguez currently practices in NYC at a manual therapy and neuromuscular re-education specialty clinic. He believes in an integrated approach to physical therapy that combines many perspectives to help patients work towards a more optimal and efficient movement pattern.

                                                                                                                                    Dr. Rodriguez has dedicated his post graduate studies to develop an advanced understanding of various schools of thought in clinical reasoning, differential diagnosis, manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education, neurodynamic treatments, and pain processing. Dr. Rodriguez has had the privilege of studying under many accomplished international lectures and mentors. He has achieved certification in manual and manipulative therapy. He completed a Fellowship program with the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, where he has qualified as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

                                                                                                                                    Dr. Rodriguez believes in Evidenced Based Practice and instructs integrating the three pillars to benefit from contemporary research as well as innovative ideas from past experts. He believes in a dynamic classroom that encourages clinical reasoning along with a systematic approach to differential diagnosis for patho-anatomical issues as well as movement dysfunctions.

                                                                                                                                        Karl Rusch

                                                                                                                                        Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

                                                                                                                                        Phone: (845) 848-6046

                                                                                                                                        B.S., Quinnipiac University
                                                                                                                                        D.P.T., Sacred Heart University
                                                                                                                                        Board Certified Clinical Specialist, Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS)
                                                                                                                                        DSc, (In Process) Doctor of Science of Physical Therapy, Andrews University, MI

                                                                                                                                        Karl Rusch, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC completed his undergraduate coursework from Quinnipiac University with a bachelor’s of science in Athletic Training/ Sport’s Medicine. He graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2012 with his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. His focus is in sports medicine and orthopaedic rehabilitation.

                                                                                                                                        Dr. Rusch was an assistant for two years in Gross Anatomy at Dominican College and a lab instructor at New York Medical College before he became a part of the full time faculty. Dr. Rusch is chair of admissions and is responsible for the anatomy and orthopaedic courses in the program.

                                                                                                                                        He has been working towards his terminal Doctorate of Science at Andrews University in Michigan and will soon begin training for his Fellowship of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT) which is the highest clinical distinction you can obtain in Physical Therapy.

                                                                                                                                        Dr. Rusch continues to work part time at New York Sports and Spinal PT in Scarsdale, NY. Dr. Rusch is a board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist and focuses on a variety of manual therapy techniques with appropriate therapeutic exercise. He is also a Certified Athletic Trainer who specializes in sport specific injury prevention and rehabilitation.