Allied Health Faculty

Athletic Training

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

    Program Director, Assistant Professor

    Phone:  845-848-6004
    Email:   jim.crawley@dc.edu

    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
        Email:    jenna.tacinelli@dc.edu

        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
            Email:  samantha.james@dc.edu

            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
                                Email: lynda.chesterman@dc.edu

                                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
                                    Email: julie.albrecht@dc.edu

                                    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
                                        Email:   kerry.zona@dc.edu

                                        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
                                            Email: pamela.story@dc.edu

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

                                                Sandra Block

                                                Adjunct Lecturer

                                                Email: sandra.block@dc.edu

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

                                                    Catherine Cavaliere

                                                    Assistant Professor

                                                    Email: catherine.cavaliere@dc.edu

                                                    B.S., The Catholic University of America
                                                    M.S., Quinnipiac College
                                                    Ph.D., Seton Hall University

                                                        John Damiao

                                                        Instructor, Coordinator of Pre-OT Advisement and Admissions

                                                        Email: john.damiao@dc.edu
                                                        845-848-6040

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

                                                            Tara Fettes

                                                            Adjunct Lecturer

                                                            Email: tara.fettes@dc.edu

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

                                                                Jan Garbarini

                                                                Assistant Professor and Research Coordinator of Occupational Therapy

                                                                Phone: (845) 848-6034
                                                                Email: jan.garbarini@dc.edu

                                                                B.S., Temple University
                                                                M.A., New York University
                                                                Ph.D, Nova Southeastern University

                                                                    Brenda Mahon

                                                                    Adjunct Lecturer

                                                                    Email: brenda.mahon@dc.edu

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

                                                                        Randy Marti

                                                                        Adjunct Lecturer

                                                                        Email: randy.marti@dc.edu

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

                                                                            Noreen Martinez

                                                                            Adjunct Lecturer

                                                                            Email: noreen.martinez@dc.edu

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

                                                                                Corinne Piren

                                                                                Adjunct Lecturer

                                                                                Email: corinne.piren@dc.edu

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

                                                                                    Michael Pizzi

                                                                                    Associate Professor

                                                                                    (845) 848-6037
                                                                                    Email: michael.pizzi@dc.edu

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

                                                                                        Pietra Rivera

                                                                                        Lecturer

                                                                                        Email: pietra.rivera@dc.edu

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

                                                                                         

                                                                                            Mary Walsh Roche

                                                                                            Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Program Faculty

                                                                                            Email: mary.walshroche@dc.edu

                                                                                            B.A., Iona College
                                                                                            M.S., Columbia University

                                                                                                Bonnie Ross

                                                                                                Lecturer

                                                                                                Email: bonnie.ross@dc.edu 

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

                                                                                                    Nadia Rust

                                                                                                    Assistant Professor

                                                                                                    (845) 848-6033
                                                                                                    Email: nadia.rust@dc.edu

                                                                                                    B.OT., University of Durban Westville
                                                                                                    OTD., Chatham University

                                                                                                        Diane Weiss

                                                                                                        Adjunct Lecturer

                                                                                                        Email: diane.weiss@dc.edu

                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                            Email: emil.euaparadorn@dc.edu

                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                Email: mark.amir@dc.edu

                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                    Email: stefanie.dicarrado@dc.edu

                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                        Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

                                                                                                                        Phone: (845) 848-7615
                                                                                                                        Email: ayse.edeer@dc.edu 

                                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                                            Email: duane.grell@dc.edu

                                                                                                                            B.A., Psychology, Colgate University
                                                                                                                            D.P.T., Physical Therapy, Touro College

                                                                                                                            Dr. Duane Grell is currently a Physical Therapist at Aspire Center for Health and Wellness, a privately owned orthopedic and neurological rehab clinic in New York City. Dr. Grell has a passion for working with patients with neurological conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, TBI and CVA, and currently holds certification as a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist (M.S.C.S.). Dr. Grell is currently a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, (C.S.C.S.), and is currently completing continuing education with the North American Institute of Manual Therapy to receive his certification in manual therapy. Dr. Grell is also an adjunct professor at Touro College, teaching Clinical Neurology in the Department of Physical Therapy.

                                                                                                                                Helen Hallinan

                                                                                                                                Administrative Assistant

                                                                                                                                Phone: (845) 848-6055
                                                                                                                                Email: helen.hallinan@dc.edu 

                                                                                                                                    Annemarie Lee

                                                                                                                                    Administrative Assistant & DPT Operations Coordinator

                                                                                                                                    Phone: (845) 848-6049
                                                                                                                                    Email: annemarie.lee@dc.edu

                                                                                                                                        Stephen Rodriguez

                                                                                                                                        Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

                                                                                                                                        Phone: (845) 848-6047
                                                                                                                                        Email: stephen.rodriguez@dc.edu

                                                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                            Email: karl.rusch@dc.edu

                                                                                                                                            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.