Physical Therapy Faculty and Staff

    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

                Assistant 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


                    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

                            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.