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

        Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education

        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. Stefanie DiCarrado received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Hunter College (NY) in 2014. Dr. DiCarrado is the owner of and physical therapist at DiCarrado Physical Therapy, PLLC a home based outpatient orthopedic and neurological rehab practice in Westchester County and New York, NY. She is board certified in Neurologic Rehabilitation (NCS), a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist (MSCS), and a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Dr. DiCarrado is passionate about the blend of neurologic and orthopedic rehabilitation and the use of technology to improve patient care; her research activities involve the effects of fatigue in individuals with neurologic diagnoses and the use of different cues to improve rehabilitation potential. Dr. DiCarrado is currently studying to become a CMPT (Certified Manual Physical 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 Committee. She is a reviewer for Disability and Rehabilitation, ISRN Rehabilitation Journal, Gulhane Medical Journal, Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, Turkish Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation and she is rater for MORE Rehab.

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

                        Duane Grell

                        Adjunct Assistant Professor


                        Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, English, Colgate University
                        Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Literature, Hunter College
                        Doctor of Physical Therapy, Touro College, School of Health Sciences
                        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

                                    Karen Miller

                                    Administrative Assistant & tDPT Operations Coordinator

                                    Phone: (845) 848-6050

                                        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
                                            Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT)
                                            Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT)

                                            Karl Rusch, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CMPT, COMT 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 in 2015. 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 is a fellow in training for 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, Certified Manual Physical Therapist and Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist that 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.

                                                Justine Ward

                                                Adjunct Assistant Professor


                                                B.S., Clinical Health Studies, Ithaca College
                                                D.P.T., Physical Therapy, Ithaca College
                                                Board Certified Clinical Specialist, Women’s Health Physical Therapy (WCS)
                                                Certified Breathing Behavior Analyst (CBBA)

                                                Dr. Justine Ward has a strong orthopedic physical therapy background with a deep specialization in women’s health. She is a Physical Therapist at KIMA Center for Physiotherapy and application to augment student learning.