Meet Our Medical Therapists
Here at Northern Westchester Hospital, our medical therapists and rehabilitation staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for our Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy patients. We provide a comprehensive program designed to help patients suffering from many different conditions recover more fully. If you are looking for an Occupational, Speech or Physical Therapist, meet our staff, and learn more about how we can help you.
Meet Our Therapists
Rachel Coleman, MS, CCC-SLP
Rachel is a speech-language pathologist with clinical expertise in the evaluation and treatment of voice disorders and adult speech disorders, including concussion and stroke related impairments. She can provide services in Spanish and has specialized certifications for the treatment of voice disorders and speech/voice disorders related to Parkinson's Disease. Rachel has experience in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and private practice. She received her Master's Degree from the Institute for Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Michele Comen, MA, OTR, CHT
Michele is a Certified Hand Therapist with over 20 years experience in treating hand and upper extremity injuries. She has expertise in splinting, myofascial release, alternative/ Eastern therapy, and kinesiotaping for pain management and upper extremity strengthening. Michele has been published in the Journal of Hand Therapy and regularly conducts ergonomic evaluations for the prevention of repetitive strains. Michele has taught splinting at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and currently teaches Physical Agent Modalities and Wound Care at Mercy College. Her hobbies are keeping fit with yoga and biking.
Marcela Denzer, PT, CWS
Marcela is a 1985 graduate from SUNY Stony Brook. She has worked in different settings: hospital in-patient and out-patient, nursing homes, home care and private practice. Marcela is a Certified Wound Specialist, a diplomat of the American Board of Wound Management, and a diplomat of the American Professional Academy of Would Management. Marcela is a New York State Certified Early Intervention provider, and works as an early intervention provider with different agencies. Other areas of interest include neurology, orthopedics and woman’s health. Marcela joined Northern Westchester Hospital in May of 2012 and presently works in our out-patient facility at Chappaqua Crossings. Other skills include fluency in Spanish.
Warren Gabrillo, PT
Warren Gabrillo is a physical therapist with an extensive educational background, including a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University in Cebu City, Philippines in 1979, Doctor of Medicine from Mathias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine in Cebu City, Philippines in 1984, and a Bachelor of Sciences in Physical Therapy from Southwestern University in 1989.
Warren began working at Northern Westchester Hospital in 1991, with both in-patient and out-patient experience. Warren also has experience in Home Health Physical Therapy. Warren has continued his academic endeavors with additional coursework including muscle energy techniques, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, kinesiotaping and strain – counter strain techniques. Warren is also a Sports Certified Specialist.
Kathy Giaccio, MS, PT, CPI
Kathy received her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy along with a Bachelor of Health Science in 1996 from Mercy College. She also received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor degree in psychology from Iona College in 1988. Kathy is also a Certified Pilates Instructor from the Professional Health and Fitness Institute.
Her years of clinical experience include the evaluation and treatment of sacro-iliac and spinal dysfunctions as well as orthopedic and neurological diagnoses. She uses manual therapy techniques coordinated with customized exercise programs to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions including back, neck, shoulder and knee pain and dysfunction as well as stroke, vestibular and balance disorders.
Kathy has been certified by LSVT Global, Inc. to provide treatment for individuals with Parkinson's Disease.
Julie Goldstein, MA, CCC-SLP
Julie received her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Hunter College in 2001. Julie is the former Supervisor of Speech-Language Pathology on the Neuro-rehabilitation unit at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. Julie is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) to treat Parkinson's Disease and has a specialty in cognitive rehabilitation for patients presenting with concussion, TBI and stroke. Julie has office hours at Chappaqua Crossing on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Lisa Henselder, PT, DPT
Lisa is a graduate of Sacred Heart University with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Lisa joined Northern Westchester Hospital in 2012, and has treated primarily in the outpatient setting at Chappaqua Crossing. Lisa is also the Outpatient Program Coordinator for the Rehab Department.
Lisa enjoys working with a wide variety of patients, including those with vestibular and balance dysfunction, as well as neurological and orthopedic conditions. Lisa also works with those recovering from Post-Concussive symptoms.
M. Lisa Lampe, PTLisa is a Physical Therapist who earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences: Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University in 1993. In 1987, she graduated from Siena College with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing/ Management. Lisa’s experience is in evaluating and treating patients with a wide range of problems ranging from those in a neurological nature to orthopedic injuries, from the head to the foot. She uses the principles of physical therapy including therapeutic exercise and manual therapy. She maintains her physical therapy licenses in the two states where she has lived and practiced for the past 20 years: Ohio and New York.
Suzanne Lasseter, PT
Suzanne Lasseter enjoys working in a variety of settings including inpatients and outpatients. She has experience working with pre and post surgical orthopedic patients, pediatric, and neurological diagnoses. Suzanne's primary focus has been on Vestibular and balance therapy for almost two decades. She has helped develop and guide our Vestibular and balance program into one of the area's most comprehensive. She completed her Physical Therapy Degree at SUNY Stony Brook in 1997. Suzanne has completed extensive post-graduate coursework includes vestibular, balance, post concussion therapy, manual therapy.
Lisa L. Minton, MS, CCC-SLP
Lisa received her Master’s Degree in Speech & Language Pathology from Columbia University Teacher’s College in 1987. Prior to joining NWH, Lisa worked for twelve years at the Bronx VA Medical Center and two years at Phelps Memorial Hospital. At Chappaqua Crossing, Lisa is responsible for the evaluation and treatment of individuals with dysphagia, dementia, aphasia, and cognitive impairments, including concussion.
Lisa is also an LSVT LOUD® Certified Clinician.
Karl Rusch, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC
Karl 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. Karl became board certified in May of 2015 in orthopedic physical therapy. He is also a certified athletic trainer who specializes in sport specific injury prevention and rehabilitation. His focus is in sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation. Karl is a full time assistant professor at Dominican College in which he responsible for the anatomy and orthopedic coursework.
Shari Seiden, PT
Shari Seiden is a physical therapist with extensive experience in a variety of practice settings including hospital-based acute care, acute and sub-acute in-patient rehab, and home care. Her former work as a Senior Physical Therapist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Weill Medical Center allowed her to work with medically complex ICU patients, cardiopulmonary patients, and burn survivors, as well as with neurological and orthopedic patients with varied diagnoses. She is now happily focused on the out-patient patient population while she maintains her professional interest in early mobilization in the ICU.
Shari earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and her Master's in Physical Therapy from Hunter College in New York City. Shari is also an American Physical Therapy Association Certified Clinical Instructor who enjoys mentoring physical therapy students.
Laureen Smith-Arena, OT/L, ATP
Laureen is an Occupational Therapist who recently joined the staff at Chappaqua Crossing. She is a 1991 graduate of Quinnipiac College, who has over 20 years of experience. She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation, home care therapy, and school based therapy, but her primary experience has been working in an Outpatient Occupational Therapy setting. Laureen has experience working with multiple orthopedic, neurologic, developmental, and cognitive diagnoses. Her background includes Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) for Stroke and neurologically involved patients. Laureen is also a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP), with a focus on wheelchair evaluation, seating and positioning.. Outside of work, Laureen is the mother of 2 active daughters, and can usually be found on a soccer field, a basketball court, or at a dance rehearsal.
Jeanne Spano, PT
Jeanne Spano is a graduate of Ithaca College with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. Jeanne has worked at Northern Westchester Hospital for over 20 years and previously worked as the manager of the Rehabilitation Department. She has extensive experience in manual therapy and post- surgical orthopedics. Although she primarily treats outpatients, Jeanne provides inpatient coverage at the hospital on weekends. Jeanne has taken continuing education courses in many areas which allows a multi faceted approach to treatment of all diagnosis.
Jeanne is also certified in LSVT BIG® for treatment of patients with Parkinson’s Disease.
JoAnn Stafford, PT, CLT-LANAJoAnn Stafford, PT, CLT-LANA, has over 25 years of experience as a physical therapist. As a senior physical therapist at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, she was an active member of the hospital’s mastectomy program. In 2004, she joined Northern Westchester Hospital with the intention of expanding rehabilitation services to the breast cancer patient. She became a specialist in lymphedema therapy ultimately receiving LANA certification. She has worked extensively with breast cancer patients in the acute post-operative period as well as the recovery phase. Her goal is to promote health and continued wellness for any patient suffering from cancer and/or lymphedema. JoAnn serves on the Cancer Committee at NWH and continues to be involved with expanding rehabilitative services for anyone undergoing cancer treatment at Northern Westchester Hospital. She is an active member of the National Lymphedema Network.
Sonia Thomas, PT
Sonia is a dedicated physical therapist who received her degree in Physical Therapy from Fr. Muller's Christian Medical College in India. She has a special interest in neurology, orthopedics, vestibular and concussion rehabilitation and continues to expand her expertise within these and other areas by attending numerous continuing education classes. Sonia has been a part of Northern Westchester Hospital for the past 10 years working both in the hospital as well as in the out patient setting.
Rena Wiseman, OTR
Rena is an Occupational Therapist who graduated from NYU in 1980, with over 20 years of experience. Rena treats orthopedic upper extremity injuries of the shoulder, elbow and hand, as well as arthritis and fibromyalgia. Rena has neurological specialization in physical, cognitive and perceptual training for stroke patients utilizing a neuro-developmental functional approach. Rena also treats patients recovering from concussion. Special areas of training include a holistic approach to rehabilitation including manual therapy, mobilization, massage, shiatsu, trigger point therapy, aromatherapy, visualization, relaxation and yoga.
Rena was also a modern and ballroom dancer, and incorporates this into patient care. Rena has also been a member of Northern Westchester Hospital complimentary medicine for several years
To set an appointment with one of our medical therapist in Occupational, Speech or Physical therapy (NYC area), fill out our Appointment Request Form or give us a call at 914.458.8700.