Meet Our 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.
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Joon Choi, PT, DPT
Joon has been a licensed physical therapist since 2015, earning a bachelor of science in evolution and ecology from Stony Brook University and then completing a doctoral degree in physical therapy from Augusta University.
Joon has worked in acute care rehabilitation at Northern Westchester Hospital for about a year, before transitioning to the outpatient physical therapy department. Joon treats patients with a variety of diagnoses.
Joon is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Physical Therapy Association of New York, and the World Confederation of Physical Therapy. Joon has been published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology.
Marcela Denzer, PT, CWS
Marcela has been a licensed physical therapist since 1985. She earned a degree in physical therapy from SUNY Stony Brook.
Marcela has extensive experience in evaluation and rehabilitation of individuals with orthopedic, neurological, developmental delay, and movement disorder diagnoses. She is skilled in the use of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise prescription and motor development techniques. She also specializes in wound care management.
Marcela has provided practical instruction in the clinical setting for PTs, OTs and nurses on various topics. She has developed and implemented clinical programs in orthopedics, neurological, lymphedema/wound care and pediatrics. Marcela is a Certified Wound Specialist, a diplomat of the American Board of Wound Management, and a diplomat of the American Professional Academy of Wound Management. She is a New York State Certified Early Intervention provider. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Warren Gabrillo, PT
Warren has been a licensed physical therapist since 1989 after earning a bachelor of science in physical therapy from Southwestern University in Cebu City, Philippines. Warren has also earned a bachelor of arts from Southwestern University, and a Doctor of Medicine from Mathias H. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine in Cebu City, Philippines.
Warren’s clinical focus is on rehabilitation of orthopedic conditions with intervention strategies including muscle energy techniques, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, kinesiotaping and strain – counter strain techniques.
Brittany Garrett, PT, DPT
Brittany has been a licensed physical therapist since 2015. She earned a bachelor of science in health science studies and a doctor of physical therapy degree from Quinnipiac University.
Brittany began her physical therapy career working in the acute care hospital setting, but shifted her focus to outpatient rehabilitation in 2016. She enjoys working with a variety of patients, including those with orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses.
Kathy Giaccio, MS, PT, CPI
Kathy has been a licensed physical therapist since 1996. Kathy earned a bachelor of health science and a master’s degree in physical therapy from Mercy College. She also earned a bachelor of arts in economics with a minor degree in psychology from Iona College in 1988.
Kathy’s treatment focus is on rehabilitation of orthopedic diagnoses, including, but not limited to spinal and sacro-iliac joint dysfunction. She is also experienced in management of neurologic diagnoses and vestibular and balance disorders. Kathy is also trained in the management of post-concussive syndrome. Kathy is also an LSVT® Certified Clinician for management of movement disorders associated with Parkinson’s Disease. Watch Kathy's video describing LSVT threatment.
Lisa M. Henselder, PT, DPT
Outpatient Rehabilitation Program Coordinator
Lisa is a Board Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy. She has been a licensed physical therapist since 2012 after earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University, and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Sacred Heart University.
Lisa enjoys her work with patients in the outpatient rehab department at Chappaqua Crossing, bringing a depth of knowledge and skills to our geriatric patients and their treatment. Lisa builds on a broad base of professional education and practice, including her experience working in transitional care and in acute care hospital settings.
The geriatric population accounts for a significant amount of our patients, and Lisa uses a multi-faceted treatment approach to help patients manage more than the typical “aches and pains,” but also deconditioning, declining balance and falls—all associated with aging. Lisa’s clinical practice focuses on evaluation and rehabilitation of vestibular dysfunction and balance disorders, as well as post-concussion rehabilitation. She also has experience in treating patients with orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses.
As a Board Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy, Lisa keeps up with current concepts to advance her clinical knowledge. Lisa is committed to giving the most effective, and evidence based care so that our patients can get better faster and keep on a path to healthy, active aging.
Lisa works part-time as an adjunct professor in the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Dominican College. She has been invited to lecture to the Doctor of Physical Therapy students at Dominican College on Concussion Rehabilitation, and to the community on "Conquering Post-Concussive Syndrome".
Suzanne Lasseter, PT
Suzanne has been a licensed physical therapist since 1997, earning a bachelor of science in physical therapy from Stony Brook University. She also earned a bachelor of arts from Fordham University in 1986.
Suzanne specializes in evaluation and rehabilitation of vestibular disorders and balance impairment, with nearly 20 years of experience. She is also trained in post-concussion rehabilitation as well. Suzanne also has extensive experience in orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation, and pre- and post- surgical care.
Suzanne has given many presentations to the community on vestibular and balance topics, as well as fall prevention.
Latoya Watkins, PTA, CLT
Latoya has been a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant since earning her associates degree in 2013 from SUNY Orange.
Latoya has worked in a variety of settings including skilled nursing, outpatient, home health care and inpatient rehab prior to joining our outpatient team. Latoya has earned her certificate in Lymphedema Therapy
Latoya has 20 years of previous experience in the medical field as a CNA and Phlebotomist. She additionally has experience working with the mentally and developmentally disabled communities. Latoya is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Health Science as part of a pathway to earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Laura Liebesman, PT
Laura has been a licensed physical therapist for 35 years, earning a bachelor of science from Syracuse University and then completing a post-graduate certification in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Laura specializes in evaluation and rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries and pain, with special interest in return to an active lifestyle. She has a special interest in golf rehabilitation, and is a Titlist Medical Professional I. She is also certified in the Graston Technique®.
Laura is a member of the Sports and Orthopedic sections of the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as the New York Physical Therapy Association. She has presented at the annual Chinese Medicine Society Meeting on lumbar assessments and peripheral joint mobilization. She has also lectured at Greenwich Hospital on special considerations for women in sports, the young athlete, and golf injury prevention. She has been featured in the New York Times, Journal News and Greenwich Magazine.
Shari Seiden, PT
Shari has been working as a physical therapist since 2007, after earning a bachelor of arts from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Hunter College in New York City.
Shari has extensive experience in inpatient rehabilitation, including treatment of patients in the Intensive Care Unit, as well as acute care hospital rehabilitation of patients with cardio-pulmonary, orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses. Shari happily shifted her focus to outpatient physical therapy in 2015 when she joined Northern Westchester Hospital. Here, Shari’s primary treatment focus is on orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation.
Shari is also a Certified Clinical Instructor from the American Physical Therapy Association.
Jeanne Spano, PT
Jeanne began her career in physical therapy in 1990 at Northern Westchester Hospital after graduating from Ithaca College with a bachelor of science in physical therapy. Jeanne has experience in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, and has served in supervisory roles. She is the Co-Chair of Employee Congress at Northern Westchester Hospital, and is a member of the Wellness Committee.
Jeanne primarily treats patients with orthopedic injury and manages post-surgical rehabilitation. Jeanne is also an LSVT® Certified Clinician for management of movement disorders associated with Parkinson’s Disease.
Sonia Thomas, PT
Sonia has been a licensed physical therapist since 2003, and has worked at Northern Westchester Hospital since 2006. She earned a degree in Physical Therapy from Fr. Muller's Christian Medical College in India.
Sonia has a special interest in neurology and orthopedic rehabilitation. She has also been trained, and is experienced in vestibular and post-concussion rehabilitation.
Sarah Todd, PT, DPT, CLT
Manager of Outpatient Rehabilitation
Sarah has been practicing physical therapy since 2007, after earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Sacred Heart University.
Sarah has extensive experience in multiple fields of practice including neurologic rehabilitation, sports and orthopedic rehabilitation, vestibular and post-concussion rehabilitation, oncology rehabilitation and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist.
Sarah has lectured at The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine on Examination and Treatment Strategies for Patients Post- Cancer Treatment Involving the Head and Neck, and to the Northern Westchester community at "Oh My Aching Knees – Introducing Robotics-Assisted Relief using the NAVIO™ Surgical System." She has also been invited to lecture at the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Dominican College on oncology rehabilitation.
Michele Comen, MA, OTR, CHT
Michele has been a licensed occupational therapist since 1993. She earned a degree at New York University.
Michele is a Certified Hand Therapist with extensive experience rehabilitating hand and upper extremity injuries. She has expertise in splinting, as well as post-surgical care and pain management. Michele also performs ergonomic assessment for prevention of repetitive strain injuries.
Michele has been published in the Journal of Hand Therapy. She has taught splinting at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and currently teaches Physical Agent Modalities and Wound Care at Mercy College.
Laureen Smith-Arena, OT/L, ATP
Laureen has been a licensed occupational therapist since 1991, after studying occupational therapy at Quinnipiac College.
Laureen has extensive experience in outpatient rehabilitation, and has also worked in inpatient rehabilitation, home care therapy and school based therapy. 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 a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP), with a focus on wheelchair evaluation, seating and positioning.
Veronica Cea MS, CCC-SLP
Veronica has been practicing speech language therapy since 2001, after earning her Masters of Science at New York Medical College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from Marymount Manhattan College.
Veronica has extensive experience in multiple fields of practice including voice and swallowing and AAC (alternative augmentative communication devices), stroke and neurological diseases (i.e. Myasthenia Gravis, ALS, Parkinson’s disease). She is certified in LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment), VitalStim (swallowing therapy) and is competent in FEES (Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing).
She is a member of ASHA and is a member of the special interest groups of Gerontology, Voice and Swallowing. She has lectured at Parkinson’s support groups, Multiple Sclerosis symposium, published in the Suffolk County AMA quarterly bulletin 2016. She worked at the Evelyn Trammel Institute for Voice and Swallowing at MUSC and was Swallowing Disorder Specialist at NYU Langone Medical Center and RUSK Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. She was previously the Associate Director for the Speech Language Pathology Dept. at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, NY.
Julie Goldstein, MA, CCC-SLP
Julie has been a licensed speech therapist since 2001. She earned a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Hunter College.
Julie has a specialty in cognitive rehabilitation for patients presenting with post-concussion disorder, TBI and stroke. She is also experienced in evaluation and treatment of dysphagia, aphasia and dysarthria.
Julie is also an LSVT® Certified Clinician for management of speech disorders associated with Parkinson’s Disease.
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.