- Contact Information
|Department Chairperson||Dr. Maria Maskerfirstname.lastname@example.org||341-4290|
|Department Secretary||Margaret Boyleemail@example.com||341-4291|
|Professor||Dr. Karen Stephensfirstname.lastname@example.org||341-4309|
|Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education||Dr. Edward Leonardemail@example.com||341-4280|
|Clinical Liaison for Clinical Education||Mrs. Lori Beresheimfirstname.lastname@example.org||341-4280|
|Adjunct Instructor||Mr. Avital Gombineremail@example.com||341-4291|
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Maria graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1987 with a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy and a declared minor in psychology. In January 2006, she completed her doctorate in physical therapy from Boston University. Maria's clinical experience includes direct patient care in acute care hospital settings, out patient clinics, sub-acute rehabilitation, long term nursing home care and home care. Administratively, she has served as physical therapy director, center coordinator of clinical education, and coordinator of physical therapy to various local facilities.
Maria began her career at Orange County Community College in March 2006 as department chair and faculty. She is presently an associate professor and enjoys teaching PTA 1, Medical Conditions for the PTA, Introduction to Physical Therapy, PTA 4, and Contemporary Practice for the PTA. In 2010 she was the recipient of a Student Senate “Excellence in Teaching” nomination. In addition, she maintains her clinical experience by providing per diem services to several area agencies primarily providing home care physical therapy and out patient physical therapy.
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Karen received an AS degree from Orange County Community College in 1977. In 1979, she graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a BS degree in Biology, and in 1983 graduated from Duke University with an MS degree in Physical Therapy. Karen received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007 from Dominican College. She has clinical experience in acute care, rehabilitation, geriatrics, home care, and pediatrics.
Karen has been a guest lecturer in the PTA Program since 1983. She was an adjunct instructor for 2 years and has been a full time instructor since 1993. She is presently a professor and teaches PTA II; PTA III; Kinesiology; and Tests and Measurement Skills for the PTA. Karen is active in advising students. In 2007, she received a well-deserved college Appreciation Award and in 2008, she received both the Orange County Community College President's Award and the New York State Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
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Ed graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1998 with a B.S./M.P.S. degree in Physical Therapy and completed his transitional doctorate in Physical Therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical University in August 2012. In 1994, he graduated from Cornell University with a BS degree with Honors in Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Exercise Science from Ithaca College. Ed's clinical experience includes direct patient care in acute care hospital settings, out-patient clinics, acute/sub-acute rehabilitation, assistive living/long term nursing facilities and home care. Administratively, he has served as rehabilitation supervisor/director and center coordinator of clinical education in various Rockland and Orange county facilities.Ed began his career at Orange County Community College in August 2010 as Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and teaches Contemporary Practice for the PTA and Introduction to Health Professions. At home, Ed is married with 3 children and 1 dog. In addition, he maintains his clinical experience by providing services for geriatric home bound patients.
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Lori graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Maria College in 1982. She began her career working in the hospital and nursing home settings. Since 1984, until present, Lori has worked with developmentally delayed children and adults in a center based program. She also provides per diem services in a sub-acute rehabilitation center and in home health care.
Lori is presently an adjunct instructor to the college performing clinical site visits for the PTA students as a Clinical Liaison to the courses Clinical Education 1 and Clinical Education 2.
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Avi graduated from SUNY Cortland with a BS Degree in Health Science in 2005. He is a Physical Therapist Assistant who joins our faculty as a recent graduate from the SUNY Orange PTA program, class of 2009. His clinical experience includes various physical therapy settings: outpatient and skilled nursing facilities.
Avi is presently an adjunct instructor to the college performing the laboratory instructor duties for the PTA I class. With his past experience as a one-on-one tutor and involvement in the PTA to Student PTA relationship, Avi is able to create a distinct and helpful bridge for our physical therapist assistant students to apply their hands on skills in a clinical setting.
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Peggy has been department secretary for both the Physical Therapist Assistant Program (which included the Massage Program for several years) and the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program since 1991.
She effectively and efficiently handles the daily tasks of typing memos/course outlines/student handouts, making and receiving telephone calls, retrieving data, processing orders, processing for clinical contracts, setting up meeting times/locations,.....the list is endless.....not to mention those weekly, monthly, and annual tasks as well. She has been instrumental in preparing two accreditation reports over the years which is monumental in and of itself.
Peggy is so appreciated by both faculty and students who benefit by her positive attitude and on-going encouragement!
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Dr. Maria Masker, Chair