Faculty Information


Contact Information

Title
Name
E-mail
Phone (845)
Department Chairperson Dr. Maria Masker maria.masker@sunyorange.edu 341-4290
Department Secretary Margaret Boyle margaret.boyle@sunyorange.edu 341-4291
Professor Dr. Karen Stephens karen.stephens@sunyorange.edu 341-4309
Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education Dr. Edward Leonard edward.leonard@sunyorange.edu 341-4280
Clinical Liaison for Clinical Education Mrs. Lori Beresheim lori.beresheim@sunyorange.edu 341-4280
Office Fax     341-4799

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Biographies

Dr. Maria Masker

Dr. Maria Masker, ChairpersonMaria 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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Dr. Karen Stephens

Dr. Karen Stephens, ProfessorKaren 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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DR. EDWARD LEONARD

Ed LeonardEd 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 BERESHEIM

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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Margaret Boyle

Margaret Boyle, secretaryPeggy 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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