Initiative for Women with Disabilities Care Team

The wide array of programs offered at NYU Langone’s Initiative for Women with Disabilities at the Elly and Steve Hammerman Health and Wellness Center are made possible by experts in fitness, alternative therapies, social work, and healthcare.

Meet the members of our care team.

Daniella Casimir, DNP, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner

Ms. Casimir holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Long Island University in nursing, and she is currently completing her doctoral degree in nursing practice. Her goal is to better serve our community of women by maintaining excellence in her field.

Suzanne Wallach, MSEd, CRC, Program Coordinator

Ms. Wallach is a certified rehabilitation counselor. She has a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Hunter College and a bachelor’s degree in special education from New York University. She works on program development and coordination for our sports and fitness programs, and oversees transition services, including the Young Women’s Program and the Empowerment Program. Ms. Wallach assists participants in creating individualized transition plans, and conducts outreach to the disabled community.

Alena Gerst, LCSW, RYT, Social Worker

A trained dancer, Ms. Gerst completed her master’s degree in social work at Columbia University, with an emphasis on health, mental health, and disabilities. She is also a certified yoga teacher. Ms. Gerst helps women assess their needs, explore limiting belief systems, and identify lifestyle patterns that inhibit personal growth. She runs several discussion groups.

Litsa DeJulio, LCSW, Social Worker

Ms. DeJulio holds clinical social work licenses in the states of New York and Massachusetts. She received her Master of Social Work from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service in 1999. Her experience includes working with adolescents and adults. Most recently, she worked as an inpatient social worker at NYU Langone’s Hospital for Joint Diseases and Rusk Rehabilitation. She has also been credentialed as a Registered Yoga Teacher by Yoga Alliance.

Michelle Mock, MPH, RDN, CDN, Nutrition Coordinator

Ms. Mock received her undergraduate degree in dietetics, food, and nutrition at The City University of New York, Lehman College, and her graduate degree in Public Health Nutrition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  She has more than 20 years of professional experience as a registered dietitian nutritionist. Ms. Mock is available for individual counseling. She conducts nutrition groups and educational workshops on nutrition as a means of supporting health.  

Dominique Chase, Medical Service Associate

Ms. Chase is a certified medical assistant. She completed the medical assistant certification program at Sanford-Brown Institute in September 2010. Ms. Chase performs both administrative and clinical duties. In addition to greeting our participants, answering the phones, and scheduling appointments, she also works with our clinicians, helping with vital sign assessment, electrocardiogram testing, phlebotomy, and gynecologic care.

Lisa Fung, Medical Office Associate

Ms. Fung greets our patients, answers the phones, and schedules appointments.  She strives for excellence in customer service and office skills. She has worked in the medical field for more than 8 years and has been with the Initiative for Women with Disabilities since May 2014.

Nikkia Sharpe, Executive Assistant

Ms. Sharpe is the executive assistant to Connie Lam, the director of the Initiative for Women with Disabilities. Nikkia has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from American Intercontinental University and more than 20 years of management experience. She manages the daily operations of the Initiative for Women with Disabilities and works with participants to help ensure they are directed to the appropriate services and programs.