Concussion Center Care Team
At NYU Langone’s Concussion Center, you are treated by experts in concussion care and rehabilitation. Members of your care team may include occupational therapists, who can help you regain your independence after a concussion; psychologists, who can address cognitive changes due to concussion; physical therapists, who treat musculoskeletal injuries related to concussion; social workers, who address any concerns related to the emotional and physical impact of a concussion; speech–language pathologists, who offer therapies to maximize written, verbal language, memory, and attention skills; vestibular therapists, who can help improve dizziness and balance issues related to concussion; and pediatric specialists, who are dedicated to treating children and young adults with concussion.
Dina Pagnotta, PT, MPT, MPH
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Ms. Pagnotta is responsible for daily operations at the Concussion Center, including policy development and implementation, educational endeavors, marketing, research, and center expansion. As director of strategic initiatives, Ms. Pagnotta supports the development of new projects and programming within NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. She received a master of physical therapy degree from Hahnemann University (which has since merged into Drexel University) and a master of public health degree from Columbia University.
Mara F. Sproul, MPA, RN-BC, CRRN
Ms. Sproul is a registered nurse with extensive experience in pediatric, geriatric, and cardiac rehabilitation and nursing administration. She has a master’s degree in public administration from NYU and is certified in rehabilitation nursing and geriatric nursing. In her role, she is responsible for day-to-day interactions with patients and facilitates various aspects of their clinical care, as well as helps with the overall development of the Concussion Center.
Victoria Juanito, RN, BSN
Ms. Juanito is a registered nurse who has experience in clinical and managerial roles, including as a training officer in a military hospital. She has worked as a school nurse, in a facility for adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, and, most recently, in several neurology clinics in an academic hospital. She is responsible for day-to-day patient interactions and assists in various aspects of their clinical care.
Matt Manu, MPA, ATC
Senior Program Coordinator
Mr. Manu is a certified athletic trainer with experience in the secondary school and professional setting. As the Concussion Center, he works to advance clinical programming, support ongoing research, and expand professional and community education including local academic institutions, youth leagues, and professional athletic leagues. He serves as the liaison to our school and community partners and as well as our athletic training program.
Kellianne Arnella, MS, OTR/L, CSRS, CDRS
Neurological Clinical Specialist-Occupational Therapy
Ms. Arnella specializes in treating patients who have vision issues following traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and concussion. She works to determine and individualized treatment plan for each patient. Through skill remediation and individual strategy use, she helps patients successfully return to their pre-injury habits, routines, and roles.
Holly Cohen, OTR/L, SCEM, ATP, CDRS
Ms. Cohen specializes in the use assistive technology to improve an individual’s access of a computer or smart device, increase their functional independence, and safety in all environments.
Vision Clinical Specialist | Occupational Therapy
Based on Long Island, Ms. Martori specializes in vision rehabilitation for people who have concussion and traumatic brain injury. She helps improve visual perceptual and motor skills, including reading, writing, computer use, and other work- and school-related activities.
Neuropsychology and Psychology
Neuropsychologist | Clinical Neuropsychology
Dr. Barr is the director of the Division of Neuropsychology in the Department of Neurology at NYU Langone Health and is an assistant professor of neurology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He has spent his career performing clinical and research studies on epilepsy, concussion, and neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Barr has been a professional consultant to professional sports leagues, including the NFL and NHL. He has been performing research studies on concussion in athletes since the 1990s and is an active participant in current studies on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Elizabeth Bistrong, PhD
Dr. Bistrong specializes in the assessment of traumatic brain injury, concussion, and other neurological conditions at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital. She offers comprehensive neuropsychological assessments to children, adolescents, and young adults, providing evidence- based and personalized treatment plans that are tailored to each person’s unique needs. Dr. Bistrong obtained her PhD at the University of Virginia and completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan.
Amanda Childs, PhD
Dr. Childs specializes in rehabilitation and health psychology with a focus on the treatment of concussion, traumatic brain injury, and oncology. She provides neuropsychological assessments, cognitive rehabilitation, and individual and group psychotherapy. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (AART) at Rusk Rehabilitation.
Dr. Grunwald provides neuropsychological and psychological evaluations and treatment for individuals who have a wide variety of medical issues including concussion, TBI, and stroke. She works to help people improve their adjustment, acceptance, and coping with complicated issues to live better lives. She specializes in working with individuals who have vocal disorders.
Coordinator, Outpatient Psychology Services | Rehabilitation Psychology
Dr. Langenbahn provides neuropsychological assessment and treatment to people dealing with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral issues related to brain injury and concussion. She has received the John G. Gianutsos Award for Special Educational Contributions from Rusk Rehabilitation and was named a distinguished member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, which awarded her the Elizabeth and Sidney Licht Award in recognition of excellence in scientific writing in rehabilitation medicine in 2012.
Senior Psychologist | Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Lee specializes in the treatment of concussion and traumatic brain injury. She provides neuropsychological assessments, cognitive rehabilitation, and individual and group psychotherapy. She received the Dr. Lee and Linda Rosenbaum Family Award through Yeshiva University for excellence in clinical health and served as an Asian American Psychological Association leadership fellow.
Senior Psychologist | Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Psychology
Dr. Lu’s special interests include traumatic brain injury, sleep and memory processing, mindfulness, neuropsychological testing, and cognitive remediation. Dr. Lu has published in the areas of traumatic brain injury and sleep and memory processing. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in rehabilitation research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Bonnie Marks, PsyD
Dr. Marks specializes in rehabilitation psychology, traumatic brain injury, concussion, sports psychology, and mindfulness for stress management. She works in the Brain Injury Day Treatment program and performs concussion evaluations. She has received the Dr. Alfred H. Schwartz and Iris Nelson-Schwartz Humanitarian Award from the National Rehabilitation Association, Metropolitan Chapter.
David McCabe, PhD
Dr. McCabe provides neuropsychological assessment and treatment for people who have TBI and other neurological conditions impacting cognitive, behavioral, and psychological functioning. He provides cognitive remediation and psychotherapy, in individual and group formats. Dr. McCabe completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan.
Jamie Cepeda, DPT
Senior Physical Therapist
Dr. Cepeda treats people who have concussions and other types of brain injuries. He evaluates their needs, helps develop a treatment plan, and assists people as they learn the skills they need to live independently and return to their normal activities.
Staff Physical Therapist | Physical Therapy, Sports Physical Therapy
Dr. Eisenhardt is a board-certified orthopedic specialist with a passion for exercise and fitness. He completed an orthopedic residency program through New York University and enjoys guiding patients to their best possible health. He utilizes his knowledge in integrative lifestyle management and special interest in yoga to assist patients in their recovery process from concussion-related injuries.
Teresa Iodice-Dadin, MA, PT, CCTT
Senior Physical Therapist
Ms. Iodice-Dadin is a certified craniofacial and cervical therapist. She specializes in treating disorders of the head and neck, including headache and temporomandibular joint disorders, related to concussion and other injuries. She performs advanced manual therapy with osteopathic training.
Physical Therapy, Sports Physical Therapy
Dr. Kaufman is a board-certified orthopedic specialist. She has a special interest in working with people recovering from concussion-related injuries and limitations. She helps them get back to their normal activities and responsibilities, as well as sports and exercise.
Senior Physical Therapist | Physical Therapy, Sports Physical Therapy
Dr. Peredo is a board-certified orthopedic specialist. He has a special interest in the management and treatment of post-concussion symptoms and related injuries. He enjoys assisting those with post-concussion symptoms return to their daily activities and passions, including sports and exercise.
Clinical Specialist | Physical Therapy, Sports Physical Therapy
Dr. Ross is a board-certified orthopedic specialist and a physical therapy clinical specialist. He is committed to helping individuals recover from post-concussion symptoms and has a special interest in athletes seeking to return to their sport.
Mark Schulingkamp, DPT, OCS
Senior Physical Therapist
Dr. Schulingkamp is a board-certified orthopedic specialist. He helps people who have experienced concussion return to work, school, sports, and other activities.
Elizabeth E. Galletta, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Dr. Galletta focuses on patient-reported symptoms in the evaluation of individuals with acquired speech–language and cognitive–communication disorders. As a certified brain injury specialist trainer (CBIST) she contributes to a team of neurogenic speech–language pathologists treating patients who have persistant post-concussion symptoms. She mentors clinicians, students, and volunteer interns on topics including group treatment/community groups, aphasia, and cognitive rehabilitation. Her research focuses on combining methods that promote neuroplasticity with behavioral treatment.
Karen Gendal, MA, CCC-SLP
Ms. Gendal’s expertise is in the evaluation and treatment of people with a variety of motor, speech, language, and cognitive communication impairments, including those with concussion.
Shap Shadravan, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS
Ms. Shadravan is a clinical specialist on Rusk Rehabilitation’s speech–language Pathology team in both the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation setting. Her clinical experience includes the evaluation and treatment of patients with neurogenic communication impairments as well as patients with medically complex and cardiopulmonary diagnoses.
Dr. Adams is a board-certified specialist in neurologic rehabilitation with advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation and has been working with patients with dizziness and vertigo due to head injuries for over 10 years. He is actively involved in clinical research on brain injury rehabilitation, vestibular outcome measures, reactive balance, post-concussion syndrome, and early mobilization for patients after brain tumor resection. He is the author of Vestibular Rehabilitation for the NCS Exam, and lectures regularly as an adjunct professor.
Natalie Catterall, PT, DPT
Senior II Physical Therapist
Dr. Catterall treats vestibular dysfunctions following concussions as well as other brain injuries. Her individualized treatment approach aims to improve dizziness and balance. She is dedicated to assisting her patients in improving towards previous level of function through her patient- centered care.
Laura Cialino, PT, DPT
Senior Physical Therapist
Dr. Cialino is a board-certified neurologic clinical specialist experienced in treating people who have various vestibular conditions. She treats vestibular dysfunctions following concussion as well as other brain injuries. She uses an individualized, evidenced-based treatment approach, and is dedicated to assisting a patient’s return to prior level of function and meaningful activities.
Katie Ann Connors, PT, DPT
Senior Physical Therapist
Dr. Connors treats people who have a variety of neurological injuries, including neck pain, and helps them return to activity after concussion. She practices in the outpatient department at Rusk Rehabilitation.
Tara Denham, MA, PT
Outpatient Program Manager
Ms. Denham specializes in vestibular therapy for people with concussions. In addition, she supervises therapists who treat people in need of vestibular therapy and developed the vestibular concussion program at NYU Langone. She is involved in research about concussions and vestibular dysfunction and lectures nationally and internationally on the topic of vestibular rehabilitation.
Jennifer Fay, PT, DPT, NCS
Dr. Fay specializes in treating people who have concussions and other types of brain injuries. She works with patients and families, educating them about the condition and assisting patients with their return to work, school, or sports. She is the lead clinician on a research project related to concussions and vestibular dysfunction.
Nicolina Keneipp, PT, DPT, NCS
Senior Physical Therapist
Dr. Keneipp is a board-certified neurologic clinical specialist and has advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation. She treats vestibular dysfunctions following concussions as well as other brain injuries. She is dedicated to assisting her patients improve function and return to meaningful activities with an individualized, patient-centered treatment approach.
Artmis Youssefnia, PT, GCS
Senior Physical Therapist
Ms. Youssefnia treats people experiencing vestibular dysfunction after concussions and other types of brain injuries. She is a board-certified geriatric specialist and has advanced training in working with older adults. She helps people return to normal activities and evaluates, treats, and educates patients and families about the condition.
Akirrah Cooper, DACM, ATC
Dr. Cooper received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Dominican College and is a registered and licensed athletic trainer. She has worked in many different clinical settings, helping to expand her knowledge of various methods and treatment plans used in sports rehabilitation programs. Ms. Cooper is also licensed in acupuncture and herbal medicine by the State of New York and is recognized as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She also graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and is skilled in all primary Chinese medicine modalities, including acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal formulas, cupping, gua sha, and tui na. In her role as an athletic trainer, she provides community outreach concerning the prevention, evaluation, management, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.
Anthony Jones, ATC, CSCS
Mr. Jones is a certified athletic trainer with a degree from Stony Brook University and certification as a strength and conditioning specialist. Before working at NYU Langone, he worked with the athletic training program at NYU Langone Hopsital—Long Island. Anthony has experience with various high school programs and at the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division III level. In his role as an athletic trainer, he is responsible for managing injury prevention, acute care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries in conjunction with other members of the sports health team. He also supports outreach opportunities as well as sports health and Concussion Center initiatives.
Pediatric Care Team
Molly Bucciero, MS, OTL/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Ms. Bucciero is a registered and licensed occupational therapist with advanced training in visual rehabilitation. She evaluates and treats children from birth to age 21 who have visual conditions and visual symptoms related to both traumatic and nontraumatic brain injuries.
Robert Cafaro, MS, OTR/L
Pediatric Supervisor, Occupational Therapy
Mr. Cafaro is an occupational therapist with more than 20 years of pediatric experience with training in vision and concussion rehabilitation. As the pediatric occupational therapy supervisor at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, he oversees all clinical programming and training.
Megan Conklin, PT, DPT
Program Manager, Pedatric Therapy Services
Dr. Conklin is a board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy and is the pediatric physical therapy supervisor at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital. She has advanced training in pediatric vestibular rehabilitation, and evaluates and treats children and teenagers who have vestibular symptoms and TBI.
Iona D’Sa, CCC-SLP
Speech–Language Pathology Supervisor
Ms. D’Sa has extensive pediatric experience, particularly in the area of childhood brain injury. She is responsible for program development, goal setting, and education of speech–language pathologists and other team members on the topics of pediatric brain injury occurrence, speech and language symptoms, assessment and intervention, and outcome measures.
Jessica Hubert, PT, DPT, NCS, CSCS
Dr. Hubert is a board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric and neurologic physical therapy. She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and is a certified brain injury specialist. She evaluates and treats children and teenagers who have vestibular symptoms and traumatic and nontraumatic brain injury.
Allison U. Lam, PT, DPT
Physical Therapy Supervisor
Dr. Lam is a board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy. She oversees clinical programming for pediatric concussion at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital. She has advanced training in both adult and pediatric vestibular rehabilitation. She evaluates and treats children and teenagers who have vestibular symptoms and traumatic and nontraumatic brain injury.
Carol Rosen, PhD
Dr. Rosen provides neuropsychological evaluations and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and young adults with various medical conditions. She also consults with schools to help her patients return to the classroom after a concussion. Dr. Rosen has published in the areas of self-concept and emotional–behavioral functioning of children with brachial plexus birth injury as well as the effects of chemotherapy on cognitive functioning.