Neuro program

Neurological Program

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at University Hospital offers comprehensive therapy examination and treatment for individuals with neurological problems. These problems may result if you have experienced a stroke, brain injury, concussion injury, brain tumor, spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis.

Upstate Rehabilitation at IHP
Institute For Human Performance (IHP)
1st Fl.,
505 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri. - 7am-4:30pm; Tues. Thurs. - 7am-6pm

Treatments and techniques include:

  • Mobility retaining including ambulation, transfers, and community navigation
  • Balance retraining and safety
  • Activities of daily living to increase independence for self care, home and community tasks
  • Independent living skills with a focus on school and work transitions
  • Speech/language retraining
  • Cognitive retraining
  • Visual retraining
  • Physical skills facilitation to improve strength, range of motion, endurance and coordination

Specialty training programs may include the use of specialized equipment including the Lokomat®, ARMEO®, Walkaide®, or Dynavision™ systems to provide the highest level of clinical care with advanced technology.

Programs are based on individual needs and goals with patient education and home program being key to the plan of care.

A physician's referral is required for examination and treatment within this program.

Providers

Danielle Birckhead
Danielle Birckhead
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Utica College, 2010, Occupational Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Pediatric Patients; Brain Injury; Cystic Fibrosis (CF); Stroke; Occupational Therapy; Rehabilitation for Pediatric Patients

Gizelda Casella, MD/PhD
Gizelda Casella, MD/PhD
315 464-8684

Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: University of Miami, FL, 2014, Spinal Cord Injury
  • Residency: University of Miami, FL, 2013, PMR
  • PhD: University of Miami School of Medicine, 2002, Neuroscience

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Medicine and Rehab; Neuropathic Pain; Spasticity; Spinal Cord Injury; Torticollis; Botulinum Toxin Injections; more

Research Interests

  • Spinal cord injury and disorders, obesity in disability

Education Interests

  • Spinal cord Injury and disorders, neuropathic pain, spasticity, neurogenic bladder, neurogenic bowel, cervical dystonia, botox injections, aging with spinal cord injury

Clinical Interests

  • Spinal cord Injury and disorders, neuropathic pain, spasticity, neurogenic bladder, neurogenic bowel, cervical dystonia, botox injections, aging with spinal cord injury, myofascial pain syndrome

Associations/Memberships

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMandR)

Emily J Costello, CSRS
Emily J Costello, CSRS
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Brain Injury; Neuromuscular Disease; Stroke; Neurological Rehabilitation; Stroke Rehabilitation

Education Interests

  • Conpleted Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist course and exam in 2015


Amy C DeBlois, PT, DPT, MPT, CLT-LANA
Amy C DeBlois, PT, DPT, MPT, CLT-LANA
315 464-6885

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2015
  • MS: Ithaca College, 1999, Physical Therapy
  • BS: Ithaca College, 1998, Clinical Science

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Concussion

Education Interests

  • Areas of teaching include neuroscience, adult neurological conditions and interventions, and acquired conditions of spinal cord injury, prosthetics and orthotics.

Clinical Interests

  • Clinical interests are focused in the areas of neurological evaluation and treatment for conditions of spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury (concussion), stroke, and multiple sclerosis. Intervention specialties include locomotor training with a bodyweight support system (Lokomat) and use of functional electric stimulation (FES).

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Neurology Section

Marsha J Eggleston
Marsha J Eggleston
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Utica College, 2008, Occupational Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Brain Injury; Concussion; Stroke; Concussion Management, Rehab Service; Neurological Rehabilitation; Occupational Therapy

Carrie E Garcia, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS
Carrie E Garcia, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: West Virginia University, 2001, Speech-Language Pathology

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Speech Pathology; Brain Injury; Cognitive Disorders; Communication Disorders; Concussion; Dysphagia; more

Associations/Memberships

  • American Speech -Language -Hearing Association

Erica K Hall, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST REGISTERED/ LICENSED
Erica K Hall, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST REGISTERED/ LICENSED
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • OTR: Russell Sage College, 2010

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Occupational Therapy

Amy M Jennings
Amy M Jennings
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS)

Vicki M Kalina, PT
Vicki M Kalina, PT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • PT: Quinnipiac College, 2002

Christine C Lighthipe
Christine C Lighthipe
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Occupational Therapy

Lynne Romeiser-Logan, PT, PhD, PCS
Lynne Romeiser-Logan, PT, PhD, PCS
315 464-5820

Education & Fellowships

  • PhD: Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, 2009

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Physical Therapy; Brachial Plexus Injury; Cerebral Palsy; Multiple Sclerosis (MS); Spasticity; more

Research Interests

  • Effectiveness of treatments for children and adults with neurological disorders.

Education Interests

  • Evidence based practice

Clinical Interests

  • Spasticity, developmental disabilities, brachial plexus injury, neurological disorders.


Kimberly A Nemi, OTR/L, CBIS
Kimberly A Nemi, OTR/L, CBIS
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • BS: SUNY Buffalo, 1993, Occupational Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Brain Aneurysm; Brain Injury; Brain Tumor; Concussion; Dizziness and Vertigo; Memory Loss; more

Kristin A Overend, PT
Kristin A Overend, PT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • PT: Nazareth College of Rochester, 2008, Master's of Physical Therapy
  • BS: St. John Fisher College, 2005, Biology

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Amputation; Brain Injury; Stroke; Trauma; Amputee Rehabilitation; more

Kathleen A Rake, OTR/L, CHT
Kathleen A Rake, OTR/L, CHT
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Hand Specialist; Concussion; Lou Gehrig's Disease; Concussion Management, Rehab Service; Outpatient Occupational Therapy

Education Interests

  • Clinical Coordinator for OT, Speech Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation students

Clinical Interests

  • Hand Therapy, Burn Rehabilitaion, ALS, Concussion program


Denali Remonda, PT, DPT
Denali Remonda, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Buffalo, 2009

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Amputation; Brain Injury; Multiple Sclerosis (MS); Muscular Dystrophies; Spinal Cord Injury; more

Beth Rolland, OTR, CDRS, CBIS
Beth Rolland, OTR, CDRS, CBIS
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Columbia University, 1997, Occupational Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Brain Aneurysm; Brain Injury; Brain Tumor; Concussion; Multiple Sclerosis (MS); more

Kelly Ryan
Kelly Ryan
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Occupational Therapy

Jennifer I Spieker, OTR/L
Jennifer I Spieker, OTR/L
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • OTR: Keuka University, 2001

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Brain Injury; Brain Tumor; Lou Gehrig's Disease; Multiple Sclerosis (MS); Muscular Dystrophy (MD); Pediatric Brain Trauma; more

Emily E Talbot, MS, CCC-SLP
Emily E Talbot, MS, CCC-SLP
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Ithaca College, 2011

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Speech Pathology; Brain Aneurysm; Brain Injury; Brain Tumor; Dysphagia; Speech and Language Problems; more

Clinical Interests

  • Evaluation and treatment of dysphagia, stroke, TBI, cognitive communication disorders, aphasia, apraxia.

Associations/Memberships

  • American Speech -Language -Hearing Association, Ccc-Slp

Danielle J Wheeler-Vickery, PT, DPT
Danielle J Wheeler-Vickery, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

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