Stroke Rehabilitation

University Hospital offers a comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation program for individuals who have suffered a stroke.

Upstate Rehabilitation at the Downtown Campus
Upstate University Hospital - Downtown Campus
Rm. N2104,
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-4:30pm

Services are provided by an interdisciplinary team including occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, neuropsychologists, vocational therapist and physicians. University Hospital has the most updated equipment and treatment techniques.

What you Should Expect from your Therapy

Available Treatment Options Include:

  • Activities of daily living and independent living skills
  • Recommendations of Assistive or Adaptive equipment
  • Vision Testing and Retraining
  • Speech and swallowing training
  • Ambulation and transfer training
  • Balance and coordination training
  • Strengthening
  • Family Training
  • Stroke Education
  • Neuropyscholgy Testing
  • Tone Management
  • Wheelchair Assessments
  • Cognitive retraining
  • vocational services
  • return to work and school

The primary goal of our rehabilitation program is to maximize the individual's functional independence. Programs are based on individual needs and goals. Stroke education related to cognition and communication, physical mobility, and life independence is an integral part of the comprehensive program.

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

Providers

Kimberly E Brown, MACCC/SLP; CBIS
Kimberly E Brown, MACCC/SLP; CBIS
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • Additional Training: University Hospital, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, 2013

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Stroke; Speech Therapy

Associations/Memberships

  • American Speech -Language -Hearing Association

Tanya L Burnett, MS, CTRS
Tanya L Burnett, MS, CTRS
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Brain Injury; Pediatric Brain Trauma; Stroke

Joy V Centra
Joy V Centra
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Occupational Therapy; Vestibular Rehabilitation

Nicole M Conese, PT
Nicole M Conese, PT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: University of Maryland at Baltimore, 2015, Physical Therapy
  • BS: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 2012, Exercise Science

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Alzheimer's Disease - Dementia; Brain Injury; Brain Tumor; Dementia; more

Clinical Interests

  • stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation and management of dizziness


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


Caterina M Flatau, PT, DPT
Caterina M Flatau, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2013

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Vestibular Rehabilitation

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

Jenna M Gardner, MS, CCC-SLP
Jenna M Gardner, MS, CCC-SLP
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Northeastern University, 2005, Speech-Language Pathology
  • BS: SUNY Plattsburgh, 2003, Communication Science and Disorders

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Dysphagia; Head and Neck Cancer; Lou Gehrig's Disease; Speech and Language Problems; Stroke; Speech Therapy

Associations/Memberships

  • American Speech -Language -Hearing Association

Kathryn Graves
Kathryn Graves
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Syracuse University, 2009, Speech Language Pathology

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Speech Pathology; Brain Injury; Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate; Cognitive Disorders; Communication Disorders; Dysphagia; more

Associations/Memberships

  • American Speech -Language -Hearing Association

Bethany A Hetrick, MA, MS, CCC-SLP
Bethany A Hetrick, MA, MS, CCC-SLP
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Columbia University, 2015, Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • MA: New York University, 2004, French Literature

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Speech Pathology; Cerebral Palsy; Cognitive Disorders; Dysphagia; Parkinson's Disease; Stroke; more

Clinical Interests

  • LSVT LOUD certified clinician. 

    Clinical interests include communication and swallowing disorders in patients with neurodegenerative disease, stroke, and tracheotomized and ventilator-dependent patients. 

Associations/Memberships

  • American Speech -Language -Hearing Association

Amy M Jennings
Amy M Jennings
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS)

Christina T Legg, PT, DPT
Christina T Legg, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2016
  • BS: SUNY Binghamton, 2011, Integrative Neuroscience

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Amputation; Brain Injury; Falls; Hip Fracture; Stroke; more

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.


Julie A Lombardi, PT, DPT
Julie A Lombardi, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2008

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Brain Injury; Dizziness and Vertigo; Multiple Sclerosis (MS); Parkinson's Disease; Stroke; Neurological Rehabilitation

Clinical Interests

  • LSVT BIG therapy for Neurological Disorders
    Rock Steady Boxing Certified

    Vestibular therapy

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Yvonne E Monti
Yvonne E Monti
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Pediatric Patients; Brain Injury; Concussion; Neck Stinger; Stroke; more

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

Kimberly Oles
Kimberly Oles
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Occupational Therapy

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

Justine C Playford, MS, OTR/L
Justine C Playford, MS, OTR/L
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • BS: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 2018, Occupational Science
  • MS: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 2018, Occupational Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Occupational Medicine; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Amputation; Brain Injury; Concussion; Fracture; more

Maria J Podbelski, DPT
Maria J Podbelski, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2016

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Physical Therapy; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Brain Injury; Dizziness and Vertigo; Neuromuscular Disease; more

Tara L Price, BS in Occupation Therapy Science
Tara L Price, BS in Occupation Therapy Science
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • BS: Utica College, 1996, Occupational Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Geriatrics; Occupational Therapy; Stroke Rehabilitation

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

Patricia Ryan, PT
Patricia Ryan, PT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: Russell Sage College, 2015
  • BS: SUNY Albany, 2012

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

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

Joanne Scandale, PhD, CRC, CCM, LMHC, CBIST
Joanne Scandale, PhD, CRC, CCM, LMHC, CBIST
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • PhD: Syracuse University, 2004, Rehabilitation Counseling

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Brain Injury; Brain Injury Rehabilitation; Vocational Rehabilitation

Donna I Sims, CTRS
Donna I Sims, CTRS
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • BS: SUNY Brockport, 1988

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Clinical Interests

  • Animal Assisted Therapy / Activities


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

Education & Fellowships

  • OTR: Keuka University, 2001

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Brain Injury; Brain Tumor; Lou Gehrig's Disease; Multiple Sclerosis (MS); Muscular Dystrophy (MD); more

Mary Sutter
Mary Sutter
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MA: SUNY Geneseo, 2006

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Speech Pathology; Cognitive Disorders; Dysphagia; Stroke; Speech Therapy

Associations/Memberships

  • American Speech -Language -Hearing Association

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

Janice L Singer-Wagner, MS, CCC/SLP
Janice L Singer-Wagner, MS, CCC/SLP
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Columbia University, 1979, speech/language pathology

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Speech Pathology; Dysphagia; Head and Neck Cancer; Stroke; Fiberopic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES); Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS)

Associations/Memberships

  • American Speech -Language -Hearing Association

Lauren N Westby, MS,CCC-SLP, CBIS
Lauren N Westby, MS,CCC-SLP, CBIS
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Syracuse University, 2008, Speech Language Pathology

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Speech Pathology; Brain Injury; Cognitive Disorders; Communication Disorders; Dysphagia; more

Clinical Interests

  • Cognitive Communication Disorders

    Dysphagia

    Aphasia

    Apraxia

    Dysarthria

Associations/Memberships

  • American Speech -Language -Hearing Association
  • Brain Injury Association USA

Stephanie S Zieno
Stephanie S Zieno
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Utica College, 2010, Occupational Therapy
  • BS: Ithaca College, 2007

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Brain Injury; Burns (Severe); Spinal Cord Injury; Stroke; Trauma; Brain Injury Rehabilitation; more

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