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Vestibular Rehabilitation Program

Vertigo, dizziness and imbalance can have a variety of causes. Symptoms of vertigo, dizziness and imbalance due to an inner ear disorder can often be improved by vestibular rehabilitation.

 

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

What Types of Conditions can Benefit from this Therapy?

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Vertigo due to labyrinthitis
  • Vertigo due to vestibular neuronitis
  • Cervicogenic dizziness
  • Cochlear implants
  • Concussion
  • Migraine associated dizziness
  • Space and motion sensitivity
  • Chronic subjective dizziness
  • Mal de Debarquement
  • Aging and dizziness
  • Neurologic disorders (stroke, brain injury, MS)
  • Ototoxicity

What Should You Expect from your Therapy?

Your first physical therapy visit will consist of an evaluation to identify problem areas. You will receive an individualized treatment program based upon the results of your evaluation and your goals.

The treatment program may include specialized exercises to decrease dizziness, balance exercises, education regarding your condition, coping strategies for dizziness, strengthening exercises and/or conditioning exercises.

Preparing for your First Visit

  • Bring a list of your current medications and eyeglasses (if you wear them). If you are experiencing dizziness, you may need someone to drive you to your appointment.
A physician's referral is required for evaluation and treatment within this program.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapists

Susan Giegold PT, DPT

Susan has been a physical therapist since 1983 and has been treating patients with vestibular disorders since 2004.

Susan has received extensive and advanced training in Vestibular Rehabilitation from with Ron Tusa MD and Susan Herdman PT, PhD at Emory University, Joseph Furman MD, PhD and Susan Whitney PT, PhD at University of Pittsburgh; Richard Clendaniel PT, PhD at Duke University and Robert Landel PT, DPT, OCS at University of Southern California.

Susan is also a member of Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Providers

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


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

Annina Dougherty, PT, DPT
Annina Dougherty, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2011

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

Susan J Giegold, PT, DPT
Susan J Giegold, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, 2007, Physical Therapy
  • BS: University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK, 1983, Physical Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Concussion; Dizziness and Vertigo; Neck Injuries; Concussion Management; Concussion Management, Rehab Service; Functional Capacity Evaluation; more

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

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)

Maureen A Mancuso, PT, DPT
Maureen A Mancuso, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2012

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Concussion; Concussion Management; Concussion Management, Rehab Service; Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Samantha L Morin, PT, DPT
Samantha L Morin, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: Ithaca College, 2009

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Brain Aneurysm; Brain and Spine Tumors; Cognitive Disorders; Dementia; Falls; 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

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

Katharine L Sellers, PT, DPT
Katharine L Sellers, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: Russell Sage College, 2008
  • BA: Russell Sage College, 2006, Biopsychology

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Osteoarthritis; Geriatrics; Outpatient Physical Therapy; Spine Pain Treatment; more

Research Interests

  • Geriatrics

Education Interests

  • Geriatrics

Clinical Interests

  • Geriatrics


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