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.


Rehabilitation Therapies at IHP
Institute For Human Performance
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

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).


315 464-6885

Education & Fellowships

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



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).


  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Neurology Section

Caterina M Flatau, PT
Caterina M Flatau, PT
315 464-8668

Susan J Giegold, PT, DPT
Susan J Giegold, PT, DPT
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

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


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


  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Kimberly A Nemi
Kimberly A Nemi
315 464-8668


Brain Aneurysm; Brain Injury; Concussion; Memory Loss; Multiple Sclerosis (MS); Neuromuscular Disease; more

Katharine L Sellers, PT, DPT
Katharine L Sellers, PT, DPT
315 475-1433

Education & Fellowships

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


Physical Therapy; Outpatient Physical Therapy; Spine Pain Treatment; Sports Injury Rehabilitation; Total Joint Replacement, Rehab Service; Vestibular Rehabilitation