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Occupational Therapy Leadership  Inpatient Adult Team  Inpatient Pediatric Team  Inpatient Rehab Team Outpatient Adult Team Outpatient Pediatric Team TAR Team

Occupational Therapy Leadership

Simon CarsonSimon Carson, OT/L, MBA
Chief of Occupational Therapy​

Simon received his Masters in Occupational Therapy from Ithaca College and his MBA and Masters in Medical Management from the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business. His areas of interest include SCI and cognitive rehabilitation, as well as operations management, quality assurance and leadership.

Sarah ByrneSarah Byrne MS, OTR/L

Sarah is the Senior Occupational Therapist on Inpatient Rehab. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with her combined Bachelor and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Minor in Health and Human Wellness. Her areas of interest include brain injury, spinal cord injury and assistive technology.

Dana EmeryDana Emery, OTD, OTR/L

Dana graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from Utica College of Syracuse University and obtained her post professional doctorate from Boston University in 2014. Dana has worked at Strong for over 15 years with a specialty in the treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, brachial plexus injury, neurology, upper extremity/hand and ergonomics. Dana has written a text book chapter in Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (Springer) and has contributed to the Quick Reference Dictionary for Occupational Therapy 6th edition (Slack).  Dana is also on the adjunct faculty for Nazareth College Occupational Therapy program.

Hannah PeckHannah Peck, MS, OTR/L

Hannah is the site manager for outpatient pediatric rehabilitation, and a pediatric occupational therapist. She graduated with her Master's in Occupational Therapy from Utica College in 2011. She specializes in sensory processing and developmental disabilities. Hannah is a graduate from the Multidisciplinary Fellowship, LEND, at the University of Rochester. The LEND Fellowship focused on leadership and education in providing person centered care to individuals with developmental disabilities. 

Erin St. GeorgeErin St. George MS, OTR/L​

Erin is the Senior Occupational Therapist for the Adult Acute Care team.  She graduated from Ithaca College with a combined Bachelors and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Erin has previous experience in acute rehab, acute care, and home care.

Occupational Therapy Staff

Inpatient Adult Team

Bridgid Aini Bridgid Aini, OTR/L

Bridgid graduated from Keuka College with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2006. She has experience in working with a variety of diagnoses in the acute care setting as well as experience on inpatient acute rehabilitation Her focus has been evaluating and treating patients in the Trauma ICU, most specifically SCI and TBI. She also has experience in treating Adult and Pediatric burn patients.

Michelle Baker Michelle Baker, OTR/L

Michelle is an Occupational therapist who graduated with her Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy from Sage Graduate School, along with a Bachelor of Science in Gerontology Studies and Associates of Science in Business Administration.  She is working as part of the adult acute care team at Strong Memorial Hospital.   

Ebonee ColeEbonee Cole, MS, OTR/L​

Ebonee works primarily with neurological impairments with adults in acute care. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2007. She is currently obtaining her post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy and advanced practice certification in neuroscience from Thomas Jefferson University. Ebonee is the OT student fieldwork coordinator for Level I and II students. Her previous work experience includes therapy in acute care, sub-acute rehab in skilled nursing setting including long-term care, and home health.

LauraLaura "Elle" Delehanty, MS, OTR/L

Elle received an MA in Exercise Physiology from the Ohio State University in 2001 and her MS in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 2004. Over her career she has worked in acute care, acute rehab, subacute rehab and outpatient clinics. Elle is part of the the acute care team and has a special interest in working with the geriatric population and persons with Parkinsonism.  

DiRaimoCaitlin DiRaimo, MS, OTR/L

Caitlin is an Occupational Therapist who received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and her combined Bachelor and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University at Buffalo.  She is currently working as a part of the adult acute care team at Strong Memorial Hospital. 

Angelika GarrabrantAngelika Garrabrant​, MS, OTR/L

Angie is a full-time staff occupational therapist who graduated in 2017 from Nazareth College with a combined Bachelors and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Angie is a part of our acute care team at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

GillowColleen Gillow MS, OTR/L

Colleen is a Staff Occupational Therapist who graduated from University at Buffalo in 2013 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy.   She received Minors in Sociology and Social & Preventive Medicine in Health and Wellness. Colleen has experience in sub-acute care and working with the geriatric population.  She is currently working as part of the acute care team at URMC.

HegartyNorah Hegarty MS, OTR/L

Norah is a staff Occupational Therapist who graduated in 2015 with her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University at Buffalo. She is currently working as part of the acute care team at URMC.

HollyHolly Podniesinski OTR/L​

Holly is a staff Occupational Therapist who graduated from D’Youville College with a combined Bachelors and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Psychology. She is currently working as part of the adult acute care team at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Lisa RestivoLisa Restivo, OTR/L

Lisa is a staff Occupational Therapist who received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology at SUNY Geneseo in 2009. She then attended Nazareth College where she received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Lisa has worked as part of the inpatient rehab team, as well as the outpatient clinic where she was a provider with the Integrative Cognitive Rehabilitation Program. Lisa is currently part of the acute care team at Strong Memorial Hospital.

ScheuerKristen Scheuer MS, OTR/L

Kristen is an Occupational Therapist who graduated with her Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy from Ithaca College. Kristen recently relocated back to Rochester after working in New Jersey as an acute care and acute rehab therapist.   She is now working as part of the adult acute care team at Strong Memorial Hospital.  

Katie SchweitzerKatie Schweitzer, MOT, OTR/L

Katie is a staff Occupational Therapist currently working in the Acute Inpatient setting.  She has spent time as the Senior working in our Outpatient clinic and our Inpatient Rehabilitation unit. .  Katie received her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Buffalo and has received her post-professional Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University.  Katie has worked at the University of Rochester for over 20 years and her specialty areas include burn injury, spinal cord injury, neuro injury and upper extremity injury/splinting.

Kelly Smith-JaglaKelly Smith-Jagla, COTA

Kelly received her Associates in Applied Science of Occupational Therapy Assistant from SUNY Canton in 2004. Kelly is currently working on her Bachelors in Health Science Pre-OT and a minor in psychology at the University of Cincinnati and plans to graduate in the summer of 2022. She has worked in Pediatrics, short term rehab with focus on complex and respiratory care patients, and long term rehab in various skilled nursing facilities within and around the Rochester area. Kelly is currently working with both the inpatient acute care and rehab teams.

Sophia ValentiSophie Valenti MS, OTR/L

Sophie is a staff occupational therapist who graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester with a Masters in Occupational Therapy, and a minor in psychology. Sophie has experience working in both inpatient and  outpatient settings. She is currently working as part of the acute care team.

Inpatient Pediatric Team

Anjelica FortunatoAnjelica Fortunato, MS, OTR/L

Anjelica is a full-time pediatric occupational therapist who works at Golisano Children’s Hospital.  She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Bio-behavioral Health from Penn State University and her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Chatham University.  Her previous work experience includes acute care, outpatient and long term care settings.  She takes special interest in sensory processing, development and play-based therapy.

Laura RenwickLaura Koegst, MSOT, OTR/L, NTMTC, CNT, C-ELBW

Laura graduated from Ithaca College with a combined Bachelors and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Laura is a member of the inpatient pediatric team serving both Strong Memorial Hospital and Golisano Children’s Hospital where she has taken special interest in neurological development of neonates and infant feeding. She is nationally certified as a Certified Neonatal Therapist through the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board and in the Care of the Extremely Low Birth Weight Neonate.​ She is internationally certified in Neonatal Touch & Massage. 

Alex RobinsAlexandra Robins MS, OTR/L

Alex is a pediatric occupational therapist who works in the inpatient setting. She completed her Bachelors of Science in psychology at Wake Forest University and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University. Her previous experience includes school and hospital outpatient settings. She takes special interest in sensory processing and pediatric feeding.

Inpatient Rehab Team

Jessica BauerJessica Bauer, OTR/L

Jessica is a staff occupational therapist who graduated from D'Youville College with a combined Bachelors and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy and with a minor in psychology. Jessica is currently working on the inpatient rehabilitation team at Strong Memorial Hospital.

CaufieldKaitlin Caufield, MS, OTR/L

Kaitlin is a staff occupational therapist who received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Fredonia and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from The Sage Colleges. Kaitlin is currently working as part of the inpatient rehabilitation team at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

KramerLeah Kramer, MS, OTR/L

Leah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo. She attended the University of New England in Portland, ME for her Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy. Leah joins the inpatient rehab team with a background that includes experience in home health and inpatient rehab.

Madeline KrautsakMadeline Krautsak​, MS, OTR/L

Madeline is a full-time staff occupational therapist who received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at D'youville College. She is currently working as part of the inpatient rehab team.

Outpatient Adult Team

Melissa ClarkMelissa Clark MS, OTR/L

Melissa is an Occupational Therapist who graduated from D'Youville College in 2002 with a combined Bachelors and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Melissa is currently working at the outpatient clinic and primarily seeing patients with lymphedema.

Nancy DukelowNancy Dukelow, MS, OTR/L

Nancy is currently an Occupational Therapist in the Outpatient environment although has worked across the continuum in the URMC system. She obtained her BS/MS in Occupational Therapy from The Sage Colleges, a Masters in Medical Management from the Simon School of Business and is currently a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT). Her specialty areas include Cognition as part of the Integrated Cognitive Rehabilitation Program, Lymphedema, Oncology, Visual-Perception,  and Neurological Rehabilitation.

FosterMeghan Foster MS, OTR/L

Meghan graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelors of Arts in 2009 and Masters in Science in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University in 2015.  Meghan has several years of experience working in the adult inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient settings. She is currently working on the outpatient team at University of Rochester Medical Center.

Outpatient Pediatric Team

Hannah PeckHannah Peck, MS, OTR/L

Hannah is the site manager for outpatient pediatric rehabilitation, and a pediatric occupational therapist. She graduated with her Master's in Occupational Therapy from Utica College in 2011. She specializes in sensory processing and developmental disabilities. Hannah is a graduate from the Multidisciplinary Fellowship, LEND, at the University of Rochester. The LEND Fellowship focused on leadership and education in providing person centered care to individuals with developmental disabilities.

DevinDevin Stoklosa, MS, OTR/L

Devin is a full-time pediatric Occupational Therapist working in the outpatient pediatric clinic. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with a combined Bachelors and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Her previous work experience includes providing therapy to children with developmental delays in early intervention and preschool settings.​

TAR Team

Amanda HoweAmanda Howe BS/MS, OTR/L

Amanda is an Occupational Therapist who graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from University at Buffalo. She is currently working as part of the rehab team at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Jayne KnowltonJayne Knowlton, MS, OTR/L

Jayne has extensive experience in hand rehabilitation having been a CHT for 15 years. She came to URMC to expand her practice and now works in acute care, and the outpatient setting with a focus on cancer care.

Julie KunischJulie Kunisch, OTD, OTR/L

Julie has her bachelor's in occupational therapy from University at Buffalo and her doctorate in occupational therapy from Boston University. She is a staff therapist working on the acute care team and specializing in General Medicine, Neuro-rehabilitation and Pediatrics. She also works in the pediatric physical disabilities clinic through the Kirch Center. She is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. Julie has worked at the university for over 10 years.