Overview

The Phelps Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department provides comprehensive services for patients with disabilities, injuries or pain and following acute hospitalization. Using a variety of treatments, exercise and activities, our goal is to relieve pain, promote healing and help restore the patient’s lost function. Patient education and home exercises are vital parts of treatment. Detailed instructions are provided on how to safely perform exercises at home.

Patients may be treated at our Outpatient Physical Medicine Department based on a referral by their healthcare practitioner and may be admitted to our Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit if federal guidelines are met (see Inpatient Services below).

Physical therapy

Occupational therapy

Conditions

Care at the Outpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department can be provided to, but is not limited to, the following conditions:

  • Orthopedic and Sports Injuries
  • Fractures and Multiple Trauma
  • Total Joint Replacements
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Amputations
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Neurological Disorders & Injuries
  • Strokes
  • Lymphedema
  • Incontinence
  • Hand Therapy
  • Vestibular (Dizziness/Balance)

Treatments

Physical Therapy: 
Following a complete evaluation of motion, strength, and other capabilities, the physical therapist is able to establish a treatment plan incorporating various forms of therapeutic exercise, muscle re-education techniques, balance activities, including proper use of prosthetics (artificial limbs) and orthotic devices (braces).

Occupational Therapy: 
With specialized training, the occupational therapist evaluates and treats patients’ disabilities with the goal of gaining independence with activities of daily living. Assessments may include range of motion, strength, fine and gross motor skills, sensation, cognitive and perceptual abilities, safety and environmental barriers within the home and/or work. Wheelchair fitting, assessments and training are performed, and splinting and adaptive devices are designed and fabricated as needed.

Phelps has therapists with specialized training in hand therapy, incontinence treatment, lymphedema management, and vestibular rehabilitation.

Aquatic Therapy:
The goal of aquatic therapy is to improve strength and mobility while reducing pain in order to improve function and progress to a land-based exercise program. The state-of-the-art, 20′ x 40′ therapeutic, warm-water pool features an underwater treadmill.

Some diagnoses treated with Aquatic Therapy are:

  • Arthritis
  • Total Joint Replacements
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Post-spinal surgeries
  • Fibromyalgia

Hand & Upper Extremity Rehab: 
Our Occupational Therapists are trained to treat upper extremity conditions using the most current equipment and techniques. Two Certified Hand Therapist (CHTs) with advanced knowledge and skills are on staff.

Some diagnoses treated are:

  • Tendon injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures/dislocations
  • Tendonitis/nerve compressions
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tennis Elbow
  • Tumors/Cysts

Orthopedics Rehab: 
Phelps’ Outpatient Department provides Occupational and Physical Therapy to a diverse population from pediatrics to geriatrics, treating a wide range of orthopedic diagnoses including:

  • Post total joint replacements
  • Low back and neck pain/disorders
  • Hand and upper extremity post-surgeries and disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Post-surgical bone and tendon repairs
  • Fractures, Sprains, and Strains
  • Post-Polio Syndrome

Treatments may include:

  • Pain and Edema control
  • Wound care/scar tissue management
  • Sensory re-education and desensitization
  • Splint fabrication and fitting – static and dynamic
  • Strengthening and Joint Protection
  • Ergonomic assessment and training

Lymphedema: 
A build up of lymphatic fluid in tissues under the skin causing swelling and potential dysfunction of any body part, Lymphedema has been found to respond to therapy.

Some causes include:

  • Surgeries
  • Radiation and Chemotherapy
  • Repeated and post-operative infections
  • Trauma
  • Congenital conditions
  • Chronic venous insufficiency

Treatment may include:

  • Manual Lymph Drainage (A specialized massage technique)
  • Exercise to increase re-absorption through muscle-pumping
  • Compressive, low stretch bandaging to aid in re-absorption and prevent refilling of the area
  • Education regarding risk factors, prevention strategies, skin care, and long-term compression garment purchase and use

Neurology:
Phelps’ Therapy department provides rehabilitation for patients with nervous system injuries and disorders including:

  • Stroke/TIA
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Spinal Cord Injuries

To assist in neurological treatment, Phelps offers:

  • LSVT “BIG” therapy for Parkinson’s Disease patients
  • Therapists trained in Neurodevelopmental, Neuromuscular
  • Re-education, and Balance Retraining techniques
  • An apartment for activity of daily living training
  • Dynavision
  • Splint fabrication
  • Saebo Flex Orthosis

Vestibular Therapy: 
The vestibular system (located in the inner ear) is a critical component of the balance system. It tells our body where we are in space to maintain balance and prevent falls.

Some common diagnoses treated are:

  • Vertigo/dizziness
  • Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Labyrinthitis, Vestibular Neuritis

Treatments may include:

  • Low to high level functional balance exercises
  • Improving bed mobility and transfers
  • Visual exercises and exercises to reduce vertigo
  • Fall reduction, safety and gait training

Incontinence: 
Urinary incontinence is the inability to control voiding. This disorder is often due to muscle weakness and decreased muscular control which may be treatable with Physical Therapy intervention.

A treatment program includes:

  • Exercises with auditory/visual Biofeedback
  • Patient education and training one-on-one, in a private room with a trained Physical Therapist
  • A home exercise program

Low Vision Training: 
Occupational Therapy is available to help individuals with visual/perceptual impairments and related sensory, physical, and age-related limitations become as independent as possible.

Some diagnoses appropriate for low vision training include:

  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Neurological deficits (i.e. hemianopsia/visual field cut)
  • Diagnoses not correctable with prescription glasses.

Treatments may include:

  • Safety and lighting recommendations
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL) training
  • Compensatory adaptation/equipment training
  • Therapeutic activities and use of Dynavision training equipment

A prescription for Occupational Therapy is required from your MD/Ophthalmologist to participate in low vision training.

Pediatrics: 
Services are offered for newborn to 18 years of age and may be in addition to school-based therapies.

Diagnoses treated may include:

  • Developmental delays in reaching typical milestones
  • Torticollis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Dystrophies

Our Therapists concentrate on areas including:

  • Balance and Coordination
  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills
  • Neuromuscular Re-education
  • Handwriting
  • Activities of Daily Living

Craniosacral Therapy (CST): 
A gentle manual therapy accessing the body’s connective and related nervous system tissues, Craniosacral Therapy treats subtle restrictions and imbalances within the body, enhancing inherent healing mechanisms.

Conditions treated with “CST” include:

  • Spinal pain and disorders
  • Migraines/Chronic headaches
  • Hyperactivity
  • Chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia
  • Tension Myositis

Facility

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Outpatient Department is in a modern 20,000 square-foot facility with a therapeutic pool and state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment. It is located on the first floor of Phelps’ 755 North Broadway Medical Services Building, with ample, convenient free parking in the adjacent parking garage.

Outpatient Staff:
The friendly staff provides individual patient care and designs a therapeutic program specific to each patient’s capabilities and needs. Each of our licensed therapists is an experienced and committed professional who takes pride in rehabilitating and educating each and every patient. We deliver comprehensive quality patient care and help build successful recovery one patient at a time.

Inpatient services - acute rehabilitation

Phelps is the only community hospital in Westchester with an Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. Patients benefit from being able to stay in the hospital – rather than transferring to a rehab facility – and are comfortable knowing that if a medical complication unrelated to their rehab develops, specialists who can provide the necessary care will be readily available.

The Inpatient Rehab Team: 
Our highly qualified team of experts consists of board certified rehabilitation physicians; physical, occupational, recreational, and speech-language therapists; rehabilitation nurses; case managers; social workers; and dietitians.

The Facility:
The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit occupies the center wing of the hospital’s second floor, with accommodations for eighteen patients. All rooms are convenient to the well-equipped physical and occupational therapy treatment areas.

Tours are available for prospective patients and family members. Call (914) 366-3702 to arrange an appointment.

The Treatment: 
On the day of admission, the Phelps rehab team evaluates the patient’s current status and future needs. An individualized rehab plan is specifically tailored for the patient and comprehensive treatment is begun immediately.

Twice a day, patients receive physical and occupational therapy and, if indicated, one session daily of speech-language therapy. Patients are requested to play an active role in their rehabilitation program. Our belief is that only through continued practice, therapeutic exercises, and performing activities of daily living will our patients reach their maximum potential. Family members and/or support persons are encouraged to participate when appropriate.

The Return Home:
Our discharge planning nurses and social workers provide guidance and support to assure a safe transition back to the community with all the appropriate equipment and services that patients need.

Post-hospital physical and occupational therapy can be conveniently scheduled in Phelps’ Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, a beautiful modern facility with the latest equipment. Outpatient speech-language therapy is available at the Donald R. Reed Speech & Hearing Center, also located on the Phelps Campus.

Eligibility: 
The Phelps Rehabilitation Center welcomes patients who have been treated at Phelps or other hospitals, including those who have had strokes, acute neurological conditions or trauma; spinal, vascular or neurosurgery; limb amputation, surgery for joint replacements or fractures, or other qualifying conditions. To be considered for admission, the treating physician, social worker, or case manager should contact our Acute Rehab Admissions Coordinator, Christine Greto, RN, CRRN, at (914) 366-3702.

Acute Rehab Admissions Coordinator

Christine Greto, RN, CRRN

Physical therapists

Puja Agarwal, PT, DPT, Manager, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is Early Intervention certified, LSVT certified, vestibular certified (Emory, 2011): A 1994 Physical Therapy graduate from Delhi University, India, Puja has been employed  in the US since 1995 and at Phelps since July of 2007. She has more than two decades of experience as a physical therapist in hospital-based settings, including balance and vestibular rehabilitation, pediatrics, neurology and aquatherapy. Puja speaks English, Hindi and Spanish.

Matt Landfield, PT, Manager, Acute Rehab, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: A 1997 graduate in PT from CUNY/SUNY Hunter College, Summa Cum Laude, Matt spent the first eight years of his career at Phelps, moving from Staff PT to Supervisor. He then spent three years as the first Director of Rehab Services (PT, OT, and Speech Therapy) at Kendal on Hudson, the continuing care retirement community located on the Phelps campus. Returning to Phelps in 2008 as Manager and Coordinator of Clinical Education, Matt also serves as staff orientation and community presenter on back care and body mechanics, a primary Acute Rehab Intake Coordinator, and enjoys treating both acute care and outpatients as time allows. His experience spans geriatrics and fall prevention, craniosacral, myofascial release, and visceral manipulation manual therapies.

Ava Loresca Dela Cruz, PT, DPT, Supervisor: Ava received her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University in 2011, having previously earned a Bachelor’s degree in PT from the University of the Philippines, Manila in 2000. Ava has worked in acute care, homecare, and outpatient settings and as a team therapist for rugby teams in Dubai and Pakistan. She is experienced in orthopedics and sports rehab, aquatherapy and pediatrics.

Deborah McCallion, PT, Senior Therapist, Level II: Deborah has been employed at Phelps since 1993, specializing in and leading the Acute and Orthopedic Inpatient Physical Therapy team. She is a graduate of Ithaca College, 1973. Deborah is NDT certified and a dementia specialist. Her experience spans orthopedics, acute care and geriatrics.

Joanne Gelsi, PT, Senior Therapist, Level II: A member of the Phelps Rehab team since 1994, Joanne specializes in general orthopedic outpatient physical therapy treatment. She graduated in PT from The University of Connecticut in 1982. Her experience is in pelvic floor, aquatherapy and orthopedics.

Michelle Imperato, MSPT, Senior Therapist, Level II: Graduating with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College in 2003, Michelle has been employed at Phelps since 2004. She has been a vital part of building and implementing the hospital-wide computer documentation system and is a multilingual therapist (Spanish, Portuguese and English). Her experience spans vestibular rehabilitation, orthopedics, pediatrics and aquatherapy.

Leslie Sims, PT, Senior Therapist, Level I, LSVT certifed: After graduating from the University of Miami in December 1998 with a Master’s Degree in PT, Leslie started her career Phelps. She practiced in New York City for several years then rejoined the Phelps family. Leslie earned certification in LSVT for Parkinson’s disease treatment. She also has experience in orthopedics and balance.

Kara Turturro, MSPT, Senior Therapist, Level I: Kara graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Master’s degree in PT in 2007 and began her career at Phelps. She enjoys working with a diverse caseload of patients, both inpatients and outpatients. Her experience lies in orthopedic manual therapy, vestibular and balance rehabilitation, and aquatherapy.

Julie Lee, PT, CLT-LANA, Senior Therapist, Level II: Julie graduated from New York University with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy in 1991 and earned an advanced Masters in Physical Therapy from Long Island University in 1997. Julie joined the Phelps Rehab team in 2009. She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT-LANA), and has vast experience in pelvic floor therapy and orthopedics.

Christina Ronco, MPT, CCCE, Senior Therapist, Level II: Graduating with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from of Hunter College in 2005, Christina has extensive experience with orthopedic and sports medicine patients, utilizing various treatment techniques including kinesiotaping and Graston technique. Christina is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor and acts as the center coordinator of clinical education for the physical therapy department. Employed at Phelps since February 2008, Christina is fluent in Spanish and English. Her experience spans manual orthopedic therapy, aquatherapy, neurology and amputees.

Alfred Banan, PT, Senior Therapist, Level I: Alfred graduated with a Physical Therapy degree from EAC Manila, Philippines, 1992. He has been employed at Phelps since 2008, working extensively with acute rehab and medical inpatients requiring aggressive rehabilitation from post-surgical procedures and medical conditions. Alfred is also experienced in outpatient care and returned to it in the Spring of 2015 with experience in geriatrics, manual therapy, wound care, and lymphedema.

Aaron Frazier, MSPT, ATP, Senior Physical Therapist, Level I: Aaron earned his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College in 2002. He holds a certification as an Assistive Technology Professional, evaluating patient needs for wheelchair and assistive communication devices. Aaron is experienced in working with patients with multiple handicaps (including congenital) and developing adaptive seating and positioning equipment. His experience includes Army Master’s Fitness Trainer for developing soldier readiness, orthopedics, aquatherapy, neurology, amputees and wheelchair evaluations.

Jimmy Nunez, DPT: Jimmy is a graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at New York Medical College and has a B.S in Biology from Bucknell University. He has been a member of the Phelps family since September 2011. Jimmy has rotated through outpatient, acute rehabilitation and for the past 2 years has been lead physical therapist for Phelps inpatients, seeing a wide variety of acute medical diagnoses and facilitating appropriate and safe discharges. Jimmy is fluent in English and Spanish.

Rachel Friedman, PT, Senior Therapist, Level II: A graduate of Russell Sage College, 1991 in Physical Therapy, Rachel joined Phelps in October 2011. She has worked as a traveling therapist throughout the country in sub-acute, homecare, and inpatient rehabilitation settings, and outpatient orthopedics. She has trained in the Alexander Technique (popular among artists to improve posture, prevent overuse injuries) and is a Certified Kripalu-style Yoga instructor.

Michael T. Sullivan, DPT, CLT, Senior Therapist, Level I: A graduate of Columbia University where he earned a Masters Degree and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2004), Michael brings to Phelps seven years of inpatient experience at White Plains Hospital, where he was exposed to a wide variety of acute medical diagnoses. He has experience with wound care, acute orthopedics and aquatherapy. He holds certification in lymphedema.

Maritza Caldwell, PT, Senior Therapist, Level I: Maritza brings more than two decades of Physical Therapy experience in the U.S. and her home country of Colombia to Phelps. She received her MA in Exercise Science from Montclair State University in 2003 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UMDNJ in 2011. Specializing in neurology and manual therapy, Maritza was a Professor of Physical Therapy in Colombia before coming to the US. She was the Chief PT at Bronx Lebanon Hospital prior to joining Phelps. Maritza holds certification in manual therapy and motor control techniques.

Ron Lynch, PT, Senior Therapist, Level II: Ron graduated from Hunter College in 1991 with a degree in Physical therapy. He joined Phelps after more than 20 years at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers as Chief Physical Therapist, treating inpatients and outpatients. His experience and expertise lie in orthopedics, aquatherapy and acute inpatient care.

Joseph Mordus, PT, DPT, MPH, EMR, Senior Physical Therapist, Level II:A graduate of SUNY Oneonta in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition, Joseph also has national certification in personal fitness training (2005) and is a trained emergency medical responder with advanced CPR and life preservation training. He completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010 and a concurrent Masters of Public Health specializing in Health policy and Management in 2012, both from New York Medical College. Joe has been working as an outpatient physical therapist specializing in orthopedics and sports rehabilitation, and joined the Phelps Rehab team in 2014.

Rachel Berliner, PT, DPT, Senior Therapist, Level I: Rachel joined the Phelps Physical Medicine team in March 2015. She enjoys working with a diverse patient population and brings experience from various neurological and orthopedic outpatient physical therapy clinics in NYC. In 2009, Rachel earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy following her Bachelor Degree of Rehabilitation Science from Northeastern University. She received an APTA sponsored certification from Emory University in vestibular rehabilitation in 2014.

Jane Jacob, DPT, Senior Therapist, Level I: Jane graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2010. She worked for more than five years in private outpatient practice where she earned her certification in lymphedema therapy. Jane joined Phelps in October 2015 and treats orthopedic and oncology/lymphedema-related outpatients as well as medical and acute rehab inpatients.

George Eastmond, PTA: George earned an AAS at Laguardia community college in 1992, and carries more than 20 years of experience in multiple settings including long-term care, hospice, home care, and hospitals. He has been employed at Phelps since 1993, working in acute care, the outpatient department, and aquatherapy.

Occupational therapists

Anjum Lone OTR/L, CHT, CLT, Manager, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, OT: After graduation from OT school in Wales, Great Britain in 1979, Anjum worked in London and then in the U.S. She has been employed at Phelps since 1996. Additional professional training: Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT).

Gloria J. Hudson OTR/L, Senior Therapist Level II: Gloria has been employed at Phelps since 1992, after graduating from the Quinnipiac University Occupational Therapy program. Additional professional training: Neurological (CVA), functional tone management with Saeboflex orthosis, orthopedics, hand therapy, low vision..

Susan O’Reilly OTR/L, Senior Therapist, Level II: Susan has been employed at PMHC since January 1997. She was graduated from the Quinnipiac University Occupational Therapy program in 1985. Additional professional training: Certified Lymphedema Therapist, hand rehabilitation, neurology.

Laura Corbelli OTR/L, Senior Therapist, Level II: Laura joined Phelps in 2002 after graduating from the University of Hartford in Occupational Therapy. She is currently a Senior Therapist Level II. Additional professional training: Vestibular Rehab, orthopedics, aquatic rehab.

Sheetal Shenoy OTR/L, Senior Therapist, Level II: Certified Vestibular therapist (Emory) who treats patients with vertigo, dizziness and general balance disorders at the Phelps Balance Center. Sheetal has received additional training in the advances in vestibular rehabilitation. She has been an OT practitioner since 1992 and has been at Phelps since 2008. Sheetal is a graduate from Mumbai, India. She is also trained in general hand therapy and other orthopedic and neurological disorders.

Shannon Clearwater, OTD, MSHA, OTR/L, CHT, CEASII, Supervisor, Rehab Services OT: Shannon has been at Phelps since 2007. She received her Master’s Degree in OT from Dominican College in 2007 and her Doctorate of OT from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2009. Additional professional training: Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist, Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) – 2012, aquatherapy, and injuries in musicians.

Kathleen Gibbs, OTR/L, Senior Therapist, Level II: Kathy joined Phelps in 2008 after earning a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Additional professional training/experience: orthopedics, neurological disorders, aquatherapy.

Amy Harper, OTR/L, Senior Therapist: Amy graduated from Mercy College in 2001 and has worked for Phelps Hospital since 2015. Her specialty areas include working with children in early intervention, patients with orthopedic conditions and patients with neurological conditions.

Michelle Dunn, OTR/L: A graduate of Dominican College with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, Michelle joined Phelps Hospital in 2016. Additional experience includes general hand therapy/orthopedic conditions.

Contact

Phelps Medical Services Building
755 North Broadway, Suite 100
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

Physical Therapy – (914) 366-3700
Occupational Therapy – (914) 366-3717

Hours

Occupational Therapy:

Monday – Thursday
7:30 am – 7 pm

Friday
7:30 am – 5 pm

Physical Therapy:

Monday – Thursday
7 am – 8 pm

Friday
7 am – 7:30 pm

Saturday
8:30 am – 12 Noon