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Physical Therapy Services

Our physical therapy practice is open and is seeing patients both in person and by telehealth. Covid safe protocols are in place to maximize safety.

Premier out-patient physical therapy services are provided in four practice areas for faculty, students, and staff at Drexel, as well as for members of the surrounding community.

All services are individualized and by appointment.

Osteoporosis Education & Exercise Program

This community service program is provided free-of-charge by arrangement either onsite or in local home/community locations for persons who have had a DXA scan and are concerned about bone health. For information about the Osteoporosis Education & Exercise Program please email: Sue.Smith@drexel.edu

Services consist of:

  • bone health education, fall risk assessment, and prevention strategies.
  • human performance assessment of strength, balance, posture, coordination, etc.
  • individualized instruction in a progressive exercise program.

Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy

Hand and upper extremity therapy services provided by experts in this area.

Spinal Rehabilitation

High quality evidence-based evaluation and rehabilitation of spinal pain disorders.

Children & Youth Consultations

Consultations by arrangement onsite or in local home/community locations for children and youth with various disabilities and health issues.

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News & Events

 

01/07/22

The College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) benefits from having faculty and professional staff committed to its long-term success. The college recognizes it, and so does the university. President John Fry expressed his gratitude to the 2021 Years of Service Recognition Honorees in his video message. “In this group, there is a wealth of talent, continuity, experience, humanity, leadership and institutional memory,” Fry acknowledged. Paul Jensen, PhD, Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost, specifically mentioned the significance of these qualities in his greeting. “We look to our institutional memory for perspective, not just to merely know where this university has been. We rely on your insights to help us understand where Drexel should go in the future,” explained Jensen.

Their perspective and insights have allowed the university and college to adapt to higher education’s changing reality during a surge of coronavirus in the United States. During the pandemic, through the perseverance of these honorees and all our faculty and professional staff, the college has continued to offer every educational opportunity to our future healthcare and service leaders. “I am reminded daily how important the work our professional staff and faculty do,” shared CNHP Dean Laura N. Gitlin, PhD. “It exemplifies our mission and creates lasting change in our local and global communities.”

Representing every facet of the college, the 54 individuals recognized below from CNHP have a combined 575 years of service in educating students and promoting health equity and social justice locally and around the world.

5 Years of Service

  • Rita Adeniran
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Rachel Barnett
    Executive Assistant to the Dean
  • Michael Bruneau
    Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Natalie Carlton
    Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Art Therapy and Counseling
  • Abby Dougherty
    Director of Counseling Program and Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Lauren Dye Netti
    Center for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation and Practice (CICSP) Lab Manager
  • Shannon Edwards
    Student Services Manager
  • Jane Greene Ryan
    Associate Professor
  • Zach Hathaway
    Project Manager
  • Renee Kulba
    Project Manager
  • James Lipczynski
    IT Support Specialist II
  • George Merritt
    IT Support Specialist II
  • Kevin Mitchell
    Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Paul Nicgorski
    Assessment and Blackboard Specialist
  • Roberta Perry
    Associate Director of Content Strategy
  • Tiara Quann
    Receptionist/Scheduler
  • Allison Rusgo
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Meaghan Shattuck
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Charles Stream
    Associate Clinical Professor
  • Chayna Taylor
    Receptionist/Scheduler
  • Denise Way
    Assistant Professor
  • Melinda Webster
    Project Coordinator
  • Glenn Williams
    Chair, Executive Director of Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Associate Professor

10 Years

  • Michael Boyle
    Program Director
  • Veronica Carey
    Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Clinical Professor
  • Nyree Dardarian
    Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of the Center for Nutrition & Performance
  • Anginita De Ramus
    Simulation and Clinical Lab Specialist II
  • Diane DePew
    Associate Clinical Professor
  • Fred DiCostanzo
    Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Undergraduate Program
  • Helene Engel
    Program Administrator
  • Ellen Giarelli
    Associate Professor
  • Amanda Keen
    Associate Director of Diversity, Health Professions and Student Affairs
  • Robert Maschi
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Susan Romano-Benigno
    Contract Coordinator
  • Kate Skladanek
    Senior Academic Advisor
  • Kay Swartzwelder
    Associate Clinical Professor

15 Years

  • Kirsten Connolly
    ACE Nursing Admission and Retention Manager
  • Alecia Fox
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Stephen Gambescia
    Clinical Professor and Director of Doctor of Health Science program
  • Julie Kinzel
    Interim Department Chair, Program Director and Associate Clinical Professor
  • Jennifer Olszewski
    Chair, Nursing Accelerated Career Entry Program and Assistant Professor
  • Gail Partridge
    Program Assistant and Nurse Practitioner
  • Anna Pohuly
    Executive Assistant II
  • Kusuma Schofield
    Administrative Coordinator III
  • Joanne Serembus
    Associate Clinical Professor and Drexel Online Learning Council Fellow
  • Susan Solecki
    Associate Clinical Professor
  • Rhonda Wittlin
    Assistant Director of Health Professions

20 Years

25 Years

Written by Roberta S. Perry

12/20/21

December 2021

The Health Science Building now has permanent power, and it is watertight with curtain wall (exterior) completed. The service elevators should be operational by early March, and the passenger cars up and running by end of March. The flooring installation should be starting on the second floor within three weeks. The HVAC system chilled beam has been installed up to the fourth level. Things are moving along!

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Exterior of Health Sciences Building

Exterior of Health Sciences Building

Exterior of Health Sciences Building

Exterior of Health Sciences Building


October 2021

Construction on our future home is moving along! The building perimeter is almost complete and should be “zippered up” by the end of November.

Core and shell work (elevators, toilet rooms and stairs) are really taking shape. The HVAC work is in place, metal stud installation is up to the 12th floor and drywall work is underway on the lower floors. Visible spaces and rooms are replacing the big empty floors. Interior photos to come soon.

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photo from ground looking up at new health sciences building mid-construction

distance photo from end of sidewalk of new health sciences building with cranes on roof


June 2021

Photo of Drexel Academic Tower construction

May 2021

Cement trucks ready to start pouring concrete floors of the new building.

Cement trucks ready to start pouring concrete floors of the new building.

March 2021

Six cement trucks lined up to pour the concrete floors.

Cement trucks ready to start pouring concrete floors of the new building.

Cement trucks ready to start pouring concrete floors of the new building.

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January 2021

Photo of Drexel Academic Tower construction 

Photo of Drexel Academic Tower construction 

Photo of Drexel Academic Tower construction


December 2020

When the announcement about a new home for the College of Nursing and Health Professions was made in May 2019, no one could have imagined that construction would be delayed by a global pandemic. It was expected that groundbreaking would be in spring 2020 with a substantial completion delivery of mid-2022. Beginning in late July, it is still the hope to maintain the same timeline.

Google Earth screenshot of the location of the Drexel Academic Tower

With CNHP being the first occupants of the new facility, some of the College of Medicine’s administrative functions, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies and its first- and second-year medical program will join the College in phases. President Fry, in a message to the University in late 2019, said “at the new academic building, many of Drexel’s health-related programs will be under one roof, enhancing opportunities for interdisciplinary education in a facility that affords health sciences students, faculty and professional staff the best possible environment for continued development and growth.”


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

12/02/21

People of Purpose Graphic on blue background with multi-size circlesThe People of Purpose project recognizes and celebrates the College of Nursing and Health Professions students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners who exemplify our core values of health equity and purpose and demonstrate an abiding sense of caring, commitment and service to the Drexel community, Philadelphia and/or the world. The reasons given for the nominations of these individuals and teams, which this year included students from Dornsife School of Public Health and College of Arts and Sciences, are compelling and explain how their lives and their work represent the core values that lie at the heart of the College.

Today, we are most pleased to announce our third cohort of People of Purpose. They are listed below by name, and, if alumni or current student, degree, graduation year and program. When you read their stories, you will learn about the work they do and the impact they make.

Our individual People of Purpose are:

  • Laura Baehr, PhD ’22, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Sheetal Bahirat, MSCAS '20 and Zuri Masud, MSFS '19, Food and Hospitality Management
  • Veronica Carey, PhD, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Clinical Professor, Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Melanie Cataldi, BS ’98, Nutrition and Food Science
  • Lisa Chiarello, PhD, Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Sen. Maria Collett, BSN ’09, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, Professor and Director of the Drexel Food Lab, Food and Hospitality Management
  • Noel Goodstadt, PT, DPT, Associate Clinical Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Holly Hagy, BSN ’15, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Rani Hanna, MHS ‘18 and Sara Jamil Hanna, MHS ’18, Physician Assistant
  • Nary Kith, MFT '07, Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Hanna Lee, MA '21, Creative Arts Therapies
  • Kimberly McClellan, EdD ’18, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Lynette Medley, BS '97, Mental Health Technology
  • Gwen Moriarty, BSN '22, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Shel Myers, MFT '22, Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Sharrona Pearl, PhD, Associate Teaching Professor, Health Administration
  • Arun Ramakrishnan, PhD, Director of Research Labs
  • Michele Rattigan, MA ’96, DHSc ’24, Associate Clinical Professor, Creative Arts Therapies
  • Jeff Ryan, MPT '87, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Helen Teng, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Lena Ward, BS ’18, MHS ’19, Clinical Instructor, Physician Assistant
  • Ebony White, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Counseling and Family Therapy
  • KC Wuebbling, MA ’16, Creative Arts Therapies

Our People of Purpose teams are:

CNHP IT Department

  • Jack Cordivari, IT Support Specialist
  • Robert H. Feenan, College IT and AV Manager
  • James Lipczynski, IT Support Specialist II
  • Aila Luneau, AV Systems Specialist
  • George M. Merritt, III, IT Support Specialist
  • Chip Myers, IT Director Marc Scott, IT Support Specialist
  • Steve Surgalski, AV Support Specialist
  • Brian Thomas, Systems Administrator COVID

Case Investigation Team

  • Nina Kulkarni, MPH, COVID Testing/Vaccine Site Manager
  • Bhargavi Sahu, Student, Dornsife School of Public Health

COVID Contact Tracing Team

  • Katie Anderson, Student, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Anthony M. Angelow, PhD, Chair, Advanced Practice Nursing; Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
  • Erica Chang, Student, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Leah Condon, Student, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Theresa Fay-Hillier, DrPH, Associate Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Kimberly McClellan, EdD ’18, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Kymberlee Montgomery, DNP, Senior Associate Dean of Nursing & Student Affairs; Chief Academic Nursing Officer
  • Kate J. Morse, PhD, Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning and Innovation; Associate Clinical Professor
  • Jenny Ni, Student, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mikaela Perez, COVID Contact Tracing Assistant Manager; Student, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Susan Solecki, DrPH, Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
  • Helen L. Teng, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing

COVID Testing Team

  • Helena Aklilu, Student, Health Sciences
  • Saznin Chowdhury, Student, Health Sciences
  • Ferne M. Cohen, EdD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
  • Jennifer Cummings, MSN, Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
  • Stephen Gambescia, PhD, Clinical Professor, Health Administration
  • Ann McDonough Madden, MHS, Associate Clinical Professor, Physician Assistant
  • Kimberly McClellan, EdD ’18, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Jennifer Olszewski, EdD, Chair, Accelerated Career Entry Nursing; Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Alis Kotler Panzera, DrNP, Assistant Dean of Student Services; Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
  • Jordan Perez, Student, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Genevieve M. Porrecca, MSN, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Helen L. Teng, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing

COVID Vaccination Team

  • Adrian S. Banning, DHSc '20, Associate Clinical Professor, Physician Assistant
  • Linda M. Celia, DNP, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Ferne M. Cohen, EdD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
  • Jennifer Cummings, MSN, Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
  • Ellen D. Feld, MD, Clinical Professor, Physician Assistant
  • Stephen Gambescia, PhD, Clinical Professor, Health Administration
  • Maryann Godshall, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
  • Dana Kemery, EdD, Director of Innovative Course Design and Technological Infusion; Associate Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Kimberly McClellan, EdD ’18, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Kymberlee Montgomery, DNP, Senior Associate Dean of Nursing & Student Affairs; Chief Academic Nursing Officer
  • Kate J. Morse, PhD, Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning and Innovation; Associate Clinical Professor
  • Jennifer Olszewski, EdD, Chair, Accelerated Career Entry Nursing; Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Alis Kotler Panzera, DrNP, Assistant Dean of Student Services; Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
  • Anna Pohuly, Executive Assistant II
  • Genevieve M. Porrecca, MSN, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Lori Ruskin, MSN, Assistant Professor, Graduate Nursing
  • Deanna Lynn Schaffer, PhD, Director of Recruitment, Retention and Alumni Engagement; Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Helen L. Teng, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Janet Zimmerman, MS, Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing

This cohort represents a wide range of CNHP professions, programs and roles and includes students, faculty, professional staff, advisors, alumni and interprofessional teams from across the University. Collectively, this group of nearly 80 people embodies how we learn, teach and collaborate, provide exceptional care, serve our communities and contribute new knowledge that advances health equity and social justice.

Please join in congratulating our newest “People of Purpose.”

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