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Meet Our Therapists


Physical Therapists


Agnes "Aggie" Cariaga

Aggie has been a practicing physical therapist for 16 years 10 of which have been here in Holy Name Medical Center. Currently, Aggie is a senior physical therapist assigned to the neurological and stroke inpatient unit. Her areas of interest are in pediatrics, neurology, wound care and outpatient rehabilitation.

Aggie received her Bachelors in Physical Therapy from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, and is pursuing her doctorate in physical therapy at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Aggie enjoys taking educational courses to improve her clinical skills and knowledge in physical therapy and also to network with her peers.

Aggie is an avid reader, an interest that has taken a back seat with her two young kids. She also enjoys singing, watching Broadway shows and taking day trips with my family. Snowboarding is a sport that she would like to pursue this winter.
Albert Marcelo

Albert is a Physical Therapy Assistant at Holy Name Medical Center. Albert graduated from Bergen Community College with an Associated Degree in Applied Science and is pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Fitness and Wellness/Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania. Albert has been a practicing PTA for 11 years. He joined Holy Name Medical Center in 2003 working in the outpatient department. To advance his knowledge and clinical skills he participates in continuing education courses in manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, Osteoporosis and Geriatric Rehabilitation. .Albert also teaches the Osteoporosis Exercise program here at Holy Name Medical Center. Albert serves as a clinical instructor for physical therapy assistant students rotating through Holy Name. In 2008, Albert was nominated and received the SPIRIT Award He believes that exercise is an essential part of a healthy life. Albert participated in the NYC Marathon, NYC Urbanathlon, NYC MS bike ride and is currently a member of the NY Roadrunnes club. As a clinician, he believes that spending quality time with the patient is the key to successful recovery.
Anne Michelle Mangali

Michelle joined the Holy Name Medical Center Rehabilitation team in October 2011.  Graduating Cum Laude from Kean University, where she received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, 2003.  Following her undergraduate studies, Michelle attained a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2006 from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  Michelle has worked predominately in outpatient settings where she has gained experience in orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, neurological, and sports medicine.  She was also a Center Coordinator for Clinical Education for 2 years at an outpatient clinic in NJ.  One of Michelle's career goals is to become an Orthopedic Certified Specialist.  Michelle believes it is important to incorporate manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and patient education in all patient populations to achieve optimal functional outcomes.
Bob Walsh

Bob's career at Holy Name Medical Center began in 2000 as a student affiliate from Mercy College. After completing his dual Masters in Science and Physical Therapy he joined the Holy Name team as an inpatient physical therapist in 2001 working primarily in the Orthopedic Unit. Bob was promoted to Coordinator of Inpatient Physical Therapy four years ago and also serves as the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for the PT student program. Bob has frequently served as a clinical instructor to other affiliating students over the past eight years.

Bob's continuing education courses have been geared toward acute care orthopedics, the geriatric population, and the homebound patient. His areas of interest include total joint replacement, spine surgery, fractures, and home therapy.

Bob has provided multiple educational in-services to staff and students regarding spine health, posture, proper body mechanics, and the appropriate use of assistive devices. Bob also helped develop a pre-operative educational information program for patients undergoing total joint replacements to make their operative experience a positive one.

Bob looks forward to coming to work each and every day and his positive outlook is apparent in everything he does. He believes that Holy Name is a special place and enjoys being a leader of the rehabilitation team.
Daisy C. Burgos

Daisy graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy in April, 1999 and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at Utica College. Daisy has 10 years of professional and clinical experience in the field of Physical Therapy. She has worked in a wide variety of settings including: acute care, skilled nursing, sub-acute care, and outpatient rehabilitation . Daisy specializes in orthopedic and geriatric rehabilitation. She has been a part of Holy Name Medical Center family for 2 years.
Diana Bazzarelli

Diana graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences in 2005 and Master's degree in Physical Therapy (MSPT) in 2007 from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Diana received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Scranton in 2012. Diana has been working in the Holy Name Medical Center Outpatient Rehabilitation department as a Physical Therapist since 2008. She teaches a general health and fitness class for patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Diana has furthered her education by participating in several continuing education courses focused on vestibular rehabilitation and balance training.
Gina Plata

Gina has been practicing as a physical therapist since 1997. She graduated from University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. Currently, Gina is pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Gina has been a member of Holy Name Medical Center family since 2007. Gina specializes in pediatric physical therapy and also treats the adult and geriatric population. Making a difference in her patients' lives, no matter how big or small, is the heart of what she does.
Holly Clark

Holly received a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University's Sargent College and a Master's degree in Public Administration from New York University. Holly worked at Hackensack Hospital Medical Center, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and Valley Hospital Home Care prior to starting at Holy Name Medical Center in 1992.

She has worked in different settings, such as acute care PT, ICU, outpatient rehabilitation, home care, and inpatient rehabilitation. Holly has clinical expertise in treating patients with geriatric, orthopedic, neurologic, oncological and cardiopulmonary disorders.
Jason Kavountzis MPT, OCS

Jason received his Bachelor's Degree in Human Biology in 1996 from The State University of New York at Albany and his Master of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2000. He joined the Holy Name Medical Center Rehabilitation team in June of 2000 as a physical therapist and was promoted to Clinical Coordinator of Program Development in 2003. In 2007 he became the Site Supervisor of Physical Therapy and Personal Training at our Oradell facility. Jason now serves as the Director of Rehabilitation Services at Holy Name Medical Center. Jason's clinical expertise includes orthopedics, sports medicine, industrial rehabilitation, injury prevention and fitness. Jason is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is a member of the APTA's Orthopedic Section. Jason's clinical and professional education has focused on manual physical therapy, spine rehabilitation, orthopedic physical therapy, and prevention of injuries in the athlete. He believes that taking a patient focused, hands on approach to rehabilitation will lead to excellent patient outcomes.
Josie Carson

After earning her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy at Daemen College in New York, Josephine Chow Carson has been a member of the Holy Name Inpatient Physical Therapy Department since 1994. As a physical therapist, she has many years of experience treating patients with cardiovascular/cardiopulmonary disease, cerebral vascular accidents, total joint replacements, and co-morbidities of the geriatric population. Presently, she is working closely with oncology patients assisting in building their strengths to improve their quality of life as they undergo their chemotherapy treatments. Josephine is a native of Bergen County with 2 young boys. She is fluent in Cantonese Chinese which is an added benefit to our Chinese community.
Katherine Venanzi  PT , DPT

Katie received her Bachelor of Arts in Health Science from Gettysburg College in 2008. After completion of her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro College in 2012, Katie was thrilled to join the Holy Name Rehabilitation team. As a student, Katie completed two clinical affiliations at Holy Name in both the inpatient and outpatient departments.
Kristina Bhagwat

Kristina graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from William Paterson University in 2007 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2009. She have been working in Holy Name since 2009. Kristina has professional goals of becoming an Orthopedic Certified Specialist and obtaining an MBA in Healthcare Administration. Kristina's interests are very diverse. She is musically inclined and plays the piano and guitar.
Malvina "Molly" Sheldon

Molly graduated from Mercy College in 2003 as a Physical Therapy Assistant( PTA). After completing her clinical affiliation here at Holy Name Medical Center, she joined the Holy Name team as an inpatient therapist and has worked here for the past 7 years. Molly has extensive experience working with a wide variety of patient populations including orthopedic, neurologic and geriatric.

Prior to becoming a PTA, Molly was an elementary school/pre-school teacher, having graduated from William Paterson University with a BA in Education in 1978 and a Masters in Special education in 1982. Molly pursued rehabilitation as a second career after raising two wonderful children.
Susan Philip, PT

Susan Philip has over 17 years of clinical experience as a physical therapist.  She graduated in 1996 from New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy and earned her Doctorate degree in physical therapy from University of Scranton in December 2012.  She has been at Holy Name Medical Center for the past 15 years and treats patients with various diagnoses in the outpatient setting.  Her expertise is in the field of Vestibular Rehabilitation.  She enjoys working with patients that have vertigo, dizziness and imbalance.  Her passion for this field has enabled her to obtain Certificate in Vestibular Competency in 2005.    She was promoted to outpatient physical therapy coordinator in 2002 and has well over 11 years of supervisory experience.  She also has home care experience and has done multiple community outreach programs on balance and falls.  In addition, Susan has been a clinical instructor to multiple affiliating physical therapy students throughout the years and has enhanced her knowledge and clinical skills through various continuing education courses.   In 2012, she was nominated for the Spirit Award by her peers.   Susan takes great pride working with an amazing team of individuals and her commitment and dedication to her patients is very visible.  Her goal is to continue to expand the vestibular program with the use of the latest technology and optimize functional outcome.
Terence McHale

Terence is a physical therapist and clinical coordinator of programs at Holy Name Medical Center (HNMC). Terence has been with HNMCsince 1998 after he graduated from Boston University with a Masters degree in physical therapy. He will complete his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in December of 2010. Terence is Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Also, he is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist and a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator. Terence has provided continuing education lectures in the area of functional capacity evaluations in the Multiple Sclerosis population. He provides consultative services in the areas of office and industrial ergonomics. This service includes identification and reduction of risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders, workplace stretching programs and physical therapy management of injuries. Terence is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), its Sports and Orthopedic sections and the Occupational Health special interest group. Terence enjoys helping people maximize their independence so that they can return to work, sports and family life.
Vera Bunkonja

Vera graduated from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2002 with a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. Vera joined the Holy Name Medical Center Rehabilitation team in 2007. Vera works with a wide variety of patient populations including orthopedic and joint replacement, neurologic and geriatric. She began to show a special interest in patient's with multiple sclerosis and has achieved a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist designation in 2008. In addition, Vera instructs and supervises an overall wellness/fitness class for patients with multiple sclerosis. She will be pursuing her doctorate degree in physical therapy in the near future.

Physical Therapists (Oradell)


Brianne Etter, PT, DPT, CSCS

Brianne Etter received her Bachelors of Science and Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2005. After several years of experiencing physical therapy as a patient, her passion for the field grew, and she went on to get her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University. Throughout her studies she became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist furthering her education in conditioning and weight training. Brianne completed a student affiliation with Holy Name Medical Center and was excited to come on board fulltime after her graduation. Brianne is continuing her education by taking classes in vestibular rehabilitation.
Marci Pinglora PT, DPT

Marci is a licensed physical therapist and has been at HNH Fitness in Oradell since August 2009. Marci completed her undergraduate education at Towson University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003 with her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. Marci then worked as an exercise physiologist for 2 years in New York City before beginning her graduate studies at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Marci graduated from Columbia University in 2008 as a merit scholar with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, where she majored in neurological rehabilitation. Marci followed neurologists at New York Presbyterian Hospital where she worked with patients with a myriad of diagnoses including Multiple Sclerosis, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), Parkinson's Disease, and Guillain Barre Syndrome. At Columbia, Marci had the opportunity to work in pulmonary rehabilitation as well as gain hands on experience at 2 different orthopedic practices in New York City. In her practice, Marci employs myofascial release or ART (Active Release Technique) for a number of diagnoses to restore motion and function of soft tissue and to release trapped nerves or blood vessels. As a runner, Marci enjoys working with athletes and well as doing biomechanical gait and/or running analyses. Marci is trained in fabrication of custom orthotics through Vasyli Medical. Marci has expanded her knowledge base through courses in alternative treatments and diagnoses such as Women's Health, Yoga and Tai Chi integration, and cervicogenic headache. Marci continues to explore new techniques and approaches to add to her practice in order to maximize function and prevent injury.
Ronald Drenth PT, DPT

Ron received his Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science from Keene State College in New Hampshire, where he went on to work at Montefiore Medical Center as a Clinical Physiologist. While at Montefiore, Ron performed research investigating the benefits of exercise during hemodialysis treatment. Upon completing the study, Ron pursued employment at the South Bronx Medical Center in the Cardiac Rehabilitation unit with a Physiatrist from Montefiore. In an effort to further his career, Ron joined Holy Name Medical Center and worked at HNH Fitness, both as a fitness instructor and manager while pursuing his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Mercy College. While Ron’s main interest lies in orthopedics, he performed two of his clinical affiliations on the spinal cord unit at Kessler and on the telemetry and cancer floors at St. Josephs Regional Medical Center to obtain a well diverse background.

Occupational Therapists


Aliza Apfelbaum

Aliza joined the Holy Name Medical Center family in early 2008 as an Occupational Therapist. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yeshiva University and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University. Throughout her college education, Aliza worked in a variety of capacities with individuals with disabilities. She brings to HNMC experience with both children and adults who have disabilities. Her continued education includes studies in areas such as stroke and cognition, the hand and upper extremity, and the use of physical agent modalities. Her areas of expertise include treatment in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation with a focus on mostly orthopedic and neurologic populations. She is particularly interested in the study of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. Aliza looks forward to continued study and practice towards achieving her Certified Hand Therapist certification.
Dina Delopoulos, OTR/L, CHT

A Boston University Graduate, Dina has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist for 13 years and has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 2005. She spent most of her career at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell where she worked with top Hand and Plastic surgeons.  Additional experience includes work at Hospital for Special Surgery and Northwestern University where she established the first Hand Therapy department.  Dina joined Holy Name Medical Center as the OT Coordinator in 2010 and offers a broad skill set and expertise in the hand and upper quadrant.
Maria B. Duran OTR/L, CPAM, CLT

B.S. Occupational Therapy from York College of CUNY.  Licensed Occupational Therapist since 2003.  Experience in inpatient, outpatient, and acute care settings.  Certified in Physical Agents, Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Seating and Mobility Specialist.  Over 5 years experience in hand therapy.

Speech Therapists


Colleen Maguire

Colleen joined the rehabilitation team at Holy Name Medical Center in 2007 as a Speech Pathologist. She has a Master of Art in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology from Montclair State University. She completed her graduate internship at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey. As a graduate student, she had the opportunity to serve as a research assistant in the Stroke Lab at Kessler Medical Research and Education Corporation. She administered diagnostics and collected data on the effects of pharmaceutical intervention on the symptoms of aphasia.

Colleen graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, where she also earned a Master of Art in Education. At St. Thomas Aquinas College, she began her professional career as an educator and facilitator, serving as a mentor to students with various learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders. After several years in the field of education, Colleen began her study of communication sciences and disorders.

In 2007, Colleen fulfilled the requirements of her clinical fellowship at Holy Name Medical Center. She works with both children and adults in rehabilitative, acute, sub-acute and private settings. She has experience working with a wide range of communication, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. Colleen is an active participant in videofluoroscopic swallow studies at the hospital, allowing her to objectively assess and treat swallow disorders. She is also trained in Prompt-a speech program designed for people with severe speech deficits. She recently completed course work in the treatment of orofacial myology, autism, and executive function deficits. Colleen holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association.
Jennifer Chalsen

Jen joined the rehabilitation team at Holy Name Medical Center in 2014 as a Speech Language Pathology Clinical Fellow. She received her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY in 2014 and her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. She has also completed the required coursework for a Master of Science in Education, with a concentration in Early Childhood and Special Education. She completed her graduate internships at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, NY and Jawonio Early Childhood Education and Infant Development Center in New City, NY. During her graduate school career, she conducted research on the topic of implementation of a school-wide communication-skills program.

Jen presently works with both children and adults in rehabilitative, acute, and sub-acute settings. She has experience in evaluating and treating a wide range of swallowing, voice, speech and language, and cognitive-linguistic disorders. She participates in videofluoroscopic swallow studies, which allow her to objectively assess patient's swallow mechanism functioning.

As a pediatric clinician, she has experience in the early intervention, preschool and school-age populations with a variety of developmental delays and congenital disorders including but not limited to Autism, Auditory Processing Disorder, Articulation & Phonological Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome, and Expressive/Receptive Language Disorders. Her special interests include treating both children and adults who have language and learning disabilities, dysphagia, dysarthria, and cognitive-linguistic deficits. Jen has completed additional coursework in Pediatric Feeding and Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
Kimberly Petekiewicz, M.S., CF-SLP

Kim joined the rehabilitation team at Holy Name Medical Center in 2014 as a Speech Language Pathology Clinical Fellow. She received her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY in 2014 and her Bachelor of Art in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at St. John's University in Jamaica, NY in 2012. She completed her graduate internships at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY and Prime Time for Kids in New City, NY. During her graduate school career, she conducted research on the topic of communication disorders in school-aged children. She also guest lectured graduate courses on Normal Language Development and Research Methods.

Kim presently works in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has experience in evaluating and treating a wide range of swallowing, voice, speech and language and cognitive-linguistic disorders. She is well-versed in Modified Barium Swallow Studies which allow her to objectively assess patient's swallowing mechanism function.

As a pediatric clinician, she has experience in the early intervention, preschool and school-age populations with a variety of developmental delays and congenital disorders including but not limited to Autism, Articulation & Phonological Disorders, Down Syndrome, Expressive/Receptive Language Disorders, Huntington's Disease and Prader Wile Syndrome. Her special interests include treating children and adults who have swallowing difficulties, language and learning disabilities, auditory processing disorders and cognitive-linguistic deficits.

Kim is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD), an innovative and clinically-proven method for improving voice and speech in individuals with Parkinson's Disease. She has completed additional course work on Cognitive Rehabilitation, Pediatric Feeding and Tracheostomy 101.
Myra Madlansacay Sarnoski, MA, CCC-SLP

Myra is the Senior Speech-Language Pathologist and Coordinator of the Speech Therapy Department. She received her Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology from Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey in 2001. She completed her graduate internships at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, New Jersey and Liberty Rehabilitation Institute in Secaucus, New Jersey.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology in 1998 from the University of the Philippines in Manila, Philippines. It was the only university in the country at the time to offer the program, which was patterned after the graduate programs in the United States. Her senior undergraduate year was devoted to obtaining clinical experience in acute care, center-based outpatient, community-based, and school-based therapy.

Myra joined the Holy Name team in 2002 from Pascack Valley Hospital, where she completed her Clinical Fellowship Year. In addition to providing excellent outpatient and inpatient care at Holy Name Medical Center, she has since been involved in community education and training of patient care technicians regarding appropriate feeding techniques. In 1999, 2000, and 2002, she conducted lectures to the graduate class of Rehabilitation Science and undergraduate classes of Speech Pathology at the University of the Philippines in Manila on the anatomy, physiology, evaluation, and management of swallowing. In 2006, she was a co-speaker regarding Case-based Rehabilitation at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers in Scottsdale, Arizona.

As a clinician, she is experienced in pediatric and adult speech/language therapy and adult swallowing disorders. She is well-versed in Modified Barium Swallow Studies, certified in VitalStim Therapy, and trained in Orofacial Myology.