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Our Team

Transitions of Long Island

Jean Elbaum, PhD, Director
Dr. Elbaum has been at Transitions since the inception of the program in April 1988, specializing in memory rehabilitation as well as individual, group, and family counseling. Her clinical experience is with clients with traumatic brain injury, stroke, aneurysm, brain tumor, encephalitis, and anoxia.  She specializes in educational/vocational re-entry, including reintegration to high level careers.  Dr. Elbaum obtained 3 degrees from New York University: her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology and her doctorate in rehabilitation counseling.  She is a certified rehabilitation counselor and licensed mental health counselor.  Dr. Elbaum is an adjunct graduate professor at New York University and Hofstra University in psychology and rehabilitation counseling.
   

 

Deena Henderson, MA, CCC/SLP, Supervisor
Deena is the Supervisor of the Speech/Language Therapy Department at Transitions of Long Island®.She has been with North Shore-LIJ for over 10 years. Deena received her Bachelor’s Degree  at Florida State University  and her Master’s Degree  from Hofstra University. Deena has experience in comprehensive speech-language therapy services including; neuro-rehabilitation, aphasia, apraxia,and dysphagia. She is certified in VitalStim®, a neuro-muscular electrical stimulation for the rehabilitation of swallow, Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation for the treatment of swallowing, PROMPT trained (Apraxia) and LSVT® for rehabilitation of voice for people with Parkinson’s Disease.
   

Tricia Kearney, MBA, OTR/L, Supervisor
Tricia has over 10 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist.  She has a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from Scranton University and a Masters in Business Administration from Hofstra University in health services administration.  Tricia is certified in Saeboflex, Bioness H200 and physical agent modalities (PAMPCA certified).  Tricia is the coordinator of the student fieldwork program at Transitions.    Her training includes advances in neuromuscular reeducation, environmental and home modifications, visual perceptual and cognitive retraining.
   

Roseanne Pachilakis, PsyD, Senior Neuropsychologist
Dr. Pachilakis received her doctorate in psychology from Hofstra University and has been a rehabilitation neuropsychologist at Transitions of Long Island since 2008. As a rehabilitation neuropsychologist, she conducts neuropsychological evaluations as well as provides individual, group and family counseling and consultation services to adolescents and adults who have sustained acquired brain injuries. Dr. Pachilakis also provides neuropsychological screenings and management of cognitive symptoms resulting from sports-related concussions and she is one of the co-developers of the North Shore-LIJ Sports Concussion Program. Dr. Pachilakis is also a supervisor in the Neuropsychology track of the American Psychological Association (APA) accredited psychology internship program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center-The Zucker Hillside Hospital.
   

Kristen Murray, DPT, Senior Physical Therapist

Kristen has over 3 years experience as a Physical Therapist. Her clinical focus lies in traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis. She is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and is CPR and ALS certified. 
 

   

Jennifer Napolitano, MA, CCC/SLP

For over ten years, Jennifer has treated a variety of patients with cognitive-linguistic and swallowing impairments such as aphasia, apraxia, and voice disorders following acquired brain injury. She holds a certification in the treatment of dysphagia via Neuro-muscular Electrical Stimulation. Jennifer received her Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from CUNY Queens College. She is an adjunct professor at Adelphi University in motor speech disorders.

   

Melissa Jensen, MA, CCC/SLP

Melissa has been working in the field of neuro rehabilitation for over 5 years, providing evaluation and treatment of speech-language disorders including aphasia, apraxia and dysphagia. Melissa is certified in VitalStim®, a neuro-muscular electrical stimulation for the rehabilitation of swallow, and LSVT® for rehabilitation of voice. She graduated with her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University. She is a PhD candidate at Adelphi Universty in speech language pathology.
 

   

Susan Choi, MS, OTR/L

Susan received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Health Science in Disability Studies at Stony Brook University.  She has been a practicing Occupational Therapist at Transitions of Long Island since 2011, providing evaluation and treatment to individuals with acquired neurological injuries. Susan is BionessH200 trained and certified.

   

Hyunmi Park, PT

Hyunmi has over 4 years experience as a Physical Therapist. She received her Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy from Yong In University in Korea. Hyunmi’s clinical focus lies in traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis. She is certified in the Bobath Approach.
   

 

Allison Muscatello, MSW

Allison has 15 years of experience in the human services field.  The past 8 years she has spent directly working with individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury.  Allison received her Bachelor sdegree in Sociology and Psychology from SUNY New Paltz and Master's Degree in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. Allison is the Day Program Facilitator at Transitions of Long Island.  She runs multiple groups for clients to improve cognition and psychosocial functioning.

   

 

Kathryn Mirra, PhD, Neuropsychologist

Dr. Mirra received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University in 2011.  She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL and a pre-doctoral internship at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.  Her clinical interests are in the cognitive aspects of medical illnesses and injuries, and the impact on daily functioning, emotional well-being, and quality of life.  She conducts neuropsychological evaluations to better understand a person’s current cognitive strengths and weaknesses to inform care and to provide suggestions that may be helpful in daily life.  She provides counseling services for individuals with acquired brain injuries and their families.  Dr. Mirra is also a supervisor in the Neuropsychology track of the American Psychological Association (APA) accredited psychology internship program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center-The Zucker Hillside Hospital.