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G & E Therapies Professional Staff

 

We at G&E Therapies are very proud of the company we have built. This would not be possible without the talented and experienced staff we have working with us. Our team of professionals is dedicated to the clients in the community and to helping children and their families achieve their goals.  We would like to take a moment to introduce you to our staff so you may better understand our commitment to and preparation in providing services to the community.

 

Physical Therapy

 

Gerilyn M. Gault, BS, PT: Co-Owner, G&E Therapies Ext. 1: I graduated from Ithaca College in 1991 and have since dedicated my career to the treatment of clients with developmental and neurological impairments.  My years of clinical experience have included treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injury, acute medical conditions, rehabilitation, and children from the NICU through school age. As an NDT certified therapist since 1994 with a focus on function within a transdisciplinary approach, I believe the success of the child is strongly linked to the success of the child’s family unit, community, and support system. I have continued to study the development of children in conjunction with sensory processing disorders and business management. As a mom of 3 children, my experiences have taught me empathy and patience. With a rich background in the medical setting and a journey of lifelong learning, my interests include:

  •  Children born premature
  •  Geriatrics and Long term care
  •  Supplemental PT and CORE Evaluations

Elizabeth C. Finch, BS, PTCo-Owner, G&E Therapies Ext. 2:  I graduated from the Health Science Center at Syracuse in 1994. Since graduation, I have had a variety of clinical experiences including long-term adult out-patient rehabilitation, hospital acute care, traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, long term nursing home care, and working with pediatric clients birth through school age. My strengths include treating clients with neurological disorders using a functional, transdisciplinary approach. To help foster my understanding of the brain, I have had continued education in NDT, sensory processing and sensory integration. For all diagnoses and clients, the team approach is a vital part of treatment.  The power of family and the support network is an integral part of success. Being a mom of 3 children, professional businesswoman and a clinician with over 15 years of clinical experience has made me the dynamic therapist I am today.  My interests include:

  •  Developmental disabilities
  •  Geriatric and Pediatric treatments
  •  Community interactions with G & E Therapies

As Co-Owners of G&E Therapies since the company opened in 1999, our vision has always been to provide quality, rehabilitation services to the individuals in our community.  We are committed to each child, each family and each individual achieve their goals. Our dedicated staff provides a variety of skilled services when it is convenient to our clients with the highest level of quality possible. Our dedicated team of professionals upholds these values and must demonstrate open communication, accountability, flexibility, and advanced treatment skills in a dynamic environment.  We are proud to lead the G&E Therapies team to provide the community with quality rehabilitation services

                                                                 

Patti Mosher, BS,PT Ext. 709:  I graduated from Ithaca College in 1976.  Since that time I have had the opportunity to provide therapy in a variety of clinical settings, and develop skill sets as an administrator of a large therapy department.  My many years of clinical experience include hospital acute care and outpatient, long term adult rehabilitation and home care.  I have always been very passionate about providing care in collaboration with an entire team of professionals that compliments my skill sets.  Being closely connected to the family and caregivers of the client is very important to me.  My interests include:

  •  Long term adult rehabilitation
  •  Provide support to G&E Staff
  •  Lifelong learning opportunities

Kathy White, PT Ext. 710: I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse in 1990. I have 18 years experience working in a variety of settings, including:  acute-care inpatients; outpatients; private homes (0-3 year olds and geriatrics); nursing homes (short and long-term rehabilitation); schools (K-12); and pre-schools (3-5).  I have been lucky enough to work with clients with a variety of diagnoses and delays.  My interests include:   

  •  Neurological disorders
  •  Children with developmental delays
  •  Orthopedic disorders 

Denise Abrams, PT, DPT Ext. 712: I graduated from Russell Sage College, Troy NY in 1983 with a BS in Physical Therapy, from Binghamton University in 1993 with a MA in Social Science and from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse NY in 2008 with a doctorate in Physical Therapy. My clinical experience is diverse including work in large hospitals, small hospitals, geriatric settings, elementary schools, developmental center, and 20 years in teaching and administration of a PTA program. I have experience in Neurorehabilitation including working with persons who have suffered stroke, head injury and diseases of the nervous system.  I also have experience with developmental disabilities and working with children in the NICU and school system.  I enjoy working per diem for G & E Therapies in the geriatric setting, summer camp for children with autism as well as completing CORE evaluations.  My interests include:

  • Children born premature
  • Children and adults with developmental disabilities
  • Children with autism
  • Geriatrics and Long term care
  • CORE Evaluations
  • Adult education

Carrie Shore, MSPT, ATP Ext. 706: I graduated from Ithaca College with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1995.  Immediately following graduation, I began working in Pediatrics; primarily, with the birth to five year old population. Over the past 15 years of my practice, I have expanded my experience and have been very involved with treating folks, from birth to late adulthood, with a wide range, and severity, of developmental disabilities, including Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Autism, Angelman’s Syndrome and generalized developmental delays. In addition to ongoing treatment services, I have been extensively involved with evaluation of individuals in need of Durable Medical Equipment throughout my career. In 2007, I received my national certification as an Assistive Technology Provider (ATP), through The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. I have significant knowledge in assessing for, and obtaining, a variety of adaptive equipment pieces, working with vendors, writing letters of medical necessity for insurance approval and adjustments and modification of equipment. I’m very excited to be working with the team at G&E Therapies sharing my special interests in:

  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Early Intervention and Preschool Services
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Individuals with developmental disabilities, birth through adulthood

Beth Parks, PT  ext:  711  I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy.  I have worked in hospital, outpatient clinic, home care and private practice settings with my primary focus in pediatrics.  My passion is working with infants and children of all diagnosis, especially medically fragile children with greater physical impairments.  One of my greatest joys is to witness the first independent steps of a child and freeing a child to have independent mobility within their environment.  I have extensive continuing education skills in the areas of Hippotherapy, Aquatic therapy, Neurodevelopmental Techniques, Sensory Integration, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Kiniseo Taping and Motor Learning.  I currently serve the community as President of a Not for Profit Board, Southern Tier Alternative Therapies assisting families of children with special needs to attain services not typically funded with a primary focus on Equine assisted therapies.  I am excited to be part of the G&E Therapies team to continue to serve children in Early Intervention and children of all ages in our community.  After raising my 3 children and watching them grow into young adults, I have even greater compassion for the young.  My primary interests include:  

  • Developmental Disabilities 
  • Hippotherapy 
  • Aquatic Therapy 
  • Home care to educate families and caregivers

Laurie E. Chantry, PTA Ext 714:  I graduated from Broome Community College in 2005 and since graduation, I have worked in a variety of Physical Therapy settings. My experiences have included short and long term geriatric rehabilitation and most recently elementary school aged children. I have also had the opportunity to provide ongoing Physical Therapy treatment in a specialized school for children with autism.  My interests are:

  • Children with Autism
  • Pediatric school aged children
  • Long and short term geriatric rehabilitation
  • Lifelong learning in various settings

 

Occupational Therapy

 Natasha M. Gdovin, PT Ext. 721: I graduated from Kean College of New Jersey in January 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy.  After graduation I was employed with Elizabeth General Healthcare Corporation, later renamed Trinitas Children’s Therapy Services, in Elizabeth and then Cranford, New Jersey.  During that time I provided school based Occupational Therapy services to students in preschool through high school.  I worked in a variety of school settings treating a variety of students.  During my employment I served as a staff, district lead and senior therapist.  I also served as the corporation’s orientation coordinator.  After relocating to New York I provided contract services with Family Enrichment Network, Vestal Central School District and Broome Tioga BOCES.  I am proud and excited to be part of the school-based team that helps students function in their school environments.  Areas of Interest:

  • Educational law and practices
  • Consulting with teachers
  • Emotional/behavioral disorders
  • Autism/PDD

Kimberly M. Wiggins, OTR/L Ext. 724: I graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy in December 2001.I have worked in a variety of settings including schools, preschools, home-care services, administration, and psychiatric centers. My knowledge of handwriting, fine motor skills, sensory integration, and using mobile devices for children with disabilities is vast and current. I currently hold certifications in:  Handwriting Without Tears, Zaner Bloser Handwriting, The Listening Program, and Mobile Devices for Children with Disabilties.  I enjoy meeting new families, evaluating their children, and providing strategies that can be helpful the next day. I feel that it is extremely important to educate parents and professionals about OT techniques and approaches that can be used on a daily basis. Therefore, I provide workshops at a national and local level on an array of topics. I can also give a unique perspective to parents and professionals because I am a new mom to infant twins and an adoptive parent of a boy with many special needs I seek learning opportunities on a regular basis to broaden the repertoire of services that can help families and professionals. My areas of interests are:

  • OT Evaluations for preschool and school-aged children
  • Early Intervention Core Evaluations
  • Certified as a Handwriting Specialist with the Handwriting Without Tears Program
  • Certifies provider of The Listening Program
  • Fine Motor Coordination
  • Sensory Integration
  • Educating parents and professionals about various OT topics
  • Certified in Mobile Devices for Children with Disabilities

Katlyn Parsons, OTR/L Ext. 717: I graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2009 from Utica College of Syracuse University. I worked in Buffalo NY for three years as a preschool therapist specializing in several areas before moving to the Binghamton area. I am DIR Floor Time trained and educated to work with children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, where I frequently integrate the Sensory Integration model into therapy. I was part of an interdisciplinary team to write grants and obtain information to build a sensory room. I have also worked in several inclusions classroom and preschool programs where collaboration between all professionals was important. I enjoy helping families and children strive towards happiness and improving the quality of their life. It is important for parents and families to be open to education and therapy techniques and/or approaches to further develop and build on life skills. I have worked in several settings including schools, preschools, home care, nursing homes, and adult day habilitation. My areas of interest are:

  • žžžžžž OT Treatment and Evaluation of Early Intervention, Preschool and School-aged children
  • žžžžžž Sensory Integration and DIR Floor Time
  • žžžžžž Sensory Rooms (Snoozelen Rooms)
  • žžžžžž Autism/PPD/Developmental Disabilities
  • žžžžžž Hippo Therapy
  • žžžžžž Continue to learn and use new information across all settings

Deborah A. Kollar, OTR/L Ext. 720: I graduated in 1990 from State University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. After graduating I worked in a variety of settings in the Broome County area including; Adult Outpatient, Acute Care, Nursing Home, Early Intervention, Preschools, and Schools. I also have administrative background as the director of an Occupational Therapy Department. My specialty and love has always been in pediatrics in which I have 23 years experience working with this population. My area of interest is especially in Sensory Processing Disorder and I have extensive background in Sensory Integration and am SIPT certified. I enjoy the challenge and variety of issues seen with this population and love to problem solve with families to assist them with this disorder. My areas of interest are:   

  • žžžžžž Sensory Integration
  • žžžžžž OT Evaluations for Early Intervention, Preschool and School-aged children
  • žžžžžž Parent Education
  • žžžžžž Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • žžžžžž School Age Therapy
  • žžžžžž Functional Visual Deficits

Debi Chase, COTA, Ext. 727: I graduated in 2002 from Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC with an Associate's degree in Occupational Therapy. Immediately following graduation, I fell in love with the pediatric population.   I worked at UNC Hospital in the Psychiatry Department with kids from 4-17 years old in group therapy developing: self-esteem, anger management skills, social skills, craft projects, gross motor activities, ADL's and cooking skills. I then transitioned to the local School System where I worked with small groups and in one on one sessions with severely impaired children with multiple diagnoses as well as children with vision problems, autism, developmental delay and ADHD. Following the school system I found my love working in the NC pre-k program for at risk children and Head Start programs with children 2-5 years old. There I worked mainly with children who have varying levels of developmental disabilities: fine/gross motor delays, sensory processing disorders, self help with dressing and feeding, poor visual perceptual and prewriting skills. I enjoy learning new techniques and specialize in skills which include: Handwriting without Tears, Fine motor development, sensory techniques, behavior classes and signing with young children. I also has experience in specialized programs such as the Wilbarger Deep Pressure Touch Protocol (DPPT), Therapeutic Listening, Aromatherapy and Astronaut Training a Sound-Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol. I am excited to be working with G&E therapies where my areas of interest are:

  • žžžžžž Early Intervention and Preschool
  • žžžžžž Autism
  • žžžžžž Sensory Integration
  • žžžžžž Developmental Delays

 

Special Instruction/ Education

Sue Hubbard, MSEd Ext. 719: I graduated from Oswego State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I am certified to teach nursery school through sixth grade. In 1998, I completed my Master of Science degree also at Oswego State to become certified in Special Education. My work experiences include five years of teaching elementary school special education in an inclusive environment. Collaborating with therapists and regular education teachers helped to develop instruction that was team oriented and focused on consistent and appropriate needs for each child. As a mom of small children, I have rediscovered the joy of learning through play and am excited about helping little ones in our area do the same!  I look forward to working closely with families to ensure each child learns and grows to his/her potential.  My interests include: 

  • Language acquisition
  • Developmental delays
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Emotional and learning disabilities
  • Autism
  • Speech/language impairments
  • Blindness
  • Inclusion

 

Speech Language Pathology

Susan Wanamaker, MS CCC/SLP Ext. 705: I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in education, Speech-Language Pathology concentration, from the State University College at Fredonia in August 1980. After working for 5 years in various school districts in New York State, I returned to SUC Fredonia and received a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology in 1987.  Within the year, I completed requirements for NY state licensure and national certification for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Over the past 22 years I have had experience in all aspects of Speech-Language services including residential and workshop services for mentally retarded/developmentally disabled adults, geriatric rehabilitation and home care services, outpatient services in a hospital setting, as well as home based services for Early Intervention and birth to 5 years. I have a particular interest in:

  • Swallowing disorders
  • Augmentative communication
  • Child Language and Speech Development 

Anne Marie Murphy, MS, CCC/SLP, Autism Services Coordinator for G&E Therapies Recreational Summer Camp ext. 0:  I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from The College of Saint Rose and received a Master's Degree in Speech Pathology from Ithaca College. Over the last 26 years, I worked with infants, toddlers, school aged children, and adults with a wide variety of communication disorders in settings such as outpatient rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, Headstarts, ARC sites, daycares, special education preschools, home health, hospitals, and private homes. I have several years of experience working with autistic children and their families, both as a service provider and more recently as the Autism Services Coordinator at the G&E Therapies Recreational Summer Camp.   My interests include:

  • Children with Autism and PDD
  • Parent Support Group
  • Community Resources

 Mary Mason Palombaro, MA CCC-SLP Ext. 722: I graduated from State University of Buffalo with a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders in May of 1981.  I initially began working with adults with developmental disabilities in residential and workshop placements and then became involved with preschoolers with developmental delays.  After relocating to New Jersey, I worked for a year at a private school providing speech-language services to school age children K-8th grade with a variety of disabilities.  I returned to the Binghamton area and worked as a co-teacher with a special educator in a BOCES integrated Preschool program for several years.  Through my work in the classroom, I became interested in strategies for including children with disabilities in Regular Education classrooms and for 7 years coordinated Federal Research Grants at Binghamton University examining successful strategies for inclusion.  I returned to my first love, providing services to preschoolers with disabilities, and have remained involved with that for the last 13 years.  My interests include: 

  • Early Intervention and Preschool
  • Child Language and Speech Development
  • Inclusion of children with disabilities with their typically developing peers

Susan Haas, MS, CCC-SLP, G&E Therapies Ext. 723: I am a lifelong native of the Triple Cities area, having attended Maine-Endwell from kindergarten through graduation. I then attended Elmira College for my Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing, which I received in 1998. After that, I continued my education at Syracuse University where I received my Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2000. I then returned to this area to work for HCA (Handicapped Children's Association) at the Binghamton Head Start. Subsequent to that, I was offered a position in the Vestal Central School District where I treat students from kindergarten through 8th grade since 2001. I enjoy the variety of students I work with in the public schools, from those with mild articulation delays to students who are non-verbal. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the needs of the EI population as well as take on the role of the Summer Camp co-director. My professional interests include:

  • Autism and PDD
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Chromosomal, genetic, and other syndromes

Kerry Zostant, M.S., CCC-SLP, Ext. 707- I graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester in December 1997 with a Bachelors in Speech/Language Pathology and continued on there to complete my Masters in Speech/Language Pathology in May 2000.  I am currently a Speech Pathologist for Union-Endicott Central School district during the year, working with elementary students with varying speech/language needs.   I have 13 years of experience working in a variety of settings including:  public schools (K-12), BOCES center based and district based programs, preschools, nursing homes, and private homes.  I have two boys of my own which has taught me to be flexible and prepared for anything.   I am excited to be a part time member of the G&E Therapies team, allowing me to pursue my interests which include:

  • Early Intervention  and Preschool Services
  • Child Language and Speech Development
  • Collaboration with families to best meet the needs of their child

John Adams, TSHH Ext. 712: Speech and Language Therapist with 30+ years experience. I received my BS in Speech Pathology in 1979 and my MA in 1986 from West Chester University in 1986. I returned to school to receive my MA from University of Phoenix in Curriculum and Instructional Design in 2004. I have previously worked in the Montrose School District and currently provide Home Instruction with Cyber School students in PA with Agora and PA Virtual charter school.  I joined G&E Therapies in September 2013 where I enjoy providing Speech services to consumers at Achieve and the students of Children's Home Wyoming Conference. I enjoy spending time with my family and especially my new grandson, Aiden.  In my spare time, I have a DJ business and perform at weddings, anniversary parties and host Trivia at local restaurants.  My interests include:

  • žImplementing new technology such as iPads, DynaVox tablets, and other devices that allows non-     verbal individuals the ability to communicate with othersžžžžž
  • žPlaying the guitar and recording music in my home studiožžžž

We hope this information helps you to know our staff and our abilities. We are always expanding and improving our services to help benefit the community. We are an approved provider agency for Supplemental and Core Evaluations !  We look forward to working with you in the community. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us! Thank you!

Sincerely,

 

Gerilyn M. Gault, PT                                                            Elizabeth C. Finch, PT

Co-Owner G&E Therapies                                                Co-Owner G&E Therapies                            

 

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