Staff Leadership

Laura Beck, MSPT
Director, Outpatient Rehabilitation

Laura received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac College and a Master of Science in Health Care Management/Education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Laura began her career at St. Charles as a staff therapist and was soon promoted to senior physical therapist. She became the supervisor and program coordinator of the Outpatient Department of Rehabilitation in 1994 and in 2001 was promoted to Director, Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, Pediatric Services and offsite contracts. Additionally, she is responsible for overseeing all daily operations of nine outpatient locations as well as all therapy and athletic training contract and directs operations for St. Charles Hospital’s early intervention and contract services for Maryhaven Center of Hope. Laura’s continuing education focus has been on specialty services for rehabilitation including extremity evaluation and mobilization, McConnell patello-femoral evaluation and treatment, comprehensive approach to total joint replacement, advanced treatment of the foot and ankle, complex muscle imbalances, and more.
 

Outpatient Rehabilitation Network Locations
 

Albertson
Vita Incantalupo, PT, MA, NCS, ATP
Center Manager

Vita earned an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology/Psychology from Queens College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Physical therapy from NYU. She subsequently received a Master of Arts in Development Disabilities from NYU. Vita began her career at NYU Rusk institute. She has been the Center Manager at St Charles Albertson site since 1996. Vita earned her board certification as a Neuro-Clinical Specialist in 2003 and again in 2013. She also earned her Assistive Technology Professional ATP certification with a concentration in wheelchair seating prescription to best serve the neurological population. Although she has specialized in the neurological population Vita remains both interested and up to date on the evaluation and treatment of individuals with muscular -skeletal issues with a special interest in post–op patients, muscle imbalances and sports injuries. Vita has been nominated for several awards and is the recipient of the Healthcare Hero’s award in recognition of exceptional dedication and contribution to the quality of health care on Long Island.
 

Centereach
Gregg DiPrima, MS PT
Center Manager

Gregg earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from SUNY Stony Brook and a Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Physical Therapy from LIU Brooklyn. He has been employed at St. Charles since 1999. He was a lead physical therapist in our Albertson location where he concentrated on treating the neurologically impaired population. Gregg became Center Manager of the Centereach location in 2005. There he specializes in treating the orthopedic population. His interests include treating the athletic shoulder and knee and also in pre/post-operative knee, shoulder and spine patients. Gregg has taken extensive continuing education coursework in the aforementioned areas of interest. Gregg trained in NYC at NISMAT (Nicholas Institute for Sports Medicine and Trauma) at Lenox Hill Hospital and the Sports Medicine and Rehab Clinic at Hospital for Special Surgery.
 

Commack
Brian Halley, DPT
Center Manager

Brian graduated from Touro College with an MS in Physical therapy in 2000 and returned to earn his Doctorate from Touro College in 2006. He has been an employee with St. Charles since 1996 as an aide and as a staff Physical Therapist since 2000. In 2009, he became the Center Manager for the Melville site, a complex multi-service site caring for both orthopedic and neurologic populations. His area of expertise is in Orthopedic Manual Therapy, where he has taken numerous continuing education courses. He is an APTA credentialed instructor and actively involved in the Sports Medicine Program at St. Charles. In October 2017, became the Center Manager for our newest location in Commack, playing a key role in the coordination and planning for this new location and program.
 

East Setauket
Lisa Randberg, PT
Center Manager

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from SUNY Stony Brook. She was a full time staff physical therapist for St Charles from 1996 to 2000. She then became a physical therapist for Catholic Home Care for 13 years, treating post-operative elective and trauma populations as well as patients recovering from cardiac conditions and stroke. She returned as Manager of the East Setauket location in 2013. She has taken extensive continuing education in manual therapy of the spine, shoulder, hip and knee, as well as back education and training.
 

Melville
Thomas R Pearson, MSPT
Center Manager

Tom received his Masters Degree from Long Island University in 2000 and joined the team in Albertson as a staff physical therapist. He quickly transitioned into the role of lead physical therapist, coordinating the student program, acting as a staff mentor and assisting with management and quality assurance for the facility. In October of 2017 Tom became the Center Manager for the Melville site. Tom enjoys treating patients with both neurologic and orthopedic conditions. He has pursued ongoing education in the area of manual therapy for upper extremities and spine. He has also taken additional coursework in pilates and spinal stabilization.
 

Patchogue
Linda Lapp, PT, MS
Center Manager

Linda graduated from Stony Brook University with her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1991 and completed her Masters in Health Care Administration in 1997. She has worked for St. Charles Hospital since 1991. Linda initially began as a therapist in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and later became a supervisor in inpatient rehabilitation with a specialty in neuro-rehabilitation. In 2002, she transferred to the Patchogue Network as the Center Manager. She enjoys treating adults and adolescents with orthopedic diagnosis, including shoulder injuries, post-operative total joint replacements, and patients with neurological diagnosis. Linda’s continuing education includes a certification in Neuro Developmental Technique for adults with hemiplegia, and several advanced NDT courses. In addition to her strong background in the treatment of neurologic conditions, she has pursued extensive continuing education in orthopedic manual therapy and foot and ankle rehabilitation.
 

Pediatric Outpatient Therapy
Patricia Zumpol, PT
Manager, Pediatric Outpatient Therapy

Patricia graduated from SUNY Stony Brook’s physical therapy program and began working at St. Charles Hospital in 1986 as a staff physical therapist in outpatient and school based pediatric programs. Pat became the Center Manager for Pediatric Outpatient Services in 2007. She manages the Early Intervention Program, the Maryhaven Program and the Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation program. She is an active clinician and mentor to the staff and has assisted with program expansion for pediatric services in various other network locations. She treats children from birth through adolescence and her expansive areas of expertise include torticollis, motor delays, cerebral palsy, post-rhizotomy care, post-orthopedic surgery and toe walking. Patricia has pursued ongoing continuing education in many areas including torticollis, therapeutic handling techniques, NDT, toe walking/gait disturbances, sports injuries in pediatrics and pediatric assessment.
 

Port Jefferson - Adults and Cardiopulmonary Rehab
Pattianne Ruppel, PT
Center Manager

Pattianne Ruppel attended the University of Delaware where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in biology in 1991 and master’s degree in physical therapy in 1993. She has been with St. Charles for 20 years with the last 18 years being in the outpatient department, and the last 14 years as Center Manager for all adult main campus outpatient rehabilitation services. During that time she participated in the development and establishment of the Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program which has been operating since 1996, and the reestablishment of the Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in 2008. Pattianne continues to treat orthopedic and neurological patients and has taken a multitude of manual therapy courses for shoulder, spine, knee, hip and neurological diagnoses.
 

Ronkonkoma
Anthony Beck, PT
Center Manager

Anthony graduated from SUNY Stony Brook University Physical Therapy. He has been an employee of St.Charles since 1992. He was a staff physical therapist and then the lead physical therapist for the inpatient orthopedic rehabilitation program at St. Charles. In 2000 he became the Center Manager for the Ronkonkoma location. In this outpatient setting he specializes in orthopedic manual therapy for a wide variety of orthopedic and sports related injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, and spinal/pelvic dysfunctions. He has taken extensive continuing education courses in orthopedics and manual therapy, and continues to have a strong interest in exercise science, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Anthony is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach and and a certified level 1 + 2 US Masters swim coach.
 

Smithtown
Brian Quinn, PTA, MHCA
Center Manager

Brian earned his Associate’s Degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Broome Community College. He worked as a physical therapy assistant in our Patchogue location from 1997 through 2000 when he became the Center Manager for the Smithtown Network. He completed a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Iona College in 2000. Brian is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Multiple Sclerosis Association, the Long Island Chapter and the MS Society Group Therapy program. Brian has taken extensive continuing education with primary focus on orthopedic manual therapy.
 

Specialty Programs
 

Melissa Welch, PT, CLT, CFMT, CKTP
Coordinator, Lymphedema Center

Melissa earned a BS in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University in 1994 and has spent more than 20 years in a variety professional roles, which include co-owing and managing a private physical therapy practice. Melissa holds certification in functional manual therapy (CFMT) and has focused her continuing education on manual orthopedic care of the spine. Melissa completed the Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) Training Program from Norton School of Lymphatics in 2015 and has been treating patients at St. Charles Hospital’s Lymphedema Care Center since 2017.


 

Kaan Celebi, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS
Clinical Coordinator, Sports Medicine and Orthopedics

Celebi holds a doctorate degree from Touro College with post-graduate training including a sports medicine residency at the University of Delaware, an intensive training program in sports injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Celebi is a lead sports physical therapist and cares for both the competitive and recreational athlete. His specialties include prevention and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries and post-operative care with special consideration to the hip, knee, ankle, and shoulder.

Celebi has dual board certifications through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in sports (SCS) and orthopedics (OCS), holding the highest training/specialty certifications available for physical therapy professions. The orthopedic and sports specialist designation shows advanced clinical knowledge, skills and experience in outpatient therapy settings. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as a certified Functional Myofascial Taping Specialist (FMT).

In addition to clinical patient care, Celebi has also served as an adjunct instructor/professor and teaching assistant for Long Island University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and is a certified clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. He has co-authored on ACL injury, prevention, and rehabilitation for PTNow.com. In addition, he contributed to co-authoring of PT Case Files: Sports, a McGraw-Hill publication.
 

Raymond Nelson
Sports Medicine Outreach Coordinator

Ray has worked in the field of sports medicine for over 37 years. He obtained degrees from CW Post ( LIU ) in athletic training, sports medicine and education. His career includes work with the New York Islanders, New York Jets, Major League Baseball players, NFL players, Major League Lacrosse and scores of collegiate and scholastic athletes.

He has been directly involved in every phase of the industry, from direct care, education, management, staffing, staff training, recruiting, networking and marketing. Joining St. Charles in 2014, his current work involves every aspect of Sports medicine program development, working directly with orthopedic and sports medicine physicians, sports physical therapists, school districts, athletic organizations and the sports active public of Suffolk County.

St. Charles has furthered it’s 100 year old reputation as a leader in rehabilitation, to now include orthopedics and sports medicine. Ray’s work has helped St. Charles become a well known, respected and trusted provider of these services and continues to facilitate that growth and respect across the county.
 

Kim Pena
Coordinator, Vestibular Rehabilitation

Kim received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the New York Institute of Technology. Her extensive expertise includes an emphasis on vestibular rehabilitation and balance and fall prevention. Kim is certified in vestibular rehabilitation and provides vestibular therapy for numerous conditions including post-concussion syndrome.

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