Staff Leadership

Laura Beck, MS,PT
Vice President of Rehabilitation, St. Charles

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 in 1991 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 Outpatient Services and offsite contracts. In that role, Laura was 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. In July 2018, Laura was named Vice President of Rehabilitation at St. Charles. In this position, Laura is responsible for overseeing both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation as well as associated growing programs such as sports medicine, lymphedema and vestibular rehabilitation. 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.
 

Pattianne Ruppel, PT
Director, Outpatient Rehabilitation Networks

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.
 

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
Michael Williams, PT
Center Manager

Michael attended Touro College and graduated with his B.S. in Health Science and his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1999.  He earned his MBA from Stony Brook University in Health Care Management in 2013.  Michael has worked for St. Charles Hospital for 14 years and been in the Patchogue Network  for most of that time.  He has taken course work in manual therapy for peripheral joints and for spine as well as pathologies of the knee and common sports related injuries.  He has attended a course in High velocity low amplitude manipulation of the spine.  He enjoys working with various orthopedic and sports related diagnoses including shoulder, elbow, Sacroilliac/lumbar, and knee dysfunctions.  Michael  also enjoys working with patients who have had arthroscopy of Knee, hip and shoulder


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.

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.



John E. Ebinger PT, DPT
Clinical Coordinator, Sports Therapy

John earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy with honors from Touro College in Bayshore and was the only graduate offered a position at the Stern Center for Rehabilitation at LIJ/Northshore where he treated neurological and orthopedic patients.

In 2012, John joined team at the St. Charles Hospital Centereach Rehab Network as a staff physical therapist and in 2015 was named Lead Sports Therapist for Centereach where he played an instrumental role in developing and building the sports rehabilitation program. He provided care for athletes throughout Suffolk and Nassau counties in the clinic as well as sideline care at sporting events alongside athletic trainers and sports medicine physicians. John works closely with several local high school athletic programs, trainers and coaches.

John’s resume includes numerous course work in conservative, as well as post-operative considerations in the rehabilitation of sport orthopedic cases.  In addition, John has taken extensive course work in the treatment and management of the overhead athlete.  John treats joint arthroplasty, rotator cuff/ SLAP injuries, ACL prevention/ACL reconstruction and all other sports related disruptions.  In addition, he has extensive experience in the rehabilitation of patients following ACL reconstruction.

John is currently pursuing his passion for Sports Medicine as the Clinical Coordinator for Sports Therapy here at St. Charles Hospital.  In this role he leads a team of expert clinicians providing evidence based, individualized care for the athletes of all ages and all levels of participation. He is dedicated to injury prevention as well as rehabilitation following injury as evident in his work in providing pre-season baseball screens, ACL risk screens as well as running a weekly sports recovery clinic.

Keith Levinson, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS
Clinical Coordinator, Sports Therapy

Keith earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, with a concentration in Exercise Science from SUNY Cortland. He went on to obtain his graduate Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Touro College in Bay Shore, NY.  While completing his degree, Keith gained experiences working in a high volume strength and conditioning facility, specializing in baseball athletes where his interest in upper extremity and overhead throwing injuries developed.  

Keith began working for St. Charles Hospital in the Patchogue Outpatient Rehabilitation Network in  2011 as a staff physical therapist where he treated a wide variety of patient populations but further expanded his expertise in orthopedic/sports injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation.  In 2015 Keith expanded his role to the Lead Sports Therapist in Patchogue.  He provided acute sports injury screens as well as recovery clinic services and community outreach for athletes throughout Suffolk and Nassau counties in the clinic as well as sideline care at sporting events alongside athletic trainers and sports medicine physicians. In 2015, Keith earned his American Board Certified Specialization in Orthopedics and in 2016 his American Board Certified Specialization in Sports.
In 2018, Keith completed the Upper Extremity Sports Medicine Fellowship through The Ohio State University and with The Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball Team.  Here, he gained experience working with professional baseball players, specializing in rehabilitation for the overhead athlete.  Keith returned to St. Charles as the Lead Sports Therapist in the Setauket office upon completion of this fellowship training and in January 2019 was named Clinical Coordinator for Sports Therapy for the St. Charles Rehabilitation Network.  

Keith has future interests in researching the effects of biologics on sport performance and rehabilitation after injury.  He also assists with teaching classes at Stony Brook’s Physical Therapy department. 

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