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Our Clinical Staff

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Brenda Ebode, MBA, DPT

Brenda Ebode is the director of rehabilitation services for Harrington Healthcare System. She has more than 30 years experience as a physical therapist and director of rehabilitation services in several health care venues including community hospitals, skilled home care, skilled nursing facilities and outpatient rehabilitation settings.

Brenda received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Vermont and her master’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University.  She then completed her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Simmons College and a graduate certificate in human resource management from Northeastern University.

Her interests include maximizing both clinical outcomes and the patient care experience, as well as community outreach. She is available for community presentations on topics related to physical rehabilitation.

To contact Brenda, please call 508-434-1435 or email bebode@harringtonhospital.org.

Audrey Aho, OTR/L, CLT

Audrey graduated from Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester as a certified occupational therapy aAssistant (COTA/L) and went on to graduate from Bay Path College in Longmeadow as a licensed occupational therapist. Audrey has more than 18 years experience as a therapist and has worked in sports medicine, orthopedic (inpatient and outpatient), pediatrics, school systems, geriatrics, spinal cord, neurological diseases and psychiatric.

In January 2010, Audrey graduated from The Academy of Lymphatic Studies in Fort Lauderdale Florida and completed her certification as a Lymphedema therapist (CLT).

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Leanna Ash, DPT

Leanna earned her Doctorate in physical therapy in 2015 from American International College and her bachelor’s degree in movement science with a sports medicine concentration from Westfield State University in 2012. She gained clinical experience as a student in outpatient therapy, acute rehab, and acute care settings. Leanna is a full-time employee working as an inpatient therapist in the hospital.

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Joanne Avery, PTA

Joanne received her associate’s degree in the physical therapy assistant program from Becker Junior College and her completed bachelor’s degree in business management from Becker College. Joanne has more than 30 years experience as a physical therapist assistant in home care, long term care, short term rehabilitation, acute inpatient care and outpatient clinic settings. She has completed 150 observation/volunteer hours with a nurse practitioner in orthopedic physicians’ office and continues to attend continuing education courses each year. Joanne became Level 1 Certified in Barnes Myofascial Release in 2010.

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Kellie Bennett, PTA

Kellie received her associate’s degree from the a physical therapist assistant program at Lasell College. She has more than 20 years experience working as a PTA. Kellie has worked in acute care, short term and long term rehab and home care in addition to the outpatient setting. Kellie’s clinical interests are in rehabilitation of total shoulder, hip and knee replacement surgery and rehabilitation of the rotator cuff repair. She has attended continuing education conferences on these and other topics.

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Karen Bussiere, PT, Rehabilitation Supervisor

Karen is the rehabilitation supervisor Harrington’s outpatient clinic in Webster. She is a graduate of Springfield College and has a master’s degree in physical therapy. During her more than 18 years as a physical therapist she has worked in the acute care, long term care, short term rehab and outpatient clinic settings. Karen has presented and developed stroke education/cardiac education groups at Massachusetts Chapter PT conferences. She pursues ongoing continuing education to broaden areas of clinical practice.

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Margaret Dziechiarz

 Margaret received her associate’s degree from the physical therapist assistant program at Becker College. In more than 20 years of  experience working as a physical therapy assistant, Margaret worked in acute care, short and long-term rehab, home care and outpatient setting, both in Poland and the United States. She enjoys all aspects  of  physical therapy. She has spent  time working with sports medicine patients and post-operative spine patients.  Margaret attends continuing education courses each year relating to all aspects of orthopedic rehab.

Mary Dona, PT

Mary graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree physical therapy. In her more than 30 years of experience, Mary has worked in the acute care and outpatient settings at Harrington and Worcester hospitals. She has participated in runners and sports medicine clinics and provided physical therapy services to the employee wellness program. During her more than 17 years at Harrington, she has worked treating both inpatients and outpatients. Her areas of interest and continuing education classes include manual therapy, orthopedics and sports medicine.

Sarah Duggan, PT

Sarah earned her Doctorate in physical therapy in 2012 from American International College and her bachelor’s degree in movement science with a sports medicine concentration from Westfield State College in 2008. She gained clinical experience as a student in outpatient therapy, acute rehab, acute care and skilled nursing settings. Sarah is a full-time employee, working mornings in the outpatient clinic and afternoons inpatient in the hospital.

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Kris Fontaine, PT

Kristine graduated from Quinnipiac College. She has more than 27 years of outpatient experience with emphasis on an orthopedic caseload. She has a special interest in and has been a clinical specialist in fall prevention, and has given educational talks in the community. She also has gone to conferences on strength and conditioning, enjoys working with athletes, and has previously developed a protocol for education and treatment of patients with osteoporosis. She loves being involved in educating people on various aspects of their condition, exercise, posture, and body mechanics.

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Emily Goncalves, PTA

Emily has an associate’s degree in the physical therapist assistant program at Springfield Technical Community College. She received the Lucile B. Hood award for excellence in clinical rehabilitation. Emily has attended several continuing education courses the areas of outpatient rehabilitation, sports medicine, and inpatient hospital care and is certified as the Graston Technique practitioner.

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Jilanne Hobson, PTA

Jilanne has a bachelor’s degree in performing arts from Oklahoma City University and an associate’s degree from the physical therapy assistant program at Becker College in Worcester. In her more than 15 years as a PTA she has worked in the long-term care, sub-acute home care and outpatient  settings.

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Lois Johansen, OTR/L

Lois Johansen is a graduate of Quinnipiac College.  She has more than 30 years experience in the field of occupational therapy.  She began her career in pediatrics, working in the local school systems. She then worked in the areas of home care and outpatient  treatment.  For the past 20 years she has focused on upper extremity injuries. She worked for a number of years at the UMass hand clinic.  She returned to Harrington  to work in the outpatient OT department treating primarily upper extremity injuries. She has experience in ergonomics as well.

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Nancy Jones, PT

Nancy is a graduate of Sargent College of Allied Health Professionals at Boston University. In her more than 30 years as a physical therapist, Nancy has worked in acute care, outpatient and pediatrics in schools settings. She has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and has attended numerous continuing education courses pertaining to shoulder, knee and hip rehabilitation. Her manual skills education includes courses in Maitland, Jones strain/counterstrain, muscle energy, craniosacral therapy and myofascial release. She has taken a particular interest in helping develop the ongoing treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, specializing in the treatment of female incontinence and chronic pelvic pain syndromes. She has also attended courses in core stabilization. Nancy finds physical therapy to be a fun and rewarding career.

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Christine Lafleche, PT

Christine graduated from the School of Allied Health Professions at the University of Connecticut.  She has more than 30 years of experience treating a variety of clients in various settings, including inpatients, outpatients, home health care, and in the local school system, while also working at Harrington.  Christine has an interest in women’s health and treating musculoskeletal conditions using a manual therapy approach.  She has attended numerous continuing education courses to develop and advance her manual skills, including the therapeutic techniques of strain-counterstrain, muscle energy, myofascial release, and craniosacral therapy.  She has also completed coursework in the Sara Meeks method for the treatment of osteoporosis and the postural changes of aging.  The majority of Christine’s work at Harrington involves the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders such as back, neck, and knee pain.

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Judy Laventure, PT

Judy is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and has  been employed at Harrington for more than 30 years. She has worked in many areas of physical therapy including pediatrics (school-based), inpatient, outpatient, aquatic therapy and home health. She has been instrumental in planning and coordinating the continuing education meetings at our Charlton campus. She has acquired numerous  skills  over the years to  effectively  treat her  patients of all ages. Judy works primarily in the outpatient department.

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Elizabeth Manney, PT, DPT

Elizabeth graduated from Sargent College at Boston University with her Master’s in physical therapy and her Doctorate from Temple University.  She has more than 13 years of experience in inpatient and outpatient physical therapy.  Elizabeth enjoys all aspects of physical therapy. She has spent time working with post-operative spine patients as well as sports medicine patients.  Her areas of interest include orthopedics and sports medicine therapy.

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Jennifer J. Martocci, PTA

Jennifer received her associate’s degree in the physical therapist assistant program at Becker College. She has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of acute inpatient, short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and home care. For the past 10 years, she has enjoyed providing outpatient therapy in the clinic. Jennifer attends continuing education courses each year. Her clinical areas of interest include foot and ankle injuries and deep tissue massage.

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Alessandro Montecalvo, PT

Alessandra earned Doctorate in physical therapy 2015 from American International College. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Applied Exercise Science from the University of New England in 2012. She gained clinical experience as a student in outpatient therapy, sub-acute rehab, and pediatrics settings. Alessandra is a full-time employee in outpatient rehab at Harrington. She is able to maintain acute care skills working in the inpatient settings at times. She looks forward to furthering her skill set with continuing education courses, with her interests being in manual therapy, sports medicine, and pediatrics.

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Meredith Moseley, PT, DPT

Meredith is a graduate of Simmons College where she earned her Doctorate in physical therapy. As a student, she gained full-time clinical experience in varied settings including outpatient physical therapy pediatrics, long term acute care and early intervention. She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2007. Meredith currently works primarily in the outpatient setting where she treats a variety of orthopedic and neurological diagnoses.  She especially enjoys working with athletes and is an avid runner.

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Sandy O’Conner, PTA

Sandy worked with mentally and physically challenged residential clients for 10 years, and earned her PTA license in 1983. Her experience includes orthotic and prosthetic training as well as implementing developmental programs. She worked an additional 17 years in short term rehab and long term care where she developed a gift for getting the difficult or mentally challenged patient to participate. Most recently she spent three years working at a neuro rehab center with focus on regaining strength and function with traumatic brain injured. Sandy joined the team at Harrington in August 2010, providing inpatient and outpatient therapy.

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Nancy Piscopo, PT

Nancy has a bachelor’s degree from the Boston Bouve College of Northeastern University in Boston. In more than 30 years of clinical experience, she has worked primarily in the oupatient and acute care setting, focusing mainly on orthopedic conditions. She also has also worked in the short term rehab and long term care settings. Her clinical interests include post-op orthopedic conditions, as well as functional training and rehabilitation.

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Marilyn O. Reynolds, Au.D.

Marilyn obtained her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from Ithaca College in New York, and received her graduate degree in Audiology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She was awarded a Doctorate in audiology from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2008.

After completing her clinical fellowship year in Caribou, Maine, she continued to live and work in Northern Maine for seven years. She then moved down to Massachusetts and has been the audiologist at Harrington since 1988. The majority of her experience has focused on diagnosing hearing loss and dispensing hearing aids. Marilyn is Board Certified in Audiology, a fellow member of the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists, American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

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Jen Shanahan, PT

Jen earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Stonehill College and her Master’s from Boston University in 1992. In more than 20 years of clinical practice she has worked in several different settings including acute care hospitals, nursing homes, home care and outpatient orthopedic clinics. She assists with custom wheelchair prescriptions at Harrington. Her other interests include orthopedic and post-operative rehab and treatment of patients with low back pain due to sacroiliac dysfunction. Her continuing education has focused on manual therapy techniques She recently became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist.

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Urszula Sobczak, PTA

Ursula earned an associate’s degree from the physical therapist assistant program at Becker College. During her more than 13 years as a PTA she has worked in the outpatient rehab clinic, long term care, acute inpatient rehabilitation and back-to-work center settings. She is specialized in office and workplace ergonomics, as well as work hardening programs. Urszula also serves the Harrington community as Polish language interpreter.

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Mary Staley, PT

Mary graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College and has more than 38 years of experience.  She recently returned to Massachusetts after 30 years in Tulsa, Oklahoma with multiple physical therapy responsibilities and experiences at Oklahoma State University Medical Center, including outpatient and management of the rehabilitation department.

Most recently she spent the majority of her time in acute care, including in ICU/CCU. She is a member of American Physical Therapy Association’s acute care, orthopedic and cardiovascular/pulmonary sections.  She had 28 years working with the Tulsa Ballet, initiating community PT, orthopedic and podiatry coverage for the dancers. Mary has been a full-time PT at Harrington since 2012. She continues to take multiple continuing education courses in acute care and orthopedics.

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Sue St. Martin, PTA

Sue holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from North Adams State College.  She earned her associate’s degree in physical therapy from Springfield Technical Community College.  She has worked at Harrington for more than 18 years in the acute care and outpatient settings.  She has treated a wide variety of orthopedic diagnosis where her interest lies.  Sue regularly participates in continuing education relating to all aspects of orthopedic rehab, including myofascial techniques.

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Joyce Szeredy, PT

Joyce is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. During her almost 50 years as a physical therapist, she has worked in several settings including general hospitals, acute and sub-acute in-patient rehab centers, as well as, long term facilities. She is a per diem physical therapist at the Harrington’s rehabiliation clinic in Webster.

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Lurena Thomas, COTA/L

Lurena is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, having graduated from Quinsigamond Community College. During her more than 15 years of working as a COTA, Lurena has worked in many settings including home care, outpatient, inpatient and psychiatric. Lurena’s primary focus is inpatient medical units as well as the psychiatric unit, where individual and group treatment is provided.

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Audrey Weston, OTR/L

Audrey is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and has worked as an OT for more than 30 years. Audrey has worked in early intervention, school systems, home care, inpatient medical/surgical and psychiatric, outpatient mental health day program, long term care and home care. Audrey became the director of occupational therapy in 1982. She has provided clinical supervision to more than 100 students from various New England colleges. Audrey’s primary area of patient care is evaluation and treatment of upper extremity disorders and surgeries.

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Cynthia Whalen, COTA/L

Cynthia is a graduate of Quinsigamond Community College’s occupational therapy assistant program. She also attended Worcester State College. Cynthia has more than 30 years experience working as a COTA/L at Harrington. Her areas of experience include: pediatrics and school systems, nursing homes, medical/surgical inpatients, outpatient clinics and our mental health inpatient unit. Cynthia has also supervised numerous occupational therapy assistant students.

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Kathleen Williamson MS, CCC/SLP

Kathleen is a graduate of Worcester State College and the University of Rhode Island where she earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees in communication disorders. Kathleen is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood, adult and geriatric speech and language disorders, adult/geriatric swallowing impairment, and cognitive-communication disorders. She has received specialized training in deep pharyngeal neuromuscular stimulation for swallowing VitalStim therapy, neuromuscular electrical stimulation for swallowing, Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT), and lingraphica, an electronic communication device. Kathleen is the director of speech-language pathology at Harrington.

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Karen Woodward, OTR/L

Karen graduated from Worcester State University with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. She was drawn to Harrington’s distinctive character and gained employment soon out of school. During her more than 17 years at Harrington, her primary focus has been inpatient care on both the medical and psychiatric floors. Once per month, she presents at our total joint education classes. As needed, she is called upon to perform orthopedic pre-op education. Karen has worked in the home care and short term sub-acute settings, as well.

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