New Perspectives
Sunday February 23
Physical Therapy Bldg
Independence Way
University of Rhode Island
Kingston Rhode Island 02822






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P.O.Box 372
East Greenwich RI 02818

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  • Lyle J. Micheli, MD/Boston Children's Hospital
    Dr. Micheli is an associate clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School & co-founded, and is director of, the world's first sports-medicine clinic for children, located at Boston Children's Hospital. In 1984, with the publication of the article, Physiologic Profiles of Female Ballerinas, the Clinic began a tradition of research in the field of dance medicine which continues to this day. With over 30 years of experience, Dr.Micheli has been the attending physician for the Boston Ballet since 1977, and is also the chairman of the Massachusetts Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports. In addition to over 100 papers, he has written two books - The Sports Medicine Bible and Healthy Runner's Handbook.
  • John Golberg, MD orthopaedic surgeon/Coastal Bone and Joint Specialists, Wakefield & Newport
    Dr. Golberg is a Board certified surgeon by the American Board of Orthopaedics (1981). In addition he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Canada (1979). He has been in practice since 1980 and in Rhode Island since 1985. He is in his second term of Chief of Surgery at South County Hospital and is serving on the Steering Committee for a major expansion of the hospital. Dr. Golberg (Coastal Bone and Joint Specialists) has offices in Wakefield, RI, North Kingstown and Newport where he is also a medical staff member.
  • J. Russ Dufresne, RNP/Coastal Bone and Joint Specialists, Wakefield & Newport
    A former Marine, J. Russ Dufresne is Board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, with a Master's Degree in nursing from the University of Rhode Island with a background in trauma. He has served at Trauma Center of Rhode Island, Hasboro Children's and South County Hospitals. He joined Coastal Bone and Joint Specialists in May of 2001 and works out of all three of their offices.
  • Jennifer Davis, MSPT
    Born and Raised in New York City, Jennifer received her classical ballet training at the Joffrey Ballet School. She has performed as a member of the Washington Ballet, New Orleans Ballet, Dennis Wayne's Dancers and Eglevsky Ballet companies and settled in at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre where she retired as a soloist dancer 13 years later in 1995. Jennifer studied Pilates technique as a young dancer with Corolla Trier in New York and later received instructor training from Peter Vaillancourt and has most recently earned certification from Stott Pilates. Jennifer received her BA in dance from S.U.N.Y., Empire State Collage and a Master of Science in physical therapy from the University of Rhode Island. Jennifer currently teaches private Pilates sessions using reformer and spring chair equipment from her home and Pilates mat class at Rhode Island Rehabilitation in Cranston and The Studio in Narragansett. She is a staff therapist at Physical Therapy Services of Rhode Island where she integrates manual therapy techniques with Pilates and dance-specific rehabilitation principles.
  • Heather Southwick, PT/Boston Children's Hospital, Boston Ballet
    Heather Southwick, P.T, has a Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Simmons College and a Bachelor's degree in Dance from Mount Holyoke College. As part of her undergraduate degree, she danced in London and studied at the Laban Center for Movement in Dance. Heather taught ballet, tap and jazz prior to pursuing a degree in physical therapy. Heather has been on staff at Children's Hospital, Boston, since 1996. As one of the physical therapists who care for the Boston Ballet Company dancers and students of the Center for Dance Education, she also runs a clinic for the Boston Ballet School. Heather is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and the Performing Arts Medical Association and has presented at both conferences recently. She teaches injury prevention classes to the Boston Ballet's Summer Dance Program and Boston Ballet's Summer Dance Lab, in addition to treating the students coming from all over the country for these programs.
  • Michelina Cassella, PT/Boston Children's Hospital, Boston Ballet
    Michelina C. Cassella, P.T. is a 1964 graduate of the University of Connecticut, School of Physical Therapy. He has held the position of Associate Director, Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy services, Children's Hospital, Boston MA since 1974. She has recently been appointed Director in the above Departments. She has a Harvard University appointment, Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery, which she has held since 1990. She is currently on the Faculty of the Boston Conservatory Dance Division. Her previous academic appointments include Associate Director of Simmon's College, Program in Physical Therapy (1974-1981). She has been a special instructor in Physical Therapy at Boston University and Northeastern University and is currently a guest lecturer at the Massachusetts General, School of Allied Health Professionals. Ms. Cassella is the Director of Physical Therapy Services at Boston Ballet CO and Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education. She has held that position since 1991. Ms Cassella has written several articles for professional journals, most recent ones are dance medicine related. She has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on the topics of Dance Medicine and the Physical Therapy Management of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.
  • Steve Cavanaugh, MS, Advanced Certified Rolfer
  • Alan Hoff, OTR/L, Vanderbilt Rehab Hospital, Newport
    Alan Hoff graduated from Colorado State University in 1995 with a degree in Occupational Therapy and a minor in Anatomy and Neurobiology. He has pursued a specialization in out-patient orthopedic therapy, with an emphasis on hand therapy and upper extremity rehabilitation. He is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists, and the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association. Alan has been a musician for thirty-four years. Currently, classical guitar is his only instrument, although he has played various instruments through the years including electric and acoustic steel string guitars, banjo, dulcimer, soprano & tenor recorders, clarinet, cornet, and the requisite class piano required for music theory classes at the university level. Alan's love of music, and specialization in hand / upper extremity orthopedic therapy has led him to a passion for working with injured musicians. To this end, he has started Ocean State Performing Arts Therapy, located in Saunderstown, RI. He can be reached by e-mail at ospat@earthlink.net , by mail at P.O. Box 545, Saunderstown, RI 02874, or by phone at 401 294-7756.
  • Gina Calise, MS, CC-SLP, Kent County Hospital, Warwick, RI
    Gina E. Calise, MS/CCC-SLP has an earned Master's of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Rhode Island. Since receiving her degree in 1998, Ms. Calise has serviced patients with communication, swallowing, cognitive, and voice disorders in intensive care, acute care, acute and subacute rehabilitation, home care, long-term care and outpatient settings. Currently, Ms. Calise is employed by Kent County Memorial Hospital where her primary responsibilities include Laryngovideostroboscopy, voice evaluation and treatment of various vocal pathologies with specialization in working with singers, in addition to ICU and acute care evaluation and treatment. Ms. Calise has studied classical vocal performance for five years and enjoys performing in local musical theater.
  • Mark Rowinski, PhD, Chair Physical Therapy Program URI
    Dr. Rowinski's recent experimental investigations include studies in lumbar spine rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, isokinetic evaluation and training, performance of the axial musculature, neurological effects of joint receptors on muscular performance, spinal cord neuroplasticity and the nature of physical self-awareness.
  • Mara Sokolsky, AS Alexander Technique
    Mara Sokolsky is a certified member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique. After completing a B.A. in Dance and Theatre, Mara Sokolsky graduated from the School for Alexander studies in London, England in 1980. She has taught the Alexander Technique privately to singers, dancers and actors and in group classes at the New England Conservatory of Music, Trinity Repertory Conservatory, and Brown Learning Community. She currently has an Alexander Technique practice on the East Side of Providence.
  • Laura French, Feldenkrais Practioner
    Laura French graduated from the Southern California Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in 1986. It was a life-long interest in movement, and puzzling about why her tennis game could vary so radically from one day to the next that led her to this Method. She has pursued an interest in dance in its many forms all her life. One of the areas that intrigues her is the connection between emotional states and posture and movement. She taught Feldenkrais at Shake-A-Leg for several summers, has done a presentation on this Method to the RI Chapter of the APTA, did a workshop for the American Society for Cytotechnology, taught at the Music School, and most recently was affiliated with All That Matters in Wakefield. After a brief hiatus to deal with some family matters, she is looking forward to picking up her fifteen-year practice again.
  • Tim Heitzman, PhD Psychology

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