Faculty

Helen Zhu, MSPT

Senior Director of Academic Affairs

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy (in progress)
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Science
  • Licensed Physical Therapist
  • Certified Spinal Cord Injury Specialist
  • New York Early Intervention Pediatric Specialist
  • 15 years of direct care and healthcare management experience in a range of settings including hospital, school, pediatric and orthopedic outpatient, acute and subacute care, skilled nursing, adult daycare, homecare, and insurance management

Practice Educators

These advanced, licensed professionals provide expert online instruction to ensure participants understand critical concepts, providing feedback and direction during online discussions, administering grades, and more.

John Zhang, BSN, RN, ACLS&BLS-HCP

Lead Educator

  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Licensed Nurse in China
  • Licensed Nurse in USA (R56014)
  • Certificate of BLS
  • Certificate of ACLS
  • Certificate of Nursing School
  • 30 years of experience in in psychiatric, surgical and primary care nursing—including six years as a Head Nurse and two years as a Quality Improvement Officer

Lena Shui, MOT

Occupation Therapy Practice Educator, GRS Academy

  • Licensed rehabilitation therapist in China
  • Licensed TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) Physician

Julliet Wang, RN

GRS Academy Practice Educator

• BS in Nursing
• China registered nurse with 13 years of clinical experience and one year of management experience as a Lead Nurse
• National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) certified Health Coach, 2016
• Experience in digestive internal medicine units, surgical oncology units, and Intensive Care Units with critically ill patients
• Experienced in conducting clinical trainings for nurses

Training Advisors

These experienced clinicians provide expert insight into clinical needs and emerging best practices, assist with in-person trainings and presentations, and appear in our many online videos lessons.

Kerri Bednarcik, PT

Director, Project Management & Support Services

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapy site visit team member for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Over 30 years of experience in diverse clinical settings, with primary focus on the older adult post-acute population, and on teaching—and a national presenter on clinical topics including dementia, wellness, seating and positioning, cardiopulmonary conditions, and leadership development

Caroline Browne, MSPT

Sr. New Business Consultant, GRS International Operations

  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapist
  • Over 13 years of experience in direct patient care and clinical operations management in home health, skilled nursing, sub-acute, and outpatient rehabilitation settings

Tara Brown, MOTR/L

Clinical Operations Area Director, Western Division Genesis Rehab Services

  • Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist
  • Certificate of Organizational Leadership
  • 16 years of experience with an emphasis on Traumatic Brain Injury and Geriatrics

Rafael Cales, PTA, CAPS

Director of Rehab, Genesis Rehab Services

  • Associate of Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Certified Aging In Place Specialist
  • 16 years of experience in Geriatric rehabilitation and Healthcare administration of post-acute, skilled nursing, and outpatient rehab clinics, with a special focus on older adult strength training, in-home rehabilitation, and home modification for aging in place

Lesley Dixon, MS-CCC/SLP

Clinical Operations Area Director

  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence
  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Five years of experience in outpatient rehabilitation settings

Jessica Fulmino, DPT, GCS, MS

Clinical Specialist of Education, Genesis Rehab Services

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapist
  • Geriatric Certified Specialist
  • More than 16 years of experience working with older adults, and a frequent speaker at State and National conferences related to the medically complex patient, clinical education, and reimbursement issues in the post-acute setting

Trish Gusick, MS-CCC/SLP

Regional Clinical Director, Genesis Rehab Services

  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence
  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Over 13 years of experience with an emphasis in adult neurogenic disorders and dementia--and a national presenter on topics including home-based care and supporting Speech-Language Pathologists in the field

Mary Lea Habegger, MA-CCC/SLP

Vice President of Clinical Operations, Genesis Rehab Services (Vitality to You)

  • Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence
  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Certified Dementia Care Specialist Foundations Course Educator
  • 25 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist, with a focus on in-home and community rehabilitation—and a national presenter on the topics of geriatric-related cognition, value-based care, and alternative care redesign

Keralyn Houde, OTR/L

Regulatory Specialist, Genesis Rehab Services

  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist
  • Thirteen years of experience in geriatric patient care, healthcare management, quality improvement, and reimbursement

Mary C. Jamison, PT, DPT, GCS

Regional Clinical Director, Genesis Rehab Services

  • Licensed Physical Therapist
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Certified Specialist
  • Ten years of experience in direct patient care, management, education, and training in a variety of practice settings including outpatient orthopedic, skilled nursing, assisted living, and continuum care retirement communities. Presenter on geriatric-related topics including dementia, seating and positioning, medically complex patients, fall risk management, and physical agent modalities.

Michael McGregor, PT, DPT, CEEAA

Regional Clinical Director and Clinical Specialist of Education

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapist
  • Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults
  • 16 years of experience in geriatric physical therapy, including direct treatment, management, and education/training in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and continuum care retirement communities

Edward Mi, M.S., PPR/L, ACLS&BLS-HCP&I, ITLS-HCP&I, MAI, PEARS-HCP&I

Director of Product Innovation & Training, GRS Health Services

  • Master of Surgery
  • Licensed Practicing Physician
  • Certified ACLS&BLS Healthcare Provider (HCP) & Instructor
  • Certified ITLS HCP & Instructor
  • MedAire Instructor for MIII
  • Certified PEARS HCP & Instructor
  • More than 10 years of experience in medical practice and training

Garry Pezzano, MS/CCC, SLP

Senior Vice President of Clinical Practice, Genesis Rehab Services and Respiratory Health Services

  • Master of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Bachelor of Communication & Speech-Language Pathology
  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
  • 20 years of post-acute healthcare leadership experience, and an active leader in many professional organizations, including serving on faculty at the Post-Acute Care Center for Research (PACCR), being a founding member of the Long-Term Care Rehab Consortium, serving as President of the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care (NASL), and serving on the Board of the American Physical Therapy Association Business Partners' Forum

Al Schaefer, OTR/L

Regional Clinical Director, Genesis Rehab Services

  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist
  • More than 20 years of experience in direct patient care, as well as multi-site clinical and operational management in diverse practice settings including acute, post-acute, outpatient, psychiatric/mental health, and long-term care

Charles Smith, PT/MPT

Regional Vice President, Eastern Territory, Genesis Rehab Services

  • Master of Physical Therapy
  • Licensed Physical Therapist
  • Over 16 years of experience in adult rehabilitation, specializing in geriatrics, and including hospital-based services, community-based therapy, and specialty clinics

Sarah Thomas, OTR/L, CMT, RMT

Global Innovation Director, Genesis Rehab Services

  • Master Reiki Practitioner and Certified Massage Therapist
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist
  • 15 years of experience working in both the healthcare and technology industries—and a published author and international speaker on the topics of systems-level transformation in healthcare, leveraging technology to improve efficiencies in the industry, eldercare, and post-acute care

Dr. Bob Zhang, MC, CCTC, PPR/L

VP - Reimbursement, GRS Health Services

  • Bachelor of Medicine
  • Licensed Practicing Physician
  • More than 30 years of experience in cardiology, specializing in Interventional Cardiology—and an experienced healthcare reimbursement expert in China