About Rehabilitation Specialists

Rehabilitation Specialists has been providing comprehensive community based rehabilitation for individuals with traumatic and acquired brain injuries for over twenty-five years. 

Our treatment programs are tailored to meet the cognitive, physical and behavioral needs of each individual in order to ensure successful and optimal rehabilitation and community re-entry. Our philosophy is to provide treatment in the patient’s naturalistic environment which can include one or more of the following: our Outpatient Rehabilitation Program, the community, our group homes or supported apartments, and the individual’s home. Further, it is our belief that providing programming in this manner allows the individual to learn skills in real life settings, rather than relying solely on artificial clinical settings.

Each person served receives a comprehensive evaluation that assists the team in meeting his or her particular needs. The team consists of not only our staff, but the person served, their family, and the funding source as well, which enables all parties to work in unison towards the individual’s goals. Members of our team are not only brain injury specialists, but are also active in research and advocacy. We seek to improve treatment protocols, achieve the highest levels of success and satisfaction for persons served, and provide appropriate follow-up to ensure the access to services and supports that the persons served need now and throughout their recovery process.

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If you prefer to speak to someone about the services we provide or to learn more about how Rehabilitation Specialists can meet your needs, please contact Carol Sloman at (201) 478-4200 extension 13, or e-mail to admissions@rehab-specialists.com.

Our Staff

Virgillio Caraballo
Virgilio Caraballo
President
program@rehab-specialists.com

Virgilio earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey and dedicated his career to working with individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and brain injury. During his career he has garnered extensive experience in residential care, outpatient treatment and vocational support.

Virgilio started his career with Rehabilitation Specialists nearly twenty years ago and then sought other experiences within the industry. After his return to Rehabilitation Specialists 11 years ago, Virgilio held many positions within the organization, which culminated to his current title of President & CEO.

In addition to his role at Rehabilitation Specialists, he serves as a member of Brain Injury Association of New Jersey’s Advocacy and Public Affairs (APA) Committee, chairs the subcommittee on Community Affairs of the APA committee, and has been appointed by Governor Jon S. Corzine to the New Jersey Advisory Council on Traumatic Brain Injury.
Dustin Gordon
Dustin Gordon
Director of Neuropsychological and Clinical Services

Dr. Gordon earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and cognitive science at the University of Rochester. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickenson University and did his internship and fellowship training in pediatric and adult neuropsychology at Cornell Medical College and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Gordon presents regularly at academic conferences including the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the International Neuropsychological Society. He has also published articles within his field. In addition, Dr. Gordon implemented and oversees our Addictive Behaviors Services program for Rehabilitation Specialists.
Dustin Gordon
Dr. Brian Greenwald
Medical Director

Dr. Brian Greenwald completed his residency training in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New Jersey Medical School and was fellowship trained in brain injury rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Greenwald is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Greenwald is the Medical Director of Brain Injury Rehabilitation at the Mount Sinai Hospital's Rehabilitation Center in New York City and is the assistant professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is co-project director for the New York Traumatic Brain injury Model System of Care and serves on the board of trustees for the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey since 2002.

Dr. Greenwald was the recipient of the 2009 Physician of the Year award at Mount Sinai Medical center and is recognized by his peers through the Castel Connolly surveys as one of the Top Doctors in the NY Metro Area.

Dr. Greenwald is also the medical director at Rehabilitation Specialists in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. He consults for a brain injury sub acute rehabilitation program at Park Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rego Park, Queens.

Dr. Greenwald has been invited to lecture around the world on topics related to traumatic brain injury. Dr. Greenwald has published many articles in the area of brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation and is currently involved in several research studies to improve the care of brain injury survivors.
George Carnevale, Ph.D.
George Carnevale, Ph.D.
VP of Clinical Services Development
gcarnevale@rehab-specialists.com

Dr. Carnevale, a clinical neuropsychologist with over 20 years experience in brain injury rehabilitation, is an Assistant Professor in the Dept of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is also a consulting neuropsychologist  at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, New Jersey, and at St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital Acute Rehab Unit.  Dr. Carnevale lectures extensively and publishes in the areas of  neuropsychological assessment, behavioral approaches to persons with traumatic brain injury, cognitive rehabilitation and forensic neuropsychology. He also functions as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation and is a past president of the NJ Neuropsychology Society.

In his role, at Rehabilitation Specialists, he is responsible for developing  area programs and services, marketing activities and increasing collaborative relations with area service providers, payers and researchers in the area of brain injury.
Cindy Dittfield
Cindy Dittfield
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
cdittfield@rehab-specialists.com

Cindy Dittfield has over 25 years of selling and marketing experience. Before coming to Rehabilitation Specialists, Cindy worked for Sony Electronics. Cindy is the recipient of many sales and marketing awards. Cindy was inducted into the prestigious Samurai Society at Sony in 2004.

As our director of Marketing and Public Relations, Cindy is responsible for developing new business opportunities, cultivating existing relationships and overseeing all marketing and promotional efforts.
Carol Sloman
Carol Sloman
Admission Director
admissions@rehab-specialists.com

Carol holds a M.S.W. from Ohio State University and a C.S.W. from the State of New York. As the Admissions Director, Carol conducts screenings on all prospective candidates for Rehabilitation Specialists neuro programs, develops proposals and finalizes all needed documents based on individual client needs and coordinates the clients transition with the internal and external case manager. In addition, Carol works with the clinical team on establishing treatment goals, projecting outcomes and discharge plans.
Nancy Sommerville
Nancy Sommerville
Director Human Resources
hr@rehab-specialists.com

As the Director of Human Resources Nancy is responsible for recruiting and hiring staff, designing and scheduling employee training curriculum and benefits administration.
Lorraine Adawi
Lorraine Adawi
Financial Director
finance@rehab-specialists.com

Lorraine Adawi has over fifteen years experience in finance and contracting. Lorraine is responsible for the contacting, completion, and administration of all contracts for Rehabilitation Specialists. Lorraine obtains explanations of insurance benefits for prospective clients, funding approvals and extensions on client program proposals. In addition she is responsible for accounts receivable.
Sheila Graziano
Sheila Graziano
Office Director/MIS
sgraziano@rehab-specialists.com

Sheila Graziano has been working with Rehabilitation Specialists since 1987 in many capacities involving billing, receivables, and information management systems. She is responsible for all of the technical support and computer training, set up, backup, and repair. Sheila is also responsible for the database, its development and maintenance. Sheila Graziano was one of two recipients of the Rehabilitation Specialists Excellence Award in 2005.
Dr. Yonclas
Peter P. Yonclas, MD
Medical Consulant

Dr. Yonclas is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey- New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation. He is also the Director of Trauma Rehabilitation, and is the Director of the Acquired Brain Injury Clinic, for the Department of Surgery at New Jersey Medical School.

Dr. Yonclas has a strong academic interest in agitation and concussion management. He has served as a consulting team physician for athletes with concussions and sports injuries Newark area high schools and colleges. He has been recognized as a Top Doctor in 2007-2008 and again in 2009-2010 for his outstanding clinical work.

Dr. Yonclas attended college at the University of Michigan and received his medical training at the New Jersey Medical School-UMDNJ. He then completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine Residency at UMDNJ-Kessler Institute. Dr. Yonclas is the medical consultant at Rehabilitation Specialists.
Dr. Neil Massoth
Neil Massoth, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Massoth earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University in 1962. He earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Washington University in 1966. Dr. Massoth is a Full Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has held titles of Department Chair and Director of Clinical Training. Dr. Massoth serves as a consultant to Rehabilitation Specialists and supervises externs for both clinical and research practica. He has a psychology practice in Paramus. Dr. Massoth is an active member of professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association, College of Professional Psychology, and International Neuropsychological Society. He has held several elected positions, including President of New Jersey Psychological Association, American Psychological Association Council of Representatives, and American Psychological Association Ethics Committee.
Loretto Brickman
Loretto Brickfield, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Brickfield earned her bachelor degree from The Catholic University of America and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Adelphi University. Dr. Brickfield completed an internship at the New York Veterans Administration Medical Center in Manhattan and a fellowship in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology at the International Center for the Disabled. Dr. Brickfield has twenty years of experience in providing neuropsychological treatments to adults with psychological difficulties due to traumatic brain injuries, strokes and other neurological issues. She has a psychology practice in Roseland, NJ. Previously, Dr. Brickfield was employed at Progressive Health and JKF Medical Center in Edison, NJ. Dr. Brickfield is a member of the State of New Jersey Board of Psychological Examiners where she currently serves as Vice Chairperson.
Stephanie Blodgett
Stephanie Blodgett, M.S., OTR/L, CBIS
Occupational Therapist / Supervisor of Clinical Services
sblodgett@rehab-specialists.com

Stephanie Blodgett graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Elementary Education and a concentration in Special Education and later earned her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University in Boston. Previously she was employed by the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Manchester, NH, as an Occupational Therapist in the Physical Medicine and Rehab department. A former student intern at Rehabilitation Specialists, Stephanie has been employed with Rehabilitation Specialists since 2003 and is responsible for evaluation and treatment of clients, helping them to achieve maximum independence with ADL, IADL, cognitive functioning, and community re-entry skills following brain injury. Additionally, Stephanie directs special projects at the Day Program and supervises the day to day operation within the clinical environment.

Stephanie coordinates the Occupational Therapy student intern program at Rehab Specialists and has served as Fieldwork Educator to numerous Level I and II students throughout her career, supervising student interns from Kean University, NYU, Seton Hall University, Touro College, Tufts University, and University of Scranton. Stephanie is a member of AOTA, NJOTA, BIANJ (Brain Injury Association of New Jersey), and SCR (Society for Cognitive Rehabilitation). She was one of two recipients of the Rehabilitation Specialists Excellence Award in 2005 and earned ACBIS certification as a Brain Injury Specialist, Level I, in 2006. Additionally, Stephanie was nominated twice for Metropolitan Occupational Therapy Education Council of New York and New Jersey’s “Supervisor of the Year,” she was selected as the MOTEC recipient in 2009. In the spring of 2009 Stephanie was selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to serve as a regional instructor for AOTA’s newly established Fieldwork Educators Certificate Program promoting fieldwork excellence. She also collaborated with Dr. Loretto Brickfield in instituting a workplace Health & Wellness initiative, “The Appalachian Trail Pedometer Challenge,” a virtual hike of the Appalachian Trail, during the summer of 2009.
Renee Carandang
Renee Carandang, B.A.
Senior Case Coordinator
rcarandang@rehab-specialists.com

Renee Carandang graduated from Rutgers University – Newark with a Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology.  She started working at Rehabilitation Specialists, in 1999, as a Life Skills Trainer in the residences.  Since then she has moved through the spectrum of the company, from Residential Assistant Manger, to Assistant Manger – Day Program, to Manager of Outpatient Services, and currently holds the position of Case Coordinator.  Renee has also been trained as a certification instructor by the Crisis Prevention Institute.  Over the years, she has also participated in several BIANJ conferences.  As a Case Coordinator, Renee utilizes a transdisciplinary team approach and fosters the appropriate environment to maximize its effect.  The case coordinator is responsible for the protection of the client’s rights and the assurance of optimum programming.  Renee also acts as Rehabilitation Specialists’ client advocate.  This position is deigned to be the clients’ and assume full responsibility of day to day services that Rehabilitation Specialists provides.  The Case Coordinator is also responsible for maintaining contact with the client, team, family, external case manger and funding sources to keep them informed of specific progress and concerns.
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