Professional Staff

Virgilio Caraballo
Executive Vice President
program@rehab-specialists.com

Virgilio Caraballo graduated from Ramapo College with a BA degree in psychology. Virgilio’s work experience includes a position with Rehabilitation Specialists in working as a life skills facilitator in the residences. Subsequent to that position, Virgilio worked as a case coordinator and counselor to mentally ill adults and as a job coach working with clients with various disabilities and developing for the client’s community employment opportunities. Virgilio is participating in a statewide task force examining spirituality in the rehabilitation arena and is on the Brain Injury Task Force with NJACP.

Dr. Brian Greenwald
Medical Consultant

Dr. Brian Greenwald completed his residency training in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New Jersey Medical School. He was fellowship trained in brain injury rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Greenwald is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Currently he is a Assistant Professor at Mount Sinai Medical School. He is the Associate Director of Brain Injury Rehabilitation at the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center in New York City. He is the Medical Consultant for Rehabilitation Specialist in Fair Lawn, NJ. He has previously published in the areas of brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Currently he is involved in multiple research studies to improve the care of brain injured patients. Dr. Greenwald is on the Board of Trustees for the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey and serves on multiple local and national committees.

Renee Carandang, B.A.
Senior Case Coordinator
rcarabdang@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.

Dr. Neil Massoth
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.

Dr. Dustin Gordon Ph.D.
Director of Neuropsychological and Clinical services
dgordon@rehab-specialists.com

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.

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 is currently responsible for evaluation and treatment of clients, helping them to achieve maximum independence with ADL, 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.  She is a member of AOTA, NJOTA, and BIANJ, and assists with the “Voices That Count” brain injury support group. Stephanie was one of two recipients of the Rehabilitation Specialists Excellence Award in 2005 and recently earned AACBIS certification as a Brain Injury specialists-Level 1.

 

 
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