Four physical therapists earned advanced certification in vestibular rehabilitation.
Dr. Kristina Dorkoski and Dr. Sondra Morgan completed the Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation. The certification program is hosted by 360 Neuro Health in partnership with Texas State University and the University of Wisconsin.
Dorkoski, DPT, PT, CEEAA, NCS, is a physical therapist, board-certified neurologic clinical specialist, certified exercise expert for aging adults, professional yoga therapist and certified Pilates instructor. Dorkoski specializes in the evaluation and treatment of adults with Parkinson’s disease, balance and vestibular disorders, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and stroke. She is an experienced lead therapist on the neurologic team at Allied Services Wilkes-Barre Rehab Center. She also received a certificate of vestibular competency from the ATPA.
Morgan, PT, DPT, MHA, specializes in the treatment of balance and vestibular disorders, concussion management and the treatment of neurological disorders such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease. She also received a certificate of vestibular competency from the APTA in 2006. Morgan works with patients at the Allied Services Luger Scranton Rehab Center.
Dr. Kristen Uroskie Lewis and Dr. Kori Wood earned the American Institute of Balance’s Certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion, and Vestibular Rehabilitation II.
Lewis, PT, DPT, MPT, is an AIB-certified specialist in vestibular and concussion rehabilitation. She works with patients at Allied Services Luger Scranton Rehab Center.
Wood, PT, DPT, joined the health system in 2005. She is experienced in the treatment of vestibular and balance disorders. She works with patients at Allied Services Luger Scranton Rehab Center.
Anzalone Law Offices LLC
The National Board of Trial Advocacy announced its first class of recipients for the Presidents Awards during its board of directors meeting. William F. Anzalone of the Wilkes-Barre law office was recognized by NBTA for reinvigorating the Luzerne County Bar Association, developing a campaign to improve the image of lawyers through billboard and television ads and founding the Northeast Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Advocacy organization.
Century 21 Real Estate LLC
The realty company recognized the following local sales affiliates with the Century 21 2020 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award. The annual award is based on results from the Century 21 Quality Service Survey, which is emailed to consumers immediately after the purchase or sale of a home. To earn the award, an agent must receive completed customer surveys for at least 80% of their transactions surveyed from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, with an average survey score of at least 95% or better for two consecutive years.
Those recognized are: Aaron Pierce of Century 21 Jack Ruddy Real Estate, 111 W. Drinker St., Dunmore; and Pat Gazenski, Ruth Hollander and Donna Cain, all of Century 21 Smith Hourigan Group, 303 Market St., Kingston.
Each recipient will receive a customized glass trophy, in addition to being recognized at the Century 21 Global Conference.
Citizens Savings Bank
The Clarks Summit bank has announced the promotion of Eileen Applegate-Huegel to the position of vice president of information technology. She started her career as a part-time checking department clerk in 1981 and later transferred to full-time clerk in the mortgage department. In November 1987, Applegate-Huegel moved into the data processing department as a data operations assistant and then was elevated to assistant vice president of information technology in 2000.
In this new position, she will continue to assist in the directing, coordinating and installing all information technology operations bankwide as well as play an instrumental role in helping to advance technology strategies for the bank.
Brandon Curcio joined the Kingston office. He is a Pennsylvania licensed real estate agent servicing the Wyoming Valley, and is currently residing in Forty Fort. He is new to the industry of home buying and selling, however he possesses a background in sales and a list of connections to help you along the way. His passion for real estate developed when he started to see the beauty in the history of the Wyoming Valley.
Yesenia Martinez, originally from New York, joined the Kingston office. Martinez moved to Northeast Pennsylvania more than a decade ago to devote her life to starting a family. In her spare time, if she is not spending it with her family, she is volunteering with the local cat rescue. As a veteran to the United States Army National Guard, Martinez understands the meaning of loyalty, duty, respect, honor and integrity. She is also bilingual in English and Spanish.
The leading national medical group that provides physician-led, office-based treatment for individuals suffering from mental health, substance and alcohol use, has announced that Dr. Mark Bohn, center medical director for the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton locations, has joined a handful of physicians in NEPA to be certified as an addiction specialist by the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
On Feb. 7, Bohn received notification that he successfully completed the mandatory training requirements and passed the board certification exam in addiction medicine. Though he remains board-certified in family medicine, he now practices addiction medicine full time at both locations.
The health system announced that four nurses have been selected to receive the Nursing Excellence Award.
This peer-nominated award – created in recognition of the critical role nurses have played in treating patients throughout the pandemic – was open to qualifying RNs and LPNs working in a direct patient care position who consistently demonstrate characteristics synonymous with nursing excellence. These characteristics include outstanding care, compassion, service and innovation, and reflect the efforts of someone who is a demonstrated team player and/or mentor to others, is a leader in times of crises and who regularly promotes health in the community.
The recipients are Laura Fazen, RN, 7 East COVID-19 Unit at Regional Hospital of Scranton; Deborah Howie, RN, 2 West Medical Surgical Unit at Moses Taylor Hospital; Christine Mattioli, RN, Endoscopy Department at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital; and Carmen Angeli, RN, Adult 4 Behavioral Unit at First Hospital.
Dwell Real Estate
Realtor Kathy Casarin was awarded the designation of Ladies of Real Estate Duchess. The award signifies Casarin is an expert in social media marketing for buyers and sellers. LRED agents have the tools and coaching to utilize social media and modern digital marketing programs to get your home sold for top dollar. There are more than 70,000 Ladies of Real Estate nationwide.
Casarin currently serves as a director for the Greater Scranton Board of Realtors. She is the current president of the Abington B2B Referral Group, as well as a past recipient of the Top 25 Women in Business, past alumna of the year for Penn State Scranton and past recipient of the Top 50 Realtors on the Rise, a national award.
Foley Law Firm
All four attorneys at the law firm, Thomas J. Foley Jr., Kevin P. Foley, Michael J. Foley and Thomas J. Foley III, have again been recognized as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for their expertise in personal injury, medical malpractice and workers’ compensation. The Super Lawyers selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice and other factors before awarding a top rating.
Thomas J. Foley Jr., founder of the firm, has been licensed to practice law since 1961. He was first selected as a Super Lawyer in 2004 and has earned the distinction every year since, and is also a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.
Kevin P. Foley is the immediate past president of the Northeastern Pa. Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations as well as the American Association For Justice.
Michael J. Foley has been selected to Super Lawyers every year since 2004. He is also a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, a certified civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Thomas J. Foley III is a member of the Monroe and Lackawanna County bar associations, as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is also a member of leading trial lawyers organizations, including the American Association for Justice and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.
The health system announced that Narayana Murali, M.D., will serve as the new chief medical officer of medicine services. The leadership position will oversee the health system’s strategic plan and operations for the medicine, cancer and women’s and children’s institutes throughout the system.
Murali has served as executive vice president of care delivery and chief strategy officer at Marshfield Clinic Health System in Marshfield, Wisconsin, since 2014.
Murali earned his medical degree at the University of Madras in India, completed his internship at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Montgomery County, and his residency at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester, Minnesota.
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
A paper authored by two faculty members and a third-year medical student has been accepted for publication by the Journal of First-Generation Student Success.
The paper, titled “The Academic Performance of First-Generation-to-College Medical Students as They Transition to Residency,” will appear in the April edition.
The authors compared the performance of first-generation-to-college medical school students to that of their continuing-generation peers as assessed by students’ successful matches into competitive specialties. Although the results indicate no major differences in the success of the two groups on that measure, the authors recognize the need for additional research to determine the respective contributions of the school in helping both groups of medical students achieve success in their chosen specialties. In addition, further research is needed to assess whether first-generation medical students experience other, unique challenges. The authors cannot yet explain the gender differences that exist among both cohorts in the transition to residency because female medical students significantly match into Tier 2 and 3 specialties compared to male medical students, who match more often into Tier 1 specialties.
The authors include Michelle M. Schmude, EdD, MBA, associate dean for admissions, enrollment management and financial aid and an associate professor of medical education, Department of Medical Education; Joseph P. Bannon, MD, FACS, FASCRS program director, Geisinger General Surgery Northeast Residency, and an associate professor of surgery at Geisinger Commonwealth; and Michael Yi, a member of Geisinger Commonwealth’s MD Class of 2023.
The Journal of First-Generation Student Success is a publication of National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). The Journal publishes practice articles grounded in research and literature and, reciprocally, research articles that speak to practice.
Paul Duffy successfully passed his Architect Registration examinations and is now a licensed registered architect. A graduate of Marywood University’s School of Architecture, Duffy earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2015. Since joining the firm in 2016, Duffy has been actively engaged in the data center, corporate and retail market sectors, serving as an integral part of the design team.
To become licensed, one must receive a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, gain experience under a practicing architect with 3,740 total hours across six categories and pass six sections of exams.
Honesdale National Bank
Ryan Ehrhardt has been promoted to commercial loan portfolio manager.
As commercial loan portfolio manager, Ehrhardt will be responsible for supporting commercial loan officers through developing and managing commercial loan relationships, which includes providing a high level of service and analysis of commercial credit opportunities.
Ehrhardt began his career in the financial industry in 2019 with a commercial lending internship at the bank. After graduating college, he managed client services at Vanguard before returning to the bank as credit analyst in 2021.
Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania
The organization recently hired Heather Greene as the new business manager. Greene is a graduate of Wilkes University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Originally from NEPA, she moved to Florida after accepting a job at the University of North Florida as a budget associate. While at the university, she also earned her master’s degree in public administration with a focus on nonprofit management. She joins with more than 12 years of experience in accounting and finance.
The college has named Adrienne Mellott, Ed.D., as its new chief retention officer.
She previously served as an assistant professor and sport and recreation management program director at the college. She will continue to teach courses on a part-time basis through the spring semester.
Mellott brings leadership and advising experience to her new position. She served as the president of the Keystone College Alumni Association Board. She also served as Keystone’s assistant director of admissions. Mellott received a bachelor’s degree from Keystone in sport and recreation management and business, and a master’s degree in sport leadership and management, also from Keystone. She received her doctorate in education from Maryville University, with a dissertation focusing on student retention.
Keystone Contractors Association
The association announced Quandel Construction Group’s Sarah Knehr as the recipient of the 2021 KCA Top Young Leader Award. The award is bestowed upon emerging professionals from member companies who play a critical role in the community and professional areas of the construction industry.
A senior project manager, Knehr has served in the construction industry since 2010 and has been a valuable member of the Quandel team. Starting as a project engineer, it became evident she belonged in a more challenging role and was quickly promoted to assistant project manager. Growing professionally over the past decade, she now leads her own projects and is the key point of contact for clients on projects.
Christopher Dearth has joined as the college’s next vice president for enrollment management.
As vice president, Dearth will lead the college’s admissions — undergraduate and graduate — and financial aid teams to develop and execute an enrollment management plan that will enhance the college’s mission, maximize its brand awareness and contribute to the ongoing success of the 75-year-old institution.
Dearth, a New Jersey native, most recently served as vice chancellor for enrollment management at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
Dearth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Richard Stockton State University and a Master of Arts degree from Duquesne University.
Lindsay A. Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP, associate professor of psychology/counseling, recently began her term as president of American Board of Clinical Psychology, or ABCP. Phillips teaches undergraduate and graduate students, and is a core clinical faculty member for the university’s Psy.D. program in clinical psychology.
The ABCP is a member specialty board of the American Board of Professional Psychology, or ABPP. The ABCP is responsible for establishing criteria related to the definition, education, training, competencies and the examination leading to certification as a specialist in clinical psychology.
Dr. Vijayachandra Ramachandra (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders) virtually presented a scientific paper titled “The Effect of Iconicity on Spatial Attention: Implications for Aphasia Therapy” at the 2021 American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Convention held in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 18-20. Sara Moore and Maeve MacKenna, second-year graduate students, worked with Ramachandra on this project.
The university recently appointed Robert C. Piurowski, Delhi, New York, to the position of vice president of enrollment management and student services. He succeeds Ann Boland-Chase, Dunmore, who recently retired from that position after many years of service.
Piurowski comes to the university from the State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi (Delhi, New York), where he served as director of admissions and enrollment management.
Piurowski holds a Master of Science degree in education from Bernard M. Baruch College and an advanced certificate in project management from Empire State College. He is currently a doctoral student at Binghamton University, State University of New York.
Maternal and Family Health Services
Anne Gober has been promoted to practice administrator of the Hazleton office, and has completed the Certified Physician Practice Manager certification through the American Academy of Professional Coders. In her new role, Gober is responsible for team engagement, patient experience, operational performance, change management and ensuring an optimal work environment. She will ensure overall compliance to program and legal requirements, and serves as direct supervisor of non-clinical staff.
Gober has been employed with the office for 29 years, serving as a district manager overseeing family planning and WIC Nutrition offices.
Grace Fisher, Ed.D., OTR/L is the recipient of the 2022 American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Retired Educator’s Commendation for Commitment to the Advancement of Occupational Therapy Education. The commendation acknowledges exceptional leadership by retired occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educators who have demonstrated commitment to the advancement of occupational therapy education.
In addition, Fisher was granted professor emerita status by the university’s board of trustees during its February board meeting. Fisher joined the faculty as an assistant professor of occupational therapy in January 1996.
Diana Hill has joined the team as human resources business partner and is based at the bank’s Scranton Financial Center.
Hill brings more than 20 years of experience in human resources management, including employee engagement, talent acquisition, organizational development and performance management.
Hill earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton. An active member of her community, Hill has served as a member of the board of directors for the Junior League of Scranton and volunteered with the St. Joseph’s Women’s House and the St. Francis Food Kitchen, as well as chaired many charitable fundraising events throughout NEPA.
Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance
Elizabeth (Betsy) McGrath Ardizoni has joined the staff as a community and economic development manager and Ken Doolittle has rejoined the staff as a business finance manager.
Doolittle will be responsible for continuing the success of the organization’s loan programs, working closely with the SBA 504 program. He will be charged with reviewing business loan applications and advising clients on the proper path toward loan approval. He will also deal with aspects of financial statement analysis, credit analysis, data entry, and data reporting.
Doolittle earned his MBA in finance and investments from Marywood University, graduating in 2016. He has more than five years of banking experience through internships and an assistantship during graduate school.
Ardizoni has joined the staff as a community and economic development manager. In this role, she will provide support to the Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center and the NEPA Grantmakers Forum. Ardizoni will provide capacity building resources and services to nonprofit organizations and grantmakers, assisting them in fulfilling their missions. She will coordinate efforts to provide all aspects of our charitable communities with the tools needed to operate effectively.
Ardizoni earned her bachelor’s degree in labor studies and employment relations from Penn State.
The law office has been honored to receive multiple accolades. Two attorneys, Michael J. O’Connor and Gerald J. Mullery, have also been recognized as Best Lawyers by U.S. News & World Report. The attorneys also received this award in 2021. The firm has been named as Best Law Firm for Workers’ Compensation since 2016 and Best Law Firm for Personal Injury since 2020.
The firm earned a place on the 2022 Best Law Firm list by U.S. News & World Report. In order to become eligible for this award, a law firm must have at least one attorney that has been honored in the current edition of Best Lawyers for their practice or metro area. Once an application is received, the law firm and their attorneys are then ranked into tiers and categories that comply with their experience, knowledge and practice areas.
Founded in 1989, the law firm was founded to help citizens in their legal matters, such as workers’ compensation and personal injury.
Realty Network Group
Valerie Altier has joined the realty firm. She brings into our market a wealth of knowledge from the business and accounting fields. As a graduate of Penn State University, Altier managed an accounting firm and also worked as the chief administrative officer at a local tech company. Her background in this field coupled with her passion for real estate has the company even more excited for connecting buyers and sellers in 2022.
Though this is the start of something new, Altier has always found real estate interesting and has been involved in the ebb and flow of the industry through her husband’s investments, home construction and sales over the past 25 years.
Sordoni Construction Services
Noreen Bertinelli has been promoted to director of marketing. Bertinelli joined the company in September of 2006. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading all marketing initiatives, communications and public relations for the organization.
The company, founded by Andrew J. Sordoni in 1910, has since built a strong presence in Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region as a construction manager, design builder and general contractor. The firm has successfully completed significant construction projects with primary emphasis on industrial, commercial and institutional clients.
Telespond Senior Services
The organization announced the appointment of two new executive board members, Thomas DePietro and Michelle Carr.
DePietro is the owner and pharmacy manager of DePietro’s Pharmacy in Dunmore. Since opening in 2012, DePietro’s Pharmacy has received numerous recognitions for excellence in customer service and community involvement, most recently being named “Best Local Pharmacy” by readers of The Times-Tribune for the sixth consecutive year in 2021. DePietro serves on the board of directors for the Greater Scranton YMCA and the Lackawanna County Heritage Valley Authority and is also a member of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute Spirit of Hope Gala Committee and the Lackawanna College board of trustees.
Carr is senior vice president and retail banking director at Fidelity Bank. She has more than 30 years of experience in bank management and first joined the bank in 2005. In 2020, she stepped into her current role and was also named Fidelity Banker of the Year. Carr serves on the Maternal and Family Health Services Resource Development Committee and the Area on the Aging Elder Justice Multi-Disciplinary Team.
The Wright Center
Dr. Karen Arscott, a board-certified primary care physician and an addiction medicine specialist at the Wright Center for Community Health’s Hawley and Mid Valley practices, recently became board certified in addiction medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, or ABPM.
A graduate of Dunmore High School, Arscott earned her undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from Marywood University and her doctor of osteopathy and clinical master of science in osteopathic manipulative medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed residency programs in internal medicine, anesthesiology, osteopathic manipulative medicine and addiction medicine.
Dr. Charles N. Burns Jr., an addiction medicine specialist at the Wright Center for Community Health’s Kingston Practice, recently became board certified in addiction medicine by the ABPM.
A graduate of Central Catholic High School in Kingston, Burns earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Scranton and his doctor of medicine from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his general surgery and urology residency at Geisinger Medical Center and a pediatric and adult reconstructive urology fellowship at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Board-certified in urology in perpetuity, Burns retired from the active practice of urology in 2017. He serves on the Marworth Community Advisory Board, Misericordia University Social Work Advisory Committee and Alina Lodge Rehabilitation Center Board of Trustees.
The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education recently named Dr. Vikas Khurana the director of the gastroenterology fellowship.
A graduate of the University of Delhi’s Maulana Azad Medical College in India, he completed his residency in internal medicine at State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn, New York, and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida.
Khurana also holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and served as an associate professor of medicine at Temple University.
To promote the well-being of its employees, the health center announced it will participate in an initiative that seeks to shatter stigma in the workplace surrounding mental health issues and encourages the timely treatment of conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, president and CEO of the Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education, has joined the CEOs Against Stigma campaign, a project of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)’s state organization to prioritize mental health in the workplace.
The center’s executive team will follow the campaign’s guidance, using a six-step toolkit to closely examine and address factors commonly associated with employee depression, anxiety and burnout.
Owen Dougherty, the Wright Center for Community Health’s recovery supports manager and behavioral health community liaison, will help to implement the campaign across the organization’s multiple sites and departments. Dougherty has served as president of NAMI’s Northeast Region Pennsylvania chapter.
Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers
Board-certified family nurse practitioner Magdalena “Maggie” Orchard, DNP, CRNP, FNP, has joined the staff. Orchard offers primary care to patients aged 12 through adult at the Honesdale Family Health Center located at 600 Maple Ave.
Orchard is well acquainted with the health system, beginning her employment as a nurse aide at Wayne Woodlands followed by 12 years as a registered nurse at Wayne Memorial Hospital. She worked in various departments throughout her tenure at the hospital ultimately specializing in intensive care for the past eight years. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Orchard was called upon to serve in the COVID unit providing critical level care.
Weinberg Memorial Library
George Aulisio has accepted the position of dean of the library. Aulisio has been serving as the interim dean since July 12021. His position as dean is effective immediately.
Since Aulisio joined the university community in 2009, he has been actively involved in multiple aspects of campus life. His internal service is wide-reaching, having served on 40 library departmental committees and programs, as well as with nearly 40 broader university service projects and committees.
His professional service includes holding elected officer positions on the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Northeast Chapter and the College and Research Division.
The PBS affiliate’s news director Julie Sidoni is serving as moderator of the 34th season of WVIA’s television series “Call the Doctor.” The 16-episode season features an updated look and presentation.
The new season of “Call the Doctor” kicked off with “Missed Health Screenings Due to COVID-19” on March 2, followed by “Lung Cancer on the Rise: Types and Treatments” on March 9, “All About Alzheimer’s Disease” on March 16 and “The Future of Telehealth” on March 23.
Show topics to be featured later in the season include obesity/bariatric surgery, prostate cancer, breast cancer, COVID-19 side effects, joint replacement, back injuries, arthritis, sleep disorders and more. More information on the season can be found at wvia.org/ctd.
Viewers can call in with their questions ahead of time to have them answered on-air by calling 1-833-408-9842.
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