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Central Administration

  • Peter Neigler – President
  • Stacey Jameson – Executive Vice President
  • William Bernard – Chief Financial Officer
  • Richard Gardner – Director of Career Services
  • Desire DeJesus-Aviles – Director of Financial Aid
  • Karen Holder – Registrar
  • Matthew Fortino – Director of Library Services
  • Tania Ogullukian – Director of Continuing Education and Alumni Services
  • Jane Holcomb – Controller
  • Beatriz Acevedo – Bursar
  • Jane Clancy – Assistant to Executive Management
  • Theresa Robbinson – Director of Student Services

Academic Administration

  • Joseph Balatbat, MD – Director of Education
  • John Katomski, BS, LMT – Vice President, Program Development; Chair, Bioscience
  • Lucy Liben, MS, LMT – Dean Emerita, Massage Therapy
  • Vincent Metzo, MA, LMT, CSCS – Dean, Personal Training Programs
  • Maxinee Black-Arias, RN, PhD – Dean of Nursing
  • Scott Freer, BS, CST – Program Director, Surgical Technologist
  • Hillory Thorpe, MSN, MHA, RN, CCM – Nursing Program Coordinator, Registered Nurse
  • Allison Chisholm, MSNEd, RN – BC – Nursing Skills / Simulation Coordinator
  • Sharmalan Sathiyaseelan, MD, RMA – Lead Instructor, Medical Assisting
  • Ericka Clinton, BS, LMT – Dean for Massage Therapy
  • Ushasi Jill Thompson, MDiv, LMT – Director, Massage Therapy Academic Support Services
  • Brian Frazee, BBA, LMT – Chair, Business Practices, Massage Therapy Program
  • Ellen Krueger, MS, LMT – Chair, Professional Development and Ethics, Massage Therapy Program
  • Mark Proctor, BS, LMT – Chair, Western Massage, Massage Therapy Program
  • Tom Banasiak, AA, LMT – Chair, Eastern Studies, Massage Therapy Program
  • Claudia Etienne, Med – Assistant to the Dean for Massage Therapy; Assistant to the Dean for Nursing
  • Thom Paul, BA, LMT – Chair, Clinical Studies, Massage Therapy Program

Faculty

Nathan Abramov, Nursing

MSN, NP Psychiatric Mental Health, Hunter College, NY

Registered Nurse

Michael Alicia, Massage Therapy

BFA, Architecture/Theater Performance, University of Florida

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Robert Altheim, Massage Therapy

BA, Chemistry/History, Queens College

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Shah Alam, Mathematics

PhD, Physics, North Dakota State University

MS, Marquette University

Jeffrey Scott Bailey, Surgical Technologist

Diploma, Surgical Technology, Shepherd University

Certified Surgical Technologist, NBSTSA

Tom Banasiak, Massage Therapy

AA, Liberal Arts, Villa Maria College

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Judith Banayan, Surgical Technologist

Diploma, Surgical Technologist, Mandl School of Allied Health

Certified Surgical Technologist, NBSTSA

Julian Barnes, Advanced Personal Training

JD, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law

BA, Tufts University

Russ Beasley, Massage Therapy

BA, History, State University, Long Beach

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Layla Benkato, Surgical Technologist

BS, General Studies, Ball State University

AAS, Surgical Technology, Ivy Tech Community College

Certified Surgical Technologist, NBSTSA

Hazelyn Bernardino, Surgical Technologist Clinical Coordinator

Certificate, NYU Langone Medical Center, NY

Certified Surgical Technologist, NBSTSA

Leonore Briones, Massage Therapy

AOS, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Burlyn Broomfield, Nursing

BSN, New York University, College of Nursing

Registered Nurse

Elizabeth Bushong-Collins, Massage Therapy

MS/BPS, Acupuncture, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

AOS, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Paul Cadolino, Massage Therapy

Doctor of Chiropractic, NY Chiropractic College

BS, St. John’s University, NY

Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic

Kamila Camacho, Surgical Technologist

Certificate, Sheridan Technical Center

Certified Surgical Technologist, NBSTSA

Jaci Cappels, Massage Therapy

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Simone Carbonel, Massage Therapy

MS, Acupuncture, Tri State College of Acupuncture

AOS, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Acupuncturist

Reginald Ceaser, Massage Therapy

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Allison Chisholm, Nursing

MSN in Nursing Education, University of Phoenix Online School

Registered Professional Nurse

Claudette Clarke, Surgical Technologist

AAS, Surgical Technology, Nassau County Community College

Certified Surgical Technologist, NBSTSA

Ericka Clinton, Massage Therapy

BS, Human Development, Empire State College

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Doreen Coghlin, Advanced Personal Training

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Jennifer Coia, Massage Therapy

BS, University of Rhode Island

AOS, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Anna Crean Wiener, Massage Therapy

BBA, Accounting, Baruch College

AOS, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Sabrina Cruz, Medical Assistant, Bioscience

Doctor of Medicine, Cebu Institute of Medicine (Philippines)

BS, Medical Technology, Velez College

Allied Health Instructor (AHI) Certified

Registered Medical Assistant (AMT)

Sarah Currie, Advanced Personal Training

MS, Nutrition and Dietetics, New York University

Shannon Dailey, Massage Therapy

BA, Literature/Theater, Reed College

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Geoff Dawe, Massage Therapy

MFA, Acting, University of Connecticut

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Tammy Day, Massage Therapy

MS, Acupuncture, Swedish Institute

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Acupuncturist

Linda Delia-Ayach, Nursing

MA, Nursing Education, New York University

BS, Nursing, Long Island University

Registered Nurse

Grazia Della Terza, Massage Therapy

BFA, Dance, SUNY, Purchase

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Nelia Del Valle, Medical Assistant, Bioscience

MD, University of Santo Tomas

BS, General Science, University of Santo Tomas

Registered Medical Assistant (AMT)

Eric Demry, Massage Therapy

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

MS/BPS Acupuncture, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Acupuncturist

Niseema Diemer, Massage Therapy

BA, Cinema, Denison University

AOS, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Joshua Dietz, Psychology

MA, Psychology, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University

BA, Psychology, St. John’s University

Scott Dietsch, Massage Therapy

BA, English, Wagner College

AOS, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Maria Dosado, Medical Assistant, Billing and Coding

BA, English, Phillipine State College of Aeronautics (Phillipines)

Certified Professional Coder (AAPC)

Sonia Durant, Surgical Technologist

AAS, Surgical Technology, Nassau County Community College

Certified Surgical Technologist, NBSTSA

Betsy Eaton, Massage Therapy

AOS Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Marie Josee Emmanuel, Nursing

MSN, Stony Brook University

Nurse Practitioner

Roger Escarda, Nursing

MSN, University of Phoenix

Registered Nurse

John Farrington, Nursing Bioscience

DPM, New York College of Podiatric Medicine

Registered Nurse

Marian Ferretti, Nursing

MSN, ANP-BC, Columbia University College of Nursing

Registered Nurse

Brian Frazee, Massage Therapy

BBA, International Business, Loyola College

AOS, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Scott Freer, Surgical Technologist, Program Director

BS, Health Care Administration, Pennsylvania State University

Certified Surgical Technologist, NBSTSA

Steven Glick, Massage Therapy

BFA, Acting, New York University

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Lynn Hawxhurst, Massage Therapy

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Marissa Haynes, Medical Billing and Coding

BS, Computer Science, San Sebastian College (Philippines)

Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (NHA)

Sharon Houlihan, Massage Therapy

BA, Geology/Geography, Hunter College

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified in Manual Lymph Drainage

Maura Hurley, Massage Therapy

BA, Marymount Manhattan College

Diploma, Florida School of Massage

Licensed Massage Therapist

Elizabeth Jacobs, Massage Therapy, Bioscience

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Mikaela Johnson Vaal, Advanced Personal Training

MFA, The New School

Licensed Massage Therapist

Khamattie Jones, Nursing

MSN, University of Phoenix

Registered Nurse

John Katomski, Massage Therapy, Bioscience

BS, Biology, Cornell University

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Alix Keast, Massage Therapy

BA, French Literature, Wells College, NY

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Craig Kienzle, Massage Therapy Director of Off-Site Internship 1 and 3

AOS, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified in Reflexology

Shauntee Knox-Johnson, Advanced Personal Training

BA, Accounting, (CPA Qualifying), Brooklyn College

AOS, Advanced Personal Training, Swedish Institute

Certified Professional Midwife, Birthwise Midwifery School

Ellen Krueger, Massage Therapy

MS, Family Counseling, Iona College

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Family Therapist

Rosanna Lee, Massage Therapy

M Arch II, Syracuse University

AOS, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Lucy Liben, Massage Therapy

MS, Anatomy & Cell Biology, New York Medical College

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Weng Keong Loh, Massage Therapy

BA, Communication, Western Michigan University

AOS, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Denise Lowe, Massage Therapy, Advanced Personal Training Supervised

Training Clinic Director

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Michael Marasigan, Advanced Personal Training

MA, Applied Physiology, Teacher’s College Columbia University

Adam Marcus, Advanced Personal Training

MS, Exercise Science, Long Island University

Licensed Massage Therapist

Lorraine Marshall-Williams, Nursing

MSN-FNP, Molloy College

Family Nurse Practitioner

Arif Masih, Nursing

MS, Excelsior College

Registered Nurse

Daila Matthews, Surgical Technologist

Certificate, Surgical Technology, Whitney Technical School

Certified Surgical Technologist, NBSTSA

Caren Messing, Massage Therapy

BA, Liberal Arts, SUNY Purchase

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Vincent Metzo, Advanced Personal Training, Bioscience

MA, Physical Education, Sports, New York University

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Christine Mire-Rose, Massage Therapy

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Awilda Montes, Surgical Technologist

Certificate, Surgical Technology, SUNY Downstate University of New York

Certified Surgical Technologist, NBSTSA

Jeremy Moss, Psychology

MA, Psychology, Seattle University

BA, Psychology, Rutgers University

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Nurit Nardi, Massage Therapy

MA, Transpersonal Psychology, Westbrook University

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

James Nealon, Massage Therapy

BS, Physician Assistant, Pace University/Lenox Hill Hospital

Licensed Physician Assistant, Visiting Certified CPR/First Aid Instructor

Brandon Newhouse, Surgical Technologist

AAS, Surgical Technology, Gwinnett Technical College

Certificate, Healthcare Assisting, Gwinnett Technical College

Certified Surgical Technologist, NBSTSA

Abdur “Raheem” Nizar-Moses, Nursing

MSN, Excelsior College

Registered Nurse

Olalekan Olakanmi, Surgical Technologist

MBA, Healthcare Management, St. Joseph College

BS, Health Services Administration, NYC College of Technology

AAS, Surgical Technology, Kingsborough Community College

Certified Surgical Technologist, NBSTSA

Wendy Pagan-Gonzalez, Medical Assistant

Certificate, Medical Assistant, , Municipal Training Center

Registered Medical Assistant (AMT)

Shoba Parasram, English, Communications

MA, English, Brooklyn College

Thom Paul, Massage Therapy Clinical Director, Bioscience

BA, Psychology, SUNY, Genesco

AOS, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Mohammed Peerzade, Medical Assistant

Doctor of Medicine, Al-Ameen

Medical College (India)

Registered Medical Assistant (AMT)

Charles Pegg, Massage Therapy Director of Off-Site Internship 2

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Gicela Peralta, Surgical Technologist

Certificate, Surgical Technology, Bergen Community College, NJ

Certified Surgical Technologist, NBSTSA

Juan Pilarte, Surgical Technologist

Certificate in Surgical Technology, Long Island University

Certified Surgical Technologist, NBSTSA

Katherine Powers, Massage Therapy

BA, Dance/Theater Arts, Mount Holyoke College

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Mark Proctor, Massage Therapy

BS, Business Administration, University of New Hampshire

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Sovi Pujols, English

MFA, Creative Writing, The New School

BA, English, New Jersey City University

Olivia Quiroz, Massage Therapy

BS, Business Administration, Northeastern University

AOS, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Sultana Rahman, Medical Assistant

MBBS, Sylhet MAG, Osmani Medical College

Registered Medical Assistant, (AMT)

William Rahner, Massage Therapy, Bioscience

BA, Computer Science, Queens College

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Jessie Rao, English

MA, English, Goa University

Richard Richey, Advanced Personal Training

MS, Exercise Science – Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention, California University of Pennsylvania

AOS, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Mary Richter, Massage Therapy, Bioscience

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Nahleen Salvador, Advanced Personal Training

BA, Dance, Hunter College

ACE-Certified Personal Trainer

Sabina Sangha, Massage Therapy, Bioscience

Diploma, Massage Therapy, West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Vancouver, CAN

Licensed Massage Therapist, Registered Massage Therapist (Canada)

Sharmalan Sathiyaseelan, Medical Assistant, Bioscience

BS, Medicine, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (India)

Registered Medical Assistant, (AMT)

Maria Louella Sebastian, Bioscience, Medical Assistant

BS, Nursing, Western Mindanao State University (Philippines)

Registered Medical Assistant, (AMT)

Certified Higher Education Professional (CHEP)

Rodney Seemungal, Surgical Technologist

CST, Consortium for Workers Education

Certified Surgical Technologist, NBSTSA

Moisey Simkhayev, Nursing

MS, Hunter College

Nurse Practitioner

Miyuki Snow Shimazu, Massage Therapy

MA, Arts Management, American University

AOS, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Jennifer Sommerman, Massage Therapy

BS, Mathematics, Framingham State College

Certificate, Muscular Therapy, Muscular Therapy Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Rosy St. Fort, Nursing

MSN, St. Joseph’s College

Registered Nurse

Nadia Stiglin, Math

MA, Math Education, State Russian Herzen Pedagogical University

Janine Strenta, Massage Therapy

MS/BPS, Acupuncture, Swedish Institute

MS, Special Education, New York University

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Acupuncturist

Monique Thompson, Medical Assistant

AOS, Medical Assistant, ASA College, NY

Certificate, Medical Assistant, Sanford Brown Institute

Registered Medical Assistant, (AMT)

Ushasi Jill Thompson, Massage Therapy, Bioscience

MDiv, Practical Theology, Union Theological Seminary

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Hillory Thorpe, Nursing

MS, Nursing/Health Administration, University of Phoenix

BS, Nursing, Long Island University

Registered Nurse

Sheila Tolentino, Nursing

MSN, Long Island University, NY

Registered Nurse

Lorna Tucker, Nursing

MSN-FNP, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Registered Nurse

Anoek Van Praag-Inbar, Massage Therapy

BA, Communication/Counseling, Institute for Communication, Netherlands

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Gilbert Vinegas, Nursing

MS in Nursing, Johns Hopkins University

Registered Nurse (New York, Maryland, California)

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Robert Volinsky, Massage Therapy

BA, Journalism, Rutgers University

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Susan Ward, Massage Therapy

BFA, Theater, Florida State University

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Licensed Massage Therapist

Fraser Widdowson, Massage Therapy, Bioscience

Diploma, Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute

Certificate, Bellevue Hospital Center School for Radiologic Technology

Licensed Massage Therapist, Registered Radiologic Technologist

 

Swedish Institute Board of Trustees

Jan DeBenedetto

Vice President of Marketing and Sales, VitaQuest International Inc

Joel Greenberg

President and CEO, Novadebt, Inc

Basil Katsamakis, Chair

Chief Operating Officer, Quad College Group

Al Ragucci

Academic Dean, New York Career Institute

Violet Tang

Higher Education Consultant