Faculty and Staff

Marist DPT Program Faculty List

Program Director: Claudia B. Fenderson, PT, EdD, PCS

  • Ed.D., Child and Youth Studies; Concentration: Management of Programs – Nova University
  • M.S., Physical Therapy; Specialization: Developmental Disabilities – Long Island University
  • B.S., Physical Therapy – Columbia University, College of Physician and Surgeons
  • Pediatric Clinical Specialist Diplomat, ABPTS

Director of Clinical Education: Julie Fineman, PT, EdM

  • Ed.M., Motor Learning – Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.A., Motor Learning – Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.S., Physical Therapy – University of Delaware

Clinical Assistant Professor: Yvonne Egitto, PT, DPT

  • D.P.T., – Utica College
  • B.S., Physical Therapy – Stony Brook University
  • B.S., Biochemistry – Binghamton University

Clinical Associate Professor: Carl W. Embola, PhD, MBA, MPA

  • Ph.D., Pathology – New York Medical College
  • M.B.A., Management – Mercy College
  • M.P.A., Health Services Management – Mercy College
  • M.S., Environmental Health – New York Medical College

Clinical Assistant Professor: Christina L. Fojas, PhD

  • Ph.D., Anthropology – University of Tennessee
  • M.S., Anthropology – Mercyhurst University
  • B.A., Anthropology – New York University

Assistant Professor: John C. McGee, PT, PhD, MBA, OCS, ATC

  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Sciences - University of Pittsburgh
  • Masters Certificate, Clinical & Translational Research - University of Pittsburgh
  • M.B.A., - University of Maryland University College
  • M.S., Financial Management - University of Maryland University College
  • M.P.T., Physical Therapy – University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • B.S., Physical Education with Concentration in Athletic Training - Salisbury University
  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Diplomat, ABPTS
  • Certified Athletic Trainer, NATA

Clinical Associate Professor: James G. Rauh, PT, DSc, SCS, ATC

  • DSc., Orthopedic Physical Therapy – Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
  • M.A., Athletic Training – Indiana State University
  • Cert. of Physical Therapy – Hunter College
  • B.S. Physical Education and Athletic Training – Springfield College
  • Sports Clinical Specialist, ABPTS
  • Certified Athletic Trainer, NATA

Clinical Assistant Professor: Francine M. Sage-King, PT, DPT, ATC

  • D.P.T., – Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • B.S., Kinesiology – Michigan State University
  • Certified Athletic Trainer, NATA

Business Manager: Chiffawn White, BS

  • B.S., Health Care Administration – Kaplan University

Clinical Administrative Assistant: Tina Cornell, BS

  • B.S., Business Administration, Marketing – Suffolk University


Program Contact Information:

Address: 3399 North Road, Science and Allied Health Building #231, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Email: DPT.Program@marist.edu

Phone: 845-575-5867

Fax: 845-575 -5874


Accreditation Status
Marist College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Graduation from a PT education program accredited by CAPTE is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Pending receipt of accreditation status, students will be eligible to take the licensure examination in January 2021.