Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Faculty and Staff

Doctor of Physical Therapy Faculty and Staff

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

Assistant Professor: Christina L. Fojas, PhD

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

Clinical Assistant Professor, Kristin Mende, PT, DPT 

  • D.P.T. – Drexel University
  • B.S., Biology, Villanova University
  • B.A., Psychology, Villanova University. 
  • Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Clinical Assistant Professor: Brian Pecchia, PT, DPT

  • D.P.T. - Sacred Heart University
  • B.S., Athletic Training – Marist College
  • Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • 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
  • Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • 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
Phone: 845-575-5867
Fax: 845-575 -5874

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