Erin Manning, MD
Vahid Tohidi, MD, PhD
Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN
Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN works with a variety of medical populations. She is currently on staff at HSS. Previously, she was a clinical dietitian at Terence Cardinal Cooke Healthcare Center and has also counseled patients at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital's Center for Comprehensive Care at Rivington House. In addition, Jessica sees clients in a private practice setting and works with restaurants and good companies on recipe development and other projects. She has also written for a variety ofood and health publications. Jessica holds a Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian hospital. She has been with the ALSE clinic since June 2014.
Mona Shahbazi, MSN, NP, BC-NP, OCN
Mona Shahbazi, MSN, BC-NP, OCN is the Assistant Program Director of ALS Clinical Services at Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Cornell Medical Center. Her educational background includes a Diploma in Nursing from New York University and Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience from Lafayette College. She obtained her MSN from New York University, and has been working in a Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic since 2008. Ms. Shahbazi now specializes in coordinating ALS clinical care management in ALS clinics and conducting and managing clinical research studies in Neuromuscular disease.
Contact: Mona Shahbazi, NP
Assistant Program Director
Karen Yanelli, PT, DPT
Karen Yanelli received her doctorate's degree in Physical Therapy in 2006. Since then she has been a physical therapist in several settings including being a staff member of the Acute Care Rehabilitation Department here at HSS since November 2007. She has served as a speaker for the National Arthritis Foundation, the Patient and Public education sector of HSS and privately funded local support groups on several occasions.
Devany Tiedeman, MSPT
Devany Tiedeman, MSPT received her bachelor's degree of health sciences in 1998 and her master's degree in physical therapy in Jan 2000 from Boston University. Since that time she has worked as a physical therapist in many different settings including outpatient orthopedics, pediatrics, long term-acute care and neurological acute rehab. She joined the physical therapy team at HSS 2007 and works part-time in the ALSA clinic.
Laura Manfredo, MSPT
Laura Manfredo, MSPT received her Masters in Physical Therapy from Mercy College in 2000. She has been employed in acute, sub-acute, long term and home care settings. She has worked with geriatric, neurological, and orthopedic conditions. Laura has been an instructor in disease processes, gait/transfer training and body mechanics for Isabella Visiting Care Inc. She joined HSS in 2014 and works part time in the ALSA/MDA clinic.
Lorene Janowski, OTR/L, MS
Lorene C. Janowski OTR/L, MS graduated from the University of Scranton with a BS in Occupational Therapy. She pursued her MS degree in business majoring in Organizational Leadership at Mercy College. She currently works at The Hospital for Special Surgery specializing in pediatric occupational therapy. At the HSS she works in the wheelchair/equipment clinic, and is a member of the ALS/neuromuscular clinic team. Her previous job experience includes working at The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and North Shore University Hospital at Glen Cove working with patients with orthopedic and neurological disorders.
Contact: Lorene C. Janowski OTR/L, MS:
The Hospital for Special Surgery
Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Gioia Ciani, OTR/L, OTD
Gioia Ciani, OTR/L, OTD received her MS in Occupational Therapy from Mercy College and her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Gioia works at the Hospital for Special Surgery in their ALS clinic. Gioia is also a faculty member of New York Institute of Technology’s Department of Occupational Therapy.
Shara is a speech-language pathologist on the ALS/Neuromuscular Disorders team at Hospital for Special Surgery. She is an experienced clinician, who specializes in working with people with communication, speech, voice and/or swallowing difficulties. She is a certified and active member in the American Speech and Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Division of Swallowing Disorders and is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT-LOUD). She received dual BS degrees in speech-language pathology and psychology from Towson University and her MS degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from William Paterson University. Shara has been active within the ALSA community since 2005 and became a member of this clinical team in January 2012.
Lauren Langford, LCSW
Lauren Langford, LCSW works for the ALS/ Neuromuscular Disorders team at Hospital for Special Surgery. Lauren has been a medical social worker since 2007 with experience working with surgery, heart failure and multi-organ transplant patients. Prior to becoming a social worker, Lauren was a clinical research coordinator for experimental cancer therapies at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from Simmons College and her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work. Lauren has been a member of this clinical team since June of 2013.
Lindsay Kaplan, MA
Lindsay Kaplan, MA is the Clinical Research Coordinator for all ALS related studies at Hospital for Special Surgery. Lindsay graduated Denison University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Science degree in Biology and Chemistry. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Bioethics at New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She specializes in clinical research and medical ethics, and is a proponent of patient advocacy. Ms. Kaplan began her career in ALS clinical trials at Massachusetts’s General Hospital Neurological Clinical Research Institute after graduating college, and has been with the Hospital for Special Surgery since September 2013.
Lauren Langford, LCSW
Patient Care Manager/
Hospital for Special Surgery
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