Our Team

Clinic Director

Geraldine Pagaoa-Cruz, MS, OTR

Geraldine Pagaoa-Cruz, MS, OTR
Mrs. Pagaoa-Cruz has been an occupational therapist for over 15 years specializing in adult neurological populations. She received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology at Rutgers University in 1995. She then completed her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in 2001. Mrs. Pagaoa-Cruz worked as the OT Clinical Manager and OT Student Coordinator for the Chester campus at the nationally ranked Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation (KIR). She led and participated in a variety of organization wide committees. Her accomplishments at KIR included development of a Cardiac Recovery Program and Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Program, development of ADL Program, Brain Injury Safety Coach Program and Employee Safe Patient Handling Policy/Procedure. In addition, Mrs. Pagaoa-Cruz increased research collaboration between the Kessler Chester campus therapists and Kessler Foundation Research Center (KFRC).  She participated in consenting and data collection for a number of stroke and brain injury related research initiatives related to spatial neglect assessment and treatment, assessment of cognition and TBI Model Systems.

Mrs. Pagaoa-Cruz was also an OT Clinical Consultant for JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute primarily for Center of Head Injuries Continuum. At JFK, she also worked in the acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, sub-acute and home-care departments.  Mrs. Pagaoa-Cruz was previously employed by Motorika, USA as a Clinical Specialist where she traveled nationally and internationally to train therapists on the use of ReoGo robotics in daily intervention. She participated in product development, clinical research and marketing while maintaining and developing customer relationships.


Mrs. Pagaoa-Cruz has presented on a variety of topics at local hospitals and conferences and was a featured therapist on HBO’s documentary “COMA”. She has had a variety of poster presentations at state, national and international conferences including NJOTA, AOTA, Safety Summit and ACRM.


Mrs. Pagaoa-Cruz worked as an adjunct professor for the Kean University Occupational Therapy department since 2006 teaching Seminar in Adult Rehab Practice and Theoretical Guidelines to Practice II Lab prior to being elevated to Kean Community Cares Clinic Director in 2014. She holds additional certifications in physical agent modalities, A-ONE and Kinesiotaping and is currently a member of NJOTA, AOTA and WFOT.


Occupational Therapists:


Kelly Sullivan, MS OTR
Kelly Sullivan is a Kean alumna who received a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2013. Kelly obtained her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in psychology from Rutgers University where she graduated in 2010. Previously, she worked as an occupational therapist at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute where she has advanced her skills in adult practice. She has worked on multiple units including inpatient rehabilitation, general rehabilitation and the inpatient brain trauma unit. She completed a pilot study on a supplementary upper extremity program for patients with hemiparesis where she collaborated with the JFK Medical Center Neuroscience department on further developing the research. Kelly has elevated her clinical skills through a variety of continuing education courses with particular interest in neuro-handling techniques, stoke recovery and vision. She has presented in-services to colleagues and students on a variety of topics. Kelly tutored occupational therapy students in gross anatomy, kinesiology and neuroscience. In addition, she is a member of the annual 5K Miles for Minds. She currently is a professor at Kean University where she teaches to the first year occupational therapy students.

Marlee Lynch, MS, OTR/L

Marlee Lynch is a Kean alumna who received a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2016.  Marlee previously completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Sociology from Rowan University.  Currently, she is working as a staff occupational therapist at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation where she has advances her experience working in adult practice.  She currently works with individual’s recovering from neurological trauma and injury.  Marlee has enhanced her clinical skills through a variety of continuing educations courses with particular interest in cognitive rehabilitation and stroke recovery.  She currently is the lead coordinator of the occupational therapy community life skills group and trip at her Kessler campus. Marlee has also developed and presented in-services to educate colleagues regarding importance of community participation after discharge and the effectiveness of implementing a community life skills educational group to run in conjunction with community trips in an acute care setting. Marlee is a member of NJOTA and AOTA and has presented at both conferences.


Danielle Kearns, MS, OTR/L

Danielle Kearns is a two time Kean alumna who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies (2014) and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy (2016). Currently, she is working as an occupational therapist at Intensive Therapeutics Inc., where she advances her experience working with children/young adults with special needs in a variety of settings: school based (private and public), outpatient and sports/recreation programs. Danielle also tutored occupational therapy students in gross anatomy. Danielle is a member of NJOTA and AOTA and has presented research at both conferences. 



Alisha Sheridan, MS, OTR

Alisha is a Kean University alumna who received her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2016. Prior to attending Kean University, Alisha received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from The College at Brockport SUNY and worked for 2 years in a private orthopedic clinic. Currently, she is working as an occupational therapist in the outpatient department of Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation where she advances her clinical experience working with individuals who have experienced neurologic trauma including spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, as well as cancer. Alisha has enhanced her clinical skills through a variety of continuing educations courses with particular interest in stroke recovery, cancer rehabilitation, and vision.

In addition to her work with the adult population, Alisha has a passion for working with pediatric clients. She has experience providing occupational therapy services to students with autism (ages 3-18) in the specialized school setting. 

She is happy to be a part of the team at Kean University OT Community Cares Clinic providing treatment in a group setting to develop life and communication skills in young adults. Alisha is also a member of AOTA and NJOTA

                          

                        Jessica Ramirez, MS, OTR

Jessica Ramirez is a two time Kean alumna who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (2014) and a Master’s of Occupational Therapy (2017). She is currently working as a full time hand therapist at Twin Boro Physical Therapy helping clients with injuries of the upper extremity and advancing her splint fabrication skills. Jessica also works per diem at Bayshore Healthcare Center, a skilled nursing facility, working with the rehabilitation team to enable adult clients to return home following acute illnesses by restoring their independence.