Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston

As a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Spaulding clinicians use the most advanced treatments and technologies to help patients reach their highest potential. Our clinical teams are led by rehabilitation physicians and are supported by physician specialists and on-site diagnostic and treatment services. Many of our physicians are involved in clinical research to help discover ways to further improve patient outcomes.

Patients and their families are the most important members of our rehabilitative teams. Our clinicians will keep you informed and involved every step of the way, to ensure that we are working together to achieve your specific goals.

Paula Hereau
Vice President of Hospital Operations
Ms. Hereau is the Vice President of Operations at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston. Her entire career has been in rehabilitation, much of it at Spaulding. She joined Spaulding as the Outcomes Manager, subsequently developed the Case Management Department and held positions in quality, compliance and accreditation.

Ms. Hereau holds an MA in healthcare management from Framingham State College. She received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Connecticut. She has been published in Physical Therapy Magazine, and has presented nationally on a variety of topics.

Jason Frankel, MD
President of Professional Staff
Dr. Jason Frankel joined the Spaulding medical staff in 2007.  His initial focus was to establish a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation consultative service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he assists with the initial stages of treatment for patients with new-onset disability, and planning for their rehabilitation needs.  He remains a key link between medical services at BWH and Spaulding.

Dr. Frankel’s outpatient practice is at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, where he cares for adults with childhood-onset disabilities.  He also assists clinically and administratively with the care of patients in Spaulding’s inpatient rehabilitation programs, and is the co-chair of the Health Information Management committee.  He further participates in trainee education, the Continuing Medical Education Planning Committee, and in outpatient clinic access redesign projects.

As his career at Spaulding has progressed, so has Dr. Frankel’s passion for maintaining safe, highly reliable care for its patients.  This has led him to the role of President of the Medical Staff Association.  He serves as chair of the Medical Executive Committee and a chief liaison between Spaulding’s physicians and hospital leadership.

Dr. Frankel earned both his BA in Sociology and MD from The University of Chicago, and completed his internship in General Internal Medicine at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, IL.  His PM&R residency was at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia Hospital, where he also served as Chief Resident.  He completed his initial PM&R Board Certification in 2006.  More recently, he completed the Brigham Leadership Program, a joint venture between BWH and Harvard Business School to provide administrative training to hospital staff.  Despite travelling extensively for education and training, Dr. Frankel was born and raised in Massachusetts, and feels deep connection and commitment to its people.

Mary Beth DiFilippo, BSN, MSN, DNP
Interim Director of Nursing
Ms. DiFilippo has served in many position throughout the Partners HealthCare System, most recently as Vice President of Operations, and Executive Director of the Transitional Care Unit at Spaulding North Shore.

Ms. DiFilippo received her BSN from St. Anselm’s College followed by her MSN from Salem State College and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree from Regis College.  She has held various positions and worked in different health care settings over the span of her career including staff nurse in acute care, nurse educator in long term care, and most recently before joining the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network as an Associate Chief Nurse at the North Shore Medical Center.  She also demonstrates her commitment to the Nursing Profession a while serving as an Instructor at several Nursing Education Programs in the area.

Denise M. Ambrosi, MS, CCC-SLP
Director of Speech Language Pathology
Program Director of Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Denise Ambrosi is Director of Speech Language Pathology and Program Director of Brain Injury Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where she has worked for 25 years in progressive leadership roles.  Denise guides the clinical practice of speech language pathology at Spaulding, and she leads the interdisciplinary brain injury team.  Denise’s clinical focus has been in the area of dysphagia and neurogenic communication disorders.

Denise has a faculty appointment at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Boston.

Denise received her BA degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas.  She is a member of ASHA (American Speech Language Hearing Association) and of ACRM (American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine).

Lynne C. Brady Wagner, MA, CCC-SLP

Stroke Program Director
Lynne Brady Wagner is a speech-language pathologist and is the Director of the Stroke Program and the Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Ms. Brady Wagner earned a graduate certificate in Healthcare Ethics from Rush University Medical School and was a Disability Ethics Fellow at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. She is a former member of American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Board of Ethics and serves the Special Interest Group for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders Steering Committee as the Associate Coordinator (2011-2013).

She is an active volunteer for the American Stroke Association and received the inaugural Healthcare Professional Award for the Northeast Region in 2010. She is an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor and teaches Healthcare Ethics at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions.

Ms. Brady Wagner has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and has lectured nationally on the topic of ethics and disability. She is also the ethics column editor for the journal Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation.

Josephine Dipietro
Pediatric Program Director
Pediatric Clinical Nurse Manager

Ms. Dipietro holds the positions of Pediatric Clinical Nurse Manager and Pediatric Program Director of the inpatient Pediatric Unit at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She was a staff nurse on the Spaulding inpatient unit for a number of years before transitioning to a nursing management position in 1999. She has been the Pediatric Program Director since August 2011.

Ms. Dipietro received her master’s degree in nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist was her focus of study. Her undergraduate bachelor’s degree in nursing is from Simmons College. She was inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau International. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Nurse and has been the recipient of multiple “Partners in Excellence” awards.

Debra Margolis, MS, OTR/L
Director of Occupational Therapy
Program Director, General Rehabilitation

Ms. Margolis is the Director of Occupational Therapy and the Program Director for the General Rehabilitation Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston. She has been at Spaulding since 1985 in progressive leadership roles. She has presented at local and national conferences on a wide range of clinical topics related to occupational therapy and rehabilitation.

Ms. Margolis received a BA degree from Clark University, Worcester, MA and an MS degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University, NY. She is a member of Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapists and American Occupational Therapy Association.

Cara Brickley, MS, DPT
Director of Physical Therapy
Program Director, Comprehensive Rehab Program
Cara Brickley is the Director of Physical Therapy and the Program Director for the Comprehensive Rehab Program. She received a MS degree in Physical Therapy from Simmons College and later, DPT from Simmons College. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

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