David Crandell, M.D., Clinical Co-Director
Dr. Crandell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the Harvard Medical School and a rehabilitation specialist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH) Boston and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. He is the Medical Director for Amputee and Adaptive Sports Programs at SRH Boston and the Clinical Co-Director for the Dean Center Tick Borne Illness at SRH.
He is a graduate of Cornell University and the State University of NY at Buffalo Medical School and Life Sciences. He did an internship in Internal Medicine at the Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo. He did his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Tufts University School of Medicine, and a NIH NRSA Fellowship in Sport Medicine at the Tufts-New England Medical Center (now Tufts Medical Center) in Boston.
Dr. Crandell is PM&R Clerkship Director at the Harvard Medical School. He is the Course Director for Rehabilitation and Aging, a Master of Science Program in Physician Assistant Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. He is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society Committees on Sports Medicine and Public Health. In November 2013, Dr. Crandell was the Symposium Director for Challenges and Controversy in Lyme Disease and Tick Borne Illness Care at the MGH.
As a rehabilitation specialist, Dr. Crandell was involved in the care of twenty-five of the most severely injured survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013, including fifteen survivors with lower limb amputations. He is a co-investigator of the research study: “The Boston Marathon Bombing: a survey of adult survivors’ medical, psychological, social, occupational and functional status”, being conducted at SRH. He serves as a member of the Medical Advisory Panel of the One Fund Boston. In 2013, Dr. Crandell received the Patient Advocacy Award from the Harvard Medical School Department of PM&R.
Nevena Zubcevik, D.O., MSPT, Clinical Co-Director
Dr. Zubcevik is an Instructor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the Harvard Medical School and a rehabilitation specialist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH) Boston and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. She is the Co-Director of the Dean Center for Treatment, Rehabilitation and Recovery of Tick Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
She is a graduate of Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and University of California at San Francisco. She did an internship in Internal Medicine at St. Petersburg General Hospital in Florida. She completed her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital residency program, over her time as a resident physician Dr. Zubcevik co-coordinated yearly conferences at Massachusetts General Hospital on the topic of Tick Borne Illness as well as patient support group and physician education course.
Laura Duerksen, M.B.A., Administrative Director
Laura Duerksen is the Administrative Director of the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She joined the Dean Center in November 2014 and manages the fundraising, marketing, innovation, and operational components of the center. In 2016, Laura led the execution of Lyme Innovation, a research and innovation platform designed to advance research priorities and the field of tick borne illness through hackathons and strategic partnerships. Laura has prior experience in hospital administration, including positions held at Massachusetts General Hospital in finance project management and research administration. Laura also has extensive professional experience in nonprofit fundraising, including several years of working at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In 2016, Laura served as faculty at the first annual Harvard Medical School Women’s Leadership Conference, where she taught a course titled “Building a Successful Program, Center, or Institute: Strategies for Getting Started or Going to the Next Level”. Laura has an MBA from Simmons College School of Management, a Graduate Business Certificate in Customer Experience Marketing from University of Denver, and a BA from the University of Virginia.
Kerry Lang, M.A., Mental Health Clinician/ Research Assistant
As a master's level clinician, Kerry specializes in expressive art therapy and integrative approaches to counseling, utilizing theories of mindfulness and holistic health in her practice. Kerry has extensive experience working with disabled adults and most recently worked as an in-home behaviorist for children and their families. Kerry has been active in the Lyme disease community for over 5 years. She enjoys practicing Bikram yoga and is passionate about using creativity and the mind-body connection to foster healing.
Rose Nadlyne Octavien, Research Coordinator
Rose Nadlyne Octavien is the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness Research and Lab Coordinator. She is a graduate from Pine Manor College, class of 2013. She has a degree in Biology and completed her senior internship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear infirmary in the Emergency Room. Nadlyne joined the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness in September 2016.
M. Connie Romagna, RN, Certified Case Manager
Connie has a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University and worked as a staff/charge nurse for 18 years at New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn, MA, managing patients with various diagnoses. She enjoyed serving as a patient advocate, and in 2012, transitioned to a case manager position for the brain injury population. In 2014, Connie joined the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Charlestown team, working as an inpatient case manager for the stroke and spinal cord injury units. In this capacity, Connie coordinated care and provided resources to patients and their families to promote a safe discharge back into the community. In May 2015, Connie joined the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness as the Case Manager.