Core faculty and staff

Core faculty has direct responsibility for teaching, student advising, and supervision of independent student learning and critical exploration. You can find more specific information on the core faculty on each individual faculty member’s page.



  • Vanessa Corwin

    Administrative Assistant, Marketing and Communications

    Vanessa is responsible for managing the Programs’ website, social media and other communications and media projects. Additionally, she manages the Program's Continuing Education courses. She is also an award-winning TV/video and film producer. Her work has screened on broadcast and cable television, as well as in numerous film festivals and independent venues.

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  • Gina Frassetto, MPA

    Administrative & Business Manager

    Gina keeps our finances and administrative matters in order. She is responsible for the overall administrative and business management of the physical and occupational therapy programs including finance and budget, human resources issues, and contract review for clinical education.


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  • Stephanie Henken

    Administrative Coordinator, Clinical Education

    Born and raised in Manhattan, Stephanie attended Indiana University's Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Program and has a background in many sports. Over the years she sustained several injuries that sent her to physical therapy. She uses her experience to assist students with their clinical choices and always offers an ear and sense of humor should they need to talk. Stephanie is an avid equestrian and proud mom of an 18-year-old horse named Winnie the Pooh. She also has a rescue dog named Benny who is studying to be the DPT program's first therapy dog! She is a die-hard Broadway fanatic and is always ready to recommend a show.

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  • Susanna Mayas

    Administrative Assistant

    Susanna is the Administrative Assistant for the Programs in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. She is responsible for helping faculty, staff, and students with administrative matters. She is a native of New York but spent more than six years in Boston working for both MIT and Harvard. It was there that she discovered her interest in working in university settings. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and drawing, a hobby she has practiced her entire life.

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  • Cynthia Worthington

    Administrative Coordinator, Admissions & Program Initiatives

    Cynthia works with students throughout all phases of their Columbia PT experience. She is responsible for processing applications from prospective students, and scheduling interviews and open houses. She also produces events, such as fall orientation, the white coat ceremony and program graduation. Additionally, she works with state physical therapy boards to facilitate graduating students' applications for their licensing exams.

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