Transitions Rehabilitation in Key West, FL
@ Key West Health & Rehabilitation
Transitions Rehabilitation Outpatient Services
@ Key West Health & Rehabilitation
5860 College Road
Key West, FL 33040
Meet the Team
Marissa Redding Director of Rehabilitation, OTA
Marissa Redding is the Director of Rehabilitation and certified occupational therapy assistant originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She achieved her degree in occupational therapy while living in Boise, Idaho where she later worked in a sub-acute stroke, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord unit. Marissa brings her unique experience from the sub-acute rehab to Transitions by implementing evidenced based protocols for the treatment of the hemiplegic arm. Marissa has extensive history as an outpatient pediatric therapist and enjoys creating “sensory diets” for children and their families. Her specialties include neurological rehabilitation following a stroke or traumatic brain injury, trigger point release, and sensory integration in the pediatric client.
Outside of work, Marissa is an active mother who enjoys all things sports with her twin daughter and son. Her competitive spirit makes her feel at home on the softball or baseball field. Marissa is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Key West and enjoys volunteering to bring resources to the children of the Florida Keys. She craves continuous education and is advancing her degree within the occupational therapy professional.
Brianna Masiello, SpeechTherapist
Brianna Masiello is a native to Key West, FL and is overjoyed to be able to return to her hometown to work and improve the lives of many individuals with Speech and Language Disorders. Brianna is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice Speech-Language Pathology in the state of Florida. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida in 2013 and her Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University in 2016. The majority of her experience has been in outpatient clinics and Skilled Nursing facilities, where she has worked extensively with toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, and adults. She specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of communication disorders to include: receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation disorders, Aphasia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, auditory processing disorders, and other developmental delays.
Brianna currently diagnoses and treats the Geriatric population for a variety of disorders including cognitive linguistic impairments, Dementia, Aphasia, Dysphagia, Voice disorders, and Dysarthria. She is certified in Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) and Surface Electromyography (sEMG) for dysphagia rehabilitation. Brianna works closely with individuals and their families to facilitate effective communication skill development and implementation as well as providing recommendations to improve safe and efficient swallowing.
Over the years, my decision to become a Speech-Language Pathologist has developed into a passion. Being a part of enhancing another’s communication skills and quality of life is truly a rewarding experience, and I cannot imagine a different field. I believe effective communication and the ability to swallow safely is a gift that every individual must have!
Sara Husby Occupational Therapist
Sara Husby has been an occupational therapist assistant with Transitions since 2013. She has experience with the geriatric population working in 5 different states as a traveling therapist in a variety of skilled nursing facilities. Born in Minnesota leaving the state whenever it would get cold was ideal. She eventually ended up here in Key West and never left. Sara received her associate’s degree from Anoka Tech College in 2004.
Since then she has worked in school systems with pediatrics, studied MFR working in outpatient clinics, as well as working with adults with developmental disabilities in the community. Sara has also worked with tribal clinics running ZUMBA classes through a diabetes project.
Here at Transitions Rehab she is known as the singing therapist, and can be seen with her ukulele or trombone spreading cheer. You can find her in the community as a local Music Together teacher as well working with 0-4 year olds. When not at work she can be found on her bicycle, or listening to the great musicians on the island. What has kept her on the island is the local flavor, the water, and the fact she can get around by bike year round.
Michael Kasimier Physical Therapist
Michael Kasimier earned his Doctoral of Physical Therapy degree in 2009 from the University of North Florida, and for the past ten years has dedicated his career to treating the geriatric client. In 2013, Michael became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy as awarded by the American Physical Therapy Association, and later earned the credential of Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Service Administration from the University of Central Florida.
Throughout his life, Michael has had a passion for health and fitness. Growing up in Cocoa Beach, Florida, he enjoyed an active lifestyle that included surfing, fishing, and sailing along with participation in several team sports. Michael also teaches an introductory and intermediate sailing and cruising courses.
Michael is the third of four children from parents, Douglas and Beverly Kasimier.
Nicky M, Physical Therapist Assistant
Nicky M. is a Physical Therapist Assistant at Transitions Rehabilitation where she spends her days improving other people’s days from outpatients to elderly retirees suffering from various injuries and ailments. Nicky specializes in how a person’s body works, and also how the person’s body helps him/her achieve their goals and live their lives. She began her career in 1997 at the Excel Rehabilitation Services in Milford, Michigan focusing on outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine. Nicky earned an Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapy Assistant from Mott Community College in 1997. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is licensed to practice physical therapy in Florida and Michigan. Nicky is a proud mother of two sons. She enjoys many activities related to the aqua blue waters of the Florida Keys.
Nancy Teravskis, Occupational Therapist
Nancy Teravskis is from Minnesota where she raised her family of three children. When the empty nest was near, she went to graduate school and earned her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from St. Catherine University. She has worked in long term care as a full timer, a float, and a traveler. Her specialty is lymphedema therapy but she also particularly enjoys working with those who have experienced a stroke or mental illness. She enjoys all forms of needlework including knitting, crochet, sewing and quilting.
Keana Digiacomo, Rehabilitation Technician
Keana Digiacomo is a 2017 graduate of the University of Central Florida (UCF) with a bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise science. During her time at UCF, Keana was a life skills mentor for the Inclusive Educational Services Program, which allowed individuals with intellectual disabilities to become independent and earn a certificate from the university. Keana was involved in the university’s human performance research laboratory and studied hormonal responses to intense exercise as well as VO2 max ratio. She also played the trumpet in the UCF marching band. After Keana graduated, she began her career in an outpatient spinal surgery center in Orlando, Florida and was the lead medical assistant; she also worked for Home Health Care. A year later, she moved to Big Pine Key and became the rehabilitation technician for Key West Health and Rehabilitation. On holidays, Keana plays the piano and her trumpet for the residents.
Keana has been accepted into Barry University and will pursue a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. In her free time, she enjoys any activity on the water; especially spearfishing and free diving.
Marjorie Paige, Occupational Therapist (OTR/L)
Marjorie Paige, Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) began working at Transitions Rehabilitation in 2016 after her twenty-seven-year career in the Army, working ten of those years as an Army Occupational Therapist. There, she worked with a very diverse range of patients providing occupational therapy services to soldiers, retirees, and family members for orthopedic conditions, outpatient mental health conditions, as well as those with amputee rehabilitation and burn victims at the renowned Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. for several years. Major (Retired) Paige also served one long deployment running the mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) Center in Afghanistan, working with some of the top professional Brain Specialists in the Army.
Marjorie (AKA Marji) brings with her nearly two decades of work experience as a registered Occupational Therapist. Civilian life afforded Marjorie additional experience working in the public-school system with developmentally delayed infants and children; as well as with Day and Residential mental health clients and in acute care. Now in Key West, Marjorie has returned to providing rehabilitation in acute care and skilled nursing facilities, She treasures her time providing therapy to the wonderful citizens of Key West and listening to the stories and that patients share with her.
When Marji is not providing therapy, she is in her garden barefoot, or 100 feet underwater on the Vandenberg shipwreck or out on the water somehow, but mostly she loves to be at home with her wife, Steph, and their pets.
Christina Ross, Physical Therapist
Christina Ross has been a therapist since 2005, graduating in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and working in a variety of rehabilitation settings including Long term acute care facilities, skilled nursing centers, group homes with autistic adolescents and adults, pediatric therapy offices, and Home Health therapy.
Born and raised in Louisville, Ky with 3 brothers, Christina has always been seeking adventures outside from fishing and bike riding in summer to sledding and skiing in winter. After graduating high school and completing one year of college, the opportunity to study abroad took Christina to Mexico with the Rotary Exchange program. Since completing the exchange student program Christina has traveled to many national and international destinations to hike, camp, explore, learn and see the many wonders of the world.
As a therapist Christina has worked in California, Kentucky, Montana, Colorado and Florida, Florida, deciding in 2018 Key West was too wonderful to leave and has been here at Key West Health and Rehabilitation since.
Christina says she loves working with the older generation, and can’t imagine doing any other kind of work, saying “Our older generation deserves special care and respect. They’ve been through so much, and they have so much they can teach us. Providing care to them involves respecting their lives, their families, their special unique situations, and bringing out the best in them; including music, pets, positive attitude, patience, understanding and love in order to improve the quality of their lives with therapy.”
Emily Miller, Physical Therapist Assistant
Emily Miller is a Physical Therapist Assistant and has been practicing since 1985. During her career she has worked in outpatient clinics, a residential facility for the mentally and physically disabled, acute care hospitals, acute and skilled rehab facilities, long term care facilities and in the home care setting. Emily especially enjoys working with the geriatric population where her focus has been for the past 15 years.
Emily was born in Pensacola, FL at the Naval Air Station hospital. She attended college in St. Petersburg where she earned her A.S. degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. After raising her three children in Northern Virginia, she decided to try working in Florida for awhile because she missed the beaches and warm weather. That was February of 2018 and she’s still here!
Olga Gunderson, Rehabilitation Technician, CNA
Olga Gunderson is the Certified Nursing Assistant as well as a Rehabilitation Technician for the therapy team. Olga was born in Lima, Peru and has been living in the United States for thirty nine years. She has lived in Los Angeles, California and she also lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, working as a dental assistant. Olga has lived in Key West for sixteen years and at first was a preschool teacher for ten of those years. In 2015, Olga became a Certified Nursing Assistant and has excelled in the medical field. Olga absolutely loves to lend a helping hand, she says, “Working with children for ten years gave me motivation and copious amounts of energy; I love sharing the joys of life with the geriatric population and helping them see the world as they were like a child again. Working at Key West Health and Rehabilitation has been one of my most proud moments.”
Olga is a unique part of the therapy team because she prepares patients for their therapy, assists with other CNA’s on the floor, serves the residents during meal times, and she also helps them continue their success through the restorative program. The restorative program allows an individual living at this facility to maintain their strength that they have gained and Olga is the restorative leader. She facilitates patients with contracture management, self-care, ambulation, feeding and cognition, independence with their activities of daily living and restores their quality of life.