Our Team

Terry Ellis, PhD, PT, NCS

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Dr. Ellis is an Assistant Professor at Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College in the Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training. Her research focuses on investigating the impact of exercise and rehabilitation on the progression of disability in individuals with Parkinson disease. Dr. Ellis is also the Director of the Center for Neurorehabilitation at Boston University where she conducts research, provides clinical consultations and education to healthcare professionals and to persons with neurological disorders. In addition, Dr. Ellis directs the American Parkinson Disease Association National Rehabilitation Resource Center housed at Boston University. She also teaches examination and treatment of patients with neurological disorders within the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Boston University. Dr. Ellis has a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neurosciences from Boston University School of Medicine. In addition, she is a board certified specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy. She has published numerous articles and lectures internationally on topics related to rehabilitation in persons with Parkinson disease. Dr. Ellis is on the editorial board of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Movement Disorders Society.

Tami DeAngelis, PT, DPT, GCS

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Dr. DeAngelis is a senior physical therapist at the Center for Neurorehabilitation, where, since 2006, she has been providing clinical care and participating in research and educational activities to persons with Parkinson disease and related movement disorders. Dr. DeAngelis oversees day to day clinic operations and supervises clinicians and students involved in both clinical and research programs within the Center. Dr. DeAngelis is also the Coordinator for the American Parkinson Disease Association National Rehabilitation Resource Center at BU where she provides information and resources on exercise and rehabilitation to patients, families and health care providers around the country. Prior to working at the Center, Dr. DeAngelis was employed at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital where she was a member of the Movement Disorders Team. She lectures in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Boston University and speaks at Parkinson’s disease support groups, professional conferences and symposia about the benefits of rehabilitation for persons with Parkinson disease. Dr. DeAngelis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Lafayette College, a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2010. She is also a board certified specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Lisa Brown, PT, DPT, NCS

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Dr. Brown is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.  As a member of the Center for Neurorehabilitation at Boston University, Dr. Brown participates in research with individuals with Parkinson’s disease.  Dr. Brown teaches in the clinical application courses in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Boston University and provides clinical services to patients with a variety of neurological diagnosis at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.  Dr. Brown received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy with a competency in Neurological Clinical Practice from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.  She is a board certified specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and a Vestibular Certified Specialist.  Dr. Brown is Chair of the Nomination Committee for the Degenerative Diseases Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association as well as a member of the American Physical Therapy Association of MA Education and Research Committee and the development team for the Neurologic Special Interest Group for the APTA of MA.

Rochelle Panichelle, PT, DPT

RochelleDr. Panichelle is a physical therapist within the Center for Neurorehabilitation.  She provides clinical services and participates in research activities for persons with Parkinson disease and related movement disorders.  In addition to her work in the Center, Dr. Panichelle is a practicing physical therapist at the Ryan Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.  She brings her expertise in Orthopedics to the treatment of persons with Parkinson Disease.  Dr. Panichelle received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston College, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and values practicing and promoting evidence based practice.  Dr. Panichelle is enrolled in a fellowship program specializing in Manual Physical Therapy at the Institute of Orthopedic and Manual Therapy.

Cristina Colon-Semenza, PT, MPT, NCS

Cristina Colon-SemenzaCristina is a graduate student in the PhD program in Rehabilitation Science and a research assistant at the Center for Neurorehabilitation. Her work at the Center includes research assessments, interventions, and supervising research participants and students in BU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Cristina’s research interests include the use of high intensity exercise in the rehabilitation of individuals with Parkinson Disease. Previously, Cristina was a clinical faculty member in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Connecticut. She was also a physical therapist at the Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic at the University of Connecticut where she focused upon the evaluation and treatment of individuals with neurological diseases. Cristina received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Rutgers College and a Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware. She is also a board certified specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.