NJ WRIISC's Staff - War Related Illness and Injury Study Center
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NJ WRIISC's Staff

Kelly Brewer, MS
Kelly Brewer, MS
  • Position: Study Coordinator at the Integrative Human Physiology Laboratory
  • Team: Research

Kelly Brewer joined the WRIISC in December 2014 and is the Study Coordinator for the Integrative Human Physiology Laboratory. Ms. Brewer holds a Master of Research in Immunology from Newcastle University and a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Eastern University. Her professional experience includes over 10 years of laboratory research within clinical and non-clinical settings. Ms. Brewer uses her prior work experience to oversee the operations of the research studies for the Integrative Human Physiology Laboratory.

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Paulette Brower, LPC, MBA
,Paulette Brower, LPC, MBA
  • Position: Program Analyst
  • Team: Education

Paulette Brower, LPC, NBCC is a Program Analyst with the NJ WRIISC. Ms. Brower joined the WRIISC in March 2019 and supports its Education Mission by managing educational resources and efforts for Veterans and their Providers. Ms. Brower brings over 20 years of higher education experience to the WRIISC. Prior to joining the WRIISC, she directed Academic Advisement Centers, taught as an adjunct faculty, and worked in Counseling and Disaster Mental Health Relief Services. Ms. Brower earned her BA in Botany from Drew University, her MS in Counseling from Seton Hall University, and both her MA in Social Sciences and MBA in Finance from William Paterson University.

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Helena Chandler, PhD
Helena Chandler, PhD
  • Positions:
    • Acting Associate Director of Clinical Services
    • Associate Director of Data Management
  • Teams: Data Management and Clinical Services

Dr. Helena K. Chandler is the NJ WRIISC Associate Director of Data Management. She is responsible for maintaining a high level of quality for the NJ WRIISC’s clinical, research, and education databases. Dr. Chandler ensures that Veteran information is stored and organized in a safe and secure manner.

Dr. Chandler joined the WRIISC in 2002 after completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Tech. She received federal funding for her Postdoctoral Fellowship and gained specialized training in applications of Behavioral Medicine to Veterans with complex and medically unexplained symptoms. Dr. Chandler has collaborated with colleagues at the three WRIISC sites, in the Mental Health & Behavioral Science (MH&BS) division of the East Orange VAMC, and at the UMNDJ-New Jersey Medical School on nine additional federally-funded research projects. These include on multisite studies and clinical trials of new interventions for Veterans.

Dr. Chandler has a particular research interest in three interconnected areas of research: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS), and Healthcare Utilization. The NJ WRIISC continues to be a wonderful environment for Dr. Chandler to connect with Veterans who are both seeking help for themselves and interested in participating in research that will help others.

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Carmelen B. Chiusano, MPA
Carmelen B. Chiusano, MPA
  • Position: Health Science Specialist – Study Coordinator

Carmelen Chiusano has been with the NJ WRIISC since April 2014. She currently is the Study Coordinator for the Behavior Health Research Laboratory – PI: Dr. Lisa McAndrew – that focuses upon improving self-management of Veterans’ post-deployment health conditions. Previously to her coming to the WRIISC, she worked as a Business Specialist and Program Coordinator at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University and at UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Carmelen received her Masters in Public Administration from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Bachelors of Arts from Smith College.

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Michael J. Falvo, PhD, RCEP
Michael J. Falvo, PhD
  • Positions:
    • Scientific Director, Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence
    • Principal Investigator, Cardiorespiratory Physiology Laboratory
  • Teams: Research and Clinical Services

Michael J. Falvo, PhD, is the Scientific Director of the VA Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence (AHBPCE) at the NJ WRIISC and Associate Professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. His program of research investigates mechanisms of dyspnea and exercise intolerance in the context of environmental and occupational exposures, and this work is currently supported by the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense. Through the AHBPCE, Dr. Falvo’s laboratory also provides advanced clinical cardiopulmonary services to Veterans through our national outpatient referral program.

Dr. Falvo is a registered clinical exercise physiologist and has completed his degrees in exercise science and kinesiology from The College of New Jersey (BS, 2004), University of Memphis (MS, 2006), and Washington University in Saint Louis (PhD, 2010). He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the WRIISC (2010 - 2012) and joined the WRIISC faculty in 2012.

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Steven Greer, MS, EP-C
Steven Greer, MS, EP-C
  • Positions:
    • Cardiorespiratory Physiology Laboratory
    • Exercise Physiologist
  • Teams:Research and Clinical Services.

Mr. StevenGreer started his career with the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2014 and joined the WRIISC in 2017. He is an Army veteran and is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C). Mr. Greer earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and his Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology both from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Stephanie R. Grier, MSN, RN
Stephanie R. Grier, MSN, RN
  • Position: Nurse Health Educator
  • Teams: Education and Clinical Services

Ms. Grier joins the Education and Clinical Teams serving as a nurse health educator responsible for one-on-one Veteran heath education and other Veteran and provider education efforts. Ms. Grier will also assist in chart reviews, responding to q-queries and drafting of Veteran “Good News Stories” among other responsibilities. Ms. Grier is a Registered Professional Nurse with over 18 years of emergency department, homecare, case management, tele-health and psychiatric nursing experience. She worked at the James J. Peters Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center where she performed direct clinical care for a cadre of Home Based Primary Care patients and functioned as an assessment nurse for OEF/OIF veterans in the Care Giver Program. She has also acted as a research nurse consultant to the Geriatric Research and Education Care Center on a Project that addressed hospital readmissions and transitioning patients across service lines and into the home setting; Additionally, Ms. Grier provided trainings on topics such as health literacy and cultural competency to Allied Health Professionals within the Geriatric Research Care Center (GRECC).

Ms. Grier earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Wagner College. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing Education at Mercy College where she was a National Dean’s List Rhodes Scholar Award nominee and in 2011 Ms. Grier was amongst the first graduating class of Masters prepared Clinical Nurse Leader’s (CNL) at Hunter College.

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Deborah Jewell, BA
Deborah Jewell, BA
  • Position: Program Specialist/Administrator
  • Team: Administration

Ms. Deborah Jewell, is the Program Specialist at the NJ WRIISC. Ms. Jewell earned her BA degree at New York University majoring in organization communications. She has many years of experience in client services and risk management. Prior to coming to NJ WRIISC, Ms. Jewell worked for a mental illness organization for five years assisting psychologists with daily administrative issues relating to patients.

Currently, Ms. Jewell provides administrative support to the NJ WRIISC Director and supervises all aspects of recruitment of Clinical patients. Since joining the NJ WRIISC in August 2004, the number of Veterans evaluated at the NJ WRIISC has increased substantially. Ms. Jewell has been recognized for providing Veterans with the care, treatment and excellent service that they deserve. She spends an extensive amount of time with Veterans on the phone and in person before and during the visit. Veterans who have come to the center from all over the country have commented that the thought and preparation Ms. Jewell puts into making their visits possible is most helpful to them. She looks forward to continue providing Veterans with a pleasant atmosphere during their visit at the NJ WRIISC.

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Iman Johnson, MPH, MCHES
Iman Johnson, MPH, MCHES
  • Position:Training Specialist
  • Team: Education

Iman Johnson is a Training Specialist with the NJ WRIISC. At the WRIISC, Iman primarily provides health education to Veterans with health concerns related to military exposure to airborne hazards. Since joining the WRIISC in October 2018, she has provided support for Veterans telehealth classes, developing educational materials, and the PDHS-WRIISC webinar series. In addition, Iman serves as a co-investigator for the Institutional Courage Initiative.

Prior to coming to the WRIISC, Iman worked as a Project Assistant at Bannon Consulting Services, writing federal, state, and city grant proposals for various health agencies in New York City. She also has experience in coordinating community coalitions, event planning, positive youth development, substance use prevention, and sexual health education.

Iman received her Master of Public Health degree from the Rutgers University School of Public Health, concentrating in Health Education and Behavioral Science.

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Jacquelyn Klein-Adams, MS, RCEP
Jacquelyn Klein-Adams, MS, RCEP
  • Position: Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Teams: Research and Clinical Services

Ms. Jacquelyn Klein-Adams is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine. Ms. Klein-Adams joined the WRIISC in 2013 and contributed to the development of the WRIISC’s dyspnea clinic, which is now recognized as the VA’s Airborne Hazard and Burn Pit Center of Excellence. She oversees and provides direct clinical care as the AHBPCE’s Senior Clinical Exercise Physiologist. In addition to her clinical role, Ms. Klein-Adams also serves as Lab Coordinator for the Cardiorespiratory Physiology Laboratory where she oversees several DoD and VA funded research projects. The primary objective of the lab’s research is investigating Veterans’ reports of exercise intolerance, fatigue and dyspnea and their relationship to environmental and occupational exposures. Ms. Klein-Adams holds a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Rutgers University (2010) and a Masters degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Northeastern University (2012).

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Lisa M. McAndrew, PhD
Lisa M. McAndrew, PhD
  • Positions:
    • Acting Director of Research and Fellowship Director; Research Scientist
  • Teams: Research and Clinical Services

Dr. Lisa M. McAndrew is a Research Scientist, Acting Director of Research and Fellowship Director at the Veterans Affairs New Jersey Healthcare System, War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) and an Assistant Professor at the University at Albany, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology. Her research seeks to understand Veterans experiences with post-deployment health concerns and use this information to develop non-pharmaceutical interventions that Veterans want to receive. Dr. McAndrew is the PI of VA-funded research studies on Gulf War Illness including: (1) the second largest clinical trial for Gulf War Illness which compared problem-solving treatment to health education (2) a multi-site observational study of how providers and Gulf War Veterans can best communicate about Gulf War Illness (3) an effectiveness-implementation trial of best models to deliver care to Gulf War Veterans (starting 2020). This work has recruited over 500 Gulf War Veterans with Gulf War Illness and has included over 150 qualitative interviews with Gulf War Veterans about their experiences with Gulf War Illness. Dr. McAndrew was on the committee that wrote the VA’s updated Gulf War Research Strategic Research Plan. Her work has led to over 40 peer-reviewed publications and over 6 million dollars in federal funding. She has disseminated this work directly to VA providers through webinars and national conferences.

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Kelly McCarron, PsyD
Kelly McCaron, PsyD
  • Position: Neuropsychologist
  • Teams: Research and Clinical Services

Dr. Kelly McCarron is a neuropsychologist who has worked in the Department of Veterans Affairs for over 10 years with a focus on post-deployment health, traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma, and rare and medically unexplained conditions. She earned her doctorate in psychology at The Wright Institute, received her psychology internship training at the VA in Salisbury, NC and completed her neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship at the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center in Washington, DC, where she then worked as a neuropsychologist and director of postdoctoral fellowship training in neuropsychology. She then served as the neuropsychologist for the VA Polytrauma Network Site in Washington, DC. In Dr. McCarron’s current role as a psychologist at the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center in New Jersey, she conducts neuropsychological assessments for Veterans with complex, chronic post-deployment health conditions. In addition, her research has focused on social rehabilitation for Veterans with traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder, integrative medicine, and Gulf War illness.

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Melissa McSwain, MS
Melissa McSwain, MS
  • Position: Research Coordinator
  • Teams: Research

Melissa joined the WRIISC in December 2016 and currently provides support to the staff as the Research Coordinator. She is a former Naval officer with ten years of operational experience in aviation and intelligence and has served with both the U.S. Central Command out of Bahrain and the Pacific Command out of Pearl Harbor, HI. Prior to joining the WRIISC, she was with Habitat for Humanity; most recently as the Program Director for an affiliate near Seattle, WA. She holds a graduate degree in aeronautical science and will be responsible for administrative functions of the labs and ensuring the progress of the research studies.

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Richard Monaghan, BS
Richard Monaghan, BS
  • Position: Administrative Officer
  • Team: Administration

Mr. Richard Monaghan is the Administrative Officer for the NJ WRIISC. Mr. Monaghan earned his BS from Fairleigh Dickinson University in economics & finance. He has been with the Department of Veterans Affairs for more than 28 years. Seven years were spent in the hospital’s Fiscal Service, and 3 years as a budget analyst for the Research Service before coming to the WRIISC shortly after its inception. Mr. Monaghan is in charge of all administrative functions for the WRIISC and its affiliated research, including all accounting, budgeting, purchasing, contracting, and personnel actions.

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Omowunmi Osinubi, MD, MSc, MBA, FRCA, ABIHM, IFM-CP
Omowunmi Osinubi, MD, MSc, MBA, FRCA, ABIHM, IFM-CP
  • Position: Associate Director for Clinical Services
  • Team: Clinical Services

Dr. Omowunmi ("Wunmi") Osinubi, MD, MSc, MBA, FRCA, ABIHM, IFM-CP, was appointed as the Associate Director for Clinical Services at the NJ WRIISC effective July 2015. In this position she leads the NJ WRIISC Clinical team in providing excellence in post-deployment health evaluation services to our Nations’ Veterans with deployment-related health and exposure concerns, and assists VA clinicians in delivering the highest quality care to this unique group of Veterans.

Dr. Osinubi is a board certified Occupational and Environmental Medicine physician with additional certifications in Integrative Health and Functional Medicine. Prior to joining the WRIISC, she was on Faculty at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University) – School of Public Health and was the Associate Director of the residency program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. At the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI), she directed the Information Toxicology Project funded by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. There, she led the team that wrote the medical toxicology and health effects sections for approximately 1,400 hazardous substances fact sheets, which are part of the New Jersey Right to Know program for hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

Dr. Osinubi has worked with the WRIISC since 2008 and has established herself as a national expert in the exposure concerns of deployed Veterans. Dr. Osinubi provided in-person and telephonic consultations to Veterans and/or their health care providers on matters relating to complex medical health conditions and exposures of concern during military service. She takes a leading role in educating both the VA provider community and Veterans on exposures from various deployments and the potential for health effects. She was part of the WRIISC team that trained clinicians on deployment-related exposures at conferences across the Nation. Dr. Osinubi also co-developed and provided clinical leadership to the Airborne Hazards Center of Excellence within the WRIISC to comprehensively examine Veterans with cardiopulmonary symptoms and exposure concerns related to poor air quality and potentially toxic respiratory contaminants during their military deployments.

Dr. Osinubi’s past experiences at the WRIISC enhance her current WRIISC leadership role and more importantly, allow our team to develop innovative services that will help to improve the clinical care of Veterans with post-deployment health and exposure concerns.

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Lydia Patrick-Deluca, MSN, RN, APN, NC-BC
Lydia Patrick-Deluca, MSN, RN, APN, NC-BC
  • Position: Nurse Practitioner
  • Team: Clinical Services

Ms. Lydia Patrick-DeLuca earned a BSN and a Master of Science in Nursing from Rutgers College of Nursing where she was also inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for nurses. She is board certified as an adult nurse practitioner, school nurse/teacher of health and as an Integrative Nurse Coach. She also has expertise in Therapeutic Acupressure and is skilled in Functional Medicine.

Her clinical work experience is diverse, CCU, medical floor, operating room multiple services from traumas to electives. She served as head of the Gyn Oncology & Infertility Service at St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. She also worked at a private Reproductive Endocrinology practice as a patient educator and IVF coordinator. Ms. Patrick–DeLuca also has experience working as a school nurse/teacher of health in the public schools of Montclair, New Jersey, home health, where she worked as a skilled visiting nurse, nurse preceptor then went into administration for a nonprofit agency in Essex County, New Jersey and at an Integrative Endocrinology practice. She wrote “Behind the OR Doors” in conjunction with the St. Louis University Nursing School, a film to promote peri-operative nursing which aired nationally.

As the team lead, Ms. Patrick-DeLuca brings to the WRIISC her clinical skills and diverse experience to assist in the diagnosing of complex medically unexplained symptoms and post deployment health problems. She is an integral team member and is involved in clinical, coordination, research, as well as education to support the WRIISC mission.

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Lisa Pickett, LCSW
Lydia Patrick-Deluca, MSN, RN, APN
  • Position: Social Work Coordinator
  • Team: Clinical Services

Lisa Pickett, LCSW is the Social Work Coordinator at the NJ WRIISC. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from University of Maryland, College Park and Master of Science in Social Work with a clinical concentration and specialization in aging from the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work. She is a licensed clinical social worker in both the State of NY and NJ. She is also certified in gerontology, leadership development and social work supervision.

Ms. Pickett has been working in the VA since 2001 and has experience working with veterans of all eras in addressing their psychosocial concerns. She has a vast array of expertise working in both inpatient and outpatient settings with veterans in the areas of post deployment health specific to complex, chronic medically unexplained symptoms, substance abuse, geriatrics and palliative care. At the WRIISC she oversees the day to day operation of the social work program. She is an integral team member and is involved in clinical, coordination, research, as well as education to support the WRIISC mission.

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Michelle W. Robertson, MD, MPH
Michelle W. Robertson, MD, MPH
  • Position: Staff Physician
  • Team: Clinical Services

Michelle W. Robertson, MD, MPH is an Occupational and Environmental Medicine physician at the NJ WRIISC. Dr. Robertson provides in-person and telephonic consultations to Veterans and affiliated health care providers regarding medically unexplained symptoms and exposures of concern during military service. Dr. Robertson’s other area of interest includes employing the biopsychosocial approach to health to improve quality of life and prevention of chronic disease.

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Dr. Robertson is currently on Faculty at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine and previously served as the Associate Director of the residency training program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Rutgers-University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). At the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI), she provided care to injured workers and performed surveillance evaluations. In addition, Dr. Robertson evaluated and treated first-responders in the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program.

Dr. Robertson is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine in Family Practice. In addition, she has completed additional training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at UMDNJ- Robert Wood Johnson Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine and she is board eligible in Occupational Medicine. She received a Master's degree in Environmental and Occupational Health from the Rutgers-UMDNJ School of Public Health. She is also board certified in Occupational Medicine.

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Christina Rumage-Miller, MSPH
Christina Rumage-Miller, MSPH
  • Position: Education Specialist
  • Team: Education and Risk Communication

Ms. Christina Rumage-Miller is an Education Specialist at NJ WRIISC. She is responsible for developing written materials for Veterans and Veteran providers (including factsheets and the WRIISC Advantage newsletter which she coordinates), overseeing/managing WRIISC website content, and assisting with other Center happenings as needed.

Ms. Rumage-Miller joined the NJ WRIISC in November 2001 and was employed as a Patient Services Assistant for approximately three years before becoming an Education Specialist. Her main job responsibilities in this role were to coordinate and provide support for the intake, screening, scheduling, and patient care for each Veteran referred to the WRIISC. Her experience in this position provided her with a strong foundation in understanding Veterans’ healthcare and educational needs and helped prepare her for her current position at the WRIISC.

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Bishoy Samy, MS
Bishoy Samy, MS
  • Position: Biomedical Engineer
  • Teams: Research Service

Mr. Bishoy Samy, MS is a biomedical engineer at NJ WRIISC. Mr. Samy joined the WRIISC in 2014 after working for a cardiovascular device company. He earned his BS in Biomedical Engineering in 2012 and MS in Biomedical Engineering in 2013 from the Newark College of Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology where he received several merit-based scholarships. His responsibilities in the lab include performing analysis of various physiological signals collected, developing and testing mathematical algorithms for signal acquisition and processing used in research studies, designing electronics and equipment to meet research needs, and overseeing all research equipment.

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Susan L. Santos, PhD, MS
Susan L. Santos, PhD, MS
  • Position: Associate Director
  • Team: Education and Risk Communication

Dr. Susan L. Santos is the Director of Risk Communication and Education for the NJ WRIISC. Dr. Santos has over 35 years of risk and health communications experience. She conducts research, develops provider and Veteran education using a variety of formats and develops a range of educational materials on complex health, safety and environmental risk information and deployment related health risks such as exposure concerns and chronic multi symptom/medically unexplained illnesses in Veterans. She also provides education and training to VA staff and providers on risk communication and how to communicate health related information to various stakeholders.

Dr. Santos received her PhD from Northeastern University, where she concentrated in Risk Communication. She received her MS degree in Civil Engineering and Public Health from Tufts University and a BS degree in Chemistry and Sociology from Boston College.

Dr. Santos is internationally recognized in the field of risk communication. She has given hundreds of seminars and speeches on the topic of risk and crisis communication and has published in the areas of risk communication, exposure assessment and risk assessment. Dr. Santos served as board member of the National Academy of Medicine as well as a committee member on several committees.

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Serena M. Satcher, MD, FAAPMR
Serena M. Satcher, MD, FAAPMR
  • Position: Physician
  • Team: Clinical Services

Dr. Serena M. Satcher brings a wealth of experience in Musculoskeletal Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Occupational Medicine, medical leadership and more recently Integrative and Functional Medicine to her patients. She earned a degree in medicine from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee in 1989, completed a residency in Internal Medicine New England Deaconess Hospital of Boston (now Beth Israel-Deaconess, a Harvard Medical School Program and Hospital) in 1992 and a second residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois in 1996. She is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, The American Board of Integrative Medicine, Certified Physician by Institute of Functional Medicine. She was subspecialty boarded in Sports Medicine.

Dr. Satcher served as a clinical instructor on the faculty of Northwestern University in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and formerly as a clinical instructor on faculty at the University of Illinois both in Chicago, Illinois. Her areas of interest are in Integrative and Functional medicine approaches to Arthritis and Autoimmune diseases. She has extensive experience in Integrative and Functional Medicine approaches to autoimmune disease, metabolic disorders, hormone rebalancing (men and women), neurodegenerative disorders and weight management. Dr. Satcher has expertise is evaluating the root causes of illness using a functional medicine approach, and is adept at empowering Veterans to adopt a wellness mindset and healthy lifestyle in order to improve clinical outcomes.

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Edward Shadiack, DO
Edward Shadiack, DO
  • Position: Physician
  • Team: Clinical

Dr. Edward Shadiack III received a Bachelors of Science from Rutgers University in 2005 and a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM) in 2009. He completed a Family Medicine residency at UMDNJ-SOM in 2012. In 2015, he joined the WRIISC as a Clinical Fellow and returned in 2018 after having completed a second fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine/Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at the University of North Texas - Health Science Center (UNTHSC). He is triple board certified in Family Medicine, Osteopathic Family Medicine, and Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. He completed training in pain medicine with certification through the America Osteopathic Conjoint Pain Medicine Examination and medical weight management with certification through the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He has added interests and training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is pursuing additional certification in this field. Dr. Shadiack is currently pursuing a third fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Mitochondrial Medicine and is adjunct professor at UNTHSC.

Debbie Skeete-Bernard, RN, MSN
Debbie Skeete-Bernard, RN, MSN
  • Position: Nurse Health Educator; WRIISC Telehealth Lead
  • Teams: Education and Clinical Services

Ms. Debbie Skeete-Bernard began her tenure with the WRIISC in March 2017 as a nurse health educator. As a Registered Nurse, she has over 25 years of experience. Her educational background includes Joint Masters Degrees in Nursing and Public Administration from Kean University and in Health Care Administration from Capella University. To add to her skillset, she is also a Veteran who served in the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. As an Educator, her skillset is based on her education from Ramapo College where she completed a Post-Master's degree in Nursing Education. For the state of New Jersey she has a license as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).

Anays Sotolongo, MD
Anays Sotolongo, MD
  • Position: Physician
  • Team: Clinical Service

Dr. Sotolongo is Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep physician at the NJ WRIISC. Dr. Sotolongo provides in-person and telephonic consultations to Veterans and affiliated health care providers regarding medically unexplained respiratory symptoms of concern during military service. Dr. Sotolongo’s other area of interest includes airway inflammation in inhalation injury.

Dr. Sotolongo is currently on Faculty at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care and serves as the Medical Director of the Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick at the Rutgers-University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). She also works at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI), as a pulmonary consultant, where she evaluates and treats first-responders in the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program.

Dr. Sotolongo is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.

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Chin-Lin Tseng, DrPH
Chin-Lin Tseng, DrPH
  • Position: Principal Investigator, Health Research Scientist (Health Services Research), Biostatistician
  • Team: Research

Dr. Chin-Lin Tseng has been with the NJ WRIISC and the Health Sciences Research Group at the East Orange VA Medical Center since 2002. She was a faculty in New Jersey Medical School from 2002-2016. Dr. Tseng received dual Doctor of Public Health degrees in Biostatistics and Sociomedical Sciences, School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, in 2001. She received undergraduate (general Public Health) and Master degrees (Health Policy and Management) from National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan. .

Dr. Tseng currently is the principal investigator (PI) I of a VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) funded grant that evaluates glycemic control and hypoglycemia. Previously, she was the PI in VA HSR&D grants on evaluation of lower extremity amputations, chronic kidney diseases, and preventable (i.e., ambulatory care sensitive) hospitalizations. She also an active co-investigator in numerous projects. Dr. Tseng serves as a methodologist in projects of her own and other colleagues or collaborators, leading the study design and data analyses of many research projects.

Dr. Tseng’s research focuses on evaluation of Veteran’s health outcomes and utilization, and factors associated with them. The results of the research are to advance understanding of health care needs in Veterans and provide information for health care policy making and patient care programs redesign. Her areas of expertise and interest are in health services/patient outcomes research: (1) methodologies: longitudinal data analysis, epidemiological surveillance and risk factor evaluation, risk adjustment, and electronic health records (administrative data base) analysis; (2) medical conditions and health care issues: complex chronic disease (e.g., diabetes, chronic kidney disease), diabetes related complications (e.g., lower extremity complications, hypoglycemia, etc.), glycemic control, mental health, suicide, medically unexplained illnesses, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.