Meet the Staff

Updated November 11, 2013

Phyllis Lepre Reischmann    |   Dana M. Kiefer    |    Patricia Poillon Schwarz


Phyllis Lepre Reischmann, P.T., CIMI, IMC

Licensed Physical Therapist Executive Director

Phyllis graduated from the School of Allied Health Professions, SUNY @ Stony Brook in 1983 with a B.S. in Physical Therapy, receiving The Award for General Excellence in Physical Therapy from the School of Allied Health Professions and the Award of Excellence from The Long Island District American Physical Therapy Association. She has held positions as both a Staff and Senior Physical Therapist at The Burke Rehabilitation Center of White Plains, New York, having the opportunity to advance skills in the area of evaluation and treatment of adult neurological, rheumatalogy, cardiac, pulmonary, spinal cord and head trauma patients, as well as, out-patient treatment and evaluation of patients with neck and back pain and impairment, shoulder pain and impairment, knee injuries and post surgical patients. She was instrumental in developing staff training programs for the use and implementation of objective, measurable evaluation tools including The Functional Ambulation Profile (FAP), and involved with the development of The Sports Screening Program, designed to assess and implement programs for prevention of injury in young athletes.


Since 1986, Phyllis has focused her clinical expertise in the area of Pediatrics. She has held positions as Coordinator of Physical Therapy Services at the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities (Early Intervention Center), Staff Physical Therapist with St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center (Home-based Early Intervention and Preschool), Home-Care Physical Therapist with ABLE Healthcare Service and GENTIVA Health Care.


Phyllis began a long time association with O’Connell, Selig and Associates, LLP began in the mid 1990's providing home-based early intervention services, pre-school services and school based Physical Therapy Services. During this time she has been involved with the development of programs emphasizing a team approach to helping school aged children reach their full potential in the school/learning environment. She has developed programs including: Gross Motor Curriculum for Kindergartners (a functionally based curriculum shared with teachers on an informal in-service bases to be used in the classroom), Co-Developed the Learning Through Movement program which was designed for use in the classrooms to aid in the collaborative efforts of both teacher and therapists focusing on the whole child. It has been successfully implemented in local school districts, enhancing the success of inclusion and life skill programs. In October of 2003, Phyllis was named the Director of Clinical Services for O’Connell, Selig and Associates, LLP. The Therapy SPOT, PLLC grew from this foundation.


Phyllis proudly provides physical therapy services to those ranging from birth through adult. She prides herself on the treatment of Torticollis in infants and on treatment of the medically fragile and multiply handicapped infants and young children. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and Interactive Metronome Certified.


Phyllis is dedicated to the growth and development of the field of Physical Therapy and in reaching out to the communities that she serves. She is co-lecturer and author of P.T. and O.T. In The Learning Environment, an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Special Section on Pediatrics and Sports Physical Therapy. She also is involved with local youth sports programs serving as a trainer and coach and Sports Physical Therapy. She has also coached and trained students to participate in local Special Olympic Games.


Provided with a strong background in evaluation and assessment, and over 25 years of clinical hands-on treatment experience, Phyllis prides herself on an eclectic approach to the treatment of her patients. This includes a strong “team approach” to care, focusing on the “team captain”......................THE PATIENT.

Dana M. Kiefer, M.A., OTR/L:

Licensed Occupational Therapist,

Director of Occupational Therapy Services

Dana is a graduate of Adelphi University- Magna Cum Laude in 1993, with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. She pursued graduate studies in the School of Occupational Therapy at New York University – Dean’s List in 1993. Her practice began at St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center where she worked with adult patients with neurological impairment, spinal cord injury, Traumatic Brain Injury and Orthopedic difficulties.


As a Leader of specialized interdisciplinary therapy groups, Dana assisted patients through rehabilitation to functional independence. In 1995 she was asked to participate with the Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Program for children 0-21 years with traumatic brain injuries and various neurological / orthopedic dysfunctions. Dana was asked to present a Transdisciplinary Grand Rounds at University Hospital at Stonybrook for the pediatric and neurology physician and nursing departments. She developed orthotic and seating/positioning cross training in-services for hospital employees, chaired the Continuous Unit Improvement Task Force and was Co-Developer of the TBI Community Re-entry program.


In 1997, Dana transitioned to the Hospital’s BOCES Center to provide occupational therapy to school children ages 5 to 21 years. Dana served as Coordinator of the outpatient therapy program and co-coordinator of student fieldwork program. She was a consultant for the Botox Clinic for patients with increased muscle tone in extremities and served as a member of the Pediatric Amputee Clinic. In 1998, Dana was an Adjunct Professor at Touro College for a course in Specialty Pediatrics for third year level Masters Students.


In addition to her hospital work, Dana formed her own Independent Contracting service providing Early Intervention, preschool and school based evaluations and therapy for many contract agencies to children with multiple disabilities at home and within school district settings. She has a Clinical specialty with Sensory Processing Dysfunction, Visual and Perceptual/Motor Dysfunction, Handwriting, TBI and ADD/ADHD. Continuing Education includes: Visual Processing Disorders, Certified Infant Massage Instruction, Bal-A-Vis-X, How Does Your Engine Run, Therapeutic Intervention with Infants; Implications for the Neonatal Care Unit, Working with Children with Auditory Processing Disorders to name a few.


Dana’s independent practice led her to join as co-owner of the Therapy SPOT for Pediatric and Adult Speech, Physical and Occupational Therapy, PLLC. This opportunity allows for the continual development of a multidisciplinary practice unique in the Suffolk County area dedicated to provide continual individual and group therapy.

Patricia Poillon Schwarz, M.S.CCC/SLP

Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Director of Speech Therapy Services

Pat is the Director of Speech Therapy services at The Therapy SPOT and has been providing speech therapy for adults and children since 1985. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her Master's Degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech and Language Pathology. Pat has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of adults and children with communication disorders.


Prior to her work at The Therapy SPOT, she held the position of Senior Clinical Specialist in Speech Pathology at St Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center where she was instrumental in the development of the first pediatric in-patient brain injury program on Long Island.


She has worked extensively with medically fragile and developmentally delayed children with speech and language disorders, motor speech impairment, oral-motor and feeding difficulty as well as sensory-motor dysfunction related to speech-language and communication development. She holds NDTA Certification in Pediatrics.


Pat is trained in the assessment and treatment of swallowing disorders and has performed both adult and pediatric modified barium video-fluoroscopy swallow evaluations while working at St. Charles Hospital.


She currently works closely with a variety of holistic health practitioners with emphasis on food sensitivities, allergies and treatments that facilitate improved, speech, language and cognitive-linguistic function. She has recently teamed up with Mt. Sinai/ North Shore Medical Group and Dr. Karen Siegel, to provide specialized speech therapy for adults following cochlear implantation. Pat is certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment technique for adults with Parkinson's disease as well as The Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy approach. She has channeled her love for music and singing into her work with voice therapy patients and her work with Advanced Brain Technologies as a certified bone conduction provider of The Listening Program. She is the recipient of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association ACE Award for continuing education.


Continuing Education: PROMPT, Beckman Oral-Motor Approach, Lessac-Madsen Resonant voice therapy, Kaufman speech praxis approach, Lee Silverman Voice Therapy, The Listening Program, Sequenced Oral Sensory(SOS)Approach, Interactive Metronome, Adult Aural Rehabilitation for Cochlear Implantation.


- Long Island University- C.W. Post Campus: Invited speaker: 4thAnnual Conference on Best Practices in the Education of Young Children with Developmental Disabilities. “Off to a Good Start: Addressing the needs of Infants with Developmental Disabilities”;,


- New York University Invited speaker. Student Seminar: Speech-Language Therapy: Stepping Out of the Box.


- Suffolk Community College Invited speaker.Graduate seminar: Oral-Motor and Feeding Therapy for the Clinical Nutritionist.


- New York State Speech-Language Hearing Annual Convention. Topics: Invited Speaker: “Speech Therapy for a Baby?” and Working Together with Parents in Early Intervention


- Georgia Speech Language and Hearing Association State Convention Invited speaker:. Topics: Non-traditional Therapies for the Speech-language Pathologist


- Adelphi University Short Course Presentation;: Early Intervention from A to Z: Getting Started with Confidence; 12 hour conference. - SUNY at Stony Brook Medical Grand Rounds Presentation;, Dept of Pediatrics: Conceptualizing the Course of Pediatric TBI Rehabilitation;