Support Groups

Learning from others, sharing experiences and gaining valuable insight from others dealing with similar challenges are among the many goals and benefits of the Support Groups available at Kessler Institute. We encourage both current and former patients, family members and caregivers to participate in these important educational groups.

Group Name, Meeting Time & Place Contact
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

West Orange
Meets weekly on Friday and Sunday evenings
7:30pm - 9:00pm

 

Bonnie Evans, PT, MHA
Administration
973.243.6830

Amputee Support Groups

Saddle Brook
Meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month (except December and August)
6:00pm - 7:30pm

West Orange
Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

 

Cynthia Macaluso, PT
Outpatient Rehabilitation
201.368.6087

Farris Fakhoury, PT or
Heather Monaco, PT
Outpatient Rehabilitation
973.414.4755
and
Christine Schaub, PT
Inpatient Rehabilitation
973.731.3600 x2542

Aphasia Conversation Group

Chester
TBD

Saddle Brook
Meets on the 2nd of every month
12:00pm - 1:00pm

 
 
 

Patricia Halloran, MS, CCC-SLP or
Bernadette LaFond, MS, CCC-SLP
Outpatient Rehabilitation
201.368.6095 or
201.368.6072

Brain Injury Support Group

Chester
Meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month
6:00pm - 7:30pm

West Orange
Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month
6:30pm - 8:00pm

 

Victoria Caruso, CTRS and
Nicholas Hendry, PT
Rehabilitation Services
973.252.6300 x2607

Outpatient Brain Injury Case Manager

Brain Injury Caregiver Support Group

(For families and caregivers of current patients)

West Orange
Meets weekly on Tuesday
4:15pm - 5:15pm

 
 
 

Marisa King, PT
Inpatient Rehabilitation
973.731.2600 x2281

Brain Injury - Young Adult Support Group

(Specially geared to individuals 18-30 years old with brain injuries)

Saddle Brook
Meets monthly: April 24, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 7, September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11
6:00pm – 7:30pm

 
 
 

Amanda Teel, MSW, LSW
Cognitive Rehabilitation
201.368.6228

Devon Hordes, MA, CCC-SLP
Cognitive Rehabilitation
201.368.6070

Caregiver Support Group

Saddle Brook
Meets monthly: April 24, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 7, September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11
6:00pm – 7:30pm

 

Debra Sodora, PT
Jackie Corcoran, OT
Inpatient Rehabilitation

Anne Marie Chesterman, CTRS
Therapeutic Recreation
201.368.6012

Life After Stroke Exercise Group

Saddle Brook
Meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month
11:30am - 1:30pm

 

Anne Marie Chesterman, CTRS
Therapeutic Recreation
201.368.6012

Life After Stroke Support Group

Chester
Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month
4:10pm - 5:00pm

Saddle Brook
Meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month
1:00pm - 3:15pm

 

Jeffrey Kronstadt, PhD
Psychology Department
973.252.6316

Anne Marie Chesterman, CTRS
Therapeutic Recreation
201.368.6012

Overeaters Anonymous

Saddle Brook
Meets weekly on Tuesday evening
7:45pm - 9:00pm
Meets weekly on Wednesday evening
8:00pm - 10:00pm

 

Bonnie Canestrino
201.845.8524

"Reconnecting After Brain Injury"

Chester
Meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month
4:30pm - 5:15pm

Saddle Brook
Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
5:30pm - 6:15pm


West Orange
Meets weekly on Wendesday afternoon
4:15pm - 5:00pm

 

Jackie Candaras, PT
Inpatient Rehabilitation
973.252.6300 x2607

 

Erin Donnelly, PT, NCS
Inpatient Rehabilitation
201.368.6194

 

Kirk Endersby, PT
Inpatient Rehabilitation
973.731.3600 x2507

Spinal Cord Injury Peer and Resource Group

West Orange
Meets on the last Thursday of each month
6:00pm - 8:00pm

 
 

Ron Moore
Peer Counselor
973.243.6912

Spinal Cord Injury Caregiver Corner

West Orange
(For families and caregivers of current patients)
Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month
4:00pm - 5:00pm

 
 

Jane Mitchell
SCI and Ventilator Program Coordinator
973.243.6927

"Steps to Wellness" (Stroke Program)

Chester
Meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month
4:30pm - 5:30pm


Saddle Brook
Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
6:15pm - 7:00pm


West Orange
Meets weekly on Wednesday afternoon
4:15pm - 5:00pm

 

Michael Scarneo, PT
Inpatient Rehabilitation
973.252.6300 x2631

 

Erin Donnelly, PT, NCS
Inpatient Rehabilitation
201.368.6194

 

Aubrey Knick-Koppenhofer, PT
Inpatient Rehabilitation
973.731.3600 x2276

Anthony Russo, PT
Inpatient Rehabilitation
973.731.3600 x6804

Stroke Club

Saddle Brook
Meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month
12:30pm – 1:20 pm

 

Anne Marie Chesterman, CTRS
Therapeutic Recreation
201.368.6012

Stroke Support Group

Saddle Brook
Meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month
6:00pm - 7:30pm
**Please call to confirm, as meetings may be changed due to holiday and/or vacation schedules

 

West Orange
Meets on the 3rd Monday of every month
4:15pm - 5:15pm
**Please call to confirm, as meetings may be changed due to holiday and/or vacation schedules

 

Anne Marie Chesterman, CTRS
Therapeutic Recreation
201.368.6012

Susan Laskoski, SLP
Inpatient Rehabilitation
201.368.6193

Kimberly McGuire, PhD
Psychology Department
973.243.6828

Rebecca Young, PT
Inpatient Rehabilitation
973.731.3600 x2200

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