Burn Rehabilitation Program

Inpatient Program

At University Hospital, we offer rehabilitation for patients recovering from a burn, in the Clark Burn Center and in the Rehabilitation Unit. All patients will be evaluated by our physical and occupational therapists to determine their current level of function.

University Rehabilitation Center
Upstate University Hospital - Downtown Campus
Rm. N2104, 750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & direction
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-4:30pm

The therapy team will aim to maximize independence by improving range of motion, functional mobility, ambulation, and the patient's ability to perform daily activities such as dressing and bathing. Our therapy staff works closely with physicians, nursing, and other staff members to ensure patients are receiving comprehensive care during the inpatient stay.

Our program includes the following:

  • Comprehensive medical management
  • Self-care Program
  • Leisure education
  • Case management
  • Therapeutic Exercise and Functional Mobility/Activities Program
  • Psycho-social needs assessment
  • Patient/family counseling and support
  • Splinting/garment care
  • Spiritual support

Patients are able to continue in our outpatient program once discharged from the University Hospital or the Rehabilitation Unit.

Outpatient Program

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at University Hospital offers a comprehensive therapy program for individuals who have an injury from a burn, once discharged from hospital care. This program provides services for both adults and children. Individualized treatment programs include the following:

  • Therapeutic exercises for range of motion and strengthening
  • Splinting for increasing and maintaining joint mobility
  • Activities of daily living training
  • Functional mobility training
  • Scar management, including pressure garments, inserts, and wraps during scar healing

Our staff of therapists works closely as part of the Clark Burn Center team.

A physician's referral is required for examination and treatment within this program.

Burn Survivors Support Group

This community support group is open to all survivors of burn.

Meets 1st Thursday of every month
5-7 pm
University Hospital, Room 6408

Contact 464-6083 for more information regarding Burn Support Services.

Providers

Kathleen T Bronchetti, PT, DPT
Kathleen T Bronchetti, PT, DPT
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2013

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Craig J Decker, PT, DPT
Craig J Decker, PT, DPT
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Buffalo, 2010

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Inpatient Physical Therapy

Research Interests

  • Early Mobilization in the ICU.  Treatment and Care for Burn Patients.

Education Interests

  • Burn Rehabilitation. Cardiopulmonary Rehabitation. Trauma. Amputee Rehabilitation. 

Clinical Interests

  • Burn Rehabilitation. Cardiopulmonary Rehabitation. Trauma. Amputee Rehabilitation. 



Shannon M Mullen, MSOTR/L
Shannon M Mullen, MSOTR/L
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • OTR: Utica College, 2007

Kathleen A Rake, OTR/L, CHT
Kathleen A Rake, OTR/L, CHT
315 464-2300

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Hand Specialist

Education Interests

  • Clinical Coordinator for OT, Speech Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation students

Clinical Interests

  • Hand Therapy, Burn Rehabilitaion, ALS, Concussion program


Maria D Strong, PT, DPT
Maria D Strong, PT, DPT
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: Utica College, 2011

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Burns (Severe); Fracture; Spinal Cord Injury; Trauma

Research Interests

  • Early Mobility in ICU

    Burn Therapy

Clinical Interests

  • Trauma, Amputations, TBI, SCI, Burns