Dr. Don Kallembach is the founding program director for Maria College’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program and an Associate Professor of Health Sciences. Dr. Kallembach is a Registered/Licensed Occupational Therapist.
Dr. Kallembach has worked in human services for more than 30 years and has been an occupational therapist since 1998. Prior to becoming and occupational therapist, he worked for 10 years in social service agencies in both direct service and administrative roles. As an occupational therapist, Dr. Kallembach has worked in mental health, pediatrics, developmental disabilities, community practice and physical dysfunction settings. Notably, he has worked full time in higher education as faculty and program director, for both occupational therapist assistant and occupational therapy training programs, for 13 years.
He is a strong advocate for liberal arts education. His core professional values include the use of evidence-based practice informed by Humanistic and Existential philosophy that places students and clients as the center of education and practice. He believes fervently in service to others, social responsibility, the value of the arts and opportunity education, which are at the core of the Maria College’s Mission.
Dr. Kallembach is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and has presented at national conferences. He has also presented for Occupational Therapy Associations in Missouri, Illinois, and New Mexico. His scholarship work is in the areas of reflective hermeneutics and ethics.
- Bachelor of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University
- Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Springfield College
- Masters of Arts degree in Healthcare Ethics from Saint Louis University
- Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Chatham University
Dr. Pallister is the academic fieldwork coordinator and Associate Professor for Maria College’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program. He is a Registered/Licensed occupational therapist and has practiced clinically and academically for over 25 years.
Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, he worked for 10 years in a management capacity for John J. Doody, and Sons of Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY. As an occupational therapist, Dr. Pallister’s clinical work primarily focused on adult/older adult rehabilitation and ergonomic work injury prevention and wellness. An occupational therapy educator for 17 years his faculty appointments have included those as academic fieldwork coordinator and program director.
His professional and scholarly interests include best practices in occupational therapy online education; legal, legislative and policy issues related to occupational therapy practice and education; and professional advocacy. He has published in the area of ergonomics and presented on various topics at the national and state levels. He has been an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Florida Occupational Therapy Association, and various fieldwork consortiums.
Dr. Pallister strongly values the critical role that clinical education plays not only for occupational therapy students but fieldwork educators and their organizations, the MSOT Program, the College, and the profession. Moreover, he views Maria College’s commitment to opportunity education as an ideal context to further enhance fieldwork educational practices.
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Wagner College
- Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from New York University
- Doctor of Jurisprudence from Rutgers School of Law
Dr. Alton Brisport is a Registered/Licensed Occupational Therapist and National Board-Certified Hand Therapist. His clinical professional career extends the duration of approximately 32 years, with 29 years at the Stratton Albany Veterans Affairs Hospital. His diverse clinical experience is attributed to an amalgamation of employment opportunities at multiple health care facilities, including Hospitals, Hand Specialty Clinic, Nursing Home-Rehabilitation and Home Care.
Dr. Brisport practices rehabilitation of complex orthopedic disorders and pathologies related to the upper quadrant. He is proficient in conducting assessments and therapeutic interventions to resolve and enhance biomechanical efficiency to attain functional performance. Additionally, he performs pre and post-surgical therapeutic intervention pertaining to Orthopedic and Plastic patients. He currently develops and modify patient specific protocol and engages in diagnostic and analysis of disorders and trauma involving the upper quadrant. Finally, Dr. Brisport employs administrative responsibilities, pertaining to the clinical management and intern preceptor/supervisor.
Dr. Brisport completed Post Graduate studies directed in the pursuit of Certified Hand and Upper Quadrant Rehabilitation specialist. He also completed certification in the area Basic Kinesiotaping Certification. Dr. Brisport has aggressively pursued enhancing his clinical skills by attending, participating, and presenting in numerous educational seminars, including monthly Orthopedic /Plastic grand rounds at Albany Medical Center. Additional clinical scholarly endeavors include, writing articles, modifying protocol, designing orthosis and therapeutic hand exercise equipment, and performing multiple clinical article reviews and research.
Dr. Brisport was also employed as an Adjunct Instructor for over 12 years, in higher education institutions, including Maria College, SUNY Schenectady and Mildred Elley (Albany campus). His dedication to the field of higher education was evident by his tenure as a member of the SUNY Schenectady Board of Trustees.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Herbert H. Lehman College
- Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University
- Post-Graduate Professional Program, Certification in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation from MCP Hahnemann University-Drexel University
- Doctoral Degree in Occupational Therapy from St. Augustine University