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 August)
6:00pm – 7:30pm

West Orange - Self-Help Amputee Group (SHAG)
Meets on the 1st Tuesday every month (September - May)
5:00pm – 7:00pm

 

Cynthia Macaluso, PT
Outpatient Rehabilitation
201.368.6087


Joan Brinkerhoff
908.721.6754

www.myshag.webs.com

Aphasia Conversation Group

Chester
Meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month
4:15pm – 5:15pm

Saddle Brook
Meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month
September through June
4:15pm – 5:15pm

West Orange
Meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month
4:15pm – 5:15pm

 

Pam Tamulevicius
Speech Department
973.252.6300 ext 2631

Patricia Monti
Speech Department
201.368.6095


Steven LaBarbera
Speech Department
973.731.3600 ext 6956

Brain Injury Support Group

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

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

 

Denise Holdereid, PT
Rehabilitation Services
973.252.6375

Betty Collins, R.N.
CRP Case Management
973.414.4743

Life After Stroke Support Group

Chester
Meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month
4:00pm – 4:45pm

Saddle Brook
Meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month
1:00pm – 2:30pm

 

Jeffrey Kronstadt, PhD
Psychology Department
973.252.6316

Anne Marie Chesterman, CTRS
Therapeutic Recreation Department
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 Department
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

"Re-Connecting After Brain Injury"

Chester
Meets weekly on Saturday afternoon
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Saddle Brook
Meets weekly on Wednesday afternoon
5:00pm – 6:00pm


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

 

Geri Pagaoa, PT
Inpatient Rehabilitation
973.252.6346

Mitchell Cuan, PT
LaMar Bolden, OT
Inpatient Rehabilitation
201.368.6125

Kirk Endersby, PT
Inpatient Rehabilitation
973.731.3900 x2280

Spinal Cord Injury Peer and Resource Group

West Orange
Meets on the last Thursday of each month, January through October
6:00pm – 8:00pm

 

Ron Moore
Peer Counselor
973.243.6927

Katie Wisse, CTRS
Recreation Therapy
973.243.6895

"Steps to Wellness" (Stroke Program)

Chester
Meets every other Saturday afternoon
1:00pm – 2:00pm



Saddle Brook
Meets weekly on Wednesday evening
5:00pm – 6:00pm


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

 

Geri Pagaoa, PT
Inpatient Rehabilitation
973.252.6346

Mitchell Cuan, PT or
LaMar Bolden, OT
Inpatient Rehabilitation
201.368.6125

Kirk Endersby, PT
Inpatient Rehabilitation
973.731.3900 x2280

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

Under 60 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 change due to holiday and/or vacation schedules.

 

Anne Marie Chesterman, CTRS
Therapeutic Recreation
201.368.6012

Susan Laskoski, SLP
Speech Therapy
201.368.6095

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