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  Kelly Close MD
Dr. Close received her Master’s of Public Health in Health Policy and Management with honors from Yale University, during which time she also received the Yale University President’s Award and the Yale School of Medicine Martin Luther King Award. She then was awarded a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed her residency in emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Affiliated Residency in Emergency Medicine. Currently, Kelly is responsible for the overall financial, programmatic, and administrative operations of Emed Health. Her experiences include serving as the Executive Director and founder of a Prenatal and Well-Child Care management program which received the President of the United States Service Award at the White House in 1996. Dr. Close also served for three years as the National Coordinator of Disaster Volunteers for the American Red Cross. In addition to this role, she was an advisor to the President of the Red Cross on medical teams and weapons of mass destruction and terrorism.

  Kara Gavin
As director of public relations at the University of Michigan Medical School, Kara Gavin oversees media relations and employee communications, and has the lead role for crisis and issue communications. She and her team create and distribute news about the discoveries made by the university’s researchers, the advanced clinical care provided at the hospitals and health centers, and the education and training of thousands of medical students, residents and biomedical graduate students. Prior to becoming director in 2008, she was a science & medical writer and media relations team member for nine years. She went to Michigan in June 1999 after six years in public relations and employee communications at Brookhaven National Laboratory. At Brookhaven, she helped communicate about discoveries on topics that ranged from addiction and plant biology to alternative energy and particle physics. Gavin is a 1993 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
  Velma Conway
After graduating in 1975, Ms. Conway went to the University of Pennsylvania, School of Allied Medical Professions (SAMP) which has since closed. She earned a Certificate in Occupational Therapy after a year of nine to five classes and an additional six months of internships. After sitting for the national registration exam in January of 1977 and passing, Velma worked as an on-call therapist and then a therapist in a nursing home before obtaining a full time position at the Robert Wood Johnson Rehabilitation Center attached to the JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ. In 1992, Velma received a phone call from a local school district looking for an occupational therapist and she decided to reinvent herself as a school therapist. She has been doing school therapy for 19 years as an independent contractor.
  Marilyn Gorney-Daley
Gorney-Daley received a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1993 and a Master in Public Health degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Public Health in 1995. Dr. Gorney-Daley is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Marilyn has been with the New Jersey Department of Health for approximately 15 years and currently serves as the Director of Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services at the State of New Jersey Department of Health where she oversees a number of programs and services for children with special health care needs. She is responsible for a staff of over 60 professionals with an annual budget of over 150 million dollars.
  Michelle Ferretti
After graduating from Lehigh, Dr. Ferretti worked in research labs at Children’s Hospital Boston and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. However, she craved a clinical setting with patient interaction. In 2000, Michelle received a Masters of Science in physical therapy from the Massachusetts Institute of Health Professions (IHP) in Boston, MA. After graduating from the IHP, she worked as a physical therapist at Children’s Hospital Boston, in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. In 2002, MIchelle returned to the IHP part-time, and earned her doctorate in physical therapy. In 2007, she left Children’s to work as a physical therapist at the Learning Center for the Deaf, a school for deaf children in Framingham, Massachusetts. She continues to work at Children’s on a per diem basis, running a weekend clinic for children with various diagnoses. Over the past several years, Michelle has also taught multiple courses at the IHP, served as a clinical instructor and has spoken in various settings about the treatment of children with brachial plexus injuries.
  JoAn Monaco
Dr. Monaco earned her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and is the first female to graduate from the plastic surgery residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She was also awarded a two-year training fellowship at the National Institutes of Health where she conducted research in immunology and has presented her findings at numerous national and international meetings. After completing a six-year residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery she started a solo practice in New York City. Dr. Monaco has travelled to various third world countries for medical missions to repair cleft lips/palates, congenital anomalies and perform reconstructive surgeries for burn victims. She has also become a lead coordinator for “Doctors for the Cure” for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to allow doctors and their patients to become involved in educating and researching a cure for breast cancer.

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2012 Newsletter designed by Maria Brace
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