Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, also known as physiatrists, work to restore or maximize the functional skills, self-sufficiency and mobility of people with temporary or permanent disabilities. These may range from minor sports injuries to more complex conditions such as traumatic brain injuries, paraplegia, multiple sclerosis or spinal cord problems.
Dr. Nicolson, an attending physiatrist at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, has served as chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Sunnyview since 1998.
A cum laude graduate with departmental honors in chemistry of St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, Dr. Nicolson received her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She completed post-graduate training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in the Department of Preventive, Family and Rehabilitative Medicine. She also had additional training at Strong Memorial Hospital/Monroe Community Hospital's Division of Rehabilitation Medicine in Rochester, NY.
Dr. Nicolson holds board certification from the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is also a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and is a frequent lecturer on stroke rehabilitation and pain management.
In addition to her other appointments, Dr. Nicolson holds consultation privileges in physiatry at Ellis Hospital. Her professional affiliations include membership in the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the American Spinal Injury Association, the Schenectady County Medical Society, the Medical Society of the State of New York, and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Nicolson has served on the physician advisory board for the Epilepsy Association. Since 1991, she has also been a survey consultant to the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), a not-for-profit organization that accredits several types of specialized services, including medical rehabilitation, adult day services, assisted living, behavioral health, and employment and community living services. In that capacity, she participates in assessing the ability of rehabilitation providers to meet CARF's international standards of quality.
Dr. Shapiro joined Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in 1989 after completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
He serves as medical director of Sunnyview's Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation and is also a consulting physiatrist at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. He is a clinical instructor of physical medicine and rehabilitation for Albany Medical Center's residency training program.
Board certified, Dr. Shapiro is a diplomate of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He also holds certification from the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, and is a member of the American Medical Association and the Medical Society of the State of New York. He is active in the New York State Head Injury Association, and is a member of the National Head Injury Association and the International Head Injury Association. Additionally, he is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Shapiro earned a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, as well as a master's degree in exercise sciences and physical education from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He completed medical school at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and was a resident at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. He served as chief resident in the Joint Training Program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital.
He completed a medicine subinternship in pediatric (adolescent) medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, as well as a research assistantship in the Joint Legislative Study on Youth Sports Programs at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Additionally, he served a teaching fellowship in the Department of Exercise Sciences and Kinesiology and a research assistantship at the Center for Fitness and Sports Research, both located at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Dr. Shapiro has written or co-written numerous articles and has made numerous presentations at a variety of professional meetings and in-service sessions. The major focus of his published work has been the treatment of traumatic brain injuries and rehabilitative techniques used to treat such injuries. He has also written about coma recovery, disability and return to work for the brain-injured patient, and stroke rehabilitation.
Dr. Somaio joined the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in 2003.
A native of Rockland County, NY, Dr. Somaio earned a bachelor's degree in biology at Siena College in Loudonville, and completed his medical degree at Albany Medical College. Following graduation from medical school, he completed an internship in internal medicine at Albany Medical Center Hospital, followed by residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation, also at Albany Medical Center Hospital. He served as chief resident in physical medicine and rehabilitation during the final year of his residency.
Dr. Somaio conducts electromyegraphs and nerve conduction studies to measure nerve damage and determine problems that may lead to physical disability in patients. He is also proficient in administering peripheral nerve blocks to help patients deal with pain, as well as administering Botox injections to ease spasms and other disabling conditions.
He is the director of Sunnyview's Multiple Sclerosis Center, which assesses the individual's needs toward functional restoration for physical and occupational therapies, as well as neurological services and psychological/social work services.
A member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as the American Medical Association, Dr. Somaio has been involved in two research projects with Dr. Andrew Dubin at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Dr. Somaio became board-certified through the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2004.
Dr. Dooley, board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and electrodiagnostic medicine, joined Sunnyview after five years at Adirondack Rehabilitation Medicine, PLLC, in Queensbury serving on the medical staff of Glens Falls Hospital and Saratoga Hospital.
Dr. Dooley received her medical degree at Charles University in the Czech Republic in 1996 and completed post-graduate work at medical centers in Florida and California. Additionally, she completed a residency at the Nassau University Medical Center Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program (2003-06) where she also served as chief resident (2005-06).
She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Medical Society of the State of New York, Warren County Medical Society and the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.