Dr. Kunisch has been a practicing occupational therapist for almost 20 years.
She received her undergraduate education from University of Buffalo and her Post-Professional Doctorate degree from Boston University. She is an assistant clinical professor at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Clinical, teaching, and research interests include assessment and intervention of individuals with neurological conditions across the lifespan, cognitive rehabilitation, and the impact of interprofessional collaboration and practice on health outcomes.
Dr. Kunisch’s clinical experience encompasses populations across the lifespan in a multitude of settings and geographical locations. Her experiences include pediatric acute care including neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), adult acute care including stroke intervention, early intervention and inpatient acute rehabilitation for adult and pediatric clients.
Dr. Kunisch has specialized knowledge in sensory processing and is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). She is also has certifications in infant massage, stroke rehabilitation and inclusivity assessment.
Her published doctoral project focused on designing and implementing a neonatal infant massage-parent education program in the NICU at University of Rochester Golisano Children’s Hospital based on evidenced supported best practices. She has also published a children’s book titled “A Hand to Hold” with Karen Jacobs that introduces a young child to the NICU environment and occupational therapy.
Personally, Dr. Kunisch is married with 2 awesome kids. She enjoys reading, gardening, bike riding and spending time with her family.