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Restorative Neurology Clinic at Burke Medical Research Institute

Restorative Neurology Clinic

 

In 2013, the Restorative Neurology Clinic at Burke Medical Research Institute established a self-pay clinic to offer breakthrough state-of-the-art robotic neurorehabilitation therapies for individuals who are recovering from stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, other neurological conditions. The clinic was launched based on many years of clinical research conducted at Burke Medical Research Institute that has investigated exoskeletal robotics to assist in neurorehabilitation pioneered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Utilizing robotic assisted therapy has been proven to lead to significant and meaningful improvements in motor function for individuals who have had a neurological condition.

State-of-the-Art Robotic Programs

Since the clinic’s launch it has offered a comprehensive upper limb robotics program focusing on restoring movement and function in shoulders, elbows, forearms, wrists, hands and fingers. The Restorative Neurology Clinic is proud to expand its offerings to include an extensive lower limb robotics program focusing on restoring movement and function to hips, legs, knees, and ankles. Individuals who are wheelchair bound may also participate in the upper limb program to benefit from maintaining or improving motor recovery, cardiovascular endurance and muscular stamina.

Upper Limb Robotics Program    Lower Limb Robotics Program


Leadership Team

Dylan Edwards, Ph.D., P.T.
Dylan Edwards, Ph.D., P.T.
Director, Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation and Human Motor Control Laboratory

Dr. Edwards is a neuroscientist and a physical therapist with expertise in motor recovery using robotic neurorehabilitation and brain electrical stimulation. He is accelerating the advancement of cutting edge technological neurorehabilitation therapies to promote long-lasting improvements for impairments caused by neurological injuries.

Avrielle Rykman Peltz, MA, OTR/L
Avrielle Rykman Peltz, MA, OTR/L
Sr. Clinical Administrator - Robotics and Virtual Reality
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of the Restorative Neurology Clinic

Avrielle is an occupational therapist who is an expert in neurological upper & lower limb recovery using cutting-edge robotic technology and standardized upper extremity assessments.

Highly Trained Professional
Our Restorative Neurology Clinic’s professionals have qualifications ranging from certifications by nationally- and internationally-recognized medical organizations to master’s degrees and doctorate degrees in physical and occupational therapy.


About the Upper Limb & Lower Limb Robotics Programs:

Therapy sessions at the Restorative Neurology Clinic are a self-pay. The Restorative Neurology Clinic does not accept insurance, however payment plans are available and all members will receive a detailed receipt after participation to submit for possible insurance reimbursement and for tax benefits.

Upper Limb Program

Upper Limb Robotics
1 hour session @ $300 per session
3 days/week
18 Sessions Total: $5400.00

Graduated Member Upper Limb – Pablo System
1 hour session @ $150 per session
2 days/week
12 Sessions Total: $1800.00

Lower Limb Program

Anklebot
1 hour session @ $300 per session
3 days/week
18 Sessions Total: $5400.00

Ekso
1.5 hours session @ $385 per session
3 days/week
18 Sessions Total: $6950.00

Graduated Member Lower Limb – TYMO
1 hour session @ $200 per session
2 days/week
12 Sessions Total: $2400.00

A Restorative Neurology Clinic professional will conduct a preliminary comprehensive clinical evaluations and robotic evaluations prior to enrollment at no cost. All prospective members will be pre-screened to determine if a caregiver is required during the therapy session to assist the participant with his/her exercise program or self-care needs.

A physician's approval is required to participate.

Burke Restorative Neurology Clinic offers one free 6-week robotic therapy workshop (18 total sessions) for United States Veterans, with proof of service. Let us know if you are a Veteran to learn more.

STEP 1 – Complete all enrollment forms and membership agreement.

Please download and complete the following enrollment forms:

  1. Risk Review & Physical Approval From
    • Please download the enrollment forms packet and complete the following forms:
    • Your doctor’s office can FAX your physician approval form to (914) 597-2796.
  2. Health Review
  3. Liability Waiver

Enrollment Forms Packet

Select, download and complete the membership agreement form for the therapy module or program you are enrolling in:

Upper Limb Program

Membership Agreement – Robotics – Upper Limb

Membership Agreement – Graduated Member Upper Limb – PABLO System

Lower Limb Program

Membership Agreement – Robotics - Anklebot

Membership Agreement – Robotics - Ekso

Membership Agreement – Graduated Member Lower Limb - TYMO

STEP 2 – Return all forms to The Burke Restorative Neurology Clinic by one of three options:

  • Email: robotics@burke.org
  • Fax: (914) 597-2796
  • Mail to:
    Burke Restorative Neurology Clinic – Robotics
    785 Mamaroneck Avenue, The Burke House
    White Plains, New York 10605

We will call to schedule an appointment only when all forms have been received.

We are pleased to offer 6-week intensive upper limb and lower limb workshops for graduated members using state-of-the-art robotics.

2016 Workshop Dates:
January 4 – February 12
February 16 – March 25
March 28 – May 6
May 9 – June 17
June 20 – July 29
August 1 – September 9
September 26 – November 4
November 7 – December 16

If interested in enrolling in an upcoming workshop, please call or email:

Avrielle Rykman Peltz
Phone: (914) 597-2220
arykman@burke.org

Jessica Berkowe
Phone: (914) 597-2471
jberkowe@burke.org

Helma Zanders
Lower Extremity Robotics
Phone: (914) 597-2111
wzanders@burke.org

Amy Bialek
Lower Extremity Robotics
Phone: (914) 597-2347
abialek@burke.org

Marc Tesler, Retired Venture Capitalist

Marc Tesler a stroke survivor who developed a business plan to launch the Restorative Neurology Clinic.


Brad & Jessica Berman - 2015 Burke Award Honorees

At the age of 37, Brad Berman, a father of two and an attorney specializing in tax law at GE, experienced a massive hemorrhagic stroke. Brad spent more than a month in a coma, and afterwards, had to relearn how to breathe, walk, and talk. Brad spent four months living at hospitals, including at Burke, and now continues to receive outpatient care at Burke, where he works with state-of-the-art robotic devices. Brad’s wife, Jessica, who is also the Deputy General Counsel at the National Hockey League (NHL), began Run 4 Brad, a community campaign to raise money to create and build a lower limb robotics program for the Restorative Neurology Clinic at Burke Medical Research Institute.


Robotics Help Runner Brad Berman Rehabilitation After Storke

Watch this CBS News segment featuring stroke survivor Brad Berman, his wife, Jessica and Dylan Edwards, Ph.D., P.T. to learn about his recovery using state-of-the-art robotics at the Restorative Neurology Clinic.


Brain Attack: A Stroke Survival Guide

The Brain Attack: A Stroke Survival Guide video from Al Roker’s 2007 special shows a brief overview of how state-of-the-art robotic therapy performed at the Restorative Neurology Clinic helped post-stroke survivors increase upper body strength and control.


Burke Rehab Robotics

This video features Trish Hambridge’s neurorehabilitation journey using state-of-the-art robotics at the Restorative Neurology Clinic.

The Restorative Neurology Clinic at Burke Medical Research Institute welcomes physician referrals for individuals who are recovering from stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or other neurological conditions and would benefit from robotic assisted therapy.

About the Upper Limb and Lower Limb Robotics Programs:

  1. Robotic assisted therapy, as currently and historically performed in our clinic, is highly recommended by the American Heart Association and Department of Defense Guidelines for people with arm weakness after a stroke, to improve function.
  2. Our program will typically run for six weeks (3x per week), as this is the time shown for most dramatic improvement in function.
  3. Patients can best participate in the upper limb or lower limb program if they have; (a) at minimum - at least trace voluntary muscle activation in lower extremity, (b) can understand basic instructions; and do not have; (i) strong fixed contracture, (ii) visual or perceptual deficits that would preclude them from playing the video game on the robotic screen, (iii) comorbidity that would preclude them from doing mild lower extremity repetitive activity.

To participate in our programs a physician's approval is required.
Please FAX the completed physician approval form to (914) 597-2796.

Burke Medical Research Institute
Restorative Neurology Clinic
785 Mamaroneck Avenue
The Burke House
White Plains, New York 10605

Robotics Research Clinic
Phone: (914) 597-2471
Fax: (914) 597-2796
robotics@burke.org

Restorative Neurology Clinic
Phone: (914) 597-2111
Fax: (914) 597-2796
robotics@burke.org

Avrielle Rykman Peltz, MA, OTR/L
Sr. Clinical Administrator - Robotics and Virtual Reality
Chief Operating Officer - Restorative Neurology Clinic
Phone: (914) 597-2220
arykman@burke.org

Jessica Berkowe
Upper Extremity Robotics
Phone: (914) 597-2471
jberkowe@burke.org

Heather Pepper Lane
Upper Extremity Robotics
Phone: (914) 597-2471
hpepperlane@burke.org

Helma Zanders, PT
Lower Extremity Robotics
Phone: (914) 597-2347
wzanders@burke.org

Amy Bialek, MS,PT
Lower Extremity Robotics
Phone: (914) 597-2347
abialek@burke.org