JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
ABMS, Brain Injury Medicine Certified
Medical Director: Stroke Recovery, Post-COVID Rehabilitation & Aftercare
Clinical Associate Professor, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Core Assistant Professor, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Dr. Talya Fleming is the Medical Director of the Stroke Recovery Program, Post-COVID Rehabilitation
Program & Aftercare Programs at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Fleming earned her
undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick with a major in Biological Sciences and a
minor in Spanish. She obtained her medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and
completed residency training at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Fleming is double board certified
in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Brain Injury Medicine from the American Board of
Medical Specialties. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
and Core Assistant Professor at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.
Interested in the role of exercise and disability, she presents her clinical research nationally and
internationally on the topics of stroke rehabilitation, modified cardiac rehabilitation for stroke survivors,
neurorehabilitation, post-acute transitions of care and healthcare delivery. She has been integral in the
creation, design and implementation of the JFK Johnson Stroke Recovery Program and related Stroke-
HEART(TM) Trials from their inception.
Dr. Fleming has achieved many professional accomplishments in her career including professional awards,
authorships and grants. Dr. Fleming has been invited to speak at prestigious national and international
conferences including: The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA)
Scientific Sessions, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), American Academy of Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP), International Society
of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM), and the Association of American Medical Colleges
Dr. Fleming is also a selected member of several national strategic leadership committees addressing
stroke, COVID-19 and disparities in medicine. She is a member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation
Medicine Stroke Interdisciplinary Stroke Interest Group – Health and Wellness Task Force which promotes
health management and health maintenance after stroke. During its tenure, she was also a member of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) Women in Academic Physiatry Presidential Task Force with the goal to examine gender bias in leadership positions in women in medicine.
Pediatric and Adult Physiatry
Dr. Cheng earned his B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University and a second B.A. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of California-Santa Cruz. He continued his education at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Cheng completed his internship at St. Barnabas Medical Center and his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. He completed two additional years of fellowship training in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Specialized Hospital. He is board-certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.
Dr. Cheng has special interests in the treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Management as well as Adaptive Sports and Recreation. He has lectured nationally on these subjects.
Dr. Cheng has a strong connection to his community, volunteering for several non-profit organizations. He is the founder of Peak Potential, Inc., an entirely volunteer-run charity that provides free, adaptive rock climbing programs for children with physical disabilities. He also served as medical advisor and divemaster for Stay-Focused, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides adaptive SCUBA diving programs for young adults with mobility challenges.
Learn more about Dr. Cheng: www.jenfuchengmd.com.
Chief Revenue Officer
Steve Henn is a senior executive with 30 years of experience in financial, operational, legal, and general management in a wide range of industries. He is currently Chief Revenue Officer of EXTEND Resources.
He is a recognized expert in business ethics and the author of Business Ethics: A Case Study Approach and a contributing author to the World Book of Values (Van Halewyck, 2013). Steve has spoken in the US and aboard on topics such as ethics and professionalism; law and technology; artificial intelligence and cognitive analytics, as well as business management and growth.
In 2013, Steve started to focus on artificial intelligence, cognitive analytics and the use of advanced technologies in the analysis and management of risk. Since then, he has pioneered the use of AI and data analytic solutions in the areas of data privacy, governance, and contracts for functions as diverse as information security, data governance, mergers and acquisitions, legal operations and human resources. Steve has addressed a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, banking, insurance, telecommunications and media, airlines, and logistics.
Prior to EXTEND Steve was Vice President of Consulting and Analytics for Conduent, Inc. where he led the development of several industry leading artificial intelligence products. Prior to Conduent, Steve was President and CEO of UBIC, North America, a global artificial intelligence company focused on governance, risk, compliance, and eDiscovery. Steve was the President of eMag Solutions, LLC; of SmartPros Legal & Ethics, Ltd., and of Cognistar Corporation.
Steve is a panel reviewer for the National Science Foundation for artificial intelligence applications and an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University. He is a member of the Connecticut bar.
Dr. Nancy Kirsch is currently the Vice Chairperson for Administration of the Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences Department and the Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is currently a member of the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners and President of the Board of Directors of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).
Dr. Kirsch has pioneered the field of Physical Therapy and has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since she was a student. She was President and Chief Delegate of the NJ Chapter and served a five year term on the APTA Ethics and Judicial Committee, including a term as Chairperson and a three year term on the Reference Committee including a term as Chairperson. She served the national association as a member of the Ethics Document Revision Task Force and Scope of Practice and Imaging Task Force, most recently serving on the Clinical Education Task Force Report and The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Standards and Required Elements Revision Task Force. Consequently, she has deep knowledge and understanding of the regulatory landscape in physical therapy.
Dr. Kirsch holds over 30 years’ experience in health administration, physical therapy regulations and practice. She began her career as staff Physical Therapist at Kessler Institute in New Jersey and has held positions as supervisor, director, and vice president at various renowned hospitals and institutions. 1989 she founded a private Physical Therapy practice together with two other women, and she is still a practicing physical therapist as well as a tenured professor at Rutgers. Her research interests center around providing safe and effective physical therapy care to patients. This includes professional growth, ethical behavior, and risk based regulation.
She was awarded the APTA Lucy Blair Service Award in 2006 and became a Catherine Worthingham Fellow in 2014. She received the Outstanding Service Award and President’s Award from Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). She received the Distinguished Professional Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the APTA in 2017.
Dr. Kirsch writes a column about ethics in the APTA publication PT in Motion called Ethics in Action and recently published a textbook entitled Ethics in Physical Therapy: A Case Based Approach.
Clinical Chief, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
Dr. Phalgun Nori specializes in the treatment of traumatic brain injury, brain tumors and stroke, as well as spasticity management. He is board certified in both physical medicine and rehabilitation and brain injury medicine, and holds additional certification in neural repair and rehabilitation from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.
Dr. Nori is serves as the study physician for all clinical trials at Kessler Foundation Stroke Research Center and is the investigator or co-investigator on several clinical trials for brain injury and stroke. He has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals and has presented abstracts at many national conferences.
Dr. Nori is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a member of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, North American Brain Injury Society and New Jersey Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Society.
Dr. Nori earned his medical degree from the University of the West Indies and completed an internship and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Jacobi Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center.
Taro Narahara is an Associate Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), where he teaches architectural computing, interaction design, and game design. His research focuses on the visualization of human behavior models; generative design in architecture inspired by self-organization; robotic fabrication; and digital design education. He has lectured widely and has published in international journals and conferences such as Computers & Graphics, the International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), SIGGRAPH, Eurographics, ACADIA, eCAADe, CAADRIA, and CAAD Futures.
Since 2009, Narahara has won awards including the Peter Rice Prize, the Digital Design Prize, and the REAI Research Grant Award from Harvard University. He also received the Excellence in Research Award from NJIT for his research and sustained record of contributions in 2016.
Narahara’s current research has included the application of game design to a project dealing with therapeutic gaming and rehabilitation robotics in collaboration with biomedical engineers at NJIT. The interdisciplinary team was awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2016, and He has contributed as a Co-PI. He is also a member of an international group to promote VR technologies that visualize traffic and human behaviors using multi-agent simulations.
Narahara is a licensed architect in the state of New York and a first-class architect in Japan and has practiced in the U.S. and in Japan. During this period, he was associated with firms such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Gluckman Mayner Architects and has collaborated on several award-winning projects including the Mori Arts Center, Hotel Puerta de America in Madrid, and the MoMA Store in New York City.
Narahara holds a Doctor of Design degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and an M.S. in Architecture Studies (Design Computation) from MIT. He also holds an M.Arch from Washington University and a B.S. in Mathematics from Waseda University in Tokyo.