Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Our Team



Catherine Verrier Piersol, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Director, Jefferson Elder Care
Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

Contact Dr. Piersol

130 South 9th Street
Suite 644
Philadelphia, PA 19107

215-923-2475 fax



E. Adel Herge, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Associate Professor
Director, BS/MS OT Program

Contact Dr. Herge

901 Walnut Street
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

215-503-2475 fax

Lori Eckert, MS, OTR/L

Lori Eckert, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist, Jefferson Elder Care
Coordinator, Dementia Service, Pew Charitable Trust Grant

Contact Ms. Eckert

130 South Ninth Street
Suite 647
Philadelphia, PA 19107

215-923-2475 fax


Tracey Vause-Earland, PhD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy


Contact Dr. Vause-Earland

901 Walnut Street
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

215-503-2475 fax

Medical Advisors


Barry W. Rovner, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and Director of Clinical Alzheimer's Disease Research at the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Rovner graduated Jefferson Medical College in 1980 and completed his residency in Psychiatry and fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1985. His clinical research concerns neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and vision disorders such as Age-Related Macular Degeneration. The focus in both disorders is to test novel interventions to improve cognition, prevent depression and enhance quality of life.


Christine A. Arenson, MD, is assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College. Research and scholarly interests include developing enhanced educational opportunities for medical students to learn geriatrics. Dr. Arenson is involved in community-based partnerships to provide comprehensive services to low-income seniors and developing outcomes tools to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs. Areas of clinical expertise include family medicine and geriatrics. Educational administrative experience includes coordinating geriatrics curricula for family medicine residents and serving as assistant director for fellowships in the Department of Family Medicine.