Lymphedema Rehab Team

The Center’s multidisciplinary team follows a model that includes a physician, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and physical therapist assistants, all of whom have years of experience and advanced certifications. The Center coordinates closely with other renown Centers at GBMC, including the Sandra & Malcolm Berman Comprehensive Breast Care Center, Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, medical and radiation oncology and women’s urogynecological services

Alan L. Kimmel, MDAlan L. Kimmel, MD
Medical Director of the Greater Baltimore Center for Rehabilitation Medicine

Dr Kimmel has been the Medical Director of the Greater Baltimore Center for Rehabilitation Medicine since its inception in 2005.  He completed comprehensive training as a Lymphologist at the Klose Lymphedema Certification Program at Harvard Medical School.  He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. As an attending physician at the Greater Baltimore Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center, Dr. Kimmel recognized the unfilled need for care for patients with Lymphedema.  He became the driving force behind the creation of the Greater Baltimore Lymphedema Center which has rapidly become one of the nation's leading referral centers for complex Lymphedema patients.  The Center has continued to expand  and now encompasses a full spectrum of rehabilitation a services.
  • Chief - Division of General Internal Medicine - Greater Baltimore Medical Center - 2007 - Present
  • Vice Chairman Department of Medicine - Greater Baltimore Medical Center - 2006 - 2007
  • Medical Director - Greater Baltimore Lymphedema and Oncology Rehabilitation Center - 2005 - present
  • Attending Physician - Wound Care Center GBMC - 2001 - present
  • Attending Physician - Hyperbaric Medicine Center GBMC - 2009 - present

Virginia Moratz, OTR, CHT, CLTVirginia Moratz, OTR, CHT, CLT
Administrator of the Greater Baltimore Center for Rehabilitation Medicine

Virginia Moratz holds a degree in psychology and is a 1971 occupational therapy graduate of Boston University. She is renowned as a therapist of 42 years experience, leader, innovator and educator. She has been a board-certified hand therapist since 1991. She was trained in lymphedema management at Klose-Norton Training and Consulting in 1998 and received the Recognition of Excellence Award, the highest honor awarded from the Maryland Occupational Therapy Association. Her vision is to create and provide programs that fully round out excellence and innovation in the delivery of care and to model a collaborative,  compassionate and accountable service. She is also committed to promote opportunities to engage all members of our organization recognizing every colleague's contribution and securing a rewarding work environment to retain a top notch team.

Nicole Sansone, DPT, CLT-LANANicole Sansone, DPT, CLT-LANA

Nicole Sansone graduated from UMBC with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She completed her DPT at University of Maryland at Baltimore. She has been a practicing therapist for 7 years. Nicole has served as secretary for the Central District of the Virginia Physical Therapy Association. She received her lymphedema training from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. Nicole achieved certification with the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) in 2009. She joined the team as a senior therapist at the Center in March 2009. In addition to providing her expertise and care of Lymphedema, she has a special interest and experience in Oncology Rehabilitation.

Kim Keller, PTA, LMT, CLTKim Keller, PTA, LMT, CLT

Kim Keller graduated from Towson University in Maryland with a degree in Natural Science. In 2000 she became a licensed massage therapist and continued following her interests with a degree as a physical therapist assistant in 2005. She has enjoyed working with pediatrics and has expanded the therapeutic setting to include the outdoors with a certification as a professional ski instructor specializing in teaching disabled skiers. Kim earned her certification as a Lymphedema therapist with Klose Training and Consulting, LLC in April 2009. She joined the Center team in February 2009. In addition to providing expert care to lymphedema patients, she has been sought out for her highly tuned skills in Orthopedic Rehabilitation.

Kelli Y. Austin, PT, DPT, CLTKelli Y. Austin, PT, DPT, CLT

Kelli Austin graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelors degree in Kinesiology 2004. She completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Temple University 2007. She completed her Lymphedema training at the Academy of Lymphatic Studies and earned her certification through the Norton School of Lymphatic Studies in March 2009. Kelli has additional training and experience in cancer rehabilitation and is a certified Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist. She has lent her experience to the development our Center's Oncology Rehabilitation Program here at GBMC.

Karen Granzier, OT, CLTKaren Granzier, OT, CLT

Karen Granzier is a 1981 Occupational Therapy graduate of Towson University. She has been a member of the GBMC Healthcare system since 1986, providing care to inpatients as well as outpatients and those homebound. She has worked with orthopedic, neurology and infant NICU patients. She has added the credentials of Certified Lymphedema Therapist in August of 2011, receiving her extended education from Klose Training & Consulting, LLC. Karen currently serves as a liaison between the Lymphedema Center and GBMC inpatients to ensure coordination and quality of care for those in need of our specialized care. Her many years of clinical experience in a full gamut of rehabilitation makes her a valuable addition to our team.

Dawn Roelofs, RNDawn Roelofs, RN

Dawn Roelofs is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a bachelor's degree in the Science of Nursing, and is currently pursuing an advanced degree. She has been nursing since 1999. She obtained her certification in wound care (WCC) and also the PCCN (Progressive Care Certified Nurse). After working with at an inpatient oncology unit for over a year, she moved to the critical care environment as a staff nurse and also as an agency nurse for over a decade at various local hospitals. She has ben pursuing an advanced degree at the University of Maryland. Dawn joined the Lymphedema & Rehabilitation Center team in February 2011, participating in the coordinating of care with patients who have multiple medical issues and serves an important role patient education on minimizing lymphedema risk.

Kristen WrzesienKristen Wrzesien
Office Manager

Kristen Wrzesien graduated from Towson University in 2009 with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Kristen's work experience since 2003 includes roles as a marketing research analyst, qualitative assistant and administrative assistant. Kristen ensures consistent coordination of the Center by being a liaison with insurance companies, referring physicians and the medical director of the Lymphedema and Rehabilitation Center. She enjoys introducing new patients to the Lymphedema and Rehabilitation Center and prides herself in providing the best patient service possible.

Angela deBorja, PT, DPT, CLTAngela deBorja, PT, DPT, CLT
Administrative Assistant

Angela deBorja graduated from University of Richmond in 1998 with a B.S. in Health Science, and from University of Delaware in 2001 with her Master's in Physical Therapy. She obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in May 2009 from the University of Scranton, and completed her lymphedema certification from Klose Training and Consulting, LLC in April 2009. After Angela's experience in inpatient acute care and rehab, wound care, brain injury, and lymphedema, she joined the team at GBMC in March 2012. Her past experience in wound care has included pulsatile lavage with suction, selective debridement, inpatient surveillance wound rounds, and the management of venous, diabetic, and surgical wounds and pressure ulcers. In addition to her expert, individualized approach to patients with lymphedema, her interest, experience, and expanded coursework in wound care is a valuable asset to the program.

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