Instructors and leaders of SLI Neuro Wellness classes and events come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, but all share a desire to help individuals with brain injury live well.

Urvashi Chogle, DPT: Chair Yoga & More

I completed my Physical Therapy training in Mumbai India in 1992. After moving to the United States in 2003, I completed my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions. I have worked with a varied diagnosis of patients but pursued my specialty in treating patients with Brain Injury, Stroke, Neurodiagnoses and Amputations. […]

Nancy Muise: Expressive Arts

An artist from childhood, I always enjoyed drawing, painting and “making things.”  The strong art department at Burlington High School and my art teachers inspired me to develop my talents and strive for a career in the arts.  I received my BFA from Salem State College and my MA from Tufts and The School of […]

Elaine O’Rourke: Train Your Brain

Elaine O’Rourke, is a 500 hr and C-IAYT Yoga Therapist & Teacher since 2003.  She has several yoga certifications and anatomy trainings. From her many years of teaching a variety of group classes, to private classes to diverse populations, she can naturally adapt to whoever she is teaching and draws from her vast well of […]

Ernesto Diaz: Drum Circle

Ernesto is an Assistant Professor, Percussion at the Berklee School of Music and performs, leads concerts and records Caribbean and South American music, including performances with Latin pop star Gloria Estefan, the Boston Pops, and Cuban legends such as Cachao Lopez, Eliades Ochoa, Toumani Diabate, Paquito D’Rivera, and Oriente Lopez. “I teach traditional, popular Caribbean and […]

Mia Sweet: Assisted Exercise

I first became involved with the Supportive Living programs through my work as a certified personal trainer at the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA in Marblehead, MA. I assisted with the Winter-Spring 2018 Program and enjoyed creating safe exercise curricula for participants based on their individual goals and needs. The most amazing part about the program is […]

Christian Fabrizio: Assisted Exercise

Graduating from Salem State University in 2014 with a B.S Degree in Sport and Movement Science, Christian has always enjoyed helping others reach their goals. With years of experience of personal training as well as working beside physical therapists in a clinical setting, he has joined the staff at the SLI Brain Injury Wellness Center […]

Liz Lyng: Boxing for Balance

Liz has a background in boxing fitness, working as a boxing and kickboxing instructor for many years. She is passionate about creating boxing inspired workouts that help improve activities of daily living, as well as build confidence in her boxers. “I firmly believe that gaining mental strength is as important as gaining physical strength, and […]

Kara Lavertu, MS, CGFI: Neuro Wellness Program Manager

Kara graduated in 2019 with an MS in Exercise and Sports Science from Merrimack College and a BS in Exercise Science from Endicott College. She has joined Supportive Living as our Neuro Wellness Program Manager. Kara has worked with various populations from dementia patients, to paraplegics, amputees, post-surgery rehabilitation and orthopedic patients. With a background […]

Priva Lyengar: Chess Club

Supportive Living, Advocates Brain Injury Services, and Live Well Program Partners provide Live Well with Brain Injury classes. The Statewide Head Injury Program, a program of Community Based Services, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission supports Live Well activities.