Meet Our Team

Meet the individuals guiding your path to recovery.

Christopher Kellner, MD
Co-Creator of Precision Recovery
Director of the Intracerebral Hemorrhage Program for the Mount Sinai Health System
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Kellner is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery for the Mount Sinai Health System and is both the Director for the Intracerebral Hemorrhaging Program as well as Principal Investigator of the Cerebrovascular Translational Laboratory. He completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, and then went on to receive his MD from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. He completed his neurosurgery residency at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University, and then came to Mount Sinai for his endovascular fellowship. His research interests include early diagnosis of strokes and aneurysms, decreasing inflammation after stroke, and improving post-stroke outcomes. Dr. Kellner has written ten book chapters, authored more than 60 publications, and been featured on both Fox and CBS news stations.

David Putrino, PhD
Co-Creator of Precision Recovery
Co-Director of the Abilities Research Center for the Mount Sinai Health System
Co-Director of the Charles Lazarus Children’s Abilities Center for the Mount Sinai Health System
Director of Innovation for the Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance
Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Putrino is a physical therapist with a PhD in Neuroscience from The University of Western Australia. He began his career as a clinician in Australia and then moved to the United States to study computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and New York University. He has served as a faculty member at Weill-Cornell Medicine and Burke Medical Research Institute. He works to develop technology solutions for individuals in need of better health care accessibility and has many collaborators including the High-Performance Division at Red Bull, Not Impossible Labs, and Leaders in Sports Performance. Dr. Putrino’s research has been featured in multiple media outlets including ABC, Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Time, Wired, and the LA Times.

Jenna Tosto, PT, DPT, NCS
Clinical Director, Precision Recovery
Physical Therapist, Abilities Research Center

Jenna Tosto is a physical therapist with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Temple University. She received her BA in Communication Disorders-Sciences and Biopsychology from William Paterson University of New Jersey. Throughout her studies, she completed multiple clinical and research affiliations, training at NYU Langone Health, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. She previously served as a physical therapist at NYU Langone Rusk Rehabilitation where she gained experience in adult acute care and adult inpatient neurological rehabilitation. Her areas of clinical and research interest include knowledge translation in neurological rehabilitation practice and the role of novel technology in motor recovery following neurological injury. She is the Clinical Director of the Precision Recovery program.

Laura Tabacof, MD
Director of Research, Precision Recovery
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Abilities Research Center

Laura Tabacof, MD is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Abilities Research Center at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.  She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Sao Paulo University Medical School in Brazil and received additional training in neurorehabilitation at Sheba Medical Center in Israel, cancer rehabilitation in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation at Harvard Medical School. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Abilities Research Center, Dr. Tabacof is currently investigating the role of novel technology and neuromodulation in the recovery of patients with neurological disabilities. As Director of Research of the Precision Recovery program, she is spearheading analysis of clinical data and developing future initiatives to understand the longitudinal course of COVID-19.

Leila Nasr, BSc
Coordinator, Precision Recovery
Clinical Research Coordinator, Abilities Research Center

Born in the United States and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil by Lebanese immigrants, Leila Nasr speaks four languages: English, Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish. She has always had a passion for helping others. Leila graduated from Lehman College in 2017 with a degree in exercise science, which she plans to use to improve the quality of life of people with physical disabilities through technology. Of her many hobbies, Leila loves to cook for friends and family. She is working on a blog that features a collection of delicious, healthy recipes.

Erica Breyman, BSc
Coordinator, Precision Recovery
Clinical Research Coordinator, Abilities Research Center
Clinical Research Coordinator, Charles Lazarus Children’s Abilities Center

Erica Breyman completed her bachelor’s degree at Brandeis University with a dual major in Biology and Chemistry with a concentration in Chemical Biology. She brings laboratory and clinical experience from Brandeis University, Massachusetts General Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center to her position at the Abilities Research Center, Charles Lazarus Children’s Abilities Center, and the Precision Recovery Program. As an aspiring physician, she focuses on neurorehabilitation technologies for individuals with neurological injuries and telehealth strategies. As part of the Mount Sinai community, Erica aims to combine her passion for medicine and teaching to support and advocate for individuals with physical disabilities and students pursuing careers in STEM.

Colton Smith, BS
Coordinator, Precision Recovery
Clinical Research Coordinator, Neurosurgery

Colton is a pre-medical research coordinator with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He currently works in the Department of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai West, leading the data collection and patient tracking for several clinical trials investigating ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. He plans to attend medical school in the following year and ultimately become a surgeon.

Katie Malone, Bachelor of Speech Pathology
Coordinator, Precision Recovery
Clinical Research Coordinator, Abilities Research Center

Katie has a bachelor’s in speech and language pathology. She studied in Melbourne, Australia. Her most recent role was with Multiple Sclerosis Limited as an information specialist. This role saw her provide information, education, advice, as well as to support for people living with multiple sclerosis. She has newly joined the Abilities Research Center where she is excited to help the team draw on leading-edge lab advances to offer new rehabilitation options to those living with neurological disorders.