• Photo - Matthew Davis, MD

    Matthew Davis, MD

    Family Practice, Medical Director

    Dr. Davis has been a Principal Investigator or Sub-Investigator for over 20 years, participating in over 500 clinical research studies. He was previously Chief Physician for the after-hours medical care division of a Rochester health care provider. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1981, received his MD from the University of Rochester in 1986, completed his family residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 1989 and served three years on active duty with the US Air Force during the Persian Gulf War. He returned to Rochester in 1992 working in primary care, emergency medicine, and clinical research. Dr. Davis is board certified in family medicine, and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Monroe County Medical Society.

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    Tammi Shlotzhauer, MD

    Rheumatology & Internal Medicine, Assistant Medical Director

    Dr. Shlotzhauer, a practicing rheumatologist, is board-certified in both internal medicine and rheumatology. She has participated in over 185 clinical trials and has consulted with partners on protocol development. She is partner in a successful rheumatology practice, located in the same building at RCR. Dr. Shlotzhauer received her MD from the University of Rochester, completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Rochester, and completed her Rheumatology Fellowship at Stanford University. Her interests include osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, collagen vascular disorders, pain syndromes, and common internal medicine diagnoses.

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    Joseph I. Mann, MD

    Neurology & Headache Medicine, Investigator

    Dr. Mann joined the RCR organization after retiring from the Greater Rochester Neurological Associates. He completed over 40 years of clinical practice in Neurology with a strong subspecialty practice in Headache Medicine. He is a member of the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry and has a subspecialty certification for Headache Medicine through the United Council of Neurological Subspecialities. Dr. Mann is a member of the American Academy of neurology and the American Headache Society. He was awarded Headache Healthcare Practitioner of the Year for 2016 by the National Headache foundation.

  • Photo - Sarah Geno, PA-C, MPAS

    Sarah Geno, PA-C, MPAS

    Physician Assistant – Certified, RCR Sub-Investigator

    Sarah joined RCR as a sub-investigator in 2019 after 17 years of clinical internal medicine. She is a board certified Physician Assistant who graduated with a double major Bachelors of Science and Psychology from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003. Afterwards, she went on to work in primary care while obtaining her masters degree. She has practiced with the Department of Defense on a nuclear submarine base and the Department of Veterans Affairs, created and managed an after hours facility in Rochester and cared for a panel of 500 patients at Ridgeview Internal Medicine Group. Sarah has also recently served as an expert witness for MLMIC on a medical malpractice case. She is passionate about her side career as a professional speaker on hereditary cancer where she travels to other primary care facilities to educate and implement screening programs for hereditary cancer screening and genetic testing.

  • Photo - Jean C. Kelly, MS, PA-C

    Jean C. Kelly, MS, PA-C

    Physician Assistant – Certified, RCR Sub-Investigator

    Jean joined RCR in 2020 as a Sub-Investigator after five years in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. She is a board-certified Physician Assistant who graduated with a Bachelor’s/Master’s of Science degree in 2016 from the Rochester Institute of Technology. While obtaining her degree, Jean completed a clinical internship in Hematology/Oncology in Genoa, Italy. Post-graduation, Jean did a one-year Emergency Medicine APP Fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center and continued to work full time in their Emergency Department afterwards. She has spent the past two years in Cardiac Critical Care. Jean is excited to take on a new role in clinical research, the basis of medical advancements. Outside of work, she likes traveling, theater, cooking, and spending time with her family!

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    Tia Albro RN, NP

    RCR Sub-Investigator and Director of Community Research

    Tia began at RCR in June of 2021 as our Director of Community Research. Tia has her Master’s degree as an Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from the University of Rochester. Along with years of NP experience, Tia has been conducting research for the past 27 years at Rochester General Hospital. Tia was previously Director of the Center for Clinical Research at Rochester General Hospital for 21 years. She has been involved in over 200 major drug, device, COVID-19, and biological clinical trials for adult and pediatric inpatients and outpatients. As Director of Community Research, Tia hopes to bring much-needed research into the community.

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    Janet Casey, MD

    RCR Principal and Sub-Investigator

    Dr. Casey is the owner of Legacy Pediatrics where she practices primary care and as a sub specialist consultant. Dr. Casey heads up the research team at Legacy Pediatrics where she has acted as the Principal Investigator for many pediatric research studies. Legacy Pediatrics and RCR started their partnership in 2018.

  • Photo - Shelly Kane, MD

    Shelly Kane, MD

    RCR Principal and Sub-Investigator

    Dr.Kane practices internal medicine at Ridgeview Internal Medicine Group. She joined the RCR team in 2021 through the RCR and Ridgeview Internal Medicine Group partnership. She received her BA in biological science from SUNY Buffalo and attended medical school and completed her residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She has been practicing Internal Medicine for 25 years in Rochester. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family, her pets, traveling, and camping.

  • Photo - Mervyn Weerasinghe, MD

    Mervyn Weerasinghe, MD

    Internal Medicine, Consultant

    With over 15 years experience conducting research, Dr. Weerasinghe has been Principal Investigator or Sub-Investigator on more than 400 clinical research studies. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and has extensive practice experience in managed care settings. He was the Medical Director of an HMO for eight years, the Medical Director of a hospital for seven years and the Medical Director of a multi-specialty group practice for 10 years. He has served as Principal Investigator or Sub-Investigator in the areas of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, hyperlipidemia, asthma, osteoarthritis, hormone replacement therapy, smoking cessation, peptic ulcer disease and contraception.

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    Therese Dayton, RN, CCRC

    Director of Nursing and Operations

    Therese has worked at Rochester Clinical Research for over seventeen years, after thirteen years as a labor and delivery nurse. She enjoys the fast pace of research and guiding studies from start to finish. She loves seeing our volunteers return time and time again because of the great care they receive.

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    Kathleen Ebeling, RN, CRRC

    Study Coordinator

    Kathleen Ebeling, RN joined Rochester Clinical Research in 2012 after working as a rehabilitation nurse and Clinical Coordinator in long term care. Prior to her second career in nursing she worked in Human Resources at The Episcopal Senior Life Communities, a Financial Analyst at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a Program Controls Administrator with Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo California. She has her BA in psychology and a MBA with a concentration in health care Finance. In addition to work she enjoys volunteering for local charities and traveling.

  • Photo - Michelle Burgett, RN, CCRC

    Michelle Burgett, RN, CCRC

    Study Coordinator

    Michelle came to RCR in 2018 after working in the emergency department of a Rochester hospital. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from SUNY Brockport.

  • Photo - Deb Hodges, RN, CRCC

    Deb Hodges, RN, CRCC

    Study Coordinator

    Deb joined Rochester Clinical Research in 2016 and comes to us from Hurlbut Care communities where she was responsible for infection control. Deb attended Genesee Community College, graduating with an Associates Degree in Nursing and then went on for her RN certification.

  • Photo - Julie Mooney, RN, CRRC

    Julie Mooney, RN, CRRC

    Study Coordinator

    Julie started working at Rochester Clinical Research in December 2015 after working in the recovery room at a Rochester hospital. She received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Monroe Community College in 2008 and her BSN from SUNY Brockport in 2011. Her medical interests are surgery and research centered medicine and medical devices of the future.

  • Photo - Kate Pagenkemper, RN, CCRC

    Kate Pagenkemper, RN, CCRC

    Study Coordinator

    Kate Pagenkemper came to Rochester Clinical Research in 2016 after working in the emergency department of a Rochester hospital. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College.

  • Photo - Jaclyn Zona, RN, CCRC

    Jaclyn Zona, RN, CCRC

    Study Coordinator

    Jaclyn joined RCR in 2014, after working at Unity Hospital in the recovery room and medical units. Jaclyn has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Wellness Management and Health Education.

  • Photo - Carolyn DiPoala, RN

    Carolyn DiPoala, RN

    Study Coordinator

    Carolyn joined RCR in August 2021. Before RCR, Carolyn worked for two years in inpatient intensive nursing care. Carolyn is excited for a change in work and to have the opportunity to learn every day at RCR. Carolyn is a plant lover and enjoys spending time outside of work with her family.

  • Photo - Victoria Fink, RD, MPH, CDE, CCRC

    Victoria Fink, RD, MPH, CDE, CCRC

    Registered Dietician

    Vicky is a Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator as well as a study coordinator since 2010. She works with weight loss study participants helping them develop lifelong healthy eating and exercise habits.

  • Photo - Zerina Zornic, PharmD

    Zerina Zornic, PharmD


     Zerina went to MCC for undergraduate school when she realized she wanted to do pharmacy. She started pharmacy school at St. John Fisher Wegmans School of Pharmacy and graduated in May 2020. Her past experience includes working at CVS and Strong Outpatient Pharmacy as an intern and she is excited to help out with the research side of things. She currently works at Wegmans as a pharmacist as well. Outside of work, Zerina enjoys being outdoors, trying new restaurants, loves coffee and trying new coffee shops, and reading. She also has a 9-year-old black lab rescue named Rudy, who she adores.
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    Jennifer Foley

    Study Facilitator

    Jennifer joined Rochester Clinical Research in July 2020. She received a master’s degree in management from Keuka College and brings over 10 years of research expertise and clinical trial management. She has extensive experience working with under-resourced and marginalized populations, especially in the area of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Jenn is excited to contribute to research once again. When not working, Jenn enjoys spending time with her family.

  • Photo - Kate Bergen

    Kate Bergen

    Assistant Study Coordinator

    Kate joined Rochester Clinical Research as a Research Assistant in September 2020 and was promoted to Assistant Study Coordinator in June 2021. She has a strong clinical background in phlebotomy and inpatient patient care. Her experience in Quality Assurance has made her an asset to the studies that she has helped to oversee since joining our staff. She is well-rounded with administrative strengths in data management, statistics, and analytics. Kate is a wine connoisseur who loves travel, especially to locations in which she can cultivate her love of hiking and the outdoors.  She hopes to spread her wings in the clinical research arena.

  • Photo - Chelsea Bork

    Chelsea Bork

    Study Facilitator

    Chelsea started working at Rochester Clinical Research in July 2020. She has a Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in Human Development from SUNY Geneseo. She is enjoying getting experience in the medical field as she would like to attend medical school in the future.

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    Alison Meyers

    Study Facilitator

    Alison joined RCR in August 2021. She brings research experience as she has been a research assistant in a pediatric neuroblastoma lab at URMC, a neurodevelopment and embryology lab in college, and at Boston IVF researching the psychological effects of infertility, and even has several published manuscripts. She attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where she got her degree in Neuroscience. Alison has also had two MD-PhD internships, one with URMC and another with Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Alison is excited to gain more clinical experience with patients before attending medical school to become a physician.

  • Photo - Cassidy Glod

    Cassidy Glod

    Study Facilitator

    Cassidy joined Rochester Clinical Research in February 2021 after working at a Rochester hospital. Cassidy loves working with patients and has experience in inpatient cardiology, neurology, and surgery. She studied Biochemistry at St. John Fisher where she developed a passion for research in the medical field. Outside of work, Cassidy loves traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

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    Jessica Fisher

    Research Assistant

    Jessica joined Rochester Clinical Research in September 2020. She has worked in customer service for 9 years, previously working at Greece Animal Hospital and in medical record aggregation for clinical trials. In her free time she loves to sing, dance, and paint, along with spending time with her friends and family.

  • Photo - Marissa Wuilliez

    Marissa Wuilliez

    Research Assistant

    Marissa joined RCR in July 2021. She has her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and is currently a student at St. John Fisher College working to get her Master’s in Public Health. She is excited to learn more about the research field. While not at work, Marissa is a volunteer firefighter!

  • Marie Musolino

    Research Assistant

    Marie is a Research Assistant at RCR. Previous worked in RCR’s lab, drawing blood and running the various tests associated with each study. Marie is always a friendly presence and extraordinarily great at helping maintain quality data for RCR.

  • Photo - Ann Casey

    Ann Casey

    Lab Technician

    Ann started at RCR in 2019 after being coaxed out of retirement. She has an AAS in Medical Lab Technology from MCC, a BS in Biology from SUNY Geneseo and Secondary Education Certification in Biology and Chemistry from St John Fisher. Before starting at RCR she worked in Clinical Laboratory Medicine, Biomedical Research and Development at Eastman Kodak and J&J Ortho Clinical Diagnostics and at URMC in Aging and Developmental Biology and Lung Biology Research.
  • Photo - Michelle Lurvey

    Michelle Lurvey

    Lab Technician/Phlebotomist

    Michelle joined RCR in August 2021. She brings several years of phlebotomy and patient care experience. Michelle is excited to enter a role where she can use all her skill sets and is eager to learn in the research field. When Michelle is not working, she likes to volunteer with her church and is a committee member for her sons’ cub scout troop. Michelle loves family hikes with their little Yorkie and loves simply enjoying her family and life!

  • Photo - Lydia Purcell

    Lydia Purcell

    Recruitment Manager

    Lydia began working with Rochester Clinical Research in December 2018. She attended Buffalo State College and has her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies. She has mostly worked in the service industry in the past and finds that it has helped her significantly when it comes to patient recruitment. She loves working in a fast-paced environment and talking with people. Her favorite things to do when she’s not working are traveling and attending concerts. She also loves dogs more than most humans, especially her welsh terrier Finnegan.

  • Photo - Alexis Johnson

    Alexis Johnson

    Patient Recruitment Specialist

    Alexis joined RCR in July 2020. Before coming to RCR she worked at a local hospital for several years as a medical secretary in the operating room. Alexis also has a background in Administration and Child & Family Services. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her 3 daughters and family.

  • Photo - Lynne Ver Straete

    Lynne Ver Straete

    Recruitment Patient Specialist

    Lynne is happy to bring her clinical trial, biomedical and customer service experience to RCR.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Empire State College.  She enjoys helping people, spending time with family and pets, and exploring the Adirondacks.

  • Photo - Heather Thorpe

    Heather Thorpe

    Patient Recruitment Specialist

    Heather came to RCR in August 2021. Heather is excited to try something new by entering clinical research. She brings over 11 years of health care experience as she has previously worked as an endoscopy tech and in surgical scheduling. In her free time, she enjoys yoga and spending time with her two children.

  • Photo - Lisa Hannel

    Lisa Hannel

    Patient Recruitment Specialist

    Lisa began at RCR in October 2021. Lisa was previously a school teacher for over 20 years. She is excited to begin her second career in clinical research and play a role in such important work that helps so many people. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and her dog who looks just like our office dog Izzy!

  • Photo - Alyssa Birkbeck

    Alyssa Birkbeck

    Patient Engagement Specialist

    Alyssa began at RCR in February of 2021 as an Administrative Assistant and was later promoted to Patient Engagement Specialist. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a minor in Psychology from the College at Brockport. She is passionate about community health and wellness. In her free time, she practices yoga and snuggles with her two dogs.

  • Photo - Jordin Brooks

    Jordin Brooks

    Patient Engagement Specialist

    Jordin began working at RCR in November of 2020. She earned her Associates’ degree in Education and has 7 years of customer service experience. In her free time, she enjoys bowling, playing games with her family, and spending time with her 3 guinea pigs.

  • Photo - Eddie Coomber

    Eddie Coomber

    Patient Engagement Specialist

    Eddie joined RCR in July 2021. He has experience in the medical field and advising. Eddie is people-oriented and is excited for this new opportunity to work with patients. In his free time, he enjoys acting and is involved with the local theatre.

  • Photo - Patricia Larrabee, RNNP, CCRC

    Patricia Larrabee, RNNP, CCRC

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer

    Pat founded Rochester Clinical Research in 1994 to provide residents of the Greater Rochester area with access to research studies. She has been a Sub-Investigator in over 450 clinical trials over 26 years, building on her clinical experience as a researcher and lecturer on high blood pressure, and her work with local physicians in managed care settings. Pat’s limitless energy, compassion and attention to detail have accounted for much of RCR’s success.

  • Photo - Adam Larrabee

    Adam Larrabee


    Adam joined Rochester Clinical Research in 2001. His love of people, quick wit and ebullient personality make him a natural for developing business relationships with partners and the community.    Adam is responsible for strategic marketing and business development, and contributes significantly to the corporate strategic plan.

  • Photo - Brendan Larrabee

    Brendan Larrabee

    Vice President

    Brendan joined Rochester Clinical Research in 2016 and has a background in Lean and Continuous Improvement. As an alumnus of Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS/ME in Industrial Engineering, Sustainable Engineering he brings his unique experience to help RCR maintain their exceptional quality focus.

  • Photo - Kelley Powers

    Kelley Powers

    Vice President of Strategy & Operations

    Kelley joined RCR in January of 2021 as our VP of Strategy & Operations. Kelley was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, and received a dual Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Cortland and a Master’s Degree from Brooklyn College. She brings a diverse professional background that includes acting in off, off, off-Broadway plays in NYC, working in Global Banking Private Client Services, working on Wall Street for over 10 years, then moving to Hollywood to work in Drama Development for Twentieth Century Fox Television. Kelley then changed gears to work on business analysis and client services where she climbed the ranks, building teams, expanding companies, and solving problems. Kelley recently moved back to Western New York with her husband, Tim, and two dogs, Buttercup and Wheezer. She loves enjoying all the fun, family, and weather WNY has to offer! She is excited to join RCR during such a time of growth and change.

  • Photo - Louisa Khalil

    Louisa Khalil

    Director of Business Operations

    Louisa joined RCR as the company’s Marketing Manager and later promoted to Director of Business Operations. She oversees all marketing communications and provides strategic vision related to the growth of RCR’s brand and study volunteer community. Louisa graduated from the University at Buffalo with a BA in Communications.

  • Photo - Tia Albro, RN, NP

    Tia Albro, RN, NP

    Director of Community Research

    Tia began at RCR in June of 2021 as our Director of Community Research. Tia has her Master’s degree as an Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from the University of Rochester. Along with years of NP experience, Tia has been conducting research for the past 27 years at Rochester General Hospital. Tia was previously Director of the Center for Clinical Research at Rochester General Hospital for 21 years. She has been involved in over 200 major drug, device, COVID-19, and biological clinical trials for adult and pediatric inpatients and outpatients. As Director of Community Research, Tia hopes to bring much-needed research into the community.

  • Photo - Laura Lockhart

    Laura Lockhart

    Director of Contracts, Budgets, and Special Projects

    Laura joined Rochester Clinical Research in 2009 as a Research Assistant. Since then she has been promoted to Director of Contracts, Budgets, and Special Projects where she reviews and oversees all trial budgets, directs contract negotiation, and special projects as needed.

  • Photo - Matthew Fuino

    Matthew Fuino

    Director of IT

    Matthew came to RCR in May 2021. He brings over 25 years of experience in network engineering, system administration, and IT management. Matthew has worked in manufacturing, medical and academic environments. While not at work. Matthew is a huge car enthusiast. He enjoys driving, racing, and attending auto shows and cruises. Matthews other hobbies include writing, photography, gaming, game, and app development, science fiction, and videography.

  • Photo - Joanne Pernice

    Joanne Pernice


    Joanne is RCR’s Accountant Extraordinaire. She makes sure that our patient’s receive their compensation on time and in full. As a team player, she also makes sure that the business is run successfully behind the scenes.  Outside of RCR, Joanne volunteers at the zoo. She has a passion for animals and giving back to the community.

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    Abigail Purcell

    Regulatory Specialist

    Abigail joined RCR as a Research Assistant in July 2020 and moved into the Regulatory Specialist position in late 2020. She has a background in library and information science and is passionate about genealogy. When she is not tracing her family history, she is usually dreaming about traveling, making nachos and learning bits of random trivia.

  • Photo - Keli Collazo

    Keli Collazo

    Regulatory Specialist

    Keli started at Rochester Clinical Research in January 2019, and brings over 20 years of experience in all different aspects in the medical field. Keli graduated with an Associate’s degree from the Rochester Business Institute. Outside of work, she loves to spend time with family and watch her favorite teams – the NY Yankees and Buffalo Sabres!

  • Photo - Cathy Russell, LPN

    Cathy Russell, LPN

    Quality Assurance Coordinator

    Cathy has been at Rochester Clinical Research since May 2016. Her experience with medicine as an LPN has made her a great asset to the RCR Recruitment Team before being promoted to Quality Assurance Coordinator in 2019.

  • Photo - Sally Ebeling

    Sally Ebeling

    Marketing Coordinator

    Sally started at RCR in August 2020. She graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with a BA in Public Relations & Advertising. She has marketing experience in corporate, non-profit, entertainment, and medical industries. She is excited to use her creative skill set and gain experience in the biopharmaceutical field.

  • Photo - Liz Saitta

    Liz Saitta

    Administrative Assistant

    Liz has been an Administrative Assistant with RCR for over a decade. Her friendly demeanor and organizational skills make her a great asset to the RCR team.

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    Beverly Shaff

    Administrative Assistant

    Bev started working for RCR in 2010 as a Volunteer Recruitment Specialist.  She has been a Research Assistant, and now works as an Administrative Assistance. Originally from Texas, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her dogs, traveling and reading.

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    Pina Marseglia

    Administrative Assistant

    Pina joined RCR in September of 2020. Pina has worked in healthcare for over 20 years, specifically internal medicine, orthopedics, and ophthalmology. Pina is excited about the change working in clinical research brings! When Pina is not at work, she enjoys sewing and running!

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    Dave Hurley

    Information Technology

    Dave has been at RCR for several years, making sure all of our technology is up to date and working just as hard as the rest of the company. He also doubles as our very own “Mr. Fix-it”.