A Physical Therapy Program for      
Breast Cancer Recovery

Kristine Marchiselli

Developer & Founder, Full Circle Breast Cancer Recovery Program PT, DPT, ATC Diana Tjaden received her baccalaureate degree in exercise science and athletic training from the University of Georgia in 1996. She worked as the head athletic trainer for the Lynbrook School District on Long Island from 1996-2000. Finding herself drawn to orthopedics and sports rehabilitation, she enrolled at Stony Brook University, earning a clinical doctorate in physical therapy in 2003. She started her physical therapy career in a manual therapy setting that specialized in the comprehensive treatment of orthopedic, sports, neurological, and women's health-related conditions. During that time she was an adjunct professor for the Stony Brook University physical therapy program. While working at Stony Brook, she was afforded the opportunity to present her first lecture on breast cancer recovery and rehabilitation. Diana has also worked as a school-based pediatric therapist, where she provided physical therapy services to children with autism as well as children with various orthopedic and neurological conditions.  Diana's passion for oncology rehabilitation began in 2000 with the cancer diagnosis and then passing of her father. It was during that time that she began to understand the strong impact physical therapists can have when caring for this population. In 2003 Diana treated her first patient who was recovering from breast cancer. Her quest for knowledge in this area led her to several continuing education courses. The importance of a physical therapist’s role in breast cancer recovery became even clearer to her, as did her understanding of the necessity of a full-body approach to physical therapy. She feels that manual therapy treatment is the cornerstone when it comes to regaining scar mobility, range of motion, and flexibility. Progressive strengthening and patient education complete the components needed to regain functional mobility. In October of 2009 Diana developed Full Circle Breast Cancer Recovery Program, which has its home in Williston Park, New York. This comprehensive, individualized program is geared towards every phase of breast cancer recovery. Among its goals are educating women with breast cancer on ways to regain control over their lives and giving them the tools they need to return to their prior level of function and reach new fitness goals. Diana is married to Gregg Tjaden and has two small children, Tyler and Isabella. She thanks Gregg for all of his support with the program. View Diana Tjaden's Curriculum VitaeRead a Q&A with Diana

Coverage Physical Therapist

Kristine Marchiselli received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2001 from the State University of New York at Downstate Medical Center. She began her career at New York Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center (NYP at CUMC), where she worked from 2002-2009. In 2003, Kristine achieved recognition as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through Klose-Norton Training and Consulting. 

In her time at NYP, Kristine coordinated and headed the breast cancer rehabilitation program. In that role, she was responsible for patient care, education, and worked closely with some of the top physicians to develop rehabilitation protocols following breast cancer surgery. Kristine also completed rotations in inpatient rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary physical therapy, and acute care, where she had a supervisory role. With a growing family, Kristine left the medical center in 2009.

Since 2009, Kristine has been working part time with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Northport. In addition, she has done some work as an adjunct faculty member with the physical therapy program at Stony Brook University. She also performs per diem work for Winthrop University Hospital Home Health Agency.

In 2013, Kristine began doing some work as a covering physical therapist at Full Circle. She is now happy to be joining the team in a part-time role.