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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Occupational Therapy Program

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Daurn Tribble, MS, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Part Time

OT Program Administrator
(718) 270-7730


Richard Sabel, MA, MPH, OTR, GCFP

Clinical Assistant Professor, Part Time
phone: (718) 270-7732


  • Master of Arts, Occupational Therapy, New York University, New York, New York, 1996
  • Master of Public Health, Community Health Practice Module, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas, 1986
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York, 1977

Advanced Trainings or Credentials:

  • Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, 2006
  • Annadottir OT-ADL Neurobehavioral Evaluation (A-ONE) Instrument, 2001
  • The Assessment of Motor and Process Skills, 2000

Personal Statement:

Through an occupational therapy framework, I have explored the integration of Eastern and Western therapeutic practices to help clients reengage in meaningful occupations.

Scholarly, Clinical, and Community Service Interests:

  • Sabel, R., Gallagher, B. (2015). Occupational therapy interventions for pelvic floor disorders. OT Practice, 20 (10), 20-21.
  • Sabel, R., Gallagher, B. (2014). We-wi ("without effort"): using tai chi chuan to promote occupational therapy performance. OT Practice, 19 (7), 16-19.
  • Sabel, R., Gallagher, B. (2012). Meditation: a mindful approach to promoting occupational performance. OT Practice, 17 (11), 17-18.
  • Gallagher, B., Sabel, R. (2008). The Right Path: Restorative yoga can provide a potent rehab intervention. Advance for Physical Therapists & PT Assistants, 19 (2), 24-27.
  • Sabel, R., Gallagher, B. (2007). Restorative Yoga: an integrative approach to promote occupational Performance. OT Practice, 12 (19), 16-21
  • Sabel, R., Gallagher, B. (2006). Peak performance: a breath therapy program to promote occupational performance. OT Practice, 11 (1), 15-19.
  • Sabel, R., Gallagher, B. (2005). Restorative yoga. Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, 20 (21), 50-52.
  • Tewfik, D., Sabel, R. (2004). Testimony: advocacy in action. OT Practice, 9 (20), 13-16.

Research Interests:

  • Fall prevention
  • Movement strategies to improve occupational performance for client's with movement disorders
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Clinical Expertise:

  • Neurological disorders – CVA and movement disorders
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Breathing pattern dysfunction and COPD
  • Chronic pain
  • Geriatrics

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