Joseph Muniak, MS, OTD Doctor of Occupational Therapy & Health Care Administration Expert

Joseph Muniak, Doctor of Occupational Therapy & Health Care Administration Expert

Dr. Muniak is a board-certified Occupational Therapist (OTR) and hospital administrator with expertise in the continuum of care provided to patients in the acute hospital, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, long term acute care hospital, outpatient rehabilitation, and home health care environments. He is experienced in creating and implementing injury prevention training for patients and employees, managing policies in compliance with state and federal guidelines, and performing root cause analyses of patient incidents. He applies his expertise to forensic casework involving patient falls, patient transport injuries, and other negative health outcomes associated with the care or supervision provided within the health care system.

In 2008, Dr. Muniak opened the Acute Rehab, Brain Injury Recovery Center at Penn Medicine Rittenhouse, ultimately serving as the Director of Inpatient Therapy. He prepared and maintained the Inpatient Rehab Facility to meet the highest clinical standards possible for inpatient rehabilitation facilities. As a hospital administrator, Dr. Muniak worked closely with the interdisciplinary team to develop facility policies and procedures, staff training protocols, and was heavily involved in leading the facility through the operational challenges presented by COVID-19. On both the clinical and administrative level, Dr. Muniak has guided patients through a comprehensive array of health services throughout his career.

Dr. Muniak attended Thomas Jefferson University, earning his Doctorate of Occupational Therapy and his Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. In addition to a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson, he holds a B.A. in Psychology from Villanova University. Dr. Muniak is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and he is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist.

Active Clinical Practice

In addition to his work at Robson Forensic, Dr. Muniak maintains an active clinical practice as a home care occupational therapist and adjunct professor. His home care caseload spans patients rehabilitating from acquired or congenital conditions including workplace, hospital, facility based or other incident related injuries. He provides treatment and performs assessments of the community and home environment, making recommendations for adaptations to the environment, equipment, and safe interaction practices. Dr. Muniak remains involved in emerging and best practice trends through his adjunct teaching work for the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels.