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The ones who care beyond compare.

Spanning multiple cultures, generations, educational backgrounds and areas of medical expertise, our multilingual team delivers care that’s as human as care gets.

Henry Heinemann


Henry has a Masters in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Degree in Health Care from St Joseph’s of Maine. He has always enjoyed assisting patients and residents who need extra care—helping them get back on their feet. He tries to interact with each resident every day, listening to their stories and life experiences. He intends to continue learning and growing in his role as an administrator, making Bannister a superior facility.

Nadgeffrena Marcena

Director of Nursing

Nadgeffrena Marcena earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University and is currently pursuing her Masters there. Many members of her family are in the healthcare field, and she grew up wanting to make a difference in people’s lives. She is confident that her team will do whatever it takes to provide the care that the patients need. She interacts with the residents daily and they can contact here if they are having any issues, and she will go see them personally to address their concerns.

Matthew R. Brackman MD

Medical Director

Originally from Boston, Dr. Brackman did his undergraduate work at Tufts University and earned his MD at Boston University Medical School. After 20 years as a surgeon, he turned his attention to the aging population. He chose to move into the geriatrics field to contribute to the care of this vulnerable and underserved population. Searching for a place that put patient interests at the forefront, but also understood that the team deserves to be treated with respect and appreciation, he found it at Centers. He does rounds daily, and his door is always open.

Rabiah Ghani

Director of Recreation

Rabiah has a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Brooklyn College. She started volunteering at the facility as a teenager and has always made it her mission to get to know each Resident. “Our ultimate goal,” she says, “is to develop and implement diversified programs to help with different physical, mental and psychosocial needs.”

Judy Manalili

Director of Rehabilitation

Judy earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Stony Brook University. She is also an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor with more than 15 years of clinical experience in the field of Rehabilitation. She strongly believes and can attest to the amazing impact a comprehensive rehabilitation approach can do in someone’s life, especially the elderly population. While sharing her expertise and experience, she also recognizes that the residents deserve love, compassion and respect. That as a team, we can still make our residents lives worthwhile through simple but meaningful activities.

Knowledge is health.

For the absolute highest quality of care, Brooklyn Center staffs medical providers on each unit who stay in constant communication with leadership throughout the day. Team collaboration is our forte, and this commitment helps us maintain an unbeatable continuum of care.

Our team also works hard to keep therapies as consistent as possible, tracking all communications through an advanced electronic medical record system. This ensures immediate transmission of information across the entire care network.