Meet the Team

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Administrator Michael Karash, LNHA

Michael is a native to Washington Heights where he studied locally a Yeshiva University and graduated with a MSW, becoming a Licensed Social Worker.

  • As a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in NY & NJ, Michael has almost 20 yrs experience in Long Term Health Care Administration.
  • Additionally, he has served on NYSHFA (NYS Health Facilities Association) Ethics & Standards Committee and was Selected to participate in NYSHFA’s Foundation for Quality Care – Advanced Administrator’s training.
  • Michael is a  member of the Greater NY Health Care Association and a Former Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at Long Island University (LIU).
  • Michael loves sports and serves as a Little League Baseball Coach.
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Director of Nursing Augusta Uwechue

Augusta Uwechue is an RN with an MS in Nursing Administration. Since joining Fort Tryon in 2020 as the Assistant Director of Nursing, Augusta has done a remarkable job to ensure residents are provided with the highest level of medical care. Now, as the Director of Nursing, Augusta will continue to work with both the medical staff and the residents’ families in taking care of our residents here at Fort Tryon.

Renee Fishweicher Fort Tryon Director of Rehabilitation

Director of Rehabilitation Dr. Renee Fishweicher


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy.
  • Renee graduated Hunter College School of Health Sciences in 1978 with a BS degree in Physical therapy and a Masters degree in Exercise physiology/Cardiac rehabilitation  from Queens College in 1995.
  • She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Dominican College in 2012.
  • Renee is a member of the APTA  and participated in APTA task force in Virginia in 2001.


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Director of Social Services Aliza Clair, LMSW

Aliza Clair is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) with a certificate in Gerontology. As a student at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Aliza realized the impact that the field could have on the lives of the geriatric population. After interning at Fort Tryon as a social work student, Aliza knew she wanted to pursue a career path in Nursing Homes and Rehab Centers. Aliza has worked in healthcare since 2015 and rejoined the Fort Tryon team in the beginning of 2018. With her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Social Work, Aliza is able to help the Fort Tryon residents navigate any new milestones that come their way. From student to social worker to Director of Social Services, Aliza is proud to be a member of the Fort Tryon family.

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Melissa Papir, Clinical Dietician

Melissa Papir is a registered dietitian and graduated with a master’s in nutrition sciences from Queens College (CUNY) in 2016. Prior to Fort Tryon Center, she served as the food service/clinical dietitian in Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove, NJ, working with psychiatric patients and assessing their nutritional needs. In addition to her current role as clinical dietitian at Fort Tryon Center, she contributes nutritional education to local newspapers and blogs, fulfilling her entwined love for nutrition and writing. She is also a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and writes for their blog site as well.

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Alisha Nathaniel, Director of Recreation

Alisha Nathaniel is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with over 5 years of experience in long-term healthcare. Alisha has various degrees; she attended Bronx Community College and earned an AS in Dietetics and Nutrition. Alisha is also a Lehman College alumni where she earned a BS and M.S.Ed in Therapeutic Recreation and Recreation Administration.

Alisha is passionate for Person – Directed care, and enjoys providing meaningful, innovative, and engaging programs for residents. Alisha’s favorite statement is “Recreation is more than Bingo!” Alisha lifts the facility up with her ingenious ideas and enhances program quality by being intentional by prioritizing the resident’s needs and interests.