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Marissa Pisarri-Conti: Master manipulator Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 12:46 PM

By

Marjorie Hack

THE HEALERS STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - ALL SHORES Marissa Pisarri-Conti and her husband live in Old Bridge, N.J., and own a peppy, white, short-haired German shepherd named Moose. This makes sense if you know that when Mrs. Pisarri-Conti was a young girl, she was certain that she wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up. But that was before she realized that being a vet might involve more than treating and Marissa Pisarri-Conti is an occupational therapist at Staten Island University Hospital, Prince's Bay. (Staten Island Advance/Irving Silverstein)

caring for animals. "I went for a job as a veterinary assistant, but realized I couldn't put animals to

sleep," she admitted. Instead, the former resident of Staten Island's East Shore – Arrochar, South Beach, Dongan Hills and Grant City – decided to help people. After graduating from New Dorp High School, she went on to get a bachelor of arts degree in occupational therapy at the College of Staten Island and a master of arts degree in the same discipline from New York University. These days, you'll find her in the basement at Staten Island University Hospital's South site in Prince's Bay three days a week – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday – and at the hospital's North site in Ocean Breeze on Tuesday. On Monday and Wednesday, she works a 12-hour shift; on Tuesday and Thursday, it's just an eight-hour day.

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