Meet Our Providers

Adult Medicine & Family Practice

Flordeliz Panem, MD

Education: University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
Manila, Philippines
Doctor of Medicine
Rutgers University Douglas College New Brunswick NJ
Bachelor of Arts

Residency: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

St. Mary Hospital Hoboken, NJ

Family Practice/Chief Resident

Licensure/Certifications: American Board of Family Medicine

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Family Physicians

Specialty: Family Medicine

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish and Tagalog

Special Interests: Adult Medicine, Pediatrics, Women’s Health

Kellie Atlas, ANP

Education: Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio

Masters of Science in Nursing

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Family Health Nurse Practitioner

Case Western Reserve University Cleveland,

Ohio

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Licensure/Certifications: National Certification Corporation

Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

American Nurses Credentialing Center

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Specialty: Family Medicine

Languages Spoken: English and some Spanish

Soniya Bhate, MD

Education: Ross University School of Medicine Dominica, West Indies

Doctor of Medicine

Cook College, Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ

Bachelor of Sciences- Biological Sciences

Residency: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

St. Mary Hospital Hoboken, NJ Family Medicine

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Family Physicians

American College of Physicians

Licensure/Certifications: American Board of Family Medicine

Specialty: Family Medicine

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish and Marathi

Special Interests: Running 5K marathons and music

Marciano Figueroa, MD

Education: Perpetual Help College of Medicine Philippines

Doctor of Medicine (Cum Laude)

University of the Philippines

Bachelor of Science, Public Health

Residency: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

St. Mary Hospital Hoboken, NJ

Family Medicine

Hackensack University Medical Center Hackensack, NJ

Geriatric Fellowship

Licensure/Certifications: American Board of Family Medicine

Specialty: Family Medicine Languages

Spoken: English, Tagalog, Medical Spanish

Rekha Hamal, MD

Education: Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Chandigarh, India

Doctor of Medicine

NRS Medical College

University of Calcutta Calcutta, India Bachelor of Science

Internship: South Nassau Community Hospital Oceanside, NY

Family Practice

Residency: University of Maryland Baltimore, Maryland Family Practice

Professional Memberships: Nepal Medical Council

Indian Medical Council

American Academy of Family Physicians

Licensure/Certifications: American Board of Family Medicine

Specialty: Family Medicine

Languages Spoken: English, Nepali, Hindi, and some Spanish

Special Interests: Women’s Health

Dawn Holder, MD

Education: University of Medicine and Dentistry

New Jersey Medical School Newark, NJ

Doctor of Medicine

Cornell University New York, NY

Bachelor of Science, Biology

Middlesex County College Edison, NJ

Associate of Science, Biology

Residency: Mountainside Family Practice Associates Family Medicine

Licensure/Certifications: American Board of Family Medicine

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Family Physicians

Specialty: Family Medicine

Languages Spoken: English Special

Interest: Women’s Ministry

Chaza Khalil-MD

Education:Damascus University School of Medicine
Damascus, Syria

ResidencyInternal Medicine at Lincoln Medical &Mental Health Center
Bronx, New York
Al-Assad and Al Mouassa University Hospital
Damascus, Syria

Licensure/Certifications:American Board of Family Physicians

Professional Memberships:American Academy of Family Practice
American Osteopathic Association
American Academy Anti-Aging Medicine

Specialty: Family Medicine

Languages Spoken: English and Arabic
Hobbies: Sports, Swimming, and Reading

Dhanmatie Baldo Dat (Savi)-APN

Education: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Newark, New Jersey
Master of Science in Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner

Rutgers-State University of New Jersey
Newark, New Jersey
Bachelor of Science
Registered Nurse

Licensure/Certifications:Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Specialty: Family Practice

Languages Spoken: English and some Spanish

Naomi Kihwaga, APN

Education: Rutgers the State University Newark NJ

Masters of Science

Family Nurse Practitioner

New Jersey City University

Bachelor of Science

Nursing

Hudson County Community College Jersey City, NJ

Associate of Science; Nursing

Licensure/Certifications: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program

Family Nurse Practitioner

American Nurses Credentialing Center

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Specialty: Family Medicine

Languages Spoken: English

Ololade Ewere, ANP

Education: University of Medicine and Dentistry Newark, NJ

Masters of Science in Nursing

Family Health Nurse Practitioner

William Paterson University Wayne, NJ

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Cum Laude)

Licensure/Certifications: American Nurses Credentialing Center

Board Certified Family Health Nurse Practitioner

Specialty: Family Medicine

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish and Yoruba

Special Interest: Current Events and Music

Leonor Ramos, MD

Education: University of the City of Manila Manila, Philippines

Doctor of Medicine

University of Santo Tomas Manila, Philippines

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Residency: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

St. Mary Hospital Hoboken, NJ

Family Practice

Licensure/Certifications: American Board of Family Medicine

Specialty: Family Medicine

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish and Tagalog

Luz Ramos, APN

Education: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Newark, NJ

Masters of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner

Jersey City State College Jersey City, NJ

Bachelors of Art, Psychology

Englewood Hospital School of Nursing Englewood ,NJ

Graduate Nurse

Board Certified: American Nurses Credentialing Center

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Professional Memberships: American Association of Critical Care Nurses

Emergency Nurses Association

Health Professional and Allied Employees

New Jersey State Nurses Association

Specialty: Family Medicine

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Rey Fernando Ramos, MD

Education: University of the City of Manila Manila, Philippines

Doctor of Medicine

University of the Philippines Manila, Philippines

Bachelor of Science-Physical Therapy

Residency: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

St. Mary Hospital Hoboken, NJ

Family Practice

Board Certified: American Board of Family Medicine

Specialty: Family Medicine

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish and Tagalog

Special Interests: Playing Tennis and guitar playing

Jaime Rodriguez, MD

Education: Universidad Central del Este Santo Domingo

Doctor of Medicine

Rutgers the State University Newark NJ

Bachelor of Science-Economics

Residency: Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center Bronx, NY

Internal Medicine

Board Certified: American Board of Internal Medicine

Specialty: Internal Medicine

Languages Spoken: Spanish and English

Rosita Rodriguez, APN

Education: University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey Newark, NJ

Doctor of Nursing Practice

William Paterson University Wayne, New Jersey

Post Masters Certificate-Family Nurse Practitioner

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing Newark, NJ

Masters of Science Adult Health Nurse Practitioner

William Paterson University Wayne, New Jersey

Bachelors of Science, Nursing

Licensure/Certifications: American Association of Nurse Practitioners

National Certification, Adult Practitioner

American Nurses Credentialing Center

Certified, Family Nurse Practitioner

American Nurses Credentialing Center

Certified, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators

Certified, Diabetes Educator

American Nurses Credentialing Center

Certified, Advanced Public Health Nurse

Professional Affiliations: National Associate of Hispanic

Nurses American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society

American Nurses Association

New Jersey State Nurses Association

National League for Nursing

Nursing Specialty: Family Medicine

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Deborah Shulgach, APN

Education: Farleigh Dickinson University Teaneck, NJ

Masters in Science

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Rutgers College of Nursing Rutgers University Newark, NJ

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Certification/Licensure: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

New Jersey State Nurses Association

American Nurses Association

American Association of Diabetes Educators

Specialty: Adult Medicine

Languages Spoken: English

Special Interests: Diabetes Management

Jeanette A. Sujovolsky-DO

Education: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY

Doctor of Medicine

Rutgers University Newark, NJ

Master of Science-Neurobiology

Jersey City State College Jersey City, NJ

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Certification/Licensure: American Board of Family Medicine

Specialty: Family Medicine

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Mazie Trusty, APN

Education: University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey Newark, NJ

Masters of Science in Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner

University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey Newark, NJ

Bachelor of Science-Nursing Lehman College (CUNY) Bronx,New York

Bachelors of Science-Accounting

Specialty: Family Medicine

Languages Spoken: English

Heather Lukusa, APN

Education: Yale University School of Nursing West Haven, Connecticut

Master of Science in Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner

Yale University School of Nursing West Haven, Connecticut

Certificate in Nursing University of California Santa Barbara, CA

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

Licensure/Certification: American Nurses Credentialing Center Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Specialty: Family Medicine

Languages Spoken: English

Special Interests: Pediatrics

Sheyda Makui,MD

Education: Rafsanjuan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services Iran

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center

New York Medical College New York, New York

Licensure/Certifications: American Academy of Family Physicians

Specialty: Adult Medicine

Languages Spoken: Farsi, Turkish and Azeri

Special Interests: Painting, Swimming Camping and Traveling

Angeline Macalalag APN

Education: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Newark, New Jersey

Master of Science in Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner

Seton Hall University Newark, New Jersey

Bachelor of Science Registered Nurse

Licensure/Certification: Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Specialty: Family Practice

Languages: English and some Spanish

Michelle Borowski-DO Infectious Diseases

Education: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts
Doctor of Osteopathy

State University of New York at Albany
Albany New York

Residency: Harvard Extension School

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of IM-Infectious Diseases
American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Pediatrics

Specialty: Infectious Diseases

Languages Spoken: English

Divya K. Shanbhogue-MD-MPH

Education: Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College
University of Health Sciences, India
Doctor of Medicine

University of Texas School of Public Health
Master’s in Public Health

Residency: Jersey City Medical Center
Jersey City., New Jersey

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine

Professional Memberships:

Specialty: Internal Medicine

Languages Spoken: English

Shamima Chowdhury-MD

Education: Rangpur Medical college
Bangladesh, India
Doctor of Medicine

Residency: Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
Department of Internal Medicine/Surgery
Bronx, New York

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine
Licensed in New York/ New Jersey

Specialty: Internal Medicine

Languages Spoken: English

Mary R. Bernardo-FNP

Education: Rutgers School of Nursing
Newark, New Jersey
Family Health Nurse Practitioner
Rutgers School of Nursing
Newark, New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Licensure/Certification: Board Certified in Family Health
Licensure in New York and New Jersey

Specialty: Adult Medicine

Languages Spoken: English


Behavioral Health and Addictive Services

Dr. Frank Santos, M.D., Director of Mental Health & Addictive Services

Dr. Santos has been a member of the North Hudson Team since 2001. He is responsible for building the team as it is today. Born in Weehawken and raised in West New York, he returned to serve his community, which was in severe need of the services this department offers. He completed his residency in adult and child psychiatry at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City and subsequently worked for nine years as a staff psychiatrist at Saint Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, New York. He is currently affiliated with Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center and serves as Section Chief of Psychiatry, which bridges services for the community. Dr. Santos is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry for Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he was awarded Preceptor of the Year in 2008. At that time he was the Director of Clinical Clerkship for Touro College at Palisades Medical Center and NHCAC. He also heads Edgewater Psychiatry in Edgewater, New Jersey.

Dr. Daniel Sanchez, M.D., Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Sanchez, a native of Cuba and fluent in Spanish, has been a member of the team since February 2008. Dr. Sanchez completed his residency in psychiatry at Cabrini Hospital and completed child psychiatry at Metropolitan Hospital in NYC. Prior to joining our department, Dr. Sanchez worked at Fordham Tremont Community Health Center in Bronx, New York for 17 years. This experience helped to prepare him for better serving this community. His combination of years of experience, enthusiastic personality, and strong roots in this community, make him a significant figure in the progress, growth and quality of this department. Dr. Sanchez also runs a successful private practice in the community.

Dr. Wei Wang, M.D., Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Wang has been a member of the team since 2006. Dr. Wang obtained her medical degree from Tongui Medical School in China and completed her general psychiatry residency training at Albert Einstein School of Medicine. She also finished one year of child psychiatry training at Cornell’s Weil Medical Center. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has experience with the Chinese immigrant population in Gouverneur Hospital in New York City. Dr. Wang also served as director of the partial care program and inpatient unit at Hoboken University Medical Center. Her wealth of experience and eclectic style of psychiatry, adds a new dimension to the department.

Dr. Germaine Griswold, Ph.D., Director de Psicología

Dr. Griswold who is also fluent in French, joined our staff in March of 2008. Dr. Griswold completed her graduate training at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in the Bronx and finished a one year internship at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange. Prior to joining our team, she worked for a number of years at Bellevue Hospital Center, with a variety of chronically physically and mentally ill patients. Her special interests include adult depression and anxiety, and attention deficit disorders in children. A dedicated multifaceted contributor to the quality of care, as well as, her compassion towards the lives of the mentally ill, makes us fortunate to have such a professional as part of the team.

Monica Cortes, B.A., Administrative Supervisor

Ms. Cortes has been a member of the department for the past 16 years. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from New Jersey City University and her Masters in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Due to her extensive managerial skills from working in New York City, serving for 10 years in the US Army Reserves NG, where she acted as a Sergeant in her last 2 years of service, her talent led to being chosen to help create and develop our innovative model of providing services in mental health and addiction medicine. Ms. Cortes also worked as a crisis counselor in the emergency room in Palisades Medical Center and was Coordinator of Margaret’s Place, a Joe Torre Foundation program, which aides children of Domestic Violence. She assists and helps manage other grants that provide supportive services in the neighboring communities. As a member of several committees to improve quality of care, she has displayed a special commitment to our department, as well as the many lives she has touched.

Roberto Negron, LCADC, NCAC, CSW, Coordinator of Substance Abuse Treatment Services

Mr. Negron has been a longstanding employee of NHCAC, working for the corporation for over 30 years. Mr. Negron is a graduate of Montclair State University and has a vast amount of experience in social work and in addictions counseling. He is currently coordinator of the Addictions Program. In this role he performs intakes of new clients, facilitates several bilingual support and educational groups for clients in the early stages of recovery and domestic violence, and participates in the writing of grants for new programs within the corporation. He also coordinates programs with many other agencies including the Division of Youth and Family Services, the court systems, and other local addiction agencies. His experience and enthusiastic positive energy has been vital towards the growth of this department.

Jacqueline Knapp, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor

Ms. Knapp has a long history with NHCAC, first joining the Addictions Department as an intern. Ms. Knapp is bilingual and a graduate of New Jersey City University. She currently works full-time for the Addictions Services division of the department. In her role, she performs new intakes with substance abuse clients in early recovery, provides counseling and support to women who are pregnant and are struggling with substance abuse issues. Ms. Knapp also provides English and Spanish speaking support and education groups for clients. NHCAC is privileged to have had Ms. Knapp return to our department and bring a soothing positive professional energy.

William Micchelli, B.S.W, Substance Abuse Counselor/Intern

Mr. Micchelli has only recently joined our Addiction Services Department as part of a grant associated with SAMHSA. Mr. Micchelli is bilingual and a graduate of Rutgers University; he has a vast amount of experience working in the area of substance abuse, having worked in both outpatient and residential settings. In addition, Mr. Micchelli has worked in both social services and educational administration. Currently, Mr. Micchelli performs intakes and conducts individual and group therapy for clients struggling with substance abuse; he brings with him a wealth of knowledge to our department.

Tina Morales, ACSW, CSW, DVS, Domestic Violence Specialist/SW

Ms. Morales is bilingual, obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from University of Lima, Peru and possesses a credential from the Academy Council of Social Workers and the NJ Association of Domestic Violence Professionals. Ms. Morales has been an invaluable member of the Mental Health Department since 1999. Specializing in domestic violence, Ms. Morales runs a weekly domestic violence education and support group and works with countless numbers of victims of domestic violence including men, women, and children; and also runs a Hispanic Senior Depressive Support group. She also works for Women Rising of Hudson County Agency at the Battered Women’s Shelter since 1991. She also consults closely with agencies such as the Division of Youth and Family Services, and evaluates and provides supportive services for prenatal patients, as needed. Ms. Morales works closely with all psychiatrists and conducts a successful weekly Spanish speaking support group for women. Her passion for the empowerment of a woman in need and her comforting presence is a blessing to our department and those fortunate enough to receive her services.

Miriam Montufar, B.A., Crisis Worker

Ms. Montufar joined the team four years ago and has become vital to the Mental Health Department, particularly in regard to crisis management. Ms. Montufar, who is bilingual, graduated and obtained her Bachelor’s degree from New Jersey City University. Her previous work experience includes serving chronic mentally ill patients through Advance Housing as an Integrated Community Counselor and working in the emergency room at Palisades Medical Center for 13 years and is currently still working at PMC. She is currently crisis counselor at NHCAC and has facilitated the transfer of our patients to a higher level of care when necessary. Ms. Montufar’s confidence in handling crisis situations, as well as, her involvement in several of the administrative duties of the department, shows her versatility and commitment to quality of care.

Nelva Torres, LCSW, LCDA, ACSW

Ms. Torres, also a bilingual worker, has been with the department since 2006. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in St. Johns University and later obtained her Master’s Degree in Hunter College. Ms. Torres worked for CSW- Child Welfare services, Albert Einstein College of Medicine working as a social worker in the Bronx, NY for 15 year and also worked in administration for Medicaid. Ms. Torres Substance Abuse experience includes working in the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center as a clinical administrator. Later Ms. Torres worked as a Sr. Psychiatric Social Worker at Westchester County Community Dept. of Mental Health and as a Clinical Director of Promesa. In 1999, Ms. Torres most current work is at Palisades Medical Center in the ER, as a crisis worker for 12 years and has run a small private practice with patients with post menopausal women and substance abusers. Since becoming a member of our team, the department and those she services are fortunate to be blessed by her passionate compassion for the well being of all.

Denise Quijada,BA

Ms. Quijada has been a member of NHCAC since 2016 and has an extensive history of working in the medical field. Ms. Quijada started out as an Emergency Medical Technician at the age of 16 and has provided all different types of emergency medical care to the residents of Hudson County for over 10 years. Ms. Quijada, who is bilingual, went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University. She began working in the mental health community in 2010 as a volunteer for the crisis department at Palisades Medical Center eventually working as a mental health counselor on both the voluntary and involuntary psychiatric unit at Clara Mass Medical Center. With growing experience, Ms. Quijada then went on to become a full time crisis worker at both Clara Mass and Palisades Medical Center. Ms. Quijada work experience allows her to provide well-rounded quality care to all of our patients.

Diane Sosa, MA, LAC

Ms. Sosa has been a part of our behavioral health department since 2013. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University and later obtained her Master’s Degree at New York University. Ms. Sosa is a part of the National Board of Certified Counselors and currently is a Licensed Associate Counselor. She will be obtaining her LPC by June 2017. She is currently facilitator and counselor at NHCAC. Ms. Sosa also provides English and Spanish speaking support and education to children, adolescents and adults. She works with these individuals to help overcome a range of psychological and emotional issues. Her activities at NHCAC include individual counseling, crisis intervention, client advocacy, and mental health education and prevention.

Doris Roman, CSW, DVS, CADC

Ms. Roman has been a social worker with NHCAC since 2008. She has been servicing Hudson, Bergen, and Passaic counties promoting wellness and being a bridge to access resources and continuity of care. She is also actively certified through the American Academy of Certified Forensic Counselor as Domestic violence counselor and chemical addiction dependency counselor. In addition to her outpatient experience, she also works in acute care in a hospital setting. Ms. Roman has also worked with the Human Relation Commission Passaic County, U.S. Dept of Housing and urban development and Fair Housing initiative programs and is also a member of the National Association of Forensic Counselors.

Guillermo Parra, Ph. D.

Dr. Guillermo Parra is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. He has been working on a part time basis with NHCAC since 2014 providing diagnostic services and psychotherapy to community residents. In addition, Dr. Parra is also currently working in a local university, where he not only provides direct services to clients but is also a senior supervisor, providing training to interns during their pre-doctoral year of training in clinical and forensic psychologist.

Jillie Tejada, BA, MSW

Ms. Jillie Tejada has been a member of NHCAC since 2016 and has significant work experience with mental health agencies in Hudson County. Ms. Tejada earned her Bachelor’s in psychology with a mental health concentration from New Jersey City University and then went on to complete her Master’s in Social Work from Kean University. Ms. Tejada has been working in the mental health community since 2001 when she started out as a case manager at Mt. Carmel Guild Behavioral Health Department. Her work experience along with being bilingual have allowed her to provided excellent culturally sensitive support to mental health patients. Ms. Tejada currently works with all different types of patients and has been a great addition to the NHCAC Behavioral Health team.

Ana Dopazo, Senior Registration

Ms. Dopazo is our bilingual senior clerical staff member who has been with our department since 1997. She is instrumental in the implementation of the registration process of new and existing patients. She carries both experience and expertise to her position, and with customer services skills as well as being our insurance specialist. She completes daily and monthly statistic analysis of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse department. Ms.Dopazo is well-loved by our patients and brings a special nurturing atmosphere to the entire department.

Dental Care

Janet Lavandeira-DMD-Dental Director

Education: Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Boston, MA

Doctor of Medical Dentistry

Rutgers University Newark, NJ

Bachelor of Arts, Zoology

Specialty: General Dentistry

Professional Memberships: Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention

American Dental Association

New Jersey Dental Association

New Jersey Oral Health Coalition

Hudson County Dental Association

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Maria Espinosa Dovale-DDS

Education: New York University College of Dentistry New York, NY

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Universidad de Cartagena Cartagena, Bolivar Colombia

Degree in General Dentistry

Specialty: General Dentistry

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Nathalie Torna-RDH

Education: Hostos Community College/CUNY
Bronx NY
Registered Dental Hygienist

Specialty: Dental Hygiene

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Gisela Lopez-DMD

Education: University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey Dental School Newark, NJ

Doctor of Medical Dentistry

New York University College of Arts and Sciences New York, NY

Bachelor of Arts-Psychology

Specialty: General Dentistry

Professional Memberships: American Dental Association

New Jersey Dental Association

Hudson County Dental Association

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Special Interests: Diabetes, Psychology, Oral Medicine and Surgery

Lourdes Nunez-RDH

Education: Bergen County Community College Paramus, NJ

Specialty: General Dentistry

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Mercedes Rabeiro-Wert-DDS

Education: Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College New York, NY

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Universidad Central del Este Cuba

Affiliation: American Dental Association

Specialty: General Dentistry

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Special Interests: Serving the Community

Patricia Ruiz-DDS

Education: New York University College of Dentistry New York, NY

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Universidad de Cartagena Columbia, South America

Degree in General Dentistry

Affiliation: American Dental Association

Specialty: General Dentistry

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Rodolfo Wert-DDS

Education: New York University College of Dentistry New York, NY

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Universidad Central Del Este Dominican Republic

General Dentistry

Specialty: General Dentistry

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Eddy Yapor-DDS

Education: New York University of College and Dentistry New York, NY

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Universidad Autonoma of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Doctor of Dentistry

Specialty: General Dentistry

Languages Spoken: Spanish and English

Special Interests: Music and Baseball

Alejandra Sanchez DMD

Education: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Newark, New Jersey

Doctor of Medical Dentistry

Instituto de Ciencias de Salud Medellin, Columbia

General Dentist

Professional Memberships: Member of New Jersey Dental Association

Member of the Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontic Honor Society

Specialty: General Dentistry

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Chaya Carl-DDS

Education: New York University College of Dentistry
New York, NY
Doctor of Dental Surgery

Yeshiva University
New York, NU
Bachelor-Biology

Residency: New York Hospital of Queens
Flushing, NY

Professional Memberships: American Dental Association

Specialty: General Dentistry

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Yaskayra Urena-RDH

Education: Hostos Community College
Bronx, New York
Registered Dental Hygienist

Specialty: Dental Hygiene

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish


Pediatrics

Carmen Mallamaci, MD CMO

Education: Mount Sinai School of Medicine New York, NY

Doctor of Medicine

New York University

College of Arts and Science

Bachelor of Arts

Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Montefiore Medical Center

Pediatrics

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Montefiore Medical Center

Pediatric Pulmonary

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Membership: American Academy of Pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

Language Spoken: English, Spanish

Cheryl Panem, MD Director of Pediatrics

Education: University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery Manila, Philippines

Doctor of Medicine

Douglass College, Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ

Bachelor of Arts, Biology

Residency: Cooper Hospital University Medical Center Camden, NJ Pediatrics

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish and Tagalog

Special Interests: Reading and Music

Jose Maldonado, MD

Position: Chairmen of Pediatrics, Palisades Medial Center – North Bergen, NJ

Education: New York Medical College Valhalla, NY

Fifth Pathway Program

University Autonomous of Juarez Juarez, Mexico

Doctor of Medicine

St. Peters University Jersey City, NJ

Bachelor of Science-Biology

Residency: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Staten Island, NY Pediatrics

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Membership: American Academy of Pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Special Interests: Traveling, Biking, Racquetball, and Movies

Julie Aliaga, MD

Education: Brown Medical School Providence, Rhode Island

Doctor of Medicine

Columbia University New York, NY

Post Baccalaureate-Pre-Med Program

Columbia Business School New York, NY

M.B.A.-Finance and Accounting

Rutgers University-College of Engineering, New Brunswick, NJ

B.S. Industrial Engineering

Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Bronx, NY Pediatrics

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Pediatrics

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: Spanish and English

Special Interests: Yoga and Painting

Nicole Vales-Buckwald, APN

Education: New York University New York, NY

Master of Arts Advanced Practice Nursing, Pediatrics

Clemson University South Carolina

Bachelor in Nursing-“Cum Laude”

Licensure/Certification: National Certification of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Professional Memberships: National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English Special Interests: Skiing

Humberto Conde, MD

Education: Institute de Cienicas Medicos Santa Clara, Cuba

Doctor of Medicine

Camilo Cienfuergos Yaguajay, Cuba

Bachelor of Science

Residency: Lincoln Medical Center Bronx, NY

Pediatrics

Provincial General Hospital Sancti-Spiritus, Cuba

Surgery

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Special Interests: Dancing Salsa

David Fayngersh, MD

Education: Kishinev State Medial Institute-USSR Russia

Doctor of Medicine

Residency: Flushing Hospital Medical Center Flushing, New York, NY

Pediatrics

Internship: Jersey City Medical Center Jersey City, NJ

Pediatrics

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish and Russian

Special Interests: Dancing and Reading

Gaspar Ginart MD

Education: Universidad Central Del Este Dominican Republic

Doctor of Medicine

Rutgers College of Arts & Sciences Newark, NJ

Bachelor of Science

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Isabel Gonzalez, MD

Education: University of Medicine and Dentistry Newark, NJ

Doctor of Medicine

Rutgers University New Brunswick-NJ

Bachelor of Arts

Residency: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Newark, NJ Pediatrics

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: Spanish and English

Special Interests: Reading, Dancing and Traveling

Josefina Gregory, APN

Education: New York University New York, NY

Master of Art Advance Practice Nursing

Pediatrics/Child with Special Needs

Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Licensure/Certification: National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Nurses

Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

New Jersey Board of Nursing

Professional Memberships: National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English

Special Interests: Reading

Donna Hutton-Cassie, MD

Education: Howard University College of Medicine Washington, D.C.

Doctor of Medicine

Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ

Bachelor of Science-Biology-“Cum Laude”

Residency: University of Medicine and Dentistry Newark, NJ

Pediatrics

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Pediatrics

American Medical Association

Caribbean Medical Missionary Association

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Special Interests: Reading, Personal Fitness, Travel

Ilene Laufer, MD

Education: University of Medicine and Dentistry Newark NJ

Doctor of Medicine

Leigh University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Science-Engineering

Residency: Children’s National Medical Center Washington, D.C. Pediatrics

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Special Interests: Marathon Runner

Sara Nasiek, MD

Education: Akademia Medyczna Warsaw, Poland

Doctor of Medicine

Residency: St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York New York, NY

Pediatrics

Fatebenefratelli Hospital Milano, Italy

Rotational Year

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Italian and Polish

Jayminkumar Patel, MD

Education: Nalanda Medical College Patna, India

Doctor of Medicine

Residency: St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital New York, NY

Pediatrics

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Hindi, Gujarati

Special Interests: Emergency Care, Teaching Staff, Reading and Cruising

Elvira Sazon, MD

Education: University of the Philippines Manila, Philippines

Doctor of Medicine

Colegio de San Juan De Letran

Manila, Philippines-“Cum Laude”

Residency: St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center Staten Island, NY

Pediatrics

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Special Interests: Playing Violin and Running

Manuel See, MD

Education: Universidad of Santo Tomas Manila, Philippines

Doctor of Medicine

Universidad of Santo Tomas Manila, Philippines

Bachelor of Science

Internship: Christ Hospital Jersey City, NJ Rotating Internship

Residency: Chief Resident: ST. Josephs’ Regional Medicine Center Paterson, NJ

University of Medicine and Dentistry Newark, NJ

Pediatrics

St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Paterson, NJ

Chief Resident

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English, Chinese, Tagalog, and Spanish

Daxa Surti, MD

Education: M.S. University Baroda Gujarat, India

Doctor of Medicine

Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, India

Diploma in Anesthesiology

Residency: Jersey City Medical Center Jersey City, NJ Pediatrics

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Pediatrics

American Medical Association

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English, Gujarati, Hindi, Spanish

Eileen Torres-Soto, MD

Education: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Newark, NJ

Doctor of Medicine

Barnard College-Columbia University New York, NY

Bachelor of Arts

Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA Pediatrics

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Charmane Calilap Bernardo, APN

Education: New York University-Master in Arts

School of Education-Division in Nursing

Advance Practice Nurse

Farleigh Dickinson University Teaneck, New Jersey

Bachelor of Science Registered Nurse

Licensure/Certification: Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages: English, Spanish, Tagalog

Helen Nunez-MD

Education: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Newark, New Jersey
Doctor of Medicine

Seton Hall University (Magna Cum Laude)
South Orange, New Jersey
UMDNJ- Pediatrics
Residency:

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Pediatrics

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English/Spanish

Beatriz C. Tejeiro-APNP

Education: Columbia University School of Nursing
New York, NJ
Master of Science Degree-PNP Program
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Columbia University School of Nursing
New York, NY
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Specialty: Pediatrics

Languages Spoken: English/ Spanish


Women's Health Services

Norma Milanes Roberts,MD, Director of Women's Health

Education: University of Medicine and Dentistry Newark, NJ

Doctor of Medicine

Rutgers University Newark, NJ

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Biology/Psychology

Residency: Mount Sinai Medical Center/Jersey City Medical Center Jersey City, NJ

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Mount Sinai Medical Center/Jersey City

Medical Center Chief Resident

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Professional Memberships: American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Spanish American Medical Association of New Jersey

Christian Physician Medical Association

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish and Conversational Portuguese

Special Interests: Cervical Pathology, High Risk Pregnancy, and Infertility and Preconceptual Planning. Play Piano and Direct children in Church Choir

Elizabeth Gallego, CM

Education: SUNY Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn, NY

Master of Science in Midwifery

Certified Nurse Midwife

Drexel University

Colposcopy Certification

Philadelphia University Completion of Surgical First Assist as a Midwife

Long Island University C.W. Post Campus Brookville, NY

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology “Cum Laude”

Licensure/Certification: American Midwifery Certification Board

Specialty: Women’s Health

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Bruce Bennett, MD

Education: Virginia Commonwealth University

Medical College of Virginia

Doctor of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania Bachelor of Arts-Biology

Internship: New York University Medical Center

Bellevue Hospital Center

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Residency: Pennsylvania Hospital Philadelphia, PA

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professional Memberships: New York County Medical Society

North American Menopause Society

Society of Laparodendoscopic Surgeons

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken: English

Special Interests: High Risk OB/Premenopausal Medicine

Manuel Borja, MD

Education: University of Santo Tomas University Manila, Philippines

Doctor of Medicine

Internship: Coney Island Hospital Brooklyn, NY

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Residency: Lincoln Hospital Bronx, NY

Obstetrics and Gynecology

St. Michael’s Medical Center Hospital Newark, NJ

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken: English. Picipind, Spanish

Mark Marino, MD

Education: St. George’s University School of Medicine Grenada, West Indies

Doctor of Medicine

Jersey City Medical Center Jersey City, NJ

PGY I, II, and III

Residency: Jersey City Medical Center Jersey City, NJ

Obstetrics and Gynecology

St. Luke’s Hospital Medical Center Bethlehem, PA

Chief Resident

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Memberships: American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken: English and Italian-Spanish Comprehension

Special Interests: GYN and Peri-menopausal disorders

Catherine Cano, CNM

Education: New York University New York, NY

Master of Arts Degree in Nurse Midwifery

Residency: New York University New York, NY

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Licensure/Certification: American Midwifery Certification Board

Specialty: Women’s Health

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Aurora Dalisay, APN

Education: University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Planned Parenthood Nurse Practitioner Program

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Advance Practice Nurse, Women’s Health

Christ Hospital School of Nursing Jersey City, NJ

Diploma in Nursing

Licensure/Certification: National Certification Corporation (NCC)

Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner

Specialty: Women’s Health

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish and Tagalog

Special Interests: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Eneida Depina, APN

Education: University of Medicine and Dentistry Newark, NJ

Master of Science in Nursing in Women’s Health and Midwifery

University of Medicine and Dentistry Newark, NJ

Bachelor of Science in Nursing College of Saint Elizabeth

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Licensure/Certification: National Certification Corporation (NCC)

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Professional Memberships: American College of Nurse Midwives Midwives of Color Committee

Specialty: Women’s Health

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, and Portuguese

Amy Fisherman, CNM

Education: Columbia University New York, NY

Master of Science Degree in Midwifery Columbia University New York, NY

Bachelor of Science in Nursing State University of New York at Albany Albany, NY

Bachelor Degree in Management Information Systems “Maga Caum Laude”

Licensure/Certification: American Midwifery Certification Board

Specialty: Women’s Health

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Marie Johnson, APN

Educación: Universidad de Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA

Cuidado de Salud Enfermera Profesional de la Mujer

Thomas Edison State College Escuela de Enfermería de Trenton, NJ

Licenciatura en Ciencias en Enfermería

Condado de Monmouth Escuela Vocacional Long Branch, NJ

Enfermera licenciada

Matrícula / Certificación:Corporación Nacional de Certificación (NCC)

Cuidado de Salud Enfermera Profesional de la Mujer

Asociaciones Profesionales: Asociación Nacional de Profesionales de Enfermería en Salud de la Mujer

Especialidad: Salud de la Mujer

Idiomas que hablo: Inglés y Español

Erika Naranjo, CNM

Education: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Newark, NJ

MSN-Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health and Midwifery

College of Saint Elizabeth-Morristown, NJ

Bachelor in Nursing-Honors County of College of Morris-Randolph, NJ

AAS in Nursing

Licensure/Certification: American Midwifery Certification Board

Specialty: Women’s Health Languages

Spoken: English and Spanish

Rita Vinod Knause, MD

Education: St. George’s University of Medicine Grenada-West Indies

Doctor of Medicine

Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburg, PA

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

Residency: Christiana Care Health System Newark, DE

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Internship: Jersey City Medical Center Jersey City-NJ

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Internal Medicine

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professional Memberships: American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken: English, Marathi, Medical Spanish

Carole A. Powell, CNM

Education: University of Albany
SUNY Health Science Center
Albany, New York
Master of Science in Nursing
Certified Nurse Midwife

Long Island University
Long Island, New York
Bachelor of Science-Nursing

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Midwifery

Specialty: Women’s Health

Languages Spoken:English, and some Spanish

Shari Rake, CNM

Education: University of Pennsylvania- Philadelphia, PA

Master of Science In Nursing

Certificate of Nurse Midwifery St. Louis University St. Louis, MI

Bachelor of Science of Nursing “Summa Cum Laude”

Licensure/Certification: American Board of Midwifery

Specialty: Women’s Health

Languages Spoken: English, and some Spanish

Special Interests: Teen Family Planning and Obstetrics

Karym Zahka, MD

Education: Damascus University School of Medicine Damascus, Syria

Doctor of Medicine

Internship: St. Elizabeth Health Center Obstetrics and Gynecology

Residency: University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY

Obstetrics and Gynecology Lincoln Medical Center Bronx, NY

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lincoln Medical Center

Chief Resident

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professional Membership: American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken: English, Arabic, French

Special Interests: High Risk Obstetrics

Karla Bonetti-WHNP

Education: Rutgers School of Nursing
Newark, New Jersey
Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
New Jersey City University
Jersey City, New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Licensure/Certification Board Certified in Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner

Specialty: Women’s Health

Languages Spoken: English/ Spanish