Meet Our Providers

Rita Vinod-Knause, MD Chief Medical Officer

Chief Medical Officer

Education:

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

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

Residency:

Christiana Care Health System
Newark, DE
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Internship:

Jersey City Medical Center
Jersey City-NJ

Licensure/Certification:

ABOOG-American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professional Memberships:

NYSALM
Brooklyn Obstetrical and Gynecological Society

Specialty:

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken:

English

 

Adult Medicine & Family Practice

Jeannette A. Sujovolsky, Do Director of Adult Medicine

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

Christie Dammers, Interim Director of Nursing

Education:

 

Licensure/Certification:

 

Specialty:

 

Languages Spoken:

 

Special Interests:

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/Certification:

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Specialty:

Family Practice

Languages Spoken:

English and some Spanish

Padma Chava, MD

Education:

JKC College
Guntur, India
Doctor of Medicine

Gunter Medical College
Guntur, India
BS of Medicine and Surgery

Residency:

Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center
Brooklyn, NY

Licenses/Certifications:

American Board of Internal Medicine

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Languages Spoken:

English

Maria Dei Tos, APN

Education:

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Teaneck, NJ
MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner

Wilkes University
Wilkes-Barre, PA
BSN

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
BA-Biological Anthropology

Licensure/Certifications:

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Languages Spoken:

English

Nieves Fenix, APN

Education:

Chamberlain College of Nursing
Springfield, Illinois
Masters in Nursing- Family Nurse Practitioner

Capitol Medical Center College
Quezon City, Manila Philippines
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Licensure/Certifications:

American Nurses Credentialing Center
Board Certified

Specialty:

Family Practice

Languages Spoken:

English

Henry C. Gaspard, MD

Education:

State University of Haiti
College of Medicine and Pharmacy
P-AU-P, Haiti
Doctor of Medicine

Licensure/Certifications:

Board Eligible, BLS, ACLS

Specialty:

Internal Medicine

Languages Spoken:

English and French

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

Amritpal Kaur, APN

Education:

Felician University
Lodi, NJ
Family Nurse Practitioner

Licensure/Certifications:

Professional Memberships:

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Languages Spoken:

English

Monika Niemiec, APN

Education:

William Paterson University
Wayne, NJ
Advance Nurse Practitioner-Gerontology

Rutgers University
Newark, NJ
Bachelor of Science-Nursing

Bergen Community College
Paramus, NJ
AS-Nursing

Licensure/Certifications:

American Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Association of Critical Care Nurses
American College of Cardiology

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Languages Spoken:

English

Special Interests:

Animal lover, enjoy nature and travel in my spare time.

Anthony Ijehsedeh, APN

Education:

Rutgers University
Newark, NJ
School of Nursing

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Bachelor of Science-Biology
Teaneck NJ

Licensure/Certifications:

New Jersey

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Languages Spoken:

English /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

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Languages Spoken:

English

Sheyda Makui, MD

Education:

Rafsanjuan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services
Iran
Doctor of Medicine

Residency Program:

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

Amy Y. Park-APN

Education:

Georgetown University
Washington, District of Columbia
Family Nurse Practitioner

Loyola University
Chicago, Illinois
Nursing

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Languages Spoken:

English

Ami Patel, MD

Education:

American University of the Caribbean Medical School
Cupecoy St. Martin
Doctor of Medicine

University of Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Biology

Licensure/Certifications:

American Board of Internal Medicine
USMLE step 1, 2,3

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Languages Spoken:

English, Spanish, Gujarati-Hindi

Julio Quintanilla, MD

Education:

Cayetano Heredia University
Lima, Peru
Doctor of Medicine

San Marcos University
Lima, Peru

Residency/Fellowships:

New York Medical College
Bronx, New York

Infectious Diseases Fellowship
College of Physician and Surgeons
New York, NY

Professional Membership:

American Medical Association
Infectious Diseases Society of America

Specialty:

Adult Medicine/Infectious Diseases

Languages Spoken:

English and Spanish

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

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

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Languages Spoken:

English and Spanish

Doris Santiago, MSN, R.N.NP-BC

Education:

Saint Peters College
Englewood, NJ
MSN Program

Felician College,
Lodi, NJ
Registered Nurse

Passaic County Community College
Paterson, NJ
LPN

Licensure/Certification:

American Nurses Credentialing Center
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Specialty:

Family Medicine

Languages Spoken:

English

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

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

Halina Zaborniak, 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

Behavioral Health

Frank Santos-MD Director of Behavioral Health

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.

Daniel Sanchez-MD

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.

Germaine Griswold-PhD

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.

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.

Jackie Knapp-LCADC, LP, MAC, CCS

Ms. Knapp has a long history with NHCAC, first joining the Department as an intern. Ms. Knapp is bilingual and a graduate of New Jersey City University. She currently works full-time for the Substance Abuse division of the department. In her role, she performs new intakes with 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, as well as provide supervision for interns. NHCAC is privileged to have had Ms. Knapp return to our department and bring a soothing positive professional energy.

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.

William Micchelli-CADC

Mr. Micchelli initially joined our Substance Abuse Department as part of a grant associated with SAMHSA. Mr. Micchelli is a bilingual certified alcohol and drug counselor 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 Fournier-DVS, CSW

Ms. Fournier 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. Mrs. Fournier has been an invaluable member of the Mental Health Department since 1999. Specializing in domestic violence, Mrs. Fournier runs a weekly domestic violence education and support group and works with countless numbers of victims of domestic violence including men, women, and children. She also worked 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 Children Protective Services, and evaluates and provides supportive services for prenatal patients, as needed. Mrs. Fournier 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.

Roberto Negron-LCADC, NCAC, CSW

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 Substance Abuse 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 Child Protective Services, the court systems, and other local agencies. His experience and enthusiastic positive energy has been vital towards the growth of this department.

Monica Cortes, BA, MAS

Ms. Cortes has been a member of the department since 2000. 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 and community, as well as the many lives she has touched.

Miriam Montufar-BA

Ms. Montufar joined the team in 2008 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 and has completed her NJ Basic MH Screening certification. 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 Hackensack Meridian Palisades Medical Center for 20 years. 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.

Dr. Mai El-Khoury, Ph. D

Ms. El-Khoury clinical psychologist joined our staff in November of 2018. Dr. El-Khoury earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the George Washington University in Washington D.C.  As part of her doctoral training, she completed her internship at New York University- Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan, New York. Upon graduation, she completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry- War Related Illness and Injury Study Center, within the East Orange Veterans Administration of New Jersey. In addition to the above, Dr. El-Khoury has worked in private practice and university mental health. Her clinical interests include adult anxiety, coping with transitions, trauma and recovery, grief, cross-cultural dimensions of resilience, and women’s mental health.  Dr. El-Khoury integrates various modalities to work collaboratively with clients.  She speaks English and Arabic.

Ana Eslava, BA, MA

Mrs. Eslava, has recently joined NHCAC in 2019. She earned her BA in Psychology from P.U.J University in Bogota, Colombia. Later obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling in Psychology. Mrs. Eslava has experience working with substance abuse population and providing individual supportive counseling. She is compassionate, active listener and is an excellent team player that is invaluable to the department.

Yipsi Molina, BSW

Ms. Molina has recently joined NHCAC in 2020. She earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. She has experience working with children and bilingual families from vulnerable populations. Ms. Molina’s combination of compassion, dedication and perseverance will certainly make her a valuable member of our staff.

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
AAMI

Languages Spoken:

English and Spanish

Special Interests:

Infection Control

Pablo Acuna, DDS

Education:

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

Specialty:

General Dentistry
Hudson County Dental Association

Languages Spoken:

English and Spanish

Michael Ayoub, DDS

Education:

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
New York, NY
Doctor of Orthodontics

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
New York, NY
Dental of Dental Surgery

Universality of Ottawa
Ontario, CA
Bachelor of Science-Biology

Specialty:

Orthodontics

Languages Spoken:

English

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

Robert G. Eramian, DDS

Education:

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Department of Prosthodontics
Hackensack, NJ
Certificate of Training

Georgetown University School of Dentistry
Washington, DC
Doctor of Dental Surgery

University of Rochester
Rochester, New York
BA-Biology

Specialty:

Prosthodontics

Languages Spoken:

English

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

Carino E. Montufar, Registered Dental Hygienist

Education:

UMDNJ
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Dental Hygienist

Specialty:

Dental Hygiene

Professional Memberships:

New Jersey Dental Hygienists Association
American Dental Hygienists Association
American Academy for Oral Systemic Health

Languages Spoken:

English and Spanish

Deborah Nina, DDS

Education:

New York University
New York, NY
Doctor of Dental Surgery

Professional Memberships:

American Dental Implant
American Dental Association

Specialty:

General Dentistry

Languages Spoken:
Spanish

Nima Miramadjlessi, DDS

Education:

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
Doctor of Dental Surgery

Case Western Reserve University
BA-Chemistry & Psychology

Case Western University
Cleveland, OH
Periodontology

Specialty:

Periodontal

Specialized Training:

Perio-prosthetic treatment planning

Mercedes Rabeiro-Wert, DDS

Education:

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

Universidad Central Del Este
Dominican Republic
General Dentistry

Affiliation:

American Dental Association

Specialty:

General Dentistry

Languages Spoken:

English and Spanish

Special Interests:

Serving the Community

Leolon A. Robinson, DMD

Education:

University of Medicine and Dentistry
New Jersey Dental School
Newark, NJ
Doctor of Medical Dentistry

Columbia School of Physicians and Surgeon
Harlem Hospital Center
New York, NY

Specialty:

Oral maxillofacial Surgeon

Languages Spoken:

English

Joerg M. Sladky, DDS

Education:

Columbia School of Dentistry and Oral Surgery
New York, NY
Doctor of Dental Surgery

University of Berkeley
University of California-LA
BA-Neurobiology-BA-Psychology

Specialty:

General Dentistry

Languages Spoken:

English, Spanish and German

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

Lourdes Nunez, Registered Dental Hygienist

Education:

Bergen County Community College
Paramus, NJ
Registered Dental Hygienist

Specialty:

Dental Hygiene

Languages Spoken:

Spanish and English

Nathalie Torna, Registered Dental Hygienist

Education:

Hostos Community College/CUNY
Bronx NY
Registered Dental Hygienist

Specialty:

Dental Hygiene

Languages Spoken:

Spanish and English

Yaskayra Urena, Registered Dental Hygenist

Education:

Hostos Community College
Bronx, New York
Registered Dental Hygienist

Specialty:

Dental Hygiene

Languages Spoken:

Spanish and English

Abraham Wenger, DMD

Education:

University of Pennsylvania School or Dental Medicine
Doctor of Medical Dentistry
Brooklyn College-BS Chemistry

Specialty:

General Dentistry

Languages Spoken:

English

Affiliations:

Member of ADA American Dental Association
NJ Dental Association
Hudson County Dental School

Mitchel Wezenter-DDS

Education:

State University of NY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
New York, NY
Doctor of Dental Surgery

State University of New York at Stony Brook
New York, NY
Periodontists

Specialty:

General Dentistry

Languages Spoken:

English

Pediatrics

Donna Hutton-Cassie, MD Director of Pediatrics

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

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

Liset Esnisleo, DO

Education:

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Athens, Ohio
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Montclair State University
Upper Montclair, new Jersey
Bachelor of Science- “Cum Lude”

Residency:

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
Newark, NJ

Certifications:

Board Certified in General Pediatrics -AOA

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Languages Spoken:

English and Spanish

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

Josefina Vales 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

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

Jose Maldonado, MD

Position:

Chairman of Pediatrics
Palisades Medical 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

Edith A. McCarthy MD

Education:

University of Medicine and Dentistry
Newark NJ- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Doctor of Medicine

Residency:

New York Presbyterian Hospital
Weill-Cornell University Medical Center
New York, NY

Licensure/Certification:

American Board of Pediatrics

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Languages Spoken:

English

Sadie Mirabal, MD

Education:

The State University of NJ
Rutgers College
New Jersey
Doctor of Medicine

Residency:

New York Presbyterian Hospital
Weill-Cornell University Medical Center
New York, NY

Licensure/Certification:

American Board of Pediatrics

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Languages Spoken:

English

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

Helen Nunez, MD Pediatrics

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

Special Interests:

Traveling, Fitness, Art and Music

Special Interests:

Skiing

Dineshkumar Patel, MD

Education:

BJ Medical College
Ahmedabad, India
Doctor of Medicine

Residency:

Kings County Hospital
New York, NY

Licensure/Certification:

American Board of Pediatrics

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Languages Spoken:

English

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 Rubia-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

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Languages Spoken:

English and Spanish

Special Interests:

Playing Violin and Running

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

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

Chanel Rodgers-Thompson, MD

Education:

SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY
Doctor of Medicine

SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY
Master in Science

Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY
BS-Biology

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Licensure/Certification:

American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships:

American Medical Association
American College of Physicians

Languages Spoken:

English

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

Maryelena Vargas-PhD, FNP-BD, RN, IBCLC

Education

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Teaneck, NJ
Family Nurse Practitioner

Columbia University School of Nursing
New York, NY
Doctor of Philosophy

Farleigh Dickinson University
Teaneck, NJ
Bachelors in Nursing

Bergen County Community College
Paramus NJ
Associate Degree in Nursing

Licensure/Certifications:

Internationally Board Certified
Lactation consultant (IBCLC)

Professional Memberships:

American Board of ANCC

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Languages Spoken:

English/Spanish

Radhika Vijayan-MD

Education:

St. John’s Medical College
Bangalore, India
Doctor of Medicine

Residency:

New York Medical College
New York, NY
Pediatrics

Professional Memberships:

American Board of Pediatrics

Specialty:

Pediatrics

Languages Spoken:

English

Women's Health Services

Juanita Baca-Barreto, CNM

Education:

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Newark, New Jersey
Certified Nurse Midwife

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

Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
BS Nursing
Lima, Peru

Licensure/Certifications:

Advance Fetal Monitor
School of Nursing Alumni Association

Specialty:

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoke:

English/Spanish

Patricia M. Boyce, APN

Education:

Frontier Nursing University
Hyden, Kentucky
OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner

Frontier Nursing University
Hyden, Kentucky
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Frontier Nursing University
Hyden, Kentucky
Master of Science in Nursing

Manhattan College
Bronx, NY
BS-Biology

Licensure/Certifications:

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Specialty:

Women’s Health

Languages Spoke:

English/Spanish (intermediate level)/ Russian(basic)

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, Pennsylvania
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

Cecilia Trujillo-Carvalho, MD

Education:

Ross University School of Medicine
Dominica
Doctor of Medicine

Rutgers University
Newark, NJ
Bachelor of Biology

Residency:

Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark, NJ
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialty:

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken:

English. Spanish

Interests:

Travel, Photography, Exercise

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 Cum Laude”

Licensure/Certification:

American Midwifery Certification Board

Specialty:

Women’s Health

Languages Spoken:

English and Spanish

Gokce Incekara, MSN-APN

Education:

Rutgers School of Nursing
Newark, NJ
Dual Masters Nurse Midwifery and APN

Bloomfield College
Bloomfield, NJ
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bergen Community College
Paramus, NJ
Biology-AA

Licensure/Certification:

National Certification Corporation (NCC)
Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner

Specialty:

Women’s Health

Languages Spoken:

English

Marie Johnson, APN

Education:

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner

Thomas Edison State College
School of Nursing
Trenton, NJ
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Monmouth County Vocation School
Long Branch, NJ
Licensed Practical Nurse

Licensure/Certification:

National Certification Corporation (NCC)
Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner

Professional Memberships:

National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health

Specialty:

Women’s Health

Languages Spoken:

English and Spanish

Michaela Marc-WHNP-BC

Education:

Rutgers University-Biomedical and Health Sciences
New Brunswick, NJ
Master of Science-Nursing

Rutgers-The State of University
Newark, NJ
Bachelor of Science-Nursing

Licensure/Certification:

Nexaplon Insertion and Removal
National Certification Corporation-WH

Specialty:

Women’s Health

Languages Spoken:

English

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

Rama Devi Ponamgi-MD

Education:

Andhra Medical College
Andhra Pradesh 530002
India
Doctor of Medicine

Residency:

Harlem Hospital
506 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY

Bronx Lebanon Hospital
2432 Grand Concourse,
New York NY

Licensure/Certification:

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialty:

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken:

English

Griselle Rivera-APN

Education:

UMDNJ University of Medicine and Dentistry
Newark, NJ
Masters in Nursing

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Philadelphia, PA
Advance Practice Nurse

Bloomfield College of Nursing
Bloomfield, NJ
BSN-RN

Licensure/Certification:

Specialty:

Women’s Health

Languages Spoken:

English and Spanish

Linda Stephan-CNM

Education:

Shenandoah University
Winchester, Virginia
Masters in Nursing

Shenandoah University
Winchester, Virginia
Bachelor of Nursing (Summa cum laude)

Shenandoah University
Winchester, Virginia
Associate Science of Nursing (Summa cum laude)

Licensure/Certifications:

American College of Nurse Midwives
American Society for Clinical Pathology
American Red Cross
Neonatal Resuscitation Certification

Professional Memberships:

American College of Nurse Midwives
Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health

Specialty:

Women’s Health

Languages Spoken:

English

Cristin Wehbe-Saloukhan-MD

Education:

Jose Maria Vargas School of Medicine
Caracas, Venezuela
Doctor of Medicine

Internship:

Palacios Maternity Hospital, Caracas, Venezuela

Residency:

Jersey City Medical Center-OB/GYN Residency Program

Professional Membership:

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialty:

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken:

English, Spanish and Arabic

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

Podiatry

Mina Abadeer-DPM Director of Podiatry

Education:

Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine
Miami, Florida
Doctor of Podiatry

New Jersey City University
Jersey City, NJ
Biology-BA

Residency:

New York Methodist Hospital
New York, NY
Pediatric Medicine and Surgery Resident

Licensure/Certification:

American Podiatric Medical Association

Professional Memberships:

American Extremity Nerve Surgeon

Specialty:

Podiatry

Languages Spoken:

English and Arabic

Special Interests:

Grafts and Microsurgery
Biking, Hiking and Cooking

Neurology

Larisa Ploshchanskaya, MD

Education:

MD Medical Institute
Odessa, Russia
Medical Doctor

Licensure/Certification:

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Professional Memberships:

American Extremity Nerve Surgeon

Specialty:

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Languages Spoken:

English and Russian