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Anna-Maria Assevero, MD

Biography

Dr. Assevedo has worked at Whitney Young Health since 2020. She received her Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry College of Medicine (Nashville, TN.)

She works at the Troy Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

New York State Medical License, Connecticut Medical License Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine

Languages

English, Spanish
 
Kenneth Baker, MD
OB/GYN

Biography

Dr. Baker has worked at WYH since 2007. He received his Doctorate in Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Medical College of Wisconsin as well as his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at LeMoyne College. Dr. Baker completed an internship and a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Barnabas Medical Center. 

Dr. Baker works at Whitney Young Health's Albany Health Center. 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Certified

Languages

English
 
Virinchi Bala, MD
Internal Medicine,Pediatrics

Biography

Dr. Bala, received his MD at Madras University in India, and went on to receive his MD in Pediatrics from the Royal College of Physicians in Glasgow, Scotland.

Dr. Bala works at the Albany Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

Board Certification in Internal Medicine - American College of Physicians NY State Medical License

Languages

English
 
Ramon Bidot, MD
Primary Care

Biography

Dr. Ramon Bidot is a primary care physician who received his MD at Albany Medical College. Dr. Bidot came to Whitney Young Health in October 2021, and he practices at our Watervliet Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

Licensed in NY State

Languages

English & Spanish

Ages Served

All ages
 
Jeffrey Cameron, PA
Substance Abuse

Biography

Jeffrey Cameron, PA has worked at WYH since 2014. He received his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Albany Medical College and Hudson Valley Community College. Jeffrey has also received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Hamilton College. 

Jeffrey works at the Albany Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants Certified, Basic Life Support Certified, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified

Languages

English
 
Richard Haldeman III, RPA-C
Adult Medicine,HIV Medicine
"I love the patients and the people I work with. I believe in WYH's mission and it's a great place to be."

Biography

Richard Haldeman graduated from the Albany-Hudson Valley Physician Assistant program in 2003. He practiced emergency medicine at Albany Medical Center for the first 10 years of his career and in 2013 he left the hospital to pursue Family and Community Medicine at Whitney Young Health.

In 2016 he took over as the Clinical Director of the Community Prevention and Treatment Services Department at Whitney Young, where he now oversees the management of People living with HIV, people diagnosed with Hepatitis C, and is the lead provider for the clinic’s PrEP services program.

He achieved his HIV Medicine Specialist certification in 2016 through the American Academy of HIV Medicine, and was a 2018 recipient the New York State Health Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award for his contributions to the care of People Living with HIV in New York State.

Mr. Haldeman also has experience in gender-affirming primary care and hormone therapy. 

Licensures and Certifications

Physician Assistant Certified

Languages

English
 
Samantha Herman, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN
Pediatrics

Biography

Samantha Herman, a graduate of Seton Hall University, is a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She has been with Whitney Young Health since October 2021, and serves patients through our Community-Based Programs at School-Based Health Centers and the Albany Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

NY State RN License NJ RN License Certified Emergency Nurse Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse American Heart Association certified in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. She is also a member of numerous medical associations and societies, including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Languages

English

Ages Served

0-18 years
 
Julita Jastrzab MD
Psychiatry

Biography

Dr. Julita Jastrzab is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina and the Medical University of Wroclaw, Poland. She started at Whitney Young Health in November 2021, where she works at the Albany Health Center

Licensures and Certifications

New York State Medical License ECFMG Certificate

Languages

English, Polish

Ages Served

All ages
 
Kenneth Kroopnick, MD
Pediatrics

Biography

Dr. Kroopnick is a board certified Pediatrician and Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, who received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed his residency programs at Albany Medical Center. He brings extensive experience as a General Pediatrician in the Albany area, where he has practiced for several decades. 

He has worked at Whitney Young Health since December 2020 at the Albany Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

New York State Physician's License, Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics

Languages

English
 
Sandra Laity, DPM
Podiatry
“I really enjoy interacting with patients and helping them to attain optimal foot health.”

Biography

Dr. Laity has worked at WYH since 2004. She received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and her Master of Science from Mankato State University. Dr. Laity has also received her Bachelor of Science East Stroudsburg University. She completed externships and preceptorships at many hospitals throughout the country. Dr. Laity has been in private podiatric medical practice in Albany since 1989. Before becoming a podiatrist, Dr. Laity was a science teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, going on nature walks, reading, and going to plays and movies.

Dr. Laity works at Whitney Young Health’s Albany and Watervliet Health Centers.

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed

Languages

English
 
Bharat Langer, MD
Psychiatry

Biography

Dr. Langer practices at the Albany Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Education Department/State Board of Medicine License to Practice Medicine

Languages

English

Ages Served

Adults
 
Hwal Lee, PA
Family Medicine

Biography

Hwal Lee is a Physician's Assistant, receiving his Master of Science degree from the Radford University PA Program. He has worked in the US and Australia, focusing on behavioral health and endocrinology, having participated in multiple research projects on diabetes treatment.

Hwal Lee joined Whitney Young Health in March 2021, working as a PA in Community-Based Programs, based on Whitney Young Health's mobile health unit, Whitney on Wheels (WOW).

Licensures and Certifications

Certified Virtual/Blended Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Basic Life Support

Languages

English

Ages Served

Youth through Adult
 
Padmaja Madala, MD
Addictions Medicine,Family Medicine
“Taking care of people as they pass through different stages of life is meaningful for me. I enjoy having the opportunity to give back.”

Biography

Dr. Madala has worked at WYH since 2008. She received her Doctorate of Medicine in Anesthesiology and her MBBS in India and completed her Family Practice Residency Program at St. Clare’s Hospital (now Ellis Hospital). She enjoys spending time with her family.

Dr. Madala works at Whitney Young Health’s Albany Health Center and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Treatment Center.

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed American Board of Family Medicine Board Certified

Languages

English
 
Michelle Mathew, RN, MSN, FNP
Family Medicine

Biography

Michelle Mathew, RN, FNP, has worked at Whitney Young Health since 2020. She received her Master of Family Nurse Practitioner from Dominican College and her Masters of Science, Nursing from Liberty University. Michelle is a newly graduated Family Nurse Practitioner and has extensive experience as a registered nurse in hospital settings. She also has experience as an Adjunct Nursing Clinical Instructor at SUNY Rockland Community College and Nyack College.

Michelle is part of the Community-Based Programs team and works in our School Based Health Centers and the Albany Health Center. 

Licensures and Certifications

RN, FNP

Languages

English
 
Jennifer McBain, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Family Medicine

Biography

Jennifer McBain, MSN, APRN, FNP-C has worked at Whitney Young Health since 2020. She received her Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner from Frontier Nursing University and her Bachelor of Science, Nursing from SUNY Empire State College. Jennifer is a newly Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and has extensive experience as a registered nurse in Trauma, General Surgery and Labor & Delivery. She is also an Adjunct Nursing Clinical Instructor at The Sage Colleges in Troy and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Jennifer works at the Troy Health Center. 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Registered Nurse Practitioner in Family Health, Board Certified American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, NYS Registered Professional Nurse, Basic Life Support

Languages

English
 
Michael McKeon, FNP-BC
Family Medicine

Biography

Michael McKeon, FNP-BC has worked at Whitney Young Health since 2019. He received his Master of Science in Nursing, FNP Program and Bachelor of Science in Nursing, CDP Program at Pace University. He also holds a Master of Science in Engineering Studies from the State University of New York College of Environmental Studies and Forestry as well as a Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development and Bachelor of Science in Geology from St. Lawrence University. Michael has many years of experience as a Registered Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner in both hospital and family practice settings. 

Michael works at Whitney Young Health's Albany Health Center. 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed Family Nurse Practitioner, NYS Licensed Registered Nurse, ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certification, DEA Certified Suboxone Provider, and Certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support, CPR, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Languages

English
 
Mackenzie Meyer Berrus, PA-C
Family Medicine

Biography

Mackenzie Meyer Berrus, PA-C has worked at WYH since 2019. She received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies at SUNY Upstate Medical University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Psychology Minor from St. Lawrence University. Mackenzie has worked in various aspects of medicine such as, family medicine, integral medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, psychiatry, general surgery, geriatrics, outpatient medicine and emergency medicine. 

Mackenzie is part of the Community-Based Programs team and works at our School Based Health Centers and the Albany Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed Physician Assistant, NCCPA Certification, PANCE, ACLS Certification, PALS Certification and American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

Languages

English
 
Gurkirpal Nijjar, MD
Psychiatry

Biography

Dr. Nijjar has worked at WYH since 2010. He received his MBBS from the Armed Forces Medical College in India and completed several internships and a fellowship in India, Pennsylvania, and Missouri. He is married and has 2 children.

Dr. Nijjar works at Whitney Young Health's Albany Health Center. 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS License

Languages

English
 
Elizabeth Pradhan, OD
Optometry

Biography

Dr. Pradhan has worked at WYH since 2010. She received her Doctor of Optometry and Vision Therapy Residency Certificates from the State University of New York State College of Optometry and was pre-med at Hunter College. Dr. Pradhan has also received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at the Manhattan School of Music.

Dr. Pradhan works at Whitney Young Health's Albany Health Center. 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS License

Languages

English
 
Kathryn Rothas, DDS
Dental

Biography

Kathryn V. Rothas, DDS is a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry.

Additionally, she received her Masters degree in Public Health through New York Medical Collage in 2021

Dr. Rothas joined Whitney Young Health in August 2021, and she is based at our Albany Dental Practice.

Licensures and Certifications

Certificate in Dental Public Health, NYU,

Languages

English Spanish

Ages Served

Children and adults
 
Augusto Sarmiento, DDS
Dental
"I like that WYH provides what we need to do our job well."

Biography

Dr. Sarmiento has worked at WYH since 2007. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of the East, College of Dentistry in the Philippines and completed his residency at the NYU College of Dentistry’s Institute for Foreign Trained Dentists Program. 

Dr. Sarmiento works at Whitney Young Health's Troy Health Center. 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Dental License

Languages

English, Tagalog, Some Spanish
 
David Skory, MD
OB/GYN

Biography

Dr. Skory is our Associate Medical Director for Women’s Health and Clinical Quality and has worked at WYH since 2016, after working over 40 years in various aspects of the medical industry. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia and also his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Notre Dame. 

Dr. Skory works at Whitney Young Health's Albany Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed, American Board of OB/GYN, American Board of Internal Medicine

Languages

English
 
Rhonda Stein, MD
Pediatrics
“My favorite part of my job is watching the children I work with grow from infancy into early adulthood, experiencing the challenges of life with them, and sharing in their everyday experiences.”

Biography

Dr. Stein has worked at WYH since 2004. She received her Doctor of Medicine from New York Medical College and also her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. Dr. Stein completed her residency at the University Hospital at Stony Brook in the Pediatrics department. In her spare time, Dr. Stein enjoys reading, watching her three boys, participating in extracurricular activities, making desserts, and spending time with her 3 cats.

Dr. Stein works at Whitney Young Health’s Albany Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed in Medicine and Surgery, American Board of Pediatrics Diplomat, Drug Enforcement Administration Licensed, Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Neonatal Advanced Life Support

Languages

English
 
Noel Varghese, DO
OB/GYN
“I truly have a fun job, working with new mothers and their babies.”

Biography

Dr. Varghese has worked at WYH since 2014. He received his Doctorate of Medicine in Osteopathy at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and also his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Varghese completed postgraduate training at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Varghese works at Whitney Young Health’s Albany Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

NYS License

Languages

English
 
Deborah Vasquez, MD
Pediatrics
“I enjoy meeting families from many diverse cultures and discussing their children’s health.”

Biography

Dr. Vasquez became Whitney Young Health's Chief Medical Officer in October of 2020 following several months as Interim Chief Medical Officer. Prior to this, she was Director of Pediatrics and she has worked at WYH since 2013.

She received her Doctor of Medicine at Sackler School of Medicine in Israel and her Master of Public Health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed postgraduate training at Jacobi Medical Center - Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Vasquez also received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Health and Society at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Vasquez grew up in New York City. She is a first-generation American from the Dominican Republic, and enjoys reading with her kids, gardening, biking, and learning how to bake. 

Dr. Vasquez works at Whitney Young Health’s Albany Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

American Board of Preventive Medicine Diplomat, American Board of Pediatrics Diplomat, NYS License to Practice Medicine, Drug Enforcement Administration Licensed in Controlled Substances

Languages

English, Spanish, Conversational Hebrew