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Shawn Allen, DDS
Dental

Biography

Dr. Allen has worked at WYH since 2018. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College/School of Dentistry. He also holds two Associate of Science degrees in Dental Hygiene and Biology from Tennessee State University/Meharry Medical School and East Central College respectively. Dr. Allen has worked in dentistry for almost 30 years in New York State.

Dr. Allen works at Whitney Young Health's Albany Dental Practice.

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Dental License

Languages

English
 
Laurie Apa, LMSW
Mental Health Therapy

Biography

Laurie Apa, LMSW has worked at WYH since 2018. She received her Master of Social Work in Social Work and her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Relations from the University at Albany and Plattsburgh State University respectively. Laurie has worked in Social Work for over 5 years from various organizations.

Laurie works at Whitney Young Health's Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Treatment Center.

Licensures and Certifications

Licensed Master Social Worker and CPR/First Aid

Languages

English
 
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
 
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
 
Sally Delory, FNP, RN
Family Medicine

Biography

Sally Delory, FNP, RN has worked at WYH since 2018. She received her Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner at SUNY Polytechnic Institute as well as holding two Bachelor degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SUNY Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. Sally has previously worked as a Registered Nurse at both Albany Medical Center and St. Peter's Health Partners.

Sally works at Whitney Young Health’s Albany Health Center. 

Licensures and Certifications

Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, NIHSS Stroke Certification and MLMIC Proactive Basic Risk Management Program

Languages

English
 
Jolanta Drzymalski, DDS
Dental

Biography

Dr. Drzymalski has worked at WYH since 2003. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery at New York University and her Doctor of Dentistry from Gdansk Medical Academy in Poland.

Dr. Drzymalski works at Whitney Young Health's Troy and Watervliet Health Centers. 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Doctor of Dental Surgery Licensed

Languages

English, Polish
 
Michael Dygert, LMHC
Mental Health Therapy

Biography

Michael Dygert, LMHC has worked at WYH since 2018. He received his Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Education Minor and Media Studies Minor from the University at Albany and University at Buffalo respectively.

Michael works at Whitney Young Health's Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Treatment Center.

Licensures and Certifications

New York State Department of Education Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Languages

English
 
Melissa Feltman, PNP
Pediatrics,School Based Health

Biography

Melissa Feltman, PNP has worked at WYH since 2018. She received her Master of Nursing in a Child Health/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Nursing. Melissa has also received her Bachelor in Science in Ecology and her Associate of Science in Nursing from the University of Georgia and Hudson Valley Community College respectively.

Melissa works at Whitney Young Health’s Whitney on Wheels and School-Based Health Center program. 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed Nurse Practitioner in Pediatrics, NYS Licensed Registered Professional Nurse, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board: Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care, Neonatal Resuscitation Program Provider, American Heart Association BLS Instructor

Languages

English
 
Nicole Fiacco, PMHNP
Adult Medicine

Biography

Nicole Fiacco, PMHNP has worked at WYH since 2019. She received her Masters of Science, with a Post Masters Certificate: Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Sage Graduate School and her Bachelors in Nursing from Plattsburgh State University of New York. Nicole has worked as a Registered Nurse at St. Peter's Health Partners and Mohawk Opportunities.  

Nicole works at Whitney Young Health's Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Treatment Center and the Albany Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry, Registered Nurse, Basic Life Support

Languages

English
 
Denise Gangi-Pollacek, MPAS, PA-C
Adult Medicine

Biography

Denise Gangi-Pollacek, MPAS, PA-C has worked at WYH since 2016. She received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Albany Medical College and her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at Arizona State University. 

Denise works at Whitney Young Health's Albany and Watervliet Health Centers as well as Whitney on Wheels.

Licensures and Certifications

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant Certificate

Languages

English
 
Sabira Ghauri, MD
Psychiatry

Biography

Dr. Ghauri has worked at WYH since 2018. She received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Quaid-e-Azam Medical College in Pakistan. Upon graduation, Dr, Ghauri completed her Externship in Psychiatry at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, her Residency in Psychiatry at Albany Medical Center and finally her in Psychosomatic Medicine from SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Ghauri has worked in the medical field for over 25 years.

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

Licensures and Certifications

The University of the State of New York Education Department in Medicine

Languages

English and Urdu
 
Carrie Gordon-Stacey, CNM
OB/GYN
“I enjoy getting to see the same patients again and again.”

Biography

Carrie Gordon-Stacey, CNM has worked with WYH since 2014. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Russell Sage College. Carrie is a local to the Capital Region and now lives in Selkirk on a small farm with her husband, two teenage children, various farm animals, and three dogs.

Carrie works at Whitney Young Health’s Albany Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

Certified Nurse Midwife

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
 
Pamela Kaw, MD
Ophthalmology

Biography

Dr. Kaw has worked at WYH since 2010. She received her Master of Science in Ophthalmology at Loreto Convent College and completed her residency and chief residency at King George Medical College in India. Dr. Kaw completed her externship at VA Stratton Medical Center. Prior to working at WYH, she had been in private practice since 2006. In her spare time, Dr. Kaw enjoys eating international cuisines, painting landscapes, gardening, and playing the Hawaiian guitar.

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

Licensures and Certifications

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Certified

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
 
Sherrie Levan, PA, RDH
Family Medicine

Biography

Sherrie Levan, PA, RDH received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Marist College and her Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene from the University of Maine. Sherrie previously worked at WYH as a Registered Dental Hygienist, prior to returning to school to become a PA.  She is also working on her Certificate in Public Health Fundamentals and Principles from the University at Albany School of Public Health.  

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

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed Physician Assistant, NYS Registered Dental Hygienist, Basic Life Support

Languages

English
 
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
 
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 works on Whitney Young Health's mobile health unit, Whitney on Wheels.

Licensures and Certifications

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

Languages

English
 
Jacob Miner, LMSW
Mental Health Therapy

Biography

Jacob Miner, LMSW has worked as a Behavioral Health Clinician at Whitney Young Health since 2019. Jacob received his Masters in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany and his Bachelors of Science in Children and Family Studies at the State University of New York College at Oneonta. Jacob is experienced in addiction and substance use counseling and group therapy.

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

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed Master Social Worker

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
 
Kristey Palmisano, LMSW
Mental Health Therapy

Biography

Kristey Palmisano, LMSW has worked at WYH since 2019. She received her Master of Social Work in Social Work and her Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts from the University at Albany School of Social Welfare and Alfred University respectively. Kristey has worked for local organizations such as Spectrum Life Strategies and the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region of New York.

Kristey works at Whitney Young Health's Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Treatment Center.

 

 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed Master Social Worker

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
 
Brooke Raveendranath, RN, MSN, CPNP
School Based Health

Biography

Brooke Raveendranath, RN, MSN, CPNP has worked at WYH since 2018. Brooke received her Master of Science in Nursing from Hunter College, The City University of New York and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Binghamton University. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care. 

Brooke works at Whitney Young Health's Watervliet School Based Health Center. 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Registered Professional Nurse, NYS Registered Nurse Practitioner in Pediatrics, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Languages

English
 
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 is our Director of Pediatrics and 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 and is a 1st 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
 
Robert Weissberg, MD
Family Medicine,Pediatrics
“I enjoy the opportunity to serve the community by providing and supporting good health care. My colleagues are supportive, congenial, dedicated and competent.”

Biography

Dr. Weissberg has worked at WYH since 2014 and has been affiliated with us since the early 1980s. He earned his Doctor of Medicine at University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychobiology at NYU. Dr. Weissberg completed residencies at St. Clare’s Hospital (now Ellis Hospital) and at FAHEF (Duke University affiliate in North Carolina) as well as a fellowship at University of Arizona Health Sciences Department of Integrative Medicine.

After many years in various practices in the Capital Region and most recently in Massachusetts, he returned and began a part-time position at WYH. He enjoys folk music and dance, jazz, percussion, bike riding, hiking and traveling. He is the father of 2 sons and has lived in Niskayuna since 1980.

Dr. Weissberg works at Whitney Young Health’s Troy Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed, Family Medicine Certified, American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine Diplomate, Drug Enforcement Administration Licensed

Languages

English
 
Theodore Zeltner, MD
Adult Medicine
"I enjoy my job because I love interacting with patients. I have kept patients for 30+ years, so it's gratifying to develop relationships and know my patients as people, not just patients. Patients put a lot of trust and confidence in their doctors, so I'm glad to be here to help."

Biography

Dr. Zeltner is our Chief Medical Officer and has worked at WYH since 2014, after 32 years of working in private practice in Albany. He received his Master in Business Administration in Healthcare Administration from Union University, his Doctor of Medicine from Albany Medical College, and his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Zeltner completed postgraduate training at Albany Medical Center Hospital.

He enjoys Community Theater, spending time with his dogs (two Boston Terriers and a Pug) and music and lives in Guilderland with his wife and has a stepson.

Dr. Zeltner works at Whitney Young Health's Albany Health Center and is also the Chief Medical Officer. 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed, National Board of Medical Examiners Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine Certified, Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs

Languages

English