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Kenneth Baker, MD
OB/GYN

Biography

Dr. Baker has worked at WYH since 2007. He studied at SUNY Buffalo and the Medical College of Wisconsin for his Doctorate in Medicine and at LeMoyne College for his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. 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
 
Monica Bell, RDH
Dental

Biography

Monica Bell has worked at WYH since 2007. Monica studied at Hudson Valley Community College for her Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. She has worked for various practices as a Dental Hygienist since 1982. 

Monica works at Whitney Young Health's Troy Health Center. 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed Dental Hygienist

Languages

English
 
Nancy Brennan-Jordan, RN, MS. CFNP,CDE
Family Medicine

Biography

Nancy Brennan-Jordan has worked at WYH since 2016. She studied at the Columbia University School of Nursing. She has two undergraduate degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of St. Vincent and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. 

Licensures and Certifications

Family Nurse Practitioner, NYS Registered Professional Nurse, NYS Nurse Practitioner in Family Health, IV Therapy/Phlebotomy/EKG/BLS, Certified Diabetes Educator

Languages

English
 
Vanessa Calderon, DMD
Dental

Biography

Dr. Calderon has worked at WYH since 2016. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark. She also received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Science from Fordham University. 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Dental License

Languages

English Spanish
 
Jeffrey Cameron, PA
Substance Abuse

Biography

Jeffrey Cameron 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. He also received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Hamilton College. 

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

Licensures and Certifications

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

Languages

English
 
Yun Chon, DMD
Dental

Biography

Dr. Chon has worked at WYH since 2017. He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed his General Practice Residency at Wyckoff Height Medical Center. He also received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Dental License

Languages

English, Korean and Spanish (limited)
 
Jolanta Drzymalski, DDS
Dental

Biography

Dr. Drzymalski has worked at WYH since 2003. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at NYU 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
 
Rhonda Esposito, NP
Family Medicine

Biography

Rhonda Esposito has been at Whitney Young Health since 2017 and has worked in the medical field for over 21 years. She received her Post Masters Certificate-Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner from Russell Sage College. She also received her Master of Science in Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Excelsior College. Rhonda obtained an Associate of Applied Science in Registered Professional Nursing from Hudson Valley Community College. 

Rhonda works at Whitney Young Health's Watervliet Health Centers. 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Registered Professional Nurse, NYS Nurse Practitioner in Family Health-Licensed and BLS for Health Care Providers-American Heart Association

Languages

English
 
Justin Fox, DDS
Dental

Biography

Dr. Fox has worked at WYH since 2016. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He also received his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology from Florida State University. 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Dental License

Languages

English
 
James Galati, DDS
Dental

Biography

Dr. Galati has worked at WYH since 1991. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Georgetown University School of Dentistry and completed a General Residency at Albany Medical Center Hospital. He also received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland. 

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Doctor of Dental Surgery Licensed

Languages

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

Biography

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

Licensures and Certifications

Physician Assistant Certified

Languages

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

Biography

Carrie Gordon-Stacey has worked with WYH since 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Russell Sage College and Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University. She 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 Goyer, MD
OB/GYN

Biography

Dr. Goyer has worked at WYH since 2000. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse. He also received his Bachelor of Science in Biological Science and German at the State University at Albany. He was a Resident and, then Administrative Chief Resident in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Albany Medical Center Hospital. 

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

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Medicine and Surgery Licensed, National Board of Medical Examiners, American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Languages

English, German
 
Michael Gregg, MD
Psychiatry

Biography

Dr. Gregg has worked at WYH since 2002. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Louvain in Belgium and his Bachelor of Arts at Columbia University. 

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

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed

Languages

English
 
Richard Haldeman, RPA-C
Adult 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 has worked at WYH since 2013. He earned his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Albany Medical College and a Physician Assistant Associates in Applied Sciences at Hudson Valley Community College. He also received his Bachelor of Arts in History at the State University at Albany. 

Richard Haldeman works at Whitney Young Health's Albany Health Center. 

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, completed a residency and chief residency at King George Medical College in India and an externship at VA Stratton Medical Center. Prior to working at WYH, she had been in private practice since 2006. In her spare time, she 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 earned her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, her Master of Science from Mankato State University. She 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 Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed

Languages

English
 
Kevin Lindsey, LCSW
Mental Health Therapy

Biography

Kevin Lindsey has worked at Whitney Young Health since 2017. Kevin received Master of Science in Social Work at the State University at Albany in 2009 and his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Utica College at Syracuse University. He worked in Social Work for various organizations throughout the Capital Region since 2009.

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

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 earned her diploma in Anesthesiology and her MBBS in India and completed a Family Practice Residency Program at St. Clare’s Hospital (now Ellis Hospital) in Schenectady. 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
 
Ryan Marshall, FNP-C
Family Medicine,Pediatrics
“I strongly believe in WYH and feel that it is a distinct privilege to take care of people.”

Biography

Ryan Marshall has worked at Whitney Young since 2013 and has been affiliated with us since 2007. He received an Master of Science in Nurse Practitioner Family Health and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SUNY IT at Utica/Rome. Ryan completed clinical internships with Fred Talerico, M.D., in Utica; Clifton Park Family Practice; Hudson Mohawk and Adolescent Medicine; EmUrgentCare,PLLC; and Albany Medical Center Hospital. He loves being outdoors, fishing, hiking, hunting, and spending time with family. Ryan served in the U.S. Air Force for 5 years.

Ryan works at Whitney Young Health’s Troy Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Registered Professional Nurse, NYS Nurse Practitioner in Family Health, American Nurses Credentialing Center Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certified

Languages

English
 
Ivy Morris
Substance Abuse
"My favorite thing about Whitney Young Health is the realization of the dream from the man who made it possible, Whitney M. Young Jr."

Biography

Ivy Morris has worked at WYH since 2013. She is currently working on her Peer Specialist Certification.

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

Languages

English
 
Gurkirpal Nijjar, MD
Psychiatry

Biography

Dr. Nijjar has worked at WYH since 2010. He obtained 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 earned her Doctor of Optometry and Vision Therapy Residency Certificates from SUNY, State College of Optometry and was pre-med at Hunter College. She 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
 
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 studied at the NYU College of Dentistry’s Institute for Foreign Trained Dentists Program. Dr. Sarmiento received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at University of the East, College of Dentistry in the Philippines.

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

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Dental License

Languages

English, Tagalog, Some Spanish
 
Rebecca Sheehan, PNP
Pediatrics
“Working with children makes each day different- full of laughs, fun and surprises. It is never boring.”

Biography

Rebecca Sheehan has worked at WYH since 2007. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing in Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track and Registered Nurse Certificate from Yale University School of Nursing.  She also received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston College.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She also likes to get outdoors- in the summer at the beach at Cape Cod and in the winter skiing in Vermont.

Rebecca works in Whitney Young Health’s School-Based Health Program.

Licensures and Certifications

National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Nurses Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse Practitioner, Drug Enforcement Administration Licensed/Prescriptive Authority for Controlled and Non-controlled Medications, Basic Life Support

Languages

English
 
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 degree at Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia and earned is Bachelor of Art at the University of Notre Dame. 

Dr. Skory works at Whitney Young Health's Albany and Watervliet Health Centers.

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 earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from New York Medical College and her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. She completed a residency at the University Hospital at Stony Brook in the Pediatrics department. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching her three boys (ages 2, 4 and 6), participate 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 earned his Doctorate of Medicine in Osteopathy at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and SUNY at Stony Brook for his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. He 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 earned her Doctor of Medicine at Sackler School of Medicine in Israel, Master of Public Health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Health and Society at the University of Rochester. She completed postgraduate training at Jacobi Medical Center - Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. She enjoys reading with her kids, gardening, biking, and learning how to bake. 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
 
Molly Ward RD, CDN, CDE
Adult and Pediatric Nutrition
I love teaching my patients how they can eat to live a longer, healthier and happier life.

Biography

Molly Ward has worked at WYH since 2016. Molly studied at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh for her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Minor in Personal Training and completed her postgraduate training Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, VA. 

Molly works at Whitney Young Health's Albany and Troy Health Center.

Licensures and Certifications

Registered Dietitian, NYS Certified Dietitian Nutritionist, and Certified Diabetes Educator
 
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 WYH since the early ‘80s. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at University of Michigan and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychobiology at NYU. He completed residencies at St. Clare’s Hospital (now Ellis Hospital) in Schenectady and at FAHEF (Duke University affiliate in North Carolina) and 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- one recently married, and has lived in Niskayuna since 1980.

Dr. Weissberg works at Whitney Young Health’s Albany and Troy Health Centers.

Licensures and Certifications

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

Languages

English
 
Laura Zasada, LCSW
Mental Health Therapy

Biography

Laura Zasada has worked at Whitney Young Health since 2017. Laura received Master of Science in Social Work at Smith College School for Social Work in 2008 and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor Sociology at Le Moyne College. She worked in Social Work for various organizations throughout the Capital Region since 2008.

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

Licensures and Certifications

NYS Licensed Clinical Social Work

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 degree 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. 

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