Directors

Jun Mitsumoto, MD, MPH
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  • Title: Medical Director
  • Education: MD, MPH, Columbia University
  • Training: Residency in Family Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center
  • “Well-being is a challenging state of balance to achieve and maintain. People have different points of equilibrium and deal with many oppositional forces over time. I work to connect the dots between people's biological health and how they live their lives.”

Samuel “Sam” Hoelzle, RN
He, him, his

  • Title: Director of Nursing
  • Education: BSN, Hunter College
  • Certifications: CBDCE
  • “Well-being is learning a little more, laughing a little more, and caring for others a little more each day...”

Joquetta Paige, MD, MPH
She, her, hers

  • Title: Associate Medical Director, Primary Care
  • Education: MD, Temple University Medical School
  • Training: Residency in Family Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center
  • Certifications: Board Certified in Family Medicine

Virginia Robertson, MD, MScPH
She, her, hers

  • Title: Associate Medical Director for GYN Health and Specialty
  • Education: MD, SUNY at Buffalo; MSc, University of Edinburgh
  • Training: Residency Program in Social Medicine/Family Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center
  • Certifications: American Board of Family Medicine
  • One Zone Certifications: Justice Zone
  • SHC Clinical Team(s): GYN Health
  • “To me, wellbeing is that sense of healthfulness and centeredness in one's social, physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual life, and the ability to 're-center' whenever needed.”

Primary Care

Jacqueline Bae, RN
She, her, hers

  • Education: BSN, University of Virginia
  • Languages: Korean
  • “Well-being is the state of being healthy, safe, comfortable, and happy.”

Yarromi Romi Bassey, MD
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  • Education: BS, MB, University of Ibadan
  • Training: Residency in Family Medicine, Highland Hospital
  • Certifications: American Board of Family Medicine, Royal College of
  • Obstetricians, Gynecologists UK
  • “Well-being is perfect health of the Mind, Body and Soul with the ability to return back to that state if there is a temporary deviation.”

Katherine Bednarczyk, FNP-C
She, her, hers

  • Education: BSN, MSN, Johns Hopkins University
  • Certifications: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Languages: Polish, Intermediate Spanish

Elaine Berte, PA
She, her, hers

  • Education: MS
  • Training: Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine
  • Certifications: NCCPA on certifying Physician Assistants
  • “Well-being means self care. Adequate sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet. Seeking avenues for stress busting (e.g. yoga, meditation, reaching out to Counseling and Wellness when appropriate).”

Dominic Biney-Amissah, MD
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Title: Staff Physician

  • Education: MD, Rutgers University
  • Training: Residency, St. Vincent's Hospital
  • Certifications: Board Certified in Internal Medicine
  • One Zone Certifications: Action Zone

Therese Bridges, MS, RDN, CDN
She, her, hers    
Title: Registered Dietitian

  • Education: MS, University of Alabama
  • Training: Dietetic Internship, Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Certifications: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Dietitian Nutritionist
  • SHC Clinical Team(s): Eating Disorder
  • “Well-being means nurturing our bodies and our minds with compassion, dedicated care/support, and intentionality. Being that my passion lies in nutrition, well-being also means providing ourselves with enjoyable food, a balance of nutrients, and movement that connects our minds and bodies.”

Axum Browne, MS Ed
She, her, hers

  • Education: MS, St. John’s University

Hang Fong Kitty Chan, DO
She, her, hers

  • Education: DO, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Training: Stony Brook University Medical Center
  • Certifications: Family Medicine
  • Languages: Cantonese
  • “Well-being is not only a person's physical health, but mental and spiritual as well.”

Alina Climova, PA-C
They, them, theirs; She, her, hers

  • Education: BS, SUNY Downstate         
  • Certifications: NCCPA Certification
  • Languages: Russian
  • SHC Clinical Team(s): Eating Disorder    
  • “Well-being is a state in which a person's internal (physical, emotional) and external (cultural, social, etc.) environment allows them to live a comfortable, healthy and satisfying life.”

Diana Corzen, LPN
She, her, hers

  • “Well-being is being able to advocate for yourself and make informed choices.”

Cristine Correa, RN
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Title: Nurse Manager

  • Education: AAS, BSN, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Languages: Spanish
  • “Well-being is the balance of the mind, body, and soul.”

Irina Fabre, BA, BSN, MSN
She, her, hers

  • Education: BA, BSN, MSN, University of Pennsylvania
  • Certifications: Board certification in ANCC
  • Languages: Russian

April Fellers, RN, BSN
She, her, hers
Title: Nurse Manager, COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team

  • Education: BA, UC San Diego; BS, Georgetown University
  • SHC Clinical Team(s): Gender Team
  • “Well-being relates to the perfect balance of nourishment for the mind, body, and soul. That perfect balance, and what fulfills each of those categories, looks different for everyone; for me, it's baking, reading books, spending time with my friends & family, doing yoga, eating good food, watching Broadway shows, and going on walks with my dog. What brings nourishment to you?”

Olivia Galetta, RN, BSN
She, her, hers
Title: Nurse Manager, COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team

  • Education: BSN, Rutgers University

Dongsoo “Don” Han, MD
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  • Education: New York Medical College
  • Training: Residency in Internal Medicine, St. Vincent's Hospital
  • Certifications: Board Certification in Internal Medicine
  • Languages: Korean
  • “Well-being is to be aware of your physical and emotional symptoms and to seek medical attention.”

Claudia Hudson, MD
She, her, hers

  • Education: University of Bologna
  • Training: Residency in Family Practice, Hunterdon Medical Center
  • Certifications: Board Certified in Family Practice
  • One Zone Certifications: Action Zone
  • Languages: Italian
  • SHC Clinical Team(s): Eating Disorder
  • “Well-being is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. ”

Jasjot Kaur, RN
She, her, hers

  • Education: BSN, New York University
  • Languages: Punjabi
  • “Well-being means feeling complete, happy, and healthy.”

Alyssa LaFosse, MPH
She, her, hers
Title: HIV Counselor/Sexual Health Educator

  • Education: BA, University of California, Los Angeles; MPH, University of California, Berkeley
  • Languages: Spanish
  • SHC Clinical Team(s): Gender Team
  • “Well-being means someone feels empowered, confident, and happy. I am passionate about giving people comprehensive and accurate information in a nonjudgmental and supportive manner so that they can make informed choices about their sexual health and feel good about their sexual lives.”

Jennifer “Jen” Lang, RN
She, her, hers

  • Education: BSN, Columbia University
  • Training: St. Luke’s Emergency Department - Externship; NYU Langone - Graduate Residency
  • Certifications: BLS
  • “Wellbeing is the balance of physical, psychological and spiritual health.”

Kate Mannion, FNP-BC
She, her, hers

  • Education: BA, Grinnell College; BSN, Georgetown University; MS, Columbia University
  • Certifications: BLS
  • Languages: Spanish
  • SHC Clinical Team(s): Gender Team
  • “Well-being means being kind to yourself and others and living a balanced life.”

Jennifer Ongchin, DO
She, her, hers
Title: Staff Physician

  • Education: BA, Columbia University; SOM, DO, Rowan
  • Training: Yale Internal Medicine - Primary Care
  • Certifications: Board Certified Internal Medicine
  • One Zone Certifications: Action Zone
  • SHC Clinical Team(s): Gender Team

Melanie Pabon, RN
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Title: Assistant Nurse Manager / Urgent Care

  • Education: BSN
  • “Well-being is health in mind and body.”

Angela Park, MD
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Title: Staff Physician

  • Education: MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Training: North Shore University Hospital
  • Languages: Korean
  • “Well-being means staying healthy emotionally and physically. ”

Manushka Paul, RN, BSN
She, her, hers
Title: Registered Nurse

  • Education: BS, BA, New York University
  • Languages: Haitian Creole
  • “Well-being is the blessing of being fully present- physically, mentally, emotionally, & spiritually. It makes the soul smile.”

Barbara Pavelka, RN

  • Education: RN Diploma in Nursing, Methodist Hospital School of Nursing
  • Certifications: Certificate in Travel Health (CTH)
  • Languages: Korean           

Viviana Perdomo, RN
She, her, hers

  • Languages: Spanish
  • “Well-being is the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy.”
Cindy Perez
She, her, hers
Title: Medical Assistant
  • Education: MA Certification, The New York School for Medical and Dental Assistants
  • Training: All Women's Medical Of Queens
  • Languages: Spanish
  • “Well-being is being in a great place in your life.”

Anna Saporito, MD
She, her, hers
Title: Doctor

  • Education: BA, Stanford University; MD, Mount Sinai
  • Training: Internship, Swedish First Hill; Residency, Columbia Presbyterian
  • Certifications: American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Languages: Spanish, some French and Italian
  • SHC Clinical Team(s): Gender Team

Zory Speights, RN
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  • Education: BSN, New York University; BS, University of Florida
  • SHC Clinical Team(s): Gender Team

Luz Mary “Catalina” Velasco, LPN
She, her, hers
Title: Nurse

  • Education: LaGuardia Community College
  • Languages: Spanish
  • “Well-being is a balance between Mind, Body, and Soul!”

Mernelis Velazquez, FNP-BC
She, her, hers
Title: FNP-BC

  • Education: FNP, New York University
  • Training: New York University, NYU Langone
  • Certifications: ANCC Board Certification
  • Languages: Spanish
  • SHC Clinical Team(s): Eating Disorder
  • “Well-being is when the mind, body, and sense of self are nourished by positive lifestyle behaviors that support one's ability to excel in daily responsibilities and live a happy and healthy life.”

Specialty Care

Henry Birnbaum, MD
He, him, his
Title: Orthopedist

  • Education: MD, New York University
  • Training: Residency in rehabilitation medicine, NYUMC; fellowship in orthopedics, NYUMC
  • Certifications: Diplomate, ABPMR
  • “Well-being is health in body, mind, and spirit.”

Kate Lowenthal, MD
She, her, hers
Title: Dermatologist

  • Education: MD, SUNY Buffalo
  • Training: Dermatology Residency at SUNY Buffalo
  • Certifications: FAAD
  • “Well-being is taking care of the whole person, inside and out.”

Lisa Newman, MD
She, her, hers
Title: Endocrinologist

  • Education: MD, New York University
  • Training: Internal medicine residency, New York University; Endocrinology Fellowship, Mount Sinai
  • Certifications: ABIM internal medicine, endocrinology
  • “Well-being entails both physical and mental/emotional health and contentment.”

Kevin Eerkes, MD
He, him, his
Title: Sports Medicine Physician

  • Education: MD, Howard University
  • Training: Internal Medicine residency, University of Texas at Houston; Sports Medicine fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Certifications: Sports Medicine

Deborah Weichenberg, MD
She, her, hers
Title: Allergist/Immunologist

  • Education: MD, SUNY Downstate
  • Training: Fellowship in Allergy & Immunology, Tufts New England Medical Center; Residency in Internal Medicine, Westchester County Medical Center
  • Certifications: American Board of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; American Board of Internal Medicine Certificate in Travel Health International Society of Travel Medicine
  • “Well-being is a combination of personal, societal and situational comfort.”