Our Health Care Team

When you visit the Perinatal Center, you will be treated by a team of highly specialized, caring professionals familiar with your special needs. Our staff members - physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurses, nutritionist, social worker, genetic counselors, sonographers, and support staff - each play an important role.

Our physicians are in obstetrical/gynecological care and subspecialists in maternal-fetal medicine. They are trained and experienced in the latest technology and methods of care for high-risk pregnancies. You will find that our physicians work as a team. Throughout the course of your pregnancy, you may meet all the physicians involved. This ensures that all our physicians are familiar with your special needs and someone is acquainted with your care is always available to you.

Our qualified nursing staff is available to help you with any problems or concerns you may have about your pregnancy. Because your pregnancy is special, we ask that you communicate openly with our nurses so that we can meet your needs and determine your progress.

Charina Carissimi, CNM

Kathleen M Dermady, CNM, MSN NP
Kathleen M Dermady, CNM, MSN NP
315 464-4458
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Midwifery; Pregnancy; Circumcision; Contraception; Diabetes Management; Family Planning Counseling; more
Associations/Memberships: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG); American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), Cetrified Nurse Midwife

John J Folk, MD
John J Folk, MD
315 464-5690
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Maternal and Fetal Medicine; Critical Care Medicine; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Critical Illnesses and Injuries; High Risk Pregnancies; Pregnancy; more
Education: University of Rochester
Research Interests: Hypertension and preeclampsia; maternal heart disease; medical complications of pregnancy
Clinical Interests: Management of medical diseases associated with pregnancy; medical, surgical, and trauma-related complications of pregnancy; critical care of the gravid patient; colposcopy in pregnancy

Wendy L Gellert, MSN,NP
Wendy L Gellert, MSN,NP
315 464-4458
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Obstetrics and Gynecology; Common Problems of New Mothers; Contraceptive management; Gestational Diabetes; Heart Conditions in Pregnancy; Hypertension in Pregnancy; more

Shari L Kelley, BSN, ANP - BC
Shari L Kelley, BSN, ANP - BC
315 464-4458
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Obstetrics and Gynecology; Common Problems of New Mothers; Contraceptive management; Gestational Diabetes; High Risk Pregnancies; Hypertension in Pregnancy; more

Jennifer C Kohler, MS FNP-BC
Jennifer C Kohler, MS FNP-BC
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Family Medicine; Contraceptive management; Gestational Diabetes; High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy; Pregnancy; Contraception; more

Unzila Nayeri, MD
Unzila Nayeri, MD
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: High Risk Pregnancies; Obstetrical and Gynecological Services
Education: Stanford University School of Medicine
Research Interests:

Hypertension in pregnancy, infections in pregnancy, preterm birth

Clinical Interests:

Medical complications of pregnancy, hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, intrauterine growth restriction, ultrasound

Associations/Memberships: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

John T Nosovitch Jr, MD
John T Nosovitch Jr, MD
315 464-4458
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Maternal and Fetal Medicine; Beta Strep Infection During Pregnancy; Birth Defects; Chickenpox During Pregnancy; Difficulty Breathing During Pregnancy; Gestational Diabetes; more
Education: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas
Research Interests: Study of enzymes and proteins in the placenta
Clinical Interests: HIV in pregnancy; medical complications of pregnancy, ultrasonography and diagnosis of fetal anomalies

Robert K Silverman, MD
Robert K Silverman, MD
315 470-7575
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Obstetrics and Gynecology; Maternal and Fetal Medicine; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Birth Defects; Diabetes; High Risk Pregnancies; more
Education: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
Research Interests:

Obesity, Fetal growth, hypertension, teratology, and the diagnosis of fetal anomalies with ultrasonography.

Clinical Interests:

Obesity and Pregnancy,

IUGR-intrauterine growth restriction;

ultrasound diagnosis of fetal anomalies; diabetes in pregnancy

Associations/Memberships: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

Alexandra C Spadola, MD
Alexandra C Spadola, MD
315 464-4458
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Obstetrics and Gynecology; Maternal and Fetal Medicine; High Risk Pregnancies; Obstetrical and Gynecological Services
Education: Mayo Medical School Rochester, MN