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, DNP CNM, MSN NP
Kathleen M Dermady, DNP CNM, MSN NP
315 464-4458
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Midwifery; Contraceptive management; Diabetes; Gestational Diabetes; High Risk Pregnancies; Hypertension in Pregnancy; more
Research Interests:

Scholarship and research is focused on diabetes in pregnancy with a view to improving quality and safety for mothers and neonates. Her current research was presented at the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) in Denver in April 2014 and at the  (New York State Perinatal Association) NYSPA in Albany in June 2014.

She is currently working on a prospective exploratory study of women with diabetes in pregnancy that will be complete in Dec 2014. Recent research efforts are looking at the increasing incidence of adverse complications related to repeated cesarean delivery. 

Education Interests:

Kathleen earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Stony Brook University, Masters Degree from Syracuse University, and Midwifery degree from Frontier University. Dr. Dermady is a clinical educator for students in midwifery, nursing and medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Stony Brook University.

Kathleen is actively involved in educating health care providers, residents and students about collaborative practice. Working to pass the Midwifery Modernization Act in 2010, she has been instrumental in developing and establishing collaborative practices with NYS licensed midwives and the SUNY Upstate Regional Perinatal Center, providing access to comprehensive care for women choosing to birth in the home.

The Health Foundation for Western and Central NY chose Kathleen for the Health Leadership Fellows 2014- 2016. 

Clinical Interests:

A NYS licensed midwife at SUNY Upstate Regional Perinatal Center, and a member of the clinical faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University; Kathleen combines knowledge, experience, resources, and enthusiasm in providing health care for women with high-risk pregnancies. Dr. Dermady is the director of Centering Pregnancy Special Care for Women with Diabetes. The program was the result of a generous grant from the March of Dimes to provide targeted healthcare, education and support to women with pregestational and gestational diabetes in pregnancy; women at highest risk for adverse perinatal outcome.  

 

Dr. Dermady is a member/vice-chair of the New York State Board of Midwifery, a founding board member of the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives. NYSALM. She is involved in national and state legislative issues on midwifery and women's health, and an outspoken representative for women’s issues in legislative and patient advocacy efforts.

Associations/Memberships: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG); American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), Cetrified Nurse Midwife; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)

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