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If you have any questions or concerns about a poison case, or toxicology issue our staff is available 24 hours 7 days at week:

The staff of the Upstate New York Poison Center consists of:

  • Medical and Clinical Toxicologists
  • Poison Information Specialists
  • Public Education Specialists
  • Administrative support personnel


Clinical and Medical Toxicologists

Poison Information Specialists

  • Donna Benjamin RN, CSPI
  • Cindy Bichler RN, CSPI
  • Ellen Bortz RN, CSPI
  • Michelle Carnicelli RN, CSPI
  • Luanne Dockstader, Pharm BS CSPI
  • Michelle Dougherty RN, CSPI
  • Kathy Groff RN, CSPI
  • Mary Halsey-Claps RN, CSPI
  • Margaret Maher MS, RN, CSPI
  • Sue McFarland RN, CSPI
  • Christine Pikor-Guinther RN, CSPI
  • Laurie Piwinski RN, CSPI
  • Sarah Soliman PharmD, CSPI
  • Sam Spinelli RN, CSPI
  • Leah Cronlund PharmD, SPI

* CSPI Certified Specialist in Poison Information

Public Education

  • Gail Banach MS, MSEd, BA, Director of Public Education & Communications
  • Lee Livermore BAA, Public Education Coordinator
  • Mary Beth Dreyer MS,Ed (Western New York), Public Health Educator

Administrative Support

  • Darlene Marko, Administrative Assistant