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 Toxicologist
  • Poison Information Specialists
  • Public Education Professionals
  • Administrative support personnel


Clinical and Medical Toxicologist Consultants

Poison Information Specialists

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

* 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