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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


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, BS Pharm, 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-Gunther, RN, CSPI
  • Laurie Piwinski, RN, CSPI
  • Sarah Soliman, Pharm.D., CSPI
  • Sam Spinella, RN, CSPI
  • Cody Unczur, RN, SPI
  • Greg Voccola, BS Pharm, CSPI

* CSPI Certified Specialist in Poison Information

Public Education

  • Gail Banach, MS, MSEd, BA, Director of Public Education & Communications
  • Lee Livermore, BA, Public Education Coordinator
  • Mary Beth Dreyer, MS, Ed, Public Health Educator (Western New York)
  • Janette Zhu, RN, SPI, Public Education Outreach
  • Jennifer Coyle, MS, BS, Public Education Outreach

Administrative Support

  • Darlene Marko, Administrative Assistant
  • Lauri Foster-Walters, Administrative Assistant


  • Allison Mirabito, MA, BJ, Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator
    • For media inquiries: 315-464-7090