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Ellen Higgins, FNPEllen M. Higgins, F.N.P.

Ellen M. Higgins, FNP is proud to be part of the Westchester Medical Practice which serves the communities of the Hudson Valley Hospital Center. As a nurse practitioner, Ellen is a registered nurse (RN) with advanced education and training. Nurse practitioners advocate the health of their patients as well as disease prevention. Nurse practitioners obtain health histories, perform physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic/laboratory studies, diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries, prescribe medications, and provide follow up care. Ellen obtained her B.S. in Nursing from Lehman College in 1983 and received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University where she obtained her Nurse Practitioner license.

Ellen is an advocate for the care of the geriatric patient and continues to be an active supporter of the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ellen lives locally with her husband, Bill, who is also a member of The Westchester Medical Practice. Ellen has a rescue dog, Chewie, a mixed breed golden doodle that is completely wired wrong but loved nonetheless.

William HigginsWilliam J. Higgins, M.D.

As the Medical Director of The Westchester Medical Practice, Dr. Higgins is committed to upholding The WMP’s Mission Statement in providing the highest quality of health care to the Hudson Valley Hospital Center Community.

Dr. Higgins received his M.D. degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1986. He completed his Internal and Pulmonary Medicine training at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Dr. Higgins moved to Cortlandt Manor in 1991 and has been active on staff at Hudson Valley Hospital. Dr. Higgins serves as the Vice President of Medical Affairs and is active on the Peer Review, Credentials and Quality Assurance Committees. He serves on the Board of Directors as well as the Foundation Board of Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

Dr. Higgins' clinical interest is in the area of geriatric medicine and Alzheimer's disease. He completed two terms as a Director for the Alzheimer’s Association in the Hudson Valley Region. Dr. Higgins received his MBA at UMASS Amherst in May of 2012.

Dr. Higgins lives locally in Peekskill, New York with his wife, Ellen, their son Liam, and their dog Chewie. He serves on the Peekskill Historic Preservation Board and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and eating.

Insurances accepted: AETNA, AFFINITY, BCBS, BEECHSTREET, CDPHP, CENTERLIGHT, CHN, CIGNA, GHI HMO, GHI PPO, GREAT WEST, HIP, HUDSON HEALTH PLAN, MAGNACARE, MEDICARE, MULTIPLAN, MVP, NHAI, OXFORD, POMCO, RR MEDICARE, TRICARE, UNITED HEALTHCARE, UNITED HEALTHCARE NYSHIP, WORKERS' COMPENSATION FEDERAL

 

Cynthia-LigenzaCynthia Ligenza, M.D.

Cynthia Ligenza, MD  holds board certifications in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease. She has practiced in Cold Spring for 10 years and is on the staff of Hudson Valley Hospital Center.  Her medical career spans 26 years and was preceded by training at Harlem Hospital in Internal Medicine as well as Einstein and Montefiore Medical Centers in Pulmonary Medicine.  She has worked as attending physician in the Harlem Hospital ICU, Medical Clinics, Woodhull Hospital Pulmonary and Internal Medicine Services, Lincoln Hospital Pulmonary and Medicine Departments and its Tuberculosis Clinic.  Since moving to Cold Spring in 1998, Dr. Ligenza has cultivated a very active presence there.  She is noted for availability, personal attention and experience in integrative medicine and complementary therapies as well as involvement in regional musical and other cultural projects.

Insurances accepted: AETNA, AFFINITY, BCBS, BEECHSTREET, CDPHP, CENTERLIGHT, CHN, CIGNA, GHI HMO, GHI PPO, GREAT WEST, HIP, HUDSON HEALTH PLAN, MAGNACARE, MEDICAID, MEDICARE, MULTIPLAN, MVP, NHAI, OXFORD, POMCO, RR MEDICARE, TRICARE, UNITED HEALTHCARE, UNITED HEALTHCARE COMMUNITY PLAN, UNITED HEALTHCARE NYSHIP, WORKERS' COMPENSATION FEDERAL

 

Aaron Richman, M.D.

Dr. Aaron Richman is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He was born in Bologna, Italy and grew up locally in the Cortlandt Manor area.

He performed his undergraduate studies at Boston University and went on to Medical School at the University of Florence, Italy. His internship and Residency training was done at the Roger Williams Hospital – Brown University Medical School.

Dr. Richman has been practicing in Cortlandt Manor since January of 1995 and has been the Chairman of the Credentialing Committee and Member of the Medical Board at Hudson Valley Hospital Center for over ten years. He has been a member of The Westchester Medical Practice since August 2010. He is fluent in English and Italian. He also has office personnel that are fluent in Spanish if translation is needed. Finally, in his Internal Medicine Practice Dr. Richman emphasizes patient education since "educated patients have a better understanding of their medical problems and often have better outcomes".

Insurances accepted: AETNA, AFFINITY, BCBS, BEECHSTREET, CDPHP, CENTERLIGHT, CHN, CIGNA, GHI HMO, GHI PPO, GREAT WEST, HEALTHFIRST, HIP, HUDSON HEALTH PLAN, MAGNACARE, MEDICAID, MEDICARE, MULTIPLAN, MVP, NHAI, OXFORD, POMCO, RR MEDICARE, TRICARE, UNITED HEALTHCARE, UNITED HEALTHCARE NYSHIP, WORKERS' COMPENSATION FEDERAL, WORKERS' COMPENSATION NYS

 

Steve RockerSteven Rocker, M.D.

Dr. Rocker has been practicing Internal Medicine in Peekskill and Cortlandt since 1987. A graduate of the Saint Loius University School of Medicine, he completed his residency in NYC at Metropolitan Hospital Center. Dr. Rocker is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine, as well as Geriatrics. He has experience in skilled nursing facilities, and is a former Medical Director of The Cortlandt Nursing Center. He resides in Pleasantville with his family.

Insurances accepted: AETNA, AFFINITY, BCBS, BEECHSTREET, CDPHP, CENTERLIGHT, CHN, CIGNA, EMBLEM CORPORATE HEALTH, GHI HMO, GHI PPO, GREAT WEST, HEALTHFIRST, HIP, HUDSON HEALTH PLAN, MAGNACARE, MEDICAID, MEDICARE, MULTIPLAN, MVP, NHAI, OXFORD, POMCO, RR MEDICARE, TRICARE, UNITED HEALTHCARE, UNITED HEALTHCARE NYSHIP, WORKERS' COMPENSATION FEDERAL, WORKERS' COMPENSATION NYS

 

Daniela SpitzerDaniela Spitzer, M.D.

Daniela Spitzer, M.D. has been practicing Internal Medicine in the Yorktown area, since 2002. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Northeastern Pennsylvania Hospitals program, affiliated with Hahnemann University. Dr. Spitzer is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and, as a volunteer faculty member of New York Medical College, participates in teaching medical students. She is a member of The AMA, and of The American College of Physicians. Dr. Spitzer lives locally with her spouse and children.

Insurances accepted: AETNA, AFFINITY, BCBS, BEECHSTREET, CDPHP, CENTERLIGHT, CHN, CIGNA, EMBLEM CORPORATE HEALTH, GHI HMO, GHI PPO, GREAT WEST, HIP, HUDSON HEALTH PLAN, MAGNACARE, MEDICAID, MEDICARE, MULTIPLAN, MVP, NHAI, OXFORD, POMCO, RR MEDICARE, TRICARE, UNITED HEALTHCARE, UNITED HEALTHCARE NYSHIP, WORKERS' COMPENSATION FEDERAL, WORKERS' COMPENSATION NYS

 

James TrapassoJames Trapasso, D.O.

Medical School: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Davie, FL
Intership: Internal Medicine Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Residency in Internal Medicine: Maimonides Medical Center - Brooklyn, NY, Resident of the Year 2000-2001
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine
National Health Service Corps Scholarship to practice in underserved areas

Dr. Trapasso is a board-certified internist handling all facets of adult primary care. His professional interests involve comprehensive diabetes care, hypertension and cardiovascular risk reduction. Outside of work he enjoys running, music, photography and lives locally with his wife and two boys.

Insurances accepted: AETNA, AFFINITY, BCBS, BEECHSTREET, CDPHP, CHN, CIGNA, GHI HMO, GHI PPO, GREAT WEST, HHH, HIP, HUDSON HEALTH PLAN, MAGNACARE, MEDICARE, MULTIPLAN, MVP, NHAI, OXFORD, POMCO, RR MEDICARE, TRICARE, UNITED HEALTHCARE, UNITED HEALTHCARE NYSHIP, WORKERS' COMPENSATION FEDERAL, WORKERS' COMPENSATION NYS

Terry Alexander, N.P.

Terry Alexander has been a Family Nurse Practioner for over 30 years. She resides in Peekskill, with her extended family, and has been working with Dr. Ligenza in Cold Spring for many years. Terry is well know for her sense of humor, as well as for her careful and compassionate care. She practices traditional internal medicine, but believes in a holistic approach, utilizing alternative methods of healing. Hobbies include meditation, hiking, and spending time with her grand children and great grandchildren.

AETNA, AFFINITY, BCBS, BEECHSTREET, CDPHP, CENTERLIGHT, CHN, CIGNA, GHI HMO, GHI PPO, GREAT WEST, HIP, HUDSON HEALTH PLAN, MAGNACARE, MEDICAID, MEDICARE, MULTIPLAN, MVP, NHAI, OXFORD, POMCO, RR MEDICARE, TRICARE, UNITED HEALTHCARE, UNITED HEALTHCARE COMMUNITY PLAN, UNITED HEALTHCARE NYSHIP, WORKERS' COMPENSATION FEDERAL

Chang XuChang Xu, MD, PhD

Dr. Xu is Board Certified in Internal Medicine with a sub-specialty in Nephrology. Dr. Xu graduated from the elite Chinese medical schools – Tianjin Medical University (M.D.), and Beijing Medical University (M.S.). She also holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Connecticut. After completing Nephrology research in Nephrology Harvard Medical School’s, Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center, she moved to Long Island, NY and finished her residency training at North Shore- Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Following her residency, Dr. Xu completed her fellowship in Nephrology at University of Chicago, trained by world- renowned Scientists and Nephrologists including, Dr. Fred Coe, Dr. George Bakris, Dr. Stewart Sprague and Dr. Richard Quigg. Dr. Xu is well known for her High-Impact research in sepsis- induced acute kidney injury, as well as having done cutting- edge research in Polycystic Kidney Disease at Harvard Medical School. She has also published 16 peer review articles.

When not engaged in her busy practice of Internal Medicine/Nephrology, Dr. Xu enjoys hiking, reading, writing, and watching movies. She’s also bilingual, speaking English and Chinese (Mandarin).

AETNA, BEECHSTREET, CENTERLIGHT, CIGNA, GREAT WEST, MAGNACARE, MEDICAID, MEDICARE, MULTIPLAN, MVP, NHAI, OXFORD, POMCO, UNITED HEALTHCARE, WORKERS' COMPENSATION FEDERAL

 

Alexis OliverosAlexis Oliveros, MD

Dr. Oliveros is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. She prides herself in being an advocate for her Patient’s health and ensuring proper communication in regards to their care. After Dr. Oliveros graduated from SUNY Binghamton, she attended the American University School of Medicine in St. Marteen, followed by completing her Internal Medicine Residency at West Virginia University School of Medicine.

Dr. Oliveros relocated to the Hudson Valley area, working in a Hospital setting initially. She has since transitioned to a Primary Care position with The Westchester Medical Practice, to help focus more on preventing scenarios that require inpatient hospitalization. She believes that the doctor and the patient are a team and work together in a goal of life-long care.

 

Ihor IwaniwIhor Iwaniw, MD

Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Iwaniw brings to the NewYork-Presbyterian/ Hudson Valley Hospital Community, more than 20 years of experience caring for patients. In addition to outpatient care, Dr. Iwaniw is also familiar with Emergency Room and Urgent Care settings, coordinating the opening of two medical care facilities.

After receiving a Medical Degree from Universidad CETEC/Universidad Del Noreste School of Medicine, Dr. Iwaniw completed a Fifth Pathway Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He continued with his Residency in Buffalo NY, at Mercy Hospital. Dr. Iwaniw is a member of the American College of Physicians, as well as the Dutchess County Medical Society.

 

Surbhi AgarwalSurbhi Agarwal, MD

Dr. Surbhi Agarwal is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. She completed her residency in 2002 from St Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in New York City.

Dr. Agarwal has been an attending physician at sub-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities at various Westchester County and New York City locations for over 10 years. As Medical Director, Dr. Agarwal helped improve quality care and prevent hospital re-admissions. She is also experienced working in urgent care and outpatient based settings.

Dr. Agarwal loves to cook and paint in her free time, and resides in Briarcliff Manor with her husband and two boys.

 

Cold Spring

(845) 265-1006

Internal Medicine:
Cynthia Ligenza, MD

Terry Alexander, NP

1756 Route 9D, Suite 101
Cold Spring, NY 10516

 

(845) 809-5661

Internal Medicine:
Ellen M. Higgins, FNP
William Higgins, MD

 

(845) 265-9229
OB/GYN:
Maria Rosato-Nierenberg, MS

1756 Route 9D, Suite 104
Cold Spring, NY 10516

 

(845) 265-3664

Internal Medicine:
Ihor Iwaniw, MD

1756 Route 9D, Suite 102
Cold Spring, NY 10516

 

Cortlandt Manor

(914) 293-8600

Neurology:
Ann Hanley, MD
Shaik Ubaid, MD

Colorectal Surgery:
Daniel Feingold, MD

General Surgery:
Joseph Voli, MD

Thoracic Surgery:
Roy Oommen, MD

1978 Crompond Road - Suite 101
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567

 

(914) 739-6550

Internal Medicine:
James Trapasso, DO
Steven Rocker, MD
Aaron Richman, MD

 

(914) 930-2007

Rheumatology:
Shalene Badhan, M.D.

1985 Crompond Road, Bldg. D
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567

 

(914) 736-6180

OB/GYN:
Meedlen Charles, MD
Jonelle Bingham-Alexander, MD

Maria Rosato-Nierenberg, MS
Danielle Stracci, MS
Joanne Mazzio, CNM, NP, MS

1968 Crompond Road,
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567

 

(914) 736-1100

Ophthalmology:
Dr. Phillip Calenda

1985 Crompond Road, Bldg. C
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567

 

(914) 737-3346

Pediatrics:
Dr. Michael Lasser
Dr. Eric Mier

1985 Crompond Road, Bldg. E
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567

 

Croton-on-Hudson

(914) 271-2424
Pediatrics:
Lawrence Baskind, MD
Susan Travis, CPNP
Mary Ellen Stavitz, CPNP
Ellen Sandoval, MD

35 South Riverside Ave
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

 

(914) 233-3005
Internal Medicine:
Alexis Oliveros, MD

35 South Riverside Ave, Suite 102A
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

 

(914) 271-0001
Allergy:
Eun Soo Kwak-Peacock, MD

35 South Riverside Ave, Suite 106
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

 

Peekskill

(914) 736-0400
Internal Medicine:
Surbhi Agarwal, MD
Ihor Iwaniw, MD

211 South Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566

 

Putnam Valley

(914) 528-7664
OB/GYN:
Meedlen Charles, MD
Jonelle Bingham-Alexander, MD

Maria Rosato-Nierenberg, MS
Danielle Stracci, MS
Joanne Mazzio, CNM, NP, MS

205 Waterside Professional Park
Located at 1259 Oregon Road
Putnam Valley, NY 10579

 

Somers

(914) 930-6770
Internal Medicine:
Surbhi Agarwal, MD

334 Route 202
Somers, NY 10589

 

Yorktown

(914) 962-5533
Internal Medicine:
Daniela Spitzer, MD
Chang Xu, MD, PhD

 

(914) 302-2640
Plastic Surgery:
Dennis A. Pastena, MD

2050 Saw Mill River Road, Suite 1
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598