From a mid-west farm to Finger Lakes Community Health

Meet Dr. Rachel Long. She began her career in medicine with the desire to serve those most in need. Joining the National Health Service Corps while in medical school gave her the opportunity to experience this first hand. Originally from the mid-west, Dr. Long came to the area to do her residency at the University of Rochester; after completing her medical degree in osteopathy at Kirksville College. Serving those in need has always been the driving force behind Dr. Long’s work. In addition to her time in the National Health Service Corps, she organized and coordinated a volunteer project for her residency class working with Rochester Roots, a local non-profit organization that works with inner...

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Treating patients like family makes this dentist special. Meet Dr. Naimov in Port Byron.

Dr. Sadriddin Naimov has always had a passion to help others. In fact, it’s the reason why he chose to pursue a career in dentistry. He says that having the ability to take away the pain from his patients is gratifying. Helping patients with varying dental conditions is what influenced Dr. Naimov to practice general dentistry. “General dentists have the opportunity to treat many different conditions which was much more attractive to me,” he says. One of the ways that Dr. Naimov treats his patients is by welcoming them as if they were his own family. It’s his approach to patient care and it has brought him success throughout his career. Dr. Naimov joins...

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This Health Center Feels Like Home. Meet PA Matthew Thuja!

Matthew Thuja – PA-S, Ovid Community Health Matthew Thuja has always had a strong interest in all aspects of medicine. From working with people, to the science behind it, and to serving his community — he loves the fact that there are so many different ways to enjoy a medical career. Matthew chose to work as a primary care physician assistant because it allows him to develop long-term relationships with his patients. His approach to patient care is to not only treat the illness, but to also prevent it and promote wellness. He says, “Sometimes problems can be treated very effectively by natural methods which may include exercise, a healthy diet, and even strengthening...

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Helping Others Comes Naturally for this Family Nurse Practitioner. Meet Janine Brink in Geneva.

Janine Brink, FNP-BC Simply put, Janine Brink chose a career in medicine because she enjoys helping people. From working 16 years in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice, emergency medicine, she finds that it comes naturally to care for others. With a Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner, she can now also manage her patients’ care and educate them to make their own choices at Geneva Community Health. Working for a community health center is very important to Janine, as she strongly believes that everyone deserves health care screening and prevention. “I feel that this organization’s mission and vision is how healthcare should be delivered no matter the age, income, race, or background of the...

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Family first for this experienced physician

With over 10 years of medical experience, Dr. Walker joins Finger Lakes Community Health with board certifications in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. As a mom and a physician, she understands the importance of family medicine and work/life balance. She says, “Listening, educating, and most of all, being compassionate are at the center of how I care for my patients.” Dr. Walker chose to become a part of a community health center because she believes FLCH puts the patient first, and that is her goal too. “I wanted a community health center because I grew up in Wayne County with very limited medical options and with many neighbors who could not afford care” she...

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An MD with a Passion for Community

Jose Canario, MD From the time he was in Kindergarten, Dr. Jose Canario always knew that he wanted to be a doctor. Family Medicine appealed to him at a young age as his father was a family physician, and Dr. Canario was amazed at how his father helped others and was appreciated for his time and efforts. Today he follows in his father’s footsteps as a family physician for the past ten years. He enjoys treating children, their parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents. He believes that family dynamics are important in the health of any individual, and this allows him the opportunity to work with both the patient and the family for better...

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Dentist Strives to Put a Smile on Each Patient’s Face

  Dr. Adesuwa Bello, DDS Unlike most children who are maybe a little scared of going to the dentist, Dr. Bello was always thrilled to visit hers, and even looked forward to it! “I decided on a career in dentistry as a young child. I still remember going to the dentist when I was seven!” she recalls. With the inspiration of her own dentist, Dr. Bello went on to get her dental degree from Howard University Dental School, and strives to bring a similar enjoyable experience to her patients today. Dr. Bello believes in an open and patient-centered approach to dental care. She always educates her patients on their oral health, as she recognizes that...

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From Medical Illustrations to Dentistry

Spencer Phippen – DMD Before his career as a dentist, Dr. Phippen was a Medical Illustrator and created anatomical and surgical drawings for medical textbooks. Although he felt that the work he was doing served an important role, Dr. Phippen felt he wanted to have more of a personal and immediate impact on the wellbeing of others. He soon realized that dentistry would allow him to make a positive contribution to patients’ health, and would utilize the fine hand skills he had developed in his years as an illustrator. Dr. Phippen has now been practicing dentistry for seven years. Dr. Phippen believes that patients should always have a clear understanding of their dental needs...

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Family Nurse Practitioner loves connecting with patients

Emma D. Dizon, FNP-C Healing patients and promoting good health has always been rewarding, meaningful, and challenging for Emma Dizon, as it has driven her to healthcare. Originally from Manila, Philippines, she worked there as both a Registered Nurse and a University Professor teaching nursing courses, and has been involved in both research and clinical practices globally to contribute to healthcare. After graduating with her second Masters in Nursing from SUNY Binghamton, Emma was offered many new opportunities to continue her love for healthcare as a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in the U.S. and chose to work in a community health center. Emma enjoys being a part of Finger Lakes Community Health because she...

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From the Emergency Room to Primary Care

Rebecca Martin, FNP-BC Rebecca Martin chose to become a medical professional for one simple reason: she has a passion for helping people. After four years as an RN in the Emergency Department, Rebecca began noticing the critical need for primary care for patients, which pushed her towards working at Finger Lakes Community Health today. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she wishes to help identify barriers for her patients and make essential changes to keep them out of the Emergency Department and in the hands of their primary care providers. Treating the whole patient is central in Rebecca’s approach to patient care. She believes that there is so much more to treating patients than just...

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Dispensing Wisdom in the Community

Patricia McCauley, PharmD, RPh – The Pharmacy at Geneva Community Health Patricia believes that her role as a pharmacist is not just to prescribe medications, but to dispense knowledge, wisdom and caring to the community she serves. As a child growing up, Patricia McCauley had a close family member with severe health issues. She always remembers how helpful the local pharmacy was, and how they worked with physicians to make life easier for her family.  Today, her approach is to emulate the childhood pharmacist that inspired her career –treating patients with dignity, respect, and understanding. A pharmacist for more than a decade, Patricia is a long-term resident of the Finger Lakes region. She has supervised...

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Compassion and medicine always go together for this physician

Dr. Raquel Reyes – Geneva Community Health A series of life events led Raquel to study medicine.  She chose a practice that would provide the opportunity to care for a diverse patient population, from young to old, and across socioeconomic backgrounds.  Dr. Reyes understands that, “being a doctor involves more than just meeting a patient’s medical needs, it’s about getting people and their families through the hardest time(s) of their lives and comforting people when they need it most.” Dr. Reyes graduated from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and completed a combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where she received the Hoekelman Award, given to the...

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Experienced Provider Loves Women’s Health

Tammy Bogart (Smalt), Nurse Practitioner That’s her passion, women’s health! And you can find her at Bath and Penn Yan Community Health. With over 20 years of experience, Tammy Bogart (Smalt), NP, continues to love her job as it enables her to meet new people and make a positive impact on their lives. She finds helping her patients rewarding work and understands the importance of providing a comfortable and trusting environment to care for them. Tammy says, “Empowering a person in their healthcare also empowers them in other areas of their life.” Tammy is a graduate of Keuka College and received her Masters of Science as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from Syracuse University. She...

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Worldly experience benefits her patients

Jennifer L. Monna, PA-C Working with patients in need has always been a part of Jennifer Monna’s passion for medicine. Jennifer is our Physician Assistant at Sodus and Newark Community Health.  As a graduate student she was inspired to study Pediatric Infectious Disease in La Paz, Bolivia.  In addition, she was a clinic volunteer in an impoverished village in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  Jennifer lived in the Middle East where she worked as a crew member on Emirates Airline as a Medical First Responder servicing destinations worldwide.  Prior to that she volunteered as a medical writer for the Refugee Resettlement Office of Albany, NY. Jennifer now practices adult and pediatric medicine as well as women’s health.  She has...

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A Dentist with a Mission to Serve

Dr. Neal Johnson, DDS – Geneva Community Health Dr. Neal Johnson is a compassionate and industrious man.  He is active in his church whether he is traveling as far away as Zambia or Thailand, or helping to build a Family Life Center in his own community.  For Neal, being a dentist is also a ministry. Dentistry runs in the Johnson Family.  Not only was his father a dentist, now one of his sons continues in the profession as well. Dr. Johnson has been practicing dentistry for over 40 years.   After selling his own private practice, Neal wanted to continue to serve people. He joined Geneva Community Health to do just that. As Neal states,...

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