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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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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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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Joy is having a positive impact on patients’ lives.

Shaila Garasia, DDS “There is such great joy in having a positive impact on my patients’ lives.” Shaila Garasia understands the value of improving and enhancing an individual’s self-worth through better dental care. “Teeth and how a patient looks are a critical component of how they see and value themselves. Keeping this primary objective in mind, drives what I do and how I treat my patients,” said Dr. Garasia. Dr. Garasia has a passion and commitment to serve the underserved. In her 17 years as a Dentist, she has worked at several health centers treating patients from  diverse backgrounds. As a child in India, she was exposed to poverty and people with a lack...

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Scaling peaks for his patients.

Christopher Lehfeldt, DDS Here are a few goals crossed off Dr. Lehfeld’s bucket list: he has hiked all 46 of the highest peaks in New York and 115 of the highest in the northeastern United States. Confidence, experience, passion, and the determination to see something through: these same qualities that he uses in mountain climbing he brings to his dental practice at FLCH. Dr. Lehfeldt has been a dentist for 25 years. As a hearing-impaired child, he noticed that people with bad or missing teeth were difficult to lipread. He realized that repairing people’s teeth would help boost their self-confidence and their ability to communicate—and a passion for dentistry was born. “Death, taxes and toothaches know...

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They call him “Dr. Tony”

Tony Mendicino Jr., Dental Director “Wins Dr. Gary Ogden Rural Health Practitioner of the Year Award” Most people dread going to the dentist. But Dr. Anthony Mendicino makes his patients feel so at ease, they call him “Dr. Tony.” So much so that he was the recently awarded with the Dr. Gary Ogden Rural Health Practitioner of the Year Award by the NYS Association of Rural Health (NYSARH). Like Dr. Ogden, Dr. Tony’s kindness and humor helps him improve oral health in our community. He says, “Since very few patients enjoy coming to the dentist, I try to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible.” A graduate of the University of Buffalo School...

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