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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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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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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Every patient has a story.

Dr. Robert Shelly, Finger Lakes Community Health Dr. Shelly says that “bringing quality healthcare to people who have difficulty finding a doctor is what gives meaning to my life.” He comes from a long line of doctors providing medicine to indigenous peoples and the underserved all over the globe. His grandparents were doctors in India for many years, and his parents, both doctors, worked in the Congo and rural Appalachia. Dr. Shelly enjoys getting to know his patients: “I feel privileged to hear my patients’ personal stories.  I learn something from every person, and the relationships that form over time often mean more than the medicines I prescribe or the tests I order.”  His philosophy...

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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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