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OUR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

Robert Mascarelli, RPA-C

Robert Mascarelli, RPA-CRobert J Mascarelli RPA-C, is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) In addition, he is licensed and registered with the State of New York. Robert is the Director of Physician Assistants for Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC) He offers his services as a Physician Assistant with many community hospitals throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Mr. Mascarelli received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook in 2000 and later graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at Stony Brook in 2002. While at SUNY Stony Brook Mr. Mascarelli offered his services as a volunteer EMT for the University Ambulance Corp. In 2001 Mr. Mascarelli was selected by his peers to be a representative for the Constituent Chapter Officers Workshop (CCOW) to introduce legislative issues to officers from the student chapter of the AAPA in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Mascarelli was initially employed by the Department of Neurosurgery at Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola NY in 2002. Mr. Mascarelli enhanced his skill base and endovascular neurosurgical understanding and surgical techniques by pursuing employment at St. Lukes – Roosevelt Hospital and at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Mr. Mascarelli joined NSPC in 2006.

 

Michael J Dawson, RPA-C

Michael J DawsonMichael Dawson’s physician assistant career has always been in neurosurgery. Since graduating from Pace University/ Lenox Hill Hospital’s Physician Assistant Program in 2000, he has gained a rich experience in evaluation, diagnosis and care of neurological problems in the hospital setting. He has worked side by side with neurosurgeons from a multitude of subspecialties, neuro-intensivists, and neurologists. Mr. Dawson has become integral in the coordination of care among medical doctors and their various disciplines, physical therapists, social workers, and of course, his mid-level colleagues.  He holds privileges at a number of Nassau and Suffolk County hospitals. However, he spends the majority of his time at South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY.

In 2004 he completed a rigorous two-year hands-on Master’s Degree training program at America’s first Physician Assistant Program, Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia. In 2007 Mr. Dawson became the second physician assistant to join the rapidly expanding Neurological Surgery, P.C., and has since become co-director of the Nassau County PAs. In 2011, he joined the adjunct faculty at New York Institute of Technology, teaching neurology to physician assistant students. He also has a career interest in trigger point therapy.  

Erin V. Yodice, RPA-C

Erin V. Yodice Erin V. Yodice RPA-C, is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) In addition, she is licensed and registered with the State of New York.

Ms.Yodice received her Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook in 2005 with a major in Health Science. While at SUNY Stony Brook, Ms. Yodice served as an EMT for their Volunteer Ambulance Corps. She was a member of Sigma Beta Honor Society. She went on to further her education by obtaining a Masters Degree from the Physician Assistant Program at SUNY Stony Brook in 2007.

Ms. Yodice obtained clinical training and experience in the field of Neurosurgery at Stony Brook University Hospital and Winthrop University Hospital. She joined Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC) in 2007, where her abilities and understanding of Neurosurgery have made her a formidable asset to the NSPC team. Ms. Yodice continues to offer her services at a number of hospitals throughout Nassau County.

Farina I. Sial RPA-C, MBA

Farina SialFarina I. Sial RPA-C, MBA is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). In addition, she is licensed and registered with the State of New York.

Ms. Sial completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO and then went to Touro College, NY to receive her Bachelor of Science Degree as a Physician Assistant in 2000. While at the University of Missouri, Ms. Sial served as an EMT and Unit Clerk for the Emergency Department at the University Medical Center. She was also a member of the Honor Society. She went on to further her education by obtaining a Masters Degree in Business, with a concentration in Hospital Management, from Hofstra University in 2011.

Ms. Sial obtained her clinical training and experience in the field of Critical Care from Metropolitan Hospital, NY, an affiliate of Valhalla Medical College, NY during her first employment and than was recruited to join Neurotrauma ICU at University of Texas, in 2003. She subsequently moved back to Long Island, NY and was employed at North Shore University Hospital for several years, where she enhanced her skill base in Neurocritical and Vascular Neurosurgery. She joined Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC) in 2008.

Sundeep K. Singh, RPA-C

Keith BurgerSundeep K. Singh has a Physician Assistant Degree from Touro College School of Health Sciences. Sundeep Singh is board certified and has a NYS Physician Assistant License.

 

Jean Menghini

Jean Menghini is a graduate of Touro School of Health Science "cum laude" with academic and clinical honors. Trained to perform massage therapy, clinical aesthetics and hypnotherapy. Owned mobile spa business for 7 years. Worked in busy Emergency departments in two LI hospitals for past 6 years.

 

Grace DeGregorio

Grace DeGregorio Bio to come

 

 
Michelle Zahra (Nielsen) RPA-C, MPAS

Michelle Zahra RPA-C, MPAS is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and is licensed and registered in the State of New York. Michelle started her undergraduate studies at Quinnipiac University and completed her Bachelor's of Health Science and Physician Assistant Studies at Touro College of Health Sciences. Michelle then obtained a Masters Degree of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska.

Michelle has been practicing as a Physician Assistant since 2005 in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Her career began in the fields of Emergency Medicine and Family Practice, which provided a well rounded approach to medicine and helped her current work with neurosurgery. Michelle has been employed by Winthrop Hospital within the sub specialty of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience since 2008. She joined Neurological Surgery P.C (NSPC) in 2009.

Jimmy Yuen Hing Lee, RPA-C

Jimmy Yuen Hing Lee RPA-C, is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) In addition, he is licensed and registered with the State of New York.

Mr. Lee graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at Stony Brook in 2002. Jimmy is working primarily in Emergency Medicine in various emergency rooms on Long Island and in Queens. He joined NSPC in 2009. 

Nicholas Strippoli, RPA-C

Nicholas StrippoliNicholas Strippoli is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).  He is licensed and registered with the State of New York.Mr. Strippoli is an active member of both New York State Society of Physician Assistants and American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Nicholas graduated from Hofstra University with a baccalaureates degreein Biochemistry.  In 2000 Mr. Strippoli graduated summa cum laude in Physician Assisting from D’Youville Collage in Buffalo, NY. 

His physician assistant training began at NYU Medical Center in the Department of Neurosurgery.Following his training at NYU, Mr.Strippoli obtained employment at St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY and began his training in cardiothoracic surgery and Critical Care.   In 2009 Nicholas returned to Neurosurgery with Neurological Surgery, P.C., and is credentialed at most of the community hospitals in Nassau County.

Melanie Lopez- Humann, RPA-C

Melanie Lopez-Humann Melanie Lopez- Humann, RPA-C is board certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants, and is licensed and registered with the State of New York. She received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Smith College in 1997 and later received her Physician Assistant Degree from Weill Medical College of Cornell University Physician Assistant Program in 2000. Melanie has 8 years experience in Neurosurgery and Neurocritical care obtained at Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY. Melanie Lopez-Humann

 

Nazanin Rahmani, RPA-C

Nazanin RahmaniNazanin Rahmani RPA-C, is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) In addition, she is licensed and registered with the State of New York.

Mrs. Rahmani received her undergraduate degree in Biology from St. John's University in 2000 and later graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at St. Johns University. In addition to her experience as a Neurosurgical PA, Mrs. Rahmani has worked in General Surgery, with experience in many surgical subspecialties. Mrs. Rahmani has been practicing as a PA for the last 9 years. She joined the NSPC team in 2010 and provides services to many of the hospitals in Nassau county.

Keith M. Burger, RPA-C

Keith BurgerKeith M. Burger, RPA-C, is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and has achieved special recognition in Surgery. In addition, he is licensed and registered with the State of New York. Keith is the Chief Physician Assistant in Suffolk County for Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC) with privileges at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, Huntington Hospital and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center.

Mr. Burger received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook in 1994 and later graduated magna cum laude from the Physician Assistant Program at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in 2002. While at NYIT, he was inducted as a member of the Nu Ypsilon Tau Honor Society and achieved the Presidential Honor List.

His professional career as an Allied Healthcare Provider initially involved work in Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine before it later evolved to Neurosurgery. Relevant neurosurgical experience was obtained at the Nassau University Medical Center, Nassau County’s busiest Level I trauma center, primarily under the guidance of Dr. Donald S. Krieff. He served there as the Chief Physician Assistant for the Division of Neurosurgery for approximately 4 years prior to joining NSPC.

 

Jennifer Rath, RPA-C

Jennifer Rath, RPA-C board certified by NCCPA. Graduated with honors from St. John's University's PA Program with Bachelors of Science Degree. Postgraduate PA Fellowship program at MD Anderson Cancer Center in medical, surgical and radiation oncology.

 

Michelle Morrison, RPA-C

Michele Morrison RPA-C is board certified by National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed and registered in New York.

Michele started her undergraduate studies at Farmingdale State University in 2001, than transferred to Touro School of Health Science in Bay Shore, where she completed her undergraduate studies and successfully completed the PA program. She graduated in 2006.

Her career began at North Shore LIJ in the department of Urology, where her knowledge of medicine and critical care grew. She than transferred to North Shore Southside in 2009 and joined the Neurosurgical department. While at Southside her neurosurgical training, knowledge and OR first-assist developed and advanced. She was also part of the trauma team covering neurosurgical patients.

In the fall of 2010 she joined NSPC. Initially she worked with one of NSPC's complex spine surgeons. In the fall of 2011 she transferred to Eastern Suffolk to one of NSPC's new offices. She covers multiple Eastern Suffolk hospitals as well as keeping privileges in many Nassau Hospitals.

Patricia Buro

Bio to come

 

Jaime Aubel, RPA-C

Jaime Aubel, RPA-C is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is licensed and registered with the State of New York. She is also FCCS, ACLS & BLS certified. Ms. Aubel graduated from Nassau Community College with an Associates degree in Math & Science in 2000. She went on to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Physician Assistant Studies at St. John's University in 2003. In addition to her experience as a Neurosurgical PA, Ms. Aubel has worked in General Surgery, with experience in many surgical subspecialties. She also has experience in Critical Care and Neurosurgical Critical Care, and was trained in Neurosurgical Critical Care at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. Ms. Aubel has been practicing as a PA for the last 8 years. She joined the NSPC team in March of 2011 and provides services to many of the hospitals in Nassau and Suffolk county.

Jaclyn Hunter, RPA-C

Jaclyn Hunter RPA-C is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) In addition, she is licensed and registered with the State of New York.

Ms. Hunter received her Bachelor of Science degree from Stonehill College in Massachusetts with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology in 2006. Ms. Hunter was also a member of the Honors Program and active participant in her pre-med society. Ms. Hunter furthered her medical education with a post-baccalaureate certification in Medical Sciences at Drexel University, Hahnemann Hospital Campus before obtaining her masters in Physician Assistant studies at New York Institute of Technology in May 2010. It was there that Ms. Hunter was able to receieve training through Cornell University in the field of Neurosurgery. Ms. Hunter joined NSPC upon graduation.

Nicole Ferrantelli, RPA-C

Nicole Ferrantelli RPA-C is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). In addition, she is licensed and registered with the State of New York.

Ms. Ferrantelli obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology at the University of Hartford in 2003.  During her undergraduate work, she was inducted into the National Medical Technology Honor Society, Lambda Tau.

In 2006, she graduated from Touro College with a Bachelors of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Ms. Ferrantelli was then accepted into the Postgraduate Residency in Surgery for Physician Assistants at Montefiore Medical Center and The Albert Einstein College of Medicine. During her residency, she was active with the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants. At that time, she was elected as the Resident Director-At-Large, the first to hold this position. After her residency, Ms. Ferrantelli accepted a position in Norwich, CT. There she worked with an Orthopedic Spine surgeon, specializing in pediatric and adult deformities. Ms. Ferrantelli joined NSPC in 2011 and provides services to Suffolk County hospitals.

Anzhelika Khafizova, RPA-C

Anzhelika Khafizova, RPA-C is board certified by the National Commission on certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). In addition, she is licensed and registered with the State of New York. She received her undergraduate degree and completed a Physician Assistant Program at St. John's University in 2002. Anzhelika has been practicing in the field of Neurosurgery for 5 years. In addition to her experience as a Neurosurgical PA, Anzhelika also has experience in Neurolgy. Anzhelika joined NSPC in 2011 and provides services mainly at Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, N.Y.

Katrina Maniec, RPA-C

Katrina Maniec, RPA-C is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) In addition, she is licensed and registered with the State of New York. Ms. Maniec graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at NYIT in 2005. Katrina has been practicing in the field of Neurosurgery for over 6 years.

Brittany George, RPA-C 

Brittany George RPA-C is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and is licensed and registered in the State of New York. Brittany started her undergraduate studies at Albany University and completed her Bachelor's of Health Science and Physician Assistant Studies at Touro College of Health Sciences. She graduated cum laude with academic honors. Joined NSPC in early 2012, credentialed and covers Suffolk hospitals.

 

Jinali Zaveri, RPA-C

Jinali Zaveri, RPA-C, is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is licensed and registered with the State of New York. Ms. Zaveri received her Bachelorette of Pharmacy in Gujarat, India at the top of her class and graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at Hofstra University. Her certifications include advanced trauma life support, advanced cardiac life support/basic life support. Her professional career as a Physician Assistant initially involved work in Emergency Medicine at Nassau University Medical Center, Nassau County’s busiest Level I trauma center. Ms. Zaveri joined the NSPC team in June of 2013 and provides services to many of the hospitals in Suffolk County.

Lauren Carneiro, RPA-C

Bio coming soon

Rolando Lopez, RPA-C

Bio coming soon

Vanessa J. Milan-Leal, MPA-C.

Bio coming soon

 

DIRECTOR NEURO-ONCOLOGY CLINICAL RESEARCH

R. Kimberly Prabhu , MA , CCRP

Ms. Kimberly Prabhu is a clinical research professional certified by the Society of Clinical Research Associates. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as a Consultant to the Institutional Review Board at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn , New York , where she also spent time as Director of Urology Research. She has been a study coordinator for numerous investigations in a variety of specialties for nearly a decade. Ms. Prabhu has presented at medical meetings, and has been published in professional journals, including the Journal of Men’s Health.

EEG TECHNOLOGIST

Gilda Davis, R. EEG T.

Gilda Davis is a registered EEG (brainwave) technologist and joined NSPC's Epilepsy Center in 2011.  She earned her baccalaureate degree magna cum laude in psychology from Queens College of the City University of NY.  After working in business in the field of consumer research/advertising and attending New York University's Stern Graduate School of Business, she returned to her first love, neuroscience by earning a certificate in electroencephalography (EEG) from the New York Presbyterian Hospital(NYC).


The EEG is one of the most important tests to learn about the type and location of seizures.  The job of the EEG Technologist is to ensure that the test is performed with the highest precision and to find solutions to any technical difficulties -- so that a patient's brainwave recordings are the best quality.

 

 

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