Who Provides Care?

Every physician on staff is either board certified or board eligible in obstetrics and gynecology. Each is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has privileges to practice medicine and perform surgery at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.

Physicians
STEVEN A. GELBER, MD
Dr. Steven Gelber was educated at Albany Medical College. He completed his internship and residency at Geisinger Medical center in Danville, PA. He practices both obstetrics and gynecology and is a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laproscopists. Dr. Gelber provides a wide variety of OB-GYN services and he is certified as a nuchal translucency sonographer as well as providing laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery.  He enjoys working with patients to educate them and help them make rational medical choices. He enjoys advocating for women in their healthcare choices.
Doctor Gelber

DVORAH MILNER, MD
Dr. Dvorah Milner was educated at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in OB-GYN at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She practices both Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Milner brings a thorough, thoughtful, and empathetic approach to her care of her patients.
Doctor Milner

KATHLEEN GARDNER, MD
Dr. Kathleen Gardner was educated at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. She completed her internship at the University of Pittsburgh and residency at Magee Women’s Hospital.  She practices both Obstetrics and Gynecology and specializes in urinary incontinence. Coming to Ithaca from a large practice in rural Maine, Dr. Gardner is brimming with energy and cheer.
Doctor Gardner

ZOHREH NIKKHAH ABYANEH, MD
Dr. Zohreh Nikkhah Abyaneh was educated in Tehran University of Medical Sciences. She completed her residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Before going into medicine, she finished two years of midwifery school in Iran. She has done research on laparoscopy and ablation and has publications on these subjects. Dr. Nikkhah Abyaneh has a passion for OB-GYN and enjoys taking care of her patients. In her spare time she enjoys painting and antiquing.
Doctor Abyaneh

PHAELON SILVA, MD
Dr. Phaelon Silva was educated at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He practiced for eight years in Watertown, NY, before arriving in Ithaca. Dr. Silva is especially interested in minimally invasive surgery and complicated obstetrics. One of his highest priorities is providing education to his patients so they can make informed decisions about their healthcare.
Phaelon Silva

LISA BACLAWSKI, MD
Dr. Lisa Baclawski received her undergraduate degree at Houghton College before traveling to Grenada for Medical School at St. George's University. She returned to central New York to complete her residency in Ob/Gyn at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. She enjoys the variety of assisting women through pregnancy and delivery, performing gynecologic surgeries and spending time as a primary care physician in the outpatient setting. She is passionate about empowering women through educating them about their bodies. Lisa enjoys a range of activities including mountain biking, hiking, camping, singing, photography, cooking and gardening. She and her husband are excited to join the Ithaca community!

Lisa Baclawski
Nurse Practitioners & Midwives

At OB-GYN Associates of Ithaca there are four certified nurse midwives (CNM) and two certified nurse practitioners who assist our physicians in direct patient care. Our midwives care for and deliver low risk obstetrical patients. They also provide routine office gynecologic care.



LORENE JUMP, ANP-C
Born and raised in Ithaca, NY, Lorene has been with the practice since 1986. She attended TC3 and Community General Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Her special interests are in all aspects of women’s health, including but not limited to infertility, diagnostic testing and treatments, well women exams, and obstetrics. She enjoys gardening, quilting and baking. Lorene also teaches childbirth classes at OB-GYN.

PAM CRONK, FNP-C
Pam was raised in Western New York, and graduated with her BSN in Nursing in 1992 from SUNY Brockport. She has lived in the Ithaca area since then with her husband and three children. She worked as an RN at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca for 18 years in the Maternal Child Health Department. She was cross-trained to Labor and Delivery, Post-partum, NICU and Pediatrics. Pam returned to SUNY Upstate and received her Master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner in May 2011. She is happy to be able to continue working in Women’s Health and with the Doctors and Midwives of OB-GYN Associates. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, the beach and watching NFL football (esp.the Buffalo Bills).

KATE PIERCE, CNM
Kate joined OB-GYN Associates as a midwife in 1991 after earning her master’s degree in midwifery form the University of Pennsylvania. She fell in love with the Ithaca area while earning a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell in the 1970’s. After studying nursing at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY, she returned to Ithaca and worked as an RN for five years in the OB-GYN Department and in the operating room at Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca.

MAHRIE MOORE, CNM
Mahrie joined OB-GYN Associates in 2009, after obtaining her Masters of Science in Nurse-Midwifery at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.  She is a graduate of Carleton College where she studied psychology and obtained her Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.  Mahrie realized her interest and enthusiasm for health education during her years as the prenatal health coordinator for a safety net health clinic in Portland. Mahrie enjoys walking and hiking, photography, good books and travel. She is delighted to become a member of the Ithaca community.



LISA BENEDETTO, CNM
Lisa joined OB-GYN Associates in August of 2012. She graduated from Colorado University in 2005 with a Bachelors in Nursing and went on to complete her Masters of Science in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in 2009. Lisa began her midwifery path in Boulder, Colorado where she spent the majority of her adult years. Most recently, Lisa practiced in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she primarily attended out of hospital births. She has a special interest and additional training in Herbal Medicine and Essential Oils specific to pregnancy, labor and birth. Midwifery is not only a passion for Lisa, but a profound privilege! She is overjoyed to be attending to women here in Ithaca.


LUCY CHAPIN, CNM
Lucy is a graduate of Yale University’s midwifery program and received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College. To complement her clinical training at a large teaching hospital, Lucy traveled to Tennessee to learn from Ina May Gaskin and The Farm midwives; worked for three years as a labor support doula in New York City; and interned with the Frontier midwives in rural Kentucky. Lucy has attended births at home, birth centers, and hospitals. She looks forward to working in a setting that blends the best of the medical and holistic models of care. A recent transplant from Vermont, Lucy is excited to join the Ithaca community.

Location

OB-GYN Associates of Ithaca
Call (607) 266.7800 for an appointment.
Fax (607) 216.0093

Main Office:
20 Arrowwood Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850

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