Our Doctors and Nurses
Minoo Pedoem-Shapiro, MD, FAAP
Dr. Minoo Pedoem-Shapiro is the founder, Medical Director and Senior Head Physician of New Windsor Pediatrics. Currently a member of American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Shapiro is a Board Certified Pediatrician and a Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics with over 30 years of experience in pediatrics and is affiliated with Columbia University Medical Center. She Received full Medical School Scholarship and graduated from the National University of Iran, Tehran with her medical degree and continued her residency in Radiology. She was awarde d Special Commendation for Excellence by the Prime Minister of Iran in 1974.
She immigrated to the United States in 1982 and began her pediatric residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center/Rainbow Children’s Hospital (part of Case Western University ) in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was chief resident and completed her residency in 1987. She worked for Healthshield/CHP and then for Kaiser Permanente for over 14 years. She then founded New Windsor Pediatrics in 1999.
Dr. Minoo Pedoem-Shapiro has a great love for body & mind medicine. She loves swimming, yoga, meditation, needlepoint and spending time with her son and family.
Some of her career achievements are:
– Prep Education Awards (American Academy of Pediatrics, from 1990 – present)
– Physician’s Recognition Awards – 1991-1994
– Leading Physicians of the World
– Member of Doctors of the World
– CHP/Kaiser Honors Award – 1993
– CHP/Kaiser Awards for Best Patient Inter-Relationship
– Volunteer Physician of Cornwall High School and Cornwall Middle School since 2014 to the present.
– Volunteer for Hadassah (Women and children’s health organization)
– Hudson Valley Parent Favorite Docs & Healthcare Professionals – 2015, 2016, 2017
Santoshi Nath, MD, FAAP: Junior Partner
Dr. Santoshi Shina Nath, M.D. is a Board Certified Pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a graduate of India’s premier medical school, Kasturba Medical College of Manipal and thereafter completed her pediatric training at Cooper University Hospital/ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.
Dr. Nath prides herself on providing compassionate medical care to her beloved patients and was most recently recognized as the 2016 Recipient of The Hudson Valley Parent’s Favorite Doctor Award. Dr. Nath is affiliated with Columbia University Medical Center and actively teaching and mentoring the next generation of physicians.
Dr. Nath is married to leading NY Endocrinologist, Dr. C. Ranjan Nath, MD, Founder and Medical Director of the Diabetes & Metabolism Center at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Westchester County, NY. They have one child, Ankith Nath, a recent graduate of the renowned Emory University.
Dr. Nath is an avid reader whose other hobbies include traveling, cooking and listening to music. She is a multilinguist, fluent in English, Hindi, Marathi and Tulu.
Dr. Nath is eternally indebted to her parents and brother who were instrumental in her taking up the medical profession. Dr. Nath attributes her professional feats to a lifelong commitment as per her father’s creed, “nobody dies of hard work”.
Dr. Sarah Helgeson, OD - Optometrist
Dr. Sarah Helgeson, OD, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and her Doctor of Optometry degree from SUNY State College of Optometry. She completed her externships at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn and the St. Albans Veterans Hospital in Queens, and her residency in Pediatric Optometry at the SUNY State College of Optometry. Dr. Helgeson’s areas of expertise include vision therapy, binocular vision, strabismus/amblyopia management and visual perceptual developmental evaluations. She is very experienced helping the special needs populations as well. Dr. Helgeson has worked extensively in family practice Optometry for over 15 years offering eye care services and comprehensive eye examinations to adolescents and adults. She was the recipient of the Dr. Frederick W. Brock Memorial Award for Outstanding Clinical Performance in Vision Therapy. Additionally, she has co-authored posters at the American Academy of Optometry and has published in the Journal of Behavioral Optometry. She enjoys cooking and traveling and is a busy mother to three daughters.
Children and adolescents can be seen by Dr. Helgeson whether or not they are patients of New Windsor Pediatrics. Adults and family members of all ages are also welcome. Please contact our office with any questions. The phone number for our Eye Care Department is (845) 420-1726.
Jocelyn Cody, FNP-C
Ms. Cody is a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 6 years of experience in direct patient care. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Spanish from Vanderbilt University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Belmont University, and a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Cincinnati. At Vanderbilt, she was a member of the Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field Teams. Prior to earning her masters, Ms. Cody worked as a Pediatric Cardiac ICU nurse at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Ms. Cody is originally from New Hampshire, but has lived in Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Kansas and Germany. She is married with two children ages 6 and 2.They currently reside in West Point, NY where her husband is a Professor at the United States Military Academy. Her hobbies include running, painting and traveling.
Savannah L. Hawkins, FNP-BC
Miss Savannah Hawkins is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, serving patients for over 10 years in various healthcare settings. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, and a Master of Science in Nursing from SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY. She graduated from both programs with cum laude honors. While earning her Masters, Miss Hawkins served as a Pediatric Emergency Room Nurse at Rochester General Hospital. There she obtained several certifications including her CPN (Certified Pediatric Nurse), CPEN (Certified Pediatic Emergency Nurse), CCRN-Peds (Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse, Pediatrics), TCRN (Trauma Certified Registered Nurse) and ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support.) Over her career, Miss Hawkins has participated in various medical humanitarian trips through Operation Smile traveling to the Dominican Republic, Peru, Vietnam, and Thailand. In Guatemala, she also provided care at Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children and served in Maximo Nivel, a study abroad program. Family is the most important thing to Miss Hawkins and she is inspired by her late brother, Wesley. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, painting and spending time with friends and her beloved dog, Lyric.
Mellisa Anderson, Nurse Practitioner
Mellisa Anderson graduated with multiple honors from the University of West Georgia Honors College with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked in the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Brookdale Hospital for 4 years. During her time there, she was awarded Novice Nurse of the Year for Brookdale Hospital. Mellisa later earned her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Samford University. She graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Mellisa is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. For almost 4 years she worked as a nurse practitioner specializing in allergy, asthma, and immunology in New York City. Mellisa has a deep passion for helping underserved populations, which includes participating in multiple international medical mission trips. When not taking care of patients, Mellisa enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.
TroyLynn Carley, ABOC, Optician
TroyLynn Carley has been in the optical field for almost 30 years, working throughout the United States and in Heidelberg, Germany. She completed Vision Assistant School at Eden Regional Occupational Program Center in Hayward, California and received her ABOC (American Board of Opticianry Certification) in 1993. TroyLynn is a U.S. Army Reserve Veteran who is very passionate about her job. She enjoys meeting new people and serving the community in this capacity.
Marykate Varnavides, MSN, APRN, CPNP
Ms. Marykate “Mary” Varnavides is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with four years of experience working as a Certified Pediatric Nurse in the Pediatric Emergency Room at Orange Regional Medical Center. Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Biology from Saint Michael’s College. She then earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Columbia University, where she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Mary is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Pediatric Primary Care at Columbia University. Her clinical interests include comprehensive newborn/infant care and promoting the healthy social-emotional development of children and adolescents.
When she is not at work, Mary enjoys skiing in Vermont during the winter and going to the drive-in movie theater in the summer. She likes trying new, Farm-to-Table restaurants, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her family and friends, fiancé Anthony, and their rescue dog Bailey in the beautiful Hudson Valley region.
New Windsor Pediatrics is happy to annouce that Dr. Ariel Pedoeem will be joining our practice the Summer of 2021. Dr. Pedoeem will accept adults once he arrives.
Dr. Ariel Pedoeem D.O.
Dr. Ariel Pedoeem D.O is known for providing personalized, comprehensive, compassioante care to his patients. He completed his undergradute education at Rutgers University, went to Medical school at Touro in NYC and completed his Family Medicine residency in Binghamton, NY. During his residency Dr. Pedoeem was a leader among his peers and awarded several awards including resident of the year and awards for outstanding clinical excellence. During residency Dr. Pedoeem was respected by his peers and fellow doctors for his hard work ethic, clinical acumen and medical knowledge. Dr. Pedoeem believes in engaging each patient through a holistic approach while providing individualized and evidence-based care. Dr. Pedoeem specialzes in many different procedural skills such as ultrasound guided procedures, joint injections, skin biopsy, cryotherapy, acne extraction, treatment of hyperthrophic scarring/keloids, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and more. Dr Pedoeem takes pride in his hard work and determination and always places compassionate care first. During his free time Dr Pedoeem enjoys traveling with his family and wonderful wife, Rivka, who is also a health coach. His favorite vacation spots are the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, Israel, Disney World, and Acadia National Park. His favorite foods are coffee, coffee, and coffee! He is always looking for the next best cup.