Our Doctors and Staff

Minoo Pedoem-Shapiro, MD, FAAP

Dr. Shapiro

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

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. 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.

Valerie Mele, PA-C

Valerie Mele, PA-C

Valerie Mele earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Biology with a Minor in Deaf Studies from SUNNY New Paltz, and most recently her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Pace University. Her clinical interests include mental health, orthopedics, and canine/equine assisted therapies. Valerie was raised locally in Gardiner NY where she lived on a farm with many animals including horses, dogs, goats and chickens. When she is not working, Valerie enjoys spending her free time with her Fiance Daniel, their dog Bailey, and her family, traveling, boating, and horseback riding.

Stephanie Berlin, MSN, APRN, CPN, FNP

Stephanie Berlin, MSN, APRN, CPN, FNP

Stephanie Berlin is a Family Nurse Practitioner who graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mount Saint Mary College’s Nurse Practitioner program, is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, and is a Certified Pediatric Nurse with over five years of direct patient care experience in acute care pediatrics. She also holds a degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University and attended Pace University for Nursing, completing clinicals all throughout New York City. She has also worked at New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital managing complex medical cases from around the world.

Stephanie has a strong desire to give back to her community, and her love of pediatrics stems from her personal and professional experiences throughout her lifetime and career.

When Stephanie is not working, her hobbies include hiking with her fiance and two dogs, as well as spending time with her family and friends throughout the Hudson Valley region.

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.

Mellisa Anderson, Nurse Practitioner

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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.

Marykate Guccione, DNP, APRN, CPNP

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Dr. Marykate Guccione is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 5 years of direct pediatric nursing experience.
Dr. Guccione holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Biology from Saint Michael’s College, 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.
Most recently, Dr. Guccione obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice 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, Dr. Guccione enjoys spending time with her family, her husband, Anthony, and their rescue dog Baily.
She likes skiing, listening to podcasts, going to the drive-in movie theatre, and trying new farm-to-table restaurants in the beautiful Hudson Valley Region.

Rivka S. Pedoeem, Health Coach and Office Administration

Rivka Pedoeem

Rivka S. Pedoeem is a Health Coach who graduated with honors from SUNY Binghamton University with Bachelors in Psychology and Health Science. She continued her degree and got Certified by Institute for Integrative Nutrition In Health Coaching and specialized in Emotional Eating Disaorders.
Rivka partners with mental health professionals and primary care physicians to provide her clients with the best support team possible.
Rivka’s goal is to take your bio-individuality and all aspects of your life into consideration and to create a plan that will give you real and lasting results that you can help sustain on your own.

Rivka is also part of our Administrative staff that is working and trying to make sure that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes so everything can be the best for our patients and their families.

While she is not working she enjoys spending her time with her husband, Ariel, being out in nature and training their dog a While Swiss Shepherd called Nala to become a service dog to work in the office with her.

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.

Nora Drummond, Office Manager

Nora Drummond

Nora has been the Office Manager for New Windsor Pediatrics and recently added New Windsor Family Care for the past 5 years. She has been and is a key part of the practice for almost 10 years.

New Windsor Pediatrics & Family Care has long been known for its excellent service and attention to parents’ needs. To make sure that parent and patients’ needs are being met, I work hard to make sure that each person that we take care of is happy. I am committed to giving you the kind of service you need and expect.
As a part of the New Windsor Pediatrics & Family Care staff, I listen to what our parents have to say and do my best to take everything I am told into consideration so we can make your visits go as smoothly as possible.