2016 Physicians & Specialists Directory

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Northern Connection Magazine is proud to bring you our 2016 Physicians and Specialists Directory. Get to know some of your local doctors by reading this directory!

Brooktree Health Services

Brooktree Health Services is a state licensed facility for Partial Care/ Day Program, Intensive Outpatient Services, and Outpatient Services. Brooktree Health Services can provide off site supportive housing in the community, including recovery coach services 24/7. The clinical program is grounded in a 90-day curriculum with 3 phases of treatment. As the patient progresses through the stages of change, the curriculum is built to adapt to the patient’s readiness and level of insight into recovery. Each patient will have an individualized addiction treatment plan developed upon intake. Clinical staff will monitor patients’ progress throughout treatment and determine patients’ discharge/aftercare plans. Brooktree Health Services provides a holistic approach to its patients and their families. They believe that in order to effectively address the disease of addiction, the life areas of the patient must be evaluated and addressed while in treatment. Appropriate interventions are suggested to patients as they progress through treatment.

Bridget M. Chufo, Ph.D., RN
Dr. Chufo’s Weight Loss and Wellness Center

Specializing in Weight Loss and Obesity for the past 36 years throughout the Eastern US (in Pittsburgh since 1995) Post Grad, Duke University, Doctoral in Research of Obesity and Weight Loss, New York University, Masters in Family Health Nursing, Duquesne University, Bachelor’s in Nursing, Villanova University. UPMC. CCU, ICU, ER. Dr. Chufo has been throughout the country guiding people towards good eating practices that they can maintain for the rest of their lives and makes each program manageable for their lifestyles. She has been on ALL national TV news shows, offering her opinion and guidance and documenting the newest research. She has been on the O’Reilly Show debating vegetarianism with children. She has hosted a weekly cable news show weekly on PCNC, has been featured on The Tammy Bruce Show nationally featuring health and weight loss issues. Dr. Chufo also hosted an hour talk show on KDKA-radio every Saturday for 18 years with Rob Pratte. She was selected Woman of the Year, 2005. She was a finalist for the 2002 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, One of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business in 2002 and many more awards. Community involvement include being on the boards of DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, The Hearing Center of Children’s Hospital, and the American Liver Foundation.

James Goldsmith, DDS
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. James Goldsmith is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist who graduated from Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta, Georgia and completed a three-year residency in Pediatric Dentistry at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has been in practice since 1992 and has practices in Wexford and Canonsburg, PA. His practices are colorful and inviting. Some of the services that are offered: Nitrous Oxide Analgesia (Laughing Gas), Digital Xray technology helping to reduce radiation exposure, Dental Sealants, Oral and Intravenous Sedation. Additionally, parents are encouraged to accompany the child into the treatment areas.

Patrick Francis, AuD
Board Certified Audiologist
Francis Audiology Associates

Dr. Francis and his staff take pride in getting to know you in a caring and professional manor. Additionally, we offer you the latest in diagnostics and rehabilitative audiology so that we can provide you the level of care appropriate for your individual needs. In providing the hearing healthcare products that protect and rehabilitate your hearing, we enable you to enjoy better hearing to your fullest potential. Dr. Francis has been serving the Pittsburgh area for over twenty-five years and is located in Wexford. Please visit us at francisaudiology.com or speak with us at 724-933-3440.

Greater Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Associates

As the largest private orthopaedic practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area, GPOA welcomes all major insurances, including UPMC and Highmark. Our board certified physicians are on staff and have admitting privileges at many of the area’s hospitals, including UPMC and Allegheny Health Network facilities. We do not have a one-size- fits-all approach. Our surgeons have additional training in subspecialties such as sports medicine, arthroscopy, total joint replacement, and more. This level of expertise helps us to provide an extra level of care for those faced with musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, knee pain, hip pain, spine problems, hand injuries, and foot and ankle problems. GPOA has offices in numerous locations from which physicians provide compassionate, state-of- the-art, and skilled surgical and non-surgical orthopaedic care. We are here to help you find doctors and treatment plans that are the right fit. For more information, visit www.gpoa.com . To schedule an appointment, call 800-544- 9340.

Ideal Image

At Ideal Image, we are dedicated to helping you look and feel your personal best. Giving you the confidence you deserve. Our services are performed by licensed medical and nursing professionals, with an uncompromising concern for your comfort and safety.

Ideal Image has performed over 5.5 million laser hair removal treatments nationwide.

Ideal Image is Americas #1 Choice for Laser Hair Removal.

We use only the top licensed nursing and medical professionals in the Country, and employ over 200 licensed medical professionals.

Most of our guests can return to work or play immediately after a laser hair removal treatment.

Ideal Image provides our Laser Hair Removal Guests with a Lifetime Membership for the areas purchased.

At Ideal Image, we provide a full array of skin and body services: Laser Hair Removal, BBL™ BroadBand Light therapy, Coolsculpting®, Laser Tattoo Removal, Ultherapy Skin Lifting – Ultherapy®, and anti-aging treatments including Botox, Dysport, Restylane, Juvederm Ultra, Voluma, and Kybella.

Kids Plus Pediatrics

Lucas Godinez, DO, IBCLC

Dr. Lucas Godinez, a board-certified pediatrician and International Board Certified Lactation consultant, lives with his family in the North Hills. He joined Kids Plus in 2004 after completing an Osteopathic Internship at Meadville Medical Center and his Pediatric Residency at Mercy Hospital. A shareholder in the practice, Dr. Godinez specializes in prevention medicine, sports-related injuries and concussions, and children with special health care needs.

Alicia Hartung, DO, IBCLC

Dr. Alicia Hartung, a board-certified pediatrician and International Board Certified Lactation consultant, has lived on the same North Hills street her whole life. A graduate of Vincentian Academy, Washington & Jefferson, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, she joined Kids Plus in 2001 after completing her residency at Mercy Hospital. A shareholder in the practice, Dr. Hartung is thrilled to be opening a new office so close to her home.

Ditte Karlovits, DO

Dr. Ditte Karlovits, a board-certified pediatrician, came to school in the US after growing up in Denmark. A graduate of Northwestern University and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, she completed her Osteopathic Internship at Michigan State and her Pediatric Residency at Georgetown University. Dr. Karlovits, who lives less than a mile away from the Cranberry/Seven Fields office, joined Kids Plus in 2012 after several years as a pediatrician in the North Hills.

Todd Wolynn, MD, IBCLC

Dr. Todd Wolynn, a board-certified pediatrician, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and 6-time Pittsburgh Magazine Top Doc, is President and CEO of Kids Plus Pediatrics. A graduate of Washington & Jefferson University, the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, and Carnegie Mellon University, he also serves as Executive Director of the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh. A shareholder in the practice, Dr. Wolynn is a nationally recognized expert on immunization, pediatric sleep, breastfeeding, and practice management.

Terrance R. Krysinski, MD, RVS, RPhS
Vein Institute of Pittsburgh

A Pittsburgh native and lifelong resident of the North Hills, Terrance R. Krysinski, MD, RVS, RPhS graduated from North Allegheny High School and attended Washington and Jefferson College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and graduated summa cum laude. Dr. Krysinski earned his medical degree from Temple University and undertook his surgical training at Albert Einstein Medical Center. After completing his residency, he began a private surgical practice in Western Pennsylvania. Dr. Krysinski is credentialed as a Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS) as well as a Registered Phlebology Sonographer (RPhS). He is an active member and a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. Dr. Krysinski is the founding physician of the Vein Institute of Pittsburgh℠. Here, patients are offered a full spectrum of venous care ranging from small spider veins to bulging varicose veins. Specializing in highly advanced and minimally invasive outpatient procedures to treat venous disease, Dr. Krysinski performs various procedures daily to alleviate patient’s complaints of aching, pain, swelling and restless legs.

Brad Levinson, M.D.
Board Certified Colon and Rectal Surgeon
(724) 741-6020

I am a Board-Certified Colon and Rectal surgeon. Although trained in New York City in general surgery and at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit in my specialty, I have been practicing only in Pittsburgh and western PA for the last 25 years. Over the years, the experience of contributing to new innovations has and continues to be extremely fulfilling. Some of the procedures I perform can be life-saving, such as a colonoscopy, which is a quick and painless way of preventing colon cancer. Some of the rectal procedures I perform are best done by specialists, like myself, in order to offer patients their best results and full rectal control after surgery. Ultimately, as in all of medicine, my personal interaction with so many patients I have helped is what makes my work a lasting inspiration.

Dr. Maura Massucci, OD, FCOVD
Doctor of Optometry
Massucci Vision Plus

Maura Massucci, O.D., F.C.O.V.D. is residency trained in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Massucci was selected for the prestigious residency program at the State University of New York, College of Optometry (SUNY), in Manhattan. After several years of practice in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Massucci returned home to the Pittsburgh area to found Massucci Vision Plus where she practices full scope optometry with a focus on vision therapy, rehabilitation, and the examination of patients with special needs. Dr. Massucci has also done extensive work with patients recovering from concussions and other brain injuries that effect vision. Dr. Massucci is board certified in children’s vision, vision therapy, and visual rehabilitation and is a Board Certified Fellow in developmental vision and vision therapy by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (F.C.O.V.D.). Most recently Dr. Massucci was named Young Optometrist of the Year for both Western Pennsylvania and the state of Pennsylvania.

Medical Acupuncture Clinic of Pittsburgh
Marievic G. Manrique, MD

At The Medical Acupuncture Clinic of Pittsburgh, our acupuncture is performed by a physician (MD) trained and licensed in Western medicine who also has training in acupuncture. Marievic G. Manrique, MD is a practicing anesthesiologist, certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Manrique completed her Medical Acupuncture training at the Helms Medical Institute under Dr. Joseph Helms, the founding father of Medical Acupuncture in the United States. She is a member of the American Association of Medical Acupuncture. In addition, Dr. Manrique has taken courses on Mind-Body Medicine at the Benson Henry Institute.

Ohio Valley Hospital — World Class Care. Right Next Door.

Ohio Valley Hospital (OVH) is located in Kennedy Township. A community hospital with a wide variety of services; with us, you’re just around the corner from feeling better. Some of our specialties and programs include: a Pain Treatment Center, an Acute Rehabilitation Unit, the
Willow Brook Geropsychiatric Unit, outpatient psychiatry, senior independent living and personal care, outpatient laboratory services, a brand-new state-of-the-art orthopedic unit, a cutting-edge CT Scanner, and The Wound Care Center. We also provide a wide range of services for people suffering from diabetes. OVH is also helping to educate the next generation of medical professionals through our nursing and radiography programs. For people who may have trouble getting to the hospital, OVH offers a free courtesy van service; restrictions apply. We have made advances in our surgical unit, offering the option for robotic-assisted surgery during gallbladder and hernia procedures, as well as in gynecology. OVH also has a Cardiac Catheter Lab and Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, a critical care suite, and other top-of-the-line facilities. To learn more about our hospital and the many services available, visit http://ohiovalleyhospital.org/

Shawn Richey, DC
Specialist in Peripheral Neuropathy
Chiropractic Family Health Center

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Dr. Shawn, graduated from North Hills High School and earned his first bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2003, he graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic with a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree and a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. Dr. Shawn Richey is also a member of the NeuroTCA, and has seen hundreds patients suffering with peripheral neuropathy. Through Chiropractic Family Health Center, Dr. Richey provides a specialized treatment protocol that is able to address the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy with a successful, non-invasive, drug-free approach that includes the use of light therapy to stimulate tissue repair. It includes 9 specific treatments that are designed to heal rather than just deal with the symptoms. Over the years, Dr. Richey’s program has a 91 percent success rate in helping sufferers feel 75-100 percent better. Dr. Richey has helped hundreds of sufferers of peripheral neuropathy throughout the region, he has expanded his practice to include both Westmoreland and Allegheny Counties.

Saint Barnabas Health System

St. Barnabas Health System is one of Pennsylvania’s largest health care systems of its kind, offering comprehensive, compassionate care for people of all ages. For 115 years, St. Barnabas Health System has had one simple mission: to help retirees live comfortably at a price they can afford. St. Barnabas’ spectrum of care includes four retirement communities, four living assistance facilities, two skilled nursing homes, home care, hospice, and a community outpatient medical and dental center. Our beautiful suburban campuses are located a short drive north of Pittsburgh in Allegheny and Butler Counties. Our newest addition, Beaver Meadows, is located in Beaver County. St. Barnabas provides more than $6 million in free care annually, engaging in innovative methods to raise money for its Free Care Fund such as the Kean Quest Talent Search, the St. Barnabas 5K, Rudolph Auto Repair, and Beautiful Buys Thrift Shoppe. For more information on St. Barnabas visit StBarnabasHealthSystem.com.

Seven Fields Veterinary Hospital and Avalon Veterinary Hospital

At both Seven Fields Veterinary Hospital and Avalon Veterinary Hospital, we are dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary medicine along with friendly, compassionate service. We believe in treating every patient as if they were our own pet, and giving them the same loving attention and care. We are a group of highly trained, experienced animal lovers who are devoted to giving our patients the best care possible. At both Seven Fields Veterinary Hospital and Avalon Veterinary Hospital, we offer a variety of services to care for your pet, including: After Hours Assurance, Dentistry, Digital Dental Radiographs, Digital Radiography, Drop-offs, Exams and Consultations, Full In House Laboratory, House Calls, Laser Therapy, Microchipping, Nutritional Counseling Overnight Capabilities, Pet Insurance, Primary Care, Surgery, Ultrasound, Urgent Care, and Vaccinations.

Swift Audiology

Dr. Schott received her Doctorate in Audiology (2013) and Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology (2009) from West Virginia University. During her time at WVU, she served as the Special Olympics and Service Committee Chair for the Student Academy of Audiology. She was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Graduate and William G. Monahan awards for her outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service. Dr. Schott has gained knowledge in many aspects of audiology while working in private practice, educational, and hospital settings. She has dedicated her career to diagnosing, treating, and managing hearing loss and balance disorders in patients of all ages.Dr. Schott believes in patient-centered care, service to your community, and professionalism. Above all, she strives to use her experience and training to help individuals and their families.

Shannon Thieroff, DC
Choice Chiropractic & Wellness Center, P.C.

Dr. Shannon Thieroff, the owner and founder of Choice Chiropractic, has been practicing in Pittsburgh since 1999. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Logan College of Chiropractic. Because she grew up in the North Hills, Dr. Shannon has had the pleasure of helping the people who made up her childhood community. She is licensed in Pa, Md and N.Y. and is a Diplomate of the National Board of Chiropractic examiners. Dr. Thieroff is proficiency rated in Activator technique. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program through the Katz Business School at Pitt. Dr. Shannon enjoys working with patients of all ages and has done extensive work focusing on treating injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents as well as cervical spine conditions. She has served as a safety consultant for the Allegheny County EMS, LifeFlight and PennDOT. In addition, she has helped local school districts implement wellness programs for their teachers and staff. Dr. Shannon loves her work and greatly values the opportunities she has each day to help her patients achieve the best health and quality of life possible.

Tri-State Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Tri-State Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has more than 200 years of combined experience and orthopaedic expertise right in your backyard. They provide the region with the most advanced orthopaedic treatment for sports-related injuries. Tri-State cares for athletes in a variety of sports and athletic programs and serves as team physicians and sports medicine providers for North Allegheny and Seneca Valley school districts. Tri-State Orthopaedics is an independent practice that provides a full range of orthopaedic care in four office locations and accepts major insurances, including both Highmark and UPMC. They offer specialty services such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy and Ortho Urgent Care hours.

UPMC Senior Communities

At UPMC Senior Communities, we offer a lifestyle that promotes health and wellness in comfortable, worry-free surroundings. Residents have a variety of choices including independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing and rehabilitation. In 18 Pittsburgh-area locations, our communities offer a full calendar of activities and programs to promote healthy senior living, including:

Wellness and education programs designed to help seniors stay active, independent, and healthy

Access to UPMC’s comprehensive medical and preventive services

Specialized, state-of-the-art memory care for those in need

Information and resources about health, social, insurance, and legal services through the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh, a respected resource on aging-related issues

At UPMC Senior Communities, you will live life well — close to the people you love, the places you know, and the activities you enjoy. For more information about UPMC Senior Communities call 1-800-324-5523 or visit UPMCSeniorCommunities.com.

Michael Vactor, D.C.
Doctor of Chiropractic and Natural Healthcare Advocate
(724) 742-2700

Dr. Michael Vactor has cared for patients in the north Pittsburgh area for over fifteen years. He is also an award winning expert in weight loss management and is frequently featured on KDKA-TV, WPXI, Cornerstone-TV, radio shows and other public speaking venues on health and weight-loss issues. In addition, Dr. Vactor also cares for the players, coaches and their families of the Pittsburgh Black and Gold organizations. To date, 90-95% of his patients have achieved their weight loss goals. YES, 90-95% of patients have achieved their weight loss goals. Dr. Vactor is so absolutely sure of the results and outcomes of his program, that he offers a GUARANTEE of RESULTS! During this time, Dr. Vactor and his family have lived in the Cranberry and Mars area, where he is also devoted to his community and helping his patients reach their goals.

Vascular Access Centers
Dr. Sandeep Sharma

Sandeep Sharma, MD serves as the Medical Director for Vascular Access Center of Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Sharma is a graduate of St. George’s University School of Medicine of Grenada, West Indies. He completed his Family residency in Erie, PA and his Internal Medicine residency in Pittsburgh. After residency, he completed his Nephrology Fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He trained for three years in Interventional Nephrology under the supervision of Dr. James McGuckin of Philadelphia, PA and Dr. John Ross, MD at Bamberg County Hospital, Bamberg, SC. He is board certified by the American Society of Diagnostic Nephrology. Dr. Sharma has presented at numerous major national and local conferences, is involved in the Fistula First Initiative, and is an active board member of the national Kidney Foundation. He has been recognized for ‘Outstanding Service to Patients’ at Allegheny General’s outpatient clinic, and also performed research alongside Dr. Rita McGill (“The Effect of Spironolactone on Cardiac Hypertrophy in Hemodialysis Patients”). He routinely cares for patients not only from Pittsburgh, but also from all across Western PA, as well as Ohio and West Virginia. He has performed over 13,000 procedures related to the maintenance of dialysis access.

Dr. David Catalane

David Catalane, MD is a board certified General/Vascular Surgeon with over 25 years’ experience treating vascular disease. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine with honors in surgery, he did his surgical training in Pittsburgh at Mercy Hospital. Dr. Catalane is on staff at St Clair, OVGH and Mercy to care for in-patient hospital needs but is now able to offer outpatient vascular evaluation and treatment at the Vascular Access Center of Pittsburgh in the new Cranberry location. Dr. Catalane has successfully endeavored to keep abreast of all the latest advances in surgical care, including minimally invasive endovascular techniques. These procedures make possible the management of complex vascular problems, many requiring only a needle stick or single, small incision. Problems treated include: peripheral vascular disease, non-healing wounds, threat of limb loss, dialysis access placement, aortic aneurysm, venous disease and others.

Dr. Paul Willis

Dr. Paul Willis is a Pittsburgh native, and graduate with honors, of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Arts and Sciences and School of Medicine. He completed his surgical training and a research fellowship at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, NY, where he also met his wife. After completion of his training, he moved back home to Pittsburgh, where he and his wife started a family, and he has been actively practicing General and Vascular Surgery ever since (16 years). As a partner of Catalane and Willis Surgical Associates, Dr. Willis has also kept abreast of all the latest advances in surgical care, including minimally invasive endovascular techniques. These procedures are minimally invasive with little to no downtime required. Problems treated include: peripheral vascular disease, non-healing wounds, threat of limb loss, dialysis access placement, aortic aneurysm, venous disease and others.