Advanced Practice Clinicians

The Advanced Practice Clinicians in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provide an excellent complement of patient care and education while working with our physician faculty, residents, and medical students.

We have certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and a physician assistant who add their professional skills to all of our divisions and practice sites.

Janice Agen, MSN, NP

Janice Agen

Janice is a board certified Womens Health Nurse Practitioner with 20+ yrs experience caring for women of all ages. She received her BS in Community Health Education in 1980, BS in Nursing from Syracuse University in 1985, her Masters in Nursing, Womens Health Care NP, from University of Washington, Seattle in 1995. She has practiced in several areas in the country, most recently in the Seattle area. Her experience includes family planning, general gynecology, menopause, urogynecology and forensic nursing.

Janice joined our team at Upstate Medical University, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2013 as the Family Planning Program Manager. She coordinates the referrals of patients to the family planning program and outreach to the medical and lay community to raise awareness of the services available at University Hospital. She participates in the education of medical students and residents in the area of family planning as well as providing direct patient care.

Her interests include patient and provider education, family planning and improving access for women to all types of services, especially the medically underserved.

Her goal is to provide compassionate reproductive health care to women, to empower them with knowledge and improve their health and overall well being by improving access to reproductive health care services.

Charina Carissimi, CNM

Charina Carissimi, CNM

As a Certified Nurse Midwife, Charina came to the Regional Perinatal Center in November 2012 with over 12 years of professional experience. Charina is a 1999 graduate of the St Josephs’ School of Nursing and has completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2001. She graduated from New York University with a Masters of Arts Degree in Nurse Midwifery in 2003. Charina is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives and of the International Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Theta Tau Chapter.

Charina has experience as a Certified Nurse Midwife in both private practices and clinic settings. She has practiced in Syracuse, Schenectady, Bronx, New York and Hummelstown, PA. She has also worked in Labor & Delivery and Post-Partum units in hospital settings as a traveling registered nurse in Maryland and Virginia.

Some of her roles as a Certified Nurse Midwife at the Perinatal Center include her role as a facilitator in the Centering Pregnancy Program focusing on Diabetes in Pregnancy. Charina is also a voluntary faculty staff member at Upstate College of Medicine where she aids in the clinical education of medical students.

In her practice Charina emphasizes the importance of patient education. She feels providing information will build confidence and empower her patients.

Kathleen Dermady, MSN, CNM, NP

Kathleen Dermady

Kathleen Dermady is a NYS licensed midwife with over 20 years experience as a midwife and nurse-practitioner in Central New York. She was educated in midwifery at the Frontier School of Midwifery and Nursing, received her Masters of Science in Nursing at Syracuse University.

Kathleen is interested in the care of women with medically complicated pregnancies. She has a particular interest in improving the outcomes for women with diabetes and those at risk for preterm labor. Her midwifery practice places strong emphasis on the empowerment and education of women.

Kathleen is the American College of Nurse Midwives chapter chairperson for many years. She was a founding board member for the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives. She was appointed to the New York State Board of Midwifery in 2009 for a five year term, representing the professional and legal basis for midwives licensed in NYS.

Kathleen is professionally involved with the Perinatal Safety Initiative with Crouse Hospital and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is an active member of the Upstate University's Advanced Practice Clinician Association legislative committee.

Pauline M. Devendorf, CNP, CNM

Pauline M. Devendorf, CNP, CNM

Paula is the Nurse Practitioner for Dr. Badawy and University OB/GYN Associates. She is the IVF Coordinator and assists infertile couples who are undergoing ART (assisted reproductive technologies). She provides education, counseling, support, and planning, including coordination and scheduling of tests, procedures and cycle scheduling for both the IUI and IVF couples. Paula assists with egg retrievals and embryo transfers.

Paula holds a Masters Degree in Nursing from Stony Brook University and a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Syracuse University. Paula is a Certified Nurse Practitioner in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Certified Nurse Mid-wife.

Paula has several years of experience as a Labor and Delivery nurse at Crouse Hospital, and as a high risk obstetrical nurse at the Regional Perinatal Center, Syracuse, New York. Paula joined our team at University OB/GYN Associates in November 2001, and sees Obstetric, Gynecology and Reproductive, Endocrine, and Infertility patients.

Paula is an adjunct faculty member at St. Joseph's School of Nursing, and serves as a preceptor instructor for Nurse Practitioner students from Syracuse University and Upstate Medical University. She teaches in the POM program at Upstate Medical University, instructing second year medical students on pelvic exams and breast exams.

Wendy Gellert, MSN, NP

Wendy Gellert, MSN, NP

Ms. Gellert has been a Nurse Practitioner at the Regional Perinatal Center since 1997. She came to the Perinatal Center with several years of experience in Obstetrics. She was previously employed at Community General Hospital as an Assistant Nurse Manager in the postpartum unit. Ms. Gellert also has experience in the care of newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit and regular newborn nursery.

She received her RN from Crouse-Irving Hospital School of Nursing in 1979, and graduated from the Nurse Practitioner Program at Community General Hospital in 1997, where her clinical emphasis was in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Ms. Gellert graduated from SUNY IT at Utica- Rome in 2000 with a Bachelors of Nursing degree. She graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2006 with a Masters degree in Nursing, and is also a member of Omicron Alpha Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Ms. Gellert has an interest in antepartum and postpartum care of teens with socioeconomic and medical issues.

Mary Hartman, CNM

Mary Hartman, CNM

Mary Hartman joined the Upstate team in 2004, with over 15 years experience as a midwife in hospital, birth center and home birth settings over the years.

Mary sees OB and some GYN patients at the Womens Health Service at UHCC, as well as covers Crouse Hospital Labor and Delivery for most UHCC patients and some Perinatal Center Patients as well.

Mary attended St Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing, and LeMoyne College of Syracuse, for Nursing, and most recently, SUNY Brooklyn for her Midwifery Certification.

Her clinical interests include Perinatal Bereavement,Post Partum Depression, Refugee/Immigrant Health, Teen Pregnancy, and Centering Pregnancy.

Shari Kelley, BSN, ANP - BC

Shari Kelley, BSN, ANP - BC

Ms. Kelley has been a Nurse Practitioner focusing in the area of Women's Health at Upstate Medical University since 1992. She has extensive experience in the management of high risk obstetric patients as well as a strong background in family planning. Ms. Kelley also has experience in the care of women with breast cancer as the coordinator of the Breast Cancer Program at Upstate Cancer Center.

Ms. Kelley received her BSN from Pennsylvania State University in 1983 and her Adult Nurse Practitioner Certification from the Nurse Practitioner Program at Community General Hospital in 1990. She has maintained her American Nurses Credentialing Center board certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner since 1991.

Ms. Kelley is dedicated to providing individualized comprehensive health care to all women. Her clinical interests include the care of medically complicated pregnancies, the care of women with HIV during pregnancy, provision of family planning services, STD prevention and treatment.

Jennifer Kohler, MS FNP-BC

Jennifer Kohler, MS FNP-BC

Jennifer has been a Nurse Practitioner since 2004. She came to the Regional Perinatal Center in 2011 after seven years in a private OB/GYN practice. Jennifer received her RN from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in 2000, and began working at Crouse Hospital on the Antepartum/Postpartum unit. She continued her education and graduated from Syracuse University with her Bachelor's of Nursing in 2001, and her Master's of Science and Family Nurse Practitioner degree in 2004. She received her Post-Master's Certificate in Advanced Practice Colposcopy from Drexel University in 2009. Jennifer is board certified by the ANCC in Family Practice and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing.

Melanie Lape Pitts, RN, CNP

Melanie Lap Pitts, RNP

Mrs. Pitts has been a Nurse Practioner since 1991. She came to Womens Health Services in 1999 after several years in private practice. She received her BSN from Alfred University and her Masters Degree in Womens Health from the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs Pitts is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau. International Honor Society of Nursing, Omicron chapter. Mrs. Pitts received the William Painter Award for Nursing Excellence while employed at Womens Health Services. She is interested in helping her patients toward their reproductive health goals as well as improving their overall health.