Middletown Medical, the Hudson Valley’s premier provider of healthcare services, has announced the addition of family nurse practitioners Dorothy Gioia and Christopher Matthews, and physician assistant Janet Pennisi. All three are now seeing patients at Middletown Medical’s Urgent Care Centers. In addition, Matthews will assist Dr. Jeffrey Weinstein at Middletown Medical’s Catskill Adult & Pediatric Medicine office.
Tamara Baldesweiler, an adult nurse practitioner, has also joined the team, and will be providing care to Middletown Medical’s patients at Orange Regional Medical Center.
Gioia has been caring for patients for over 35 years as an occupational health nurse, staff nurse, clinical supervisor, site supervisor, and emergency room nurse for various healthcare institutions across the Hudson Valley. She is a member of The Nurse Practitioner Association, the Orange County Medical Reserve Corps, the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She has volunteer experience with Salisbury Mills Fire Department (EMS captain, firefighter, and EMT) and Bravo Volunteer Ambulance Service (EMT).
Matthews, who has a strong background in acute patient care, has served patients as a registered nurse at various hospitals. He has earned Trauma Nurse Core Course, Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course, Advanced and Pediatric Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, and Basic Life Support certifications.
Pennisi has served as a physician assistant, medical assistant, and rehab technician to examine, diagnose, and conduct office procedures on patients suffering from a wide range of conditions. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the New York State Society of Physician Assistants. She has volunteer experience with Nicaragua Medical Missions and Mercy College’s Mobile Health Vehicle.
Baldesweiler provides proper diagnoses and treatments for a wide range of medical conditions, with a focus on disease management and wellness maintenance specifically in the adult population. She has over a decade of experience in the field of emergency trauma and specialty care transport, which she gained as a registered nurse with various healthcare organizations across the region.
“Ms. Gioia, Mr. Matthews, Ms. Pennisi, and Ms. Baldesweiler all share Middletown Medical’s commitment to improving patient outcomes, and will allow us to offer more availability without sacrificing the patient-focused healthcare we deliver,” said Melissa Wolff, Middletown Medical’s Marketing Director and Physician Recruiter. “These professionals, all of whom understand a true continuum of care, provide the quality diagnostic care and strong communication that allows us to be truly collaborative among disciplines.”
Gioia earned her Associate of Science in nursing from Regents College, and her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Empire State College. She completed her Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Mount Saint Mary College, where she graduated with 600 hours of clinical experience. Matthews earned his Bachelor of Science in nursing and his Master of Science in advanced family nursing from Binghamton University, where he completed the Family Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program.
Pennisi earned her Bachelor of Arts in biology from The College of Mount Saint Vincent and her Master of Science in physician assistant studies from Mercy College. Baldesweiler earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Pace University and her Master of Science in nursing (concentration: adult/gerontology) from Fairleigh Dickinson University.