TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (August 14, 2019) – Hudson Headwaters Health Network is adding a new primary care physician, along with two nurse practitioners, to its group of primary care providers at Ticonderoga Health Center.
Dr. Mack holds a Bachelor of Science in molecular and cellular biology from Vanderbilt University, along with a Master of Science in Immunology and Microbiology from University of Cincinnati. She began her career in research before attending medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completing her residency at Ellis Medicine in Albany. Dr. Mack brings extensive experience in family medicine, women’s health, rural and community-based care, telehealth, home visits, palliative care and treatment for opiate use disorder.
She appreciates the perspective that working in a small community offers. “Being a family medicine physician is a privilege because it allows me to treat an entire family – every generation. It gives me an understanding that is more in depth than patient concerns addressed during one office visit. Ultimately, I begin to understand the health of the patient, the family, and the health issues experienced by the entire community. Health is more than doctor’s visits and the medicine being provided, and I strive to help patients achieve not just control over their well-being and their chronic diseases, but true health.”
Dr. Mack is determined to play an active role in the care of her patients. “There is opportunity to achieve integrated care for our patients and the community by partnering with University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital Ticonderoga Campus and its emergency department, in addition to the ancillary services it provides, along with its growing array of specialty services. As a primary care provider, we hope to be a patient’s “home base” by coordinating specialty care and following up on emergency care. We can help to smooth the transition so that it doesn’t feel disconnected as patients move from one doctor to another.”
Nurse Practitioner Nicholas Montello received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Middlebury College before enrolling at University of Vermont where he received his doctorate in nursing. He has worked as an RN, volunteer EMT and residential care assistant at a local assisted living and memory care center, providing important perspective regarding various patient needs.
Nurse Practitioner Elizabeth (Ellie) Anderson received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rockhurst University in Kansas before continuing her studies at University of Vermont where she received her doctorate in nursing. Her recent work at an outpatient addiction treatment center, primary care offices, a youth summer camp and a VA medical center provides experiences working with patients from different backgrounds and with various health care requirements.
Another recent addition to the team at Ticonderoga Family Health is Family Nurse Practitioner Loren Allen, who joined the practice earlier this year. Allen offers an extensive and varied background in nursing, having worked in emergency departments, behavioral health units, home care agencies and orthopedic departments. Allen received his BSc in psychology from SUNY Buffalo before continuing his education in nursing.
His combination of a rural upbringing, education and professional experience enables a comprehensive understanding of his patients. “My background is certainly quite varied,” he said. “Working in family medicine means that we encounter patients with many different illnesses or injuries. My experience working in many types of environments means that I have had experience caring for patients in a variety of situations – these experiences have certainly prepared me for a career in rural healthcare.”
According to Tucker Slingerland, MD, CEO of Hudson Headwaters, the addition of new providers in Ticonderoga in recent months will help to ensure that local residents and visitors to the region will have access to important primary care services nearby. “We are excited to welcome these health care providers who will be caring for our community members, ensuring that patients are able to access the primary care that they need,” he commented. “Hudson Headwaters is proud that they have decided to join our organization to help further our mission of providing the best care and access to that care for everyone in our communities.”
Hudson Headwaters Health Network locations offer comprehensive primary care for all ages, including women’s health, pediatrics, integrated behavioral health and social work support. Ticonderoga Health Center is located near the University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Communty Hospital Ticonderoga Campus, making it convenient to access radiology and other services.
Each of these providers is accepting new patients. Contact Ticonderoga Heath Center at 518-585-6708 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.