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Naomi Bloomfield, MD

Naomi Bloomfield, MD

Dr. Bloomfield is Board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor from Russell Sage College in Troy and her Master of Science degree in Toxicology and Doctor of Medicine degree from Albany Medical College. Dr. Bloomfield serves as clinical assistant professor at the Department of OB/GYN at Albany Medical Center. She has also presented research on women’s health topics at a number of conferences throughout the country. Dr Bloomfield is a member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. She has special interest in adolescent gynecology, laparoscopic surgery (especially laparoscopic hysterectomy), menopausal medicine and urodynamics. Dr Bloomfield will be the new chairman of the new Burdett Care Center at Samaritan. Dr. Bloomfield practices in Clifton Park, Rensselaer, and Troy.

Education
MD, Albany Medical College
MS, Albany Medical College
BA, Russell Sage College

Residencies/Internships
Albany Medical Center, OB/GYN Residency
Medical Center Hosp of Vermont, OB/GYN Residency
Medical Center Hosp of Vermont, OB/GYN Internship

Board Certifications
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialties
Obstetrics and Gynecology


Christopher Bloss, MD

Christopher Bloss, MD

The experiences my wife and I shared in the births of our six kids have helped shape my philosophy and perspective as an obstetrician. Believing that birth is a natural event has enabled me to coach women through the delivery process; throughout a patient's pregnancy I am happy to devote whatever time is needed for communication and information. On the gynecological side of things, I have trained to be able to provide state of the art techniques such as outpatient robotic & laparoscopic hysterectomy and hysteroscopic sterilization that allow my patients to get back an their feet and to their busy lives. Evidence based patient care and a positive doctor-patient collaboration are always my most important goals.

Education
MD, MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine
BS, Michigan State University

Residencies/Internships
Albany Medical Center, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Board Certifications
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialties
Obstetrics and Gynecology


Melody Bruce, MD

Melody Bruce, MD

After practicing OB/GYN for almost 35 years and delivering and raising her own three children, Dr. Bruce feels very comfortable with the family focused culture of the Capital Region. Besides reaching a point in her career where she is delivery babies of “babies” she previously delivered, she has been active in the social life of her community, serving as PTA President for her children’s school, board member of her synagogue, board member of Albany Symphony Orchestra, and now board member of the Burdett Care Center.

Education
MD, Louisiana State Univ. School of Medicine in New Orleans
BS, Louisiana State University

Residencies/Internships
Albany Medical Center, OB/GYN
Albany Medical Center, Rotating

Board Certifications
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialties
Obstetrics and Gynecology


Steven Deserre, CNM

Steven Deserre, CNM

Steven is a native of northern NYS, having relocated to the Capital region in 1987 after living and working in Houston, Texas for several years. He developed an interest in obstetrics and women’s health care after witnessing the birth of his first child in 1980. Upon graduation in 1981 Steve commenced working in labor and delivery at several hospitals over the next 20 years in various levels from low risk to Albany Medical Center’s level 3 transfer center. This long love of OB nursing fostered the start of his current career as a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) in 1998. Being a CNM has allowed Steve to participate in the whole childbearing process; as well as, promoting women’s GYN wellness and family planning needs. He sees his role as providing safe, effective, comprehensive and professional care in support of a woman’s physical, emotional and educational/ informational needs with respect to their spectrum of health care from birth to menopause.

Steven resides in the Glenville area with his wife of 33 years, Lisa and three feisty Chihuahuas. He is the father of 3 young adult children, 2 married daughters (Megan & Courtney) and a son (Alec) in college. He became the proud grandfather to a grandson, Lucas last year, and is enjoying this new role like no other.

Steven holds a diploma in Registered Nursing from St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center School of Nursing and Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Excelsior College. He holds a certificate in Certified Nurse Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University.

Education
CNM, Frontier School of Midwifery & Family Nursing
BSN, Regents College
RN, St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center School of Nursing
LPN, Northwest Technical School (BOCES)

Board Certifications
Advanced Practice Midwife

Specialties
Certified Nurse Midwife


Mary Elacqua, MD

Mary Elacqua, MD

Dr. Elacqua is Board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Universita Degli Studi Roma in Rome, Italy and then returned to the Capital Region to complete her internship and residency training in the Department of OB/GYN at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Dr. Elacqua is the current Chairman of the Ob/Gyn Department at Samaritan Hospital. She has held this position for the last six years. Dr Elacqua has special interests in menopause management, adolescent gynecology, advanced pelviscopic surgery as well as botanical and herbal medicine. Dr. Elacqua practices in Clifton Park, Rensselaer, and Troy.

Education
MD, Facolta Di Medicina E Chirurgia -La Sapienza (Roma, Italy)

Residencies/Internships
Albany Medical Center, Ob/Gyn
Albany Medical Center, Ob/Gyn

Board Certifications
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialties
Obstetrics and Gynecology


Jockular Ford, MD

Jockular Ford, MD

Dr. Ford completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Harvard University and SUNY at Buffalo, where he went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree from the SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine. Dr. Ford completed his residency training in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Dr. Ford is a clinical instructor in obstetrics and gynecology at Albany Medical College. He has special medical interest in female urinary incontinence, infertility, minimally invasive surgical procedures and office based sterilization for the disadvantaged and third world countries. Dr. Ford is a member of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada. Dr. Ford practices in Clifton Park, Rensselaer, and Troy.

Education
MD, University at Buffalo State University of New York
BS, SUNY Buffalo

Residencies/Internships
Albany Medical Center, Ob/Gyn

Specialties
Obstetrics and Gynecology


Michelle Gallant, CNM

Michelle Gallant, CNM

Michelle Gallant is certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Health Services from Ithaca College; her Associate of Science degree in Nurse Education from the North Shore Community College in Beverly, MA; and her Certificate in Midwifery from Baystate Midwifery Education Program in Springfield, MA. Michelle also works as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and serves as Clinical Faculty of the SANE Certification Program.

Michelle and her husband, all together have five grown children. They have a Lhasa Apso they adore and who rules the house more than any of the children ever did. In her leisure time, Michelle enjoys summers boating on Sacandaga Lake with her husband and in the many cold weather months of the Northeast they both enjoy to travel to warm weather destinations. In addition, Michelle loves to shop and will travel anywhere new just to go shopping somewhere new.

Education
CNM, Baystate Midwifery Education Program
RN, North Shore Community College
BS, Ithaca College

Board Certifications
Midwife, Certified

Specialties
Obstetrics and Gynecology


Margaret Griffin, NP

Margaret Griffin, NP

It has been my privilege to travel around the world and provide individualized women's health care for over 30 years. From this vast experience, I have had the opportunity to appreciate diversity of culture and the unity of individual needs.

As a women's health care advocate, I work directly with community groups, local colleges, and organizations to address issues affecting women's health care.

Education
MS, Abilene Christian University
MA, St. Bernard's School of Ministry and Theology
NP, 3790 Medical Service Training Wing (US Airforce)
BSN, McKendree College

Board Certifications
Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health

Specialties
Women's Health Care


Christopher C. Medina, MD

Christopher C. Medina, MD

Dr. Medina is an upstate native. He grew up in Syracuse, NY where he attended LeMoyne College and then Upstate Medical University. He then completed his OB/GYN residency at Upstate Medical University. Dr. Medina is married to Janice Medina, who is associate professor at Sage College at the Albany campus. They have a daughter in elementary school, as well as a dog named Lucy. Dr. Medina spent four years practicing medicine with the US Air Force and was stationed in Biloxi, MS. While their daughter keeps them busy, they all enjoy skiing in the winter and traveling.

Education
MD, State University of New York Upstate Medical University
BS, LeMoyne College

Residencies/Internships
Univ Hosp-SUNY Hlth Sci Ctr, OB/GYN

Board Certifications
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialties
Obstetrics and Gynecology


Colleen Murtagh, CNM

Colleen Murtagh, CNM

Colleen Murtagh is a certified and licensed nurse midwife. She received her Bachelor Degree in Nursing from the Sage Colleges in New York and her Master of Science in Nursing Midwifery from Stony Brook University. Colleen is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives. She provides patients of OB/GYN Health Center Associates a full scope of midwifery in obstetrics and gynecology since 2011. She is married to her husband Kevin and has three children. Colleen’s personal interests include spending time with family and friends, attending her children’s sporting events, gardening, reading and caring for women (especially providing support during labor and birth).

Education
MS, Stony Brook University - School of Medicine
BS, The Sage Colleges
AAS, Hudson Valley Community College

Board Certifications
Midwife, Certified

Specialties
Certified Nurse Midwife


Laura N Oswald, MD

Laura N Oswald, MD

Education
MD, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
BS, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Residency
Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA

Specialties
Obstetrics and Gynecology