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Paul Dicker, MD, FACOG

Paul Dicker, MD, FACOG

Dr. Paul Dicker, born in New York City and raised in Essex County, New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers College as the Valedictorian in a class of over 2,200 students. Dr. Dicker, who then attended the New York University School of Medicine, completed his medical training in an obstetrics and gynecology residency program at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan. After serving as Chief Resident in the program, Dr. Dicker relocated to Bergen County, New Jersey.

During his residency, Dr. Dicker received advanced training in both laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery. Furthermore, he demonstrated a special interest in perinatology (the field of high-risk obstetrics), infertility and menopausal medicine. While in residency, Dr. Dicker worked with renowned experts in each of these fields, affording him the opportunity to interact directly with those physicians and researchers at the cutting edge of both the diagnosis and therapy of many complex conditions affecting women today.

Dr. Dicker serves as a Board Member of Lifeline Medical Associates, LLC, a statewide group comprised of over 120 Ob/Gyn physicians that is the parent company of The Center for Women’s Health. Serving as a Board Member, Dr. Dicker plays a vital role in guiding the organization towards its goal of improving the health of women throughout New Jersey.

Dr. Dicker was a charter member of the Medem Physicians Advisory Committee, a group of 15 doctors from across the nation charged with actively shaping the present and future course of Medem, the server which administered the original office website (as well as the websites of over 80,000 physicians throughout the United States). In this capacity, Dr. Dicker had a hand in shaping the very exciting future of electronic communication between physician and patient — an area of enormous potential which significantly improves upon the physician-patient relationship and, therefore, the delivery of quality health care across the country.

Dr. Dicker served as Chairman of the Department of Ob/Gyn at Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, NJ, until the hospital’s closing in November of 2007. He also served as the Director of the hospital’s Ob/Gyn Residency Program. Dr. Dicker currently serves on the Executive Board of the Valley Hospital Ob/Gyn Co-Management program. In these capacities, Dr. Dicker has demonstrated his determination to improve the medical care provided to women in Bergen County and to train future physicians in providing this care.

Dr. Dicker currently lives in River Vale with his wife, a certified lactation consultant with extensive experience in maternal-child health nursing, and their two daughters.

Education

Residency:
Internship:
Medical School:
Undergraduate:

NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center
NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center
New York University School of Medicine
Rutgers College
BA, Biological Sciences

Board Certification
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Memberships & Societies
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
U.S Women’s Health Alliance

Hospital Appointments
The Valley Hospital
Hackensack UMC at Pascack Valley

State Licensures
State of New Jersey

Cristina Giambalvo, CNM, MSN

Cristina Giambalvo, CNM, MSN

Cris’s clinical interests include general and high-risk obstetrics, gynecology, and preventive women’s healthcare. She has a special interest in Integrative Medicine and completed a 1000-hour fellowship with Andrew Weil, MD at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Cris prefers to approach health and wellness from a holistic point of view, focusing on the whole person, rather than just their symptoms. She is well versed in alternative therapies including herbals, botanicals and essential oils. Cris believes in utilizing acupuncture, hypnosis, massage, reiki and aruveda as well as traditional conventional therapies in getting to the root of the problem. She works with women of all ages, and believes firmly in empowering women to take control of their health. A midwife with over 25 years of experience, Cris is often asked to speak on many topics related to women’s health. She is also a certified health and wellness coach, and a fitness instructor at local health clubs. In her spare time, Cris likes to travel with her husband and 4 children, read, exercise outdoors, and volunteer with various charitable organizations.

Education

Graduate:
Duke University School of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice
Expected 2017
Fellowship:
University of Pennsylvania
Master of Science in Nursing: Dual certification Women’s
Health and Nurse Midwifery
Undergraduate:
University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Albright College
BS, Nursing

Certifications
American College of Nurse Midwives
OB ultrasound, Colposcopy,
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner: pediatric and adult
Weight management
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Memberships & Societies
American College of Nurse Midwives
NJ Chapter of American College of Nurse Midwives
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals

Hospital Appointments
The Valley Hospital
Hackensack UMC at Pascack Valley

State Licensures
State of New Jersey

Anita Stern, RNC, MSN, WHNP

Anita Stern, RNC, MSN, WHNP

Anita received her master of science degree in nursing in the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the Columbia University School of Nursing. Her extensive background includes more than 20 years as a registered nurse in labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care unit, emergency room and surgical recovery room. Anita, who is Board-Certified as a women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP), offers office-based OB/GYN care to patients from puberty to menopause. In this role, Anita has provided skilled care to thousands of women in settings that range from private offices to busy hospital clinics.

Education

Graduate:
Undergraduate:

Columbia University School of Nursing
Hunter College-Bellevue School of Nursing

Certification
NCC

Memberships & Societies
AWHORN
ARHP

State Licensures
State of New Jersey
State of New York

Kathleen Connolly, FNP-BC, MSN

Kathleen Connolly, FNP-BC, MSN

Kathie Connolly, our Clinical Coordinator since 2005, has completed the rigorous training program required to become a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner. As a result, Kathie is now licensed to treat patients who present with a variety of problems – from routine annual primary care exams to specific medical complaints to prenatal and gyn visits- right here in the office. Furthermore, Kathie will also be able to evaluate patients with primary care needs, such as gastroenteritis, influenza, strep throat and fever.

Education

Graduate:
Undergraduate:

Felician University
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Board Certification
ANCC: Family Nurse Practitioner
ANCC: Certified Perinatal Nurse

Memberships & Societies
American Nurses Association
New Jersey State Nurses Association
Forum of Nurses in Advanced Practice

State Licensures
State of New Jersey

Jaclyn Smith, CNM, MSN

Jaclyn Smith, CNM, MSN

Jackie’s extensive background, beginning with a BSN degree from Seton Hall University, includes ten years as a nurse in both Labor and Delivery and Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Jackie spent five years as a Labor and Delivery nurse at The Valley Hospital where she served as Chair of the Holistic Childbirth Committee, allowing her to play a critical role in improving the safety and coordination of care provided to – as well as the overall experience of – obstetrical patients. In addition, Jackie is certified as a Lamaze Childbirth Educator and is skilled in the use of Essential Oils for Massage and Aromatherapy in laboring patients. While working at The Valley Hospital, Jackie completed a rigorous academic/clinical program at SUNY-Stony Brook to obtain her CNM/MSN degree.

Education

Graduate:
Undergraduate:

SUNY Stony Brook
Seton Hall University
SUNY Oneonta

Board Certification
American Midwifery Certification Board

Memberships & Societies
American College of Nurse Midwives

Hospital Appointments
The Valley Hospital
HUMC at Pascack Valley

State Licensures
State of New Jersey