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Michael B. Lax, MD, MPH: Medical Director

Dr. Lax completed his undergraduate work in biology and history at Oberlin College in Ohio, received his M.D. from Ohio State University and a Masters in Public Health at the University of Illinois. A board-certified physician in occupational medicine, Dr. Lax is also a professor on the faculty of Upstate Medical University in the Department of Family Medicine, mentoring both medical students and students of public health. Widely published in his discipline, he serves on the editorial board of New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy. He is one of only a few occupational health doctors in the state who speaks Spanish. He has been the Medical Director of the Occupational Health Clinical Centers since 1988.

Michael Lax's practice of medicine has always been expansively situated within the broader social justice movement for workers' rights and improved occupational health and safety. He commits substantial Clinic resources to reach migrant farmworkers and other vulnerable, underserved populations, seeking solutions for workers who have been violated by human trafficking, who are enduring deplorable work conditions, and who have been marginalized by low wages

Susan Greetham, MSN FNP

Susan Greetham has been on our staff since January 2009, Sue Greetham is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University, Western Washington University and Jefferson Community College. Her nursing career has included positions in the critical care unit, organ transplant, family medicine, and employee and student health. Helping people develop strategies to realize improved mental and physical health is something that energizes her nursing practice. She is a nationally certified smoking cessation specialist.

Jacque C. Millar, MSN NP-C

Jacque Millar earned both of her nursing degrees at Binghamton University. She holds national board certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a family nurse practitioner. Her special interests are the health effects of environmental exposure and pollution; psychological effects of work-related illness.

Geralyn Hall, NP

Cheryl Newman, RN, Nurse Case Manager

Cheryl Newman is a Registered Nurse who graduated from St. Joseph's College of Nursing in 2007. She has experience in physical medicine and rehabilitation and also psychiatric medical settings. Cheryl Newman came on board in July of 2013 with strong talent in both case management and clinical skill sets. She intends to focus her career path with further advancement in occupational health nursing.

Greg Siwinski, Industrial Hygienist

On our staff since 1991, Greg Siwinski is a graduate of Drexel University's M.S. program in occupational health and is board certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene. His approach to occupational health focuses on the patient/worker's contribution to the understanding of how one's work life impacts health.

Dorothy Wigmore, Director of Outreach & Education - CNY Region

Dorothy Wigmore is a long-time occupational health specialist, researcher and educator. A Canadian, she trained in occupational hygiene in England and studied ergonomics and "stress" at MASS Lowell. She's worked for and with unions, NGOs, governments and government agencies, and occupational health and legal clinics in Canada and the States. Dorothy also has worked in Mocambique, helping to develop a national workers' health and safety training centre. A pioneer of body and workplace (hazard) mapping, she likes developing other tools to help people "see the workplace (or job) with new eyes".

Carla Wingate, LMSW

Carla Wingate graduated with her MSW from Syracuse University in 2013 and is currently a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW).  Carla brings knowledge and experience in various areas from her diverse work history which includes but is not limited to: counseling, service coordination, mental health diagnoses, intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Carla is rich in community resource knowledge and navigation to best help our patients.  Her approach to occupational health is getting a full understanding of her patients and providing them with the tools, skills, and resources needed for a better quality of life.  

Antoinette Longo, Clinic Administrator

Antoinette Longo has taken on progressively more responsible duties since she began with the clinic in 1990. In 2004, she was promoted to her current position of Clinic Administrator. Antoinette is known for her strong work ethic, organizational talent and laser-like attention to detail. The range of her administrative duties is broad and includes supervision of administrative staff, budgeting, planning, and reporting.

Relani Prudhomme, Outreach/Education Coordinator, North Country Region

Relani Prudhomme brings a strong knowledge of the region and a very broad spectrum of outreach experience -- everything from publicity work, interpreting, health advocacy, and community organizing. She's fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese and has demonstrable experience in working with underserved populations, in both paid and volunteer capacities. Her academic credentials include an MSW from Syracuse University School of Social Work, a CAS in Women's Studies, and a BA in Government from St. Lawrence University. She is especially interested in popular education and the benefits communities receive when safe, healthy workplaces maintain productivity and morale.

Rick Sprout, Outreach/Education Coordinator, Southern Tier Region

Rick Sprout has been a union activist, deeply committed to social justice for over 45 years. One of his many projects, he co-founded and is a member of the editorial collective of People's Press in Binghamton NY. Rick has a rich and varied work history which includes experience in counseling and as an LPN. Rick brings a wealth of experience and long term connection to the Southern Tier.

Jeanette M. Zoeckler, MPH, Project Manager

Jeanette develops and implements collaborative public health initiatives to expand the Clinic's research, education, and prevention agendas.  With an emphasis on vulnerable workers, her publication, grantwriting, and conducting community-based "needs assessments."  Working people inform these projects directly throug the sharing the details of work conditions.  Jeanette seeks comprehensive solutions for worker health, which include attention to workplace hazards, the broader social context and empowering workers to exercise their rights. Jeanette is a PhD candidate at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Other Members of Our Team:

Central New York
Ana Manning, Administrative Assistant
Tina Krishock, Secretary
Quinn Kumar, Secretary
Amy West, LPN, Assistant Nurse Case Manager

North Country
Shauna Horner, Medical Office Assistant

Southern Tier
Joanne Okesson, Medical Office Assistant
Sheyla Torres, Secretary