Medical Services

The Medical Services team at Student Health on Haven seeks to model and provide excellence throughout a full range of primary care services. We also serve as your gateway to and referral source for specialty services, should those be required.

Our dedicated team members, experienced in working with health professions students, recognize that health sciences students have busy schedules, complex and often stressful lives, and specific health care needs and requirements. We also recognize that students in different schools experience pressures, concerns and preferences specific to their field of study.

  • Marcy Ferdschneider, DO

    Executive Director, Student Health Service

    Marcy Ferdschneider joined Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) Student Health on Haven in 2017 as Executive Director. Previously, she worked for almost six years as the Medical Director at the NYU Student Health Center, where she oversaw all of the medical services including ancillary health services, medical informatics and quality improvement.

    Dr. Ferdschneider previously worked at Columbia Health at the Morningside Campus, first as Associate Medical Director and then as Director of Medical Services at Columbia Health, where she oversaw Primary Care. Her additional clinical experiences include working as a staff physician at Facey Medical Group in Los Angeles, UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center and the NYU Student Health Center.

    Dr. Ferdschneider received a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Boston University and a medical degree in osteopathic medicine from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, and is board certified in both primary care disciplines.

    Dr. Ferdschneider’s interests include general primary care, preventive medicine, travel medicine, quality improvement and informatics.

    Education

    • DO, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • BA, Boston University

    Certifications & Licensure

    • Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine
    • Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics
    • Licensed to practice medicine in the State of New York

    Professional Experience

    • Executive Director, CUIMC Student Health on Haven
    • Medical Director, NYU Student Health Center
    • Director, Medical Services, Columbia Health
    • Associate Medical Director, Columbia Health
    • Staff Physician, UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center
    • Internal Medicine Physician, Facey Medical Group
    • Staff Physician, NYU Student Health Center

    Memberships

    • American College Health Association
    • American College of Physicians
    • International Society of Travel Medicine
  • Michelle Love, MD

    Primary Care Physician

    Michelle Love joined the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Student Health on Haven as a staff physician in May, 2013. Prior to this, she worked for nine years as a primary care physician in New York City at a non-profit agency, working in underserved communities in Harlem and Washington Heights. Dr. Love is originally from Canada, and completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario, and her medical degree at Queen’s University. She completed her residency training in Family Medicine at McGill University, with an additional fellowship in maternal child health. Dr. Love’s special interests include women’s health and preventative medicine.

    Education

    • MD, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
    • BA, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

    Certifications & Licensure

    • Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine
    • Licensed to practice medicine in the State of New York

    Professional Experience

    • Primary Care Physician, CUIMC Student Health on Haven
    • Preceptor for Family Medicine Residents in the Center for Family and Community Medicine
    • Family physician at Community Healthcare Network in Upper Manhattan from 2004-2013
    • Family physician with the Cree Health Board, James Bay, Quebec from 2002-2004

    Memberships

    • American College Health Association
    • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Tanyka Sam, MD

    Primary Care Physician

    Tanyka Sam joined Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) Student Health on Haven in 2019 as a Primary Care Physician. Dr. Sam has always worked in Ambulatory Medicine as a Clinician-Educator and Administrator, serving in both Medical Director and Executive Medical Director roles. In these roles, she provided clinical oversight for outpatient medical and surgical services and directed the ambulatory component of the internal medicine residency program at Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Sam completed her medical training and internal medicine residency at SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She then completed a GIM fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an MPH at the Bloomberg School of Public Health focusing in HIV, urban health disparities and the built environment, as well as community based participatory research (CBPR) principles. Dr. Sam’s interests include community-oriented primary care, CBPR, and urban health and the built environment.

    Education

    • MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Medicine
    • MD, SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and the Biomedical Sciences
    • BA, Cornell University

    Certifications & Licensure

    • Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine
    • Licensed to practice medicine in the State of New York

    Memberships

    • Society for General Internal Medicine
    • American College of Physicians

    Awards and Honors

    • LEAD, Society of General Internal Medicine: 2017
    • Unified Leadership Training in Diversity Award, SGIM: 2017
    • Teacher of the Year: 2015, 2017
  • Anika March, FNP-BC

    Nurse Practitioner

    Anika March joined the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) Student Health on Haven in August, 2015. Prior to joining Student Health, Ms. March was a Family Nurse Practitioner at The Institute for Family Health, working partly in a family practice clinic, and predominantly in adolescent and reproductive health in a school-based health center. Most recently, she worked in HIV research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she was an Emergency Department RN at Duke and NYP. Ms. March received her undergraduate degree in Human Development from Cornell University, Bachelor’s of Nursing from Duke University, and Master’s of Nursing from Columbia University. Her interests include sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, and preventative medicine.

    Education

    • MSN, Columbia University, School of Nursing
    • BSN, Duke University, School of Nursing
    • BS, Cornell University

    Certifications & Licensure

    • Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
    • Licensed Family Nurse Practitioner in the State of New York

    Professional Experience

    • Family Nurse Practitioner, CUIMC Student Health on Haven
    • Research Nurse Practitioner, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore
    • Family Nurse Practitioner, The Institute for Family Health
    • Registered Nurse, New York Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital
    • Registered Nurse, Duke University Medical Center

    Memberships

    • American College Health Association
  • Brenda Johnson, LPN

    Nurse Specialist

    Brenda Johnson joined the Columbia University Irving Medical Center Student Health on Haven as the nurse specialist in February, 2004. Before coming to CUIMC, Ms. Johnson worked for over ten years in the Mount Sinai Hospital Employee Health Service and at the Mount Sinai Medicine/Pediatrics Associates. Ms. Johnson is a Licensed Practical Nurse. She loves traveling, cooking, and arts and crafts.

    Education

    • LPN, Brooklyn Adult Learning
    • Certifications & Licensure
    • Licensed Practical Nurse, State of New York
    • Basic Life Support/AED certified

    Professional Experience

    • Nurse Specialist, CUIMC Student Health on Haven
    • Employee Health Service Nurse, Mount Sinai Hospital
    • Senior Medical Assistant, Mount Sinai Hospital
    • Office Manager/Licensed Practical Nurse, C.P Schooler, MD
  • Colby Golder, MS, RD

    Nutritionist

    Colby Golder joined the Columbia University Irving Medical Center Student Health on Haven in 2013. Prior to joining Student Health, Colby was the lead dietitian at the Renfrew Center of New York working in all levels of treatment care. She received clinical training during her dietetic internship at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Colby received her master’s degree in nutrition education from Columbia and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

    Colby’s professional experience includes nutrition therapy, weight management and clinical nutrition. Her special interests are eating disorders/disordered eating and helping clients cultivate a healthy relationship with food.

    Education

    • MS, Columbia University
    • BA, University of Michigan
    • Certifications & Licensure
    • Certified by Commission on Dietetic Registration

    Professional Experience

    • Nutritionist, CUIMC Student Health on Haven/Columbia Health
    • Nutritionist, Renfrew Center of New York
    • Preceptor Dietetic Internship, Hunter College Dietetic Internship, Renfrew Center of New York
    • Nutritionist, Private Practice, Brown and Medina Nutrition

    Memberships

    • Academy of Eating Disorders
  • Tina Sammon

    Medical Assistant

    Tina Sammon started working for Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) Student Health on Haven in 2007. Prior to working for Columbia University, she was a Medical Assistant for an Internal Medicine Doctor.

    Tina Sammon is a certified Medical Assistant and working in all types of medical fields.

    Education

    • Monroe College, Sandford Brown Ins.

    Certifications & Licensure

    • Licensure Certified Medical Assistant

    Professional Experience

    • Ob/Gyn, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics
  • Marilia Ortega

    Medical Assistant

    Marilia Ortega joined Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) Student Health on Haven in 2021. Prior to working for Columbia University, she was a Medical Assistant at Southern Wellcare Medical.  

    Marilia Ortega is a certified Medical Assistant and has worked in high volume medical settings. 

    Education

    • ASA College, Associates Degree, Medical Assisting

    Certifications & Licensure

    • Licensure Certified Medical Assistant

    Professional Experience

    • Southern WellCare Medical, P.C.
    • Care One Multispecialty
  • Diane M Velilla

    Staff Nurse

    Diane Velilla joined the Columbia University Irving Medical Center Student Health on Haven as the Staff Nurse February, 2021. Before coming to CUIMC, Mrs. Velilla worked for three years in the Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s Hospital Intensive Care and Cardiac/Coronary care unit for eight years for Kindred Hospital as a House Supervisor and Intensive Care Unit and for almost two years as a per diem visiting nurse for Visiting Nurse Services of New York. Mrs. Velilla is a Registered Professional Nurse. She loves dancing, working out at the gym, baking healthy treats and cooking.

    Education

    ADN, Carrington College New Mexico

    Certifications

    Registered Professional Nurse, State Of New York and New Jersey

    Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support / Basic Life Support

    Professional Experience

    Staff Nurse, CUIMC, Student Health on Haven

    Visiting Nurse Specialize Hear Failure/Diabetes Education.

    House Supervisor/ ICU Nurse Specialize Trach/Ventilator Care.

  • Stephany Cadena 

    Receptionist

    Stephany Cadena joined the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) Student Health on Haven in July 2018 as a receptionist. Prior to joining Student Health, she was an administrative assistant in a Hospice. She provided assistance to medical staff and residents at Hospice. She worked at Weill Cornell Medicine as an Adminsitrative Coordinator in the Department of Gastroenterology and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. She worked as a patient coordinator at a cosmetic dermatology office.

    Stephany is currently working on obtaining her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Lehman College CUNY. When not working, Stephany enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, and dining out.

    Education

    • Bachelor’s Degree, Lehman College CUNY (in progress)