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Our nurse practitioners and physician assistants play a vital role in the care of our patients at Nephrology Associates. They are each assigned to a physician and work with them in a collaborative approach to provide optimal care.


NAS_Staff_Marcia_Ryder-SMMarcia H. Ryder, RN, ANP

Marcia has a Master’s degree in nursing and is a graduate of Onondaga Community College and the Syracuse Universtiy College of Nursing. She has been a Nurse Practitioner at Nephrology Associates since 1999.




NAS_Staff_Alyssa_Miles-SMAlyssa Miles, RPA-C

Alyssa is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree as a Physician Assistant. She also is CPR certified (infant, child, and adult). She has been a physician assistant at Nephrology Associates since 2011.




NAS_Staff_Tracy_Paddock_ONeil-SMTracy Paddock-O’Neill, RPA-C

Tracy is a graduate of the LeMoyne College Physician Assistant program with a Bachelor of Science Degree as a Physician Assistant. She is affiliated with the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She has been working in Nephrology since 2002 with experience in both the office and dialysis settings. Tracy has been a physician assistant at Nephrology Associates since 2011.



NAS_Staff_Jackie_Spencer-SMJacquelyn A. Spencer, RN, ANP-C

Jackie is a certified Adult Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s degree in nursing from Syracuse University. She has been practicing in Nephrology for 12 years, with a focus on hemodialysis patients. Prior to joining Nephrology Associates of Syracuse, PC, Jackie worked in the settings of acute care hemodialysis, emergency room, and intensive care. Jackie’s main focus in working with the hemodialysis patient is promoting independence and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


J.Woodruff.NP_.Nephrology.Associates.of_.Syracuse.jpegJoanna A. Woodruff, RN, AGPCNP-BC

Joanna A. Woodruff, RN, AGPCNP-BC completed her Post Master’s Degree at Keuka College and is a board-certified Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing/Education and Certification in Medical Surgical. Prior to joining Nephrology Associates of Syracuse, Joanna has 28 years’ experience working in various settings, including acute care, home care case management, emergency medicine, and perioperative nursing for a level one trauma center. In her last role, she served as a health coach for a family practice at St. Joseph’s Health assisting patients and families in the management of chronic illness, and worked to promote patient centered care.





NAS_Staff_Matt_Kertesz-SMMatthew F. Kertesz, RD, CDN, CDE
Matt has a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics, and has over ten years’ experience in providing nutritional education to patients with renal disease, diabetes and other medical conditions. He provides part time medical nutritional therapy to assist our patients when referred by our physicians to assist patients with enhancement of diet, nutrition and food choices.





Anne E. Zaccheo, MBA, FACMPE
Anne holds a Master’ s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Health Care Administration from Union College, Schenectady, New York. She has over twenty years’ experience in health care, physician relations, and continuous improvement of health care organizations. Anne is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE).




NAS_Staff_Kariem_Hunt-SMKariem Hunt
Kariem has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Norwich University and over eleven years of experience in accounting and finance.  He has been with the practice since 2010.





NAS_Staff_Cheryle_Nieset-SMCheryle Nieset, CRCP-P
Cheryle has an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science from Bryant and Stratton, and completed her American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) certification as a Certified Revenue Cycle Professional on the professional physician side (CRCP-P). She oversees the Front Desk/Reception Area, Billing, Medical Assistants and Medical Records. Cheryle has been with the practice since 2006.




NAS_Staff_Nasir_Sohtra-SMNasir Sohtra
Nasir has an MBBS Degree (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) from Karachi, Pakistan.  He oversees the RN Clinic Area, as well as provides ongoing clinical support for the practice.  Nasir has been with the practice since 1997.




Photos courtesy of Murana Photography

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