CompassCare is proud to have the best reproductive health patient-care team in Rochester and Buffalo. Our team is specially trained to meet your unplanned pregnancy and sexual health needs. We are committed to provide you with compassionate care, relevant information, and professional medical services.

Patients find our staff “caring, knowledgeable, and friendly.”  [See our Patient Reviews]

Leadership

KATHERINE LAMMERS, MD, FACOG

KATHERINE LAMMERS, MD, FACOG

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

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Dr. Lammers received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and English from Canisius College in Buffalo in the year 1983. She commenced medical training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and was awarded an M.D. degree in 1987. During her medical training she received the Charles Kochakian Award for outstanding research in endocrinology and nutrition, for her study of cultural influences on breastfeeding.

Dr. Lammers received her specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. Her particular interests during residency included laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery as well as psychosocial issues in ob/gyn, such as clinical depression, PMS, perinatal loss and menopause. In 1990 she was awarded the Curtis J. Lund Award Research Prize for her ongoing study of clinical depression in the indigent population in Rochester. Dr. Lammers was board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1993.

Dr. Lammers is married to her husband, John, and has three children. Non-medical interests include avid reading, performing as a liturgical musician and soloist, singing in the Lyric Chorale, sewing and knitting.

THERESA RUSH, MD

THERESA RUSH, MD

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

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Dr. Rush received her Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Chemistry and a double minor in Zoology and Music from Howard University in Washington DC in the year 1985. She commenced medical training at the University of Buffalo and was awarded a degree in medicine in 1989.

Dr. Rush received her specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the State University of New York in Buffalo, New York. Her particular interests since graduation from residency have been in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. She has furthered her training obtaining certification in Robotic surgery. She has been in private practice in Buffalo, New York since 1994. Dr. Rush is married to her husband, Blaine and they reside in the Buffalo area. Non-medical interests include: Music- She has played the flute since grade school and enjoys an eclectic mix of music.

KATHY MAUER, BSN, RN

KATHY MAUER, BSN, RN

VP PATIENT SERVICES

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Kathy has over 30 years of Prenatal and Perinatal nursing care, and has served as CompassCare’s lead nurse since 2012. She also serves as the health director of an area summer camp. Kathy earned her nursing degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in 1984. In addition to her nursing experience, Kathy is an MBTI certified practitioner. Kathy says, “I also enjoy team & leadership development, reading, traveling and spending time with family.”

Nursing Team

TAMARA MCORMOND, BSN, RN

TAMARA MCORMOND, BSN, RN

NURSE TEAM LEADER, ROCHESTER

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Tammy finds fulfillment helping women navigate pregnancy decision-making and offering them support. She has over a decade of Prenatal and Perinatal nursing experience at CompassCare, in additional to 15 years nursing experience elsewhere. She earned her BS in Nursing from Columbia University. Tammy says, “I love growing flowers, and may be missing from the office during the month of May!”

CINDY L. PIPER, BSN, RN

CINDY L. PIPER, BSN, RN

STAFF NURSE, ROCHESTER

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Cindy is passionate about helping and supporting women to make pregnancy choices out of confidence and not react out of fear. Since earning her BS in Nursing from Columbia University, she has twelve years of nursing experience in general medicine, cardiac care, home health, radiology and ICU. Cindy has been at CompassCare in prenatal and perinatal care since 2016. When she’s not at work, Cindy likes to ski, hike, and take long walks with her dogs.

JOHANNA GRIMAUDO, MS, RN

JOHANNA GRIMAUDO, MS, RN

STAFF NURSE, ROCHESTER

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Johanna earned a Bachelors and Masters of Science at a Licensed Nurse Practitioner from the University of Rochester, where she won the RN Student Award as an undergrad. She brings 25 years of nursing experience to the team, including 12 years as an NP in the Strong Memorial Hospital Infectious Disease Clinic, focusing on STDs and specializing in care of HIV positive and AIDS patients, including research trials. Johanna enjoys hiking, birdwatching, gardening, and long walks with Ginger, her golden retriever.

JULIE FEE, BSN, RN

JULIE FEE, BSN, RN

STAFF NURSE, ROCHESTER

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Julie has worked as a nurse since she received her BSN from Roberts Wesleyan College in 1988. She has experience on a medical/surgical floor and the critical care unit in a hospital, and as a case manager in home care nursing. Julie joined the CompassCare team as a staff nurse in 2010. She is an avid gardener and enjoys spending time with her family.

KAREN BLAIN, RN, NNP

KAREN BLAIN, RN, NNP

STAFF NURSE, BUFFALO

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Karen graduated from Albany Medical Center School of Nursing in 1977 then began her 40-year career doing what she loved in Neonatal Intensive Care. She received her Neonatal Nurse Practitioner certification in 1985 and her IBCLC certification in 1996. Over the years she was involved in patient care management, resuscitation, stabilization, and transport of high-risk infants. Karen enjoys being outdoors traveling, camping, hiking, and skiing.

MARGARET CAPPELLO, BSN, RN, MDIV

MARGARET CAPPELLO, BSN, RN, MDIV

NURSE TEAM LEADER, BUFFALO

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Margaret brings over 25 years of nursing experience in Visiting Nurse Service and clinical education to CompassCare. She earned a BA in Physical Therapy from Skidmore College, an associate’s degree in Nursing from Monroe Community College, a BSN from the University of Rochester, and a Masters of Divinity from Northeastern Seminary. Margaret was recently promoted to Nurse Team Leader in our Buffalo office. In addition to her work at CompassCare, Margaret co-pastors Nash Road Church in North Tonawanda, NY. Margaret says she loves to read, “especially outside by the Niagara River on a nice day.” Margaret enjoys walking her dog and hiking, and has recently taken up yoga.

JOANNE E. CZORA, ASN, RN

JOANNE E. CZORA, ASN, RN

STAFF NURSE, BUFFALO

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Joanne has ten years of nursing experience after earning her associate’s degree in nursing from Erie County Community College. In addition to her work at CompassCare, Joanne runs her own small businesses in Home Health and Horticulture. She describes herself as “passionate about Functional Medicine, my kids, and exploring waterways by hiking, biking and kayaking.”

LISA HAMILTON, ASN, RN

LISA HAMILTON, ASN, RN

STAFF NURSE, BUFFALO

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Lisa has been a board-certified nurse since 1998, when she received her Associates of Science in Nursing from Niagara County Community College. She spent the first four years of her career in Nursing Management and Supervision. Once she realized that her passion was in the day-to-day connections and the relationships that she made with her patients, she became a Medical Surgical Unit Nurse which she has been doing for the past sixteen years. As a mother of five daughters, helping and supporting women is very important to her. Lisa says, “I want to encourage women to strive for excellence by simply being who they were created to be.”

MICHELLE LEONHARD, BSN, RN

MICHELLE LEONHARD, BSN, RN

STAFF NURSE, ROCHESTER

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Michelle graduated from Valparaiso University with a BSN. She comes to CompassCare with over 20 years nursing experience in a wide variety of settings, including work in infectious diseases, autologous bone marrow transplants, med-surgical floor nursing, urgent care and emergency departments. She has done school nursing, hospital PACU and worked in an ambulatory surgical center. Michelle is certified in telemetry and ACLS/PALS. When she’s not at work, Michelle enjoys reading, taking walks, and “spending time with my kids and grandkiddos.”

TONYA PREVIGLIAN, MSN, RN, CRNA

TONYA PREVIGLIAN, MSN, RN, CRNA

STAFF NURSE, BUFFALO

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Tonya has worked as a nurse since 1988. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Alfred University, and a Masters of Nursing degree from the University of Buffalo. Tonya received her nurse anesthetist certification in 1997, and has worked as a CRNA since then. She has five years of Prenatal and Perinatal nursing care experience. When she’s not at work, Tonya enjoys travelling, reading, skiing and biking. Tonya says, “If I could, I would spend all of my time outside.”

LAURA BAYLEY, BSN, MS, CNM

LAURA BAYLEY, BSN, MS, CNM

STAFF NURSE, BUFFALO

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Laura received a BSN from Adelphi University in 1984. She then received her license as both a Professional Registered Nurse and a Midwife in NY. In 1996, Laura received her Master of Science in Midwifery from SUNY StonyBrook. Certified as Nurse-Midwife through the American Midwifery Certification Board, she moved to Tennessee and practiced in a freestanding birth center and a hospital for the next 20 years. Laura worked as a site visitor for accreditation of birth centers under the American Associate of Birth Centers for five years. She has also been member of the American College of Nurse Midwives since 1996, and is an honoree of the 2011 Tribute to Women Equality for the Knoxville YWCA. Laura moved back to western NY in 2019, and enjoys active lifestyle hiking, biking, and skiing.

BARB COOK, AAS, RN

BARB COOK, AAS, RN

STAFF NURSE, ROCHESTER

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Barb received her AAS in Nursing at Finger Lakes Community College in 1975. She has since then spent the majority of her nursing career working in behavioral health and substance abuse, working with a wide variety of clientele from military veterans to troubled adolescents. She has also worked as a disability advocate within the Department of Social Services. Barb has eight grandchildren and enjoys spending any spare minute with them. She considers herself to be somewhat of a “homebody” and loves to host events for friends and family.