Andrea Vianna, MD
Dr. Andrea L. Vianna earned her M.D. degree from Universidade Federal Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in a full scholarship program in 1982. Arriving in the U.S. in 1990, she completed her residency program in pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric ambulatory medicine at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, Long Island, NY.
After her fellowship, she became the associate director of the department of pediatrics at Peninsula Hospital Center in Far Rockaway, NY -- where she remained active until June of 1999, when she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Her interest in other forms of healing began in 1995 when she enrolled at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Since 1999, motivated by her own condition, she has studied and increased her knowledge and commitment to Holistic Medicine. Her current areas of special interest include cranio-sacral therapy, homeopathy, and acupuncture. She believes her health condition has been her most important teacher in learning to facilitate healing in a human being, not just treating a disease.
From 2006 through 2008, Dr. Vianna served as staff pediatrician at Monfort Children’s Clinic in Greeley, CO. In 2009, Dr Vianna moved to the Poughkeepsie area and joined the staff of Express Pediatrics, where she worked until mid 2012. She is board-certified in pediatrics. She is also a fellow of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.
She resides here with her husband and their 11 year-old daughter. Together, they have six children. Dr. Vianna has also served as a foster parent on several occasions over the last three years.
Rita Giordano MSN PNP
Mrs. Giordano (who goes by “Rita” in the office) received her BSN degree from the University of Texas at Galveston in 1980. She then provided inpatient care in Bar Harbor, Maine for several years before relocating to Stony Brook, New York – where she obtained her Master of Science in Child Health Nursing.
In 1996, she moved to Florida and worked in the Urgent Care Center of Sarasota Memorial Hospital as well as the Pediatric Pain Management Service of All Childrens Hospital in St. Petersburg. Also, while in Sarasota, she performed physical assessments for Child Protective Services.
Finally, in 2006 she settled here in Poughkeepsie, and spent several months working on the inpatient pediatric floor at Vassar, followed by a three year stint with eRiver Neurology and one year with Millbrook School. Mrs. Giordano has two daughters and one grandchild. She has written and edited chapters in two pediatric nursing textbooks.
Somer DelSignore MSN, PCCNP, PNP-BC
Mrs. DelSignore obtained her undergraduate degree from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina and continued her graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. She completed residencies in primary and pediatric critical care at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Dallas Children's in Dallas, Texas.
Somer spent some time in Fort Lauderdale, FL as a hospital administrator before moving to the Poughkeepsie area. More recently, she has worked in primary care as a PNP at a pediatric practice in Hopewell and served as coordinator of the adult congenital heart disease program at New York Medical College in Westchester.
Mrs. DelSignore (who goes by "Somer" in the office) is also the mother of two young children.
She holds memberships with the American Heart Association, Adult Congenital Heart Association and is an editorial board member of NPPA journal. She has published several articles in the realm of pediatric cardiovascular care and congenital heart disease. Somer is pursuing a PhD in Pediatric research and community care. Her interests lie in pediatric critical care, congenital heart disease and adolescent care.
Joseph T. Malak, MD FAAP
Dr. Malak is the founder of Bambini Pediatrics. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he attended Western Reserve College (graduating magna cum laude with honors in biology) and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He then moved to Kansas City, and completed a residency in pediatrics at Childrens Mercy Hospital in 1984. From there, he went on to serve as chief resident in pediatrics at Albany Medical Center.
He then got his first "real job," working at a staff model HMO on Union Street in Poughkeepsie. The organization later merged with CHP, and in the late 90's, joined Kaiser. As Kaiser Permanente closed its operation in the region in 1999, Dr. Malak established a large local practice. Starting with about 3,000 patients, it grew over the next ten years to serve about 15,000 children.
From 1996 through 2002, he was chairman of the division of pediatrics at St. Francis. And from 2003 to 2008, he served as associate chairman of the department of pediatrics at Vassar Brothers. Over the years, he served on a number of committees at both hospitals. He helped establish the Center for Bloodless Care at Vassar.
Dr. Malak is a single parent with two adopted children. Some years ago, his son suffered a traumatic brain injury. He is thus empathic to other single parents, to those with internationally-adopted children, and to parents of children with special needs. He has been through hyperbaric oxygen treatments with his son.
In recent years, Dr. Malak has developed a growing interest in the field of integrative pediatrics. He was a charter member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine. He has also been a member of the Holistic Pediatric Association. His interests currently include whole food nutrition (he is a past member of the Weston A. Price Foundation), the Body Ecology Diet, and biomedical treatment approach to autistic spectrum disorders, asthma, allergy, ADHD, and PANDAS. In April 2012, he became a charter member of the Medical Academy of Special Needs Children (see www.medmaps.org). In October, he completed the Level Two (advanced) Module.