Bambini Pediatrics PC
For the last seven years, Dr. J had been a staff pediatrician at Cornerstone Health Center in Newburgh. During that time, she also served on the attending staff at Montefiore St. Luke's Cornwall and taught students as a clinical preceptor for Touro College of Medicine.
She is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and received an Obesity Prevention in Pediatrics Award in 2015 from the NYS Department of Health. Like all the clinical staff at Bambini, she has a budding interest in the functional and integrative care of children.
During that time, she also assisted with research in glioblastoma multiforme, a difficult-to-treat brain tumor at the NYMC Neurosurgical Laboratory. Heading south, Dr. Farinacci attended med school at the American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten 2010-2014 with clinical rotations back in NYC. She graduated on the Dean’s List.
For her pediatric residency, she moved to Ohio and completed training at the University of Toledo from 2014-2017, where she helped develop a clinical practice guidelines residency curriculum.
On the final leg of training, Dr. Farinacci returned to southern California and completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital July 2017 through June 2020. During that time, she lead research exploring local communities’ access to healthy foods and its relationship to chronic disease such as diabetes.
In the early fall of 2020, she and her husband returned to the Empire state, where she has filled in at private practices in the Bronx & Queens. She has a basic speaking competence in Spanish.
Over the last few years, Dr. Farinacci has cultivated a budding interest in natural health including vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements as well as gut health and functional medicine. Outside the office, she enjoys hiking, yoga, gardening, and cooking.
He then spent two years as a pediatric hospitalist at the University of Florida- Jacksonville – caring for some very sick children. For the last eight years, Dr. Miller has been on the pediatric staff at Orange Regional Medical Center and a large medical practice in the Middletown area. He also served as chair of pediatrics at Catskill Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Miller is board-certified in both pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. He is fluent in Spanish. He has three children, ages 26, 15 and 9. Hobbies outside the office include sports, exercise, cooking, gardening, and travelling.
He has a special interest in PANDAS and pediatric tick-borne illnesses. He is available to see newborns and new pediatric / adolescent patients as well as infectious disease consults / second opinions.
Lauren Van Buren, MS, PA-C
Bambini welcomed Lauren aboard in April 2015. A native of Connecticut, Lauren graduated magna cum laude from Springfield College in 2009. She majored in Health Studies with a minor in clinical nutrition. She was recipient of the Marilyn Cohen (scholastic achievement) Award. She remained at Springfield for post-graduate studies, and two years later, she received her MS degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Her research interest was in bone density.
Sarah Sercombe, DNP, CPNP
Bambini welcomed Dr. Sercombe (who goes by Sarah or Dr. Sarah) in March 2018 after spending about fifteen months at an integrative pediatric practice in Orlando with Joseph Cannizzaro, MD where she treated both earaches and sore throats as well as complex and chronic maladies like autism and Crohn's disease.
She is familiar with both conventional as well as specialty labs and both mainstream as well as cutting-edge treatments options.
Michael Miller MD joined the medical staff at Bambini in September 2020. Dr. Miller graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ in 1998.
After completing medical school at Rutgers four years later, he spent a year at Beth Israel as a resident in Internal Medicine before heading back to Rutgers to complete his pediatrics residency.
In addition, he went on to a fellowship in pediatric infectious disease at Yale University from 2007 through 2010. His post-graduate research there focused on polyomavirus.
Jennifer Bybel Lown, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
Jen Lown joined us in February 2015. A Dutchess County native, Jen graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in physics in 2004 from Fordham University. She was a Clare Booth Luce Scholar, National Science Foundation Scholar, and member of Alpha Sigma Nu, a Jesuit Honor Society.
From there, she obtained a BSN with Honors in 2007 and a MSN degree with a concentration in the Family Nurse Practitioner field in 2011 from Pace University.
Following graduation, she obtained clinical experience in a number of hospital settings in the northeast. These included general surgery, OBGYN, emergency medicine, psychiatry, and neonatal intensive care.
From 2011 through early 2015, Lauren worked at a pediatric practice in western Connecticut. During that four year period, she saw well over 20,000 patient visits. She is board-certified as a physician assistant and is also an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Her current clinical interests include adolescent medicine, pediatric & adolescent gynecology, and nutrition. In 2017 & 2018, Hudson Valley Parent recognized her as "Top Doc" in the Physician Assistant category.
In May 2021, Lauren and her husband moved to Baton Rouge. Following maternity leave, we expect her to return to telemedicine in the fall.
Francesca Farinacci MD, MPH, FAAP
Dr. Farinacci became a member of our part-time staff in February 2021. A native of northern California, she attended the University of San Diego, graduated with a degree in biology in 2008, and was awarded Presidential Scholarship.
From there, she made her first trip to the east coast. She matriculated in the Masters of Public Health program at New York Medical College (where she met her husband) with concentration in Global Health through 2010.
Mukai Jaravaza, MD
Another recent member of our medical staff, Mukai Jaravaza MD, came aboard in December 2019. “Dr. J” graduated from North Carolina A&T University in May 1999. From there, she obtained her degree in medicine from St. Georges University School of Medicine and completed an internship in Queensland, Australia.
She finished her pediatric residency (including a year as chief resident) at Brooklyn Hospital Center in June 2010. The following year, she spent time as a volunteer physician at Chinyaradzo Children’s’ Orphanage in her native Zimbabwe.
Prior to working with Dr. Cannizzarro, she spent six years providing acute care to oncology, hematology, and bone marrow transplant patients on a fast-paced unit at Wolfson Childrens Hospital in Jacksonville. She was responsible for administering chemotherapy, patient monitoring, and drawing labs. Beside her work as a pediatric oncology nurse, she completed her training and certification as a doctorate-level nurse practitioner (DNP).
A native of Connecticut, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 4. Dr. Sarah accepted the challenge of this chronic disease early in her life. Her personal experiences gave her a deep desire to learn and understand how the body functions and heals. Her childhood experiences have also given her greater empathy to care for children with acute and chronic conditions.
In addition to practicing medicine, Sarah is a fan of the outdoors and enjoys completing half-marathons, kayaking, biking, hiking and camping. She loves Indian cuisine, exploring antique markets, and visiting the National Parks.
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 Hospital. And from 2003 to 2008, he served as associate chairman of the department of pediatrics at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Over the years, he served on a number of committees at both hospitals. He helped establish the Center for Bloodless Care at Vassar. Since 1995, he has served on the scientifica advisory panel of the Xeroderma Pigmentosa Society.
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 and stem cells 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 approaches 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. More recently, He became a board member at Meds4Kids Research Collaborative LTD.
Joseph T. Malak, MD
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.
In 2005, Dawn joined the nursing team of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at White Plains Hospital. There, she helped care for premature infants as tiny as 18 ounces. She enjoyed the long term interactions with both the babies and parents, and provided families much needed guidance along the way. It was around this time that she began her graduate studies at Lehman College in the Bronx.
In 2006, Dawn moved from White Plains to Wallkill where she continued her career in the NICU at St. Luke's Hospital in Cornwall. In 2011, she received her MSN degree and became a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and is certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She received the "Top Doc" award by Hudson Valley Parent Magazine (nurse practitioner category) every year from 2015, through 2019.
Dawn resides in Wallkill with her husband and three young daughters. There is a family history of dyslexia, which has led Dawn to develop a strong interest in this condition as well as related learning challenges. In 2019, she helped organize a dyslexia awareness group for parents in her school district.
Dawn Prati, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC
Dawn Prati MSN, RN, CPNP-PC joined Bambini in June 2013. Mrs. Prati (who goes by "Dawn" in the office) received her BSN degree from Pace University in Pleasantville, NY in 2000.
For the next five years, she staffed the inpatient pediatric services at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Valhalla. During this time, she also provided homecare nursing for respirator-dependent cerebral palsy patients.
From 2012 through early 2015, she worked in Mt. Kisco with Dr. Daniel Cameron, an internist with a special interest in tick-borne illness and president of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). She also spent several years working as a staff nurse in the ICU / PCU at Hudson Valley Hospital Center and as a nurse practitioner East Coast Pain Management. She has experience with both trigger point injections and Botox for migraine.
She has been a member of both ILADS and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She has clinical interests in the areas of PANDAS/PANS, Lyme disease, holistic management of ADHD, and adolescent health.
During much of 2017, Jen spearheaded Bambini's efforts at certification as a Level-3 Patient Centered Medical Home (a recognition that was granted to us by NCQA in January 2018). She is a member of our management team.
Formerly, she volunteered her time as treasurer for an organization called Friends of Kel, which aided cancer patients with uncovered medical expenses. She helped found the organization in honor of her best friend, Kelly Giancotti, who died from a brain tumor at the age of 22. Jen and her husband live in Hopewell Junction with two very active little boys, one very frisky Labrador retriever, and four suburban chickens.