The ones who care beyond compare.
Spanning multiple cultures, generations, educational backgrounds and areas of medical expertise, our multilingual team delivers care that’s as human as care gets.
Shragi Weisz LNHA
Sometimes the best way to find a proven a leader is to look right in your own backyard, and that’s where we went for a leader of the Martine Center team. As the administrator at our nearby Hope Center, Shragi oversaw the operation of another one of our five-star facilities, so he’s accustomed to expecting excellence and to delivering it. “I spent years in the corporate office helping our team of administrators run their respective facilities, but what I really wanted was to take the reins myself. The opportunity to jump in at Martine was fantastic, but now I truly have a home of my own and I love it here. Martine Center is unlike any other facility I’ve been in. The residents here have so much promise and the team does such a great job in every way. It’s an honor to be here.”
With an approach like that, there’s a lot to look forward to with Shragi at the helm
Originally from Toronto, Joseph has a Bachelor of Business degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is working towards a Master of Accounting. He enjoys engaging with the Residents and hearing their life stories; they inspire him to work harder and enjoy life more.
Dr. Rajasekhar Buddhavarapu
Dr. Buddhavarapu is a graduate of the prestigious Osmania Medical School in Hyderabad, India. He completed one year of internship in psychiatry and three years in internal medicine at New York Downtown Hospital, followed by a fellowship in geriatric and palliative care at Flushing Hospital Medical Center.
Director of Nursing
Assistant Director of Nursing
Michelle attended Dutchess Community College, Excelsior College, and Florida Tech. Interacting with Residents is her priority every day. She’ll do whatever it takes to make them smile and feel safe at the Center.
Director of HR/Staffing
Nicole earned a degree in Health Information Management from The College of Westchester. She enjoys spending time with both of her families—the one at home and the staff and Residents at the Center.
Chandree Van Vanken
Director of Rehabilitation
Chandree holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology from the University at Albany, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Sage Graduate School. “Our main goal,” she says, “is to help short-term and long-term Residents maximize their independence and improve the overall quality of their lives.”
Director of Social Work
Completing her Master of Social Work in India, Sharon is an integral contributor to the warm working environment at the Center. She interacts with the Residents with warmth, genuineness and compassion, and advocates for them in order to empower them.
Alisha Nathaniel M.S.Ed.,CTRS
Director of Therapeutic Recreation
Alisha has a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation and a Master of Science in Education from Lehman College. A Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist, she says that taking this position at the facility “is the best decision I’ve ever made.”
Director of Admissions/Finance
Marjorie earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines and an Associate of Science in Nursing from Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. “I love what I do,” she says, “and as the saying goes, if you love what you do, then you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Food Service Director
Shermin has an Associate Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Sullivan County Community College. She loves the great leadership, the Residents, and the teamwork at the Center, and is committed to ensuring that all food preferences are met.
Yelena German RD. CDN
Originally from Russia, Lena earned a Master of Science in Food Safety and Sanitation from Moscow University of Applied Technology. She also has a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University. She is thankful to be a part of a passionate, professional team with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Residents.
Director of Maintenance
A U.S. Navy veteran, Corey spent a year at Bergen Community College in New Jersey studying business law and management. He recognizes that for many Residents the Center is home, and, with that in mind, cares for the facility as if it were his own home.
Knowledge is health.
For the absolute highest quality of care, Martine Center staffs medical providers on each unit who stay in constant communication with leadership throughout the day. Team collaboration is our forte, and this commitment helps us maintain an unbeatable continuum of care.
Our team also works hard to keep therapies as consistent as possible, tracking all communications through an advanced electronic medical record system. This ensures immediate transmission of information across the entire care network.