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Fredericka Heller, MD, FACOG, CCD

Fredericka Heller, MD, is a native of Berks County. She is a member of the medical staff of The Reading Hospital and Medical Center and is a board certified member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Heller is a graduate of Vassar College. She received her medical degree from The University of Pennsylvania Medical School. She completed her specialty training at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. She was the Chair of the Section of Obstetrics, Department of OB/GYN at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center from 2003 to 2007.

Dr. Heller is on the faculty of The Reading Hospital and Medical Center’s OB-GYN residency training program and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Professional memberships include: American Medical Association, American Medical Women’s Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, International Society of Clinical Densitometrists, Pennsylvania Medical Society, Berks County Medical Society (President 2007) and the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia.

Active in the community, Dr. Heller served as a board member of the Hispanic Center of Reading and also helped initiate the Hispanic Center Scholarship Fund for Latino students. She speaks both Spanish and English. In 2000, she received the “Women of Distinction Award” from the Great Valley Girl Scout Council, and is a frequent speaker at community programs and events.

 

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Lynn Shay DNP CRNP

Lynn received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Regents College in 2000. She then earned her BS Degree in Human Services in 2003. After spending over 25 years as a Certified Professional Midwife, Lynn earned her Masters in Nursing as a family nurse practitioner in 2006. In the fall of 2008, she completed advanced training in colposcopy through Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions. Lynn completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of South Alabama in 2012. She has worked part-time at Women's Lifecycles since August of 2007, and the remainder of the week caring for family practice patients. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, grown children, grandchildren, two Yorkies and a very naughty cat.

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Ann Griffin CRNP

Abby received her Bachelor's Degree from Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Harrisburg Area Community College. Abby then worked as a nurse in a variety of healthcare settings for 21 years. She has worked as a nurse in labor and delivery, postpartum, outpatient Ob-Gyn office, as a childbirth educator, a Doula and labor assistant. She worked as a health educator and a nursing educator. In 2002, Abby received her Certificate as an OB-Gyn Nurse Practitioner from Planned Parenthood Federation of America/ MCP Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA. She then earned her National Certification as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner from NCC in the same year. When not practicing women's healthcare, Abby lives in Lebanon, PA with her husband and enjoys her three grown children. Abby has been with Women's Lifecycles Obstetrics-Gynecology since February, 2008.

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Casey Raudenbusch, MSN, CRNP

Casey received her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Widener University in 2005. She worked in a variety of settings, but was primarily a Registered Nurse in a telemetry (cardiac) setting. In 2011, Casey graduated from Widener University with her Masters of Science in Nursing, as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Casey started working part-time at Women’s Lifecycles in January 2013. In her spare time, Casey enjoys traveling, and spending time with her family, including her two young children.

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Bridget Cortellessa

Bridget is a registered diagnostic medical sonographer with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in obstetrics and gynecology. She is a member of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and has 14 years of ultrasound experience. She has been with our practice since 2002. She has two children and enjoys going to ice hockey games and spending spare time traveling with her children in their camper.

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Soni Dzurkovich, RN

Soni is a registered nurse and a 1993 graduate of The Reading Hospital School of Nursing. She is certified in obstetrics and has worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse since 1995. She joined our practice in November 2005 and provides care and education to our maternity patients. She lives in Wernersville along with her husband, two daughters and son. She loves the beach and spending time with her family.

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Laurie Herb

Laurie is a radiologic technologist and graduated from The Reading Hospital and Medical Center¹s School of Radiologic Technology in 1991. She joined our practice in 2002, and currently performs Dexa (bone density) scans for the diagnosis of osteopenia and osteoporosis. She is a member of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry and a certified densitometry technologist (CDT). Laurie is a mother of two and enjoys reading and working out at the gym.

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Carol Faust

Carol is our receptionist at the front desk of our office. She lives in Schuylkill County and travels over an hour each way to work with us. She just joined our staff in February 2001. Carol enjoys reading, spending time with her niece and nephews (and cats) and is involved with many church youth activities.

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Lori Spengler, LPN

Lori received her license for practical nursing upon graduation from Reading-Muhlenberg VoTech in 1982 and trained at St. Joseph¹s Hospital. She then worked at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center for 8 years. She joined our staff in April 2001. In addition to functioning as Dr. Heller's medical assistant, Lori also schedules surgical procedures for the operating room. She also makes telephone calls to patients with laboratory results, relaying Dr. Heller's recommendations and scheduling any follow-up appointments or procedures. Lori enjoys spending time with her son and being with her dogs.

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Barbara Stricker

Barb is our office manager. (It's Barb's voice you hear on our answering machine.) She received an associate degree as medical secretary in 1974 and the worked for the Du Pont Company¹s engineering department until 1980 when she moved to Berks County. She first met Dr. Heller while secretary to the medical director at Reading Hospital. She joined our practice two months after we opened (in 1984) as a part-time secretary and soon moved into the insurance billing person. With the advent of HMOs she then took on the responsibilities of obtaining HMO authorizations and precertifications, and has thus became our jack-of-all-trades person that we all rely upon for all aspects of office services. Barb and her husband live on their organic dairy farm (she prefers working with people rather than cows) and have two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family and making trips to Ocean City, Maryland.

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Rosemarie Wolfel

Rose is our billing coordinator. She joined our practice in June 2006. Rose has more than 20 years experience in medical office management and medical billing. She is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders. Rose and her husband have three grown children and several grandchildren. Rose enjoys walking for exercise, container gardening and of course spending time with her children and grandchildren.

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Tara Kline, CMA

Tara is a medical assistant and a 2007 graduate of Berks Technical Institute. She has worked in speciality offices such as Ears, Nose, and Throat, Dermatology, and Plastic Surgery. She has a daughter and son and enjoys laughing and making other people smile.

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