Dr. Sandra Pascal has joined Island pediatrician Dr. Katherine Grimm and internist Dr. Jack Resnick at their 520 Main Street family practice. She started last week, and will be seeing children and adults.
“Dr. Pascal is a family practitioner who will bring routine women’s health care to the Island, including Pap smears, pelvic and breast exams,” says Resnick. According to Dr. Grimm, “Dr. Resnick and I thought a family practitioner would be a perfect fit for our combined practices since she is qualified to see both children and adults.”
Grimm and Resnick are in the process of merging their separate practices. Beginning later this year, all of the doctors, including Pascal and pediatrician Dr. Deborah Salzberg, will be employees of Empire State Medical Associates, P.C. As such, they plan to increase their office hours to five days a week from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, with evening hours on Thursday. They will also be bringing in specialists in a number of areas.
Dr. Sandra Pascal
A native New Yorker, Pascal did her residency at Jamaica Hospital in Queens. She has spent the past six years practicing family medicine in rural Pennsylvania. She has also worked in nursing homes, seeing “a huge geriatric population.”
As a family physician, she says, “We were trained to see everyone from birth on up, including women’s health.” “Already families in my practice are excited,” says Dr. Grimm, “They love the idea of one physician qualified to care for the whole family.”
Recently, Pascal shadowed Resnick as he made home visits to Island patients. Years ago, Resnick helped create the Disabled Association Support for the Homebound, known as DASH, in an effort to keep aging and disabled patients at home and out of hospitals as long as possible. Pascal says she shares this philosophy.
“Home visits benefit patients,” she says. “I like the fact that we get to see patients in their own homes. Psycho-socially, we get to observe their environment.” She also notes that, despite having access to “everything” in New York City, transportation is not accessible to everyone.
“This is another step in creating an alternative to hospitals and emergency rooms for our community,” Resnick says. The doctors found Pascal through a recruiter who offered a number of candidates. “She was our first choice and we are both delighted that she joined us.”
Pascal says that, while she’d never been to Roosevelt Island prior to interviewing for the job, as the daughter of a former taxi driver, she was familiar with it. She admits to searching Wikipedia for more information before coming to her first interview.
“I didn’t want to work in the City, I didn’t want to work in Manhattan,” she says of her decision to relocate her practice. “But [Roosevelt Island] is its own little world.”