Rheumatology Consultants West New York
Rheumatology Consultants West New York

Our Providers

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Karen L. Krutchick,
MD
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Mark Schulte,
MD
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Michael Weingarten,
MD
 
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Karen L. Krutchick, MD

I love the practice of rheumatology including the wonderful relationships I have forged with my patients, as well as the challenges of dealing with difficult diseases.”Karen L. Krutchick, MD

Dr. Krutchick is a native Buffalonian who returned to the area after spending her medical school and training years in New York City. She returned to Western New York to raise her daughters near loving family. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets, cooking and endeavors to participate in several sports.

Education
  • SUNY Buffalo School of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Science
  • SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, Medical Degree
Training
  • Residency, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Fellowship, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine 1986 to present
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology 1992 to present
Professional Affiliations
  • American College of Rheumatology
  • American College of Physicians
  • NYS Rheumatology Society
  • NYS Medical Association
  • Erie County Medical Association
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Academic Appointments
  • Assistant Clinical Professor SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

 

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Mark Schulte, MD

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Dr. Mark Schulte is a native of Western New York, having been born and raised in Batavia, NY. He completed his undergraduate and Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Palmer College in Davenport, IA before pursuing his medical degree. Dr. Schulte graduated with honors from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies then completed his residency in internal medicine at Cleveland Clinic and his fellowship in Rheumatology at University Hospitals of Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University where he served as chief fellow in rheumatology from 2008-2009.

Dr. Schulte was excited to move back to the WNY area in 2009. During his free time he enjoys fly fishing, fly tying, hunting, traveling, and spending time with family.

Education
  • Palmer College, Bachelor of Sciences
  • Palmer College, Doctor of Chiropractic
  • Ross University School of Medicine, Medical Degree
Training
  • Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
  • Rheumatology, University Hospitals of Cleveland
Board Certifications
  • Internal Medicine, Board Certified 2007
  • Rheumatology, Board Certified 2009
Attending Hospitals
  • South Buffalo Mercy Hospital
  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
Professional Affiliations
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American College of Rheumatology
  • American Society of Clinical Densitometry
  • Erie County Medical Society
  • Volunteer Clinical Assistant, University at Buffalo
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Holly Luderman,
FNP
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Abby McCarville,
RPA-C
Jennifer Bognar, RPA-C
Jennifer Bognar,
RPA-C
 
Katie Hare, RPA-C
Katie Lloyd,
RPA-C
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Michael Weingarten, MD

I’m enthusiastic about providing compassionate care to the community within the full scope of rheumatology.”Michael Weingarten, MD

Dr. Weingarten was born and raised in Amherst. After finishing his education in 2010, he was excited to return to WNY to be near family. He lives with his wife, daughter and two sons in Orchard Park. During his free time he enjoys hiking, walks with his beagle, watching hockey, and playing with his children.

Education
  • Cornell University, Bachelors of Science
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Medical Degree
Training
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Fellowship, Rheumatology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Internal Medicine, 2007-Present
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Rheumatology, 2010-Present
Professional Affiliations
  • American College of Rheumatology
  • Medical Society of the County of Erie
  • Volunteer Clinical Instructor, University at Buffalo

 

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Holly Luderman, FNP

I am dedicated to providing compassionate rheumatologic care, helping to make a difference in the health and quality of life of my patients. I welcome the challenge that often encompasses rheumatologic diseases.Holly Luderman, FNP

Holly is a native of Western New York. Following the completion of her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Niagara University in 2000, she graduated magna cum laude, receiving her Master’s of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2002. She is a member of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

Holly enjoys living in the country, spending time with her family, friends and pets.

Education
  • Niagara University (BSN)
  • Niagara University (MSN)
Professional Affiliations
  • Associate Rheumatology Health Professional (ARHP) member
  • Sigma Theta Tau
 

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Abby McCarville, RPA-C

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Abby McCarville is a native of Western New York. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Buffalo in 2000. She then graduated with honors from the Daemen College Masters of Physician Assistant Program in 2004. She is an active board member with the Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York.

Abby enjoys hiking, skiing, tennis and spending time with family and friends.

Education
  • University at Buffalo (BS) Biological Sciences
  • Daemen College (MS) Physician Assistant Studies
Board Certifications
  • NCCPA (National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants) 2004-present
Professional Affiliations
  • Lupus Alliance of America Upstate New York Affiliate Board Member, 2006- present
  • American College of Rheumatology, member
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants, member
  • Western New York Physician Assistant Association, member
 

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Jennifer Bognar, RPA-C

Quote Coming Soon – Jennifer Bognar, RPA-C

Jennifer Bognar was born and raised in Western New York. After practicing as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Jennifer then graduated from Daemen College’s Physician Assistant program in 2017. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world, reading, playing sports, and spending time with family, friends, and her lovable dog.

Education
  • University at Buffalo (BS) Nuclear Medicine Technology-Magna Cum Laude
  • Daemen College (MS) Physician Assistant Studies
Board Certifications
  • NCCPA – (National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants) 2017 – present
Professional Affiliations
  • American College of Rheumatology, member
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants, member
  • New York State Society of Physician Assistants, member
  • Western New York Physician Assistant Association, member
 
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Tricia DiFranco,
RPA-C
 

 

 
 

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Tricia DiFranco, RPA-C

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Tricia DiFranco is a native of Western New York and feels honored to be serving the members of this great community. She completed her education and professional training locally to remain close to beloved family and friends. She was immediately drawn to specialize in rheumatology by the unique and varied conditions that fall under the realm of this field, the opportunity to form close relationships with her patients, and personal experience with rheumatologic diseases within her own family. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, traveling, baking, reading and a multitude of outdoor activities.

Education
  • M.S., Physician Assistant Studies, Daemen College (Valedictorian)
  • B.S., Biological Sciences, University at Buffalo (Summa Cum Laude)
Board Certifications
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), 2009-present
Professional Affiliations
  • AAPA
  • ACR
  • WNYPAA
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa
 

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Katie Lloyd, RPA-C

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Katie Hare is a native of Western New York. She graduated from Daemen College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master in Physician Assistant Studies. She worked in primary care for several years before deciding to specialize in rheumatology. Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs, the outdoors and traveling.

Education
  • Daemen College (BS) Health Sciences
  • Daemen College (MS) Physician Assistant Studies
Professional Affiliations
  • Western New York Physician Assistant Association, member
 
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