Cherese M. LaPorta D.O., PLLC
At our family practice, our mission is to provide all of our patients with quality services that demonstrate our compassion and integrity. Located in Patchogue, NY, our primary care office welcomes patients ages three and up to experience the benefits of top-quality care.
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Meet the Staff
Cherese M. LaPorta D.O.
Cherese M. LaPorta D.O., PLLC is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician with over 30 years’ experience in both office private practice and hospital medicine.
In addition, she is chief of Family Medicine at Long Island Community Hospital for the past 15 years. She has been a member of the medical board for over 20 years and has served as Medical Board President. She is honored to be chairperson for the Opiate Stewardship/Medication Safety Committee since its development in Long Island Community Hospital.
Dr. LaPorta has a special interest in addiction medicine, dermatology, aviation medicine, and preventative care for the whole family. Being a native Long Islander, she lives locally with her husband and sons.
Vanessa L. Petoello, ANP
Vanessa Petoello is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner who currently holds her certification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Stony Brook University. She practiced as a registered nurse for 11 years at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in the Neurological Surgical Intensive Care Unit. She continued her education and obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from Stony Brook University.
Vanessa started working for Dr. Cherese M. LaPorta after completing her clinical rotation in Family Medicine. She is professional, compassionate, and empathetic, very hard working with excellent communication skills as well as attention to detail and her extremely dedication to her patients. Vanessa has a real knack for getting to the root cause of a patient’s ailments.
Vanessa is Dr. LaPorta’s CMO and assists in treating our patients that need urgent attention at Long Island Community Hospital. They work together diligently to ensure our patients receive the utmost care. They are a great team and patients feel they receive the treatment they deserve when they are under our care.
Allison P. Boyle, RPA
Allison P. Boyle has specialized in Family Medicine since 2012. She graduated from King’s College five year accelerated Master of Physician Assistant Program in 2012 after completion of her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies in 2011. She has been practicing alongside Dr. LaPorta since graduation. Allison is an Assistant Professor at Touro College School of Health Sciences where she teaches Physical Diagnosis, Correlative Medicine and Procedures. In addition, she serves as a Masters Thesis advisor.
Allison is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, and the Physician Assistant Education Association. She sits on the St. John the Baptist Alumni Board and St. John the Evangelist Pastoral Council. Allison is the very proud Mom of her son Harry James!
Jennifer Chouinard, RPA
Jennifer Chouinard graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned her master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies from Touro College in 2018. She works as a full-time physician assistant specializing in internal and family medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and New York Society of Physician Assistants. Her goal is to provide the utmost consideration and compassion to patients while ensuring they receive the best care.
Cassandra LiVigni, Office Manager
Cassandra LiVigni is the practice’s office manager. She has been part of our medical family for over 16 years. Cassandra is our longest employee and has been a big part in helping with the growth of the practice as well the practice staff. Cassandra strives every day to make sure the practice runs smoothly and efficiently to help keep our patients happy. She is always willing to help and has a great listening ear to try and resolve any issues that may occur.
Christina Schnyer, Clinical Director
Christina Schnyer is our practice Clinical Director. Christina has been working as a Medical Assistant since 2006. She has been a part of our practice for over 10 years and recently was promoted to Clinical Director. She is very personable and empathetic and possesses great leadership and communication skills. She is able to resolve conflicts and issues in a timely manner and goes out of her way to assist patients with extra-ordinary requests. If she doesn’t know the answer, she will take the necessary steps to ensure the patient is satisfactory. Christina focuses on clinical and administrative responsibilities by overseeing patient care and administrative operations.