Staff

Melissa Pestka, FNP-C, APNP

Family Nurse Practitioner, Reproductive Health Program, 3rd Coast Clinic, a program of Cudahy Health Department

I have worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner for 6 years. My care focuses on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Education. Nurse practitioners are set apart from other healthcare providers by their unique emphasis on the health and well-being of the whole person. In my practice, I focus on holistic care, which ensures that every patient will receive the highest quality of care possible. By treating patients holistically, I ensure that they are physically, mentally, and spiritually fit.

I stay true to my own values when caring for my patients by being kind, compassionate, showing respect, and listening. When patients come to their appointment, they can look forward to a provider who listens to their needs and provides guidance to their desired goals.

Shannan Cantu Santoli, MSN, CNM, APNP

Nurse Practitioner, Reproductive Health Program, 3rd Coast Clinic, a program of Cudahy Health Department

Shannan has worked as a Nurse-Midwife in both hospital and clinic settings for the last 6 years. She enjoys assisting patients across the lifespan to meet their reproductive and health goals. She believes in patient autonomy and providing personalized care. She has a special interest in sexual health and long acting reversible birth control. In her free time, she enjoys reading old books, playing board games with family, and exploring local parks.

Deena Smaniotto BSN, CEN, FPHW, RN

Registered Nurse, Reproductive Health Program, 3rd Coast Clinic, a program of Cudahy Health Department

Deena has worked in Critical Care and Emergency areas in roles ranging from Staff Nurse, Consultant, Ambulance Transport Critical Care Nurse, Educator and Supervisor, to Manager of a 45 bed Urban Emergency Department. She has worked on strategies for Health Promotion and Improvement for all of her career. Most recently, she worked on developing the Title X Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program, 3rd Coast Clinic, for the Cudahy Health Department. She is a Certified Family Planning Worker and maintains her Emergency Nurse Certification. Her focus continues to be on community service, education, and growing the 3rd Coast Program that started at the time of the COVID pandemic.

Heather Puente, MPH

Health Officer, Cudahy Health Department

Abbie Van Handel, MPH

Public Health Specialist, Cudahy Health Department

Sulyvette Ortiz-Fontanez

Office Assistant, 3rd Coast Clinic & Cudahy Health Department