Meet Our Staff
Brigette Bernhardt, RN
Brigette is a Registered Nurse at Hudson Heights Pediatrics. She is from Santa Cruz, CA and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Biology before deciding to go into nursing.
She is currently in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at Columbia University. She plans to work in a primary care setting in the future in the US and globally.
In her free time, she enjoys yoga, rock climbing, coaching gymnastics, and traveling.
Azeezat Siyanbola, Clinical Assistant
Azeezat is a Clinical Assistant at Hudson Heights Pediatrics. She was born in Ibadan, Nigeria and moved to the Bronx at age 5 where she’s lived ever since.
Azeezat graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in May 2019 with a B.A in Neuroscience and Behavior while on a pre-med track. At Barnard, Azeezat was a Residential Assistant and a Barnard Babysitter, spending most of her time with children across Manhattan.
During her free time, she enjoys vlogging and indoor roller skating.
Lauren Stafford, Clinical Assistant
Lauren is a Clinical Assistant at Hudson Heights Pediatrics, joining us in June of 2020.
She is originally from Manhattan and graduated from New York University in May 2020. Lauren graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and Global Public Health. While at NYU, Lauren researched developmental genetics, specifically the redundancy of enhancers in Drosophila.
She plans to apply to medical school to become a pediatrician. In her free time, Lauren loves to read, cook, and spend time with friends.
Emily O'Dell, Clinical Assistant
Emily is a Clinical Assistant at Hudson Heights Pediatrics originally from Baltimore, MD.
She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in May 2020 with a B.A. in Medical Anthropology. Her studies at Barnard were focused on maternal and child health, and she travelled around the world interviewing mothers, midwives, and doulas before writing her senior thesis on the topic of childbirth.
Emily aspires to be a certified nurse-midwife, but in the meantime she spends her free time baking, Facetiming her dogs back home, and embarking on a quest to try every oat milk latte in the city.
Ruthy Amkraut, Clinical Assistant
Ruthy is a clinical assistant at Hudson Heights Pediatrics originally from Cleveland, Ohio.
She graduated from Columbia University with a B.A in Comparative Literature and Society in the Medicine, Literature, and Society program. While at Columbia Ruthy worked as a Residential Adviser and studied the literary connections between queerness and illness.
In her free time, Ruthy enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends (especially her dog).
Sam Ferguson, Clinical Assistant
Sam is a Clinical Assistant at Hudson Heights Pediatrics originally from Miami, FL.
She graduated from Columbia University in May 2020 with a B.A. in Biological Sciences. Her time at Columbia was focused on research in infectious diseases (specifically S. aureus and P. aeruginosa).
In her free time, Sam loves spending time with her family, going on walks and drinking lots of coffee.