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Meet Our Doctors


Dr. Jason Kindt, Family Medicine, Medical Director

Although he had a passion for the theater and participated in many high school productions, Dr. Jason Kindt quickly realized that his enthusiasm for musical theater does not make up for his lack of pitch.  So, he went to medical school. He graduated from Ursinus College in 1995 and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999.  He is board certified in Family Medicine and worked for the Reading Health System in Hamburg, PA, where he was voted “best family practice” five years in a row, until 2013.  After that he had to be closer to Broadway so he moved to New York City and worked in urgent care in Manhattan, leaving him plenty of opportunity to catch all the shows in town. Dr. Kindt is a theater person at heart and is very excited to be working with this community.  He is a loving and caring family physician who is dedicated to helping his patients thrive in every aspect of their lives. "If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him." (John F. Kennedy)


Dr. Samantha Stimmel, Family Medicine

Dr. Samantha Stimmel, a born and raised New Yorker, graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Classical Languages and Literature. During medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Dr. Stimmel developed her passion for primary care and sexual and reproductive health where she performed a year of research in Family Planning and also volunteered as a reproductive health doula. Dr. Stimmel completed her residency in Family and Social Medicine at Montefiore in the Bronx, where she was able to gain more experience in comprehensive Women’s Health, LGBT Health and healthcare for the underserved. She received Fellowship training in Women’s and Reproductive Health at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Her interests include Reproductive Health, LGBT Health and primary care. 

Dr. Fernandez

Dr. Joey C. Fernandez, Internal and Sports Medicine

Joey C. Fernandez, MD, is a primary care physician board-certified in both internal medicine and sports medicine, with a particular focus in dance and performing arts medicine. Dr. Fernandez completed his medical degree at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, his internal medicine residency at University of Michigan, and his fellowship in sports medicine at Cleveland Clinic. He has provided medical services and event coverage for various professional performing arts companies and athletic teams, and he cared for artists at a premier university and dance injury center in NYC for over 10 years. His passion for performing arts medicine stems from his background in the arts. Prior to his medical training, Dr. Fernandez studied voice and earned his BA in music from NYU. He also studied dance and performed with the Joffrey Ballet School. Dr. Fernandez currently volunteers on the board of different dance companies, and he continues to enjoy taking dance and aerial arts classes in NYC. He is inspired by the theater community and aims to help its members meet the vast demands of their craft by optimizing their health. He is an avid proponent of preventative medicine and of balancing physicality, nutrition and recovery. He also believes the resilience and strength of the arts community lies in collaborative support. Dr. Fernandez is thrilled to be part of the care team at The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts.


Dr. Paula Brignoni-Blume, Gynecology

Paula Brignoni-Blume, MD MPH is a board certified gynecologist at Mount Sinai Doctors. She completed her residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Long Island. As a chief resident she was the recipient of the AAGL award for her laparoscopy skills. Dr. Brignoni-Blume’s focus is in gynecology and women’s health with a special interest in abnormal pap smears, birth control, vaginal disorders and sexually transmitted diseases.


Dr. Komal Pandya, Dermatology

A reliable and trusted dermatologist, Dr. Komal Pandya serves the community of New York, NY, where she provides medical care that suits her patients' skin needs. She is affiliated with Mount Sinai, and is also available for consultations and examinations at the various centers and locations of the health system.

Dr. Pandya obtained her medical degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Additionally, she completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in dermatology at the same institute. She is also certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Pandya believes that looking good and feeling good go hand-in-hand and encourages her patients to leave their concerns and approach their treatment with positivity. Her philosophy for skin care is simple: it should be easy, intelligent, and safe, and help you feel great not only on the outside but the inside as well.


Dr. Nina Klein, Podiatry

Dr. Nina Carroll Klein is a board qualified foot and ankle surgeon. She provides exceptional care by spending time with her patients, thoroughly explaining their conditions, reviewing all suitable options and together choosing the best treatment plan.  Dr. Klein believes to keep your feet in optimal condition the patient-doctor relationship needs to be a strong partnership.  She provides the newest treatments and technologies, but practices a primary natural, holistic approach.  When surgery is indicated, Dr. Klein is a passionate, skilled surgeon with the ability to alter the human body in order to alleviate pain, restore function, and improve appearance. 

Dr. Klein completed an advanced four year residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, where she is now an instructor training future surgeons.  Dr. Klein holds certifications of advanced surgery from Columbia Medical Center in microsurgery and from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery in ankle arthroscopy.  She is also certified in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University. 

When Dr. Klein is not helping patients she spends time with her husband, adorable baby girl and beautiful white-furred husky.