Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness 2017-08-01T10:20:39+00:00
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Cedarwood Hall, Valhalla, NY
(914) 493-8170

Health and Wellness at WIHD

The Westchester Institute for Human Development has been providing a comprehensive and welcoming environment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 40 years. Our clinical staff serves more than 5,500 people, who make 33,000 visits for primary and specialty care, each year. With that depth of experience, our staff is uniquely qualified to understand and anticipate the needs of people with disabilities. In addition, our providers are recognized experts in their specialties, with many serving on the faculty of New York Medical College.

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities now live longer than ever before. Consequently, they develop typical adult illnesses that necessitate continuing relationships with a team of health care providers. The Adult Health Services program at WIHD is that team. We provide the broadest array of health services and medical specialties in Westchester and beyond to serve people with IDD. And we provide those services in a one-stop, medical home setting that offers them in a convenient and coordinated way.

Primary Care

Primary Care at WIHD is a partnership among patients, caregivers, referral sources and care providers.
What we do:
•  Diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions
•  Promote and maintain health
•  Help prevent disease
•  Educate patients and caregivers

WIHD is expanding our primary health care services to create a “Patient-Centered Medical Home” for the more than 5,000 patients we serve each year.

Patients and families can take advantage of our:
•  Expanded evening office hours
•  24/7 on call service for after-hour urgent matters
•  Care coordination to organize primary and specialty care providers

For more information about Westchester’s Medical Home for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, please click here.

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Specialty Care

Complementing our primary care and dental services, WIHD offers a broad range of specialty medical and behavioral health services. Our specialist services, with examples of the conditions they treat, include the following:

CARDIOLOGY: heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure
rashes and other skin conditions
diabetes (disproportionately prevalent in the IDD population), thyroid disease and other hormonal abnormalities
conditions affecting ears, noses and throats of infants through adults
inherited metabolic disorders, i.e. phenylketonuria (PKU)
seizures, dementia, gait disturbance
NUTRITION SERVICES:diabetes, obesity, weight management
OPHTHALMOLOGY: eye disorders, screening, corrective lenses
PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION (PHYSIATRY): assistive devices: special shoes, braces, wheelchairs.
PODIATRY: foot care
PSYCHIATRY: medication management to improve function and quality of life
PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES: neuropsychological testing, help with guardianship documentation, care coordination with psychiatry
UROLOGY: Urinary incontinence, prostate disorders
WOMEN’S HEALTH: well woman exams

Transition to Adult Healthcare

Many of our patients come to us as they make the transition from pediatric to adult medical care. This can be a stressful time for patients, who face unfamiliar medical concerns and new healthcare providers. We understand, and we respond with the care, compassion, and patience that you and your loved one deserve.

Because we draw upon the comprehensive resources of WIHD, we can answer your questions about employment, community-based programs and housing options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Meet the Medical Team

Medical Director and Director of Primary Care at WIHD

Clinical services are provided under the direction of AnneBeth Litt, MD, Medical Director and Director of Primary Care at WIHD. She is a board-certified internist and a Clinical Associate Professor at New York Medical College, from which she received her medical education. Dr. Litt came to WIHD after more than 15 years in private practice, where she specialized in wellness and preventive medicine—expertise that she brings to her positions at WIHD.

members of wihd medical staff

Our providers are well versed in the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and are recognized leaders in their respective fields. Many hold faculty positions at New York Medical College where they train the next generation of medical providers.

Dermatology: Stephan Billstein, MD, MPH
Endocrinology: Guy Valiquette, MD
ENT: Tali Lando, MD Katrina Stidham, MD
Gastroenterology: Daniella Jordokofsky, MD
Gynecology: Monica Grover, DO, Joanna Pessolano, MD
Metabolic: David Kronn, MD
Neurology: Baldev Singh, MD, Nadereh Rafat, MD
Ophthalmology: Gary Turer, MD
Physiatry: Negin Gohari, DO, Audrey Sofair, DO
Podiatry: Christopher Orlando, DPM, Irwin Kofsky, DPM
Primary Care: Marta Hernandez, MD, Loretta Lear, FNP
Psychiatry: Houshang Shahim, MD, Robert Grambau, MD, Alla Nirenberg, MD, Richard Kessler, MD
Urology: Gerald Matthews, MD

Schedule an Appointment

Our administration and support staff are available to accept referrals and schedule your appointments. We are also available to answer any questions or concerns you have. Your health and your satisfaction with our services is our utmost concern.

Please print out and complete the forms below to expedite the referral process. They contain the information that we need to register and schedule patients and also can provide information regarding your rights as a patient at our facility and our privacy practices.

Mail completed forms to the address below, or fax them to 914-493-1675:
Outpatient Registration
Westchester Institute for Human Development
Cedarwood Hall Room 221
Valhalla, New York 10595

REGISTRATION FORM – This form provides Westchester Institute for Human Development with basic information about the person receiving services. It also asks to identify parents or guardians, as well as information needed for billing purposes.


NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES FORM – This form is to acknowledge that you have received a Notice of Privacy Practices, which is included in this packet.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FORM – Complete sections 1, 2, and 4. If you are covered by Medicare, please complete section 3 also.

PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION – This form authorizes the Westchester Institute for Human Development to release health information to the individuals and/or organizations designated by you. Information from medical care is privileged and cannot be released without this form.


Contact Us

PHONE:  914-493-8170
Please have your current insurance information available when you call.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm
Extended Hours available: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month: 8:30am-6:00pm

Our Location

Cedarwood Hall
Valhalla, NY
Map and driving directions – CLICK HERE