NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley OB-GYN

NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley’s OB-GYN practice prides itself on offering the most complete, compassionate women’s health care anywhere in the region. Whether you are an adolescent looking for your first gynecologist or a women looking for post-menopausal care, NYPMGHV’s practitioners will provide you with personalized, progressive care. They pride themselves on being an all-female, multi-cultural and multi-lingual practice with progressive views on women’s healthcare. They offer the latest in contraception and family-centered birthing. And because they are affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital you can be assured that they practice in a state-of-the-art facility that has won awards for maternity care and has top technology for minimally invasive surgery.  

Visit our office in Cortlandt Manor at 1968 Crompond Road (at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital) or in Putnam Valley at 205 Waterside Professional Park, 1259 Oregon Road. Call 914-736-6180 for an appointment in Cortlandt Manor and 914-528-7664 for an appointment in Putnam Valley.

Here are some of the areas they specialize in:


-       Family-centered, natural birthing,

-       Offering, hypno-birthing, acupuncture in labor, water births, V-bac, doula-friendly

-       Midwives



-       Minimally invasive, in-office procedures  such as Essure permanent contraception and treatments for irregular bleeding

-       Adolescent GYN

-       Urinary incontinence

-       Contraception

-       Genetic Screening, BRCA analysis

-       Non invasive procedures

-       Hormonal issues: Bio-identical hormone replacement, peri-menopause, PMS


Meet Our Team

Meedlen Charles, M.D.

Dr. Charles graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in chemistry from the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. She later graduated from Drexel University School of Medicine in 2001. She went on to train at Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC where she acted a Chief Resident. Dr. Charles was nominated as NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Physician of the Quarter in March 2012.

In July 2005 Dr. Charles joined the Army and served as active duty military physician at Ft Riley, KS. In 2007 she was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After returning from Afghanistan in 2008 she was appointed Chief of the OB/GYN department at Irwin Army Community Hospital in Ft Riley, KS.

Dr Charles is board certified in general Obstetrics and Gynecology. She manages normal as well as high risk obstetrics complicated by hypertension, gestational diabetes, twin pregnancies. She is interested in VBAC, water births (first delivery at Hudson Valley Hospital was a water birth). She also works in conjuction with doulas. She offers a wide range of services in gynecology including minimally invasive laparascopic surgery, family planning and contraception, adolescent health counseling, menopausal management, urinary incontinence and infertility. She provides outpatient office procedures such as Essure vaginal sterilization, endometrial ablation, hysteroscopy.

Sheila Pongnon, M.D.

Sheila D. Pongnon is a board certified OB/GYN and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She has been practicing medicine in the Westchester area for the past ten years. Dr. Pongnon received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from New York University and her medical degree from the State University of New York – Downstate Medical Center. She completed her OB/GYN training at New York Medical College – Westchester Medical Center.

Dr. Pongnon has extensive surgical training and offers advanced pelvic and minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery. Dr. Pongnon is certified in the use of the da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical system and uses this technology in performing hysterectomies. She also provides general obstetrics and gynecology care, including low-risk and high-risk obstetrics, contraception management, adolescent and menopausal treatment.

Joanne Mazzio, CNM, NP, MS

Joanne Mazzio graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lehman College of the City University of N.Y. where her initial interest in women’s health care and midwifery was sparked. After serving her home community of the Bronx as a public health nurse, she went on to work at Westchester Medical Center’s high risk maternity unit to gain the experience and skills that would serve as a foundation for her career as a midwife. Joanne graduated with honors from the Midwifery Education Program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ and later completed her Masters Degree in Midwifery at Downstate University. Joanne initially worked in North Central Bronx Hospital where she headed the Adolescent Prenatal Program and provided care to underserved women and teens in childbirth. After 7 years, she went on to join a private practice providing full scope midwifery care, including both well woman gynecology and obstetrical care to the women of Westchester County.

Dedicated to a personalized and holistic model of care, she has been honored to care for these women, their mothers, daughters and friends; touching the lives of the Hudson Valley community for the past 16 years.

Joanne is excited to be part of the OB/GYN group of The NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley in order to pursue her commitment to safe and compassionate midwifery care for women throughout their lives; from adolescence through menopause.