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Staff Members

James Willis, MD, FACC

 

Dr. Willis is the founder and partner of Cardiology Associates of Northern New York. He has practiced Cardiology since 1983. He chooses to practice Cardiology because his favorite aunt suffered a heart attack and there was little they could do to help her at the time. He wanted to make a difference by helping people with cardiac problems.

Dr. Willis earned his Doctorate in Medicine from University of Ottawa. He completed his internship at Toronto General Hospital and fellowship in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease at University of Ottawa Cardiac Institute.

Dr. Willis is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. He is also board certified in Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography. He maintains certification in Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy.

Dr. Willis is presently on the Pharmaceutical Therapeutics and Special Care Committee and is the Medical Director for Cardiac Rehab.

Dr. Willis is a member of the: American Medical Association, American College of Cardiology, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, Heart Rhythm Society, Medical Society of the state of New York, Jefferson County Medical Society, Jefferson Physician Organization, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Willis is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Willis past resume includes initiating an Electrophysiology (EP) program to study people with life threatening rhythm problems at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Florida and has taught at University of Rochester while working at 5 different Rochester hospitals. His clinical interests include cardiac arrhythmias and device therapies (pacemakers and defibrillators).

Dr. Willis enjoys music, dancing and bike riding in his spare time.

David Antecol, MD, FACC

 

Dr. Antecol is a partner at Cardiology Associates of Northern New York. Dr. Antecol has practiced Cardiology since 1992. He chose to become a doctor because he liked how medicine gives you the understanding you gain about how life works. He chooses cardiology because it has a lot of mechanics, electricity and fluid dynamics.

Dr. Antecol earned his Doctorate in Medicine from University of Ottawa. He completed his Fellowship in Cardiology at University of Alberta and a Research Fellowship in Echocardiography at University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Dr. Antecol is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. He is also board certified in Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography. He maintains certification in Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy.

Dr. Antecol is currently designated as 1 of 1412 Specialists in Clinical Hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension.

Dr. Antecol is a member of the: American Medical Association, American College of Cardiology, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Hypertension, Heart Rhythm Society, Medical Society of the state of New York, Jefferson County Medical Society, Jefferson Physician Organization and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Antecol is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Antecol is an avid reader; he enjoys exercise, and has been a practicing Vegetarian for 12 years. He likes looking after animals & supports the local and national SPCA.

Jennifer D Smith, FNP-BC

 

Jennifer completed her RN associates degree at Valencia Community College, Orlando Florida in 1997.

Following graduation she attended the critical care training at Florida Hospital, Orlando and worked in the open heart step down unit and cardiovascular specialty unit until relocating to the Watertown area in 2003. 

Jennifer has worked as both a Nurse Manager and Nursing Supervisor of medical surgical services and the dialysis unit at Samaritan Medical Center. 

Jennifer worked for 5 years as an RN in the Emergency Room at Lewis County General Hospital, as a Certified ER Nurse and completed Trauma Nurse core certification. 

Jennifer completed her  Bachelor of Science  and Masters of Science degrees from the University of Phoenix.

Jennifer completed her Nurse Practitioner for SUNY IT in Utica in 2014. 

Jennifer is certified as a Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner. 

Jennifer is an active member of the Nurse Practitioner Association of NY State, Thousand Islands Region and a member of the American Board of Cardiovascular Medicine.

Jennifer lives in Lowville and spends her free time with her 4 children and their various sporting events.

 

Kate Symenow, PA-C, MPAS

 

Kate has been a part of our team at Cardiology Associates of NNY since 2005.

Kate received her Bachelor of Health Science with a minor in Biology; followed by Master of Physician Assistant studies at Daemen College in 2004. She has completed a Masters Research Project. She graduated Summa Cum Laude.

From the start of her education, Kate was most interested in cardiology because heart disease affects millions of Americans and takes many forms. She feels she can make a difference working with this patient population as it allows her to treat acute and chronic disease, educate patients and give preventative care to keep patients healthy and improve their quality of life.

Kate’s prior work experience includes EJ Noble Emergency Room and Family Practice Medicine at DeKalb Health Center.

Kate enjoys spending time with her husband, children and boating on the St. Lawrence River.

 

Our Team of Hearts

Office Manager

Patricia Miller, RN

 

Patty is the Office and Nursing Manager. She has a wealth of critical care nursing experience and is ready to assist with any provider, staff or patient problem. You may find her working in her office, filling in for nursing, working in the nuclear stress lab or doing pacer clinic.

Her gentle and easy assuring manner creates a pleasant and positive work environment for both staff and patients.

Patty enjoys spending time with her family and camping during the summertime.

Nuclear/Cardiovascular Testing

DeEtte, CNMT
Nuclear Technologist

 

DeEtte loves patient care and all the learning experiences as Medicine is constantly changing. She likes that our physicians work closely with her and that they are constantly teaching so that she can learn more everyday as each day in Medicine is different.

DeEtte is an outdoors person. She likes to ski and bike, camp, travel, and enjoys the spending time on the water.

Janice, CNMT,
Nuclear Technologist

 

Janice finds that Cardiology is a field that is constantly changing and enjoys always learning something new, she is amazed at how much can be done information can be gained in our office non invasively.

She enjoys babysitting her grandson, crocheting, reading and traveling with her family.

Echocardiography

Janet,  RDMS, R.T. (R) (M)

 

Janet thinks that the heart is fascinating and dynamic.  She states that the physicians are good teachers. She likes to cruise in the 1000 Islands.  She also likes to golf.

Clinical Staff

April, LPN
Nurse for Jennifer Smith.

Allison, RN
Nurse for Dr. Antecol and Dr. Willis.

Tammie, Medical Tech
Works with Kate Symenow. Holter/Event Monitor clinic.

Lance, Paramedic
Works the stress/nuclear lab.

 

 

Administrative Staff

Cathy
Medical Secretary for Dr. Antecol and Dr. Willis.

Lauren
Medical Secretary for Kate Symenow.

Caitlin
Medical Secretary all areas of testing, coverage for check in.

Mary
Medical Secretary for Jennifer Smith
 

Billing Department

We partner with Athena Health for our billing services.

Dorothy, CPC
On Site Certified professional coder through the American Academy of Professional Coders.