Dr. Abraham- Hematology/Oncology Hematologist
Dr. Abraham was born and raised in Kuwait. She received her medical school degree in India, Pediatric residency in Long Island, New York and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Her husband is also a physician and they have an 9 year old daughter and 5 year old son. When Dr. Abraham has time she enjoys cooking, reading and painting.
As Dr. Abraham comes in as the Director of the HTC, she finds her biggest challenge to be obtaining all of the necessary resources under one umbrella that will provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary clinic for patients. This will include physical therapy, dental services, pharmacy and various ancillary services.
Dr. Abraham wants to develop a program that will provide exemplary care as well as educational and clinical services to the patients and their families. In the short term comprehensive services for all patients, active involvement in education for patients and families as well as active participation in regional activities are goals for the program. Her future goals include becoming a nationally recognized HTC which provides state of the art services with a staff that will pioneer efforts to improve the care of those in the bleeding disorder community.
Kristel Wintheiser- Hematology/Oncology nurse manager
I have been the Nurse Manager for the peds Hem/Onc division at UNMH for over 3 years. You may have already talked with me on the phones at the HTC or seen me in clinic as I cover as needed for our hematology nurses, Valerie and Claudia. I have attended NHF several times along with Partners in Bleeding in my journey of understanding the community and the disease process.I graduated with my Bachelors degree in nursing over 22 years ago from Texas Women’s University in Dallas. I love spending time with my family of 8 and traveling around the world.
Claudia Mackaron-HTC nurse coordinator
I have been a nurse for over 20 years primarily practicing in the acute care and oncology setting within the Pediatric world at UNMH. Six years ago I was given the opportunity to change my path into the Hematology world working with the HTC at UNMH. Since then I have been assigned to be the Nurse Coordinator at the HTC. It has been a great pelasure to work at the HTC learning daily about the vast disease processes and getting to know the patients and their wonderful families. I have an admiration for the community and all their courage in facing their trials daily. I have a passion for teaching and helping others to have a better quality of life. My passions in my own world are my 8 grandchildren, family, my dogs and horses. I love to travel and explore new worlds and foods. Experience life to the fullest.
Valerie Lowe-HTC Nurse
Hi! My name is Valerie Lowe. I have been a nurse for 16 years. I have worked with the HTC since October 2015. Prior to joining the HTC, I worked in the Newborn ICU and Pediatric Clinic. I received my Masters of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in nursing education. I love being a nurse and I am excited to be a part of the HTC medical team. In my free time, I love to spend time with family, read and travel!
Milena Archuleta-HTC Nurse practitioner (FNP)
I received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of New Mexico in 2006. Upon graduation I worked at the University of New Mexico Hospital in the department of Cardiothoracic Sub-Acute Care where I stayed for a total of 6 years. I completed my Masters of Business Administration in 2010 from New Mexico Highlands University and Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of New Mexico in 2012. My background as a nurse practitioner has been in primary care and internal medicine. My time spent as a primary care provider was working with an underserved population in New Mexico in a federally funded health care clinic where I was also a member of the National Health Service Corp. I am fortunate to return to the University of New Mexico in September 2015 with the department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology working with the HTC.
Yolanda Vinajeras- HTC Sr. Social Worker
Yolanda Vinajeras is the supervising Sr. Social Worker in the Hematology/Oncology Program, holds a master’s degree in Social Work and has been with the program for the past 25+ years. She has enjoyed getting to know the Hemophilia community and enjoys working with the pediatric patients and their siblings in the camp environment. She has a case manager, Bradley Knopp, who is hard at work identifying resources with the various pharmaceutical companies for the adult and pediatric community. The social work component is an integral part of the HTC and works closely with nursing and the physician.
Bradley Knopp- HTC Case Manager
My name is Bradley Knopp. I am the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Case Manager at UNM Children’s Hospital. I provide comprehensive case management services to patients including: intake assessment, benefit assessment, goal setting, long-term care plan development, progress monitoring, financial help, tenant education, advocacy and referrals. I work closely with SDO in supplying help with resources if needed.
Genevieve Maldonado-HTC Medical Assistant
Hello my name is Genevieve Maldonado.
I have been a Medical Assistant for about 9 yrs. now. I first started in women’s health for 5 years. I then moved to UNMH Pediatric clinic 3 years ago. I fell in love and I knew that pediatrics was something that I wanted to do for a long time. When an opportunity came knocking I took a position in being the first Medical Assistant for the Hematology/Oncology Department. I have been working with the HTC for about a year now and I love it. I have learned so much here and being part of a wonderful team. That is why I am continuing my education to become a nurse hopefully for Peds Hem/Onc team here at UNMH.