Our Team Members

Jean Silverman RN
Jean Silverman RN
Jean has been a registered nurse for 40 years, most of which were as an ICU nurse. She has extensive experience in critical care, surgical care, spinal cord injuries, wound care and legal nurse consulting. Jean assisted Dr. Silverman in establishing his office here in Poughkeepsie. She enjoys the family – like atmosphere of the office between patients and staff.
Shari Schwarze
Shari Schwarze
Shari will likely be the first person you speak with or meet at our office. She loves to help patients in many ways. She joined our team in June 2016 after 6 years of being a receptionist for Dr. Budnik. Prior to that, Shari worked at IBM Corporation for 30 years.
Melissa Maiorana
Melissa MaioranaEsthetician
Since I was young, I have had a passion for art. I have specifically been fascinated by the artistry behind makeup and skincare. I graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. When I decided to make the career change away from teaching art, I knew I still wanted to utilize my artistic and creative side in my job choice. That is when I made the decision to attend the Hudson Valley School of Advanced Aesthetics in 2012.

Being an aesthetician made perfect sense for me; it merged my artistry, creativity, and eye for detail with the time management and customer service skills I have gained through management and teaching positions. I also strive to teach others the importance of skincare and enhance not only their appearances but also their confidence.

My training and experience attributes to my consistency in treatment applications and thorough extractions, all while creating satisfied and glowing clients. On top of basic aesthetician services, I am certified in lash extensions and offer advanced skin care treatments including chemical peels. I am now expanding my skill set working for New Beginnings Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery so I can dive further into the wonderful world of beauty.

Theresa Morris CPC
Theresa Morris CPC
Theresa is the Office Manager for New Beginnings Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, where she is responsible for overall operations of the office, supervising staff, and managing the day to day responsibilities. Theresa also handles all the health insurance and medical billing needs for the office. She joined our team in October 2015, with over 12 years’ experience in Managerial, Medical Coding and Billing. Her favorite part of working at New Beginnings Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is interacting with patients and watching their journey as they reach their aesthetic and reconstructive goals.
We are like a family: our compassion and devotion makes it an ideal working environment.
Theresa’s philosophy is to “Treat patients the way you would like to be treated yourself”.
Liat Rusek-Sher
Liat Rusek-Sher
Liat is a compassionate Medical Assistant who strives to provide the best care to all patients, respecting their autonomy and decision making. She is a people person and enjoys getting to know our patients as individuals and learn about their lives. She graduated from Ridley-Lowell in 2010 and worked as Dr. Budnik’s medical assistant where she developed a passion for the surgical field. Her experience is in surgery and in dermatology.