October 23, 2019 Healthy Living

Introducing People’s Choice Award Winner – Primary Care Provider

If there’s one thing Theodore Zeltner loves about being a doctor, it’s the relationships. He spent 32 years in private practice before deciding to “try something new.”

Dr. Zeltner went back to school and received his Master of Business Administration from Union College. He went on to become a Medical Director at the Center for Disability Services, where he had the opportunity to treat a wide variety of patients, including those with cerebral palsy, birth defects, and a myriad of physical and mental disorders.

“I found it extremely rewarding to be able to make a difference.”

Today, Dr. Zeltner serves as Chief Medical Officer at Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center, which serves 20,000 patients annually and specializes in woman’s health, mental health, and substance use disorders.

“The Center is known for serving lower-income patients, but we see people of all income levels. In fact, a number of my patients followed me here from private practice.”

Dr. Zeltner was nominated for the People’s Choice Award by a longtime patient, Nancy Kelly, whose daughter began seeing Dr. Zeltner following a car accident that left her permanently disabled.

“Dr. Zeltner stepped right in and was a reassuring presence as we navigated new health care challenges. He is very knowledgeable, deeply compassionate, funny, and we feel that is he is completely present for us and  listening whenever we see him.”

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Ali Skinner
About the Author

Ali Skinner is a communications professional with nearly 20 years of media, marketing, advertising, and public relations experience. She joined CDPHP in November 2011 and currently serves as Vice President, Communications and External Affairs for one of the top health plans in New York and the nation. In this role, Ali oversees all internal and external communications, public relations, and government relations for the plan’s 400,000 members and 1,200 employees. A self-described recovering journalist, Ali spent 10 years writing and delivering news for a number of television and radio stations in the Syracuse and Albany, NY markets. Today, she uses her journalism background to help patients and the public make sense of complex health care topics.

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