Exceptional Care from Small Town Doctors
By Jackson Harrower
June 27, 2016
Donald Cohen and Frank Contacessa run a medical practice at 16 Orchard Drive, Armonk. Dr. Cohen opened the practice in 1986 and the two doctors have been working together for 11 years.
Dr. Contacessa, a Byram Hills graduate, said what is special about practicing medicine in a small town environment is the relationship with the patient. “I see three generations of some families. By knowing someone and their history I can give them better care. The patients appreciate that and it’s a great environment for the doctors to work in too.”
The practice primarily services Armonk residents, but Dr. Contacessa treats former Armonk residents who live as far away as North Carolina. He notes, “When people are comfortable they like to stay.” Dr. Contacessa’s ability to provide exceptional care may stem from his lifelong devotion to medicine. He says, “I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I was five. I love what I do.”
What advice would Dr. Contacessa give to a graduating Byram Hills senior who is interested in medicine? “Medicine is a field that you don’t go into unless you’re sure because it’s too hard, the training takes too long, and the monetarily rewards aren’t what they used to be 25 years ago. You need to go into this field for the love of medicine.”
The practice is currently joining the Northwell Health system. Dr. Contacessa looks forward to the future: “The deal will allow us the benefits of being part of a larger entity while still providing the personalized care of a small town practice. They takes care of the administrative work and we focus on patient care.”
Primary care doctors are a diminishing breed in medicine. Most young doctors are specializing due to the appeal of larger salaries, but Dr. Contacessa is proud to serve the community as an internist. He says, “We can treat 90 percent of the patients that walk in the door.”
Both Dr. Cohen and Dr. Contacessa not only work in Armonk, but are Armonk residents. They take pride in being accessible and they care for their patients as neighbors and friends. Dr. Contacessa adds, “We sit with every patient before the examination to talk about their health and find out what's going on.” Attention to detail and a genuine caring for each patient results in exceptional medical care.