Windsong Breast Care/ NAPBC Grant Awarded – Expands Patient Navigation Services

Windsong Breast Care applied for and received a grant to expand services for underserved women, regardless of their insurance status, to navigate the healthcare system to complete breast cancer screening. The project came about as part of Governor Cuomo’s 2016 State of the State initiative to: 1) Increase NY’s Breast cancer screening rate by 10% over the next 5 years and 2) increase the number of women screened and improve the quality of breast cancer screening and diagnostic follow up by enhancing existing patient navigation services.

As a result, we have hired Katie Wild, screening patient navigator, to assist with implementation of this initiative.  Katie will be working out of Windsong’s Main street location in downtown Buffalo as well as the Neighborhood Community Center on Niagara Street.  These two locations provide direct access to the patients who live in the city, who may have difficulties with transportation. It is an exciting time for Windsong Breast Care as- this project recognizes the continued need of outreach, education, and coordination of care for women’s breast care services.  Our goal is to contact at least 800 women annually to offer patient navigation services and to assist with coordination activities related to positive findings, diagnostic and /or treatment services.

The project was initiated in October 2016.  The project is being managed by Health Research, Inc. in collaboration with the NY State department of health. Our community partner is – Neighborhood Health Center. The breast navigator will work closely with the community Health workers at Neighborhood Health Centers who will identify members within their organization who meet the above referred requirements.  Katie can be reached by calling her at (716)- 631-2500 * 2325


Kay F. Dekker RN, BSN

Breast Care Coordinator



Katie Wild, NAPBC Screening  Breast Patient Navigator- Bio

In 2015 Katie received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Service Management from D’Youville College. Katie’s employment history and experience included time at Horizon Health Services and Blue Cross and Blue Shield. While at Horizon Services, Katie was employed as a Program Assistant- where she worked in the Horizon University- a training program for clinicians. This training program assisted clinicians with maintaining required CME education and credentialing, as well as offering course work which enabled them to address specific patient needs. In addition, Katie assisted with quality assurance record keeping for the Special Review and Alternate Care programs.  During her tenure at Blue Cross and Blue Shield, she assisted in the Case and Disease Management department performing courtesy calls to members reinforcing the importance of preventative health screenings. Both of these experiences provided Katie with the confidence and tools to actively engage patients / consumers over the phone and in person. Katie prides herself on being a “people person” – never afraid to reach out to clients or providers. The Breast Patient Navigator position intrigued her, as an opportunity to engage patients and be a positive factor in assisting patients with taking the necessary steps to proactively engage in preventative health services to prevent breast cancer.

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Making Strides! 2016

Making Strides! 2016


At Windsong Breast Care (WBC), we understand a breast cancer diagnosis is a confusing and scary time. Being diagnosed with breast cancer doesn’t mean you have to fight alone. If you’re currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer or have been treated for breast cancer in the past, eating well is particularly important for you. Patients at WBC are guided by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, at WNY Nutrition PLLC. Sarah Thompson DiPaolo, MS, RDN, CD-N, CDE, NCSF-CPT, owner of WNY Nutrition will partner with you to sort through all the confusion and empower you with the knowledge to make positive lifestyle decisions. Nutritional services are tailored to support individual needs and goals. Nutrition is one of the areas that you have control of. WNY Nutrition can teach you how to play a positive role in your overall health outcomes and how to nourish your body to manage symptoms and to promote survivorship and overall wellness.



Windsong Breast Care proudly supported the annual Hope Chest Dragon Boat Festival held at Buffalo RiverWorks. Many gathered this year to partake in the day long event, whether paddling or cheering on loved ones. All were there to show their support for those that have survived breast cancer.

Paddle with a Purpose, Workout Like a Woman and Empower Yourself!

The goal of the Hope Chest organization is to provide a positive support group for Breast Cancer survivors. They offer a unique paddling program along with a distinct health and fitness program for breast cancer survivors of all ages and fitness levels. The purpose is to inspire Breast Cancer patients and survivors in any stage of treatment or recovery to become, or to continue, to lead active and fulfilling lives through our unique physical fitness program which also promotes emotional healing.


Windsong Breast Care was in attendance along with thousands of others this year for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®. Physicians, staff and family members of Windsong Breast Care joined efforts to sponsor the survivor tent and show their support for those touched by breast cancer.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. The event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

This Race is unique in the fact that 100% of the net proceeds are allocated to our mission. 75 percent of the net income stays in our community to help fund local programs offering breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment. The remaining 25 percent of the net income supports the Susan G. Komen® Grants Program.

Katherine O’Donnell MD, FACS has been caring for breast cancer patients for over 15 years. Dr. O’Donnell is board certified in general surgery and is a breast surgeon at Windsong Breast Care, an affiliate of Windsong Health Medical Alliance, PLLC. She is the medical director of a multidisciplinary team which holds weekly conferences to discuss newly diagnosed patients to develop a treatment path. The team includes radiologists, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists, and local referring physicians.

Dr. O’Donnell’s commitment to patients and community is evident by her lead on a bi-weekly question and answer session for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. This meeting allows patients and families the opportunity to speak with members of the breast care team including physicians and ancillary practitioners such as a nutritionist, psychotherapist, and physical therapist. “I’ve been fortunate to participate in the care of many patients through a difficult time in their lives. Seeing them get past this time and back to a fulfilling life is quite rewarding”, stated Dr. Katherine O’Donnell.

Dr. O’Donnell and the Windsong Breast Care team provide women with all the services they need from same day results of mammography, genetic screening for hereditary risk of breast and ovarian cancer, breast surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments all at Windsong Medical Park.

Windsong Breast Care was the first in Western New York to become accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). At WBC, breast cancer patients will receive an interdisciplinary approach to their care from early detection, rapid diagnosis and consultation, to leading edge treatment options and a survivorship program that includes nutrition, social work, and exercise programs.

To learn more about Windsong Breast Care you may call 716-626-6300 or go online to

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Windsong Breast Care was proud to once again sponsor and be a part of the annual Mother’s Day tradition in Lockport. Many local organizations and individuals came out to show their support for their loved ones that have been affected by breast cancer. Donations from the walk help women in active cancer treatment have options to restore their self-image and help cope with the appearance related side effects. In addition, donations from the walk fund Mary’s Wig Room at the local American Cancer Society Office. The wig room is stocked with wigs for patients in need of a FREE WIG!

Every Mother’s Day for the past 19 years, walkers have gathered at the Erie Canal Towpath. Some as breast cancer survivors, some in memory of those who didn’t survive, and all possessed of a single purpose.

The walk is one of the legacies of Mary Marvin, who started the Mother’s Day Breast Cancer Canal Walk in 1996, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Marvin started the walk along with the help of several others facing breast cancer.  Marvin was deemed cancer-free for two years after going through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, but later was stricken with liver and bone cancer, passing away from the disease in 1998. Her sister and brother-in-law, Rebecca and Jack Florio have kept the walk going in her memory, raising over $400,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Wig Room since its inception.

Did you know 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and more than 246,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2016?  As staggering as those statistics may sound there are over 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. alone. The key to survivorship is early detection, diagnosis and treatment.

Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care (WCBC) in Williamsville would like women to know the importance of being aware of their bodies and any changes they notice. Yearly Mammograms are recommended for women over the age of 45 and earlier screenings should be discussed with your doctor depending on the history of breast cancer in a person’s family.

Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care provides women with all the services they need from same-day results of mammography and biopsies, genetic screening for hereditary risk of breast or ovarian cancer, breast surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments all at Windsong Medical Park.

Windsong Comprehensive Breasts Care is the first Nationally Accredited center for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in Western New York. At WCBC, breast cancer patients will receive an interdisciplinary approach to their care from early detection, rapid diagnosis and consultation, to leading edge treatment options and a survivorship program that includes nutrition, social work and exercise programs.

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with Breast Cancer, WCBC will provide you with the support and services you require with board certified physicians and staff, including certified breast patient navigators that will help guide you during this difficult time.

To learn more about Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care you may call (716) 626-6300

Preserving a positive self-image is one of the most important considerations in the aftermath of certain types of cancer surgery. Due to advances in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States today, according to the American Cancer Society. Plastic surgeons can and should play a role in helping breast cancer patients understand the pro’s and con’s of available breast reconstruction methods as well as potential long term effects.

While breast reconstruction surgery is technically a cosmetic procedure, it can help restore the appearance of a patient’s breasts after a mastectomy and make the chest look balanced. The difference between a natural breast and a reconstructed breast is noticeable only when the breasts are exposed; there is virtually no difference in appearance when they are covered. This can go a long way in helping the patient’s self-esteem as well as appearance.

Once you decide to have breast reconstruction, you’ll need to find a well qualified plastic surgeon. Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care provides plastic surgery options for patients through their supportive partnership with Raymond Schultz, MD, FACS a board certified plastic surgeon with CCS Healthcare.

Orthosports Physical Therapy offers a unique proactive approach for improved health post-breast cancer surgery for Windsong Comprehensive Breast Care (WCBC) program patients.  Patients are prearranged to meet with a certified lymphedema physical therapist expert to understand the importance of home care and exercise after a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Lymphedema is a potential side effect from cancer treatment; it is an accumulation of protein rich fluid in an arm or trunk in breast cancer patients.

Donna Gulick, PT, DPT, CLT of Orthosports Physical Therapy explained, “Prior to surgery or post-surgery breast cancer patients are provided a model of care to prevent or eliminate symptoms such as lymphedema, shoulder pain or weakness in the arm.”

Since 2011, Windsong’s breast care program has been the first breast program in the area that has achieved the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) accreditation.  CCS Oncology and Windsong Radiology Group continue to work closely with other partners, like Orthosports Physical Therapy, to provide the most comprehensive breast care services in the region.