Our Team


Our team has a variety of background knowledge and skill sets, but we all have one thing in common – we are 100% dedicated to bettering our community by improving patient care and reducing its cost.

Everyone here at NCI plays a vital role in achieving our mission. Here’s a little bit of information to help you get to know each member of our team:

 

Lindsay Knowlton
DSRIP Director

Lindsay Baldwin serves as Deputy Director of the North Country Initiative (NCI). She joined the team in August 2015 as Director of Finance, a role in which she managed the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program financial implementation plan and funds flow. In 2017, Lindsay also managed the implementation of the DSRIP program for NCI and assists with management of the regional Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and Independent Practice Association (IPA).

Lindsay began her studies at Jefferson Community College and completed her Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. Over the course of her professional career, Lindsay has gained extensive experience in financial analysis. As a former Financial Analyst, she supported the U.S. Navy while employed as a government subcontractor to manage budgets for fleet support. Lindsay is also Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt certified, having led multiple process improvement projects and events, and currently serves on the North Country Family Health Center Board of Directors.

Lindsay resides in Adams, New York with her husband Trevor and their two daughters.

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Joanna Loomis
Director of Provider Strategy & Transformation

Joanna Loomis joined the North Country Initiative (NCI) team in 2018 as Director of Provider Strategy and Transformation.

Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Watertown Urban Mission, where she provided leadership and oversight to its seven major programs, which provide basic needs and empowerment to individuals and families in need in greater Jefferson County. She has also served as the Mission’s development director and critical needs coordinator, and as a child protective services caseworker with the Jefferson County Department of Social Services.

Joanna has a M.A. in social and public policy from SUNY Empire State College and a B.A. in philosophy from St. Lawrence University. After completing her undergraduate degree, she lived in New Delhi, India, where she taught English in a public school as part of a Fulbright grant.

Joanna has served as a co-president for the North Country Council of Social Agencies, is a director on the boards of the North Country Family Health Center and North Country Prenatal-Perinatal Council, a member of the Northern New York Community Foundation’s LEAD Council and Watertown Noon Rotary, a graduate of the Jefferson Leadership Institute, and continues work with the region’s emerging Bridges Out of Poverty initiatives. Joanna is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and is certified through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home Content Expert (PCMH-CCE).

Joanna was raised in Rodman and Adams, New York. She lives in Henderson with her husband Chaz, son Henry, daughter Margot, and their dog Sadie.

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Laura Yott
Practice Transformation Specialist

As Practice Transformation Specialist, Laura is responsible for the implementation, coordination and delivery of the HealthCare Partners of the North Country, our region’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO). She also works closely with the Practice Transformation team in assisting partners with obtaining current NYS PCMH accreditation. She recently attained her B.S. in Health Services Administration from Bryant & Stratton College and also holds an A.A.S in Office Technologies – Medical from Jefferson Community College. Laura is a current board member for the Watertown Giants–Pop Warner. She is a North Country native and lives in Watertown, NY with her husband, Tom, and their three children: Gabriella, Jack, and Mason.

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Jeff Bazinet
ACO Data Analyst
With more than 20 years of experience in data analytics, Jeff plays a key role in helping our regional partners meet and understand DSRIP initiatives and ACO shared savings deliverables. He earned his bachelor's degree from LeMoyne College and has served as a data architecture, design and development consultant for many Fortune 100 companies. Jeff spends much of his free time with his four children, who provide him with a brand new data set each day.
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Heather Sanchez
DSRIP Administrative Coordinator
As DSRIP Administrative Coordinator, Heather provides administrative and clerical assistance to all members of the NCI team. She holds an associate's degree in Business Administration from SUNY Jefferson and Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Office Technology. Heather lives in Watertown, NY, with her husband and two children.
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Dr. Steven Lyndaker
Medical Director
As one of our part-time Medical Directors, Dr. Lyndaker provides clinical leadership and medical expertise and also serves as an ongoing liaison for our DSRIP and ACO partners, subcommittee leaders and other health care organizations in our region. He is an internist/partner at Lowville Medical Associates and an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He lives in Lowville, NY, with his wife and five children.
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Dr. Karen Williams
Medical Director
As one of our part-time Medical Directors, Dr. Karen Williams provides clinical leadership and medical expertise and also serves as an ongoing liaison for our DSRIP and ACO partners, subcommittee leaders and other health care organizations in our region. She earned her bachelor's degree in Biology from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse. Dr. Williams owns Complete Family Care & Laser Center in Watertown, NY, where she lives with her husband and their four children. She enjoys attending her children's sporting events, running and spending time at her lake cabin.
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Amanda Rydberg
Medical Director

As one of our part-time Medical Directors, Amanda provides clinical leadership and medical expertise and also serves as an ongoing liaison for our DSRIP and ACO partners, subcommittee leaders and other healthcare organizations in our region. She earned her Bachelor of Science, Physician Assistant, from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska.

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