Dr. Halper earned his medical degree from the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medicine St. Augustine in Trinidad. He then moved back to his home state of New York for a residency in family practice at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. In 2009 during residency, his outstanding communication skills and knowledge were recognized when he earned the Resident Teacher Award.
Halper Family Medicine is known as the best health care facility in the area. Dr. Halper offers a wide variety of services for patients of all ages, including Botox® injections, IV infusions, regenerative medicine using their own PRP or stem cells, and annual physical exams. He dedicates the necessary time to explain his patients’ conditions and treatments in-depth so that they have a complete understanding of their own care.
When he isn’t at Halper Family Medicine caring for patients, Dr. Halper loves to give back to his community through volunteer work.
After college, Dr. Rybstein returned to his Long Island roots and attended Stony Brook University Medical School. During medical school he developed an interest in cardiovascular disease particularly with an eye towards preventive cardiology. Following medical school, during residency in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, Dr. Rybstein furthered his interest in preventive cardiovascular disease by participating in several research projects involved in further delineating specific risk factors for ischemic heart disease. This research resulted in several publications in nationally recognized journals, such as CHEST Journal, the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Rybstein further distinguished himself in a program of over 50 residents by being awarded the prestigious resident of the year award during his second year of residency. He was also elected to the mini-chief program to help further educate more junior residents.
During residency Dr. Rybstein was accepted to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan for a cardiovascular disease fellowship. St. Vincent’s closed due to financial issues prior to the beginning of his fellowship and Dr. Rybstein then served as an Internal Medicine attending for two years in the New York area prior to beginning a cardiovascular fellowship at Winthrop University Hospital, a clinical campus of Stony Brook University Hospital, on Long Island. During fellowship, Dr. Rybstein cared for patients having the spectrum of cardiovascular issues. These included but were not limited to ischemic heart disease, non-ischemic cardiomyopathies, valvular heart disease, arrhythmias, hypertension and lipid management. During fellowship Dr. Rybstein completed his certification exams in nuclear cardiology as well as the physicians vascular interpretation exam. Besides for his interests in the full range of cardiovascular diseases, Dr. Rybstein also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of venous diseases. Specifically, he specializes in treating the full gamut of venous diseases including spider veins and chronic venous insufficiency. He is proficient at sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, laser ablation and vein stripping.
Dr. Ferstenberg has extensive experience in supervising and teaching medical students, residents, fellows and attending physicians alike. He has organized and developed teaching programs in the basic sciences, headed literature reviews and journal clubs.
Lauren is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. She is currently certified by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Cardiac Life Support (PALS), and is registered by New York State Department of Health as a Opioid Overdose Prevention Narcan Provider.
Lauren and her husband reside in Long Island with their two children. Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, running, and going to the beach on her days off.
Maria Spinoso is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She started her journey as a nurse when she earned her associates in Science of Nursing at Nassau Community college in 2004. After obtaining her degree she went to work at St.Joseph’s Hospital in Bethpage as a registered nurse for nine years on a medical surgical floor. She enjoyed being a nurse so much she decided to return to school to become a Nurse Practitioner. She graduated in 2018 with a Masters in Nursing from Molloy College in RVC. She was then able to pursue her dreams of being a Nurse Practitioner and accepted a job as a FNP where she treated many different types of patients.
She finds her career extremely fulfilling and continues to look forward to seeing her patients. She is an active member of the American Nurses Association and Certified in BLS and ACLS