Meet our team

When it comes to caring for your family our team of doctors provide the highest level of care.

Every team has their MVP--or most valuable player. We like to think of ourselves as your most valuable pediatricians, get it--MVP! Scroll down and meet the team that's going to take your family care to the next level!

Allison Gati M.D.

Pediatrician
About Dr. Gati
Allison Gati M.D. was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. After attending University of Michigan undergrad (Go Blue!) and New York Medical College for medical school, she completed her pediatric residency at Columbia Presbyterian. Dr. Gati began her pediatric practice in 2006 back in her old stomping grounds of the Upper West Side. She always wanted to be a Pediatrician and is so happy to play a special role in children's lives from birth to college. When not in the office, she can be found with her husband and 3 children in River Run playground or eating ice cream at Emack and Bolio's. Her favorite children's books are Doctor Desoto and Matilda.

Jessica Grant M.D.

Pediatrician
About Dr. Grant
Dr. Jessica Grant has been practicing pediatrics in New York City since 2006, after having completed medical school at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at Columbia University Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. After growing up in New Jersey and then living in Ithaca while attending Cornell, she was thrilled to discover life in the big apple and never plans to leave! Dr. Grant enjoys getting to know the families in her practice well and takes seriously the privilege of guiding her patients’ growth and health. She especially loves that because she practices in her neighborhood, she gets to see her patients in their natural habitat. She hopes her patients will come say hello to her, her husband and her two daughters when they see her at the park, bookstore or favorite local restaurants, though be prepared she may chat your ear off. Despite having read them no fewer than a hundred times each, her favorite children’s books currently are Pout Pout Fish and Room on the Broom.

Judith Hoffman M.D.

Pediatrician
About Dr. Hoffman
Judith Hoffman M.D. is originally from the midwest, but after 20 years in New York considers herself a true New Yorker. After successfully spending four years at the University of Michigan without attending a football game, Dr. Hoffman moved to New York to attend NYU for medical school. She completed her residency at Columbia Presbyterian with Drs Gati and Grant and immediately started working in private practice. Dr. Hoffman considers it a privilege to ride the waves of parenthood with the families she works with; she loves getting to know both the parents and children, providing sensitive, non-judgmental advice. Dr. Hoffman lives in Harlem with her husband, 6 year old daughter and beloved schnauzer Gus. She has been known to travel to the outer boroughs for the best dim sum in the city, sometimes via bike. Her all time favorite children's book is "Harriet the Spy."

Lisa Nowell M.D.

Pediatrician
About Dr. Nowell
Lisa Nowell grew up in upstate New York and spent her summers in the Adirondacks. After attending college at Hobart and William Smith she completed medical school at Duke University. She did her residency here in New York at Columbia Presbyterian and has been practicing primary care in New York ever since. From the beginning of her medical education she has always been certain pediatrics would be her career. She loves being allowed to participate in the growth of a child and family throughout the different developmental ages. When not in the office she can be found on the upper west side with her husband and daughter. She also enjoys swimming and cooking. One of her favorite childrens' books is The Big Orange Splot.

Prantik Saha M.D.

Pediatrician
About Dr. Saha
Prantik Saha MD MPH is Canadian by birth, South Asian by blood, nomadic during his youth, and has called NYC his home for more than 20 years. After graduating from Case Western Reserve University medical school, finishing residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and spending his first two years in practice in rural Ohio, he came to NYC in 1998 and spent 13 years as full time faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, balancing residency teaching, an urban primary care practice, and obtaining a Master’s degree in Public Health, as well as a short stint as a DJ in the early 2000’s. Dr. Saha joined the practice in 2011 and continues his teaching endeavors at Columbia University and beyond while seeing patients at MVP. He lives in the upper west side with his wife and 10 year old daughter, and his all time favorite children’s book is “The Story of Ferdinand”.

Jessica Walthall N.P.

Nurse Practitioner
About Nurse Jessica
Jessica Walthall grew up in Maryland and has spent her adult years moving up and down the east coast. She attended Duke University where she learned to love Carolina BBQ and sleeping in a tent for basketball tickets. After graduating with a degree in Biology, she moved back to the northeast and after working for a few years as a preschool teacher and in developmental research, she completed the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at Yale University School of Nursing. Jessica is passionate about working with children and families to promote health and wellness and takes pride in helping children and teens feel comfortable, safe, and listened to. Jessica lives with her husband and her english ivy plant, “Ivan.” Her favorite children’s book is “Messy Jessie.”

Melina Baez

Front Desk Manager
About Melina
Melina Baez was Born in the Dominican Republic. As many of you know, she has been with MVP for 11 years now and she wouldn't change it for anything. Her favorite part is to be able to watch your children grow, and of course give out Stickers!!! Her favorite childhood book is A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

Kassandra Ferrer

Medical Assistant
About Kassandra
Kassandra is a new Medical Assistant here at MVP. She has a drive and passion for the medical field. Being a medical assistant helps her feel that I am helping someone, in this case children. Her favorite childhood book is “Venezuela en Libertad “ .

Gersan Knights

Sr. Medical Assistant
About Gersan
Gersan Knights, or as you may know as Gee is a senior medical assistant here at MVP. She has lots of enthusiasm and a love for helping kids and others. Gee feels that being a part of the MVP team gives her a sense of community where we treat and respect each other and the patients like family. Her favorite childhood book is Anansi the Spider Man by Phi.

Yvette Montoyo

Sr. Medical Assistant
About Yvette
Yvette Montoyo is a senior medical assistant here at Manhattan Valley Pediatrics. She is the mother of one and has been in the medical field for over 4 years. She dedicates herself to instilling a positive health experience in children and is honored to be part of a team that embraces community and dedicates itself to serving others everyday. Her favorite children’s book is “The Rainbow Fish.”

Katrina Davila

Medical Assistant Manager
About Katrina
Katrina Davila is the Medical Assistant Manager for MVP. Katrina has been a part of the MVP team for about 12 and half years. Katrina lives in Queens with her husband and 4 children: Mariana (14yr), Gabriel (7yr), Nathaniel (4yr), Lilliana (2yr), also a puppy named Mylo. Katrina chose to work in a pediatric office because she loves to see the growth and progression that babies experience as they grow into their own individual self. Katrina provides assistance to the doctors with vital signs, screening, and blood draws. She also ensures that the back-office operates smoothly.

Our Latest News.

February 7, 2021

Some Exciting Updates from MVP!

Some big news from Manhattan Valley Pediatrics…Now Offering Rapid Antigen Testing!This testing is covered by insurance for all kids. For parents it is $75 out of pocket, or $100 if they want both

December 30, 2020

Grow with Us: The Newborn

In this video, Dr. Grant and Dr. Hoffman give you the rundown on everything a new parent needs to know in the first two weeks of their Newborn’s life

December 30, 2020

Everything you need to know about the COVID Vaccine…

As we celebrate the FDA approving two COVID-19 vaccines recently, many questions have arisen. Here are some thoughts from the MVP team. If you have any other questions, please reach out to your pediatrician