Pain institute long island

Meet our Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Meet the newest additions to our staff!



Samantha Desenberg, NP

Grew up in southern Maine then moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where she completed her BS in Biology at Emmanuel College and her MS in Nursing at Simmons College. She is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center and strives to stay up to date with developments in the field of health care.

Samantha takes pride in providing the highest level of compassionate care and creating lasting relationships with her patients.   Samantha joined the Pain Institute of Long Island in the Fall 2017 and contributes greatly to our care with compassion treatment model.  When not at work she likes to spend her time traveling, trying new restaurants, and enjoying the outdoors.




Cindy has been practicing nursing for over 25 years after graduating from Adelphi University in 1993 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She went on to become a Board Certified Adult Health Nurse Practitioner after graduating SUNY Stony Brook’s Master’s Program in 2000. Over those years she has gained extensive clinical experience in specialty areas including surgery, cardiovascular, trauma, Burn, Palliative Care and Hematology/Oncology.

Cindy has also volunteered on 2 medical mission trips including one with the University of Miami to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010 and with Peconic Bay Medical Center in 2017 for their first surgical mission to El Salvador.

She is certified with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in Adult Health. She is also a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island, American Society for Pain Management in Nursing and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She is currently on the medical staff at St. Charles Hospital, John T. Mather Hospital and Peconic Bay Medical Center-Northwell. As a nurse practitioner in Anesthesia and Pain Management, Cindy believes in a multi-modal approach to pain management with combining pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic techniques to treat both acute and chronic pain.



Patricia Dodd is an Advanced Practice Nurse with Certifications in Adult Gerontology Care, Pain Management Nursing and Acupuncture.  She is an active member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and promotes Integrative Therapies – Aromatherapy, Meditation, Imagery, Acupuncture, Massage, Tai Chi and Yoga- in her patient’s care.  She works as an Examiner for the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and volunteers with Acupuncturists Without Borders.