Meet Our Doctors and Providers
Dr. Gail R. Goodman, MD
Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Gail Goodman is a partner and founding member of Southwestern Medical Associates.
She received her BA in Anthropology from University at Buffalo in 1986 and her MD from Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in 1991. Her residency in pediatrics was completed at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, and she has made the Buffalo area her home ever since.
Dr. Goodman spent the first seven years of her career as a primary care physician and teacher at Jesse Nash and Towne Garden Clinics on Buffalo’s East side, where she won several teaching awards. In 2000, after the birth of her son, she decided to move into private practice. She joined Drs. Vakante and Whalen on what would be a very successful and unique practice in WNY. She is now proudly well into her “second generation” of patients at SWMA.
Dr. Goodman and her family live in Orchard Park, and she loves running into her patients at Wegmans or Chestnut Ridge! She is an avid gardener, loves to cook for family and friends, loves to read, and keeps tearing up all those AARP cards they insist on sending her!
Dr. Diana Vakante-Jankovic, MD
Dr. Vakante-Jankovic is a partner and founding member of Southwestern Medical Associates. She is a board certified family physician. Originally from beautiful Croatia, she received her medical degree from The University of Zagreb. She then completed her residency in Family Practice at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Dr. Vakante is affiliated with South Buffalo Mercy Hospital and has special interests in women’s health issues, preventive medicine, and diabetes care.
She and her family enjoy spending time outdoors and cooking together.
Dr. Guy Whalen, MD
Dr. Guy Whalen is a founding member and partner of Southwestern Medical Associates. He received his medical degree from the SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, and completed his internal medicine residency at Medical College of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Whalen has been in practice for the past 27 years as a primary care physician in the Southtowns, initially at Health Care Plan, and then at Southwestern Medical Associates since its founding in 2003.
In his spare time, Dr. Whalen is an avid runner and cyclist. He and his wife enjoy traveling and attending as many jazz festivals as they fit in their busy schedules.
Dr. Amy Lynn Wnek, MD
Dr. Amy Wnek graduated from Canisius College with a bachelors degree in biology and psychology. She is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical School in Syracuse. Her internal medicine residency was completed at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western, and she completed her endocrinology fellowship at SUNY at Buffalo.
Dr. Wnek specializes in treatment of diabetes, thyroid disease, and a variety of other metabolic conditions. She joined Southwestern Medical Associates in 2011.
In her time away from the office, Dr. Wnek enjoys traveling with her family and watching her son play piano and a wide variety of sports.
Betsey Dechert-Boss, FNP, CDE
Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetic Educator
Betsey joined SWMA in 2008. She has worked as a certified nurse practitioner and diabetes educator for over 20 years. A graduate of SUNY Brockport in nursing, Betsey received her Masters Degree from University of Rochester, and she has worked and taught in various primary care and diabetes education roles. Before joining SWMA, she was employed at Health Care Plan and Lifetime Health as a nurse practitioner. In this role, she also coordinated the ADA accredited Diabetes Education Program at Univera Health, and performed diabetes group visits at Lifetime Health. Prior to this Betsey worked as a surgical and pediatric nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Betsey and her husband Ken have a daughter and 2 sons. She spends most of her time outside of work playing tennis, gardening, or watching her children at various sporting events.
Loraine Ippolito, NP