Marianna Worczak, MD John G. King, MD                                
Residency Program Director

Marianna is a native of Western New York. She completed her undergraduate education at Clarkson University with a major in Biomolecular science.  She then received her medical degree from the University of Miami.  She completed her residency as well as chief residency in family practice at UVM.  Following residency she practiced primary care in rural Olean, NY. She is excited to join the CVPH family medicine residency team as a faculty member. Her professional interests include broad-spectrum family practice including pediatrics, geriatrics and women’s health.  She also has an interest in sports medicine and procedures.  She is a competitive runner enjoying distances from 5k’s to marathons.  She also enjoys Nordic and Alpine skiing, hiking, canoe/kayaking, mountain biking, baking and keeping active in her Catholic faith.



John G. King, MD, MPHJohn G. King, MD

Vice Chair for Academics and Regional Development at the University of Vermont

John is a Professor of Family Medicine and as Vice Chair of Acedemics and Regional Development is involved in the development of the Family Medicine Residency Program at UVMHN Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital.  He previously held the position of Residency Program Director at the UVMMC Department of Family Medicine.  John grew up in Manlius, NY outside of Syracuse.  After attending college at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Medical School at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, he completed his Family Medicine Residency at Duke University.   He later completed a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He spent several years practicing in rural upstate NY and was Associate Residency Director at the Virginia Commonwealth University Hanover program before settling in Vermont.  John’s academic interests include evidence informed care, risk communication and shared decision making.  He holds certificates of added qualification in Geriatric and Sports Medicine and remains active in hospital and maternity care.  John is married with three children and enjoys anything that slides on snow or has two wheels, with particular fondness for telemark skiing and off-road triathlon.



Candice Ciolac, MD                                                                   Associate Program Director

Candice is fast-becoming a North Country local. Originally from Edmond, Oklahoma; she, her husband, and their three children moved to Plattsburgh in the summer of 2015. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Spanish, going on to complete her medical degree at St. Luke’s University School of Medicine in Belmopan, Belize. Returning to Oklahoma, she then did her Family Medicine residency at The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine – Tulsa, serving as Chief Resident her final year. She was then appointed as Assistant Professor and remained as core FP/OB faculty during her time there. Since moving to the area, Candice has returned to Primary Care, seeing patients in Champlain; and is excited to add back one of her favorite parts of her job – teaching residents! She believes one of the ways to stay “the best” in medicine is by participation in medical education – constantly seeking out the most up to date ways to take care of patients! Her professional interests include: Women’s Health; Maternity Care; Preventive Medicine; Pediatrics – from Newborn to Adolescence; and Office Based Procedures.

On the family side – they are football fanatics! Candice and her husband have actively participated in youth sports – coaching and cheering – for the past several years. When not at work or on the field – they enjoy family movie night and game time. For quiet time, she enjoys a great “Epic Hero” or “Psychological Thriller” book.



Maegan Cabrera, MD John G. King, MD                                                            
Core Faculty

Maegan is a North Country native, having been raised in      Champlain, N.Y. She studied Physiology and received her undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal.  She spent time in both Syracuse and Binghamton while obtaining her medical education from SUNY Upstate Medical School.  Most recently, she completed her residency in Family Medicine at Albany Medical Center. 

She is happy to be returning home with her husband and son after their Empire State tour and is excited to be a part of the new Family Medicine Residency Program.  She is especially interested in Woman’s Health and obstetrics, but enjoys the wide spectrum that family practice offers. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, hiking, movies and musical theatre. 



Lindsey Wilhelm, DOJohn G. King, MD, MPH                                                             Core Faculty

Lindsey graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine where she earned her medical degree as well as a Masters in Public Health.  She completed her family medicine residency training at Albany Medical Center.  She is thrilled to join the CVPH team as a faculty member for the new family medicine residency program. 

She has a special interest in women’s health, family planning, preventative medicine, osteopathic manipulation, pediatrics, dermatology, nutrition and wilderness medicine.  Lindsey is married and has two children.  She enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, skiing, and traveling.




Gerorge Ciolac, MD                                                            


George obtained his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from McGill in Montreal.  Thereafter, he went on to complete his medical degree at St. Luke’s University School of Medicine in Belmopan, Belize. After a transitional year residency in Baltimore, MD – He completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa, OK where he then stayed on as Faculty for three years. When the opportunity came to move back “closer to home” he eagerly accepted the job at CVPH – initially as nocturnist/hospitalist, and now as Academic Hospitalist.  Professionally he has special interests in critical care as well as pain management in the hospital setting.  In his personal life he loves to coach youth football and spend time with his family.                                                          







Steven Heintz, MDSteve, Heinz, MD
Medical Director, Family Medicine Center

Steve grew up primarily in Plattsburgh and attended Plattsburgh City Schools.  He then went to the University of Buffalo for undergraduate education. Steve stayed at the University Of Buffalo School Of Medicine for medical school.  From there he trained at the University of Vermont Family Practice Residency at UVMMC (formerly Fletcher Allen Health Care).

Following residency,  Steve worked for Adirondack Medical Center and the Tupper Lake Health Center until 2007, when I returned to Plattsburgh to work for CVPH.  His interests include spending time with his family, skiing, hiking and outdoor activities, live music, and athletics.


Kathleen Freeman, CRA, RDCS, FASE, RTKathleen Freeman
Residency Program Administrator

Kathleen was born and raised in Cadyville, NY, one of seven children in a large irish family.  At the age of 20, she moved to sunny Southern California where she stayed for five years before returning to the North Country to be closer to her family, freinds and the mountains she calls home.

Kathleen has always loved project management and has a long history of Healthcare Administration in Radiology and Cardiology.  She successfully launched multiple projects from the ground up, including multiple Echo Labs in both NY and Vermont, the startup and Directorship of a multi-million dollar, full service Medical Imaging Center, as well as an annual Alzheimer’s Benefit called the “Ride to Remember”, in memory of her Mom (now in its 13th year).  Kathleen is a Certified Radiology Administrator and a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography.  She loves the challenge and the variety that the Family Medicine Residency Program offers.

Kathleen has been married to her husband Pat for thirty years.  They have two grown children and a granddaughter.  She enjoys family holidays, spending time with her family and friends,  shopping trips with her sisters, gardening and riding her Harley. 



Heather Lacey
Residency CoordinatorJohn G. King, MD

Heather Lacey Residency Coordinator CVPH Family Medicine Residency.

Heather is a native of Plattsburgh NY and has worked for CVPH for 24 years. Throughout her career at CVPH she has had many accomplishments which include her various roles in the Dialysis Unit as the Coordinator for a National Research Project for Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns a vital role in the Diabetes Center at CVPH since its inception in 2008, and managing the Diabetes Support Group.  For the past 5 years, Heather has worked at the Family Medicine Center as Office Coordinator. Heather has always had a passion for helping people and for finding solutions.  Her proven ability to manage many tasks led her to accept the positon of Coordinator for the Family Medicine Residency Program.

Although Heather is passionate about her career her biggest accomplishment is her family. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Jason for 15 years and their 2 children: Jace 13 and Jaelynn 10. When she isn’t watching her kids hockey, baseball or gymnastics you can find her working on home improvements and spending valuable time with her family.