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Healthcare Services

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  • Overview

    Aspire Health Center has operated a clinical facility dedicated to providing premier care for special needs adults for more than 25 years. Now, our Health Center is accepting new patients, over 18 years of age, from the community-at-large. Offering same day appointments at your convenience. All major insurances are accepted.

    The Aspire of WNY Health Center, located at 7 Community Drive in Cheektowaga, New York, offers a full range of services delivered by integrated clinical teams.

    • Patients receive a comprehensive health assessment outlining past problems and current health concerns.
    • Nurses provide total care management in a supportive effort to improve and maintain patient wellness.
    • Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Behavioral Health are offered on site by an experienced therapy team who work in concert with primary care providers and other specialists to develop comprehensive care plans.

    Aspire of WNY’s experience and collaborations with local healthcare agencies and medical providers, and connectivity to important regional technology providers such as HEALTHLink™, support our clinical environment in which services and resources are accessed quickly. Aspire’s newly implemented Patient Portal, provides patients and caregivers access to important health records keeping them up to date on diagnostic testing results and annual preventive requirements.

    Click here to visit the Patient Portal.

    We accept the following insurances:

    • Medicare
    • Medicaid
    • BlueCross BlueShield
    • Independent Health
    • Univera Healthcare
    • Fidelis Care
    • YourCare
    • UnitedHealthcare

    For more information on Aspire Healthcare Services, please contact our Patient Services team at (716) 505-5630.


  • Primary Health Care

    Your primary medical provider serves as your advocate and guide through the healthcare system. Primary care practices provide health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, and diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses. Primary care practitioners also assist you in coordinating all other health services as they relate to your care (e.g. lab work, x-rays, services from specialists, etc.).  Primary care practices provide patients with ready access to their own personal medical provider, where a long-term healthcare relationship can be established. In addition, a back-up medical provider is available and access to medical guidance is accessible 24 hours a day/7 days a week, as needed.

    Currently, Primary Care is provided Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm.
    For patient convenience, every other Friday, primary medical care appointments begin at 7:30 a.m.

    Continuity of patient care is assured through 24 hour on-call service.

    We invite you to consider the Aspire of WNY Health Center for your next health care experience. We are confident that our staff will exceed your expectations with their dedication to exceptional medical care and service delivery.

    Click here to visit the Patient Portal.

    For more information on Aspire’s Primary Care Services, please contact our Patient Services team at (716) 505-5630.

    Charles Gelia, MD: Dr. Gelia is a graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and completed his masters in BioMedical Sciences from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. He received his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean, Montserrat, British West Indies, completing some of his clinical studies at Kingston-Upon-Thames District General Hospital, Surrey, England. Dr. Gelia completed his residency in internal medicine at SUNY, Buffalo, New York. Coming from a successful practice in the state of Florida, Dr. Gelia began at Aspire in April of 2017. Dr. Gelia has over 20 years’ experience in primary care and is committed to patient education and preventive medicine as his priority. He takes pride in tackling new challenges and in delivering care that is compassionate, collaborative and that maximizes healthcare outcomes.

    Jane Blake, NP: Since 1998, Jane Rennie Blake, ANP-C, RN, has been a Primary Care provider for the Aspire Health Center’s patient population, also providing basic women’s health services. Highly accomplished, Ms. Blake earned her B.A. in Psychology from Goucher College, a B.S. in Nursing from Cornell University and her M.S. in Nursing (Adult Nurse Practitioner) from SUNY at Buffalo. She is a certified member of the American Nurses’ Association and the recipient of multiple honors throughout her career. Jane Blake’s clinical skills, dedication, and kind, gentle approach serve as the foundation of quality care at the Aspire Health Center.

  • Mental Health Services

    As part of Aspire’s Health services, the Mental Health Services Department has been providing individuals with behavioral health care since 1971.

    Our assessment and treatment services are designed to help people cope with, or overcome, life’s traumas and emotional, or other mental health challenges. Our goal is to help those we serve strive toward their highest level of capabilities and personal fulfillment.

    Counseling Services:

    Are you feeling upset, sad, depressed, or anxious?

    Are you having difficulty coping?

    Have you recently experienced a loss?



    The Aspire Health Center provides counseling to assist individuals and families in dealing with emotional responses, grief and loss and personal challenges. Our Team of experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate Social Workers can assist you with sorting out your feelings, coping with stress and resolving issues that impact your daily life. Our team specializes in supportive counseling services for family members and care providers of those with developmental or acquired disabilities.

    We help our clients with the following challenges and more:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Grief
    • Impulse Control Issues
    • Difficulties coping with changes
    • Relationship Issues
    • Intellectual Disabilities
    • Autism Spectrum
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Psychotic Disorders


    For more information on Aspire’s Mental Health Services, please call: (716)505-5630

  • Rehabilitation Services

    Aspire Health Center has operated a clinical facility dedicated to providing premier care for special needs adults for more than 25 years. Now, our Health Center is accepting new patients, over 18 years of age, from the community-at-large. Offering same day appointments at your convenience. All major insurances are accepted.

    Physical Therapy

    In order to maximize functioning, reduce pain and promote good health, our Physical Therapists conduct evaluation and develop individualized treatment programs to prevent, minimize, or alleviate physical disability and associated health complications. Evaluations and training related to custom seating and mobility systems are additional specialty areas. Patient education and carry-over home exercise programs allow individuals take an active role in their health care and recovery.


    Speech Therapy

    Speech-Language Pathologists provide evaluation and treatment of a full range of communication disorders and swallowing difficulties. Qualified clinicians address all issues affecting speech, language, and comprehension. Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems offer a ‘voice’ to those who have lost the ability to speak or are difficult to understand. Our dedicated clinicians embrace the unique potential in every person served, with a focus on the fact that enhanced communication skills are a key factor in facilitating a sense of empowerment and satisfaction in life.

    Aspire’s health team also offers the following:

    • Wheelchair evaluations, durable medical equipment ordering and fitting.
    • Orthotic services to help prevent further contractures and deformity, enhance ambulation, and maintain optimal functioning.
    • Adaptive equipment evaluation and ordering of supplies.

    For more information on Aspire’s Rehabilitation Services, please call: (716) 505-5630.

  • Specialty Health Services


    Aspire of WNY’s Podiatry practice has been in operation for over 20 years, under the guidance of Dr. Joseph Genau, who specializes in disorders of the foot. Our comprehensive podiatry program addresses:

    • Related skin u0026amp; nail problems
    • Pressure sores
    • Orthopedic problems
    • Gait/walking abnormalities
    • Circulation problems
    • Diabetic foot care

    Feeding and Swallowing

    Trained Speech Pathologists evaluate an individual’s ability to swallow food and liquid safety. Recommendations are made based upon the individual’s current skill level and potential for advancement. Adaptive meal-time equipment can optimize rate and amount of intakes, as well as promote independence during meals. Modified diet textures can make food and liquid easier to manage. Compensatory techniques and mealtime strategies can enhance swallowing safety and improve respiratory function. Formal intervention plans are implemented to maximize an individual feeding and swallowing skills.

    Augmentative Communication

    Experienced Speech Language Pathologists provide evaluation and training int he use of assistive communication aids and devices for individuals who have lost the ability to speak or whose speech is difficult to understand. Our thorough assessment of an individual’s skills, needs and potential ensures they are fitted with the most appropriate and effective communication equipment. Communication aids and devices, along with equipment to facilitate alternate access, are available on-site to facilitate hands-on trials and training.

    Seating and Mobility

    Physical Therapists evaluate for custom seating systems that manage medical symptoms and provide therapeutic levels of support and security for individuals with orthopedic, postural and mobility challenges. Devices such as wheelchairs, standers, gait trainers, stair lifts and elevating seats assist individuals in maneuvering independently throughout their environment.

    Assistive Technology

    Our multi-disciplinary team conducts evaluations for alternate access to traditional forms of technology, as well as enhanced functioning within traditional living and workplace environments. Adaptations can make battery operated and electronic devices accessible for environmental control, vocational pursuits, community integration and enhanced self reliance. Specialized equipment and environmental modifications facilitate independent living and vocational functioning.

    Women’s Health

    An experienced provider is on staff to offer routine women’s gynecological care.

    For more information on Aspire’s Specialty Health Services, please call: (716) 505-5630.