Obstetrics and Gynecology

Thompson Health Canandaigua Medical Group

Obstetrician-Gynecologists are physicians who possess special knowledge, skills and abilities in the medical and surgical care of the female reproductive system and associated disorders. They consult with physicians in other specialty areas and serve as primary care physicians for women. 

Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) are educated in both midwifery and nursing. Midwifery, as practiced by certified nurse midwives, encompasses a full range of primary health care services for women, from adolescence through and beyond menopause.

Our providers are devoted to caring for the medical needs of women during all stages of their lives. We offer a broad spectrum of high quality preventative and specialty care.

Some of the services offered are:

  • Annual exams
  • Evaluation and treatment of abnormal pap smears
  • Colposcopy and LEEP procedures
  • Treatment for menstrual disorders
  • Menopause management
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • STD testing and treatment
  • Contraception including birth control pills, IUD insertion and removal, diaphragm fitting, Depoprovera, Ortho Evra patch, Nexplanon, Nuva ring and permanent sterilization
  • Treatment for urinary incontinence and prolapse
  • Major and minor surgical services including endometrial ablation, vaginal and abdominal hysterectomy, removal of ovarian cysts, removal of pelvic tumors, repair of pelvic relaxation, vulvar skin biopsies, D&C and diagnostic laparoscopy




Jillian Babu, MD (Canandaigua & Farmington)
Catherine J. Cantwell, MD (Canandaigua)
Francis V Finneran, MD (Canandaigua)
Alexis Pilato, MD (Canandaigua & Victor)
Laura K. Price, MD, MBA (Canandaigua & Victor)
Robert W. Scott, MD (Canandaigua)

Certified Nurse Midwives:

Laura Burgess, CNM, MSN (Canandaigua & Farmington)
Jessica Schock, CNM, MSN (Canandaigua & Victor)
Samera Sorell, CNM, DNP  (Canandaigua)

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner:

Judy Almekinder, WHNP (Farmington)


What is a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)?

What is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)?

Obstetrics at Thompson Health

An obstetrician cares for women when they are pregnant. They have been trained to care for both the mother and the unborn child during both normal and complicated pregnancies.

Our practice delivers babies at F.F. Thompson Hospital's Birthing Center, recognized by The Joint Commission for Advanced Perinatal Certification and by Excellus for Blue Distinction+ Maternity Care. At Thompson, the goal is for your prenatal care, labor, delivery and postpartum experience to be as fulfilling as possible. All of our providers try to be personally available to our patients for all their care – including labor and delivery – however, it is impossible to be on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Physicians and midwives rotate call coverage after hours, weekends, holidays, and during vacations.

Call our office in the event of:

  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting
  • Pelvic cramping or unusual abdominal pain
  • Temperature over 101°
  • Leakage of fluid from the vagina
  • Decreased or absent fetal movement

Labor: When to call
If this is your first child:
  • Contractions five minutes apart for about an hour
  • When your water breaks
  • If you have previously delivered: Strong and regular contractions, even if more than five minutes apart when your water breaks

Where to call
(585) 393-2800

Postpartum Depression
Our OB/GYN staff is committed to your healthcare needs even after your delivery. The arrival of a baby is a joyful time but also very stressful. Many new moms experience mood changes such as:
  • Irritability
  • Episodes of crying
  • Anxiousness
  • Feelings of sadness

These mood changes occur because of a sudden drop in hormone levels after delivery. We refer to these as postpartum or baby blues. If these feelings continue after two weeks, this can be a sign of postpartum depression. Postpartum depression can happen to any new mom and is not caused by anything you do.

Because postpartum depression can make it difficult to care for your infant, your family and yourself, it is important to recognize if you are experiencing postpartum depression. The sooner we diagnosis postpartum depression, the sooner we can help you.

Please don’t hesitate to call us if you or your family is concerned that you may be experiencing postpartum depression.


A gynecologist cares for women when they are not pregnant and treat both medical and surgical illnesses as well as provide preventative care.

At UR Medicine Thompson Health, we are committed to making your visit to our office a positive one whether you are a new patient or a returning one. To help us achieve this goal, it is important that we schedule you for the correct type of visit and allow for the right amount of time. The most common type of visit is a well woman’s exam.

A well woman’s exam includes:

  • Clinical breast exam
  • Pelvic exam including a Pap smear if you are due for one
  • Discussion of women’s health topics such as birth control options and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections
  • Refill of prescriptions related to women’s health care


A well woman’s exam is not a problem visit. If you are having a woman’s health issue or concern (e.g., irregular bleeding, vaginal discharge, breast mass), a separate appointment will be made so that we can adequately address your concerns. Occasionally, there may be enough time to complete your well woman’s exam and a problem visit. In this situation, two separate visits will be charged for that day.

Please call our office at (585) 393-2800
if you have further questions or are unsure about the type of appointment you need to schedule.

Office Locations & Hours:

335 Parrish Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 6:30 pm

1160 Corporate Drive
Farmington, NY 14425
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 7 pm

53 West Main Street
Victor, NY 14564
Tuesday: 8 am - 5 pm

Geneva in 2020

OB On Call System

Whether a patient requires our services at the hospital or in the office, it is always our goal to provide the best care possible to each individual.

To best balance the various needs of all our patients, our physicians and midwives rotate responsibility for patients in the hospital, in 24-hour shifts. If a patient has need of our services at F.F. Thompson Hospital – either through the emergency department or in the birthing center – they will be seen by the “on call” provider. This dramatically decreases the interruptions for our doctors and midwives, as well as patients in the office.


Accepting New Patients

The following practices are accepting new patients.

Please print out our Patient Registration Form (pdf), fill it out and bring it with you.