Coronavirus Pandemic Notice
Posted 7/4/20

Our Practice Updates General Covid-19 Updates
We are open for physicals and sick visits with safeguards in place to maintain proper social distancing within the office. Telehealth visits are available also, and they are covered by the insurance companies. As usual, we are available for advice 24/7.

All persons 2 years and up who enter the office must wear a face mask that covers both the mouth AND the nose.

We are seeing patients by appointment only.

We continue to have Saturday hours but not evening hours. M-Friday hours are 8-4pm.

To limit traffic in the office we request that only one adult accompany the child/children for the appointment(s). (Please do not bring extra children who do not have appointments.)

To maintain proper social distancing we have our patients using their vehicle as their own private waiting room until called to be escorted inside, one family at a time.

Well/Advance Rechecks are scheduled in the mornings and early afternoons while sick visits that cannot be managed by telehealth visits are scheduled in the late afternoons.

All patients are screened for:

  • symptoms of Covid-19 within 2 wks
  • travel to a Covid-19 “Hot Spot” within 2 wks.
  • a close contact:
    • with symptoms of Covid-19 within 2 wks.
    • who traveled to a Hot Spot within 2 wks.
    • under investigation for or quarantined for Covid-19 within 2 wks.
Appointments for well visits or advance rechecks are rescheduled if the screening above is positive.

We are not handling/exchanging forms nor payments within the office space. Please mail, fax, or send forms/papers through the patient portal.

Your family will be escorted out of the office one family at a time.

Employees are screened similarly prior to entering the office.

Our goal is to keep minor illness out of the office and urgent care centers, so please call for a Telehealth Visit.

We are not doing in-office testing for Covid-19.

The Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics endorse continued well visits to ensure that children stay up to date on their immunizations.

Refer to the Erie County Dept. of Health website for a list of Covid testing locations.

If you get tested, isolate as if you are positive until the results are reported as normal.

If there is a test-proven, positive Covid-19 case in your household refer to the Erie County Health Commissioner mandate (Health Alert Priority #355) for the proper quarantine procedure via this link:

The practice is not recommending Covid-19 antibody blood tests until more data is available on their accuracy and clinical usefulness.

Continue social distancing and good hand hygiene.

Do not send your child to daycare, camp, nor school with any symptoms of Covid-19 nor if he has had close contact with someone who has or is under investigation for Covid-19.

If you think your child has the Covid-19 virus he may be treated supportively at home. Regarding suspected Covid-19 illness, call if there is fever of 100.4 or higher longer than 72 hours or if there is shortness of breath, trouble breathing, or an extensive rash.

Everyone eligible for Flu shots should be vaccinated this season.

Just because we all are getting tired of the Pandemic, it doesn’t mean it’s over!
Everyone must do their part for the greater good.
If that is not inspiring enough, do it for your Nana and Papa!
Stay safe.
Thank You from the Providers and Staff of Genesee-Transit Pediatrics.


Pediatric Physicians in Buffalo, NY

Our pediatricians are dedicated to the care of infants, children, and adolescents in the Buffalo & Depew, NY areas. Each pediatric physician at Genesee-Transit strives to achieve compassion, kindness, and competence. Our very dedicated staff can help you with your journey through parenting. From preventative prenatal care to vaccinations for your child, our team is here to assist your family’s needs.

We are currently accepting new patients. Schedule an appointment today!


Darlene A. Dzik, MD, FAAPDarlene A. Dzik, MD, FAAP

Dr. Dzik graduated from Depew High School in 1986. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Biology in 1990. Dr. Dzik graduated from the SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1994, and completed her Residency training in Pediatrics in 1997 at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Dr. Dzik then practiced at Mercy Pediatric Center in South Buffalo. She has been with Genesee-Transit Pediatrics since its inception in 1999. She is certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She resides in Lancaster and enjoys spending time with her children.


John A. Dzik, MD, FAAPJohn A. Dzik, MD, FAAP

Dr. Dzik graduated in 1985 from Depew High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1989. Dr. Dzik then graduated from the SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1993, and completed his Residency training in Pediatrics in 1996 at the Children's Hospital of Buffalo. Dr. Dzik then joined Tonawanda Pediatrics. He has been with Genesee-Transit Pediatrics since its launch in 1999. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He resides in Lancaster with his wife and children.


Khristina Kasuba, MD, FAAPKhristina Kasuba, MD, FAAP

Dr. Kasuba joined Genesee-Transit Pediatrics in 2012. She has lived in the Buffalo area since 1996 and is a graduate of Depew High School. She received her B.A. in Biomedical Science from SUNY Buffalo. Dr. Kasuba completed an internship at the Toshiba Stroke Research Center at SUNY Buffalo and a project on Dengue Fever. Her volunteer interests included working with orphans in both the Ukraine and St. Maarten. Dr. Kasuba received her M.D. from The American University of the Caribbean then completed her residency training in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Buffalo. She is versed in Russian and is fluent in Ukrainian.


Alessandra M. Palma, MD, FAAPAlessandra M. Palma, MD, FAAP

Dr. Palma received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Majoring in Spanish literature, Dr. Palma graduated Cum Laude and was the recipient of the Abby Howe Turner Award for Excellence in Biology. Dr. Palma completed her M.D. degree at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Camden, New Jersey. Her residency training in Pediatrics was completed at Children's Hospital of Buffalo, where she served as Chief Resident. After completing her residency training, Dr. Palma attended as the Hospitalist for the infant ward at Children's Hospital of Buffalo and worked in the hospital-affiliated clinics. She was awarded a National Health Service Corps Scholarship for her service in the inner city clinics. Dr. Palma has been with our practice since its 1999 expansion into Genesee-Transit Pediatrics. She is board certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Eric G. Sickels, MD, FAAPEric G. Sickels, MD, FAAP

Dr. Sickels received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, followed by an additional year as Chief Resident. Dr Sickels joined Genesee Pediatrics in 1990 and has been with Genesee-Transit Pediatrics since its inception in 1999. Since January of 2005, he has held the position of managing partner. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition, he is a member of the Buffalo Pediatric Society and the Erie County Medical Society. Dr Sickels lives in West Falls with his wife Susan, a veterinarian. They have two daughters and keep busy caring for their three horses and two cats.



Transit Office Hours

4899 Transit Road Depew, NY 14043

Monday thru Thursday: 8am-7pm
Fri: 8am-4pm
Sat: 8am-12pm

(716) 558-5437