Dr. Werner

Michael A. Werner, MD, FACS
Medical Director/Founder

Michael A. Werner, M.D., FACS is a board-certified urologist who received his specialized fellowship training in male infertility and surgery and male sexual dysfunction at Boston University Medical Center. He lectures and writes extensively on these topics in medical journals and books.

Dr. Werner completed his Urology residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan and received his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco. He holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from Harvard College. Dr. Werner's private practice is limited to male infertility and male sexual dysfunction.

Dr. Werner believes that you need to have a complete understanding of the medical options available to you. Together, you will decide on the course of treatment that makes the most medical and personal sense for you.

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Nick Cannone

Nick Cannone, FNP, Associate Medical Director

Nick Cannone is an ANCC certified nurse practitioner who has worked with Dr. Werner since 2011. Nick received his nursing degree from Binghamton University and worked as a nurse at Mount Sinai Medical Center before going back to school to get his Master's degree as a family nurse practitioner from Pace University.

Nick started as a primary care provider with expertise in HIV care where he worked for 12 years before joining Dr. Werner. As a primary care provider he became knowledgeable in many different medical conditions including diabetes, hypertension and lipid disorders. Since joining Dr. Werner, Nick has become interested in male sexual dysfunction and its relation to common medical problems. Nick is also involved in research where he acts as sub-investigator and research clinician. Nick obtained his experience in research while working at ACRIA, a not for profit community based research center.

Paul Nelson, LMHC

Paul Nelson (LMHC) is a nationally recognized leader in Male Sexual Health. He is a Sex Educator and licensed Sex Therapist. His work lies in bridging the gap between the medical world and sexuality world. His time with MAZE patients focuses on creating a foundation of practical understanding of sex, sexual function, and sexuality and how it integrates with medical treatment.

As a prostate cancer survivor, Paul discovered there was almost no information for men with ED that was not a commercial. In 2008 he launched FrankTalk.org, which quickly became the largest online community for men with Erectile Dysfunction. Eventually a group of men formed the Erectile Dysfunction Foundation. Paul serves as its president. The Journal of Sexual Medicine has published an analysis of the FrankTalk online discussion board regarding penile implants.

Paul has been featured on ABC News, the BBC, the New York Times, South China Press, the London Guardian and the Chicago Tribune. His work appears in the Prostate Cancer Research Institute, Prostatepedia, and many others. Paul is also a Peer Review Panelist on Cancer Research for the Department of Defense.

Cruise Dittus, MA

Cruise Dittus received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from SUNY Cortland and has experience working with clients at several fitness centers as a personal trainer. Cruise also received post-baccalaureate education at SUNY Purchase, with aims to move into the clinical side of the healthcare field. As a Medical Assistant at Maze, he has found that many of the same principles of personal training carry over into the clinical setting. He believes that education and information are integral to achieving excellent healthcare results, as they are to excellent fitness results. He places a strong focus on patient education, to ensure that each patient we see feels informed about their medications, their options, and the reasoning and research behind our treatments and methods.

As a Medical Assistant, Cruise works with Dr. Werner, Nick, our Lab Technicians, and Front Desk Staff to make sure that the many moving parts of Maze Men’s Health are guided into place. Reviewing patient forms, filling medications, addressing patient’s concerns, teaching proper injection technique, phlebotomy, and scribe work are a sample of the details Cruise oversees. In addition, Cruise is the primary administrator of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy at Maze Men’s Health.

Matthew Phillips, LCSW, MED

Matthew is a licensed clinical social worker and sex therapist who empowers patients to grow and change in response to depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship challenges. Matthew has spent over fifteen years working as a therapist and manager in hospital and non-profit residential child welfare settings. Throughout this time, issues related to sexuality were always on the edge of his work and far too often were neglected by other treatment providers. Matthew now brings sexuality to the center by providing therapy that emphasizes sexual identity and functioning as critical components of a balanced life.

Matthew completed a bachelor’s degree in music therapy at Elizabethtown College and Masters Degrees in social work and human sexuality at Widener University. He is presently a PhD student in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies and adjunct faculty in the Center for Social Work Education, both at Widener University. Matthew approaches therapy from a person-centered and integrative lens, rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. He practices from a social justice perspective and actively affirms the unique identities of diverse people.

Rachel Spangenthal, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Rachel Spangenthal is an ANCC board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Neuropsychology from Yeshiva University, and both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing from Columbia University.

Rachel is deeply passionate about holistic care for individuals who are navigating struggles with mental health and approaches all difficulties with a biopsychosocial model. She utilizes a combination of therapeutic techniques including psychodynamic therapy, somatic experiencing therapy, and medication management. She currently works part time in private practice, and has years of experience serving with the underserved, providing mental health care to New York’s homeless population.

Her areas of expertise include treatment of depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders. Rachel believes that mental health care is an intimate partnership, and holds that each person deserves to be seen as the unique, dynamic, person that s/he is.

Emily David, MA

Emily David is a Medical Assistant on the Maze Men's Health. She coordinates with the medical team, therapists, lab technicians, and front desk staff. She currently serves as the primary administrator of metabolic, pulmonary, and exercise testing.

Emily received her degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology, as well as her pre-med training, from Macaulay Honors College at Queens College. In her years as a clinical researcher, Emily worked with mothers and their children to understand how different stressors affect a mother’s physical and mental health, and the impacts of these changes on her children’s neuropsychological and behavioral development.

At Maze, Emily is hoping to combine her interests of holistic medicine, parental health, and patient education to practice medicine in a way that encourages individual flourishment and optimal well-being.

Chaya Rothschild, Andrologist, Project Manager

Extended Sperm Search & Microfreeze

Chaya Rothschild holds a certification in both Andrology and Embryology Laboratory Sciences through the American Association of Bioanalysts Board of Registry. 

Her prior experience includes work at a fertility laboratory performing IVF and other procedures related to Assisted Reproduction. Her time there has shown her that male infertility is a factor that is largely underestimated as contributing to the success or failure of assisted reproductive treatment. Her skills and experience in the micromanipulation of reproductive cells make her a valuable asset to the new Extended Sperm Search Program at Maze Men’s Health.

Chaya has almost 10 years of experience with direct patient care, beginning with her time spent as a volunteer EMT in her hometown. She has found that the ART laboratory scientist is a unique blend of laboratory technician and clinician, with patient-centered care being fundamental to her approach.

Last updated: April 2022