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  • Jennifer Zazzarino MSN

    Jennifer received her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. Jennifer has been practicing for the past 6 years with her County Health Department. When she is not servicing our patients, Jen enjoys playing the clarinet, reading and being a fur-mom to her adorable puppies.

    Sara Makary, DMD

    Born and raised in Egypt, Dr. Sara Makary shadowed her uncle at an early age in settings such as churches and volunteer clinics. She moved to the USA at the age of 16 where the decision to pursue dentistry was an easy one. Dr. Makary has been a Floridian since 2005 where she attended UNF for her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Chemistry. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 2014 ready to work. Dr. Makary gained clinical experience working in various settings but found her passion to be in community dentistry where she spent the last 5 years working at a Federally Qualified Health Center treating the underserved population of Jacksonville and neighboring cities. During that time, she served as the Director of Dental Services from 2018 to 2021. Dr. Makary joined CAN Community Health with the goal of applying her years of experience towards delivering clinical care.
    In her free time, Dr. Makary enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. That means lots of outdoors time, video games, and building Legos. She also loves to read, exercise, and attempts to cook for the family (it doesn’t always come out tasty!)

    Philip Correia, DDS

    Dr. Correia is a dentist with over 30 years of experience from the state of Rhode Island. He went to undergraduate school in Rhode Island and from there continued his education at Georgetown University Dental School earning his DDS. Upon graduation, he joined the Navy for 3 years in Alabama and returned to his home state where he acquired his own practice. After selling his practice 8 years ago, Dr. Correia relocated to Florida to continue practicing Dentistry.

    Timothy McDowell (Midland)

    Post Graduate: Masters of Science in Nursing as an Adult Nurse Practitioner Certification in HIV Care in 2017
    Education: BS in Nursing in 1988; MS in Nursing in 2004
    Work History: ICU nurse for 16 years; 5 years in hospital outpatient care; 10 years in Primary Care focusing on HIV
    Medical Licensure: Adult Nurse Practitioner
    Professional Organizations: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, American Academy of HIV Medicine

    Steve Lizano, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC (Midland)

    Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner
    Post Graduate: Masters of Science in Nursing as an Adult Nurse Practitioner Certification in HIV Care in 2017
    BSN earned May 2017
    Education: BSN to DNP Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
    DNP earned December 2020
    Work History: IMCU Nurse 2017-2021; Nurse Practitioner – Midland Medical Center
    Medical Licensure: Family Nurse Practitioner
    Professional Organizations: American Nurses Association- Member; Florida Nurses Association- Member

    Bruna Purgato Dantas PA-C MMsc (Midland)

    Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
    Post Graduate: Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Nova Southeastern University, 2013, Graduated With Highest Honors
    Education: Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Florida State University 2009
    Work History: Midland Medical Center 1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd, Suite 200 Oakland Park , FL 33334
    ARAPB Arthritis and Rheumatology-Boynton Beach, FL Physician Assistant April 2018 to Dec. 2021
    Oscar Soto MD PA Internal Medicine/Family Practice- Physician Assistant January 2014-March 2018
    Medical Licensure: Physician Assistant

    Joseph Tojar, MSPA, PA-C (Midland)

    Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
    Education: Bachelors Science Biology, University of Central Florida 2014, Masters of Science Physician Assistant Studies, South University of Savannah, GA 2017
    Work History: Midway Specialty Care March 2020-August 2021
    Medical Licensure: State of Florida

    Noah Lee, D.O. Medical Director

    Certification:

    American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians Licensed Family Practitioner American Academy of HIV Medicine Certified Specialist

    Medicare/Medicade/Private Insurance Provide

    Education:

    Nova Southeastern University / Palmetto General Hospital, North Miami/Hialeah, FL Family Practice Residency Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Davie, FL Doctor of Osteopathy University of Miami, Miami, FL Bachelor of Science

    Work History:

    Medical Director – Midland Medical Center 1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd, Suite 101 Oakland Park, FL 33334 2006-Present Staff Physician – Florida Department of Corrections, Orlando, FL 2005-2006 Family Medicine Resident – Nova Southeastern University/Palmetto General Hospital 2002-2005

    Gary J. Richmond, MD

    Dr. Richmond will continue to oversee research protocols at CAN while closing out his internal medicine and pulmonary medicine practices. Once fully credentialed, he will resume clinical care of CAN’s mission patients. He received his B.S. Summa cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Societies. He earned his M.D. from New York Medical College and completed Internal Medicine residency at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City. Dr. Richmond received his subspecialty training in Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified in both Internal medicine and Pulmonary Diseases. He has been elected fellowship status in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. He is the founding Medical Director of the Northwest Clinic, Broward County Public Health Unit’s first AIDS Treatment Center. He has authored numerous publications in the HIV field including the pulmonary complications of HIV. He has been a principal investigator for over 300 clinical trials in the treatment of HIV. He previously served as Medical Director of the Respiratory Therapy Program at Broward College and the Respiratory Care Division at Broward Health Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale. He holds academic positions at Nova Southeastern University and Florida international University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. He joined CAN Community Health in July 2022.

    Stephanie Hadley

    Stephanie is a board-certified Physician Assistant who earned her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and her master’s degree from Cleveland State University. She has 10 years of experience total specializing in Infectious Disease and Primary Care Services. She practiced as a Physician Assistant in the Infectious Disease division at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) for 7 years and then practiced in Primary Care for 3 additional years. She is devoted to providing HIV and Primary Care Services to a diverse panel of patients with comprehensive, high-quality, and patient centered care with compassion and empathy.

    Elizabeth Davison, MPAS, PA-C

    Elizabeth Davison is a board-certified Physician Assistant and earned her master’s degree from Seton Hall University. She is a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Associates and was inducted into the Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants. Beth is passionate about Hepatitis C, STI, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, and gender-affirming hormone therapy. She enjoys working with diverse populations and strives to provide compassionate, patient-centered care.

    Edward W. Braun, MD, FAAFP, DABFM, AAHIVS

    Dr. Braun attended medical school at the University of South Florida and did his residency at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach specializing in Family Medicine. Dr. Braun’s professional path began in an Emergency Room, he then spent time working in corporate America providing care for employees and retirees of a large corporation as the Medical Director overseeing two very busy clinics located in the Tampa area. Dr. Braun has been treating people living with HIV since 1999 and is credentialed as an HIV Specialist with the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Dr. Braun says the most rewarding part of his job is being able to help someone who is very ill to get to a better state of health; also, to provide emotional support and encouragement to someone who is struggling.

    Lauren Arredondo, MS, PA-C

    Lauren received her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2016. She has experience in Urgent Care and Family Medicine. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Saint Elizabeth University’s Physician Assistant Program and teaches history taking, physical examination, procedures and simulations. She has always had a passion for helping those with HIV/AIDS and is honored to be working for CAN Community Health.

    Steven K. Barnett, MD

    Senior Vice President, Medical Services
    Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Barnett provided primary care including management of HIV/AIDS in an under-served county of South Carolina for over 20 years prior to Joining CAN Community Health in 2017 where he now provides HIV specialty care along with full-scope primary care to all of his patients. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Connecticut and completed his residency in Hartford Connecticut and is board-certified in Family Medicine. He is a certified HIV specialist through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Throughout his career Dr. Barnett has been an advocate for underserved and under-represented groups in healthcare and has been involved in HIV prevention and advocacy. He believes and practices with the goal of providing individualized and comprehensive care to every patient using a holistic approach.

    Michael Roggelin

    Michael Roggelin is Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is credentialed by the American Academy of HIV Medicine as an HIV Specialist. Prior to joining the CAN Community Health, he worked in other healthcare organizations in San Diego, CA, Chicago, IL Orlando, FL providing care to the LGBTQ+ and HIV patient community. Michael received his bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and his master's degree in an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Program, with a specialization in HIV medicine at Duke University.
    He has over 30 years’ experience within healthcare ranging from the California Department of Corrections to Nursing Instructor at Brightwood College San Diego, CA. Michael has a strong passion for helping patients maximize their best health and an affinity for HIV disease. Michael was also, an aircraft mechanic in the US Air Force and had the opportunity to fly in an F4 Phantom fighter jet!

    Nadine Connor

    Nadine Connor is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Nadine received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Columbia University in New York, her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of South Florida. She is an experienced advanced nurse practitioner specializing in the care of HIV and Hepatitis C co-infected adolescents and adults. She has held leadership positions in academic and clinical settings and she possesses a passion to provide excellent care to patients and to educate students to do the same.

    Matthew P. Thomas, MD – Sarasota

    Dr. Matthew Thomas is board certified in general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. He earned his MD degree from the University of Kansas, completed his general psychiatry residency at Baylor College and became Chief Resident during his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Brown University. Dr. Thomas is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida State University College of Medicine. He is the Chairman of Psychiatry at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and treats children, adolescents, adults and families.

    Corklin Steinhart, MD PhD

    Corklin (Corky) Steinhart is currently Medical Director of NW Florida and Senior Research Advisor for CAN Community Health of Sarasota FL. Prior to his current position there, he was Director of Research Development and Head, Medical Education. He is also the Chief Medical Officer of Payer Matrix, a company specializing in providing expensive treatments for a number of diseases at affordable costs and is Distinguished Professor at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center in China. Corky also is on the voluntary faculty as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Central Florida Medical School in Orlando, Florida.

    Previously, Corky spent 13 years in the pharmaceutical industry, first at Merck where he held several regional and global medical affairs positions in HIV, HCV, antimicrobials and antifungal diseases. Subsequently, he moved to ViiV/GSK where he was Head of Global Medical Directors. 

    Prior to entering the pharmaceutical industry, Corky was President of Steinhart Medical Associates in Miami, Florida, where his hospital-based practice specialized in HIV caring for more than 2000 PLWs. During his 16 years there, he participated in numerous clinical trials and served on a number of advisory boards. He also served as Chairperson of his hospital’s (Mercy Hospital) Institutional Review Committee and was the Founding Medical Director of Mercy Hospital’s Special Immunology Services. Corky also served as Medical Director of the Florida Caribbean AIDS Education Training Center for several years. 

    Corky obtained a PhD in Physiology from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and his MD degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa. He did his post-doctoral Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

    Corky currently lives in Orlando with his wife Pippa and spends as much time as he can with his 2 young grandchildren.

    Dr. Douglas Brust

    Dr. Douglas Brust is a board-certified infectious disease specialist who has devoted his entire career to caring for people living with HIV. He completed his BA and PhD at Cornell University, received his MD from Columbia University and then trained in internal medicine at Harvard University. After residency, Dr Brust went on to the National Institutes of Health for his fellowship training in infectious disease. He has served on the faculty at Columbia University and currently is a Clinical Associate Professor for the FSU primary care residency program in Fort Myers. Dr Brust has published numerous scientific papers and has received multiple academic awards including Fulbright and Howard Hughes scholarships.

    Laura

    Dr. Laura Armas-Kolostroubis is a General Internal Medicine specialist who has devoted her career to providing care, educating providers, and conducting research on HIV. She brings to CAN over 20 years of experience in the public, private, and academic settings.

    She is passionate about patient-centered care and outcomes and firmly believes that CAN provides the kind of team environment to provide such care.
    She got her medical education from La Salle University Mexican School of Medicine in Mexico City, her postgraduate training at UT Southwestern affiliated hospitals, and later she joined the staff at Parkland Health and Hospital System HIV Services, another UT Southwestern affiliate. There she also became the medical lead for the Women Specialty Center, which she participated in the design and implementation of a medical home for women living with HIV. Simultaneously she served as the Director for the Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center. Family reasons led to her move to Florida, joining the University of Florida as an Associate Professor and Medical Co-director of the UF Care, Research and Education Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. This was followed by a move to one of the largest HIV focused private practice, where she became the lead in their dysplasia clinic.

    Besides her current position, she is also the Co-Chair for the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Priority area of the State Health Improvement Plan and also Co-Chair for the American Academy of HIV Medicine Florida Steering Team.

    She has served in local, state, and national work and advisory groups like the CDC, NIH, AmfAR, and others.

    Giselle Bolt

    TELEHEALTH MEDICAL PROVIDER ANP, PMHNP, APRN
    Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Clark Woodruff

    Vice President of Information Technology

    Clark Woodruff joined the CAN Community Health leadership team in 2021, filling the key role of Vice President of Information Technology.  He brings in over 25 years of IT experience in Healthcare, Insurance and Manufacturing. He is a native of Connecticut and recently relocated to Florida. In his role, Clark is accountable for directing the information and data integrity for the health center and for all IT functions. This includes the data center, technical services, help desk, communication networks (voice and data), and computer program development.  In total, Clark spanning years of service in IT and management experience including expertise in:

    Multi-project management.
    Customer relationship management.
    System and application development, implementation and conversions.
    Budget management.
    Project planning and implementation.
    Team development and training.

    Clark’s extensive skills and experience have had a significant, positive impacts for the past organization that he served.   He has developed, implemented and managed a complete overhaul of the computer technologies, bringing in the latest and most efficient systems to significantly improve data connections.  Known to leverage a wealth of expertise to influence operational performances, while maximizing productivity, and excellent organizational skills.  He has overhauled entire IT Infrastructure to improve patient service by facilitating more efficient care and better communication.  He lead a team to became one of the first Federally Qualified Health Centers in the country to have an integrated EHR, encompassing internal medicine, dental and behavioral health.

    When Clark is not at work, he’ll most likely be outside, either teeing off at one of his favorite golf courses, putting his landscaping skills to work and watching NY Mets baseball.
    He is married to his wife, Kris, and spends time with their pug and french bulldog.

    Clark received his B.S. degree in Business Management from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, and his M.B.A. in Computer and Information Science from the University of New Haven.

    Brett McNeal

    Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

    Brett McNeal is a native Minnesotan who received his undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Minnesota. His professional experience has concentrated on fraud and abuse issues in the healthcare industry, including, without limitation, the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and the False Claims Act. He also has extensive experience providing practical advice and guidance on a range of regulatory issues and matters impacting the healthcare industry. That has included, among others, Medicare and Medicaid program and reimbursement requirements, the 340B Drug Pricing Program, HIPAA, and provider scope of practice issues. He has written articles that have been published by Health Care Compliance Association and the American Health Law Association. Brett is currently serving as the Vice Chair of Publishing for American Health Law Association’s Fraud and Abuse Practice Group. Brett lives in Sarasota with his wife and their four children.

    J. Marlon Pittman

    Marlon’s experience and expertise in the medical and pharmaceutical industries has been clearly demonstrated throughout his past 30 years of work. Among his many accomplishments is the creation of new strategies for CAN Community Health to increase penetration into Southern and Western States, such as Clinics, Pharmacies & Government entities including the CDC. Marlon can communicate clearly with subject matter experts in 340B practices. That line of communication is extremely important in helping us to help our patients.

    Esther Schumann, MD, AAHIVS

    Dr. Schumann is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and credentialed with the American Academy of HIV medicine.
    She went to medical school both in France and in Germany, graduating from the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, Germany. After graduation she obtained a PhD in Medicine.
    In 1995 Dr. Schumann immigrated to the United States. She graduated from the Residency Program for Social Medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. This program, the only one of its kind in the US, specializes in the care of the inner-city population.
    After 5 years practicing as a solo family physician in Riverdale/Bronx, she moved to Florida in 2005. There she joined a community-based HIV organization in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Schumann has been dedicated to the HIV community for the past 25 years. Besides English, she also speaks German, French and Spanish.
    She joined CAN Community Health in Orlando in August 2021. She lives with two cats and her partner.

    Takeela Kinard, APRN

    Takeela Kinard is an Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Walden University and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Lander University. Prior to joining the CAN team in February 2020, she was practicing as a Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health and Preventive Medicine. She has over 20 years of nursing experience which includes Med/Surg, home health, women’s health, preventive medicine, and geriatrics. She enjoys working with the adult population and strives to always provide compassionate, patient centered care.

    Jacqueline McDaniel, APRN

    Jacqueline McDaniel is an ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of practice in family, pediatrics and gynecological services. She earned her BSN from The University of Southern Mississippi. She later went on to earn her Master’s of Science Degree in Adult Health Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner from Arkansas State University. Jackie enjoys reading, sports and spending time with her family.

    Vicki Truman, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

    Vicki Truman is a lifelong resident of Jacksonville. She received her MSN from Jacksonville University and is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Vicki began serving the HIV community in 2008 when she was an HIV Nurse Case Manager at the University of Florida’s Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education, and Service. She has been awarded HIV Nurse of the Year twice and recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal as a Healthcare Hero. Vicki has served as the local chapter president for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Vicki has been a local and state committee member focusing on improving the quality of life for those living with HIV. She has been with CAN Community Health since 2016, having worked in several roles such as Patient Care Coordinator and Practice Administrator, and she assisted in the opening of the Jacksonville location at Lutheran Social Services in 2018. Vicki will provide mental health services and psychopharmacological treatments to patients living in Jacksonville and throughout Florida with telehealth appointments.

    Giselle M. Bolt, ANP, PMHNP, APRN

    TELEHEALTH MEDICAL PROVIDER
    Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Michael Cuffage

    Originally from the Washington DC area, Michael has been a resident of Sarasota county since 1982. Michael lives with his wife on Duck Key in south Sarasota County and enjoys spending his leisure time with his 7 grandchildren.

    Michael is retired and had successful careers in the Finance/Accounting, Information Systems, Medical, Not-For-Profit, and Sales industries. Michael’s last position before retiring was as the President and CEO of CAN Community Health, a Not-for-Profit HIV and Medical clinic. During his tenure as CEO, Michael established the 340b pharmacy program and created the business models that allowed to organization to grow sixty fold and continue growing after he retired for medical reasons. Over the course of his careers Michael held positions including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer, General and Technical Sales Manager, and Network and Software Systems Engineer.

    Michael has over 21 years of parliamentary procedure experience and has served with distinction on Boards and Committees (including finance, budget, strategic planning, federal audit, fundraising, and event planning). Michael’s educational background includes, accounting, finance, information systems (network and software) business administration, financial planning, electronics, and graphic arts.

    Michael currently serves as a volunteer in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary as the Staff Officer in charge of Finance. Michael also serves as a volunteer committee member for Empowerment SRQ, and on the Duck Key Owners Association Board of Directors as Vice President and Treasurer.  Michael enjoys Boating, Golf, Movies, Music, Trivia, Cooking, and of course —–telling jokes!

    Demetrius Kujiamini Jifunza, MS

    Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

    Demetrius K. Jifunza has lived in Sarasota/Manatee Counties since 1989. In recent years, he has become involved in several organizations that lend to his passion for helping others. He is the Vice President of the Sarasota County Branch NAACP, a member of the Sarasota Ministerial Association, former Board Chair of CAN Community Health of Sarasota, a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and co-chair of the criminal justice committee for Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity, (SURE). Jifunza is also the former Sarasota Chapter President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, an organization committed to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against people with convictions. He was a leading advocate and instrumental in the passaging of Amendment 4, which restores voting rights to more than 1 million people in Florida who were previously convicted of felonies. He became involved with the push for Amendment 4 because of its direct impact on him. Due to Jifunza’s efforts, he has been recognized for several awards and has appeared on several national outlets such as HBO, Vice News, the New York Times, PBS News Hour, and POD Save America.

    Jifunza has recently completed his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at National Louis University and will continue to pursue his doctorate in Counseling Education and Supervision. After 17 years as a subrogation paralegal, Jifunza decided to follow his passion and became a mental health counselor.
    Jifunza is the son of Alfreda S. Jackson and Booker T. Jackson and is married to Syreeta B. Smart-Jifunza; and they have three children, Demetrius, Kayden, and Journie.

    Nicholas Pukish, PA-C

    PA. Nicholas Pukish is a navy veteran who has spent the last 25 years as a Physician Assistant Provider with experience in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, and most recently Infectious Disease. He believes strongly in teamwork and a patient-centered care model of medicine and has demonstrated this along with great passion for our patients since coming aboard as a Provider with CAN Community Health in January of 2020.
    He received his initial PA training and Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio TX. He later went on to receive his master’s degree at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. He spent over 20 years as a Naval Officer in the U.S. Navy, and provided not only medical care to our military and their family members, but was also instrumental in instruction, mentoring and training of various medical staff throughout those years. He was also involved in Community outreach programs spanning everything from occupational health, wellness, preventive medicine, and children’s health education.
    He is currently our Senior PA Medical Provider for the Pensacola / Fort Walton Beach Clinics.

    Katie Tinley, APRN (Bach & Godofsky)

    Katie Tinley, Nurse Practitioner, is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Katie served on active duty as a Commissioned Officer with the U. S. Coast Guard after having earned a bachelor’s degree from The United States Coast Guard Academy. Upon leaving the military, Katie pursued a career in nursing, earning her nursing degree from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. She then acquired a master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and a post-master’s certificate from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She is credentialed at Blake Medical Center and Manatee Memorial Hospital, and she is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Manatee Area Council for Advanced Nursing Practice. Because of her passion for teaching, Katie is on staff with the State College of Florida as adjunct nursing faculty.

    In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and camping with her family.

    Mark C. Nuguid, MD-(IDA of Tampa Bay) Wesley Chapel, Tampa, Brandon

    Mark Nuguid graduated from the University of South Florida in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Upon graduating, he worked as a staff nurse on a medical/surgical floor at Tampa General Hospital caring for acutely and chronically ill patients with a variety of medical diagnoses. While at Tampa General Hospital, he acted as a preceptor for students, graduate nurses and experienced nurses, teaching them the most relevant and up to date practice guidelines needed to be successful as a registered nurse. Mark joined Infectious Disease Associates of Tampa Bay in 2016 as a registered nurse working in the Outpatient Infusion Center. Once he graduated with his Masters of Science in Nursing from South University, he transitioned into the role of Nurse Practitioner.

    Mark is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. His special interests include: HIV, Hepatitis C and the care of the chronically critically ill patients.

    Sarah K. Shewayish, MD-(IDA of Tampa Bay) Wesley Chapel, Tampa, Brandon

    Dr. Sarah Shewayish graduated from the University of Baghdad, College of Medicine and later trained for two years at the Medical City Complex Hospitals there. She relocated to Dubai, where she worked at Cosmesurge and Emirates Hospital clinics as a senior patient educator, and later as a junior house officer. During her time at the United Arab Emirates, she gained emergency room experience at Al Quassimi Hospital and Al Kuwaiti Hospital. Dr. Shewayish trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and associated hospitals. Following her residency, she worked two years as a Hospitalist at Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Las Vegas. She completed her Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. During her fellowship, Dr. Shewayish played an integral role as a member of the COVID-19 task force at Tampa General Hospital not only evaluating and managing patients; but also preparing the hospital for the COVID-19 pandemic. She was part of the team that educated Internal Medicine residents and subspecialty fellows on COVID-19.

    She is board certified in Internal Medicine and board eligible in Infectious Disease. She is also a member of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America. During her fellowship, she was a co-investigator in several HIV Therapy Trials. She joined Infectious Disease Associates of Tampa Bay in 2020 with special interest in general infectious diseases, infections in immunocompromised and transplant patients; as well as orthopedic infections especially prosthetic joint infections.

    Asad K. Mohmand, MD-(IDA of Tampa Bay) Wesley Chapel, Tampa, Brandon

    Dr. Asad Mohmand is originally from Peshawar, Pakistan. Upon graduation from medical school at the Khyber Medical University he relocated to the United States to enter his internship with Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. He then moved to Farmington, CT to complete his residency and fellowship with the University of Connecticut Health Center. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He holds an appointment as Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine.

    Dr. Mohmand is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. His interests include: HIV and Hepatitis C management, antimicrobial stewardship, and orthopedic infections. Prior to joining Infectious Disease Associates of Tampa Bay in 2016, Dr. Mohmand worked at the Via Christi Hospital of Manhattan in Kansas for over 8 years where he served as the Chairman of Infection control. In the Tampa Bay Area, he currently serves as the chair of the Infection Control Committee at South Florida Baptist Hospital.

    Pamela R. Noel, MD-(IDA of Tampa Bay) Wesley Chapel, Tampa, Brandon

    Dr. Pamela Noel graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She received her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and completed an Internal Medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. She completed fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. She also earned a graduate certificate in Infection Control and a Master of Public Health degree in Public Health Practice at the University of South Florida. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

    Dr. Noel has participated in several medical mission trips to her native, beloved country of Haiti. She is currently working on several international projects to develop modern healthcare systems and provide easier access to healthcare for the rural poor living in Haiti and other Caribbean nations. She holds an appointment as Affiliate Assistant Professor for the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. She is a member of numerous professional associations including the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Dr. Noel joined Infectious Disease Associates of Tampa Bay in 2013. She is the Medical Director of the Procedure Clinic at IDATB. She is also leading the “Telemedicine Project” to provide our patients more convenient and innovative options for medical care. In addition to English, Dr. Noel speaks French and Creole.

    Nadeem R. Khan, MD-(IDA of Tampa Bay) Wesley Chapel, Tampa, Brandon

    Dr. Nadeem Khan, originally from Chicago, IL, came to Tampa in 2000 to pursue his fellowship in Infectious Disease, at the University of Florida, Morsani College of Medicine. Prior to this, he had completed his Internal Medicine residency at Ravenswood Hospital, affiliated with the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where he also served as chief resident. Dr Khan attended medical school at Baqai Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan where he was a gold medalist and ranked number three in his graduating class. Dr Khan currently holds an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine.

    Dr Khan is board certified in Infectious Disease. He currently serves as Medical Director of the Infection Prevention Program at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. He is a member of the Antibiotic Stewardship Committee at Florida Hospital Tampa and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. Dr Khan has served as Chief of Medicine and Vice Chief of Staff at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, and Chief of Medicine at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. He is a member of several professional organizations including: the Infectious Disease Society of America, the American Medical Association, and the Florida Medical Association. Dr Khan is also a sub-investigator for clinical trials in HIV and Hepatitis C at the Comprehensive Research Institute. Dr Khan’s interests include HIV care, intra-abdominal infections, orthopedic related infections, as well as travel medicine. Dr Khan is based out of our Wesley Chapel location, where he is actively involved with our outpatient infusion program. He also is the director of our IDATB nursing home/rehabilitation program. Dr. Khan is fluent in Spanish, Urdu, and Hindi. Dr Khan joined IDATB in 2002.

    Scott S. Ubillos, MD-(IDA of Tampa Bay) Wesley Chapel, Tampa, Brandon

    Dr. Scott S. Ubillos graduated from Emory University Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Art History and Biology. He received his medical degree from the University Of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, where he also completed his residency and fellowship. During medical school, he was honored with the “Joseph Collins Foundation Scholarship.” He is board-certified in Internal Medicine as well as Infectious Diseases. Dr. Ubillos currently holds an academic appointment as Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Tampa Care Clinic at St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he actively participates in the care of HIV patients and in research protocols associated with HIV and other infectious diseases. Dr. Ubillos previously served on the Physician Advisory Group at Tampa General Hospital, where he assisted in the adoption and implementation of the hospital’s Electronic Medical Record system (EMR). He also led the implementation of the EHR at IDATB.

    Dr. Ubillos is a member of numerous professional organizations, has several publications, and has given many university and community presentations in his career. He joined Infectious Disease Associates of Tampa Bay in 1995. Dr. Ubillos has special interests in HIV medicine and infections in transplant patients.

    Dr. Donnie Filipczak

    My goal is to live a full life, contributing to my community in a positive manner while accepting that

    life is a mixture of joy and sadness and everything in between.

    One quirky fact about me is that I used to hold my breath when I would give dental anesthetic to my patients.

    My most relevant achievements have been completing dental school, raising a well-adjusted child who does not feel entitled and traveling to Argentina and Uruguay with my husband as part of the recovery from “empty nest syndrome.”

    My favorite book is “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coehlo because it reminded me that sometimes we search for what we had all along.

    My favorite pastimes are reading, doing crossword puzzles and RV travel. I would like to see all the National Parks before I expire.

    Christina Rios, DMD

    Dr. Rios, DMD, attended Florida International University where she was awarded her BA in Chemistry. She continued her studies at Nova Southeastern University, graduating with her Doctorate in Dentistry and Master’s in Public Health. After graduation Dr. Rios began her career as an Associate in Private Practice in beautiful South Florida. Dr. Rios has earned additional certifications in Invisalign™ and CAD CAM™ technologies. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Association of Women Dentists. She enjoys volunteering through local and global missions and has had the privilege of serving as a volunteer dentist for the Army National Guard. Her passion for the underserved has always been on the forefront of her dental career and she looks forward to utilizing her skills and serving the local community.

    Jeanette Cancel, MD FACP

    Jeanette Cancel MD is a board certified Infectious Diseases Specialist / HIV Specialist with 30 years experience in the field. Dr Cancel received her medical degree from Ponce Health Sciences University
    In Ponce, Puerto Rico. Completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences in New Jersey and at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Went on to completed a fellowship in the sub-specialty of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University in Nashville TN.
    Dr Cancel has vast experience in the inpatient and outpatient care of patients living with HIV.
    She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Fluent in English and Spanish.

    Derrick DeSilva, MD

    Dr. Derrick DeSilva has been seeing patients for the past 31 years as a Dr. of Internal Medicine.  His focus has always been in bring together Eastern and Western medicine and giving his patients “The Best of Both Worlds”. For the past 15+ years his passion has been in the field of Anti-Aging or Optimal Aging medicine as he like to call it. His five points of wellness includes, the food we eat, bio-identical hormones, our activity level, what nutrients we take and of course our spirituality.

    He is on the Associate Staff in the Dept. of Medicine at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, NJ and on the Teaching Faculty at JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ.  He is the Past-Chairman of the Planning Committee for the Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG) and the Past President of American Nutraceutical Association. He is also currently serving on many medical advisory boards.

    His accolades include, recipient of the Alan Mintz Award for Excellence in Clinical Age Management Medicine, the Best Doctor Award in New Jersey and New York by Castle Connolly for the past 19 consecutive years and many more.

    His media exposure has included numerous TV appearances on CNN, EXTRA, Larry King etc.  He is currently the medical correspondent for Cablevision (News 12 NJ) and Host of “Health Matters.”

    He has lectured at numerous national and international medical conferences and is currently working as guest lecturer at AMG Driving Academy (Mercedes-Benz) and for Aveda Cosmetics.

    He has also Formulated over 350 dietary supplements and is a Published Author.

     

    Nadia Winston, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC

    Nadia Winston is a board‐certified Family Nurse Practitioner and earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a native of Memphis, TN and also holds a Master of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Rhodes College. Dedicated to providing HIV and primary care services to a diverse panel of patients, she also has background experience in various specialties including liver and kidney transplant, gastroenterology, and diabetes. Nadia is also a published research author within the field of HIV and Aging. She is passionate about STI, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and is devoted to providing comprehensive, high‐quality, patient centered care.

    Dr. Laura Armas-Kolostroubis

    Senior Vice President of Medical Services, Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Laura Armas-Kolostroubis is a General Internal Medicine specialist who has devoted her career to providing care, educating providers, and conducting research on HIV. She brings to CAN over 20 years of experience in the public, private, and academic settings.

    She is passionate about patient-centered care and outcomes and firmly believes that CAN provides the kind of team environment to provide such care.
    She got her medical education from La Salle University Mexican School of Medicine in Mexico City, her postgraduate training at UT Southwestern affiliated hospitals, and later she joined the staff at Parkland Health and Hospital System HIV Services, another UT Southwestern affiliate. There she also became the medical lead for the Women Specialty Center, which she participated in the design and implementation of a medical home for women living with HIV. Simultaneously she served as the Director for the Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center. Family reasons led to her move to Florida, joining the University of Florida as an Associate Professor and Medical Co-director of the UF Care, Research and Education Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. This was followed by a move to one of the largest HIV focused private practice, where she became the lead in their dysplasia clinic.

    Besides her current position, she is also the Co-Chair for the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Priority area of the State Health Improvement Plan and also Co-Chair for the American Academy of HIV Medicine Florida Steering Team.

    She has served in local, state, and national work and advisory groups like the CDC, NIH, AmfAR, and others.

    Dr. Steven Barnett, MD

    Dr. Barnett provided primary care including management of HIV/AIDS in an under-served county of South Carolina for over 20 years prior to Joining CAN Community Health in 2017 where he now provides HIV specialty care along with full-scope primary care to all of his patients. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Connecticut and completed his residency in Hartford Connecticut and is board-certified in Family Medicine. He is a certified HIV specialist through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Throughout his career Dr. Barnett has been an advocate for underserved and under-represented groups in healthcare and has been involved in HIV prevention and advocacy. He believes and practices with the goal of providing individualized and comprehensive care to every patient using a holistic approach.

    Alycia Dickens, DNP

    Alycia T. Dickens is a recognized leader in the field of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C with more than 20 years of experience.
    She worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Infectious Disease division at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) for more than 17 years. She also worked as the Infectious Disease Nurse Practitioner and the Liver Transplant Coordinator at the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Dickens earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Duke University and completed her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Hampton University.

    Douglas L. Cunningham, D.O., AAHIVM

    Sarah Long, DNP, ARNP, FNP-DC-Oakland (Midland)

    Certification:

    American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certified

    Education:

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (FNP), BSN to DNP Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
    DNP earned December 2016
    BSN earned May 2016

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

    Magna Cum Laude

    Work History:

    Nurse Practitioner/Head of Preventative Care – Midland Medical Center1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd, Suite 200, Oakland Park, FL 33334
    2018-Present

    Family Nurse Practitioner – Oscar Soto, MD PA, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    2016 – 2018

    Medical Licensure:

    State of Florida

    Deepthi Murthy, MD – (IDA of Tampa Bay) Wesley Chapel, Tampa, Brandon

    Dr. Deepthi Murthy pursued her undergraduate medical training at Osmania University in India, where she received her Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery. Following this, Dr. Murthy obtained her Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in London, United Kingdom. She did an internship at Yale University and completed her Internal Medicine residency at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston. Afterward, Dr. Murthy moved to Louisiana, where she continued her training in Infectious Diseases at Tulane University.

    Dr. Murthy is board certified in Infectious Disease. She is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Previously, Dr. Murthy has been a member of antibiotic stewardship committees at both Ochsner Hospital System and West Jefferson Hospital. Additionally, she served as chairperson of the Infection Control Committee at West Jefferson Hospital. She also held a teaching position at Tulane University where she supervised more than 100 medical students rotating in Infectious Diseases over 16 years. Dr. Murthy has conducted multiple presentations and been involved in many research studies.

    Prior to moving to Tampa, Dr. Murthy practiced Infectious Diseases in Louisiana, where she has been in a private Infectious Disease consultative practice for 14 years. Her interests include: HIV, infectious complications of surgical procedures, tuberculosis and atypical mycobacterial infections. Dr. Murthy joined Infectious Disease Associates of Tampa Bay in 2018.

    Manju S. Haridas, MD – (IDA of Tampa Bay) Wesley Chapel, Tampa, Brandon

    Dr. Manju Haridas graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors in Chemistry. She completed medical school at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Following medical school, Dr. Haridas chose to relocate to New York and completed her Internal Medicine residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Haridas also completed her fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the State University of New York.

    Dr. Haridas is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Additionally, she is a member of the American Medical Association and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. During her residency and fellowship, Dr. Haridas made multiple presentations, lectures, and was part of several research organizations. She has been a member of the infection control committee and antimicrobial stewardship programs, as well as an Ebola preparation committee.

    Prior to moving to Tampa, Dr. Haridas practiced Infectious Diseases in New York, Chicago and Michigan. Her interests include: management of the critically ill ICU patients, HIV care, antimicrobial stewardship, endemic and global infections. She joined Infectious Disease Associates of Tampa Bay in 2018.

    Shuchi S. Pandya, MD – (IDA of Tampa Bay) Wesley Chapel, Tampa, Brandon

    Dr. Shuchi Pandya graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology. She completed medical school at Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies with Highest Honors. Dr. Pandya chose to complete her Internal Medicine residency at Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Seton Hall University in New Jersey. She relocated to Florida for her Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, where she served as Chief Infectious Disease Fellow for a year and was the recipient of Jeffrey P Nadler excellence in research award for 2016-17.

    Dr. Pandya is board certified in Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Medical Association and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. She has served in many practice improvement committees during her residency and has several presentations at national meetings. She has also been a physician volunteer at BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic and Tampa Bay Street Medicine. Her interests include: Infections in immunocompromised patients, care of critically ill patients, HIV management, Hepatitis C, travel medicine and antimicrobial stewardship. She joined Infectious Disease Associates of Tampa Bay in 2017. In addition to English, Dr. Pandya is fluent in Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu and medical Spanish.

    Meghan M. Harris, MD – (IDA of Tampa Bay) Wesley Chapel, Tampa, Brandon

    Dr. Meghan Harris graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. She continued her education at Florida International University where she obtained a second Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and graduated Summa Cum Laude as the co-Valedictorian of her class. Dr. Harris worked as a nurse in Miami before moving to Tampa for medical school. She completed medical school, Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

    Dr. Harris is a member of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Her interests include: care of critically ill patients, HIV management and antimicrobial stewardship. She joined Infectious Disease Associates of Tampa Bay in 2016.

    Asad K. Mohmand, MD – (IDA of Tampa Bay) Wesley Chapel

    Dr. Asad Mohmand is originally from Peshawar, Pakistan. Upon graduation from medical school at the Khyber Medical University he relocated to the United States to enter his internship with Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. He then moved to Farmington, CT to complete his residency and fellowship with University of Connecticut Health Center. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

    Dr. Mohmand is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. His interests include: HIV and Hepatitis C management, antimicrobial stewardship, and orthopedic infections. Prior to joining Infectious Disease Associates of Tampa Bay in 2016, Dr. Mohmand worked at the Via Christi Hospital of Manhattan in Kansas for over 8 years where he served as the Chairman of Infection control.

    Jill M. Williams, APRN (Bach & Godofsky)

    Jill Williams graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2004, and received her master’s degree from the University of South Florida in 2009. Her background experience includes emergency medicine and post anesthesia care. She has worked at Bach and Godofsky since 2008, and is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

    Rachel Marquina, APRN (Bach & Godofsky)

    Rachel Marquina was born and raised in New Jersey and now happily resides in Bradenton, Florida. She is a Nurse Practitioner and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her nursing degree from the State College of Florida in Bradenton, Florida, and then went on to further her education, earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice with Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Rachel is credentialed at Blake Medical Center and Manatee Memorial Hospital. She is also active with local professional organizations including the Manatee Area Council for Advanced Nursing Practice. Rachel loves teaching and serves as a clinical preceptor for nurse practitioner students with her alma mater, Florida State University.

    In her spare time, she enjoys being with her husband and children. Notably, Rachel is a native Spanish speaker and is fluently bilingual.

    Jose R. Prieto, MD-Brandon (Bay Area IDA)

    Dr. Jose Prieto received a medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. He completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the University of South Florida Affiliated Hospitals in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Prieto has been in private practice since 1991 and is actively involved since as the Chief of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiologist at University Community Hospital in Tampa and as an investigator in numerous clinical trials in infectious diseases. His primary interests are Infection Control, Nosocomial Infections and HIV. Dr Prieto is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America and its HIV Medical Association, American College of Physicians, International Association Physicians AIDS Care and Fellow of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

    Jose E. Vasquez, MD-Brandon (Bay Area IDA)

    Dr. Vasquez obtained his medical degree from Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru. His internship and residency in Internal Medicine were done at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and his Infectious Disease fellowship at University of Cincinnati, Ohio. He then worked as Assistant Professor of Medicine at East Tennessee State University and Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee. Dr. Vasquez moved to Tampa in 1999 to join Dr. Prieto’s private practice. Dr. Vasquez chairs the Infection Control Committee at Brandon Regional Hospital and is member of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Disease Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. He is certified in Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

    Enid V. Klauber, MD-Brandon (Bay Area IDA)

    Dr. Enid Klauber received a degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University and a medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean. She completed her residency at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan and her Infectious Disease fellowship at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. After working for five years in a general infectious disease practice and large infusion center in Michigan, she joined Dr. Prieto and Dr. Vasquez’s private practice in 2004. Her interest is in general infectious disease problems and wound care. Dr. Klauber is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians/American Society of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Society of America and HIV Medical Association. She is certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

    Derrick D. Thiel, DO-Brandon (Bay Area IDA)

    Dr. Derrick D. Thiel received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA where he graduated first in his class. After graduating, he pursued his training, completing his internship at Midwestern University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Thiel went on to complete his residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease as well as a Certified Wound Care Specialist. He is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, American College of Physicians, and the American Academy of Wound Care Management. His interests include general Infectious Diseases, HIV/AIDS, and wound care.

    Fernando Silva, ARNP (Bay Area IDA)

    Fernando is a certified Nurse Practitioner that graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor Degree of Science in Nursing in 2009. He then graduated with a Masters in Family Nurse Practitioner from South University in 2014. Fernando started with Bay Area Infectious Disease in 2014. He has over 7 years of experience in the acute and primary care settings. Fernando is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

    CAN Community Health Names Marlon Pittman as Director of Partnership Development

    Sarasota, FL (February 1, 2019) – CAN Community Health, celebrating its 27th year serving the needs of the HIV community, is proud to announce that Marlon Pittman has joined the staff of CAN Community Health as the new Director of Partnership Development.

    Pittman is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and completed his MBA at LeTourneau University in Texas. In addition, he completed an Executive Leadership program at the Wharton School of Business in Pennsylvania.

    Pittman is excited to utilize his skills, knowledge, connections and enthusiasm to help assist CAN Community Health with helping to establish partnerships in areas where HIV prevalence is high.

    “I am fortunate and honored to join the CAN team and am excited to utilize my leadership skills to develop partnerships with other agencies that share our mission. By partnering with other agencies, it allows us to extend our reach to help more people and provide more services to increase our impact in the community,” stated Pittman.

    Through partnerships CAN brings in medical and dental services, counseling and therapy, case management, and pharmacy services and the partner provides additional services, so everything a patient would need can be provided in one location.

    President and CEO of CAN Community Health, Richard E. Carlisle, said, “I am confident that the CAN will benefit greatly from Marlon’s extensive HIV experience and overall leadership.”

    For more information about CAN Community Health, visit cancommunityhealth.org or call (844) 922-2777.

    Maribel Gonzalez, ARNP

    Maribel Gonzalez received her M.S. Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner/School Nurse Practitioner from Florida Atlantic University. She specializes in infectious diseases and has worked in an HIV/AIDS environment for 11 years. Besides working as an ARNP, she has taught at Florida Gulf Coast University and University of South Florida as a Clinical Health Educator.

    Maribel is a published author and has presented to conference audiences.

    TV Stars Billy Porter and M.J. Rodriguez Highlight CAN Community Health’s Inaugural Red Ribbon Gala

    Sarasota, Florida (January 14, 2019) – Billy Porter and M.J. Rodriguez, who star in the FX drama series “Pose,” will be special guest speakers at CAN Community Health’s Inaugural Red Ribbon Gala on March 16 at the Ritz-Carlton. Along with appearing in “Pose,” which has a large cast of transgender actors, Porter and Rodriguez have appeared in hit shows like “Rent,” “Kinky Boots” and “American Horror Story.”

    “It is an honor to have such incredible role models like Billy and MJ advocating for the LGBT community and the end of HIV stigma,” said Rogelio Capote, chief advancement officer, CAN Community Health. “We are deeply committed to creating a community where all people living with HIV have equal opportunities for healthy living.”

    Proceeds from the Red Ribbon Gala will support CAN Community Health’s continuum of medical, social and education services essential to the health and well-being of those living with HIV, hepatitis C, sexually transmitted diseases and other illnesses, said Capote. “We also focus on building awareness of these often forgotten members of our community.”

    The slogan for the Red Ribbon Gala, “Reshaping the FACE of HIV,” demonstrates the spirit of this event, added Capote. “CAN’s programs strengthen empowerment, provide education, enhance inclusion and create hope by offering integrated resources and advocating for the end of HIV stigma,” he said.

    Gala sponsorships are available from $30,000 to $2,500. Individual tickets are $450.

    WHEN: Saturday, March 16, 2019

    WHERE: The Ritz Carlton, Sarasota

    EVENT: Black Tie cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment

    SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: From $30,000 to $2,500. Individual tickets $450

    CO-CHAIRS: James Amato, Susan Jones, Terry McKee

    CONTACT: Toll free (844) 922-2777, dial 0, request Advancement Dept

    rsvp@cancommunityhealth.org

    Visit cancommunityhealth.org/red-ribbon-gala or contact the Advancement Office at (844) 922-2777, dial 0, request Advancement Department or email rsvp@cancommunityhealth.org.

    Dining Out For Life

    Dining Out For Life is an annual fundraising event involving the generous participation of volunteers, corporate sponsors and restaurants. The funds raised benefit people living with HIV and allows CAN Community Health to provide education and prevention for HIV infection. Dining Out For Life is now produced in more than 60 cities throughout the United States and Canada. More than 3,000 restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds from this one special day of dining to the licensed AIDS service agency in their city. More than $4 million dollars a year is raised to support the missions of 60 outstanding HIV/AIDS service organizations throughout the North America.

     

    WHEN: Thursday, April 25, 2019, during your restaurants’ regular business hours
    WHERE: Participating Sarasota Restaurants
    SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: From $500 to $2,500
    CONTACT: Toll free (844)922-2777, dial 0, request Advancement Dept.
    rsvp@cancommunityhealth.org

    SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

    $2,500 GOLD PLATE SPONSOR
    • Logo on event national website with hyperlink
    • Inclusion in all press releases
    • Listed on all e-communications
    • Logo included on event promotional materials
    • Social media advertising to over 10,000 followers

    $1,000 SILVER SPOON SPONSOR
    • Logo on event national website with hyperlink
    • Inclusion in all press releases
    • Listed on all e-communications

    $500 COPPER CUP SPONSOR
    • Logo on event national website with hyperlink
    • Inclusion in all press releases

    RESTAURANT PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING MARKETING BENEFITS:
    • EBLASTS: Inclusion in our summer and fall eBlasts to nearly to 8,000 donors/prospects
    • INTERNATIONAL WEBSITE: Year-long listing on the DOFL International website, diningoutforlife.com/Sarasota
    • PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL: Name/logo listed on select event promotional materials with more than 2,500 impressions
    • ADVERTISEMENTS: Name listed on other print/digital as applicable
    • SOCIAL MEDIA: Social media connection to over 10,000 followers
    • PR MATERIALS: Restaurant listed in press releases and PR as applicable

    SNN’s Justin Mosely to Speak at the 12th Annual AIDS Walk Sarasota-Manatee 2018

    Sarasota, Florida (September 1, 2018) On Saturday, December 1, 2018, CAN Community Health will host its annual AIDS Walk Sarasota-Manatee to raise awareness and funds for HIV. Several hundred people are expected to participate in the 12th annual AIDS Walk. This year’s walk celebrates the many people in Florida and beyond who have fought and will continue to fight the spread of HIV.

    AIDS Walk Sarasota-Manatee will begin at 8 a.m. in beautiful J.D. Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota, continue over the Ringling Bridge, and lead back to the park for shared testimonials, free food, and raffle prizes.  The cost to walk is only $10 if participants register online through midnight on November 29, 2018 at www.cancommunityhealth.org/aidswalk  or $25 on the day of the event.

    CAN will be providing free, confidential rapid HIV tests and education about living with HIV. School teams, local businesses, families, and even friendly pets are all invited to participate in this important community event. Suncoast News Network (SNN) will have a walking team and Chief Meteorologist, Justin Mosely will be speaking at the opening ceremonies.

    CAN has served the needs of the HIV community in Sarasota, surrounding counties, the state of Florida and now the Southern part of the U.S. for more than 27 years. CAN seeks to create hope and healing for the HIV community, combat the stigma associated with HIV, increase knowledge and prevention, remove obstacles to care, and continue essential HIV research. Overall, CAN’s mission is to provide a continuum of medical, social, and education services essential to the health and well-being of those living with HIV.

    For more information about participation, sponsorship opportunities, and the mission of CAN, please visit www.cancommunityhealth.org/aidswalk or call Jessly Santiago at (941) 803-7939 ext. 14402. CAN will be offering free booths to vendors at the walk. Call Jessly to make your reservation.

    Medical Practice Administrator-Daytona Beach

    Job Title: Medical Practice Administrator

    Statement of Purpose: This position is responsible for performing managerial, administrative, and facility support duties under the direction of the Director of Clinical Operations. The position will support in the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies, and practices and will relay all necessary support to all departments. Will direct, coordinate, and integrate practice resources to meet both short-term and long-term facility and organizational goals. This individual will assist in the implementation and enforcement of policies and procedures, train staff on new policies and processes, ensure compliance, report issues and recommend solutions. Will also work closely with the staff and physicians to ensure location compliance with applicable regulatory standards. (e.g., OSHA, DOH, DOL, HIPAA, etc.)

    Primary Tasks:

    • Responsible for office administration in Daytona medical clinic including front office, medical records, clinical staff, and all other CAN staff members.
    • Act as point of contact for the facility regarding staff supervision, customer service, and management of the clinics equipment, and day to day operations.
    • Responsible for delegation of work and staffing hours.
    • Develop and maintain administrative guidelines and documentation to ensure consistency in approach.
    • Responsible for front end revenue cycle functions, such as collecting and documenting patient information to facilitate accurate and timely billing and payment to align with the protocols of our main billing department.
    • Provide clinical performance reports and other analytical reports as required.
    • Work with other Practice Administrators to share best practices, create uniformity, streamline clinical flow and strategize on promoting clinic growth.
    • Acts as a liaison between staff and providers to include; representing staff needs to the providers, as well as provider needs to the staff, in order to ensure successful office operation.
    • Maintain office supplies and equipment to include ordering of administrative supplies and overseeing clinical staff member responsible for ordering of medical supplies.
    • Coordinates provider schedules and patient appointments, which includes training staff on the use of the practice management software and maintaining staff knowledge of scheduling guidelines as well as other operational functions.
    • Analyze clinic flow for better efficiency and process improvement efforts; Execute these improvements while creating accountability with staff.
    • Collaborate and coordinate related activities with Metro to create an environment of one team working together to deliver quality care to our patients and clients.
    • Acts as a liaison between the patients, clients, visitors and staff of the clinic to ensure all customers are satisfied with all services offered by the clinic.
    • Focus on the patient experience, metrics reporting where needed, customer service and process improvement.
    • Assists providers, office and clinical staff, as necessary, to include filling in as front desk representative, assisting with clinical issues, coordinating patient tests, processing referrals and medical record request, etc.
    • Complies with and enforces all established CAN policies, procedures and protocols as well as any department-specific policies and procedures as they relate to the job functions.
    • Interviews and assists in selecting candidates for employment.
    • Work closely with HR to prepare new hire schedule for required trainings, coordinate technology needs with IT, setup workstation with equipment and supplies.
    • Conducts employee reviews and provides appropriate constructive feedback and training when necessary in a timely manner.
    • Work with staff individually to draft, set and achieve their S.M.A.R.T. Goals to align with CAN’s mission and strategic plan.
    • Liaison between clinic and IT services
    • Responsible for staff compliance with EMR/medical records utilization
    • Appropriately documents coaching, counseling, and disciplinary activities in compliance with applicable policies and regulations.
    • Attends and actively participates in facility manager/clinic coordinator meetings.
    • Assists in projects that are small to moderate in scope.
    • Anticipate needs and set priorities to handle a changing environment.
    • Responsible for reviewing timesheets for payroll to ensure accuracy and timely approval for employees.
    • Supports efforts to ensure that policies and procedures are appropriate to programs and services and that they are developed and/or adjusted according to programmatic changes and evolving community needs.
    • Support Patient Care Coordinator and activities around the 340B Pharmacy Program.
    • Participate in monitoring site visits, audits and other related activities as directed.
    • Support short and long—term planning activity including marketing to new physicians, new practice locations, and new services to the community.
    • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with employees, policy-making bodies, third-party payers, patients, and the public.
    • Assist with reviewing and planning for equipment and facility maintenance needs.
    • Assists with the performance and provides analysis of all existing contracts when requested.
    • Proactively maintains knowledge of state and federal legislative and regulatory laws and rules.
    • Promotes and practices CAN Community Health, Inc.’s mission, vision, values and follows policies.
    • Maintains confidentially regarding patient and/or family in accordance with professional and departmental standards.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Secondary Tasks:

    • Practice “Integrity” and “Mission and Value” statement.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by Director of Operations
    • Works as a liaison with other clinic management team members to ensure successful flow of the organization’s operations (e.g. billing, accounting, IT, pharmacy, etc.)
    • Work with Partners of the agency to design and implement marketing strategic plan.

    Physical Requirements:

    Requires frequent bending, stooping, and standing. Requires visual and auditory acuity, frequent sitting and walking for extended periods of time.

    Required Training:

    TB testing

    New Employee Orientation

    Basic Annual Safety Training

    HIV I04

    Annual OSHA & HIPAA

    340 B Certification

    Education/Professional:

    At least five years of experience as a Medical Practice Manager, or equivalent combination of work experience and education.

    Valid Driver’s License.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

    • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to effectively communicate both written, verbally.
    • Ability to give and receive information over the telephone.
    • Ability to effectively utilize problem-solving and decision-making techniques.
    • Ability to make effective judgments and decisions based on objective criteria.
    • Strong work ethics.
    • Demonstrated leadership abilities, including team building.
    • Knowledge of EMR systems such as Greenway/EHS.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style.
    • Excellent Computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office (EXCEL, VISIO, Word, PowerPoint)
    • Excellent people skills, open to direction and commitment to get the job done.
    • Ability to tactfully interact with diverse personalities.
    • Promotes team work, productivity and delivery of high quality care.
    • High comfort working in a diverse, busy environment with changing priorities.
    • Knowledge of HIV medical terminology, procedures, medications and treatment practices.

    Machines/Equipment and Tools Used:

    • Computers and various software programs.
    • Operate motor vehicle.

    Other Duties:

    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

    Job Type: Full-time

    RN – Registered Nurse-Ft. Lauderdale

    Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    FULL TIME POSITION

    Provides and coordinates direct nursing services and procedures to patients. Works as part of a multidisciplinary team to enhance patient quality of life through competent medical intervention. Ensures all documentation is in compliance with professional and legal standards.

    Primary Tasks:

    1. Performs complete patient evaluation and assessment.
    2. Records and reports symptoms, reactions, treatments and changes in patient’s conditions.
    3. Accurate assimilation, interpretation and reporting of changing patient data
    4. Maintains confidentiality regarding patient and/or family in accordance with established protocols.
    5. Reviews charts of patients on a daily basis to ensure all necessary documentation is present, current, and complete to facilitate physician visit.
    6. Assists with data collection as requested
    7. Documents any risk assessment activities.
    8. Triages patient phone calls and walk-ins, and prioritizes emergencies for medical referral.
    9. Demonstrates courtesy, compassion, and respect in all interpersonal and intraprofessional relationships with CAN clients, staff, and visitors.
    10. Adheres to ethical and legal standards of professional practice.
    11. Maintains professional manner in all aspects of job tasks
    12. Process all referrals as quickly as possible
    13. Reevaluate and follow-up on patients treatment and health status
    14. Counsel and educate individuals on health related and lifestyle issues
    15. To evaluate the efficacy of education and counseling approaches and strategies
    16. Delegates activities to support staff within the scope of practice
    17. Documents all patient care in an accurate, timely, legible manner in compliance with Board of Nursing Protocol.
    18. Participates in clinic-related research activities and is aware of relevant research protocols under direction of physician investigator

    Secondary Tasks:

    1. Files physician dictations, lab reports, referrals, and flow sheets daily.
    2. Randomly audits charts from a quality improvement perspective, documents findings, and   makes recommendations for continuous improvement
    3. Copies and forwards any/all medical information as requested by physician
    4. Continues ongoing personal professional training and education to advance skills/knowledge of HIV and related disease processes, medications, and treatments.
    5. Provides assistance in all clinical areas, as needed, and supported by professional licensure and accepted, appropriate medical protocols.
    6. Utilize resources in a cost effective manner.
    7. Performs all other duties as assigned.
    8. Performs Venipuncture and Vaccinations

    Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills Required:

    1. Demonstrates knowledge of HIV documentation protocols.
    2. Demonstrates experience with OSHA mandates, documentation, and compliance.
    3. Demonstrates knowledge of medical terminology, procedures, medications, and accepted treatment practices.
    4. Ability and willingness to make independent nursing decisions based on nursing assessment.
    5. Demonstrates ability to self motivate.
    6. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
    7. Demonstrates ability to coordinate a multitude of tasks as required.
    8. Maintains ongoing, appropriate documentation of all activities as needed.
    9. Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.
    10. Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures
    11. Knowledge of patient evaluation and triage procedures.
    12. Knowledge of community health services and agencies
    13. Ability to apply principals of health promotion and disease preventio
    14. Able to work with health professional in a team environment.

     Educational/Professional: Required Training:
    In addition to the following, all new employees are required to attend New Employee Orientation:
    Supervisor’s Safety Training * Basic Annual Safety Training * Bloodborne Pathogen Annual Training * Hazard Communication (Area-Specific) Training * Infectious Waste Training * Tuberculosis Training,   HIV 500 and 501

     Physical Requirements:

    Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients manual and finger dexterity and eye- hand coordination.  Requires visual and auditory acuity, frequent standing and walking for extended periods of time. Must be able to lift a minimum of 30 pounds unassisted.

    Education/Professional:

    1. LPN/RN graduate of an accredited school of nursing currently licensed to practice in the State of Florida
    2. Baccalaureate in Nursing and two (2) years of relevant work experience – OR –
    3. Associate of Arts in Nursing and three (3) years of relevant work experience
    4. CPR Certified

    Experience:

    Minimum two years experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified

    Machines/Equipment and Tools Used:

    1. Computer
    2. Must be able to operate a motor vehicle
    3. Must be competent with specialized medical equipment.

     

    HIV Case Manager-Sarasota

    Job Description

    • Statement of Purpose: This position is responsible for administering and coordinating client services programs and the documentation and follow up thereof.

    Primary Tasks:
    Screen all clients for program eligibility while identifying patient need through interview.

    • Verifies insurance coverage and coordinates the necessary pre-authorizations.
    • Develops, coordinates, and implements individual plans of care and the follow-up thereof.
    • Provides assistance with referrals and coordinates services in accordance with agreements reached with other organizations, federal and local programs.
    • Responsible for RW, HOPWA, and ADAP Premium Plus case management and all other case management assignments.
    • Ensures the integrity of case management records through the audit review process.
    • Accurately documents all client encounters within software applications, completes and submits billing documentation and maintains client case management files.
    • Processing needed paperwork for Patient Assistance Program.
    • Complies with all programs requirements as well as is up to date with all changes of the programs.
    • Collaborates with clinic team members to coordinate patient services.
    • Processes documentation required by state and local funding sources as required.
    • Maintains confidentiality regarding patient and/or family in accordance with professional standards.
    • Promotes and practices CAN Community Health, Inc.’s mission and values, and follows its policies and procedures.
    • Ensures confidentiality is maintained by CM team regarding patient/client information in accordance with HIPAA, professional and departmental standards.

    Secondary Tasks:

    • Cross trains for effective team participation.
    • Develops and fosters networking relationships with community and support resources
    • Practices safety, environmental and/or infection control methods.
    • Continues professional training and education to advance knowledge and skills of HIV/AIDS.
    • Participates in continuous quality improvement of services rendered to CAN clients.
    • Utilizes resources and supplies in a cost-effective manner.
    • Demonstrates courtesy respect in all interpersonal relationships with CAN clients, staff, and visitors.
    • Maintains professional manner in all aspects of job tasks.
    • Performs all other duties as assigned.

    Education/Professional Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school or equivalent experience in social services.
    • HIV prevention/intervention experience
    • Basic Annual Safety Training, HIV 104, 500 and 501

    Job Type: Full-time

    Dana Barnes, MD-Daytona/Jacksonville

    Dana Barnes, MD, was born in Jacksonville, Florida and is a graduate of The University of Miami School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach where she was co-president of the Residents’ Association and resident representative to the Florida Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Barnes is an HIV Specialist with the American Academy of HIV Medicine and a Board Certified Family Physician. She has also earned the designation of Fellow from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

    Dr. Barnes was appointed by the mayor as a representative to the HIV Planning Council for two consecutive terms, from June 2013 through February 2018. During this time, she also served on three committees and was the chairperson of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. In March of 2015, the State Surgeon General named Dr. Barnes as a physician representative to the Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery. She also served on the Duval County Community Health Improvement Plan Steering Committee.

    CAN Community Health Announces CANDance Dancers

    Sarasota, Florida (September 13, 2018) – CAN Community Health is excited to continue the annual tradition of the CANDance competition for its 19th year.

    On Saturday, October 20, 2018 CAN Community Health will be holding the popular evening event at the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota. Based off of television’s “Dancing with the Stars,” CAN invites local celebrities from the Suncoast to master and perform a dance routine with a professional dancer to raise money for HIV research, treatment, prevention and education.

    This year’s dancers will be Mary Gratehouse, local philanthropist, Monica Kelly, attorney, Dr. Cathleen McCabe, laser eye surgeon, Hallie Peilet, anchor on SNN (Suncoast News Network), Dan Starostecki, account executive for Sarasota Magazine, and Elisabeth Waters, style maven and philanthropist. There will also be a special performance by Elisa Carlisle.

    “Our community and staff become especially excited about CANDance every year. It’s an upbeat event that brings together groups of people and organizations to raise money for our Patient Care Fund,” says president and CEO of CAN, Richard E. Carlisle. “Last year, we were able to raise over $240,000. It has been a very successful event.”

    CANDance started as a unique and lively event 19 years ago but as quickly as CAN Community Health has grown, so has the dancing event. Filling ballrooms and bringing out the Suncoast’s most well known local celebrities, CAN uses the opportunity to educate the community about HIV and the stigma that surrounds it.

    “For the past 18 years, CANDance has contributed to CAN Community Health’s goal of making a difference in the lives of people living with HIV, offering every service or program that they may need. We’re excited to carry on the tradition this year.” said Richard E. Carlisle.

    Peter Berkey, MD-St. Petersburg

    Dr. Peter Berkey graduated with a B.S. degree in psychology from the University of Oregon. He attended medical school in Puerto Rico and is conversant in Spanish. He completed his Residency and Chief Residency at NY Medical College Westchester County Medical Center and completed his Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. He is board certified in Infectious Disease/Internal Medicine. During his Fellowship, Dr. Berkey published several papers involving patients who were immuno-compromised. In 1988, he began the private practice of Infectious Disease in Westchester County, NY where he has spent his career. He also served for many years as the Medical Director of a Ryan White clinic called “The Hope Center” in Yonkers, NY, providing HIV care.

    Dr. Berkey recently relocated to the St Petersburg area where he is continuing his care for patients living with HIV. He is an avid exercise enthusiast. He recently earned a 3rd degree black belt in Japanese Shotokan Karate and plans to continue his martial arts training in the St Petersburg area. He has five grown children

    Michael Karagiozis, DO-Clearwater (CAN at Metro), New Port Richey (CAN at Metro), Ybor (CAN at Metro)

    Dr. Karagiozis’ experience with HIV began more than 30 years ago. Assigned to Hollywood Community Hospital for his student clinical rotations, he discovered that virtually the entire fifth floor was populated by men dying of the new and mysterious disease called AIDS. That early educational experience —at a time when the cause of HIV disease and potential treatments were little more than guesses and speculation  —formed the core of Dr. Karagiozis’ medical ethic. Serving the State of Nevada as Chief Health Officer for HIV and HCV, State Medical Director, Acting Director of Mental Health, or in his private practice, Dr. Karagiozis has been continuously involved in research, education, and legislation for patients infected with HIV/HCV. While in Las Vegas, Dr. Karagiozis spent 20 years acting as the medical advisor for the St. Therese Center, a Catholic HIV/AIDS service organization with more than 5,000 clients.

     

    Dr. Stephen Henry, DMD-Jacksonville

    Dr. Henry holds a BA in Criminology and a DMD. His previous experience includes military service as an active duty Combat Medic, a Medical Platoon Leader, and a Brigade Dental Surgeon where he performed all types of general dental procedures under austere conditions. Dr. Henry then transitioned to private practice and gained certifications in Lumineers™, Invisalign™ and mini-implants. Just prior to working for CAN, he worked for the City of Jacksonville Corrections as a general dentist primarily performing Oral Surgery.

    Dr. Henry was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for service as a Dental Surgeon with multiple deployments providing treatment to diverse patient populations. He is a member of the American and Florida Dental Associations, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and Seaplane Pilots Association.
    After years of serving the local community, he is excited to utilize his skills, knowledge, connections and enthusiasm to help assist CAN Community Health with growing their dental services in the Jacksonville area.

    Dr. Anil Suryaprasad

    Dr. Anil Suryaprasad graduated from The Ohio State University in 1999 receiving a Bachelor’s in Science in Psychobiology and a Bachelor’s in Arts in Spanish. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 2004. He completed a 3-year Internal Medicine residency training program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he continued as a Hospitalist and Instructor of Medicine for one year. Following this, he completed a 2-year training program in applied epidemiology with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). As an EIS Officer, he was assigned to the Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention of the Indian Health Service. He remained with CDC for 4 additional years as a Medical Epidemiologist with the Division of Viral Hepatitis in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB prevention. After a 6-year career at CDC, he had a desire to return to patient care and in September 2014, he joined the Mayo Clinic Florida (MCF) where he was an Assistant Professor and Staff Consultant in Hospital Internal Medicine through January 2020. At MCF, he served 1 year as the Medical Chair of Infection Prevention and Control. He joined CAN Community Health in Daytona Beach, FL in February 2020.
    Dr. Suryaprasad was born and brought up in Dayton, Ohio. He is an active member of the American College of Physicians and a prior member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. He is an avid sports fan supporting Ohio teams in college and professional sports.

    Dawn Brown Awarded the ESGR Service Member Patriot Award

    Sarasota, Florida (July 13, 2018)- CAN Community Health is proud to announce that Dawn Brown, Director of Clinical Implementation, has been awarded the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s (ESGR) Service Member Patriot Award.

    The Patriot Award allows employees who are actively serving in the National Guard or Reserve to nominate a supervisor who aided in their ability to serve our country.  Service members are encouraged to show their appreciation of a supervisor who may have permitted time off, care for families or any other measures.

    Mayda Brito, a member of the Navy Reserve, nominated her supervisor Dawn Brown after she was called to a mandatory training during her first day at CAN.  “CAN Community Health has proven time and time again that our employees not only care for our patients’ needs, but also for each other,”  says president and CEO, Richard Carlisle.  “Dawn has shown a tremendous amount of support for the HIV community during her time at CAN.  We are thrilled that she now gets to be recognized for the phenomenal supervisor that she is.”

    CAN Community Health thanks Mayda for her service to our country and congratulates Dawn on her award.

    “Balancing work and a military career simultaneously is at times challenging.  I feel extremely fortunate to be part of an organization that has shown nothing but a supportive environment and just as I feel honored; through this nomination I intend to honor back” says Mayda.

    CAN Community Health Announces Nomination from the Family Foundation

    Sarasota, Florida (June 22, 2018) – CAN Community Health is proud to announce that Alexis Howard, Community Liason of South Florida, has been nominated to receive The Family Foundation’s Community Service Award. The winners of the Community Service Award are nominated for outstanding leadership and community involvement with the Family Foundation and the Foundation’s quest to bring HIV/AIDS education and prevention to the South Florida community.

    CAN recently celebrated its 26th year serving the needs of the HIV/AIDS community in Florida. CAN boasts 30 clinics in locations throughout Florida and continues to grow, most recently expanding to Columbia, South Carolina. To date, CAN serves more than 15,000 patients within the network.

    “It’s an honor for CAN to have one of our employees nominated by the Family Foundation. Alexis is a vital part of our organization working to bring HIV awareness, education and prevention to the South Florida community,” stated Richard E. Carlisle, CAN president and CEO. “I think there’s a united effort among us that we all have one mission and we’re very mission-driven.”

    The Family Foundation’s 28th Annual AIDS Benefit and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Marriott Hotel (Airport), 1201 LeJeune Road, Miami, FL 33126. For more information, please visit www.thefamilyfoundationusa.org or call (305) 978-7100.

    CAN Announces the Opening of New Pharmacy Locations

    Sarasota, Florida (June 7, 2018) – CAN Community Health is proud to announce the opening of three new on-site pharmacy locations.  The pharmacies will be located in CAN clinics across Florida in Clearwater, Jacksonville, and Plantation and will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm.

    “The new on-site pharmacies will allow our clients to reach affordable care and prescriptions in a way that is convenient and easy for them,” said CAN Community Health’s President and CEO, Richard Carlisle. “Everyone at CAN is excited for this major step forward for our clients and community.  We are proud to help further the health and support that we provide to our community.”

    In addition to being able to seek out clinical treatment at CAN Community Health locations, clients will have easy and immediate one-stop access to their prescriptions.  Clients can also obtain refill requests through the “CAN Community Health Pharmacy” app and make arrangements for free delivery.  CAN has been serving the HIV community for over 26 years and is eager to expand the company in a way that benefits clients.

    Rishi Patel, CAN’s Chief Pharmacy Officer, comments on the pharmacy openings, “For many years CAN has been known to provide excellent patient and health care services.  Now, we can incorporate pharmacy services along with these services.  We are excited to open our pharmacies and bring the personalized care our patients and clients needs.”

    For scheduling or to find out more information about our pharmacies, please call (844) 370-6204 or click here.

    CAN Community Health Appoints Roger Capote Chief Advancement Officer

    Sarasota, FL (June 2, 2018)​-CAN Community Health has announced the appointment of a new Chief Advancement Officer. Roger Capote will assume the role effective June 4. In his role Capote will oversee ​marketing, ​strategic outreach, guide fund-raising efforts, develop community programs and assist in the advancement of the organization’s mission and brand. CAN Community Health owns and operates 28 non-profit medical clinics throughout the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

    “Roger’s passion to our community and caring for people is paramount to this position,” said Richard E. Carlisle, President & CEO of CAN. “He embodies our organization’s spirit of making connections to do the most good in our community and help others who are in need, which can only strengthen our mission.”

    Capote brings to CAN 15 years of experience of award-winning philanthropic event management and community development, as well as operational oversight and business development. He most recently served as Senior Director of Special Projects at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, overseeing the organization’s daily operations and earned revenue. He holds a degree from the University of Florida and is currently enrolled at the University of South Florida Executive MBA program. A native of Miami, he has lived in Sarasota for 15 years and was a participant in CANDance 2016.

    Float Nurse-Ft. Lauderdale/Miami

    Location: Ft. Lauderdale/Miami
     – FULL TIME POSITION

    Statement of Purpose of the Registered Nurse: Provides and coordinates direct nursing services and procedures to patients. Works as part of a multidisciplinary team to enhance patient quality of life through competent medical intervention. Ensures all documentation is in compliance with professional and legal standards.

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    RN Mobile Unit

    Statement of Purpose:Provides and coordinates direct nursing services and procedures to patients on our Mobile Unit covering Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Works as part of a multidisciplinary team to enhance patient quality of life through competent medical intervention. Ensures all documentation is compliant with professional and legal standards.

    Primary Tasks: RN Mobile Unit

    • Coordinates with staff on daily activities to ensure all tasks and roles are covered on a daily basis.
    • Handles day to day operations and coordinates with the Director of Clinical Operations on any outstanding issues.
    • Collaborates with Director of Clinical Operations and Chief of Clinical Services on employee evaluations, on-going supervision and training needs.
    • Coaches and educates nursing staff on clinical procedures, EMR, and on governing and organizational policy/procedure.
    • Performs quality assurance activities and compliance to operational, medical, and OSHA standards. Randomly audits charts and makes recommendations for continuous improvement. Documents all risk assessment activities.
    • Performs medical intake procedures including labs, vital signs and history.
    • Maintains and stocks inventory of clinical supplies
    • Triages patient phone calls and walk-ins.
    • Completes medication refills per the order of a physician.
    • Reviews charts of patients on a daily basis to ensure all necessary documentation is present, current, and complete to facilitate physician visit.
    • Prepares all diagnostic documentation as needed for patient care.
    • Performs venipuncture and specimen processing.
    • Practices safety, environmental and/or infection control methods.
    • Promotes and practices CAN’s values and mission, and adheres to all policies and procedures.
    • Maintains confidentiality regarding patient and/or family in accordance with professional and departmental standards.
    • Documents all patient care in an accurate and timely manner.
    • Coordinates services with other departments, sister organizations, and community as needed.
    • Requests diagnostic test results from other health care providers.
    • Provides assistance with referrals and coordinates services with other organizations, federal and local programs.
    • Collaborates with clinic team members and sister organizations to coordinate patient services.

    Secondary Tasks: RN Mobile Unit

    • Provides assistance in all clinical areas.
    • Continues professional training and education to advance knowledge and skills of HIV/AIDS.
    • Participates in continuous quality improvement of services rendered to CAN’s clients.
    • Cross trains and acts as a backup to clinic team members.
    • Develops and fosters networking relationships with community and support resources.
    • Utilizes resources and supplies in a cost-effective manner.
    • Demonstrates courtesy, compassion and respect in all interpersonal relationships with CAN’s clients, staff and visitors.
    • Maintains professional manner in all aspects of job tasks.
    • Performs all other duties as assigned.

    Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills Required: RN Mobile Unit

    • Demonstrates knowledge of HIV documentation protocols.
    • Demonstrates experience with OSHA mandates, documentation, and compliance.
    • Demonstrates knowledge of medical terminology, procedures, medications, and accepted treatment practices.
    • Ability and willingness to make independent nursing decisions based on nursing assessment.
    • Demonstrates ability to self-motivate.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
    • Demonstrates ability to coordinate a multitude of tasks as required.
    • Maintains ongoing, appropriate documentation of all activities as needed.
    • Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.
    • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures
    • Knowledge of patient evaluation and triage procedures.
    • Knowledge of community health services and agencies
    • Ability to apply principals of health promotion and disease prevention.
    • Able to work with health professional in a team environment.
    • Ability to travel within a large area. Overnight travel is part of the role.

    Required Training: RN Mobile Unit
    In addition to the following, all new employees are required to attend New Employee Orientation:

    • Bloodborne Pathogen Annual Training
    • Hazardous Drug Disposal Training
    • Stericycle DOT Training
    • Biohazard Waste Training
    • HIPAA

    Physical Requirements: RN Mobile Unit

    Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients manual and finger dexterity and eye- hand coordination. Requires visual and auditory acuity, frequent standing and walking for extended periods of time. Must be able to lift a minimum of 30 pounds unassisted.

    Education/Professional: RN Mobile Unit

    • RN graduate of an accredited school of nursing currently licensed to practice in the State of Florida.
    • Baccalaureate in Nursing and two (2) years of relevant work experience – OR –
    • Associate of Arts in Nursing and three (3) years of relevant work experience
    • CPR Certified

    Experience: RN Mobile Unit

    Minimum five years’ experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified

    Machines/Equipment and Tools Used: RN Mobile Unit

    • Computer
    • Must be able to operate a motor vehicle
    • Must be able to assist in set up of mobile unit

    Job Type: Full-time

    Qualification Questions

    • Do you have the following license or certification: Florida RN?
    • How many years of RN experience do you have?

    CAN Community Health at Lutheran Social Services Welcomes Dr. Stephen Henry

    Sarasota, FL (May 23, 2018) – CAN Community Health, celebrating its 26th year serving the needs of the HIV community in Florida and the Southeastern U.S., is proud to announce that Stephen Henry, DMD has joined the staff of CAN Community Health at Lutheran Social Services in Jacksonville, FL.

    Dr. Henry holds a BA in Criminology and a DMD. His previous experience includes military service as an active duty Combat Medic, a Medical Platoon Leader, and a Brigade Dental Surgeon where he performed all types of general dental procedures under austere conditions. Dr. Henry then transitioned to private practice and gained certifications in Lumineers™, Invisalign™ and mini-implants. Just prior to working for CAN, he worked for the City of Jacksonville Corrections as a general dentist primarily performing Oral Surgery.

    Dr. Henry was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for service as a Dental Surgeon with multiple deployments providing treatment to diverse patient populations. He is a member of the American and Florida Dental Associations, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and Seaplane Pilots Association.

    After years of serving the local community, he is excited to utilize his skills, knowledge, connections and enthusiasm to help assist CAN Community Health with growing their dental services in the Jacksonville area.

    “I am fortunate and honored to join the CAN team. From the medical providers to the administrative professionals, the atmosphere is one of dedication to patient care. Possibly, Lewis Caroll captured the culture of CAN when he said – “One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others,” stated Dr. Henry.

    President and CEO of CAN Community Health, Richard E. Carlisle, said, “I am confident that Jacksonville will benefit greatly from Dr. Henry’s extensive experience and overall medical expertise.”

    For more information about CAN Community Health at Lutheran Social Services at 4615 Philips Highway in Jacksonville, Florida, please call (904) 508-0710.

    AIDS Walk Sarasota-Manatee 2018

    Join CAN for AIDS Walk Sarasota-Manatee 2018!

    More than 1000-participants are anticipated to attend this 12th annual walk to raise awareness and funds for HIV.

    The walk takes place on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 & starts at beautiful J.D. Hamel Park in Downtown Sarasota. Walkers travel over the Ringling Bridge and back.

    At the end of the Walk, there will be shared testimonials, FREE food and raffling off prizes.

    This year AIDS Walk celebrates the many who have fought, and continue to fight the spread of HIV.

    CAN will be providing Rapid HIV tests and education.

    Be a part of our community of school teams, local businesses, families (friendly dogs welcome) and much more.

    https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Sarasota/AIDSWalkSarasotaManatee2018

    Kenneth Kaplan, MD-Oakland (Midland)

    Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, 1999, Recertified 2009. Postgraduate Training: Faulkner Hospital Boston, Massachusetts Chief Residency in Ambulatory Medicine 5/1988-5/1989
    Residency in Internal Medicine 6/1985-6/1988. Education: Tufts University School of Medicine Boston Massachusetts 1981-1985, University of Engineering 1977-1981, Medford, Massachusetts Suma Cum Laude 1977-1981.

    Float Nurse-Sarasota

    Location: Sarasota, FL
     – FULL TIME POSITION

    Statement of Purpose of the Registered Nurse: Provides and coordinates direct nursing services and procedures to patients. Works as part of a multidisciplinary team to enhance patient quality of life through competent medical intervention. Ensures all documentation is in compliance with professional and legal standards.

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    Health Information Management Tech

    Location: Clearwater, FL
     – FULL TIME POSITION

    This position is responsible for Health Information Management and front office support.

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    John Jones, MD-Oakland (Midland)

    Certification: American Board of Family Practice, 2002, Recertified 2009. USMLE Ι, ΙΙ, ΙΙΙ successfully completed.

    Postgraduate Training: St. Mary’s Medical Center Evansville, Indiana; Family Practice Chief Resident, 6/1999-6/2002

    Education: Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis, Indiana; Doctor of Medicine, 8/1995-6/1999

    University of Evansville Evansville, Indiana, Bachelors of Science, Biology, 8/1991-6/1995

    Noah Lee, DO-Oakland (Midland)

    Certification: American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians Licensed Family Practitioner; American Academy of HIV Medicine Certified Specialist;
    Education: Nova Southeastern University / Palmetto General Hospital, North Miami/Hialeah, FL Family Practice Residency, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Davie, FL
    Doctor of Osteopathy, University of Miami, Miami, FL Bachelor of Science

    Scott A. Hall, MD, AAHIVS-Oakland (Lifeway)

    Dr. Scott Hall attended the University of Cincinnati where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He went on to study medicine at Ohio State University where he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1996. He then completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA in 1999, and became board certified in Internal Medicine.

    Serge Gardere, DO, AOBNMM, AAHIVS-Oakland (Lifeway)

    Dr. Serge Gardere was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He attended Nova Southeastern University where he earned a bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Dr Gardere graduated at the top 5% of his class. He went on to study medicine at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine where he earned his Doctor of Osteopathy degree in 2010. He went on to residency at North Shore/Long Island Jewish Hospital in Long Island, NY where he studied general medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. He then moved back to Fort Lauderdale and continued his studies at Larkin Hospital, Miami, FL in Neuromuscular Medicine. In 2016, Dr. Gardere became board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine as well as an HIV Specialist with the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

    Marah Lee, DO, FACP, AAHIVS-Oakland (Lifeway)

    Dr. Lee graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1989, completed her internship and residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City in 1992, and served as chief resident until June 1993. Prior to medical school, she was a Licensed Practical Nurse for 12 years.

    CAN Recognized as one of the ‘Best Nonprofits to Work For’ in 2018

    Sarasota, Florida (April 16, 2018) – CAN Community Health is honored to announce that it was voted as one of “The Nonprofit Times Best Nonprofits to Work For 2018.” The winners of the “NPT’s Best Nonprofits to Work For 2018” award were chosen by employee surveys.

    The organization’s scores were high enough to secure 5th place out of 50 companies in the competition. Best Companies Group, an independent research firm that conducted the surveys, analyzed the data and determined the winners and rankings. The employee survey consisted of 78 in-depth statements that employees rated on a five-point scale, from “Agree Strongly” to “Disagree Strongly.” It also included seven demographic and two open-ended questions.

    “We treat people like I would treat my family member, my brother or my sister. We treat our employees well, and they treat our customers well,” stated Richard E. Carlisle, CAN president and CEO. “I think there’s a united effort among us that we all have one mission and we’re very mission-driven.”

    CAN recently celebrated its 26th year serving the needs of the HIV community in Florida. CAN boasts 28 clinics in locations throughout Florida and continues to grow. To date, CAN serves more than 15,000 patients within the network.

    Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida

    Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida operates four community outreach programs including AIDS care and education, refugee services, a nourishment network and representative payee services. (Link to Lutheran Social Services)

    The Family Foundation of Greater Miami

    The Family Foundation of Greater Miami is a community based, non profit 501c organization dedicated to helping prevent the spread of HIV infections and improve the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS. The Family Foundation was founded in 1990 by Reverend Darryl K. Baxter and a group of volunteers.  (Link to The Family Foundation)

    Pridelines

    Pridelines is a grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded by gay and bisexual youth for LGBTQ youth and their allies in the wake of Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children” campaign.  Their mission is to support, educate and empower South Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and the community at large in safe and diverse environments through affirming programs and services to promote dialogue, wellness and foster social change.  (Link to Pridelines)

    Florida Nonprofit Alliance

    The Florida Nonprofit Alliance informs, promotes, and strengthens the nonprofit sector in order to create more vibrant communities across the state.  (Link to Florida Nonprofit Alliance)

    GreenZone Hero

    GreenZone Hero businesses have stepped up publically to honor and recognize veterans, active duty military personnel and their families. These businesses understand the high cost of freedom, an American privilege that far outweighs any amount of money. These are the companies that all veterans and non-veterans alike need to support. (Link to GreenZone Hero) 

    Latinos Salud

    Latinos Salud was founded in 2008 to create a safe space for Latino gay guys and their partners to find friends, support, and resources. Our 30 staff members hail from Colombia, Chile, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Haiti, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Turkey, and Venezuela. Whether they’re meeting one-on-one or staging a community event, our staff members work to make a stronger community!  (Link to Latinos Salud)

    Broward House

    Broward House is a not for profit social services organization with nearly 30 years of providing services for our community impacted by HIV and other chronic health challenges.

    CAN Community Health at Lutheran Social Services Welcomes Dr. Dana Barnes to Staff

    Sarasota, Florida (January 23, 2018) – CAN Community Health, celebrating its 26th year serving the needs of the HIV/AIDS community in Florida, is proud to announce that Dr. Dana Barnes has joined the staff of CAN Community Health at Lutheran Social Services in Jacksonville, Florida.

    Dana Barnes, MD, was born in Jacksonville, Florida and is a graduate of The University of Miami School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach where she was co-president of the Residents’ Association and resident representative to the Florida Academy of Family Physicians.

    Dr. Barnes is an HIV Specialist with the American Academy of HIV Medicine and a Board Certified Family Physician. She has also earned the designation of Fellow from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

    “I am thrilled to join CAN. It is an honor to work for a healthcare organization that truly cares for the whole person and the whole community,” stated Barnes.

    Dr. Barnes was appointed by the mayor as a representative to the HIV Planning Council for two consecutive terms, from June 2013 through February 2018. During this time, she also served on three committees and was the chairperson of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. In March of 2015, the State Surgeon General named Dr. Barnes as a physician representative to the Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery. She also served on the Duval County Community Health Improvement Plan Steering Committee.

    President and CEO of CAN Community Health, Richard E. Carlisle, said, “Jacksonville has the 3rd highest reported HIV/AIDS cases in Florida. I am confident that the city will benefit greatly from Dr. Barnes’ extensive HIV experience and overall medical expertise.”

    For more information about CAN Community Health at Lutheran Social Services located at 4615 Philips Highway in Jacksonville, Florida, please call (904) 508-0710.

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