18th Annual Day of Caring Event

Speaker Bios

Dr. Elisa Krill-Jackson

Dr. Elisa Krill-Jackson is a medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, and she completed her residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, as well as a Fellowship at New England Medical Center and the University of Miami.

Dr. Victor Guardiola-Amada

Dr. Victor Guardiola-Amada is a breast cancer medical oncologist and currently Chair of the Cancer Committee at Miami Cancer Institute as well as active member of the Institutional Review Board at Baptist Health of South Florida. He attended Medical School at USAL in Buenos Aires, Argentina graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2003. He completed all postgraduate training at University of Miami in 2010. He joined MCI/Breast Medical Oncology Services in 2014 and currently has a full practice in all aspects of breast medical oncology including clinical trials/research.

Dr. Alejandra Perez

Dr. Alejandra Perez acquired her medical degree at the Health Science Institute in Colombia. She completed her training in Internal Medicine at Danbury Hospital, an affiliate of Yale University School of Medicine. She also completed her Hematology and Oncology fellowship training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York.  Dr. Perez is triple board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology. She is currently the Director of the Breast Cancer Treatment and Prevention Program at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Plantation.

Dr. Carmen Calfa

Dr. Carmen Calfa is a triple board-certified breast medical oncologist and has been recognized for her clinical care research. She earned her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Tirgu-Mures in Romania She is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. At Sylvester, Dr. Calfa works as part of a team of breast cancer researchers and experts, among her areas of focus is research including immunotherapy, Her2neu positive, and triple negative breast cancers.

Dr. Jeffrey Ritter

Dr. Jeffrey Ritter is Co-Director of the Center for Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases in South Miami.  He attended Yale University and George Washington Medical School where he graduated with honors.  He did his internship and residency in internal medicine at St. Luke’s- Roosevelt Hospital in New York City and a rheumatology fellowship at Georgetown.  He practiced rheumatology in Washington DC until he came to Florida to join the Center for Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases.

Dr. Elizabeth Skjoldal

Elizabeth Skjoldal is an Oncology Psychologist at the Cancer Patient Support Center of the Miami Cancer Institute. Dr. Skjoldal received her PhD from the University of Miami and did her internship at Boston University School of Medicine. She provides cognitive-behavioral therapy including cognitive reappraisal, relaxation, and mindfulness training to oncology out-patients. She also provides supportive therapy to individual family members and family therapy as needed to patients. She is bilingual and has been a licensed psychologist for over 20 years.

Dr. Max Polo

Dr. Max Polo received his doctorate from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Polo completed eight years of post-graduate surgery specialty training, including two residencies and an elective fellowship. Dr. Polo is a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery of the breast, body and face. Dr. Polo’s areas of special interest include tissue regeneration and tissue engineering, breast implant and soft tissue filler product development, and breast cancer/reconstruction education.

Dr. Rafael Gottenger

Dr. Rafael Gottenger is a highly trained plastic surgeon, with double board certification in the USA and Venezuela. Before coming to the United States he trained as a general and plastic surgeon at the Central University of Venezuela. Dr. Rafael Gottenger is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Greater Miami Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Venezuelan Society of Plastic Surgeons between others societies. As a board certified plastic surgeon he has been practicing in South Miami since 2004 with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Gottenger provides his patients exceptional technical skill in breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery.

Dr. Miguel Medina

Dr. Miguel Medina specializes in the treatment of patients requiring skilled plastic and reconstructive surgery after cancer treatments. He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, with a clinical focus that includes abdominal wall reconstruction, breast reconstructive surgery including DIEP flap reconstruction, craniofacial reconstruction and head and neck reconstructive surgery. He earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.  Prior to joining Miami Cancer Institute at the Baptist Hospital campus, Dr. Medina specialized in craniofacial and reconstructive microsurgery at Cleveland Clinic in Weston.

Karla P. Otero

Karla P. Otero, is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition, and Certified Diabetes Educator. She has close to 20 years experience in the field of dietetics and nutrition. She graduated from Florida International University and has been working for Baptist Health South Florida for the past 18 years. She is the Clinical Nutrition Supervisor at Miami Cancer Institute. Karla has participated in multiple community programs to promote healthy eating and disease prevention.

Alice Pereira

Alice Pereira is a registered and licensed nutritionist with 17 years of experience in clinical nutrition and outpatient counseling. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University in 1995. During the past ten years, she has been working at the Radiation Therapy Department at South Miami Hospital, where she has counseled many women with breast cancer and has guided them to improve their nutritional status during radiation. Alice also joined the Baptist Health Center. There she counsels women regarding their lifestyle dietary interventions and works closely with the survivorship team initiative towards implementing dietary resources for breast cancer survivors in the community.

Patricia Araujo

Patricia Araujo is a registered dietitian who works for UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is one of the six practitioners in Florida to hold a board certification specialty in Obesity in Weight Management by CDR, and was amongst the first practitioners in the field to become certified. She has also completed Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management Program, levels 1 and 2. For the past two years, Patricia has worked exclusively with oncology patients, ranging from bone marrow transplant to breast cancer survivorship. She graduated with honors from Florida International University with degree in Dietetics and Nutrition.

Mary Crosswell

Mary Crosswell is the supervisor of rehabilitation services and clinical coordinator of the oncology rehabilitation and lymphedema program at South Miami Hospital.  She qualified as a physical therapist from the University of the West Indies, School of Physical Therapy in 1980 and later attended the University of South Florida where she received her doctoral degree in physical therapy.  She is certified in the management of lymphedema and complete decongestive therapy. Since 2002 she has specialized in oncology and lymphedema with a focus on breast cancer rehabilitation.

Ana Maria Mendieta

Ana Maria Mendieta earned her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from The University of Miami, she is the founder and president of Midas Touch Institute. Ms. Mendieta is also founder and lead therapist of the Lymphedema Foundation of South Florida, a non-profit organization that helps uninsured or under insured individuals in need of Lymphedema services. More recently, she has co-founded The Lymphatic Health Institute, which seeks to further improve more efficiently and effectively patient outcomes by using NEW innovative Lymphedema treatment approaches, pioneering education, and equipment that aims not only to restore a patient’s physical well being BUT “Quality of Life” altogether.

Dr. Michael C. Cheung

Dr. Michael C. Cheung is Board-Certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Cheung completed his undergraduate education at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his medical degree from The University of Miami, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. He remained at The University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital where he completed the five-year general surgical training program and a two year research fellowship. He is currently in practice in Fort Lauderdale and offers a full spectrum of cosmetic surgery as well as the most advanced techniques in reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Arelis Martir-Negron

Dr. Arelis Martir-Negron, is a medical geneticist and medical director of the Division of Clinical Genetics at Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida. She is Board-certified in medical genetics and internal medicine. Dr. Martir-Negron received her medical training at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine, in Guadalajara, Mexico. She completed a residency in internal medicine at the Ponce School of Medicine, Ramon E. Betances Hospital-Mayaguez Medical Center, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, followed by a residency in medical genetics and genomics at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. Prior to joining Miami Cancer Institute, Dr. Martir-Negron was an attending medical geneticist at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Palm Beach Gardens.

Cristina Flanagan

Cristina Flanagan, is a certified genetic counselor with experience in hereditary cancer predisposition syndrome risk assessment, testing, management, and counseling. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, she completed her undergraduate training at UNC Chapel Hill before pursuing her Master of Medical Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from the Emory University School of Medicine. Cristina’s interests include provision of bilingual clinical genetics services, genetics education and outreach, as well as increasing accessibility of genetic services to underserved populations in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Linda Fieldstone

Linda Fieldstone is currently in private practice servicing the community through Family Resolutions, LLC to provide conflict resolution to families of all ages. Four years ago, she found herself to be a “victim” of cancer; the most empowering aspect of that period of her life, and since, has been her participation in genetics testing. Linda is passionate about the positive effects that genetics testing can have, knowing how it can save lives, not only for victims, but also their family members.

Dr. Emery Salom

Dr. Emery Salom graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine, and performed his post doctoral training at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Sylvester Cancer Center.  He currently practices gynecologic oncology at Doctors Hospital, and is the current on site Residency Director at the Community Health Center at Palmetto General Hospital. In addition to his practice, his academic achievements include being the Clerkship Director for the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Pelvic Surgery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the FIU College of Medicine, as well as being an associate professor at Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. John Diaz

Dr. John Diaz is a board certified gynecologic oncologist who completed his fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He specializes in minimally invasive robotic and open complex open surgery for both cancer and benign gynecologic conditions. His research interests include novel therapeutic agents and surgical innovations.

Dr. Nicholas Lambrou

Dr. Nicholas Lambrou is currently Chief of Robotic Surgery for Baptist Health South Florida and Chair of the Disease Management Team for Gynecologic Oncology at the Miami Cancer Institute. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Lambrou completed his residency at Johns Hopkins University and was promoted to associate professor of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Miami. He has been in private practice in the Miami community since 2007.

Dr. Grace Wang

Dr. Grace Wang graduated from the University of Miami Medical School after attending Northwestern University. She did her internal medicine residency, and hematology oncology fellowship at the University of Miami. She is a medical oncologist at the Miami Cancer Institute of Baptist Health Systems and specializes in breast cancer, and performs clinical trials. She is Vice Chair of the Volunteer Leadership Board of the American Cancer Society and Sponsorship Chair of the Day of Caring.

Joann Santiago-Charles

Joann Santiago-Charles received a B.S. in Exercise Science in 2003 from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. She will complete her M.S. in in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a specialization in Rehabilitation Science from California University of Pennsylvania. She holds several certifications including: Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Cancer Society, Level 3 Exercise is Medicine through the American College of Sports Medicine.

Cheryl Wiggins

Cheryl Wiggins has been a certified Jazzercise Instructor for 38 years and still loves teaching as much today as when she began. In 1980, she set the standard of energy and excellence in South Florida by owning, operating and teaching the first Jazzercise franchise. She became the South Florida District Manager from 1981 – 1997 managing all aspects of franchise development growing from one franchise to 100+. With several cancer survivors in her class, they started a “Relay For Life” team 10 years ago using art classes, bingo, Halloween parties and other fun activities, which helped them become one of the top fund-raising teams at Kendall Relay For Life. Cheryl teaches five classes a week at the Mary Abreu Community Center in Tropical Park, Miami.

Tamera Anderson-Hanna

Tamera Anderson-Hanna became a Registered Yoga Teacher while diagnosed and healing from breast cancer in 2015.  Tamera has been working as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addiction and Rehabilitation Counselor for over 20 years.  Just prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer she opened her part-time business Wellness, Therapy, & Yoga in Miami where she offers life, wellness, and recovery coaching along with private and corporate yoga.  Her group classes include Yoga 4 Cancer and Yoga for 12 Step Recovery.  As of now,  she is the only Y4C certified teacher in Miami.. She is excited to join Day of Caring to share her experience using yoga and mediation for healing to help fellow survivors.

Erica Bloomquist

Erica Bloomquist is a board-certified general surgeon and breast surgical oncologist. She earned her medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 2002 and completed her residency in general surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 2007. Dr. Bloomquist served as an active-duty Naval officer, Lieutenant Commander, Medical Corps, from 1998 to 2011. She is currently part of the surgical oncology team of Memorial Cancer Institute.

Dr. Starr Mautner

Dr. Starr Mautner is a board-certified and fellowship-trained breast surgeon. She earned her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and did her residency in general surgery at St. Vincent’s Hospital and New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed a research fellowship and clinical fellowship in breast surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, during which she developed expertise in the diagnosis and management of breast cancer, including sentinel node biopsies, breast-conserving surgery and skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomy.

Dr. Kesmodel

Dr. Kesmodel is a surgical oncologist and Board Certified Surgeon who specializes in the treatment of benign and malignant breast diseases and high-risk skin malignancies including melanoma.  She has expertise in skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomy, prophylactic breast surgery for high-risk patients, and sentinel lymph node biopsy and lymphadenectomy for patients with breast and skin cancer. Dr. Kesmodel received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology and serves as the Director of Breast Surgical Oncology and Co-Leader of the Breast Disease Site Group for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Stamler

Dr. Stamler specializes in all facets of breast imaging – including mammography, ultrasound, and MRI.  She has expertise in performing image guided biopsies, including stereotactic, ultrasound-guided, and MRI-guided breast biopsies. She attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and completed a radiology residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell in New York City.  She also completed a fellowship in breast and oncologist body imaging at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She is specifically interested in the utility of breast MRI as a screening tool for high risk and other patient populations.

Dr. Lampen-Sachar

Dr. Lampen-Sachar specializes in all facets of breast imaging. Additionally, she interprets chest and body CT and ultrasound. She graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY and completed a radiology residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell in New York. She completed a fellowship in breast and oncologic body imaging at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Lampen-Sachar is board certified in Radiology.

Dr. Sara Fernandez

Dr. Sara Fernandez is a Diagnostic Radiology specialist at the Diagnostic Center for Women. She received her degree from the University Of Florida College Of Medicine in 2010. She completed her residency in radiology and her fellowship in breast imaging and intervention at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville.

Stephanie V. Daniels

Stephanie V. Daniels has dedicated the past 25+ years to the law enforcement profession. She joined the Miami-Dade Police Department in 1992. On March 28, 2016, she was appointed to the position of Assistant Director of Departmental Services for the Miami-Dade Police Department by Director Juan J. Perez. In her capacity as the Assistant Director, she is responsible for implementing appropriate organizational change in policy, practices, procedures, and strategies to improve the overall effectiveness and responsiveness in her area of responsibility. In her current assignment as Assistant Director for the Departmental Services, she oversees the Support Services Division; which includes: the Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute, Personnel Management Bureau, Communications Bureau, Central Records Bureau, and the Strategic Planning and Development Section.

Dr. Marta Manrique-Reichard

Dr. Marta Manrique-Reichard is a clinical psychologist in the South Miami area, and is affiliated with Baptist Hospital, Doctor’s Hospital and South Miami Hospital, and is a member of the American Psychological Association as well as the Florida Psychological Association. She attended Barry University and she earned her master’s in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology.  She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in California followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She is particularly interested in the mind-body connection as it relates to effective coping.

Chef Natita

Chef Natita has been certified in the United States for VEGAN COOKING for the past 12 years. She’s an inspiring chef with expertise in nutrition that’s free of processed sugars. She frequently travels throughout Latin America responding to invitations for her workshops and conferences.Chef Natita is constantly giving back to the community.  She was invited by the Public Library of Miami-Dade County, to create a program and live demonstration about the Healthy Kitchen.  Here she helped educate the public on healthy eating habits, nutrition, recipes and how to read the food labels. Chef Natita is always ready to share a message of love and her passion about healthy eating without processed sugar with the world.

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