Our Doctors and Staff

Your Wellness Professionals

The Spine and Wellness Centers of America team is comprised of qualified health specialists ready to put their energy and skills towards helping you reach your goals. 

Spine and Wellness Centers of America is proud to be home to world-recognized spine experts, who use a multidisciplinary approach to offer efficient and effective healthcare. We specialize in minimally-invasive treatments and have been recognized as a center of excellence.


Get in touch to learn more about our incredible team — we’re looking forward to being a part of your healthy lifestyle.

DR. CHRISTIAN D. GONZÁLEZ, M.D.

Harvard Graduate

Massachusetts General Hospital Fellowship

Dr. González is one of the most influential Latin American physicians in America. He is a Harvard graduate, Massachusetts General Hospital Fellow, former Division Chief at the University of Massachusetts, and former President-Elect and VP of the American Academy of P.M. In 2013, 2014, and 2015 he was recognized as one of Miami's Best Doctors.

DOUBLE BOARD CERTIFIED

Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

DR. SANDEE J. BRISTOW, M.D.

Washington Medical Center Graduate

Washington Medical Center Fellowship

Dr. Sandee Bristow serves as the Director of the Miami Spine and Wellness Center. She trained at the renowned Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA. She firmly believes that every patient is a story that needs to be understood and given a multi-disciplinary approach for pain control and restoring the quality of life. Her focus is on spinal musculoskeletal pain and providing interventional pain medicine. 

DOUBLE BOARD CERTIFIED

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine

DR. MICHELLE WEINER, DO, MPH

University of Miami Graduate

University of Miami Fellowship

Dr. Michelle Weiner is an Interventional Pain Medicine Physician board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She completed her residency and fellowship training at the University of Miami. Dr. Weiner is certified by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and is an active member of the American Academy of Anti Aging.

DOUBLE BOARD CERTIFIED

Interventional Pain Care and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

DR. MARÍA ALEJANDRA DE LA PEÑA, M.D.

University of Miami Graduate

Harvard Medical School - Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital

Dr. María Alejandra De La Peña is a board-certified Anesthesiologist with subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine. She completed her residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Miami and her fellowship in Interventional Pain Care at Harvard Medical School - Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. After finishing her training, she returned to South Florida and joined Spine and Wellness Center, where she currently serves as Director of the Fort Lauderdale office. 

DOUBLE BOARD CERTIFIED

Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

DR. JEFFREY CARA, D.O.

Mayo Clinic and Northwestern University Graduate

Mayo Clinic Fellowship

Dr. Jeffrey R. Cara is an Interventional Pain Care Physician and Physiatrist who believes that everyone deserves a life free of pain. Having grown up on four continents and spent a third of his life abroad, Dr. Cara welcomes a diverse patient population. Double board-certified, Dr. Cara trained at the nation’s leading, ACGME-accredited programs: Mayo Clinic, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine NorthShore.

DOUBLE BOARD CERTIFIED

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine

DR. ANDREA HENLEY-SEYMOUR, M.D.

Temple University School of Medicine Graduate

Emory University Hospital Fellowship

 

Dr. Andrea Henley-Seymour is Double Board-Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. She was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. College Park where she obtained a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She proceeded to Temple University School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, PA, where she obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree. She completed her internship at Frankford Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, then her residency in Anesthesiology at Temple University Hospital, rising to become Co-Chief Resident.

DOUBLE BOARD CERTIFIED

Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

DR. ADAM NASSERY, M.D.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine Graduate

Albert Einstein College of Medicine Fellowship

 

Dr. Adam Nassery is the first board-certified neurologist to join the multidisciplinary team at Spine and Wellness Centers of America. He attended medical school, completed residency and graduated from fellowship in interventional pain medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.  His past research topics include multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, cognitive neuroscience and, pertinent to his practice today, cervicogenic headache and low back pain.

BOARD CERTIFIED

Neurologist

DR. LEON ANIJAR, M.D.

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Graduate

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL Fellowship

 

Dr. Leon Anijar is a board-certified anesthesiologist and has completed advanced subspecialty training in pain medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and fellowship training at the internationally renowned Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He earned his bachelor of science at Emory University and earned his medical degree at the University of South Florida. 

BOARD CERTIFIED

Anesthesiology 

DR. L. DOUGLAS KENNEDY, MD DABPM DABA

University of Kentucky College of Medicine Graduate

Cleveland Clinic Fellowship

 

L. Douglas “Doug” Kennedy, MD, is certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Kennedy’s practice involves both interventional and medical pain care. He has extensive experience working with orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, spine surgeons, chiropractors, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, neurologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. Dr. Kennedy has been in practice since 1985 and exclusively in Pain Medicine since 1991. He is a member of the American Board of Pain Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology, and American Academy of Pain Medicine.

DOUBLE BOARD CERTIFIED

Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine 

Our Mid-Level Medical Team

We recognize that one of our most important assets is our team. Each of our team members brings unique skillsets and work experience to the practice. Our hard-working team possesses a true sense of empathy and compassion. We pride ourselves on maintaining a positive, “can-do” attitude in our efforts to serve our patients.

Rasa Guzeviciene es asistente médico en el Spine and Wellness Center de Aventura. Se formó en la Academia Internacional de Medicina de Kaunas en la República de Lituania. Después de completar su titulación, obtuvo su certificación del Miami Dade College.

 

Antes de unirse, trabajó en la Embajada de Lituania en la República de Kazajstán. Habla inglés, ruso y lituano. Ella tiene una pasión por restaurar la salud del paciente y por proporcionar técnicas modernas y novedosas para el manejo del dolor.

Andres Alava es un enfermero registrado con licencia y con 4.5 años de experiencia clínica aguda en atención directa de pacientes. Está comprometido a practicar la medicina con un enfoque holístico, además de actuar como defensor del paciente.

Stephanie Giselle Landa es Asistente Médico con licencia en Spine Wellness Centers of America, que obtuvo una licenciatura en Ciencias Biológicas en Florida International University y completó sus estudios de Asistente Médico en Miami Dade College. Antes de unirse, trabajó en la Universidad de Miami realizando investigaciones con células madre por las que recibió varias publicaciones. Ella continúa promoviendo la investigación y disfruta educando a los pacientes sobre estrategias saludables para mejorar el estilo de vida diario.

Catalina Galvis es una asistente médico con licencia del Spine Wellness Centers of America. Obtuvo una licenciatura en Ciencias del Ejercicio en la Florida State University, donde también fue publicada por su trabajo en la investigación del cáncer. Catalina realizó sus estudios de Asistente Médico en la Universidad Nova Southwestern.

Antes de unirse a la consulta, Catalina tenía experiencia previa en el campo de la neurocirugía con un enfoque en la columna vertebral. Catalina se dedica a garantizar que sus pacientes reciban la mejor calidad de atención.

Anam Qureshi es una Enfermera Familiar Certificada que trabaja para el Spine and Wellness Centers of America.

 

Anam se graduó de la Universidad de Miami y obtuvo su Maestría en Enfermería con honores en 2016. Ella ejerce principalmente en el Hospital General de Broward, especializándose en el manejo intervencionista del dolor.

Anam Qureshi es una Enfermera Familiar Certificada que trabaja para el Spine and Wellness Centers of America.

 

Anam se graduó de la Universidad de Miami y obtuvo su Maestría en Enfermería con honores en 2016. Ella ejerce principalmente en el Hospital General de Broward, especializándose en el manejo intervencionista del dolor.

Anam Qureshi es una Enfermera Familiar Certificada que trabaja para el Spine and Wellness Centers of America.

 

Anam se graduó de la Universidad de Miami y obtuvo su Maestría en Enfermería con honores en 2016. Ella ejerce principalmente en el Hospital General de Broward, especializándose en el manejo intervencionista del dolor.

Family Nurse Practitioner

YESENIA FRANQUI

Yesenia Franqui has worked in pain care since 2005 and has specialized in treating patients with spinal, neck, and back pain. Yesenia earned her Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Florida International University.

Her passion is to help patients manage their pain in a compassionate and caring manner. She is fluent in Spanish and believes that listening to the patient is key when treating pain care.

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

CLAUDIA GONZALEZ

Claudia Gonzalez is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at Spine and Wellness Centers of America.

Claudia graduated from the University of Miami obtaining her Master’s in Nursing with Honors in 2017. Before obtaining her degree, Claudia practiced as a Registered Nurse for 7 years, working with both adult and pediatric patients in different specialty areas including but not limited to oncology, cardiac intermediate intensive care, and urgent care pediatrics. She primarily practices in Jackson North Medical Center specializing in acute and chronic pain care.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse 

ERNESTO DIAZ

Ernesto L. Díaz is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner who obtained his Master of Science in Nursing at Universidad del Turabo of Puerto Rico with a specialization in family practice. He is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and has over 8 years of experience in a variety of specialties including stroke management, neurosurgery, and orthopedic surgery. He is devoted to providing excellent care for his patients.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse 

MARIA A. CALLEJA

Maria Calleja is our Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at most of our Refill Clinics for Spine Wellness Centers of America. She graduated with her Associates in Biology from Miami Dade College, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida International University, and her Master's in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Program from Chamberlain College. Maria has over 6 years of clinical bedside experience treating patients with pain in specialties such as oncology, med-surgical, telemetry, and orthopedics. Maria is an active member of the American Nurses Association and participates in many volunteer activities such as the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and Feed the Children. 

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner 

DANIELLE CARSON

Danielle is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida A&M University and then attended South University for her Master’s with a focus in Family Practice. She also has a background in trauma, oncology, and cardiovascular health. Focusing on closing the gap in healthcare disparities and providing better access to care for the less fortunate communities is her primary goal.

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner 

TATIANA HERNANDEZ

Tatiana Hernandez is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who graduated from Nova Southeastern. Tatiana has a Bachelors in Business Administration with over 8 + years of clinical nursing experience. Her past organizations include Mercy Hospital, Baptist Health, and Jackson Health as both a Registered Nurse and Internal Medicine Hospitalist. She was also selected to be part of the first cohort of the Nursing Leadership Institute (NLI) with Baptist Health. She is now specializing in acute and chronic pain treatments. 

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner 

SHANEE BOUSKILA

Shanee Bouskila is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. Shanee rotates within many of the skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in Broward and Miami-Dade County, specializing in pain care. Shanee earned her Masters of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Miami. Prior to joining our team, Shanee worked at Joe Dimaggio Children's Hospital within the Pediatric Intermediate Care Department for seven years.

Our Executive Team

We attribute our continued success to our executives and the skills and experience that they possess. Together they have been instrumental in the development, financing, and operation of Spine and Wellness Centers of America. 

Albert Katz es el Director de Finanzas del Spine and Wellness Center of America. Antes de graduarse con una Maestría en Finanzas del Babson College, Albert encabezó el desarrollo de un fondo de inversión en tecnología. Ha financiado múltiples empresas de nueva creación, algunas de las cuales se vendieron por una rentabilidad saludable.

 

Naumara Delgado es nuestra Enfermera Clínica con licencia, quien siempre está trabajando diligentemente para asegurar que cada paciente entienda su plan de atención y que ninguna pregunta quede sin respuesta. Educar a los pacientes con su régimen de medicamentos, diagnóstico o ayudarles a mejorar su calidad de vida es su principal objetivo aquí en el Spine and Wellness Centers of America.

 

 Ella ha trabajado en el manejo del dolor y en neurocirugía durante más de 3 años, también tiene algunos años de experiencia en cuidados pre y postoperatorios. Recibió su licencia de enfermería en 2011 del Instituto Técnico McFatter en Davie, FL.

Medical Legal Manager/Marketer

DEBBIE AVEROFF

Debbie earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Miami-Dade Community College. She brings 22 years of office management skills and 6 years of outfield marketing to our practice. Her knowledge of the medical field and experience provides a professional liaison for patients and attorneys.

Payroll and Accounts Payable Manager

CARMEN ROSADO

Carmen Rosado is a team leader that manages the Payroll and Accounts Payable division for Spine and Wellness Centers of America (SWCA).  She is a licensed Real Estate Broker and a Certified Notary. Carmen has been a key member of SWCA since its inception in 2013.

Lead Financial Analyst 

SUMMER XIA

Summer Xia is the Lead Financial Analyst for Spine and Wellness Centers of America. She graduated with a Masters in Finance from Florida International University and has a strong background in math and statistical analysis. Summer was born and raised in Anhui Province, China until her ambitions to further her education and career brought her to Miami.  Her extensive knowledge of finance and solid work ethic continues to provide our facilities with sophisticated financial advice to better the efficiency and economic standing of our physicians. Summer is a key resource for the Director of Finance and the company.

Legal Case Manager

MONICA MAPP-ANDERSON

Monica Mapp-Anderson is the Legal Case Manager for Spine and Wellness Centers of America. She graduated with an Associates degree in Paralegal studies and a Bachelors degree in Legal Studies from Keiser University. Monica is a Certified Paralegal with 12 years of experienced combined in both the legal and medical field, which has provided her with exposure to many areas of law. She is an active member of the American Bar Association and a Certified Notary. Her intricate knowledge in both legal and medical provides our facility with a professional liaison for patients and attorneys.

Our Clinical Staff

Our clinical staff team is recognized for helping patients navigate through their pain relief treatments and procedures. They are not only concerned with coordinating the scheduling for tests and treatments, helping educate patients about the medications being used and how to administer them. 

Administrative Assistant

Isabel Martin

 She makes it her goal to provide the best patient care with a big smile and vibrant personality. Isabel strives to make the patient feel at home and comfortable in our offices. 

Surg Coord, LPN

Idayalis Pluas

She serves as our Clinical Assistant, helping our patients with their everyday medical needs. 

Insurance and Verifications

Rebecca Diaz

She graduated from the National School of Technology with a Medical Assistant Degree and received a Certificate of Completion for CPT and ICD Coding. Rebecca has over 25 plus years of working in several practices in South Florida including Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Pediatrics, and Orthopedic.

Medical Assistant

Janay Pagan 

She graduated in 2016 from Keiser University. Her mission as a medical assistant is to improve healthcare and add value to people’s lives every day. Janay firmly believes that a little progress each day adds up to big results.

Medical Assistant

Stephanie Spinato

Stephanie is a thriving student at Florida International University currently studying Psychology with prospects of getting her master's degree to become a Certified Physician Assistant. 

Medical Marijuana Consultant

Jean Carlos Oliveros

Jean Oliveros is a certified medical assistant, cannabis consultant, and licensed fluoroscopy tech with multiple years of experience in patient care and has aspirations of becoming a sports physician. He is currently enrolled at FIorida International University finishing a BA in Psychology with a minor in Biology, where he is the Vice President of the Minority of Association of Pre Medical Students, and volunteers in underdeveloped communities of South Florida through STEM Saturdays.

Medical Records Clerk 

Salina Pagan

 Salina serves as a medical records clerk along with providing assistance to the front desk.  She believes in creating a positive patient experience and ensuring the patients needs are not only met, but their expectations are exceeded.

Call Center Representative 

Gresmarie Martinez

 As a call center representative, Gresmarie Martinez is the initial step towards pain relief for our patients by establishing appointments and providing patients with answers to their problems.

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