About Midway Specialty Care Center
The mission of Midway Specialty Care Center, as a not-for-profit clinic, is to provide our patients a comprehensive infectious disease care center, with primary care, and access to behavioral health services, gynecological care and nutritional support. Our dedicated team of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, and pharmacists work to provide total patient care with dignity to those living with an infectious disease.
We have offices in Fort Pierce, Tampa, Wilton Manors, Okeechobee, Orlando, Miami, West Palm Beach, and Port Saint Lucie. We adhere to the World Health Organization’s model of 90/90/90: 90% of all people living with HIV will be identified, 90% of all people with HIV will be on treatment, and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression to an undetectable level.
Our goal is to create a collaborative not-for-profit practice that will serve the community’s needs and exceed customers’ expectations through our customized approach to patient care services. We strive to provide high-quality medical and pharmaceutical services incorporating natural and pharmacological approaches to wellness. We promise our patients the utmost in professionalism and provide quality health care which will focus on the latest proven treatment options.
Your Midway Specialty Care Center healthcare providers have an over-all plan for you, which includes your specialty and primary care appointments, lab tests, and many other services. When you participate in all of these parts, you are engaged in your care.
Our reliable staff at Midway Specialty Care Center is trained in the guiding philosophy of excellence in patient care and treatment and we all share the same concerns for our patients.
Midway Specialty Care Center, a 501 c3 clinic organization, is run by a volunteer board of directors. We thank our dedicated board members: Dr. Raja Talati, Attorney Bonnie Brown, and Michael Higginbotham, Medical assistant.
Moti Ramgopal, MD FIDSA FACP CPI,
Raja Talati, MD
was a past board member and then joined the team as Assistant Chief Medical Officer. He is involved with the development of the telemedicine program so that patients with limited access to specialty care would be better served. He sees patients at Midway Specialty Care Center in Fort Pierce as well as the providing Family Medicine care to patients at Midway Primary Care in Okeechobee.
He is currently an assistant program director at the St.Lucie Medical Center Family Residency Program and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Nova Southeastern University. Prior to this, he was in practice at the Heart and Family Health Institute also in PSL.
He served as the Medical Director at the St.Lucie County Juvenile Detention Center from 2011 to 2017. He has served on numerous committees at St.Lucie Medical Center which include the following:
Infection Control, Utilization, Ethics, Medical QA 2011 ,Infection Control, Medical executive as Vice Chief of Staff and is now Chief of Credentials.
In the Community he was the local soccer clubs staff physician and also was the Consulting Physician at Sungrove Montessori school when they were trying to earn
For his country he currently holds the position of Chief of Aerospace Medicine for the 927th AMDS at MacDill AFB and was previously the Chief of Credentials. He has about 400 hours of flight time in the C-17 an KC-135.
Since completing medical school, he earned his Masters In Health Information Systems and is a candidate for his MBA with a specialization in Healthcare Analytics.
When not working; he enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with his two sons and wife.
Suzan E. Zimmer, DO
Dr. Suzan Zimmer attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University. She completed a three year Family Medicine Residency at Florida Medical Center South. After the completion of her Family Medicine Residency, Dr. Zimmer moved to Fort Pierce, FL. In 1996 Dr. Zimmer worked for Florida Community Health Center Inc., where she stayed for 6 years as Clinical Director. In 2002 she went into private practice and has since remained in private practice. Dr. Zimmer has staff privileges at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and at St Lucie Medical Center. Dr Zimmer has served on Medical Executive Committee at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center for the past several years.
Michael Dunn, MD
Dr. Michael Dunn is our Tampa Medical Director. Dr. Dunn is a certified member of the American Association of HIV Medicine and Fellowship Trained in Infectious Diseases. Dr. Dunn specializes in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, with an emphasis on HIV disease and Hepatitis. Dr. Dunn has been an integral part of the HIV care in the Tampa Bay area for over 20 years and is highly respected in his field. Dr. Dunn received his medical degree from University of Tennessee. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and went on to complete a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Dunn has also served as principal Investigator for numerous Clinical Trials.
Howard Grossman, MD
Dr. Grossman received his Medical Degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn. He did his Residency at Kings County Hospital, one of the largest public hospitals in Brooklyn. It was there that he saw some of the first cases of AIDS in the early 1980’s. Dr. Grossman specializes in Internal Medicine with an emphasis on HIV. He is a Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Prior to relocating to Florida, Dr. Grossman had a private practice in Manhattan which was one of the largest HIV practices in New York. He later opened the only primary care private practice dedicated to LGBT health and HIV care in the state of New Jersey. He served a diverse patient population. He has become nationally recognized as an educator on HIV issues and as an advocate for LGBT civil rights and the rights of People Living with HIV.
He was previously the Executive Director of the American Academy of HIV Medicine, he served as the Medical Director of the Conant Medical Foundation in San Francisco, Dr. Grossman worked as an international clinical mentor. He educated doctors and nurses in Russia and Belarus working with the American International Healthcare Alliance and he spent seven weeks in the Far West of Nepal helping to establish the first HIV treatment facility in this area with a high rate of HIV infection among migrant workers. This was a collaborative program between the International Center for Equal Healthcare Access (ICEHA) and Family Health International.
He is the recipient of several awards including an award from Compassion & Dying in 2003, Latino AIDS Caucus Cielo Latino Compañero Award in 2004 and Amfar’s 2005 Award of Courage. Dr. Grossman has also written articles for many publications. Dr. Grossman has also held various academic positions.
Jose A Giron, MD, FACP
In a mass exodus of over 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban minors to the United States between 1960 and 1962, He became a naturalized citizen with the Pedro Pan Operation. Dr. Giron said he didn’t understand as a child, but certainly does today, what a gift it was to come to America and be able to work hard to achieve great things. Orlando Magazine awarded Dr. Giron as one of the “Top Doctors in Orlando” in December 2018.
As a graduate from Yale College with a Bachelor’s of Science, he went on to graduate from the elite Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Giron followed his education with a Residency in Internal Medicine and then Fellowship in Infectious Diseases, at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, working with a team to treat some of the early cases of AIDS in the nation.
In 1983, Dr. Giron started his Private Practice, in Infectious Diseases in Queens County, New York, concentrating on the care of patients with HIV and other unusual disorders. In October of 1999, he and his family relocated to Orlando, Florida, working with a Florida ID Group, and later in 2003 set up a thriving Infectious Disease private practice that in 2019 became part of the Midway Specialty Care Center.
Dr. Giron has worked on a more than a dozen seminal research projects and clinical trials that shape the way HIV treatment is rendered today. Dr. Giron is an accomplished researcher in Infectious Diseases, publishing more than a dozen articles.
Fluent in Spanish, French, and some Italian, Dr. Giron uses his languages to better communicate with patients the advances being made in medicine. To this day, he marvels at the new research.
“Some clinical trials for HIV, allowed for the advancements uncovered for Hepatitis C, Herpes, and other Infectious Diseases.” Dr. Giron said, “It is now very satisfying to take a person who is very ill with a mystery illness, and bring them back to life. We can give them a normal life.”
Dr. Giron is a Diplomate or Member on several prestigious Boards and Medical Societies and a Reviewer for medical publications.
Makondo Shimukowa, MD
Dr. Shimukowa obtained her Medical Degree from Ross University and then completed an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at State University of New York also known as SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Shimukowa went on to complete a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at SUNY.
Prior to joining Midway Specialty Care, Inc., Dr. Shimukowa was a Hospitalist and ID Specialist in Raleigh and Hickory, North Carolina. She also served as Medical Director for the Ryan White HIV program at Commwell Health in Dunn, North Carolina. Prior to this, Dr. Shimukowa served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Preceptor at Duke University School of Nursing for HIV/AIDS specialty concentration within the primary care nurse practitioner major.
After relocating to the Treasure Coast, Dr. Shimukowa was appointed to the Medical Staff at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce and St Lucie Medical Center in Port Saint Lucie. She will provide consults in the hospital as well as seeing patients living with infectious diseases in an outpatient setting.
Claudio D. Tuda, MD
His fields of interest are general infectious disease, HIV and hepatitis C.
Cynthia I. Rivera, MD, FACP
Cynthia I Rivera, is an Infectious Diseases specialist and the Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida.
Dr. Rivera received her undergraduate training at University of Nebraska, followed by medical school at University of Nebraska Medical Center. She then moved to Miami in 2004 to undergo her internship and residency at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. After a year as Chief Medical Resident and another year specializing in medical education, she started her Infectious Diseases fellowship, also at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Upon completion of her Infectious Diseases training, she joined private practice and she has been in practice since 2011. Her interests include: medical education, treatment and prevention of HIV, maintenance of overall sexual health, wellness initiatives and treatment of patients with hepatitis C, both mono-infected and co-infected with HIV. In addition, she serves on the board of directors of Mindo Futures, a 501c3 organization dedicated to health and educational initiatives in rural Ecuador and elsewhere.
Nicholas S. Camps, DO
Dr. Nicholas Camps is a new addition to the Midway Specialty Care Center/ Academic & Clinical Infectious Disease group and part of the Infectious Diseases faculty at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University Osteopathic Medical School. Following graduation in 2013 he completed his internship and residency at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, FL where he was a Chief Medical Resident.
Following Residency, he went on to do his Infectious Disease fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami where he graduated as Infectious Disease Fellow of the Year in 2018. He subsequently joined the Academic and Clinical Infectious Disease/Mount Sinai Infectious Disease group and is a voluntary faculty with the interns and residents.
Darla Bagwell, APRN-C, AAHIVS
Ms. Bagwell graduated from the University of Tampa with a Master of Science in Nursing and is a board certified adult nurse practitioner. She holds a certification as an HIV specialist from the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Ms. Bagwell joined Midway Specialty Care Center in 2013 at the advent of the direct acting antiviral era for the treatment of hepatitis C. Ms. Bagwell provides treatment for HIV, hepatitis C, pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis, post-exposure HIV prophylaxis, sexually transmitted infections, and primary care. Ms. Bagwell enjoys spending her free time with her husband and her two daughters.
Jennifer Kuretski, DNP, APRN, NP-C, AAHIVS, CCRP
Jenn primarily practices as an advanced practice registered nurse in the field of infectious disease. Jenn serves as the clinical administrator and is primarily responsible for the West Palm Beach office. She has provided infectious disease consultations in the inpatient as well as outpatient clinical settings. Dr. Kuretski attained the distinction of Doctor of Nursing from the University of Miami, School of Nursing. She has a particular interest in retroviruses such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). This interest and clinical experience led her to obtaining specialty certification as an American Academy of HIV Medicine, HIV Specialist. She has been involved in over 50 clinical trials in the field of infectious disease. She previously served as adjunct faculty at the University of Miami in the M.S.N. and D.N.P. programs at the School of Nursing. Dr. Kuretski is a family nurse practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Amy Paine, APRN
Lauren Leeflang , PA-C
Lauren Leeflang is a Board Certified Physician Assistant.
Lauren was only two semesters away from graduating with a Bachelor of the Arts in Anthropology from the University of Florida when she enrolled in a Medical Anthropology course. From that moment on, she was fascinated by the societal and cultural influences on healthcare and medicine, leading her to immediately enroll in Florida Atlantic University’s Pre-Health Professions Post-Baccalaureate program upon the completion of her degree. It was there that she learned more about the Physician Assistant profession and the nationwide shortage of primary care providers.
She graduated with honors from the Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program in Orlando, Florida, where she earned her Masters of Medical Sciences. As a PA, Lauren is passionate about primary care, and appreciates the diverse clinical challenges of HIV and other infectious diseases.
A self-described “food nerd,” Lauren spends much of her free time in the kitchen trying new recipes, or brewing beer with her husband. She also loves gardening, the beach, and her adorable dog, Kona.
Tracy Britcher- Speck, APRN
Tracy is a lifelong resident of Fort Pierce and has 15 years experience in the medical field. She achieved her goal of becoming an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, in 2011 from Florida Atlantic University. Prior to that, she worked as an registered nurse. In addition to her time spent seeing patients at our Primary Care Practice, Tracy visits many patients to provide care for them in local nursing homes and assisted living facilities as well. Ms. Britcher also also serves as Clinical Preceptor for Florida Atlantic University and Southern University.
“I love my career and love people. I love that I am able to give back to people and make a difference in healing others,” Tracy said.
She also has privileges and practices at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute in Fort Pierce.
Corinne “Corie” Beniasians, PA-C, MS-PA
Corinne is Midway Specialty Care Center’s newest medical clinician, specifically working besides renowned HIV specialist Dr Michael Dunn. She earned her degrees in NYC, where she attended and graduated from an Accredited Physician Assistant Program initially at Pace University, graduating amongst the top of her class, and earning a Magna Cum Laude Latin honors award. Her interest in HIV prevention and AIDS awareness began with organizations like Body Positive, and education company, Pajama Program which worked with at-risk youth to prevent drug use and educate regarding STD and HIV prevention. Upon graduation, Corie worked in several medical specialties, including Internal/Family Medicine, Urgent Care, Occupational Medicine, Rheumatology and most recently STI Management and Prevention, and HIV prevention.Corie worked for the LA LGBT Center for 5 years, starting off as a per-diem SHeP provider, treating and managing STIs, in addition to providing PEP to those who qualify. In her last position, she was the Lead Clinician of the satellite clinic for the LA LGBT Center in West Hollywood, continuing her work in providing PrEP and PEP services and providing STI management and treatment. Corie explains that the Love of her Life and now wife “B” is what brought her to Florida. She worked for Metro Inclusive Health for close to three years initiating their same day PrEP program and same day STI testing services. She increased their Transhealth services through her nonjudgmental and caring approach. She helped increase their patient load to allow for, what is now, a 6 provider medical care team.Corie however can now be found working at Dr Michael Dunn’s office, where she continues to be an important asset in the LGBTQI community by continuing to provide her PATIENT -CENTERED care in a personable, caring and compassionate office setting.
Amber Siegel MSN, APRN, AGNP-BC
Amber Siegel Graduated from Duke University. She specialized in HIV medicine, and Endocrinology. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Duke University. She is very passionate about wellness and prevention. Amber is a native of Florida. She enjoys travel, architecture, history and fine arts.
Her greatest passion is caring for her patients. She considers all of her patients to be old friends, and strives to achieve their greatest well-being.
Angela R. Trodglen, APRN
Ms. Trodglen received her Associate and Bachelor in Science in Nursing from Indian River State College. Angela received a Master of Science in Nursing with high honors from South University in Savannah, Georgia.
Angela has worked for Associates in Infectious Diseases, PA since 2016. She joined the Medical Staff Team with several years of Hospital experience in PCU and Surgical PCU. Ms. Trodglen has developed a focused interest in the field of Infectious Diseases. Angela is a Florida native and grew up in Vero Beach.
Renette Gabriel, APRN
Ms. Gabriel is an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner who joined Midway Specialty Care Center in July 2020. Prior to moving to Port Saint Lucie, FL, she practiced as an infectious disease nurse practitioner for more than 3 years in Tallahassee, FL. She earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing with an Advance Practice Certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University in 2015. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2007. She obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing from Broward College in 2001. In addition, she received a certificate in wound care management from Wicks Educational Associates in 2014. Her nursing experience include ICU nursing, pediatric and geriatric home health nursing, wound care, case management, and nurse manager.
During her nursing career, she has volunteered in several health fairs in Broward County, FL and also worked as a health coach in collaboration with Holy Cross Hospital in South Florida to assist people in her church community with the management of chronic illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes. Furthermore, she has a passion for treatment of infectious diseases, wound care, and teaching.
Ms. Gabriel believes she can learn something from anyone she meets and that everyone wants to feel special. She enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Joseph Tojar, PA-C
Joseph Tojar is a Certified Physician Assistant in Wilton Manors Florida, who completed his undergraduate in Biology at University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL and achieved his Masters Science Physician Assistant at South University in Savannah, GA.
Since graduating, Joseph trained in the treatment of Urologic and sexual dysfunction disorders. The patience, sensitivity, and understanding required to effectively treat in this specialty has influenced his bedside manner and approach in the care of his patients to this day.
Joseph’s mission since choosing a career in medicine was and continues to be to use his hands and words to assist in the healing of others.
With the non-profit ethos of Midway Specialty Care, Joseph has found a team which allows his mission to extend into further assisting his local community.
In his free-time he enjoys laying in the sun at the beach (with copious amounts of sunscreen), playing the flamenco guitar, and relaxing at the end of the day with yet another addicting show on Netflix.
Suzette Wood, PharmD, Pharmacy Director
Suzette Wood has more than 25 years of pharmacy experience. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Long Island University College of Pharmacy in New York and then attended University of Florida for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She is also a licensed consultant pharmacist in the State of Florida.
She has worked in various fields of pharmacy including hospital, retail and long-term care, as well as owning an independent pharmacy and natural health center. She enjoys pursuing her passion of improving health and well-being as a part of the team at Midway Specialty Care Center.
Sue Wood is a member of the Florida Pharmacy Association, American Pharmaceutical Association and American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. She has a PCCA Certification in Aseptic Compounding and Immunization Certification.
Mihir Patel, Clinical Pharmacist
Mr. Patel has been a pharmacist since 1998. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from K.L.E.’S College of Pharmacy, Belgaum, India. He is also a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida and Texas.
Mihir’s past pharmaceutical experiences include Industrial Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Product Development, Marketing and Retail Pharmacy. He developed products (creams, ointment & tablet) for the global generic market, specifically for Indian market and developing countries. He enjoys the experience at Midway Specialty Care Center where he interacts with patients and provides Medication Therapy Management (MTM). This is a service that benefits patients by helping them to organize their medications, avoid drug complications, improve their medication knowledge, and improve their adherence and utilization of medications. This results in a reduction of drug duplication, harmful side effects and drug interactions. His aim is to optimize drug therapy and improve therapeutic outcomes for Midway Specialty Care Center’s patients.
Certifications: Florida State License, Texas State License, APhA Certified Immunizer and APhA Certified MTM – “Train-The-Trainer”.
Chris Dowden, Pharm D
Chris graduated with a his Pharm D from Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy in 2008. He is credentialed as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties and a HIV Pharmacist through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. He has 8 years of experience working in HIV and has held various leadership roles such as Director of Pharmacy and Pharmacy Manager since 2009. He believes in giving back to the community has volunteered his time with the Palm Beach County HIV CARE Council since 2015. He has served as the Chair of the Local Pharmaceutical Assistance Program Committee and is the current Chair of the CARE Council.”