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Dr. Sherief M. Kamel

MD FACE ECNU

  • Florida Licensed & Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties for exceptional expertise in the fields of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism & Internal Medicine.
  • Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology.
  • Certified by the American College of Endocrinology to perform thyroid biopsies & neck ultrasonography.

Board Qualifications:

  • Maintenance of Board Certification, Internal Medicine, 2011
  • Diplomate, American Board of Endocrinology, 2003
  • Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2001 

Private Practice Experience:

  • Endocrinologist – The Institute of Endocrinology Diabetes Health & Hormones – Panama City: 2006-present 
  • Valley Medical Group, McAllen Diagnostic Clinic – McAllen, Texas: 2003-2006 

Education & Post-graduate Training:

  • Fellowship, Department of Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2003
  • St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, a Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Hospital, New York, New York. Residency, Department of Internal Medicine, 2001
  • St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, a Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Hospital, New York, New York.
  • Graduated with honors (MB.CH.B), 1994 Alexandria University, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria, Egypt.

Ashli A. Brooks

FNP-BC

Licensed & Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Experience:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner- The Institute Of Endocrinology , Diabetes Health & Hormones. 2008-present
  • Co-Founder of Institute of Endocrinology, Diabetes Health & Hormones
  • Emergency Room Nurse-Bay Medical Center, 2005-2008

Education:

  • Master’s Degree of Nursing, Florida State University Graduate 2008
  • Bachelor’s Degree of Nursing, University of West Georgia Graduate 2005

Certifications:

  • Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by ANCC

Dr. Bekele

Double Board Certified both in Endocrinology/Diabetes/Metabolism, and Internal Medicine

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Bekele to the Institute Of Endocrinology. Dr. Bekele will practice in our Panama City Branch starting from Mid May of 2022.

Dr. Genene Bekele is double board certified both in Endocrinology/Diabetes/Metabolism, and Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of The American College of Endocrinology. He graduated from the Haile Selassie/Addis Ababa University in 1980, with combined 40 years of clinical experience.  He did his internship/ residency at the Addis Ababa University, and at the Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas Texas.

 He did his fellowships in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at the McGill University and Affiliated Hospitals in Montréal Canada, and subsequently at the Good Samaritan Medical Center/Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix Arizona, with rotations at the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, and the National Institute of Health (NIDDK, NIH), Phoenix, Arizona [Clinical and Research Fellow, and subsequently Staff Fellow/Clinical Associate for approximately 1-1/2 year at the NIDDK, NIH]. He has had extensive experience in academics, research, and medical practice. He has published in various international journals. He has received several awards, including the Enol Littmann Scholarship, the 1997 Endocrine Society Travel Award, American Top Physician, for several years in a row, Most Compassionate Doctor 2011/USA, Top Endocrinologist 2021(Washington DC Magazine TOP DOCTORS – ENDOCRINOLOGIST) and others. He has participated in several humanitarian programs, including Executive Board Member at African Aids Initiative International INC., the Smallpox Eradication Program, voluntarily initiated one of the first field hospitals during the 1984 Ethiopian famine, including pleading help in the international media, with additional voluntary works in leprosy rehabilitation programs.

Christine Uy, MD, F.A.C.E

Board Certified Endocrinologist

Dr. Uy is a board-certified physician in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. She also is board certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine & a member of the Endocrine society & Obesity Medicine Association. In addition, she is a fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology.

She completed her endocrinology fellowship from The State University of New York, Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York

She completed her Internal Medicine residency from the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut

We are very excited about having Dr. Uy joining our practice & strongly believe that she will be a great addition to the Institute of Endocrinology.

ORLANDO OFFICE NOW OPEN! Shehzad Topiwala MD, F.A.C.E

Endocrinologist

After completing post-graduate training in Internal Medicine – Endocrinology, from SUNY (State University of New York) at Buffalo in 2009, Dr. Topiwala (Dr ‘T’) has been practicing principally in Florida for over a decade. He is the lead physician at IEDHH’s Orlando office.

2001 Mumbai University medical graduate, Dr T was conferred the prestigious International Diabetes Federation Award in 2006, making him India’s first & only IDF Fellow. He was further bestowed with the esteemed Endocrine Scholar Award by the US Endocrine Society in 2007. A year later, he was honored with the coveted Resident Professionalism Award at University of Buffalo. In 2013, he was ceremonially recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (F.A.C.E), a life-long privileged distinction.

Dr T is well published, & serves as a peer reviewer for scientific work in the realm of Endocrine medicine. He is certified in Bone Densitometry, Neck Ultrasound Thyroid Biopsies, Intensive Insulin-Pump-Sensor technology, & Laboratory Directorship. He is a regional Ambassador for the National Osteoporosis Foundation, & a Committee member of the popular Hormone Health Network.

His interventional skills are evident in the multitude of office procedures he conducts: Implantable Glucose Sensors, Inhaled Insulin pre-screening with Lung function testing, Smart Insulin pensBody Composition Analysis & Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Weight managementlimb Doppler for PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) screening, Neuropathy & Retinopathy testing, infusion of complex Osteoporosis medications, Interpreting Sleep studies for diagnosing Sleep Apnea, Interpretation of Radio-active Iodine Uptake & Scan studies) to manage thyroid problems, reading DXA Bone Density scans, & inserting Bio-Identical Hormone pellets.

Dr T further offers an in-house accredited Diabetes Self-Management Education-Training-Support Program, Nutrition-Wellness platform, provides Tele-medicine consultations & hosts on-site Clinical trials for modern endocrinologic treatments, which makes the Institute of Endocrinology a referral Center of Excellence providing Comprehensive Endocrine-Diabetes Care.

In addition to managing complicated Diabetes, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Obesity & Thyroid problems, Dr T also currently handles all general endocrine conditions, including low T/ED in men, Menopause, Osteoporosis, Metabolic Syndrome, Fatty Liver, Pre-Post Weight loss Surgery care, PCOS, Gender Affirming Medicine, as well as all Pituitary / Prolactin / Growth hormone / Sodium / Electrolyte / Parathyroid / Calcium / Adrenal & Neuro Endocrine disorders.

As current / former Faculty of various organizations (WHO, University of Buffalo, Association of Dietitians & Diabetes Educators, Dr T serves on Scientific Advisory Boards of leading pharmaceutical entities as a Key Opinion & Thought Leader. Deemed an Influencer in his arena, he continues to actively tutor a myriad of healthcare professionals.

Dr T’s core values are reflected in his high-quality, cost-effective & coordinated approach to patient care allowing him to make a meaningful impact on human lives. He firmly believes in minimizing pill burden & disease-related distress, emphasizes quality of life & emotional well-being, focusses on psycho-social & financial considerations while sharing the decision-making process with the person he is empowering to collaboratively treat.

He urges people to de-stress & sleep adequately. Some of his most rewarding activities include taking patients off Insulin & thyroid hormone (levothyroxine &; equivalents)if they don’t seem to need itand assisting individuals fully reverse their diabetes with compulsive lifestyle alterationsDr T also embraces unconventional treatment options like desiccated thyroid hormone preparations (Armour, Nature, NP thyroid) & Cytomel (T3), besides offering a variety of compounded Hormone creams (Estrogens, Progesterone, Testosterone & others)

Dr T communicates proficiently in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu & Marathi. He often volunteers his time & expertise at community forums to enhance metabolic health i.e. prevent pre-diabetes & childhood obesity while optimizing heart & bone health.

Moreover, he has a penchant for athletic sports, dramatics, public speaking, medical journalism & advocacy.

Dr T is an outdoor & nature enthusiast. Additionally, he values his moral, ethical & spiritual inclinations. He considers himself blessed to serve humanity & strives to do so each day with utmost humility. 

Dr. Lily Nehring

DNP/FNP-BC - Advance Register Nurse Practitioner: Family Nurse Practitioner

Education

  • Doctorate in Nursing Practice College of Nursing
    Troy University, Troy, Alabama
  • Post Masters Certification Family Nurse Practitioner: College of Nursing
    Troy University, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education: College of Nursing
    Grand Canyon University, Arizona
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Cum Laude): School of Nursing
    Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Associates of Science Degree in Nursing
    Gulf Coast State College

Certification & License

  • Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    Licensed in the state of Florida


Associations

  • Member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
    Florida Nurse Practitioners Association

Languages

  • English and Fluent in Spanish

Miriam Zapata

Family Nurse Practitioner

Miriam Zapata is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 28 years of experience in Pediatrics, Cardiovascular and Endocrinology. Her passion for nursing is driven by the bonds she builds with her patients. She enjoys working closely with patients and their families to create Personal Care Plans for long healthy life. Miriam loves empowering patients through their health journey and believes in treating the whole person including their families and culture. Family and cultures influence the lifestyle which in turn impacts the health and well being of her patients.

iriam values the provider patient relationship and believes that it is established through building strong communication and engagement. Miriam enjoys gardening and she compares taking care of plants to taking care of the varying needs of her patients ensuring their nourishment, flourishing health and needs.

Amy Smith, APRN

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

Mary French

MSN, NP-C, APRN

Nurse Pracitioner:

  • Institute of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Health & Hormone, 2021-present

Registered Nurse:

  • Gulf Coast Reginal Medical Center, 2018-2021
  • HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, 2015-2018

Education:

  • Doctor of Science in Nursing, University of Florida, expected graduation, 2022
  • Master of Science in Nursing, University of South Alabama, 2020
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of West Florida, 2017
  • Associates of Science in Nursing, Gulf Coast State College, 2015

Certification & License:

  • Florida Licensed and Board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Associations:

  • Member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Sumalee Ryan

APRN

Sumalee joined the practice in 2021 at the Panama City location. Her primary goal is to help people achieve better control of their chronic health conditions. She understands that every patient is unique, and uses this as a foundation when designing and customizing a treatment plan. Make an appointment to come in and talk to her about optimizing your health and improving your quality of life.

Education

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing,
    Georgia State University, 2013
  • Master of Science in Nursing
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Pratitioner Program, 2017


Certifications

  • Board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2017

Emily Glossop

APRN

Patient focused, diligent Family Nurse Practitioner committed to providing quality care and maintaining direct lines of communication with patients and the entire health-care team. More than 7 years in nursing and healthcare.

Education

  • Master’s Degree in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
    University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH
  • Bachelor’s of Science In Nursing
    UWF, Pensacola, FL

Certifications

  • Certified Family Nurse Practitioner – American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Licensed in the state of Florida as an Autonomous Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Bethany Gillman

MSN, AGPCNP-C - Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Pracitioner:

  • Institute of Endocrinology—2018 to present Internal Medicine—2016 to 2018

Registered Nurse:

  • Bay Medical Center, 2009 to 2016

Education:

  • Master of Science in Nursing: College of Nursing, University of South Alabama
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, School of Nursing, University of West Florida
  • Associates of Science Degree in Nursing, Gulf Coast Community College

Certification & License:

  • Certified Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Licensed in the state of Florida

Associations:

  • Member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Jolie Steverson

MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Education:

  • Associate’s in Nursing at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City 2012
  • Bachelor’s in Nursing at University of West Florida in Pensacola 2016
  • Masters in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner at University of West Florida in Pensacola 2020

Licensure and Certification:

  • Florida Autonomous Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 
Experience
Nurse Practitioner:
  • Covenant Care Inc 2021-2022
  • CVS MinuteClinic 2021-2022
Registered Nurse:
  • Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center 2012-2017
  • Covenant Care, Inc 2017-2021
  • North Okaloosa Medical Center 2019-2021

Aurora Pardo

MSN, APRN, NP-C

Education:
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Miami Regional University, Miami, FL, 2020
  • Associate of Science in Nursing, University of Sacred Heart , Puerto Rico, 2013
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Medical Sciences, Camaguey, Cuba, 1999
Nurse Practitioner :
  • Institute of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Health and Hormone started 8/2022.
  • MCR Health APRN Diabetes Therapeutic Outcome Program 4/2022-8/2022
 
Registered Nurse:
  • MCR Health RN Diabetes Self-Management Education 8/2015-3/2022
  • Braden River Rehab Center RN 5/2014-7/2015
Associations:
  • Member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioner, Licensed in USA, Florida.

Felix Summers

MSN, AGPCNP-C - Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

Education:

  • Master of Science in Nursing: Maryville University, St. Louis Missouri, 2021
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, School of Nursing, Southern New Hampshire University, 2016
  • Associates of Science Degree in Nursing, SUSLA. 2008

Certification & License:

  • Certified Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Licensed in the state of Florida

Associations:

  • Member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners