Our Physicians & Staff

9 physicians, 4 nurse practitioners and staff working together to provide your child with the highest quality pediatric care.

All of the physicians in our practice are board certified in pediatrics and are members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Dr. Patty Johnson, MD, Pediatrician

Dr. Patty Johnson

MD, Pediatrician
32 years of experience

Dr. Johnson grew up in northern Virginia and attended college and medical school at the University of Virginia. She completed her postgraduate training in pediatrics at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Johnson spent two years serving as a pediatrician for the U.S. Public Health Service in Kentucky. She also practiced in Bloomington, IN for two years prior to moving to Orlando in 1990. Dr. Johnson has three children, Rachel, Daniel, and Adam. Her husband, Michael, is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Johnson joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 1991.

Dr. Sam Smith, DO, Pediatrician

Dr. Sam Smith

DO, Pediatrician
28 years of experience

Dr. Smith, a native of Orlando, received his B.S. degree from the University of Central Florida. He completed his medical training at the Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Miami. He performed a year of general internship at Metropolitan General Hospital in Pinellas Park, Florida prior to completing his postgraduate pediatric training at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Dr. Smith and his wife, Laurie, have a daughter, Rebekah. Dr. Smith joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 1992.

Dr. Thomas Fisk, MD, Pediatrician

Dr. Thomas Fisk

MD, Pediatrician
31 years of experience

Dr. Fisk was born in Charleston, South Carolina and grew up in Atlanta. He attended college and medical school at Emory University and later performed his residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. For the next four years he practiced as a pediatrician in the Air Force in such places as Hampton, VA, and Misawa, Japan. His family includes his wife Deborah and his sons, Adam and Ryan. Dr. Fisk joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 1992.

Dr. Emily Aguilar, MD, Pediatrician

Dr. Emily Aguilar

MD, Pediatrician
18 years of experience

Dr. Aguilar is originally from Rochester, N.Y. She attended the State University of New York at Buffalo for both her undergraduate and medical education. Following completion of her medical degree, she continued her postgraduate training at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando.Dr. Aguilar lives with her husband, Marcelo, who is a commercial pilot. They have three children, Sophia, Daniel and Gabriel. Dr. Aguilar joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2001.

Dr. Julie Ward, DO, Pediatrician

Dr. Julie Ward

DO, Pediatrician
19 years of experience

Dr. Ward was born in Jacksonville, FL and completed her undergraduate degree at Florida State University. She completed her medical degree from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Miami. Following a year of general internship at Florida Hospital in Orlando, she finished her residency training at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando. Dr. Ward and her husband, Steve, have two children, Shelby and Tanner. Dr. Ward joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2001.

Dr. Melanie Emmert, MD, Pediatrician

Dr. Melanie Emmert

MD, Pediatrician
13 years of experience

Melanie H. Emmert, M.D., was born in Frankfort, KY and received her undergraduate degree at Transylvania University. Following her education at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, she completed pediatric residency training at Arnold Palmer Hospital. After residency, she worked in a group practice in her Kentucky hometown for two years. Dr. Emmert and her husband, Adam, who serves locally as a hospital chaplain, returned to Florida in 2009. They have three children, Karissa and twins Annelise and Luke. Dr. Emmert joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2009.

Dr. Gabriela Roitman-Geller, MD, Pediatrician

Dr. Gabriela Roitman-Geller

MD, Pediatrician
25 years of experience

Dr. Roitman-Geller received her medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires Medical School. She completed her residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania being assigned to the prestigious St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and also Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She began private practice pediatrics in Kentucky in 1995, before relocating to Orlando, where she has been in private practice since 1997. Dr. Roitman-Geller has a particular interest in infectious disease and respiratory illness. She enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband Rick, and their four children; Hannah, Max, Melissa and Caroline. Dr. Roitman-Geller also enjoys gourmet cooking.

Dr. Sareh Dyer, MD, Pediatrician

Dr. Sareh Dyer

MD, Pediatrician
4 years of experience

Dr. Dyer was born in Jacksonville, FL. She received her undergraduate degree right here in Orlando at the University of Central Florida and went to medical school at Florida State University. She completed her medical residency training at Arnold Palmer Hospital. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Central Florida Pediatric Society and Orlando 'Reach Out and Read' program. Dr. Dyer enjoys teaching medical students and residents in the area. She is happily married to her husband, Zach, and they have one son, Noah. They enjoy traveling and being active outdoors. Dr. Dyer joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2015.

Dr. Melissa Velarde, MD, Pediatrician

Dr. Melissa Velarde

MD, Pediatrician
3 years of experience

Dr. Velarde was born in Venezuela and moved to South Florida at the age of 9. She's fluent in both English and Spanish. Dr. Velarde completed her undergraduate studies at Pensacola Christian College and then went on to Florida State University to complete her medical training. She completed her residency training at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Dr. Velarde met her husband as an undergraduate and they were married in 2014. They do not currently have children but look forward to expanding their family in the future. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. Additionally, she enjoys teaching and volunteering in community health programs and quality improvement initiatives.

Marcia Winters, Nurse Practitioner

Marcia Winters

Nurse Practitioner
34 years experience

Marcia was born in Kentucky and has lived in Florida since 1968. She completed her BS degree in nursing at Florida State University in 1978. She obtained her master's degree in nursing from the University of Florida in 1987 and is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She has been a pediatric nurse practitioner in Orlando since 1991. Mrs. Winters has two daughters, Jennifer and Andrea. Mrs. Winters joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 1996.

Heather Bryant, Nurse Practitioner

Heather Bryant

Nurse Practitioner
5 years experience

Heather Bryant was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She earned both her Bachelor's and Master's of Science in Nursing at the University of Central Florida. She is board certified through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). She worked for eight years as an RN at Arnold Palmer Hospital in the ICU prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner. She is married and has two boys. She enjoys family time, reading, exercising and helping to keep children healthy and happy. Ms. Bryant joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2011.

Cori Thompson, Nurse Practitioner

Cori Thompson

Nurse Practitioner
1 year experience

Cori, a native Floridian, completed her BS in nursing at the University of Florida in 2007 She then began working as a pediatric RN at a local hospital in 2008. Cori went on to complete her MS in nursing in 2014, at the University of Central Florida. She is board certified as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. Cori is married and she and her husband were delighted to become parents this year to a baby boy. Their family also includes two dogs, Trip and Rizzo, whom they enjoy hiking with. They also enjoy going to the beach, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. Ms. Thompson joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2015.

Maryphyllis Crean, Nurse Practitioner

Maryphyllis Crean

Nurse Practitioner
1 year experience

Maryphyllis was raised in Winter Park and attended St. Margaret Mary and Bishop Moore High School. Following her graduation she moved to Nashville, TN, to attend Vanderbilt University where she completed both her undergraduate and graduate training. Maryphyllis earned her BS in child development in 2013, and her MS in nursing in 2015. She received clinical training at Vanderbilt University Hospital as well as various pediatric clinics in Central Florida. Maryphyllis enjoys running and playing golf, as well as kayaking and paddle boarding. Maryphyllis joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2015.

Luis Salazar

Luis Salazar

Administrator
10 Years Experience

Luis Salazar has an extensive background in management, much of which has been spent in retail. However, in 2006, due to his commitment to helping people, he changed careers and began nursing school. After becoming an LPN in 2006, Luis decided he wanted to further his education. Therefore, he earned his RN in June of 2010. During his role as Operations Manager, Luis fell in love with the administrative side of healthcare. He continued his education and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BS in Health Services Administration in 2015. His goal is to provide the highest level of clinical excellence through training, education and mentoring. Luis joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2007

Ginger Sanchez Management Consultant

Ginger Sanchez

Management Consultant
21 years experience

Ginger Sanchez has spent much of her career specializing in pediatrics. During her time at Interlachen Pediatrics, Ginger has had the privilege to serve first as the Operations Manager and was then promoted to Assistant Administrator. In her current role as Management Consultant, she provides background support and recommendations to the providers and other managers on a part-time basis with the implementation of new technology as well as analyzing trends in our practice with the goal of improving patient care and relations. She enjoys utilizing technology to supplement the patient-provider relationship and was very involved in the transition to an electronic medical record. Her goal is create a unique and memorable patient experience for all of our families. Ginger joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2006.

Mark Luikart Special Services

Mark Luikart

Special Services
44 years experience

Mark Luikart served the group as Administrator for over 10 years and now assists the doctors and other managers in strategic and operational issues on a part time basis. He brings a special blend of knowledge, experience and focus on the highest quality of service that he has developed throughout his more than 44 year career. Mark has worked in hospitals, ambulatory care and physician practices including multi-specialty, pediatrics, family practice and surgical. His goal is to provide the best and most consistent experience to our families. Mark joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2006.

Michelle Fidrick LPN, Assistant Nurse Manager

Michelle Fidrick

LPN, Assistant Nurse Manager
34 years experience

The majority of Michelle’s career has been with Interlachen Pediatrics, however, she also has experience in family medicine, geriatric care and in the hospital setting. Before being promoted to Assistant Nurse Manager, Michelle served our patients as a caring, dedicated nurse both in face-to-face patient care as well as on the telephone assisting parents with their concerns. In her current role she is responsible for coordinating scheduling of staff, vaccine and supply inventory and ordering, and assisting our triage and referral staff. Michelle joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 1990.

Debbie Anderson LPN, Assistant Nurse Manager

Debbie Anderson

LPN, Assistant Nurse Manager
21 years experience

Debbie has served the patients and families of Interlachen Pediatrics for years as a caring, dedicated nurse. The knowledge and experience she has gained through the years serves her in her current role as Assistant Nurse Manager. In this role she is responsible for coordinating scheduling of staff, vaccine and supply inventory and ordering, and assisting our triage and referral staff. Debbie joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 1995

Marlene Rose, Team Leader

Marlene Rose

Team Leader
31 years experience

Marlene, who is a Medical Assistant, has an extensive background in healthcare which includes both administrative and clinical. Additionally, she was the Medical Office Supervisor for 10 years at New York Footcare. Her experience and knowledge along with her leadership skills made her the right choice for the Team Leader position. Her current role requires overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Front Desk, Medical Records and Scheduling Departments which includes; scheduling and training of staff, inventory management and office maintenance. However, her biggest responsibility is ensuring an exceptional patient experience. Marlene joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2007.

Sunitia Jones, Team Leader

Sunitia Jones

Team Leader
13 Years Experience

Sunitia previously worked as a Medical Assistant, as well as in the medical records department of another local pediatric office. Upon joining Interlachen Pediatrics, Sunitia worked at the front desk. Her dedication and hard work, along with a positive attitude, led to her promotion to Team Leader in 2008. She is currently pursuing a BS in Health Administration. Her current role requires overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Front Desk, Medical Records and Scheduling Departments which includes; scheduling and training of staff, inventory management and office maintenance. However, her biggest responsibility is ensuring an exceptional patient experience. Sunitia Jones joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2006.

Dona Thompson, CLS, Clinical Lab Manager

Dona Thompson

CLS, Clinical Lab Manager
35 years experience

Dona has extensive knowledge and experience in the clinical laboratory setting. She graduated from the University of Florida with a BHS in Medical Technology in 1979. After briefly working for a local hospital, she spent 24 years working for a local blood bank in areas such as transfusion service, HLA and QC. She also assisted with set up of the National Bone Marrow Donor program in Orlando. Currently, Dona is licensed as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. She is responsible for ensuring quality control in our labs, as well as training and coordinating the staff that service our labs. Due to her excellent oversight Interlachen Pediatrics has been accredited by COLA, a healthcare accreditation organization that recognizes excellence in the laboratory setting. Dona joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2007.

Brenda Felix-Hawks, Patient Liason

Brenda Felix-Hawks

Patient Liason
18 Years Of Experience

Brenda is fondly known as the "voice of Interlachen," as you will hear her voice on our recorded messages , and she also serves as our operator. However, her greatest role is that of patient liaison, filling the gap between our families and our staff to ensure everyone receives the best possible service. Brenda joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 1998.

Becky Giambrone, Referral Coordinator

Becky Giambrone

Referral Coordinator
15 Years Of Experience

Becky has worked at the front desk, in medical records and the Business Office. As our Referral Coordinator, Becky is responsible for maintaining relationships with the specialists, diagnostic facilities and hospitals that our doctors refer patients to. She obtains the necessary authorization from the insurance companies and coordinates care with specialists and other facilities. Becky joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2001.

Molly  RN, Triage

Molly

RN, Triage
33 years experience

Throughout her career, Molly has helped countless families with her practical advice and caring manner. Molly is a mother of three children and a grandmother of four, which no doubt adds to her compassion for the families she advises. She personally describes her career as very rewarding. Currently, Molly assists patients of Drs. Smith, Ward, Velarde and Nurse Practitioner Cori Thompson. Molly joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 1983.

Simone  LPN, Triage

Simone

LPN, Triage
25 years experience

Simone has an extensive background in pediatric care. She worked in various departments such as antepartum, postpartum, and the NICU step down nursery. Additionally, she served as a Triage nurse for the outpatient pediatric clinic. This experience has definitely assisted her in role as a Triage nurse at Interlachen Pediatrics. Currently, Simone assists patients of Drs. Fisk, Aguilar, Dyer and Nurse Practitioner Marcia Winters. Prior to joining Interlachen Pediatrics, she was a nurse at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Simone joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2001.

Hilary RN, Triage

Hilary

RN, Triage
8 years experience

Hilary’s background includes working in both the inpatient and outpatient pediatric settings. She was a PICU nurse and an outpatient pediatric nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester. Currently, Hilary assists patients of Drs. Johnson, Emmert, Roitman-Geller and Nurse Practitioners Heather Bryant and Maryphyllis Crean. Hilary joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2013.

Scheduling Department

Bonnie

Scheduling Department
20 years experience

As a member of our scheduling department, Bonnie assists families in obtaining an appointment with Drs. Smith, Ward, Velarde and Nurse Practitioner Cori Thompson. Prior to moving to Florida and joining Interlachen Pediatrics she worked for University Hospital in Cincinnati. Bonnie joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2007.

Scheduling Department

Antonia

Scheduling Department
20 years experience

Antonia’s prior experience includes working as a Medical Record Technician, as well as in the Workmen’s Compensation Department in private medical offices. Her experience has assisted her with acquiring organizational skills that are necessary to organize the schedules of busy pediatric providers. She currently assists families in obtaining appointments with Drs. Johnson, Emmert and Geller and Nurse Practitioners Heather Bryant and Maryphyllis Crean. Antonia joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2013.

Sunitia Jones, Team Leader

Sunitia Jones

Team Leader
13 years experience

Her experience includes working as a Medical Assistant, as well as in the medical records department of another local pediatric office. Upon joining Interlachen Pediatrics, Sunitia worked at the front desk. Her dedication and hard work, along with a positive attitude, led to her promotion to Team Leader in 2008. She is currently pursuing a BS in Health Administration. Her current role requires overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Front Desk, Medical Records and Scheduling Departments which includes; scheduling and training of staff, inventory management and office maintenance. However, her biggest responsibility is ensuring an exceptional patient experience. Sunitia joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2006.

Dr. Patty Johnson, MD, Pediatrician

Dr. Patty Johnson

MD, Pediatrician
32 years of experience

Dr. Johnson grew up in northern Virginia and attended college and medical school at the University of Virginia. She completed her postgraduate training in pediatrics at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Johnson spent two years serving as a pediatrician for the U.S. Public Health Service in Kentucky. She also practiced in Bloomington, IN for two years prior to moving to Orlando in 1990. Dr. Johnson has three children, Rachel, Daniel, and Adam. Her husband, Michael, is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Johnson joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 1991.

Luis Salazar

Luis Salazar

Administrator
10 Years Experience

Luis Salazar has an extensive background in management, much of which has been spent in retail. However, in 2006, due to his commitment to helping people, he changed careers and began nursing school. After becoming an LPN in 2006, Luis decided he wanted to further his education. Therefore, he earned his RN in June of 2010. During his role as Operations Manager, Luis fell in love with the administrative side of healthcare. He continued his education and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BS in Health Services Administration in 2015. His goal is to provide the highest level of clinical excellence through training, education and mentoring. Luis joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2007

Ginger Sanchez Management Consultant

Ginger Sanchez

Management Consultant
21 years experience

Ginger Sanchez has spent much of her career specializing in pediatrics. During her time at Interlachen Pediatrics, Ginger has had the privilege to serve first as the Operations Manager and was then promoted to Assistant Administrator. In her current role as Management Consultant, she provides background support and recommendations to the providers and other managers on a part-time basis with the implementation of new technology as well as analyzing trends in our practice with the goal of improving patient care and relations. She enjoys utilizing technology to supplement the patient-provider relationship and was very involved in the transition to an electronic medical record. Her goal is create a unique and memorable patient experience for all of our families. Ginger joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2006.

Dr. Sam Smith, DO, Pediatrician

Dr. Sam Smith

DO, Pediatrician
28 years of experience

Dr. Smith, a native of Orlando, received his B.S. degree from the University of Central Florida. He completed his medical training at the Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Miami. He performed a year of general internship at Metropolitan General Hospital in Pinellas Park, Florida prior to completing his postgraduate pediatric training at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Dr. Smith and his wife, Laurie, have a daughter, Rebekah. Dr. Smith joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 1992.

Dr. Thomas Fisk, MD, Pediatrician

Dr. Thomas Fisk

MD, Pediatrician
31 years of experience

Dr. Fisk was born in Charleston, South Carolina and grew up in Atlanta. He attended college and medical school at Emory University and later performed his residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. For the next four years he practiced as a pediatrician in the Air Force in such places as Hampton, VA, and Misawa, Japan. His family includes his wife Deborah and his sons, Adam and Ryan. Dr. Fisk joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 1992.

Mark Luikart Special Services

Mark Luikart

Special Services
44 years experience

Mark Luikart served the group as Administrator for over 10 years and now assists the doctors and other managers in strategic and operational issues on a part time basis. He brings a special blend of knowledge, experience and focus on the highest quality of service that he has developed throughout his more than 44 year career. Mark has worked in hospitals, ambulatory care and physician practices including multi-specialty, pediatrics, family practice and surgical. His goal is to provide the best and most consistent experience to our families. Mark joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2006.

Dr. Emily Aguilar, MD, Pediatrician

Dr. Emily Aguilar

MD, Pediatrician
18 years of experience

Dr. Aguilar is originally from Rochester, N.Y. She attended the State University of New York at Buffalo for both her undergraduate and medical education. Following completion of her medical degree, she continued her postgraduate training at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando.Dr. Aguilar lives with her husband, Marcelo, who is a commercial pilot. They have three children, Sophia, Daniel and Gabriel. Dr. Aguilar joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2001.

Michelle Fidrick LPN, Assistant Nurse Manager

Michelle Fidrick

LPN, Assistant Nurse Manager
34 years experience

The majority of Michelle’s career has been with Interlachen Pediatrics, however, she also has experience in family medicine, geriatric care and in the hospital setting. Before being promoted to Assistant Nurse Manager, Michelle served our patients as a caring, dedicated nurse both in face-to-face patient care as well as on the telephone assisting parents with their concerns. In her current role she is responsible for coordinating scheduling of staff, vaccine and supply inventory and ordering, and assisting our triage and referral staff. Michelle joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 1990.

Dr. Julie Ward, DO, Pediatrician

Dr. Julie Ward

DO, Pediatrician
19 years of experience

Dr. Ward was born in Jacksonville, FL and completed her undergraduate degree at Florida State University. She completed her medical degree from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Miami. Following a year of general internship at Florida Hospital in Orlando, she finished her residency training at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando. Dr. Ward and her husband, Steve, have two children, Shelby and Tanner. Dr. Ward joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2001.

Debbie Anderson LPN, Assistant Nurse Manager

Debbie Anderson

LPN, Assistant Nurse Manager
21 years experience

Debbie has served the patients and families of Interlachen Pediatrics for years as a caring, dedicated nurse. The knowledge and experience she has gained through the years serves her in her current role as Assistant Nurse Manager. In this role she is responsible for coordinating scheduling of staff, vaccine and supply inventory and ordering, and assisting our triage and referral staff. Debbie joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 1995

Dr. Melanie Emmert, MD, Pediatrician

Dr. Melanie Emmert

MD, Pediatrician
13 years of experience

Melanie H. Emmert, M.D., was born in Frankfort, KY and received her undergraduate degree at Transylvania University. Following her education at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, she completed pediatric residency training at Arnold Palmer Hospital. After residency, she worked in a group practice in her Kentucky hometown for two years. Dr. Emmert and her husband, Adam, who serves locally as a hospital chaplain, returned to Florida in 2009. They have three children, Karissa and twins Annelise and Luke. Dr. Emmert joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2009.

Marlene Rose, Team Leader

Marlene Rose

Team Leader
31 years experience

Marlene, who is a Medical Assistant, has an extensive background in healthcare which includes both administrative and clinical. Additionally, she was the Medical Office Supervisor for 10 years at New York Footcare. Her experience and knowledge along with her leadership skills made her the right choice for the Team Leader position. Her current role requires overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Front Desk, Medical Records and Scheduling Departments which includes; scheduling and training of staff, inventory management and office maintenance. However, her biggest responsibility is ensuring an exceptional patient experience. Marlene joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2007.

Sunitia Jones, Team Leader

Sunitia Jones

Team Leader
13 Years Experience

Sunitia previously worked as a Medical Assistant, as well as in the medical records department of another local pediatric office. Upon joining Interlachen Pediatrics, Sunitia worked at the front desk. Her dedication and hard work, along with a positive attitude, led to her promotion to Team Leader in 2008. She is currently pursuing a BS in Health Administration. Her current role requires overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Front Desk, Medical Records and Scheduling Departments which includes; scheduling and training of staff, inventory management and office maintenance. However, her biggest responsibility is ensuring an exceptional patient experience. Sunitia Jones joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2006.

Dr. Gabriela Roitman-Geller, MD, Pediatrician

Dr. Gabriela Roitman-Geller

MD, Pediatrician
25 years of experience

Dr. Roitman-Geller received her medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires Medical School. She completed her residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania being assigned to the prestigious St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and also Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She began private practice pediatrics in Kentucky in 1995, before relocating to Orlando, where she has been in private practice since 1997. Dr. Roitman-Geller has a particular interest in infectious disease and respiratory illness. She enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband Rick, and their four children; Hannah, Max, Melissa and Caroline. Dr. Roitman-Geller also enjoys gourmet cooking.

Dr. Sareh Dyer, MD, Pediatrician

Dr. Sareh Dyer

MD, Pediatrician
4 years of experience

Dr. Dyer was born in Jacksonville, FL. She received her undergraduate degree right here in Orlando at the University of Central Florida and went to medical school at Florida State University. She completed her medical residency training at Arnold Palmer Hospital. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Central Florida Pediatric Society and Orlando 'Reach Out and Read' program. Dr. Dyer enjoys teaching medical students and residents in the area. She is happily married to her husband, Zach, and they have one son, Noah. They enjoy traveling and being active outdoors. Dr. Dyer joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2015.

Dona Thompson, CLS, Clinical Lab Manager

Dona Thompson

CLS, Clinical Lab Manager
35 years experience

Dona has extensive knowledge and experience in the clinical laboratory setting. She graduated from the University of Florida with a BHS in Medical Technology in 1979. After briefly working for a local hospital, she spent 24 years working for a local blood bank in areas such as transfusion service, HLA and QC. She also assisted with set up of the National Bone Marrow Donor program in Orlando. Currently, Dona is licensed as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. She is responsible for ensuring quality control in our labs, as well as training and coordinating the staff that service our labs. Due to her excellent oversight Interlachen Pediatrics has been accredited by COLA, a healthcare accreditation organization that recognizes excellence in the laboratory setting. Dona joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2007.

Brenda Felix-Hawks, Patient Liason

Brenda Felix-Hawks

Patient Liason
18 Years Of Experience

Brenda is fondly known as the "voice of Interlachen," as you will hear her voice on our recorded messages , and she also serves as our operator. However, her greatest role is that of patient liaison, filling the gap between our families and our staff to ensure everyone receives the best possible service. Brenda joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 1998.

Dr. Melissa Velarde, MD, Pediatrician

Dr. Melissa Velarde

MD, Pediatrician
3 years of experience

Dr. Velarde was born in Venezuela and moved to South Florida at the age of 9. She's fluent in both English and Spanish. Dr. Velarde completed her undergraduate studies at Pensacola Christian College and then went on to Florida State University to complete her medical training. She completed her residency training at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Dr. Velarde met her husband as an undergraduate and they were married in 2014. They do not currently have children but look forward to expanding their family in the future. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. Additionally, she enjoys teaching and volunteering in community health programs and quality improvement initiatives.

Becky Giambrone, Referral Coordinator

Becky Giambrone

Referral Coordinator
15 Years Of Experience

Becky has worked at the front desk, in medical records and the Business Office. As our Referral Coordinator, Becky is responsible for maintaining relationships with the specialists, diagnostic facilities and hospitals that our doctors refer patients to. She obtains the necessary authorization from the insurance companies and coordinates care with specialists and other facilities. Becky joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2001.

Molly  RN, Triage

Molly

RN, Triage
33 years experience

Throughout her career, Molly has helped countless families with her practical advice and caring manner. Molly is a mother of three children and a grandmother of four, which no doubt adds to her compassion for the families she advises. She personally describes her career as very rewarding. Currently, Molly assists patients of Drs. Smith, Ward, Velarde and Nurse Practitioner Cori Thompson. Molly joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 1983.

Simone  LPN, Triage

Simone

LPN, Triage
25 years experience

Simone has an extensive background in pediatric care. She worked in various departments such as antepartum, postpartum, and the NICU step down nursery. Additionally, she served as a Triage nurse for the outpatient pediatric clinic. This experience has definitely assisted her in role as a Triage nurse at Interlachen Pediatrics. Currently, Simone assists patients of Drs. Fisk, Aguilar, Dyer and Nurse Practitioner Marcia Winters. Prior to joining Interlachen Pediatrics, she was a nurse at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Simone joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2001.

Hilary RN, Triage

Hilary

RN, Triage
8 years experience

Hilary’s background includes working in both the inpatient and outpatient pediatric settings. She was a PICU nurse and an outpatient pediatric nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester. Currently, Hilary assists patients of Drs. Johnson, Emmert, Roitman-Geller and Nurse Practitioners Heather Bryant and Maryphyllis Crean. Hilary joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2013.

Scheduling Department

Bonnie

Scheduling Department
20 years experience

As a member of our scheduling department, Bonnie assists families in obtaining an appointment with Drs. Smith, Ward, Velarde and Nurse Practitioner Cori Thompson. Prior to moving to Florida and joining Interlachen Pediatrics she worked for University Hospital in Cincinnati. Bonnie joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2007.

Scheduling Department

Antonia

Scheduling Department
20 years experience

Antonia’s prior experience includes working as a Medical Record Technician, as well as in the Workmen’s Compensation Department in private medical offices. Her experience has assisted her with acquiring organizational skills that are necessary to organize the schedules of busy pediatric providers. She currently assists families in obtaining appointments with Drs. Johnson, Emmert and Geller and Nurse Practitioners Heather Bryant and Maryphyllis Crean. Antonia joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2013.

Marcia Winters, Nurse Practitioner

Marcia Winters

Nurse Practitioner
34 years experience

Marcia was born in Kentucky and has lived in Florida since 1968. She completed her BS degree in nursing at Florida State University in 1978. She obtained her master's degree in nursing from the University of Florida in 1987 and is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She has been a pediatric nurse practitioner in Orlando since 1991. Mrs. Winters has two daughters, Jennifer and Andrea. Mrs. Winters joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 1996.

Heather Bryant, Nurse Practitioner

Heather Bryant

Nurse Practitioner
5 years experience

Heather Bryant was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She earned both her Bachelor's and Master's of Science in Nursing at the University of Central Florida. She is board certified through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). She worked for eight years as an RN at Arnold Palmer Hospital in the ICU prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner. She is married and has two boys. She enjoys family time, reading, exercising and helping to keep children healthy and happy. Ms. Bryant joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2011.

Cori Thompson, Nurse Practitioner

Cori Thompson

Nurse Practitioner
1 year experience

Cori, a native Floridian, completed her BS in nursing at the University of Florida in 2007 She then began working as a pediatric RN at a local hospital in 2008. Cori went on to complete her MS in nursing in 2014, at the University of Central Florida. She is board certified as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. Cori is married and she and her husband were delighted to become parents this year to a baby boy. Their family also includes two dogs, Trip and Rizzo, whom they enjoy hiking with. They also enjoy going to the beach, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. Ms. Thompson joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2015.

Maryphyllis Crean, Nurse Practitioner

Maryphyllis Crean

Nurse Practitioner
1 year experience

Maryphyllis was raised in Winter Park and attended St. Margaret Mary and Bishop Moore High School. Following her graduation she moved to Nashville, TN, to attend Vanderbilt University where she completed both her undergraduate and graduate training. Maryphyllis earned her BS in child development in 2013, and her MS in nursing in 2015. She received clinical training at Vanderbilt University Hospital as well as various pediatric clinics in Central Florida. Maryphyllis enjoys running and playing golf, as well as kayaking and paddle boarding. Maryphyllis joined Interlachen Pediatrics in 2015.