Steven Santiago, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Steven Santiago received his BS at City College of New York and his MD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook Medical School. He completed his residency in Family Practice at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Dr Santiago became Board Certified in Family Practice in 1994 and was appointed as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1998.
Dr. Santiago has been the Medical Director at Care Resource, South Florida’s largest non-profit AIDS service organization, since 2003. In 2009 Care Resource became a Federally Qualified Health Center with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miami-Dade and Miami-Beach, offering general primary care services to the whole South Florida community. In 2013 the agency became Joint Commission and PCMH accredited. Care Resource uses a unique “total care” approach, including working with affected communities to create and/or implement prevention strategies, community outreach and education initiatives, testing, medical care, and research protocols, as well as individual and family counseling and support services (including a food bank). This wide array of programs collectively strives to respond to every area of need of the HIV at-risk and infected communities. In addition, until the research program’s closure in 2012, he directed the research program at Care Resource and he functioned as principal investigator for numerous pharmaceutical and government sponsored HIV-related clinical trials.
Dr Santiago has been an active member of the HIV education community, speaking frequently on numerous topics to patient groups and also to physicians and allied health professionals.
Klara Gershman, MD, Primary Care Physician
Dr. Gershman is a board certified family practitioner who is committed to providing the utmost quality care for her patients. Originally from the Ukraine, Dr. Gershman came to Miami during her residency at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gershman is known for her compassionate nature and is committed to improving the quality of life of her patients. Dr. Klara Gershman is a graduate of Bukovinian State Medical University and completed her residency at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital. She is affiliated with South Miami Hospital and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Gershman is a Healthgrades Recognized Doctor. In addition to English, she speaks Russian and Ukrainian and understands Spanish.
Sheryl Zayas, DO, Primary Care Physician
Dr. Sheryl Zayas is a Chicago native and a graduate of both the University of Illinois and the University of Pennsylvania. She attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University and holds a medical degree in Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Zayas completed her residency in Family Medicine at Westchester General Hospital in Miami, FL and served as Chief Resident. She is a Board Certified Family Physician. Dr. Zayas speaks English, French and Pulaar and understands basic Spanish.
Lilliana Vázquez-Rivera, MD, Primary Care Physician
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Lilliana Vásquez-Rivera graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University with a major in Biology. She completed medical school at the Ponce School of Medicine and completed an Internal Medicine residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Vásquez-Rivera also completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases. She believes in compassionate, patient centered health care. Dr. Vásquez-Rivera speaks English and Spanish.
Carmen Paez, MD, Primary Care Physician
Dr. Carmen Paez attended medical school in Colombia at the Universidad Industrial de Santander. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and recently finished an infectious disease fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Paez is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. Dr. Paez speaks English and Spanish.
Scott Hall, MD, Primary Care Physician
Scott Hall, MD, attended college at the University of Cincinnati and medical school at The Ohio State University . While in medical school, Dr. Hall received honors in medical humanities and otolaryngology before graduating in 1996. Dr. Hall relocated to the South Florida area after completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since then, Dr. Hall has been working in the South Florida community and those with HIV in both public and private settings. He is a member of the American Academy of HIV Medicine, the American Medical Association and the Broward County Medical Association.
Dr. Hall brings over 15 years of experience in the field of HIV and internal medicine to our Broward office.
Manuel Casas, DMD, Dentist
Cuban born and raised, Dr Casas graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in 2007, receiving a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine degree). After three years of private practice in South Florida, he joined Nova as an adjunct professor to work in the newly created dental program at Care Resource. Subsequently becoming part of the agency’s staff he has helped in the development of the program combining clinical and teaching responsibilities. A Florida licensed dentist and a member of the American Academy of General Dentistry, he enjoys working in Care Resource’s diverse environment and the opportunity to serve and be involved with the community in his adoptive hometown.
Daniel Fenton, DMD, Dentist
Dr. Fenton is a native South Floridian born and raised in Hollywood, FL. He attended the University of Florida on full academic scholarship where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 2002. Dr. Fenton was one of five students selected to participate in Nova Southeastern University’s Masters of Biomedical Science program. Upon completion, he then attended NSU’s College of Dental Medicine and received his Dental Medicine Doctorate degree in May of 2010. Dr. Fenton is an extensively trained general dentist that specializes in Reconstructive Dentistry, Emergency Dentistry, Family Dentistry, and Implantology.
He is currently a standing member of the Florida Dental Association, American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Osteointegration, and the Psi Omega dental fraternity. The philosophy behind Dr. Fenton’s way of practice stems from sincere attention to the patient. Dr. Fenton aspires on making your next dental experience one you genuinely look forward to.
Curtis Barnes, DMD, Assistant Dental Director
Dr. Barnes was born and raised in rural Northeastern Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. from Ithaca College (1982), his M.S. from the University of Florida (1986), his M.B.A. from New York University Stern School (1988), and his D.M.D. from the University of Florida College of Dentistry (1994).
Dr. Barnes has practiced dentistry in South Florida for 19 years and during all those years has always been involved in providing quality dental care to HIV/AIDS clients. The first 15 years of his career, he was employed by the Broward County Health Department, and provided dental services for children of low income families and children and adults living with HIV and AIDS. At the Department of Health he was director of HIV dental services and was responsible for patient care and daily operations of four facilities (Paul Hughes Clinic, Northwest Clinic, Memorial Hospital Outpatient Clinic and Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center). Prior to coming to Care Resource, Dr. Barnes was employed by Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, where he was an assistant professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and clinical director of the Nova/Oakland Park Dental Clinic; a clinic devoted specifically to the dental needs of HIV/AIDS patients residing in Broward County Florida.
Dr. Barnes dental life has been devoted to serving the underprivileged and medically compromised which he greatly enjoys, and he looks forward to providing this same high level of care and devotion to the clients of Care Resource.
Sanique Olkuch, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner
Sanique was born in Jamaica and has lived in Florida since 1997. She received her B.A. in history and political science from University of Florida; her BSN from Florida Atlantic University and MSN from the University of Miami. She is currently a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Phi Beta Kappa Society and the American College of Nurse Practitioners. Sanique has passion for empowering her patients through education and enjoys caring for South Florida’s diverse population.
Karell Curbelo, ARNP, Nurse Practitioner
A native of Villa Clara, Cuba, Karel Curbelo, ARNP, holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Nursing from Florida International University. He is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner license in the state of Florida. Mr. Curbelo has over twelve years of experience in research and clinical settings. He strongly believes in the relationship between health care and patient advocacy. Karel Curbelo speaks English and Spanish.
Alicia Fernandez-Garcia, MD, Pediatrician
In 1989, Alicia joined the staff at East Pasco Medical Center as a staff pediatrician and for the following 24 years practiced as a General and Urgent Care Pediatrician. During this time, she worked with the community health center, Health Resource Alliance, and a multispecialty group, Florida Medical Clinic, heading their pediatric division from 1998 to 2003. Afterward, she started a private practice at the Pediatric Care Center of Pasco and Urgi – Kids of Florida.
In addition, Alicia’s Urgent Care practice was the first in her community to provide weekend and daily night hours for the children of East Pasco county. In 2013, she joined Tallahassee Memorial Hospital’s, Physician Partners in their outreach clinic in Quincy, Florida where she also had the opportunity to work to serve the health care needs of her community.
Alicia graduated from Universidad CETEC in Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic. She started her Residency in Pediatrics from 1984 to ’87 and also a 6 months PGY4 rotation in neonatology at Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey. Alicia was Board Certified in pediatrics in 1989 and has continued her re-certifications to present and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 1989.
Over the years since she started practicing as a Pediatrician – Alicia has always migrated towards those that are in greater need of support and help and has supported the growth and development of children as they are our FUTURE.