Steven Santiago, MD, Chief Medical Officer
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 Chief Medical Officer at Care Resource, South Florida’s largest non-profit AIDS service organization, since 2014; he was the Medical Director from 2003 until 2014. 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.
Kathreen Kraus, MD, Primary Care Physician
Dr. Kathreen Kraus attended Medical School in Lima, Peru – at Universidad Cientifica del Sur. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and also completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Kraus speaks English, Spanish and German.
Sheryl Zayas, D.O., Medical Director
Dr. Sheryl Zayas is the Associate Medical Director for Primary Care Services. She is a Chicago native and received her BA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University and holds a medical degree in Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Practice at the Lake Eric College of Osteopathic Medicine location in Miami, Florida where she served as Chief Resident.
She is a Board Certified Family Physician. Dr. Zayas speaks English and basic French and Spanish. She also received the Trans Equality Award presented by The Pride Center in Fort Lauderdale in 2014.
Lilliana Vázquez-Rivera, MD, Primary Care Physician
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Vázquez-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. Vázquez-Rivera also completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases. She believes in compassionate, patient centered health care. Dr. Vázquez-Rivera speaks English and Spanish.
Marisela Watanabe, D.O., Primary Care Physician
Dr. Marisela Watanabe has lived and worked in Venezuela, Nicaragua, Brazil, Japan and Illinois developing long-lasting relationships in the diverse communities in which she served.
Dr. Watanabe graduated from Loyola University Chicago and studied medicine at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing her Family Medicine residency at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois, Dr. Watanabe practiced in a multispecialty group in Chicago. This allowed her to care for a broad spectrum or patient-groups including but not limited to: newborn, adolescent, adult and elder-age populations. Moreover, in her practice, she was the Spanish-speaking liaison to the patients at the clinic.
According to Dr. Watanabe, “I am passionate about working with a compassionate and competent team of providers and further serve South Florida’s diverse populations in need. I make it a point to consider the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions — in the quest for optimal health and wellness.”
Odiel Jean-Baptiste, MD, Primary Care Physician
After attending medical school in Mexico, Dr. Odiel Jean-Baptiste was admitted into the Family Medicine residency program at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, located in central Brooklyn, New York – the only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care serving Brooklyn’s 2.5 million residents and then became Family Medicine Board certified in 2014. Afterwards, he practiced at the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. Odiel Jean-Baptiste chose to study Medicine to apply his skillset in a setting that can benefit others most in need. In addition to gathering medical information, Odiel Jean-Baptiste’s clinical skills include performing physical exams, clinical lab tests, imaging studies and diagnosis and treatment plans.
Robert Goubeaux, D.O., Primary Care Physician, Medical Director
Dr. Goubeaux graduated from the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1993 and specializes in Family Medicine. Before coming to Care Resource, Dr. Goubeaux was affiliated with the South Miami Hospital and was the Family Practice Residency Program Director at Westchester General Hospital. Family Medicine is a medical specialty devoted to diversified care for people of any age. It ensures comprehensive health care for anybody of any age or sex. Dr. Goubeaux is a member of American Osteopathic Association Board of Family Physicians. Other accreditations include: American Osteopathic College of Family practice member, Florida Osteopathic Medicine member and Southern Medical Association member.
“I am excited and honored to be part of the Care Resource family where I can help improve overall health in our community by providing committed, competent and compassionate care every day. I have been practicing medicine for 18 years and I believe in treating the WHOLE person.”
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.
Bill Krantz, Physician Assistant
Bill Krantz is a certified Physician Assistant who received his training at Nova Southeastern University. Before starting at Care Resource, he worked in Internal Medicine for six ears. Bill is originally from Oregon where he received his Bachelors degree in Romance Languages. Bill speaks Spanish, French and German.
Before going back to Physician Assistant school, Bill worked at Costco Wholesale’s Corporate office in Seattle as a trainer and translator for managers and staff.
Alberto Hernandez, Physician Assistant
Cuban Born, Alberto graduated from UTESA Medical School in the Dominican Republic. From 1992 to 1994 he trained in Internal Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx New York, an Affiliate of New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center. After which, Alberto trained in Pediatrics at Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami Florida until 1997. Since then, he has been taking care of patients of all ages with empathy, care, and compassion.
Alberto speaks English and Spanish.
He is very proud to be part of the Care Resource team and is eager to assist in the health needs of the GLBT community as well as all Family Practice patients.
Sanique Olkuch, ARNP, Associate Medical Director
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.
Curtis Barnes, DMD, 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.
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.
Amy Martinez, DMD, Dentist
Dr. Amy Martinez believes in a comprehensive and preventative approach to oral health in order to increase longevity and quality of life for all patients. She was born in Charleston, SC and grew up in Rochester, NY and Augusta, GA. She earned degrees from University of Georgia and University of South Carolina, and her DMD from Georgia’s College of Dental Medicine. She comes from a dental family. Her grandfather, father, brother, and sister-in-law are all dentists. Before her dental career Dr. Martinez lived in Ecuador and taught English. She earned a Master’s degree in Spanish, and worked as a high school Spanish teacher and Spanish medical interpreter. She has participated in numerous medical mission trips to various countries. Dr. Martinez speaks English and Spanish.
Mercedes Henley, RDH, Dental Hygienist
Mercedes Henley attained her Associates in Science degree in Dental Hygiene and has over 17 years of experience performing Dental Hygiene procedures. During her experience as a Dental Hygienist, she has continued her training while providing quality dental care to South Florida’s diverse pediatric, adolescent and adult populations.
Mercedes Henley also speaks at seminars and workshops about methods in which to improve oral health and prevent disease.
Gloria Cabral, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian
Gloria Cabral started her career in Nutrition and Dietetics in Venezuela in the Universidad Central de Venezuela. She then transferred to Miami and graduated from Florida International University. She completed her Clinical Nutrition Internship in Palmetto General Hospital and her Community Nutrition and Food service Internship with the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Gloria is a Registered Dietitian with the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition and a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist in the state of Florida. She has working experience in both clinical and outpatient settings with both adult and pediatric population. Gloria speaks English and Spanish. According to Cabral, “I am excited and proud to have joined the Care Resource team where I can serve those in greater need and through nutrition and also assist in improving the overall health in our diverse South Florida community.”