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Meet Your Weight Loss Team!

Our mission and commitment

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At CardioMender, MD Weight Loss Specialists, our mission is to improve the long-term health and wellness of our patients through safe, medically supervised weight loss.

We treat each patient as an individual, providing customized, medically supervised weight loss solutions to achieve a healthier lifestyle, including disease prevention and regression. We strive to be a trustworthy resource by offering weight loss education about diet, nutrition and realistic, sustainable lifestyle changes. We pride ourselves on providing medically supervised weight loss support and inspiration in a caring, professional, ethical and respectful manner.

Our valuable team members

<strong>Erica Montecalvo, PA-C</strong>
Erica Montecalvo, PA-CCertified Physician Assistant

Erica is an NCCPA certified Physician Assistant with an interest in obesity medicine. She graduated from medical school in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was then offered a position in HIV/AIDS medical research at the University of Miami. Erica returned to school to become a certified physician assistant in July of 2017. To find out more about Erica, click here

<strong>Shari Klages</strong>
Shari KlagesDirector of Center Operations

Shari Unger Klages has provided over twenty-five years of management in the healthcare and banking industries focused on ensuring the customer experience to be the highest quality possible. To find out more about Shari, click here

<strong>Darren Roberts</strong>
Darren RobertsPatient Ambassador / Procurement Specialist

Darren believes that working at CardioMender, MD is the perfect place for him to get a great deal of satisfaction from helping others get in shape and feel better about themselves. He is currently enrolled at Broward College majoring in physical therapy. For more information about Darren, click here

<strong>Jose Farfan</strong>
Jose FarfanWellness Support Coach

Jose Farfan is our Pharmacy Director at our medically supervised weight loss center. He has been with our organization since its inception.

Jose was born in Ecuador but raised in Queens, New York, and moved to South Florida when he was twenty years old. To learn more about Jose, click here

<strong>Rider Rivera</strong>
Rider RiveraWellness Support Coach

Rider is a Medical Doctor, born in the Dominican Republic. He moved to Santo Domingo to embark on a career in medicine, graduating 5 and a half years later with honors from Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. At the moment Rider is in the process of preparing and polishing his knowledge and skills to obtain his practice licensure and be able to put them in service within the US healthcare system. To find out more about Rider, click here

<strong>Jannara Stevenson</strong>
Jannara StevensonWellness Support Coach

Soon after high school, Jannara enrolled at the School of Health Careers in Fort Lauderdale to pursue her aspirations of becoming a Medical Assistant. After graduating, she spent five years as an MA at an Internal Medicine practice in Margate, Florida. To find out more about Jannara, click here

<strong>Debbie Elizee</strong>
Debbie ElizeePatient Care Specialist

Debbie knew she had a passion for helping others since the time she was a young child. She began studying health care while enrolled in the Medical Magnet Program at Miami Carol City Senior High School. To find out more about Debbie, click here

<strong>Luz Santiago</strong>
Luz SantiagoWellness Support Coach

Luz believes that working at CardioMender is the perfect place for her to get a great deal of satisfaction from helping others get in shape and feel better about themselves. For more information on Luz, click here.

<strong>Luis “Luchy” Huertas</strong>
Luis “Luchy” HuertasWellness Support Coach
Luis “Luchy” Huertas is a Certified Registered Medical Assistant (CRMA) with an Associate’s Degree in nursing. He has numerous years of experience at Memorial Regional Hospital in the Division of Neurosurgery. For more information about Luchy, click here
<strong>Maxbel Dotel</strong>
Maxbel DotelWellness Support Coach

Maxbel is a Medical Doctor, having graduated with honors from Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic in October 2012. At the moment, Maxbel is a certified medical assistant working to obtain her medical license in the US.

To find out more about Maxbel, click here

<strong>Mariana Caraballo</strong>
Mariana CaraballoPatient Care Specialist

Mariana was born in Dominican Republic and the first person in her family to graduate from high school. She came to the US when she was seven years old and briefly lived in Missouri before permanently settling in Hollywood, Florida. For more information on Mariana, click here.

Our caring weight loss doctors

<strong>Dr. Barry Schiff</strong>
Dr. Barry SchiffDirector of Medical Operations
Barry H. Schiff, MD is proud to serve as our program’s Medical Director. Dr. Schiff is a physician leader who has practiced both Cardiology and Internal Medicine in our community for almost 30 years.

Dr. Schiff’s interest in weight management evolved from years of observing his patients experience the vicious cycle of recurring health issues which were direct consequences of being overweight. His current work directly confronts the subject of being overweight and obese, both of which can have serious health consequences.
To find out more about Dr. Schiff, click here

<strong>Dr. D. Allen Young</strong>
Dr. D. Allen YoungWeight Loss Physician
Dr. Allen Young, MD is very passionate about helping his patients fully understand their conditions and the potential complications that obesity can create. He wants to help his patients remain compliant with their program so as to not only improve the quality of their life but improve the quantity of their life. To find out more about Dr. Young, click here



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