Jose Acebal started working with Dr. Julio Torres and South Florida ENT Associates, P.A. in 2002. His medical career started in Cuba where he received his Medical Degree from the University of Santiago of Cuba in 1992. After moving to Florida, he enrolled at Florida International University and completed his Bachelors and Masters Degree in Nursing. He is also certified as Family Nurse Practitioner. He is professionally affiliated with the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner.
Hospital Affiliations: Palmetto General Hospital
James Bernath was born and raised in Ontario, Canada and has been a resident of south Florida since 1994.
James is a Nationally Board Certified Hearing Instruments Specialist who graduated from both Sheridan and Spokane Falls Community Colleges specializing in Hearing Instrument Sciences. James was exposed at an early age to the needs of the hearing impaired at his family’s Hearing Aid Practice. Both he and his sister went on to become second generation Hearing Instrument Practitioners who develop successful careers assisting the hearing impaired by focusing on patient care and advocacy.
Since 1999 James has been actively providing diagnostic services and dispensing hearing aids with Dr. Daniel Morse and later as member of South Florida ENT’s Allied Professionals in the Pembroke Pines location. . In addition to his 32 + years of experience, James is a Hearing Aid user himself. He is able to share his expertise as a professional, and as a Hearing Aid user. The two combined give James an added advantage over most.
James continues to demonstrate his expertise in fitting state of the art Digital Hearing Aids and Assistive Listening Devices. Continuing education allows him to stay current with the latest hearing aid technologies; which in turn is passed along to our valued patients.
In addition to serving as the past President of the Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners of Ontario, James currently holds memberships with the following professional associations:
- Florida Society of Hearing Healthcare Professionals
- National Board for Certifications in Hearing Instrument Sciences
- International Hearing Society
Dr. Michelle Birriel, Board Certified in Audiology, received her Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) with Honors from Nova Southeastern University in 2019 where she also achieved a vestibular specialty certification. She completed her externship at South Florida ENT Associates in Hollywood, Florida where she became proficient in evaluating hearing and working with balance disorders. Dr. Birriel performs comprehensive audiologic evaluations, hearing aid evaluations, fittings, programming, and vestibular diagnostic testing. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and is dedicated in providing the best hearing journey and better quality of life for her patients.
Monica Brador is a board certified Physician Assistant who has been part of South Florida ENT Associates since 2013. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Florida International University. She completed her training at NOVA Southeastern University where she earned her Master’s degree in Medical Science. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, as well as the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. Monica is committed to providing patients with the highest quality medical care and strives to give them personalized attention while focusing on wellness, prevention, and education.
Dr. Cabeza has been practicing Audiology at Miami Hearing and Speech Center for over 25 years. She graduated with a Master’s of Arts in Audiology from the University of Tennessee and received her doctorate degree from The University of Florida. She has been dispensing hearing aids since the law allowed audiologist to dispense hearing aids in the early 1980’s. This was a significant change for audiologists, which allowed them to have long term relationships with their patients. Her expertise as an audiologist in Miami lies not only with fitting amplification, but evaluating and treating patients with tinnitus and hyperacusis. Through counseling and sometimes sound devices, patients are able to return to a normal life. Connie is board certified in Audiology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, has a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and is involved in the American Tinnitus Association.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Calimano, earned her Bachelors degree in Human Biology as well as her Master’s degree in Public Health, from the University of Puerto Rico. She earned her Doctorate in Audiology from the Medical Science Campus, University of Puerto Rico, graduating with honors (Magna Cum Laude). As an intern, she has worked in various settings that have included hospitals, private practice, and multidisciplinary Healthcare. Presently, she has been working as a clinical audiologist with South Florida ENT Associates, conducting hearing and balance assessments and dispensing hearing aids. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Sharon Cam is a board certified Physician Assistant who has been working in the field of ENT since 2012. She was born and raised in Southern California, moving to South Florida after graduating high school. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Florida International University. She completed her training at Nova Southeastern University where she obtained her Masters of Medical Science. She is dedicated to her patients by providing them the best medical care available. She has also served as a clinical preceptor for Physician Assistant students from Nova Southeastern University and undergraduate students. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Dr John A. Chonka has been practicing audiology in South Florida since 1983. He earned his Clinical Doctorate degree (AuD) from Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2003, his Masters degree in Speech Communication Sciences from Portland State University in 1983 and a Bachelors degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Humboldt State University in 1979.
He is a licensed clinical audiologist and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and the Florida Academy of Audiology. He has special interests in the areas of evaluation and treatment of hearing disorders. This includes prescribing and fitting the latest digital technology hearing aids as well as assistive listening devices for the hearing impaired. He has worked as an Educational audiologist with the Broward County School System and several ENT physicians in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. His vast experience and knowledge base afford him the capability to provide excellent and compassionate diagnostic and rehabilitative services to the hearing impaired community.
With 30 years experience in the field Ana T. Dausa received her Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida in 2000. She completed her undergraduate coursework and received her Master’s degree from Florida State University in 1985.
Dr. Dausa was at the University of Miami Department of Pediatrics for a period of 16 years as an adjunct assistant professor in Audiology. Another of her impressive involvement is that she took on the Infant Hearing Impairment Program at Jackson Memorial Hospital as the coordinator giving her a vast experience working with infants and minors.
She was a Distributor and established Widex Dominicana and Widex Panama in 2003 , under the Auspice of Widex Denmark, which are still operating under new management.
Dr. Dausa many years of experience gave her the necessary tools to be able to give back to the community co-funding and presiding Nu- Balance Audiology & Vestibular Rehabilitation Center from 2008 to 2011.
Dr. Dausa special area of expertise includes; Diagnostic and Rehabilitative Audiology for adult and pediatric patients, Vestibular/ Balance Assessment and Rehabilitation , Selection and Fitting of Hearing Aids, including infants and pediatric.
Dr. Dausa goal for South Florida ENT Associates , is to build and grow the practice accurately identifying and managing Vestibular patients.
Dr. De la Calle has extensive knowledge in hearing aid technology and effective rehabilitation for hearing loss and tinnitus. An accomplished musician himself, Dr. De la Calle cares about hearing naturally and provides his patients with a smooth transition into the world of amplification. He is known as a people-person, is fluent in Spanish, Hebrew and English, is passionate about music, life, and travel, and always takes time to know his patients well and accommodate their audiological needs.
Dr. Dedos graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Sciences Medical Campus in 2014 with a Doctorate degree of Audiology. She was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She has been employed by South Florida ENT since 2013 and is conducting basic audiological evaluations for adults and children, evaluations of the vestibular system, and auditory brainstem response studies. She also provides amplification and other assistive listening devices for the hearing impaired. Dr. Dedos is licensed to practice Audiology in the State of Florida. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Monica Escobedo is a board certified Physician Assistant who joined South Florida ENT Associates in January 2016. Born and raised in Santa Clara, Cuba, she immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of thirteen. Since then, she has called Miami her home. Monica attended Florida International University where she received her Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry. She then went on to complete her training at Barry University, where she earned her Master of Clinical Medical Science. She is an active member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants as well as the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Monica is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Dr. Kalina received his Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2002. More recently he attained the Doctor of Audiology Degree from Salus University in 2009. He is a member of The American Academy of Audiology as well as the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Dr. Kalina has a special interest in Vestibular testing, as well as (re)habilitation including the prescription of hearing aids and assistive listening devices.
Jaclyn Kowalonek moved to South Florida from northeast Pennsylvania in 2016 to complete her fourth year AuD externship at South Florida ENT Associates in Weston. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Virginia University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Communication Studies. Dr. Kowalonek received her Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. In addition to being licensed by the state of Florida in Audiology, Dr. Kowalonek holds professional memberships with the following associations:
- American Academy of Audiology
- American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
Dr. Kowalonek enjoys many aspects of clinical audiology, including audiologic and vestibular diagnostic testing, aural rehabilitation, and tinnitus management. She enjoys the personal relationships she forms with her patients while they go through the journey of improving their hearing health. In her free time, Jaclyn enjoys relaxing on the sunny beaches of South Florida, attending yoga classes, playing and watching sports, riding her bike, and spending time with her dog Jack.
Dr Brenda Lasky has been a practicing Audiologist for over 25 years. Her past professional experiences include clinical positions in hospital and private practice settings. She has also been Adjunct Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at SUNY Buffalo, Director of the Department of Audiology at the Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center, and the Florida Regional trainer for a large hearing aid manufacturer, where she trained fellow professionals on new hearing aid technology. Dr. Lasky is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A) in Audiology. She received her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Buffalo, Master’s degree in Audiology from Hunter College and Doctor of Audiology degree from Salus University. As an audiologist in Miami, she is available to help you with any audiology issues you may be experiencing.
Dr. Caryn Lockspeiser earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Queens College of the City University of New York. She worked in a hospital setting for 15 years in the New York area prior to moving to Miami, FL. Academically, she taught an undergraduate course at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY. She has been working as a clinical audiologist with South Florida ENT Associates since 2003, conducting hearing and balance assessments and fitting hearing aids. She completed her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2009 from Salus University (a.k.a. Pennsylvania College of Optometry School of Audiology). Dr. Lockspeiser is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, and holds an active Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association. She is also the proud recipient of the 1998 Oticon Focus on People Award, awarded for helping to improve the lives of hearing impaired people. In addition to being a wife and busy mother of 3, she is an active member of her local Jewish community.
Dr. Johanna Lugo-Gonzalez received her Doctorate in Audiology (AuD) with honors from the University of Puerto Rico in 2014. She completed her externship at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2014. Since her graduation she has been working in private audiology clinics and ENT practices where she gained experience in evaluating hearing and balance disorders. Dr. Lugo-Gonzalez performs complete audiological evaluations, hearing aid evaluations and fittings, as well as vestibular diagnostic testing. She is licensed to practice Audiology in the State of Florida and holds professional membership with the American Academy of Audiology.
Dr. Marissa Land, Board Certified in Audiology, received her Doctorate in Audiology with Honors from the University of South Alabama and completed her externship with Cleveland Clinic Florida. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is licensed to practice in the State of Florida.
Marissa is proficient in the evaluation, treatment and management of hearing impairment, dizziness/imbalance, as well as tinnitus. Her interest in Audiology began during her undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida. Since then, she has been dedicated to developing her professional experience to include many aspects of audiology. Dr. Land has a passion for helping her patients, utilizing the latest technologies to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from hearing or balance disorders. She prides herself in prioritizing patient care, patient satisfaction, and relationship building. She thoroughly enjoys the relationships that are developed with patients and their families as they work together to resolve communication issues.
In her spare time, Marissa enjoys working out and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Viviana Martinez, Board Certified in Audiology, received her Doctorate in Audiology with Honors from Nova Southeastern University and completed her externship with Cleveland Clinic Florida. She is licensed to practice in the State of Florida. She joined our practice right after graduation. Dr. Martinez performs hearing and balance evaluations (VNGs), cochlear implant evaluations and programming, hearing aid dispensing/programming and electrophysiological assessment.
Dr. Martinez also obtained her Bachelors in Biology and Chemistry from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Martinez has a true passion in the hearing and balance health care field. She believes in providing her patients with the upmost care. She enjoys helping people overcome the obstacle of hearing loss to improve the quality of their lives. Doctor Martinez is originally from Colombia and is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Peter Molina is a Cuban-American, board certified Physician Assistant who graduated from Miami-Dade College in 2018. He has lived in south Florida for over 30 years and is proud to refer to himself as a south Floridian. He is fluent in both English and Spanish. He is most proud of being able to serve the very community that he was raised in. Peter believes that every encounter with a patient is an opportunity to impact their lives in a positive way.
Dr. Adam Norris worked for 12 years at the University of Miami Ear Institute. He began as a diagnostic audiologist working with various age groups (ages 9 months to over 90). He initially specialized in hearing aids moving toward cochlear implants over the past 9 years. This includes determining candidacy, programming the device, and most importantly counseling the patient and family. His philosophy is to approach each case individually as every person has different needs and expectations, therefore all aspects should be considered. He has also participated and taken the lead position teaching children at the annual Children’s Brain Fair presented at the Miami Science Museum. Dr. Norris came to Miami at the age of 12 and has lived in various areas of the state, Key West, Daytona, and Tampa. He has also lived abroad in South Korea for 2 years teaching English as a second language.
Undergraduate degree received from University of South Florida.
Masters degree recieved from Lamar University
Doctorate of Audiology recieved from University of Florida
Carmen Cecilia Orta, Au.D earned her speech pathologist degree in Caracas, Venezuela in July 1989, Cum Laude. Since graduation she specialized in the audiology field. In 1997, she obtained her hearing aid dispenser license in Florida. She owned a hearing aid practice for four years in Kissimmee, Fla. In April, 2010 Dr. Orta graduated with honors, obtaining her degree of Doctor of Audiology from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Orta holds professional memberships with FLAA and AAA. She joined our practice right after graduation. Dr. Orta performs hearing and balance evaluations, tinnitus assessment and treatment, cochlear implant evaluations and programming and hearing aid dispensing.
Dr. Yadira I. Pagan is a licensed Audiologist. She received her Doctorate degree in Audiology with honors from the University of Puerto Rico. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, also with honors, from the University of Puerto Rico. During her years of study she has shown dedication, empathy and a desire to keep learning every day to help people with hearing and vestibular problems. She has special interests in Vestibular Testing and Amplification Systems. She did her externship at South Florida ENT Associates. Her priorities are the patient care and patient satisfaction while performing hearing tests for adults and children, vestibular assessments, and fitting hearing aids. Dr. Pagan is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and is fluent in Spanish and English.
A resident of South Florida, Christy joined South Florida ENT as an Audiology Assistant in 2012. Her experiences working with the hearing impaired compelled her to complete her training as a Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist in order to better serve her patients. In addition to being licensed in the state of Florida, Christy holds membership with the following associations:
- Florida Society of Hearing Healthcare Professionals
- International Hearing Society
Providing compassionate care with integrity is the goal which drives Christy to provide the best service to her patients. Listening with sincerity, product knowledge, and a gentle manner are her keys to guide the patient through the process resulting a successful hearing aid fitting.
Ongoing continuing education allows Christy the ability to best meet the needs of her patients by keeping her updated on the latest hearing aid technologies and accessories. Quality compassionate care to the hearing impaired and the commitment to providing the best possible patient care is her intent.
Christy moved to South Florida in 2005 from Dallas, Texas. She is married to her best friend Darrin, proud mom of son Daniel and has two dogs named Tater and Skrappy. In her free time Christy enjoys the wonderful life that south Florida has to offer. She and her husband Darrin are active divers who explore many of the fine reefs in our area.
Raul Plasencia is a board certified Hearing Instruments Specialist with 20 + years of experience. He has joined Dr. Shapiro & Dr. Joorabchi’s practice & Clear Tone Hearing Center to provide diagnostic services, hearing & ear protection and dispense hearing aids.
Raul Plasencia was born in Havana, Cuba where he received his Doctor Degree in Medicine from School of Medicine in Havana in 1982. Raul’s experience in the ear & hearing field include the achievement of the Ear-Nose and Throat Specialist Degree in 1986.
Raul worked as an ENT Physician and surgeon until he moved to Miami in 1994. Raul does not practice Medicine in the United States, but in 1998 he became a Licensed Hearing Healthcare Specialist and was Board Certified by the National Board Certification in Hearing Instrument Science the same year.
Raul has been practicing successfully as a Hearing HealthCare Professional, he works closely with the physicians to ensure patient satisfaction. Having worked in the industry and his shared experience as a hearing aid user with patients, makes Raul a very unique professional who works daily to give the best care to his patients and improve the quality of their life. To Raul, it is an honor to help patients to continue enjoying the beautiful sounds of life.
In addition to be a bilingual hearing professional, Raul Plasencia holds memberships with the following professional associations:
. Florida Society of Hearing Health Professionals
. National Board for Certifications in Hearing Instruments Sciences
. International Hearing Society
Janine Ramirez is a Hearing Aid Specialist, working with Dr. Clifford Foster, Dr. Paul Foster and Dr. Jorge Helo in their Aventura and Miami Beach offices. Having recently joined our practice this year she is originally from New Jersey. She moved to South Florida where she pursued her career in helping the hearing impaired. She attended Keiser College for nursing. She later discovered her true love of helping the hearing impaired community. She is a member of the Florida Society of Hearing Healthcare professionals Inc.
Janine has been in the hearing healthcare field for over 22 years. She works closely with the doctors to ensure patient satisfaction. Having worked in the industry Janine is confident in her ability to improve the quality of life for her patients. In addition she is devoted in providing the best patient care possible.
Karen Riepe, MSN, APRN, FNP-C is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and licensed to practice in the state of Florida. Karen graduated summa cum laude from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. Karen was driven to continue to provide quality medical care to the community. While practicing in the field of emergency nursing for 15 years, Karen obtained her Masters of Science degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Florida Atlantic University.
Karen was born Philadelphia, PA and raised in Port Saint Lucie, FL. She has provided excellent quality nursing care since in the emergency and/or trauma setting since 2004 achieving the DAISY award for her extraordinary compassionate care she provided to her patients and their families every day.
Karen joined Dr. Mark Agrama and South Florida ENT Associates in August of 2019. With an extensive history in emergency medicine, Karen now specializes in treatment of ears, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck. Karen also is specially trained, through internship with Dr. Mark Agrama, in the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. Karen provides quality health care services to patients both in the office and hospital setting.
She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the national nurse’s honor society Sigma Theta Tau Iota Xi, and was given the Leadership Excellence Award, from FAU Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Karen is committed to providing excellence in all aspects of care, training and treatment in the field of Otolaryngology.
Mr. Johan Garcia Rodriguez is a board certified family nurse practitioner ( FNP) specializing in Otolaryngology and aesthetic procedures. He provides independent medical treatment of ear, nose and throat conditions as well as collaborative care with a wide variety of specialists in areas like neurotology and pediatrics. Mr. Garcia Rodriguez values educating patients about their diagnosis in an effort to improve understanding and promote better outcome.
He obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees at Florida International University where he was inducted in the prestigious honor society Phi Kappa Phi and graduated Magna Cum Laude. While pursuing his graduate education, he complete an internship in Acute Care at Jackson Memorial Hospital and worked in the emergency department. After graduating in 2015, he moved to central Florida to join the Otorhinolaryngology and Aesthetics Department of Watson clinic. During this time, he participated in numerous courses and training to improve his abilities in aesthetic procedures ( laser, fillers, and neuromodulators).
Mr. Garcia Rodriguez’s passion for medicine started at a young age motivating him to pursue a degree in this field. He graduated as a General Practitioner in 2002 from the Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana, Cuba. In 2003, he obtained his degree in Family Medicine and practiced for many years in his native country and Venezuela.
Johan also contribute to the formation of the new generation of FNP. He served as clinical preceptor for Southeastern College and Miami Regional University. Currently , he works as an Adjunct Associated Professor and Clinical Faculty at Florida National University’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program.
Professional Affiliations: Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head- Neck Nurses American Association of Nurse practitioners, American Nurses Association, and National League for Nursing. Member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Association.
Hospital Affiliations: Hialeah Hospital.
Johan Sanchez is a Board Certified Physician Assistant who has been part of South Florida ENT Associates since 2019. Johan is a United States Navy Veteran where he proudly served until 2012. After he received an Honorable Discharge from the military, Johan attended Barry University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and received his Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Exercise Physiology. He completed his training at Methodist University in North Carolina where he earned his Master’s degree in Medical Science. He is an active member of the Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery as well as the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. Johan is committed to providing patients with the highest quality medical care and compassionate attention. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.
A native to South Florida, Dr. Shapiro received a Masters of Science degree in 1988 from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She completed her fellowship in the Veteran’s Administration hospital in St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida. In 2003, Dr. Shapiro completed her doctoral degree with honors from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Shapiro specializes in hearing and balance disorders as well as the fitting of amplification for all ages. She has been affiliated with South Florida ENT Associates, P.A. since its inception. Dr. Shapiro is a certified Miami Audiologist who is a member of the American Speach and Hearing Associateion (ASHA), Florida Academy of Audiology, Florida Association of Speach-Language Pathologists and Auidiologists and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
Billie Silver is a licensed Audiologist with a Master of Science in Audiology from Boston University. She completed a fellowship year at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and a second year in Miami. Billie opened the Framingham Hearing Center in 1984 where she specialized in hearing aid fitting. In 2007 she moved to Florida and now works with Dr. Kendall Hanft in Fort Lauderdale.
Billie is committed to improving her patients’ lives utilizing the latest hearing aid technology. Her extensive experience allows her to provide the highest quality audiology service and products so that her patients achieve the best possible hearing and communication skills.
Dr. Rosie Simon earned her doctorate in audiology (AuD.) from the University of Florida’s nationally ranked program in 2003. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A) in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed to practice audiology in the State of Florida. During her graduate studies, she conducted hundreds of hearing screenings on newborn babies for the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program at Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville, authored and presented a scholarly paper on four years of research relating to cochlear implants in children, and spent hundreds of clinical hours evaluating, counseling, and treating patients of all ages.
She previously obtained her Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors from the University of Florida and was the only student in the Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences to receive the 1998-1999 Edna Povey Scholarship awarded annually for exemplary personal, professional, and academic accomplishments. As a result of her outstanding success throughout her studies, she was inducted into the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society, Phi Kappa Phi.
Dr. Simon’s accolades did not end in the classroom. She worked for several years at the University of Miami Ear Institute where she gained extensive experience on diagnostic testing. cochlear implant evaluation and programming, as well as vestibular and balance testing.
At the office of William A. Ditkowsky, M.D., Dr. Simon conducts complete audiologic evaluations, hearing aid evaluations, fittings, and programming, and vestibular diagnostics and rehabilitation for patients suffering from dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance disorders. With over ten years of clinical experience, she is intimately familiar with the latest technologies constantly evolving throughout the field of audiology. Dr. Simon is devoted to providing the highest quality patient care.
Dr. Monica B. Taggart, Board Certified in Audiology, received her Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) with Honors from Nova Southeastern University in 2018. She completed her externship at South Florida ENT Associates at Mercy Hospital where she gained extensive experience in evaluating hearing and balance disorders. Dr. Taggart performs complete audiologic evaluations, hearing aid evaluations, fittings, and programming, vestibular diagnostic testing, and cochlear implant evaluations and programming.
Dr. Taggart is a firm believer in combining patient-centered care with her knowledge in hearing science in order to successfully meet the needs and wants of her patients. She enjoys assisting patients in their journey to better hearing and in turn, a better quality of life. She is licensed to practice in the State of Florida, is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, and is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Nicole Triana, MS, PA-C, is a Board Certified Physician Assistant certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed to practice in the state of Florida. Nicole graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University with a Bachelors in Psychology. Thereafter, Nicole pursued her passion in medicine at Keiser University and obtained her Master of Science as a Physician Assistant.
Nicole has been practicing within the realm of Otolaryngology since 2017 and transitioned to South Florida ENT Associates, P.A. in January of 2019. She specializes in the treatment of ears, nose, mouth, throat and related structures of the head and neck. Nicole provides health care services to patients and performs a variety of duties in the evaluation, planning and treatment of patients in both the office and hospital setting.
She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery. She is committed to service excellence, continuous training and research in the field of Otolaryngology. Nicole is fluent in English and Spanish.
Ivomny Valdes, MMS, PA-C joined South Florida ENT Associates in December 2015 with more than ten years of medical experience. Mrs. Valdes is board certified by the National Commission of Certification for Physician Assistants. She accomplished the Physician Assistant Program and received her Bachelor of Applied Science Physician Assistant degree from Miami Dade College. Mrs. Valdes also earned her Master’s degree in Medical Science from Saint Francis University, Pennsylvania. She is affiliated with Mercy Hospital.
Leda Valenciano, AuD., earned her Bachelors in Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May 1992, Cum Laude, and her Masters in Sciences in May 1994 from the University of South Florida. She has been working as a clinical audiologist for South Florida ENT Associates since 1995.
Presently, she is the head of the Audiology Department for Care Center 1. Her responsibilities include direct supervision of audiology staff, conducting hearing and balance assessments, as well as hearing aid dispensing and cochlear implantation evaluations and programming. She completed her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2009 from Salus University, previously known as Pennsylvania College of Optometry School of Audiology. Dr. Valenciano holds professional memberships with the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech and Language Association.
Celia M. Velez earned her Doctorate of Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) in 2011 from University of Puerto Rico at the Medical Science Campus and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Celia received her Bachelor Degree in Education, Elementary School in June 2006, Magna Cum Laude, at the University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla Campus. Celia worked for an ENT private practice in Puerto Rico and from February 2012 to present she has been working as a clinical audiologist for South Florida ENT Associates.
Dr. Velez enjoys testing and treating patients with all types of hearing impairments and balance with special interests in evaluation and programming BAHA and hearing aid devices.
Esther Vogel P.A.-C is a Physician Assistant with Carl Drucker MD and Moises Mitrani MD with South Florida ENT Associates in their Aventura, Florida office. Having recently joined our practice this year, she comes from Atlanta, Georgia where she practiced for 10 years as Senior Physician Assistant in a 35 physician practice specializing in Otolaryngology and head and neck surgery. Ms. Sperber graduated from California State University, Northridge, California in 1977 and in 1988 from Touro College Physician Assistant program, Manhattan, N.Y., as both clinical and didactic valedictorian, the programs highest honors. She went on to work in various fields of medicine before settling into Otolaryngology 10 years ago. She brings with her experience in general medicine, oncology and endocrinology which gives her a broad understanding of the needs of our patients. She served as guest lecturer at Emory University’s Physician Assistant program, helping train up and coming students in the field of Otolaryngology. She has served on various Physician Assistant Boards in Georgia, bringing her extensive experience to the forefront of P.A. training.