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José A. Ferreira, MD

JAF 2017 (1)

Dr. Ferreira completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Connecticut and Yale University affiliated hospitals. Dr. Ferreira then moved on to complete his adult neurology training at Long Island Jewish Hospital and his pediatric neurology training at Schneider Children’s Hospital. He also completed a fellowship in epilepsy and electroencephalography at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Dr. Ferreira began his clinical research during his adult neurology residency, where he participated in a protocol involving a new treatment for stroke. While at the University of Miami, he started participating in clinical trials for antiepileptic treatments, including new medications and vagal nerve stimulator. To date, Dr. Ferreira has been principal investigator in over 60 multicenter clinical trials in the areas of epilepsy, migraine and neurobehavioral disorders in infants, children and adolescents. His participation in these multicenter research studies has provided significant information necessary for the FDA approval of more than 12 medications for treatment in these areas.

Since moving to the Tampa Bay area, Dr. Ferreira has been active in the community and has played a role as consultant to Children’s Medical Services (CMS); associate adjunct professor at the University of South Florida (USF) School of Medicine; Chief of Pediatric Neurology at St. Joseph’s Children's Hospital; attending physician at Tampa General Hospital (TGH); and as a member of the comprehensive epilepsy center at TGH/USF. His practice has always been actively involved not only in teaching medical students, residents and nurse practitioners, but also medical assistants and electrodiagnostics students from local schools. He continues to enjoy teaching through didactic lectures and hands on experience in clinical practice and hospital rounds. Dr. Ferreira has also served as examiner for the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (ACNS).

In Practice Since:
1994

Primary Specialties:
Pediatric Neurology
Epilepsy

Medical Education:
Doctor of Medicine: 1986
Universidad Central del Este (UCE) - Dominican Republic

Pre-Med Education:
Bachelor of Science in Biology: 1982
State University of New York (SUNY), Old Westbury, NY

Residencies:
Pediatric Neurology: 1993
Schneider Children's Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center, NY

Adult Neurology: 1991
Long Island Jewish Medical Center, NY

General Pediatrics: 1990
University of Connecticut and Yale University School of Medicine affiliated hospitals

Fellowship Training:
Epilepsy/Electroencephalography: 1994
University of Miami School of Medicine

Pediatric Neurology:
Schneider Children's Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center, NY: 1993

Academic Appointments:
Associate Clinical Professor Pediatrics/Neurology: 1994
University of South Florida School of Medicine

Board Certifications:
American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology: 1997

Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certified in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology: 1994 with recertification in 2014

Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certified in Epilepsy: 2014

Professional Memberships:
American Academy of Neurology
American Epilepsy Society
Child Neurology Society
Fellow member of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society

Other Languages Spoken:
Spanish

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Carmen I. Ferreira, MD

CIF (2) 2017

Dr. Carmen Ferreira has been practicing at PENS since 2005. Her specific areas of clinical interest are ADHD, headaches and autism, however she has treated children with a variety of neurological difficulties. She has vast experience working with culturally diverse families and is fluent in both English and Spanish. Dr. Ferreira also enjoys teaching both medical and nursing students.

In Practice Since:
2005

Primary Specialty:
Pediatric Neurology

Specific Areas of Interests:
Headache
ADHD
Autism

Medical Education:
Doctor of Medicine: 1994
Universidad Central de Este (UCE), Dominican Republic

Residencies:
General Pediatrics: 2000-2002
Nassau County University Medical Center

Pediatric Neurology: 2002-2005
Schneider Children's Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center, NY

Other Languages Spoken:
Spanish

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Himali Jayakody, MD

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Dr. Himali Jayakody is a board-certified pediatric neurologist, pediatric epileptologist and neurophysiologist.  She joined Pediatric Epilepsy and Neurology Specialists in 2018 after completing her fellowship in Epilepsy and Neurophysiology. She has had extensive experience with complex epilepsy, including pre-surgical evaluations and advanced EEG monitoring as well as neuro stimulation. In addition, she also has experience in electrodiagnostic studies and neuromuscular diseases.

Dr. Jayakody completed her pediatrics and child neurology residencies at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. She completed fellowship in epilepsy and neurophysiology at the University of South Florida. She worked as an attending child neurologist at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital from 2014-2017. She is an adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Department of Neurology, University of South Florida. She works as an attending child neurologist at Tampa General Hospital and St Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. She is actively involved in teaching pediatric and neurology residents and clinical neurophysiology fellows at the University of South Florida. She continues to enjoy teaching through didactic lectures and hands-on experience in clinical practice and hospital rounds.

She is actively involved in Epilepsy surgery conferences with the epilepsy teams at Tampa General Hospital and John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She also is involved in multicenter research studies in the areas of epilepsy, migraine and neurobehavioral disorders in infants, children, and adolescents.

In Practice Since:
2014

Primary Specialties:
Pediatric Neurology
Epilepsy
Neurophysiology

Medical Education:
Bachelor of medicine and Bachelor of surgery (MBBS): 2004
Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Residencies:
Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology: 2009-2014
University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, Iowa city, Iowa

Fellowship Training:
Epilepsy/neurophysiology: 2017- 2018
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Academic Appointments:
Associate Clinical Professor Pediatrics/Neurology: 2016- current
University of South Florida School of Medicine

Board Certifications:

Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certified in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology: 2014

Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certified in Epilepsy: 2019

Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certified in Neurophysiology 2020

Professional Memberships:
American Academy of Neurology
American Epilepsy Society
Child Neurology Society
American Clinical Neurophysiology Society


Felicia Ferreira, DHSc, MBA, LMHC, NBCC

Felicia"We care about our patients and their families". Felicia has been assisting children and families while working at PENS for over 15 years. After furthering her education as a licensed mental health counselor, her interest continues to be working with children, adolescents, and families to assist in improving their family environment. Felicia’s goal is to continue evolving the health care group to offer additional services that supports children and families in the community, now including a behavioral health services department.

In Practice Since:
2003

Undergraduate education:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.): 2001
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)

Graduate School Education:
Master of Science in Business Administration (M.B.A): 2009
Minor: Health Care Administration
Argosy University of Tampa (AUT)

Master of Science in Psychology (M.S.): 2013
Minor: Mental Health Counseling
Nova Southeastern University (NSU)

Professional Education:
Doctor of Health Science (DHSc): 2015
Nova Southeastern University (NSU)

Doctoral Education: Conflict Resolution in Healthcare, Health Care for Diverse population, Community Health Promotion and Prevention, Health Care Policy, Planning and Management, Health Care Law, Professionalism and Health Care Ethics, Leadership in Healthcare, Patient safety, Health Care Informatics, Research Methods, Alternative and Complementary Medicine, International Health Care System, Doctoral Analysis, Practicum and Internship, among others.

Board Certifications:
National Board for Certified Counselors: 2016

Trainings and Memberships
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents at the Beck Institute in Pennsylvania
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) at Albert Ellis Institute of New York
American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA)

Other Languages Spoken:
Spanish


 

Marie D. Akers, APRN, PPCNP-BC

AkersIn Practice Since:
2003

Specific Practice Areas of Interest:
Epilepsy
ADHD
Autism

Undergraduate School Education:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): 5/1998
University of Florida, Gainesville
Graduated with Honors

Bachelor of Science in Health Science Education: 8/1998
University of Florida, Gainesville
Graduated with Honors

Graduate School Education:
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): 2002
University of South Florida, Tampa

Board Certifications:
American Nurses Credentialing Center
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 2017

Professional Memberships:
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Association of Child Neurology Nurses

Other Languages Spoken:
Haitian Creole


 

Lizbeth Arroyo, APRN, NP-C

Lizbeth Arroyo

Lizbeth Arroyo joined Pediatric Epilepsy and Neurology Specialists in 2011. She graduated from the University of South Florida Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2010. She received her bachelor's degree and masters degree from the University of South Florida accelerated program.  She has 6 years experience at Tampa General Hospital's surgical transplant step down unit, ICU rotation program, and emergency room nurse. Lizbeth and her husband Luis, originally from Puerto Rico, reside in Tampa Florida. She enjoys traveling, volunteering in the community for underprivileged families and spending time with her family. 

In Practice Since:
2011 

Specific Areas of Interest:
Epilepsy
ADHD

Graduate School Education:
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Accelerated program: 2010
University of South Florida

Under graduate School Education:

Registered Nurse- Hillsborough Community College 2004

Board Certifications:
Family Nurse Practitioner: 2010

Languages Spoken:
English
Spanish


Adelene Soto, DNP, APRN

SotoAdelene was born and raised in Northwest Indiana and moved to Florida in 2004. She worked as a nurse and certified diabetes educator for 17 years prior to becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner in 2009. She completed her Master’s degree in nursing at University of Central Florida in 2009 and her Doctorate in nursing at the University of Florida in 2012. Adelene has a special interest in education and research. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). Her goal is to provide patients and their families with the information and skills needed to lead healthy lives. She is happily married with three children. She enjoys scrapbooking, singing, and spending time with her family.

In Practice Since:

2009

Specific Practice Areas of Interest:

Epilepsy
Migraine
Autism

Undergraduate School Education:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): August 2004
Valparaiso University, Indiana

Graduate School Education:
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): 2009
University of Centra Florida, Tampa

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): 2012
University of Florida
Honors

Board Certifications:
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 2009

Professional Memberships:
National Association of Nurse Practitioners

Other Languages Spoken:
Spanish


Katharine Quinn, APRN, CPNP

QuinnMs. Quinn joined PENS in 2017 and is a graduate of the University of South Florida Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program where she received her Master of Nursing degree in 2016. She received an undergraduate degree in Health Science at the University of Florida in 2008. Prior to starting at our practice, she worked as a clinical nurse in the areas of pediatric emergency and medical-surgical care. Ms. Quinn is a former elementary and middle school teacher and enjoys working with children and families in a wholistic manner to help them reach their fullest potential. 

In Practice Since:

2017

Specific Practice Areas of Interest:
Headache
ADHD

Undergraduate School Education:
Bachelor of Science (Health Science) with Minor in Art History: 2008
University of Florida, Gainesville
Graduated Cum Laude

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): 2014
University of South Florida, Tampa
Graduated Cum Laude

Graduate School Education:
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): 2016
University of South Florida, Tampa

Board Certifications:
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: 2017


Kristin Fritch, APRN, CPNP

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Ms. Fritch also joined PENS in 2017 and graduated from the University of South Florida Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program with a Master of Nursing Degree in 2016. She has four years experience working at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital as a clinical nurse and resource charge nurse on a pulmonary medical surgical unit.

In Practice Since:
2017

Specific Practice Areas of Interest:
Epilepsy

Undergraduate School Education:
Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Behavior: 2011
University of Florida, Gainesville

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): 2012
University of Florida, Tampa

Graduate School Education:
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): 2016
University of South Florida, Tampa

Board Certifications:
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: 2017


Juliana Arbelaez Estevez, APRN, CPNP

EstevezMs. Arbelaez joined PENS in 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program with a Master of Nursing degree in 2016. She has 8 years of clinical nursing experience working at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital's float team providing comprehensive care to a variety of pediatric patients ranging from acute to chronic care. Ms. Arbalaez loves working with children and their families. She enjoys spending time with her family and participating in triathlons. 

In Practice Since:
2018

Specific Practice Areas of Interest:
Headaches
ADHD
Autism
Epilepsy

Undergraduate School Education:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): 2010
University of South Florida, Tampa

Graduate School Education:
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): 2016
University of South Florida, Tampa

Board Certifications:
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: 2017

Other Languages Spoken:
Spanish