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Celebrating Women in Medicine for Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the invaluable contributions of women throughout history. Countless women have played pivotal roles, broken barriers, and shaped the landscape of healthcare. We pay homage to remarkable women of the past who have left an indelible mark on the field of medicine, contributing to advancements in research, patient care, and medical education. We also pay homage to the women physicians at First Choice Neurology.

Women's History Month

Florence Nightingale
Widely recognized as the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale’s impact extends far beyond her iconic lamp-lit nights during the Crimean War. Her tireless efforts in hospital reform, nursing education, and statistics laid the foundation for modern healthcare practices.

Elizabeth Blackwell
We begin our tribute with Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. In 1849, she overcame societal norms and discrimination to pave the way for women in medicine, proving that gender should never be a barrier to pursuing one’s passion.

Mary Edwards Walker
A pioneering surgeon, Mary Edwards Walker is the only woman to have ever received the Medal of Honor for her service during the Civil War. She defied societal expectations, practicing medicine on the front lines and advocating for women’s rights.

Susan La Flesche Picotte
Susan La Flesche Picotte was the first Native American woman to earn a medical degree in the United States. Her dedication to improving healthcare for her Omaha Tribe community and advocating for public health made her a pioneer in Native American history.

Gerty Cori
Gerty Cori was a biochemist who, alongside her husband, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1947 for their groundbreaking research on carbohydrate metabolism. She became the first woman to receive this honor in the medical field.

Helen Brooke Taussig
Known as the founder of pediatric cardiology, Helen Brooke Taussig made significant strides in the understanding and treatment of congenital heart defects. Her work laid the foundation for open-heart surgery in children.

Rita Levi-Montalcini
An Italian neurobiologist, Rita Levi-Montalcini won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1986 for discovering nerve growth factor (NGF). Her work revolutionized our understanding of neural development and had implications for diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin
Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, a chemist, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964 for her groundbreaking work on the structure of important biochemical substances using X-ray crystallography. Her work had profound implications for medicine and biochemistry. Her discoveries significantly influenced medical research and drug development.

Gertrude B. Elion
Gertrude B. Elion, a pharmacologist and biochemist, received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1988 for her groundbreaking work in drug development. Her contributions paved the way for developing drugs treating leukemia, organ transplants, and autoimmune disorders.

Jane C. Wright
A trailblazer in cancer research, Jane C. Wright made significant contributions to chemotherapy. Her work focused on finding effective cancer treatments, particularly using innovative approaches like combination chemotherapy.

Mae Jemison
Mae Jemison, an astronaut and physician, shattered barriers by becoming the first African American woman in space in 1992. Her achievements in space exploration continue to inspire generations of aspiring scientists and medical professionals.

 

Celebrating Women in Medicine at First Choice Neurology

Women's History MonthAdriana Arenas, MD
Dr. Adriana Arenas has been board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 2009. She completed her specialty training at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she was nominated as chief resident and resident of the year. Dr. Arenas continued her medical career by working as a faculty member with UM School of Medicine in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. She moved to private medicine where she could apply her expertise and build long-term patient relationships. Dr. Arenas works with adult patients treating conditions such as osteoarthritis, spasticity, lymphedema, and musculoskeletal disorders. She performs electrodiagnostic medicine, and therapeutic injection procedures, and runs a bracing and mobility device clinic (wheelchair). Dr. Arenas also provides Botox injections for trismus/bruxism which is appealing for dentists and head and neck cancer practitioners, as well as cosmetic Botox.

Heather N. Britton, MD
Dr. Britton received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto with a Microbiology major and Physiology minor. 1984-1998 Medical Doctor/MD degree at SUNY, Health Science Center in Syracuse, N.Y. 1988-1992 Internship in Internal Medicine at University Hospital, Syracuse, New York. 1992-1993 Neurology Residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 1993-1996.

Jennifer Buczyner, MD
Dr. Buczyner is a board-certified neurologist with subspecialty training in neurophysiology and neuromuscular disorders. Her office is in Jupiter, Florida. She has a general neurology practice with a special interest in migraine headaches, neuropathy, nerve, and muscle disorders such as ALS and myasthenia gravis, seizures, strokes, tremor, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and multiple sclerosis. Dr. Buczyner’s extensive training and access to the latest cutting-edge technology enables her to perform and interpret nerve conduction studies and electromyography (NCV/EMG) as well as treat muscle disorders such as myasthenia gravis and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Dr. Buczyner currently serves as the Stroke Director at Jupiter Medical Center.

Dargelis Chi, MD
Dr. Chi is a neurologist practicing in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, Florida. She was born in Cuba where she received her medical degree (MD) from the University of Havana in 2002. After graduation, she moved to Venezuela as part of a medical mission. Dr. Chi came to the United States in July 2011. She had specialized residency training in neurology at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) and graduated in 2021. Dr. Chi was thankful to be given the opportunity to be part of the neurology team at TUHSC. Her dream has come true and looks forward to working with patients in Boca Raton and other cities in Southern Florida.

Margarita Almeida El-Ramey, DO
Dr. Margarita Almeida El-Ramey is a board-certified neurologist with a subspecialty in electrodiagnostic medicine. She obtained her medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her post-graduate and fellowship training at Cleveland Clinic Florida. She also holds a Master of Science degree in molecular biology. As a general neurologist, Dr. Almeida El-Ramey treats all conditions affecting the nervous system with a special interest in dementia/cognitive disorders, neuromuscular disorders, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and headache syndromes. Along with colleagues she published a chapter in The Cervical Spine titled Neurologic Evaluation of the Cervical Spine.

Michelle Ferreira, DO
Dr. Michelle Ferreira is a board-certified neurologist who practices in the South Palm Beach / North Broward Counties area. She is fellowship-trained in Movement Disorders and subspecializes in Parkinson’s disease, Essential Tremors, Botulinum Toxins, Functional Neurological Disorders, and Gait Disorders. Dr. Ferreira received her medical degree from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her Neurology Residency at the University of Miami, and her Movement Disorders Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

Bertha Fonseca, MD
Dr. Bertha Fonseca is a board-certified neurologist and a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist from the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers. Dr. Fonseca’s office is in Coral Gables, Florida. She also operates First Choice Neurology Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Center in Affiliation with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where she is the Associate Medical Director at the Coral Gables location. Her special interests are Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.

Maria Herrera, MD
Dr. Maria Herrera practices general neurology and is board-certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Herrera received her medical degree from the Universidad de Carabobo in Venezuela. She completed her Neurology Residency and her Electrodiagnostic Medicine Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

Eileen Higgins, MD, FACS
Dr. Eileen Higgins obtained her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. She completed her specialty training in General Surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Florida, where she was Chief Resident. She obtained her Board Certification in General Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Currently, she practices adult and adolescent nutritional medicine and wellness. Dr. Higgins is a former curriculum developer and lecturer with the Miami-Dade Public School System in the areas of nutrition and wellness. She has developed nutrition protocols for many diseases as well as practicing general nutrition, with a focus on any necessary weight loss and attaining one’s best health.

Nisha Pradeep-Kilgore, DO
Dr. Pradeep completed her bachelor’s degree at Florida State University in 2011. She graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, FL in 2015. She then went on to complete her Neurology residency with Kettering Health in Dayton, OH. She became board-certified with the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in 2019. She is married with one child. She enjoys playing music, cooking, and hiking.

Dalia Lorenzo, MD
Dr. Dalia Lorenzo is a board-certified neurologist and sleep specialist who has been practicing general neurology since 2004. Dr. Lorenzo obtained her undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Miami where she graduated with honors. She went on to earn a master’s degree in biochemistry from UCLA and conducted research as a graduate student at the University of Miami Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Lorenzo earned her medical degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Lorenzo completed her internship and neurology residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/ Miami VA and completed her sleep fellowship training at the University of Miami/Miami VA.

Meghan Jacobs, PsyD
Dr. Meghan Jacobs is a licensed psychologist specializing in adult and pediatric neuropsychology. She has extensive experience working with individuals with brain injuries, strokes, dementia, and other neurologic conditions for both psychotherapy and comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. She also has experience conducting psychoeducational, disability, and vocational evaluations. She obtained a Psy.D. in clinical psychology, with a concentration in neuropsychology, from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Neurological Institute at North Broward Medical Center in the Memory Disorders Center and her post-doctoral fellowship at HealthSouth Sunrise Rehabilitation Hospital’s The Bridge Community Re-Entry Program. She has participated in numerous clinical research studies, including being a regional research coordinator on an NIH research study through the University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami Children’s Hospital, and Baylor College of Medicine, which examined the behavioral, emotional and cognitive problems that children develop after head injuries.

Jennifer Montanti, MD
Dr. Jennifer Montanti is a neurologist whose mission is to maintain up-to-date and cutting-edge knowledge in the field of neurology. She strives to provide compassionate, state-of-the-art care to her neurology patients and to listen to the patient in order to better understand their needs. She offers information, coping tools, and emotional support to those patients suffering from chronic neurological diseases and their families. Dr. Montanti received her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. She completed her neurology training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Perla Periut, MD
Dr. Perla Periut is board-certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is also board-certified in the Subspecialty of Vascular Neurology by the same board. She is board-eligible in Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Periut practices general neurology with empathy and attention to detail. She has a holistic approach to the needs of her patients. Her special interests include sleep medicine, spinal disorders, vertigo, stroke, neuropathies, headaches, and dementia. She completed her residency in Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic of Florida and at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and her transitional residency at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia.

Karen Nater-Pineiro, MD
Dr. Karen Nater-Pineiro is a board-certified neurologist. Her office is in Davie, Florida. Dr. Piñeiro specializes in autoimmune neurology, Multiple Sclerosis, Devic’s Disease, migraines, stroke, and Parkinson’s Disease among others. She is known for her straightforward approach to medicine and her clear acumen in diagnostic decisions and treatment plans. She has hospital privileges at both Westside Memorial Hospital and Memorial Hospital. Patients like her ability to quickly and accurately make diagnoses and develop treatment plans that work for them.

Julie Schwartzbard, MD, FAAN
Dr. Julie Schwartzbard is a board-certified neurologist in Aventura, Florida where she has been in private practice for 25 years. She is also board-certified in brain injury medicine. Dr. Schwartzbard is a Voluntary Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Miami School of Medicine and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the FIU Herbert Wertheim School of Medicine. Dr. Schwartzbard is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her medical degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine where she also completed a residency in Neurology and a fellowship in Neuromuscular disorders.
Her clinical research includes Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, migraine, neuromuscular diseases, and other neurological disorders. She also has an interest in traumatic brain injury and participates in the NFL Concussion Settlement Program.

Channa Kolb-Sobieraj, MD
Dr. Channa Kolb-Sobieraj is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Kolb-Sobieraj is board-certified in neuroimaging and has completed an MS Fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She has been involved in numerous academic research clinical trials with a special interest in MS therapeutics and environmental influences on disease. Dr. Kolb-Sobieraj has a special interest in incorporating a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to patient care. In addition to treating Multiple Sclerosis patients, Dr. Kolb-Sobieraj also cares for general neurology patients.

Susan Steen, MD
Dr. Susan Steen graduated from Florida State University, magna cum laude, with a BS in Biology and Chemistry. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed 2 years of Internal Medicine residency at the University of Florida affiliated hospitals. She did her residency in Neurology at the University of Florida College of Medicine.
Dr. Steen is a general Neurologist and sees adult patients with many types of neurologic illnesses. She is particularly interested in dementia-related diseases and memory loss. She serves as the President of Axiom Clinical Research of Florida and oversees many studies of medicines in development for neurologic conditions, especially Alzheimer’s Disease, and related disorders.

Veena Subramanian, MD
Dr. Veena Subramanian is a neurologist at First Choice Neurology located in Plantation, Florida. She specializes in neurophysiology, epilepsy, headaches/migraines, dementia, movement disorders, and stroke. Dr. Subramanian is a Diplomate at the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a graduate of Madras Medical College, MGR Medical University, Madras, India. She completed her internal medicine internship at Ohio State University, Safdarjung Hospital, and Government General Hospital. Dr. Subramanian completed her neurology residency at Ohio State University.

As we reflect on Women’s History Month, let’s acknowledge and celebrate the immense contributions these trailblazing women in medicine have made. Their resilience, innovation, and passion have not only paved the way for future generations of women in healthcare but have also transformed the landscape of medicine itself. From groundbreaking research to treating neurological conditions, these women have left an enduring legacy that continues to inspire and shape the future of medicine. As we honor these remarkable individuals, let their stories serve as a reminder of the transformative power of women in the pursuit of knowledge, healing, and progress.

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