Waguih El Masry, MD PA – Chief Medical Officer, Internal Medicine
Waguih El Masry received his medical degree in 1989 followed internship in 1991 from the University of Alexandria Egypt. From 1991 to 1992, Dr. El Masry was involved with Cancer Research at Ohio State University. He was certified by ECFMG in 1992 and fulfilled his Internal Medicine Residency at Western Pennsylvania Hospital from 1993 to 1996 becoming Board Certified in Internal Medicine. After serving as Primary Care and Emergency Room Physician at Meyersdale Medical Center from 1996 to 2000, Dr. El Masry began practice in Bradenton, Florida. He currently has privileges at Manatee Memorial Hospital and Blake Medical Center as well as at several nursing facilities throughout Sarasota and Bradenton. At Manatee Memorial Hospital, Dr. El Masry is currently the Vice Chief of Staff on the Executive Committee having previously served as Treasurer, and is the Chairman of the Physician Hospital Organization.
Ralph F. Gonzalez, M.D. – Neurologist (SMRC)
Dr. Gonzalez graduated in 1991 from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Biology; followed by a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1995. Post-graduate training in internal medicine and neurology were received at Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He became the Chief Resident, Department of Neurology, in 1997, followed by clinical neurophysiology fellowship in 2000. Dr. Gonzalez is Board Certified in Neurology and Vascular Neurology, a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the Manatee County Medical Society, and the Florida Medical Association. He has privileges at Manatee Memorial Hospital where he is chairman of the Credentialing Committee, a member of the Medical Executive Committee, and is the Medical Director of the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Unit. Dr. Gonzalez also has privileges at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.
Gregory Hanes, M.D. – Neurologist (FINR)
Gregory P. Hanes, MD is a neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist in Sarasota, FL. Dr. Hanes received his medical degree from Drexel University and received his neurology training at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Hanes stayed on at the Cleveland Clinic for a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Disorders and EMG. He is now a partner of Negroski, Stein, Sutherland, and Hanes Neurology. Dr. Hanes has hospital privileges at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Dr. Hanes is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine with chiefly educational responsibilities. He also serves as the MDA clinic director for Sarasota and its surrounding counties. Dr. Hanes has board certifications in neurology (ABPN), clinical neurophysiology (ABPN), and electromyography (ABEM). Primary areas of interest include nerve and muscle disorders, myasthenia gravis, ALS, traumatic brain injury, EMG, EEG, and therapeutic use of Botox for the treatment of spasticity, dystonia, blepharospasm, and headaches.
Craig Lichtblau, M.D. P.A. - Director of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Dr. Lichtblau is a Board Certified physician in physical medicine and rehabilitation. A graduate of the School of Medicine, American University of the Caribbean, British West Indies. Dr. Lichtblau completed internship and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Jewish Hospital Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Lichtblau’s professional affiliations: Diplomat American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He operates a private physical medicine and rehabilitation out-patient private practice service and is the Medical Director for St. Mary’s Hospital in-patient rehabilitation unit in West Palm Beach, Florida. He serves as consultant to the Children Medical Service for the state of Florida and is a member of the children’s multi-disciplinary asset team.
Herman R. Matallana, D.O. – ENT (SMRC)
Herman Matallano received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996 from Kansas City University of Medicine and Bio-Sciences. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Sun Coast Hospital in Largo, Florida followed by his Otolaryngology-Head and Neck/Facial Plastic Surgery residency at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Memberships include: American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, American Osteopathic Association, Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, and Central Florida Physicians Alliance. Dr. Matallano currently serves as Chief of Surgery at Bartow Regional Medical Center in Bartow, Florida.
Kevin E. O’Keefe, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist - Program Director & Director of Neuropsychology
Dr. O’Keefe graduated from Widener University in Pennsylvania with a doctorate in clinical psychology in 1997. Past experience centers around neuropsychological testing, individual & group therapy, and instructional roles in psychology & psychological testing.
Sara Malowitz, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist - Clinical Neuropsychologist (FINR)
Dr. Malowitz graduated from Argosy University in Tampa, Florida with a doctorate in clinical psychology in 2009. Past experience includes neuropsychological testing, neuropsychological consultations with patients in the Skilled Medical Rehabilitation Center at FINR, individual therapy, facilitating substance abuse process group at FINR, and serving as an instructor for undergraduate students in general and developmental psychology courses.
Clinical Staff & Directors
John Richards, NHA - Administrator (SMRC)
Stephanie Ortiz, RN - Campus Director of Nursing
Stephanie Johnson, RN - Assistant Director of Nursing (FINR)
Dana Lucas, RN - Director of Nursing (SMRC)
Jessika Coelho, PT, DPT - Senior Physical Therapist
Lauren Shuster, MS CCC-SLP - Senior Speech Language Pathologist
Diane Cerulli, MSOT, R-L - Occupational Therapist
Michael Rigney, RRT - Senior Respiratory Therapist
Other Clinical Staff
- Florida Certified ESE teachers
- Certified Behavior Analysts
- Certified Dieticians
- Florida licensed respiratory therapists