Our Staff

because we care

Our Team.


The entire team at Pediatric Partners, including physicians with over 200 years of combined experience in the medical care of children, all feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to do the work they love, and share a common mission: They desire to make a difference in the lives of children.

See below to learn more about our staff!


Our Physicians

Tommy Schechtman, MD, MSPH, FAAP

Dr. Tommy, as his patients know him, is one of the two founding partners of Pediatric Partners. As a pediatrician, his focus is providing exceptional medical care for all children.  In addition, his practice specializes in providing behavioral and mental health services to all of our patients and their families. He is the former President of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He serves on the volunteer faculty of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics. Also, Dr. Tommy is the medical consultant for the Palm Beach County Schools district's Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program and is a Board Member of the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation.

Dr. Tommy is a dedicated advocate and community leader for children's health and safety issues.

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Pediatric Residency: Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, TX
Graduate School: University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
Practicing Since: 1986
Founding Partner: 1998

Caron Sanua, MD, FAAP

Dr. Sanua loves being a pediatrician because she is passionate about children. She feels that while healing sick children is the rewarding part of her job, helping parents to nurture their children emotionally, developmentally, and physically, is also extremely gratifying.
Medical School: University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Pediatric Residency: Case Western Reserve University, Metro Health Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
Practicing Since: 1986
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2000

Heidi Cohen, MD, FAAP

Dr. Cohen is equally comfortable treating a minor cold to major medical trauma. Her level of confidence and spunk puts the patients and parents at ease no matter the reason for the appointment.
Medical School: State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY
Pediatric Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics Board Certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Practicing Since: 1990
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2005

Sara Connolly, MD, FAAP

Dr. Connolly brings a cheer and enthusiasm to each visit with her bright smile and gentle spirit. She serves her patients with the utmost professionalism and dignity and believes this is the only way to practice medicine.
Medical School: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Pediatric Residency: University of Miami, Jackson Memorial, Miami, FL
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
Practicing Since: 2006
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2009

Mackenzie Dailey, MD, FAAP

Dr. Dailey loves being a pediatrician because she believes it is the ultimate preventative medicine.  She loves that she has the opportunity guide parents to raise their children with a healthy lifestyle so they may one day be happy, healthy adults.  With a special interest in breastfeeding, nutrition, and obesity, Dr. Dailey finds her work to be extremely rewarding.
Medical School: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Pediatric Residency: Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
Practicing Since: 2009
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2013

Paul Abreu, MD, FAAP

Dr. Paul Abreu comes from 25 years of private solo practice in New Jersey. His interests are in infectious diseases , sports medicine,  asthma and dermatology.
Medical School: Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Pediatric Residency: Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, New Jersey
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
Practicing Since: 1989
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2014

Carrie Stucken, MD, FAAP

Dr. Stucken loves being a pediatrician.  She enjoys helping her patients grow from tiny babies into confident, competent young adults. She is very excited to be a part of the Pediatric Partners family and looks forward to building strong and lasting relationships with her patients and their families. She is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.
Medical School:
Boston University School of Medicine  Boston, MA Pediatric
Residency: Boston Children's Hospital (Harvard University) and Boston Medical Center (Boston University)  Boston, MA
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
Practicing Since: 2007
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2016








Nurse
Practitioners

Teri Sherrin, MSN, ARNP

 

 

Teri is passionate about wellness and health, and believes strongly that this is achieved through excellent nutrition and regular exercise. Teri facilitates positive parent-child relationships by educating parents about normal child development and behavior.
Undergraduate: Boston University, Boston, MA
Graduate School: University of Miami, Miami, FL
Specialty: Developmental Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Practicing Since: 1980
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2010

Luz Gomez, MSN, ANRP, PNP-BC

 

Luz is a dedicated and driven NP who utilizes her E.R. experience and bilingual expertise to provide parents with lifelong skills on health education and illness prevention.  She enjoys being part of the Pediatric Partners family and hopes to follow the development of the newborn babies up to adulthood.
Undergraduate: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Graduate School: Florida International University, Miami, FL
Specialty Board: American Nurses Credentialing Center
Practicing Since: 2012
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2012

 

 

 

Monika Pis, PhD, CPNP

Monika is a pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in pediatric primary care with a doctoral degree in health promotion and risk reduction.  She believes that prevention is the best medicine, so she teaches her patients healthy lifestyle habits since birth.  Monika enjoys holistic approach to pediatrics and working with the parents and children in a team to get the best health results.  She loves to talk with children and make them smile. Her interests: nutrition, preventive and functional medicine.
Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Graduate School: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Doctoral Studies: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Certifications: Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
Practicing Since: 2003
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2013

 

 

Marilyn Barnett, ARNP

The most fulfilling part of working with Pediatric Partners is knowing that I get to make a true impact on a child's life on a daily basis.

Undergraduate: Nova Southeastern University
Graduate School: Nova Southeastern University
Certifications: ANCC, FNP-BC
Graduated: 2016
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2017

 

Frantzie Michel, APRN, MSN, FNP
Frantzie enjoys traveling, learning about different cultures, practices and foods
She doesn’t have a particular hobby per se but likes learning different languages.
Undergraduate: Barry University
Graduate School: Nova Southeastern University
Specialty: Family-focused care
Practicing Since: 2018
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2018

 

 

 







Behavioral Health Team

Raquel Anderson, EdD, LMHC, NCC

 

 

Dr. Anderson firmly believes that an individual's mental health and physical health interacts with and impacts each other. Because of this she works closely with the pediatricians to treat the whole person, dealing with the behavioral, emotional and mental health issues our patients can struggle with from time to time.
Undergraduate: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Graduate School: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Doctoral Studies: Argosy University, Sarasota, FL
Certifications: Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of Florida National Certified Counselor, National Board of Certified Counselors
Practicing Since: 1999
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2003

 

Ruthie Bunkelmann, MSW, LCSW

 

Ruthie is our developmental specialist.  As the parent of a special needs child herself, Ruthie understands how the services children and families receive can profoundly impact and improve the overall quality of their lives.  She is excited to work with our patients and families to accomplish this goal.
Undergraduate: Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL
Graduate School: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Florida
Practicing since: 1989
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2013

 

 

Paola Herrera, MD

 

Behavioral Health Clinical Coordinator

Medical School: Carabobo University, Maracay Venezuela
Pediatric Residency: Carabobo University, Hospital Central de Maracay, Venezuela
Certification: Venezuela Board of Pediatrics
Graduated: 2009
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2015







Office Staff

Business & Billing Manager

Name: Dale Turner

Favorite Part of the Job: Interacting with the staff
Joined Pediatric Partners: 1998

 

 

Clinical Coordinator

Name: Caitlin Wells, BSN, RN

Favorite Part of the Job: Working in a pediatric setting is the best part of my job. I love interacting and helping children of all ages. I'm constantly inspired by our patients and staff!
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2012

 

 

Charge Nurse

Name: Sue Davenport, LPN

Favorite Part of the Job: I love getting feedback from the patients and families I've helped. I love learning from my co-workers. Teamwork makes the dreamwork! 
Joined Pediatric Partners:
2017

Triage Nurses & Care Coordinators

Name: Nancy Lyskowski, RN

Favorite Part of the Job: Interacting with parents. I love to teach wellness! As our Lactation Consultant, I can assist you in any issues you may encounter breast feeding.
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2002

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Name: Katie Costilo, RN

Favorite Part of the Job: My favorite part of my job is having the opportunity to connect and establish relationships with patients and their parents.
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2004

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Name: Kristen Tamburro, RN

Favorite Part of the Job:I love being available quickly for parents that have concerns or just health questions about their kiddos.
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2008

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Name: Marianne Gittelmacher, RN

Favorite Part of the Job: I enjoy educating parents about their children’s medical issues and growth and development concerns. It is a privilege to serve our patients and families.
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2018

Referral Coordinator

Name: Joann Page

Favorite Part of the Job: Helping families get their referrals in a fast and efficient manner!
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2011