Catherine Amble, MD

Dr. Catherine Amble is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She graduated from UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Amble’s academic studies started at Dartmouth College where she graduated with high honors in Neuroscience and a minor in Public Policy. She then went on to complete her residency at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, serving as the Administrative Chief Resident during her senior year.

As an obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Amble has a special interest in family planning, adolescent gynecology, and gynecologic surgery. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, running and traveling with her husband.

Onyinye Anyakudo, APRN

Onyinye Anyakudo is a Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 15 years of experience in the medical field. She obtained her associate degree in nursing from Miami Dade college in 2008 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the same college in 2014. She has over 10 years’ experience as an ICU nurse as well as 2 years’ experience as an emergency room nurse at Homestead Hospital.

Onyinye Obtained a master’s degree in nursing from Barry University as a Family Nurse practitioner in 2018 and later proceeded to Florida International University to become a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner in 2022.

She has worked as a cardiology nurse practitioner at Baptist Hospital and as an internal medicine nurse practitioner at Homestead Hospital. She is a compassionate and an empathetic provider who places the safety of her patients as her topmost priority.

Her interest is working in the community and caring for the underserved. She is a member of the NAACP South Dade branch and has been involved in several community and religious health fairs. On her free time, she loves to exercise, read and travel.

Ayita Verna, MD

Dr. Ayita Verna is a board-certified Gynecologist and is dedicated to empowering her patients through every stage of life by providing personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based medical care. She is a compassionate and highly motivated physician who is dedicated to providing comprehensive women’s healthcare services in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

When you choose Dr Verna as your Obstetrician-Gynecologist, you are choosing a dedicated and compassionate healthcare partner who will guide you through the various stages of your life with expertise and care. She is committed to promoting the well-being and health of women at Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) and beyond.

Dr. Verna completed her high school education at Miami Killian Senior High in 2010 and subsequently completed her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry in 2014 at the University of Miami.

She then completed her medical school training at West Virginia University School of Medicine followed by a rigorous residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami.

Beyond her clinical work, Dr. Verna is actively engaged in community outreach and education where she participates in local initiatives and advocates for women’s health awareness through local health fairs. She also has extensive experience in global health where she has participated in many different health related projects abroad, from Haiti to Rwanda. Dr. Verna embraces the power of cultural diversity. She understands that It’s not only learning about other cultures but being aware of these issues through the lens of different cultures.

Dr. Verna was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Port au Prince, Haiti until the age of 15. Dr. Verna has a passion for traveling with her family and collecting key chains of every country she travels to. She also has an interest in pilates, yoga, meditation and outdoor activities.

Richard Lipscomb Jr., MD

Dr. Richard Lipscomb Jr. is the Dental Director of the Brodes H. Hartley, Jr. Teaching Health Center. He is a general dentist, an international speaker, and a lecturer. Dr. Lipscomb attended Howard University School of Dentistry and Mercyhurst College. He has performed restorative procedures for more than 20 years and placed mini dental implants since 2006. During that time, he has overseen hundreds of cases and has gained the experience to train other doctors on placing mini dental implants and more. Dr. Lipscomb is a Catapult Education speaker and on the editorial advisory board for Dental Products Report. He has written articles and conducted several seminars.

Dr. Lipscomb’s unique dental experience includes private practice and public health service in community health centers. By delivering restorative procedures in a variety of dental environments, he has spent years working with a wide range of resin materials to suit many challenging clinical situations.

His hobbies include fishing, jogging, and the outdoors. He also enjoys attending sporting events.

Bernadette Herrington, CNM

Bernadette Herrington is a nurse-midwife and APRN at CHI’s Doris Ison Health Center. She completed her Associate degree in nursing at Anne Arundel Community College in 2001. She later earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland in 2003.

Herrington worked as a nurse in critical care for many years, then decided to pursue a career as a nurse-midwife in 2016. She received a master’s in nurse-midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in 2020. After graduate school, Bernadette completed a six-month fellowship at Holy Family Birth Center in Weslaco, TX. She provided care to numerous women at a private clinic in San Antonio and worked at a busy birth center in Killeen, TX.

As a certified nurse-midwife, Herrington cares for women from adolescence to menopause as well as newborn babies. In addition, she enjoys educating and assisting women in caring for themselves and their families. Herrington endorses the midwifery model of care for low-risk pregnant women who desire a natural birth experience.

She currently lives in Miami, FL, and likes to spend her free time cooking, reading, interacting with family and friends, walking and shopping.

Lyndsey Carter, APRN

Lyndsey Carter is an APRN in Pediatrics for Community Health of South Florida’s School-Based Program. In 2017, she graduated from Broward College’s School of Nursing and went on to graduate from Chamberlain University as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2023.

Carter has more than 7 years of combined pediatric acute care experience at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital as a patient care assistant, registered nurse, and an APRN. She received a Daisy Award for her dedication and commitment to her patients in 2023.

Carter’s passion for pediatric healthcare is showcased through her efforts in providing compassionate care to her patients while approaching healthcare with a family-centered approach.

Her spare time is spent with her family, traveling, and visiting Disney.

Julia Ortega

Julia Ortega is a Licensed Behavioral Health Therapist based at CHI’s Key West Health Center. In 2003, she earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Barry University in Miami. She went on to complete her undergraduate studies at Miami Dade College and Florida International University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

A Miami native, Ortega has worked with families impacted by domestic violence in a court and shelter setting. She has also worked for more than ten years for the foster care system in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. In 2013, Julia relocated to Key West where she had the opportunity to work at the island’s psychiatric hospital. She served individuals in the inpatient setting and managed the Intensive Outpatient Program. Prior to joining CHI, Ortega worked with children of military members in schools at the Naval Base in Key West.

For the past 18 years, Ortega has had the opportunity to serve people from various backgrounds across diverse settings and is dedicated to continuing this work, particularly helping those facing adversities. She enjoys providing counseling and therapy as well as support with transitions, advocating and providing guidance to her patients. She is honored to support patients and their loved ones using a strengths-based perspective and empathic approach.

In her free time, Ortega enjoys traveling with her husband, bicycling around the island with their two dogs in tow, tending to her plants and being on the water.

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Melissa Ruiz

Melissa Ruiz, ARNP, is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Doris Ison and Martin Luther King Clinicia Campesina Health Centers.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Miami Dade College, she went on to obtain a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Miami. She is also nationally certfied as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Ruiz has over a decade of obstetrics and gynecology experience. She previously worked at Jackson Health System in the Labor and Delivery unit, and at Miami Dade College as part of the nursing faculty.

Ruiz is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and Sigma Tetha Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Born in Panama and immigrated to Florida, Ruiz is focused on providing culturally sensitive and high-quality healthcare to the South Florida community.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and exploring new places with her husband and children.

Cheryl Holder, MD

Dr. Cheryl L. Holder is a family medicine physician at the Doris Ison Health Center and a Core Faculty member of The Brodes H. Hartley Teaching Health Center.

Dr. Holder is a graduate of Princeton University and George Washington University School of Medicine. She is also is a National Health Service Corp Scholar, Internist, and HIV Specialist. She previously served as Medical Director at a local community health center in Miami. Additionally, Dr. Holder is a member of the National Institutes of Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention review panels. She has dedicated her career to improving health of underserved populations.

In 2009, she joined Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’ faculty, where she taught about the social determinants of health, diversity, and the health impact of climate change. She also was the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity and Community Initiatives.

Dr. Holder’s leadership roles include organizations such as president of Florida State Medical Association, Founder and Co-Chair of Florida Clinicians for Climate Action and Co-chair of Miami Dade Heat Health Task Force. In spare time, she holds a strong passion for addressing climate change and delivered a TED Talk titled “The Link Between Climate Change, Health and Poverty” that gained more than 300,000 views.