Dr. Cindy Cork

 Dr. Cindy Cork attended Florida International University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.  In 1998, she graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern College of Optometry in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Over the past two decades, she has worked with clinics in underserved populations, prisons, and colleges, in addition to having her own private practice.  She has also served as an FDA sub-investigator for a surgical procedure to correct presbyopia (the need for reading glasses after age 40).  She is a former instructor at Miami Dade College and Broward College in South Florida, and the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska.  She currently contracts with Miami Lighthouse For The Blind and travels around the state of Florida providing disadvantaged children with much-needed exams and eyewear.

Dr. Cork was born and raised on the island of Jamaica and moved to South Florida with her family at the age of 14. Her passion for philanthropy is expressed in the donation of her time, giving the gift of sight to poverty-stricken people in developing countries in South and Central America, the Caribbean, and especially her native Jamaica.  In Alaska, she provided free eye care services to the women and children who were victims of domestic violence.

She is an active member of the Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions Club and the National Optometric Association.  She is a contributing author of several Amazon best-selling books and is published in the Journal of Chromatography.

Dr. Cork enjoys educating others about healthy living and is a frequent lecturer at the Annual International Integrative Healthcare and Holistic Iridology Congress.  She also teaches an online Anatomy course with the goal of helping people understand how their bodies function so they can be an active participant in their own health.

Dr. Mithun Mathew

Dr. Mithun Mathew earned his undergraduate degree and medical degree at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. He grew up in India and moved to Florida with his family as a teenager.

He is passionate about building long lasting relationships with his patients and giving back to the community. He is excited to work and train at CHI. It gives him an opportunity to give back to the South Florida community that welcomed him and gave him the opportunity to pursue his dreams.

During his free time, he enjoys playing volleyball and pickle ball. He also likes to travel and spend time with his friends and family.

Dr. Jamal Nawaz

Dr. Jamal Nawaz attended Fullerton College for two years before deciding to go to medical school at Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Raised in Southern California, psychiatry has always been a fascinating subject for Dr. Nawaz. He sees psychiatry as the intersection of medicine where the soul connects with the mind and the body.

In his spare time, he enjoys basketball, comedy shows, concerts, video games and spending time with his family.

Dr. Ferial Lombard

Dr. Ferial Lombard earned a medical degree from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran. Most recently she graduated from the Transitional Year Program at Hackensack University Medical Center – Palisades Medical Center in New Jersey.

Dr. Lombard always knew that she wanted to be a psychiatrist. From my early adolescence, she was captivated by the workings of the human mind, which led her to choose psychiatry. She wholeheartedly believes that psychiatric well-being is the key to unlocking happiness and vitality in our lives. Mental well-being forms the cornerstone for individuals to construct fulfilling and purposeful lives.

Aside from medicine, Dr. Lombard is passionate about animal rights and welfare. She owns two loving and mischievous cats. In her free time, she enjoys solving jigsaw puzzles and exploring new places and trying new restaurants with family and friends.

Dr. Thaimy Del Prado

Dr. Thaimy Del Prado attended medical school at St. Georges University and earned her undergraduate degree from Florida International University.

Dr. Del Prado was exposed to medicine from a young age as both of her parents are physicians. She always felt a passion for psychiatry. At a young age, she had first-hand experience with obsessive compulsive disorder and cherishes the impact her psychiatrist had on influencing her life for the better. It was through this experience that she learned that her true calling in life was to help others.

Born in Cuba, and raised in Miami, FL, Dr. Del Prado hopes to influence and make a real change in her patient’s lives. She works hard to improve their quality of life through mental health care.

Dr. Marnelle B. Chery

Dr. Marnelle B. Chery earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the American University of Antigua and completed her undergraduate studies at The University of South Florida.

 While completing her clinical rotations, she became fascinated with the intricate complexities of the human mind and the impact that mental health has on individuals. The ability to form meaningful connections with patients and help them navigate their emotional well-being inspired Dr. Chery to dedicate her career to this field.

As a first-generation Haitian American, Dr. Chery embraces her cultural heritage and understands the unique challenges faced by immigrant communities. This has fueled her determination to bridge gaps in mental healthcare and advocate for equitable access to treatment for all individuals.

Born in the vibrant city of Miami, Dr. Chery cherishes her work to help patients live their best lives.

Dr. Gail Brooks

Dr. Gail Brooks obtained her medical degree from American University of Antigua College of Medicine and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Merced, in biological sciences.

Her passion for psychiatry started at a young age when she saw the effects that mental health had on patients and their families. She was fascinated with how psychiatrists were able to heal the mind. Dr. Brooks made it her life goal to help others.

Originally from Manteca, California in the Central Valley, Dr. Brooks enjoyed living in Antigua for medical school and is excited about now living in South Florida. She loves that it is a perfect mix between her home state of California and island living in Antigua. Dr. Brooks is very excited to call South Florida and CHI her new home as a resident.

Dr. Haleema Wahla

Dr. Haleema Wahla attended California State University, Sacramento where she received a B.A. in Biological Sciences and a medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine. Mental health has always fascinated Dr. Wahla, and she nurtured that fascination by participating in mentorship programs during her MSA, enrolling in various related courses during her undergrad career.

Born and raised in sunny Northern California, she hopes to rid the stigma of mental illnesses through her work as a physician. It was important to Dr. Wahla to join a residency program with a diverse patient population so that she can understand her patient’s unique struggles.

Dr. Russell Spotnitz, MD

Dr. Russell Spotnitz graduated from Emory University and proceeded to attend the University of Florida College of Medicine in his hometown of Gainesville, FL. While in medical school, Dr. Spotnitz participated in the Equal Access Clinic to provide free medical care to underserved populations in the Gainesville area. As a medical student, Dr. Spotnitz observed how mental health issues and medical disease frequently intermingle to complicate treatment.

Dr. Spotnitz was acquainted with the world of medicine from an early age. His interest in the field blossomed during his time in college. While attending Emory University, Dr. Spotnitz was a member of the school’s Global Medical Brigades chapter.

The opportunity to train at CHI in the Psychiatry Residency felt like the perfect fit for Dr. Spotnitz. He is excited to be a part of the CHI family and work with his patients to help them achieve their full mental health potential.

Dr. Jenny Parra, MD

Dr. Jenny Parra was born and raised in Cuba. She completed her medical studies at the University of Havana. Upon graduating from medical school, she completed her residency in family medicine. As a primary care physician, she worked for underserved communities as part of the Cuban Community Medicine Program in Cuba and Venezuela.

Her decision to pursue Psychiatry arose from her affinity for listening to patients’ stories, as well as learning about their cultural backgrounds. She found it inspiring to witness the improvement of patients deeply affected by mental illness, who recovered their normal functioning after receiving the appropriate therapy.

In her spare time, she likes to read and travel. Recently, Dr. Parra discovered an unknown passion for growing orchids and loves to spend her time learning about these plants.