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.

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.

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.

Shaquan Chambliss-Huggins, Ph.D, APRN

Shaquan Chambliss-Huggins, Ph.D, APRN is the Director of Population Health and Integrative Services at Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI). Joined in 2016, she also serves as Vice President of the Health Professional Staff and as a family medicine and behavioral health practitioner who services all CHI health centers within Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

Chambliss-Huggins attended Florida Memorial University for undergraduate studies. She also holds a PhD in Health and Human Services, Doctor of Clinical Practice with an emphasis in Business Administration and Management.  She obtained an Advance Practitioner degree from Purdue University.

Chambliss-Huggins’s bedside manner is second to none. Her patients truly appreciate that she is focused on them and that she utilizes a holistic approach. She strives to provide comprehensive, competent, and caring healthcare services to her patients.

She has accepted many awards and recognitions within the community. She was named March of Dimes Student Provider of the Year, South Florida’s Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential People, as well as South Florida’s Top Black Healthcare Professional. However, she considers her most important award to be the privilege of being a mom and wife.

Since childhood, Chambliss-Huggins was committed to entering the medical field. With a passion for helping the less fortunate, she fosters a deep commitment to educate and treat individuals for both their mental health needs as well as their physical health.

Born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL, Chambliss-Huggins remains committed to the community she grew up in. She loves spending time with her family and friends in her hometown. Chambliss-Huggins regularly volunteers her time as a Member of Jack and Jill of America, NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta Inc., and Order of Eastern Stars.

Luis Gerardo Martinez MD

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Dr. Luis Martinez is a Family Medicine physician at Community Health of South Florida’s Tavernier Health Center. He earned his medical degree at the University of Costa Rica and went on to study Obstetrics and Gynecology at State University of New York at Brooklyn Health Center.

After completing his education, he established and held a private practice for several years in Indiana where he also practiced as a successful cosmetic surgeon.

Originally born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Dr. Martinez returned to Florida in 2018 to continue his medical practice as a doctor at CHI.  He has a passion for providing quality care to individuals that are underserved in the community. ‘

“I believe in what Community Health of South Florida, Inc. represents and hope that my broad knowledge can assist those in need,” he said.

When he is not practicing medicine, Dr. Martinez enjoys spending time with his family.

Lorilee Graham, CNM

Lorilee Graham, APRN, is a highly skilled nurse and midwife with more than 25 years of experience in obstetrics and gynecology. She is a graduate of the Northern Caribbean University School of Nursing in Mandeville, Jamaica. She started her tenure at CHI when she joined the program at the Brodes H. Hartley Jr. Teaching Health Center. Since then, she has worked closely with high-risk antepartum patients. Graham worked for Baptist Health System in the labor and delivery unit. She enjoyed assisting, teaching and encouraging families in the care of expectant mothers.

Lorilee is a member of the Association of Women’s Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses Organization (AWHONN), the American College of Nurse-Midwife Organization (ACNM) and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. In her spare time, she loves to read a good mystery book, watch old English movies, enjoys traveling, spending time with family, exercising and now has recently taken up cycling as a new hobby.

Taalibah Ahmed, MD

Dr. Taalibah Ahmed is a graduate of Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee, Florida. Her academic studies started at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where she graduated with honors and received her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Dr. Ahmed completed her residency at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, serving as the Administrative Chief Resident during her senior year.

As an obstetrician-gynecologist, she has a special clinical interest in high-risk obstetrics, pediatric and adolescent gynecology, reproductive endocrinology and fertility. She is experienced in routine gynecologic procedures with a special interest in minimally invasive procedures including operative hysteroscopy and vaginal hysterectomy.

Dr. Gerald Pierre

Gerald Pierre, MD

Dr. Gerald Pierre, who joined CHI in 2005, is a provider in CHI’s Women’s Services.  He is also a faculty member in the OB/GYN Practice Program in the Brodes H. Hartley Jr. Teaching Health Center at CHI. Having previously taught at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine’s OB/GYN Department, where he received the 1985 Teacher of the Year award, Dr. Pierre is looking forward to returning to teaching.

After completing a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bard College in upstate New York, Dr. Pierre earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. He later went on to Executive MBA Studies at the University of Central Florida.  Dr. Pierre completed an internship in obstetrics/gynecology at Hubbard Hospital before going on to his residency, also in obstetrics/gynecology, at Vanderbilt University, both in Nashville. Following his residency, he was the clinical director and director of OB/GYN at Community Health Services Inc. in Hartford, Conn. He then worked in private practice in Bloomfield, Conn.

Dr. Pierre is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Health Services Corps.  Actively involved in the community, he previously served as a board member and treasurer of the Nap Ford Community Charter School. He is fluent in English, French and Creole and has a working knowledge of Spanish.