In addition, he is the Medical Director of the Health Choice Network (HCN), a horizontally integrated health care delivery system.As CHI’s Chief Medical Officer, he is responsible for the oversight and direction of the center’s clinical programs and services including primary and specialty services, pharmacy, laboratory, health information management and radiology.
Dr. Amofah chairs CHI’s Performance Improvement Council, coordinates CHI’s accreditation activities and is an ambulatory care surveyor for the Joint Commission.As HCN’s Medical Director, Dr. Amofah’s responsibilities include guidance and support to its care management programs, quality improvement program and electronic health record (EHR) activities.
As a Bureau of Primary Health Care Health Disparities Collaboratives clinical scholar, Dr. Amofah has made significant contributions to and presented at national gatherings on the sustaining and spreading of gains in chronic disease care. Additionally, Dr. Amofah has presented at local, state and national levels on the benefits and challenges of utilization of EHRs.Dr. Amofah is board certified in internal medicine, is an HIV specialist, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and is certified in risk management, managed care, and healthcare quality and management. He obtained his MBA with specialization in health services administration from the University of Miami and earned his medical degree from the University of Ghana Medical School.
When the White House wants guidance on how to address disparities in the health care of underserved minority populations, it turns to Dr. Amofah. He has gone to Washington, D.C., multiple times to serve as a subject expert in health care.
Dr. Philippe got hooked on helping people in underserved communities after graduating from the State University Medical School of Haiti in 1984. She discovered this passion when she was completing a one-year requirement in a disadvantaged area in Haiti. To further her goals, she pursued her studies at Yale University where she obtained a master’s degree in public health in 1986.
After working for a short period of time at the New York State Department of Health, Dr. Philippe returned to Haiti in 1987 to work as the Medical Director in the Albert Schweitzer Hospital’s Community Health Department.
In 1990, she served as the National Coordinator for the Haitian Ministry of Public Health’s Maternal and Child Health Program. Soon after, she joined the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization and was actively involved with its national immunization program.
In 1995, Dr. Philippe returned to the United States and enrolled at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as a fellow in a National Institute on Drug Abuse-sponsored program in epidemiology and prevention of substance abuse. Following graduation, she was accepted as a resident in the family medicine program at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1999. A board-certified family medicine practitioner, Dr. Philippe completed her residency training in 2002 and then worked as an attending physician and preceptor at Jackson Memorial Hospital. In 2005, she joined CHI as an attending physician and as the medical director for its school-based health program. She is fluent in English, French and Creole, with a proficiency in Spanish. Dr. Philippe enjoys her work as a provider at CHI where she can work with underserved communities and different ethnic groups. She has an interest in HIV/AIDS and youth development programs.
She enjoys reading, classical guitar music and community activities.
Dr. Tamara Wright, who joined CHI in January 2017, is a family medicine physician at Martin Luther King Jr. Clinica Campesina Health Center. She is also the Associate Program Director in the Family Practice Program of the Brodes H. Hartley Jr. Teaching Health Center at CHI.
She was inspired to enter the medical field by her mother’s passion and dedication as a registered nurse. Her younger brother, also inspired by their mother, became a physician.
In 1990, Dr. Wright graduated from Lugansk Medical Institute in Lugansk, Ukraine, where she was born and raised. For several years, she practiced as a cardiologist in the Acute Cardiac Unit at the First Hospital in Lugansk.
Dr. Wright moved to the United States and started her journey to practice medicine in a new country. She completed her residency at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia, in 2006. Dr. Wright is board certified in Family Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She enjoys reading, traveling, music and most of all, spending time with her family.
South Florida, Inc. (CHI) Brodes H. Hartley Jr. Teaching Health Center.
She wears many leadership hats in her role. She is responsible for the education and training of residents, medical students and allied health professional through the implementation of a curriculum that addresses ACGME’s core competencies.
Dr. Redwood has worked on multiple quality improvement projects with CHI residents including: how to address medication adherence as well as patient safety and improvement.
Dr. Redwood is a graduate Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. She then moved to Miami and completed her Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency at University of Miami Hospital/Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she was a Resident Clinic Director.
Brodes H. Hartley, Jr. Teaching Health Center. Dr. Mudon earned a B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Spanish from the University of Denver and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Science Education from Lehman College. Dr. Mudon is also a graduate of A.T. Still University: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is the recipient of the Doris Ison Award for being involved in several health fairs, outreach activities demonstrating a strong interest to the THC mission at Community Health of South Florida, Inc. She graduated as Chief Resident of the Family Medicine residency program in 2020.
Dr. Mudon was born with a rare metabolic condition known as Phenylketonuria. She grew up in a rural community in Western Colorado, and much of her healthcare as a child was available only by traveling halfway across the state to Denver. From a very young age, she learned the critical importance of providing healthcare to rural and underserved communities. Serving communities and providing compassionate and quality care has been her lifelong calling as a physician.
Dr. Mudon has lived in South Florida for several years, and she especially loves Miami’s amazing cuisine and cortaditos. She also enjoys traveling home to her family during Colorado’s snowy winters, cooking at home and binge-watching BBC series.
Dr. Manuel A. Garcia is the Program Director for the Psychiatry Program at Community Health of South Florida Inc.’s Teaching Health Center.
Dr. Garcia wanted to be a doctor as long as he could remember, recalling that medicine had always been a part of his life. He would often accompany his father, who was in orthopedics, on his medical rounds.
“The dedication I saw in my father further heightened my desire to become a doctor and helped me truly understand the significance of the medical profession,” Garcia said. He received his medical degree in 1993 from The Higher Institute of Medical Sciences in Cuba. Upon arriving to the United States in 1996, he studied English at Miami Dade Community College and also began the arduous task of revalidating his medical degree.
During this time he also worked as a mental health counselor, which cemented his love for psychiatry and propelled him to specialize in it. “I feel psychiatry truly challenges me,” he said. Following meeting his wife and starting a family, he moved with them to New York City to begin his residency in psychiatry at Metropolitan Hospital in 2006. After finishing his second year, he was able to transfer back to Miami to complete his residency in psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2010.
Upon graduating, he worked at various community centers and outpatient centers as well as Jackson Memorial Hospital. He joined CHI in August of 2011. In January of 2013, Dr. Garcia became board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Garcia feels that he is very fortunate to have been able to pursue his dream as a psychiatrist. “My goal is to be able to provide patients with my services, the knowledge that I have acquired and the utmost quality of care and to maintain my faithfulness to the Hippocratic Oath,” he said.Dr. Garcia enjoys spending his spare time with his family and friends
Dr. Riveron wanted to be a doctor as early as his childhood and adolescent years. He was exposed to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder firsthand. After medical school in 2012, Dr. Riveron did an observership at University of Miami Hospital in Psychiatry. He began his residency in Psychiatry at Larkin Community Hospital in 2014, where he completed his training in 2018. Upon graduating from residency, he joined the Brodes H. Hartley, Jr., Teaching Health Center at Community Health of South Florida, Inc – Doris Ison Medical Center in July of 2018. In December of 2018, Dr. Riveron became board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Riveron feels that he is very privileged to have been able to pursue his dream as a psychiatrist. “I hope to have the passion and dedication to provide my patients with the utmost respect and time necessary to create a better life for them and their families.” he said. Dr. Riveron enjoys playing competitive tennis among other sports, spending time with family and closest friends.
Dr. Cristina Colon Del Toro is a highly skilled and empathetic psychiatrist with experience with an ethnically diverse population. She also has extensive experience in child development and behavior. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she went to medical school in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and came back to her birth country to complete her psychiatry residency program.
During her residency she decided to apply for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship in Puerto Rico, where she served during the last year as Chief Fellow. She loves to work with children as it gives her the opportunity to help them early in life. Dr. Colon del Toro participated in research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry where she studied bullying and the perception of sport performance in adolescent athletes in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Colon Del Toro has the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certification for both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Howard Pratt brings a unique perspective to pediatric psychiatry. He was once a middle and elementary school teacher and understands the challenges that children have in the classroom. He is a graduate of Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. A native of Orange County, California, he moved to Florida to pursue his career in psychiatry and give back to the community.
He started at CHI in 2014 doing his residency at CHI’s Brodes H. Hartley Jr. Teaching Health Center while he also completed his fellowship at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in child and adolescent psychiatry. Originally on track to become a surgeon, Dr. Pratt was drawn into the field of mental health. While treating those traumatized students, Dr. Pratt had his first intense experience with the value of sound mental health in our society. Today, Dr. Pratt remains deeply devoted to mitigating the mental health challenges our community continues to face.