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Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health has the following good news to share:

Nerida Nieves, APRN
  • Nerida Nieves, APRN, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner at the Gateway location. Ms. Nieves earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Chamberlain College of Nursing and her Master of Science degree in Nursing-Family, at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Jasmine Nazirbage, APRN
  • Jasmine Nazirbage, APRN, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Nurse Practitioner at the Bannasch Institute of Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. Ms. Nazirbage earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Florida Southern College in Lakeland and her Master of Science degree in Nursing at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Joan Hou, MD
  • Joan Hou, MD, MSc, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Physiatrist, seeing patients at Grasslands Campus as well as at the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine at Lakeland Regional Health Medical CEnter. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by the American Board Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and also fellowship trained in Traumatic Brain Injury at Virginia Commonwealth University/Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Hou earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Peking Union Medical University/Shanxi Medical University in China and her Master of Science degree in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Dr. Hou completed her Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Amanda R. Dailey, MD
  • Amanda R. Dailey, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Family Medicine Physician at the Grasslands Campus. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, and completed her Family Medicine Residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Dailey is also fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine from the University of South Florida.
Zachary Boucher, MD
  • Zachary Boucher, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a General Surgeon, seeing patients at the Grasslands Campus. Dr. Boucher earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, and completed his Residency in General Surgery at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Joseph Pullara, MD
  • Joseph Pullara, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Psychiatrist, seeing patients at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. Dr. Pullara earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten and completed his Psychiatry residency at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
Rebecca Schwartzberg, PhD
  • Rebecca Schwartzberg, PhD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Psychologist, seeing patients at the Grasslands Campus. Dr. Schwartzberg earned her Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Kentucky and completed her internship at the Southwest Consortium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Schwartzberg then completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Chemical Dependency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Pranav Patel, MD
  • Pranav Patel, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Hospitalist at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. Dr. Patel earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Pramukhswami Medical College in Karamsad, India, and completed his Residency in Pulmonology at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York, and his Fellowship in Pulmonary Critical Care at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Patel is board certified in Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Stephanie Kaplan, DO
  • Stephanie Kaplan, DO, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Hospitalist at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. Dr. Kaplan earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at Palmetto General Hospital in Miami, Florida. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine.
John Cunneen, MD
  • John Cunneen, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Physiatrist at the Grasslands Campus. Dr. Cunneen earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, and completed his Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is fellowship trained in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine from the University of South Florida and is certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Yasser Shahrour, MD
  • Yasser Shahrour, MD, earned his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Damascus University School of Medicine in Damascus, Syria. He completed his Residency in Neurology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and his fellowship in Epilepsy at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Dr. Shahrour is certified in Neurology and Epilepsy by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Rany Ahmad, APRN
  • Rany Ahmad, APRN, earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Polk State College in Lakeland and his Master of Science in Nursing degree at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Mr. Ahmad is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Lauren Martinez, DO
  • Lauren Martinez, DO, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Hospitalist at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. Dr. Martinez earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania, and completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at HCA Healthcare/USF Morsani College of Medicine at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Florida.
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