Directors

Biographies of our Directors and Faculty Members

Colonel Brodes H. Hartley Jr. | President and CEO

Brodes-H.-Hartley,-Jr.President-&-CEOFor more than 30 years, Colonel Brodes H. Hartley Jr. has been the President and CEO of Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI), a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers. Under his leadership, CHI has grown to include 10 health centers and 42 school-based centers.

Mr. Hartley believes in an integrated approach to health care: primary care, pediatrics, behavioral health, dental, pharmacy, radiology and more, all under one roof. Patients in Coconut Grove all the way down to Marathon in the Keys have access to convenient, quality health care, even for the uninsured.He is a founding member of the Health Choice Network and serves as chairman of the boards of Health Choice Network Inc. and Health Choice Network of Florida.Mr. Hartley received his bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University and his master’s degree in hospital administration from Baylor University.

He served 26 years in the Army Medical Services Corps, including assignments as Executive Officer, 93rd Evacuation Hospital, Republic Vietnam; U.S. Army Hospital, Camp Zama, Japan; U.S. Army Hospital, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; and Nurnberg Army Hospital, West Germany.

Blake Hall Executive | Chief Operating Officer

Blake-Hall,-MBAChief-Operating-OfficerBlake Hall has climbed the success ladder at Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI) since his start in 2005.  He began working at the nonprofit health company as the director of planning and development and was later promoted to Executive Vice President. In 2013, the company grew by more than 30 percent, in part, because of Mr. Hall’s success in writing grants and having them approved for millions of dollars.

His work helped to secure the funding for CHI’s Marathon Health Center that opened in 2007. But in 2013 and 2014, his efforts also contributed to the opening of new centers in South Miami, Coconut Grove and Tavernier.He graduated from the intensive Health Care Executive Program at UCLA. Mr. Hall also has an MBA from Clark Atlanta University and received his bachelor’s degree in communications at Georgia Southern University.

Mr. Hall has received numerous national, state and local awards. Active in the community, he volunteers his time as a grant reviewer for Miami Dade Cultural Affairs for Arts Programs. Mr. Hall was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer of CHI.  All of this is on top of being a dedicated husband and father to a little boy and newborn twins of one boy and one girl.

Saint Anthony Amofah, MD | Chief Medical Officer and Chief Academic Officer

St.-Anthony-Amofah,MD,-MBA,-CHCQMChief-Medical-OfficerDr. Saint Anthony Amofah is the Chief Medical Officer at the Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI), where he is also the Chief Academic Officer for the Teaching Health Center.

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.

Susan Manella | DOGME Director & Program Director for Family Practice

Susan MDr. Susan Manella is the Director of Graduate Medical Education, the Program Director for Family Practice and the Clinical Director at Community Health of South Florida Inc.’s Teaching Health Center.

Dr. Manella is board certified in family medicine by the American College of Osteopathic General Practitioners. Practicing family medicine in Broward County, Florida, since 1987, she emphasizes preventative medicine, non-surgical weight loss and lifestyle modification. 

Dr. Manella earned her undergraduate degree in pre-medicine at Penn State University in 1978 and her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1983. She completed a family practice residency at the now Nova Southeastern University in 1985. Dr. Manella has also held a position of associate clinical professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Notwithstanding an active private practice, Dr. Manella is involved in numerous community and professional organizations including:  Associate Clinical Professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Past Trustee of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, former Vice President of education at B’nai Aviv Synagogue, and former Women’s Division Chairwoman of the Jewish Federation of Broward Weston Division

Molrine Tracey | Chief and Program Directorof OB/GYN

3056Dr. Molrine Tracey is the Chief of the OB/GYN Practice Program of Community Health of South Florida Inc.’s Teaching Health Center. Dr. Tracey has been with CHI since 2009. Three years later she was promoted to Medical Director for obstetrics and gynecology. 

A native Jamaican, Dr. Tracey relocated with her family to the United States and began to pursue her dream of becoming a physician.  She matriculated into the University of Miami where she received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology.

She has always been extremely passionate about the health and physical welfare of women and for 18 years made a positive impact as a cytotechnologist, which is the microscopic interpretation of cells to detect cancer and other abnormalities.With her insatiable desire to be more impactful as a hands-on clinician, Dr. Tracey went on to fulfill her lifelong calling as a doctor of medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

She later completed her obstetrics/gynecology residency at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia.  In addition to her traditional degrees, Dr. Tracey also holds an MBA from Florida International University, as well as a master’s degree in biomedical science from Barry University in Miami.  When she is not busy helping patients, Dr. Tracey enjoys reading, playing the piano, and a good game of tennis. She also loves to travel and spend time participating in church activities

Manuel A. Garcia, MD | Program Director for Psychiatry Program

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

Robert Johnson, DDS | Program Director for General Dentistry

Robert-B.-Johnson,-DDSDirector-of-Dental-ServicesDr. Robert Johnson is the Program Director of Advanced Education in General Dentistry at The Brodes Hartley Jr. Teaching Health Center at CHI. He has been Director of Dental Services at Community Health of South Florida Inc. since 1986.

A native of Virginia, Dr. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. He obtained his dentistry degree in 1983 from Howard University College of Dentistry. While there, he was awarded a National Health Service Corps Scholarship, a program designed to provide health care professionals to work in underserved areas of the United States. 

After completing a dental residency at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Washington, D.C., he was assigned to CHI in 1985 as a staff dentist. For 21 years, he also was a member of the JMH Public Health Trust staff in Miami.Dr. Johnson is active in a multitude of professional and civic organizations including the Community Action Agency of Dade County’s Health Advisory Committee and the Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership’s Dental Committee.

He is member of the Migrant Clinicians Network, the National Network of Oral Health Access and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society. He has also been recognized as a distinguished member of the Miami Dade Dental Society, Community Smiles and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

Carlos Salgado, MD | Interim Program Director for Psychiatry Residency Program

Carlos-DelgadoDr. Carlos Salgado is a psychiatrist who works with children, adolescents, and families at CHI’s Doris Ison Health Center. He is also Interim Program Director in the Psychiatry Residency Program in The Brodes H. Hartley Jr. Teaching Health Center at CHI.

Dr. Salgado was born and raised in Miami and is a first-generation Nicaraguan-American whose passion for the practice of medicine started at an early age. He was actively involved in volunteer work, going on medical missions from high school through residency training.

This work contributed to his deep-rooted interest in caring for underserved populations. He is fluent in English and Spanish.Dr. Salgado received his medical doctorate from the University of Illinois College Of Medicine. Although he always longed to return to the sunny shores of Miami, he continued moving north to pursue training opportunities at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He completed his internship and residency in psychiatry at Mayo Clinic, and stayed on to complete a child and adolescent fellowship. While at Mayo Clinic he was the recipient of several awards for teaching and excellence in clinical care.

He was involved in curriculum development and teaching of medical students at the Mayo Medical School, as well as nationally through a video teleconferencing project. He served as Chief Resident, which ignited his interest in administrative and coordination of care in medical settings.He pursued advanced training in forensic psychiatry and completed a fellowship at the Yale University Law and Psychiatry Division. While there, he had an opportunity to work with the state of Connecticut Department of Children and Families, and worked with the state and federal court systems.

After being away from “home” for more than a decade, Dr. Salgado moved to Miami with the goal of delivering thorough, comprehensive, and compassionate care to the community of South Florida. His love for medical education will continue as he trains the next generation of psychiatrist through his role in The Brodes H. Hartley Jr. Teaching Health Center at CHI’s Psychiatry Residency Program.

He is also looking forward to reacquainting himself with the great Florida outdoors and exploring with his bicycle, SCUBA diving, and snapping pictures along the way

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Elizabeth Philippe, MD | Chief of Family Medicine and GME Associate Director

3049Dr. Elizabeth Philippe is the Associate Graduate Medical Education Director of Community Health of South Florida Inc.’s Teaching Health Center. She is also CHI’s Chief of Family Medicine.

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 has the opportunity to 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.

Tamara Wright, MD | Family Practice Program

3051Dr. Tamara Wright is a faculty member in the Family Practice Program of Community Health of South Florida Inc.’s Teaching Health Center. Dr. Wright, who joined CHI in January 2007, is a family physician at CHI’s Martin Luther King Jr. Clinica Campesina Health Center.

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. Promoted to Chief Cardiologist in 1994, Dr. Wright was the first female and youngest person in this position.

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.

Edwin Bosa-Osorio, MD | Family Practice Program

3053Dr. Edwin Bosa-Osorio is a faculty member in the Family Practice Program of Community Health of South Florida Inc.’s Teaching Health Center. Board certified as a family physician by the American Board of Family Medicine, he joined CHI’s Coconut Grove Health Center in June of 2013.

Dr. Bosa, who has a friendly and humorous bedside manner, is passionate about caring for patients of any age and condition. However, he has a specific interest and expertise in the management of patients with HIV. 

Born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico, he moved to the Big Apple to attend New York University. But missing the warmth, he transferred to the University of Miami (UM) where he not only graduated with a bachelor’s degree, but earned his medical degree from the UM School of Medicine in 1983.

He continued on as a Hurricane by completing his residency program in 1986 there in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He couldn’t get away from UM, having taught as an associate professor in both academic and clinical positions. He also held several positions while tenured at the Jessie Trice Community Health Center, including Chief Medical Officer of Clinical Affairs.

Dr. Bosa’s hobbies and special interests include basketball, landscaping and handyman work.

Charles Ross | MD/Family Practice

3054Dr. Charles “Chas” Ross is a faculty member in the family practice program of Community Health of South Florida Inc.’s Teaching Health Center.  He is also the Medical Director for CHI’s Urgent Care Center (UCC).

While Dr. Ross initially thought he would specialize in sports medicine, he has worked almost exclusively in urgent care settings since completing his residency. While his focus remained on caring for the acute ill and injured, he explored several practice settings until joining CHI in early 2013. 

After receiving his medical degree in 2003 from the University of South Florida in Tampa, he completed his family medicine residency in 2006 at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. He earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology from Florida State University. After residency, Dr. Ross was a provider at a small privately owned urgent care center in the suburbs of Tampa. He worked in the emergency room and urgent care center for Veterans Affairs hospitals in Tampa and St. Petersburg.  He also owned and operated a private injury and illness clinic for three years in Plant City, Florida.  In 2012, he closed his practice in order to start a full-time position at the VA clinics in Tampa, providing primary care services exclusively for homeless veterans in the area. 

Dr. Ross brings to CHI the knowledge and experience of providing thorough hands-on care and diagnostic skills with gentle compassion and a genuine interest in helping each patient.  For him it is the chance of providing care for the many different people of Caribbean heritage that drew him to CHI. It was when he spent nine weeks aboard a sailing schooner for a semester-at-sea that he dreamt of one day being an island doctor.

Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Ross worked first as a dolphin trainer and later as a stunt actor for various theme parks in the United States and in Belgium, where he met his French-born wife, Delphine. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children at the many beaches, zoos and water parks around Florida, especially in the Keys where they enjoy fishing, diving and hunting lobsters every summer vacation.

Gerald Pierre, MD | OB/GYN Program

3058Dr. Gerald Pierre is a faculty member in the OB/GYN Practice Program of Community Health of South Florida Inc.’s Teaching Health Center. 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 the Community Health Services Inc. in Hartford, Conn. He then worked in private practice in Bloomfield, Conn., before joining CHI as Medical Director of OB/GYN Services in 2005.

Dr. Pierre is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also a fellow of both the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Health Services Corps.

Dr. Pierre is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also a  fellow of both the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National  Health Services Corps. In July 2014, Dr. Pierre was promoted to the Assistant Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jackson South.

Dr. Pierre has been actively involved in the community, previously serving 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.

Nicole Fields, MD | Chief of Pediatrics & Medical Dir. for School Based Centers

4982Dr. Nicole Fields is the Chief of Pediatrics and Medical Director for School Based Centers at Community Health of South Florida Inc. She is also a faculty member of The Brodes H. Hartley Jr. Teaching Health Center at CHI.

Dr. Fields is dedicated to providing excellent health care to all children especially those with lower socioeconomic status. She specializes in adolescent health, ADHD and children with complicated medical needs.

She attended Hampton University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology/pre-med and with honors with a master’s degree in biomedical science. In 2008, she graduated with honors with her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

She completed her pediatric residency at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, where she was selected as Pediatric Chief Resident for her last year. Board certified in pediatrics, Dr. Fields is also certified in basic life support, pediatric advanced life support and neonatal resuscitation.

Dr. Fields is a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, and the National Health Service Corps. She also has been a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. since 2003.

Dr. Fields has been active in the community, currently volunteering for CHI’s Community Baby Showers and previously serving as a panelist to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She is also a committee member of the South Florida Region Children’s Medical Services Florida Department of Health to improve access to health care in Homestead and Florida City. Her personal interests include traveling, interior decorating, fashion and cooking. She currently resides in Homestead, Florida, with her husband whom she married on Valentine’s Day.

Fabio Paes | MD/Family Practice

5029Dr. Fabio Paes is a faculty member teaching radiology at Community Health of South Florida Inc.’s Teaching Health Center. All residents from the family medicine and OB/GYN programs rotate under his supervision in radiology where they learn techniques, indications and basic interpretative imaging skills.

A native of Brazil, Dr. Paes moved to the United States after he graduated from medical school in 2006 to pursue his dream of becoming a diagnostic radiology specialist. He was accepted into the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine’s program at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he completed his internship in internal medicine followed by a nuclear medicine and diagnostic radiology residency from 2006 until 2013. During this time, he was a chief resident from 2009 to 2010 and earned the Best Resident Performance in Nuclear Medicine Award 2010-2011.

Because he had acquired his medical degree in Brazil where health care is universalized, Dr. Paes was excited to work at CHI where he provides affordable and state-of-the-art imaging services for underserved communities. He understands the importance of imaging modalities such as mammograms, X-rays, CT scans and ultrasound for the overall health and treatment of patients. After his dual board certification in diagnostic radiologist and nuclear medicine, he joined CHI in July 2013 and now runs its Diagnostic Imaging Department. He is a valuable clinician and an important consultant to the clinical staff.

Dr. Paes also lectures and gives board review to the radiology residents at Jackson Memorial Hospital, through the University of Miami. He is fluent in English and Portuguese, with a proficiency in Spanish. When he is not busy teaching residents and helping patients, Dr. Paes enjoys reading, playing soccer and watching basketball. He also loves to travel and spend time with his family.

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