Our Staff

because we care

Our Team.

The entire team at Pediatric Partners, including physicians with over 200 years of combined experience in the medical care of children, all feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to do the work they love, and share a common mission: They desire to make a difference in the lives of children.

See below to learn more about our staff!

Our Physicians

Tommy Schechtman, MD, MSPH, FAAP

Dr. Tommy, as his patients know him, is one of the two founding partners of Pediatric Partners. As a pediatrician, his focus is providing exceptional medical care for all children.  In addition, his practice specializes in providing behavioral and mental health services to all of our patients and their families. He is the former President of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He serves on the volunteer faculty of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics. Also, Dr. Tommy is the medical consultant for the Palm Beach County Schools district's Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program and is a Board Member of the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation.

Dr. Tommy is a dedicated advocate and community leader for children's health and safety issues.

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Pediatric Residency: Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, Houston, TX
Graduate School: University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
Practicing Since: 1986
Founding Partner: 1998





Caron Sanua, MD, FAAP





Dr. Sanua loves being a pediatrician because she is passionate about children. She feels that while healing sick children is the rewarding part of her job, helping parents to nurture their children emotionally, developmentally, and physically, is also extremely gratifying.
Medical School: University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Pediatric Residency: Case Western Reserve University, Metro Health Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
Practicing Since: 1986
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2000





Heidi Cohen, MD, FAAP


Dr. Cohen is equally comfortable treating a minor cold to major medical trauma. Her level of confidence and spunk puts the patients and parents at ease no matter the reason for the appointment.
Medical School: State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY
Pediatric Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics Board Certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Practicing Since: 1990
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2005


Sara Connolly, MD, FAAP

Dr. Connolly brings a cheer and enthusiasm to each visit with her bright smile and gentle spirit. She serves her patients with the utmost professionalism and dignity and believes this is the only way to practice medicine.
Medical School: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Pediatric Residency: University of Miami, Jackson Memorial, Miami, FL
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
Practicing Since: 2006
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2009


Mackenzie Dailey, MD, FAAP

Dr. Dailey loves being a pediatrician because she believes it is the ultimate preventative medicine.  She loves that she has the opportunity guide parents to raise their children with a healthy lifestyle so they may one day be happy, healthy adults.  With a special interest in breastfeeding, nutrition, and obesity, Dr. Dailey finds her work to be extremely rewarding.
Medical School: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Pediatric Residency: Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
Practicing Since: 2009
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2013


Carrie Stucken, MD, FAAP


Dr. Stucken loves being a pediatrician.  She enjoys helping her patients grow from tiny babies into confident, competent young adults. She is very excited to be a part of the Pediatric Partners family and looks forward to building strong and lasting relationships with her patients and their families. She is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.



Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine  Boston, MA
Pediatric Residency: Boston Children's Hospital (Harvard University) and Boston Medical Center (Boston University)  Boston, MA
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
Practicing Since: 2007
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2016


Lorena Frontado, MD, FAAP

Dr. Lorena Frontado, is originally from Venezuela where she graduated from the #1 school of medicine at Universidad Central de Venezuela. She then pursued her passion of becoming a pediatrician after completing her residency at Holtz Children’s Hospital at Miami University. She loves seeing her patients grow and develop while she guides their parents during parenthood to always be the fan #1 of their own children. Dr. Frontado truly believes that an integrative medical approach is essential for her to identify each patient’s different needs and to provide them with unique care. The reason why she promotes mental health throughout each visit. Dr. Frontado joined our practice in early August this year and will be seeing patients at our PBG location on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Medical School: Universidad Central de Venezuela, Escuela Luis Razetti. Caracas, Venezuela.
Pediatric Residency: University of Miami School of Medicine, Holtz Children’s Hospital
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics
Practicing Since: 2021
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2021



Nadia Nagy, MD, FAAP

Dr. Nagy graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine in 2019 and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Arizona and Banner Medical Center in Tuscon, Arizona. She has earned several awards as an outstanding resident educator and facilitator throughout her career.​​​​​​​​
Dr. Nagy loves to interact with patients and make a positive impact on their futures. Outside of work time, Dr. Nagy enjoys playing sports, going to the beach, and spending time with her husband and cat!



Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine, St. George’s Grenada
Pediatric Residency: The University of Arizona and Banner Medical Center, Tuscon, Arizona
Practicing Since: 2022
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2022







Teri Sherrin, MSN, ARNP

Teri is passionate about wellness and health, and believes strongly that this is achieved through excellent nutrition and regular exercise. Teri facilitates positive parent-child relationships by educating parents about normal child development and behavior.
Undergraduate: Boston University, Boston, MA
Graduate School: University of Miami, Miami, FL
Specialty: Developmental Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Practicing Since: 1980
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2010




Monika Pis, PhD, CPNP



Monika is a pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in pediatric primary care with a doctoral degree in health promotion and risk reduction.  She believes that prevention is the best medicine, so she teaches her patients healthy lifestyle habits since birth.  Monika enjoys holistic approach to pediatrics and working with the parents and children in a team to get the best health results.  She loves to talk with children and make them smile. Her interests: nutrition, preventive and functional medicine.
Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Graduate School: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Doctoral Studies: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Certifications: Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
Practicing Since: 2003
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2013


Jason Shull, ARNP



Jason Shull is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who graduated from the Catholic University of America with a Master's in Pediatric Certification. Jason has great clinical acumen and years of experience in the pediatric emergency room. He's committed to comprehensive pediatric patient care.
Undergraduate: Florida International University
Graduate School: Catholic University of America
Certifications: Primary & Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Practicing Since: 2015
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2021


Matthew Davenport, ARNP




Matthew graduated from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and has a Master of Art from Cornell University and a Master of Science from The State University of New Jersey. ​​​His strong clinical knowledge, detail-oriented nature, ability to quickly connect with kids, and compassion, makes him a fantastic addition to the Pediatric Partners' provider team.
Undergraduate: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Graduate School: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey  |  Cornell University
Certifications: ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, FMCSA Certified Medical Examiner,
Practicing Since: 2011
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2022







Suzanne Boyd, ARNP

Suzanne graduated from the University of Miami with a Masters of Science in Nursing & Family Care. She also completed her Doctorate in 2014 at the University of Miami. Throughout Suzanne's entire education journey, pediatrics has been the singular focus! She loves that you can connect and care for kids in fun and silly ways. Suzanne has seen the power of play as a crucial component of pediatric medicine in breaking barriers with patients and parents to help make a true impact as a provider!
Undergraduate: University of Florida in Gainesville, FL
Graduate School: University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL
Certifications: ARNP- Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner by ANCC, RN, ACLS, PALS, BLS
Practicing Since: 2014
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2022











Behavioral Health Team

Paola Herrera, MD





Paola Herrera completed her medical education and pediatric training in Venezuela. She graduated Medical School from Carabobo University and completed her pediatric residency at Hospital Central de Maracay.

Although she is not a practicing pediatrician in the United States, Paola has followed her passion for the care of children by taking a lead role in developing mental health and developmental services within our primary care pediatric practice.

She is our Behavioral Health Clinical Director. Paola leads a team that includes pediatricians, a co-located psychologist, social worker, and case managers.

Our practice is recognized by the NCQA as a level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and was the first practice in the State of Florida to earn NCQA’s Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration.

Medical School: Carabobo University, Maracay Venezuela
Pediatric Residency: Carabobo University, Hospital Central de Maracay, Venezuela
Certification: Venezuela Board of Pediatrics
Graduated: 2009
Job Title: Director of Behavioral Health Department
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2015





Ruthie Bunkelmann, MSW, LCSW

Ruthie is our developmental specialist and social worker.  As the parent of a special needs child herself, Ruthie understands how the services children and families receive can profoundly impact and improve the overall quality of their lives.  She is excited to work with our patients and families to accomplish this goal.
Undergraduate: Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL
Graduate School: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Florida
Practicing since: 1989
Joined Pediatric Partners:

Karina Rodriguez, M.Ed., MPA, LMSW


Karina Rodriguez, M.Ed., MPA, LMSW graduated from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs with a Master’s in Public Administration as well as a Master’s of Science in Social Work.

Karina served the New York City Department of Education from 2006 through 2021 as the Director of School Counseling supporting children and families. She has also worked as a primary therapist, providing individual and group counseling. She provides a wide range of psychotherapy therapeutic services that include cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, depression, anxiety, parenting, and trauma resolution/healing issues. Karina believes in partnering with families to build a relationship that is centered on understanding and growth.
Undergraduate: Long Island University
Graduate School: Columbia University School of Social Work, Baruch College School of Public Affairs
Certifications: Licensed Master Social Worker, Registered Clinical Social Worker, School Social Worker
Practicing since: 2003
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2023




Office Team

Practice Administrator

Name: Jill Uccellini, LCSW

Jill Uccellini completed her Bachelor's Degree at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in Social Work as well as a Master's Degree in Social Work from Barry University. Jill adds a wealth of experience and knowledge to our practice as the Practice Administrator.

Favorite Part of the Job: Working with an amazing team to support our patients!

Graduate: Barry University
Certification: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Graduated: 2003
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2023






Quality Care Supervisor


Name: Caitlin Wells, BSN, RN

Caitlin Wells completed her undergraduate BSN at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach while working at Pediatric Partners.  Her clinical knowledge, passion and hard work made her become an amazing team leader as our Quality Care Supervisor.

Favorite Part of the Job: Working in a pediatric setting is the best part of my job. I love interacting and helping children of all ages. I'm constantly inspired by our patients and staff!

Undergraduated: Palm Beach Atlantic University
Certification: Registered Nurse
Graduated: 2017
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2012




Clinical Care Supervisor



Name: Sue Davenport, LPN

Susan is a Licensed Practical Nurse with more than 40 years of experience in the medical field. She joined Pediatric Partners in 2017. Her work ethic, high level of commitment and critical thinking made her a wonderful team leader. Susan is a true believer of  “Teamwork makes the dreamwork!”

Favorite Part of the Job: "I love getting feedback from the patients and families I've helped. I also love learning from my co-workers."
Certification: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Graduated 1978
Practicing since: 1978
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2017



Revenue Cycle Supervisor


Name: Bethany Lacroix, CPC, CPEDC

Bethany Lacroix is a certified professional coder. She has been working in the medical field for over 15 years. She specializes in billing, coding and compliance auditing. Bethany is our Revenue Cycle Supervisor.

Certification: Certified Professional Coder
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2020


Triage Nurses & Care Coordinators




Name: Kristen Tamburro, RN

Favorite Part of the Job: I love being available quickly for parents that have concerns or just health questions about their kiddos.
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2008





Name: Marianne Gittelmacher, RN

Favorite Part of the Job: I enjoy educating parents about their children’s medical issues and growth and development concerns. It is a privilege to serve our patients and families.
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2018





Name: Laurie Vincent, RN

Favorite Part of the Job: Working alongside such a wonderful, truly caring, and unbelievably knowledgeable team of people as well as having the unique opportunity of supporting the very special members of the community that we serve every day.
Joined Pediatric Partners: 2023