Meet Our Team!





Years of Experience

The Adolescent Medicine unit in the Department of Pediatrics has been counseling young adults and treating HIV positive clients for more than 2 decades. Get the best help available!



From All Over the World

Our team members come from different countries across 5 continents and together speak 6 languages fluently including English, Spanish, French, Russian, Creole, and Arabic. Click on the continents below and learn about the diverse backgrounds of our team.


Medical Professionals



Lawrence B. Friedman M.D.

Dr. Friedman earned his MD degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and completed Pediatrics residency and Adolescent Medicine fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami.  He is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and has maintained a faculty appointment since 1985.  Health care of teenagers and young adults, as well as their transition to adult specialty services, fall within his medical purview.  Teaching of students from a variety of professional disciplines about primary medical care, health research involving youth, consent and confidentiality precepts for the age group, growth and developmental influences, communication and engagement, sexuality and sexual identification, and medical morbidities remain active interests.  He is a recognized expert in the care of youth generally, and those HIV-infected particularly, as designated by the Florida Department of Health and its Children’s Medical Services program.  


Donna Maturo

ARNP

Donna Maturo has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for over 22 years with 20 of those years here at the University of Miami dedicated to adolescents living with and at risk for HIV. She’s a proud Miami native and a suffering Miami Dolphins fan!



Adolescent Counseling & Testing Services Clinic (ACTS)


Clinical Program Manager

Alex Moreno

MPH
Alex Moreno has served as the Clinical Program Manager of ACTS since 2004. Fell into this field of work after losing friends to the HIV/AIDS pandemic by producing a rock video called The Gift by singer/songwriter Diane Ward. Stayed in this much needed cause because he is sick of seeing data that shows Miami is #1 in the nation in HIV infection rates. When not working he is the proud dad of his daughter Ava.
Clinical Program Coordinator & Counselor

Faraah Bekheet

BSc Chemistry & Economics

Faraah Bekheet is a clinical program coordinator and counselor for ACTS. She has been with the clinic for over two years and conducts counseling, outreach, testing and clinic expansion. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry & Economics. Faraah took an interest in adolescent medicine because of her interest in public health and education. She is planning to attend medical school next fall.

Outreach Coordinator & Counselor

Chelsea Chico

BSc Biology

Chelsea Chico has been involved with the ACTS clinic as a Outreach coordinator & counselor since January 2017. She just graduated the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Chelsea wants to further her studies in the medical field in hope she can make a difference in someone’s life. One fun fact about Chelsea is that she enjoys making art in her free time.


Outreach Coordinator & Counselor

Michelle Berkovich

BSN

Michelle Berkovich has been working in the ACTS clinic as an Outreach coordinator & counselor since January 2018.  She is currently completing her last year at UM. Michelle is majoring in nursing and she wants to work with babies in the future, specifically in the NICU. Michelle speaks fluent Russian because her parents are both immigrants from Belarus and she is a first generation American.


Outreach Coordinator & Counselor

Frantzia Jeanty

Frantzia Jeanty is a student worker for ACTS. She is currently a Senior attending the University of Miami, majoring in Health Sciences and minoring in Chemistry. She seeks to become a traveling doctor who serves underserved communities around the world. Frantzia is of Haitian descent and speaks 3 languages.


Outreach Coordinator & Counselor

Natalie Marrero

Natalie Marrero joined ACTS clinic as an Outreach Coordinator and HIV Counselor Intern in May 2018. She was drawn to ACTS because of its efforts to make healthcare accessible for all, instead of a commodity for those who can afford it. Currently, Natalie is a student at the University of Miami with a double major in Biochemistry and Psychology. In the future, Natalie will continue striving to reduce the burden of HIV among youth as an infectious disease pediatrician. A fun fact about Natalie is that both of her parents are Cuban and Spanish was her first language. Natalie also enjoys cycling and cooking.


Special Adolescent Clinic (SAC)


Counselor

Shayna Jefferson

Shayna Jefferson serves as the Program Manager/Adolescent Linkage Specialist in the Special Adolescent Clinic. She’s been apart of the Adolescent Medicine team since 2013. She has her BS in Healthcare Management and an MBA in Management. She was also awarded HIV Counselor of the Year in 2016 by the Miami-Dade County Health Department! Fun Fact: She has a sports car but drives like a grandma!

Counselor

Allam Garcia

Bio Coming Soon!

Case Manager

Peggy Renaud

Peggy Renaud is the Medical Case Worker for Adolescent Medicine. She has been working for the University of Miami since 2006. Peggy started working in the HIV/AIDS field at the age of 14. She has a Bachelors Degree in Health Service Administration, Nursing, and Gerontology.

Counselor

Florianne Renaud

Florianne Renaud is a recent addition to the ACTS team as a Program Coordinator as of March 2018. Though she is new to the team, she is no stranger to the HIV/AIDS epidemic here in South Florida. Growing up in Miami in a Haitian household, she has always been aware of the epidemic and the at-risk communities. Motivated by the lack of information, she received growing up, she is dedicated to increasing efforts of outreach and educating Miami’s affected communities. When she is not working, you can find her traveling, reading, and binge-watching British reality TV shows.


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