Meet Our Miami Alternative Medicine Team
Rafael Padro, DOM, AP
Dr. Rafael Padro combines Traditional Chinese Medicine (Yin-Yang, Five Elements, Acupuncture) with Western Medicine theories in his diagnosis and treatments. He holds a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a Bachelor of Health Science from The Acupuncture and Massage College in Miami, FL, and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Psychology from Excelsior College in Albany, NY.
Being a third-generation medical professional and learning the gratitude that is received when helping others, he knew what path he was going to follow. Even though his family’s background was more concentrated on a Western aspect of medicine, he knew he wanted to do something different. After researching while finishing his Bachelor Degree in Psychology, he introduced himself to Oriental Medicine. There, he realized that there were other ways you can heal patients, regardless of their conditions, and that combining Eastern methods with Western methods could benefit even more a patient recovery towards any disease.
Mariela Padro, MD
Dr. Mariela Padro is the third generation of behavioral health professionals in her family. She graduated from her psychiatric residency program as a Chief Resident from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, she has a Fellowship of Psychoanalysis from NYU, and she is an Adjunct Member of The Florida Psychoanalytic Center. She worked in an established private practice in Staten Island for three years and then moved to Miami in 2015. Here, she opened her own private practice, Mind & Soul Therapy, PLLC, where she provides psychotherapy with or without medication.
Dr. Padro believes and understands that every patient is unique. Additionally, she understands that, in order for treatment to have a long-term effect, it is necessary to go through a thorough process that will help you understand and address your behavior and feelings. At times, this process might seem challenging, but in the end, we assure you that it will be one full of enlightenment and awareness.
Since the beginning of her career, Dr. Padro has focused on patients as a whole — medically, psychologically, and spiritually — to decide the best course of treatment.
Dr Padro has completed a year long fellowship of Integrative Psychiatry with the Integrative Psychiatry Insitute and also completed a course of Integrative Medicine for ADHD.
Francesca Vazquez, PsyD
Francesca Vazquez, PsyD combines her knowledge of nutritional psychology and health psychology to guide her clients in gaining mind-body wellness. If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, low mood, health issues, chronic pain, insomnia, addiction, emotional sequelae after injury or medical diagnoses, she can help. If your goal is to use more than just talk therapy and want to actually heal both your mind and body through nutrition, relaxation training, guidance/support, and lifestyle changes, you’re in the right place!
As a licensed psychologist and a yoga instructor, she has developed a holistic approach to mental health and treatment. Ms. Vazquez seeks to eliminate your symptoms and improve your mental health by treating the root cause and using behavioral medicine, lifestyle changes, mindful practices, and food as medicine.
It can be hard to take that first step to actually change your life and heal patterns for good. It can be tough to seek support while overcoming a medical condition or suffering from chronic pain. Ms. Vazquez’s approach is far from ordinary, and by combining psychotherapy with nutritional guidance, lifestyle changes, and mindful practices, she can assure results fast.
Dr. Maria Saiz Quintana
Dr. Maria Saiz is a board certified psychiatrist who completed her training as a psychiatrist and psycho-oncologist in New York. Dr. Saiz ‘s passion for medicine is so strong that she completed her medical school training twice, while in Cuba and once she came to the United States of America. Not only did she complete her Psychiatric Residency Program in New York but she also did a one year Fellowship in Psycho-Oncology and Psychosomatic Medicine in New York. She has worked in New Jersey as an Emergency Room and Inpatient Attending Physician as well as having her own private practice for the past 9 years of her life. Dr. Saiz leaves behind both a hospital and private practice consisting of patients and staff who adore and respect her, to reunite with her family and start a new chapter of her life in Miami.
Dr. Saiz is a true example of commitment, passion, dedication and persistence. She strives to treat each of her patients with empathy, love and understanding, seeking to find the root cause of the problem for her patients to have long term results and a better quality of life. She believes in an integrative and holistic approach by focusing on all aspects of one’s person’s life to provide the best care. Dr. Saiz will join a wonderful team of visionary mental health providers who provide compassionate and reputable care to patients throughout the Miami area.
Paola was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Sacred Heart in Puerto Rico and her Master’s Degree from Carlos Albizu University in Miami. She completed her practicum hours for her Master’s at Fort Lauderdale Hospital in Fort Lauderdale; where she treated patients from multicultural backgrounds suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues.
Paola is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the state of Florida with a clear and active license. In Miami, she worked for Serenity Community Mental Health Center as a registered intern providing outpatient house visits to patients suffering from anxiety and depression, among other mental health issues. She considers every patient as a new and original human being in front of her, who needs a particular and unique care and service. Her objective is to provide the best quality treatment for her patients by helping them identify their own goals and definition of their top quality of life.
Lia Moses, LMHC
Lia Moses is a Licensed Psychotherapist with more than 20 years of clinical experience. She holds a degree in Psychology and Psychoanalysis in her native country, Argentina, as well as a Master Degree in Psychology in the USA. Since she was trained in Psychoanalysis, she has an eclectic approach, combining psychoanalysis with a goal-oriented approach. She works mainly with an adult population diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorders. Her practice is a goal-oriented cognitive therapy, and she helps patients manage their life in a positive way by appealing to their own internal resources. Through it, they learn how to find effective solutions while facing their circumstances. For the past 15 years, she has been working as a Clinical Supervisor.
Lia specializes in couple’s therapy, coaching them to reach open communication and mutual respect in the relationship. As patients, you will find a friendly and relaxing environment that will facilitate the expression of your main concerns. You will receive professional feedback and a possible action plan will be discussed.
Lia is able to conduct psychotherapy in Spanish.
Dr. Maridelie Diaz Villanueva, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Maridelie Díaz Villanueva is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, stress, trauma, depression, bipolar moods, attachment issues, social-and-relationship conflicts, identity struggles, and adjustment to life changes, among other mental health and human conditions. She is bilingual in both English and Spanish, and she serves a diverse population from multicultural backgrounds, beliefs, and orientations.
She completed her degree as a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at Carlos Albizu University, where she also coursed a concentration in Child Psychology. She interned at the Miami-Dade Psychological Services Department, making rotations at the Coordinated Victims Assistance Center and Head Start Programs. Throughout her post-doctoral training, Dr. Díaz worked closely with The Children’s Home Society and Family Court Services. She has had the experience of practicing in both the public and the private sector. Dr. Díaz is dedicated to the continued study of emerging fields in psychology and human development, and she integrates this knowledge with her continued training in mindfulness-based practices, expressive arts, ecstatic dance modalities, and as a Meditation Teacher.
Dr. Díaz believes that the most important aspect of therapy is the presence of a kind and compassionate environment that leads to trust in the therapeutic relationship. Besides traditional and evidence-based forms of psychotherapy, gestalt-humanistic, cognitive-behavioral therapy, rational-emotive therapy, and psychodynamics, she also integrates alternative methods of healing. Her approach is eclectic, collaborative, and accounts for the presenting needs of each individual. Dr. Díaz is passionate about guiding others towards healing and growing authentically.
Oxana Naidina-O’Brien, RYT-500
Oxana’s yoga journey began while growing up in Russia where her parents, both hatha yoga practitioners, insisted that she practice asana as part of her daily exercise routine and encouraged her to read books on yogic philosophy. After moving to New York City in the early ‘90s with her husband, she managed an Ayurvedic Panchakarma Treatment Center where, through observing both patients and practitioners, she realized that all ancient esoteric healing practices are closely linked to how our body systems function. From there, she began her formal studies in mind/body modalities by becoming a Reiki Master.
Following a tragic accident in 1993 that took the lives of both her husband and several friends, she spent time in a monastic retreat in upstate New York practicing mindfulness meditation while she processed this major life change. In the late 90s, she relocated to Miami and rediscovered yoga as a way to help balance the demands of a new marriage and raising children while working in her second husband’s design business. With regular practice, she became conscious of yoga’s ability not only to achieve a healthy, strong body and calm mind, but also how these ancient practices can lead to self-realization and the fulfillment of our highest potential.
Oxana completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification program in 2015 under the guidance of Karina Ayn Mirsky so that she could pass these valuable practices on to others. Following this training in tantric hatha yoga, meditation, and pranayama, she went on to complete my 500-hour teacher training with Cyndi Lee and studied Restorative Yoga and yoga anatomy with Judith Lassater. Her teaching is strongly influenced by her love of ice skating and dance and studies of Sri Aurobindo, the Indian yogi philosopher and founder of Integral Yoga, and Swami Vivekananda, a Hindu monk who played a key role in introducing ancient Indian philosophies and yoga to the Western world. Her deep thirst for understanding how to reduce human suffering and help each of us to be present in each moment led her to current mindfulness practices based upon Tibetan Buddhist teachings.
She teaches classic hatha-vinyasa and restorative group classes at a local Coral Gables studio and works privately with students through Xanadu Yoga. When she practices with students, she intuitively interweaves postures and breathwork into a vinyasa-style flow designed to build strength and develop a balance between effort and ease in both the body and mind. By freeing the body and mind from familiar routines, we learn to fully embrace and experience each moment both on and off the mat and gradually awaken to our fullest potential.
Mayuly Valdes Hernandez, MSN, APRN, FNP, PMHNP-BC
A board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both primary care and psychiatry to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications. Her clinical experiences as FNP illustrated the gap between medical and psychiatry care and how the mind/body connection is often ignored. Mayuly has experience integrating medicine and mental health for the most effective treatment. She has experience treating patients across the life span in multiple settings with a wide range of psychiatry illnesses including ADHD, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.
Mayuly is one of the practitioners breaking the barriers of traditional care, her clinical practice focuses on initial assessment, diagnosis, and treatment selection based in a humanist philosophy of holistic care for both mind and body. Her style of practice combines a traditional care (prescribing medication) with alternatives medicine. She believes in the mind/body/spiritual connection.
Mayuly provides an individualized approach to treat clients from implementing integrative behavioral care. Mayuly possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by a natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience and personal observation of a whole person. As a PMHNP, Mayuly’s role is multifaceted, including psycho-educator, supportive, mental health advocate, and clinician.
Mayuly is always advocating for holistic care and has special interests in the Integrative Mental Health Services for emotional and physical well being, as well as, integration of complementary and alternatives therapies to medication management and psychotherapy addressing mental health in a holistic way.
My name is Tirzah Neves, I’m Brazilian (licensed psychologist in my Country) and I’ve been living in Miami for the past 6 years. I received a Master degree in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health from Albizu University while I had the opportunity to continue working with domestic violence, sexual abuse and human trafficking victims, something that I have been doing since 2008.
I have been a Trauma and Crisis specialist since 2019. I believe that we all know that you cannot change the past, but you can build a better tomorrow. Let me support you to overcome your traumatic experiences and to feel empowered to face any difficult time you might confront in the future. My goal is to help individuals to gain insight that will impact enough to improve their wellbeing while improving quality of life. I would like to invite you to a journey…The most important journey in life: “Get to know your inner self!!!”. I am specialized in crisis interventions (member of the Florida Crisis Response Team), Hypnosis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the State of Florida. Fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Madeleine was born and raised in Miami Beach and received her undergraduate degree in history from the university of Florida with a concentration in holocaust studies. Madeleine went on to complete her masters in mental health counseling at Nova Southeastern University. She spent her practicum year working with schizophrenic and substance abuse clients and has since then been working with adolescents and young adults suffering from anxiety, depression, OCD and more. Madeleine believes in an integrated approach to counseling using a variety of therapeutic techniques including cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic. She believes that a strong client-therapist relationship is a foundation for achieving growth and healing. Additionally Madeleine values a safe, non judgmental space for her clients and hopes to assist her clients in overcoming any obstacles they face. Madeleine has always had a passion for helping others and believes strongly in the therapeutic benefits of approaching mental health from a holistic standpoint.