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.


 

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.


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.


 

Madeleine Barker

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.


Aurora Penate

Aurora Penate, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.

Ms. Penate specializes in working with trauma and stressor-related disorders, adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression. She approaches therapy through a trauma-informed and strengths-based lens. Ms. Penate uses a combination of therapeutic approaches including person-centered therapy, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and trauma-focused – cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT).

Therapy is a time for personal growth that requires a collaborative relationship between the client and the therapist, and the creation of a safe atmosphere based on trust, warmth and authenticity. I welcome the opportunity to work with you and to assist you on your journey to wellness!

Aurora is able to conduct psychotherapy in Spanish.



Dr. Ramos, MD

Dr. Ramos started her medical training at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 2000. While attending medical school, she completed rotatory internships at Hospital Universidad del Norte, also located in Barranquilla. She graduated as an Outstanding Medical Student and then in 2013, Dr. Ramos completed the Internal Medicine Residency program at MacNeal Hospital, located in Berwyn, Illinois, with the opportunity to have clinical rotations in her last year at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). She has also have had extensive training and experience in different aspects of Functional medicine and got Board Certification as Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine Specialist (Functional Medicine Fellowship) from American Academy for Anti-Aging in December 2020.

Additionally, Dr. Ramos has also lent her medical expertise as a consultant on the popular Spanish-language television show, Caso Cerrado con la Dra. Ana Maria Polo, from June 2016 to December 2019, and also at El Chateo Tv Show directed by Samar Yorde, Health Coach, and international MD, where Dr. Ramos had the opportunity to share her knowledge of functional medicine with different medical experts for the Latin audience.

Dr. Ramos has always enjoyed teaching others and helping in the formation of new doctors; she believes that sharing her vast medical knowledge and charisma to others will help to get our community in better health; that’s why, since she completed her Internal Medicine Residency, she started being a mentor and associated teacher for medical students at University of Miami and medical Resident for Transitional and Internal Medicine programs at Holy Cross Hospital.


Lourdes E. Velazquez Perez, ARNP, FNP B-C

Lourdes E. Velazquez Perez, ARNP, FNP B-C, is a professionally trained Family Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric services. She is a foreign Medical Doctor who graduated in Cuba from the University of Medicine of Havana, “Calixto Garcia.” She has more than eight years of experience in the medical field.

She treats patients with psychiatric conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental health diagnoses. She is passionate and dedicated to her work and patients’ health outcomes.

She initially attended Miami Regional University in Miami, Florida, where she earned her Associated Science Degree in Nursing. She worked as OB/GYN and transitional care nurse at Hialeah Hospital. Then she pursued her Master of Science in Nursing with a subspecialty in Family care. Lourdes is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in Florida, holding a national certification with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She has worked primarily in Psychiatric settings, but she also performed as a pain management NP. While working full-time, she returned to St. Thomas University to continue with her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Postmaster, which will be finalized by August 2022.

Lourdes is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.


Marjorie Zurbaran, LMHC

More and more people are searching for emotional health, mental stability, peace, and love in today’s world. In our quest to achieve this stability, we look outside ourselves, and we, unfortunately, are still experiencing feelings and a sense of emptiness within us. It is not until we truly start the journey of the inner search when the magic begins to happen, and let me tell you, I am here to guide and support you through this journey.

I have been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 1998.  I was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, where I completed my bachelor’s in Clinical Psychology and later in Florida earned my Master’s in Psychology from Carlos Albizu University in 1995. I am offering you more than 30 years of experience with conventional and alternative healing modalities. I have worked with various mental issues and age groups who are grappling with diverse mental ailments, including but not limited to adjustment disorders, difficulties dealing with changes and loss, anxiety, chronic worry, social anxiety, depression. I have extensive experience in the field of mental health and mindfulness practices. I love to merge both to bring a holistic approach to work with my clients.

Through the use of experiential exercises, I will encourage and support you to develop effective coping strategies for dealing with the pressures of daily life, reducing stress and anxiety, and bringing healing overall. Within with my client, I assist in finding and rediscovering their inner strengths that ultimately provide the needed coping skills.

My hope for helping humanity is to bring lightness to work with my clients in these difficult times. With the basis of understanding that everyone’s experience is unique, I work step by step with each individual to establish a clear path in the direction of feeling better, making progress towards healing, and improving overall wellbeing, one person at a time.


Whinney Philip, PMHNP-BC

Whinney is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). He is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. Whinney possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by his natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. He follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, Whinney’s role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and scientist.

As a part of Mind and Soul Therapy, Whinney uses interdisciplinary education and inter-professional collaboration with a patient-centered approach to healthcare.

 


Tirzah Neves

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.