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 in Integrative Psychiatry with the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and has also completed an Integrative Medicine for ADHD course and a Ketamine Medical Training Certification. She has completed training in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy with Biote, a leading innovator in precision and preventive medicine, and is currently pursuing certifications in Nutritional Psychiatry and Personalized Medicine Training.
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 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.
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.
Veronica Cid, L. Ac
Veronica Cid, L. Ac is an FL- Licensed Acupuncture Physician and a Nationally Licensed Oriental Medicine Practitioner certified to practice Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Asian Bodywork, Cupping Therapy and Acupuncture Injection therapy.
Cid practices primarily Kiiko Matsumoto Japanese Style Acupuncture, a gentle and effective acupuncture technique with an instant feedback approach she had studied and been able to implement since starting her practice. Veronica has traveled to Japan to study from other teachers and keep on sharpening her techniques to always bring effective results to the treatments.
Veronica has also extended her studies with treatments for injury and pain with the Whitfield Reaves, a teacher specializing over 30 years in sports medicine. She also implemented her acupuncture treatments at the pain management department at a Medical Center for the senior community.
Lourdes Badia, LMHC, Psy.D. is a respected clinician in the behavioral healthcare industry, serving both as a licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor through the state of Florida. Her experience has been applied in diverse clinical, administrative, consultant and service positions in an array of psychiatric and mental health settings.
Lourdes earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas University in Miami, Fl. and received her graduate degrees from St. Thomas University and Carlos Albizu University in Miami, Florida.
She is offering more than 20 years of experience with conventional and alternative healing modalities. She has worked with various Mental Health issues and age groups who are grappling with diverse issues. She has extensive experience in the field of Mental Health and Mindfulness practices
Her practice is goal oriented Cognitive Therapy and thru this process she helps clients manage their life in a positive way by appealing to their own internal resources and rediscovering their inner strengths that ultimately provide the needed coping skills.
According to her it is not until we truly start the journey of the inner search when the magic begins to happen. One of her greatest passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic and stressful experience.