Meet Our Staff

 

 

Dr. Sherief M. Kamel

MD FACE ECNU

Florida Licensed & Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties for exceptional expertise in the fields of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism & Internal Medicine.

Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology.

Certified by the American College of Endocrinology to perform thyroid biopsies & neck ultrasonography.

Board Qualifications:

Maintenance of Board Certification, Internal Medicine, 2011

Diplomate, American Board of Endocrinology, 2003

Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2001 

Private Practice Experience:

Endocrinologist - The Institute of Endocrinology Diabetes Health & Hormones - Panama City: 2006-present 

Valley Medical Group, McAllen Diagnostic Clinic - McAllen, Texas: 2003-2006 

Education & Post-graduate Training:

Fellowship, Department of Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2003

St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, a Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Hospital, New York, New York. Residency, Department of Internal Medicine, 2001

St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, a Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Hospital, New York, New York.

Graduated with honors (MB.CH.B), 1994 Alexandria University, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria, Egypt.

 


 

 

Ashli A. Brooks

FNP-BC

Licensed & Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Experience:

Family Nurse Practitioner- The Institute Of Endocrinology , Diabetes Health & Hormones. 2008-present

Co-Founder of Institute of Endocrinology, Diabetes Health & Hormones

Emergency Room Nurse-Bay Medical Center, 2005-2008

Education:

Master’s Degree of Nursing, Florida State University Graduate 2008

Bachelor’s Degree of Nursing, University of West Georgia Graduate 2005

Certifications:

Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by ANCC

 


 

 

Dr. Bekele

Double Board Certified both in Endocrinology/Diabetes/Metabolism, and Internal Medicine

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Bekele to the Institute Of Endocrinology. Dr. Bekele will practice in our Panama City Branch starting from Mid May of 2022.

Dr. Genene Bekele is double board certified both in Endocrinology/Diabetes/Metabolism, and Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of The American College of Endocrinology. He graduated from the Haile Selassie/Addis Ababa University in 1980, with combined 40 years of clinical experience. He did his internship/ residency at the Addis Ababa University, and at the Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas Texas. He did his fellowships in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at the McGill University and Affiliated Hospitals in Montréal Canada, and subsequently at the Good Samaritan Medical Center/Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix Arizona, with rotations at the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, and the National Institute of Health (NIDDK, NIH), Phoenix, Arizona [Clinical and Research Fellow, and subsequently Staff Fellow/Clinical Associate for approximately 1-1/2 year at the NIDDK, NIH]. He has had extensive experience in academics, research, and medical practice. He has published in various international journals. He has received several awards, including the Enol Littmann Scholarship, the 1997 Endocrine Society Travel Award, American Top Physician, for several years in a row, Most Compassionate Doctor 2011/USA, Top Endocrinologist 2021(Washington DC Magazine TOP DOCTORS – ENDOCRINOLOGIST) and others. He has participated in several humanitarian programs, including Executive Board Member at African Aids Initiative International INC., the Smallpox Eradication Program, voluntarily initiated one of the first field hospitals during the 1984 Ethiopian famine, including pleading help in the international media, with additional voluntary works in leprosy rehabilitation programs.

 


 

 

Cynthia Folyer

MSN, FNP-BC, ARNP - Licensed and Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Compassionate & dedicated Family Nurse Practitioner providing quality, comprehensive nursing care to patients & their families with 15 years of nursing experience.

Education

Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, Cum Laude
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN

Master's Degree in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN

Experience

Fifteen years of experience including working as a BSRN in the medical surgical units at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, PACU & case management at Harton Regional Medical Center & ICU at Livingston Regional Hospital. Eight years of Nurse Practitioner experience working with endocrine disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders & hormone therapy.

Certifications

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Licensed in the state of Florida as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

 


 

 

Christine Uy, MD, F.A.C.E

Board Certified Endocrinologist

Dr. Uy is a board-certified physician in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. She also is board certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine & a member of the Endocrine society & Obesity Medicine Association. In addition, she is a fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology. 

She completed her endocrinology fellowship from The State University of New York, Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York

She completed her Internal Medicine residency from the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut

We are very excited about having Dr. Uy joining our practice & strongly believe that she will be a great addition to the Institute of Endocrinology.

 


 

 

ORLANDO OFFICE NOW OPEN! Shehzad Topiwala MD, F.A.C.E

Endocrinologist

After completing post-graduate training in Internal Medicine - Endocrinology, from SUNY (State University of New York) at Buffalo in 2009, Dr. Topiwala (Dr ‘T’) has been practicing principally in Florida for over a decade. He is the lead physician at IEDHH’s Orlando office.

A 2001 Mumbai University medical graduate, Dr T was conferred the prestigious International Diabetes Federation Award in 2006, making him India's first & only IDF Fellow. He was further bestowed with the esteemed Endocrine Scholar Award by the US Endocrine Society in 2007. A year later, he was honored with the coveted Resident Professionalism Award at University of Buffalo. In 2013, he was ceremonially recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (F.A.C.E), a life-long privileged distinction.

Dr T is well published, & serves as a peer reviewer for scientific work in the realm of Endocrine medicine. He is certified in Bone Densitometry, Neck Ultrasound & Thyroid Biopsies, Intensive Insulin-Pump-Sensor technology, & Laboratory Directorship. He is a regional Ambassador for the National Osteoporosis Foundation, & a Committee member of the popular Hormone Health Network.

His interventional skills are evident in the multitude of office procedures he conducts: Implantable Glucose Sensors, Inhaled Insulin pre-screening with Lung function testing, Smart Insulin pens, Body Composition Analysis & Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Weight management, limb Doppler for PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) screening, Neuropathy & Retinopathy testing, infusion of complex Osteoporosis medications, Interpreting Sleep studies for diagnosing Sleep Apnea, Interpretation of Radio-active Iodine Uptake & Scan studies) to manage thyroid problems, reading DXA Bone Density scans, & inserting Bio-Identical Hormone pellets.

Dr T further offers an in-house accredited Diabetes Self-Management Education-Training-Support Program, Nutrition-Wellness platform, provides Tele-medicine consultations & hosts on-site Clinical trials for modern endocrinologic treatments, which makes the Institute of Endocrinology a referral Center of Excellence providing Comprehensive Endocrine-Diabetes Care.

In addition to managing complicated Diabetes, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Obesity & Thyroid problems, Dr T also currently handles all general endocrine conditions, including low T/ED in men, Menopause, Osteoporosis, Metabolic Syndrome, Fatty Liver, Pre-Post Weight loss Surgery care, PCOS, Gender Affirming Medicine, as well as all Pituitary / Prolactin / Growth hormone / Sodium / Electrolyte / Parathyroid / Calcium / Adrenal & Neuro Endocrine disorders.

As current / former Faculty of various organizations (WHO, University of Buffalo, Association of Dietitians & Diabetes Educators, Dr T serves on Scientific Advisory Boards of leading pharmaceutical entities as a Key Opinion & Thought Leader. Deemed an Influencer in his arena, he continues to actively tutor a myriad of healthcare professionals.

Dr T’s core values are reflected in his high-quality, cost-effective & coordinated approach to patient care allowing him to make a meaningful impact on human lives. He firmly believes in minimizing pill burden & disease-related distress, emphasizes quality of life & emotional well-being, focusses on psycho-social & financial considerations while sharing the decision-making process with the person he is empowering to collaboratively treat.

He urges people to de-stress & sleep adequately. Some of his most rewarding activities include taking patients off Insulin & thyroid hormone (levothyroxine &; equivalents)if they don’t seem to need it, and assisting individuals fully reverse their diabetes with compulsive lifestyle alterations. Dr T also embraces unconventional treatment options like desiccated thyroid hormone preparations (Armour, Nature, NP thyroid) & Cytomel (T3), besides offering a variety of compounded Hormone creams (Estrogens, Progesterone, Testosterone & others)

Dr T communicates proficiently in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu & Marathi. He often volunteers his time & expertise at community forums to enhance metabolic health i.e. prevent pre-diabetes & childhood obesity while optimizing heart & bone health.

Moreover, he has a penchant for athletic sports, dramatics, public speaking, medical journalism & advocacy.

Dr T is an outdoor & nature enthusiast. Additionally, he values his moral, ethical & spiritual inclinations. He considers himself blessed to serve humanity & strives to do so each day with utmost humility. 

 


 

 

Dr. Lily Nehring

DNP/FNP-BC - Advance Register Nurse Practitioner: Family Nurse Practitioner

Education

Doctorate in Nursing Practice College of Nursing
Troy University, Troy, Alabama

Post Masters Certification Family Nurse Practitioner: College of Nursing
Troy University, Montgomery, Alabama

Master of Science in Nursing Education: College of Nursing
Grand Canyon University, Arizona

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Cum Laude): School of Nursing
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Associates of Science Degree in Nursing
Gulf Coast State College


Certification & License

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Licensed in the state of Florida


Associations

Member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Florida Nurse Practitioners Association


Languages

English and Fluent in Spanish

 


 

 

Miriam Zapata

Family Nurse Practitioner

Miriam Zapata is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 28 years of experience in Pediatrics, Cardiovascular and Endocrinology. Her passion for nursing is driven by the bonds she builds with her patients. She enjoys working closely with patients and their families to create Personal Care Plans for long healthy life. Miriam loves empowering patients through their health journey and believes in treating the whole person including their families and culture. Family and cultures influence the lifestyle which in turn impacts the health and well being of her patients.

Miriam values the provider patient relationship and believes that it is established through building strong communication and engagement. Miriam enjoys gardening and she compares taking care of plants to taking care of the varying needs of her patients ensuring their nourishment, flourishing health and needs.

 


 

 

Amy Smith, APRN

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

 


 

 

Mary French

MSN, NP-C, APRN

Nurse Pracitioner:

Institute of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Health & Hormone, 2021-present

Registered Nurse:

Gulf Coast Reginal Medical Center, 2018-2021

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, 2015-2018

Education:

Doctor of Science in Nursing, University of Florida, expected graduation, 2022

Master of Science in Nursing, University of South Alabama, 2020

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of West Florida, 2017

Associates of Science in Nursing, Gulf Coast State College, 2015

Certification & License:

Florida Licensed and Board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Associations:

Member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

 


 

 

Sumalee Ryan

APRN

Sumalee joined the practice in 2021 at the Panama City location. Her primary goal is to help people achieve better control of their chronic health conditions. She understands that every patient is unique, and uses this as a foundation when designing and customizing a treatment plan. Make an appointment to come in and talk to her about optimizing your health and improving your quality of life.

Education

Bachelor's of Science in Nursing,
Georgia State University, 2013

Master of Science in Nursing
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Pratitioner Program, 2017


Certifications

Board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2017

 


 

 

Emily Glossop

APRN

Patient focused, diligent Family Nurse Practitioner committed to providing quality care and maintaining direct lines of communication with patients and the entire health-care team. More than 7 years in nursing and healthcare.

Education

Master's Degree in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH

Bachelor's of Science In Nursing
UWF, Pensacola, FL


Certifications

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner - American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Licensed in the state of Florida as an Autonomous Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

 


 

 

Bethany Gillman

MSN, AGPCNP-C - Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Pracitioner:

Institute of Endocrinology—2018 to present Internal Medicine—2016 to 2018

Registered Nurse:

Bay Medical Center, 2009 to 2016

Education:

Master of Science in Nursing: College of Nursing, University of South Alabama

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, School of Nursing, University of West Florida

Associates of Science Degree in Nursing, Gulf Coast Community College

Certification & License:

Certified Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Licensed in the state of Florida

Associations:

Member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

 


 

 

 

Our Specialties

We are Specialists in the Diagnosis & Custom-designed Treatment of conditions such as:

 

Diabetes

Thyroid

Adrenal

Pituitary

Osteoporosis

Parathyroid

Hormone Replacement

Nutrition

Polysistic Ovarian Syndrome

Obesity

Hair Loss

Hypertension

Lipid Disorders

 

 

 

IEDHH Healthcare Providers are Multi-Lingual!

We speak 9 languages: English, Espanol, Hindi, Gujarati, Arabic, Urdu, Marathi, Fookien (Chinese dialect), Tagalog / Filipino

 

Contact Info

Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

 

The Institute of Endocrinology

Diabetes | Health | Hormones | Weight Loss | Medical Spa

Northwest Florida Offices


Panama City Office

633 E Baldwin Rd
Panama City, FL 32405

   (850) 522.5490

CLINIC HOURS: Mon - Fri / 7 am to 4 pm, Saturday clinic 11am - 5pm

Panama City Gym Hours: 24 hr a day with card access. Personal trainer available upon request.

Panama City Spa: Monday, Tuesday and Friday / 7 am - 4 pm

 

Destin Office

1241 Airport Rd, Suite M
Destin, FL 32541

   (850) 460.7090

CLINIC HOURS: Mon - Fri / 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Lunch 12 - 1 pm

Destin Gym Hours (no pool available): 8 am - 4 pm Monday through Friday, Closed for Lunch 1 - 1 pm.

Personal Trainer available upon request.

Destin Spa: Wednesday and Thursday 8 am - 2:30 pm

 

Crestview Office

501 N Spring St.
Crestview, FL 32536

   (850) 460.7090

CLINIC HOURS: Monday and Tuesday Only / 8 am - 4 pm, Lunch 12 - 1 pm

Currently no spa in Crestview. But if Botox is needed, just let us know and we can make arrangements.

 

Orlando Office


Grand Oaks Center

204 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, Florida 34741

   (407)962.4447

   (407)962.4449

CLINIC HOURS: Mon - Fri / 7 am to 4 pm, Lunch 12 - 1 pm

Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator services available.

The MedicalSpa: Spa services are not available in Orlando just yet, but we hope they will be, soon!

However, if you would like to get Injectables (Botox & Juvederm), Dr. Kamel will be available twice per month at Orlando Office. Please call 407.962.4447 to set up appointments.

 

 

 

 

 

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IEDHH Healthcare Providers are Multi-Lingual!

We speak 9 languages. English, Espanol, Hindi, Gujarati, Arabic, Urdu, Marathi, Fookien (Chinese dialect), Tagalog / Filipino