Meet Our Clinical Team

Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center is a Pediatric Primary Care Center for children with special healthcare needs in Broward Country. The Center is a nationally recognized Patient Centered Medical Home offering a one-stop-shop of services for children with complex medical needs.

Our physicians and their staff have more than 35 years of experience, developing long-lasting and trusting relationships with patients and their families from birth until they graduate into adult care.

CDTC offers patients and their families a combination of medical care, dental care, phlebotomy, telephone triage, medical case management and social services to ensure the best health and well-being of the children in our care.

Medical Providers

Maria Barrueco, MD

Maria Barrueco, MD

Pediatrician, Early Steps Clinic

Dr. Maria Barrueco has been a physician for Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center (CDTC) since 1998. She received her medical degree from Universidad Central Del Este School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic and completed her residency as well as a fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Barrueco treats children with special healthcare needs in CDTC’s Pediatric Primary Care Center as well as our Early Steps Program, which provides early intervention services for infants and toddlers.

Dr. Barrueco is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Helena Gaviria, MD

Helena Gaviria, MD

Pediatrician, Primary Care Center

Dr. Helena Gaviria received her medical degree from Instituto De Ciencias De La Salud, CES in Medelin, Colombia in 2008. She completed her Pediatric Residency at the Lincoln Medical and Health Center, affiliated with Weil Cornell College in New York.

Dr. Gaviria’s passion for nutrition and wellness inspired her to also complete a certification as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2017. The additional perspective helps her educate children and families on a healthier lifestyle in relation to treating complex medical needs.

Dr. Gaviria is a Board Certified Pediatrician, Fellow member of the AAP and part of the Chapters for Obesity, Children with Disabilities and Integrative Nutrition. She joined CDTC’s Primary Care Center in August 2019.

Dr. Gaviria is fluent in English and Spanish.

Berenise Lafrance, MD

Berenise Lafrance, MD

Pediatrician, Primary Care Center

Dr. Berenise Lafrance earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Florida International University and went on to complete her medical degree at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her resident training in Pediatrics at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital. Immediately following, she joined the team of doctors at Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center where she has been treating children with special medical needs in our Primary Care Center since 1999. Dr. Lafrance is fluent in English, Creole and Spanish.

Lisa-Gaye Robinson, MD, MPH

Lisa-Gaye Robinson, MD, MPH

Pediatrician, Primary Care Center | Medical Director, CFAP | Principal Investigator, Research

Dr. Lisa-Gaye Robinson joined Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center’s Primary Care Center as a pediatric physician in 2016 working collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team to provide exceptional patient centered care for children with special needs.

Dr. Robinson is board certified in both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University and is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at New York University as well as a pediatric infectious disease fellowship at Emory University.

Prior to her tenure here, Dr. Robinson was a practicing pediatrician for 17 years in New York City, providing direct primary and specialty care to children and adolescents with HIV/AIDS. As a Director of the Pediatric HIV clinic, she oversaw several grant-funded programs providing supportive services for this population.

Paulo Oliveira, DDS

Paulo Oliveira, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Paulo Oliveira is a dentist devoted to giving patients their confidence back by restoring healthy, beautiful smiles. He graduated from the dental program at Universidad Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, in southern Brazil in 1994 and completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency, focusing on special needs patients, at Nova University in 2017.

Dr. Oliveira’s service to others began long before his arrival at CDTC. He first began practicing dentistry in his hometown of Porto Alegre in Brazil. His passion for helping those most in need took him St Croix in the US Virgin Islands working as a dental assistant and educating pre-school children about oral hygiene.

Never forgetting his dream to be a dentist in the US, he moved to California in 2008 to work as a dental assistant in surgical and restorative dentistry. He eventually made his way to Florida as a dental hygienist working with HIV patients.  Under the auspices of the ​Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency Program and Nova Southeastern University, he began working with patients with special healthcare needs through Nova University’s College of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Oliveira is a National Health Service Corp Participant. He has also provided dental care to underserved populations in places such as Jamaica, the Fiji Islands, Nicaragua and Bolivia through various mission trips and Mission of Mercy. He also serves as a clinical director to the Special Olympics Florida Special Smiles.

Dr. Oliveira is fluent in both English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Kettly Augustin, RN
Registered Nurse, Primary Care Clinic

Jorge L. Burgos, PharmD.
Outpatient Pharmacy Operations Coordinator

Kathy Carroll, M.S., CCC/SLP
Early Steps Program

Suzanne Davidson, M.S.
Senior Physical Therapist, Early Steps Program

Elizabeth Donahue, RD/LDN
Pediatric Dietitian, ECHO Program

Paulino Four Castro, RN
Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator

Patricia Garvie, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Research and Medical Home Program

Yvonne Gamble, LPN
Health Educator, ECHO Program

Kathy Graham, Pharm.D.
Research Pharmacist

Shawna-Kaye Jaggon, Sr. LPN
Primary Care Clinic

Barbara Kalish, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Early Steps Program

Kathy London, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Social Services Counselor, Comprehensive Family AIDS Program

Debbie Martin, MSN, RN
Nurse Manager, Ambulatory

Gloria Morales, M.S., CCC/SLP
Speech Pathologist, Early Steps Program

Franca Sordo, MS, RD, LDN
Registered Dietician, Adult Clinic

Janine Taylor, RN
Primary Care Clinic