Cassia Portugal, M.D. FAAP
Dr. Portugal graduated from Medical School in 1985 at the School of Medicine and Public Health, in Salvador, Brazil. She completed two pediatric residency programs; one at the Fundacao Hospitalar do Distrito Federal in Brasilia, Brazil and another at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. She is Board Certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is the founder of First Choice Pediatrics, Inc. Special areas of interest are childhood asthma, headaches and infectious diseases. She is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Rosemarie Sison, M.D. FAAP
Dr. Sison grew up in the province of Pampanga in the Philippines and graduated from the Far Eastern University – Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation in Manila. Her professional training began there as a Pediatric Resident and she later pursued a Pulmonary Fellowship at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center. After moving to the United States, Dr. Sison took Pediatric Residency Training at the Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, which was affiliated with Texas A & M University. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics & a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Sison exemplifies an outstanding and heartfelt love of children. She is married and has a teenage daughter, who is active in high school sports.
Helen Young, M.D. FAAP
Dr. Young is a Board Certified Pediatrician. She received her medical degree at the University of the Philippines. She completed her pediatric residency training at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY. She has over ten years of private practice experience. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Besides English, she can also speak Mandarin and Tagalog.
Esther Song, M.D. FAAP
Dr. Song was born in Korea but had spent her teenage years in San Jose, CA. She received her medical degree at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. She completed her Pediatric residency training at Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah Campus in Savannah, GA. She has special interest in Preventive Medicine and Community Service, and she is widely involved in her local church. She is married to her husband Bryan and has three wonderful children. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric and a part of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is fluent in English and Korean.
Nam-Phuong Nguyen, M.D. FAAP
Dr. Nguyen is a Board Certified Pediatrician and a native Floridian. She completed her undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Florida. She was selected as Chief Resident at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Dr. Nguyen enjoys being a general pediatrician working in private practice. She is a mother of 4 beautiful children and has explained throughout her years of practice that “being a pediatrician does not make me a better mother, but being a mother makes me a better pediatrician.” Her interests include children with special needs, child development, and obesity. Dr. Nguyen is fluent in English and Vietnamese.
Francisco Chang, M.D. FAAP
Dr. Chang was born in Taiwan and raised in the Dominican Republic. Being a son of a business man, he found his calling for medicine through his missionary godparents. He graduated from medical school at Iberoamerican University in Santo Domingo, and completed his Pediatrics residency in NYU at the Woodhull Medical Center. He is a very passionate physician with a tremendous love for children and devotion for medicine. He speaks English and Spanish fluently.
Orlando Mota-Aquino, M.D. FAAP
Dr. Mota is a Dominican native. Inspired by his mother who is a Pediatrician, he finished his Medical school at the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) in Dominican Republic. He moved to New York to pursue his dream of becoming a Pediatrician and completed his Pediatric Residency training at the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Weill Cornell Medical College in Bronx, NY. He has a special interest in preventive medicine and development. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Amra Gavric, M.D. FAAP
Dr. Gavric is a Board Certified Pediatrician through the American Board of Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She graduated from University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Medicine in Sarajevo,Bosnia and Herzegovina and completed her residency in General Medicine, Clinical Center Kosevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. After relocating to the United States, Dr. Gavric received specialty training in pediatrics at the Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York Medical College, NY. She has been working as a pediatrician in private practice in the Orlando area since the year 2007. Areas of special interest are Infectious and Skin disease, as well as ADHD/ADD. Dr. Gavric was recognized as one of America’s Top Pediatricians for 2011 by a nationwide peer survey. She speaks English, Serbo-Croat, and Bosnian fluently.
Jean-Pierre Muhumuza, M.D. FAAP
Dr. Muhumuza is a native of Rwanda. He grew up in Atlanta, GA and attended The Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. He moved to Orlando to complete his pediatric residency at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Dr. Muhumuza speaks English, Kinyarwanda and French.
Danielle Lehoux, M.D. FAAP
Dr. Danielle Lehoux was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She graduated from Medical School from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Santo Domingo which there after continued with her pediatric residency at Woodhull Medical Center NYU, Brooklyn, NY. Her special interests include Emergency Pediatrics and Genetics. She is married, her husband’s name is Javier and they have one child. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Flavia Fioretti, M.D. FAAP
Dr. Fioretti was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She graduated from Medical School at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro and received her first pediatrics degree from Hospital dos Servidores do Rio de Janeiro in 2009. She moved to the U.S. and continued to pursue her passion for childcare while working as a research fellow at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Fioretti completed her Pediatric training in the U.S. at the NYU Woodhull Medical Center with special interest in asthma and allergic disorders. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and speaks basic Italian.
Sue Ann Francisco, M.D. FAAP
Dr. Sue Ann Francisco was born in the Philippines, and called Orlando, Florida her home in 1994. She received her medical degree from Davao Medical School Foundation in the Philippines, and completed her pediatrics residency training at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital. Special interests include pediatric asthma and allergic disorders. Dr. Francisco and her husband enjoy traveling and live music. Besides English, she is fluent in two Filipino dialects, namely Tagalog and Cebuano.
Anca Tomsa, M.D. FAAP
Dr. Anca Tomsa was born and raised in Romania. She obtained her Medical Degree from “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania. Her passion for linguistics and curiosity for foreign cultures brought Dr. Tomsa to the United States where she turned a childhood dream into reality. After completing Pediatric Residency Training at Woodhull Medical Center, NYU School of Medicine, in Brooklyn, NY she became a Board Certified Pediatrician. The residency experience brought about her desire to help improve the health of children with obesity related endocrinopathies living in communities with a high risk population. In 2016 Dr. Tomsa graduated from the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. During her fellowship she further expanded the skills and medical knowledge which will allow her to provide excellent medical care to the patients in our community. She is fluent in Romanian, English, Spanish and proficient in French.
Dr. Grace Kim-Lu, M.D. FAAP
Dr. Kim joins FCP from Long Island, New York where she as practiced pediatrics for over 10 years. She received her medical degree from New York Medical College and completed her residency at North Shore University Hospital. She is fulfilling her childhood dream when she works as a pediatrician because of her love for children and fascination with the sciences. She is a devoted wife and mother of identical twin girls. In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar, playing tennis and getting lost in a great book. “Every child is created and gifted in many ways. I find great joy in interacting and discovering the uniqueness of each child. My hope is that as a pediatrician, I can be a small part of enabling each child be the best they can be.”
Dr. Sharon DiCristofaro, M.D. FAAP
Dr. Sharon DiCristofaro or “Dr. D” as her patients call her, is returning to Florida after living in West Virginia for the majority of her career. She is a graduate of Marshall University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Marshall as well. She brings 15 years of experience in private practice and a true love for children with her to First Choice Pediatrics. She is board certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has a gift with children and knows that pediatrics is about more than a diagnosis. She is the mother of three amazing children who now call Florida home.
Dr. Nicole Armstrong, M.D. FAAP
Dr. Armstrong was born in New Port News, Virginia, and grew up in Reno, NV before moving to Winter Garden, FL as a young teenager. She attended the University of Florida, earning her Bachelors Degree in Health Science, before continuing on to medical school at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine as a member of the founding classes. She then completed her pediatric residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Her interests within pediatrics include mental and behavioral health, adolescent health, and watching families grow up!
When she is not working, she loves spending time with her husband, Danny, and her two young children. She is excited to return to her home town and join the First Choice Pediatrics Family!.
Dr. Josue H. Cortes, M.D. FAAP
Josue H. Cortes graduated from medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in southern California. He completed his residency at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. He then came to Florida where he has practiced for the last 13 years as a board certified pediatrician. Dr. Cortes is fully bilingual, English and Spanish. He truly enjoys the time he spends with his patients and their families, and he loves practicing every aspect of pediatric medicine.