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our team of Physicians

Vincent M. Apicella, DO

Board Certified, Family Practice

Medical Director


Dr. Vincent Apicella is a board-certified osteopathic family medicine physician. He has been practicing medicine since 2004. He is the owner and co-founder of Premier Family Health, PA. He was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL and is married with 4 children.

Education & Training:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Biochemistry, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
  • Doctorate, Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL
  • Residency, Family Practice, Wellington Regional Medical Center, Wellington, FL
  • Fellowship, Anti-Aging Medicine and Regenerative Medicine, American Academy for Anti-Aging, Tampa, FL

Professional Memberships: American Osteopathic Association

  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American College of Osteopathic Physicians
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine
  • American College for Advancement in Medicine
  • Palm Beach County Medical Society

Medical Interests:

  • Men’s Health
  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Personal Interests:

  • Photography
  • Hiking & rafting
  • Weight training
  • Public speaking
  • Life coaching

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Mariaclara E. Bago, DO

Board Certified, Family Practice


Dr. Mariaclara Bago is a board-certified osteopathic family medicine physician in practice since 2004. She is  a co-owner and co-founder of Premier Family Health, PA. She was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and is married with 4 children.

Education & Training:

  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Masters Degree, Public Health Education, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Doctorate, Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL
  • Residency,  Family Medicine, Wellington Regional Medical Center, Wellington, FL
  • Fellowship, Regenerative & Functional Medicine, American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine, Tampa, FL

Professional Memberships:

  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Association of Osteopathic Physicians
  • American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine

Medical Interests:

  • Wellness Programs & Disease Prevention
  • Weight Loss
  • Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement
  • Nutritional medicine
  • Detoxification

Personal Interests:

  • Triathlons
  • Travel
  • Exercise and fitness
  • Spending time with family

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Spanish

Christopher Santora, MD

Board Certified, Family Practice


Dr. Christopher Santora is a board-certified Family Medicine physician practicing since 2007.  Dr. Santora’s expertise includes geriatric medicine, sports medicine and urgent care. He is married with 2 children.

Education & Training:

  • Masters of Science, Chemistry, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Doctorate in Medicine, St George’s School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies
  • Residency, Family Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians

Medical Interests:

  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Urgent Care
  • Injections

Personal Interests:

  • Outdoor Activities
  • Sports
  • Spending time with family

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Spanish

Nikolaus Pankow, MD

Board Certified, Family Practice


Dr. Nikolaus Pankow is a board-certified Family Medicine physician. He was born and raised in Germany.  He earned his medical degree from Humboldt University in Berlin in 2001. Dr. Pankow went on to complete a residency in Family Medicine at University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH in 2013.  Dr. Pankow was in practice for more than 13 years before joining Premier. He is married with one daugther.

Education & Training:

  • Doctorate in Medicine, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
  • Residency in Family Practice, University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians

Medical Interests:

  • Preventive Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Lifestyle Medicine

Personal Interests:

  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Skiing
  • Biking

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • German
  • Conversational Spanish

Kunal Gandhi, MD

Board Certified, Family Medicine


The Clarkson Family Medicine Residency Program is a rural family medicine practice in Omaha, Nebraska. There, Dr. Gandhi provided the full spectrum of medical care to area patients, from young children to advanced seniors. Her multi-specialty approach to the practice of medicine makes her the perfect fit for Premier Family Health.

Of particular interest to Dr. Gandhi is: women’s health including gynecological procedures, dermatology procedures, weight management and medication management in patients with mood disorders. She is experienced treating patients of all ages with chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Education & Training:

  • Medical Degree, University of Eustatius School of Medicine, the Caribbean
  • Family Practice Rotation, Clarkson Family Medicine Residency Program, Omaha, Nebraska

Michael B. Appelblatt, DO

Board Certified, Family Medicine


Bio:

Dr. Appelblatt is a board certified osteopathic physician who received his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL. Dr. Appelblatt completed his internship and residency in Family Medicine at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah.

Dr. Appelblatt is looking forward to developing long-term therapeutic partnerships with patients of all ages utilizing both traditional and osteopathic therapies to help patients meet their physical, mental and emotional needs. He will guide patients to develop healthier lifestyles, to include nutrition, wellness and healthy sleep patterns.

our team of Nurse Practitioners

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse (R.N.) with additional specialized education. Education for nurse practitioners includes advanced nursing and selected medical studies as well as intensive clinical experience.

Premier Nurse Practitioner’s have close working relationships with the physicians and develop special one-on-one relationships with patients. As skilled clinicians and patient educators, our NP’s are dedicated to providing high quality care to our patients.

Elizabeth Stevens Lofaso, ARNP

Board Certified, Adult Medicine


Elizabeth Stevens Lofaso, ARNP is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner in practice since 2005.  She joined the Premier family 11 years ago, after earning her nursing degree.  Ms. Lofaso was born in New York and raised in South Florida.  She is married with 3 children. 

Education & Training:

  • Master of Science in Nursing, Adult Health,University of South Florida (1st in Class!)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing with high honors, University of Florida
  • Fellowship, American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine, Tampa, FL

Certifications:

  • ARNP Board Certification, American Nurses Credentialing Center

 Affiliations:

  • Florida Nurse Practitioner Network

Medical Interests:

  • Preventive care and chronic disease management, Patient-Centered HealthCare, Quality
  • Performance and governmental outcomes

Personal Interests:

  • Family time with husband and 3 beautiful children
  • Fitness
  • Beach-going, boating, and fishing
  • Arts and crafts
  • Travel

Languages Spoken:

  • English
 

Katherine M. Carlson, ARNP-BC

Board Certified, Family Practice


Katie Carlson is a board-certified family Nurse Practitioner practicing since 2008. She joined Premier after earning her nursing degree and has been here ever since. Katie was born and raised in Boynton Beach, FL.  She is married with 2 children.

Education & Training:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Florida Atlantic University
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: Master of Science in Nursing, Florida Atlantic University

Professional Memberships:

  • Member, American Osteopathic Association

Medical Interests:

  • Women’s Health
  • Nutrition
  • Aesthetics

Personal Interests:

  • Diving
  • Dancing
  • Travel

Languages Spoken:

  • English

our team of Physician Assistants

Alexandra Lewis, MPAS, PA-C

Board Certified Physician Assistant


Alexandra Lewis is a board-certified Physician Assistant. She has been practicing family medicine since 1998, caring for patients in the Palm Beach County area for more than 17 years prior to joining Premier Family Health.  She is married with 2 children.

Education & Training:

  • Masters in Physician Assistant Studies with a Bachelor of Science in Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1998
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, minor in Chemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1995
  • Associate in Arts, Tallahassee CommunityCollege, Tallahassee, FL, 1992

Professional Memberships:

  • Member, American Academy of Physicians Assistants
  • Member, Florida Academy of Physician Assistants

Medical Interests:

  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Weight Management
  • In office Procedures

Personal Interests:

  • Family time
  • Art/Drawing/Decor
  • Travel
  • Shoes

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Spanish

Sheena Urdaz, PA-C

Board Certified Physician Assistant


Sheena Urdaz, PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant in practice since 2014.  She began her career in Internal Medicine in rural Georgia for a year before joining Premier in 2015.  She is from the suburbs of Philadelphia PA.  She is happily married with 2 daughters and one step-daughter. 

Education & Training

  • Masters Physician Assistant Studies, South University, Savannah, GA
  • Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences with a Minor in Theatre, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • American College of Healthcare Sciences, Syros, Kyklades, Greece
  • Trained in Holistic Therapies including reflexology, iridology, and aromatherapy

Professional Memberships:

  • Lifetime Member, The Penn State Alumni Association
  • FMCSA Certified Medical Examiner
  • Member, American Academy of Physician Assistants

Medical Interests:

  • Integrative Medicine
  • Diabetes Management
  • Dermatology

Personal Interests:

  • Organic and Sustainable Living Methods
  • Traveling
  • Camping
  • Swimming
  • Yoga/Meditation

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Eric Klopman, PA-C

Board Certified Physician Assistant


Eric Klopman, PA-C is a board-certified physician assistant. He has been practicing since 2000. He worked in Internal Medicine for 15 years prior to joining Premier.  Eric was born in New York and raised in West Palm Beach, FL and is married with 2 children.

Education & Training:

  • Bachelor of Science, Nova Southeastern University
  • Physician Assistant Program, Nova Southeastern University

Professional Memberships:

  • Florida Academy of Physician Assistants
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Medical Interests:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Urgent Care
  • Emergency Medicine

Personal Interests:

  • Sports
  • Softball
  • Playing the Guitar
  • Hiking

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Selena Buongiorno, PA-C

Board Certified Physician Assistant


Selena Buongiorno, PA-C is a board-certified physician assistant and has been practicing since 2014.  She started her career in orthopedics for a year before joining Premier in 2015.  She was born in Boynton Beach and raised in Wellington, FL and is married with a newborn son. 

Education & Training:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Honors College at Florida Atlantic University
  • Master of Medical Science, Nova Southeastern University

Professional Memberships:

  • Member, Florida Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Member, American Academy of Physician Assistants

Medical Interests:

  • Orthopedics
  • Wellness
  • Weight Management

Personal Interests:

  • Cycling/Spinning
  • Boating
  • Motorcycles
  • Spending time with family

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Jamie Taylor, ARNP
Family Medicine

Bianca DeLaura, ARNP
Family Medicine