Physician Champions


Physician champions serve a key role in the development of the Help Me Grow system. They give the system credibility and authority, particular for the physician community. Physician champions with strong connections to university medical schools and a background in developmental-behavioral medicine who are passionate about early intervention for all children are good matches for Help Me Grow.

Physician champions generally assist local Help Me Grow programs with the following duties:

  • facilitate outreach trainings at doctors’ offices
  • promote Help Me Grow to physician community to facilitate collaboration
  • present at state medical meetings, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), about Help Me Grow services

Please see below for a list of physician champions who are working in communities across Florida in partnership Help Me Grow initiative:

2-1-1 Big Bend:

  • Dr. Julia St. Petery, Medical Director of the Children’s Medical Foster Care Program and Assistant Medical Director of the Tallahassee Pediatric Foundation

2-1-1 Broward:

  • Dr. Estela Arambulo-Rabin, Pediatric Associates Foundation

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares (Pinellas County):

  • Neighborhood Family Center

United Way of Lee, Hendry & Glades:

  • Annette M. St. Pierre-MacKoul, M.D. , MacKoul Pediatrics
  • Melanio Villarosa, M.D., Hendry Regional Medical Center
  • Pierre Loredo, M.D., Lee Physician Group

2-1-1 Palm Beach/ Treasure Coast:

  • Dr. Jeanmarie Conner, Premier Pediatrics
  • Dr. Irma E. Romero, Kid’s Place Pediatrics
  • Dr. Michael Sonenblum, Pediatric Associates

United Way of Volusia & Flagler Counties:

  • Ed Prevatte, M.D., Family Medicine Residency Program, Halifax Health Medical Center

Heart of Florida United Way:

  • Dr Alfonso Mireles, Nemours Children’s Primary Care
  • Dr. Kevin Sherin, Florida Department of Health in Orange County Director

Jewish Community Services (Miami-Dade County):

  • Dr. Carmen Molina, Amedica Children’s Center

To become a physician champion in your community, please contact your local Help Me Grow by clicking here.