Meet the Pediatric Craniofacial Specialists & Surgeons

The members of the Craniofacial team work together to develop and deliver a coordinated plan of care to meet each child’s individual needs. The multidisciplinary team is comprised of specialists in the following disciplines:

Pediatric Plastic Surgeons


S Anthony Wolfe, MD

Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric plastic surgery, cleft lip palate

Chad A Perlyn, MD

Craniofacial Surgeon
Locations:
Aventura, Boynton Beach, Miami, Miramar
Clinical Interests:
craniofacial surgery, vascular anomalies and pigmented lesions of the skin

Saoussen Salhi, MD

Pediatric Plastic, Reconstructive and Craniofacial Surgeon
Locations:
Aventura, Boynton Beach, Miami
Clinical Interests:

Cleft lip and palate surgery, craniofacial surgery, reconstructive surgery of the ear, facial palsy, breast surgery, as well as care of vascular anomalies


Pediatric Otolaryngologists (ENT)


Sandeep P Dave, M.D.

PSA Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Locations:
Aventura, Miami
Clinical Interests:
Endoscopic airway surgery, tympanic membrane repair and pediatric sleep-disordered breathing/sleep apnea

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric otolaryngology

Brian Ho, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngologist//Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist
Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Airway reconstruction.

 


Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric otolaryngology

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric otolaryngology

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric Otolaryngology

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:

Yamilet Tirado, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngologist/Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist
Locations:
Aventura, Miami
Clinical Interests:
Disorders of the head and neck, complex airway problems, congenital malformations and voice disorders

Pediatric Orthodontists


Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Orthodontics

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Orthodontics

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:

Locations:
Key Biscayne, Miami
Clinical Interests:
Orthodontics

Locations:
Miami
Clinical Interests:
Orthodontics

Pediatric Neurosurgeons


Sanjiv Bhatia, MD

Chief, Department of Surgery
Director, Operating Room
Locations:
Aventura, Miami, Palm Beach Gardens
Clinical Interests:
Intractable epilepsy, brain tumors, vascular malformations, spinal dysraphism, neuroendoscopy, hydrocephalus and arachnoid cysts, brachial plexus injuries

John Ragheb, MD

Director, Division of Neurosurgery
Locations:
Aventura, Miami, Naples
Clinical Interests:
Neurosurgery, neurotrauma, brain tumors, spina bifida, tethered spinal cord, congenital anomalies

Toba N Niazi, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Locations:
Boynton Beach, Miami, Palm Beach Gardens
Clinical Interests:
Brain and spinal cord tumors, complex congenital or traumatic spinal disorders

Pediatric Geneticists


Mislen S Bauer, MD

Director, Neurofibromatosis Program
Locations:
Miami

Staff

Karina Torres, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, CPN

Program Coordinator

Karina is a board certified family nurse practitioner and serves as Program Coordinator of the Craniofacial Center at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.  She has a master of science degree in nursing from Barry University and a bachelor of science in nursing from Florida International University.  Karina is responsible for the clinical management of children with craniofacial differences and various genetic conditions, as well as, their outpatient and inpatient care. She has worked at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital since 2005 and has extensive experience in the care of children with complex and chronic medical conditions. 

Katherine Schain, M.S., CGC

Genetics Counselor

Katherine Schain is a board certified genetic counselor. She has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Florida State University and a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University. She has served as the genetic counselor for the Craniofacial Center and Clinical Genetics at Nicklaus Children's Hospital since 2000 and has extensive experience in working with prenatal and pediatric populations.

Genetics Counselor

Katherine Schain, M.S., CGC is a board certified genetic counselor. She has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Florida State University and a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University. She has served as the genetic counselor for the Craniofacial Center and Clinical Genetics at Nicklaus Children's Hospital since 2000 and has extensive experience in working with prenatal and pediatric populations.

Dental Team

  • Pediatric Dentist - Our dentist will provide comprehensive routine dental care and monitor dental progress. Evaluation of teeth and facial growth will be made during team meetings and dental care will be provided in the Dental Clinic, located at the Nicklaus Children's Doral Outpatient Center.
  • Dental Implant Reconstruction -  The dental implant reconstruction physician is specially trained to support children who have craniofacial anomalies that may require dental implants, facial reconstruction, or bone grafting. They work together with the plastic surgeon and orthodontist. 
  • Oral Maxillofacial Surgery - The oral maxillofacial surgeon is specially trained to perform reconstructive dental and maxillofacial surgery for children with craniofacial anomalies. 
  • Orthodontics -  The pediatric orthodontist is a dentist who is specially trained to straighten and align your child's teeth. Children with craniofacial anomalies usually need to have their teeth straightened as they get older.
  • Prosthodontics  - Our pediatric prosthodontist specializes in dental appliances and implants.

Pediatric Audiologists


Mike Bermudez, M.A., CCC-A

Marlene Fayette-Cowgill, Au.D., CCC-A

Sandra Yampolsky, Au.D.


Speech and Language Pathologists

Our speech and language pathologists will initially6 assist you with learning how to feed your infant. In subsequent visits to the team, the speech pathologist will evaluate speech and language, and will make recommendations that will help your child speak clearly. 


Lynn L. Graff, MA, MS, CCC-SLP

Jennifer Rodriguez, M.A., CCC-SLP

Michelle C. Prüss, M.S., CCC-SLP

Jo Ann Vargas, MA, CCC-SLP

Claryza Pujol, M.S., CCC-SLP

Jeanette Perez, M.S., CCC-SLP

Chantel Hernandez, MS, CC-SLP


Office Staff

  • Tashmin Aponte - Lead Office Assistant

Other specialties that work in concert with the Craniofacial Center include:

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 Physicians identified with a Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA) logo are employees of PSA, which is part of Nicklaus Children's Health System, and are not employees of Nicklaus Children's Hospital. All other physicians listed on the website are in private medical practices.