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

The team’s plastic surgeons are physicians who have extensive experience with children who have craniofacial differences. They have specialized training in correcting cleft lip/palate in addition to more complex craniofacial anomalies. They will perform all the corrective surgeries. The plastic surgeon will examine the child and plan the scope and timing to benefit the child.

S Anthony Wolfe, MD

Director, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Primary Office: Miami

Practice Name: S. Anthony Wolfe, MD, PA

Clinical Interests: Pediatric plastic surgery, cleft lip palate

Chad A Perlyn, MD

President, Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists (NCPS)

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric plastic surgery, craniofacial surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, vascular anomalies, pigmented lesions of the skin and BWS.

Nicole C Cabbad, MD

Plastic, Reconstructive and Craniofacial Surgeon

Primary Office: Boynton Beach

Additional Office: Palm Beach Gardens

Clinical Interests: Cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis and reconstruction of congenital differences and trauma-related conditions in children

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Pediatric Otolaryngologists (ENT)

The otolaryngologist (ENT) is the ear, nose, and throat doctor who will monitor and manage your child for any infections, sinus, or hearing problems.

Sandeep P Dave, MD

NCPS Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Endoscopic airway surgery, tympanic membrane repair and pediatric sleep-disordered breathing/sleep apnea

Andres F Orjuela, MD

Director, Division of Otolaryngology

Primary Office: Miami

Practice Name: DeCardenas & Villalonga, MD, PA

Clinical Interests: Pediatric otolaryngology

Brian Ho, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngologist//Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Airway reconstruction.

Fred F Telischi, MD

Primary Office: Miami

Practice Name: UM - Dept of Otolaryngology

Clinical Interests: Pediatric otolaryngology

Michael H Owens, MD

Primary Office: Miami

Practice Name: South Florida ENT Associates, Inc.

Additional Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric otolaryngology

Octavio Carreno, MD

Primary Office: Miami

Practice Name: DeCardenas & Villalonga, MD, PA

Clinical Interests: Pediatric otolaryngology

R. Antonio Portela, MD

Primary Office: Miami

Practice Name: Dr. Rafael R. Portela PA

Clinical Interests: Pediatric otolaryngology

Yamilet Tirado, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngologist/Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Aventura

Clinical Interests: Disorders of the head and neck, complex airway problems, congenital malformations and voice disorders

Peter George Volsky, MD

Clinical Interests: Pediatric otolaryngology

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Pediatric Geneticists

Katherine Schain, MS, 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.

Mislen S Bauer, MD

Director, Craniofacial Center
Director, Neurofibromatosis Program

Primary Office: Miami

Practice Name: Clinical Genetics Associates

Clinical Interests: Craniofacial deformities, neurofibromatosis

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Pediatric Psychologists

Sandra Deris-Atassi, PsyD

Child and Adolescent Psychologist

Primary Office: Doral

Clinical Interests: Psychological, developmental, and psycho-educational assessments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disorders, giftedness, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, and pediatric health conditions

The Craniofacial Dental Team Specialists

Cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial anomalies usually affect a child’s dental development. Teeth in the area of the cleft may be missing or improperly positioned. There may also be extra teeth or malformed teeth. In addition, affected teeth may be more susceptible to tooth decay. For these reasons, care of the teeth should begin as soon as the teeth emerge. Preventive practices with regular visits to the pediatric dentist will help to ensure the best dental outlook for your child.

  • 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. 
  • Prosthodontics – Our pediatric prosthodontist specializes in dental appliances and implants.

Pediatric Dental Residents

Dental residents from the Nicklaus Children's pediatric dental residency program participate in the Craniofacial Clinics, providing evaluation of each child's teeth and facial growth.

For patient families seeking ongoing dental care and management, Nicklaus Children's offers its Pediatric Dental Program, located at the Nicklaus Children's Doral Outpatient Center.

Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon

The oral maxillofacial surgeon is specially trained to perform reconstructive dental and maxillofacial surgery for children with craniofacial anomalies.

Jason E Portnof, DMD, MD

Primary Office: Boca Raton

Clinical Interests: correction of dentofacial deformities, orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery), maxillofacial reconstructive surgery, oral and maxillofacial pathology, and complex dental implantology.

Pediatric Orthodontists

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. The orthodontist works closely with the plastic surgeon regarding the use of a presurgical orthopedic device to bring cleft maxillary segments closer together. Sometimes the overall goal requires repositioning of these segments prior to plastic surgery. The orthodontist is also an archivist and record keeper related to your child’s growth and development.

Carmen A Garcia-Paul, DMD

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Orthodontics

Derek A. Sanders, DMD

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Orthodontics

Elaine S. de Roode, DDS

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Orthodontics

Idalia Lastra, DMD

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Key Biscayne

Clinical Interests: Orthodontics

Leonard H. Rothenberg, DDS

Primary Office: Miami

Clinical Interests: Orthodontics

Craniofacial Center Nurses

The craniofacial nurse practitioners work closely with the pediatricians during the health assesment process and will also help coordinate the care of the child, including doctor visits, surgeries, and rehabilitative services. The nurse practitioner serves as a liasion between the parent and the care team, becoming the child's advocate and ensuring that the child is referred to the appropiate treatment. The nurse practitioner can provide you with information and can answer any questions you may have concerning the care of your child.

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.


Pediatric Audiologists

The audiologist is an important member of the craniofacial team. The team's audiologist will be able to test your child's hearing and identify if your child has any hearing loss, regardless of the child's age.

Mike Bermudez

Marlene Fayette-Cowgill

Sandra Yampolsky
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Speech and Language Pathologists

Our speech and language pathologists will initially 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. 

Claryza Pujol

Jennifer Rodriguez

Jo Ann Vargas

Michelle C. Prüss

Jeanette Perez

Lynn L. Graff

Chantel Hernandez, MS, CC-SLP

Craniofacial Center Administrative Staff 

Tashmin Mora

Lead Office Assistant

Mrs. Mora has been a member of the Craniofacial Team since July 2017. She is pursuing her bachelor degree in Psychology. She is responsible for maintaining all medical records containing necessary documentation for medical appointments. Mrs. Mora oversees the approved sequence of tasks that are related to support the Craniofacial Team. She coordinates Craniofacial Clinic via contacting other hospital departments, team members, patients, and families. She assists with the secretarial and clerical duties for the Craniofacial Center as necessary and schedules and verifies medical appointments for all patients. She also assists in the coordination of craniofacial events.

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

Marta Mejia

Dentofacial Orhopedic Technician

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