Medical Staff

Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care has a team of dedicated Physicians and ARNPs who ensure that patients receive the comprehensive care and comfort they need and desire.

Physicians:

Michael Timothy Shapiro, M.D.
Ross University
School of Medicine
Dominica, West Indies

Dennis Randolph Bassetti, M.D.
St. Georges University School of Medicine
Grenada, West Indies
MD Degree awarded: June 1979

American Board of Internal Medicine Certifications:
1982 – Board Certified in Internal Medicine
1984 – Board Certified in Pulmonary Medicine
1987 – Board Certified in CriticalCare Medicine
2007 – Board Certified in Sleep Medicine
2012 – Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine

Angell Bruno, M.D., M.S.
Universidad Central del Caribe
School of Medicine, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
MD Degree awarded: June 1990

Licenses & Certifications:
License for practice of medicine in Puerto Rico, Oklahoma and Florida

Francisco J. Chebly, M.D.
St. Joseph University
Beirut, Lebanon
MD Degree awarded: December 1991

Licenses & Certifications:
1992 – FMGEMS: Basic Science
1993 – Clinical Science
1996 – USMLE
1998 – Board Certified in Internal Medicine
License for practice of medicine in NY State, Indiana and Florida

Lowell F. Clark, M.D.
Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians
Dublin 2, Ireland
MD Degree awarded: December 1980

Licenses & Certifications:
1986 – American Board of Internal Medicine
1994 – American Medical Director
License for practice of medicine in Florida and Minnesota

Felipe Collazo-Pagan, M.D.
University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine
Medical Sciences Campus
Rio Piedras, P.R.
MD Degree awarded: 1997

Licenses & Certifications:
Board Certified in Family Medicine
E.P.E.C. Certified (End of Life Training for Physicians)
License for practice of medicine in Florida

Susan J. Drukman, M.D.
University of Miami
MD Degree awarded: 1986

Licenses & Certifications:
1993 – American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Ajit V. Hansalia, M.D.
Thomas Jefferson Medical College
Philadelphia, PA
MD Degree awarded: 1995

Licenses & Certifications:
Federal DEA License
Delaware DEA License
License for practice of medicine in Florida, Delaware and Pennsylvania

Gary Lehman, M.C., C.M.D.
University of Miami
School of Medicine
MD Degree awarded: 1979

Licenses & Certifications:
1981 – American Board of Family Practice
1990 – Certified Medical Director
1990 – Geriatrics (ABFP)
1998 – American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Brian F. Liebersbach, M.D.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas
MD Degree awarded: 1998

Licenses & Certifications:
2002 – American Board of Pediatrics
2002 – American Board of Internal Medicine
License for practice of medicine in Florida

Juan C. Nova, M.D.
Pontificia Universidad Madre y Maestra
Dominican Republic
MD Degree awarded: 2001

Licenses & Certifications:
Board Certified Florida Department of Health

Nelly A. Otero, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., M.B.A.
Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena
MD Degree awarded: 1984

Licenses & Certifications:
License for practice of medicine in Florida and Texas

Ramon A. Perez, M.D.
Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo
MD Degree awarded: 1981

Kathleen M. Starbird, M.D.
Lorna Linda University
School of Medicine
Lorna Linda, California
MD Degree awarded: 1997

Licenses & Certifications:
American Board of Internal Medicine
Florida Board of Medicine

Stephen Glenn Swengros, M.D.
University of Maryland
School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
MD Degree awarded: 1984

Nurse Practitioners:

Janice P. Heidel
Florida Southern College
Degree awarded: 1984

Certifications & Professional Organizations:
Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner
Polk County Advanced Practice Nurse’s Association
Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
Previous Certification as Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse

Bonita Sconyers Lee, MSN, ARNP-C
University of South Florida
Degree awarded: 2011

Certifications & Professional Organizations:
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
American Heart Association: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
American Heart Association : Basic Life Support (BLS)
Polk County Advanced Practice Nurses Association (PCJPNJ)
Association of Advanced Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)

Lesa W. Mariner, MSN, ARNP-C
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY
Degree awarded: 1986

Certifications & Professional Organizations:
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Certification Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse
American Heart Association : Basic Life Support (BLS)
Association of Advanced Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

Kate Morrow McCaffrey
Pace University
Leonard School of Nursing
Pleasantville, NY
Degree awarded: 1987

Lisa M. Lees, RN, FNP
University of South Alabama (2002)
MSN Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Spec.
St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN (1996)
BAN Nursing
Certifications:
ANCC Family NP (2002)
Clinical Nurse Specialist (2002)

Patricia I. Wahrenberger, DNP-DCC, FNP-BC
Ball State University, Indiana (2003)
Post-MSN Certificate (FNP)
Graduated: (2003)
Columbia University, New York
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DMP)
Graduated: (2007)
Certifications:
Family Nurse Practitioner(FNP-BC)/ANCC – 12/1/2003-Present
Diplomate of Comprehensive Care(DNP-DCC) – 4/2009-Present