Maria Alina is a nationally certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Masters and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Colorado College of Nursing. Alina is a member of the Nurse Practitioners in Women's health Association and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses and is also certified in electronic fetal monitoring. In her role as a nurse practitioner , Alina is dedicated to serving women in the community, loves teaching, and focuses her practice on health promotion and healthy lifestyles.
Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Alina worked for a decade as a Registered Nurse with the majority in high-risk Labor and Delivery at presbyterian Saint Luke's Medical Center in Denver,Colorado.In her nursing career she focused on caring for women during pregnancy and postpartum with a passion for family planning and contraception counseling.
Alina is a Romanian native and enjoys cooking, reading, spending time with family and friends, and beautiful days at the beach. She is married and has two beautiful young daughters that keep her busy. She is enthusiastic to be part of the OB &GYN Specialists team and Women's Care Florida family.
Alina cares for patients at our Winter Park and Southwest Orlando locations.
We are very excited to introduce "Abri" Lusito to our practice!
Abrianna (“Abri”) Lusito, MMS, PA-C, is a board-certified physician assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Abri graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in biology and earned her master’s degree in Medical Science in Physician Assistant studies at Nova Southeastern University.
Abri believes in using a holistic approach to medicine and encourages each of her patients to be proactive in their healthcare. She has professional experience in a variety of women’s health-care settings across the state of Florida, including pre- and post- operative procedures. Abri has a special interest in urogynecology and has trained under renowned board certified urogynecologists.
In her free time, Abri enjoys spending time with her friends and family, exploring the outdoors, and cheering on her two favorite football teams, the Florida Gators and Atlanta Falcons.
Abri cares for our patients at our Winter Park and Southwest Orlando locations.
It is pretty hard to miss that October is "Breast Cancer Awareness Month". Just about every store I walk into has a multitude of pink-colored items and special pink packaging with the awareness ribbon stamped on the front . On the television there are commercials to remind us of "pink October", sports teams wearing pink, and news stories reminding us to have our mammograms done. The sobering statistics are that about 1 in 8 of us will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer. That means that we all have somebody in our life who has been affected (or will be affected) by this disease.
My job as a physician is to educate you (my patients and friends) about the best ways to prevent disease, and to try and catch disease early so that you will have a long, healthy life. There ARE some things that you can do to try to decrease your risk for breast cancer:
Don't smoke! There is not much more to say about this except that it is terrible for your health in every way.
Limit alcohol The more you drink, the higher the risk of breast cancer. Limit to one drink a day or less.
Control your weight Obesity, especially after menopause increases your risk for breast cancer
Breast-feed There is a protective effect- the longer, the better
Exercise You need 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity -plus strength training twice a week
Limit dose and duration of hormone therapy Talk with your doctor about choosing the lowest dose for the shortest number of years
Do your breast self-exams monthly How else will you know if there is a new lump?
In order to detect breast cancer early, mammograms still remain the best test that we have. There has been a lot of confusion in the media lately about what age to start mammograms, and how often to have them done. In looking at all of these studies, we still recommend to start yearly mammograms at age 40 and continue them for your whole life. There may be some of you that need to start testing earlier, but that will depend on medical and family history. Read More »
I recently lost one of my best friends to cancer. I am overwhelmed with the amount of sadness I feel...nothing really prepares you for this. My friends are helping to ease the pain. You could argue that maybe this is because my partners in the practice (who are also my friends), are going through the same grief, and therefore we are commiserating with each other. But, my non-physician friends do just as great of a job in helping me to feel both physically and emotionally better, even without having that personal connection to my friend who passed away.
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“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is love of humanity” ~Hippocrates
When I joined this practice 18 years ago, I was fresh out of residency at Arnold Palmer Hospital and ready to use all of the medical knowledge I had learned over four grueling, sleepless years. I felt confident with my surgical skills, and felt that I could handle just about any obstetric emergency that came my way, diagnose any female-type rash or infection, and help women navigate the twisty turns of menopause. Dr. Marnique Jones and I came through the four years of residency together, and were fresh, 30 year old doctors eager to join this practice that Drs Diebel and Lazar had founded many years before. We were both busy from the start, and rapidly gained a large group of patients who would follow us both for many years to come.
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