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.
We are super excited to welcome Dr. Megan Luciano to our practice! She will be taking care of our patients as our "Hospital Specialist" (Hospitalist) at Winnie Palmer Hospital. This means that she will be managing laboring patients, doing deliveries, taking care of our high risk pregnant patients while they are in the hospital, and performing gynecologic surgeries. Here is her Bio:
Dr Megan Luciano earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. Dr. Luciano’s awards and honors include the “Exemplary Physician Colleague Award” from Allied Health Executive and Nurse Executive Council” and was named “Health Information Management Physician of the Quarter”. Dr Luciano has been married for ten years to her college sweetheart who was was born and raised here in Central Florida. They have two children ages 4 and 2. She is an active member of Christ United Fellowship Church in downtown Orlando. She enjoys spending time outdoors but also cycling on her indoor “bike that goes nowhere” (the Peloton), being with family, and cooking. Her interests focus on general OB/GYN, high risk pregnancies, adolescent gynecology and minimally invasive surgeries including Robotics. Dr Luciano cares for our patients as our Winnie Palmer Hospital Specialist.
Urinary incontinence is an extremely common complaint for women. It often starts after childbearing and only gets worse as we age. There are two different types of urinary incontinence: the most common type is “stress incontinence” (leaking with stress like bending, sneezing, coughing etc) . The second type is called “urge incontinence” (bladder spasms and urgency to “get to the bathroom quickly”) . The treatment options of these two types vary. Depending on the type of incontinence you have, your doctor has probably recommended pelvic floor exercises called “kegels”, life style modifications like decreasing your fluid intake, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and stopping fluids by 7pm. For some, pelvic floor rehab is the answer, others manage with medications, and for some the treatment is surgery. And for many women, there is no effective treatment at all and we are left praying we won’t have an accident , or we are stuck wearing pads and panty liners every day.
However, there IS a new treatment option in the form of vaginal PRP available at Women’s Care Florida , and we are proud to offer this to you. Dr. Michelle Rothen became interested in the benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma several years ago and is very excited to offer it as a part of her practice now. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used in many different fields of medicine for decades. It is used in Dermatology, Aesthetics, in Wound Care, Orthopedics, Urology and Gynecology. It has been found very useful as a non-medication and non-surgical treatment option for many different types of incontinence including both stress and urgency incontinence. It is a quick and easy procedure that can be done in our office by a board certified Gynecologist. It usually takes effect within 3-8 weeks and patients often feel the effects for 9 months to a year, some even longer. In fact, 95% of women will report a significant improvement or even complete resolution in their urinary symptoms.
How does the procedure work? We begin with a consultation. That lets us get to know each other. We go over your medical history in detail and make sure that you are a candidate for vaginal PRP. We discuss the procedure in detail and go over all of your questions, concerns and expectations.
When you come back, we will start by drawing your own blood. We then spin your blood and extract the platelet rich plasma (PRP) which we inject back into your vaginal tissue. The PRP is injected with a very small needle and it is virtually pain free for most patients.
After about 3-8weeks the PRP starts to take effect. The platelets and growth factors will recruit stem cells to the area, increase blood flow and naturally rejuvenate and heal the tissue. Does it work? Absolutely ……for almost everyone! 95% of women report a tremendous improvement in their urinary incontinence! That’s worth trying and we look forward to seeing you soon.
It is "Pink October" once again, but this time it comes with a pandemic. We all have been so stressed out and preoccupied with so many other worries for the past 7 months, that we have been neglecting our routine screenings.
The National Cancer Institute estimates that delayed diagnoses due to the pandemic could result in 10,000 additional deaths from breast and colorectal cancers in the next 10 years.
The healthcare community has seen that many patients are fearful to go to medical facilities and hospitals over concerns of catching an illness. The result is a delay in care and the possibility of diagnosing cancer at a later stage.
So, what should you do? You should certainly seek an immediate evaluation from your doctor if you have ANY of these breast symptoms:
-redness or warmth
-lump or pain
If you are a healthy individual, especially if you are under the age of 65, you should be seeing your healthcare providers like you normally do each year. If you are at high risk for complications of Covid, you may be able to have a virtual visit with your doctor to see what the next step should be.
Most healthcare facilities are taking extra precautions to keep patients safe. At our office, we are: questioning all those entering the building, enforcing wearing a mask, sterilizing all surfaces and equipment after each patient, and adhering to social distancing.
We are available to perform your mammogram at our Clay Street office location Monday through Friday. It is typically a quick 15 minute procedure performed by the mammography technician, and read remotely by the board certified radiologist. Call 407-644-5371 to schedule your appointment.