Meet Our Staff
Deniz Cereb, MD, FAAP
Dr. Deniz Cereb has been practicing Pediatrics in Staten Island for over 20 years. He attained his Doctor of medicine degree from Ankara University School of Medicine in 1986. Dr. Cereb finished his residency training in Pediatrics at the State University of New York/Children’s Medical Center of Brooklyn in 1993. He is board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Cereb’s interests cover all areas of Pediatric medicine. During his leisure time, he reads novels, watches movies and loves to travel.
Esra Fakioglu, MD, FAAP
Dr. Fakioglu is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. She has completed her Pediatrics training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY and afterwards obtained fellowship training on Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY. Following her training, Dr. Fakioglu spent 6 years at Montefiore/Einstein, Bronx, NY as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. Although she was an academician, Dr. Fakioglu always kept her connection with patients providing inpatient and outpatient consultations on Pediatric care and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. She has great experience in wide spectrum of pediatric ailments that can affect the age range from newborn to young adult. Dr. Fakioglu is fluent in Turkish (native language) and also in conversational Spanish. She is very happy to be part of the community and serve them in the practice.
Angie Hernandez, MD, FAAP
Dr. Hernandez is a Board Certified Pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a graduate of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedicine and New York University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center at North Shore-Long Island Jewish.
She previously worked as a pediatrician at a private clinic in Queens. Her special interests include developmental screening and asthma management.
Dr. Hernandez was raised in Staten Island and is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Hernandez enjoys art, traveling and spending time with her son, husband, and family.
Saira Khan, MD
Dr. Khan is Board Certified in Pediatrics. She obtained her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center at NS-LIJ Northwell Health. She treats all aspects of general pediatrics, and takes pride in being thorough and gentle with her patients. She also has a passion for teaching, and enjoys keeping parents and families fully involved and informed.
She is an avid traveler, and enjoys photography, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. She is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. She is conversational in Spanish, as well.
Dmitry Shindelman, PNP
Dmitry Shindelman is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who graduated from one of the most competitive nurse practitioner programs; at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Dmitry Shindelman has 13 years of experience in primary care pediatrics and extensive experience in working with patients with varying cultural and economic backgrounds who resides in diverse areas of New York City. Dmitry possesses an invaluable 7 year experience working at Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Pediatric/Adult Burn Unit where he gained vast knowledge in wound care and burn injury. Dmitry enjoys working with children of all ages, as each age presents unique challenges. In his free time, Dmitry enjoys playing the piano and loves to travel, particularly to tropical destinations. Dmitry is fluent in the Russian language.
Uzma Afzal, RPA-C
Uzma Afzal is a double board-certified physician assistant, graduate of SUNY downstate medical center class of 2012. Uzma Afzal’s training included a range of specialties at Kings County Hospital, Long Island Jewish Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, Woodhull hospital and Downstate Medical Center. Since graduating, PA Afzal worked with private outpatient pediatrics offices affiliated with New York Methodist Hospital, as well as Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She has been practicing pediatric outpatient medicine since 2012. PA Afzal is a clinical coordinator for the physician assistant program at SUNY Downstate medical center. PA Afzal is a mother of three young boys and relates well with other parents. She speaks Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi fluently. In her spare time, Uzma’s favorite hobby is cooking nutritious meals.
Brittany Wilson, RPA-C
Brittany Wilson, a board certified physician assistant, is a 2012 graduate from SUNY Downstate’s Physician Assistant program. She has over 5 years of primary pediatric experience as well as experience in the specialties of otolaryngology. In addition to her clinical practice, PA Wilson works as a clinical coordinator for the Downstate PA program in which she guides physician assistant students during their clinical rotations. She is also a guest lecturer for the program. PA Wilson describes herself as “a big kid” and truly enjoys spending time with her patients. She prides herself on being very down to earth and easy to talk to. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing and painting, experimenting with photography, and spending time with her family, friends, and fur babies.
Alexa Wilson, MPH
Alexa Wilson earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Science from St. Francis College in 2015. She then went on to graduate from the CUNY School of Public Health with a Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition in 2018. Alexa is passionate about the field of Nutrition, as well as helping others. Being able to assist children and adolescents with making healthy dietary and lifestyle changes truly brings her joy. As a bookworm, Alexa enjoys reading and learning and in her spare time, she loves to write music, practice yoga, try new foods from different cultures, and spend time with her family and friends.
Josephine O’Hara, PNP
Josephine O’Hara (JoJo) has been a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since 2014. She received her Master’s Degree at Seton Hall University. JoJo’s experience is in both primary care and inpatient hospital settings. She currently works as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) at Island Kids Pediatrics and in the hospital providing care to infants in both well baby nursery and NICU. JoJo’s nursing experience has been in the burn intensive care unit (BICU), coronary care unit (CCU), wound care and post operative orthopedic units. Love of learning and sharing that knowledge has shaped her practice. From caring for the smallest and sickest of babies to providing routine examinations to young adults and everywhere in between. In her free time JoJo enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 children.