Island Kids Pediatrics
Island Kids Pediatrics

RICHMOND AVE.

(718) 982-9001
Mon : 9 AM – 7 PM
Tue – Thur : 9 AM – 6 PM
Friday : 9 AM – 5 PM
Saturday : 9 AM – 3 PM
Sunday : 9 AM – 1 PM

From July 19 to August 18th our
summer hours will be in affect.
We will close at 5 PM on Tuesdays
and Thursdays.

BROADWAY

(718) 447-5437
Mon : 9 AM – 7 PM
Tue – Thur : 9 AM – 6 PM
Friday : 9 AM – 5 PM
Saturday : 9 AM – 3 PM
Sunday : Closed

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.

Sri Lalitha Garimella, MD, FAAP

Board certified Pediatrician and fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics. Completed medical school in 2012,Telangana, India. After completing medical school worked as hospitalist in Tamilnadu, India. Completed Pediatric residency at Richmond University Medical Center, Staten Island.

Fluent in Telugu and conversational in Hindi and Tamil. Interests include reading, arts and spending time with son and husband. Pediatrics is a unique specialty in which we take care of patients from newborn growing into adults, treating a wide variety of conditions and meeting their special needs which makes it both interesting and rewarding experience.

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.

C. Nathan Kabariti, MD, FAAP

Dr. C. Nathan Kabariti is a board-certified Pediatrician who attained his Medical Doctor degree from the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and completed his Pediatrics training at the Maimonides Children’s Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. 

Dr. Kabariti was born in Syria but raised in Brooklyn and is conversational in Arabic due to his Syrian Jewish heritage. During his leisure time, he enjoys reading, music, and spending time with his wife, two sons, and family. He is excited to be part of the community and serve them in the practice.

Saira Khan, MD, FAAP

Dr. Khan is a board certified pediatrician, fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, certified lactation counselor, and mom to an energetic toddler. She believes in the power of a strong partnership between pediatricians and parents in providing the best medical care for children. She is passionate about having an impact on the next generation and is committed to delivering high quality care to her patients.

Dr. Khan has a passion for learning, teaching, and self growth. She obtained her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She completed her pediatric residency training in Long Island, New York at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center at Northshore-LIJ, which is the children’s hospital of the Northwell Health System. Since then, she has been working in outpatient pediatrics, serving the Staten Island community. She is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi and conversational in Spanish. She treats children of all ages and appreciates the importance of being thorough and gentle with young patients, and in being attentive and informative with  all parents. Dr. Khan believes that every child is our future and she feels fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to the wellbeing of patients with the goal of fostering healthy, happy children. 

In her free time, she is an avid traveler and enjoys photography and cooking. Most of all, she enjoys coming home to her son and husband and spending time with friends and family. 

Uzma Afzal, RPA-C

Uzma Afzal is a 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. She is now a certified lactation consultant. 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 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 double board-certified Physician Assistant, is a 2012 graduate from SUNY Downstate’s Physician Assistant program. She has over 8 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.

Jessie Prescott, FNP-BC

Jessie Prescott is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and mommy to her “threenager” as she calls him, her very spunky toddler. She has always felt compelled to focus on the pediatric population and believes in the power of a strong partnership between providers and parents in giving the best medical care for children possible. As an advanced practice nurse she is vital in all aspects of patient care, including diagnosis, treatments and consultations. She is passionate and committed to delivering high quality care to her patients.


Jessie grew up in Staten Island and obtained her degree from Wagner College. Since then, she has worked in a level four NICU in Manhattan, serving some of the smallest babies and their families and was a clinical lab instructor at her former nursing school. She treats children of all ages and appreciates the importance of being thorough and gentle with young patients whilst being attentive and informative with all parents.


In her free time, Jessie enjoys spending time with her son, her family, and her friends. She also enjoys traveling, exercising, and staying active to keep up with her two dogs. Most importantly, she loves to create beautiful memories at home.

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.

Milagros Pena, RN, MS, CPNP-PC

Milagros Pena completed her graduate studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1998, obtaining Board Certification as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2002. Milagros’ experience in pediatrics has been in a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient settings with her longest tenure being at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY from 2000-2011. Milagros has been an adjunct faculty in the nursing department at NYU, Lehman and Hunter colleges teaching in both classroom and clinical settings. Milagros is fluent in Spanish and prides herself in providing culturally sensitive pediatric care to children and families from diverse backgrounds. 

In her spare time, Milagros enjoys hiking, swimming and tennis with her family.

Lisa Gangemi MS, RDN

Lisa Gangemi, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and member of the Pediatric Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a graduate of Saint Elizabeth University where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Food Science and Master’s in Nutrition.

Lisa completed a 1200 hour accredited Dietetic Internship in clinical and community nutrition where she provided medical nutrition therapy to improve the health of children and adults.

Lisa provides evidence-based nutrition counseling through an ‘all foods fit’ intuitive eating approach to help patients achieve health benefits which include lower body mass index (BMI), weight stability, increased dietary variety, improved blood fats, blood glucose, blood pressures, and repaired self-esteem & body-image. In her spare time, she enjoys creating new recipes, meditating, and spending time outdoors with her family and fur baby.