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.






Luis Velasquez, MD, FAAP

Dr. Velasquez is a board Certified Pediatrician and Fellow of the ABP and AAP. Dr. Velasquez finished his residency training in Pediatrics from SUNY Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn. He is a former Associate Medical Director at Joseph P Addabbo Family Health Centers. Dr. Velasquez has received numerous academic honors, specifically from the American Medical Association Physician Excellence Recognition and Award for CME (2015) and from the Prestigious American Academy of Pediatrics CME / CPD Award for three years of CME Excellence (2014). In addition, Dr. Velasquez has served as a Clinical Preceptor for Nurse Practitioner Students from Pace.

Dr. Velasquez is an avid learner and reader attending many CME conferences and enjoys watching movies in his spare time along with visiting museums and trying new foods. Dr. Velasquez speaks English and Spanish fluently. He is also a native born and raised New Yorker.





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.






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 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 a medical Center. Since graduating, PA Afzal worked with private outpatient pediatrics office affiliated with New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. She had been a part of this practice for 6 years prior. PA Afzal is a clinical coordinator for physician assistant program at SUNY Downstate medical center. PA Afzal is a mother of three young boys and connects well with other parents. She speaks Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi fluently.







Rachel Sainte, FNP

Rachel Sainte is a Family Nurse Practitioner who graduated from Pace University. She gained pediatric experience while working at NYU Langone Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital in the Pediatric Congenital Cardiovascular Unit, as well as Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Rachel began her career as an LPN in 2007, where she gained 4 years of experience working with adults and geriatric patients. Following this experience, Rachel attended Adelphi University where she earned her license as a Registered Nurse, was on the Dean's List and graduated Summa Cum Laude Graduate Honors. In 2016, she received her MSN and became a Family Nurse Practitioner. Rachel enjoys working with children, in her spare time she likes reading, listening to all sorts of music and traveling.






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.