Meet the Staff
Dr. Charles Mandell, MD
Dr. Mandell comes to the South Florida Center for HOPE with a wide range of experience in traditional medicine as well as nontraditional/homeopathic medicine.
After graduating at the top of his class from Brown University with a BS, he attended Tufts University Medical School. Upon graduating Tufts, he completed his Internship, Residency and Fellowship in the North East specializing in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine.
He has since been an Assistant Professor at Brown University and worked in numerous hospitals in the north east before relocating to South Florida where he continues to be active in the Miami area hospitals.
Dr. Mandell is a Diplomat of the American Board of Radiology, Diplomat of American Board of Nuclear Medicine and a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Because of his interest and familiarity with alternative medicine, he brings a wealth of understanding and enthusiasm to our center and to the Hyperbaric community.
Hope Fine, RRT-CHT
Hope Fine, a registered Respiratory Therapist and a Certified Hyperbaric Technologist, has been in health care for the past 30 years. She began her health care career assisting the renowned Cardiac Surgeon – Denton Cooley M.D. in Houston Texas, focusing her skills in the Cardio Vascular Post Surgical Intensive Care Unit treating adults and children. Because of her specialized experience, in 1982, Hope was invited to join a leading Cardio Vascular Facility in South Florida (Northridge Hospital). She continued her career working in area hospitals expanding her skills in performing cardiac and pulmonary diagnostic testing including, but not limited to, Stress Tests, Pulmonary Function Tests, Bronchoscopies and Arterial Blood Gases. She has succeeded in the capacity as a Supervisor and an Education Coordinator. Receiving Hyperbaric training at the University of Pennsylvania, becoming certified shortly thereafter and because of her diverse achievements, Sechrist Industries, the leading manufacturer of Hyperbaric Chambers, employed her to start their Hyperbaric Oxygen Unit at Florida Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale.
Assembling all her health care knowledge and skills, Hope opened the South Florida Center for H.O.P.E. (Hyperbaric Oxygen Producing Environment) in 2001, creating a center with the highest code of ethics, concentrating on excellent patient care, safety, cleanliness and compassion. Hope has a philosophy that she emphasizes to her staff, “The people that arrive at this center for treatment are not clients; they are patients and should be treated with compassion and respect.”
Patricia Moon, RRT
Our newest Angel, Patricia Moon, comes to us after working for the North Broward Hospital District for 15 years. Starting at Broward General, her expertise as a Registered Respiratory Therapist enabled her to work all of the intensive care units including Neonatal, Pediatric, Surgical, and Coronary care unit.
From Broward General she transferred to Coral Springs Medical Center becoming the director of Cardiopulmonary services, overseeing a staff of 30 employees and implementing protocols that the department continues to stand by.
Patricia’s experience with children and adults makes her a perfect fit at the South Florida Center for HOPE.
Anna A. Reyes, MA
Insurance Billing Specialist & Patient Coordinator
“Se Habla Espanol”
Our Medical Billing Desk is an essential part of office management. It requires highly trained personnel, with a comprehensive knowledge of the complexities involved with medical bill procedures. Incorrect billing codes and procedures can cause delays in patients our of packet reimbursement, delays in treatments or even denial of health insurance coverage. The expert in charge of the billing desk at South Florida Center for H.O.P.E. is Anna A. Reyes. Anna is available Mondays thru Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM to answer billing questions for patients or perspective patients.
Anna was born and raised in the lower Manhattan area of New York City. She relocated to South Florida in 1989. Anna is not only a Certified Medical Assistant for the past 17 years, she is an expert in Medical Billing & Coding. Anna is adept in handling challenges and her personal work policy is “I dont beleive in it’s not my job attitude” –“I will get the job done.”
Thank you Anna for being a team player.
Sara Rueda, MA
Front Office Staff
“Bienvenidos! Se Habla Espanol”
Sara’s ability to successfully communicate with patients and our medical staff, both in Spanish and English is exemplary.
Trained as a Certified Medical Assistant, Sara’s duties include, recording medical information and test results, taking and recording vital signs, preparing patients for treatments, assisting our Medical Director and Hyperbaric Technician.
A devoted mother and wife, Sara is proud to tell you she is happily married with two lovely children.
Lauren Obrien, RN
Bio Resonance – Sound Therapy
Bio-resonance is the art and science of healing with vibration. Though a relatively new field of study and application, its theoretical routes are firmly grounded in foundations of science and physics.
By using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry and other methods of measure, the vibrational frequency of virtually everything can be measured and identified. In bio-resonance, we use a voiceprint-a visual display of the patterns created by the voice—to assess the workings and health of the body.
We look at the voiceprint for the patterns and then at the individual waveforms for type and size. They are then compared to atomic and molecular weight of substance. When waveforms are spiking, or very high, they indicate too much of a substance or a newly injured bone or muscle.
For complete information on Bio-resonance please click here to go to Lauren’s website.
Referral Therapies and Therapists
“Lets Make Music” – Music therapy with Hazel Phillips
Hazel Phillips was raised and educated in England. She graduated from Royal Academy of Music, London, UK, in Voice, Opera and Piano, and has enjoyed an extensive career as a professional performer and teacher in Europe and in the USA.
Hazel’s field of expertise and special focus is in Vocal/sound techniques, and release of expression through the use of song, words, sounds, movement and comedy. In the group dynamic, Hazel enjoys working with children, teens and adults at United Cerebral Palsy, covering a wide variety of disorders and challenges, including Autism, Cerebral palsy, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, conduct and behavioral disorders. She also conducted, in conjunction with Memorial Healthcare Systems, a weekly Cultural Arts program for At-Risk adolescent students at a Middle School. Activities included Musical Theater, Circus Skills (she learned to juggle!), Acting, Singing, Dancing, African Drumming & Dancing. She has also taught Music/Psychodrama at Memorial Healthcare summer camp, working with teens and young adults with emotional disturbances, anger management, interpersonal difficulties and mood disorders, and in inclusion transitioning programs.
At the South Florida Center for H.O.P.E, Hazel offers musical therapy services to those individuals with special needs, to help develop their abilities, and embrace their challenges. She works with each individual to enrich the mind and body, and enhance quality of life – all in a warm, welcoming environment that promotes a feeling of positivity and well-being.
Mary graduated from Florida International University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Moving on to Georgia, Mary got her start working as a pediatric Occupational Therapist for children with special needs such as Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome, to name a few. Using assessments such as Sensorimotor Performance Analysis and Peabody Developmental Motor scale, Mary helped these children learn and grow and eventually developed an eight week therapeutic listening program for the children to follow. Mary continued on joining the team at the Dan Marino Center in Miami Beach, Florida. There Mary was responsible for evaluations of children on the Autism Spectrum as well as participating in Individual Education Plan meetings. Each patient was of special concern to Mary as she began organizing “at home interventions and in-services” bringing her techniques home to families in their own environment. Continuing with her in-school and at-home treatment plans, Mary moved onto Advanced Pediatric Systems in Greenacres, Florida where she began specializing in handwriting techniques for special needs children with dyslexia. Gathering all her professional experiences working for various clinics and foundations, Mary took pediatric therapy to a new personal level and became part of Children’s Thera-Play where she now assists families and parents with developing ways to make the most of a child’s natural environment.