Dr. Jodi Simkins is a Phi Beta Kappa honoree with over 25 years of experience in the South Florida area. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Florida with a degree in biochemistry. She received her Medical Doctorate from the University of South Florida in 1985. Her continued research into the latest scientific laboratory testing keeps her on the cutting edge of medicine.
Dr. Simkins is an avid cross trainer and is a strong proponent of healthy lifestyles, encouraging her patients to exercise and enjoy foods that promote good health. Since 2012, she has embraced the Take Shape for Life program as a coach or herself, her family and interested patients and has been astounded with the dramatic improvements she is witnessing in her patients’ lives. She also has an interest in food sensitivity and it’s relation to Connective Tissue Disorders and Autoimmune Disease, and chronic ailments in general.
Giovana Rene Crooks, D.O. is originally from New York but completed high school and college in South Florida. She is a proud ‘Cane, having earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences at the University of Miami. She then returned to Long Island to study at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY.
After graduating medical school she trained at Westchester General Hospital in Miami and then completed her family medicine residency at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.
Dr. Rene Crooks has been board certified in Family Medicine since 2006. She looks forward to working with patients to promote health and wellness. She is calm and patient and seeks to make every patient feel comfortable and understood.
Dr. Rene Crooks enjoys teaching skin care through her Mary Kay business, gardening, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Lisa J. Evans, MD is a Boca Raton institution, having practiced in Boca for over 30 years. A native Floridian, Dr. Evans graduated from medical school at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and did her residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Kentucky. She is board certified in family medicine, and has extensive knowledge and experience in her field.
An avid sportswoman, Dr. Evans is a team doctor and local sports enthusiast. She’s active in her community and numerous charitable organizations and holds the rank of Commander in the United States Navy as part of the medical reserves. Dr. Evans sees men and women ages 9 and up in the office.
Dr. Evans is known for her thoroughness and the time and care she gives to her patients. Whether you’re coming in with a personal problem or general physical examination, you’ll feel comfortable and catered-to by Dr. Evans.
Dr. Evans accepts many of the main insurance carriers, but does not accept Medicare. She is happy to treat seniors, but they must pay for services out of pocket.
We are delighted to have Dr. M. Pirzada in our practice since 2014. Dr. Pirzada completed his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Florida, where he held the prestigious position of Chief Fellow. Prior to this, Dr. Pirzada attended medical school at Ross University and completed his psychiatry residency at West Virginia University. He is licensed to practice medicine in Florida and California.
Dr. Pirzada treats children, adolescents and adults for all general psychiatric issues, including psychopharmacology, cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive therapy, family therapy, depression and grief, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, ADD/ADHD, autism, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and substance abuse. Dr. Pirzada has published research on eating disorders and has presented his research at national and local conferences. In addition, Dr. Pirzada has authored monthly editorials in the local newspaper while serving the community in Gainesville, FL regarding pertinent issues found within the child and adolescent population.
Dr. Pirzada’s mission is to be able to serve his patient’s with the utmost understanding and compassion. His ability to listen, guide, and facilitate treatment options and recommendations to his patients translates to excellent patient-centered care.
Jodi Weissman, A.R.N.P., C.S., Ph.D. is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She received her B.S.N. (Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing) in 1987 from Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y. and began specializing in Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing in 1988.
After receiving her M.S.N. (Master of Science in Nursing) in 1992 from F.A.U. (Florida Atlantic University) in Boca Raton, Florida with a focus on Family and Psychiatric Nursing, Jodi earned her license as a Nurse Practitioner in 1995 and became Board Certified as a C.S. (Clinical Specialist) in Child/Adolescent Mental Health Nursing in 1997. As a nurse practitioner, Jodi is licensed to prescribe most psychiatric medication as needed.
In 1997, Jodi began focusing her private practice on individual, family, and group therapy and medication management. She is now a team leader at The Renfrew Center of Coconut Creek, Florida, a private residential facility specializing in the treatment for women and eating disorders. Jodi specializes in individual and family psychotherapy and medication management for children, adolescents, and adults with eating disorders, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, OCD, and trauma.
Jodi Weissman also holds a Doctorate in Holistic Nutrition and is a nutritional health coach who teaches patients how to develop healthy eating patterns in order to reach their optimal potential. Jodi’s emphasis is teaching mindfulness and utilizing alternative approaches to achieve sustainable ways of maintaining a healthy nutritional lifestyle.