Primary Care


Board Certified Internal Medicine

Top Doctor, Selected by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. – May 2015

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.

Board Certified Family Medicine

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.


Board Certified Family Medicine

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.

Philippa “Pippa” Cobb, ARNP

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

Philippa (“Pippa”) Cobb, is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years’ experience. Originally from England, Pippa moved to the United States to further her education, ultimately graduating from the University of Virginia and completing her training as an Acute Care Nurse in 2002 with a particular concentration in complex medical conditions and cardiac care. Her diverse skills include independently managing patients and performing procedures in specialty practices related to kidney, liver, diabetes and wound care.

While Pippa enjoyed the specialty practices, she has returned to primary care in order to focus on optimizing her patients’ health through close interaction and preventative care. She believes deeply in listening to patients carefully and helping them to make good choices in holistic health, including diet, exercise and life generally.

In addition to her love of family, the outdoors, gardening and travel, Pippa enjoys teaching other medical professionals and patients on the importance of considering physical, emotional and environmental factors in overall healthy well-being.


M.H. Pirzada, MD

Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist

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.


Psychiatric Nurse Practioner/Holistic Nutrition Specialist

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.


Specializing in Neuro Psychological and Educational Testing

Randi L. Weitz, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist who conducts psychological testing. Dr. Weitz graduated Magna Cum Laude from State University of New York at Albany, and completed her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University, which is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Weitz completed her internship training in psychotherapy, neuropsychology and psycho-educational evaluations, with post-doctoral fellowship specialization in the neuropsychological assessment and treatment of patients with traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Weitz is fully licensed to practice in the state of Florida, and offers multiple areas of focus including neuropsychological assessment, and psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families with issues related to depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, somatic complaints, and caregiver education, among others. Dr. Weitz is affiliated with The Memory Disorder Center of North Broward Medical Center. She also provides pediatric and adolescent psycho-educational evaluations for giftedness, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities and behavioral difficulties.


Board Certified Psychiatrist

Dr. Meryl RomeDr. Rome is the founder and owner of Boca Integrative Health. She is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who attended medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her internship at Cornell-Presbyterian Hospital and Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and then returned to Albert Einstein for her residency in General Psychiatry, staying on to complete a Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry. In 1996, she was privileged to be awarded the Outstanding Resident Award for excellence in psychiatric medicine from the National Institute of Mental Health. Prior to moving to Florida, she served as Assistant Clinical Director and Director of Forensic Psychiatry at Rockland Psychiatric Center, a 450 bed inpatient facility in New York.

Since arriving in Florida in 2000, Dr. Rome has been associated with various institutions including the Renfrew Center (eating disorders and women’s mental health). Dr. Rome is a published author. She has spoken publicly on various subjects related to her field and been called and qualified as an expert witness in several court cases.

Dr. Rome and her staff pride themselves on the personal, discreet and compassionate service they deliver. From your greeting by the courteous and friendly office staff when you walk in the door to the comprehensive care you will receive from our practitioners, Boca Integrative Health strives to make you feel comfortable and at home during your visit.