Central Florida Child Health Program is privileged to have five of the finest pediatricians in Central Florida as part of their leadership team. Each one is a pioneer in the field of medical services to children; and collectively, they have over 175 years of medical experience.
Jacqueline Amos joined the Central Florida Child Health Program family in March 2006. Ms. Amos graduated from the University of the West Indies with a degree in Public Administration and International Relations. She completed her graduate studies at Nova Southeastern University in 2008 with a master’s in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Leadership.
Ms. Amos is passionate about empowering those with special needs. She volunteers as a coordinator for the Nathaniel’s Hope Buddy Break Program. She is also a Sunday School teacher for the adult special needs population at First Baptist Church of Orlando.
Tammy has been with Central Florida Child Health Program for 9 years and has been the HIPPY program coordinator for three years. Tammy has a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She has worked in the social services field since 2006. Tammy has five children, ages 5 to 12. The family also has one dog. According to Tammy, the best thing about working with the HIPPY program is the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and families through education, empowerment, and advocacy.
Dr. Devendra Mehta grew up in East Africa and England. He is a graduate of the Kings College, University of London, and completed his pediatric residency at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He completed his master’s degree in tropical medicine at University of London before completing his pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition fellowship at Hahnemann University. Dr. Mehta was the division chief, director of gastroenterology research and the Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at Thomas Jefferson University before moving to Orlando. Dr. Mehta is the director of outcomes and translational research at Arnold Palmer Hospital. He has received Philadelphia’s Top Doctor Award from 2002 to 2005 and was recognized in Orlando Magazine’s Best and Top Doctor’s issue from 2005 to 2009.
Dr. Dumas has served Central Florida Child Health Program as the Medical Director since July 2006. Dr. Dumas graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1970 and completed his residency at the University of Alabama Hospital. In addition to his duties as the CFCHP Medical Director, he serves CMS as the Medical Director for the Children’s Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (CMAT), as well as providing healthcare for hundreds of CMS patients at the Orlando CMS clinic.
Dr. Pollack began her career in pediatric medicine in 1970 after graduating from New York University School of Medicine and doing her residency at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center. She is a well-known for her work in clinical genetics, is Board Certified by both the American Board of Pediatrics and the American board of Medical Genetics. Like Dr. Condron, Dr. Pollack is one of the original CFCHP Board of Directors, having served continuously since 1991.
Dr. Arroyave has been a Board member for the past two years. She completed medical school at the Universidad De Antioquia in 1974 and devotes all of her practice to CMS children, specializing in behavior health.
Naina Mehta, MD, is a neurodevelopmental pediatrician at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Behavioral and Developmental Center. She is board certified in pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Mehta earned her medical degree from United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, London University. While in London, she completed a residency in perinatal pediatrics. Dr. Mehta continued her training in Philadelphia, completing a pediatric residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a developmental/behavioral pediatric fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, at the Children’s Seashore House. Dr. Mehta is a member of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
Deannalynn has been with Central Florida Child Health/HIPPY Program for a year and a half and is a wonderful part of our team. Dee loves working with children. As a Registered Behavior Technician and VPK teacher, she has many years of experience working with children with special needs. Dee’s skills as a Behavior Technician are positively impacting the work we do with our HIPPY families. Dee has three children, ages 12 to 21. The family also has two dogs, two cats, a pet snake, and several chickens! According to Dee, the best thing about being a home visitor is helping children and parents reconnect. When the parent is working with the child, the child is being rewarded with love and kindness. They are receiving a great education with minimal restrictions.
Wasilika has been with Central Florida Child Health/HIPPY Program for a year and is an amazing part of our team. Wasilika studied at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, where she studied English as a second language and Italian. She has a certification in interior decoration and a certification in international cuisine, both of which are part of her hobbies. Wasilika has three children; two boys, ages 24 & 15 and a daughter, age 20 who is an active member of the military. She also completed a Child Development Associate. Wasilika worked for 12 years as a kindergarten to third grade teacher in Puerto Rico. In 2010, Wasilika and her family moved to Florida where she worked for 6 years as a pre-school teacher before working with Early Head Start as a Home Visitor. Wasilika brings valuable experience in the classroom to the HIPPY program and families. According to Wasilika, the best thing about being a home visitor is getting to spend one on one time with the families and getting to really listen to their needs. “You get to know them well, being a home visitor, and you get quality time with each family. Being an advocate for families in HIPPY is the best job I have had.”