Meet Our Care Providers
Your Chen Senior Medical Center doctor is here for one reason: to provide outstanding care that helps you achieve your best results and quality of life.
Hear from a few of our physicians why they love practicing medicine at Chen Senior Medical Center.
Alberto J. Sabucedo, MD, PhD
Although Dr. Sabucedo knew at a young age that he wanted to be a doctor, he had a career in chemistry before several life experiences motivated him to go back to school and study medicine. “My father was a doctor. During my childhood, I had a lot of exposure to the profession,” he says. “Chemistry allowed me to help patients in a lab setting, and as a doctor, in inpatient and outpatient settings. During my medical residency I worked with senior patients, especially the senior veteran population at the VA Hospital. Seniors are the most engaging patients, and also the most compliant with medical treatment. I treat my patients like I would treat my own family.”
Ana Lopez, MD
Dr. Ana Lopez has provided quality, compassionate care for patients in the U.S. and South America. Her warm manner and passion for helping seniors understand their health and achieve
their most ambitious health goals are what endear her to her patients. "It's a privilege to take care of seniors," Dr. Lopez says. "I am reminded of my grandparents and that makes me happy." When she has some off time, Dr. Lopez enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with her husband, three daughters and (as she calls them) her "two old, cute dogs." Some day, Dr. Lopez would like to visit Machu Picchu in Peru.
Ana Tascheret, MD
Dr. Ana Tascheret's interest in medicine started in high school, when she accepted a volunteer job. "I worked at a nursing home," she said, "and it was there that my passion for medicine and desire to help seniors grew." As her career has evolved, Dr. Tascheret believes that seniors' needs are often underestimated. "Two areas that are commonly overlooked are older adults' access to healthcare services and their ability to pay for them. By joining ChenMed, I feel like I'm a part of the solution and helping to close those critical gaps. I can spend more time with patients, get to know them and meet their specific care needs."
Anil Nasta, MD
Dr. Anil Nasta started with a goal of attending medical school to study sports medicine. However, over time, he discovered a passion for family medicine - especially working with seniors.
"As I became more involved in general practice, I realized the senior population requires the most, and best care," Dr. Nasta says. "It's essential to ensuring they can live a healthy lifestyle and one of the things I value most about my job is getting to know my patients, helping them achieve healthy outcomes and improving their quality of life."
Dr. Nasta's specialty in family medicine is devoted to integrated healthcare for seniors. His practice emphasizes disease prevention and health promotion and encompasses various conditions and body systems. He has served patients in private practice and hospital and urgent care settings and is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Nasta is fluent in English, but he is also learning Spanish so he can better connect with his Spanish-speaking patients.
Dr. Nasta holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Florida International University. He earned his medical degree from Saint Matthews University School of Medicine in the Grand Cayman Islands and completed his residency at Mid-Hudson Family Medicine in New York. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Florida Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
In his off time, Dr. Nasta enjoys traveling abroad, cooking Mediterranean cuisine, watching college basketball and practicing Bikram yoga.
Avianne Hospedales, MD
Dr. Avianne Hospedales enjoys seeing her patients do well. Working specifically with seniors allows her to use her strengths to help patients age with dignity and enjoy the highest quality of life possible. “Prevention is incredibly powerful,” Dr. Hospedales says. “I like to teach my patients about ways to prevent illness and how to keep their conditions from worsening. Many seniors have multiple, chronic conditions, and it is rewarding to help them improve their quality of life".
Belisa Guzman-Suarez, MD
In good times and in difficult times, patients of Dr. Belisa Guzman-Suarez can count on a warm greeting and reassuring smile when they visit her. "It's because I like being near them," says Dr. Guzman-Suarez. "As a doctor, I'm able to see the most beautiful aspects of being human. I want to change medicine by making it easier for my patients to navigate and understand. I want it to be less computers or paperwork and to be more 'human' and compassionate. Ultimately, I hope I can make them healthier, so they can live the life they want to live."
Dr. Guzman-Suarez's father was also a doctor who taught her by example, especially when it came to finding joy in serving others. "When I was little, I saw my father so happy practicing medicine," she adds. "I wanted something that fulfilling for my life as well." So, she decided at a very young age to become a doctor too.
She earned her medical degree at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. Throughout her training, Dr. Guzman-Suarez received numerous recognitions and awards of excellence for her outstanding academic performance, primary care and research in infectious disease, which she completed at the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Massachusetts Hospital and the Centro de Medico in Caracas. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association and the Miranda State Medical Association in Venezuela.
Dr. Guzman-Suarez is not only an experienced presenter and author, she is also an accomplished cellist and played for two years in Venezuela's Chacao County Orchestra. She dedicates time to volunteering for mentoring programs for disadvantaged youth, as well as initiatives that provide medical support for vulnerable populations. In her free time, Dr. Guzman-Suarez enjoys family activities with her husband and son, going to the beach, reading Latin American literature, jogging and scrapbooking. She speaks English and Spanish.
Carlos Trejos, MD
Dr. Trejos is an accomplished internist with a passion for the challenges of primary care, from helping patients focus on healthier lifestyles to diagnosing and treating the most esoteric
diseases. Above all, he focuses on creating strong doctor-patient relationships, which he sees as essential for high-quality care. "I want to make a difference in patients' lives by offering the most appropriate health services and coordinated multispecialty care to improve their quality of life," says Dr. Trejos. "I enjoy being able to connect to people, and it's rewarding to see them have good results."
Claudia Pebe Florian, MD
Dr. Claudia Pebe Florian believes one of the most important things she can do is listen. "I really pay attention to what my patients are telling me. I want them to know I'm here to help as much as I can. And that starts with listening carefully," she says. She makes a point of getting to know each of her patients, hearing their concerns and involving them in decisions about their health care.
Cristina E. Bello-Quintero MD PharmD
Dr. Cristina Bello-Quintero first decided she wanted to become a medical doctor while training to become a pharmacist. “I realized I wanted to go further,” she says. Today, she makes great use of her combined pharmacy and medical knowledge. “I enjoy merging my pharmacy background with the medication challenges often faced by the senior population. I hope I make a difference by helping inform and empower my patients to take charge of their health one visit at a time.” When she’s not with her patients, Dr. Bello-Quintero enjoys reading fiction, taking road trips and spending time with her husband and daughter.
David Channer, MD
Dr. David Channer's passion for medicine became evident when he was a young boy growing up in Jamaica. He witnessed a lot of unmet needs that moved him to do something about it. "In my country, I saw the lack of proper healthcare," he says, "so, I decided I would like to be a doctor, in my small way, to remedy the situation." Today, he still believes that everyone should have adequate healthcare. Since 1997, Dr. Channer has worked diligently to make sure his patients at Chen Senior Medical Center get the most comprehensive, well-coordinated care possible. His favorite part of being their doctor? "Getting a 'thank you' from a patient I have helped," he says.