ABOUT

Meet the Team

Martha Botero, PA-C

Martha is originally from Colombia, where she completed her medical school and worked as a primary care physician. After moving to the United States, she passed her U.S. medical exams and obtained her Foreign Medical Graduate Certification (ECFMG) in 2014. She graduated as a Physician Assistant from Miami Dade College and obtained her Certification from the National Commission of on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She then joined the Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton.

She chose ENT because the field offers a unique setting. The scope of the field is incredible and encompasses principles of various specialties including primary care, infectious disease, oncology, and plastic surgery amongst some specialties. She is one of the first graduates to have completed the NFO Certification Program for PA excellence in Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery in 2019. This post-graduate program created by Dr. Nathan Nachlas and Jose Mercado, PA-C is intended to serve as the foundation for life-long learning in the ENT diagnostic process.

Martha is currently a fellow member of Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and the Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery (SPAO-HNS). She brings to the practice over a decade of experience delivering patient-first medical care in various clinical settings in the U.S. and Colombia.

Ana Galvan, PA-C

Ana Galvin, PA-C is a Certified Physician Assistant who joined the Nose & Sinus Institute in 2018. She attended the University of Florida where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree, and subsequently graduated with her Masters of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University. Ana started her career in otolaryngology after working with Dr. Nachlas as one of his preceptors during her medical training.⁠⠀⁠ ⁠⠀⁠

Ana originally moved to Boca Raton in 2006 and is pleased to give back and provide care for her community. She is happy to work with patients and create individualized treatment plans to fit their specific needs. Ana takes the time to fully explain the reasoning behind her clinical approach and cares about addressing all patient concerns. She treats patients of all backgrounds and is fully bilingual in Spanish.⁠⠀⁠ ⁠⠀⁠

Ana is certified by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She is a fellow of the Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery (SPAO-HNS), the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA), and the American Academy of Physician Assistants

Tania Diaz, Office Manager

Tania was born in Portugal and grew up in New Jersey before moving to Florida in 1997. She has been working for the Ear, Nose, and Throat and Allergy Associates of Florida (ENTAAF) since 2008. She joined the Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton in 2009 and was quickly promoted to Office Manager. With an extensive background in both healthcare management and business administrative skills, Tania is our “go-to person” in all areas of the practice.

Sandy Friedman, Director of Patient Services

Sandy was born and raised in Guntersville, Alabama and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. She moved to Florida in 2007 with her husband and 2 kids. She started working at the Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton in 2016. As our Director of Patient Services, her goal is to ensure patients feel informed and comfortable throughout the entire surgical process. When you call our office, Sandy will gladly help you set up any appointments or provide you with any information you request and will be your point of contact after your consultation and during the scheduling of your surgery. Sandy truly enjoys meeting all of our patients and getting to know them as she helps explain their procedures and gets them scheduled for surgery. In her free time, Sandy enjoys tennis, running, baking, spending time with family, and cheering on the Crimson Tide!

Sandy Lopez, Office Manager

Sandy moved to Florida from Ohio in 2011. She has been working for the Ear, Nose, and Throat and Allergy Associates of Florida (ENTAAF) since 2013. She has 2 sons and an adorable grandson that is 5 years old. Sandy enjoys spending time with her grandson and gardening in her free time. Her favorite things about working at the Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton are the great staff she works with. She loves seeing how happy our patients are when they leave, knowing they’ve been helped!

Linda Mendez, Allergy Technician

Linda is originally from Brooklyn, New York, where she met her husband of more than 20 years. She graduated college Summa Cum Laude and has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice. Her and her husband moved to Florida in 2004, where they reside with their son, fur-baby, and Linda’s mother. Linda has been working for the Ear, Nose, and Throat and Allergy Associates of Florida (ENTAAF) since 2006 and joined the Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton team in 2015. Linda and Joselina Zeno lead the in-office Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy Treatment services at the Nose and Sinus Instutt. Linda loves her allergy patients – especially the patients who were initially stubborn/hesitant about getting allergy tested but have significant improvement in their quality of life once undergoing immunotherapy treatment!

Joselina Zeno, Allergy Technician and Surgical Assistant

Joselina (“Josie”) was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She graduated from Medical School and worked as an Internal Medicine Physician before moving to Massachusetts. She moved to Florida in 2015. Josie joined the Ear, Nose, and Throat and Allergy Associates of Florida (ENTAAF) and the Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton in 2017. Her favorite hobby is reading – as Josie will tell you, she loves books! Her favorite thing about working at the Nose and Sinus Institute is the opportunity it gives her to provide patients with the tools and information to improve their health and everyday life!

Barbara Ewald, Certified Medical Assistant and Surgical Assistant

Barbara started her career in Massachusetts, where she attended Bryman Medical School and ultimately worked as a Medical Assistant for 17 years before moving with her husband and four children to Florida. She has been working at the Nose and Sinus Institute for over 23 years as a Medical/Surgical Assistant.

Kimberlee Garcia, Certified Medical Assistant

Kimberlee (who goes by Kim or Kimmy at the office!) is a Florida native. She has been working at the Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton for 14 years. She loves working at the Nose and Sinus Institute, where her co-workers have become family! She feels blessed to be a part of this team!

Lisa Almasi, Certified Medical Assistant and Surgical Assistant

Lisa is originally from Baltimore, Maryland but has spent most of her life in Florida after moving here when she was 12 years old. Lisa has worked as a Certified Medical Assistant in many different specialties including neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, and urology. She brings her abundance of experience to the Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton and looks forward to helping our patients in the clinic and in the operating room. In her free time, Lisa enjoys bike riding, walking her fur-baby, and Netflix binges!

Debbie Troxell, Front Desk

Debbie was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and lived in Wilmington, Delaware before moving to Florida in 1996. Her and her husband have two daughters. Debbie has been working for the Ear, Nose, and Throat and Allergy Associates of Florida (ENTAAF) at the Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton for almost 14 years!

Whitney Parfait, Front Desk

Whitney was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and grew up in Palm Bay, Florida with her 3 siblings. She joined the Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton in 2019, which makes her one of our newest additions! Whitney enjoys meeting all of our different patients and looks forward to making sure they have a positive experience at the Nose and Sinus Institute. (Fun fact: Whitney is also a Certified Make-up Artist!)

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