Our Team


 

Dr. Anghel  


At First Class OB/GYN in South Florida, Dr. Anghel provides women with treatment and care for a wide range of gynecological and urinary problems, as well as obstetric care. He’s a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in the United States and a board-certified surgeon in the European Union.Dr. Anghel's dedication to making sure that he provides the highest quality care for women in is reflected in his many board certifications and professional affiliations. In addition to being board-certified, he’s also a Fellow at American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Anghel’s knowledge and expertise in minimally invasive surgery have also earned him a place in the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. Dr. Anghel is a member of robotic surgery committee at Broward Health Hospital and a proctor in robotic surgery at Memorial Healthcare System.

Dr. Whitney Shepard  


Born and raised in Summersville, Kentucky, Dr. Shepard received her Bachelor’s degree from University of Kentucky followed by her medical degree from the University of Louisville. She completed 4 years of Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at University of South Carolina. While there, she was recognized for her minimally invasive skills with the Laparoscopic Achievement Award from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons as well as for her ability to share her medical knowledge in a patient and compassionate way with multiple teaching awards. At the end of her residency, she was selected by the medical school as Resident of the Year, described as “the physician they would select to treat their own family”. For her first year of practice, she worked with Waverly Women’s Health Center, a federally qualified health center in Columbia, SC, where she was able to serve women without access to insurance and healthcare.

Outside of work, Dr. Shepard loves to scuba dive and spearfish with her husband and spend time with her two daughters.

 

Dr. Maria Fernandez


Dr. Maria Elena Fernandez-Mestres was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She obtained her Bachelor Degree in General Sciences at University of Puerto Rico in 2001. She completed her medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. (ACGME accredited program). Shortly after, Maria Elena married her college sweetheart and started residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the same institution. During her senior year, she was chosen as Chief resident in her residency program. Dr. Maria Elena Fernandez is board certified in Obstetris and Gynecology from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (ABOG). After graduating from her speciality in 2009, Dr. Fernandez spent 2 years in private practice. She made her way to Florida in 2011 where she undertook clinical research in robotics in the setting of oncologic patients between 2011 and 2012. After having her first child in 2012, she gradually returned to practice. Her extensive work experience includes being an assistant professor of OBGYN at FIU. Her areas of interest include high-risk obstetrics, gynecologic malignancies and behavioral sciences, particulary related to anxiety and depression in the OBGYN patient population. Dr. Fernandez strongly believes in a compassionate approach as the key for establishing meaningful relationships with her patients, loved ones, and people in general. She decided to join First Class OB GYN, moved by her search for high quality of care and team oriented work environment. Maria Elena loves animals (specially dogs), traveling, and deeply enjoys spending time with her husband, Joshua and daughters Catalina Isabelle and Eva Lucia, as well as with her dogs Nena and Lola.

Dr. Catalina Granada


Dr. Catalina Solis is a dedicated professional and is sensitive to her patients' needs. Dr. Solis earned her medical degree from the Universidad CES Escuela de Medicina, followed by a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Baylor College of Medicine. She completed a fellowship training in pediatric and adolescent gynecology at Kosair Children's Hospital. Dr. Solis is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is also highly trained and certified in cosmetic surgery and other non-invasive cosmetic treatment options. Dr. Solis loves being able to work with her patients to help them achieve their personal beauty goals. During your visit, she will listen to your needs and make recommendations based on our desired outcomes. She is excited to join the Weston Med Spa & Cosmetic Surgery team to service the Weston community.

 

Dr. Brittney Mason


Dr. Brittney Mason Grew up in the southern United States, where she found her love of medicine through her mother who worked tirelessly as an emergency room nurse. She attended Auburn University in Alabama just like her grandparents before moving to Chicago, IL to start her medical education at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, one of the top medical schools in the country. She discovered her passion for women’s healthcare and matched into OBGYN residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Health System. It was in Miami that she found her niche: providing thorough, high quality, up-to-date care in Obstetrics and Gynecology, no matter the woman’s age, race or language. She is dedicated to providing the best care possible to every woman who sets foot in her exam room and strives to bring joy and kindness to all of her patients whether she’s delivering their babies, completing their annual exams or performing surgery.

 

Neil Placeres Weight Management Advisor and Anti-Aging Expert


Neil is a Doctor of Medicine from Venezuela, graduated from the Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado (UCLA), is the creator of successful wellness, health, weight management and beauty programs. Is magister Scientiarum in Anti-Aging and Longevity Medicine from Caribbean International University (CIU), also has higher studies in obesity and metabolism by the Scientific Society Venezuelan Obesology, endorsed by the National Experimental University of Guayana (UNEG). He has a holistic vision in the approach of all his patients, his passion and great love for his profession in combination with the way of approaching each particular case, focusing above all on the part cognitive behavior of the patient, changing paradigms and teaching self-reprogramming individual for the perfect balance of body, mind and spirit, have given you the satisfaction of power support multiple people to control overweight. He is passionate about eternal youth and has not rested to contribute and convey that the secret of Healing is in the hands of man, you just have to be willing to find it. “I join the great team at Weston Medical Spa, because I want to contribute all my knowledge, dedication and humility to provide the Weston community and everyone, the way balanced to control overweight, in accordance with aesthetics and improve health and lifestyle of all.

 

Miguel  Midwife


From Venezuela, with great charisma, Miguel has been carefully dedicated to the study of medicine, specifically in the area of Obstetrics and Gynecology. After having won prestige and recognition in his country with his own practice, he had to migrate with his family for political reasons. Now, he is here at First Class OBGYN in the prestigious practice of Dr Anghel Laviniu, ready to dump all his knowledge in the great quality attention that you deserve. In his free time, Miguel likes to swim and play on the beach or in the pool with his kids.

· Doctor of Medicine, "Lisandro Alvarado" Central Western University, Venezuela, 2000
· Specialist in Family Medicine, "Lisandro Alvarado" Central Western University, Venezuela, 2005
· Master of Science in Higher Education, "Libertador" Experimental Pedagogic University, Venezuela, 2007
· Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Carabobo, 2010
· Studies in Perinatology and Associate of the Perinatology Service. Central Hospital of Barquisimeto, Venezuela, 2010-2014
· Licensed Midwife. North America Registry of Midwives (NARM), US, 2017
· Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, and Vascular Technologist, ARDMS, US, 2018

Jeanette  Midwife


Jeanette Hernandez is a Medical Doctor from Venezuela, took an interest in cosmetics and took extensive training in aesthetics as sclerotherapy and bioidentical hormones. She decided to join Weston Med Spa & Cosmetic Surgery to help her patients achieve their personal goals. She loves to work with her patients to find the right treatment option to look and feel their best. Jeanette carefully listens to her patient's concerns to make a careful assessment and provide recommendations that are tailored to their needs.
She is a Registered Nurse (RN) in the state of Florida; Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife (NARM), Registered Medical Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS BREAST&OB/GYN), Foreign Physician and OB/GYN from Central University of Venezuela. Leveraging her warm and emphatic nature—complemented by her superb interpersonal skills—to put patients at ease, resolve any worries or concerns, and answer questions to ensure full patient understanding and comfort.

 

Melissa  Midwife


My name is Melissa. I graduated from FIU in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and I started my career at Jackson Memorial hospital working on the labor floor. I love being a nurse, but I realized that my passion in midwifery. I went to Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing and got the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Case Western Reserve University in 2003. I enjoy seeing patients and I have compassion and empathy for them. I believe that everyone deserves to be shown love and to be well taken care of. When I am not at work I spend time with my family, my husband and 2 daughters who keep me busy with tennis, piano, and church. I take pleasure in cooking, eating, and time with friends and family.

Jennifer  Midwife


Jenifer is a nurse practitioner, who completed her master’s degree in nursing at Frontier Nursing University. She is dedicated to assuring a positive patient experience, as well as working with her team to improve quality, safety, and service. She believes that two-way communication is the key to good health. Jenifer majorly focuses on preventive health care and treats patients in a structured manner, focusing not just on the ailment but also on the general well-being of the patient. She does her very best to communicate to the patients the information they need to make the right choices.

Monica  Practice Administrator


Dr. Anghel largely credits Monica with helping him achieve success with his medical career. She has been instrumental in building this practice and oversees the staff, marketing efforts and community relations. Her intelligence, warmth and concern for others can be felt throughout the atmosphere of Dr. Anghel's practice. Patients are welcome to reach her for any reason at firstclassobgyn@gmail.com

Monica holds a Bachelor of Economics from the Bucharest Academy Of Economic Studies (ASE) as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from Michigan's Lake Superior State University.

Darlene  Office Manager - Weston Office


Along with endless energy and a strong work ethic, Darlene brings more than 11 years of experience in the medical field to Dr. Anghel’s practice. She’s has experience in aesthetics, as a medical assistant and with managing practice operations. She is focused on making the day-to-day of the practice run efficiently, enabling Dr. Anghel to provide his patients with world-class medical care. Darlene can be reached at firstclassobgyn@gmail.com

Darlene was born and raised in South Florida, and in her free time she can often be found on the sidelines of her son’s soccer matches.

Yeney  Office Manager - Miramar Office


Yeney is passionate about helping people and working in the health care field. She has a vast experience in obstetric and gynecology. At First Class OBGYN, Yeney is responsible for the operation and administration side of our office. Yeney can be reached at firstclassobgyn@gmail.com

When she's not at work, Yeney likes to spend time with her husband and their two lovely daughters.

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