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Executive Staff

 

 

Suzanne GutierrezSuzanne Gutierrez
Executive Vice President

sgutierrez@infinityclinicalresearch.com

Suzanne Gutierrez heads our Clinical Research Division. She began her career in medicine in 1983, and has extensive experience as a clinician and administrator. For over 15 years, she served as the Clinic Director for Cypress Medical Center, South Florida Affiliated Health and Rehabilitation Center and Cypress Creek Chiropractic Center. She continues to be an outstanding leader in the Infinity Clinical Research organization. From 2001 until 2010, she served as the Director of Operations for Sunrise Medical Group’s Fort Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines offices. She also worked as a Site Coordinator and Programs Administrator for new medical groups joining Sunrise Medical Group, Inc. Sue is now responsible for the oversight of all Infinity Clinical Research Operations.

 

Mara DiMattiaMara DiMattia, CCRC
Director of Business Development
Medical Science Liaison
mdimattia@infinityclinicalresearch.com

Mara Di Mattia has worked in the medical industry since 1987 and brings her broad range of experience and expertise having served in both clinical and administrative roles. She began her medical career in Neurology in an administrative capacity and went on to obtain clinical training in Emergency Medical Technology and IV Therapy. In 1998, she began her research career conducting clinical trials and has extensive training in all aspects of Phase I through IV clinical trials in many clinical indications, including Rheumatology/Immunology, Cardiology, Neurology, Pulmonary Disease, and Sleep Disorders.  It’s Mara’s love and passion for science and commitment to our patients that fuels her quest to seek out novel and innovative new compounds and therapeutic agents to maintain Infinity Clinical Research as an industry leader on the forefront of new drug research and development.

 

Penina Popper
Administrative Coordinator
ppopper@infinityclinicalresearch.com

Penina is the newest member to our research team. Penina comes to us with over 20 years of administrative and regulatory experience. Her background includes advocacy for seniors, program administration, Canadian Customs and Excise enforcement as well as volunteer recruitment and management. Her compassion and caring nature with patients and her organizational skills compliment our team.   

 

CLINICAL COORDINATING TEAM

HOLLYWOOD NEUROLOGY:

 

Joel Espinoza, CRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

jespinoza@infinityclinicalresearch.com

Joel Espinoza began his career in clinical research in 2000 running phase 1 trials.  He went on to conduct all phases and is knowledgeable in all areas of research including budgeting, GCP, and regulatory.  Joel earned his Associate of Science degree in 2001 and went on to complete his coursework for the Physician Assistant program.  Joel specializes in Alzheimer’s trials for Infinity Clinical Research.  He is committed to quality patient care, possesses outstanding interpersonal skills and is frequently recognized by his colleagues for strict attention to detail, patient advocacy and his decision-making abilities.

 

Jorge Riveros, FMG, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

jriveros@infinityclinicalresearch.com

Jorge Riveros brings extensive experience to Infinity Clinical Research having conducted clinical trials in phases I to IV. Jorge is a foreign medical graduate and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Juan N. Corpas Medical School in Colombia. There he worked as a physician for over 10 years in private practice and served as a medical director for several HMO’s in Colombia. Jorge is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator, and is also trained as a Clinical Rater for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease studies. He has worked as a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator and Research Manager in the areas of Neurology, Psychiatry, Cancer, Cardiology and Gastroenterology. We are very fortunate to have Jorge with his specialized background and skills as a Clinical Coordinator in our Hollywood Neurology research site. 

 

 

HOLLYWOOD FLORIDA CARDIOLOGY SITE:

 

Becky Nembhard, BS, CRC
Lead Clinical Research Coordinator
rnembhard@infinityclinicalresearch.com

Becky Nembhard has worked in the clinical research industry since 1988, with experience ranging from basic science to post-marketing trials. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. As an Independent Clinical Research Associate for a major Contract Research Organization, and as a consultant with over 17 years of research experience, Becky has served in many capacities and has expertise in numerous therapeutic areas. We are very fortunate that she brings her vast knowledge base to us to lead our Hollywood Cardiology Site.

 

  

HOLLYWOOD FLORIDA PULMONARY SITE:

 

Lucy Vargas, RMA, CRC
Lead Clinical Research Coordinator

lvargas@infinityclinicalresearch.com

Lucy Vargas leads our Pulmonary research site and has extensive experience in all phases of research and in many clinical indications.  She earned her Occupational Associates Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology in 1988 from Eastern Technical School in New York City and began her research career at that time.  She went on to obtain training and become a Registered Medical Assistant in 2002 earning her certification from the National School of Technology.  Lucy is a shining star in our Pulmonary Research Division.

 

POMPANO BEACH FLORIDA NEUROLOGY SITE:

 

Michele Fistel, LPN, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

mfistel@infinityclinicalresearch.com

Michele Fistel began her research career in 1999, and has a wide range of experience in a myriad of clinical trials in Neurology and Colo-rectal Surgery but also has extensive clinical experience having served as a nurse since 1974.  Michele earned her practical nursing degree from Saint Barnabas Medical Center School of Practical Nursing in Livingston, New Jersey.  She is ACRP certified and is also trained to perform psychometric assessments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and MS studies.  We are fortunate to have Michele as part of the Pompano Beach Neurology team.

 

 

Irys B. Caristo, CCRC
Clinical Research Coordinator

icaristo@infinityclinicalresearch.com

We are very fortunate to have Irys Caristo, CCRC as a Clinical Coordinator in our Pompano Beach Neurology office.  Irys began working in the medical field in 1984 at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, where she served in administrative positions.  Irys later transferred to Cleveland Clinic Florida in 1989. During her tenure with Cleveland Clinic, Irys worked in several clinical specialties including  Urology, Pulmonary and ENT. She began her career in clinical research in 1997 coordinating gastroenterology clinical trials. Irys went on to obtain her certification with  the Association for Clinical Research Professionals in 2000 and is credentialed as a certified clinical research coordinator. In 2002, Irys joined a private Rheumatology practice and combined her wealth of skills in developing their very successful research division. She joined Infinity Clinical Research in September of 2013. 

 

 

Laura Vance, BS, NRCMA
Clinical Research Coordinator

lvance@infinityclinicalresearch.com

Laura began her career in 1996 serving in the OR department at Northwest Medical Center as a medical/surgical assistant.  She was the lead phlebotomist and handled pre-op and post-op recovery procedures.  She was then given an opportunity to impart her knowledge and wisdom and so became an instructor at a local Medical Assisting College. She was soon promoted to Director of Education and led the team of instructors at the school. Her love and desire to be involved in direct patient care led her to pursue a new career pathway in research, and she now brings this passion to us at Infinity Clinical  Research. We are thrilled to have Laura serve on our Clinical Coordinating Team in our Pompano Beach Neurology office. 

 

 

 

 

 

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