Elite Physicians

Steven Schnur, M.D.

CEO of EliteHealth, EliteHealth Medical Group and EliteHealth.md

Dr. Schnur has over twenty-five years of healthcare experience in clinical case reviews, claim reviews, chronic disease management, pharmacy benefits management, and capitated contracting with insurance companies.

Author of The Reality Diet, Dr. Schnur has been involved in the healthcare industry since 1991. He is a Board Certified Cardiologist and Internist and is currently the President of EliteHealth and its associated companies.

With extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry, Dr. Schnur oversees the operations of over 20 medical offices, over 200 employees and more than 50,000 patients. Under his leadership, South Florida Cardiology Associates won Best Cardiology Practice in 2006

Perry Krichmar, M.D.

COO of EliteHealth, EliteHealth Medical Group and EliteHealth.md

Dr. Krichmar is a Board Certified Internal Medicine physician, as well as a Cardiologist trained at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida.

Dr. Krichmar gained national recognition in the past for being the host of a Public Television show called Healthy Body Healthy Mind. He maintains an active role in educating physicians about the latest trends in cholesterol management and cardiovascular risk prevention strategies. Over twenty years of expertise in managed care operations, contracting and implementation. Dr. Krichmar also specializes in healthcare delivery systems associated with managed care programs.

Dr. Krichmar has been involved in the healthcare industry since 1991, and is Chief Operating Officer of EliteHealth and all of its umbrella companies. His implementations of operational strategies have been instrumental in obtaining EliteHealth’s national recognition as a “Top Ten Wellness Company."

Jose Rios, M.D.

Internal Medicine

Dr. Rios received his undergraduate degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, graduating with highest honors in his class in Mechanical Engineering. He subsequently worked as a biomedical engineer at Cordis Corporation in Miami, Florida, where his interest in medicine grew.

He went on to graduate from the University of Miami School of Medicine with Honors, including selection to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

Dr. Rios completed intership and residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL and has been in clinical private practice in Miami Beach since 1989. He is Board Certified as a specialist in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Jaclyn Tolentino, D.O.

Family Medicine, Director of EliteHealth Longevity Center

EliteHealth Miami welcomes their newest physician, Dr. Jaclyn Tolentino. As Director of The EliteHealth Longevity Center, Dr. Tolentino focuses on health awareness through her preventative care approach to practicing medicine. In addition to practicing family medicine, she educates patients on Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and the benefits of Intravenous (IV) Vitamin Therapy.

After receiving her Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Florida, Dr. Tolentino attended the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine where she studied philosophically-based techniques. The interconnection between body structure and how each part affects the other is one of the methods used to diagnose and treat patients.

Dr. Tolentino is the Clinical Director of the EliteHealth Research Institute which facilitates Investigative Review Board (IRB) approved clinical trials. She performs sub-investigator duties such as patient recruitment, physicals, and patient assessments. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and actively participates as the Director of EliteHealth Outreach throughout the local community.

Anthony Japour, M.D.

Internal Medicine & Infectious Disease

Dr. Anthony Japour is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. He was profiled by New York Times Best Selling author Gene Stone's international best seller, "Secrets of People who Don't Get Sick." In this feature, Dr. Japour describes the health benefits of probiotics, including how they stimulate and support the body's immune system.

Dr. Japour actively educates fellow physicians and health care practictioners on the latest advancements, research, and treatments in diseases such as Hepatitis and HIV.

As an infectious disease physician at Harvard Medical School and in the Pharmaceutical Industry at Abbott Labs in the 1980's-90's, Japour designed and executed numerous clinical studies for HIV/AIDS. "At the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, patients had to take 30-plus pills a day, now many take just one pill once a day." Dr. Japour is formerly an Associate Professor at the Florida International College of Medicine and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Natalie Gardiner, M.D.

Internal Medicine & Integrative Medicine

Dr. Gardiner received her medical training at the prestigious Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida. She has also worked as a researcher at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Her further education and credentials include successfully completing a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona, a program founded by Dr. Andrew Weil, as well as Functional Medicine course.

Dr. Gardiner’s practice includes Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Integrative Medicine. A critical component of her practice is an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and partnership between doctor and patient, as well as use of the innate healing mechanism of the body.

Dr. Gardiner is directly involved in each patient’s examination by understanding each patient as a whole - on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. For more information about Dr. Natalie and her practice, visit www.doctornatalie.com.

Robert Shaffer, M.D.

Internal Medicine

Dr. Robert Shaffer received his medical training at the Albany Medical College in Albany, New York, and completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida. He was born in Brazil and speaks fluent Portuguese. Dr. Shaffer has over twenty years of both hospital and outpatient medical practice experience and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

Accomplishments include being a founding partner and president of Mt. Sinai's flagship hospitalist physician practice Primary Care Physicians Group. Founding partner of the VITAS Hospice Physician On-Call Telemedicine Program. Founder of MD Billing Corporation. Founding partner of the Nova Southeastern University, Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Shaffer is an active member of the HIMSS, Healthcare Business Solutions Committee and Revenue Cycle Improvement Task Force.

Along with his clinical duties at Elite Health, Dr. Shaffer is a well-known and respected healthcare entrepreneur. Dr. Shaffer’s latest startup venture is http://www.BrasilAmericaMedical.com a healthcare consultation company that caters to the international Brazilian American patient and corporate community.

Michelle Koo, D.P.M, M.S.

Podiatrist, Foot and Ankle Surgery

Dr. Koo graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL then received her Master’s and Doctorate from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL and served as the first chief resident of the three-year surgical residency program at the renown Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL. Dr. Koo continues to actively participate in the education of podiatric residents and students by serving as Adjunct Clinical Faculty for Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center.

With the growing diabetic population and subsequent lower extremity wound complications, Dr. Koo is board certified in wound healing to provide the latest therapies to save her patients toes, feet and legs. Utilizing conservative techniques as the primary form of treatment, Dr. Koo is also Board Qualified to perform surgeries on her patients.

It is important to Dr. Koo to keep her athletic patients pain free and ensure their return to activities as soon as possible with innovative and modern therapies as Dr. Koo, herself, participates in sports including marathons, scuba diving and snowboarding.

Her goal is to treat each patient with compassion while providing state of the art medicine for his or her optimal recovery.

Yanely Pineiro Puebla, M.D

Internal Medicine

Yanely Pineiro Puebla, MD is of Cuban descent and did her Internal Medicine residency at an NYU School of Medicine Affiliate Program.

Dr. Pineiro Puebla specializes in preventive medicine and is involved in many clinical research trials.

One of her areas of interests is naturopathic medicine. Due to her many areas of expertise, she is a great asset to the EliteHealth team.

Nutrition and Fitness Team
  • Bill Cortright
    EliteFitForever Co-Founder
  • Jaclyn Tolentino, DO
    Wellness Director
  • Alexandra Cortright, RD
    Registered Dietitian
  • Jessica Lizarraga, MS, CSN
    Nutritionist
  • Erik Bustillo, CPT, CSN, RD
    Registered Dietitian
  • Perla Polanco, MBA, RD, LDN
    Registered Dietitian
  • David Appel AFFA, CPT
    Fitness Specialist & Wellness Coach

Bill Cortright

Co-Founder, Eite FitForever

Bill Cortright is a sought after international speaker specializing in personal development, motivation, wellness, anti-aging, weight loss, and stress management. Bill's journey began like most at a young age struggling with weight loss/maintenance, resulting in a decade long fluctuation of 100 plus pounds. Bill went on to successfully lose the weight and become a seven-time bodybuilding champion.

Today Bill Cortwright is one of the top experts on wellness, weight loss, and stress management. Bill is the author of the international bestseller “The Stress Response Diet” and has the soon to be released sequel called “TRUTH, The Real Understanding To Health." Bill is an entrepreneur who is one of the creators of EliteHealth's exclusive EliteFitForever program, which changes the paradigm of the way medicine is practiced today. Bill has more than thirty years of experience in the wellness and personal development field. His extensive knowledge of stress management and life coaching is a vital component to EliteHealth's 360 Approach to medicine.

Jaclyn Tolentino, DO

EliteHealth Longevity Clincial Director, Wellness Director

As the Clinical Director of EliteHealth Longevity and Wellness, Dr. Tolentino works hand-in-hand with our nutrition and fitness team to develop a comprehensive treatment for her patients. Dr. Tolentino frequently follows up with her patients through direct communication and communicates regularly with our nutritionists regarding the progression of nutrition and fitness management of patient care.

“Nutrition and fitness is an integral component to EliteHealth's comprehensive medical care. Fortunately at EliteHealth, our physicians have access to a team of nutrition and fitness specialists who are ready to see patients shortly after an office visit. By coordinating care between myself and our nutrition team, I am confident that our patients are on the right track to a successful and healthy lifestyle."

Dr. Tolentino's wellness practice has a specific component on Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy and IV Vitamin Therapy. Longevity medicine is gaining world-wide recognition, and her comprehensive approach is vital to the health of EliteHealth patients.

Alexandra Cortright, RD

Registered Dietitian

Alexandra Cortright earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Nutrition and Dietetics as well as Psychology and Counseling. Her training began at Florida State University and she went on to complete her studies at Florida International University. Alexandra has more than eight years of experience in gym and wellness facilities within medical offices. She has developed numerous menus and simple recipes used by EliteFitForever patients.

Alexandra is responsible for training dietitians in all of EliteFitForever's affiliate offices. She is also a published author in “Locker Room Magazine” on sports performance supplements. Alexandra genuinely enjoys teaching cooking classes and one of her other passions is teaching at a drug rehabilitation center. Utilizing her Psychology background, she has a great understanding for behavioral change and helps all patients achieve their goals.

Alexandra has devoted her life to the development of EliteFitForever and changing the field of Dietetics and Nutrition.

Jessica Lizarraga, MS, CSN

Nutritionist

Jessica Lizarraga started her interest for dance very young in life. This interest ultimately lead her to focus on health, fitness and weight maintenance from a very young age. Jessica pursued her bachelors degree in dietetics and nutrition at Florida International University. She was awarded a leadership position within the Dietetic Association and together with her peers, they created SDA’s most successful year of all. Upon her graduation she quickly decided to continue her education with her graduate degree in dietetics and nutrition.

Jessica is also a Certified Sports Nutritionist with the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Jessica's passion for business has grown over the years through working at EliteHealth along side great leaders. She currently works directly with Bill Cortright to assist and manage business development for the company while also counseling patients to reach their health and wellness goals. Jessica aspires to become a great business woman leading organizations to success.

Erik Bustillo, RD, CSN, CPT

Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer

Erik Bustillo is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer by the National Strength and Conditioning Association – NSCA. Highly experienced in clinical research studies and with an extensive knowledge in medical nutrition therapy, Eric is actively involved with top organizations in the fields of Exercise Science and Sports Nutrition. He specializes in sports nutrition and supplementation and excels in performance science.

Erik's practical approach puts exercise and nutritional science into easy to follow steps for action. Erik is affiliated with several organizations such as, International Society of Sports Nutrition, National Strength and Conditioning Association, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Florida International University of Student Dietetic Association. Erik is now serving as Dietetic counselor and Exercise Physiologist with EliteFitForever and in addition, counsels patients on improving their wellness goals.

Perla Polanco, MBA, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Perla is a Registered Dietitian who lived in the Dominican Republic since she was 6 years old. She has always been passionate with science and had a lifelong dream to work in the medical field. Perla loves nutrition, cooking and wellness - and this what motivated her to decide to study Dietetics. Perla moved to Utah on a scholarship awarded by the Dominican Republic Government for her university studies. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics in 2011 and also completed her Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in 2012.

Perla gained experience in diverse areas of nutrition and dietetics by completing internships in clinical dietetics, children’s diabetes clinics and the Women, Infants, and Children Government Program (WIC). Her MBA has given her the additional training to create a patient-focused approach where patients feel satisfied. Perla has recently joined EliteFitForever as a Dietetic counselor and Patient Care Coordinator.

David Appel AFFA, CPT

Fitness Specialist & Wellness Coach

At age 10 David was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and has never let it hold him back, but has only given him first hand knowledge and insight into nutrition and wellness, inspiring him to become a Wellness coach. David has been an AFAA certified personal trainer and has helped people achieve their fitness goals by setting up custom nutrition and training programs for over 10 years. David's first hand experience and success with Diabetes and health has helped him guide others to achieve their most optimal level of health and overcome any obstacles in their way.

Executive Wellness and Concierge Team

Karen Gumpel

Director of Business Development

Karen is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing. Karen has extensive experience in developing and sustaining client relationships leveraging her strong organizational, leadership, communication, and people skills.  Karen has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Hospitality from New York Institute of Technology.

Prior to EliteHealth, Karen worked for Greenwich Associates in the financial sector in a Senior Executive role. She has worked on many projects that involved high profile clients in fixed-income and equity markets, asset and risk management.

Prior to joining Greenwich Associates, Karen was a Vice President and Group Head of Roadshows at ING Bank for the Americas, where she was responsible for managing all aspects of international and domestic, debt and equity roadshows for companies planning initial public offerings, high-yield bonds, and loan syndications. While at ING, Karen worked extensively with the Chairman’s Office, including senior management from investment banking, debt and equity capital markets, and institutional sales and research.

Karen has a strong personal passion for health and wellness. She enjoys tennis, golf & fitness activities.

Candice Ryan-Lederman

Director of Concierge Services, Healthcare Advocate

Candice is the Director of Concierge Services at EliteHealth, a full service innovative concept that reaches beyond high quality care to experience a world of personalized service and technological innovation. Ms. is responsible for all membership relations from beginning to end, including appointment scheduling, coordinating care, and ensuring a VIP experience for all concierge members.

Candice has been with EliteHealth for 10 years, beginning as Marketing Director. This was backed by her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Shortly after her inital years with EliteHealth she developed outstanding relationships and passion for patient care. This led her to transition to the position of a Healthcare Advocate, which complimented her background in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University.

In her current role as Director of Concierge Services at EliteHealth, Candice has been an integral part in EliteHealth's Concierge Medicine Division.

Alissha Leonor

Executive Administrative Assistant, Healthcare Advocate

Alissha provides Executive Level administrative support to both Dr. Steven Schnur and Dr. Perry Krichmar. She holds a degree in Business and Fine Arts, with 10 years experience in marketing and project management. Her efforts are identifying gaps in business functions, and coordinates business solutions throughout EliteHealth and its associated companies. She is highly involved with EliteHealth Concierge to help ensure high quality care and an unprecedented VIP experience for members.

She works directly with the CEO and the COO of Elite Health to collaborate meetings, schedule event planning, and collaborate business development from execution through delivery.

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