About Premier Pediatrics: Pediatric Services , Children’s Doctor and more.
Where We Have Time for Your Kids
It’s said that the most valuable gift we can give to our children is our time. This axiom is especially true when it comes to medical concerns. Premier Pediatrics has always maintained that it takes time to develop trust with a parent and their child. As a parent, our Founder and Chief Medical Doctor Shahab Eunus has a sincere love for helping children that is shared by every member of our staff. It’s true when we say we have time for your kids at Premier Pediatrics.
Meet Our Providers
Dr. Shahab Eunus, M.D. F.A.A.P.
Founder & Chief Medical DoctorA Board Certified Pediatrician, Dr. Shahab Eunus specializes in general and behavioral pediatrics. Dr. Eunus earned his medical degree with honors in St. Petersburg, Russia and completed his pediatric residency at the prestigious Cornell University, Lincoln Medical, New York. Multilingual, Dr. Eunus speaks English, Russian and Bengali and has the ability to obtain medical history in Spanish. Dr. Eunus has a special place in his heart for children with ADHD, as he is the father of a child with ADHD. Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Marion County Medical Society.
Dr. Cherish Lorica, M.D.Dr. Cherish Lorica is a Board Certified Pediatrician specializing in general pediatrics as well as pediatric infectious diseases. Dr. Lorica earned her medical degree from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas and received additional training in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lorica speaks both English and Tagalog. Member of the American Academy of Pediatricians and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.
Dr. Milie Poole, M.D.Dr. Millie Poole brings 17 years of experience as a working physician to Premier Pediatrics as a Board Certified Internist and a Board Certified Pediatrician. Dr. Poole specializes in all ages and behavioral pediatrics. After earning her medical degree at the University of Miami, Florida, Dr. Poole completed her residency at Metrohealth Medical Center/Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio.
Danulka Vargas-Torres, MDDr. Vargas-Torres earned her medical degree from Universidad Central Del Este at Dominican Republic. She completed her pediatric residency at Ponce Health Sciences University at San Lucas’ Episcopal Hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico and received additional training as Health education and master’s in public health from University of Puerto Rico. She was a health teacher for 5 years. She is a native of Puerto Rico and experienced in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. She did voluntary work during Hurricane Irma and Maria’s at the island. Dr. Vargas speaks both English and Spanish. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a researcher and published several medical articles in Infectious diseases: Dengue, Chikungunya and other arboviruses. She enjoys all aspects of pediatrics and all ages – infants to adolescents as well as Mental Health. She thoroughly enjoys seeing children and young adults with a variety of problems and opportunities to interact with them. She is a wife of a wonderful husband and a mother of one girl. She enjoys traveling, exercising, arts, snorkeling, music and photography. Dr. Vargas loves the practice of pediatrics and is honored to be entrusted with helping to care for your family's precious children.
Alfredo E. Mercado-Quinones M.D. FAAPDr. Mercado-Quiñones earned his medical degree from Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) in the Dominican Republic. Then he completed his Pediatrics residency at Ponce Health Science University at San Lucas Episcopal Hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico. As part of his training, he spent several months at Strong Memorial Hospital at Rochester, NY and several months at John Hopkins Hospital. He worked in underserved areas in Puerto Rico for 3 years. Dr. Mercado-Quiñones speaks English and Spanish. He enjoys practicing Pediatric Medicine, starting with newborns to adolescents. He has a personal passion for ADHD/ADD management and seeks the improvement of his patient’s quality of life. Dr. Mercado-Quiñones has years of experience working with pediatric obesity and fitness. He loves all sports and encourages its practice. Above all, his biggest achievement is to be the Dad to two wonderful boys, which solidified his vocation as a Pediatrician as well as a Dad.
VladLena Eunus, DNPVladlena Eunus is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. She obtained her first degree from the Herzen Teaching University in 1994 and worked as an elementary school teacher for several years. After moving to the United States, she earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the Stony Brook University (SUNY) in 2008 and worked as an RN in the vent unit of the Wyckoff Hospital for almost 5 years. Vladlena earned her Master’s degree and Doctorate degree in Pediatrics Primary Care in 2013-2016 from the University of South Alabama. Vladlena speaks three languages: Russian, English, and Bengali. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International organization.
Brittany Arami, ARNPBrittany has always wanted to work in pediatrics; ensuring children are happy, healthy, and reach their full potential is of utmost importance to her. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of South Florida in 2012, and the following years were spent between the pediatric hematology/oncology unit and the general pediatrics units at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of South Alabama in 2017. Brittany is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Brittany looks forward to meeting new patients and making every effort to provide excellent care to all.
Vaun Conrad, ARNPWith a gift for relating with children and teenagers, Vaun Conrad has over 23 years of extensive pediatric experience within the Marion County Health Department. Vaun received her nursing diploma from Butterworth Hospital School of Nursing in Grand Rapids, Michigan and her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan. She earned her Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Vaun is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), Certified by American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Don Connor, ARNPDonald relocated from Michigan with his family in 1990 to pursue a career in Pediatrics. His educational background includes degrees from Southwestern Michigan College and undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Florida. He has cared for children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Florida. These patients include trauma, Organ TFA along with Pediatric Cancers specializing in neuro-oncology. His Private Practice includes WellCare acute illnesses and ADHD.
Sondra Smith, ARNPSondra Smith recently moved to Ocala from Miami, FL where she worked for 9 years as an ARNP in a Community Health and School Based setting. She also taught Practical Nursing in the Miami Dade Public School system for 13 years. She received her Bachelors in Nursing from The University of Miami and received her Masters in Nursing and her Family Nurse Practitioner from Florida International University. She is ANCC Board Certified.
Dr. Mamatha Sandu, M.D.Kids Health Alliance PADr. Sandu graduated from Kurnool Medical College, Sri Venkatesvara University in 2011. She completed a residency at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten island, NY. Dr. Sandu is board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Sandu is married and has 2 wonderful children. Country of birth is AP, India.
Allyson Casey, ARNPKids Health Alliance PAAllyson joined our team in 2016 from John Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St Petersburg, FL. She worked for 7 years with children who suffer from lung problems, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. Allyson has practiced as a pediatric ARNP in both a primary care setting and a pulmonary specialty since 1993, when she graduated from the University of South Florida, with a masters degree in Nursing. She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Ocala was Allyson's home from early childhood until college. She attended Blessed Trinity primary school and graduated from the "old" Forest High School, which is now Trinity Catholic.
The Story of Dr. Raffy Smiggles
When driving up to our Main Office in Ocala, you will be warmly welcomed by our very own Dr. Raffy Smiggles, a well-respected Doctor loved by many – who just happens to be a Giraffe. Dr. Smiggles has graced our front entrance for many years now, and is a crowd favorite – helping many patients find our office by being such a terrific landmark.
When Dr. Smiggles first arrived to Premier Pediatrics after a long and difficult journey, he had lost his stethoscope, glasses, and even forgot his own name. So, we got him some new glasses and a shiny stethoscope, and we called on all of the children that come to our office and asked them to help Dr. Smiggles find his name. After many days of hard work and plenty of creative ideas, the name that was chosen was a combination of suggestions from two of our patients – Raffy, and Dr. Smiggles – and we just couldn’t pick one! Oh, and why Smiggles you ask? Smiles and giggles of course! Look at his face next time you drive in – you’ll see what we mean.