Meet the Team

Meet Rafael Piñero, MD

Dr. Rafael Piñero attended the Universidad Central del Caribe in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, where he graduated Magna cum Laude with his medical degree. In July of 1994, he relocated to Florida to complete his residency, specializing in family medicine, at the University of Florida’s Shands Hospital in Jacksonville. Dr. Piñero is board certified and has been in private practice since 1997. Dedicated to staying on the cutting-edge of the latest advancements in the medical field, he maintains memberships with the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Florida Medical Association.

Meet Claudia Zuriarrain, DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Claudia M. Zuriarrain graduated with a doctorate in nursing from the University of Florida in 2015. Claudia relocated to Central Florida in November of 2015 to join Piñero Preventive Medical Care Prior to relocating to Central Florida, Claudia practiced in Gainesville, Florida at the Primary Care Institute.

Meet Christine Cernoch, ARNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Christine Cernoch, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, joined the Piñero Medical team in the Spring of 2017. Christine graduated magna cum laude with her master’s from the University of Central Florida in 2008. Prior to joining Piñero Medical, Christine has worked in cardiology, internal medicine and most recently pain medicine. Her vast medical knowledge and her experience are a very welcome addition to our team.

Meet Giovanni Velez, MD

Dr. Giovanni Velez attended the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico where he graduated with his medical degree in 2008. Upon completion of his family practice residency training at Mid-Hudson Family Practice Residency Program in Kingston, New York, Dr Velez relocated back to Central Florida. Dr Velez Is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is board certified in family medicine.

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