"THE DIABETIC HELP CENTER"™
Mr. Ricca has been involved in medical technologies, sales, and private equity for nearly 35 years. Over these years, he has achieved his certifications in Hematology, Microbiology and Blood Chemistry. He has worked in Bio-Pathology and Specialized Hematology in various Hospitals and Private Laboratories. He joined the Laboratory Research Team at Farmland Dairies, in Wallington, NJ, ultimately leading the Executive Sales Team.
In 1990, he began his career on Wall Street, eventually leading the management team of a group of Investment Banking firms. He became a Financial Analyst, Securities Principal and Chief Compliance Officer in 1998. In 2001, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Investments, a publicly traded investment Holding Company which acted as an incubator and grew exponentially through acquisitions. Under his leadership, the company successfully acquired businesses in the publication, sports, and media industries. In 2003, he joined the Parmalat Farmland Group as Director of Sales and Marketing. After multiple mergers, he had remained with the company serving in different capacities until recently, when he agreed to lead the Magnum Health Management team and spearhead its future growth. He brings deep-rooted experience and business acumen in sales, services, investment banking, wholesale and retail industries, as well as a refined understanding of Technology as it relates to Medical Analysis.
Gregory graduated from St. John's University in 1981 with a B.S. in Medical Technology.
Dr. Tina Discepola, M.D.
Dr. Discepola has been a board-certified physician for over 20 years. She is recognized as a pioneer in the field of integrative functional medicine. She offers in-depth expertise in hormone health, gut health, autoimmune disease, anti-aging, and nutrition. She believes in in-depth testing and in having much doctor-patient dialogue in ascertaining the root causes of disease and bodily dysfunction. Dr. Tina develops customized nutrition and health plans empowering her patients to tune into useful signals unique to their bodies. Her approach leverages the insight of science and research and the wisdom of alternative therapies. Dr. Tina has been a highly sought after doctor for celebrities, top executives and countless individuals.
Meryl Brandwein, R.D. / L.D.N.
Nutritional Team Director
Meryl is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) and Licensed Dietitian / Nutritionist (L.D.N.) who has been studying food and healing for over 20 years and is a leader in functional and integrative nutrition. She received her degree from the University of Delaware and holds advanced certifications from the Institute of Functional Medicine, Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCAA) in several specialty areas, Oncology Integrative certifications, and is one of the only nutritionists in South Florida certified in Genomics and Culinary Genomics.
Meryl’s area of expertise includes weight loss and food lifestyle change, hormonal imbalances, anti-aging nutrition, and medical nutritional therapy for chronic conditions and diseases. She incorporates the integration of whole foods into overall health and wellness programs and strategies. Meryl uses a multidisciplinary team approach in working with our doctors, psychologists, and therapists.
Meryl is a regular contributor to numerous publications and blogs including The Parent Notebook, Sports Link Magazine, The Sun-Sentinel, and The Miami Herald SOBE Fit. She has made several appearances on Good Morning South Florida and was the Nutritionist for Lifetime’s Television show The Balancing Act: Mission Makeover. She recently appeared on SFLCW to discuss Healthy Eating and Healthy Living and Treating Disease and Symptoms with Nutritional Foods.
Dr. Gary Mendelow, M.D.
Florida Centers Physician
Dr. Mendelow has been practicing medicine for over 40 years. He has been a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians since 1974. He has been an active medical practitioner and has held numerous supervisory positions in South Florida since 1997. As our regional center's physician, Dr. Mendelow’s role is to assess our patient’s needs and to recognize their deficiencies, while recommending a suitable and comprehensive program that addresses these concerns.
Salvatore Renaldi, Jr.
Salvatore is an (A.C.E) American Council On Exercise approved and certified personal trainer. He has received his continuing education and certification as an Advanced Level Three Diabetes personal trainer as well. His education emphasis and area of expertise has been placed on the unique and specific needs of the diabetic client. No two diabetics are alike, so they should not be trained as if they are. Unbeknownst to diabetic’s, some of the exercises they may be performing can actually exacerbate some of the ill effects of diabetes. Sal is uniquely trained in helping both type 1 and type 2 diabetics, including men and women, better manage their disease. He can carefully develop customizable fitness programs, taking all of their additional ailments under consideration, and can help return them to health safely.
Terrence M. McManus
Director of Real Estate Acquisition and Development
Mr. McManus is the President and Founder of both Jordyn Taylor International Realty and Investments, LLC and JT Construction Group, LLC. He has strategically managed a multi-million dollar portfolio of commercial properties and through his Certified Florida Contracting firm, built and developed more than 300 properties in excess of 5 million dollars in renovation expenses. He is born and raised in South Florida and is a lifelong resident. His "lay of the land" and skillset are unparalleled in the region. Terry is uniquely qualified to supervise in his joint role as Director of Acquisitions, in performing demographic research in seeking out our retail locations, and in Development, handling the lease negotiation, design, and renovation of the location once an agreement has been signed. The company relies heavily on his negotiation skills and his tireless work ethic in performing under budget, on time, and at multiple locations simultaneously.
Ms. Simmons has been an office manager with a particular emphasis in marketing for nearly 25 years. After witnessing her brother’s long battle with Type 2 Diabetes and its ill effects, she has re-dedicated her life and career towards helping others via natural remedies and treatments. Dana is passionate about health and wellness, organized and thorough. She offers an extremely hospitable approach in the service and management of our patients and their care.
MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD
Dr. Arnold R. Atkins, M.D., FACS
Advisory Board Chairman
Dr. Atkins, is a university-trained general surgeon who cared for a broad spectrum of surgical patients, many with all manner of diabetic complications until he retired from a very busy practice in 1997 and converted to emergency medicine to have a more predictable schedule and spend more time with his family. In this venue, he has continued to see diabetic patients at all levels of illness and often wondered why more could not be done to diminish or remove their diabetes-related problems with sensible changes in their diet and physical activities, an opportunity provided by Magnum Health Management.
Dr. Emmanuel Somers, M.D. F.C.A.P.
Advisory Board Chairman Emeritus
Dr. Somers, after graduating from medical school and honorably completing his military service, interned at the Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. He was appointed Pathology Resident at Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I. and then Fellow in Clinical Pathology at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. He was then appointed Fellow in Surgical Pathology then Staff Pathologist at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. IL. His illustrious career includes; Associate Medical Examiner in Westchester and Director of Pathology and Clinical Laboratories at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Queens, N.Y. Remarkable achievements include; Assistant Professor of Pathology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, Fellow of The College of American Pathologists, Fellow of The American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and Member of the Nassau Society of Pathologists. He treated many diabetic patients at his N.Y. medical practice and is a strong advocate for Type 2 Diabetes reversal and care. He now resides in Boca Raton, Florida and the company greatly values his guidance and input in all clinically related matters.
Dr. Dunganh L. Ung, M.D.
Advisory Board Member
Dr. Ung graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine in 1985, completing his residency in 1989. He received his certification as Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1991. He worked in several hospitals in Pennsylvania and Virginia before settling in the Tampa / St. Petersburg Florida area in 1998. He maintains active medical licenses in multiple states, including Arizona, Missouri, Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. His vast knowledge of many different regions will be greatly relied upon by our company as we begin our national expansion plan scheduled to launch in 2020.
Mr. Velagapudi possesses an abundance of technical knowledge having advised many Fortune 500 companies across the globe in delivering high tech solutions to maximize the effectiveness of their business processes and by generating increased return on investment for his clients.
He is well versed in ; Product Development in IOS, Android App's Development, Web and Mobile Applications, Digital Platforms, Global ERP Systems Implementation, Hyper care-SLAs adherence, Projects Delivery, Budget Management in terms of appropriate vendor selection, Budgeting, Resources, Scope, Risk Management, Change Management, and Execution Planning in full compliance with IT Quality Procedures.
His Healthcare Technology experience and business process re-engineering will be greatly relied upon as Magnum Health Management collects its valuable data and the company continues to build its proprietary systems database and CRM Platforms ( Customer Relationship Management ).
Giri graduated from Villanova University in 1997 with a Masters Degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Physics from India in 1991.