Neville Sarkari, MD, FACP, is executive vice president and chief medical officer at Tidewell. He previously served as senior vice president, medical services; senior vice president, operations; and interim COO at Covenant Hospice in the Florida Panhandle. Dr. Sarkari began his career in primary care and general internal medicine at Owensboro Medical Health System in Kentucky.
• Board certified in internal medicine with a sub-specialty in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
• A graduate of the University of Kentucky and University of Kentucky College of Medicine
• A fellow in the American College of Physicians
James Valenti, DO, HMDC, is an associate medical director serving Sarasota. He became a Certified Hospice Medical Director in May 2015. Dr. Valenti began his career in the Department of Family Practice at Richmond Heights General Hospital in Richmond Heights, Ohio, and served the hospital for 19 years, the last 11 of which he spent as the director of osteopathic manipulative medicine.
• Board certified in primary care with a sub-specialty in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
• A former clinical preceptor in general practice at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and senior clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine’s Department of Family practice
• Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of General Practice and a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Family Practitioners in Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, the American Academy of Family Practitioners, Ohio Osteopathic Association and Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine
• A graduate of John Carroll University and Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine with residency at Richmond Heights General Hospital
Rev. Richard I. Deibert, MD, PhD, MDiv, is an associate medical director serving Ellenton and Sarasota. He has a wealth of experience ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of patients. Also an ordained Presbyterian minister, Dr. Deibert served as a Tidewell Hospice chaplain from 2007-2009. In the 1990s, he and his wife, Rev. Elizabeth M. Deibert, co-founded the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, Ala., where he simultaneously served as a primary-care physician. Elizabeth pastors the Peace Presbyterian Church in Lakewood Ranch. Dr. Deibert returns to Tidewell, having served in primary care at the Center for Family Health in Arcadia from 2011-2013.
• A graduate of Davidson College, the University of Florida College of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Columbia Theological Seminary and Cambridge University in England
• A PhD in New Testament studies from Cambridge University, specifically, Saint Paul’s Theology of Human Mortality and Death
• A former director of the Center for Spiritual Life at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.
• A proud father of four nearly perfect children: Emily, Catherine, Andrew, Rebecca
• Grateful to be serving patients and families at the end of this earthly life
Robert Klein, MD, is a Tidewell associate medical director and resource physician. He has more than 20 years of experience as a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Klein began his career as an obstetrics and gynecology surgeon in New Jersey before becoming an outpatient physician in Boca Raton, Fla.
• Certified by the Florida Physician CME Resource Palliative Care and Pain Management
• A former clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
• A graduate of Franklin Pierce College and Autonomous University of Guadalajara, School of Medicine in Guadalajara, Mexico, with residency at Maimonides Medical Center and Coney Hospital, Downstate Medical School affiliates
Kimberly Marsters, MD, HMDC is an associate medical director serving North Teams. She became a Certified Hospice Medical Director in May 2015. Dr. Marsters began her career in the family medicine office and urgent care department at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany, Ind.
• Certified in family medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians
• A graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville Medical School with residency at the University of Louisville Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine
Karen Ray, MD, is an associate medical director serving Port Charlotte, North Port and South Sarasota. She began her career as a family practice staff physician for the U.S. Air Force in Germany and the Azores.
• Board certified in family medicine with a sub-specialty certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
• A graduate of Texas A&M and Texas A&M College of Medicine with a family practice residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
• A member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians and Florida Academy of Family Physicians
Corinne D. Gerhart, DO, HMDC, is the Associate Medical Director serving the Venice Hospice House, the Venice/Englewood Home Team and the Long-term Care South Team. Dr. Gerhart has more than 10 years of experience as a hospitalist and medical director in hospice and palliative care. She comes to Tidewell Hospice from Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Broward County, Fla., where she served as Medical Director. From March 2007 to October 2009, Dr. Gerhart practiced urgent care and inpatient medicine at Venice Regional Medical Center in Venice, Fla.
• Certified by the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board
• Board certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Medicine with added qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine
• A graduate of Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine with residency at Broward General Medical Center
Samir Rajiha, MD, is an associate medical director serving Arcadia and DeSoto County. He is an internal medicine specialist who is a physician at Arcadia Medical Associates. He earned his medical degree from the Damascus University Faculty of Medicine in Damascus, Syria. Dr. Rajiha was a resident physician at Ministry of Health Hospitals in Damascus and served his residency at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, Mich.
Jessica Wasserman, DO, is a PRN physician with Tidewell, providing weekday coverage for all teams in the four-county service area. Prior to choosing to become PRN in July 2014, Dr. Wasserman served for more than four years as a Tidewell Associate Medical Director, covering ALF, LTC, Home Teams and Hospice Houses. She came to Tidewell Hospice board certified in Family Medicine and earned her board certification for Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2013. Prior to working in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Wasserman worked in the ALF and LTC setting at Westminster Manor and Towers in Bradenton through the Manatee County Rural Health Service. She began her career running a large family practice office in Philadelphia. Dr. Wasserman enjoys teaching and was one of the first instructors of Clinical and Osteopathic Medicine at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine-Bradenton Campus. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. She received her Doctor of Osteopathy from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia. She is a member of the AOA, ACOFP, FOMA, and the AAHPM.
James Hyler, MD, is a PRN physician with Tidewell, providing coverage for all teams in the four-county service area. He is a family practice/geriatric physician with extensive hospice and palliative care experience. Since 2002, Dr. Hyler has served as a medical director or associate medical director at hospices in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Sylva, N.C.; Flat Rock, N.C.; Mount Airy, N.C.; and Statesville, N.C.
Dr. Hyler is:
• A trainer with 32 years professional teach experience and has made numerous medical mission trips to Central and South America.
• A graduate of the University of South Alabama and University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He served his residency in family practice at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.
David Hough, DO, is a PRN physician with Tidewell who assists in weekday coverage in all four counties. He is a physician executive with experience in the hospital and group-practice areas. Dr. Hough specializes in internal medicine and geriatric care.
• A former chief of medicine, board of trustees president and chief of staff at St. Mary’s Community Hospital in South Bend, Ind.
• Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine, the American College of Osteopathic Internists (Fellow) and the American College of Physician Executives
A graduate of Phillips University and Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine with a residency at Mount Clemens General Hospital in Mount Clemens, Mich. Dr. Hough also received a Master of Medical Management from Tulane University
Shayne Moyles, DO, works as a PRN physician assisting with weekend admissions. She is an experienced hospitalist with an emphasis on Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care. Dr. Moyles served as program director and hospitalist at Wuestoff Hospital in Melbourne, Fla. She also served as a palliative care physician at Suncoast Hospice in St. Petersburg, Fla.
• Board Certified in Internal Medicine and in Hospice and Palliative Care.
• A member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
• A graduate of University of North Florida and Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Howard Glicksman, MD, is a physician who provides home visits to patients in need of extra assistance. Dr. Glicksman has more than 10 years of experience as a physician providing hospice and palliative services in Florida. He also served as a palliative care consultant for the Florida Cancer Institute.
• A physician with 24 years of experience in general medical office and hospital settings in Canada and Brooksville, Fla.
• A graduate of the University of Toronto School of Medicine with a rotating internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto.
Braden Van Der Wall, MD, provides weekday and weekend coverage as a PRN physician in the hospice house setting for Tidewell, primarily in the northern counties. He is a hospitalist at EMcare, a Level 2 trauma center at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton. He began his career at Mountain States Health Alliance in Johnson City, Tenn.
• A former teaching staff physician at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Mountain Home, Tenn.
• Certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine and a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and the American Association for Physician Leadership
• A graduate of University of Nevada, Reno, and American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Richard Diamond, MD, has served the central region of Tidewell’s four-county service area since 2008 as a PRN physician. Dr. Diamond has held a private practice for 32 years and provides home-bound primary care.
• Board certified in internal medicine and a member of the American Association of Home Care Physicians
• Is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Temple University School of Medicine with residency at the University of Maryland Hospital
L. Douglas Kennedy, MD, works part time for Tidewell as a physician assisting with admissions. He is experienced in palliative care and pain management. Dr. Kennedy spent 13 years as Medical Director of Pain Medicine Associates in Lexington, Ky., and has served as a case manager, consultant and patient advocate. He comes to Tidewell from Fort Myers, where he was Associate Medical Director of Palliative Care at Hope HealthCare Services.
• A Diplomate member of the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pain Medicine.
• A member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
• A graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
Lori Dengler, ARNP, MBA, MSN, ARNP-C, is a Nurse Practitioner and primarily assists the Northern Teams but travels anywhere to complete face-to-face visits. She previously worked at Tidewell as a Registered Nurse. Lori covers Supportive Care at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southern College in 1996, her Masters of Business Administration from St. Leo University in 2002 and her Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of South Florida in 2012. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and American Heart Association.
Sonya McMahon, BHSN, MSN, ARNP-C, is a Nurse Practitioner for Tidewell. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida in 2005. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a member of that organization.
Beth Wispelwey, ARNP, is a Nurse Practitioner who works in the hospital and home setting. She is an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse and has served a Geriatrics and Internal Medicine Consultation Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Beth received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from James Madison University and her Masters of Science in Advanced Practice Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care with sub-specialty in Palliative Care from New York University.
Beth Reilly, ARNP, is a Nurse Practitioner who began her career in hospice and palliative care as a volunteer. She works primarily in the Supportive Care Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Her previous experience includes Administrative Director of the Children’s Team. Beth received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from the University of South Florida and has attended Florida State University’s Doctor in Nursing Practice program. She has been certified in hospice and palliative care for 16 years.