Belkis R. Cepero, MD, FAAP, Board Certified in Pediatrics
I was born in Cuba and graduated from Medical school in 1993 from the Faculty of Medical Sciences in Matanzas, affiliated to the University of Havana, Cuba. I practiced for 4 years in Cuba and finished 3 years of Family Medicine training.
I always wanted to be a Pediatrician, but in Cuba the government manages the future of the medical professionals. I came to the US in 1997 with my husband and son, then 3 years old in a boat and followed my dream. I passed all of the United States Medical license examinations and underwent a Pediatric Residency program with Shands Children Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
I graduated in June 2008. I started practicing Pediatrics in Port Charlotte right after graduation in a group Practice. I opened my own Practice in April 2012 to fulfill my dream to give my patients the best of my time, knowledge and compassion. I have 2 children, ages 18 and 25 and I have been happily married for 26 years. My husband is my main support; I couldn’t have done any of the above without him.
I love camping, sewing, the beach and spending time with my family. I love my team!!! Everybody that is working with me is great! I have had the privilege to teach them, help them, be helped and share wonderful memories. They all love children and are happy to be working at our practice. That reflects in their daily work, that is not easy but they show how much they enjoy it.
Steven Powell, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
I am a true Floridian, born and raised in Central Florida, then relocated to Southwest Florida in 2016 to continue my nursing education. I first became a Registered Nurse in 2014, and earned my Bachelors Degree in nursing from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Most of my experience has been in different intensive care units (ICUs), including surgical, cardiac, and medical specialties. While my experience dealt mostly with the adult population, I found a passion for pediatrics and caring for children during my graduate education. In 2019 I earned my Masters Degree in Nursing from Purdue University Global, and became nationally certified by The American Association of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. During my nurse practitioner education, I was able to precept with Dr. Cepero during my pediatric rotation. After working with Dr. Cepero and falling in love with pediatrics, it was an obvious decision to begin working at Cepero Pediatrics.
On a personal note, I am happily married since March of 2018. I have two amazing dogs which are my only children for now. I live for a good vacation, and love to be at the beach. My husband and I both enjoy being active and we play in a weekly volleyball league. Lastly, I love to eat and always down for good tacos.
Erixis Lopez, PA-C
I was born and raised in Cuba. Then, at the age of 18, I had the great opportunity to come to the US with my parents
I graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences in 2008. Then, I became a certified Physician Assistant after completing a degree at Miami-Dade Medical campus. I’ve worked in Primary care and Gynecology specialties for 5 years at a nonprofit clinic at Catholic Charities in Tampa. Recently, I started working with Dr. Cepero, and thanks to her, I’ve had the opportunity to discover the passion and joy that comes with working with kids.
I enjoy spending time with family, especially with my two children and husband. My family takes up most of my free time, but some of my favorite pastimes are singing, dancing and gardening (in particular orchid flowers).
Nicole Harty, PA-C
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are advanced practice nurses who provide high-quality healthcare services similar to those of a physician. NPs can also diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems. After receiving their bachelor's degree in nursing and most typically working to advance their clinical skills, they go on to get their master's degree in nursing. This is where they further their education and clinical training beyond their registered nurse preparation. They then are eligible for state licensure and board certification in their respective area of interest and study, much like a physician.
What is a Physician Assistant? PA’s or Physician Assistants, are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. PAs are educated at the master’s degree level. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.