Dr. Cruz is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Cruz completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship at Seton Hall University in South Orange New Jersey and then went on to complete an intensive Internal Medicine Review Course at the prestigious Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cruz has been serving the Central Florida area since October of 1995 as a primary care physician, during his years of practicing medicine he has come to see the direct link between weight issues and overall health. Dr. Cruz is very happy to introduce Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss Program to help combat the growing problem in our community and provide people with the necessary tools to achieve their weight loss goals, both safely and quickly.
· Dr. Cruz was born in Long island, NY and has lived in the Greater Orlando area since 1971
· Dr. Cruz has earned privileges at all hospitals in the Orlando area and is the official hospitalist for UCF.
· Dr. Cruz is married with 4 children and his hobbies include tennis, racquetball, snow skiing and staying active in his church.
Emely – COO/Director – Emely was born and raised in central Florida and true Orlando native. She has been working with Dr. Cruz since he opened the practice in February of 1999 and has seen the practice grow from day one. As a Certified Medical Manager she is passionate about her work and makes it a priority that patients are treated like as if they were a family member. Emely does not see her work as a job but more like a place she comes to assist patients with the medical and weight loss concerns. She has an open door policy for her staff as well as her patients so come by and say hello anytime.
Catherine came to Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss from Upstate New York, where she was born and raised. She attended the University of Rochester for her undergraduate studies, earning degrees in the fields of Psychology and Health Science. After a year of interning in Boston, MA, Catherine returned to Buffalo to accept the position of counselor at a private practice for bariatric patients. During her six years there, she gained a strong interest in the biochemistry of obesity, and more particularly with its associated brain functions. She also developed an affinity for working directly with patients and began to recognize the value of the counselor-patient relationship in achieving desired outcomes. Catherine went on to attend Medaille College in Buffalo, NY to obtain her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. She has a passion for continuing education and research, and is an 8-year member of the American Counseling Association. In her free time, Catherine enjoys traveling, comedy, being with friends, and spending time with her fiancé and two cats.