Dr. Alokeh began his career in Damascus University School of Medicine graduating in 1992 with top honors. He continued his formal training through St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital Internal Medicine residency program in Pontiac, Michigan, quickly becoming chief resident for two years. Completing his residency program in 2001, he relocated to sunny Florida where he worked for DeSoto Memorial Hospital for five years. Throughout his journey, Dr. Alokeh had always had the drive and ambition to one day open his own private practice; with dedication and hard work his dream quickly came true in 2006 when he opened Arcadia Medical Associates in Arcadia, Florida. A new fully accredited office, boasting state-of-the art equipment and services was built in where he expanded physician support and services to patients. His practice continued to grow and by 2016, two additional locations opened their doors in Sarasota and Wauchula with multiple board certified physicians and additional patient services offered at all locations.
Board Certified and formally trained in Internal Medicine, Dr. Wael Alokeh’s knowledge in preventative medicine and management of chronic diseases is evidenced by over sixteen years of exceptional experience. He has built a reputation as one of Southwest Florida’s best physicians in Internal Medicine and has received numerous awards for his exceptional service. Dr. Alokeh has lived in Southwest Florida since 2001 and loves the sunshine. For leisure activities, he enjoys going to the gym and swimming, but most importantly spending quality time with his wife and daughter. Dr. Alokeh looks forward to further growth and continued success with Arcadia Medical Associates.
Dr. DeRay is an Internal Medicine physician who joined Arcadia Medical Associates in July, 2013. He completed his residency in Pontiac, Michigan and moved to Florida for the sunny skies and amazing Florida spirit. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Hindi and Bengali.
He provides care for a variety of medical disorders both in the office and the hospital. He performs a variety of office procedures including removal of skin lesions and joint injections. He is very passionate about patient care and believes in informing, educating, and aiding his patients towards a healthy lifestyle. Dr. DeRay lives by the motto, "prevention is better than cure". In his free time he enjoys exploring nature and Florida's beaches.
Dr. Rajiha graduated in 2010 from Damascus University in Syria. He then went on to complete three years of Residency, specializing in Internal Medicine. During his residency program, Dr. Rajiha was reconginized as one of the hardest working residents in his progeam. He joined Arcadia Medical Associates in July, 2016 and is currently board eligible. He enjoys woking with patients, has a passion to help people. Dr. Rajiha enjoyes playing soccer and swimming. He was on the Soccor team at Damascus University. He is a family man who enjoys spending quality time with his family.
Dr. Hulbert was born and raised in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin and earned a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He attended Kent State University for his education in medicine and graduated in 2012. He was his class delegate for APMSA, later becoming elected president of the national student body. He went on to develop his skills in residency in Fort Lauderdale area and moved over to Sarasota to build a practice and a life in the Sunshine State.
He enjoys relationships with patients and the families of patients that have been forged most of all. His passion lies in educating those associated with him on various ailments, solutions, and practical guidelines to attain and maintain healthy foot, ankle, and total body health. He specializes in geriatric care of all kinds and appreciates the wisdom of age and its impact on all of our lives.
Paula Bedo, ARNP, grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and received her BS in Nursing from the University of Kentucky. She moved to Florida after graduation and began working for Manatee Memorial Hospital. She worked in ICU, the open heart unit, and the ER Department for over 8 years. She received her Masters degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida. She is Certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Association. She has been working in Internal Medicine as an ARNP for over 20 years.
Paula takes pride in her many warm and caring relationships she has developed throughout the years with her patients because of her devotion to their health and concerns.
Melissa Ann Kelley graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelors in nursing degree in 2009. She worked in a variety of settings including neurology but primarily in cardio-thoracic-vascular surgery at the University of Michigan and Sarasota Memorial Hospital for seven years prior to becoming a nurse practitioner. Melissa wanted to further her education in nursing when she graduated summa cum laude with a master's degree in nursing at the University of South Florida specializing as a family nurse practitioner. She completed her final rotation with Dr. Alokeh in August 2016 and was very enthused to take a permanent position at Arcadia Medical Associates.
Melissa enjoys caring for all patients but specifically loves women’s preventative health. Melissa is born and raised in Venice Florida, has three small children and a husband of seven years. She enjoys activities with her family and church in Venice. She feels very blessed to be apart of the wonderful team at Arcadia Medical Associates and looks forward to the future in Arcadia.
Elizabeth Anne Baumgartner comes from Chicago, IL where she was a nurse for many years before moving to Florida. She was an educator for the City of Chicago Colleges in their paramedic program. She has also taught critical care classes for Illinois Masonic Hospital and Tampa General. She has been a nurse manager in emergency departments, level one trauma units and high risk open heart units. She coauthored a chapter in for a nursing book.
Elizabeth graduated from University of Tampa’s Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2001 and holds an advanced degree in clinical psychology. Most recently, she worked in a neurological critical care unit and the emergency department at Desoto Memorial Hospital before joining Arcadia Medical Associates in May of 2017. She remains excited to work with Dr. Alokeh’s practice.
Elizabeth is married and resides in Bradenton with her husband and dog.
John is a board certified orthopedic physical therapist who joined Arcadia Medical Associates in 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Temple University and a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
He began his healthcare career as a Navy corpsman and gained valuable experience as a physical therapist in the Air Force. He was employed as an associate professor at Wichita State University, Department of Physical Therapy, and co-authored “Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction with Allograft” for the textbook Postsurgical Orthopedic Sports Rehabilitation: Knee and Shoulder (Mosby, 2006). He served as Director of Physical Medicine at DeSoto Memorial Hospital for nine years.
He treats a variety of musculoskeletal disorders as well as balance and gait disturbances. His goal is to restore his patients to full function and to keep them independent for as long as possible.
During his leisure time, John enjoys spending time with his family and long relaxing rides on his motorcycle.