Carlos Romero
MD. (Winter Haven/Lakeland/Corporate
Chief Medical Officer and CEO
Speaks English & Spanish.
Dr. Romero is the Chief Medical Officer and Co-CEO at Reliance Medical Centers. He is originally from the Dominican Republic, where he attended the Universalized Iberoamericana School of Medicine to obtain his medical doctorate. In 1999 he moved to New York where he began his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY and later graduated as a board certified Internal Medicine Physician. Subsequently, he moved to Central Florida where he opened his own practice in 2007 that has evolved to what today is known as Reliance Medical Centers.
Dr. Romero’s passion for care was developed early on in his life. He found great joy in helping others and “going the extra mile” and dreamed of becoming a highly skilled physician. He has succeeded in providing better care to patients by focusing on prevention, behavior modification, and increasing patient access to quality care. In addition, he has established a unique care coordination model that reflects an innovative and compassionate approach to caring for seniors and patients with complex diseases.
He aims to bring a “concierge style” of medicine to the neediest population of seniors in an effort to achieve better health outcomes and treatment plans for managing complex chronic conditions. He has been making a difference in the lives of seniors and families in the Central Florida area who have had difficulty accessing the medical care they deserve. Dr. Romero continues to strive to improve every life he touches, both inside and out, as he leads the physicians and staff at Reliance to deliver an elevated and personalized health care experience like no other.

Atiyeh Amer Atiyeh

MD. (Lakeland Center)
Speaks English, Spanish & Arabic.

Dr. Atiyeh obtained his pre-medical degree from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and subsequently attended the University Autónoma De Guadalajara to obtain his medical degree. Dr. Atiyeh is now an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduate (ECFMG) certified physician in the United States. He has extensive post-graduate training and experience in various fields of healthcare. Dr. Atiyeh has experience working in both private practice and emergency medicine. His private practice experience began in an internal medicine office in Gurabo, Puerto Rico and later transitioned to emergency medicine where he practiced in a variety of emergency rooms throughout northern Puerto Rico.

Dr. Atiyeh’s vast experience includes a brief period of teaching as a professor at the Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico. Courses taught included: Introduction to Pharmacy, Microbiology, Dosage, Pharmacotherapy I and II, OTC Medications, Anatomy and Physiology, and Pharmaceutical Legislation and Administration. Shortly after, he moved to the United States and has been practicing medicine as a primary care physician at Reliance since 2018.

Glorimar Gonzalez

MD. (Winter Haven Center)
Speaks English & Spanish.

Dr. Gonzalez graduated from the University of Autonoma De Guadalajara School of Medicine in 2006 with her medical doctorate and a minor in surgery. After completing her medical internship at Hospital Buen Samaritano in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, she served in many facilities both as a primary care and emergency care doctor, until 2016. Shortly after, she moved to Florida to practice medicine in Lakeland and Winter Haven.

Dr. Gonzalez has experience as a primary care physician, emergency care physician, and has provided various surgical services for multiple medical clinics across Puerto Rico and in Lakeland, Florida. With over ten years of service in the medical field, she is committed to providing excellent care to her patients. She takes time to listen to the individual concerns of her patients and employs preventive healthcare practices to provide the highest level of care possible. On a personal front, she is an avid tennis player, and can be found at different tennis courts around town. Dr. Gonzalez has been with Reliance since 2020.

Kristen Tolley

APRN (Lakeland Center)
Speaks English

Kristen Tolley graduated from the University of South Florida with a psychology degree. She later went on to complete her BSN at South University and worked as an emergency room and labor & delivery registered nurse for 6 years. Kristen then completed her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Florida.

She has a special interest in women’s healthcare and chronic disease management. She has been with Reliance for just over a year and a half and currently lives in Lakeland with her husband, their two dogs, and daughter.

Jose Pares

MD. (Lakeland Center)
Speaks English & Spanish.

Dr. Pares graduated from Universidad Central Del Caribe School of Medicine in Puerto Rico with his medical doctorate. He later attended the University of Puerto Rico where he completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology. His background experience includes working at the Health Department of Puerto Rico in the department of Accreditation and Regulation of Health Care Facilities (hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories, ambulatory surgical centers, dialysis facilities, and more).

His medical accomplishments include being an Anatomical and Clinical Pathologist which gives him a broad view of the causes and effects of diseases and expertise in laboratory samples for diagnostics. This blending of skills provides a perfect combination for patient evaluation. He is experienced in acute and chronic conditions, as well as alternative treatment services including but not limited to acupuncture, vitamin C, and neural therapy. Dr. Pares has been with Reliance since June of 2018.

Claudia Esson

APRN (Winter Haven Center)
Speaks English

Claudia holds a master’s degree in nursing from South University, in Tampa. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who has been providing routine to advanced nursing care in hospitals and private practices since 2011. Claudia is dedicated to providing the best patient care possible through listening to her patients and employing motivational interviewing techniques.

She has practiced nursing in a variety of health care settings and has experience treating patients with a variety of illnesses and injuries. She has been with Reliance since 2018.

Cristiane Arboleda

APRN (Lakeland Center)
Speaks English, Spanish & Portuguese

Christiane has worked as a registered nurse for over 15 years in multiple specialty units including neurology, cardiology, and medical surgery. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and later graduated with honors as a Nurse Practitioner from South University. She has a passion for gerontology, holistic, and functional medicine. Cristiane believes we can treat every disease by finding the root cause and not just putting a band-aid on symptoms.

Christiane joined Reliance in January of 2020 and she believes in personalized care to empower her patients to take an active role in their own health.

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