Meet the Staff


From left to right: Brenda, Emilia, Madeline, Emely, Dr. Cruz, Sally, Terri and Coral.

Welcome to Family Practice Specialists! Dr. Cruz and his staff are committed to providing the best medical care and service in Central Florida. Located in Maitland, Florida, our clinic is minutes from anywhere in Central Florida; and we are open to walk-ins and appointments are available.

Dr. Cruz – Primary Care Doctor – Board Certified in Internal Medicine – serving the Central Florida area since  October of 2005 – 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 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.

Emilia – Clerical Staff and Medical Staff – Emilia is your first contact person.  She will greet you at the front desk with a warm smile; verify your contact information and insurance.  When you check out she will go over the doctors’ orders with you and confirm that you completely understand what you need to do when you leave.  Emilia is also a medical assistant and has a vast understanding of medical terminology to help facilitate your healthcare needs.

Brenda – Medical Staff – Certified Medical Assistant – Brenda is Dr. Cruz’s right hand.  She is the fulltime nurse for Dr. Cruz and makes herself available to the patients to make sure their needs are met.  Brenda is a perfect fit within our practice because she pays close attention to detail and leaves no stone un turned.  When you meet her you will find comfort in knowing she assists Doctor Cruz in managing your health.

Madeline – Clerical Staff – Madeline is a UCF graduate who came on board to assist with the day to day operations of the practice.  Her banking back ground has been an asset in keeping the accounting in order.  Madeline wears multiple hats and her ability to multi task is a high added value to our practice.

Sally – Clerical Staff and Medical Staff – Certified Medical Assistant and Referral Coordinator – employed here since June 2004 – Everyone absolutely loves Sally.  She will always greet you with a smile from ear to ear.  She is extremely knowledgeable in her field and takes pride in providing our patients with the medical care and emotional support they need to keep up with healthcare needs.   At the present time Sally holds the position of Referral Coordinator but Sally could run the whole show if need be.  She is the go to person in the office, for the staff and for the patients.

Emely – Practice Manager – Certified Medical Manager – employed with Dr. Cruz since February 1999 – Emely LOVES her job!  Born and raised in Orlando Florida – part of the local chapter of a national organization Professional Association of Healthcare Administrators (PAHCOM) and the Central Florida chapter of the Medical Group Management Association ( MGMA) .  Emely keeps herself available at any time with an open door policy making it easy to address any special request, questions or concerns.