How to Contact an Ostomy Nurse or Dietitian in Broward County

One of the most frequent requests BOA receives on its telephone hotline is for a referral to a local ostomy nurse or dietician. Officially an ostomy nurse is an ET (Enterostomal Therapist) or WOCN (Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse). If their degree is a CWOCN that tells you that they are also Certified by going through vigorous additional education and certification in ostomy management beyond their RN degree.

I recently asked several wonderful local Ostomy Nurses and a wonderful Dietitian to let me know how you may contact them for personal care challenges. Here are their replies:

Ostomy Dietitian; Amalia Karlin specializes in Ostomy Diet considerations. She has helped ostomates on both the national (UOAA) and local level and we are profoundly blessed to have her available locally.
Amalia Karlin, MS, RDN

Amparo Cano MSN, CWOCN;
Cleveland Clinic Florida
If you have an issue with your ostomy and wish to see a stoma specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, new patients must first register and schedule an office visit with one of the Colorectal surgeons.  Making an additional appointment with the stoma specialist is preferred on the same day.   We have six Colorectal Surgeons: Steven Wexner, MD; Juan Nogueras, MD; Eric Weiss, MD; Dana Sands, MD; Giovanna DaSilva MD; and David Maron, MD. For information on these surgeons check the Cleveland Clinic Florida Web site or pick up information at the clinic. To call for an appointment, call the Colorectal Office at 954-659-5278, option 2 and wait for a prompt that asks if you want to speak to a physician’s office. Please don’t choose “do you want to speak to a nurse about a wound or ostomy” because we cannot make appointments and that would slow the process considerably.

Eula Fahie-Romero RN, CWOCN
Memorial Hospital West (954) 432-2650, 703 N Flamingo Rd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028. The ostomate needs a referral with a diagnosis written on it. The physician office calls or the patient and the appointment is scheduled based on availability.

Lea Crestodina APRN CWOCN-AP CDCES at Memorial Physician Group, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, 601 N Flamingo Road Suite 411, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028. Lea is available to see patients from the community here. If they are not one of our patients she has to have them see one of the providers too. This is usually the nurse practitioner. It is actually easier than the outpatient clinic for ostomates as no referral script is needed.

Lourdes Placeres MSN, ANP-BC, CWON-AP, A.A, PCCN
Wound Ostomy Care Specialist, Surgical Oncology, Miami Cancer Institute
8900 N. Kendall Drive | Miami, FL 33176
HOW DO I JOIN? There is no application or cost for membership to the South Florida Ostomy Support Group UOAA Chapter. However, we do encourage our members to subscribe to The Phoenix Ostomy magazine. For more Information call Lourdes Placeres at 786-527-8295 or send a request to join via email to