The obstetric services offered at the Women's Center at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center are performed by dedicated OB/GYNs and other healthcare professionals. Learn more about the Women's Center staff or schedule an appointment below.

Lakewood Ranch Medical Group – OB/GYN

Joel M. Hallam, DO, FACOOG

Dr Hallam

Dr. Joel Hallam cares for women from puberty through menopause and beyond. He is experienced in performing advanced laparoscopic surgery and is happy to offer the da Vinci® surgical system as an option for his patients. Dr. Hallam takes pride in his bedside manner and compassionate approach to healthcare.

“The most important part of my job is listening to my patients and providing healthcare that best meets their individual needs.” – Joel M. Hallam, DO, FACOOG

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Dr. Terrell Martin, MD

Terrell Martin, MD

Dr. Martin provides care to women in all stages of life and has a special interest in high-risk obstetrics and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. He offers patients the option of the da Vinci® surgical system which has revolutionized the surgical care of women.

“Developing an understanding of a woman’s individual health needs, allows me to provide personalized care that works best for her.” - Terrell Martin, MD

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Angie Scarpa, CNM, ARNP

Angie Scarpa, CNM, APRN

A labor and delivery nurse for 13 years, Angie decided to continue her education earning her Master’s in Certified Nurse Midwifery/Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. She loves delivering babies and providing women-centered care to her patients.

“I enjoy being able to bond with my patients and build lasting relationships. It is important that my patients understand I am here for them through the pregnancy process to help ensure a healthy outcome.” – Angela Scarpa, CNM, ARNP


OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch

Jorge Alvarez, MD, FACOG

Jorge Alvarez, MD

Dr. Jorge Alvarez is the founder of OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch. He has dedicated his life to caring for women throughout their life by providing quality obstetric and gynecological services.

“The birth of my own daughter was one of the most exciting and memorable times of my life so I understand how wonderful this experience can be. I consider it an honor to participate in my patients’ birthing experience as they become new parents.” – Jorge Alvarez, MD, FACOG

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Edgardo J. Aponte, MD, FACOG

Edgardo Aponte, MD, FACOG

Dr. Edgardo Aponte has more than two decades of gynecological and surgical experience and specializes in several women’s health issues.  He also loves the obstetrics side of his profession and finds joy in helping women on their way to motherhood.

“It is important to treat every patient with the respect and care they deserve. My goal is to positively affect the way a woman lives her life by providing compassionate obstetric and gynecological care.” – Edgardo J. Aponte, MD, FACOG

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Jennifer R. McCullen, MD, FACOG

Dr. Jennifer McCullen, MD

Dr. Jennifer McCullen has been serving the community of Lakewood Ranch since 1994 and partnered with Dr. Jorge Alvarez in 1998. Dr. McCullen is passionate about her work, as she provides high quality obstetrical and gynecological care for women. She enjoys having long-term relationships with her patients, taking them through pregnancies and transitioning into menopause.

“I understand how women spend their time taking care of others, so it is important to dedicate my time to taking care of them and their healthcare needs. I believe that establishing a good doctor and patient relationship is key to providing a quality healthcare experience.” – Jennifer McCullen, MD, FACOG

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Elissa Barfoot, MSN, APRN, CNM, FNP-C

Elissa Barfoot, CNM, APRN

Elissa Barfoot is a certified nurse midwife and advanced practice nurse practitioner who started her midwifery career in the Tampa Bay area. Prior to that she was a practicing nurse practitioner for 10 years.

“I am passionate about supporting women and their healthcare needs. I consider it a privilege to participate in each woman’s unique birthing experience.” – Elissa Barfoot, MSN, APRRN, CNM, FNP-C

Jennifer A. Lesowitz, DNP, CNM, APRN

Jennifer Lesowitz, CNM, APRN

Jennifer Lesowitz is passionate about providing high-quality prenatal and women’s healthcare. She enjoys guiding women through the stages of pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the postpartum period. While Jennifer became certified in critical care nursing, she always knew she wanted to be a nurse-midwife. She says she is particularly interested in assisting women with family planning and preventive health.

“I enjoy establishing long-term relationships with my patients and I treat every woman as if she is my mother, sister or friend.” – Jennifer A. Lesowitz, DNP, CNM, APRN

Jill Miller, ARNP

Jill Miller, ARNP

A Florida native, Jill Miller has been in practice since 2001 and has been an APRN for 28 years. She enjoys caring for women throughout all stages of life and has been with OB/GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch since 2015.

“It is a privilege to be a part of a woman’s life changing moments. Because the patient knows her body the best, it is important to truly listen to her so I can better care for her individual health needs.” – Jill Miller, APRN

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Premier OB/GYN

Laterica Barton, DO

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Dr. Barton provides care for women at various stages of life and believes the relationship between the patient and physician contributes to the quality of care delivered. Patients appreciate that Dr. Barton is professional, thorough and listens to their health concerns.

“It’s important to get to know the patient as a whole person in order to provide personalized care that is best suited for her.” – Laterica Barton, DO

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Maria Lin, DO, FACOOG​

Maria Lin DO, FACOOG profile

Dr. Maria Lin joined Premier OB/GYN in 2012, bringing her expertise in women’s healthcare to the dedicated team. Dr. Lin is upbeat and dedicated to providing exceptional patient care and feels it is important to spend time with patients to build a connection to best meet a woman’s healthcare needs.

“I am passionate about caring for a woman’s healthcare needs and believe it is important to empower a woman to listen to her body, no matter what stage of life she is in.” – Maria Lin, DO, FACOOG

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Eduardo Aguin, MD, MPH

Dr. Eduardo Aguin

Dr. Aguin seeks to provide the highest level of compassionate care to women in our community. He has completed extended training in Maternal Fetal Medicine and has a passion for delivering healthy babies. Patients enjoy his down-to-earth communication style and warm demeanor.

“I consider it a privilege to help a woman navigate her obstetric and gynecologic health through all the stages of life.” – Eduardo Aguin, MD, MPH

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