Our physicians are Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Sleep Medicine
Dr. Medina graduated from the Pedro Henriquez Ureña National University in the Dominican Republic in 1985. He then completed an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the Oncology Institute Department of Health, and the Salvador B. Gautier Hospital (affiliated with the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
In order to further his training, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where, from 1988 to 1991, he completed an Externship, Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn. From 1992 to 1995 he completed two Fellowships, one in Pulmonary and the other in Critical Care, and was later named Chief Fellow of Pulmonary at that institution.
Dr. Medina also worked as an attending physician at Kings County Hospital, University Hospital and VA Hospital from 1991 to 1995, and as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine, teaching both students and medical residents at the State University of New York.
During his Fellowship in Pulmonary, he was exposed to Sleep Disorders which later became the foundation of an avid passion for assisting individuals with respiratory sleep disorders.
Dr. Medina is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Physicians, and American Academy of Sleep Medicine and serves as member of the American Thoracic Society, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Medical Association, Medical Association of Georgia, and Florida Medical Association. He has been awarded Physician of the Year by the NRCC and America’s Top Physician by the Consumer’s Research Council of America on several occasions and holds a life membership in Who’s Who Among Professionals.
Dr. Jose Medina-Bairan MD, FCCP, FACP, FAASM
Dr. J. Gabriel Medina-Smester MD
Dr. Medina-Smester graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Cellular Biology.
He was a Betty Wray Scholar at the Medical College of Georgia and completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Hospital/Miami VA, as well as his Fellowship in Sleep Disorders.
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Sleep Disorders.
He sees patients in the fields of Internal Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Obesity and Regenerative Medicine.
Mrs. Medina is a Systems Engineer by training and is the visionary behind REM Sleep Centers. She is the CEO of Smester Administrative Services and her efforts have lead to the accreditation of our sleep labs by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
She has been recognized on several occasions as a leader in the business world. Most recently, she was awarded Business Woman of the Year by the Women’s Business Council of America. Mrs. Medina has been the principal navigator in the expansion of REM Sleep Centers from Georgia into Florida and now into the Dominican Republic.
Rosalia Smester Medina
Elliot Ortiz has years of experience as a Respiratory Therapist and serves as the Chief Technologist of REM Sleep Centers. He has overseen our labs in multiple cities throughout Georgia and has organized the implementation of REM Sleep Centers into Florida and the Dominican Republic.
With his expansive knowledge of home medical equipment such as CPAP, APAP, BiPAP, and ASV, Elliot has been crucial in the training of the polysomnographist team at REM Sleep Centers as well as in patient education in order to maximize compliance with PAP therapy.
He directed the accreditation of the sleep lab by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to make REM Sleep Centers a leading comprehensive facility in our community. Elliot also leads the efforts of our PAP Clinic to ensure the success of each patient with his or her individualized treatment.
Christy Brown, a Georgia native, graduated with an ADN in 1995 from Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY. She received her BSN and MSN from Valdosta State University in 2005 and 2013, respectively.
Christy worked at SGMC from 1995-2013 in a variety of nursing and leadership roles focusing in critical care and cardiology and later worked briefly at Valdosta Family Medicine. Christy joined Maranatha Medical Clinic in March of 2014.
She has maintained a Georgia RN license since 1995 and received her AGPCNP certification in 2013. She is BLS and ACLS certified and maintains membership in Sigma Theta Tau and United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia.
Melanie Eller Lindsey
Family Nurse Practitioner
Melanie Eller Lindsey, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner joined the Maranatha Medical Clinic staff in February 2019. She graduated with her Associate of Science in Nursing in 1980, Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1995, and Masters of Science in Nursing in 1996 from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi.
Board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Medical/Surgical Nurse.
Member of the American Nurses Association, Georgia Nurses Association, and participates with the local chapter of the United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia. Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certified. Melanie has actively practiced as a family nurse practitioner for the past 23 years.