Our Team


Jeff Gerst, NHA
– Administrator

Jeff Gerst has over 36 years of experience as a Nursing Home Administrator.  He is recognized and respected by his peers as an experienced and knowledgeable individual who brings excitement, leadership and compassion – ultimately impacting patients and staff alike.

Jeff first worked at Lakeland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center from 2010 until 2013. When asked to come back in January of 2017, he quickly jumped at the idea.  When touring the facility the first time after returning, he was greeted by many of the same residents who knew him from the first time that he was the Administrator.

Jeff has worked as a Regional Manager for many of the top nursing home management companies for 14 years; but has found actually working in the nursing home setting to be much more rewarding.  A typical day for him can include meeting with the Director of Nursing for informal “resident rounds” to tour the center, surveying building conditions and cleanliness, talking to staff, families and most importantly, speaking with the patients and residents to see how they are feeling and progressing with their all-too-important treatments.

Jeff is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the state of Florida and holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Indiana University.  In his spare time, he enjoys biking with his friends here in Central Florida, as well as with his wife, Debbie, son Dalton and his small Chihuahua.   His son Dalton is finishing up his bachelor’s degree in Computer Information at St. Leo’s University right here in Central Florida while his daughter is in her last year of her Master’s program in Bristol England.

Connie Baranski
– Director of Nursing

Connie Baranski, Director of NursingConstance Baranski, RN, is the Director of Nursing for Lakeland Nursing and Rehab. She graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1990 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She had an Orthopedic Rotation at the University of Virginia Hospital then served three years in the United States Air Force-receiving her Rank as Captain.She has been in Long Term Care and Rehab for 22 years with the majority of it being in nurse management. Her passion is upholding standards of practice and maintaining the quality of life in the geriatric population. She is a member of NADONA and a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

Dee DeLaTorre, RN – Assistant Director of Nursing
Marrissa Antozsyk, LPN – Risk Manager
Lindsay Huitt – Marketing Director
Jill Dobson – Marketing Director

Our Doctors

Dr. Khin Latt, MD – Medical Director

Attending Physicians:

Dr. Mauricio Montana, MD
Dr. Brenda Guzman, MD
Dr. Glenn Zaide, MD
Dr. Pablo Lam, MD
Dr. Zaw Min, MD
Dr. Romeo Tagala, MD
Dr. Chau Nguyen, MD
Dr. Alex Garriga, MD
Dr. Gustavo Grana, MD
Dr. Amaury Guerra, MD


Jill Dobson – Director of Marketing
Lindsey Huitt – Director of Admissions
Susanna Garritano – Business Office Manager
Charity Canada – Director of Social Services
Alison Snover – Director of Rehabilitation
Isa Rodriguez – Director of Activities
Jose Fernandez – Director of Maintenance
Pauline Carr – Case Manager
Rainey Davis – Director of Housekeeping & Laundry
Pamela Brown – Certified Dietary Manager
Brenda Wigand – Medical Records
Janice Culler – Staff Development/Infection Control Nurse
Shekina Williams – Staffing Coordinator
Bonnie McBride – Unit Manager
Denise McQuain– Unit Manager