Madelyn Dones, M.D. '97, Ayleen Pinera-Llano, M.D. '95, Linda Keller, M.D. '87, Danielle Katz Squires, M.D. '11, Cheryl Cornely, M.D. '16

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Madelyn Dones, M.D. '97, Ayleen Pinera-Llano, M.D. '95, Linda Keller, M.D. '87, Danielle Katz Squires, M.D. '11, Cheryl Cornely, M.D. '16

By UM News

We thank Madelyn Dones, B.S. ’93, M.D. ‘97, who works with Ayleen Pinera-Llano, A.B. ’91, M.D. ’95, Linda Keller, M.D. ‘87, Danielle Katz Squires, M.D. ’11, and Cheryl Cornely, M.D. ’16, at Kings Bay Pediatrics, providing much-needed services to families during the pandemic. "Our primary role has been to ensure that infants, children, and adolescents continue to receive immunizations and well-child care on time and in the safest environment possible,” said Dr. Dones, speaking on behalf of the group. Strict and effective social distancing clinical practices have been the most difficult change for the physicians, forcing them to limit personal interactions with the families they regularly serve.

The alumnae credit their training at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for teaching them to be resilient and innovative. Many of them trained during the peak of the HIV crisis. Dr. Dones shares: “We had a Pediatric ICU dedicated exclusively to HIV positive children, and it was always full to capacity. These experiences prepared me in many ways for the fight against COVID 19.” Their message to those who are not on the front lines, “Be respectful to others and be safe.”