About Us


Our Team



Dr. Lee graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1989, completed her internship and residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City in 1992, and served as chief resident until June 1993.  Prior to medical school, she was a Licensed Practical Nurse for 12 years. 

Leaving NYC, she practiced Internal Medicine in Port Charlotte, FL until 1994, then moved to Fort Lauderdale and assumed the position of solo practitioner at Stratogen, Inc, an HIV practice.  In 1995, she became the HIV specialist at LifeWay, Inc. and in 1998 purchased that practice, and continues to own LifeWay, Inc. 

She has served as principal investigator for over 90 research protocols in all phases for HIV medications. 

She is certified as an HIV specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine since 2002.  In addition she is an expert witness for the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Since 2007, she has served as an Assistant Clinical Professor for NOVA Southeastern University – College of Osteopathic Medicine, teaching 1st and 2nd year Osteopathic Students.  Additionally, she is a preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students at FAU. 

Dr. Lee is the Chairman for Infection Control Committee at Broward Health-Imperial Point Hospital since 2005. And recently named the VIP (Very Important Physician) at IMP. 

She is the Medical Director and sponsor for all past SMART RIDES, and is looking forward to the SMART RIDE 15 in November 2018.  She also is a member of the TSR Adventures Board which governs the SMART RIDE. 

Scott A. Hall, MD, AAHIVS


 Dr. Scott Hall attended the University of Cincinnati where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  He went on to study medicine at Ohio State University where he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1996.  He then completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA in 1999, and became board certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Hall moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 1999 and has since been working in the South Florida community, becoming an HIV Specialist with the American Academy of HIV Medicine in 2001.  We welcome Dr. Hall's vast knowledge and experience of over 17 years in the fields of Internal Medicine and HIV/AIDS. 

Serge Gardere, DO, AOBNMM, AAHIVS


Dr. Serge Gardere was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He attended Nova Southeastern University where he earned a bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  Dr Gardere graduated at the top 5% of his class. He went on to study medicine at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine where he earned his Doctor of Osteopathy degree in 2010. He went on to residency at North Shore/Long Island Jewish Hospital in Long Island, NY where he studied general medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. He then moved back to Fort Lauderdale and continued his studies at Larkin Hospital, Miami, FL in Neuromuscular Medicine.  In 2016, Dr. Gardere became board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine as well  as an HIV Specialist with the American Academy of HIV Medicine. 

Dr. Gardere is a specialist in Neuromuscular Medicine, which incorporates osteopathic manipulative medicine including high velocity low amplitude treatment, myofascial release, counterstrain, muscle energy, balanced ligamentous tension, osteopathy in the cranial field, Stills technique, and facilitated positional release. He includes in his practice joint injections, nerve blocks, epidural steroid injections, botox for migraine, and trigger points. Dr Gardere treats all facets of somatic dysfunction, back pain, neck pain, neuropathy, and joint pain. As a true osteopath, Dr Gardere believes that mind, body, spirit work together in harmony to achieve homeostasis.

"When all of the fulcrums are synchronized there will be peace and harmony." - W.G. Sutherland, DO

Cora Romero, Office Manager and Patient Care Coordinator


Cora is the Office Manager and Patient Care Coordinator always knew that she was put on this earth to be a mother.  She is blessed to have 3 amazing daughters and 2 wonderful granddaughters.  But that is not where it stops.  She considers every one of our patients to be a part of her extended family.  There is nothing she wouldn’t do to get them the right care and attention they need.  Cora can ruffle feathers to get the job done, our patients and their needs come first.  Cora has been honored to have the privilege to work for Dr. Lee for over 14 years, a journey filled with love, tears and hope. 

Kim Kopacz, CPC – Practice Manager


Kim has been working in the field of HIV/AIDS for 25 years, and has been with LifeWay and Dr. Lee from inception in 1996.  She has worked in all aspects of the front office including Receptionist, Reimbursement Specialist, Office Manager, and presently Practice Manager and Certified Professional Coder. 

Bianca Oceann, M.A.


Tasha Jamass-Chochrek, M.A.


Michelle Butler, Medical Receptionist


Diana Cardoso, Medical Receptionist