Our Team of Practitioners

Our team of board-certified practitioners are capable of solving your most difficult infectious disease problems. They are experts in their fields and can provide effective caring treatments for their patients.

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James D. Demaio, MD

Owner/ Physician

James D. Demaio, MD

Dr. James Demaio is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated with honors (Summa cum Laude). He earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School (1982-1986) and then completed his residency at the University of Washington (1986-1989). After a four year tour of active duty with The United States Air Force, Dr. Demaio finished an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Johns Hopkins in Maryland.

In 2004 Dr. Demaio joined Bach and Godofsky here in Bradenton. He has received several honors for his dedication as a physician including a Meritorious...

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Eliot W. Godofsky, MD, FACP

Physician

Eliot W. Godofsky, MD

Eliot Godofsky is a native New Yorker currently practicing in Bradenton, FL. Following his Infectious Disease fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD from 1990-92, Dr. Godofsky settled in private practice and clinical research as CEO of Bach & Godofsky, MD, PA in Bradenton, FL. The practice currently consists of 6 physicians, over 30 employees, and is involved in infectious disease consultation, outpatient antibiotic therapy, wound care, HIV care, Hepatitis C care, and clinical research. Dr. Godofsky serves as the Medical Director of the wound care center at Bach & Godofsky, a unique facility that cares for over 100 patients daily.

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Jon Velasco, MD

Physician

Jon Velasco , MD

Dr. Jon Velasco is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Infectious Diseases.
Born in the Philippines, he earned his medical degree at the Cebu Institute of Medicine (2006-2010), the top in the country. He took 2nd place in the Physician Licensure Exam out of 990 examinees. He then moved to the US and trained at the Montefiore Health Systems in New Rochelle, NY for Internal Medicine. He finished an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center in 2020 with a focus on drug resistant organisms, HIV, Hepatitis C and bone marrow transplant infections. He joined Bach and Godofsky in 2020. Dr. Velasco is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

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Lauren Acevedo Molina, MD

Physician

Lauren Acevedo Molina, MD

Dr. Lauren Acevedo-Molina was born and raised in PR. She completed her undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Puerto Rico in 2015, where she graduated with honors and magna cum laude. In 2018, she completed her Internal Medicine residency at the VA Caribbean Healthcare Center in San Juan. She returned to the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine to complete her Infectious Disease fellowship, where she served as chief resident in her last year of training. During her medical training years, Dr. Acevedo-Molina distinguished herself by winning a Professionalism Award in residency and a research poster competition at the American College of Physicians Puerto Rico Chapter annual convention.

Dr. Acevedo-Molina is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. In August 2020, after graduating from fellowship, she joined Bach and Godofsky Infectious Diseases.

When Dr. Acevedo-Molina is not working she enjoys cooking and going to the beach with her husband.

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Lavinia Suciu, MD

Physician

Lavinia Suciu, MD

Dr. Lavinia Suciu, board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases joined Bach and Godofsky Infectious Diseases in July 2001. Dr. Suciu attended medical school at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium (1985-1953), and completed her residency and fellowship at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, in New York (1994-1999). Currently she has privileges at Manatee Memorial Hospital, and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

Dr. Suciu’s societies of affiliation include: Infectious Disease Society of America, Manatee Medical Society, and Florida Medical Society. Her specialties are HIV and acute intravenous infections.

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Monica Corzo-Pedrosa, MD

Physician

Monica Corzo-Pedrosa, MD

Dr. Monica B. Corzo-Pedrosa was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Corzo-Pedrosa attended the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) – Rio Piedras Campus for her ungraduated degree. She completed her medical degree with honors (Magna Cum Laude) at UPR- School of Medicine, where she also completed her Internal Medicine residency (2014 – 2017).

Dr. Corzo-Pedrosa next pursued her Infectious Disease Fellowship at University of Miami Florida. The move to Miami brought new perspectives and growth opportunities. In 2019, she decided to move to Sarasota, Florida where she joined Bach & Godofsky.
She is Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease Board Certified.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family.

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Stuart A. Offner, MD

Physician

Stuart A. Offner, MD

Dr. Stuart Offner is a native Floridian, born and raised in West Palm Beach. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, and went on to get his medical degree from Ross University. He began his Internal Medicine residency at the University of South Alabama in 2006, and upon completion of his 3-year residency, he served an additional year as the chief medical resident.

Following that, Dr. Offner stayed in Mobile to complete his infectious disease fellowship from 2010-2012. He then decided to move back to his home state of Florida to begin practicing infectious disease.

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Heather Home, APRN

Nurse Practitioner

Heather Home, APRN

Heather Horne was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2016 and received her master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2020. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She brings background experience in emergency medicine and urgent care. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, working out and spending time outdoors.

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Jill M. Williams, APRN

Nurse Practitioner

Jill M. Williams, APRN

Jill Williams graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2004, and received her master’s degree from the University of South Florida in 2009. Her background experience includes emergency medicine and post anesthesia care. She has worked at Bach and Godofsky since 2008, and is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

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Katie Tinley, APRN

Nurse Practitioner

Katie Tinley, APRN

Katie Tinley, Nurse Practitioner, is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Katie served on active duty as a Commissioned Officer with the U. S. Coast Guard after having earned a bachelor’s degree from The United States Coast Guard Academy. Upon leaving the military, Katie pursued a career in nursing, earning her nursing degree from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. She then acquired a master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and a post-master’s certificate from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She is credentialed at Blake Medical Center and Manatee Memorial Hospital, and she is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Manatee Area Council for Advanced Nursing Practice. Because of her passion for teaching, Katie is on staff with the State College of Florida as adjunct nursing faculty.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and camping with her family.

Laura

Laura Havelis, APRN

Nurse Practitioner

Laura Havelis, APRN

Laura Havelis received her Bachelor of Nursing from Thomas Edison State University. She started her career at Virtua Health in 2008, where she began as a floor nurse for an Infectious Disease and Respiratory Unit. During her time as a nurse, Laura completed her master’s degree in Nursing at Rutgers University, becoming a Family Health Nurse Practitioner in 2015. In 2017 she made the decision to specialize and joined Virtua Health Infectious Diseases until relocating to Lakewood Ranch in 2021.
Since relocating, Laura has been a valued member of Bach and Godofsky as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner with board certification through the ANCC, while holding memberships with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Infectious Diseases Society America.
When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband Michael and three children Christopher, Sophia, and Oliva.

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Rachel Marquina, APRN

APRN

Rachel Marquina, APRN

Rachel Marquina was born and raised in New Jersey and now happily resides in Bradenton, Florida. She is a Nurse Practitioner and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her nursing degree from the State College of Florida in Bradenton, Florida, and then went on to further her education, earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice with Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Rachel is credentialed at Blake Medical Center and Manatee Memorial Hospital. She is also active with local professional organizations including the Manatee Area Council for Advanced Nursing Practice. Rachel loves teaching and serves as a clinical preceptor for nurse practitioner students with her alma mater, Florida State University.

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