Meet Our Staff
Howell R. Goldfarb, MD
Howell R. Goldfarb, MD is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Goldfarb completed an accelerated 6-7 year B.S. MD program at Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at CCNY. He completed his anesthesia residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and, his fellowship at Suny Downstate in Brooklyn N.Y. He was the first fellowship trained pain management physician in Palm Beach County and has served as Medical Director of Comprehensive Pain Care of South Florida since its inception in September 2001.
Dr Goldfarb provides nonsurgical pain relief for patients experiencing persistent low back and neck pain, pre and post-surgical pain, shingles, peripheral neuropathy, discogenic, joint and radicular pain. He has been serving our community for the past 30 years. During that time he has used the most advanced modalities for the treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions. He is an advocate of providing patients with a wide array of treatments to ensure that pain treatment is tailored to each patients’ unique pain profile. Dr Goldfarb has been voted Top Doc in Boca Raton, Jupiter, and Palm Beacher magazines as well as Castle Connolly for over 10 years.
Keith J. Dietrick, MD
Keith J. Dietrick, MD is double board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is a university of Notre Dame graduate and he earned his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr Dietrick relocated to South Florida After completing a transitional internship and residency in anesthesia and pain medicine at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia. Dr Dietrick has been in practice in South Florida and serving our community since 2002.
Dr Dietrick brings an extensive knowledge base of musculoskeletal anatomy and interventional spinal procedures and fluoroscopic (x-ray) guided injections. He believes in utilizing a comprehensive approach to pain medicine and placing emphasis on minimally invasive interventional techniques to alleviate pain and minimizing dependence on medication. Dr. Dietrick works with local physicians to provide the community the best health care possible. He believes that each patient and pain condition is unique and in order to optimize patient care, therapy and treatment must be tailored appropriately for each patient.
Humberto L. Porrata, MD
Humberto L. Porrata, MD is double Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. After completing medical school Dr Porrata relocated to New York. In New York he attended St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center and that is where he completed an internship and residency. Dr. Porrata remained at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and also completed a fellowship in Interventional Pain Management. He has been practicing medicine and Interventional pain management since 2001.
Dr. Porrata believes that every individual is unique and he treats all forms of pain. He provides a comprehensive approach to effectively manage pain through a customized treatment plan. He uses many different approaches from the simplest, such as a trigger point injection to the most complicated, which may include different forms of spinal injections and blocks. In the past 20 years, Dr. Porrata has successfully treated thousands of patients with pain in Palm Beach County. He has 20 years’ experience in treating Musculoskeletal, Spine and Neuropathic conditions with the most advanced Pain Management therapies. His experience and background of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialty allows him to use the most advanced pain management therapies and gives him a unique ability to understand and treat Pain Conditions.
Roxanna Rasekhi, DO
Roxanna Rasekhi, DO is a board certified anesthesiologist with a specialization in Interventional Pain Management. She completed her anesthesia residency at the University of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident. She completed her Pain Medicine fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai in New York, where she was trained in the latest fluoroscopy and ultrasound guided procedures for patients with neck, back, joint and extremity pain.
Dr. Rasekhi is committed to the continuous care and education of her patients who are in need of rehabilitation. Dr. Rasekhi’s goal is to contribute to the development of a multidisciplinary practice with the focus on person-centered pain management. She believes that one of the best ways to manage a person’s pain is through a team of healthcare providers working directly with the patient to focus on not only the patient’s pain but also the psychological, social, and physical aspects of health and disease. The primary goal is to provide a variety of strategies and interventions for pain management with an emphasis on self-management and active patient participation. Her underlying goal is to help every patient live a full active life.
Nicole Noland MSN, APRN, ANP-BC
Nicole is a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from the University of Florida graduating with honors. She has been working as a nurse since 2007. Nicole has been a part of the Comprehensive Pain Care family since 2010.
Nicole’s experience allows her to play an integral part in the care of patients with both acute and chronic pain conditions. She believes in spending time to educate patients on their pain conditions and treatment options in order to ensure the best outcomes.
She also has a passion for wellness and holistic treatment options attempting to incorporate these modalities whenever appropriate.
Nicole is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and the Nurse Practitioner Council of Palm Beach County. When she is not working Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and traveling in her RV.
Stacey Ann Soares, ASN, BSN, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Stacey Ann Soares, ASN, BSN, MSN, is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who earned an “Associates of Applied Science in Nursing” from Goodwin College. She then went on to obtain a Bachelor and a Master of science degree in Nursing with a concentration as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Stacey has been part of the Comprehensive Pain Care family since 2016. She has over a decade of clinical care nursing experience prior to joining CPC. Stacey’s combination of clinical education and experience provide a strong foundation for her to manage patients with acute, chronic neuropathic and spine pain. Her knowledge allows her to evaluate and treat pain patients to support a wellness approach. As a pain nurse practitioner her goal is to optimize care with a holistic approach.
Stacey is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and The Nurse Practitioner Council of Palm Beach County. When she is not at the office, she spends time on her other passion which is working as a GI hospitalist. When she is not caring for patients, she enjoys spending time with her family and working on DIY home projects.
Jorge Baghdan, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Jorge Baghdan, BSN, MSN, is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in pain management. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a specialization in sports medicine from the Saint Anthony Catholic University of Murcia in 2002.He obtained his Master of Science in Nursing with honors from South University.
Jorge has been part of the Comprehensive Pain Care family since 2018. He has over a decade of clinical care nursing experience prior to joining Comprehensive Pain Care, including acute, subacute, addiction and hospice medicine. Jorge plays an active role in the care of pain management patients. He understands that inadequately managed pain can lead to adverse physical and psychological outcomes for individual patients and their families. Therefore he collaborates with the Comprehensive Pain Care team because assessment of pain is a critical step to providing good pain management.
Outside of work, Jorge enjoys spending time with his two kids. He also enjoys running, biking, going to the beach and watching the Spanish soccer league.
Amanda Van Liessum, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Amanda van Liessum, MSN, FNP-BC, is a board certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse licensed in the State of Florida. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from the University of Florida with a graduate program focus in Family Nurse Practitioner studies.
Amanda has been a part of the Comprehensive Pain Care family since 2011. She believes in developing strong relationships in order to provide personalized care, tailored to meet each patient’s specific needs. Previously, she was employed as a staff nurse in hematology-oncology at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville, and as a nurse practitioner in Naples, Florida.
Amanda lives with her husband, Martin, and their two cats. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, hiking, and cooking. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and The Nurse Practitioner Council of Palm Beach County.
Angelline Blackwood, BSN, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Angelline Blackwood, BSN, MSN is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who hails from the parish of Clarendon, Jamaica. She obtained her general nursing training in Jamaica, BSN from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science in Nursing with honors from South University in 2016. Armed with many years of medical, surgical, pediatric, general and cardiothoracic operating room experience, she is always ready for a challenge.
Angelline has been part of the Comprehensive Pain Care family since 2016.Through her role as a family nurse practitioner, she provides collaborative care through advanced assessment, diagnosis and treatment from a place of empathy to patients suffering with acute and chronic pain. She pledges to provide the best possible care through continuing education and, staying up to date with new research and advances in science and medical technology.
Angelline is a member of the Black Nurse Practitioners of Palm Beach County. This Organization's mission is to support and promote advancement of (APRNs) and provide health education and awareness to our community. When she is not in the office, she is enjoying outdoor leisure activities with her husband and two children. She also enjoys gardening, traveling and of course, shopping.
Evelyn Ferwerda, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Evelyn Ferwerda, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Associates of Science in Nursing from Palm Beach State College and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the South University and graduated with honors.
She has been part of the Comprehensive Pain Care family since 2019. Evelyn brings 21 years of nursing experience in acute and cardiac care to our team. She is compassionate, bilingual and dedicated to providing patient centered healthcare and building trusted patient-provider relationships. Evelyn believes strongly in not only diagnosing underlying ailments in patients with acute and chronic pain, but also treating them ethically with the utmost care and dignity.
Evelyn is associated with the Nurse Practitioner Association of North Palm Beach. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. The American Nurses Credentialing Center and Sigma Theta TAU. Outside of the office she enjoys gardening, supporting local charities and spending time with her family.
Meet our Administrators
Practice Administrator Kinyata Norris has been a part of the Comprehensive Pain Care of South Florida team since 2001. She holds a business administration degree, with honors, from American InterContinental University. As the Administrative Manager, Kinyata's responsibilities include promoting group harmony, staff development and mentoring, professional ethics, and office efficiency. The culmination of these activities yields uncompromising customer service.