At Caring For Miami, we believe that “team work is what makes the dream work”. Our team of dedicated professionals works hard to stay up to date with key issues and community needs. We’re passionate about serving the undeserved and caring for the needs of our community. We’d love to speak with you! Click on a photo for our contact information.
Panagiotis Kourtesis, M.P.H.
Panagiotis Kourtesis serves as the Executive Director of Caring for Miami. He earned his Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Boston University in 2013, with concentrations in public policy and administration, pharmaceutical assessment, and global health. He earned his Dual Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology and Secondary Education with a certification in Architecture at the University of Miami in 2010.
Panagiotis is excited to be leading the amazing team at Caring for Miami to another level through creatively expanding services to reach even more of the hungry and hurting around South Florida. He considers his education, work experience, and life experiences as blessings that have equipped him to make a difference in his local and global community through the act of service.
Dr. Ximena Checa, D.M.D
Dr. Checa currently resides in Miami, FL with her Family. She attended Pennsylvania State University, where she received her Bachelors of Science. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She earned her Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences at Rutgers University in Newark NJ. She then attended Dental School in Philadelphia Pennsylvania at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, where she received her Doctorate Degree in Dentistry ( D.M.D).
Dr. Checa is a member of the American Dental Association, National Dental Association, Hispanic Dental Association, and the Penn state Alumni Association.
Dr. Checa is committed to service and education. She enjoys volunteer work, outreach programs and is actively involved in Continuing Education courses. Currently she is working as an associate Dentist at a private office in Miami FL and also serves as a Dentist for a non-profit organization Caring For Miami. She is passionate about dentistry, her patients and helping serve her community.
Kaleigha Jae Stipe
Oral Health Navigator
Kaleigha currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Project Smile. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Sciences at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and her Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences at Barry University in Miami, Florida.
Kaleigha is passionate about combining her knowledge of human sciences with the desire to serve the spiritual needs of her community. “Being able to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ while meeting the physical needs of hurting people is an honor, and I am humbled by the opportunities we have to do so through Caring for Miami”.
Kaleigha lives in Miami with her husband Tucker, where they serve the church as part of the Christ Fellowship Coral Gables campus.
Dr. Tamarra Sweeting D.M.D
Dr. Tamarra Sweeting is a highly trained and experienced South Florida general dentist. Her passion is to find new and innovative ways of providing access to proper dental care to those who are in need. Dr. Sweeting, obtained her undergrad degree at the University of Florida, with a B.S. in health science. She went on to attend and complete Dental School at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine. In her free time she enjoys increasing her skills and knowledge by accumulating extensive hours in continuing education,specializing in cosmetic and holistic dentistry
Program Support and Development
Ashley currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Project Smile Program. She received her Bachelors in Biology from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida and is a Certified Dental Assistant in the State of Florida.
Ashley is grateful for the opportunity that Caring For Miami gives her to work in the field of which she is most passionate, dental health. Her desire is to use her passion, knowledge and determination to be an advocate for the oral health sector in our culture and to create a bridge to gap the divide between the under resourced patient and the dental health professional.
Ashley currently lives in Miami Springs, Florida with her husband Omar, where they serve the church as part of Christ Fellowship Palmetto Bay Campus.
Patient Care Coordinator/ Administrative Assistant
Grace Gamboa serves as the Patient Care Coordinator for Project Smile and as the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director. Grace earned her bachelors in Psychology from Trinity International University in Miami, Florida. She is grateful that she has the opportunity to use the skill she has acquired to positively and compassionately navigate patients in love and wisdom during their time at our clinic. Grace is passionate about showing the love of Christ to the patients of Caring For Miami’s Project Smile program and in leading the mobile clinic team day-to-day.
Grace currently lives in Miami, Florida with her husband of 24 years, Eddie. Together they have two boys, Luke and Steven. Grace also serves as the Guest Services Director of Christ Fellowship West Kendall Campus where she attends with her family.