Providers

Nicholas (Nick) Van Sickels, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Nick Van Sickels earned his medical degree at the University of Kentucky in 2005. He is originally from San Antonio Texas, and has been in New Orleans for 11 years. He went to the University of Texas at Austin for undergraduate training. After graduating, he moved to New Orleans where he completed his internal medicine training at Tulane University in 2008. He went on to be a chief resident in internal medicine, and then completed his infectious disease training in 2011. Since then he has been a faculty physician at Tulane, and is now the Chief Medical Officer at CrescentCare. He enjoys teaching, global health, LGBTQ equality and rights, and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Brittany Brimmer

Brittany Brimmer is a board-certified APRN, who received her Bachelor’s degree and Graduate degree in Nursing from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. With an extensive history in community health nursing, Brittany has created and maintained individual health care plans for young students with medical concerns, as well as provided direct patient care to people who are incarcerated. She is dedicated to providing competent care to all her patients, as well as her patient’s personal support systems. She has experience in Medical Surgical Nursing, Nurse Management, and is licensed as a Nurse Practitioner under the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Isolde Butler, M.D.

Dr. Isolde Butler attended Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology in 2001, before earning her Master of Public Health in Tropical Medicine at the Tulane School of Public Health in New Orleans, LA in 2005. She received her medical degree in the same year at the Tulane School of Medicine, and completed her residency at the Tulane University Internal Medicine Residency Program. She is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease.

Cliff Davis, Director of Dental Services

Dr. Cliff Davis earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from UCLA School of Dentistry in 1999. His DDS included a year of additional training at the National Institutes of Health in Washington DC. He continued his formal training with a General Practice residency at the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in New Orleans. Dr. Davis brings collectively more than 15 years of experience providing high quality care to working-class and underserved populations, and is comfortable managing oral health issues from the most basic to the most complex.

Robin Edwards, M.D.

Dr. Robin Edwards earned her medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Mount Sinai University School of Medicine in Jersey City, New Jersey and at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois.  She is the Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at CrescentCare Health and Wellness Center, and is a member of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Toby Fugate, M.D.

Dr. Toby Fugate received his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri in 2002. He completed an Internal Medicine Residency at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee in 2005. Later, he completed an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 2007. From 2007 to 2014, he was in private practice in Charleston, South Carolina. During his time in private practice in Charleston, he was the Medical Director of the Ryan White Wellness Center at St. Francis Hospital. He started practice at CrescentCare in 2014. He is Board Certified in Infectious Diseases, and is a member of the American College of Physicians.

Pat Gootee, A.P.R.N.

Pat Gootee received her Master of Nursing degree from the Mississippi University for Women in 1994, following her graduate studies at LSUHSC. She is a board certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, and has been working with NO/AIDS Task Force now CrescentCare since 2009. During this time, she has provided medical management and primary care for patients with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, as well as women’s healthcare for HIV+ women. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and has held positions with the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners as the State P.A.C. chairman, State Treasurer, and New Orleans district representative. She has an American Nurses in AIDS Care Certification, and an American Nurse Credentialing Center Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Jason Halperin, M.D.

Dr. Jason Halperin received his Master of Public Health from Columbia University in New York in 2006, and went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont in 2010. He spent his residency at the Tulane University Department of Internal Medicine in New Orleans and has served on the Tulane University Medical Center Ethics Committee. Following residency, Dr. Halperin completed an infectious diseases fellowship at New York University. He returned to New Orleans in 2015 to join CrescentCare. His areas of interest are HIV, Hepatitis C and HIV preventions services such as PrEP. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tulane University’s School of Medicine.

Bruce Hinton, P.A.

Bruce Hinton received his physician assistant certificate from the University of California in 2011, and was credentialed as an HIV specialist with the Academy of HIV Medicine in 2012.   Prior to relocating to New Orleans, he worked as a physician assistant in private practice in Los Angeles where his clinical focus was LGBTQ health, management and prevention of HIV disease, and treatment of hepatitis C infection. At Crescent Care, Hinton has focused on adult primary care, expansion of PrEP services, management and treatment of HIV and HCV infection, and the medical care of transgender persons.

Gayatri Mirani

Dr. Gaytri Mirani is a board-certified Pediatrician. She graduated Magna cum laude from Cornell University in 2001, and went on to earn her medical degree from the SUNY Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn Program in 2005. She completed her residency at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, and later completed her Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowships at the New York University School of Medicine and the Tulane University School of Medicine. She also completed a TB Fellowship at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Mirani has been a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and has served as a Pediatrician at the Pediatric Emergency Room at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.

Mary Murphy, M.D.

Dr. Mary Murphy earned her medical degree from the Juan N. Corpas School of Medicine in Bogota, Colombia in 1985. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and her Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. As Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the LSU School of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases, she served as the Medical Director of the HIV Outpatient Program Adult Clinic from 1997-2007. She joined the medical staff at the NO/AIDS Task Force in 2007, and has served as the Medical Director of the HIV Primary Care clinic which is now CrescentCare Specialty Clinic.   She is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and HIV Medical Association.

Carole Pindaro, R.N.

Carole Pindaro received her Master of Nursing from the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi in 1990, after receiving her Master of Public Health in 1984 from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, LA. She has worked exclusively with HIV since the beginning of the epidemic — first at the LSU HIV Outpatient Program known as HOP, and then with NO/AIDS Task Force in 2008, now CrescentCare. She is a certified diabetes educator, and a board certified advanced practice registered nurse. She has a special interest working in transgender care, and has been doing so for over 20 years. She has been honored on the Great 100 Nurses of Louisiana list and has earned the Merlyn Maillian Award for Clinical Excellence in Nursing.

Jared Wakeman, M.D., FAPA, FASAM

Dr. Jared Wakeman attended Columbia University in New York City, where he received his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. He earned his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine in 2007, and completed his residency at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, where he served as chief resident. He is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. Dr. Wakeman is a Fellow with the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He joined Crescent Care full-time in 2015.

Danis Walker, P.A.

Danis Walker is a board certified physician assistant, and completed her Master of Physician Assistant Practice at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in 2008. She is a certified personal trainer with an expert rating online, and is certified in HIV prevention counseling and rapid testing. She holds a Doctorate of Divinity which she earned December 2015 from the Bethesda Biblical Institute.

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