Meet the Team!

Dr Farris

Dr. Talal Farris, MD


Dr. Faris is an endocrinologist. He has been in practice for 25 years and has been in
Florida for more than 20 years. He practices adult endocrinology with emphasis
on diabetes management.

He is board-certified in both internal medicine and
endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. He did his residency at Saint Barnabas
Hospital in New York and did his fellowship at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
He has built a great relationship and trust with his patients over 25 years and very loved
and trusted by his patients and we are now happy to say he will be part of our team!

We are now scheduling Medicare patients for Dr. Faris. You no longer need to wait 3-4
months to get an endocrinologist appointment. If you have never been to an
endocrinologist please let staff know!

Simon Chacko ARNP

Endocrinology - Diabetes & Metabolism

Simon hails from a diverse background and education has always been a cornerstone of Simon’s life. He completed his primary and secondary education with distinction. Simon continued his education at University of Szeged Hungary, where he earned a Medical Degree in 2005. During his time at the university, he consistently exhibited a strong work ethic, intellectual curiosity, and a passion for learning. Simon unfortunately had to drop out of his residency to take care of his parents. After 3 years of applying to get back in, Simon decided to attend Florida International University in Miami to complete his ARNP.Simon then embarked on his professional journey where he has held severalkey positions in the medical industry, showcasing his versatility and adaptability. Simon is currently working as an ARNP providing meaningful care with diabetes treatment at Florida Diabetes & Endocrinology. Simon is proud to be part of a company where the family atmosphere and love for their patients is so strong at Florida Diabetes & Endocrinology.In his personal life, Simon is a dedicated family man, cherishing the time spent with his loved ones. Simon finds solace in traveling, exploring different cultures, and nurturing his passion for Jiu jitsu. Simon M. Chacko Jr. continues to inspire others with his unwavering commitment to excellence and his vision for a better future for all Diabetics.

Aurora Pardo ARNP

Endocrinology - Diabetes & Metabolism

Aurora Pardo is originally from Cuba. She went to University of Medical Sciences of Camaguey, Cuba where she graduated as Doctor of Medicine in 1999. Aurora moved to USA in 2008 where she attended University of Sacred Heart in Puerto Rico graduating as Registered Nurse in 2013. As a nurse Aurora worked as Diabetic Educator for 7 years and decided to pursue her dream of practice medicine again, continued studies in Miami Regional University and got her Master’s degree in Nursing in Family Practice. Aurora has worked as Family NP and also as NP at Institute of Endocrinology in Kissimmee. Aurora has particular interest in the management of Diabetics patients, prevention, treatment and control of complications. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and her dog, reading, dancing and listening music. She is very excited to be part of Florida Diabetes & Endocrinology and is proud to work with such a fantastic team. Aurora Pardo is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Board Certified and also RN Wound Care Certified. “I love supporting Diabetics patients, and empowering them through the road, providing relief and support. I see myself as a partner in their healthcare. I especially enjoy building relationships and working with them to establish their goals and healthcare needs”.



From a young age I had an interest in how food affects the body. I was also interested in healthcare because my mom is a nurse. Dietetics is a perfect blend of nutrition and healthcare. I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutritional Science from Michigan State University and completed my dietetic internship through the Missouri Department of Health. I have worked in many settings including community, acute care and outpatient nutrition. I have worked with patients individually and in group classes. I have a personal interest in helping those with diabetes because I had an aunt who suffered with complications from diabetes. I like taking a complicated disease state and simplifying it for my patients so that they can learn to eat well while both enjoying the foods they like and managing their blood sugar.


Medical Assistant

My name is Alivea Bickley I am from Leesport, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Tulpehocken
JrSr High School in 2010. I pursued a career in Medicine at 18 years of age. I started working in
group homes with adults with disabilities, taking care of their everyday living. I moved to Florida
at 19 years of age and attended Ultimate medical academy college in Tampa FL for my Certified
Nursing Assistant, and Patient Care Technician, as well as EKG certified, and Phlebotomy
Certified. I graduated in 2012 and worked in Primary Care, Specialist, and Hospital settings. I
went back to school in 2020 to get my certification in Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, and IV
technician at Southern Technical College in Brandon FL. I worked for HCA South Bay Hospital
for years as a Phlebotomist, as well as starting IVs. I am Finishing up my Associates in Medical
Science by October 2023. My next goal is to return back to school and become a Physician
Assistant. I am a Parent of two beautiful children. I have a son who is 9, and a daughter who is
4. I am going to be Married to my best friend in October of 2023. The medical world is where I
belong and love the most. My goal is to always help others, and really put my all into your
journey with Florida Diabetes & Endocrinology.


Medical Assistant

Shaquita “Shay” Singleton is one of the clinical staff members at Florida Diabetes & Endocrinology. Shay is a true Floridian she grew up in Sarasota FL and attended Gwinnett College and Institute where she received her LPN diploma in Orlando FL. Shay is currently pursuing her nursing degree with her goal to become a Nurse Practitioner.

Shay is a highly skilled phlebotomist and patient comfort and satisfaction is something she strives for (she has gentle hands and great eyesight, so even patients with the smallest of veins have no need to worry – you are in great hands). Shay is passionate about healthcare, she understands that every patient is different and should be treated as individuals, her compassion and empathy is shown on a daily basis, her efforts are greatly appreciated by the patients and staff.

During Shay’s free time she enjoys traveling with her boyfriend and family seeing different sites around the country. The time Shay spends with her family is cherished and well spent.



Stephanie is a dedicated and compassionate individual who has had a long career in the health care industry. She currently serves as the patient coordinator. With her warm and welcoming demeanor, she is the first point of contact for patients, visitors, and staff, ensuring that everyone feels comfortable and supported.Having a genuine interest in healthcare and a desire to make a positive impact in the lives of individuals affected by diabetes, Stephanie takes great pride in her role at the center. She understands the challenges and complexities that diabetes presents and actively seeks to create a supportive environment for patients and their families.Stephanie’s exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail enable her to efficiently manage administrative tasks, such as scheduling appointments, maintaining patient records, and coordinating with healthcare providers. She understands the importance of confidentiality and handles sensitive information with the utmost professionalism and discretion.Beyond her administrative duties, Stephanie goes above and beyond to provide empathetic support to patients. She takes the time to listen to their concerns, offering a comforting presence and a kind word when needed. Her ability to connect with individuals on a personal level helps foster trust and establishes strong relationships within the diabetes center community.With her unwavering dedication, professionalism, and genuine care for others, Stephanie is an invaluable asset to the diabetes center. Her contributions play a significant role in creating a supportive and welcoming environment for patients as they navigate their diabetes journey.



I’m Rola Harris, your friendly receptionist at the Florida Diabetes & Endocrinology, Bradenton, Florida. A native of Tampa, I attendedHillsborough County public schools and Hillsborough Community College.I’ve enjoyed a 30 yr career in the medical field. The positions I’ve heldinclude receptionist and medical office administration. I love the medicalfield due to the broad range of educational experiences, trainingopportunities and skills I’d be able to master, including research, criticalthinking skills, and patient education. My work in area hospitals affordedme the opportunity to become proficient in medical terminology, healthinsurance, medical policies and procedures, etc. As a people person, I love serving our patients. If I can make oneperson smile by showing kindness, I’ve met one of my most important dailygoals.I’m a mother of four, grandmother of seven and a wife to my lovinghusband. Spending time with my family and traveling are my favoritepastimes


Patient Education

Doug grew up in small town in Rhode Island surrounded by a tight knit family. Played multiple sports when growing up and in College. Doug went to college in Boston and graduated Wentworth Institute of Technology with an Electrical Engineering Degree with a minor in Bio-Medical engineering in 1991.Doug Monty is a seasoned healthcare professional with over three decades of experience in various facets of the industry. With a diverse background spanning medical devices, pharmaceuticals, diagnostic testing, physical therapy, lymphedema management, and patient education, Doug has established himself as a knowledgeable and dedicated leader in the health care field.Doug’s journey in healthcare began over 30 years ago when he embarked on a mission to make a meaningful impact on patient care. His career has been marked by a relentless commitment to improving healthcare outcomes and patient experiences.Throughout his career, Doug has played pivotal roles in the development and advancement of medical devices and diagnostic testing, contributing to innovations that have transformed the way healthcare is delivered. His expertise extends to the intricate world of physical therapy, where he has championed the importance of personalized, evidence-based rehabilitation programs to enhance patients’ quality of life.In addition to his technical expertise, Doug Monty is a passionate advocate for patient education.He firmly believes that informed patients are empowered patients. Through his work in patient education, he has strived to bridge the gap between complex medical concepts and the individuals they impact, making healthcare more accessible and comprehensible for all.Doug Monty’s remarkable career journey, marked by his deep expertise, advocacy for patients, and contributions to healthcare innovation, stands as a testament to his enduring commitment to the well-being of individuals and the advancement of the healthcare field.Doug enjoys spending his free time boating, shanking golf balls into the woods, playing poker and finding ways for his adult children to still need his parenting skills.

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