Our Pain Management “Dream Team”

Gloydian Cruz, M.D

DrCruz3Dr. Gloydian Cruz is a triple board certified, experienced and compassionate Interventional Physiatrist and specialist in Pain Management & Pain Medicine.  She has dedicated her life to helping patients avoid surgery through an interventional approach to pain management, and treating post-surgical patients with advanced interventional pain management techniques.  

Dr. Cruz was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. With strong Latin roots, family is the most important thing in her life. She is the aunt to two nephews and a niece, each of who bring her much joy.  Her extensive training has led her from Puerto Rico to Texas to California, finally settling in the Tampa Bay area.

After completing her fellowship in Interventional Spine & Sports Medicine in California, Dr. Cruz worked for nearly three years in private practice as an interventional pain management physician in Clearwater, Florida.  When the opportunity arose for her to participate in an anesthesiology-based pain medicine fellowship at UTHSCSA, she jumped at the opportunity, knowing that this fellowship would give her even more weapons to aid her patients in their fight against pain.  She opened her own Palm Harbor clinic in 2015.

Languages

English, Spanish

Board Certifications

American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – PM&R
American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehab – Pain Medicine
American Board of Pain Medicine
Certified Life Care Planner

Education

University of Texas Health Science Centers, San Antonio
– Fellowship in Pain Medicine

Lags Spine and Sports Care, Santa Maria, California
– Fellowship in Interventional Spine & Pain Management

University of Texas Health Science Centers, San Antonio
– Residency – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Physiatry)

Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, Puerto Rico
– Medical Doctorate

San Juan University, San Juan, Puerto Rico
– Bachelor of Science

Philosophy

Happiness and a warm smile is the best medicine.

Hobbies

An island girl at heart, Dr. Cruz loves the sea and beach. Traveling and experiencing new places is also a passion of hers. She is a “foodie” and a wine enthusiast, always on the lookout for neat new locally owned restaurants. This love of food and wine is balanced by a strong commitment to personal health and fitness.

Valerie Verzi, Practice Administrator & Patient Relationship Specialist

Valerie2Valerie started her journey into the medical field early on–just out of high school working as a medical records clerk for a Baycare primary care office and eventually moving on to referral specialist and front office coordinator through her years there. That is where she first discovered her passion for patient care and the healthcare field itself. She then moved on to medical billing in 2004 at North Pinellas Surgery Center where she met Dr. Michael Solomon, whose physician billing she had been managing in addition to her surgery center billing responsibilities.

Valerie obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 2006 in Business Administration with a minor in Healthcare Administration.  In July 2006 Dr. Solomon, an interventional pain specialist, opened his own private practice in Clearwater, where he asked Valerie to leave the surgery center to be his practice administrator. For nearly 10 years Valerie ran his medical practice, participating in every aspect of the practice, perfecting her knowledge and experience in all genres related to pain management. But what she prides herself most through her years as Dr. Solomon’s administrator was her relationship with the patients. Each and every one reaching into her heart and soul, believing that a smile, a warm hug, and a little hand-holding is what every patient needs, particularly ones in pain.

After Dr. Solomon’s retirement in December 2014, his practice was sold off and Valerie was broken, losing the patients she loved most and a physician she admired to the utmost extent. A short time later, the stars aligned and the “dream team” was born. Dr. Gloydian Cruz had decided to open her own solo practice and requested that Valerie join her as her administrator on her journey.

Advanced Physical Medicine opened in July 2015, specializing in interventional pain techniques for spine and joint conditions. We are thrilled to offer the most cutting edge treatment in pain management and hopefully provide the chance at an improved quality of life to chronic pain sufferers. Not only do we specialize in the utmost level of healthcare at our practice, we specialize in the commitment to bringing happiness and joy to each and every one of our patients.

Hobbies

Valerie is an avid music lover who enjoys living a healthy lifestyle, thriving on her time at the gym. She is a food enthusiast, always trying new and involved recipes. Home renovations and decorating is also a hobby Valerie enjoys. She is also a lover of the social life, always trying new, hip, and trendy hot spots around the town.