Our Staff

 

Meet our team !! Please take a few moments to learn about our skilled practitioners and our friendly, nurturing staff.

At Clearwater and Westchase Pediatric Care, we consider it both a great joy and responsibility to care for children. Most of us are parents ourselves, so we strive to be understanding and available to the families we are privileged to serve. We are honored that you have chosen us as your child's primary medical provider and are confident that you will be pleased with the quality of care and service that we can provide you and your family.

A vital part of our service to children begins with our outstanding staff who works hard to manage and maintain a professional, caring and supportive environment for our patients in a timely manner. Our doctors are lifelong learners. Not only have they received advanced medical training in pediatrics, they continually pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest in child health care.

Your child's health is as important to us as it is to you. We look forward to providing you with excellent medical care your child deserves.

Raj Pai, MD, FAAP

Medical Director

Raj Pai, MD, FAAP

Dr Pai completed his residency training in Pediatrics at the prestigious Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He also has additional training in Pediatric Hematology Oncology at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. After graduating with honors, he continued as the Chief Resident of the program in Detroit for a year, during which he was responsible for resident education and also worked extensively with critically ill children in the Pediatric ICU. He has also worked at the Emergency Room at All Children’s Hospital and has been a principal investigator for Pediatric Research studies at the Clinical Research of West Florida. Dr.Pai has practiced in Florida for the last 20 years and established “Clearwater Pediatric Care” in June 2002 and added the Westchase location in March 2014.  He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is affiliated with “Pediatric Services of Florida”. Dr Pai has special interest in childhood asthma, eczema and infectious disease. He is on staff at Morton Plant Hospital, Mease Hospitals and All Children’s Hospital.

Mary Ann Hicks, MD FAAP

Mary Ann Hicks, MD FAAP

Dr. Mary Ann Hicks completed her residency training in Pediatrics at the University of South Florida working at both All Children’s Hospital and Tampa General Hospital in 2002.  After graduation, she began her career in the Pediatric Emergency Center at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona.  After getting married and moving to the Tampa Bay area in 2005 she continued in the acute care field, working in the pediatric ER at Brandon Regional Hospital.  Subsequently she joined Manatee Rural Health Services in Bradenton where she worked as a primary care pediatrician at the Lawton Chiles Family Center.  Her duties included not only outpatient services but also nursery and inpatient management of hospitalized children as well. Dr. Hicks is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is on staff at Morton Plant and Mease Hospitals. During her free time Dr Hicks enjoys scuba diving and deep sea fishing.

 

Sheila Mak, DO FAAP

Sheila Mak, DO FAAP

Dr. Sheila Mak graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Life Sciences. Following her graduation she attended Medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. She graduated in 2008 following which she joined an accredited pediatric residency training program at Goryeb Children's Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey. She completed her residency in 2011 following which she worked for Skylands Pediatrics-a private pediatric group in Sparta, NJ for 2 years.  In 2013, Dr. Mak and her family relocated to Tampa Bay for her husband's work who is an Emergency Room physician. Dr. Mak is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  She has a special interest in breastfeeding medicine.  During her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Emily Jones, MD

Emily Jones, MD

Dr Emily Jones is a Florida native. She graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, Alabama. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at University of Florida in Gainesville. Following her residency, she practiced primary care Pediatrics for 2 years in Chiefland and gained valuable experience working in a rural setting. Dr Jones is passionate about breast feeding and is working towards getting her IBCLC (International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant) certification from the University of FL Center for Breastfeeding. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is on staff at Morton Plant and Mease Countryside Hospitals. During her free time she enjoys reading, cooking, yoga, learning about new cultures and cheering for the Tampa Bay Lightning!.

Seema Kubarek, MD

Seema Kubarek, MD

Dr Kubarek completed her residency training in Pediatrics at the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine in Norfolk Virginia. Following her residency, she worked as a primary care pediatrician in New Port Richey, FL for 2 years during which she also was the co-director of Child Protection Services in Pasco County. After her marriage she moved to Tacoma, WA to join her husband who was in the US Air Force and worked at the Madigan Army Medical Center for 3 years. Following this she moved back to FL and worked at River’s Edge Pediatrics in New Port Richey for over 8 years. Dr Kubarek was awarded the most outstanding resident at her graduation. She also partnered with the American International Health Alliance and traveled to Moscow to teach neonatal resuscitation. Dr Kubarek has more than 20 years’ experience in Pediatrics. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association. While Dr. Kubarek enjoys all aspects of pediatrics, she has an interest in breastfeeding, preventative healthcare, and general well child care. During her free time, she likes traveling, skiing, photography, and enjoys watching her boys play soccer. Dr. Kubarek joined us in 2018 and works part-time at our Clearwater location.

Carolyn Lomicka Pediatric ARNP

Carolyn Lomicka Pediatric ARNP

Carolyn Lomicka graduated from University of South Florida, Tampa, FL with a bachelor’s degree in Family Health Nursing and MSN as an Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner. She worked at All Children’s Hospital Neurosciences/Surgery floor from 2007 onwards with many subspecialties. She later worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of All Children's Hospital taking care of critically ill newborns and premature babies until obtaining her certification through American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2012. Following her certification she worked as a  nurse practitioner in a primary care pediatric office in St.Petersburg and also at "After Hours Pediatrics" in Palm Harbor and Brandon for 2 years before joining us in 2014.  Carolyn is a native Floridian and she enjoys doing yoga and spending time with her husband and 2 daughters and 2 sons.