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Meet Our Team

Our pediatric dermatology team utilizes some of the most advanced approaches available to diagnose and address a wide range of skin, hair and nail issues, from infections to genetic and developmental disorders, many unique to children alone. We recognize the importance of addressing each condition not only from a medical level but also from a social and emotional level. We only serve newborns, children and adolescents, and due to their still-developing minds and bodies, make an extra effort to provide this type of comprehensive care. Dermatological issues can be more than skin deep; they can affect your child’s self-image and self-esteem at a very sensitive stage in their young lives.

Tace S. Rico, MD

Dr. Rico completed an advanced research fellowship in contact dermatitis with a focus on pediatric patch testing and is one of the few physicians to have this credential. She is the recipient of multiple honors and awards and is published in numerous prestigious dermatologic medical journals. Dr. Rico received her bachelor’s degree in literature, minoring in British and Russian studies, at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. She subsequently continued her studies, earning her medical degree with a research distinction at Miller School of Medicine in Miami. Dr. Rico served her internship and residency at University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida, and serves on the voluntary faculty of both the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, and the University of Miami. She specializes in the treatment of a wide range of medical issues within pediatric dermatology.

Elizabeth A. Connelly, MD

Dr. Connelly is a visiting board-certified pediatric dermatologist. She directs pediatric dermatology laser surgery and the procedures clinic for our dermatology program. Dr. Connelly has extensive experience in treating young patients with vascular tumors and malformations. She has served as assistant professor of pediatric dermatology at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida, and was principle investigator for research studies there. Dr. Connelly’s work has been widely published, and she is a respected author and lecturer, speaking at conferences nationally and internationally.

Marcela Grubman ARNP, PNP, DNCP

Marcela Grubman serves as the pediatric nurse practitioner at the Florida Center for Pediatric Dermatology. With more than 10 years in the pediatric dermatology field, some of her career highlights include independently conducting six pediatric multidisciplinary clinics for the Dermatology Department at the University of Miami, coordinating and providing care in the vascular anomaly and genodermatoses clinics, and providing laser treatments to a variety of patients. As a certified nurse practitioner by the Dermatology Nursing Association, she assists Doctors Rico and Connelly in seeing and treating our young patients. Grubman is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French. She graduated from Emory University School of Nursing, Macon, Georgia, with a master’s degree in nursing and completed her Advanced Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification there as well. Grubman’s pediatric dermatology mentorship was at Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.

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