Baptist Health South Florida

Physiatrist Melissa Guanche, M.D., Joins Baptist Health Medical Group

June 22, 2018

Dr. Guanche HeadshotMIAMI, FL – June 22, 2018 — Physiatrist Melissa Guanche, M.D., has joined Baptist Health Medical Group, a network of primary care doctors and specialists who provide high-quality medical care to patients of all ages, as part of Baptist Health Center for Spine Care. She specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation that aims to enhance and restore the functional ability of patients with physical impairments or disabilities affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Dr. Guanche is affiliated with Baptist Hospital and South Miami Hospital and her primary office is located at 8950 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 410W, in Miami.

“Dr. Guanche designs comprehensive, patient-centered treatment plans that help maximize patients’ independence in activities of daily living and improve their quality of life,” said Bernie Fernandez Jr., M.D., CEO of Baptist Health Medical Group. “Our multidisciplinary team of specialists looks forward to collaborating with her to provide individualized therapies that address the whole person.”

Baptist Health Center for Spine Care Medical Director Ronald Tolchin, D.O., added, “With a broad range of knowledge in musculoskeletal, neurological, rheumatological and cardiovascular systems, Dr. Guanche is uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat pain and restore maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions. Our patients will benefit greatly from her expertise.”

Dr. Guanche is Board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. She received her medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa., where she served as chief resident. Her postdoctoral training also includes a fellowship in sports medicine at OSS/Sinai Hospital of Baltimore in York, Pa.

Dr. Guanche has published articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals and presented her clinical findings at medical conferences. She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Association of Academic Physiatrists and International Spine Intervention Society.

About Baptist Health Medical Group
Baptist Health Medical Group, a network of primary care doctors and specialists who provide high quality medical care to patients of all ages, is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with ten hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Bethesda Hospital East, Bethesda Hospital West, Doctors Hospital, Fishermen’s Community Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital), more than 40 physician practices, 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network and internationally renowned centers of excellence spanning across Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has approximately 18,500 employees and more than 3,000 affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @BaptistHealthSF.

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