Meet Our Care Team

Dr. Walid Michelin, Chief Medical Officer, oversees all clinical operations at Alegria Health and Wellness. With over 30 years’ experience in medical management, Dr. Walid Michelen is the Senior Vice President for Clinical Planning and Innovation and Chief Medical Officer for ArchCare. He has been a key proponent of many initiatives such as value-based payment, clinical integration methods, artificial intelligence, and telemedicine monitoring. His efforts have led to a significant decrease in hospitalizations and emergency room visits, while improving patient satisfaction and medication adherence.

Prior to his tenure at ArchCare Dr. Michelen was the founder, CEO, and CMO of Gotham Health, NYC Health + Hospitals, a federally qualified health center, comprised of over 65 clinics throughout the city’s five boroughs. He has published a number of articles focused on health disparities, population health and use of physician‘s time, among other topics.

Dr. Hanny Hernandez will diagnose and treat our patient’s various podiatric conditions, including those issues related to diabetes and arthritis.

Guslene Belleus is a Family Nurse Practitioner who is also ANCC Board Certified. A kind-hearted nursing professional, Guslene has strong interpersonal abilities to build rapport and respect with culturally diverse patients and multi-disciplinary medical teams with keen ability to identify and quickly remedy any situation that might impact patient care.

As a hands-on, lead-by-example nursing leader, Guslene coaches and mentors nursing staff fostering a culture of motivation, accountability and respect that always achieves a cohesive and safe environment to ensure optimal patient outcomes with compassionate and quality care.

Meet Our Management Team

Kevin Askari, Our President and CEO, began his career as a clinical pharmacist in 1988, Kevin has been providing life-saving medications to patients for 35 years. As the owner of several specialized community pharmacies, and the President, Managing Partner, and Supervising Pharmacist for OncoMed Pharmaceutical Services, Kevin has dedicated his career to the creation and delivery of infusion medications, bio-oncology and adjunctive care pharmaceuticals. Kevin saw a need for high-quality medical care in the South Bronx community, and channeled his resources and experience to bring this beautiful facility to life.

Ellen Scharaga is our Executive Director. Ellen assists Alegria in developing and delivering new innovative specialty medications to manage chronic conditions such as HIV, hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, organ transplants, chronic pain, growth disorders and infertility. Alegria’s goal is to ensure that all stakeholders, patients, physicians, managed care providers and manufacturers, have a platform to battle these conditions and ensure better patient outcomes.