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Our Doctors/Providers

Suzanne Southerland, M.D. 

Dr. Southerland was born and raised in Trinidad, W.I.  until the age of 16 years. She then  moved to Canada where she completed her undergraduate at the University of Guelph , Ontario, Canada. Subsequently she completed medical school and became the Student Union President at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where she graduated with Honors. She did a rotating internship in Ireland before moving to the USA for her internship and residency in Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Southerland then took up a position at University of Florida as a Clinical Assistant Professor in pediatrics at Haile Plantation, Gainesville, Fl.  She has worked locally in Sarasota since 2003.


Dr. Southerland is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and in addition is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is also Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida State University College of Medicine. Dr. Southerland is married with 2 children. Her husband is a gastroenterologist here in Sarasota. 


Jashira Ruperto-Swalls

Jashira Ruperto-Swalls was born in New York and moved to Florida as a young child. She received her bachelors degree in Microbiology & Molecular Biology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and earned her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant degree at South University Tampa. She has been working in Pediatrics since 2017 and is bilingual (English/Spanish).


Jashira Ruperto-Swalls is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She enjoys spending time with her two children, being outdoors, and being with family and friends.

Our Staff

Sue Patchett- Office Manager/Billing

Sue has been with Paradise Pediatrics since its opening over 15 years ago. She is available to answer any billing questions and insurance issues. 

Ashley Bell, MA
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          Latoya Robinson, MA
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Nicole Greenland, Front Desk
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