The Doctors

Dr. Sanford Epstein D.O.

Medical Director

Dr. Sanford Epstein, D.O., is an Osteopathic Medicine Specialist. He is a 1973 graduate of the prestigious Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Epstein enjoys helping patients optimize their total health, using natural treatment methods. Specializing in Osteoarthritis, Internal Medicine and Pain Management, Dr. Sanford Epstein is trained to address a wide range of medical needs in patients through a more holistic approach to care.

He has over 43 years of experience and a proven strategy for reversing many chronic issues.

Dr. Epstein heads over our diagnostic and treatment protocols for all patients including Diabetes, Stem Cell (Amniotic Fluid), Degenerative Arthritis and all Chronic Illness Patients here at Florida Wellness Institute of Pinellas County.


Dr. Susanti Chowdhury, M.D.

Medical Doctor - Specialty in Pain Management and Precision Amniotic Fluid Injectables.

Dr. Susanti Chowdhury, M.D. completed his internship for Pain Management at Mayo Clinic. After graduation from medical school, Dr. Chowdhury went on to complete his Fellowship in Pain Mangement at Mayo Clinic. He joined forces with Florida Wellness Institute to provide his expertise in the area of pain management with a focus on diagnosis of spinal and joint degenerative disease, arthritis and the long term effects of joint injuries, along with the treatment of these conditions with Regenerative Medicine, specifically Amniotic Fluid Injections.

Dr. Chowdhury has performed over 20,000 joint injections and prides himself on PRECISE and PAINLESS (as possible) injections. He accomplished his precision by using Flouroscopic Needle Guidance so that he can follow the injection needle directly to the joint space the Amniotic Fluid is meant for.

Dr. Chowdhury is very well known in his field with an impeccable reputation and Florida Wellness Institute is fortunate to have such a wonderful person and highly skilled professional. Specializing in Pain Management, Dr. Chowdhury was President of the Florida Academy of Pain Management and is currently on the Florida Board of Pain Management. Our patients love him!


Adeline Schaffer, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner

Graduating from South University, Adeline Schaffer rounds out the Medical Staff at Florida Wellness Institute as the key person that makes everything work. She is a wonderful Nurse Practitioner with a passion to help patients get out of pain, gain back mobility and range of motion in their joints, get rid of chronic disease and make this planet a healthier place. Ade works with our Medical Director and consults with each new patient to thouroghly evaluate them medically. Working with Dr. Epstein, Adeline qualifies each new patient for acceptance of care for services such as IV Nutrition, Diabetic Programs, Amniotic Fluid Injections, PRP treatments, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Lipo Laser and all programs offered at the Florida Wellness Institute.

Adeline's qualifications and certifications range from Advisory Board Member for Southern Technical College, West Coast Coucil of Advanced Practice Nurses, Tampa Bay Advanced Practice Nurses Council, American Heart Association of BLS and American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Adeline is always looking to help the next patient and will stop at nothing to assist them in regaining their health! In her spare time, Ade loves to read books, swim, weight lift and practice Yogo with her two sons.


Dr. Julie Gatza, D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Julie Gatza, D.C. is the holistic leader of Florida Wellness Institute, being a third generation chiropractor with 25 years of clinical experience. Dr. Julie has extensive experience in Applied Kinesiology, Chiropractic, Nutrition, Detoxification and Spinal Decompression. She has successfully helped infants as young as one day old, to patients in their 90s, and those in between.

Dr. Julie Gatza's focus has always been to get to the bottom of what is actually causing her patient's health problems and she works with our Medical Team within her expertise. And she does so without the use of drugs or surgery. Because of this natural and holistic method she has been able to help people when no one else could.


Dr. James Gatza, D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. James Gatza, D.C. is currently not on staff at the clinic and is not seeing patients. He is a spokesperson and helps with lectures and program developement, as well as consulting with Medical Staff on holistic programming for difficult cases.

Dr. Gatza, is a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine with 27 years of clinical experience. He is highly experienced in Applied Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Body Chemistry. He has an extensive background in the natural treatment of the body and overall body healing which may potentially influence things like diabetes type II, along with many other chronic illnesses & diseases. Dr. Gatza is trained in Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis, X-ray Diagnosis, Spinography, and Physiotherapy; and has studied Acupuncture, Reflexology and Cranial-Sacral Therapy. He has attended hundreds of hours of seminars on the effects and treatment of Food Allergies, Clinical Nutrition, Acupuncture, and Herbology.

With a career spanning 27 years, Dr. Gatza has overseen 37,000 patients with common diseases such as back pain, neck pain, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, joint pain, and much more. Although he doesn't address any of these problems DIRECTLY, he puts to use his understanding of the nervous system, nutrition and alternative therapies to get back to the basics of body function, thus helping the body's potential to heal itself.

Dr. Gatza loves to lecture and educate the public on how to be optimally healthy.