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Noeli K. Pinelo Nicholson, M.D

Board Certified: Family Medicine

Dr. Noeli Nicholson received her medical degree from the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina in Havana, Cuba, graduating with the Gold Title for Academic Excellence. She received numerous awards for research and oral presentations during her medical education. Dr. Nicholson completed her internship and residency in Family Medicine at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Campus. She has worked as a Family Medicine Specialist at the prestigious Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in Puerto Rico.

She is dedicated to providing high quality, evidence based, comprehensive and compassionate medical care to all her patients. She has had numerous years of experience working in the inpatient, ambulatory, emergency and rural medicine settings which have allowed her to develop invaluable qualities as an exceptional Primary Care Physician.

Dr. Noeli Nicholson’s commitment to improving accessibility of quality medical care has led her to participate in volunteer work in Belize, Cuba, Haiti and other underserved communities.

Dr. Noeli Nicholson is excited to become part of Hobdari Family Health and to provide the highest quality of Primary Care Services to her patients.


“Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity”


Residency, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ciencias Medicas, Puerto Rico, a Commonwealth of the United States. Family Medicine, fully accredited by ACGME. 2018-2021
Internship, Ministry of Health, Government of Belize, Belize. Western Regional Hospital, Belmopan, Belize and Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Belize City, Belize. General Practice. 2010-2011
M.D. Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (Latin American School of Medicine), Havana, Cuba 2003-2009
A.Sc. (Biology and Chemistry) St. John's College Jr. College Belize City, Belize 2000-2002

Board Certification

American Board of Family Medicine 2021


ECFMG 2014
USMLE step 2 CK 2013
USMLE step 2 CS 2014
USMLE step 1 2014
USMLE step 3 2017
Fluent in Spanish as a Second Language 2009

Medical License

Puerto Rico *22327, 2021

Professinal Experience

2022 External Clinics Auxilio Mutuo Hospital, Hato Rey Puerto Rico- Family Medicine Physician Duties: performing physical exams, diagnosing, treating and developing management plans for acute and chronic medical problems in full spectrum private hospital primary care setting. Preventative care, post ER and inpatient follow-ups, pre and post-operative care of members of health care plan. Maintaining accurate and comprehensive electronic medical records, meeting established quality measures.
2015-2018 Westbury Pediatrics, Houston, Texas - Practice Manager and Assistant to Physician Duties: managed the daily functions of the clinic including staffing and payroll, ensured proper medical documentation, coding, billing and prior authorizations, assisted physician in medical testing, patient management and care;
2013-2014 Clinica Los Pinos, Dr. Theresa Damera, San Pedro, Belize - General Practice Physician Duties: performed physical exams and patient care for acute and chronic medical problems, diagnosed and treated patients, performed pap smears, suturing, splinting, incisions and drainage, steroid injections to articulations, trigger fingers, keloid;
2011-2013 Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic, San Pedro, Belize - General Physician Duties: performed physical exams and patient care for acute and chronic medical problems from prenatal to geriatric patients, provided emergency medical care and stabilization of patients for transfer to the mainland hospital, included myocardial infarction, hemorrhagic and cerebrovascular accidents, decompensated heart failure, decompensated COPD, status asthmaticus, seizures, diabetic ketoacidosis, nitrogen narcosis, near drownings, and trauma victims (stabbings, gunshot wounds, motor vehicle accidents), performed obstetrical deliveries, pap smears, suturing, splinting, incisions and drainage, steroid injections to articulations, trigger fingers, keloid;


2011-2013 Washington University of Health and Science, San Pedro, Belize - Professor of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics Duties: prepared and delivered lectures and examinations, evaluated the academic performance of medical students, organized study groups and provided counseling to medical students.

Language Proficiency

Fully Bilingual in English and Spanish, written and spoken

Achievements and Awards

2011-2013 National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), San Pedro,Belize - Medical Advisor, participated in planning emergency response during hurricanes and natural disasters;
2009 Gold Title, Recipient of Academic Award for the maintenance of 4.75-5.0 (on a scale of 0-5 with 5 being the highest), for consecutive 6 years, in medical school, while participating in cultural, athletic, social and political activities of the school and community, Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (Latin American School of Medicine), Havana, Cuba;
2007 Recipient of First Place for Internal Medicine presentation, the XVII Annual National Forum of Medical Science, Holguin, Cuba;
2003 Recipient of the Belize-Cuba Academic Medical Scholarship - Academic Medical Scholarship to study medicine at the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (Latin American School of Medicine), Havana, Cuba;

Abstracts and Presentations

2021 Noeli Pinelo-Nicholson, Elyn Lanfranco, Damarys Mustelier, Viviana Melendez, Astrid Morales-Ralat Surveillance of Infectious Diseases in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria At The University of Puerto Rico Hospital, Dr. Federico Trilla. 64th Family Medicine Annual Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2021 Noeli Pinelo-Nicholson, Laurenzco Nicholson, Viviana Melendez Muniz, Rebecca Rodriguez, Toxic Encephalopathy as a cause of Anton-Babinski Syndrome. 64th Family Medicine Annual Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2008 Noeli K. Pinelo, An Analysis of Health in Pueblo Grillo, Cienfuegos,between the months of September 2007 and February 2008. Annual Public Health Forum, Cienfuegos, Cuba.
2007 Noeli K. Pinelo, Laurenzco L. Nicholson, Lorena De Varona, IsaiasJimenez, et al, Stroke in the province of Cienfuegos, lines of tendency, a six-year study. The 171h Annual National Forum of Medical Science, Holguin, Cuba.

Volunteer Experience

09-11/2021 Family Medicine Physician Consultant, San Ignacio, Belize C.A. Participated in case discussion, diagnosis and development of management plan for patients with acute and chronic illness. Participated in planning quality improvement measures for primary care clinics in San Ignacio Belize
02-08/2015 Clinical Pediatric Observer, Westbury Pediatric Clinic, Dr. Hilda Gonzalez-McDonnell, Houston, Texas, Participated in clinical consultation, (performing history and physical examinations, developing differential diagnosis and treatment plans) assisted in clinical procedures and in proper documentation of medical information using the EMR, administered and managed program, Plan for Success" (program to address the issues of childhood obesity through lifestyle changes and exercise);
2013-2021 General Practice Physician, CHAI (Concerned Haitian Americans of Illinois) Medical Mission to Haiti, Secured medical supplies including medication, clothing and personal hygiene supplies, provided physical examination, diagnosis and treatment of the population of Cap-Haitian and Milot;
2008 Campaign against Aedes Aegypti, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Educated the population about the elimination of mosquito breeding grounds, protection from mosquito bites and recognition of early warning signs of Dengue, screened the population for active febrile cases;
2006 Vaccination Campaign, Cienfuegos, Cuba, Assisted in the vaccination of children in the city of Cienfuegos, Cuba;

Professional Memberships

College of Doctors and Surgeons of Puerto Rico 2021
American Board of Family Medicine 2021


US Citizen
Married with one child
Hobbies: Traveling, Cooking, Arts and Crafts
Serving The Naples/ Estero Area For 17 Years

Dr. Hobdari’s personal philosophy of compassionate care is based on understanding the lifestyle challenges that impact each patient individually. She believes thoroughly getting to know each patient is the key to your successful treatment and good health.

“The reason I engaged myself in private practice is because it allows me to provide a better quality of care. I can keep the lines of communication open during and between appointments, so I can better anticipate issues. Although the world of medicine is changing every day, and the future of health care is uncertain, we at Hobdari Family Health will continue to put the patients FIRST, because nothing is more important to a practice’s success than the patient / doctor relationship.”

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