Bios for our Medical Professionals

Primary Care Doctor Aristimuño

Dr. Javier Aristimuño, M.D.

Dr. Javier moved to the United States from Caracas, Venezuela when he was a young teen. After graduating from high school in Massachusetts, he earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology from George Washington University in 1988. He continued his medical education at George Washington University School of Medicine, where he graduated in 1992 with his MD. He completed his residency at the University of Maryland in the Department of Internal Medicine and then continued on with an Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Florida Health Sciences Center at Jacksonville.  

In 1996, Dr. Aristimuño set his roots in Sarasota working in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Doctor’s Hospital. In 2000, he began working in the ER at Fawcett Memorial Hospital and then added coverage in the ER at Englewood Community Hospital in 2007.

​In 2009, Dr. Aristimuño and Dr. Mason purchased the Sarasota Medical Center, where today they both currently give the residents and guests of the Sarasota area quality, efficient and comprehensive health care.

Jennifer Amen, MD, MPH

Dr. Amen hails from the Sooner State of Oklahoma.  She earned her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Pomona College, Master’s in Public Health from UC Berkley, and she graduated with an MD in 2003 from Washington University in St. Louis.  She completed internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Oklahoma and then went on to specialize in Emergency Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.  She currently holds board certification in Emergency Medicine.

Since then, she has practiced clinically in emergency medicine, urgent care, and general practice.  She also has served in administrative roles for the state of Arizona Medicaid program and through an emergency department directorship in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has previously worked in research in the areas of infectious disease, tropical medicine, and expanding access to healthcare.

Currently, she enjoys working with patients at Sarasota Medical Center, delivering compassionate, evidence-based care.

Chiropractic Doctor Gaeta

Dr. Steven Gaeta

Dr. Steven Gaeta has been providing Chiropractic treatments for almost 30 years in Sarasota. Life started on Long Island, NY where Dr. Gaeta went to SUNY Stonybrook University before entering New York Chiropractic College.

He graduated New York Chiropractic College in 1989, arrived in Sarasota February 1, 1990, and began his practice at the Chiropractic Orthopedic Center. After a few years he became the sole practitioner and the name changed to Gaeta Chiropractic Center on Bee Ridge Road.

Dr. Gaeta attended specialized training programs at the University of Florida in MedX rehabilitation program. He has certification in rehabilitation utilizing the Cervical and Lumbar Med X machines.

Dr. Gaeta also received specialized training in Disability and Impairment Evaluation, for rating injured patients following an automobile accident or work compensation injury. Dr. Gaeta has taught Impairment evaluation process locally for over the last 20 years.

He treats many conditions such as traumatic injuries from automobile accidents, work injuries, sports injuries as well chronic degenerative conditions. He uses hands on chiropractic adjustments, passive physical therapies, spinal decompression and MedX spinal rehabilitation training and stabilization exercises.

Chiropractic physician Dr Janis Davis

Dr. Janis Davis, D.C.

I am a seasoned Chiropractor of 31 years, since graduating in 1988 from New York Chiropractic College.  I earned my Post-Graduate degree in Sports Injuries and maintained a private practice in New York for 16 years before moving to Florida.  I am also certified to practice Acupuncture, earning my degree from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

After graduation in 1988, I began teaching undergraduate Biology, and labs in Embryology, Physiology and Genetics at New York Institute of Technology.  I then became a clinician for New York Chiropractic College while maintaining my home office.

When NYCC relocated to upstate New York, I began teaching at University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic, teaching multiple courses in diagnosis and also became a clinician, before moving to the east coast of Florida.

On the east coast I worked with veterinarians as a consultant educating and administering the benefits of Chiropractic care and other Complementary Alternative procedures on the canine, feline and equine communities.  While there, I volunteered to work on the horses and was pursuing becoming a trainer for the organization, Horses and the Handicapped.  This is an organization that allow and teaches handicapped children to ride horses proving fun as well as physical rehabilitation to them  This was very gratifying to me to see the children’s happy faces. I then moved to the west coast and while here, I also became certified by the State of Florida to provide services in SW Florida Free Pain Clinic run by Christian Medical Ministries.  It is fulfilling to work there volunteering my services to the only free medical clinic associated with a church.

Although the majority of care I provide is Chiropractic based techniques, I am also well versed in many Complementary and Alternative Therapies and techniques that are integrated into the many management plans of today.  Some of these procedures include:  Electro-Therapeutic Point Stimulation, Trigger Point Therapy, Neural Kinetic Integrative Techniques, Neuro-Mechanical Techniques, Exercise Rehabilitation, Resistance Training, Aromatherapy, Music Therapy, Reiki, Nutrition, Chinese Herbology, and of course Acupuncture.

My diverse work experience has allowed me to comfortably walk in three distinct worlds: clinical, business and educational.  I am a very passionate woman who has dedicated my career to continued improvement of Alternate practices, on human and animals in both academic education and in private practice.  I have lectured on a variety of topics related to Complementary and Alternative Techniques and Practices at the University level.  I have been an Adjunct full time Professor at Everglades University, both online and onsite at the Sarasota campus.

Physician assistant Raetta Hall

Raette Hall, PA-C

Raette Hall is a board certified physician assistant with Sarasota Medical Center. She is part of our medical team providing compassionate and quality care. Early on in her medical career she was a Cardiovascular Technologist who later broadened her education to include a Physician Assistant degree at Cuyahoga College. She has had the privilege to study and work at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Before joining Sarasota Medical Center, Raette has worked in multiple specialties including cardiology, internal medicine, physical medicine/rehab and aesthetic medicine. This 19+ year varied background has provided the perfect foundation for her current position. Raette enjoys being a wife, mother of two, painting, and participating in community volunteer work, to which her passion has carried over to her career and patient care.

Jennifer Schook, PA-C

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Julie Scanlon, A.R.N.P.

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