Highlighting Thoracic Staff
Sandra Bryant describes herself as an empathetic, caring and compassionate patient provider as well as a patient advocate. She holds a BS and MS degree in nursing from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and South University respectively. Sandra has more than 21 years of professional nursing experience including 15 years of practice within Oncology, both medical and surgical. Her career at Moffitt began in 2005 as a perioperative intern aspiring to become an OR nurse. Excelling in her role as a staff nurse, she advanced to a leadership role to serve as the Thoracic Perioperative Coordinator before leaving in 2015 to pursue her NP career with the Veteran’s Health Care system as a NP Oncology Navigator.
Her past positive experience and her desire to provide oncology patients with excellent care have brought her back to Moffitt. She has joined the Thoracic Oncology department as a provider and is excited to be working with the team she once supported in a more advanced role.
Fun fact: One day when having a discussion with her son (then 8) she asked if he thought everyday was Christmas? Of course he replied YES. From that conversation she was able to put life into perspective with the realization that LIFE truly is a gift with blessings daily. Now she greets him every day with Merry Christmas instead of good morning.
Antoine B. Richards is a Research Project Specialist in the Department of Thoracic Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center. Recently relocating from Atlanta, Richards’s experience includes nearly a decade of work in the healthcare sector including public health, community health, community outreach, public affairs, radiology, and emergency management. Previously, Richards served as a Research Associate for the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development where he managed the Prostate Cancer Registry and co-lead the Community Outreach Core. Prior to, he worked with the Fulton County Board of Health’s Partnerships to Improve Community Health Program as a Public Affairs Specialist focusing on Tobacco/Smoke-free living, healthy eating, and active living initiatives. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Board of the Georgia Trauma Foundation and as the Assistant Director of Research for Peacebuilding Solutions; a non-profit global humanitarian assistance organization with UN ESOSOC consultative status. Richards received his Master of Public Health (MPH) from Morehouse School of Medicine, and his BS in Communication from Kennesaw State University. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Science (DSc) degree in Emergency Management at Jacksonville State University.
Shreena Portillo is a Nurse Practitioner in the Thoracic Clinic, where she works closely with the medical oncology team. She originally attended the University of Connecticut, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. She then worked as a Formulation Chemist for several years before returning back to school for Nursing. Most of her Nursing career was spent in Pediatric Hematology & Oncology and PICU. While working with the oncology population, Shreena completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Simmons University. Shreena is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, travelling, and reading. She believes in developing strong relationships with her patients in order to provide personalized care.