Ami Degala, MD

Dr. Degala is board-certified in Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology.  She treats adults and children of all ages. 

She completed her Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI in 2004.  She completed her Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology also at Henry Ford Hospital in 2006.  After fellowship, Dr. Degala was in private practice treating patients in the metro-Detroit area.  She also worked as a faculty physician at Henry Ford Hospital teaching medical students, residents, and fellows.  In addition, she has done research on inner city asthma and sublingual immunotherapy sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases as well as research on asthma medication use during pregnancy.

Dr. Degala grew up in Titusville, FL and is happy to be back in the sunshine state!  She is married and has a daughter and a son.  She lives in Palm Harbor and enjoys spending time with her children, reading, and traveling.

She has been a frequent contributor to the Tampa Bay Times writing articles pertaining to allergies and asthma.

Dr. Degala enjoys taking care of patients and strives to provide the best and personalized care to help patients feel better.  She is honored to join Dr. Chamarthy and Dr. Sanka and continue the outstanding care provided by Advanced Allergy & Asthma Care.
 

Dear Doctors and Parents of Children with Food Allergies,                                                

 

Please feel free to distribute this letter to your patients.

 

I would like to inform you about an important program that can benefit your child and the lives of other children at our local schools.

 

Food allergy is a growing problem and may lead to a serious, life-threatening reaction.  Anaphylaxis is the most feared complication resulting from a food allergy. 

 

Food allergies are not curable, but anaphylaxis as a result of a food allergy is treatable and preventable!

 

What can you do?

Follow these simple steps:

1)      Inform your child’s school administrators, teachers and school nurse about your child’s food allergies.  Be specific!

2)      Be proactive about making sure your child’s school has epinephrine autoinjectors (EpiPen or EpiPen Jr., Auvi-Q) available to use in the event of anaphylaxis. (see below)

3)      Advocate for your child and other children to increase awareness and understanding of food allergies and the importance of strict avoidance.  It is NOT easy!

4)      Always store your child’s epinephrine autoinjector properly and make sure it is not expired.

The EpiPen4Schools program was created to allow qualified schools to obtain EpiPen Auto-Injectors at no-cost. This access is important because epinephrine is the only first-line treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). Each eligible school can receive up to four FREE EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injectors in the form of two EpiPen 2-Pak® cartons, two EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® cartons, or one 2-Pak of each kind. Each EpiPen 2-Pak contains two single auto-injectors, instructions for use and a training device, with no drug product or needle, to help patients become familiar with the administration technique.

Visit http://www.epipen4schools.com/ and download the forms necessary for your child’s school to take advantage of this FREE program.

 

Please join me in this fight to protect our children.

Life threatening reactions to food allergies are preventable and treatable!

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Rima Sanka

Lana RandolphMy name is Lana and I haved enjoyed my job as the office manager since 2008. I am the first smiling face you see when you walk in the door. I have been with my wonderful husband for 15 years and have 4 awesome children. I enjoy Nascar and spending time with my family.

Hello my name I Christine. I am a certified medical assistant.I work in the back office mostly doing allergy test and allergy shots. I handle the applications and ordering for Xolair medication for the Pinellas Park and South Tampa offices. I also keep track of the appointments.for the Pinellas Park and South Tampa offices. I have two sons and am a huge fan of The Rock!

 

 

Hi, my name is Krista.  I am a medical assistant.  I perform allergy testing and "mix" the allergy serum for treatment.

My name is Kara. I started in 2012. I work at the Pinellas Park, New port Richey, and Dunedin offices. I mix the vaccines for Allergy Immunotherapy. The thing I enjoy most about my job is making kids smile. I have a cat at home whom I love!