Dr. Melissa Launder isn’t shy about sharing her love for Family Medicine and her patients. She considers it an honor to work as a primary care physician and help generations of families, young and old. Her interest in medicine was first sparked at a young age as she witnessed her father care for patients as a physical therapist.
She obtained her B.S. in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida; graduated in 2006 from the Florida State University College of Medicine; and completed residency training at the University of South Florida’s Family Medicine program at Morton Plant Hospital. After nearly ten years of practice in the Baycare Health System, Dr. Launder opened Exceptional Care Center in Trinity with a vision for further improving her patient’s medical experience. In a day and age where insurance companies and corporations reign supreme, she shines amongst her peers for her compassionate care, thorough manner and dedication to her craft. She continues to push against the constraints of 15 minute visits, computer screens and piles of paperwork to develop rich relationships with her patients in a time when many physicians are “burning out” and questioning their career choices. Personally, she also enjoys caring for her two Chihuahuas (Pepe and Paco), hiking, coffee, reading, musical theatre and travel.
Karina Azank Parilo was born in Puerto Rico but grew up in Tampa after moving here with her parents at the age of 3. She attended the Academy of the Holy Names and then completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Duke University. She then returned to Tampa and received her MD from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. While she initially trained in Anesthesiology following her intern year at USF, she missed having long-term relationships with patients and transferred to the University of Massachusetts Family Residency Program in Worcester to pursue training in traditional Family Medicine. She completed her family medicine training and returned home where she worked for a medical group in Wesley Chapel for 7 years. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and provides comprehensive primary care to individuals and families of all ages from newborn to geriatrics.
Dr. Parilo is happily married to Dane and they have a blended family consisting of three children and two grandchildren. She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family. She is fluent in Spanish.