Dr. Richard Rodriguez

Richard Rodriguez, MD

Dr. Rich graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa in 1986. He completed a 3 year pediatric residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center/Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children in 1991.


After his residency, Dr. Rich joined his father, Carlos Rodriguez, MD, in his private practice. By December of 1993, he joined Dr. David Carr at Pediatrics Plus, in Orlando, where he maintained a practice for over 13 years. While working with Dr. Carr was a great experience, Dr. Rich had dreams of owning his own practice closer to home. He knew that this would allow him to practice what he preaches and spend more time with his children.

Dr. Rich and his wife Cindy are the proud parents of Michael and Phillip, who enjoy time together in boy scouts. Dr. Rich and his sons coach and play hockey, respectively, while Cindy is proud to be their number one cheerleader.  

Julie Muser

Julie Muser, CPNP-PC

Julie Muser is one of our certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She is originally from the Boston, Massachusetts area but moved to Florida in 2014. Julie graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nursing in 2011. 


Julie's nursing background includes working as a Registered Nurse at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies for 3 years with cross training in newborn nursery and newborn care. In addition, Julie has experience working as a travel nurse and a teaching assistant in the Greater Boston area. Julie’s passion for pediatrics drove her to continue her education at the University of South Florida, where she obtained a Master's of Science Degree in 2017 as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She joined Dr. Rich and the team at Sunshine Pediatrics in the spring of 2018.  


Julie lives in the Ocoee area where she enjoys living an active lifestyle, and traveling the world.  

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Sarah Harden, DNP, CPNP-PC

Sarah is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.  She was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Florida.


With a dream to become a nurse from a young age, she was determined to work in the neonatal intensive care unit.  She began her nursing career with the tiniest of patients in the NICU at Winnie Palmer Hospital, where she worked for six years.  She then pursued her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Florida in pediatric primary care.  She now enjoys working with pediatric patients of all ages, with babies always having a special place in her heart.


When she isn’t working as an NP at Sunshine or as a nurse at Arnold Palmer, she loves to be with her husband and son, mostly getting outdoors especially near the water, or reading as many books as she can fit in.


Valerie Laferriere, CPNP-PC

Valerie is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner graduating from the University of South Florida. She was born in Columbus, Ohio, raised in Ocala, Florida and moved to the Orlando area in 2006 when she started working as a Child Life Assistant at Arnold Palmer Hospital.

In 2011, she graduated from nursing school and began her career as a NICU nurse at Winnie Palmer Hospital where she continues to work part time throughout the week. She has always had a love for babies and children and continued on her educational journey in 2019 when she graduated from the USF with her Masters in Nursing. Following her dream to work and care for children of all ages, she was excited to join Sunshine Pediatrics as a provider.

When she's not working, she loves to spend time with her husband, Aaron, of 10 years and her two young boys.  She enjoys going to Disney, the beach, and loves working out. She currently lives in Oviedo and is excited to care for all the babies and children in Central Florida. 

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Ashley is the practice Administrator here at Sunshine Pediatrics. She joined the Sunshine Pediatrics team in 2014. Ashley has a passion for people, and service. She has lived in Orlando for 15 years and is a proud UCF graduate. Ashley and her husband are the lucky parents of two boys! As a family, they enjoy spending time in central Florida, traveling and exploring life with their boys. 


I have had the privilege of working for Dr. Rich since 1999, coming here from his previous practice when he opened Sunshine Pediatrics in 2006. I love my job and working here, helping parents with there children's medical needs.


I have wonderful children, who I have enjoyed watching grow into terrific young adults.


I enjoy riding with my husband and our Yorkie, Peanut, in our 1930 Module A and on our Harley trike.


Hi! My name is Liz and I joined Sunshine Pediatrics 8 years ago. I love working here and enjoy all my kids and families at Sunshine! I am a happily married mama to 3 daughters. 


My family is the most important part of my life and I love spending time with them when I am not at work! 




My name is Yarianny and I am a registered medical assistant. I joined Sunshine Pediatrics two years ago. I look forward to serving you and your children. 

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