VIP Kidz mission is to enhance the lives of critically ill children and their families by providing personalized compassionate care.



SUSIE MANTILLA-LAGE –  Administrator

Susie  a Pediatric Intensive Care nurse with many years of clinical leadership experience.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Miami. Having worked for many years as a Pediatric Intensive Care nurse she has broad experience as a clinical leader with the ability to build rapport with patients, family, staff and physicians. As a bilingual healthcare professional, she relates well to people from a variety of cultures. Is dedicated to providing the best possible professional to meet the needs of the client and family members. Recognizing that each child and each family is unique. Families have different personalities, life experiences, values, beliefs, education, and religious and cultural backgrounds. Care provided should be equal to all patients and flexible so that the needs and choices of families can be met.  Please feel free to contact me with any specific questions: 786-486-9513

CATHY CHIAT – Director of Nursing

Cathy is a registered nurse. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida Atlantic University with honors. She has dedicated her nursing career solely to the pediatric population. She has a diverse nursing background that includes the hospital setting in general pediatrics, pediatric oncology/hematology, PICU, NICU and the pediatric ER. In addition she has worked as a school nurse, home health nurse and private duty nurse. She has been involved in the PPEC setting for 7 years. She has traveled extensively overseas, primarily in Asia working with impoverished children. She has worked with some of her children for over seven years. She also has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications from Michigan State University, graduated with honors.

Ms. STEPHANIE V.    Teacher

Our certified elementary school teacher is a seasoned educational professional with over twenty years’ experience.  Ms. V has worked with a variety of learners with varying abilities pre-K to adult.  She is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with graduate work completed at Rutgers University and Florida Gulf Coast University.  She believes teaching is her vocation and not her job.  You can find her around the facility singing, dancing, and working in our school container garden, always with a smile on her face and open arms for hugs.