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Dr. Joseph Cipriano

DO-General & Vascular Surgeon

Dr. Joseph Cipriano lives with his wife and 2 children in Cape Coral. He is a DO (osteopathic physician) working as a General Surgery Specialist. He has more than 14 years of diverse experience, especially is general, bariatric, and plastic surgery. Dr. Cipriano coordinates with many other doctors and specialists to establish referrals when needed.

Dr. Cipriano earned his medical degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He graduated with honors in 2005. He also completed an internship and residency in General Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital Warren Campus and Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan. Dr. Cipriano is a Board Certified General Surgeon. He is a member of the AOA, ACOS, and the American Vein and Lymphatic Society.

Melody Powers

Office Manager

Growing up from the age of thirteen right here in Cape Coral, I have had the pleasure of watching the city grow and expand.  I am originally from Michigan, but now consider myself a true Floridian.  My medical experience began at Healthpark Hospital in the pre-op and recovery room in Fort Myers, Florida.  Over the course of the last 23 years, I had since expanded my experience into many specialty practices including otolaryngology, gastroenterology, and family practice, clerical, health care administrative, billing/coding, and clinical positions.   I enjoy traveling, writing, and of course enjoying our beautiful beaches. I am excited to be a part of a growing practice here at Lumiere, helping our patients to receive the very best care from a team of professional staff members with the experience and compassion that they should expect from a provider.

Angela Chang

Ultrasound Sonographer (RVT)

I move to Cape Coral, Florida 10 years ago from Indiana. I have enjoyed the lifestyle of living in a community with a "vacation feel" year-round. I have been an ultrasound sonographer for over 16 years, with a bachelor's degree in Health Science. I am specialized in abdominal, obstetrics, and gynecology as well as vascular ultrasound. I have extensive knowledge in Sonography principles and instrumentation and have taught the subject at the university level. I am happy to be part of the dynamic team here al Lumiere and I look forward to playing a part in your care.

Christine Trischitta

Medical Assistant

After calling Cape Coral my second home since 1988, I made the move to a full-time resident in 2016.  I worked my whole life in healthcare as an LPN in New York. I have spent the last 4 years updating my home here in Cape Coral.  Most importantly, enjoying all that SWFL has to offer, and also meeting a very special man that I now share my life with.  I look forward to being a part of your healthcare experience at Lumiere with this dynamic team!

Kisha HardiN

Medical Assistant

My name is Kisha and I have been living in Cape Coral for the past 8 years. Before that, my family and I had lived all over the world, and the USA  (I’m a military brat). I have worked in the medical field for the past 17 years as a medical assistant. Dermatology, family practice, pediatrics, emergency medicine, allergy, and cosmetics are all specialties that I have gained my experience with.  I live with my husband Chris and our English bulldog Que. We enjoy family game nights, movies, fishing, and relaxing at home in our free time. I look forward to being a part of your care! I enjoy working for Lumiere and I can’t wait to see your smiling faces when you come into our office.

Nichole Putterbaugh


My name is Nichole and I was born and raised here in Florida. I live in Punta Gorda with my boyfriend and 2 kids. We enjoy fishing on the boat, home projects, and going trail riding. I have worked in the medical field right out of high school and remained since.  I  am happy to be a part of such a great team at Lumiere!

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