Natalia Santacoloma, BSN, RN

Meet the team 

Medical Assistant

Originally from Nicaragua

Fluent in Spanish

Melania Vargas

Referral Coordinator

Born in Cuba

Fluent in Spanish


Eric Wilcox, MMS-PA-C

Front Desk 

Parents from DR and PR 

Fluent in Spanish

Ines Ortiz, Office Manager

Call Us:  (813) 972-2974


Dr. Carlos Silva was born in Colombia, South America, while his father was working for an American Multinational Corporation. Given the nature of his father’s job, Dr. Silva grew up in several different countries including Brazil, Venezuela, and Colombia. He attended American Schools there and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.


He attended the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs where he received a BS in Biology. He then went on to the Escuela Colombiana de Medicina (Colombian School of Medicine) to complete his medical school. Finally, he finished his training in Internal Medicine, including internship and residency at Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago, affiliated with the University of Illinois. He was both Resident of the Year and Chief Resident at that institution. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the American College of Physicians.

Michelle Tapia

Jessica Mesa Carrasco

And our great staff!



Born and raised in Colombia so salsa dancing is my biggest and probably only talent. I have been working with Dr. Silva since 2005. I’m the office manager, usually hiding in the back. If you need me one of our wonderful staff can get me any time or you can call me. I’m always available for any patient. 

In 1993 I Graduated from Law school in Andes University, Bogota, Colombia. Later on, while I worked as a corporate lawyer in media organizations   I Specialized in Telecommunications law at the Pontificia Javeriana University, also in Bogota.  In 1996, I moved to Chicago with my husband where our daughter, Daniela, was born a year later.  While taking care of my new born, I pursued a Master’s degree in business administration at Loyola -Chicago.

I love to travel and spend time with family and friends. I play tennis and exercise as much as I can.   When I’m not outdoors playing tennis or working you will find me chatting, or trying to get a hold of my daughter in facetime, who at the time lives and studies at USC in Los Angeles. 

 

He came to Tampa over 15 years ago, after completing his residency, and has been in private practice ever since. He has privileges at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Florida Hospital, Dr. Silva does his own hospital work. He has a passion for his job and prefers to see patients in a way that includes their social, psychological, and biological wellbeing and not just the absence of disease.


He is happily married and has a daughter. When he is not spending time with his family, Dr. Silva enjoys tennis, mud races, and triathlons. He also enjoys literature and travel.

Karla Erazo

Medical Assistant
Originally from Puerto Rico
Fluent in Spanish

Advanced Primary Care & Laser Institute

Carlos A. Silva, M.D.

Dr. Carlos A. Silva, M.D.

He was born in the small town of Warren, Ohio in 1979. Soon after, his parents relocated to the Tampa Bay Area. He is a local graduate of East Lake High School-Class of 1997.

Mr Wilcox finished his Bachelors Degree in Pre-med Biology in 2002 at the University of South Florida. From there he attended Nova Southeastern University and earned a Master’s in Medical Science and a Physician Assistant Bachelor’s degree in 2005- graduating with honors.  Post graduation he worked in Infectious Disease, Family Medicine and most recently Internal Medicine. He has been working under the tutelage/mentorship of Dr. Carlos Silva since 2007.

He spends his free time with his wife Karen and their three boys-Luke, Matthew and Benjamin. Mr Wilcox hobbies include Baseball, Basketball, Football, Weightlifting, and Adventure mud runs. He is a diehard sports fan and roots for all the Bay Area Teams.

Compliance Officer and Nurse

Originally from Colombia

Fluent in Spanish