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Castellanos + Tramonte formed by two veteran architects

Two veteran architects with more than 60 years of combined experience have merged their companies to create Castellanos + Tramonte Architects, a regional architectural firm specializing in commercial design.

Art Castellanos, AIA, serves as president of the newly created firm at 1625 S.E. 46th St., Suite 2A, in Cape Coral.  Jason Tramonte, AIA, caps a 37-year career in architecture as the founder and project manager.  The firm currently employs five people.

“Jason and I share the same passion for designing facilities that are creative, functional and meet the needs of our clients,” Castellanos said.  “We believe that having extensive working relationships with local, city, county and state agencies is a large part of the success of our projects.”

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening reception for clients and the public are planned for Thursday, April 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at their Cape Coral office.

Together, the team has designed more than 150 buildings throughout Florida, including high-profile projects on the Ava Maria University campus in Collier County, fire stations, shopping centers, government buildings, restaurants, 7-Elevens and much more from Florida’s panhandle to Naples.

In Cape Coral, projects include Culver’s, Orion Bank, Big John’s Plaza, Cape Paradise Resort, Gastroenterology Associates of Southwest Florida, Nevermind Restaurant, Time Warner Cable, Rib City, Cape Veterinary Practice, Providence Christian School, Associates in Dermatology, Associates in Digestive Health, Viscaya Prado Veterinary Clinic, Hope Methodist Church and others.  

Castellanos has more than 25 years of experience in architecture working in both public and private settings.  He served as the architect for the Lee County School District for ten years and worked in commercial enterprises such as WCI Communities and McGarvey Development Co. prior to starting his own architectural firm in 2014. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Miami.     

Tramonte has a 37-year career in architecture and has been an owner or principal of a firm bearing his name since 1979.  Prior to starting his firm in Cape Coral in 1992, he worked with architectural firms in Florida and Louisiana.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

About Castellanos + Tramonte Architects

Castellanos + Tramonte Architects is a full service multi-discipline architectural firm in Southwest Florida. The firm specializes in commercial architecture, which includes fire stations, healthcare buildings, public facilities, office buildings, shopping centers, industrial/warehouse buildings and, most recently, private educational and assembly buildings. For more information, visit Castellanos + Tramonte Architects website at, or on Facebook


Urology Experts physician named ‘Top Doctor’ by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Alejandro Miranda-Sousa, M.D., of Urology Experts, with offices in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and Bonita Springs, has been named a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a physician-led research team on a mission to help consumers find the best healthcare.

Dr. Miranda-Sousa is currently listed in publications of America’s Top Doctors and on the Castle Connolly website directory, based on a comprehensive professional biography and information on special practice areas he provided upon being selected.

Dr. Miranda-Sousa was nominated by his peers of licensed physicians through an online portal, and selected amongst nearly 100,000 nominations. Castle Connolly reviewed his credentials, including education, training, board certifications, hospital appointments and medical achievements, following phone interviews to more than 50,000 healthcare professionals. Each of these contacts was asked to nominate an outstanding professional in their respective medical specialties, from anywhere in the U.S.

A graduate of Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia Medical School in Peru, he completed an internship and fellowship at University of South Florida College of Medicine, specializing first in general surgery and urology and then neurourology and urodynamics. Dr. Miranda-Sousa was also named Chief Resident at the same Tampa university.

He has written and co-written several award-winning clinical and research papers and presented that work at several medical conferences. In 2007, he was recognized for the best abstract at the American Urological Association’s annual meeting.

Dr. Miranda-Sousa is a member of the American Urological Association, Florida Urological Society, and Peruvian American Medical Society, as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology and Board-Certified in Urology. He uses the most modern and advanced technology and surgical techniques in all areas of his practice, where his expertise includes urologic oncology, laser surgery, urinary incontinence, bladder stone prevention and much more. To this day, he maintains relationships with the Lahey and Mayo clinics, among others.

“It is a privilege to accept a Top Doctor title, as I continue to grow my practice and advance the urologic specialty across the state of Florida,” he added. “When people look for a urologist, they will see my name and know that I can provide them the type of health care they need and deserve.”

About Urology Experts

As one of the premier Urology centers in Southwest Florida, Urology Experts offers complete diagnostic and therapeutic urology services. Dr. Miranda-Sousa and his staff are driven by a passion for clinical excellence and patient service, and committed to working together to find solutions to patients’ unique health concerns. Urology Experts’ offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Cape Coral are open Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. with same- and next-day appointments available. Call (239) 226-2727. Online at


Grants help Lee Health Hospitals enhance processes that support breastfeeding

Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center and HealthPark Medical Center have each been awarded $20,000 by the Florida Department of Health to initiate the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding criteria of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The goal of the ten steps is to implement and enhance maternity care practices that support and promote breastfeeding. The Lee Health hospitals are pursuing The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative’s (BFHI) Baby-Friendly USA’s 4-D Pathway to Baby-Friendly Designation.

The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding are:

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
  6. Give infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice rooming in—allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital.