Dr. Carmen Báez-Franceschi earned her Bachelor’s Degree (with a concentration in Biology) from the University of Puerto Rico, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1990. During her undergraduate years, her passion for research earned her national recognition by way of scholarships from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health and MBRS.
In 1994, she received her Doctorate Degree (MD), with honors, from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science Campus. It was in medical school that she discovered she loved treating children, thus deciding to complete a specialty in Pediatrics.
She completed her residency in Pediatrics in All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. By 1997, she’d earned her certification from the American Board of Pediatrics. After completing her training, Dr. Carmen Báez-Franceschi became a faculty member of Suncoast Hospital/Family Practice Residency, located in Clearwater, Florida. During this time, she joined Largo Wellness Center and became a CMS physician assigned to deliver care for children with severe chronic and developmental problems. At this time, while working on this assignment, she became very frustrated with the limited programs available to help these children improve in development. Little that she knew at this time, that this frustration planted the seed that would evolve in new developments and the center of her future professional life.
Upon returning to Puerto Rico in 1999, she assisted the development of the Department of Pediatrics in a new multi-specialty clinic. A couple of years later, she joined its Board of Directors, and a couple of years after that she became Professor ad honorem at the University of Puerto Rico, where she’s been training pediatric residents ever since.
In 2007, she inaugurated Star Kids Club , now known as the Wellness Institute of Neurodevelopment; a multispecialty clinic specialized in individualized programs that combined Integrative Medicine with technology in a holistic way to help children and adults achieve the maximum neurological development in the least time possible.
She developed the Franceschi Method TM, a treatment protocol for neurological conditions, that combines different methodologies of treatment and continually measures that the patient is achieving maximum progress utilizing quantitative and neurological evaluations.
Dr. Carmen Báez-Franceschi continually evaluates and treats patients from different countries and states in the US. The Wellness Institute of Neurodevelopment received, in 2015, the Medical Tourism Association Certification.
Recently, she has started collaborating with professors in the Ponce Medical School / UPR Medical Science Campus in clinical research studies and University of Houston.