Emmanuel U. Sarmiento, MD

A native of Manila, Philippines. He studied medicine at the Far Eastern University of Manila where he graduated Cum Laude-Salutatorian and was a recipient of numerous academic excellence awards. His internship, residency, and adult/child allergy clinical immunology fellowship were all performed at Rush Medical College, in Illinois. Dr. Sarmiento was voted the most outstanding pediatric resident in 1991 and won the 1992 Alan Feinberg Award for best research, given by the Illinois Society of Allergy and Asthma. Dr. Sarmiento is board certified in Pediatrics and Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology. He is deeply interested in finding new strategies to manage asthma and allergies.

Neil L. Kao, MD

A native of Chicago, Illinois. He was educated at the University of Chicago and the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine in Chicago. He received post graduate training in Internal Medicine at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. His allergy, asthma and immunology fellowship training was at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Allergy and Immunology. He is a Fellow member of the American College of Physicians, and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. He has reviewed manuscripts and co-authored numerous articles for many professional journals. His research interests include asthma corticosteroids, clinical research, and educational theory.

Angelina Lombardi, MD

Dr. Lombardi hails from the Bronx, New York. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, graduating summa cum laude. She attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland and served in the Army as a physician for 16 years. Dr. Lombardi completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, and her Allergy Fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. She has been an investigator in clinical research on new treatment modalities for asthma and allergic rhinitis for the past 20 years, owned her own allergy practice in Spartanburg, S.C. Her current areas of interest include sinus disease and the use of specific biologic therapeutic agents in the treatment of asthma and allergic disease.

Candace A. Cothran, PA-C

A native of Greenville, S.C. She graduated Cum Laude from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assisting from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is board certified by the NCCPA. She has been employed by Allergic Disease and Asthma Center since 1999. Candace enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.

Leigh T. Paxton, PA-C

Leigh is a native of Greenwood, S.C. She graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Biology from The Citadel. Leigh received her Master of Health Science in Physician Assisting from South College, Knoxville, TN. She is board certified by NCCPA. Leigh enjoys spending time with her family.

C. Allen Bruce, MD

Founder, Retired 2015

A native of South Carolina. He established Allergic Disease & Asthma Center, PA in 1976. He was educated at Furman University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. He received post graduate training in Internal Medicine at North Carolina Baptist Hospital and completed his allergy fellowship at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, MD. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Professional society memberships include the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American College of Allergy, the Southeastern Allergy Association, the Southern Medical Association, the South Carolina Society for Allergy and Immunology, and the American College of Physicians.