4861 27th St West
Bradenton, FL 342007

(941) 755-0800

Bradenton's Premier Physicians for
Children and Adolescents

Bradenton's Premier Physicians for Children and Adolescents

Joseph Scarano, M.D., F.A.A.P.


Dr. Joseph Scarano, a board certified pediatrician, joined Scarano and Taylor Pediatrics in 1989 after completing his pediatric residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.

He received his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia and completed medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark.

Dr. Scarano served as chief of pediatrics at Blake Hospital, Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. He has been chairman of the Department of Medicine, Vice Chief of Staff, Chief of Staff and member of the Board of Governors at Manatee Memorial Hospital. Dr. Scarano is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and faculty member of the Florida State University College of Medicine. He lectures at local and regional medical centers and conferences.

Dr. Scarano has special interest in child development, adolescent medicine, nutrition and fitness. He actively participates in pediatric medical research. Dr. Scarano is a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee for the Manatee County School District.

Dr. Scarano is married to Arlene Scarano and has four children by his late wife, Dr. Peachie Scarano. He has resided in Bradenton since 1989. His interests include jazz piano, fitness, cycling, fishing and travel.

A. Florentina Taylor, M.D., F.A.A.P.


Dr. A. Florentina Taylor is board-certified in pediatrics and specializes in the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of childhood illness.

She received her medical degree from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua and pediatric training at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women in Orlando, Florida.

Prior to her pediatric residency, Dr. Taylor served as a post-doctoral fellow and staff scientist. She was part of a team conducting groundbreaking cardiopulmonary studies at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in collaboration with researchers from the United States Air Force Wilford Hall Medical Center (Lackland Air Force Base).

Dr. Taylor participated in the development of a novel high frequency ventilator for premature newborns. She has co-authored numerous articles in professional journals and was principal investigator for a major research grant from the American Heart Association.

A mother of two children, Dr. Taylor readily understands the concerns of all parents and enjoys counseling expectant and new mothers. She has a particular interest in the area of prevention of asthma and obesity in children and adolescents. Dr. Taylor is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Florida chapter of the Academy. She also serves as a pediatrics clerkship faculty member for the Florida State University College of Medicine, Sarasota. Dr. Taylor has been actively involved in our community as a board member of the Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee County and the American Red Cross, Manatee chapter.

Bethany Szenberg, A.P.R.N.


Bethany Szenberg is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner.

She is originally from Nashville, TN, where she double majored in Biology and Nursing. She then completed her Master of Science in Pediatric Health Nursing at the University of South Florida in 2016. Bethany worked as a pediatric nurse for more than 3 years at both Vanderbilt Children’s hospital in TN and locally at St Joseph’s Children’s hospital. She has been working as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Tampa Bay Area since 2017. 

Bethany received a National Science Foundation Award for collaboration on a genetic sequencing research project. She also was awarded as a National Medical Fellowship scholar in which she helped provide medical care and education to under-served communities. She established a Global Nursing Committee while serving on the Student Nurses’ Association and succeeded in creating a medical mission trip to under-served communities in Guatemala. Additionally she has published two peer-reviewed articles. 

She is committed to delivering quality care with compassion, empathy, and respect to her patients and their families. She strives to promote health and wellness, prevent illness and injury, and empower children to reach their full potential. 

Bethany is married to her husband Nicolas Szenberg and they have one son, Noah. They also have a “fur-baby” Labrador named Ellie. Bethany is a certified yoga instructor and enjoys all things fitness related. She also enjoys baking and cooking. Her favorite days involve family adventures to the beach early in the morning and hearing her son belly laugh with his dad, affectionately nicknamed “Funny Guy.”