Meet Our Team
Dr. Hillel Z. Harris, M.D.
Dr. Hillel Harris believes in the importance of the physician-patient relationship. This is the foundation for healing. This bond has been lost in modern healthcare, and he is intent on re-igniting this important relationship that leads to true healing. He personally dedicates enough time to all patients. In this way, beyond a medical evaluation, he offers detailed education and allows for ample time to answer questions.
In 2019, as a response to lapses in healthcare, Dr. Harris founded MD Lifestyle Center, where the focus is on empowering patients, through education and action, to make the right personal lifestyle choices for them that will positively impact their health.
The scientific literature tells us that by adopting healthy behaviors we can prevent nearly 80% of chronic diseases. Dr. Harris and his team of coaches seeks to support behavior modification to reduce the risk of disease, manage and reverse illness and improve the quality of life of his patients. He utilizes the proven tools set forth by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine to effect positive changes in his patients’ path towards health. Dr. Harris is the founder of MD Sports, and collaborates with his team in developing medical programs for professional athletes, that focus on the performance of the athlete. He also works with both the American College of Sports Medicine as well as the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
Malissa Owen holds a B.S. degree in Health Education and Behavior with a specialization in Health Promotion and Wellness from the University of Florida. She is a member of the Society of Professional Health Educators and the National Wellness Institute. Malissa has 20 years of experience in a variety of wellness arenas including healthcare, corporate wellness, insurance, fitness, health coaching and developing health and well-being programs for children to older adults.
Malissa leverages her comprehensive experience to be an effective communicator and active listener to support patients to improve their well-being by incorporating principles of habit change. She believes in setting smaller goals to provide the roadmap and motivation to achieve big goals and lasting habit changes.
Gabriel Saavedra is an exercise and performance coach with MD Lifestyle Center. He is an accomplished triathlete, an NSCA certified personal trainer, and has trained several of south Florida’s professional athletes.
About Dr. Hillel Harris
Dr. Harris graduated from Tufts University, where he was on the Dean’s List. He then was a competitive athlete before going to Ross University, where he graduated with High Honors from the M.D. program. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine from Wayne St. University at Detroit Medical Center. As a practicing emergency medicine doctor for the last 15 years, he has gained expertise in many different fields of medicine. His unique perspective on disease prevention is highlighted by becoming one of the only dual board-certified physicians in the U.S. in both Emergency Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine. He is one of only five board-certified Lifestyle Medicine physicians in South Florida.
Diplomat of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine
Diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine
Media Spokesperson for American College of Sports Medicine
Member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
Welcome to MD Sports
MD Sports – Dr. Hillel Harris aims to help each individual become active and keep them healthy enough to stay active. We can help you start an exercise program; many people don’t know where to begin, or whether they are indeed healthy enough for exercise.
For those already active, let us examine your training and performance with the latest techniques and available information in the field of sports medicine. Keeping our athletes healthy and performing well is our goal. Our team of professionals can treat and rehabilitate all types of injuries.
Our Mission Is to Provide a Professional & Honest Approach to Health Care
Our talented physicians represent years of collective experience, expertise, and the very best doctor-patient interaction and relationship.
Professional & Friendly Staff
Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients.
Same Day Appointments
Our medical practice now offer same-day appointments on request.