The AAIR team is committed to providing excellent allergy and immunology care for infants, children, adolescents and adults. We believe in partnering with our patients to provide them with individualized, state of the art treatment plans. AAIR board certified providers have consulting privileges at Carolinas Medical Center and Novant Health Facilities. All participate in Pediatric and Internal Medicine resident education. AAIR board certified providers are currently accepting new patients, and we look forward to the privilege of meeting and caring for you and your family!
Maeve E. O’Connor, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, FACP
Dr. Maeve O’Connor, a native of Elyria, Ohio, spent most of her childhood and formative years in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. O’Connor attended the University of South Carolina, South Carolina Honors College in Columbia, South Carolina, where she received both a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. Dr. O’Connor graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. She completed her internship and residency at the University of Texas and Affiliated Hospitals in Houston, Texas. She earned the honor of serving as Chief Medical Resident for one year in Texas prior to moving to Denver, Colorado, where she completed her Allergy & Immunology Fellowship training at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. National Jewish has been voted the Number One Respiratory Hospital in the United States for the last fourteen years.
Dr. O’Connor is a Fellow of the American College of Asthma Allergy and Immunology, where she currently serves on the Board of Regents, and as Secretary of the House of Delegates. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Immunology. Dr. O’Connor served as President of the Southeastern Allergy Society (2011-12), and President of the Mecklenburg County Medical Society (2011-12) where she continues to serve on several committees. She is also a member of the Clinical Immunology Society, Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, the American Latex Allergy Association, the Primary Immunodeficiency Foundation, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the World Allergy Organization, the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, American Medical Association, and the North Carolina Medical Society. She has published research articles on desensitization immunotherapy, asthma, and food allergy. She is currently involved in clinical research.
Dr. O’Connor is an adjunct professor at the UNC-Charlotte School of Public Health and is a preceptor for Pediatric, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residents at Carolinas Healthcare Systems. She is also a PA Preceptor for Wingate University. She is one of the medical advisors for Parents of Allergic Kids, a support and resource group started by parents of food allergic children. She participates yearly in the Food Allergy Walk; she was the official Medical Chair for the 2011 walk. Dr. O’Connor performs volunteer Annual Asthma Screening events to help identify those patients in the community who may have untreated asthma. She also participates in Physicians Reach Out, a nonprofit outreach program that provides free primary and specialty medical visits to eligible uninsured residents in Mecklenburg County.
Dr. O’Connor is Board Certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. She has been selected by her peers to be included in the Best Doctors of America, 2011-2013 database. Dr. O’Connor has been one of Charlotte Magazine’s “Top Doctors” for both Adult Allergy/Immunology and Pediatric Allergy/Immunology for the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013. Additionally, Dr. O’Connor is listed in North Carolina’s Best Doctors 2010. She treats patients of all ages and is fluent in Spanish.
Dr. O’Connor and her husband enjoy traveling, cooking, decorating, throwing dinner parties with close friends and volunteering in the Charlotte community. They have one son. They have traveled extensively both in the U.S. and abroad and look forward to expanding their travels in the years to come.
Jennifer L. Caicedo, MD, FAAP
Dr. Jennifer Caicedo has been a proud member of the Charlotte community since 2008. She is board certified in Allergy and Immunology and in General Pediatrics. Her focus has been on education, advocacy and the practice of allergy, immunology and asthma care in the Charlotte community for the past five years. She is proud and excited to be joining her friend, Dr. Maeve O’Connor, at AAIR of Charlotte in December, 2013.
A native Floridian, Dr. Caicedo graduated magna cum laude from Boston College. She then earned her M.D. from the University of Florida College of Medicine, where she won the Guillermo Perez Award for Excellence in Adolescent Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Shands Hospital for Children at UF. After residency she performed a year of specialized training in clinical immunology at the University of Florida. During this year she received national recognition for her research in Immunodeficiency. She then moved to North Carolina in 2006 to complete her fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Wake Forest University. During fellowship, she conducted patient-oriented research in eosinophilic esophagitis and developed novel and standardized protocols for patch testing to foods. She brought her protocols to Charlotte where they have provided patients with new hope in the treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis and atopic dermatitis.
Since moving to Charlotte in 2008, Dr. Caicedo has been actively involved in the local medical community. She will serve as Vice President of the Charlotte Pediatric Society in 2014 and is actively involved in the Mecklenburg County Medical Society. She is a medical liaison for the Charlotte Chapter of Parents of Allergic Kids (PAK), and her advocacy efforts were instrumental in obtaining the support for additional registered nurses in local public schools. In addition, she currently serves on the Board of North Carolina Allergy and Immunology Society. Dr. Caicedo is also a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the Clinical Immunology Society, and the Southeastern Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society. She supports the fundraising and education efforts of organizations including Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), and The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.
Dr. Caicedo is an active member of the Charlotte community and proud parent of a CMS student. She has been married to her husband Rick since 2002 and they have two children, Sarah and William. She enjoys volunteering at her daughter’s school and teaching faith formation at St. Matthew Catholic Church. She enjoys cooking and gardening with Rick, Sarah, and William. She enjoys being active and is always looking for her next fitness challenge.
Dr. Caicedo is committed to providing excellent, allergy and immunology care for infants, children, adolescents and adults. She believes in partnering with her patients to provide them with individualized, state of the art treatment plans. She has consulting privileges at Carolinas Medical Center and Novant Health facilities. She participates in pediatric resident education and is a member of the courtesy faculty at Levine Children’s Hospital. Her clinical interests include but are not limited to evaluation of immune system function, food and environmental allergies, comprehensive asthma management, eosinophilic GI disorders, atopy patch testing, rhinolaryngoscopy, non-surgical sinus care, insect venom allergy, and atopic dermatitis. Dr. Caicedo is currently accepting new patients at AAIR of Charlotte . She looks forward to the privilege of meeting and caring for you and your family.
Joe Giordano, PA-C, RRT
Joe Giordano was born and raised in Somers, New York and attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Joe graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Cardiopulmonary Science/Respiratory Care and Premed. Following his graduation, Joe worked for 2 years as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Boston Children’s Hospital. He later attended Stony Brooks University Physician Assistant’s program and received a Bachelor’s in Physician Assistant studies in 2006. He has worked as a physician assistant for 7 years now. Joe has worked in a family care facility for 1 year, Pulmonary medicine for 3 ½ years and a Hospitalist for one year. Currently, Joe practices at CMC Neurology and with Dr. O’Connor at AAIR of Charlotte.
Joe has been married to his wonderful wife, Kristen for 7 years. They have been blessed with 3 children: Ava (5), Andrew (4) and Luke (8 months).
In his spare time, Joe is an avid soccer fan. He has played his entire life and continues to play whenever he gets the chance. He also enjoys snowboarding, fishing, bowling and golf. Joe is thrilled to be part of AAIR and looks forward to taking care of patients
Leandra Tonweber, PA-C
Leandra Tonweber is a native of the Rochester, NY area. She received her
undergraduate degree at the State University of New York at Brockport in 1990. After
working several years for an allergy/immunology group in Rochester, NY she attended
the Rochester Institute of Technology Physician Assistant program and completed her
training in 2002. Leandra moved to Charlotte in 2002 working in internal
medicine/pediatrics and urgent care. In 2005 she joined an allergy/immunology group
until 2012. She is board certified as a physician assistant by the National Commission
on Certification of Physician Assistants in 2002 and re-certified in 2008. She sees both
children and adults. In 2014, Leandra joined AAIR of Charlotte after working in urgent care
for 2 years.
Leandra is a member of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and
Immunology, the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, the American
Academy of Physician Assistants, the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants,
the Metrolina Association of Physician Assistants, the North Carolina Medical Board, the
Mecklenburg Medical Society and the American Academy of Physician Assistants in
Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Leandra is excited to be part of the AAIR team.
Sandra West, CNP, AADP, CGP/ Integrative Practitioner of Nutrition
We are excited to welcome Sandra West to AAIR. Sandra is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Sandra has spent the last 20 years of her professional career working in the pharmaceutical and laboratory testing industry. As a person who suffers from non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), she has made it her goal to help others develop a healthy lifestyle based on preventative health and good nutrition. She has fully embraced her passion by becoming a certified nutrition practitioner and a member of the American Academy of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).
Sandra has undergone excessive training in this area of Integrative nutrition. Her coursework is from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting-edge Training Program. During her training, Sandra studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Her teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; and Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating.
Her education has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and knowledge of different dietary theories, Sandra will work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
Besides being an expert in Integrative Nutrition, Sandra is also 1 of only 10 certified gluten practitioners in the state of NC. She is a member of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), Gluten free society, and Friendship Gardens, an inner city organic gardening initiative that creates local food sources for meals-on-wheels recipients.
As part of a healthy lifestyle, Sandra has always had a love for physical fitness and the outdoors. Early in her career she was an avid cyclist, competing in several Century rides biking more than 100 miles at a time. She has participated in several cycling events throughout Boston and New York City. In addition to riding, she was also a competitive runner taking part in several ½ marathons and marathons in Hartford, CT and Charlotte, NC. Recently, Sandra switched her physical regimen to hiking and mountain climbing. Her two greatest conquests were climbing MT Kilimanjaro in Africa and MT Ausengate in Peru.
Sandra’s greatest accomplishment in life is her family. She currently resides in Waxhaw with her two handsome boys, Ben (14) and Colby (12), and wonderful husband Don. Their family is active within their church, community and the schools. Although they are very busy, they still find time to volunteer their time to several organizations within the community. Their most recent cause has been to animal rescue. They have recently rescued four dogs and two nurse mare foals.
Sandra is excited to work with those who are suffering with food allergies, Gluten sensitivity issues, Asthma or those looking to start their journey towards better health.