Mother and Daughter | Girlfriends

A Message from Our Founder

When my grown daughter was a teen, we experienced many of the same challenges moms and daughters face, as daughters work through the complexities of adolescence and find their voice. On one particular day, she refused to call me mom, thus we decided on friends – girlfriends.  

When I went on to fulfill my dream of starting an organization dedicated to women’s health I knew that girlfriends had to be in the title.  In addition to that special meaning of support between mom and daughter for me it describes the power of women supporting each other.

It is imperative that we take personal accountability for our health care but we don’t have to work alone. Together in friendship, we can advocate for ourselves and one another.  Our official role may be mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt, but at the end of the day we are friends.

Today I am mom and grand mom and forever girlfriends.

Annmarie Waite, Ph.D., ARNP 


Our Team

Annmarie Waite, Ph.D.
CEO and Founder
(305) 724-6444

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Annmarie Waite, Ph.D, is a licensed Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Women’s Health. She is interested most in working with women to create physical and emotional health. She is available for private and group consultation for childbirth (with and without interventions); and feminine intelligence workshops for effective lifestyle changes.

She received her doctorate in nursing research and education from Barry University.  Before earning her doctorate, Dr. Waite completed a women’s health residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.  She received her undergraduate and graduate training from the University of Miami and she has served abroad in South East Asia as a travel nurse.

Dr. Waite is the CEO and founder of Girlfriends Health and Girlfriends Guild. She is married and has 2 grown children. She likes to travel, loves to have karaoke parties, enjoys theater, and thinks cardiovascular exercise is fun.


Bernine Khan, Ph.D. Executive Director


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Bernine Khan has been an advisor to Girlfriends Health since its inception in 2010. She is an environmental engineer with expertise in water and air pollution and solid and hazardous waste management. Dr. Khan has taught academically for over 20 years and conducted policy-driven environmental research at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, and North Carolina.  


She passionately advocates for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and has spent over 10 years partnering with NGOs, like Girlfriends, and local businesses to develop and implement award-winning community outreach programs to diversify the STEM pipeline and empower women, minorities, and other at-risk groups to engage in social discussions that support upward socioeconomic mobility. She recently assumed the role as a grant writer for Girlfriends and works tirelessly to increase literacy on the impact environmental issues, such as climate change and poor water quality and sanitation, have on community health and for maintaining a sustainable future for women and their families.


Dr. Khan is a two-time Fulbright Scholar and a Carnegie African Fellow who has worked with university administrators in developing countries to build STEM capacity so they could graduate a workforce better equipped to handle those country’s environmental, health, and social responsibilities. 


She enjoys all things creative: writing, fine art painting, and cooking, and is an avid traveler who loves engaging with people at all levels, cultures, and backgrounds. She prefers to be outdoors enjoying nature than being indoors doing cardio!