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9/11 Heart stress

Researchers link attacks to rise in heart arrthymias

I n the month after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World
Trade Center, millions grappled with the emotional heart-
ache of a national tragedy. Scientists now have discovered
new evidence of physical consequences for the heart as well
among patients living hundreds of miles from Ground Zero
who rely on a pacemaker-like device that corrects danger-
ously rapid arrhythmias with electric shock.
UF researchers found that patients who saw a doctor for routine
monitoring of the device, known as an implantable cardioverter
defibrillator, or ICD, had a nearly threefold increase in the number of
shocks they received in the four weeks after Sept. 11.
"These data provide real-world evidence that stress affects both
the mind and the heart," said Samuel Sears Jr., Ph.D., an associate
professor in the department of clinical and health psychology at the
College of Public Health and Health Professions and one of the
study's researchers. "Even witnessing a national tragedy has a
similar effect as experiencing a tragedy. It doesn't have to be a death
in your family for it to affect the heart. Fortunately, the ICD protects
patients under these unusually stressful circumstances. What's
interesting about this study was that the effect occurred because they
were Americans. It suggests we've internalized our identity and (the
victims') identity as Americans."
An estimated 400,000 people die from unstable heart rhythms
each year. Experts say an additional 80,000 receive an ICD, which
works by constantly monitoring the heartbeat, halting dangerously
rapid rhythms by delivering a small electrical jolt to the heart. It also
can correct abnormally slow heart rhythms by pacing the heartbeat
with electrical pulses.
UF experts collaborated with researchers at St. Luke's-
Roosevelt Hospital in New York, who previously noted an increase
in the incidence of arrhythmias and the frequency of ICD shocks
among patients living in the metropolitan area in the month after the
attack. The current study was the first to show a similar effect in
patients living at a distance.
"This is the first time after a tragedy has occurred in our country
that anybody has looked to see whether it affects patients all across
the country," said lead researcher Omer Shedd, M.D., a postdoctoral

fellow in cardiovascular medicine at UF's College of Medicine.
"Because the World Trade Center attacks were so heavily publi-
cized virtually everybody in the country was exposed to that
tragedy we thought we may find an increase in morbidity and
possibly mortality in our area. The implications are that the event
had a much more widespread effect than previously recognized."
Physicians increasingly acknowledge that emotional stress is a
powerful stimulus for cardiovascu-
lar events. Previous research has
directly linked cardiovascular and
psychological reactions in people
experiencing sudden and severe life
stress, such as the aftermath of a
natural disaster or the terror of war.
For the current study, UF
scientists reviewed the medical
records of 132 Floridians, mostly
men, who were seen for routine Dr. Samuel Sears
checkups at UF or at Gainesville's Malcom Randall Veterans
Affairs Medical Center, both in the month before and the month
after the Sept. 11 attack. The average age of those enrolled in the
study was about 63. The frequency of heart arrhythmias requiring
ICD treatment increased by more than 68 percent among the study
participants shortly after the attack. Patients with arrhythmias in
the month before also experienced twice as many in the month
In all, 11 percent of study participants had abnormal heart
rhythms in the month afterward, compared with 3.5 percent in the
month before. Because the research was a retrospective study,
however, scientists do not know whether the patients were person-
ally touched by the tragedy, through knowing friends or relatives
living in the New York metropolitan area.
The key is to get at-risk patients the psychological help they
need to cope with stressful events, and to let them know that if they
do experience an increase in arrhythmias caused by stress they are
likely to subside with time, said Anne B. Curtis, M.D., a professor
of cardiovascular medicine at UF's College of Medicine. 0

A UF research team, led by
Samuel Sears, Ph.D., will
evaluate the effectiveness of a
stress management program
in helping patients who
recently received an implant-
able cardioverter defibrillator,
or ICD, adapt to health issues
raised by the life-saving
The research is supported
by a two-year, $120,000 grant
from the American Heart
Previous research has
shown that the ICD is the
treatment of choice for
patients with potentially life-
threatening irregular
heartbeats. The overall benefit
of the ICD, however, may be
diminished by the significant
psychological distress of
receiving a shock, Sears said.
Research done in his lab
has shown that between 24
percent and 38 percent of
patients with an ICD experi-
ence significant distress and
may benefit from psychosocial
"Biomedical technologies,
like the ICD, can save lives via
a shockto the heart," Sears
said. "But their purpose is also
to save patients' quality of life,
and psychological interven-
tions can help them adjust to
the ICD successfully."
Participants in the study will
be randomly assigned to
participate in a six-week
group-based program or a
four-hour workshop. They will
receive relaxation training,
stress management skills, tips
on planning positive experi-
ences and actions, and help
in maintaining a positive
outlook on their health
situation. 0

dean's ME S SA G E

More than 100 years ago, states began to
develop public universities. Designed to allow any
individual the opportunity of a college education,
thereby improving his or her life, the states agreed
to provide reasonable
funding to the universities,
allowing everyday people
access to a college
education. For more than
150 years this ideal has
guided state legislatures
and our expectations of
This began to change in
1980. Between 1980 and
2000, the share of state
Dr. Robert G. Frank universities' operating
budgets paid by state tax dollars dropped by 30
percent.1,2 The share of state revenue allocated to
education dropped from 9.8 percent to 6.9 percent,
and in the same period, federal funding to universities
declined. Universities have responded by raising
tuition more than 125 percent since 1990.1,2 Indeed,
in many states, tuition has become the primary
source of revenue for universities.
Last year, UF undergraduate tuition increased 8.5
percent and in the current year, undergraduate tuition
will increase 12.5 percent.
Declining financial support from state and federal
sources has forced universities to become increas-
ingly entrepreneurial, relying upon divergent revenue
to support their mission.
The College of Public Health and Health
Professions receives approximately 33 percent of our
budget from the state revenue. The other 66 percent
is generated by grants, clinical operations and
contracts. While our faculty has succeeded in
obtaining grants and contracts, faculty members
dedicated to these projects are not available to teach.
Although our success in securing outside funding
brings national acclaim, combined with decreasing
state support for teaching, the primary mission of the
college education is threatened.
With record numbers of young people seeking
admission to the state's universities, tuition increasing
and state general revenue support decreasing,
universities will face impossible decisions.
Although Florida is renown for the number of
seniors living in the state, the proportion of children is
virtually equal. For the state to prosper, these children
must have access to affordable higher education
opportunities. As tuition begins to rise and state
support is limited, it is clear the burden of paying for a
college education is increasingly moving to the
student and his or her family. Many families will be
unable to afford increased tuition rates.
The premise of an affordable college education,
which has guided the growth of our state and
country, is clearly at risk. 0

1 See Yudof, M. "Is the Public Research University
Dead?" Chronicle of Higher Education, January 11, 2002, p.
2 Kirp, D.L. Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line:
The Marketing of Higher Education, 2003, Harvard University
Press, p. 131-133.


Rehabilitation research

New grants expand Brooks Center researchers' studies

of stroke rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury

I investigators affiliated with
the Brooks Center for
Rehabilitation Studies and
the College of Public Health
and Health Professions have
recently secured a host of
grants to fund stroke rehabilitation
research and the development of an
assessment tool to measure cognitive
function after traumatic brain injury.
Supported by a $1.5 million
grant from the National Center for
Medical Rehabilitation Research of
the National Institutes of Health,
Steven Kautz, Ph.D., an investigator
at the Department of Veterans
Affairs Brain Rehabilitation
Research Center and the director of
the Brooks Center's Human Motor
Performance Laboratories, will lead
a group of researchers investigating
the mechanisms responsible for
walking impairment in patients
diagnosed with stroke.
"While we know that muscle
weakness and coordination play a
factor in impaired walking after
stroke, the bottom line is the causes
of impairment are not well under-
stood; that's what we'll find out
through this study," said Kautz, also
an associate professor of physical
Reducing the risk of a second
stroke and maximizing functional
status and quality of life for veterans
with stroke is the goal of a recently

funded research project led by
Brooks Center Director Pamela W.
Duncan, Ph.D.
With a $1.1 million grant from
the VA Health Services Research and
Development Service, researchers
with the Veterans Affairs Quality
Enhancement Research Initiative, or
QUERI, seek to systematically
implement research findings and
evidence-based guidelines into
routine clinical practice when
treating veterans with stroke.
"The VA QUERI program has
been recognized by the Institute of
Medicine as one of the most success-
ful programs to enhance quality
improvement in health care and
translate research into practice," said
Duncan, also the director of the VA
Rehabilitation Outcomes Research
Center for Veterans with Central
Nervous System Damage, or RORC.
"This $1.1 million grant is core
funding to expand our programs of
research in stroke post-acute care."
Additional Brooks Center
researchers who have recently
received research grants include:
Huanguang "Charlie" Jia,
Ph.D., a research health scientist at
the RORC and an adjunct professor
in the department of health services
administration, who will research
Florida veterans' use of health-care
services and outcomes after stroke
with $376,052 in funding from the

VA Health Services Research and
Development Service.
Christopher Johnson,
Ph.D., an assistant professor of
health services administration and a
research health scientist at the
RORC, who has received a
$398,000 VA Health Services
Research and Development Service
grant to research the utilization and
quality of care for veterans diag-
nosed with stroke receiving commu-
nity nursing home care paid for by
the VA.
Craig Velozo, Ph.D., an
associate professor and associate
chairman of occupational therapy,
who in collaboration with Shelley
Heaton, Ph.D., an assistant profes-
sor of clinical and health psychol-
ogy, is developing a computer-based
model for assessing cognitive
functional status of patients with a
traumatic brain injury that is accu-
rate, efficient and relevant. The
research is funded by a three-year,
$346,135 grant from the NIH. 0
Above: Brooks Center research
assistants demonstrate the
Lokomat Robotic step training
system at the opening of the
center's Human Motor Perfor-
mance Laboratory, located at the
Malcom Randall VA Medical
Center. The equipment helps
researchers understand motor
function in people with neurological

Student discovery

Research fair highlights success of student research programs

R research posters
submitted by more
than 45 students lined
the reception area at
the college's 17th
Annual Research Fair
in April, and the room was filled
with students and faculty members
engaged in discussion. The scene
was far different from the research
fair held just five years ago, when
student entries totaled half this
year's number.
Participation in the research
fair is just one indicator of the
college's growth in student research.
Research grant awards to the
college's students have skyrocketed
from $29,000 in funding in 1998 to
more than $280,000 in 2003. The
award of three highly competitive
training grants from the National
Institutes of Health to faculty mem-
bers Krista Vandenbore, Ph.D.,
chairwoman of physical therapy,
Michael Marsiske, Ph.D., an associ-
ate professor of clinical and health
psychology, and Stephen Boggs,
Ph.D., an associate professor of

clinical and health
psychology, provide
more than $2
million in support
to college graduate
Leigh Lehman,
a doctoral student
in the rehabilitation
science program,
believes that her
program has
established a
supportive research
through the hiring

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Inga Wang (left), a student in the rehabilitation
science program, and Craig Velozo review
Wang's research findings.

of professors, such as her research
adviser, Craig Velozo, Ph.D., an
associate professor and associate
chairman of occupational therapy,
who are very involved in research
and dedicated to mentoring students.
"The emphasis is very much on
research and through grant money we
are provided with a very good work
environment with all the latest
technology needed to be as produc-
tive as possible," Lehman said.
"Research opportunities now are

vital to the career that I would want
at a Research I university."
Winners of this year's research
fair received $500 to use toward
travel expenses to a scientific or
professional conference. They
include: Adrienne Aiken, Gretchen
Ames, Mark Bowden, Neila
Donovan, Penny Edwards, Tiffany
Frimel, Elizabeth (Lisa) Hannold,
Adam Hirsh, Mary Murawski, Britta
Neugaard, R. Bruce Parkinson, Neeti
Pathare and Jia-Hwa Wang. 0

Kenneth Pollock, Ph.D., (seated) a former associate professor in the department of
communicative disorders, measures the hearing of high school students
in the late 1960s. The students were surprised to find their hearing was temporarily impaired
after listening to a live band at a school dance. Susan Lasley (left), Marsha Singleton and
Robert Brill watch as Henry Barber is tested by Pollock.

student NE W

Daniel Bagner, a doctoral student in the clinical and
health psychology department, received a $3,660
grant from the Children's Miracle Network at Shands

David Brown, a student in the college's doctoral
program in health services research, received a
Career Development Award through the Association
of Teachers of Preventive Medicine, in conjunction
with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ashley Butler, a doctoral student in the clinical and
health psychology department, received a minority
fellowship from the American Psychological

Eleni Dimoulas, a doctoral student in the clinical and
health psychology department, is the recipient of a
graduate student research award from the American
Psychological Association Division 38.

Melissa Harper, a graduate student in the health
services administration department, placed third in a
national student paper competition sponsored by the
American College of Healthcare Executives.

Lisa McTeague, a doctoral student in the clinical and
health psychology department, is among eight
students nationally to receive trainee travel awards
from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.

Mary Murawski, a doctoral student in the department
of clinical and health psychology, received an award
for Best Scientific Research Poster and a citation
award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine. *

faculty NOTES

Garret Evans, Psy.D., an associate professor in the
department of clinical and health psychology and the
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' depart-
ment of family, youth and community sciences, is one
of fewer than 30 people to be appointed a Primary
Health Care Fellow by the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services.

Russell Bauer, Ph.D., a professor in the clinical and
health psychology department, is one of five UF
faculty members to receive the UF 2003-04 Doctoral
Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award. The awards
are designed to encourage and reward excellence,
innovation and effectiveness in dissertation advising.

Robert Frank, Ph.D., dean, and Ronald Rozensky,
Ph.D., chairman of the department of clinical and
health psychology, are both lead editors of recent
books published by the American Psychological
Association. Frank's book, "Primary Care Psychol-
ogy," examines the role of psychology in the delivery
of primary health care. Rozensky's book, "Psychology
Builds a Healthy World," highlights ways in which
psychologists can contribute to healthy families,
communities and workplaces. 0




Doctoral student's trip down under fosters collaboration

with Australian university

hen William Mann, Ph.D., Megan
Witte's research adviser, sug-
gested she pursue an educational
exchange, Witte was intrigued.
But when Mann brought up the
idea of calling upon his connec-
tions as an honorary professor at the University of
Sydney to establish a visiting scholarship for Witte, she
jumped at the offer.
From the balmy setting of Gainesville, Fla., to the
oceanside location of Sydney, Australia. Not bad for
this UF doctoral student from Norfolk, Neb.
But Witte did more than enjoy the Australian
sights. Her expertise in information networks and
assistive technology devices designed to make
everyday tasks easier for people with disabilities -
contributed to the University of Sydney's efforts to
bring awareness to the potential of assistive technology
and has stimulated interest in future research
"Having Megan with us has had a number of
positive benefits," said Catherine Bridge, a lecturer and
director of the Home Modification and Maintenance
Information Clearinghouse at the University of
Sydney's School of Occupation and Leisure Sciences.
"Chiefly, it has improved knowledge and smoothed
information exchange. It has also helped to raise the
profile of our project and has helped service providers
to see bigger international context and value of
A second-year student in the college's rehabilita-
tion science program, Witte took classes at the
University of Sydney and served as a research assistant
during her five-month tenure, which ended in June.
"The University of Sydney has an excellent
research program in aging and disability," said Mann,
director of the rehabilitation science program and
chairman of occupational therapy. "There is much that


we can learn from other country's models of service
delivery in long-term care. Exchanges of graduate
students and faculty both ways provide neces-
sary learning opportunities, and collaborative research
is fostered through these exchanges."
Witte's duties included helping to promote the
new interactive Web site for the university's Home
Modifications and Maintenance Information Clearing-
house, a program that collects and reviews research on
home modifications that can help older people and
people with disabilities remain independent in their
homes and makes the information available to
industry and consumer groups.
Witte also collaborated with Bridge and
Peter Phibbs at the university's School of
Architecture to develop a project with the New
South Wales Department of Housing to con-
duct research on retrofitting tenant homes with
an infrared sensor home monitoring system to
observe seniors' daily routines and provide
alerts to caregivers.
Witte's interest in assistive technology
stems from her desire to improve the quality of
life for the aging population, especially in the
area of maintaining and increasing indepen-
dence in the home.
"I think assistive technology is a key Wit
player in helping this happen, so developments
in this arena are especially important," Witte
Witte believes that her academic exchange
experience has enhanced her education in multiple
"I've gained a better understanding of interna-
tional health-care delivery systems not only in
Australia, but in the United Kingdom and China as
well, since some of my fellow occupational therapy
students are from those countries," Witte said. "In

addition, dealing with national housing stan-
dards has enriched my understanding of public
policy and how it relates to health-care delivery."
Not all of Witte's learning took place at the
university, however. Australia provided plenty of
opportunities for new cultural experiences.
"Some of the adjustments to being in
Australia included getting used to Australian
terminology for things such as the trunk of the
car being the 'boot' and people saying 'how are
you going?' instead of 'how's it going?'" Witte
said. "Also, Australians really struggle with

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e poses in front of one of Australia's most recognizable
marks, the Sydney Opera House.

pronouncing my name, which I wasn't anticipat-
ing. They always say 'Meegan' with a long 'e'
instead of 'Megan' with more of an 'a' sound. It
usually takes people a couple of tries to get it
"The traffic was also an adjustment since
they drive on the opposite side of the road,"
Witte said. "It really heightens your awareness
as a pedestrian!" 0

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Prolonging independence

Occupational therapy chairman explores

technologies to aid seniors

s America's population ages, seniors and
their families are searching for ways to
extend independence and quality of life as
long as possible. The work of William
Mann, OTR, Ph.D., is leading the way in
technologies that will enable seniors to
live in their homes and drive safely for longer.
Mann, chairman of the
department of occupational

therapy, leads the development of
new assistive technologies -
devices designed to make everyday
tasks easier for seniors and people
with disabilities as the director
of the Rehabilitation Engineering
Research Center on Technology for
Successful Aging. In his other
major research role as director of
the National Older Driver Re-
search and Training Center, Mann
and his colleagues offer interven-
tions to help older people drive
safely longer and provide counsel-
ing, education, and training on
alternatives to driving.
"Bill Mann has been a strong

Dr. William Manr

voice within the profession of occupational therapy for
attention to the issues of aging and disability," said
Frederick P. Somers, the associate executive director,
public policy, at the American Occupational Therapy
Association. "His leadership in promoting independence
and quality of life for older people with disabilities
through technology is unsurpassed."
And Mann has the distinction of leading a depart-
ment that has the largest research enterprise of any
occupational therapy academic program in the United
States, with faculty research that is widely recognized for
advances in aging and technology and rehabilitation
outcome measurement.
Boasting one of the largest distance master's degree
programs for practicing occupational therapists in the
country, and the addition of a new clinical service in
older driver assessment, the department is a leader in
fulfilling its education and service missions as well.
Mann champions a climate of shared goals within
the department so that everyone knows where the depart-
ment is heading.
"The department works hard to recruit the very best
faculty, staff and graduate students, who can take
responsibility for given areas," he said. "I give them the
responsibility and appropriate resources, and good
outcomes happen I don't have to hover or micro-
manage. My role is to be available to help with develop-
ing ideas and to deal with difficult problems. I believe in
hard work, but it should be fun."
Mann's departmental goals include pursuing oppor-
tunities for growth in the college's Center for Telehealth.

The potential for telehealth is huge, Mann said, in such
new areas as terrorism readiness.
"Another very important goal of mine is to see
junior faculty and doctoral students grow and develop
strong research careers," Mann said. "Mentoring at the
faculty, postdoctoral and doctoral levels is something I
consider critical, and given my long career as a
researcher, it's something I take very
The chairman of the occupational
therapy department at State University
of New York at Buffalo and a faculty
member there from 1974 to 2000,
Mann was drawn to the chairmanship
at UF because of the opportunity to
lead a department while devoting a
significant amount of time to his own
research that has been funded by more
than $23 million in research awards
over the years.
At the Rehabilitation Engineering
Research Center on Technology for
Successful Aging, Mann is partnering
with Sumi Helal, Ph.D., a UF professor
of computer and information science
and engineering, and private industry
to develop a fully equipped "smart house" for aging
occupants. Construction of a smart house is under way at
the Oak Hammock at the University of Florida retirement
community and researchers will soon be able to conduct
research on "smart technology" in a real home
With a centralized computer network to deliver
electronically coordinated assistance, features of the
smart house include the ability for a resident to deliver
voice commands to turn on appliances and open and
close window curtains. If a visitor comes to the door,
sensors pinpoint which room the resident is in and a
camera beams the visitor's image to a TV screen inside
the home. The smart house will help with such tasks as
medication management, cooking and monitoring for
resident safety. The goal is to help elders remain living
as independently as possible, and in their own homes.
As the director of the National Older Driver
Research and Training Center, Mann addresses another
aspect of elderly independence, the ability to drive safely
for as long as possible.
"We plan to develop reliable and valid approaches
to determining the fitness of elders for unrestricted or
restricted driving and develop approaches to solve
problems related to unsafe driving," Mann said.
The center's research and training efforts focus on
interventions that extend the functional capabilities of
older drivers. The center also is partnering with the
American Occupational Therapy Association to create a
model curriculum for educating occupational therapists
as driver safety intervention specialists. 0

graduation 0 04

The following awards were given to outstanding academic
achievers at the College of Public Health and Health
Professions' 2004 commencement ceremony on May 1.
Dean's Office Awards
Dean's Scholar
Undergraduate- Lori Filichia
Graduate -Michael Larson
JudsonA. Clements Jr. MemorialScholarship Brooke Powell
Alumnus ofthe Year-Randall Scot McDaniel, Ed.D.
Horse Farm 100 Scholarship -Jake McKelvey
UF Outstanding LeaderAward-Amelie Romelus
Honorable Mention -Lori Filichia, Lisa Petransky and
Bachelor of Health Science Program
Outstanding Leadership -Jake McKelvey
Academic Excellence Lisa Petransky
Shands at UF Auxiliary Scholarships
Kiri Hooper, Sarah Wimpee and Claudia Mena
Louise Barringer Scholarship Ines Alamo
Anna Gutekunst Scholarship -Lindsay Berry
Clinical and Health Psychology
Florence Shafer Memorial Award Mary Brinkmeyer
MollyHarrowerAward- Rebecca Jump and Christina Wierenga
Department Research Award- Lisa McTeague
Scientist-PractitionerAward-Gregg Selke
Robert and Phyllis Levitt Research Award -Christina Wierenga
Geoffrey Clark-Ryan Memorial Award Laura Bimbo
Classroom TeachingAward- Michael Marsiske, Ph.D.
Research MentorAward -Eileen Fennell, Ph.D.
Hugh C. Davis Award for Excellence in Psychotherapy
Supervision -Lori Waxenburg, Ph.D.
Communicative Disorders
Kenneth R. Bzoch Speech-Language-Hearing Award for
Excellence in Research -Charles Ellis
Lowell C. Hammer Outstanding Clinical Speech-Language
PathologyAward- Jerrica Oldham
Kenneth C. Pollock Outstanding ClinicalAudiology
Award Katie Ruffett
Health Services Administration
Master of Health Administration Faculty Award for
Excellence Matthew Grinstaff
Master of Health Administration AlumniAward for
Service Melissa Harper and Carianne Johnson
Master of Health Administration Excellence in Teaching
Award-Murray C6te, Ph.D.
Occupational Therapy
Kay F. WalkerAward forExcellence in Distance Master's
Program Matthew Press
Awarded in December 2003:
Alice C. JantzenA ward for Academic Excellence -Sophia Hulst
Ann SirmyerBallard MemorialAward Lana Harris
Jane Slaymaker MemorialAward Elke Roese
Lela A. Llorens Award forExcellence in Research-
Christina Posse
Kay F. WalkerAward forExcellence in Distance Master's
Program -Janice Renee Owens
Physical Therapy
Claudette Finley Scholarship Award -Emily Hatcher
Frederick Family Scholarship (entry-level student)-
Frederick Family Scholarship (advanced-level student) -
Neeti Pathare
Julia Conrad TrojanowskiScholarship -Gabrielle Shumrak
Dr. MarkH. Trimble MemorialScholarship -Joel Cabrera
Outstanding ClinicalPerformance Award -Candace Williams
Rehabilitation Counseling
Graduate Leadership Award-Cosette Tamargo
Undergraduate Leadership Award -Tianna Rosario
Scholarship Award Dan Pekich
Bruce Thomason Memorial Award Joanna Sadowska
Horace Sawyer ClinicalExcellence Award Lara Smith
John Muthard Research Award Jamie Pomeranz


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A new path to

restoring health

Physical therapist incorporates Pilates

exercise method into patient care

Carr treats a client in Balanced Body Pilates' heated pool.

onnie Carr, physical therapy '70, enjoys
telling the story of an 81-year-old client
she treated recently.
The woman, who had been athletic
and active in her younger years, came
into Carr's practice limping. Following treatment,
she's not only walking pain free, she's climbing
mountains in Switzerland.
And Carr has lots more patient success stories
like the mountain climber's to share with visitors to
her facility, Balanced Body Pilates in Gainesville.
"What's so exciting is that you can give
someone back her life," Carr said.
Developed by Joseph Pilates after World War I,
the Pilates method emphasizes proper breathing and
posture while carefully executing exercises on
specially designed equipment to simulate normal
movement. Pilates is intended to strengthen the
body's core the abdominal muscles and the
muscles closest to the spine. The result is increased
strength, balance, flexibility and proper mechanics.
"Pilates is about prevention and being
proactive," Carr said. "The world says 'no pain, no
gain,' while Pilates says 'all gain, no pain.'"

Once popular among athletes and professional
dancers, Pilates has moved into the mainstream over
the past several years as a program for people at all
levels of fitness. Carr's practice of combining Pilates
with physical therapy is part of an emerging trend.
Used in rehabilitation, Pilates can benefit
people with disabilities, osteoarthritis, chronic pain,
injuries, low back pain and problems with posture,
gait and balance.
Pilates-based physical therapy is more efficient
and can be accomplished in less time than traditional
physical therapy, Carr said. Patients discharged from
these services are stronger, more flexible and less
likely to reinjure themselves. The therapy is per-
formed on Pilates equipment, which lightens the
therapist's load because the equipment provides
assistance in managing the patient's position, base
of support, and amount of resistance applied.
Balanced Body Pilates boasts more Pilates-
trained physical therapists in one practice than any
other in the United States. Several of them are UF
physical therapy graduates: Janice Dickhaus '71,
Santiago Casanova '86, Nancye Henkle-McPeek
'94, Sue Pundt '94, Jodi Jainchill '98 and Amy

(Unger) Borut '02.
Following her UF graduation, Carr held
physical therapy positions in a rehabilitation center,
orthopaedic surgery practice, home health agency
and physician practice while raising two sons. Ten
years ago, a New York colleague encouraged Carr to
get involved with Pilates. She received training from
a St. Petersburg-based therapist, the only Pilates-
trained therapist in Florida at the time.
"I immediately felt that Pilates is the missing
piece in therapy," Carr said. "Pilates gave me the
tools for therapy. For the first time in my life I could
easily treat a person much larger than myself be-
cause of the assistance of the equipment."
A client Carr successfully treated with Pilates
convinced her to partner in the opening of Balanced
Body Pilates three years ago.
Carr enjoys the opportunity to pass along her
knowledge of Pilates-based physical therapy to new
therapists while watching the field develop.
"I'm very blessed and grateful I'm doing this
kind of work," Carr said. "If we have to work, what
a wonderful way to do it. Plus I have the strongest
abs of most 57-year-olds I know!" 0

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Mary Ellen Young, Ph.D., assistant professor of
rehabilitation counseling, catches up with 1974
alumni Donna Walter Kozburg and Ron Kozburg.

Sheree Inman Fugate '96, with faculty members
Dee Dee Locasio, Ph.D., a 1990 graduate, and
Linda Shaw, Ph.D.

Horace Sawyer, Ph.D., chairman of rehabilitation
counseling, is joined by Dr. Bruce Thomason's
daughters Patsy Nininger (left) and Rebecca Hayes.

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Rehabilitation counseling

department celebrates 50th

Alumni, faculty and students celebrated the
rehabilitation counseling department's 50th anniversary
with a continuing education program and evening reception
on March 26.
Created in 1954, the UF rehabilitation counseling
program was the first graduate program of its kind in the
Southeast and one of the first in the nation. Led by founding
chairman Bruce Thomason, Ph.D., the department was
established in the College of Education, later finding a
home in the College of Public Health and Health
Professions in 1959. Photos by Michele Rollen. 0

Faculty member Laura Perry, Ph.D., a 1987
graduate, poses with Ginny Linder '87, Markus
Dietrich '97 and James Martin '77.

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Courtney Crandall, occupational therapy '03,
works at Avante at Mount Dora, a skilled
nursing facility. She currently lives in East Lake
Weir, Fla.

Casey Dull, physical therapy '99, is a staff
therapist in the new physical therapy depart-
ment atthe Pensacola, Fla.-based Medical

Rachel (Landau) Garr, occupational therapy
'86, lives in Prescott, Ariz., and works as an
occupational therapist for a pediatric private
practice. She relocated to Arizona two years
ago with her family after 30 years in Florida.
Rachel writes, "I enjoy living and working in
Prescott and traveling to nearby communities,
servicing schools and home health clients as
well as seeing outpatients at the main office.
My hobbies include time with family, photogra-
phy, traveling and walks in the mountains."

Patricia Beck Koff, bachelor's of health
science '80, is the new care initiatives
coordinator at University of Colorado Hospital
in Colorado Springs. She writes, "I'm excited
to still be using my B.H.S. and M.Ed. as we
work on the redesign of chronic health-care
delivery, educating patients is a cornerstone
and addressing hospital finances in the
process is a major key." Her career history
includes work in other countries, and she is
the author of two textbooks. Patricia has been
married to a fellow UF grad for 22 years and
they have an 11-year-old daughter.

Belinda FelhandlerWurn, physical therapy
'75, and her husband Larry own Clear
Passage Therapies Inc. with clinics in
Gainesville and Toledo, Ohio. They specialize
in the manual treatment of abdominal and
pelvic pain and dysfunction, and complex
chronic pain. 0







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Join us in celebrating the College of Public
Health and Health Professions' Alumni
Reunion 2004. Markyour calendars forthe
Gators vs. LSU Tigers football game on
Saturday, October 9. A brunch for college
alumni will be served from 10 a.m. to noon;
game time will be announced two weeks prior.
Football tickets will sell quickly for this game,
so please fill out your registration forms as
soon as you receive your reunion brochure in
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