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Finding access to health care

By Patricia Bates McGhee and Jill Pease

he University of Florida is making numerous advances
in health care, but for the many Americans who do not
have proper access to care, those advances matter little if
patients never make it through a health provider's door.
Health care inequalities can be linked to
a number of factors such as race,
socioeconomic status, lack of health
insurance and geographical location. s
And the consequences are serious.
According to the Centers for
Population Health and
Health Disparities, "The
most striking health dis-
parities result in shorter
life expectancy, as well
as higher rates of most
cancers, some birth
defects, infant mortality,
asthma, diabetes, demen-
tia, impaired functional
and cognitive abilities,
behavioral and affective
disorders, and cardiovascu-
lar disease."
Researchers in the col-
lege's department of health services
research, management and policy are looking at the complex
issue of health disparities from a number of angles.
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management and policy, is examining
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patients from different racial and ethnic minority groups.
"National studies have revealed that patients who are minorities
rate their health care experiences less positively than do white
patients, particularly with regard to communication with clinicians,
staff responsiveness and receipt of treatment
information," he said.
With a $236,225 grant
from the Commonwealth
Fund, Weech-Maldonado
will examine whether
new, national standards
on cultural competency
for health care providers
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patients' experiences and
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market characteris-
Stics are associated
with providers' adherence
to the standards.
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strate that adherence to standards for
culturally and linguistically appropriate
care makes a difference in patients'
experiences, they could spur hospitals across the
country to adopt the practices of successful providers,"
Weech-Maldonado said.
Here in Florida we need to think about tackling health dispar-
ities from the local level and factor in regional sets of circumstances,
said Allyson Hall, Ph.D., an associate professor of
health services research, management and policy, and
the research director of the college's Florida Center
for Medicaid and the Uninsured.
For example, immigrants to this country face
particular challenges as they assimilate into the local
culture, Hall said.
"After living in the U.S. for awhile, their health
may start to deteriorate; for example, their cholesterol
levels start creeping up probably because they're
eating more hamburgers," Hall said. "That means
that we're not supporting the good health practices
that these immigrants bring with them when they
move here."
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rather access and the need for a strong community base.
"I'm fearful that as a nation we're not tackling this
problem holistically," she said. "We're not really
addressing day-to-day poverty, what it means and how
it affects people. Poverty itself involves a myriad of
issues like substandard housing, not having access to
good food and being depressed. These problems are real,
but we're not addressing them and how they, too, affect
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hosts major


Two of the college's programs
have hosted prestigious scientific
conferences on aging and child
health psychology in 2006.
In February, the International
Conference on Aging, Disabil-
ity and Independence brought
together 600 experts on aging
from 40 countries to discuss the
use of technology to maintain
independence and quality of life
for seniors. Topics included as-
sistive technology and workplace
adaptations; home modification
and universal design; injury pre-
vention; robotics; smart homes;
telehealth; and transportation.
Conference participants
included a mix of people involved
in research and development,
professional practice, business,
government and policy, as well
as seniors who will benefit from
the technology.
Held in St. Petersburg, Fla.,
the conference was hosted by
the Rehabilitation Engineering
Research Center on Technology
for Successful Aging at the
College of Public Health and
Health Professions, and the
American Occupational Therapy
More than 400 top researchers
gathered to discuss emerging
areas in child health psychology,
family systems, health promotion,
treatment outcome and HIV/AIDS
at the 10th National Conference
on Child Health Psychology, held
in April in Gainesville.
The child health psychology
conference was founded in 1988
by the department of clinical and
health psychology and was
co-sponsored by the American
Psychological Association's
Society of Pediatric Psychology.
The conference featured the
latest research findings on
psychological, behavioral and
family factors related to child
health problems. 0


dean's MESSAGE

Over the past few years, the college has undertaken
the substantial challenge of integrating public health
with our existing programs. Foremost among the chal-
lenges is a college culture change. The focus of public
health programs differs significantly from the individual
interventions common to
health professions programs.
Whereas health professions
programs focus on treating
one person at a time, public
health focuses upon inter-
ventions affecting systems,
communities, and popula-
tions. In order to change our
culture, it is important that
we understand the implica-
Dr. Robert G. Frank tions of the transformation
we are undertaking.
Throughout our almost 50-year history, the faculty
members in our college have defined excellence in our
respective disciplines. But despite our increased knowl-
edge and expertise in treating individuals, the level of
chronic illness and disability continues to rise. It is clear
the model we have followed focusing primarily on
the individual is incomplete to meet the need, and
complementary approaches must be identified.
To have a significant impact on the health conditions
facing Americans, and much of the world, we must
expand our toolbox beyond treatment (secondary
prevention) and rehabilitation (tertiary prevention) of
existing conditions and embrace primary prevention of
those conditions before they occur. Applying primary
prevention methods requires that health systems ad-
dress a continuum of issues including the physical and
social environment, individual behavior, systems of
care and national policy.
As was the case 50 years ago when the college was
formed to provide an educational model missing in the
United States, our college has introduced a unique
model that focuses on the integration of public health
problem-solving and individual patient care. In the
same vein, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has stated
that the education of students in physical therapy,
occupational therapy, audiology, and speech and
language pathology would be "enhanced and perhaps
maximized" when students are able to view an indi-
vidual within the context of the health of the community.
The College of Public Health and Health Professions
began moving to the type of model the IOM described
more than a decade ago. Our commitment to the treat-
ment and management of chronic health conditions has
emphasized the need for a paradigm that recognizes
health as a function of the broader community. To
address these problems, our health professions stu-
dents must understand public health as well as their
disciplines, and our public health students must under-
stand the problems of chronic disease and disability.
Collaboration across disciplines is critical.
In 2001, the College of Public Health and Health
Professions began a transformation that rivals the
changes wrought with the establishment of the college.
We believe, and have set out to demonstrate, that
public health models are integral to disciplines we have
nurtured for five decades. We look forward to your
support as we establish a new model that will influence
education practice and thinking. 0


Helping patients with low back

pain rest easy

ith 80 percent of Americans
experiencing low back pain at
some time or another, it is little
wonder that it is the leading cause
of missed work and one of the
most common neurological
ailments, second only to headaches.
With two major studies under way, researcher
Steven George, P.T., Ph.D., an assistant professor in the
department of physical therapy at the College of Public
Health and Health Professions, is working to make a
dent in those numbers by preventing and reducing the
impact of low back pain.
George was recently awarded a four-year $1 million
grant to study low back pain prevention programs for
U.S. soldiers. The funding came from the Department
of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program
of the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical
Research Programs.
Low pack pain affects 150,000 active-duty soldiers
a year and is the second-most-common reason for
soldiers to seek health care, with injuries typically
sustained during physical training or sports, said
George, adding that soldiers with low back pain have the
highest risk of disability five years after injury.
Researchers spearheading the Prevention of Low
Back in the Military, or POLM, trial plan to start recruit-
ing participants early in 2007. George is collaborating
with fellow UF investigators Samuel Wu, Ph.D., and
Michael Robinson, Ph.D., and with Maj. John Childs,
PT., Ph.D., and Maj. Deydre Teyhen, PT., Ph.D., of the
Army Medical Department Center and School at
Baylor University. The research team will test preven-
tion programs for 2,700 soldiers.
"This study could have a wider impact on health
outcomes, as the programs we are studying could also
be used by the general public," George said.
George is also the recipient of a $150,000 grant
from the National Institutes of Health to test behavioral
interventions for reducing chronic disability from low
back pain. During the three-year study, he is examining

whether women receive more benefit from the interven-
tions than men do.
"Chronic low back pain is one of the most common
forms of chronic pain and is a significant source of
disability and cost for society," George said. "Not
surprisingly, it is a common reason for health care
utilization, and an effective treatment is a public health
priority." 0

College launches distance

certificate program

Working professionals are now able to earn a
certificate in public health without ever having to
visit the UF campus.
The college's 15-credit distance certificate was
launched this fall and boasts 26 students who
include dentists, physicians, researchers, nurses,
lawyers, audiologists, and other health profes-
sionals. The program is designed for people who
already have a bachelor's degree and would like
additional training in public health.
"Enrollment in the certificate program has
restored my sense of professionalism and reminds
me that I serve a greater purpose in public health
than just making a living, just muddling through
or getting by day after day," said student Robert
Michael Jr., who works for the environmental
health section at the Emanuel County (Ga.) Health
Department. "The course work has given me a
greater depth of understanding in an environmen-
tal health field that I have served in for the last
nine years. I thought I knew a lot about it. I know
what I know. I just never knew what I didn't know.
This course is opening up to me those missing
For more information on the certificate in public
health, visit www.mph.ufl.edu, e-mail
ph@phhp.ufl.edu or call 1-866-62-UFMPH. 0

Andresen named chair of

epidemiology and biostatistics

pidemiologists study the factors that affect
the health of individuals and populations
in an effort to influence preventive health
care policy. But what happens after
someone gets sick? What are the long-term
consequences of disability and chronic ill-
ness? Those are questions that Elena Andresen, Ph.D., a
professor and chair of the college's new department of
epidemiology and biostatistics, hopes to answer.
"I care about why people get sick," Andresen said.
"That's typical of epidemiologists, but I also find
myself drawn to the question of what happens next,
what are the health outcomes and quality of life, rather
than the causes of illness."
Andresen is among a handful of epidemiologists
who are studying disability and rehabilitation, and her
expertise landed her a spot on the Institute of Medi-
cine's prestigious Committee on Disability in America.
The committee is examining the gaps in disability
science and recommending actions to reduce the impact
of disability on individuals and society.
Andresen, whose research is largely funded by the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is also a
member of the International Society for Quality of Life
"Our group develops measurements for use in
clinical trials and population research to predict
quality of life outcomes in much more personal ways,"
she said. "So, for example, instead of saying that
therapy has improved function in a patient's left knee,
we look at it from the patient's perspective. Has the
patient's quality of life improved? If not, then perhaps
we should look at other therapies for the patient instead
of focusing on the left knee."
In addition, Andresen is working on several

studies examining
the challenges for
people who pro-
vide home care for
family members
with disability. She
also is a research
health scientist at
the Rehabilitation
Outcomes Research
Center of the North
Georgia Veterans
Health System.
"Through my
research, I'd like to Dr. Elena Andresen
determine how to intervene to make sure that quality of
life and access to care are equal for everyone,"
Andresen said. "We're not there yet, but we are
working on it."
Andresen's vision for the department of epidemi-
ology and biostatistics is to meld the two disciplines'
strengths in public health teaching and research with
the work of the college's clinical specialists in disability
and chronic conditions.
"The goal is to develop an increasing critical mass
of faculty members who do what their disciplines do
and do it very well, but also expand into the areas the
rest of the college has to offer," Andresen said. "We
can't limit ourselves to the classic teaching and
research in epidemiology and biostatistics. We have a
community of disability and aging experts here in the
college to grow with. There isn't another public health
program that has this opportunity anywhere in the
United States." 0





The department of health services
research, management and policy
celebrated the 40th anniversary of
the graduate program in health
administration with a special
weekend of events September
8-9. Alumni and friends of the
program gathered for a networking
luncheon, a Gator Healthcare
Forum, which featured several
alumni speakers, an evening
reception and the PHHP alumni
reunion barbecue. *

student NEWS

Ashley Butler (department of clinical and health
psychology) has been named an Atlantic Coast Social,
Behavioral and Economic Sciences Alliance scholar.

Vikas R. Dharnidharka, M.D., (master's in public
health) received the 2006 American Society of
Transplantation Achievement Award for Assistant
Professors in Clinical Science.

Neha Dixit (department of clinical and health psychol-
ogy) received a predoctoral fellowship from the
American Heart Association's Florida/Puerto Rico
Affiliate Research Committee.

Joe Dzierzewski (department of clinical and health
psychology) received the Retirement Research Foun-
dation Master's Thesis Proposal Research Award from
the American Psychological Association.

These College of Public Health and Health
Professions doctoral students successfully defended
their dissertations between September 2005 and
August 2006:
Clinical and Health Psychology Daniel Bagner,
Claudia Campbell, Karen Chung, Eleni Dimoulas,
Vonetta Dotson, Michelle Harwood, Mary Murawski
and Paul Seignourel.

Health Services Research William Mkanta, Britta
Neugaard, Gavin Putzer and Eric Schmacker.

Rehabilitation Science Lori Burkhead, Christina
Dillahunt, Michael Justiss, Man Soo Ko, Frank
Lane, Min Liu, Dennis McCarthy, Chetan Phadke,
Roberta Pineda, Claudia Senesac and Michelle
Woodbury. *

facultyN TES

& staff

Ronald Rozensky, Ph.D., chair of the department
of clinical and health psychology, has stepped down
as department chair. Following a six-month sabbati-
cal, he will spend five months working in the Fear and
Anxiety Clinic with Dr. Peter Lang. In August 2007,
Rozensky will take the position of associate dean for
the college's international programs.

Samuel Sears, Ph.D., an associate professor in the
department of clinical and health psychology, has
been named to the advisory council of the Sudden
Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

Associate professor Linda Shaw, Ph.D., associ-
ate chair of the department of behavioral science
and community health and director of the division of
rehabilitation counseling, was elected president of the
Council on Rehabilitation Education.

The UF Health Science Center honored several
college staff members for reaching milestones in years
of service. They include: Stacie Knight, Jeff Loomis,
Margaret Odom, Irma Riley and Kim Rovansek, 5
years; Bonnie Pomeroy and Mike Wrenne, 10 years;
Janice Ogwada and Cina Thomas, 20 years; and
Karen Smith, 25 years. 0




Be true to your school

Assistant professor Brian Dodge goes from Big 10

supporter to all-out Gator fan

t does not take long to figure out
where Brian Dodge's loyalties lie once
you step into his office.
Dodge, Ph.D., an assistant profes-
sor in the department of behavioral
science and community health in the
College of Public Health and Health Profes-
sions, has begun accenting his newly painted
orange office with loads of Gator memorabilia.
But the Michigan native has not stopped there.
His school spirit extends to his extensive
orange and blue wardrobe, his Gator-decorated
Vespa motorcycle and his friends and family in
the North, who consistently receive all manner
of Gator paraphernalia as gifts.
Although Dodge moved to Gainesville
only a little more than a year ago after complet-
ing post-doctoral work at Columbia University,
he became a rabid fan the first time he attended
a UF football game.
"The Gators chomped me up the first time
I walked into the Swamp," he said.
So how did a man who was raised in Big
10 country and earned degrees from the
University of Michigan and Indiana University
become a member of the Gator Nation so
"When I visited UF I loved
the campus, the orange and blue
colors, and I hadn't seen school
spirit to that extent before it's
infectious and seeing the size
and scope of it, I jumped right
in," Dodge explained. "It's
refreshing to see so much pride
in a university. There is some-
thing to be said for seeing the
freshmen walk around campus in
their Gator T-shirts, but also to
be able to say to my department
chair 'Go Gators' and know that
she understands."
Dodge was also drawn to
the college's new public health
program, which offers freedom
and flexibility for developing
research projects.
"I never imagined myself living in Florida,
but there is a lot of work to do since the state ranks
in the top 3 in the nation in terms of incident HIV

Michigan native and new Florida resident, Dr. Brian Dodge, is a proud member
of the Gator Nation.

infections and overall AIDS
cases," said Dodge, whose
research focus is on sexual
health promotion and vari-
ous social and behavioral
aspects of sexual health and
"I've experienced
nothing but support from
my colleagues," Dodge
said. "That is the difference
between a school like UF
and the Ivy League. This is
an environment of support,
not competition. It's great
to have pride in where you
work, learn and spend your
And Florida also offers
the irresistible attraction of Gator football, which
is the highlight of Dodge and his wife, Eriko's,
week during the season.
"My wife is from Japan and she had no previ-

ous exposure to football," said Dodge, adding that
she is now as big a fan as anyone. "One of her
favorite parts of the game is when penalty flags are
thrown. She tries to figure out what happened."
Dodge has also experienced "the Gator Nation
is Everywhere" phenomena during his frequent
travels. On a recent trip to Chicago, he wore a
Gator sweatshirt to walk around the city and dur-
ing the course of the day passed 10 people who
exchanged "Go Gators" greetings with Dodge or
gave him high fives.
Back in Michigan, Dodge's friends and fam-
ily don't hold a grudge against him for switching
his team allegiance to UF and for the gifts they
receive from him like Gator shirts, calendars,
posters, bikinis and singing, stuffed Gators.
"My family is amused more than aun\ hiniii "
Dodge said. "People above the Mason-Dixon Line
realize that UF is a good school and is tops in
research, but they don't know about the school
spirit. There are so many things about UF that
people don't know. It's my job to spread the
word." *


Orit Shechtman claims

top PHHP teaching awards

Dr. Orit Shechtman was recognized for her teaching contributions
at the college's student welcome ceremony in August.

rit Shechtman, Ph.D., an associate
professor in the department of
occupational therapy and a 1995 UF
occupational therapy graduate, was
named the College of Public Health
and Health Professions' Teacher of
the Year.
Shechtman also received the Outstanding Faculty
Member Award from seniors in the college's Bachelor
of Health Science program, and the Golden Apple
Award for Excellence in Occupational Therapy Educa-
tion from the UF Student Occupational Therapy
Association. The awards are particularly notable
achievements considering the fact that Shechtman
teaches some of the programs' toughest courses -
anatomy, -.iilh..pihi i ._ and neuroscience.
"She takes an extremely complex subject or
concept and explains it in such a simple and under-
standing way," said Amanda Summer Mosrie, a student
in the Master of Occupational Therapy program. "Her
students look forward to going to her classes because
they know they will leave with the highest level of
knowledge and expertise in that discipline. She lays
the foundation of curriculum necessary to succeed in
the master's of occupational therapy program and most
importantly, as a professional."
It is important for students to truly understand the
material, not just memorize it for a test, Shechtman
"Therapists and physicians need a solid
understanding of the human body in health and disease
to be able to base clinical reasoning of therapeutic
interventions on scientific facts," said Shechtman, who
was named UF's Teacher of the Year in 1998.
Shechtman, who currently studies measures of
grip strength and is a member of the National Older
Drivers Research and Training Center team, took an

unusual route to teaching. A former member of Israel's
national volleyball team, Shechtman was drawn to the
field of exercise physiology as a way to combine her
interests in sports and exercise with her love of biol-
ogy. After completing master's and doctoral degrees in
exercise physiology from Indiana University, Shecht-
man worked as a researcher in UF's department of
physiology for three years before serving as a visiting
associate scientist in the Laboratory of Behavioral Sci-
ences at the National Institute of Aging. That's when a
friend and former faculty member in the department of
occupational therapy, Rosalie Miller, asked Shechtman
to return to Gainesville to teach the program's anatomy
courses. But in order to teach in the occupational
therapy department, Shechtman was required to earn a
degree in occupational therapy.
In the end, earning that third graduate degree was
a valuable experience, Shechtman said.
"It was good to learn about the occupational
therapist's perspective and to understand how therapists
interact with patients because my background had been
working with athletes," Shechtman said.
And it has certainly paid off for her students.
"Dr. Shechtman not only grabs your attention by
her extraordinary teaching style, but she also chal-
lenges students to succeed," said occupational therapy
master's student Jeremy Eminhizer. "Without a doubt,
she is an instrumental factor in preparing students in
the OT program for clinical practice. Beyond her
classroom demeanor, her accessibility and student-
friendly personality motivates and encourages students
to visit her at her office and expand on their classroom
experience. Dr. Shechtman is at the top of the food
chain for university professors and is going to need
much more wall space for all the awards that she will
claim over her career. She is truly a valuable asset to
the University of Florida." 0

financial AID

Alumnus' student

experience inspires

scholarship gift

As a UF student Thomas Summerill, master's in
health administration and M.B.A. '84, and his wife,
Trudy, juggled family, school and work responsibilities
that would have overwhelmed most. But the assistance
the Summerills received from the university helped them
get through that chaotic time, and now they are provid-
ing the same kind of support to current students.
At PHHP reunion weekend in September, the
Summerills announced their $30,000 gift to the college
to establish the Thomas and Trudy Summerill
Scholarship in Health Administration.
The Summerills were recent high school gradu-
ates and newlyweds from Virginia when they moved
to Gainesville in 1978 so Thomas could complete UF
bachelor's and master's degrees. Life became even
busier when Trudy gave birth to twins Drew and Nichole,
now 26, during Thomas's sophomore year. To make
ends meet, Thomas worked campus jobs 25 hours
a week in addition to his full-time studies, and Trudy
worked full-time as a UF clerk/typist. An on-campus
apartment in married housing, the convenience of Baby
Gator day care, and flex time in their jobs helped to
make it all possible.
"We were so fortunate to get the support we received
from the university," said Thomas, who admits that his
college years were a blur.
Since graduation, Thomas has held administrative
positions in managed care companies, currently serving
as CEO of Wellcare Florida. Trudy went on to earn a
degree in interior design from Purdue University. When
the kids left home, the couple moved from the Midwest
back to Florida to be closer to family, and as an added
benefit, closer to the university they once called home.
"We feel very blessed for the things we've been given
and we decided to give back to the place where we had
roots and help other students who may be in a similar
kind of situation that we were in," Trudy said.
The Thomas and Trudy Summerill Scholarship in
Health Administration is a needs-based scholarship that
will be awarded annually to a second-year student in the
master's in health administration program.
"The scholarship is for students who may have to
drop out of school because of their financial situation,"
Thomas said. "They just need that help to stay in the
program and focus on their studies." 0





PHHP Alumni Reunion 2006

By the numbers


Alumni and guests attended this

year's reunion, a record number!

1,671 Miles traveled by alumnus who
came the farthest to attend (from Santa Fe,

90,210 Fans were in the stands at the
UF-UCF game

11 States were represented by reunion

352 Passing yards by quarterback Chris
Leak during the game, a career high

For more reunion photos, visit


Ronald and Bonnie (occupational therapy
'74) Braun.

Chad Rubin (master's in health adminis-
tration '98) with wife Missy and children
Carly and Kyle.

Anne Harney Finlon (at right, master's in
health administration '84) with husband
Ken and daughter Suzy.

Ryan and Elizabeth (occupational therapy
'00) Coy with the raffle contest prize, a
football signed by Urban Meyer.

The College of

Public Health and

Health Professions

would like to

express gratitude

to the following

supporters who

made gifts to the

college during 2005.


$100,000 and above
Brooks Health Foundation
State Endowment Matching Gifts
$50,000 $99,999
Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
$10,000 $49,999
Ronald R & Mary Lynne Aldrich
American Psychological Assn
Deafness Research Foundation
Found for Anesthesia Educ & Research
Louis C & Jane Gapenski
Health First, Inc
Lakeland Regional Health Systems, Inc
Martin Memorial Health Systems, Inc
Munroe Regional Healthcare Systems
Ella E Muthard
Society for Psychophysiological Research
Winter Park Health Foundation
$1,000 $9,999
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FALL 2006

alumni u PDATES

Elissa (Boyd) Cashman, occupational therapy '98,
lives in Jersey City, N.J. She was promoted from staff
therapist to assistant director and occupational therapy
coordinator for Pediatric Therapy Resources. Elissa
and her husband, Brian, recently celebrated their
second wedding anniversary.

Barbara H. Connolly, Ed.D., physical therapy70, has
been the chair of the department of physical therapy at
the University of Tennessee for the past 20 years. In
2002 she was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow
of the American Physical Therapy Association. And in
2006 she was named an Alumni Distinguished Service
2006 she was named an Alumni Distinguished Service

Professor on the UT Health Science Center campus,
one of only four and the first ever from the university's
College of Allied Health Sciences. Barbara has a 17-
year-old daughter who hopes to attend UF next year.

Laura Gomez, Melissa Harriott and Tabassum
Khan, 2006 graduates of the master's in health
administration program, have been selected as the first
fellows in the new Administrative Fellowship program
at Miami-based Jackson Health System.

George Hampton, physical therapy '61, of Albita
Springs, La., retired from teaching at the LSU Medical
Center in 1995 and from part-time clinical practice in
2003. He writes, "Heidi and I, kids and grandchildren
survived Katrina with everyone safe and our house
intact (we live on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain).
Hope to hear from some of my classmates." E-mail
George at georgehampton @charter.net.

Robert Hudson, M.B.A. and master's in hospital
administration '78, will retire in December from leader-
ship positions at two major health care organizations.
Hudson is the CEO of AvMed Health Plans, based in
Miami, and president and CEO of SantaFe HealthCare,
headquartered in Gainesville.

Nicole Kobman (Diamond), occupational therapy
'95, is a senior occupational therapist in a long-term
care/skilled nursing facility setting in Ohio. She gave
birth to son Roman Alexander in January 2006. She
now works part time so she can spend more time with
her son.

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Alan Levine, master's in health services admin-
istration '92, has been named CEO of the North
Broward Hospital District. He most recently served
as secretary of Florida's Agency for Health Care
Administration. Modern Healthcare magazine
named Alan one of "30 for the Future" in their
August 7 issue featuring 30 leaders who could
have a powerful impact on health care.

Michelle (Ledsky) McLaughlin, occupational
therapy '97, is a pediatric occupational therapist.
She lives in Orlando with husband J.P. and sons
Sean, 5, Jake, 3, and Max, born in January 2006.

Susan Acker Stallings Sahler, Ph.D.,
occupational therapy '76, and her husband, Hunter
Sahler, have opened a private practice in the
Augusta, Ga., area. Sensational Kids! Pediatric
Rehabilitation and Counseling Center provides
speech, physical therapy, occupational therapy and
counseling to children with special needs.

Jeremy Sibiski, master's in health administration
'01, was promoted to the position of director of
radiation oncology at Memorial Health University
Medical Center in Savannah, Ga. He and his wife,
April, are expecting twins in February 2007.

Theresa Smith, occupational therapy '92, is a new
faculty member in the occupational therapy
department at Texas Woman's University. She
successfully defended her dissertation to complete
a Ph.D. in occupational therapy from Nova
Southeastern University.

Loretta (Dargan) Stanley, medical technology
'73, is the main lab supervisor at Holmes Regional
Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla. She has three
children and five grandchildren.

Joyce Greany Stewart, occupational therapy
'71, is employed by the Arizona State School for
the Deaf and Blind in Tucson. She is interested in
hearing from fellow classmates of the occupational
therapy class of 1971. Let Joyce know what you're
up to! E-mail her at jgsotr@mac.com. *




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