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By Jill Pease
n a matter of days after the January 12 earthquake, a
team of medical and public health professionals, led by
PHHP Dean Michael G. Perri, was in a military heli-
copter on the way to Haiti.
As soon as they arrived, team members began
seeing patients at Double Harvest, a medical clinic
turned hospital outside Port-au-Prince. Team member Slande
Celeste, the college's public health internship coordinator and
a native of Haiti, translated nearly non-stop for patients and
English-speaking health providers. Staying busy helped to keep
her mind off the fact that she had received no news about her
Haitian family members.
"Following the earthquake I, like so many others, started
calling family madly and couldn't get through," said Celeste, a
2003 UF master's program in public health graduate.
At Double Harvest, Celeste was moved by the stories of
the patients, some of whom had barely escaped with their lives.
Many spent hours waiting in line to be treated for injuries rang-
ing from shock and uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension to
dehydration and infections.
PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2010
"The most challenging part of the trip for me as well as for
the patients and relief workers was the large number of amputa-
tions," Celeste said.
Some people who came to the clinic for earthquake-related
injuries also received care for other urgent conditions, including
children who began treatment for malaria and a woman whose
undiagnosed breast cancer mass was removed, Celeste said.
"Lives were saved, suffering was relieved and human con-
nections were made," she said.
After two days, the UF team split into groups. The surgi-
cal team stayed at Double Harvest while the public health
group went on to Gressier and Leogane, the site of a UF project
established in 2009 to serve the public health needs of the local
population. Along the way the team stopped in Carrefour, the
quake's epicenter, where Celeste had an emotional reunion with
her mother. Celeste's family members' homes had sustained
severe damage, but everyone was alive.
In Gressier and Leogane, the clinics, high school and nearly
all the buildings in the school's compound had collapsed or
were damaged beyond repair.
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outdoors," Perri said. "Each night we experienced II '
multiple aftershocks. Following each shock, we
invariably heard the crying and wailing of people in
the community" a w wd
The UF team provided care for 50 community
members a day and worked with local leaders to
identify the short and long-term public health needs
and potential projects.
The team's efforts in Haiti will continue long
after their 10-day trip last January, Perri said. Plans
include re-building the school using hurricane
and earthquake-resistant construction, protecting
the health of the schoolchildren and their families -
through vaccinations and regular health assessments,
providing sources of clean water, and preventing
"We are very grateful for the opportunity to be a
small part of the relief effort," Perri said. "We are all
determined to make this effort the start of a contin-
ued collaboration to improve the lives of our brothers
and sisters in Haiti." *
Left page: Driving into Port-au-Prince, the UF team
members saw severe damage to the lavish presidential
palace. "I thought that if anything in Haiti could stand, the
Palace would be it," Slande Celeste said. "When I saw it I
wondered what the rest of the country looked like."
Top: Families set up makeshift tents of bed sheets on the
school grounds of Academie Chretienne de Macombre.
Middle: Sally Bethart, a nurse practitioner at the UF
College of Nursing, examines a woman's leg while Dr.
John Gaines looks on.
Bottom: The team waits for a flight
out of Tampa on the way to Haiti.
From left, Cindy Nelly, a nurse at
Shands; Edsel Redden, an IFAS
extension agent; Sally Bethart
from the College of Nursing; PHHP
A Dean Michael G. Perri; Dr. David
Meurer of the College of Medicine;
physician Dr. David Risch; Slande
Celeste, PHHP public health
internship coordinator; and
'. physician Dr. John Gaines. Not
pictured: physicians Dr. Robert de
la Torre and Dr. Robert Melosh.
PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2010
dean's ME S S A G E
n spring 2009, the College of Public Health and Health
Professions, along with partners in IFAS and the UF
College of Medicine, established its first public health
initiative in Haiti. Working with schools in Leogane
and Gressier, Haiti, our team identified several public
health projects for the local community.
At that time, the people of Haiti faced several serious
health issues rooted in the country's extreme poverty,
insufficient health care systems and lack of arable farmland.
One in 10 children die before the age of 5, with malnutrition
the leading cause of death. The average life expectancy is less
than 60 years. Infectious diseases like bacterial and protozoal
diarrhea, hepatitis A and E, typhoid fever, dengue and malaria
On January 12, 2010 the situation in Haiti became much,
More than 200,000 people died as a result of the earth-
quake and 700,000 people in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan
area have been displaced. The Haitian government estimates
that the earthquake has affected 3 million citizens. On top of
their already very difficult living conditions, today Haitians
also struggle with issues of housing, food shortages, long-term
health needs of people with disabilities, increased risk of infec-
tious disease, and psychological effects of the disaster.
PHHP and IFAS, with support from the Sunrise Rotary
Club of Palatka, and in partnership with Haitian organizations,
FISH Ministries and the Academie Chretienne de Macombre,
have founded "A Better Tomorrow for Haiti." Working within
the school system, this community-based program will integrate
public health, agriculture and economic best practices.
The public health component of these efforts includes de-
veloping a vaccination program and a Family Wellness Center;
Vandenborne named PHHP associate dean for
research and planning
K rista Vandenborne, Ph.D.,
S T., has been named the
College of Public Health and
SHealth Professions' associate dean
for research and planning.
Vandenborne has served as a
professor and chair of the college's
A department of physical therapy
Dr. Krista Vandenborne since 2002. During her tenure,
the department has achieved a
dramatic increase in research funding and received support for
clinical fellowships and National Institutes of Health-funded
predoctoral and junior faculty training programs. The depart-
ment has also expanded research collaborations and developed
a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program and successful
Dean Michael G. Perri with children in Leogane, Haiti
initiating hygiene promotion programs; and establishing an
infectious disease field laboratory. Agricultural projects led by
IFAS personnel will seek to develop sustainable agriculture for
Haitian farmers such as fish and poultry farming. Helping farm-
ers establish and expand these operations could aid them in tak-
ing the first steps out of poverty. Not only will these programs
provide important services to the community, they also offer
opportunities for UF research and education.
The resilience of the Haitian people has impressed us
immensely. Despite the massive amount of devastation and
the difficulties of life in Haiti, the people are eager to begin
re-building their lives. We look forward to helping them build a
better tomorrow. 0
To support the college's PHHP Haiti Education and Re-
search Program (fund #016591), please make checks payable to
the UF Foundation and mail to Marie Emmerson, University of
Florida, P.O. Box 103565, Gainesville FL 32610. Thank you for
"Dr. Vandenborne is an outstanding scholar, teacher, and
academic leader who has an extraordinary record of success in
attracting external support for research and training," said Michael
G. Perri, Ph.D., dean of the college.
Vandenborne studies muscle degeneration and regeneration
and leads multisite studies funded by the NIH. Vandenborne inves-
tigates noninvasive techniques, such as MRI, to evaluate muscle
tissue, and the use of gene transfer, exercise training and hormonal
supplements to enhance muscle function. She also examines the
physiological processes involved in repair of skeletal muscle and
return of functional ability.
"Dr. Vandenborne's energy, enthusiasm, creativity and wealth
of experience as a researcher, teacher, clinician and administrator
make her the ideal person to spearhead PHHP's research activities
and to contribute to the planning for the growth of our academic
enterprise," Perri said.
For more information on Vandenborne's research, see page 8. *
PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2010
Meryl Alappattu, a student in the rehabilitation science Ph.D.
program, received one of four Florence P Kendall Doctoral
Scholarships from the Foundation for Physical Therapy Board
Latarsha Chisholm, a student in the health services research
Ph.D. program, received a dissertation grant from the NIH's
National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Lisa D'Oyley, an undergraduate student majoring in commu-
nication sciences and disorders and psychology, received UF's
Judith Ann Young Scholarship.
Lisa LaGorio, a joint degree student in the rehabilitation
science doctoral and master's in public health degree programs,
received UF's Leighton E. Cluff Award for Aging Research and
a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Research Award from
the NIH to support her dissertation research.
Laura Zahodne, a doctoral student in the department of clinical
and health psychology received a Young Investigator award
from the American Neuropsychiatric Association.
The department of speech, language and hearing sciences
(formerly communicative disorders) recognized three students at
the annual G. Paul Moore Symposium. Brian Orr, a bachelor's
student in communication sciences and disorders, received the
Povey Award, and Megan Gerhart, a Doctor of Audiology
student, and Kristen Lewandowski, a master's student in
speech-language pathology, received Abbott Awards. *
faculty 0 TES
David Barber, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the PHHP
department of environmental and global health and in the College
of Veterinary Medicine, received the Pfizer Award for Research
Excellence in biomedical research.
Sherrilene Classen, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department
of occupational therapy, received an Excellence Award for Assistant
Professors from the UF Office of the Provost.
Jeffrey Harman, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department
of health services research, management and policy, is one of
33 UF faculty members to receive a UF Research Foundation
professorship for 2010-2013.
Michael Marsiske, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department
of clinical and health psychology, is the 2010 recipient of the
Outstanding Research Mentor in Aging Award from the Institute of
Physical therapy students receive instruction on using
a surfboard for rescue as part of a senior life saving
course in 1968. Completing the course qualified the
students to work with patients in the VA Hospital pool
Learning in Retirement in partnership with the UF Age Network.
Debra Shimon, Au.D., an assistant clinical professor and
audiologist in the department of speech, language and hearing
sciences, was named the president of the Florida Academy of
Audiology for 2010.
Michael Tuccelli, Ed.D., a senior lecturer in the department of
speech, language and hearing sciences, was named the college's
2010 Teacher of the Year.
Three college employees received UF Superior Accomplishment
Awards: Paulette Chaplin, administrative assistant in the dean's
office; Carol Mills, accountant in the department of speech,
language and hearing sciences; and Jianyi Zhang, coordinator of
statistical research in the department of health services research,
management and policy.
The PHHP Information Technology team, with Philip Chase,
director, Geof Gowan, security administrator, and Andrea Burne,
the college's information security administrator, received the 2009
Health Science Center Security Shining Star Award. 0
PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2010
UF veterinarian begins
By Sarah Carey
amiro Isaza, D.VM., an associate professor of
small animal clinical sciences at the College of
Veterinary Medicine, is one of the College of Pub-
lic Health and Health Professions' newest master's
in public health students. Isaza is among six UF faculty mem-
bers to receive KL2 Scholarships to support faculty members
who are pursuing a graduate-level degree in a multidisciplinary
area of clinical research. The program is part of the much
broader and highly competitive Clinical and Translational Sci-
ence Award the university received from the National Institutes
of Health in 2009.
Isaza, who currently is chief of the zoological medicine
service, plans to focus his public health studies on the occupational
risks faced by people such as zookeepers, wildlife professionals
and even pet owners who work with non-domestic species.
"I'm pretty well versed in the diseases these animals have,
but I want to communicate effectively with the human health
professionals about how these animal diseases can impact
human health," he said. "Ultimately I want to teach (veterinary)
students the importance of an M.PH. degree and how to
communicate with human health professionals as well as with
clients. This scholarship gives me the opportunity to bridge
that gap." *
PHHP appoints founding chair of environmental and
global health department
he College of Public Health and
Health Professions appointed
Gregory C. Gray, M.D., M.PH.,
founding chair of the college's new depart
ment of environmental and global health.
Gray comes to UF from the Univer-
Ssity of Iowa, where he established and
Directed the Center for Emerging Infec-
Dr. Gregory Gray tious Diseases.
"We are thrilled to have an internationally renowned
researcher like Dr. Gray as chair of our new environmental and
global health department," said Michael G. Perri, Ph.D., dean
of the College of Public Health and Health Professions. "Dr.
Gray's expertise in emerging infectious diseases will be a major
asset toward advancing our research and teaching efforts in
global and environmental health."
Gray's research interests include the epidemiology of
animal-to-human and human-to-animal disease transmission,
often in rural geographical areas. He leads research projects in
Cambodia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Romania and Thailand and has
frequently trained international professionals in emerging infec-
tious disease research.
At UF, Gray directs the newly established department of
environmental and global health, where faculty members edu-
cate public health students and conduct research in areas such as
toxicology, chemical and exposure risk assessment, air pollu-
tion, veterinary public health, water biology and molecular biol-
ogy. Gray plans to establish a Ph.D. program in environmental
and global health, and will work closely with the UF Emerging
Pathogens Institute to develop a virology research program.
PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2010
"We're very excited about bringing Dr. Gray on board to
head a virology arm of the Emerging Pathogens Institute," said
institute Director J. Glenn Morris, M.D., M.PH. "His inter-
national research surveying zoonotic influenza encompasses
the type of research EPI fosters because it crosses geographic
borders as well as academic fields such as public health, virol-
ogy and agricultural sciences."
Gray has published more than 150 manuscripts in the peer-
reviewed literature. He currently serves on the board of the In-
ternational Society of Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses,
is an associate editor for the journal Infection and Public Health
and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Virology.
In 2009, Gray received Mongolia's highest honor for a
non-citizen, the Peace Medal, for his research collaborations in
communicable diseases. 0
dysfunction drugs don't lead
to risky sexual behavior
despite studies suggesting that
erectile dysfunction drugs promote .
irresponsible sexual behavior, men .-
who receive prescriptions for them are no
more likely to engage in risky sex acts than
men who do not receive prescriptions for the
medications, according to a UF study.
"For this study we took the perspective
of a doctor who may worry that prescribing Dr. Robert Cook
erectile dysfunction drugs to patients could contribute to the
spread of HIV," said lead researcher Robert Cook, M.D., M.PH.
'The findings from this study should provide some reassurance
to health-care providers that erectile dysfunction drugs appear to
be prescribed responsibly and used responsibly."
The study appeared in the February issue of the Journal of
General Internal Medicine.
"Previous studies have linked erectile dysfunction drugs
to risky sexual behavior, but nearly all of those studies have
evaluated the behavior of men who obtained erectile dysfunc-
tion drugs without a prescription or were already known to
be at high risk, such as men who have sex with men, or men
who have substance abuse problems," said Cook, an associ-
ate professor in the college's department of epidemiology and
biostatistics. "In this study we looked at erectile dysfunction
drugs and sexual behavior in the context of routine health care
for a group of men who are more representative of the general
The researchers defined risky sexual behavior as having
unprotected sex with a partner who has a different or unknown
For the UF study, researchers examined medical records,
participant surveys and pharmacy data for a subset of men
participating in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study, an ongoing
national study of health outcomes for HIV-positive and HIV-
negative veterans sponsored by the National Institutes of Health
and the Veterans Health Administration.
The men involved in the erectile dysfunction drug use
study included 2,787 sexually active men receiving care from
Veterans Health Affairs outpatient clinics between 2005 and
2007. Among the men in the sample, 53 percent were HIV-
infected and the other 47 percent did not have HIV infection.
The mean age of participants was 52.
The researchers found that 28 percent of the men received
prescriptions for erectile dysfunction drugs over a one-year
period. About 10 percent of men in both groups those who
used erectile dysfunction drugs and those who did not -
reported engaging in risky sexual behavior. 0
PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2010
Dale Ginder, 8, with r
for an MRI scan with
Donovan Lott, right, a
professor in the depa
UF receives $7.5 million for Duchenne
muscular dystrophy research
uchenne muscular dystrophy research at the University
of Florida got a major boost with the award of $7.5 mil-
lion in National Institutes of Health funding to study the
use of magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, in deter-
mining the natural progression of the disease.
Scientists in the College of Public Health and Health
Professions will seek to determine whether MRI technology can be used as a
precise, noninvasive measure of muscle tissue in children with Duchenne mus-
cular dystrophy Understanding how the disease affects muscle tissue could help
facilitate the testing of new therapies in clinical trials, researchers say
Duchenne muscular dystrophy affects about one of every 3,500 to 5,000
boys born in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. The disease causes the muscles that control movement to pro-
gressively weaken and lose the ability to regenerate after an injury, eventually
replacing critical muscle tissue with fat and collagen. By age 12, many patients
need a wheelchair. As the disease advances, the heart and respiratory systems
are affected and patients often die of cardiorespiratory failure in their 20s.
"The lack of a reliable assessment tool for measuring muscle function in
patients with Duchenne inhibits the transfer of new therapies from the lab to
clinical trials," said the study's lead investigator KristaVandenborne, Ph.D., the
another Lelia, prepares college's associate dean for research and planning and chair of the department
the help of Dr. of physical therapy. "MRI allows you to look at the structure of muscle tissue
research assistant in a very objective way with a large amount of detail. Our goal is to develop
rtment of physical MRI as a tool to see the progression of the disease, but more importantly, to
determine if a new treatment is effective or not, giving researchers rapid feed-
back about potential new drugs."
The study is funded by the National Institute of Arthritis
and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and the National In- N
stitute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and will include
researchers at Oregon Health and Science University, Children's
Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania.
Researchers at the four sites will conduct MRI measurements of
muscle in 100 boys with Duchenne, ages 5 through 14, over a
Preliminary studies, funded by Parent Project Muscular
Dystrophy and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, involved *
about 30 boys and demonstrated that MRI had many advantages
over traditional muscle biopsies, Vandenborne said. Biopsies are
invasive and do not give researchers a complete view of all the
"We are confident that by the end of the study we will be
able to provide clear guidelines for how MRIs should be per-
formed in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and that MRIs will be
a valuable tool in clinical trials and drug tests targeting potential Researchers measure Dale's
Duchenne treatments," Vandenborne said. muscle function.
PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2010
New therapy is easy to swallow
By Jill Pease
y the time he began an experimental swal-
lowing therapy at UF last fall, Ben Shuck-
burgh, 42, of West Sussex, England, had
been relying exclusively on tube feeding
for nine months.
In 2008, surgeons removed a fist-sized
tumor from Shuckburgh's throat and used tissue from his left
forearm to build a new throat during a 23-hour surgery. After
weeks of radiation and chemotherapy he lost the ability to swal-
low food. When his local therapist told him about a new swal-
lowing treatment offered at UF, Shuckburgh decided to travel to
Gainesville to see if the program could work for him.
"Here was an opportunity that I had to accept," said
Shuckburgh, an investment manager and personal development
trainer. "I knew that I may be tube fed for the rest of my life.
I thought 'I'll try it and if it doesn't work at least I know I've
done all that I can to get well and improve my quality of life
with my family.'"
The McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program, named in honor
of the first person to receive it, is the brainchild of College
of Public Health and Health Professions researchers Michael
Crary, Ph.D., a professor in the department of speech, language
and hearing sciences, and Giselle Mann, Ph.D., M.PH., an asso-
ciate professor in the department of behavioral science and com-
munity health. The new therapy strengthens muscles involved in
swallowing through frequent and intense exercise, and it could
give people with swallowing disorders a common side effect
of head and neck cancer treatment or stroke hope of restoring
lost swallowing function.
"Traditionally, swallowing treatment has taken a very con-
servative, hands-off approach. Therapists modified food or used
compensatory measures so it was safer for patients to swallow.
Consequently, the muscles involved in swallowing were never
progressively strengthened, and people would plateau in their
rehab. We were protecting the airway but not allowing muscle
change," said Mann, a speech-language pathologist.
So far Crary and Mann have tested the treatment in nearly
30 patients, most of whom had no ability to eat food before
treatment. During the three-week program patients start with
food they can manage safely, such as pudding and bananas, and
move on to more challenging foods like meat and vegetables.
The training is intense working on a progressive maximum
interval system, patients swallow 80 to 90 times a session
compared to 20 to 30 times in traditional treatment sessions.
Researchers closely monitor the patients' eating and train par-
ticipants to keep their airways clear.
Ben Shuckburgh traveled to UF from England last year
for an experimental swallowing disorders treatment.
By the end of Shuckburgh's first week of therapy, he could
eat chicken alfredo and went on to experience several American
classics including Easy Mac, meatloaf, mashed potatoes and
gravy, and what Shuckburgh calls "the pinnacle of the American
culinary arts," the Twinkie.
Throughout his treatment Shuckburgh posted video diaries
of his experiences on YouTube so his friends and family, in-
cluding wife Emma and children Sam, 14, and Rose, 12, could
follow his progress from England.
"After the first week, I have a feeling of real optimism,"
said Shuckburgh in a YouTube post. "I'm astonished by the
progress I've made. I'm actually eating substantial amounts of
food. For the first time I've allowed myself to actually believe
that I'm going to eat relatively normally, and it's an amazing
Like Shuckburgh, the other patients in the pilot study have
made impressive gains in their swallowing abilities and main-
tained their improvements in the weeks following the treat-
ment's end, Mann said. The researchers are currently conducting
an NIH-funded randomized, controlled trial to test the therapy
in a larger group of patients.
Back home in England, Shuckburgh reports that he is eat-
ing normally and has had his feeding tube removed. He success-
fully met his pre-treatment goal of eating a Sunday dinner of
lamb and roasted potatoes with his family.
"Going through this experience, the emotional aspects
of eating have become very clear to me," he said. "We eat to
celebrate, commiserate, comfort and refresh. We create food,
give it and share it. Stepping outside of that world has been the
hardest part. That's why Sunday dinner with my family is so
special to me." 0
PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2010
With help from mom, PHHP student becomes
first-generation college graduate
By April Frawley Birdwell
Yahaira Roman, PHHP class of 2010, with her mother
PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2010
hen Yahaira Roman was
in her freshman year of
high school, her cousin
got in a car accident.
His recovery included
physical therapy, and
Roman visited him often during the sessions.
"Ever since then I knew I wanted to go into
health," said Roman, who recently became the
first in her family to graduate from college when
she earned her bachelor's degree in health sci-
ence from the College of Public Health and Health
Professions. "I have just always wanted to help
people. I felt like this was my route."
But Roman's course toward college and chiro-
practic school she starts at Palmer Chiropractic
School this fall actually was set much earlier,
by her mother. Roman's mother, Rosa Reveron,
brought her children from Puerto Rico to the
United States when Roman was a toddler in hopes
of giving them a better future.
"When you have children, you want what is best for them,"
said Reveron, who lives in Port Orange, Fla. "Puerto Rico is
wonderful, but I just don't know if I could have done it there."
Although she was a single mother and worked full-time,
Reveron always stayed up late to help Roman with her home-
work when she was a child. And she never missed an open
house, Roman said.
ly mom has always encouraged me to go to school," Ro-
man said. "I always knew I wanted to go to college, but you never
really know if you can afford it. My mom was like money is not
an option, you are doing it no matter what, don't let things stand
in your way. I wouldn't be the person I am if it wasn't for her."
Roman, who grew up in Daytona Beach, knew she was
UF-bound from a young age. When she was a teen, her mother
brought her to Gainesville so they could take her stepfather to
the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Roman
pointed UF out to her mother as they drove by.
"She said, 'Ma, you see that school? One day I am going to
graduate from there with honors.' And she did," Reveron said.
"When she wants something she works hard for it. I am just
so proud of her." 0
PHHP's outstanding alumni 2009
Alumnus of the Year
Alan Levine, M.H.A., M.B.A.
Health Administration/ Business
Administration master's '93
Last November the college recognized six
graduates as Outstanding Alumni for 2009.
Of those six honorees, Alan Levine was
selected as the college's Alumnus of the Year. He was recognized at
the college's commencement ceremony May 2.
Levine is Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and
Hospitals. He manages a budget of $7.8 billion and provides
oversight and services in mental health, public health, emergency
preparedness, Medicaid, health information technology, addictive
disorders and aging services.
Previously, Levine served as president and CEO of Florida's Bro-
ward Health, one of the largest non-profit public hospital systems
in America. In 2004, Levine was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush
to serve as secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Admin-
istration. He led Florida's health delivery system through recovery
from eight hurricanes and developed initiatives to crack down on
fraud, waste and abuse. In 2006, Modern Healthcare magazine
named Levine one of 30 leaders nationwide likely to have a power-
ful impact on the future of health care.
My favorite UF memory: Losing an election for student body
president because someone ran their cat on the ballot (yes, the cat
got enough votes that it threw the race into a runoff and I lost in the
runoff) was one that, to this day, people don't believe. Probably the
one memory that had the most consequential outcome was when I
was applying to get into PHHP for graduate school, but because of
my extracurricular activities and general laziness in the classroom, I
wasn't a terribly competitive applicant. And back then, you also had
to get admitted to the business school for an MBA. I remember Dr.
(Paul) Duncan, Dr. (Gerald) Schiebler and Dr. (Richard) Gutekunst
giving me a lot of advice. About a week before decisions were
made about enrollment, Dr. Gutekunst called me and said, "I have a
little fatherly advice for you, Alan. Quit calling everyone!" A week
later, I was admitted. They shared with me that they saw something
in me beyond grades, and they wanted to see what I could do. I
worked so hard in graduate school not to let them down, and to a
certain degree, I carry that same determination today. These guys
really took a chance with me, and it was a life-changer for me.
Frankly, it's helped me become a better mentor, because I look for
the same things in the people I hire that they saw in me.
r Irene Davis, Ph.D., PT., F.A.C.S.M.
Physical Therapy bachelor's '78
Davis is a professor of physical therapy and
director of the Running Injury Lab at the
University of Delaware. She also serves as
the director of research for Drayer Physical
Therapy Institute. Davis has been studying
the relationship between lower extremity
structure, mechanics and injury in runners for the past 20 years.
Current areas of study include mechanical factors in tibial stress
fractures and patellofemoral disorders along with the effect of
physical therapy interventions such as foot orthotic treatment and
gait retraining. Her work has been supported by the Department
of Defense, Army Research Office and the National Institutes of
Health. Davis is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medi-
cine and past-president of the American Society of Biomechanics.
She has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, ABC Good
Morning America, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
My favorite UF memory: Studying with my lab partners Jerry
Krugh and Jon Nordgaard
Best lesson learned at UF: That physical therapy was truly the
right profession for me
UF faculty member who influenced me the most: I loved
the entire faculty, but I must say that I will never forget the way
Martha Wroe laughed at herself. She taught me not to take myself
Advice for current UF students: Take your education to heart
- it provides an incredible opportunity, which will open many
doors for you in the future. Enjoy this time in your life there are
few times in your life that you are so unconstrained in your choices.
People would be surprised to
know: I originally wanted to be
an FBI agent, like Agent 99 on the
show, "Get Smart." At 15, I wrote
J. Edgar Hoover a letter inquiring
about doing an internship with the
FBI. However, he told me that fe-
males weren't allowed in the FBI.
With my dreams of being a secret
agent dashed, I chose my current
profession of physical therapy ...
and have never looked back!
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Leslie J. Gonzalez Rothi, Ph.D.
Speech Pathology Ph.D. '78
Gonzalez Rothi is a research career scientist
and program director of the Veterans Affairs
Office of Rehabilitation Research and De-
velopment's Brain Rehabilitation Research
Center of Excellence, located at the Malcom
Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville.
She is also the Bob Paul Family Professor of Neurology in the UF
College of Medicine. She has served as president of the Interna-
tional Neuropsychological Society, the Academy of Neurologic
Communication Disorders and Sciences, and the Neurologic Com-
munication Disorders Division of the American Speech-Language-
Hearing Association. In 2007 she received the Paul B. Magnuson
Award, the highest recognition given by the Department of Veterans
Affairs for outstanding rehabilitation research.
For the last 25 years, Gonzalez Rothi's research has focused on
understanding and treating disorders of spoken language, reading,
spelling, memory, attention/intention, gesture and tool use.
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My favorite UF memory: Joining my fellow
o..ctoral students and professors each day for
I inch at the Rathskeller, next to Dauer Hall. It
burned down in 1987 and was not replaced,
but the comradery built there during those
moments lives on within each of us.
UF faculty member who influenced
me the most: Ed Hutchinson (department
of communication sciences and disorders)
who taught me that I could finish anything
I started if I just persevered; Ira Fischler
(department of psychology) who taught me to consider what might
be within the "black box"; Paul Satz (department of clinical and
health psychology) who taught me that truth is found in the conver-
gence of disparate perspectives; Ken Heilman (department of neu-
rology) who taught me that creativity does NOT occur in a vacuum
but instead occurs when ideas are generously shared.
Advice for current UF students: My evolution as a profes-
sional has continuously evolved through a series of iterations but
each iteration represented simply circumstances that I fell into. I
hope that UF students will be strategic in choices about education
and career, including in these decisions not only professional con-
siderations not the least of which is that it captures one's interest,
but also consider life goals such as family/self and lifestyle. Don't
rely on luck, as I did, but instead be strategic and explicit.
People would be surprised to know: That I was a cheerleader
throughout my undergraduate years and my stated life goal at that
time was to complete college, be a flight attendant and see the world.
Robert Hosford, Ph.D.
Hosford and his wife Paula Lovett, Ph.D.,
co-own Counseling & Rehabilitation As-
sociates Inc., with offices in Gainesville and
Ocala. He received his undergraduate degree
from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa and
after working as a counselor in Clearwater, Fla. for five years, he
earned his master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from UF in
1979. Hosford completed his doctorate in the UF counselor educa-
tion program, focusing his studies on levels of hope and depression
in clients with chronic pain.
Hosford is a licensed
mental health coun-
selor in the State
of Florida and is
board certified by the
National Board for
He has served on the
governing boards of
both the American
Mental Health Coun-
selor Association and
the American Coun-
In his leisure time he
enjoys reading, inter-
national travel, cook-
ing, and listening to
world music. Over the ,
years, he and his wife
have had the privilege
of mentoring numerous graduates from the college's department of
behavioral science and community health, formerly the department
of rehabilitation counseling.
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Barbara A. Schell, Ph.D., O.T.,
Schell is a professor and chair of occu-
pational therapy at Brenau University in
Gainesville, Ga. She has written numerous
publications related to occupational therapy
management, professional development and clinical reasoning and
has served on the editorial boards of both the American Journal of
Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy in Health Care.
Schell is co-editor (with her husband John) of Clinical and Profes-
sional Reasoning in Occupational Therapy and is also a co-editor
of Willard and Spackman's Occupational Therapy, 10th and 11th
editions, a core foundations text for the field.
Schell has held several leadership positions in the American
Occupational Therapy Association, including founding member
and past chair of the Administrative and Management Special
Interest Section, past chair of the Special Interest Sections Steering
Committee and member of the Executive Board. A Fellow of
the association, Schell currently serves as chair of the AOTA
Commission on Continuing Competence and Professional
My favorite UF memory: The faculty lining up along the path to
allow safe passage of students who had staged a sit-in at one of the
classroom lecture halls ... can't remember which building, but it
got a bit tense. Father Gannon talked to the students about options
and we all agreed to leave the building, but those were tense times
and there were police around.
Another favorite is the interdisciplinary student conference we ar-
ranged. Many of us from different disciplines thought it would be
good if we knew more about each other's fields, so we talked the
departments into suspending classes for a day, so we could all meet.
It was great!
Best lesson learned at UF: From Alice Jantzen ... before you
go spouting off your opinion, be sure you are informed about what
you are talking about.
UF faculty member who influenced me the most: There
were many in the occupational therapy faculty ... Alice Jantzen,
the chair, who was a great role model for intellectual integrity, Lela
Llorens who was a gracious and generous scholar and therapist,
Gladys Masagatani who made you think about power, Nancy Nashiro
who showed me the power of small group reflection.
Advice for current UF students: Make the most of your time,
not only in studies, but in taking in all there is to do.
People would be surprised to know: Hmmmm ... I became
a pretty good golfer, but didn't really start playing until my 40s ...
need to get back to the course!
Daniel Shapiro, Ph.D.
Clinical and Health Psychology
Shapiro is the Arnold P Gold Foundation
Professor of Medical Humanism and the
chair of the department of humanities at
Penn State College of Medicine. His writings
about the patient experience and physician-
patient relationships have appeared in the New York Times, JAMA,
Salon. com and Academic Medicine. He has been featured on the
Today Show, NPR's Talk of the Nation, ABC News.com, AARP
Magazine and Salon.com and he is a regular weekly consultant to
the television shows "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice."
Shapiro has written two books, Mom's Marijuana, about his per-
sonal cancer experience, and a second memoir, Delivering Doctor
Amelia, which focused on his psychological treatment of a physi-
cian. Both books are in wide use at universities and colleges and are
required reading at a number of medical schools.
My favorite UF memory:
For a number of years, I
celebrated Thanksgiving with
three other grad students
by canoeing down the
Suwannee River over three
days. We only swamped
once. I'm just drying out
now. I still blame David- - -
Best lesson learned at UF: I can't reduce five years of graduate
training, including a cancer experience, a marriage, and seeing my
first patients, to a pithy, one sentence recollection. In general, we
were very well trained I didn't realize how well until I went to
Harvard for an internship and post-doc and met graduate students
from other institutions.
UF faculty member who influenced me the most: I was
influenced by many of the faculty at the University of Florida.
Steve Boggs, Hugh Davis, Harry Grater, and the late Jacque
Goldman all had a major influence on my development. But I
was equally influenced by a number of smart graduate students:
especially Jeff Musick, Adam Fuller, Angel Seibring and Sandy
Advice for current UF students: Mostly, don't take the ad-
vice of out of touch alumni. I do have one nugget. For the clinical
psychology students: schedule your dissertation defense for 4:00 on
a Friday, preferably the first day of spring.
People would be surprised to know: I'm not interesting
enough to have kept any secrets.
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Julia Ackerman and Erin DeFries
Bouldin, both 2006 graduates of the
master's in public health program, are
the PHHP recipients of UF's Outstand-
ing Young Alumni Award. Julia is the di-
rector of WellFlorida Council's Healthy
Start program. Erin is a lecturer in the
college's department of epidemiology
Aubrey Daniels, Ph.D., doctorate in
psychology '65, founder of the busi-
ness management consulting firm
ADI, recently published his fifth book,
OOPS! 13 Management Practices That
Waste Time & Money (and what to do
Marnie Levin Danielson, bachelor's
in occupational therapy '96, is the
co-founder and star of the DVD series
"The TV Teacher," which helps young
children develop handwriting skills.
Alexandra Linares Ehrlich, master's
in public health '08, is a biostatistician
with Northrop Grumman, assisting
researchers who are using restricted
Marvieann Garcia-Rodriguez, bach-
elor's in occupational therapy '84,
received her M.H.S. in occupational
therapy from UF's distance learning
master's program in August 2009. She
is a clinical specialist in Miami.
Eileen (Martin) Graessle, bachelor's in
occupational therapy '94, is an adjunct
faculty member at St. Louis University
in the occupational therapy/occupa-
tional science department, in addition
to her PRN therapy work.
Dr. Mack Hicks, doctorate in psy-
chology '64, has authored The Digital
Pandemic: Reestablishing Face-to-
Face Contact in the Electronic Age,
published by New Horizons Press.
Doree Justiss, master's in health
administration '04, lives in St. Louis
with her husband John and children
Jaxon, Morgan and Reagan Presley.
Doree is an account manager with
Health Business Navigators.
Leanne Kaye, master's in public health
'09, is a second year doctoral student
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sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Julie (Yedlicka) Kenny, occupational
therapy '94, became a certified hand
therapist in 2001 and married her
husband Phil in 2004. Their first child,
son Jonahkai, was born in 2008 and a
second child is on the way. The family
lives in Phoenix.
Janet Mazurek Losey, bachelor's in
physical therapy '69, works in the acute
rehabilitation unit at St. John's Regional
Medical Center in Oxnard, Calif.
Karen Menning, bachelor's in
occupational therapy '80, received her
master's degree at Duke University as a
physician assistant in 2000. She helps
manage inpatient rehabilitation at Holzer
Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio.
Judith Pink-Goldin, bachelor's in
occupational therapy '76, has worked
as an OTR/L with the Veterans Health
Administration for 32 years. She lives in
Lutz, Fla. Judith's daughter Erica was
accepted into the college's master's in
occupational therapy program.
Jenni Fried Shaffren, master's in
speech-language pathology '06, and
her husband Ricky welcomed daughter
Ella Sophia on March 30, 2009.
Joyce Graham Shahboz, bachelor's in
physical therapy '97, provided treat-
ment to National Team athletes at a
USA Swimming Grand Prix Series meet
in Charlotte, N.C. in May.
Ronald Simon, bachelor's in physi-
cal therapy '94, was named director of
North Cypress Sports Medicine Center
in Cypress, Texas.
ClaudiaTamayo, master's in public
health '09, is now program manager
for the Florida Office on Disability and
Health, located in the college's depart-
ment of epidemiology and biostatistics.
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