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New research provides insight

into heart healthy exercise regimen

hirty minutes of brisk walking a day is a step in the
right direction toward improved heart health, according
to research by college investigator Michael Perri, Ph.D.
The findings were published in Archives ofInternal
Medicine, and received coverage from hundreds of
news outlets including the Washington Post, Boston
Globe, San Francisco Chronicle and Chicago Tribune.
Study participants who were prescribed an exercise regimen of
walking for 30 minutes five or more days a week at either a moder-
ate or hard intensity, or at a hard intensity three to four days a week,
showed significant long-term improvements in cardiorespiratory fit-
ness. Fast-paced, frequent walking offered the largest fitness benefits
and also led to modest, short-term improvements in cholesterol levels.
A half hour of moderate-intensity walking most days of the week
has been associated with significant health benefits and is in line with
recommendations from the American Heart Association, the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Surgeon General.
But instead of evaluating weight loss, the UF study focused specifi-
cally on exercise's effects on heart health and addressed the wide
variability in people's adherence to exercise regimens, which health
providers must take into account when counseling patients.
"National guidelines for exercise are based largely on studies
conducted in laboratory settings with close supervision of how much
exercise is completed by the study participants," said Perri, associate
dean and a professor in the department of clinical and health psychol-
ogy. "In our research, we were very interested in learning about the
ways people respond to different exercise prescriptions when they are
asked to complete the exercise on their own, in their home or work
Exercise at either high frequency or hard intensity seems to be
the key, the researchers discovered.
"When exercising on their own, people generally complete only
about 60 percent of the amount prescribed," Perri said. "As a result,
an exercise prescription for moderate-intensity walking on three to
four days a week may not generate a large enough amount of exercise
to produce a change in fitness."
In the two-year study, researchers evaluated nearly 500 sedentary

men and women who were randomly assigned to one of four exercise
groups or to a comparison group that only received group counseling
by a physician. The duration and type of exercise prescribed were the
same for each of the exercise groups 30 minutes of walking a day
- but the intensity and frequency varied.
Measurements of cardiorespiratory fitness, HDL cholesterol (the
"good" form) and the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL were taken at
baseline, at six months and at two years.
At six months, participants in high-frequency or high-intensity
exercise groups showed a significant increase in cardiorespiratory
fitness, but only those who walked at a fast pace five to seven days
a week had significant improvements in HDL or the ratio of total
cholesterol to HDL.
At two-year follow-up, 21 percent
of the participants who walked five or
more days a week or three to four days
a week at a fast pace had a 10 percent or
greater improvement in cardiorespiratory
fitness, compared with 14 percent of the
participants in the low-frequency exercise
or comparison group. While the changes
may appear modest, previous studies
have shown that a 10 percent increase in
cardiorespiratory fitness may result in a Dr. Michael Perri
15 percent reduction in mortality.
Improvements in cholesterol profiles were not sustained at the
two-year mark, however, perhaps due to diminished adherence to the
regimen, Perri said.
The UF study provides valuable information that health practitio-
ners can use when counseling their patients on exercise plans, wrote
Steven Blair and Michael LaMonte of the health research center, the
Cooper Institute, in an editorial accompanying the journal article.
"This study makes important contributions to our understanding
of how much exercise is necessary to produce important
physiological adaptations," Blair said. "The bottom line is that 30
minutes of walking on five to seven days a week provides substantial
health benefits." 0

PHHP co-hosts
public health
institute, establishes
advisory committee

How can we prevent the
spread of avian flu from animals
to humans? What is the psycho-
logical impact of disasters?
These concerns and more
were addressed at the 2006
Winter Public Health Institute
held in Gainesville in January.
The institute was sponsored
by PHHP and the University
of Minnesota School of Public
Health, in collaboration with both
universities' colleges of veteri-
nary medicine.
"We are very excited about
our first joint venture with the
School of Public Health at the
University of Minnesota," said
Mary Peoples-Sheps, Dr.P.H.,
director of UF's public health
programs. "This was an oppor-
tunity to build on Minnesota's
experience with the institute
concept in order to offer timely
and important courses to public
health practitioners."
Course topics included avian
influenza; behavioral health in
disasters; risk communication
and food safety; and field inves-
tigation response.
Critical public health issues
were among the topics dis-
cussed at the first meeting of the
college's Public Health External
Advisory Committee in Janu-
ary. The 15-member group of
public health leaders will provide
guidance to the PHHP program
on the skills required of public
health graduates, opportunities
for community involvement,
evaluation of the program's
effectiveness and professional
continuing education.
The meeting also featured a
public lecture by Harrison Spen-
cer, M.D., M.P.H., president
and CEO of the Association of
Schools of Public Health.
"As UF's public health pro-
gram is developed the university
and its faculty and students will
certainly be enriched," Spencer
said. 0


dean's MESSAGE

The recent bestseller The World is Flat, by New York
Times columnist Thomas Friedman, describes how
changes brought about by access to the Internet, dwin-
dling of international tensions accompanying the fall of
the Berlin Wall, and increasing educational achieve-
ment abroad are changing
how we do business and
prepare individuals in the
educational system.
The fodder for many of the
changes Friedman describes
has been created by interna-
tional students educated in
the United States who have
returned to their homes and
established businesses. The
American higher educa-
Dr. Robert G. Frank tion system has long been
recognized as the premier educational system in the
world a patchwork of state and private universities
which simply has no peer. The desire of international
students to earn an American degree does more than
benefit their home countries. International students
bring more than $13 billion in tuition, fees and housing
revenue to the United States. In Florida alone, about
26,000 students from other countries bring more than
$625 million into communities like Gainesville.
Colleges providing degrees in the health disciplines
have traditionally had a greater number of U.S. student
applicants than they can possibly accept and con-
sequently, such colleges have been slower to focus
on opportunities in other countries. But as the world
flattens and new technology continues to emerge, it is
clear that American universities are uniquely positioned
to award coveted degrees to international students in
the United States or in their own communities abroad.
At the University of Florida, there has been growing
recognition of the importance of international
education. PHHP has always been willing to host inter-
national scholars, establishing exchange agreements
with La Trobe University in Australia, Oxford University
and the University of Jordon.
New opportunities are on the horizon with the
recent establishment of a UF center in Beijing, China
to explore relationships with Chinese businesses and
universities. As China has moved toward a more open
society, there has been a major emphasis on the need
to develop educational opportunities for the country's
1.2 billion citizens. American universities can clearly
play a role in this endeavor about 360 million people
from China speak English, more than there are people
in the United States.
Working with the Beijing office, PHHP has ex-
plored the possibility of collaboration with a number of
Chinese universities who have expressed interest in
several of our programs including public health, health
administration and physical therapy. Talks on these
proposed programs continue to progress and we hope
we can report on successful outcomes in the future.
The idea that more people than ever can collabo-
rate and communicate across the world is exciting. As
Friedman writes: "we are now connecting all the
knowledge centers on the planet together into a single
global network, which if politics and terrorism do
not get in the way could usher in an amazing era of
prosperity and innovation." 0



Medicaid refo"

PHHP investigators to study effects

of Florida's sweeping Medicaid reform

researchers in the
College of Public
Health and Health
Professions have
received a $2.5
million contract to
evaluate the outcome of Florida's
new high-profile plan to reform
During the five-year study,
investigators will conduct an orga-
nizational analysis of the reform;
determine its fiscal impact; and
measure the satisfaction, quality of
care and outcomes experienced by
enrollees and health-care providers
as the reform is implemented.
Considered one of the most
aggressive state Medicaid reform
initiatives, Florida's plan will
attempt to address challenges as-
sociated with the rapidly growing
program, which currently provides
medical coverage for more than 2
million of the state's families with
low income, elderly and people with
disabilities, at a cost of $15 billion
a year.
"The proposed Medicaid reform
program is very interesting," said
R. Paul Duncan, Ph.D., the study's
principal investigator and chair of
the department of health services
research, management and policy.

"Medicaid is a huge, expensive and
important program, and every state
struggles to manage it effectively.
Florida's reform plan is very ambi-
tious. What happens in Florida will
be watched by 49 other states."
Florida's Medicaid reform is
modeled on private sector managed
care plans. Lawmakers hope that
under the new program, Medicaid
participants will have more flex-
ibility in choosing their health-care
providers. In addition, the reform
program is intended to foster compe-
tition among providers who will
bid on contracts to offer services
and be accountable for the enroll-
ees' care saving the state money
without compromising the quality
of care.
"The aim of transforming
Medicaid is to measurably improve
the system of care delivery for Med-
icaid consumers," said Alan Levine,
secretary of Florida's Agency for
Health Care Administration. "This
long-term study will provide us with
a thoughtful, independent review of
the important indicators critical for
success, and our progress toward
achieving them."
The research team, which also
includes department faculty
members Allyson Hall, Ph.D.,

Dr. R. Paul Duncan

Christy Lemak, Ph.D., and
Niccie McKay, Ph.D., will provide
six-month progress reports on the
research to the Agency for Health
Care Administration.
They will begin work in Bro-
ward and Duval counties, where
the reform program will first be
implemented. Research will extend
to Baker, Clay, Nassau and possibly
other counties as the reform
demonstration expands.
"Broward and Duval are
urban counties while the counties in
the second wave are more sparsely
populated," Duncan said. "One of
the questions we'll need to answer is
'will this program work differently
in urban and rural settings?"'"

New department chair named

leading public health
psychologist Barbara
Curbow, Ph.D., has been
named chair of the
department of
rehabilitation counseling.
She succeeds former Chair
Horace Sawyer, Ed.D., who is retir-
Curbow most recently served as
an associate professor in the depart-
ment of health, behavior and society
at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health. She is
currently dividing her time between
the two universities until she begins
her full-time appointment at UF on
March 1.
One of Curbow's first chal-
lenges in her UF post will be guiding
the department through the transition
of a new name and the addition of
two areas of study. Pending approval
from university administration, the
department will take the name
community and behavioral health
sciences to reflect the addition of
public health divisions in environ-

mental health and social and behav-
ioral sciences to the existing program
in rehabilitation counseling.
"A major goal of mine is to find
a way to integrate the interests of
the faculty and students so this is a
single working
group instead of
three separate
Curbow said.
"There are many
ways in which
these disciplines
can overlap."
Other goals
include promot-
ing junior faculty
research and de- Dr. Barbara
veloping doctoral
programs in social and behavioral
health and environmental health.
Curbow's research interests
include cancer prevention and
control, occupational health psychol-
ogy and risk communications, with
projects focusing on issues such as
adolescent girls and smoking, mam-


mography screening, quality of life
issues for patients with cancer, and
job-related stress.
Curbow ranks involvement in
graduate education high on her list of
"I am proudest of the
fact that I have mentored
25 doctoral students who
are now scattered all over
the country," said Curbow,
who has also served on
S 75 doctoral dissertation
committees. "I take great
personal satisfaction in
having a hand in training
them in the psychology of
public health."
u rbow Curbow received her
Ph.D. in social/personality
psychology from the University of
California, Santa Cruz. Her family
includes husband Bruce Carlberg,
an environmental manager at Walter
Reed Army Medical Center, daughter
Caitlin, a freshman at Johns Hopkins,
and daughter Oksana, a high school
junior at Garrison Forest School. 0

Sheila Eyberg, Ph.D., (center), a distinguished professor in the department of clinical and health
psychology, is seen in this photo from the mid '80s discussing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with
a family. Eyberg developed the therapy 30 years ago to modify the behavior of children with severe
conduct problems. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is now used in clinics across the country and a
national panel of experts recently recognized PCIT as a best practice for helping children heal from
the impact of abuse. UF hosted the Sixth National Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Conference in

student NEWS

Vonetta Dotson (department of clinical and health
psychology) received a Neuroscience Scholars
Fellowship from the Society for Neuroscience.

Harrison Jones (rehabilitation science) was awarded
the Larry Director Graduate Student Scholarship from
the Florida Association of Speech-Language Patholo-
gists and Audiologists. He also received a Graduate
Student Scholarship from the UF Women's Club.

A research poster by Lindsey Kirsch (department of
clinical and health psychology) was selected as one of
the top posters at the annual meeting of the American
Academy of Neurology.

Emily Kuhl (department of clinical and health psychol-
ogy) received a travel grant to attend the Annual
Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure Society of
America. She also received a research award from the
Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology and
the American Psychological Foundation.

Kimberly Miller (department of clinical and health
psychology) received a National Research Service
Award from the National Institutes of Health. She is
also the recipient of the Manfred Meier Neuropsychol-
ogy Scholarship, given by the American Psychological

Laura Williams (department of clinical and health
psychology) is one of 10 students nationally to be
named to the Student Advisory Board of the Society of
Pediatric Psychology.

The three-member team of Terika Haynes, Krystal
Rajkumar and Donna Thompson (department of
health services research, management and policy)
reached the finals of the annual student case competi-
tion sponsored by the National Association of Health
Services Executives. 0

faculty N TES

& staff

Russell Bauer, Ph.D., a professor in the department
of clinical and health psychology, has been named
president of the American Psychological Association's
division of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Michael Crary, Ph.D., a professor in the department
of communicative disorders and director of the Florida
Dysphagia Institute, received Ohio University's Medal
of Merit at the homecoming alumni awards gala held
last fall.

Brian Dodge, Ph.D., an assistant professor in public
health programs, received the annual award to a fel-
low or junior investigator for excellence in a research
article, from the Columbia University/New York State
Psychiatric Institute HIV Center for Clinical and
Behavioral Studies.
Vera Hemphill, senior clerk in the department of clini-
cal and health psychology, and Jessie Runge, office
manager in the department of communicative disor-
ders, were recognized as Employees of the Year at
the annual PHHP Faculty/Staff appreciation dinner. 0


PHHP student charms Gator fans as Alberta

he has one of the most recogniz-
able faces in the Gator Nation. She
can be seen delighting crowds at
hundreds of events. But you may be
surprised to know she is also one of
the college's own. Yes, UF's sweet-
natured Swamp Queen, Alberta, leads a double life
as a student in the PHHP bachelor's in health science
degree program.
Alberta whose true identity cannot be
revealed here in keeping with UF Spirit Team policy
- came to mascotting as a way to channel her
energy and enthusiasm.
"In high school, I tried out for cheerleading,"
said Alberta, who grew up in Seminole, Fla. "The
judges said I was the most spirited person they'd
seen, but because I couldn't do the flips and jumps,
they couldn't take me for the team."
The role of Alberta seemed like the perfect fit.
After a two-day tryout during her freshman year,
"our" Alberta was selected for the team, joining four
other female students who share the position.
There were a few hurdles Alberta needed to
overcome before feeling comfortable in her reptilian

"I had to learn how to make huge movements so
people know what I'm doing and I had to get used to
the huge feet," said Alberta who is a petite five-foot-
one-inch in her other life. "I also had to learn to walk
slowly and always look down in case there are small
children at my feet."
She has since perfected signature gestures such
as blowing kisses and performing
dainty curtseys, and now serves
as captain of the Alberta mascot
"I'm in love with the whole
idea of being a mascot," Alberta
said. "Even when I'm having a
bad day, getting in to the cos-
tume just puts a smile on my
But here is another surprise:
Alberta spent most of her childhood being terrified
of mascots and anyone in a costume, which can
probably be attributed to an older brother who en-
joyed scaring the daylights out of her while he wore
a Spiderman mask. Alberta believes that her former
fear of costumed figures helps her relate to children
who are hesitant and shy around her. Alberta puts

out her hand for the child to touch and
usually when they feel her furry costume, the fear
goes away.
An air of mystery surrounds Alberta, however,
as only her closest friends and family know who
is behind the mask. But the secret will be revealed
at graduation this spring. Following mascot tradi-
tion, Alberta will accept her
diploma wearing the standard
cap and gown along with the
costume's distinctive hands
and feet.
Alberta, who plans to
begin classes in the master's
of occupational therapy pro-
gram at the University of St.
Augustine on the same day as
her UF graduation ceremony,
admits that she will probably miss the thrill of
entertaining Gator fans.
"It's been so surprising to me that at away
games the other team's fans love you as much as
their own mascot," she said. "Albert and Alberta are
so well known, even in other team's territories. I'm
very proud of our reputation." 0

* UF's costumed mascot, Albert, was created
in the 1960s. Alberta joined him in 1986.
* There is some confusion about the nature
of Albert and Alberta's relationship, accord-
ing to "our" Alberta. Originally, they were
thought to be boyfriend and girlfriend. Now
they are rumored to be "just friends."
* The height requirement to fit in to Alberta's
costume is five-feet-five-inches or shorter.
* Alberta's costume weighs about 25 pounds.

* Alberta attends about 300 events a year
(with her responsibilities shared among five
students). In addition to sporting events, she
appears at charity functions, birthday parties
and weddings.
* Students who serve as mascots receive
partial scholarships.

* The temperature inside the mascot suit is
an estimated 20 degrees warmer than the
current outside temperature.


Someone's at the door

Beloved instructor gets

helping hand from students

obert Garrigues, Ph.D., isn't much of
a cook, a self-described master of only
"scrambled eggs, sandwiches and
heating soup."
So when his students learned that
Garrigues, the college's associate dean
emeritus and a lecturer for the health science bachelor's
degree program, was struggling in the kitchen while his
wife Margaret is in a wheelchair following an illness,
they hatched a plan to help the couple.
Organized by teaching assistant Maria Rattray,
the students established a "hit and run" evening meal
delivery service, nicknamed the "Dinner Bell Bandits,"
last fall. The crafty students worked in small groups to
prepare meals and deliver them in disguise to the
Garrigues' home on most nights of the week. They left
home-cooked dishes and heartwarming poems on the
front step, knocked on the door and sprinted back to
their getaway vehicles.
"I honestly think the bandits enjoyed the thrill
of keeping me in the dark and the sneaking around
in costume and just participating in the joy of giving,
especially in secret," Garrigues said. "I learned to stay
away from the front door between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and
wait for the doorbell or a banging on the door. I never
tried to look and see who it was, though on occasion
I would catch a fleeting glimpse of two or three folks

running down the
street often in straw
hats, masks or their
faces covered. I knew
it was my class, but
there are 160 of them
and I never knew the
ringleaders or the
gang members."
It turns out that
nearly the entire
health science se-
nior class worked
together to cook for
the popular instruc-
tor, preparing dishes
like chicken and
dumplings, country
fried steak, chili and
combread, and plenty
of desserts, a total of
38 dinners in all.
"The senior class
has come together to

The Dinner Bell Bandits
revealed their identities
in an elaborate presenta-
tion honoring Garrigues in
December. The costumed
students performed songs,
read poetry and shared
photos of the meal
preparations and "hit and
run" deliveries.

provide a really special service for a professor,"
Rattray said. "This has been a truly amazing thing to
witness!" 0

Dr. Garrigues (in crown) and his wife Margaret are surrounded by members of the health science
senior class. "I cannot begin to tell how meaningful and wonderful the work of the Bandits has
been to Margaret and myself," Garrigues said. "I love my students, each and every one. They have
lived up to the spiritual admonition that it is more blessed to give than to receive. I continue to be
honored to be a small part of their preparation and education." Photos by Denise Trunk.


Lemak awarded

Bice Professorship

Christy Lemak, Ph.D.,
is the first recipient of
the Bice Professorship in
Health Services Research,
Management and Policy.
Michael 0. and Barbara
Bice established the UF
health services administra-
tion professorship fund
in 1999. As a challenge
endowment, the Bices'
$100,000 commitment Dr. Christy Le
helped to raise another
$100,000 in new gifts. Major contributors
included Munroe Regional Healthcare System,
Martin Memorial Healthcare Systems, Lakeland
Regional Health System, Health First and
Shands at the University of Florida. A matching
gift from the state of Florida brings the total gift
to $300,000.
"Barbara and I could not be happier that
Christy Lemak is the first recipient of the pro-
fessorship," said Bice, interim director of the
Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd
College in St. Petersburg, Fla. "We hold her in
the highest esteem and believe she represents
the best on every level."
Lemak, an associate professor and associate
chair in the college's department of health
services research, management and policy, is
the director of the master's in health adminis-
tration degree program. A department faculty
member since 1998, Lemak's primary areas of
teaching include health-care management and
strategic management of health-care organiza-
tions. Her research focuses on the study of
organizations providing health care to
underserved populations.
"Christy is the perfect choice for this appoint-
ment because of her effectiveness across all
three areas of academic endeavor teaching,
research and professional service," said
department chair R. Paul Duncan, Ph.D.
Michael Bice, a former senior vice president
and health care practice leader for Marsh,
a global insurance broker, has a longstand-
ing relationship with the department of health
services research, management and policy.
He has been an adjunct faculty member
since 1994 and also served terms as the
department's acting chair and as director of
the executive master's in health administration
degree program.
"The department is very, very good on
almost every level," Bice said. "But most top 10
health administration programs in the United
States have endowed professorships. We
wanted to create a fund that would help the
department move into top 10 status and attract
and retain high quality faculty." 0



A capital idea

Alumnus directs multi-million dollar real estate deals

s a top real estate investment ex-
ecutive, Fred Berliner, rehabilitation
counseling '75, oversees multi-
million dollar transactions with some
of the world's largest corporations.
The senior vice president of United
Trust Fund in Miami, Berliner has supervised more
than 200 projects in 33 states with transactions
exceeding $2 billion.
A career in high finance would appear to have
little in common with Berliner's UF training in re-
habilitation counseling. Not so, said Berliner, one of
the college's 2005 Outstanding Alumni of the Year.
"Many aspects of my career over the past 30
years have been connected to previous experiences,"
he said, noting that professionals in both careers are
frequently faced with challenges and setbacks.
"Until you reach a point in which both parties
are in agreement in a real estate transaction, there
are plenty of challenges," Berliner said. "In this job
you need to be a good listener and problem solver
and also have a great amount of patience. There's no
better program for honing those skills than rehabili-
tation counseling."
Following graduation from the UF rehabilita-
tion counseling program, Berliner was employed by

Florida's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and
also worked in residential treatment centers for two
"I realized at some point I wanted to make a
career change, but I didn't know what I wanted to
do," Berliner said.
Ajob in medical equip-
ment sales piqued his interest
in finance and Berliner joined
United Trust Fund as vice
president of finance in 1982
and was named senior vice
president in 1987. He oversees
all aspects of the acquisition
process including investiga-
tion of a potential investment,
financial analysis, lease
negotiations and the entire
closing process.
United Trust Fund special- Fred Berliner
izes in sale-leasebacks they
buy property from companies and immediately lease
the property back to the corporation so it can
maintain operations at the same site.
"Companies want to do sale-leasebacks because
it takes the capital they have locked up in real estate

and frees it for something else," Berliner said. "For
example, one of our clients, Bank of America, has
8,000 branches. If they owned the property at all
those locations they wouldn't have money available
to loan to customers."
Working in this field is challenging,
competitive and requires you to stay
up-to-date on the rapidly changing laws
and regulations, Berliner said. But he
sets aside personal time to spend with
his wife of 25 years, Muffle, and their
two children, ages 22 and 17. Berliner,
a Long Island native, is also an outdoor
enthusiast who enjoys traveling, hiking,
scuba diving and skiing.
Berliner recently added one more
outside activity to his list: membership
on the College of Public Health and
Health Professions' advisory board.
"I've always been a UF supporter
and even though I've chosen a different career,
I still have a great deal of respect for rehabilitation
counselors and the department of rehabilitation
counseling," he said. "That's why I've chosen to
support this particular department in this particular
college." 0

Ahead of her time

Graduate's innovative approach to rehabilitation practice influences industry standards

ith a combination of physi-
cal therapy training, business
smarts and inspiration from a
former instructor, Donna
Rodriguez, physical therapy
'72, developed one of the
most successful rehabilitation corporations in the
Following graduation from UF, Rodriguez
began her career as an acute care therapist working
in Florida and Chicago. She entered private practice
in 1978 with the intention of providing orthopedic
care only. But Rodriguez was motivated by the
classroom teachings of former UF physical therapy
instructor Teddy Holmes, who emphasized not only
serving the needs of patients, but the entire health-
care community as well.
Rodriguez, one of the college's 2005 Outstand-
ing Alumni of the Year, began responding to requests
for services from several health-care agencies,
skilled nursing facilities and public school systems,


and in the process developed some of the first
multidisciplinary teams used by a physical therapist
in private practice. She also added a successful reha-
bilitation home-care component to her
expanding business. Her practice, RehabWorks,
grew to become the second largest privately held
company providing therapy in the United States,
with clinics and contracts in 26 states and more than
2,000 employees.
After merging RehabWorks with Continental
Medical Systems in 1989, Rodriguez lobbied in
Washington on behalf of rehabilitation and private
practice for the next five years and became active in
organizations such as the National Association for
the Support of Long-Term Care, the National
Association of Rehabilitation Agencies and the
American Physical Therapy Association.
Today Rodriguez is the president and CEO of
Florida-based Rehab Rx, which provides
comprehensive rehabilitation, consulting and
management services. Rehab Rx follows Rodri-

guez's multidisci-
plinary approach
to care, offering
physical therapy,
therapy, speech-
language pathol-
ogy and
A recipient
of the YWCA's
Tribute to Women D R ri
Donna Rodriguez
in Industry,
Rodriguez is
known for her innovative ideas and business prac-
tices that have become a model for "best practices"
in rehabilitation care.
Rodriguez lives in Clearwater, Fla. with son
Christopher, a 2003 UF graduate, and daughter
Jennifer. 0

alumni P DATES

Laurel (Corman) Baxla, occupational therapy '97, has
been owner/therapist of KIDsPOT THERAPY, a
pediatric occupational therapy, sensory integration-
based clinic in Ocala, since 2001. Laurel writes, "I'm
looking for a pediatric occupational therapist to share
my niche and my kids with. Come check out beautiful

Mariel Bernstein, master's in health administration '05,
began work at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in
Lakeland, Fla. as an operations analyst in the decision
support services department in May. Her co-workers
include UF M.H.A. alumni Nadia Castaing, Class of
'03, and Carlton Inniss, Class of '02. "My new role has
afforded me an opportunity to become more intimately
involved with operations and play a larger part in
making positive changes at LRMC," Mariel said. "For
this reason, as well as the camaraderie and support
from my teammates, this job is more than I could have
hoped for from my first job."

Jenny (dePadua) Bolduc, occupational therapy '93, is
the lead occupational therapist at Life Care Center of
Sarasota. She has two children, Ryan, 4, and Jamie,
3 months. Husband Norm is a UF graduate in exercise
physiology and has a master's in physical therapy from
the University of St. Augustine.

Becky Braun, doctor of audiology '03, manages the
newborn hearing screening program at OSF St. Francis
Medical Center. She also sees primarily pediatric
patients for assessments and treatment. Becky and her
family live in Peoria, III.

Aubrey Daniels, master's and doctorate in
clinical and health psychology '63 and '65, is the co-
author of Measure of a Leader, published last year.
Aubrey is the founder and chairman of Aubrey Daniels
International, an Atlanta-based management consulting
firm. He is also the author of the award-winning best-
seller Bringing Out the Best in People, and two other
management classics.

Jennifer Esse, doctor of audiology '03, opened a
private practice, Daniel Island Hearing Center. Jennifer
and her husband and infant daughter live in Mt. Pleas-
ant, S.C.

Staci Ferguson-Schonbrun, rehabilitation counseling
'96, is the owner of Labor Market Consulting Service
in Tucson, Ariz. She completed her Ph.D. in rehabilita-
tion counseling and education from the University of

Brianna Fiegland Nipper, B.S. in occupational therapy
'96 and M.H.S. '01, found her experience as an
occupational therapist invaluable when her twin girls
were born 9 weeks premature in January 2005. Kayla
Faith and Ellie Grace are doing well and 4-year-old
Ainslee is enjoying being a big sister. These three girls
have kept Brianna and her husband Nathan busy in
Melbourne, Fla. So for now, Brianna is "practicing home
health" in her own home.

Diane Finnerty, doctor of audiology '01, opened a pri-
vate practice in January 2003, Family Hearing Center in
Rochester, NY. Diane has been married for almost 19
years and has three children, ages 16, 13 and 10.

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Thomas Summerill, master's in health administration
'84, was named CEO of AmeriChoice, a business unit
of UnitedHealth Group, which serves more than 1.2 mil-
lion beneficiaries of government health-care programs
in 13 states. He is also the author of Managed Murders,
a murder mystery set in a health-care backdrop and
featuring a physician-turned-detective. 0

News from the alumni

and development office

Marie Emmerson Carlee Thomas

he college is pleased to announce that
Marie Emmerson and Carlee Thomas
have moved into new roles in the alumni
and development office.
Emmerson, who joined the office
in 2003 as a program assistant, is now
responsible for alumni affairs. She will be spearheading
PHHP alumni events, including new projects like Career
Day and the Outstanding Alumni of the Year Awards.
Thomas joined the office in 2004 as assistant direc-
tor of alumni affairs and was recently appointed the
college's chief development officer. Thomas is work-
ing closely with faculty and advisory board members
to establish fundraising goals in anticipation of UF's
upcoming capital campaign.
Emmerson and Thomas welcome your questions
and feedback regarding alumni and development proj-
ects. They can be reached at emmerson@ufl.edu and
carleetha)ufl.edu. *






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