UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS
or 40 million Americans, a good night's sleep is
little more than an impossible dream. But there are
a number of effective therapies for insomnia and
frequently the best treatments do not come in a pill,
according to Christina McCrae, Ph.D., an assistant
professor in the department of clinical and health
As a board-certified behavior sleep medicine specialist,
McCrae uses psychological interventions to help people change
their thinking about sleep and put an end to counterproductive
In a number of patients, insomnia can be caused by a
psychological condition such as anxiety or depression. Sleep
disorders can also be a side effect of some medications and can
be attributed to chronic medical conditions such as pain, cardio-
vascular disease and cancer, which is especially true in seniors.
"Six months or more of insomnia is termed chronic and
some people have had sleep problems for years," said McCrae,
adding that the average bout of chronic insomnia lasts seven
The most common prescribed treatment for insomnia is
sleep medications, but they can present their own set of
problems, said McCrae who is launching a UF sleep disorders
clinical service this summer. Most sleep medications are meant to
be used for short periods of time, no longer than 14 days.
"Over the long term, people develop a tolerance to the
medication and their sleep problems go back to baseline," she
said. "And when patients go off the medication they can suffer
from withdrawal symptoms."
One of the first steps in behavioral therapy is helping
patients associate the bed with its intended purpose sleep.
"Insomniacs do things in the bedroom that have nothing to
do with sleep," McCrae said. "So the bedroom becomes
associated with arousing activities such as reading or watching
television. We need to eliminate these kinds of bedroom
activities so that the patient can re-establish the connection
between the bedroom and sleep."
Another behavioral therapy technique requires patients to
get out of bed when the tossing and turning starts.
"Insomniacs spend a lot of time in bed, but for much of that
time they are not sleeping," McCrae said. "They may spend 10
hours in bed, but only get five hours of sleep. If you can't sleep,
don't lie in bed get up and only come back to bed when you
It may relieve people within
sleep problems to know that the
gold standard of eight hours of sleep
a night is a myth and over the life
span, the amount of sleep a person
"The amount of sleep you
need varies from person to person,"
McCrae said. "The key is, how do
you feel the next day? If you feel
well rested and have no difficulties
functioning, then you have found Dr. Christina
the right amount of sleep for you." McCrae
McCrae is currently research-
ing the connection between lack of sleep and thinking problems
in older adults. In the study, participants complete daily sleep and
cognitive dairies throughout the course of a standard behavioral
treatment program for insomnia. The study is the first of its kind
to use daily diaries and new techniques to capture day-to-day
variability in individuals.
"Despite the large amount of research, the true purpose of
sleep is not known," McCrae said. "However, intuitively, most
sleep researchers would likely agree that sleep serves restorative
purposes for both body and mind." @
PHHP researchers will perform
the first statewide assessment of
sexuality education in Florida's
public schools with support from
a $100,000 grant by The Picower
"The state of Florida currently
ranks in the top 3 in the nation in
terms of incident HIV infections
and overall AIDS cases; we also
have high rates of other sexually
transmitted infections and unin-
tended pregnancies, particularly
among young adults," said prin-
cipal investigator Brian Dodge,
Ph.D., an assistant professor in
public health programs. "Little is
known about what is being taught
in our state's classrooms to
prepare youth to deal with these
significant public health
Florida is one of 23 states that
require schools to teach sexuality
education and HIV prevention,
but there are no other require-
ments or standards for the course
content. Previous national studies
have consistently shown that the
majority of parents want some
form of sexuality education to
take place in the schools, but
there is no consensus on what
should be taught, Dodge said.
The research team, which also
includes Dodge's department
colleague, Ellen Lopez, Ph.D.,
assistant professor, and Michael
Reece, Ph.D., of Indiana Uni-
versity, will develop a survey for
middle and high school teachers,
with input from a six-member
scientific advisory committee and
a 20-member community
Members of the community
committee will include teachers,
public health workers, nurses,
doctors and school administra-
tors. This approach follows a new
trend in public health research
known as community-based
participatory research, Dodge
S U M ER 2 0 0
Much of this issue of PHHP News focuses on spring
graduation, the most enjoyable event at UF. This
year PHHP graduated a record number of students
including our first class in the master's of public health
program. The graduation
of this class highlights the
transformation the college is
Throughout our almost
50 year history, the faculty
members in the college
have defined excellence
in our respective disci-
plines. We have committed
ourselves to improving the
science and translating this
Dr. Robert G. Frank knowledge to our educa-
tional programs, with much
of our focus on the rehabilitation of chronic illness or
injury, the role of behavior in chronic conditions, and
health care systems.
Despite massive spending on health care,
Americans are not healthy. Chronic health conditions
contribute to as many as 75 percent of all premature
deaths and 75 percent of the nation's health care
costs. And there are more Americans without health
insurance 45 million than the population of
Canada. Health care systems must now address a
continuum of issues including the environment,
individuals, systems and national policy.
As was the case when the college was formed to
provide an educational model missing in the United
States, our faculty members have recognized that
current approaches to health care are not sustainable.
A new model, focusing upon "the origins of disease
as it relates to human activity in human behavior,
interactions with the environment, and within
societies" (Future Roles of Schools of Public Health)
is needed. Chronic conditions and rehabilitation must
be addressed from the ecological perspective inher-
ent to public health. In the same vein, the Institute of
Medicine recognized the need to expand public health
education beyond traditional boundaries to include
disciplines such as physical therapy, occupational
therapy, audiology and speech and language
pathology. The IOM suggests education for these
disciplines will be "enhanced and perhaps maximized"
when an individual is viewed 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 com-
mitment to the treatment 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
students must display competency in public health as
well as their disciplines.
In 2001, our faculty 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. When
we are done, we think we will once again establish a
new model that will influence education, practice and
thinking in the United States. 0
PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2006
MPH students who participated in the SHOTS spring break initiative include (back row, left to
right): Meghan Schuck, Dana Mora, Evelyn King, Travis Johnson and Amanda Lampe. Front row:
Cynthia DePew, Kelly Palmer and Fahima Sharker.
MPH students give immunization
tracking system a boost
aster of Public Health students
spent their spring break bringing the
state closer to its goal of register-
ing nearly all of Florida's children
in the state online immunization
The State Health Online Tracking System, or
SHOTS, is designed to contain the comprehensive
immunization history of children born in Florida since
Jan. 1, 2003 to ensure immunizations are up-to-date, to
prevent unnecessary duplication of immunizations and
to consolidate immunization records from all
health care providers. The state hopes to meet the
objective set by the Healthy People 2010 initiative -
a 95 percent enrollment of children ages 6 years and
under in SHOTS.
However, use of SHOTS by pediatrician offices
has been slow. Only 30 percent of private providers in
Florida are accessing and entering patient records into
the confidential Web-based system, which was
established in 2000.
"Offices may not be participating because the
program is new and different and is perceived to be
time-consuming, although it actually saves time in the
long run and improves patient care," said Joelisa
Sherman, Florida SHOTS regional coordinator.
To address this issue, 11 Master of Public Health
students, in partnership with the Suwannee River Area
Health Education Center and Florida Department of
Health, brought along laptop computers and set up shop
in five area pediatrician offices during spring break. By
week's end, the students had added several hundred new
immunization records to the SHOTS database.
"Having students in the providers' offices helped
to jump start their participation in SHOTS and allowed
students to have actual live contact with the offices,"
The spring break initiative was so successful that
plans are under way to continue the UF students'
participation during the summer and to expand the
collaboration to include graduate students at other state
universities, Sherman said. 0
New distance certificate
in public health
Working professionals who want to expand
their public health knowledge can now earn a
certificate in public health without ever having
to visit the University of Florida campus.
The College of Public Health and Health
Professions is offering the 15-credit certificate
online, beginning this fall. The program is
designed for people who already have a
bachelor's degree and would like additional
training in public health. Applicants do not have
to apply to the Master of Public Health pro-
gram, but credits may be transferred into the
MPH program upon successful completion.
Certificate course work includes classes in
each of the five core areas of public health.
The certificate is offered at the same rate
as on-campus tuition, even for out-of-state
For more information on the certificate in
public health, visit www.mph.ufl.edu, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-62-UFMPH. 0
Adams named Univrsity of
Florida distinguished alumna
andra Adams, Ph.D., a PHHP graduate
and infant mental health care advocate,
received one of UF's highest honors,
the distinguished alumna award, at the
college's commencement ceremony on
Adams has served as a consultant to early
intervention programs for infants, both nation-
ally and internationally, for more than 20 years.
She initiated the development of Florida's Strate-
gic Plan for Infant Mental Health and established
three infant mental health pilot projects funded
by the Florida Legislature. Adams also served
as chair of the Florida Partnership for School
Readiness and the Florida Developmental
A two-time PHHP graduate, Adams earned
bachelor's ('68) and master's ('75) degrees in
occupational therapy and a Ph.D. from the
University of South Florida.
"The experiences and relationships you have in
college are long-lasting," Adams told graduates at the
college's commencement ceremony, adding that three
former chairs of the department of occupational therapy
were key in helping her achieve her goals. They include
Alice Jantzen, Lela Llorens and Kay Walker, whom
Adams described as "my best friend and colleague."
Adams also recognized a special member of the
"With me here today is my first college roommate
from 40 years ago, Bonnie Cox, who taught me how to
stay up until 2 a.m. studying in order to get the grades
that were needed to get accepted into OT school," Adams
Adams has received numerous honors, including
the college's Alumna of the Year Award in 1998. She has
twice been recognized for outstanding contributions to
the field of occupational therapy and received the Award
of Excellence in 1998 from the Florida Occupational
Therapy Association. She is a Fellow with ZERO TO
THREE, the National Center for
Infants, Toddlers and their Fami-
lies in Washington, D.C., and is a
noted speaker, teacher and author of
In addition to clinical practice,
.Adams served on the faculty of the
college's department of occupation-
al therapy from 1975 to 1980. After
leaving Gainesville she started
her own company, Developmental
nd CAdams consultations Inc. and became
active as an advocate for programs
and policies to benefit children with
disabilities. In 1993, she was named executive director
of the Child Development Center, a comprehensive early
intervention program serving children birth to 5 years and
their families in Sarasota.
Adams currently serves on the faculty of the Florida
State University Center for Prevention and Early
Intervention Policy in Tallahassee where she is director
of special projects. She is also involved in fundraising
and advocacy for regenerative research on paralysis and
other neurological disorders.
Adams is married to Mike Adams and has two
children, Dhalyn and Barrett Adams. They live in
Sarasota and Miami while Barrett participates in the
Miami Project to cure paralysis. 0
The spring 2006 graduation ceremonies marked 100 years of University of Florida commence-
ments. On May 30, 1906, the 14 members of the first graduating class of UF received their
diplomas. This year, more than 14,000 joined them as UF graduates. Pictured above are nine of the
14 members of the Class of 1906.
student N E W
Stacy Dodd (department of clinical and health
psychology) received a $1,000 trainee travel award
from the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society.
Vonetta Dotson and Bonnie Sachs (department of
clinical and health psychology) were selected to attend
the American Psychological Association's Advanced
Training Institute on functional magnetic resonance
imaging. Sachs also received the Behavioral Science
Student Fellowship from the Epilepsy Foundation.
A paper by Emily King (department of clinical and
health psychology) was selected as the best student
research paper in cognitive neuroscience by the
American Psychological Association's Division of
Min Liu, M.D., (rehabilitation science) received a
travel award/educational stipend from the International
Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
Bhagwant Sindhu (rehabilitation science) received
a Mentorship Opportunity Program grant from UF's
Graduate Student Council.
Lauren Vazquez Sowell (department of clinical and
health psychology) received a National Research
Service Award training grant from the National
Institutes of Health.
The college held its 19th Annual Research Fair for
graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in March.
The winners include: Lauren Gibbons, Adam Hirsh,
Sally Jensen, Emily Kuhl, Min Liu, Kimberly
Miller, Vanessa Milsom, Christina Posse, Michelle
Woodbury and Jingbo Yu. In addition, the college
awarded research grants to graduate students Neha
Dixit, Chetan Phadke, Christina Posse and Bonnie
Andrea Behrman, Ph.D., an associate professor
in the department of physical therapy, received the
Award for Research from the American Physical
Therapy Association's Neurology Section.
Mark Bishop, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the
department of physical therapy, is the recipient of the
2006 Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New
Academic Faculty Member from the American
Physical Therapy Association.
Dawn Bowers, Ph.D., a professor in the department
of clinical and health psychology, has been named a
2006 UF Research Foundation Professor.
Brian Dodge, Ph.D., an assistant professor in public
health programs, received the 2005-2006
Excellence in Mentoring Award from the UF Gator
Staff members Andrea Burne and Shankar
Manamalkav were recognized by the state-wide Davis
Productivity Awards program. *
PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2006
ome of the most memorable
moments at Hands to Love Camp, a
camp that allows children with
congenital hand differences to
interact and explore new activities,
happen at Alpine Tower, the 50-foot
high ropes course.
"The younger children are a little intimidated
by the course, but watching others, they are
determined to try," said Wendy Holt, a lecturer in
the department of occupational therapy.
Once they are
fitted with climbing )PNOl
gear and any assistive
devices for their upper
limbs, the children .
work their way up the
course with lots of
coaching from below.
"When they get
up to the top the kids
stand up and are so -
excited," Holt said.
"You can see the
their faces; they are so
pumped. They want to
climb the ropes over and over again.
"What's amazing is that almost all of these
kids can climb the course, even children as young
as 5 years old," she added. "It shows them that
regardless of their limb differences, they can still do
something that not everyone can do, even people
who have all their limbs."
Hands to Love Camp is also an unforgettable
experience for the college's occupational therapy
students, who volunteer as family pals for each of
the 30 families attending camp.
"Seeing a child learn to control the fingers on
a mechanical hand with the muscles in their upper
arm or watching them learn to use a splint that will
help them be able to ride a bike is magical," said
student Ali Ulmer. "The families and kids are in a
safe, protected environment where they
v W can learn to build confidence and relate
l to others who face the same type of
challenges and opportunities."
While the parents attend family
counseling sessions, the occupational
therapy students join the campers and
their siblings for recreational activities.
"These students are tireless,
motivated, willing to help with any
need and always have a smile on their
S faces," Holt said.
Held annually at Camp Crystal
Lake in Keystone Heights, Fla., Hands to
Love Camp offers all the experiences of
a traditional camp campfires, arts and
crafts, a talent show and several kinds of
sports, such as archery, basketball, swimming, fish-
ing and golf. But the camp also features an
adaptations fair to improve functional needs of
campers, and visits with psychologists, hand
therapists, orthopaedic physicians, nurses, dental
students and family counselors.
Hands to Love camp was founded in 2001 by
Paul Dell, M.D., a UF professor of orthopaedics in
the College of Medicine and two Shands Rehabilita-
tion hand therapists.
"What makes Hands to Love Camp special is
that it provides a network for parents as well as a
true camp experience, both physically and emotion-
ally, for kids challenged with limb differences,"
Holt said. *
SPHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2006
Genne McDonald named Yoplait
Champion in fight against breast cancer
enne McDonald had some trouble
shaking that "what am I doing here?"
feeling at a recognition ceremony in
March, held at the Conde Nast building
in New York's Times Square and catered
by Bon App6tit magazine.
As one of 25 leaders in the fight against breast can-
cer selected by the Yoplait company, McDonald was in
good company. Fellow honorees included Ethel Kessler,
who designed the first breast cancer postal stamp, and
Heather Pick, a TV news anchor who shares her battle
with breast cancer with her Columbus, Ohio viewers.
But McDonald, a physical therapy affiliate faculty
member in the College of Public Health and Health
Professions, soon realized that the other Yoplait
Champions were a lot like her.
"They are ordinary people who are doing extraordi-
nary things," McDonald said. "Just regular Joes like me
who have made an impact in their communities. I real-
ized that one little person can make a big difference."
The Champions were named in conjunction with
Yoplait's "Save Lids to Save Lives" campaign, which
encourages consumers to mail in pink lids from their
yogurt containers. For each lid received between March
15 and May 15, Yoplait donated 10 cents to the Susan G.
Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, up to $1.5 million.
In addition to a trip to New York City, the Yoplait
Champions each received $1,000 for the charity of their
choice and were featured in special advertising sections
in the April issues of Allure, Bon App6tit, Glamour,
SELF and Vogue magazines.
It is well deserved recognition for McDonald, who
has been working to improve the lives of cancer survi-
vors for 16 years. As a physical therapist, she treats the
special needs of patients recovering from breast cancer.
As a believer in exercise for improving recovery and
preventing cancer recurrence, McDonald founded Team
Survivor North Florida to encourage women who have
had cancer to be more physically active. And as a survi-
vor who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 at age
34, McDonald is active in the Young Survival Coalition.
"I have two great aunts and two grandmothers
who had radical mastectomies," she said. "I had genetic
testing for the breast cancer gene mutation and the test
was negative, but when you look at my family tree there
is no denying that there is a connection I even have
a male relative who has had breast cancer. Most likely,
researchers haven't yet discovered the particular gene
mutation that has caused cancer in my family."
Still, McDonald was surprised when she was
diagnosed with breast cancer at such a young age,
particularly since she had no other risk factors that may
contribute to the development of the disease. She ate
well, exercised regularly, did not smoke and gave birth
to her children at a young age.
McDonald's often bewildering and sometimes
frustrating experience with her diagnosis and treatment
strengthened her commitment to help other women
become their own health care advocates and have the
courage to ask for what they need.
To offer support and empowerment to other women
with past or present diagnosis of cancer, McDonald
launched Team Survivor North Florida, which offers free
activities such as tai chi, yoga, walking, biking, triath-
lons, 5 K and 15 K races, half marathons, dragon
boating, swimming and art classes.
Her personal life, career and outside interests have
now come full circle into one awesome package,
"Breast cancer has given me more than it has taken
away," she said. "I have had more of an impact as a
physical therapist than I would have, I've been able
to do some amazing things and I've met some great
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Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychology Research -
Geoffrey Clark-Ryan Memorial Award Kristen Marciel
Robert and Phyllis Levitt Research Award Paul Seignourel
Excellence in Health Psychology Research Adam Hirsh
Scientist-Practitioner Award Daniel Bagner
Audrey Schumacher Award for Teaching Excellence -
Dr. Michael Marsiske
Research Mentor Award Dr. Gary Geffken
Hugh C. Davis Award for Excellence in Clinical
Supervision Dr. Patricia Durning
Health Services Research, Management
Master of Health Administration Faculty Award for
Excellence Andrew Emery
Master of Health Administration Alumni Award for
Service Christopher Louis
Master of Health Administration Excellence in Teaching
Award Dr. Murray CBt6
Occupational Therapy (awarded in Dec. 2005)
Alice C. Jantzen Award for Academic Excellence -
Ann Sirmyer Ballard Memorial Award for Outstanding
Graduate Emily Sorgius
Jane Slaymaker Memorial Award Sarah Bollinger and
Kay F. Walker Distance Learning Student Award -
Judy Hamby and Morgan Sherman
Claudette Finley Scholarship Stacy Gorski
Frederick Family DPT Student Scholarship Drew Oswald
Frederick Family RSD Level Student Scholarship Min Liu
Dr. Mark Trimble Memorial Scholarship Kim Deskins
Julia Conrad Trojanowski Scholarship Alina Stefan
Graduate Leadership Award Patricia Linn
Undergraduate Leadership Award Sherri Weissman
Scholarship Award Christine Penko
Bruce Thomason Memorial Award Pamela Cohen
Horace Sawyer Clinical Excellence Award Judith Wilson
John Muthard Research Award Chad Betters and
MPH Exemplary Student Award Janiece Davis
Public Health Award for Faculty Excellence Dr. Nabih Asal
Outstanding Student Award Jamie Guley, Jacky LaGrace
and Crista Seipp
Outstanding Faculty Award Dr. Orit Shechtman
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Maria Rattray
Outstanding Service Dr. John Saxon
PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2006
Alumnus of the year
Michell recognized for health administration leadership
longtime health administrator Dyer
Michell has been named the College of
Public Health and Health Professions'
alumnus of the year.
Michell, a 1967 graduate of the
college's master's in health administra-
tion program, served as President and CEO of
Munroe Regional Health System Inc. in Ocala for
30 years before retiring last year. During his tenure,
Michell witnessed and led the development of
Munroe Regional from a small rural community
hospital to a nationally acclaimed, 421-bed tertiary
care organization serving a broad range of medical
"Dyer Michell is one of the program
graduates of whom we are especially proud," said
R. Paul Duncan, Ph.D., chair of the department of
health services research, management and policy.
"Dyer is so well regarded throughout Florida. He is
known for having been an effective, steady
administrator no matter what changes were taking
place in the health care system."
Michell's career highlights include the creation
of one of the country's premier invasive cardiology
programs in cooperation with the Ocala Heart
Institute. He is also recognized for his participation
in the development of a nationally recognized prima-
ry indigent health care system
in Ocala. Munroe Regional is
highly ranked by virtually all
national third-party monitoring
HealthGrades and Solucient's
100 Top Hospitals.
At the time of his UF
graduation, the Medicare
program had just begun and
for-profit hospitals were a new
concept, Michell told graduates
at the college's commencement
ceremony on May 4.
"My classmates and I were Dyer Michell
very close knit and we spent a lot of time talking
about these major changes to the health care
industry and what they meant to us personally and to
the country," he said.
Today's graduates in the health professions
must tackle the issue of widespread lack of health
insurance, Michell said. There are 44 million people
in the United States who are having
difficulty accessing the health care
"Twenty-five years from now what
will be the situation for our children and
grandchildren? What's the number going
to be then?" Michell asked. "You and I
are in the health care business and what
happens is up to us.
"Stay in contact with your class-
mates, the people you've been talking to
about these issues," he continued.
"Develop a fire, a passion for the things
you hold important to health care and
where it's going to go. I hope we have
another transition in the industry and you'll be a part
of that. You can make a difference." 0
Walker reflects on UF career
Founding chair's encouragement led to 30 years in occupational therapy department
ay Walker, Ph.D., has Alice Jantzen,
founding chair of UF's occupational
therapy program, to thank for a push
in the right direction early on in her
"She must have
seen something in me that I didn't,"
Walker said of Jantzen. "She urged
me to go to graduate school after
receiving my bachelor's degree from
the UF program in 1964, and then
she asked me to teach."
One of the college's 2005
Outstanding Alumni of the Year,
Walker went on to serve more than
30 years on the faculty of the College
of Public Health and Health Profes-
sions' department of occupational
therapy, including the role of depart-
ment chair, before retiring in 2004. Dr. Kay V
Looking back on her years as
chair (1984-2000), Walker said she is proudest of her
role in helping the department weather storms and
keeping the educational programs strong and
growing. She developed one of the first master's
programs in the country for people with a bachelor's
in non-occupational therapy fields and one of the
first occupational therapy distance
learning master's programs for
working professionals. She is
proud of her role in supporting
the career development of young
faculty and has seen her dream of
a doctoral program realized with
the development of the college's
rehabilitation science degree.
"The students who come into
our field genuinely want to help
humankind," she said. "Being able
to be with fine, bright, challeng-
ing, diverse students has been very
rewarding and I've learned a lot
walkerr from them."
Walker's retirement plans
include developing the publishing business she
co-owns, which produces texts for the study of the
Walker (front row, far left) and the
OT Class of 1964
human sciences. She is active in her church where
she serves in community ministries, committees and
international medical missions. Walker also teaches
graduate distance education courses and sets aside
time to fulfill her list of "100 things you want to do
when you retire." 0
E PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2006
Leonard Carter, master's in health administration '03, for the implementation, training and supervision of the
was promoted to the position of vice president of growing number of lab tests performed at the patient's
clinical services at Crisp Regional Hospital in Cordele, bedside. She and husband Joe, bachelor's in design
Ga. last November. '70, have two daughters, one of whom is a UF grad.
Janet Barwick Chmela, occupational therapy '02, Debra (Hoemke) Matthews, occupational therapy
moved to Arizona and continues to work part-time '88, is an occupational therapist/hand therapist
in rehabilitation and school systems. She lives in living in Orlando. She successfully passed the Hand
Cavecreek, Ariz. Therapy Certification Exam in November 2005.
Lindzee Kasper Folgate, bachelor's in health science John F. Murray, Ph.D., clinical and health
'04, married Erik Folgate on July 23, 2005. She enters psychology '98, is a licensed clinical and sport
the UF physician assistant program in June 2006. performance psychologist in Palm Beach. He has
been providing professional consulting services to
Diane Kurtz Hartley, physical therapy '74, is the .
individuals, organizations and teams for more than 12
owner/clinical administrator of Hartley Health Care in, os ad t s fr m t
years. He is a bestselling author and columnist. For
Pinellas Park, Fla. "At 52, I just completed my doctorate He is a be g a r ad c t.
more information, visit www.johnfmurray.com.
in physical therapy," she writes.
Lilia Oquendo-Solis, rehabilitation counseling '90, is
Roberta Isleib, Ph.D., clinical and health psychology o *i
the director of the Secretariat of the Judicial Confer-
'85, recently published the murder mystery Final Fore,
ence at the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. She com- i i |
the fifth and final book in her series featuring
the fifth and final book in her series featuring pleted a J.D. at the University of Puerto Rico in 1998.
Cassandra Burdette, a fictional LPGA golfer and UF
grad. She is planning a new series, featuring a psychol- Chanda Layne (Buurma) Pollock, occupational
ogist/advice columnist, due out in April 2007. therapy '96, worked full time as an occupational -
therapist for six years until she became pregnant. She A
Bill Kanasky Jr., Ph.D., clinical and health II a
is currently at home with her two sons Tanner, 3, and
psychology '03, was promoted to the position of senior a h th an
Holden, 1, and their three big dogs. Chanda does
litigation consultant at the firm of Courtroom Sciences -- de
part-time therapy work on Saturdays. Her husband, a.
Inc. in Chicago. Two recent cases for which he pro- Dere, is a detective i n narcotics for the Manate
Derek, is a detective in narcotics for the Manatee
vided research and consultation were voted "Top 10 County Sheriff's Office
County Sheriff's Office.
Defense Verdicts of 2004" by the National Law Journal.
Melanie Quitos, occupational therapy '03, works in
Patty Bunch Mark, medical technology '69, now holds Orlando as an occupational therapist in an outpatient ^ ^^
the new laboratory point of care coordinator position and home health setting. She became engaged last
at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine. She is responsible July and is planning a November 2006 wedding.
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Wayne Stephens, Ph.D., occupational therapy '78,
was profiled in the March 6, 2006 issue of Advance for
Occupational Therapy Practitioners. He is the deputy
chief of the Office on Smoking and Health's epidemi-
ology branch at the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention in Atlanta.
Linda (Home) Wright, Au.D., doctor of audiology '02,
opened a private practice in DeWitt, Mich. following
graduation. She also teaches an audiology course at
Central Michigan University and works with two county
school districts. She and husband Andy have a
daughter, Evelyn, 1.
OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUMNI
Gila Kimmelman, master's in health administration
'01, and Brian Unell and Hilary Lawn Unell, both
master's in health administration '00, are recipients of
UF's 2006 Outstanding Young Alumni Award. They
were honored at a recognition breakfast and were in-
vited to sit in the President's Box at the annual Orange
and Blue football game. The award recognizes Gators
who have distinguished themselves in business,
community or service and have received a UF degree
within the past 10 years. *
PHHPNEWS I SUMMER 2006