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New projects bring together faculty from public health

and health professions disciplines

childhood obesity, older driving errors, head and neck
cancer and gynecological cancer are all topics of new
College of Public Health and Health Professions re-
search projects that combine the talents of faculty in the
college's traditional health disciplines with those in the
public health disciplines.
"We believe that what we learn in individual patient care from
those in the health professions can tell us a great deal about the impor-
tance of disease prevention and community approaches to health promo-
tion," said Michael G. Perri, Ph.D., the college's interim dean. "And the
population perspective inherent to public health helps us determine what
problems need to be targeted for intervention at the individual level.
"The two groups public health faculty and health professions
faculty working together can produce more than either one working
alone," he added.
The four projects are supported by $20,000 grants from the
College of Public Health and Health Professions and the UF Area
Health Education Centers program.
"This funding creates a unique opportunity for us as scientists to
learn from each other as we bring different perspectives, experience and
expertise to the project," said Michelle Bishop, Ph.D., a research assis-
tant professor in the departments of clinical and health psychology and
medicine. "On a project level, I believe that the opportunity to synergize
different theories and methods from our respective disciplines will more
deeply inform and enrich the research process and our understanding of
the findings."
In the child weight management project, David Janicke, Ph.D.,
of the department of clinical and health psychology, and Ellen Lopez,
Ph.D., of the department of behavioral science and community health,
will offer a healthy lifestyle program that emphasizes good nutrition
and physical activity for children ages 6 to 12 and their parents. The
program will be offered in Bradford and Levy counties, two of the most
medically underserved counties in North Central Florida.

Occupational therapy faculty members Orit Shechtman, Ph.D., and
Sherrilene Classen, Ph.D., have teamed up with Yongsung Joo, Ph.D., of
the department of epidemiology and biostatistics, to examine the valid-
ity of current on-road driving assessments for people age 65 and older.
Along with Kezia Awadzi, Ph.D., a postdoctoral associate in occupa-
tional therapy, the group will analyze the 2005 Florida Traffic Crash
Records Database to determine which driving errors are predictive of
crashes among older drivers and compare the data to actual driving
errors of older drivers performing an on-road test in order to make rec-
ommendations for improving standard driving evaluations.
After radiation or surgery, patients with head and neck cancer
often experience disabling conditions such as decreased ability to eat
or swallow, limited mobility in the mouth and neck and shoulder pain.
To identify unmet rehabilitation needs of these patients, Gwenda Creel,
M.H.S., PT., of the department of physical therapy, and Giselle Mann,
Ph.D., a speech pathologist and faculty member in the department of
behavioral science and community health, will survey patients and
community stakeholders, such as family members and health providers.
Along with physical therapy faculty Genn6 McDonald, PT., and Mary
Thigpen, Ph.D., PT., the research team will review current clinical
practice guidelines and with the knowledge gained from the patients
and community members, they will develop a model of optimal service
delivery for patients with head and neck cancer.
Psychologists Deidre Pereira, Ph.D., and Michelle Bishop will
work with Ellen Lopez to investigate quality of life issues for women
with gynecological cancer and their caregivers. The study will employ
an innovative research method, known as Photovoice, which provides
cameras to participants so they can record, discuss and relate the reality
of their lives. The researchers hope that giving women with gynecologi-
cal cancer the opportunity to express themselves in this manner will
improve their quality of life and at the same time, give health providers
a better understanding of the physical and emotional well-being of the
women and their caregivers. 0

The University of Florida kicked
off its $1.5 billion capital cam-
paign, Florida Tomorrow, with a
slate of activities on Sept. 28.
PHHP's events included
"Moving the Science of Rehabili-
tation Forward," sponsored by the
department of physical therapy,
and a lecture on the role of public
health in emerging pathogens by
J. Glenn Morris Jr., M.D., M.P.H.,
director of UF's new Emerging
Pathogens Institute.
"For me, public health is the
key element of emerging patho-
gens it is the core," said
Morris, who holds a joint appoint-
ment with PHHP.
"Public health, as a discipline,
really arose because of emerging
pathogens," said Morris, add-
ing that the nation's first health
department was established in
Philadelphia in 1794 when the
city was in the throes of a yellow
fever epidemic.
"The nature of mortality in the
United States has changed over
the last 100 years," Morris said.
"Now most deaths are caused by
non-infectious, chronic condi-
tions. But the spike in infectious
disease caused by the influenza
pandemic in 1918 leaves us with
this warning: while the major
focus of public health prevention
needs to remain on chronic
conditions, we cannot forget
emerging pathogens. They can
have a major impact on the
health of a population."
Morris plans to bring together
researchers from across the
university to build the institution's
research program.
"My goal is to bring faculty
together to build a strong inter-
disciplinary spirit and to play on
each other's strengths," Morris
said. "If you put them all together
in one room and close the door, it
is amazing what can happen." *


dean's MESS GE

On September 28,
the University of Florida
formally kicked off its
$1.5 billion capital
campaign, Florida
Tomorrow. The name
Florida Tomorrow
refers to the impact the
University of Florida
can have on students,
Floridians, the na-
tion and the world in
Dr. Michael G. Perri, teaching, research and
Interim Dean service.
The College of
Public Health and Health Professions'
fundraising goal is $13 million by the cam-
paign's end in 2012. It's an ambitious goal,
but the needs are great. Florida and the
nation face several serious health concerns,
such as escalating levels of chronic disease
and disability and a rapidly growing number
of people without health care insurance or
proper access to care. For the first time in
our nation's history, experts believe that
today's children may have a lower life
expectancy than their parents.
Our college is deeply committed to our
mission of preserving, promoting and
improving the health and well-being of
populations, communities and individuals.
Indeed, the College of Public Health and
Health Professions is one of the most
productive colleges on the University of
Florida campus. In the past 10 years we
have more than tripled student enrollment,
nearly doubled the number of faculty and
have increased research funding sevenfold.
However, state support has not kept
up with our college's rate of growth. In light
of the state's current financial woes, it is
clear that the college must seek out other
avenues of support including private gifts
to fund endowed professorships and
student scholarships, ensuring that we can
attract the best in our fields.
At the College of Public Health and
Health Professions we have our own vision
of Florida Tomorrow, one in which research
advances improve the quality of life for
people with disabilities and chronic illness,
all Americans receive the health care they
need, and prevention programs change the
current course of spiraling rates of disease.
I ask that you consider supporting the
College of Public Health and Health
Professions as we shape a healthy Florida
Tomorrow. 0



A parent's depression can

weigh heavy on children

By April Frawley-Birdwell

parent's struggle with stress or depression
can lower a child's quality of life and
could hinder a youngster's attempts to
lose weight, too, PHHP researchers say.
Parent distress, peer bullying and
childhood depression can propel a cycle
that makes it more difficult for children to adopt healthier
lifestyles, UF researchers reported in the July issue of the
journal Obesity.
Understanding more about factors that affect a
child's well-being could help health care professionals
better treat these kids, said David Janicke, Ph.D., an
assistant professor in the department of clinical and
health psychology.
Tending to the needs of parents who are distressed
could be one of the best ways to help children, Janicke
said. Having supportive parents is vital for children to be
able to make the lifestyle changes needed to lose weight.
Often, children only have access to food at home, so
what a parent puts on the table usually determines what
the child eats, Janicke said. Also, the behaviors a parent
models affect the lifestyle choices a child makes.
When parents are struggling, they may have less
energy and not be able to provide the emotional support
a child who is overweight needs or help organize play
dates and exercise activities, Janicke said.
"Looking at how parents are doing themselves, how
they are doing socially and emotionally and how they are
coping with the stresses in their lives, is really important
too," Janicke said. "It's important for them to take time
out to take care of themselves."
More than 33 percent of children and adolescents
in the United States are overweight or obese, according
to the National Center for Health Statistics. Prior stud-
ies conducted elsewhere have shown that children who
are overweight have a poorer quality of life than peers
who are normal-weight. UF's study is one of the first to
examine how factors such as parent distress, depression
and bullying affect a child's well-being, giving research-

ers a better understanding of how to help children who
are overweight.
UF researchers surveyed 96 children who are over-
weight or obese, and their parents, comparing how
bullying, depression and parents' well-being related to
each child's quality of life. The researchers looked at a
combination of factors, namely health, emotional
well-being, academic performance and social status.
Children whose parents were struggling or who
reported more problems with peers tended to have a
lower overall score for quality of life. Both bullying and
parent distress were linked to more depressive symptoms
in children, and these symptoms seemed to be related to
poorer quality of life.
"One of the pathways to poor quality of life seems
to be childhood depression," Janicke said. "If a parent
is distressed, that seems to impact a child's symptoms
of depression, which then impacts quality of life. It's
the same with peer victimization. It impacts depression,
which then impacts quality of life. And it seems to affect
not just the emotional aspect of quality of life, but also
their health status."
Talking about quality of life and problems such
as bullying also helps clinicians encourage children to
confront their weight problem, said Meg Zeller, Ph.D., an
associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Cin-
cinnati and a psychologist with the Cincinnati Children's
Hospital Medical Center. Often, fears of developing type
2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease don't motivate chil-
dren, but factors such as bullying do, she said.
Addressing psychological issues is a key part of
helping kids manage their weight, Janicke said. Aside
from helping kids open up about making healthier life-
style choices, psychologists also can help children deal
with depression and teach coping strategies for bullying.
"Sometimes it's hard to change peer interactions,
but just giving the child an ear can be very powerful,"
Janicke said. "Helping parents take care of themselves
and be effective listeners is a starting point." *

University of Florida establishes

state office on disability

university of Florida researchers in the
College of Public Health and Health
Professions have received a $1.6 million
grant from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention to establish the
state's first public health program to
work with Florida's disability programs and services.
Florida is one of 16 states to receive the five-year
State Disability and Health Program award, which is
being used to create the Office on Disability and Health
at UF.
"Florida has strong disability-related programs, but
disability issues are often compartmentalized into groups
focused on advocacy, service, health care, Medicaid,
education or chronic disease prevention. To be effective,
all groups need to come to the table with their own
expertise," said Office on Disability and Health
Director Elena Andresen, Ph.D., a professor and chair of
the department of epidemiology and biostatistics.
Compared with the national average of 19 percent,
more than 22 percent of the state's population or 3
million Floridians report having a disability, according
to the 2000 U.S. Census. An increase in the number of
residents over the age of 65, from 2.8 million in 2000 to
a projected 4 million by 2015, is expected to significantly
raise the prevalence of disabilities in Florida.
Among the issues facing the disability population
are higher rates of secondary conditions such as joint
pain and obesity, lower quality of life and limited
health care access, Andresen said.

"In 2005, twice as many people living with a
disability reported that they could not see a doctor
because of cost compared to people without a disability,"
she said.
The Office on Disability and Health at UF will
design, implement, monitor and evaluate state and
community programs and services for people with
disabilities. The office will also provide technical
assistance to ensure best practices and use standardized
methods and tools for data collection.
"The information gleaned from our data sources
helps to quantify the number of people living with
disabilities and the type of disabilities, by functional
limitations or diagnosis, that are most common in the
state," Andresen said. "This information is critical in the
development of effective policies and appropriate
funding decisions at the state and federal level."
With guidance from an advisory board made up of
representatives from nearly 20 state, academic and
community organizations, the office will create a
strategic plan by early 2008 that addresses three main
objectives: reducing the incidence and severity of
secondary conditions for people with a disability,
improving their access to public health programs and
implementing health promotion and wellness programs
for people with disabilities.
"Because disability is likely to impact all people at
some time, it is important to have a sound framework
for addressing disability and health issues, since they are
truly population issues," Andresen said. 0

The UF College of Public Health and Health Professions will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.
When the college opened in 1958, it was the first of its kind located within a health center and it be-
came a prototype for health professions education. The college's impressive beginnings are largely
credited to Darrel J. Mase, Ph.D., (above) who served as dean from 1958 to 1971.

student NEWS

Kristin Day, (doctorate in rehabilitation science)
received the Best Poster Research Award for Doctoral
Students at the pre-conference symposium of the
International Society for Posture and Gait Research's
biennial conference.

Maggie Horn, (Doctor of Physical Therapy and
certificate in public health), received a 2007 graduate
student scholarship from the Florida Public Health

These doctoral students successfully defended their
dissertations between September 2006 and August
Clinical and Health Psychology Ashraf AI-Qudah,
Hope Benefield, Yu-Ling Chang, Sarah Cook,
Michael Larson, Adam Lewin, Lisa McTeague,
Kimberly Miller, Mary Murawski, Andrew Preston,
Steven Reader, Katie Rickel and Kelly Walker.
Health Services Research Jesse Schold
Rehabilitation Science Patricia Belchior,
Roxanna Bendixen, Chad Betters and Ying-Chih
(Inga) Wang. *

facultyN TES

& staff

Michael Daniels, Sc.D., a professor and chief of the
division of biostatistics in the department of epidemi-
ology and biostatistics, was elected a Fellow of the
American Statistical Association.

Lynne Thomas Gordon, M.B.A., a nationally
recognized health care executive, has been named
an executive in residence for the department of health
services research, management and policy.

James Hall III, Ph.D., an associate chair and
clinical professor in the department of communicative
disorders, was a keynote speaker at the conference
"Building Bridges in Africa: Early Childhood Develop-
ment for Children with Hearing Loss," held in
Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ronald Rozensky, Ph.D., a professor and associate
dean for international programs, is the co-recipient
of the U.S. Outstanding International Psychologist
Award, presented by Division 52 (International Psy-
chology) of the American Psychological Association.

Amy Yarbrough, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the
department of health services research, management
and policy, received the American College of
Healthcare Executives' 2007 Health Management
Research Award.

Several college faculty members recently received
promotions. They are listed here with their new
titles: Neale Chumbler, Ph.D., associate profes-
sor; Michael Daniels, Sc.D., professor; William
Mann, Ph.D., chair and distinguished professor;
Sara Plager, M.Ed., acting chief and clinical senior
lecturer; and Krista Vandenborne, Ph.D., chair and
professor. *




New graduate hopes to establish

much-needed services in her native Botswana

inah Seoke has big plans.
After graduating from UF in
August with a doctorate in audiol-
ogy degree and a certificate in public
health, Seoke, a Botswana native,
headed back to Africa where she hopes
to develop audiology programs for underserved areas.
Along the way, she plans to earn a master's degree in
public health and a doctorate in public health systems
so she will have the knowledge necessary to build a
service infrastructure from the ground up.
This will be no small feat, particularly in
Botswana where there are no other Doctor of Audiol-
ogy-trained professionals and little to no audiological
As a child, Seoke didn't have to look far to see
how the absence of hearing services could affect
"My father has a hearing impairment and there
were no services to help him. He has never received
a diagnostic evaluation and intervention," Seoke said.
"Growing up I didn't know there was a field called
audiology, but I knew I wanted to help people with
communicative problems."
Although Botswana's only university didn't offer
majors in the health sciences, Seoke's grades in her
first two years as an undergraduate qualified her for
the government of Botswana's study abroad program,
which placed her at the University of Northern Iowa
where she completed a bachelor's degree in communi-

cative disorders. She went on to earn a master's degree
in communication science and disorders from Howard
University before starting the UF Au.D. program in
Her audiology studies have given her a greater
appreciation for her father, Seoke said.
"My father is a retired reverend and it's important
for him to be able to communicate. When I started
to learn what people with hearing loss go through, I
thought, 'Wow, I can't believe that he's accomplished
this much and he has never complained,"' said Seoke,
who believes her father has significant hearing loss.
Seoke moved one step closer to her goal of
implementing audiology programs in Botswana and
other developing countries in Africa when she began
her position in September as a full-time lecturer,
clinician and researcher at the University of Pretoria in
South Africa, about 200 miles from Seoke's hometown
of Mochudi, Botswana.
"The faculty position Sinah has accepted at the
University of Pretoria a premier audiology program
in South Africa and really the entire African continent
- is a wonderful beginning to her career in
audiology," said James Hall III, Ph.D., an associate
chair and clinical professor in the College of Public
Health and Health Professions' department of
communicative disorders, and a visiting professor at
the University of Pretoria.
Through the University of Pretoria's programs,
Seoke expects to work on several projects in her home

country, including the development of hearing test
materials in multiple languages and a universal
newborn hearing screening program. She also plans
to collaborate with Hall on a research project on
HIV/AIDS and hearing loss. Botswana has the world's
second highest rate of HIV infection.
"We need to do research on the effects of the
infection and highly active retrovirus therapy on the
auditory system, and how we can extend services to
the people who need it," Seoke said.
With these experiences and more education in
public health, Seoke hopes that someday she will be
directing the development of comprehensive audiology
services for the people of Botswana.
"I want to be able to sit down with people in
government, health policymakers and finance
administrators and explain how a program will benefit
people and how to run it effectively," she said. "There
isn't much money available for health care in
developing countries unless it is for life-threatening
conditions. In public health you need to be able to use
the little money you have." 0

Above: Recent audiology graduate
Sinah Seoke (left) meets with patient Cindy
Normand at the Hearing Center at the
UF&Shands Hampton Oaks Medical Plaza on
August 15. Seoke left the country the
following day, bound for her new faculty
position in Africa.


PHHP Alumni Reunion 2007

By the numbers


Alumni and guests attended this year's

1 ,910 Miles traveled by alumnus who came
the farthest to attend (from Tucson, Ariz.)

1 3 States were represented by reunion

90,707 Fans were in the stands at the
UF-Tennessee football game

59-20 Final score of the game.

Sa v the date!

t y s i r o wl b h d

Hope Harris (rehabilitation counseling Katie Horovitz (occupational therapy '75)
'91) with husband Bruce and children and Alberta.
Bruce II and Tempist.

Gators win!

Cori Reynolds (physical therapy '94) with David Whalen (M.H.A./M.B.A. '80) with
husband Scott and children Trenton and wife Dorsey (back row) and children
Daryn. Michelle and Brian.

For more reunion photos, visit www.phhp.ufl.edu/alumni

The College of Public

Health and Health

Professions would like to

express gratitude to the

following supporters who

made gifts to the college

in 2006.


$1,000,000 and above
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida

$100,000- $999,999
Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida
Chattanooga Group
Commonwealth Fund
Sam & Connie Holloway
Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Fdtn
Planned Parenthood of Miami

$50,000 $99,999
Alzheimer's Assn
American Cancer Society
Louis C & Jane Gapenski
Mack R & Susan K Hicks

$10,000 $49,999
Access Health Solutions
Alexander Graham Bell Assn
American Heart Assn Florida/Puerto Rico Affiliate
American Medical Student Assn
Nicholas E Ryan, Jr & Mary Ann Clark
Florida Health Professions Assn Inc
Robert Goldstein
Larry B & Rebecca T Hayes
Anne T & Rolf M Kuhns
Ronald J Spitznagel
Sponsored Research-Misc Donors
Thomas S & Trudy R Summerill
$1,000 $9,999
Ronald R and Mary Lynne Aldrich
American Occupational Therapy Assn
American Society of Hand Therapists
AvMed, Inc
Fred M Berliner
Dara V Bernard
Brooks Health Fdtn
Miller& Toni L Couse
Aubrey C & and Becky Daniels
Daniel J &Jacqueline Devine
Engage Media Solutions LLC
Epilepsy Foundation of America
Eileen B Fennell, Ph D
Claudette Finley
FL Hospital Assn Management Corp
Florida Assn of Health Plans, Inc
GE Healthcare Financial Services
Grad Program Health Admin Alumni Assn
Elizabeth A Hamber
Health Care District of Palm Beach Cty
Health First, Inc
Health Foundation of South Florida
Richard B Hirsch
Limberpine Associates, Inc
Martin Memorial Health Systems, Inc
National Assn of Chain Drug Stores Education Fdtn
Organization for Autism Research
Sarah M Oxendine
Preferred Medical Plan, Inc
Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc
Sam N Holloway & Co, Inc
Santa Fe Health Care
Shands at the University of Florida
Tampa General Hospital
Walt Disney Co Fdtn
Winter Park Health Fdtn

$500 $999
Mark A & Daryl-Joy L Adkins
The Dow Chemical Co
Gulf Coast Medical Center
Hartford Insurance Group
Hughston Orthopedic Hospital
Michael T Hutchins
Louis A Kapicak
Lake City Medical Center
Lawnwood Regional Medical Center
William C & Gwendolyn P Mann
Dennis P McCarthy
Marianne D McGuigan
McKesson Foundation, Inc
Sarasota Doctors Hospital, Inc
LindaW Stallings
Twin Cities Hospital
David S & Kelly R Wantman
Martha Wroe
Anita L Abdullah
Elena M Andresen
Nabih Rafia Asal
Ann M Ashe
Donald R Avery
Glen M Baquet
Nolan W Barton
Allen B Baytop
Leslie F Behar
Andrea L Behrman
Michael R Belbeck,Jr
Rebecca B Bodie
Charles H & Mrs Lucyann M Bolton
Arthur H Brand
Shirley A Brandenburg
Babette Brumback
Kathryn D Castine
Joseph M &Judy L Catania
Lawrence S Cody
Nancy M Corrigan
Counseling & Rehabilitation Associates
Kevin E Cozort
Gwenda L Creel
Patricia J & Dennis E Davis, Jr
De Leon Springs Animal Clinic
Alice M DeKouchay-Sette
Teryl N Delagrange
Jason A Demery
Jodie F DeSantis
Marguerite Descovich
Mrs Yolga Desrosiers
Sherry A DeVore
Brian & Mrs Eriko T Dodge
R Paul Duncan

Elizabeth A Findlan
JoanneJ Foss
Robert G & Janet Frank
Frank E Gainer III
Patricia N & David W Gamblin
Sally T & Edward J Gleeson
Nathaniel J Golding
John P Graham
Laura J Grande
Jim J & Christine B Guillory
Mary P Haight
Allyson Gail Hall
Margaret J Hamilton
Stephanie L Hanson
Robert E Hanyak
Carole V Harris & Andrew S Bradlyn
Michael B Hartnett
Heavenly Ham Market Cafe
Darlene M Heglund
Edwin R & Mrs Rene L Hendrickson
Mark S Hill
Linda J Horovitz
Bruce A Huddleston
Johnson & Johnson
David M Juras
Kimberly K Kazimour
Christopher F Kelly
Thomas R Kerkhoff
Brian S King
Kathleen M Klerk
Holly M Knight
Ronald E & Susan K Knowles
Consuelo M Kreider
Arnold Kuypers
Christy H Lemak
Karen B Lidsky
Ruth V Loyd
M & S Bank
Brian D MacAuley
Robin E Marunick
JoanW Mathews
Nancy G Matrone
Randall S McDaniel
Linda R & George E McKeithen
John V & Janet McKenzie
Clyde S Meckstroth
J Paul Melton
Silvia Menendez & Jeffrey Harman
Marvin B Merein
Dyer T & Pamela W Michell
Lt Col Stephen M & Stephanie Mounts
Mary Murray-Harding
Theresa A & Frederick K Mynatt
Thomas C & Catherine M Nasby

Pearl E Nastvogel
Margaret P Nattress
Michael L Norris
Janet M Norwood
Thomas J Norwood
Linda A Nowack
Maritza Orta-Colon
Pamela J Patton
Janet Perez
Michael G & Kathy Perri
LauraJ Perry
Katherine P Phelan
Jamie L Pomeranz
J Edward & Sharron K Poppell
Dolores F & Joseph E Prendergast
Emily S Pugh
James V Rippy
Carol A Robinson
Dora Rodriguez-Duran
JoyS Rohan
John C Rosenbek & Debra A Shimon
The Hon Dixie N Sansom
Donna L Scheitler
Dr Gerold Ludwig & Audrey L Schiebler
Theresa R Schrider
Diane M Schwalbach
Beverly S Sensbach
John D & Elizabeth B Shafer
Roger L Shaul, Jr
Dr David S Sheps & Dr Mary Peoples-Sheps
Steven H & Bonnie J Silverman
Josephine B Sirmyer (d)
Janice P Smith
Lori M Smith
Stacey C Somers
Betty R & Robert P Stanton
MelissaW Steed
Charles A Stringer
Shelley D Taylor
Jeremiah J & Carlee M Thomas
Kathryn D Torberntsson
Patricia A Trama
Dorit B Uman
Siglinda M Van Eldik
Patricia A Weathers
Richard B Weiss
Patricia A Welty
Lauren S West
Ana M Weyant
Corey M Wharton
Mary K Wilkins-Jones
Allen F Wysocki
Charles R & Nancy R Young
Eugene L Zdziarski, II



Planning for the future

Alumnus develops Life Care Planning for people with disabilities

s a UF doctoral student, Paul Deutsch,
Ph.D., had written three chapters of
his dissertation when he set it aside to
write the book that launched his
career. The resulting 3,500 page,
three-volume work introduced a whole
new area of rehabilitation counseling that has become
an industry: Life Care Planning.
Inspired by his studies in experimental analysis
of behavior, Deutsch, who graduated from UF with a
master's in rehabilitation counseling (1972) and a
doctorate from the department of counselor educa-
tion (1983), developed the basic principles, tenets,
methodologies and processes of Life Care Planning.
Today, there are more than 1,000 certified Life Care
Planners in the United States and a growing number in
Canada, England, Australia and South Africa. Deutsch
has authored 12 books and nearly 100 articles on Life
Care Planning and is the lead developer of the Life
Care Planning Program for Kaplan Universities and
the University of Florida.
Life Care Planning addresses the medical,
psychological and rehabilitation needs a person with
a catastrophic injury or illness will require for the rest
of his or her life. This can include medical care, home

care, medication, transportation and structural
renovations to the home. A Life Care Plan is an
organized and consistent approach that outlines the
short-term and long-term care needs of an individual
to maximize quality of life.
"People often ask me 'What do you do?"' said
Deutsch, one of the College of Public Health and
Health Professions' 2006 outstanding alumni of the
year. "When I explain that I work with infants,
children, adults and elderly with some of the most
severe injuries, sometimes people say that the work
sounds like it would be depressing and demoralizing.
"My response to that is the clients I work with
have experienced the worst crises imaginable, yet they
handle it with such an incredible human spirit and pos-
itive attitude. So I don't get depressed. I am actually
incredibly uplifted. I have an incredible opportunity to
learn so much from them about the positive nature of
the human spirit, fortitude and a passion for living."
His enthusiasm for the field hasn't waned in his
35 years of practice, Deutsch said.
"I get just as excited about the work as when I
started," he said. "If.in iliil_. Life Care Planning is as
important as ever with the number of soldiers coming
back with injuries and an infrastructure not set up to

meet their needs." -
In addition to '
his Orlando-based
private practice and -
research activities, t,
Deutsch serves as a
clinical professor of
rehabilitation at the
Medical College of
Virginia, Virginia
University. He is
the co-founder of
the Foundation for Dr. Paul Deutsch
Life Care Planning Research and received the 1993
Educator of the Year Award from the International As-
sociation of Rehabilitation Professionals and in 2004,
the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International
Conference on Life Care Planning.
Outside of work, Deutsch has been just as
committed to family and recreational pursuits, such as
flying a twin engine prop plane, competing in
equestrian events and most recently, ballroom dancing.
"I'm intense about everything I do," he said.
"Life is not to be taken dispassionately." *

Opportunity knocks

Occupational therapy alumnus follows unexpected career path

arryl Tower's career includes a
long and varied list of job titles:
paramedic, occupational therapist,
electrodiagnostics director, business
manager, software company CEO
and medical mission volunteer pilot,
among others.
"I've done a lot of nontraditional things that
had nothing to do with occupational therapy, but
my education prepared me to learn new skills," said
Tower, a 1974 occupational therapy graduate and one
of the college's 2006 outstanding alumni of the year.
"Opportunities came my way and I took some risks.
In my case I was very fortunate."
After graduating from UF, Tower, a Jackson-
ville native, served as director of occupational
therapy, and later as director of electrodiagnostics
at Mobile Infirmary in Mobile, Ala. Tower went on
to earn a master's degree in business administration
and served as the business manager of the Neurol-
ogy Center in Mobile before becoming a partner in
General Systems Design Inc. in 1988. A health care
billing software firm headquartered in Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, General Systems Design counted several

medical and dental ."f
schools among its cli-
ents, including the UF "
College of Dentistry.
Tower led the company
until 2004 when he
sold General Systems
Design to a New
Zealand software firm.
But perhaps one of
Tower's most reward-
ing roles has been that
of volunteer pilot for
Wings of Hope, a non- D
Darryl Tower
profit organization that
assists other charitable groups by flying to remote
areas of the world that may not be easily reachable
by other methods of transportation. Tower's first stint
was in 1999 when he spent five months traveling to
sites in Belize, Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras. He
continues to volunteer for Wings of Hope, flying air
ambulance missions for two to three weeks at a time
in Belize.
"In rural Belize, roads are limited and the roads

they do have are often not well-maintained. It
may take six hours to travel 100 miles by car, but
evacuating patients that same distance by plane
takes one hour," said Tower, who transports
Patients such as farm workers with machete
injuries or young girls who are experiencing a
difficult labor.
Tower is amazed by the level of generos-
ity of the people he serves in Central America,
where the average income may be $200-300 a
"People want to give me gifts, like a
pineapple, which may mean that they would
have less food on the dinner table that night," he
said. "They want to give me something even though
they have so little."
These days Tower considers himself "basically"
retired from business, but is courting the idea of
becoming involved in real estate.
"I don't have one single career highlight," he
said. "I think of it as a process and it has led me to a
lot of good things. Life is constantly changing; there
is always something different on the horizon that
makes it interesting." *


alumni UPDATES

Brian Baumgardner, master's in health administra-
tion and business administration '88, is the CEO
of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart
Institute in Ft. Pierce, Fla. He also serves as
co-investigator of a research study led by Assistant
Professor Amy Yarbrough. They will examine the
challenges and benefits of employing health care
managers who have no formal education in health

Robert Davidge, master's in health administration
'67, will retire from his position as CEO of Our Lady
of the Lake Regional Medical Center in January
2008. Davidge has led the Baton Rouge, La.-based
health system for 28 years.

Jennifer Devine, bachelor's in health science '03,
graduated with a master's degree in medical science
from the physician assistant program at Arcadia
University in Philadelphia in May 2007. She is a
physician assistant in inpatient pediatrics and neo-
natology at St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, Conn.

Wayne Klein, clinical and health psychology '91,
has divorced and remarried and has a 13-year-old
Russian stepdaughter. Wayne writes: "My daughter
who was born in Gainesville is entering college in
the fall. I do neuropsychology evaluations to pay the
bills, teach out of habit and dig big holes in my front
yard for fun." He lives in Franklin, Mass.

Twyla Leigh, clinical and community dietetics '80,
lives in Naples, Fla. Her oldest son is a UF student.

Catherine Llanes Lotow, bachelor's and master's
in occupational therapy '01 and '02, is happily
married with a 20-month-old toddler named Noah,
and a daughter, Isabella Maria, who was born on
July 5, 2007. They live in Hawthorne, Fla.

Jennifer Craig Rorstrom, bachelor's in health
science '06, lives in Aiea, Hawaii. She writes: "With
my husband there to share in the excitement, I gave
birth to a beautiful baby boy on February 22, 2007."

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Elleanor Hernandez Sapin, bachelor's in
occupational therapy '03, received her master's
degree in physician assistant studies from UF's
College of Medicine in June 2007. She is en-
gaged to Nathaniel Swartz, a 2006 alumnus of
the physician assistant program.

Michael L. Schwartz, master's in health admin-
istration and business administration '72 and '73,
has owned a hospital administration consulting
firm since 1977. He is also the executive produc-
er of Jamin-Jo Productions and creator of Movin'
& Groovin' Fitness for Kids Videos. For more
information, visit www.ExerciseForKids.com.

Itza Toro-Bishop, bachelor's in rehabilitative
services, '91, and master's in rehabilitation coun-
seling, '93, works with the Department of Veteran
Affairs/Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling
Division in Orlando. She is married to Scott and
they have two daughters, Isabella and
Alexandra. To read more about Itza, visit Meet
the Alumni on our Web site: www.phhp.ufl.edu/

William Walders, master's in health administra-
tion '07, is a project manager at the Naval
Medical Information Management Center in
Bethesda, Md. *


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