Alumni updates

PHHP Alumni Updates

Meryl Alappattu, Doctor of Physical Therapy ’08, is a student in the college’s rehabilitation science Ph.D. program and a physical therapist at Shands. She received one of four Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships from the Foundation for Physical Therapy Board of Trustees.

Joel Bialosky, Ph.D. in rehabilitation science ’08, was part of a UF team that received the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy’s 2009 Excellence in Research Award, recognizing the most outstanding paper published in the journal during a calendar year. The paper was based on his dissertation research.

Leanne Kaye, master’s in public health ’09 is a second-year doctoral student in nutrition/public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bonnie (Stockman) Kramer, bachelor’s and master’s in speech pathology ’68 and ’69, retired from Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools in 2008 following a 31-year career in speech/language pathology. She received her fifth award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for exceeding continuing education requirements. She hopes to soon open a small private practice, Communication Therapy Solutions, to help children achieve their communicative potential. Her spare time is spent happily with grandchildren and gardening on her 250-year-old farm.

Karen (Zebrowski) Lehnen, master’s in occupational therapy ’06, and her husband Matthew welcomed a baby boy, Connor Michael, on May 14, 2010. They live in Charlotte, N.C.

Alan Levine, master’s in health administration/master’s in business administration ’93, was named senior vice president of health development operations and government relations for Health Management Associates, Inc. in Naples, Fla. He most recently served as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. In November, he was named chair of the Health and Human Services Transition Team for Florida Governor-elect Rick Scott.

Rob Marlowe, master’s in health administration/master’s in business administration ’78, was elected deputy mayor of New Port Richey, Fla., in April.

Melissa Beckert Riba, bachelor’s in physical therapy ’99, earned board certification in orthopedics in 2007 and graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Denver’s Regis University in May 2010.

Kate Roland, master’s in public health ’06, was named the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s employee of the month for October. She led the educational component of a three-year HPV screening study currently being piloted in Illinois clinics.

Matthew Rosseli, master’s in health administration ’06, was promoted to senior project coordinator at HCA. He lives in Franklin, Tenn.

Sandra Gail Smith, journalism and communication ’73 and master’s in rehabilitation counseling ’75 has had a 35-year career in workforce development in the public, private and non-profit sectors, primarily in the Washington, D.C. area. She currently directs a center for Arlington County, Va. that assists over 17,000 defense workers, whose jobs will be leaving the area, with finding other employment.

Michelle Woodbury, Ph.D. in rehabilitation science ’06, has accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Research and the Division of Occupational Therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She lives in Charleston, S.C. and will continue to conduct neuro-rehabilitation research at MUSC and the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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