Faculty & Staff

The department of pharmacy education and practice features two divisions supporting faculty in community-based and health-system based pharmacotherapy. Nearly 40 faculty comprise the two divisions at campuses in Gainesville, Jacksonville and Orlando.

Interim Department Chair

Michelle Z Farland

Michelle Z Farland Pharm.D.

Clinical Professor And Interim Co-Chair
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 273-6293

Dr. Farland received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 2005. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center (now UF Health at Jacksonville) in Jacksonville, Florida and a specialty residency in Ambulatory care/Primary care at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Farland joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy in 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. She then joined the faculty of the University of Florida in 2015 and was promoted to Clinical Professor in 2021.

She currently serves as the interim department chair for pharmacy education and practice. Previously, she was Division Head of Community-Based Pharmacotherapy. Her educational research focuses on outcomes of team-based learning and personal and professional development. Dr. Farland has been recognized by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy with the 2012 New Educator Award, by the Team Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) in 2016 as a team-based learning consultant-trainer, and by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) in 2017 as an Emerging Teaching Scholar. She also received an honorable mention for the AACP Innovations in Teaching Award in 2019.

Dr. Farland is a past president of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) [2019-2021], and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS). Dr. Farland has served as a national speaker in the areas of diabetes, team-based learning, collaborative learning teams, alternative grading approaches, and situational judgment tests.

Division of Community-Based Pharmacotherapy

Interim Division Head

Eric A Dietrich

Eric A Dietrich Pharm.D., BCACP, CPC-A, CEMC, CPB

Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 294-5648

Dr. Dietrich is a Clinical Associate Professor within the Department of Pharmacy Education and Practice. His work involves managing an Anticoagulation Clinic at UF Health Internal Medicine at Kanapaha monitoring warfarin as well as DOACs in addition to a multidisciplinary transitions of care clinic for patients with a recent acute myocardial infarction housed within UF Health Shands Cardiology service. Dr. Dietrich’s research interests include interventions aimed at reducing anticoagulation, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and pharmacy billing and reimbursement for clinical services in collaborative clinical environments. Dr. Dietrich is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist as well as a Certified Professional Coder. Dr. Dietrich’s teaching focuses on anticoagulation, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, pharmacy billing, and Ambulatory Care. He has two children who keep him busy and full of joy and gratitude.

Gainesville Campus

Lakesha M Butler

Lakesha M Butler Pharm.D.

Clinical Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 733-1803

Dr. Butler serves as a clinical professor within the department of pharmacy education and practice at the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy. Prior to joining UF, Dr. Butler was the director of diversity, equity and inclusion and a clinical professor of pharmacy practice at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Dr. Butler’s collaborative leadership and impact span broadly at the institutional level, nationally and in the community. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, presented nationally at numerous conferences and keynote address invitations, and has been nationally recognized for her work as the 2022 Becker’s Hospital Review top 40 health system diversity and inclusion executives to know. Her professional and research interests include health equity, social drivers of health, cultural humility, under-resourced communities, emotional intelligence and leadership development. Her personal brand statement is “I use my innovative strategies, courageous influence, compassionate heart and effective communication to serve, lead, educate and inspire others to develop, transform and succeed.”

Dr. Butler received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has received extensive training in the areas of culture, belonging and inclusive excellence.

Teresa Cavanaugh

Teresa Cavanaugh Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, FASHP

Associate Dean For Student Affairs; Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 294-8943

Teresa Cavanaugh received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 2006. Upon graduation, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at The University Hospital in Cincinnati, which solidified her interest in practice-based research with transplant patients. She then completed a two-year fellowship in health outcomes research with a focus on liver transplantation. During her fellowship, she received board certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist, and a Master of Science degree in pharmacy administration with an emphasis on health outcomes research. Dr. Cavanaugh joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 2009. Her practice site was an ambulatory liver transplant clinic. Dr. Cavanaugh was actively involved in both the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists where she served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Commission on Affiliate Relations and with the Ohio Society of Health-System Services where she served two terms as division director for Organizational Affairs and was elected president in 2014. In 2016, Dr. Cavanaugh became introductory pharmacy practice experiences coordinator and the co-curricular activities coordinator. She was promoted to clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice in August 2017. Her current research interests involve student mental health and identifying characteristics that lead to success in pharmacy school.

Stacey D Curtis

Stacey D Curtis BPharm., Pharm.D., CPh

Clinical Associate Professor And Assistant Dean For Experiential Education
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 273-6232

Stacey Curtis, BPharm, Pharm.D., CPh., serves as the assistant dean for experiential education and a clinical associate professor of pharmacy education and practice in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. In addition, Dr. Curtis is serving as the inaugural director of well-being and resilience serving faculty, staff and students. She is also the residency program director of the Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program and provides continuing pharmacy education training to pharmacists throughout the state and nation.

As the assistant dean, she leads the Office of Experiential Programs and helps students with post-graduate training and placement. She previously served the office as an assistant director, the lead regional coordinator, and a regional coordinator for the Gainesville, Panhandle and out-of-state regions. Her experience in experiential education has helped the college develop an innovative experiential curriculum that is nationally recognized.

As the director of well-being and resiliency, she will serve all stakeholders of the college. Dr. Curtis completed the Integrative Mind-Body Medicine training through Georgetown University in the summer of 2019. She serves as the faculty advisor to the Gator Pharmacy Wellness organization, a student led group focusing on well-being and wellness.

Dr. Curtis maintains strong ties to community pharmacy through the residency program. She brings her knowledge and experience with community pharmacy to the UF College of Pharmacy by mentoring and teaching future pharmacists.

Dr. Curtis has been affiliated with the college since 2009 and has held multiple leadership, teaching, and service roles during her tenure. Her enthusiasm and passion for student development have made a significant impact on pharmacy education at UF. In 2019, she was named the UF College of Pharmacy’s Teacher of the Year. She has also won several teaching and service awards.

Dr. Curtis earned her Pharm.D. from the UF College of Pharmacy and a B.S. in Pharmacy from the Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy.

Michelle Z Farland

Michelle Z Farland Pharm.D.

Clinical Professor And Interim Co-Chair
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 273-6293

Dr. Farland received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 2005. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center (now UF Health at Jacksonville) in Jacksonville, Florida and a specialty residency in Ambulatory care/Primary care at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Farland joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy in 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. She then joined the faculty of the University of Florida in 2015 and was promoted to Clinical Professor in 2021.

She currently serves as the interim department chair for pharmacy education and practice. Previously, she was Division Head of Community-Based Pharmacotherapy. Her educational research focuses on outcomes of team-based learning and personal and professional development. Dr. Farland has been recognized by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy with the 2012 New Educator Award, by the Team Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) in 2016 as a team-based learning consultant-trainer, and by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) in 2017 as an Emerging Teaching Scholar. She also received an honorable mention for the AACP Innovations in Teaching Award in 2019.

Dr. Farland is a past president of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) [2019-2021], and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS). Dr. Farland has served as a national speaker in the areas of diabetes, team-based learning, collaborative learning teams, alternative grading approaches, and situational judgment tests.

John Gums

John Gums Pharm.D., FCCP

Executive Associate Dean And Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 273-6308

Dr. Gums is the Executive Associate Dean in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. He also serves as a Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine in the Departments of Pharmacy Education and Practice and Community Health and Family Medicine at UF. Gums received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Gums joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1985, and is actively involved in teaching in the colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine. He has received the Faculty Recognition Award from the College of Pharmacy and twice was selected as Teacher of the Year by the University of Florida, Department of Family Medicine.

Tracy E Leonard

Tracy E Leonard R.Ph., BCPP, BCACP, CDCES, CPh

Instructional Assistant Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 215-1815

Tracy Leonard, received her B.S. from the University of Florida in 1991. She earned her Board Certification as an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) in 2011 and her Board Certification as a Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) in 2018. She was an IPPE & APPE preceptor while Pharmacy Manager at Winn Dixie Pharmacy and is currently an APPE preceptor at the College of Pharmacy Center for Quality Medication Management (CQM). She has been a Career Coach since 2014. She has experience in community and closed door pharmacies, as well as consultant pharmacy.

She is a lifelong learner and enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets.

Jason Powell

Jason Powell Pharm.D., BCACP

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 265-7015

Dr. Jason Powell, a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist, was born and raised in Gainesville FL, with well-established roots within the Gainesville community. From a young age he has spent many fall Saturdays in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium along with countless other UF sporting events. He was able to spend his undergraduate years at UF marching in the drumline for the Pride of The Sunshine Gator Marching Band. After graduating from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Dr. Powell completed his residency with the UF College of Pharmacy specializing in anticoagulation, diabetes, hypertension, other chronic disease state management and academia. Starting in 2012, Dr. Powell began precepting 4th year pharmacy students completing their ambulatory care practice experience, while teaching within the working professional PharmD program precepting registered pharmacist seeking their Doctor of Pharmacy degree. In 2013, Dr. Powell was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor with UF College of Pharmacy and was able to maintain his clinical practice site at UFHealth Family Medicine Eastside. In 2016, Dr. Powell was jointly appointment by the Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine to become the clinical faculty pharmacist at both Family Medicine -Main st. and Eastside. With this appointment, Dr. Powell acted as clinical preceptor to the college of pharmacy fellowship program and managing editor for the college of pharmacy’s publication, Pharmanote. In 2019, he took on the additional role as the clinical preceptor to the PGY1 community pharmacy residency program. Dr. Powell continues to be active in research and scholarly works with a major focus on ambulatory care practice and newly approved medications. He continues to increase his teaching roles within the college of pharmacy while serving as the academic advisor for Doctor of Pharmacy students.

Teresa E Roane

Teresa E Roane PharmD, MBA, BCACP

Director Continuing Pharmacy Education; Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 273-9692

Dr. Roane joined the faculty of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida (UF) in March 2010 as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Currently, she is also the Director of UF’s online medication therapy management (MTM) graduate program, Assistant Director of the online Individualized Medicine graduate program, and the Director of the PharmD MTM professional certificate program. She spends the majority of her time teaching within the PharmD curriculum as well as the online programs. Her clinical practice activities as of December 2021 includes working with the College of Pharmacy’s Continuing Pharmacy Education Department where she helps create content and facilitates training sessions for various clinical programs such as the collaborative practice agreement certification, immunization trainings, and pharmacy-based test and treat certificate program. For the eleven years prior, her clinical practice site was located at the College of Pharmacy’s Center for Quality Medication Management (CQM)–a clinical call center supported by contracts and grants offering MTM services to patients on behalf of national healthplans. While with CQM, Dr. Roane served in various roles including the Center Director, Director of Clinical Development, Clinical Operations Director, and Residency Program Director. Her teaching activities focuses on topics such as MTM, managed care, effective communications, business concepts, and vaccinations/immunizations. Before joining UF, Dr. Roane was as a Clinical Pharmacist at AvMed Health Plans, a managed care organization, where she helped develop and lead the organization’s first MTM program, provided direction to and oversight of the utilization management program, and served as the APPE preceptor for UF PharmD students. Dr. Roane received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the UF College of Pharmacy and her Master of Business Administration in HealthCare Management (MBA) degree from Western Governor’s University. She also obtained board certification as an ambulatory care pharmacist and holds her consultant pharmacist license. She serves on various committees for the College of Pharmacy as well as several state and national pharmacy organizations including the Florida Affiliate of AMCP, Alachua County Association of Pharmacists (ACAP), the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), and the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA).

Janet Schmittgen

Janet Schmittgen Pharm.D.

Instructional Assistant Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 273-9547

Dr. Janet Schmittgen received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy Working Professional Pharm.D. Program in 2019. She received her B.S. in Pharmacy from The Ohio State University in 1986. She practiced at several hospital pharmacies including; Kettering Memorial Hospital in Kettering, OH, Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, OH, and Santa Teresita Hospital in Duarte, CA. She has also practiced in both Independent and Chain Community Pharmacy settings. She accepted a position as Instructor of Pharmacy Practice at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington in 1996 and served as Coordinator of the Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory and Instructor of Record for three courses in the entry level Pharm D curriculum. She also practiced at Express Scripts as a Clinical Pharmacist specializing in Prior Authorizations.

Currently she is a Instructional Assistant Professor at University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Gainesville and serves as the Teaching Partnership Leader for the 2PD Skills Laboratory course (PHA5163/5164). She also assists with Continuing Professional Education in the College of Pharmacy. She has a special interest in Pharmacy History. She serves as Director for the Pharmacy Museum at UF COP and teaches a 2-credit hour elective course in History of Pharmacy.

James Taylor

James Taylor Pharm.D., CDE, BCACP

Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 273-6239

Hello, my name is Jim Taylor, and I am a clinical professor in the University of Florida Department of Pharmacy Education and Practice. I received my doctor of pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University. Upon graduation, I completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia, and then completed a family medicine residency at UF. After graduating pharmacy school, I spent two years completing additional residency training focused on ambulatory care. I am a certified diabetes educator and board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist.

After becoming interested in pursuing a career in health care, I spent time shadowing a pharmacist and really enjoyed the patient interactions and helping patients with their medications. I currently serve as the pharmacy director for the UF Health Shands Anticoagulation Clinic and director of the Professional Practice Skills Lab series for the UF College of Pharmacy. I coordinate the third-year lab courses and am responsible for oversight of the third- and fourth-year OSCEs.

In past years, I practiced in a family practice clinic and served as residency director for an ambulatory care residency. I have had an active role in the Laboratory Instructors SIG since 2016, serving as chair of the mentoring and networking committee for the past three years. I have presented at the AACP Annual Meeting on Lab SIG topics and lead Lab SIG webinars. I have given numerous other professional presentations on diabetes, anticoagulation and other primary care topics, and I have published extensively on primary care and educational topics such as OSCEs. Finally, I have served as principal investigator and co-principal investigator for a number of clinical trials.

In addition to clinical practice, I spend a significant amount of time educating pharmacy students in the classroom and in clinical environments. My current research interests include assessing APPE readiness and anticoagulation. I have over 20 years of experience managing chronic mediations and am currently focused on managing all the patients on anticoagulant therapies.

I am married with two children. When I’m not working, you can find me exercising, playing golf or spending time with my family.

Angelina Vascimini

Angelina Vascimini Pharm.D., BCACP

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 273-6224

Angelia Vascimini, Pharm.D., BCACP is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and maintains a clinical practice site, as an ambulatory care pharmacist, at UF Health Family Medicine – Main Street. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed a PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency and a PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Dr. Vascimini has experience teaching within pharmaceutical skills labs and classrooms, as well as clinical experiential teaching. Her research interests are centered around, but not limited to, quality improvement for diabetes patients, fostering relationships between community and ambulatory care pharmacists, and developing sustainable value based care pharmacy services.

Karen Whalen

Karen Whalen Pharm.D., BCPS, FAPhA

Associate Dean For Professional Advancement And Assessment; Clinical Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 273-9497

Karen Whalen received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with highest honors from the University of Florida. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Moses Cone Health System followed by a Primary Care Residency at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital. Following residency training, Dr. Whalen was a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) for 12 years. While at NSU College of Pharmacy, she was an eight-time recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2008, Dr. Whalen joined the faculty of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy as assistant director of the St. Petersburg Campus. In 2010, she transitioned to the main campus in Gainesville. She now serves as the Assistant Dean for Curricular Affairs and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Education and Practice. Her excellence in teaching has been recognized with the Faculty Recognition Award in 2011 and 2012, and the Teacher of the Year Award in 2013.

Dr. Whalen is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She has practiced ambulatory care pharmacy in a variety of settings including an academic family medicine center, community pharmacy practice, and a Veterans’ Affairs Healthcare System. Dr. Whalen is active in local, state and national pharmacy organizations, and is a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association and a past president of the Florida Pharmacy Association. She is a past recipient of the National Community Pharmacists Association Pharmacy Leadership Award, and the Florida Pharmacy Association Jean Lamberti Mentorship Award.

Jacksonville Campus

Kelsey Cook

Kelsey Cook Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (904) 244-9876

Kelsey Cook, Pharm.D., received her B.S. from the University of Maryland and her Pharm.D. from the University of North Carolina. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas and a PGY2 Clinical Pharmacogenomics Residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Cook joined the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Jacksonville campus as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of pharmacotherapy and translational research in 2019 and transitioned to the department of pharmacy education and practice in 2024. In her role, she supports the implementation of pharmacogenomics at Nemours Children’s Health. Dr. Cook is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist. Her research interests include clinical implementation of pharmacogenomics and pharmacogenomics in pediatrics. ​

Eric F Egelund

Eric F Egelund Ph.D., Pharm.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (904) 244-9876

After completing his Pharm.D. at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Dr. Egelund enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of Florida. Dr. Egelund completed his graduate studies in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research under the mentorship of Dr. Charles Peloquin, director of the Infectious Disease Pharmacokinetics Laboratory (IDPL) in Gainesville. Currently Dr. Egelund is a Clinical Associate Professor at the College of Pharmacy’s Jacksonville campus. In addition to this role Dr. Egelund works part-time at Walgreens and volunteers at HIV clinics when time permits.

Jessica C Huston

Jessica C Huston Pharm.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (904) 244-9590

Dr. Jessica Huston is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of Florida College of Pharmacy at the Jacksonville Campus. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Florida and her Doctor of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University before completing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Research and Pharmaceutical Industry at the East Coast Institute for Research. Dr. Huston joined the University of Florida College of Pharmacy as an Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in 2019 and lectured for the Physician Assistant Program at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Huston’s research interests include diabetes and heart failure, where she has served as a Sub-Investigator on many clinical studies.

Robin M Li

Robin M Li Pharm.D., BCACP, NBC-HWC

Clinical Associate Professor And Assistant Director
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (904) 244-9590

Robin Moorman Li is currently a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and serves as the Assistant Director of the Jacksonville campus. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 1996 and completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at University of Kansas in 2000. Moorman Li completed a primary care residency at University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2001, and became a pharmacy practitioner with Shands Jacksonville from 2001 to 2008 where she created a pharmacist driven pain management clinic in a primary care clinic. In 2003, she began teaching part time with the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and transitioned to full time faculty with the College in 2008. Moorman Li practiced at the River Garden Hebrew Home for the Aged from 2008-2016 and is now practicing at UF Health Jacksonville in the Ambulatory Pharmacist ran Pain Management Clinic and also in the Center for Pain Management at UF Health Jacksonville. Moorman Li completed the Take Courage Coaching program which focused on developing coaching skills to help patients suffering with chronic pain. She then became a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach to further develop her skills.

Carol A Motycka

Carol A Motycka Pharm.D., BCACP

Assistant Dean For The Jacksonville Campus; Clinical Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (904) 244-9590

Carol Motycka, graduated from the University of Florida with her Pharm.D. and completed a residency in Ambulatory Care at Florida Hospital in Orlando. After practicing at Florida Hospital for several years, Motycka joined the University of Florida to help build the College of Pharmacy program in Jacksonville. She is board certified in Ambulatory Care has completed fellowships in both leadership and education. Motycka has been published in multiple academic and clinical journals and has provided over 100 presentations in the field. She has received awards on the state and national level for her teaching, research, and leadership. Motycka is a strong advocate of the profession of pharmacy and serves the profession through public relations events in her community and professional organizations where she has served in multiple capacities including Speaker of the House for the Florida Pharmacy Association and President of Duval County Pharmacy Association. As assistant dean of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy Jacksonville Campus, Motycka spends her time teaching, completing research, advising and administrating.

Chardaè L Whitner

Chardaè L Whitner Pharm.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (904) 244-9119

Dr. Chardaè Whitner joined the University of Florida College of Pharmacy at the Jacksonville Campus in 2021 as a clinical assistant professor. She also serves as the Jacksonville Campus Coordinator for the Office of Accessibility, Belonging and Community Health. Whitner received her Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following graduation, she pursued postgraduate training, completing a community-based pharmacy residency with the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Jacksonville.

Whitner’s professional areas of interest include diversity, inclusion, health equity, bias, mitigating health disparities among underserved populations, improving health literacy, in addition to increasing cultural awareness and appropriateness among health care professionals.

In her free time, Whitner enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and traveling.

Orlando Campus

Akash J Alexander

Akash J Alexander Pharm.D., M.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 273-6086

Originally from New York, Akash Alexander previously served on faculty in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Long Island University (Brooklyn, NY). He maintained an ambulatory care practice at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in Manhattan supporting a diabetes management program before transitioning as the primary course coordinator for the college’s pharmacy skills lab course sequence. To better reinforce his teaching, Akash completed his M.S. in Educational Technology from LIU Post. Prior to LIU, he practiced at Putnam Hospital Center (Carmel, NY) with a focus on bedside medication education for high-risk patients. Akash was on faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy (Richmond, VA), where he also completed a community practice residency. While at VCU, he provided pharmacy services for the Daily Planet, a Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) clinic and offered an advanced community practice rotation at CVS Pharmacy. Akash received his Pharm.D. from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PA).

Lisa S Miller

Lisa S Miller Pharm.D., M.A., BCPS, MSCP

Assistant Dean For The Orlando Campus; Clinical Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (407) 313-7005

Dr. Lisa Miller is the Assistant Dean of the Orlando Campus where she devotes her time to teaching, research, advising, and administration. Dr. Miller received a B.S. in Pharmacy from The Ohio State University, a Pharm.D. from University of Kentucky, and M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. She completed a postdoctoral clinical pharmacy residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC and is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS). Prior to joining the UF College of Pharmacy, Dr. Miller held various roles at Wingate University School of Pharmacy including Professor, Director of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience, Assistant Dean for Faculty, and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. Her current research interests include women’s health, women’s mental health, and scholarship of teaching and learning.

Bradley N Phillips

Bradley N Phillips Pharm.D., BCACP

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (407) 313-7118

Bradley Phillips, Pharm.D., BCACP, is a Clinical Assistant Professor within the University of Florida Department of Pharmacy Education and Practice at the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Phillips graduated from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2018. He then went on to complete his PGY1 residency and teaching certificate at AdventHealth Celebration the following year. Post-residency, he had the opportunity to continue his career at AdventHealth Celebration where he worked as a clinical pharmacy specialist and precepted both residents and rotational students. He is board certified in ambulatory care and his interest areas include academia, medication management, anticoagulation, and transitions of care. Dr. Phillips hopes to continue making a meaningful impact in his patients’ lives while educating the next generation of pharmacists. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys spending time with family and attending sporting events.

Casey A Rowe

Casey A Rowe Pharm.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (407) 313-7024

Dr. Casey Rowe received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 2019 and completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency program at the Center for Quality Medication Management (CQM) at the University of Florida (UF) in 2021. After completing her residency program, she began working as a clinical pharmacist at CQM providing MTM services to patients and was instrumental in the successful launch of CQM’s electronic prior authorization program. In December 2021, Dr. Rowe transitioned to a faculty position as an Instructional Assistant Professor for the UF College of Pharmacy where she focused on medication management and patient care. In April 2023, Dr. Rowe was promoted to a clinical assistant professor position.

Janel Soucie

Janel Soucie Pharm.D.

Instructional Assistant Professor And Regional Coordinator Orlando
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (407) 313-7054

Dr. Soucie received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, following which she completed a Primary Care Pharmacy Residency at Florida Hospital Celebration Health. Since that time, she has practiced in a variety of settings, including as a staff pharmacist in both the inpatient and community pharmacy settings, and, primarily, in the area of ambulatory care which is her current area of clinical practice. She served as Adjunct Clinical Faculty for the University of Florida College of Pharmacy for many years before joining the college in 2016 in her current position. In addition to her role as an Orlando Regional Coordinator for the University of Florida College of Pharmacy Office of Experiential Programs (OEP), she serves as the OEP Disability Resource Center (DRC) Liaison for experiential accommodations.

Erin L St. Onge

Erin L St. Onge Pharm.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (407) 313-7004

Erin St. Onge, Pharm.D., joined the faculty in July 2002 to help start the University of Florida College of Pharmacy program in Orlando.

St. Onge graduated from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree with honors in 1999. Upon graduation, she completed a residency in Community Clinical Pharmacy with St. Louis College of Pharmacy/Walgreens. Dr. St. Onge accepted her first faculty position with Texas Tech University School of Pharmacy at their Lubbock campus. During her two years with Texas Tech, she gained valuable experience with their 3-campus (Amarillo, Lubbock, Dallas) distance education program. Also, she developed a community site for 3rd and 4th year students, as well as a residency program in Community Clinical Pharmacy. Dr. St. Onge and her family moved to Orlando in summer of 2002 at which time she accepted the position as Campus Director/Assistant Dean for Orlando. After 20 years in this role, St. Onge stepped down from administration to engage more with students in the classroom as a Clinical Associate Professor. Dr. St. Onge has practiced ambulatory care in a variety of settings. She currently provides clinical services via telemedicine to patients at Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers. In addition to her current position with UF College of Pharmacy, she is active in national pharmacy organizations and has held numerous leadership positions in state and local pharmacy organizations. Dr. St. Onge’s interests include diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, and women’s health.

Division of Health-System Based Pharmacotherapy

Division Head

Kalen Manasco

Kalen Manasco Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS, FCCP, FPPA

Clinical Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 294-8749

Kalen Manasco received a B.S. degree in microbiology and a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Georgia. After graduation, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and a pediatric specialty residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. She served as a clinical associate professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy from 2007-2017, where she also served as the PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency program director. From 2003-2007, she served as a clinical assistant professor in the department of clinical and administrative sciences at Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Atlanta, Georgia. Manasco joined the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in March 2017, as a clinical professor in the department of pharmacotherapy and translational research and transitioned to the department of pharmacy education and practice in 2024. She is also a clinical pharmacist with UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital where she also serves as the PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency program director. Her research interests include pediatric infectious disease and pediatric pulmonology (cystic fibrosis and asthma). Manasco is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist and a board certified pediatric pharmacotherapy specialist.

Gainesville Campus

Kaitlin M Alexander

Kaitlin M Alexander PharmD, BCCCP

Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 294-5276

Kaitlin Alexander, Pharm.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Education and Practice. Dr. Alexander joined the University of Florida faculty in May 2021 and maintains a clinical practice in the trauma intensive care unit at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.

Dr. Alexander graduated from the University of Florida with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012. She then completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at West Virginia University Healthcare, followed by a PGY-2 Residency specializing in critical care at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Prior to her appointment at the University of Florida, she was an Associate Clinical Professor at the Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy from 2014-2021.

Dr. Alexander is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). Her professional interests, include: the management of pain, agitation and delirium in the ICU, infectious diseases, optimization of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis, and trauma & acute care surgery critical care management.

Lindsey Childs-Kean

Lindsey Childs-Kean Pharm.D., M.P.H., BCPS

Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 273-5715

After completing her Pharm.D. from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Dr. Childs-Kean completed a PGY-1 residency at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL, followed by a PGY-2 residency in Infectious Diseases Pharmacy at the South Texas Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in San Antonio, TX. Prior to joining UF full-time, she was the Hepatology Pharmacy Program Manager at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in Bay Pines, FL. In that role, she established a pharmacist-led Hepatitis C clinic for patients throughout the Bay Pines System, including patients seen using Clinical Video Telehealth technology. Her professional interests include infectious diseases pharmacotherapy as well as professional development of students and new practitioners. Dr. Childs-Kean is active in many professional organizations at the state and national level, including the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Randell E Doty

Randell E Doty Pharm.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 294-4984
Email: rdoty@ufl.edu

Dr. Doty received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee in 1988 and completed a general clinical residency at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Memphis Tennessee in 1989. He accepted an appointment in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Florida in 1989 and served as Associate Director of the Computer Applications in Pharmacy Center until it closed in 1991. Dr. Doty is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Education and Practice. He served for more than 20 years as director of Experiential Programs at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and currently co-coordinates the Pathophysiology and Patient Assessment course sequence in the first year. He also teaches in the skills lab, instructs students in their immunization training and practices in the UF Health adult Emergency Department.

Adonice Khoury

Adonice Khoury Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 273-8136

Adonice Khoury is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Education and Practice and Clinical Specialist in Internal Medicine at UF Health/Shands Hospital. Dr. Khoury received a B.S. in Microbiology & Cell Science from the UF College of Agriculture and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the UF College of Pharmacy. He also completed an ASHP accredited specialty residency in Geriatric pharmacy practice at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville. Prior to joining the college, Dr. Khoury was the head clinical pharmacist and antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist for six years at Select Specialty Hospital in Gainesville, a 44-bed long-term acute care hospital. Dr. Khoury was active with the college at Select Specialty Hospital, serving as a preceptor for adult medicine APPE rotations. His primary clinical practice and research interest is in internal medicine with specific interests in the subspecialties of gastrointestinal and infectious diseases pharmacotherapy.

Kayihura Manigaba

Kayihura Manigaba Pharm.D., BCIDP

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 273-8474

Dr. Kayihura Manigaba stands as an exemplar of excellence in the field of pharmacy, embodying an unwavering commitment to advancing pharmacy education, showcasing exceptional clinical proficiency, and spearheading pioneering research. With strong leadership skills at the forefront, his achievements and impact have positioned him not only as a respected educator but also as a revered leader in the field. Dr. Manigaba’s dynamic mentoring skills, coupled with his research prowess and innovative mindset, further underscore his role as a beacon of inspiration within the pharmacy community.

Dr. Manigaba embarked on his journey with the completion of his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the prestigious University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis, TN. This foundation led him to further elevate his expertise through an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency and a distinguished ASHP-accredited PGY2 Residency in Infectious Diseases at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.

Dr. Kayihura Manigaba is an esteemed educator in the pharmacy doctorate program at the University of Florida, where he imparts his profound knowledge across an array of courses including Professional Practice Skills labs in the 2nd and 3rd years, as well as Patient Care 2, Patient Care 4, and Patient Care 5. His commitment to bridging theory and practice resonates deeply, serving as a cornerstone in the comprehensive development of future pharmacists.

Beyond the classroom, Dr. Manigaba’s dedication to advancing the pharmacy profession is evident. As a valued member of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists research committee, he plays an active role in evaluating and awarding research grants. This engagement underscores his commitment to driving progress within the infectious diseases field and contributing to improved patient outcomes.

As a board-certified infectious diseases pharmacist, Dr. Manigaba’s influence spans a diverse range of critical healthcare domains. His professional pursuits and research interests encompass infectious diseases, therapeutic drug monitoring, interventions for multidrug-resistant pathogens, and the pivotal area of antimicrobial stewardship.

Dr. Manigaba’s influence reaches beyond borders. His dedication to advancing healthcare has driven him to collaborate on a global scale, specifically targeting the critical issue of antimicrobial resistance. Through innovative approaches and strategic partnerships, he endeavors to make a transformative impact on healthcare systems worldwide.

Dr. Manigaba’s tenure as Clinical Pharmacy Manager underscored his exceptional leadership skills and transformative impact. Leading a team of pharmacists and physicians, he orchestrated the implementation of varied clinical services across the hospital, resulting in improved patient care. His strategic leadership extended to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, where he spearheaded best practices that not only enhanced patient care but also optimized costs. Under his guidance, the hospital earned regional distinction due to consistent surpassing of performance metrics.

In summary, Dr. Kayihura Manigaba’s journey underscores his exceptional contributions to pharmacy education, clinical proficiency, and transformative healthcare change. His role as both an esteemed educator and a visionary leader is evident through his dedication to bridging theory and practice, active involvement in committees, and impactful research engagements. Dr. Manigaba’s influence reaches beyond academia, as his global collaborations and leadership in critical healthcare domains showcase his commitment to driving positive change on a broad scale. His legacy leaves an indelible mark on the pharmacy profession, resonating through enhanced patient care and the advancement of healthcare systems worldwide.

Priti Patel

Priti Patel Pharm.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice

Dr. Patel completed and ASHP-accredited drug information residency at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and McNeil Consumer and Specialty Pharmaceuticals in Fort Washington, PA. Prior to joining UF, she was an associate clinical professor at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, and co-director of the St. John’s University drug information service at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

At the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Dr. Patel serves as Director of Personal and Professional Development, overseeing the series of 9 PPD courses in the PharmD curriculum. Her areas of teaching in the PharmD program include evidence-based practice and women’s health.

Barbara Santevecchi

Barbara Santevecchi PharmD, BCIDP

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 594-5892

Barbara Santevecchi joined the College of Pharmacy as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Education and Practice in August 2019. She serves as an Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and member of the Antimicrobial Management Program at UF Health Shands Hospital. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Wingate University School of Pharmacy in Wingate, North Carolina in 2015. Following graduation, she completed PGY1 Pharmacy Practice and PGY2 Infectious Diseases pharmacy residencies at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. After completing residency training, she worked as an Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. Barbara is a board certified infectious diseases pharmacist. Her research interests include HIV/AIDS, microbiology, rapid diagnostics, novel agents for multidrug resistant infections, and antimicrobial stewardship. Barbara has published research in several peer-reviewed journals and has delivered presentations on her research at national meetings. She is an active member of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Bethany Shoulders

Bethany Shoulders Pharm.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 294-8780

Bethany Shoulders, PharmD, BCCCP works as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and serves as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care Unit at UF Health Shands Hospital. Dr. Shoulders received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2014 and completed a PGY1 residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and a PGY2 Critical Care residency with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Since joining the faculty in 2016, she has maintained a collaborative clinical practice site and was awarded the Exemplary Clinician Award in 2022. Her professional interests include completing quality improvement projects and research related to antimicrobial use in the ICU and surgical patient populations and advocating for a personalized approach to patient care. She is also an active member of SCCM, ACCP, FSHP/ASHP, and AACP.

Veena Venugopalan

Veena Venugopalan Pharm.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 265-0111

Veena Venugopalan received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Following graduation, she completed her pharmacy practice residency and infectious diseases specialty residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. As a board certified pharmacist with added qualifications in infectious diseases pharmacotherapy, Venugopalan has developed and maintained antimicrobial stewardship programs at large academic centers as well as community teaching hospitals. She joined the faculty at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy as an assistant professor in January 2016. She serves as the infectious diseases clinical specialist at UF Health Shands Hospital. Her research and patient care activities focus on health care associated infections, multidrug resistant gram-negative infections and antimicrobial stewardship. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and she has been presented at national and international conferences.

Jacksonville Campus

Anthony M Casapao

Anthony M Casapao PharmD, MPH, FIDSA

Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (904) 244-9129

Anthony M. Casapao received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. He then pursued post-graduate training at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida, by completing an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, or ASHP, -accredited pharmacy practice residency. Casapao continued his post-graduate training at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania, completing an ASHP-accredited specialty practice residency in infectious diseases. Upon completion of his residency, he maintained his interest in infectious diseases and pursued an American College of Clinical Pharmacy peer reviewed pharmacotherapy fellowship in infectious diseases and health outcomes. After achieving five years post-graduate training, Casapao served as an assistant professor in the department of pharmacy practice at Husson University School of Pharmacy in Bangor, Maine. Casapao joined the University of Florida in October 2017, as a clinical assistant professor in the department of pharmacotherapy and translational research and transitioned to the department of pharmacy education and practice. He was promoted to clinical associate professor in 2022.

Orlando Campus

Lisa Vandervoort

Lisa Vandervoort Pharm.D.

Instructional Assistant Professor And Regional Coordinator Orlando
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (407) 313-7013

Lisa Vandervoort received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 1995 and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in 1996. She spent 10 years as the Clinical Specialist in Infectious Disease/Internal Medicine at Orlando Regional Medical Center. She joined the faculty at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy Orlando Campus in 2007. Through coordinating the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) Readiness course, the Hospital Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (HIPPE) course, and 2PD Skills Lab for the Orlando campus, as well as her work as a Regional Coordinator for the Office of Experiential Programs, Dr Vandervoort’s focus is on preparing students for pharmacy practice. Her interests include APPE Readiness, Professional Identity Formation, and Infectious Disease.

Carinda J Feild

Carinda J Feild Pharm.D., FCCM

Associate Director Of Experiential Programs,Lead Regional Coordinator, Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (727) 394-6143

Dr. Feild earned her Pharm.D. degree from the University of Florida in 1989. She then completed an ASHP accredited two-year residency with emphasis in critical care at the University of Kentucky and a two-year critical care fellowship at the University of Kentucky’s Drug Product Evaluation Unit. She joined UF College of Pharmacy faculty in 2010 as a Clinical Associate Professor and previously served as Assistant Dean and Campus director for the St Pete Campus. She currently serves as Associate Director for the Office of Experiential Programs.

Prior to taking this position, she worked at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center / University of Maryland Medical Center for seven years. For the last four of those years she served as the critical care research section manager and a clinical research pharmacist. For the 10 years prior she worked as a clinical pharmacy specialist in critical care caring for surgical, cardiothoracic, and trauma patients and teaching pharmacy students at Boston University Medical Center, Orlando Regional Healthcare System where she also served as the Clinical Coordinator, and Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center where she was also involved in research. She has been an Assistant Professor with the University of Florida’s Working Professional Pharm.D Program since 1997. She started as an Orlando site facilitator and has also served as the regional director, a course coordinator and advisor, a pharmaceutical care project reviewer, and currently works on special projects. She was awarded the Air Force Clinical Research Award for work done at Keesler in 2001, she was the Spring 2007 recipient of the Faculty Service Award for the WPPD program, and has received multiple teaching and service recognitions since joining the faculty in 2010.

Staff

Delano Hughes

Delano Hughes

Administrative Assistant II
Department: Pharmacy Education and Practice
Phone: (352) 273-6236