University Health Services Staff
Lesley K. Sacher, MHA, FACHE, FACHA,
Director, University Health Services
Sacher joined Florida State University in 1999 as director of
University Health Services
Student Health Center. She is an experienced healthcare executive with
more than 35 years of experience in managing complex ambulatory and
inpatient facilities. Ms. Sacher holds her master's degree in health
care administration from Ohio University. She completed a year-long
training in Health Care Executive Leadership training at Case Western
Reserve University. She is a Fellow in the American College Health
Association, and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare
Executives. She has served as president of the Southern College Health
Association and is Past President of the American College Health
Association for the 2008/2009 academic year.
Her specialty areas are
the use of technology in medical settings, accreditation and quality
improvement programs within a customer service perspective. Under her
leadership, University Health Services has set a vision for itself that
includes being a
recognized leader and pioneer in the field of college health, committed
to meeting the changing needs of the campus community.
Michael A. Peterson, BS, Associate
Director/CIO, University Health Services
“Pete” Peterson joined Florida State University in 2000 as University
Student Health Center's technology coordinator. Prior to coming to
Florida State University, Mr. Peterson served in the United States Air
Force for eight years. He is an experienced healthcare executive with
more than 13 years of experience in healthcare and accounting. Mr.
Peterson holds his bachelor's degree in accounting from Park University
and an associate degree in health care management from the Community
College of the Air Force. His specialty areas include the streamlining
of business processes, cost analysis, and the planning of new
generation healthcare services utilizing technology. In 2005, Mr.
Peterson was promoted to Assistant Director responsible for the fiscal
and technological functions of the Health Center.. In 2008 he
introduced the Electronic Medical Record into the Health Center’s
system of care.
Scott Otte, CPA, Associate
Director/CFO, University Health Services
Scott Otte joined University Health Services in January 2008 as
Chief Financial Officer. He received a B.S. in Accounting from the
University of South Florida. He is a State of Florida Certified Public
Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public
Accountants. Prior to coming to FSU, Mr. Otte was Assistant Controller
at Tallahassee Community College. Mr. Otte has over 15 years of
professional experience in post secondary education institutions.
Celeste Paquette, MD, Medical
Director, University Health Services
Paquette, Medical Director, has been with TSHC since March, 1987.
Before joining University Health Services, she spent five years in
Specializing in pediatrics, Dr. Paquette is a Diplomate of the American
Board of Pediatrics. She received her bachelor's from Florida State
University and her medical degree from the University of Florida. Dr.
Paquette completed her internship and residency at the University of
Alabama-Birmingham Children's Hospital. She is an active member of the
Florida Medical Association and the Capital Medical Society.
Childers, RN, Director of Nursing
Barbara Childers RN rejoined University Health Services
having previously worked at TSHC from 1974-1976. She is an experienced
Director of Nursing with more than 35 years experience in nursing and
healthcare management. Her specialty areas include directing clinic
operations, leading nursing teams to provide optimal services, and
promoting evidence based nursing
Childers received her nursing degree in 1974 from the current Palm
Beach State College, and in 1985 went on to obtain certification and
licensure in radiologic technology. She currently holds an
Florida Registered Nurse License. Ms. Childers is
University Health Services’s Infection Control Officer, an Executive
Team member, the chairperson of the Staff Development Committee, and
directs the Campus Influenza Vaccination program.
Human Resource Director, University Health Services
Student Health Center
Russell has been Human Resource Director at University Health Services
Center since 1994. In 2003 she assumed the additional responsibility as
assistant to the director working on special projects and assisting
with the day to day administrative operations for the psychiatry
clinic. Prior to coming to TSHC, she worked for the University Human
Resources Department for nearly 20 years. Judy has also received
several STAR awards and other awards of recognition and special
achievement from the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of
Finance and Administration for special projects and university-wide
Glen Yaege, Assistant Director, Environment of
Care, University Health Services
Yaege has been with University Health Services since 2000 as the
Assistant Director, Environment of Care. He is retired from the USAF
and has more than 30 years of management experience in healthcare
administration at a variety of medical facilities ranging from
ambulatory clinics, regional hospitals, aeromedical staging facility,
research laboratory and a large medical center. His emphasis has been
in facility management, medical design and construction, medical
supply, personnel and medical readiness. He received his undergraduate
degree from Baylor University and master's from Pepperdine University.
Joni Jones, BS, RT (R)(CT)(MR), Radiology Manager / QI
and Accrediation Coordinator
Jones, BS, RT (R)(CT)(MR), joined the TSHC team in 1999 after spending
nine years as the director of a large CT, MRI, DEXA imaging
facility. Prior to that she was the senior MRI technologist
Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center and a CT and MRI technologist
for seven years. Ms. Jones received her degrees from
Community College and Florida State University and her Certificate in
Radiologic Technology from Baptist Medical Center School of Radiologic
Technology in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a registered Radiologic
Technologist and received her Computerized Tomography Advanced
Certification and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Advanced Certification in
1999. Ms. Jones is a member of the American Registry of
Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the American Society of Radiology
Compliance - 1st Floor
Virginia Z. Stewart, Manager, Health Compliance
Ginger joined University Health Services in January 2003 as a clerk
in the Urgent Care Clinic. She received a BA in Modern Languages from
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, and graduated from the
US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth,
KS. Prior to coming to FSU Ginger served 12 years on active duty
in the Army and 18 years in the reserves while staying home with her
three daughters, then substitute teaching in the Leon County School
system and then working as office manager for a local orthopedic
surgeon until his retirement. In 2006 she became manager of the
health compliance office.
Triage - 1st Floor
Linda Palmer, RN Supervisor
Palmer, RN, BSN, received her bachelor's degree in nursing from
University of Southern Mississippi. After spending 13 years
student health at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS and nine
years at Stetson University in Deland, FL, Ms. Palmer joined TSHC. She
is a member of ACHA, SCHA, FCHA Member of FNA/ ANA and has been
certified in College Health Nursing from 1991-2001
Priority - 1st Floor
Andra L. Prum, DO, FAAFP
Dr. Andra Prum, Assistant Medical Director, has been
with University Health Services since August, 2011. She also has a dual
appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Florida State
University, College of Medicine. Before joining University Health
Services, she spent 8 years working as an attending physician at the
University of Nevada, School of Medicine, and one year working as an
urgent care physician. Dr. Prum is a Board Certified Family Physician
who specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.
She received her bachelor's degree from University of
California at Berkeley and her medical degree from the Western
University of Health Sciences. Dr. Prum completed her internship at St.
Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, AZ and residency at the University of
Nevada, School of Medicine Las Vegas Family Medicine Residency Program.
At University Health Services, Dr. Prum especially enjoys dividing her
time between priority care clinic, women's health clinic,
musculoskeletal manual medicine, and teaching medical students.
Tammy L. Blankenship, MD
Tammy L. Blankenship, MD has been at TSHC since May
2011. She received her BA and MS in Biology from Morehead State
University, KY, and her Medical Degree from University of South
Alabama. Before coming to TSHC, she attended residency at Uniformed
Services of Health Sciences, practiced medicine in the US NAVY, and
worked in public health in South Florida.
Lane Curington, ARNP-C
addition to being a certified family nurse practitioner, Lane
Curington, ARNP-C, is certified in emergency nursing and is a certified
instructor of trauma and pediatric nursing as well as advanced cardiac
life support. She specializes in emergency medicine and has
with TSHC since 2000. Ms. Curington received her bachelor's
master's degrees in nursing from Florida State University.
Primary Care - 4th Floor
Heather Mercer, RN Supervisor
Mercer attended Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla., and received
her A.A. degree in Nursing. In addition to her general nursing
experience, she has worked in the areas of Home Health Care, Neurology
and Pediatrics. Ms. Mercer joined the University Health Services
staff in 2008.
Christopher Delisle, DO
Dr. DeLisle, Assistant Medical Director, is a
board-certified family practice physician and the newest addition to
the University Health Services executive staff. He is a native of
Florida and graduated from both Florida Southern College in Lakeland
and Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft.
Lauderdale in the top of his class. Dr. DeLisle had been in private
practice for five and a half years before joining UHS. He has worked in
the multiple settings and has experience in both outpatient and
inpatient medicine. Dr. DeLisle prides himself on exceptional care that
is tailored to the needs of the patient.
Virginia Cardenas, ARNP-C
Cardenas, ARNP-C has been a member of the TSHC team since 2003. Prior
to joining the staff at TSHC, Ms. Cardenas worked as a Family
Practitioner at Florida A&M University. She is a
nurse practitioner and is a member of the American Academy of Nurse
Practitioners and the Florida Nurses Association. Ms. Cardenas received
her BSN from Arellano University in Manila, Philippines and her
Master’s degree in nursing and Advance Registered Nurse Practitioner
training at Florida State University.
Sarah Cotton, PA-C
Ms. Cotton attended the University of
Florida and received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree
in Family Practice. She is certified by the National Association of
Physicians Assistants and joined the University Health Services
clinical staff in 2010. Prior to working for the health center, Ms.
Cotton worked in private family practice.
Adriana Gioia, MD Physician
Gioia, MD a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine,
specializes in family medicine. She completed her residency
Shands University Hospital and internship at Jackson Memorial
Hospital. Before joining the TSHC team in 2003, Dr. Gioia
in urgent care for several years. She is Board Certified by
American Board of Family Practice.
Anna Klassen, ARNP-C
Klassen has been a member of TSHC team since 1991. She received her
bachelor’s degree in nursing from Widener University in Pennsylvania
and her master’s nursing degree from University of California, Los
Angeles. Ms. Klassen is a certified family nurse practitioner (ANCC)
and is a member of the Florida Nurses Academy.
Veta Mobley-Johnson, MD, Physician
Certified by the American Board of Family Practice, Dr. Mobley-Johnson
has been with TSHC since 2002. She received her BS from Florida
University and her medical degree from Mercer University School of
Medicine in Georgia. Dr. Mobley-Johnson completed her internship and
residency at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. A member of the American
Academy of Family Physicians, she specializes in family medicine.
Meena Shahane, MD, Physician
Shahane, MD has been a member of the TSHC team since 1991. Specializing
in pediatrics, she received her medical degree from B.J. College in
India. Dr. Shahane completed her internship at Civil Hospital
India and her residency at Miami Children’s Hospital.
Clarissa Weddington, MD
Weddington, MD has been a member of the TSHC team since 2009. She
received her BS in Biology from Florida State University and her
Medical Degree Florida State University, PIMS and University of
Florida, followed by residency at Tallahassee Memorial Family Practice
Residency Program. Dr. Weddington has been board
in Family Practice since 1996.
Psychiatric - 5th Floor
Patricia Hubbird, RN Supervisor
Hubbard, RN-BSN, gained experience in areas ranging from healthcare
administration, nursing instruction, school nursing, medical surgical
nursing and also served as a Red Cross volunteer RN in Okinawa Japan.
Since joining University Health Services in 2003, She has worked as
a Triage Nurse and Garnet Clinic Supervisor and is currently serving as
the Psychiatric Supervisor. Ms. Hubbird received her nursing
degree from Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga., and is a member
of the National Association of School Nurses and the American
Psychiatric Nurses Association.
Leslie Parsons, D.O., Psychiatric Director
Parsons attended Southeastern University of the Health Sciences,
College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort-Lauderdale-Davie, Fla. In
addition to completing her training at both the University Medical
Center in Jacksonville, Fla., and Shands Teaching Hospital and V.A.
Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., she also completed a Forensic Psychiatry
Fellowship at the University of Florida. Dr. Parsons is Board Certified
in both Forensic and General Psychiatry and is also Board Certified in
Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction
work experience in psychiatry includes: adult and child psychiatry,
addiction medicine, inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, forensic
consulting and evaluation, chemical dependency, and treatment of dually
diagnosed patients. Dr. Parsons joined the University Health Services
Center clinical staff in 2005 and became the Medical Director of the
Psychiatry Clinic in 2010.
Dian Picou, MD, Psychiatrist
Picou received her MD degree from the College of Physicians &
Surgeons, Columbia University in New York City and completed her
training at various hospitals affiliated with the Albert Einstein
College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y. She is Board Certified in Adult
Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. DR. Picou
worked with chronically and persistently mentally ill patients at
various inpatient and partial hospitalization facilities in the
southeast, prior to joining the clinical staff at University Health
Health Center in 2003.
Dr. Sara Tirumalasetty, MD, Psychiatrist
Tirumalasetty, who prefers being called Dr. Sara, attended the
Guntur Medical College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Dr.
completed her training in Indianapolis, Ind., at Indiana University and
Purdue University at Indianapolis, also known as IUPUI, and is a Board
Certified General Psychiatrist. After completing her training, Dr. Sara
worked at the Florida State Hospital for 10 years before joining the
clinical staff here at University Health Services in 2004
Vicki Spitzer, Psychiatric ARNP
Spitzer attended Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga., and received
her ARNP degree in Psychiatry. She is certified in Group Psychotherapy
by the American Group Psychotherapy Association and is a charter member
of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Ms. Spitzer worked in
private practice in the local community for 25 years, specializing in
the areas of ADHD/ADD, OCD and mood and anxiety disorders. She joined
the University Health Services staff in 2009.
Howard Rubin Psychiatric ARNP
Rubin attended the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala. and
received his ARNP degree in Family Psychiatry. Mr. Rubin worked in
acute and long-term psychiatric care serving a variety of populations
as well as in Forensic Services prior to joining the clinical staff at
University Health Services in 2010.
Women's Care - 5th Floor
Jack Lipps, M.D. FACOG, Assistant Medical Director for Women's Clinic
Dr. Lipps graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He did his specialty training at the University of South Florida, Bayfront Medical Center Division in obstetrics and gynecology.
He is board certified and a Diplomate and Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His special interests are women's health care and surgery. He has assisted all specialties in the operating room, spending over 100 hours a month in surgery. Dr. Lipps believes this experience provides him a deeper understanding on how to council patients regarding various surgical procedures. He likes to treat patients like they are family and in the same manner he would like to be treated. Dr. Lipps also has extensive experience providing primary care to both males and females.
Dr. Lipps also has a degree in music from the University of Louisville School of Music. He has played lead and jazz trumpet extensively across the country with many named performers. He enjoys running, playing basketball and doing just about anything outside. Dr. Lipps is a member of Mensa and a Kentucky Colonel.
Latricia Simmons, RN/BSN, Women’s Clinic Supervisor
Simmons attended Florida A & M University and received her BSN
Nursing. Prior to joining the University Health Services staff in
2009, she worked in the areas of Hospice and Resident Care.
Jo Davis, ARNP-C
Davis, ARNP-C returned as a member of the TSHC team in
1999. She previously worked at TSHC for 18 years
going into private practice in women’s health for 10 years.
Davis is a certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and was Colposcopy
trained at Harvard Medical School after receiving her nursing degrees
from Florida State University. She is a member of the
Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Council of Advanced practice
Nurses, Florida Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Association.
Sandy Kuhn, ARNP-C
Kuhn, ARNP-C, has been a member of the TSHC team since 1998.
received her nursing degree from Santa Barbara City College in
California and her ARNP training at the University of Texas
Science Center. Ms. Kuhn is NCC certified in
Care and is trained to do colposcopies
Alice Laxton, ARNP
Laxton, ARNP, has been a member of the TSHC team since 1993. She earned
her BSN from University of Florida, attended the University of
Florida’s College of Nursing Masters Program in Women and Infant’s
Health Care and is a licensed as ARNP. She worked as an ARNP in Ocala,
Florida for five years before joining the staff at University Health
Services. Ms. Laxton
is currently a member of the Florida Nurses Association and the
Tallahassee Council of Advance Practice Nurses.
Dorothy McMurry, ARNP-C
McMurry, ARNP-C, has been a member of the TSHC team since
received her Diploma in Nursing from George Brown College in Toronto,
Canada and both her BSN and MSN from Florida State
University. She is
a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and Colposcopy trained by the
American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. Ms.
was in private practice for 15 years before joining the TSHC
is a member of Florida Nurses Association, American Nurses Association
and the Tallahassee Council of Advance Practice Nurses.
Patricia Prince, ARNP-C
Prince, ARNP-C, has been a member of the TSHC team since
certified Family Nurse Practitioner, she received Colposcopy training
at Harvard Medical School and her nursing degrees from Georgia
Southwestern University, the University of North Florida and Georgia
Southern University. Ms. Prince is a member of the Florida
Association and the American Nurses Association
Candace Wells, ARNP
Wells, ARNP, has been a member of the TSHC team since 2000.
to joining the staff at TSHC, she worked in private practice for 20
years, public health for six years and hospital nursing for 3
years. Ms. Wells received her RN from Tallahassee Community
College, BSN from Florida State University, and MSN from University of
Southern Indiana. She is certified as a Women’s Health and
Practice Nurse practitioner, Colposcopy trained, and a member of the
American society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, Florida Nurses
Association, the Tallahassee Council of Advance Practice Nurses, and
Sigma Theta International Honor Society of Nursing.
Health Promotion - 4th Floor
Amy Magnuson, PhD, RD, LD/N, Health Promotion Director
Magnuson, PhD, MS, RD, LD/N has been a member of TSHC since 2003 and
Magnuson, PhD, MS, RD, LD/N has been a member of TSHC since 2003 and is
also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Nutrition, Food and
Exercise Sciences (NFES). Amy is currently involved in research of
evidence-based methods to reduce health risks and promote good health
for college students. Amy was in private practice and worked as the
Sports Nutritionist for the FSU Athletics Department prior to coming to
TSHC. She is a member of the American College Health Association,
American Dietetic Association and Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness
Nutritionists (SCAN). Dr. Magnuson received all three of her degrees
from Florida State University.
Heather Fisher, MS, RD, LD/N, Nutritionist
Fisher is a licensed and Registered Dietitian and has been practicing
dietetics for thirteen years. She has experience providing nutrition
education and counseling in the areas of eating disorders, weight
management, diabetes, hypertension, heart and kidney disease, and
women, infant and child nutrition. Ms. Fisher received her degrees from
Florida State University and joined TSHC in 2004. She is an advisor to
a peer health education group, Students Understanding Nutrition Now
(SUNN). She serves as the coordinator of the eating disorder treatment
team at TSHC. She is an active member of the state and local
affiliations of the American Dietetic Association. She has served as
President Elect, President, and Membership Chair of the Tallahassee
Dietetic Association and is the incoming 2010-2012 Secretary of the
Florida Dietetic Association.
Kevin T. Frentz, PhD, Health Educator/ Health and Human
T. Frentz, PhD, who directs the FSU smoking cessation program, has been
with TSHC since 1999. His main focus is tobacco use
programs and the expansion of the Health Promotion Department into the
area of Curriculum Infusion through the utilization of multimedia
technologies. He also serves as the advisor for Breathe Easy Registered
Student Organization, the chair for the Breathe Easy Initiative
Advisory Committee, a member of the Healthy Campus 2020 Committee, and
is the principal Investigator for the Breathe Easy Tobacco Use
Prevention Grant. He received his doctoral degree in higher
education from Florida State University.
Steven F. Djuth, BS MT(ASCP) Quest Lab Manager
Mr. Djuth manages all in-house operations for Quest
Labs. Graduate of University of Wisconsin-Parkside (1985) with a BS in
Medical Technology. Licensure: MT American Society of Clinical
Pathologists, Laboratory Supervisor State of Florida/Department of
Health. Previous experience: Laboratory Supervisor for Southern Medical
Group 2001 to 2012.
Tyressa Judge, PT, Physical Therapy Manager
Judge, PT, manages the Physical Therapy department. Ms. Judge
initiated the FSU physical therapy program in 1997 for students,
faculty, and staff. She is a member of the American Physical
Therapy Association and is a certified Sportsmetrics trainer.
Judge received her degrees from the University of Alabama and the
University of Alabama-Birmingham and was an adjunct faculty member at
the University of Alabama-Birmingham from 1983 to 1984 and Florida
A&M University from 1997 to 1999.