University Health Center, University of Georgia

Meet Our Staff

Administrative Staff
Photo of Jean Chin Jean Chin, MD, MBA, FACP
Dr Jean Chin is the executive director of the health center. She joined the medical staff in 1988 and served as medical director from 1992 to 2004. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed an Internal Medicine residency at New York Medical College's Westchester County Medical Center. She earned her MBA at Kennesaw State University in 2001. Dr. Chin is board certified in Internal Medicine. In addition to her administrative role, she sees patients in the Medical Clinics.
Photo of Pat Daugherty Pat Daugherty, EdD
Dr. Pat Daugherty joined the health center staff in 2010 as assistant director for training and development. She worked in a variety of Student Affairs areas at Mercer University and the University of Alabama before coming to the University of Georgia in 1997. She earned a BA in English from Clemson University, an MA in Student Personnel Work in Higher Education from The Ohio State University, and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama. Her areas of interest include creating and managing top-performing organizations through motivated and engaged employees, dynamic staff teams, and superior customer service.
Photo of Ronald Forehand Ronald Forehand, MD
Dr. Ron Forehand is director of medical services and has been on staff since 1997. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed residency training at Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He is board certified in Family Practice. Captain Forehand served in the United States Navy from 1974 - 2001. He practiced on hospital teaching staffs, clinical staffs and as a senior executive in Europe. After joining the health center staff he served as disaster planner and chairman of the medical staff. He is the former president of the board of directors of the Athens Area Child Abuse Prevention Council. Dr. Forehand sees patients in the Medical Clinics.
Photo of Martha Davis Gollin Martha Davis Gollin, BS, MBA
Martha Davis Gollin is associate director of patient services at the health center and first joined the staff in 1988. She earned her BS in nursing from Metropolitan State College and her MBA at the University of Georgia with specialization in corporate finance and risk management. Her past medical experience includes critical care nursing with specialty in neurotrauma and emergency care, rehabilitation, cost management consulting and ambulatory care administration.
Photo of Liz Prince Liz Prince, MEd
Liz Prince joined the University Health Center in 2012 as associate director of health promotion and the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education. She earned her BS in physical education from SUNY Brockport and a MA in counseling from Eastern Michigan University. Prior to coming to UGA, she was Assistant Director of the Student Wellness Center at Duke University and Assistant Director of Wellness and Prevention Services at the University of Connecticut. In addition, she has worked in college counseling centers and residence life. Her areas of interest include alcohol and other drug prevention, restorative justice, health coaching and adventure based counseling.
Photo of Gayle Robbins Gayle Robbins, PhD
Dr. Gayle Robbins is director of Counseling and Psychiatric Services at the health center and has been on staff since July of 2004. She earned a BA from Pacific Lutheran University and PhD in clinical psychology from University of North Dakota. Before coming to UGA, Dr. Robbins worked at Central Washington University as an assistant professor and as a staff psychologist. Her clinical interests include multicultural, gender, LGBT, stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and family of origin issues. Other areas of interest include individual, group and couples psychotherapy; outreach; training and supervision; and research.
Photo of Lynn Tabor David Lynn Tabor (Lynn), MBA, FACHE
Lynn joined the UGA Health Center staff as associate director for support services in summer 2003. He earned a BBA and MBA in business administration from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. Lynn is an individual member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and has earned fellow status (FACHE) with board certification in healthcare administration. He is also an individual member of the American College Health Association (ACHA) and serves as an ACHA consultant. Lynn was on the staff at Georgia Southern University from 1991-2003 and served as director of the Georgia Southern Health Center.


Medical Clinic Gold Staff | top
Photo of Kevin Sanville Kevin Sanville, MD, MS, FAAFP
Dr. Kevin Sanville joined the health center staff in 2005. Dr. Sanville is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians. He earned an MD from Georgetown University, an MS from Tufts University School of Nutrition, and a BS from Boston College. He completed a family practice residency in North Carolina in 1997. Dr. Sanville served in the National Health Service Corps in southwestern Montana from 1997- 1999. He carried out private sector practice in Greensboro, NC and served as a preceptor in a family medicine residency and a lecturer in college nutrition at UNC-G prior to coming to the UGA UHC. His areas of interest in his practice include general medical problems and injuries, and the interplay of physical activity, proper diet and maintenance of optimal health and life balance. Dr. Sanville is the Lead Physician in Medical Clinic Gold.
Aimee Martin, MD
Dr. Aimee Martin joined the health center staff in 2008. She earned a BS in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego, and graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in 2000. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2003, and is board certified in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Martin served 2 years active duty as a captain in the United States Army at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where she was a staff physician in the emergency room. She then practiced as a staff physician in the emergency room at Athens Regional Medical Center for 3 years. She has certifications in emergency ultrasonography and acupuncture. Her interests include acute care, acupuncture, and disease prevention.
Photo of Len DeRamus Len DeRamus, PA-C
Len DeRamus joined the health center staff in 2013. He earned a BS from Brenau College, a BS Physician Assistant from the Medical College of Georgia, and MPAS from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Mr. DeRamus has four years of previous experience in pulmonary, allergy and internal medicine as well as 20 plus years in family medicine. He has served on the faculty and is on the clinical faculty for the Medical College of Georgia PA Program and is an adjunct faculty member for the EMS Programs at Athens Technical College. He is certified in ACLS, BCLS, PALS as Training Center Faculty, Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS), Advanced Stroke Life Support (ASLS), and is a former paramedic. Mr. DeRamus' areas of interest are primary care and urgent/emergency care.



Medical Clinic Blue Staff | top
Photo of Paul Peteet Paul Peteet, MD
Dr. Paul Peteet joined the health center staff in 1987. He received his BS from Davidson College and graduated from Emory University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Providence Medical Center and is board certified in Internal Medicine. Before coming to the health center Dr. Peteet was in private practice for nine years. His special interests include alcohol and drug abuse, diabetes and HIV infection. Dr. Peteet is the Lead Physician in Medical Clinic Blue.
Photo of Garth Russo Garth Russo, MD
Dr. Garth Russo joined the health center in 1991 after serving 4 years in the National Health Service Corps in North Georgia. His undergraduate degree is a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He earned his medical degree at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and completed a family medicine residency at East Carolina University School of Medicine. Dr. Russo is a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has interests in Wilderness Medicine and Clinical IT.
Photo of Jenny Wares Jenny Wares, MD
Dr. Jenny Wares joined the health center staff in 2011. She earned a BA in ethics/philosophy of religion and a BS in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma and an MD from Wake Forest University. She completed a residency in emergency medicine from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Wares is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine FACEP (Fellow in American College of Emergency Medicine). She is currently in the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Fellowship and will graduate in December 2012. Previously she worked at St. Mary's Emergency Department. Her special areas of interest include nutritional, herbal and mind-body medicine and acupuncture.
Photo of Michael P. Brugger Michael P. Brugger, PA-C
Michael Brugger has been a physician's assistant at the health center since 1988. He has a BS degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in zoology and a BS degree in Medical Science from Emory University. Mr. Brugger is certified by the NCCPA. He is a CPR instructor, a Smoking Cessation Counselor and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certified.



Medical Clinic Green Staff | top
Photo of Natalie Russo Natalie Russo, MD
Dr. Natalie Russo has been on staff at the health center since 1988. She earned a BA in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine (Wake Forest) in Winston-Salem, NC. She completed a family practice residency at East Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Russo is board certified in Family Practice and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She has also earned her Certificate of Additional Qualification in Sports Medicine and served for a time as a team physician for the UGA Athletic Association. Her interests include primary and preventive medicine with a focus on the medical home as a powerful advocate and valuable resource for patients in addition to her interest in exercise and musculoskeletal medicine.
Photo of Robert Van Gallera Robert Van Gallera, MD
Dr. Robert Van Gallera joined the health center staff in April 2004. He began his medical career as a hospital corpsman in the US Navy from 1970 -1976. He earned his BS degree in Pre-Medicine studies from Kansas State University in 1980 and and his MD from University of Kansas in 1984. He completed his residency in Family Practice at the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is board certified in Family Practice. He was on staff at the Wichita Clinic, Wichita, Kansas, from 1987 to 1993, and in private practice in Auburn, Georgia from 1993 to 1996. Dr. Van Gallera practiced emergency medicine from 1996 to 2004 at Walton Medical Center in Monroe, Georgia, and served as Medical Director of the Emergency Department from 1997 until 2004. His areas of interests include emergency medicine, orthopedics and preventive medicine.
Photo of Fran Beall Fran Beall, NP, ANP-BC
Fran Beall came to the University Health Center in 1973. Prior to that time, she spent two years as a critical care nurse in the ICU at NYU Medical center. She graduated from St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Patterson, NJ, and the University of Georgia Nurse Practitioner Program. She is certified as a Nurse Practitioner in Adult Health through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and is a member of both ANA and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Her areas of clinical interest include STD prevention and treatment, smoking cessation and asthma. She is a member of the A.T. E.A.S.E. Asthma Treatment Team at the University Health Center and is a "Put Prevention Into Practice" resource trainer for the UHC staff.
Photo of Kimberly Brown-Clark Kimberly Brown-Clark, PA-C
Kimberly Brown-Clark joined the health center staff in 2001. She graduated from Spelman College with a BS in Biology Pre-Med and a minor in Biochemistry. She received her Masters of Medical Science from Emory University School of Medicine's Physician Assistant Program. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants(NCCPA). Ms. Brown-Clark's areas of special interest include women's health and preventive medicine.



Medical Clinic Red Staff | top
Photo of Ron Elliott Ron Elliott, MD
Dr. Ron Elliott has been on staff at the University Health Center since 1985. A native of Macon, he received his BS degree from Georgia Tech, his medical degree from Medical College of Georgia and completed his Family Medicine residency in the Greenville, South Carolina Hospital system where he served as Chief Resident. He currently serves as Lead Physician for the Dr. John "Bud" Robinson Sports Medicine Clinic and has served as Team Physician for the UGA Athletic Association since 1988. Dr. Elliott is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, a member of the Georgia Academy of Family Practice, a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, past chairman of the Georgia Academy Sports Medicine Committee, charter member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and was among the first primary care physicians to receive his National Certification in Sports Medicine. Dr. Elliott is Lead Physician in Medical Clinic Red.
Photo of Fred Reifsteck Fred Reifsteck, MD
Dr. Fred Reifsteck joined the health center staff in December 2003. He earned a BA in biology from Knox College in Illinois, an MS in microbiology from Illinois State University and an MD from University of Illinois in Chicago. He completed a family practice residency in Peoria, Illinois. From 1990 – 2001 he practiced at Kaiser Permanente in Jonesboro, Georgia. In 2001 he joined the medical staff at The Doctor’s Office in Stockbridge. Dr. Reifsteck is board certified in family practice with a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine. He is a medical doctor for the UGA Athletic Department.
Rebecca Badach, PA-C
Rebecca (Becky) Badach joined the health center staff in 2006. She earned a BS degree in sports medicine from Keene State College in New Hampshire and an MS in physical education from West Virginia University. She was a student of physician assistant studies at Albany-Hudson Valley PA program in New York where she earned an AS degree. In addition to being certified as a Physician Assistant, she is also a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. Before coming to UGA Becky worked as a PA in a small family practice office. She also was the head athletic trainer and instructor at a Division III college in New Hampshire.




Allergy / Travel Clinic Staff | top
Photo of Davelle Pursner Davelle Pursner, BSN
Davelle Pursner joined the staff as the registered nurse in the Travel Clinic in 2011. She earned her BSN from the University of Alberta in Canada. She has 18 years of experience working in five different states around the United States in hospital intensive care units. She is certified in neuroscience nursing. Ms. Pursner is an experienced traveler and has a vast knowledge of diseases which she uses while counseling travelers in the prevention of disease.
Amy Aycock Amy Aycock RN, BSN
Amy Aycock joined the health center staff in the Allergy Clinic in 2012. She is a registered nurse and earned her BSN at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. Ms. Aycock has 15 years of Medical-Surgical experience at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens.




Dermatology Staff | top
Photo of Benna Cunningham Benna Cunningham, FNP, BC
Benna Cunningham joined the staff as a dermatology nurse practitioner in 2007. She graduated from the University of Evansville in Indiana with a BSN and earned a MSN at the University of Kentucky. She completed the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Medical College of Georgia. Ms. Cunningham is Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a member of the Georgia Nurses Association. She worked for 12 years in a dermatology private practice and was an assistant professor of nursing at MCG for eight years.




Counseling and Psychiatric Services Staff | top
Photo of Sandrine Bosshardt Sandrine Bosshardt, PhD
Dr. Sandrine Bosshardt joined the CAPS staff in 2012. Originally from the Netherlands, she received her PhD in psychology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is a licensed psychologist who has worked as Coordinator of Mind-Body Programs at Georgia State University's Counseling and Testing Center. Dr. Bosshardt's special areas of interest include include family-of-origin issues, developmental/identity issues, holistic wellness and mindfulness practice, theories/assessment of personality, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, and training and supervision.
Photo of Shannon Bowles Shannon Bowles, PhD
Dr. Shannon M. Bowles joined the CAPS staff in 2010. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Virginia and an MEd in Counselor Education with an emphasis in student affairs practice in higher education also from the University of Virginia. She earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University. Dr. Bowles completed her pre-doctoral internship at Appalachian State University's Counseling & Psychological Services Center and her post-doctoral fellowship at Georgia State University's Counseling & Testing Center. Dr. Bowles' areas of interest include student affairs administration, psychotherapy for family of origin concerns, working with college students who identify as LGBTQ, and alcohol and other drug assessment, treatment, and recovery in the college student population.
Photo of Sarah Chatfield Sarah Chatfield, MSW, LCSW
Sarah Chatfield joined the CAPS staff in 2011. She earned a BS degree and MSW from Florida State University. She is a Licensed Social Worker. She worked at both the Victim Advocate Program and the University Counseling Center at Florida State. Most recently Ms. Chatfield was an adult advocate at The Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children's Advocacy Center in Athens. She provided support at crisis services to survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. Her areas of interest include trauma, sexual assault, grief, self-esteem, assertiveness, women's issues, family of origin issues and crisis intervention.
Photo of Elizabeth Cheely Elizabeth Cheely, MSW
Elizabeth Cheely joined the CAPS staff in 2012. She earned a BS degree and MSW from the University of Georgia. Ms. Cheely has past experience in working with clients with developmental disabilities, child welfare, and trauma survivors. Her special areas of interest include self-esteem, family of origin issues, and trauma.
Photo of Al Clarke Al Clarke, PhD
Dr. Al Clarke has been with the health center since September 1996. He received his PhD from Georgia State University. Dr. Clarke is Training Director of the postdoctoral fellowship program and practicum training, and his current clinical interests include supervision, sport psychology, stress management, anxiety disorders, substance abuse and eating disorders. Dr. Clarke also enjoys playing golf, participating in triathlons, yoga and hiking.
Photo of Tricia Coghlan Tricia Coghlan, MSW, LCSW
Tricia Coghlan is a licensed clinical social worker and joined the CAPS staff as case manager and therapist in 2010. She earned a BS in sociology with an emphasis in social services from Georgia Southern, and a MSW from University of Georgia. Her past experience includes working at a home for pregnant women, with survivors of abuse and in child welfare. Ms. Coghlan's special areas of interest include women's issues, family concerns, relationships, and adjustment to college.
Photo of Ashley Gabriel Ashley Gabriel, PhD
Dr. Ashley Gabriel joined the CAPS staff in 2010. She holds a BS in Biology/Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College and an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama. She is licensed psychologist. Dr. Gabriel's predoctoral internship was at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Training Consortium with a primary placement at the Birmingham Veteran Affairs Medical Center. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her special areas of interest include psychological assessment, anxiety disorders, stress management, body image concerns, self esteem and health psychology.
Photo of Janice Harewood Janice Harewood, PhD
Dr. Janice Harewood joined the health center staff in 2010. She holds a BSc in economics and management from the University of the West Indies and an MA in clinical psychology from Eastern Illinois University. She earned a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Albany. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of South Florida Counseling Center and a postdoctoral fellowship in university mental health at Emory University Counseling Center. Dr. Harewood is a generalist, and her interest areas also include multicultural counseling, psychological assessment, career development, outreach and consultation, working with traditionally underserved groups, and clinical supervision and training. Her research interests include examining factors that influence the use of counseling.
Photo of Dawn Healy Dawn Healy, MSW, LCSW
Dawn Healy joined the CAPS staff in 2013. She earned her MSW and BFA from the University of Georgia. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Before joining CAPS she worked in community mental health at Advantage Behavioral Health and more recently at Granville Health Systems. She utilizes a variety of approaches; cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, expressive art techniques, Mindfulness or supportive therapy depending on the needs of the person. She will work to build upon the strengths the client already possesses as well as learning new coping skills, new ways of communicating with friends and family and interrupting old behaviors that no longer foster wellbeing. Her areas of interest focus on relationships and personal growth to adjustment into college life and managing the challenges of graduate school. As a generalist she also works with individuals on depression, anxiety, trauma, family of origin, self esteem and assertiveness. Ms. Healy also enjoys spending time taking her dogs hiking, meditation/yoga, and creating pottery.
Photo of Jeffrey Henderson Jeffrey Henderson, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Jeffrey Henderson is a licensed psychologist and is board certified in Counseling Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. He joined the health center staff in 2007. He received his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed his internship at Texas A&M University Student Counseling Service. He completed masters' degrees in Sports Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, and in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Memphis. Dr. Henderson was director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Mercer University, and also served as staff psychologist at the University of Southern Mississippi. His areas of interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), sport psychology, multicultural counseling, anxiety, and mindfulness.
Photo of Danneel Hubbell Danneel Hubbell, MSW, LCSW
Daneel Hubbell joined the CAPS staff as a licensed clinical social worker in 2007. Ms. Hubbell earned a BS in psychology from LSU and a MSW from UGA. She has a variety of past experiences including working in outpatient and inpatient mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities and dialysis. Her areas of interest are mental health and substance abuse.
Photo of John Jackson John Jackson, MEd, PhD
Dr. John Jackson joined the CAPS staff in 2013. He earned both a BS in psychology and an MEd in community counseling at UGA and a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland in College Park. Dr. Jackson completed his predoctoral internship at the Emory University Counseling Center. He previously worked in community mental health clinics, college counseling centers, and Veterans Administration clinics. Dr. Jackson's areas of interest include depression, interpersonal concerns, trauma, grief and loss, and anxiety disorders.
Photo of Anne Layton Anne Layton, MA, MSW, LCSW
Anne Layton joined the health center staff in 2012. She studied at Eastern Kentucky University where she earned Bachelor degrees in social work and psychology, and a Masters in counseling. She is a graduate from the master's program at the UGA School of Social Work, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Before coming to the health center she worked at Advantage Behavioral Health Systems as a social worker and at Georgia Southern as a counselor. Her areas of interest include depression/anxiety, grief, graduate students, alcohol and other drugs, and LGBT.
Photo of Amy Perkins Amy Perkins, MEd
Amy Perkins joined the CAPS staff as a Practicum Student in August 2013. She earned a BS in Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College and an MEd in Professional Counseling from UGA. Previously, Ms. Perkins worked at Georgia Perimeter College as a Student Affairs Counselor and for Juvenile Counseling and Assessment Program as a staff therapist. Her areas of interest include self-esteem, family of origin issues, and grief and loss.
Photo of Gayle Robbins Gayle Robbins, PhD
Dr. Gayle Robbins is director of Counseling and Psychiatric Services at the health center and has been on staff since July of 2004. She earned a BA from Pacific Lutheran University and PhD in clinical psychology from University of North Dakota. Before coming to UGA, Dr. Robbins worked at Central Washington University as an assistant professor and as a staff psychologist. Her clinical interests include multicultural, gender, LGBT, stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and family of origin issues. Other areas of interest include individual, group and couples psychotherapy; outreach; training and supervision; and research.
Photo of Cliff Rone Cliff Rone, PhD
Dr. Cliff Rone joined the health center staff in 2013. He earned a BS in Psychology from Texas Christian University and an MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Idaho State University. In addition to a Predoctoral Internship at University of Houston Counseling and Psychological Services, Dr. Rone has clinical experience in community clinics, hospitals, a prison, and Idaho State University's Counseling and Testing Service. His areas of interest include anxiety, depression, multiculturalism, interpersonal concerns, and substance use issues.
Photo of Robert Shapiro Robert Shapiro, MD
Dr. Robert Shapiro has been a psychiatrist with the health center since 1979. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital.
Photo of Austin Shedden Austin Shedden, PsyD
Dr. Austin Shedden joined the CAPS staff in 2011. He earned a BS in counseling and an MA in marriage and family therapy/family counseling from Johnson Bible College in Tennessee. He continued his studies at Argosy University in Atlanta where he earned a MA and PsyD in clinical psychology. His practicum experience includes working in college counseling centers, in private practice and at Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital. He completed a predoctoral internship at The College of William and Mary Counseling Center in Williamsburg, VA. He also worked at an alcohol and drug treatment facility. Dr. Shedden's areas of interest include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family of origin issues, substance use issues, training/supervision and multicultural issues.
Photo of Stevie Stigler Stevie Stigler, LPC, NCC
Stevie Stigler joined the CAPS staff in 2013. She earned a BS in Psychology from Georgia College and a MA in Professional Counseling from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy/Atlanta. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and also a Nationally Certified Counselor. Her previous experience includes providing in-home therapy for families facing loss, divorce, addiction issues, family instability and/or traumatic experiences. Her clinical interests are stress management, depression, adjustment disorders, anxiety, family/interpersonal problems and crisis intervention. Others areas of interest include mental health outreach programs and psychoeducation at both clinical and community levels. Ms. Stigler's methodology of service is supportive, inviting and client centered. She works together with clients to assist in creating a treatment approach tailored to their individual needs to foster awareness for personal growth.
Photo of Andrew Stochel Andrew Stochel, PhD
Dr. Stochel joined the CAPS staff in 2010. He earned a PhD in counseling psychology from University of Georgia, and has a MA in mental health counseling from Boston College and a BA in psychology from Providence College. His internship was completed at the Counseling and Testing Center of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and his postdoc was completed at Georgia State University's Counseling and Testing Center. Prior to joining CAPS, he was a staff member Marquette University's Counseling Center, where he served as the coordinator for career counseling. Dr. Stochel's areas of interest include depression, anxiety, men's mental health, substance abuse treatment, and career and vocational counseling.
Photo of Ash Thompson Ash Thompson, MD
Dr. Ash Thompson joined the CAPS staff in 2011. He earned a BS from South Dakota State and a MD from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He completed a psychiatric residency and a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Thompson is Board Certified in General and Forensic Psychiatry.
Photo of Arial Treankler Arial Treankler, PsyD
Dr. Arial Treankler joined the CAPS staff in 2013. She earned a double BA in Psychology and Sociology: Law, Crime, and Deviance from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas, and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis. She completed a pre-doctoral internship with an emphasis in Sport Psychology at Wichita State University and a Sport Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Treankler is a generalist who specializes in Sport Psychology including individual clinical concerns as well as individual and team performance enhancement. Other areas of interest include personal development, the challenges of adjustment, trauma, men's issues, interpersonal concerns, disordered eating, anger, and stress management. She utilizes a variety of techniques in order to maximize student success and well-being.
Photo of Chuck Zanone Chuck Zanone, PhD
Dr. Chuck Zanone joined the health center staff in July 2005. Since July 2009 he has served as Associate Director for Clinical Services. From January 2006 to July 2009 he served as Associate Director for Education, Consultation and Outreach. He earned his degree in Counseling Psychology in 1997 from the University of Missouri-Columbia after completing his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Georgia. He was a Counseling Psychologist from 1997 to 2001 and an Assistant Director for Training from 2001 to 2005 at the Counseling and Career Development Center at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Zanone's training and general interests are in the areas of: individual and group psychotherapy, supervision and training, and counseling center administration. Specific clinical interests include: crisis intervention, depression, anxiety disorders, trauma/recovery, family of origin, LGBT, and multicultural issues. His approach to working with clients is client-centered and relationship focused.




Dental Clinic Staff | top
Photo of John Leffert John Leffert, DMD
Dr. John Leffert, Lead Dentist for the University Health Center's Dental Clinic, has been on staff since 1999. He holds a BBA from UGA in marketing and a DMD from Medical College of Georgia. His areas of interest are endodontics and restorative dentistry.
Photo of Josh Zaleski Josh Zaleski, DMD
Dr. Josh Zaleski joined the health center staff in 2011. He earned a BS in biology from the University of Georgia and DMD from Medical College of Georgia. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Georgia Dental Association. Before coming to UGA he owned and operated a private practice outside of Atlanta. His special areas of interest are cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, and crowns and bridges.
Photo of Emily Shumate Emily Shumate, RDH
Emily Shumate joined the staff as a dental hygienist in 1998. She has an AA degree in dental hygiene from Meridian Community College in Meridian, Mississippi. Before coming to UHC, she worked for dentists in private practice in Meridian, Mississippi and in Watkinsville, Georgia. Ms. Shumate is a people person who makes every effort to ensure her patients are comfortable while having their teeth cleaned.
Photo of Niki Stephenson Niki Stephenson, RDH
Niki Stephenson joined the UHC staff as a dental hygienist in 2011. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from Athens Technical College and is a Registered Dental Hygienist. Previously she worked in private practice in Athens. Ms. Stephenson enjoys making patients feel comfortable, educating patients about their oral health, and encouraging patients to make healthy choices for their oral and overall health.
Photo of Vada Timberlake Vada Timberlake, RDH
Vada Timberlake joined the health center staff as a dental hygienist in 2004. She attended GA State University and GA Perimeter College and is a Registered Dental Hygienist. Before coming to the health center she worked in a private dental practice in the Atlanta area for 30 years. Her areas of interest include oral hygiene education, teeth cleaning and prophylactic procedures. Ms. Timberlake focuses on patient comfort, especially for individuals with dental anxiety.




Health Promotion Staff | top
Photo of Jason Callis Jason Callis, MSW
Jason Callis is the Program Manager for the Collegiate Recovery Community here at UGA. Jason earned his BBA in marketing at the University of West Georgia. After earning his undergraduate degree he worked at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He earned his MSW with a focus in mental health and substance abuse counseling from Kennesaw State University. Jason has been involved with the development and growth of Collegiate Recovery Communities since 2009 and is a member of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education. He has also worked and volunteered for recovery and treatment programs specifically targeted to college students. Jason is dedicated to providing resources and a community for students in recovery from addictive behaviors, and he works closely with students in recovery to help them reach their academic and personal goals. Jason is a part of the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education. jcallis@uhs.uga.edu
Photo of Mike Friedline Mike Friedline, PhD, CAC11
Mike Friedline is the alcohol and other drug (AOD) counselor / intervention specialist. He has a PhD in Biopsychology from the University of Georgia and is a Certified Addiction Counselor (level II). Mike has been working in the addictions field since 1991. He offers counseling to anyone concerned about their or someone else's alcohol and/or drug use. Mike is part of the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education. mfriedline@uhs.uga.edu
Photo of Ben Gray Ben Gray, MS, RD, LD
Ben Gray is the nutrition education coordinator and is a licensed and registered dietitian in the state of Georgia. He earned an AS in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University, a BS in Dietetics from the University of Arizona, and a MS in Foods and Nutrition from The University of Georgia. Ben develops and implements nutrition education programming on campus including teaching healthy cooking classes in the UHC Nutrition Kitchen and giving nutrition education presentations in academic classrooms. He also co-advises the Peer Nutrition Educators and is available for individual nutrition counseling. bgray@uhs.uga.edu
Photo of Emily Jacobs Emily Thornton Jacobs, LMSW
Emily Thornton Jacobs is an alcohol and other drug counselor. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker who earned a BSW and Women's Studies Certificate from Mississippi State University and a MSW from the University of South Carolina. Her previous experience working in AOD counseling and mental health encompasses such areas as adult AOD and mental health (specializing in working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault), hospital inpatient/detox, and intensive outpatient women's recovery group therapy. Emily also has experience in hospice, assisting terminally ill patients obtain needed resources and providing support for grief and loss issues. Emily is part of the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education. ejacobs@uhs.uga.edu
Photo of Katy Janousek Katy Janousek, MS, CHES
Katy Janousek is the sexual health specialist and student development coordinator. She received a BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech and a MS in Public Health Education from James Madison University. Katy provides interactive group presentations and classroom lectures, advises the volunteer student group SHAG, and is available for individual and couples educational counseling. Her areas of specialization include healthy sexual decision making, LGBTQ concerns, and pregnancy/STI prevention. kjanousek@uhs.uga.edu
Photo of Michele Passonno Michele Passonno, MS
Michele Passonno recently joined the University Health Center as the relationship and sexual violence prevention coordinator. She earned a BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Oneonta and a MS in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in school counseling from The College of Saint Rose. Before arriving at UGA, Michele was a community-based legal advocate in a specialized domestic violence court in Albany, New York. She brings to UGA her experience collaborating with community and campus stakeholders, including students, on the development and delivery of programming associated with relationship and sexual violence awareness and prevention. Michele is committed to a respectful and supportive response to all who have been victimized and looks forward to collaborating with students and staff on innovative strategies that can improve safety and wellness for all in the UGA community. 706-542-SAFE, mpassonno@uhs.uga.edu
Photo of Liz Prince Liz Prince, MEd
Liz Prince joined the University Health Center in 2012 as associate director of health promotion and the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education. She earned her BS in physical education from SUNY Brockport and a MA in counseling from Eastern Michigan University. Prior to coming to UGA, she was Assistant Director of the Student Wellness Center at Duke University and Assistant Director of Wellness and Prevention Services at the University of Connecticut. In addition, she has worked in college counseling centers and residence life. Her areas of interest include alcohol and other drug prevention, restorative justice, health coaching and adventure based counseling. lprince@uhs.uga.edu
Photo of Robert Ross Robert J. Ross, MSW, LMSW
Robert Ross is an alcohol and other drug counselor. He holds a BA in biology from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and a Masters in Social Work from Colorado State University. He is a Licensed Master Social Worker. His past experience includes working as an alcohol and other drug clinician and case manager at Colorado State University and a community dual diagnosis clinician and case manager in Fort Collins, CO. He also has sixteen years experience working in disability services for adults. He is interested in supporting students to achieve their academic and personal goals, as well as AOD program development and implementation for UGA students. Robert sees clients in the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education, housed in the Health Promotion Department. rross@uhs.uga.edu
Photo of Betria Stinson Betria Stinson, MPH, CHES
Betria Stinson is the alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention health educator. She earned a BS in Community Health Education and MPH in Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a certified health education specialist. She has worked in the areas of public health in HIV/AIDs research with young women and tobacco education and cessation with college age students. Betria provides campus presentations and lectures for students on alcohol and drug abuse issues. She is part of the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education. bstinson@uhs.uga.edu
Photo of Larisa Wallace Larisa Wallace, MPH, RHIA
Larisa Wallace is the department manager and assessment specialist for the Health Promotion Department and John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education. She is a registered health information administrator and graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and a Master of Public Health in Health Informatics. She also holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy. Larisa oversees the operations of the department; develops and maintains various databases and performs data analysis; participates in assessment activities; designs UHC written materials; and coordinates the scheduling of programs and various activities for the department. lwallace@uhs.uga.edu
Photo of Deanna Walters Deanna Walters, MEd
Deanna Walters is the prevention and assessment coordinator and a relationship and sexual violence prevention (RSVP) advocate. She graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Psychology and a BS in Applied Health Science. She earned her MEd in Professional Counseling from the University of Georgia. Deanna has a background in sexual health as well as alcohol and other drug abuse prevention education at UGA. Currently she conducts assessment and evaluation activities for the health promotion department and also assists the RSVP coordinator as an advocate for student survivors of relationship and sexual violence. Deanna co-advises the student group For Loving Yourself (FLY), which promotes positive body image on campus and awareness about eating disorders. Deanna is part of the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education. dwalters@uhs.uga.edu




Pharmacy Staff | top
Photo of Brad Upchurch Bradford Upchurch, RPh, PharmD
Dr. Bradford Upchurch is manager of the pharmacy having joined the UHC staff in 2007. He earned a BSPharm at UGA and a PharmD at the University of Florida. He is also certified in Medication Therapy Management. Previously Brad worked for Athens Regional Medical Center as well as numerous retail pharmacies.
Photo of Jodi Kearney Jodi C. Kearney, RPh, PharmD
Dr. Jodi Kearney joined the UHC staff in 2011 and is the assistant manager of the pharmacy. She completed her undergraduate courses at Georgia Southern University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy with her PharmD in 2001. Jodi also holds APhA Immunization Certification and Basic Cardiac Life Support Certification.
Photo of Debra Gray Debra Gray, RPh
Debra Gray joined the pharmacy staff in 1994. She earned her BSPharm from UGA. Debra loves her job, and sees the best part as working with the students.
Photo of Brenda Owens Brenda Owens, RPh
Brenda Owens joined the pharmacy staff in 2005. She holds a BSPharm from UGA and is certified in ACLS. Brenda has 24 years of experience in hospital pharmacy and many years of experience as an interpreter for the deaf.
Photo of Suzanne Poole Suzanne Poole, RPh
Suzanne Poole has been part of the pharmacy staff since 1999. She earned an Associates Degree from East Georgia College and a BSPharm from UGA. Before coming to UHC, she worked for Village Drug Shop in Athens and Tomlinson Pharmacy in Dublin, GA. Suzanne enjoys working in the health center pharmacy because of our commitment to counsel on every new prescription and to serving students.




Physical Therapy Staff | top
Photo of Andy Smith Andy Smith, DPT, MTC, Cert DN, FMS Professional
T. Andy Smith is the manager of the Physical Therapy Department at the University Health Center. Dr. Smith earned a BSEd in Exercise and Sports Science from UGA and a DPT from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He has a Manual Therapy Certification from USA, Dry Needling Certification through Spinal Manipulation Institute, and professional designation in "Functional Movement Systems". His areas of interest include movement/functional-based evaluation and assessment; the role of functional training in injury prevention and wellness; the role of postural dysfunction and repetitive tissue microtrauma on chronic/recurrent pain syndromes; spinal, peripheral joint and soft tissue mobilization/manipulation/dry needling; and the role of nutrition, mental health, cardiovascular health, and sleep health on management of overall wellness and integrative health.
Photo of Henry Pursner Henry Pursner, PT, CYT
Henry Purser joined the physical therapy staff in 2011. He earned a BS in Physical Therapy from SUNY Buffalo and received specialized training in Myofascial Release for the spine and peripheral joints. He is also a certified yoga instructor. Henry was a rehabilitation manager for a large outpatient clinic in Sunnyvale, CA treating ergonomic, sports medicine and chronic pain patients. Most recently he worked for Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy/Athens Therapeutics in Bogart/Winder. His special areas of interest include treatment of the spine and extremities with an emphasis on diagnosing and treating the whole body as a unit.
Photo of Gaiea Goldberg Gaiea Goldberg, BA, LMT, NCTMB
Gaiea Goldberg joined the health center staff in 2011. She graduated from the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art from Transylvania College in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a certified Massage Therapist with over 25 years professional experience. She has extensive training in multiple styles including Orthopedic, Neuromuscular, Swedish, Lymphatic, Prenatal, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Reiki, and Craniosacral. Gaiea specializes in pain management and sports injury therapeutic massage. With her massage clients, Gaiea enjoys creating a customized healing regimen specifically designed for their unique issues. She is also a passionate student of Marshal Rosenberg's non-violent communication, NVC. Her emphasis is on deep listening to the needs or values of others.
Photo of Rene Guimaraes Renildo Guimaraes, NCTMB, LMT
Renildo Guimaraes (Rene) joined the health center staff as a massage therapist in 2007. He is a graduate of the American Institute of Massage in Pompano Beach. He also studied and practiced massage in Thailand and Hong Kong. He is certified by the Georgia massage therapy licensing board. Rene is trained in a variety of massage techniques including deep tissue, medical massage, reflexology, Thai massage, Swedish massage, Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi, neuromuscular re-education, myofascial release and triggerpoint therapy.
Photo of Cassidy Knotts Cassidy Knotts, NCTMB, LMT
Cassidy Knotts joined the health center as a massage therapist in 2012. She is a graduate of the Spa Luna Holistic School in Maui, Hawaii and International Massage Training in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Cassidy is clinically trained in many modalities including lymph drainage, deep tissue, cranio-sacral, Thai massage, and has specialized in Hawaiian Lomilomi and Aromatherapy. Having practiced massage in Hawaii, Alaska, and Thailand, Cassidy has worked in many different therapeutic settings with diverse cultural expectations and has the ability to meet each client with an open mind and open heart.
Photo of Kim Powell Kim Powell, MS, Dipl OM, LMT
Kim Powell joined the health center as a massage therapist in 2013. She is a nationally certified acupuncturist, massage therapist, and herbologist and has earned her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine as well as Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. She has worked in rehabilitation clinics, physical therapy offices, and integrative medicine clinics since August 2000. Kim is passionate about educating her clients and empowering them to take control of their own health and well-being. She has a mindful, nurturing touch and a relaxed, professional presence that allows her to work well with a variety of clients. Kim has experience working with clients who are recovering from accidents, injuries and chronic pain, and is particularly focused on holistic healing that addresses the root causes of the injury or illness.




Sports Medicine Clinic Staff | top
Photo of Ron Elliott Ron Elliott, MD
Dr. Ron Elliott has been on staff at the University Health Center since 1985. A native of Macon, he received his BS degree from Georgia Tech, his medical degree from Medical College of Georgia and completed his Family Medicine residency in the Greenville, South Carolina Hospital system where he served as Chief Resident. He currently serves as Lead Physician for the Dr. John "Bud" Robinson Sports Medicine Clinic and has served as Team Physician for the UGA Athletic Association since 1988. Dr. Elliott is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, a member of the Georgia Academy of Family Practice, a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, past chairman of the Georgia Academy Sports Medicine Committee, charter member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and was among the first primary care physicians to receive his National Certification in Sports Medicine.
Photo of Fred Reifsteck Fred Reifsteck, MD
Dr. Fred Reifsteck joined the health center staff in December 2003. He earned a BA in biology from Knox College in Illinois, an MS in microbiology from Illinois State University and an MD from University of Illinois in Chicago. He completed a family practice residency in Peoria, Illinois. From 1990 – 2001 he practiced at Kaiser Permanente in Jonesboro, Georgia. In 2001 he joined the medical staff at The Doctor’s Office in Stockbridge. Dr. Reifsteck is board certified in family practice with a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine. He is a medical doctor for the UGA Athletic Department.
Rebecca Badach, PA-C
Rebecca (Becky) Badach joined the health center staff in 2006. She earned a BS degree in sports medicine from Keene State College in New Hampshire and an MS in physical education from West Virginia University. She was a student of physician assistant studies at Albany-Hudson Valley PA program in New York where she earned an AS degree. In addition to being certified as a Physician Assistant, she is also a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. Before coming to UGA Becky worked as a PA in a small family practice office. She also was the head athletic trainer and instructor at a Division III college in New Hampshire.




Vision Clinic Staff | top
Photo of Brian Atkinson Brian Atkinson, OD
Dr. G. Brian Atkinson joined the Vision Clinic staff in 2011. He holds a BS in business administration from Troy University, and a Doctor of Optometry from University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. He completed a residency in geriatric optometry and low vision rehabilitation at Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Before coming to the health center, Dr. Atkinson worked as an optometrist in a private practice in northeast Georgia with an emphasis in pre and post op surgical care.
Photo of Angela Ellerman Angela Ellerman, OD
Dr. Angela Ellerman is an optometrist in the Vision Clinic who joined the staff in 2010. She graduated from the University of Tennesee with a BS in biochemistry, and from the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Optometry with a Doctor of Optometry. Her past experience includes working as an optometrist at Advanced Family EyeCare of Madison; Lee, Ellerman and Associates; and Athens Eye Doctors and Surgeons. Dr. Ellerman enjoys working with all areas of contact lens technology.
Photo of Amy Stowers Amy Stowers, LDO
Amy Stowers joined the health center staff as the Vision Clinic manager in 2009. She holds a BS in marketing from North Georgia College and State University and is a Licensed Dispensing Optician. She is certified by the American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners. She has worked as an optician for 15 years in both ophthalmology and optometry settings.
Photo of Janice Coley Janice Coley, LDO
Janice Coley has been with the Vision Clinic staff since the opening in 2009. She was previously a Licensed Dispensing Optician in Tennessee, certified by the American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners. She has twenty-nine years of optical experience and has served as staff and management for private optometrist practices. She obtained her Georgia license, ABOC and NCLE, and owned and operated an Eyecare office for eleven years, prior to coming to UGA health center.
Photo of Rita Melville Rita Melville, LDO
Rita Melville joined the Vision Clinic staff in 2010. She started in the optical field in 1985 and was licensed as an optician by the State of Georgia in 1990. She is certified by the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners. Rita has studied fashion merchandising and business, and has worked in retail and optical management.




Women's Clinic Staff | top
Photo of Meg Cramer Margaret Cramer, MD
Dr. Cramer joined the health center staff in 2004. She earned a BA in interdepartmental humanities from Michigan State and an MD from Emory University. She completed an OB/Gyn residencey at Emory and was in private practice at Athens Women's Clinic from 1992 - 2004. Dr. Cramer is a Fellow, American College of OB/Gyn and a Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her areas of interest include women's health, hormonal and endocrine issues and preventing osteoparosis.
Photo of Clara Herrin Clara Herrin, MD
Dr. Herrin joined the health center staff in 2000. She received her undergraduate degree at Davidson College and earned her MD at Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Herrin's internship was in the area of OB/GYN, and her residency was in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins/Sinai Hospitals. Her interests include endocrinology, diabetes and eating disorders.
Photo of Beth Smith-Thompson Beth Smith-Thompson, MD
Dr. Smith-Thompson joined the health center staff in 2006. She earned a BA at Maryville College and an MD at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Dr. Smith-Thompson completed an internship and residency at Carilion Health System in Roanoke, Virginia. She is a Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Most recently, she was in private practice in Winchester, Tennessee.
Photo of Chandler B. Rosenberger Chandler B. Rosenberger, NP
Chandler Rosenberger has been part of the health center staff since 1995. She graduated from Georgia State University with a BS in nursing and completed nurse practitioner training at Emory University. She is nationally certified as Gynecologic/Obstetric Nurse Practitioner. Prior to joining the health center staff, Ms. Rosenberger worked as a public health nurse and in private practice.
Photo of Andrea Welter Andrea Welter, PA-C

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