Student-Focused Staff

Administration


Elizabeth S. Peisner

Elizabeth Peisner, EdD, MPA, MS

Interim Director
Student Health Services
epeisner@health.fau.edu

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Kim Creamer

Administrative Services Manager
kcreame2@health.fau.edu

Sean Seedial

Sean Seedial

Business Manager
sseedial@health.fau.edu

Cherie Williams

Cherie Williams

Program Assistant
cwilliam@health.fau.edu

Reception and Health Information Management


Tasha Drummond

Tasha Drummond

Health Information Management Supervisor
tdrummon@health.fau.edu

Gary Kot

Gary Kot

Health Information Management Coordinator
gkot@health.fau.edu

Carol Santagata

Carol Santagata

Program Assistant
csantaga@health.fau.edu

Sharlene Dieujustes

Sharlene Dieujuste

Program Assistant
sdiejust@health.fau.edu

Dee Rivera

Darushy ("Dee") Rivera

Program Assistant
riverad@health.fau.edu

Sasha Drummond

Sasha Drummond

Program Assistant
Davie Student Health
sdrummon@health.fau.edu

Immunization Compliance


Lilian Auster

Lilian Auster

Program Assistant
lauster@health.fau.edu

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Lisa Cha

Program Assistant
lcha@health.fau.edu

Clinical Staff

Medical


Alison Schwartz

Alison Schwartz, MD

Chief Medical Officer/Physician
aschwartz@health.fau.edu

Dr. Schwartz is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She attended Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Harvard Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Schwartz is Chief Medical Officer at FAU Student Health Services. Prior to her arrival in January 2018, Dr. Schwartz was Co-Director of the MGH Down Syndrome Program, a multidisciplinary clinic providing comprehensive health care to individuals with Down syndrome. She was also a primary care doctor who worked with pediatric and adult patients. A few of Dr. Schwartz’s clinical interests and areas of expertise include: preventive medicine, urgent care, caring for patients with special needs, physical and emotional health of college students, sexual and reproductive health and helping young adults learn how to be their own health advocates. Dr. Schwartz works to provide a safe affirming environment for all of her patients and welcomes members of the LGBTQ community. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her young daughter and husband.
Rochelle Shapiro

Rochelle Shapiro, MD

Physician
rshapiro@health.fau.edu

Dr. Rochelle Shapiro is a board-certified Family Physician trained at George Washington University School of Medicine with a residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. She has served on medical school faculties in New Orleans and at FAU. Dr. Shapiro worked as a staff physician in Student Health Services from 2000-2010 and was happy to rejoin the clinic in 2017.
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Shivani Amara, MD

Physician
samara@health.fau.edu

Joanna Drowos

Joanna Drowos, DO

Physician
jdrowos@health.fau.edu

Dr. Drowos is a board certified Family Physician and Preventive Medicine Specialist. She is an Associate Professor in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine where she serves as the Associate Chair of the Integrated Medical Science Department and the Director for the Clinical and Preventive Medicine Clerkship for third year medical students. She joined the Student Health team in 2015, and joined the College of Medicine faculty in 2011. Her personal interests include travel, reading and spending time with her children Lila and Jackson and her husband Bryan.

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Lisa Martinez, MD

Physician
lmartinez@health.fau.edu

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Roger Smith, MD

OB/GYN, Physician
rogersmith@health.fau.edu

Ann Mahan

Ann Mahan, MSN, ARNP

Coordinator for Clinical Programs
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
mahana@health.fau.edu

Angela Mazzella

Angela Mazzella, MSN, ARNP

Coordinator for Clinical Programs
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
afitzge2@health.fau.edu

Angela is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She earned her Bachelors and Masters of Science from FAU. She has been practicing outpatient internal medicine since earning her Masters degree in 2008. She is certified as a family nurse through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Angela joined FAU Student Health Services in 2016.

Claire McCarthy

Claire McCarthy, MSN, ARNP

Davie Student Health
Assistant Director
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
rmccar13@health.fau.edu

Claire received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Nursing from Barry University. She is certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She has practiced in multiple private and institutional settings since 1990. Claire joined FAU SHS in 2008 when the Davie/Broward SHS Clinic opened.

Elvira Velez

Elvira ("Vera") Velez, MPH, ARNP

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Davie Student Health
veleze@health.fau.edu

Vera is an ANCC-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. She received her BSN from Lehman College - CUNY and her MPH (specializing in health education/health promotion) from FIU. Vera's clinical and professional experience includes emergency, occupational, women's health, travel and tropical medicine. She has over 37 years in college health, including Director of the FIU Biscayne Bay campus Student Health Services. Vera joined FAU Student Health in August 2016.

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Jacqualyne Leiker-Worters, ARNP

Jupiter Student Health
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
jleiker@health.fau.edu

Jackie joined Student Health Services in the summer of 2017 as a part-time ARNP in the Jupiter campus clinic. Jackie grew up in Colorado and received her BSN at the University of Colorado. She worked many years as a nurse before graduating from FAU's NP program in 2001. Jackie has over 15 years experience in primary care and occupational health. In her spare time, Jackie enjoys spending time with family, sports, and traveling.

Vanessa Grimaldi

Vanessa Grimaldi, MSPA,PA-C

Physician Assistant
vgrimaldi@health.fau.edu

Vanessa joined Student Health Services in January 2017. She is an NCCPA board-certified Physician Assistant with 6 years of general medicine experience. Vanessa earned a double Bachelors degree in Chemistry and Health Sciences from FIU in Miami, FL and earned her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, FL in December 2011.

Nursing


Karen Ray

Karen Ray

Coordinator, Nursing Services
kray@health.fau.edu

Karen Ray graduated from Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Evansville, Indiana. As an R.N., she has worked in intensive care nurseries and OB/GYN offices.  Karen started at FAU in August 2002. She feels caring for students is an awesome experience, one she truly enjoys.

Anjuleka Budhu

Anjuleka Budhu

Registered Nurse Specialist - QMI
abudhu@health.fau.edu

Anjuleka graduated from the FAU College of Nursing. She has worked for West Boca Medical Center on the medical-surgical and telemetry units as well as a home health agency. Anjuleka joined FAU Student Health in 2011, and enjoys working with the student population and promoting student health.

Juny Bernadin

Juny Bernadin

Certified Medical Assistant
jbernadin@health.fau.edu

Susanne DiGilio

Susanne DiGilio

Certified Medical Assistant
sdigilio@health.fau.edu

Michelle Picard

Michelle Picard

Certified Medical Assistant
Jupiter Student Health
picardm@health.fau.edu

Dental


Michele Alex

Michele Alex, DDS

Dentist
malex@health.fau.edu

Dr. Alex is a general dentist with over 30 years of experience in dental health. She first practiced dentistry in Europe and has been American Dental Association National Board and Florida Board of Dentistry certified since 1992. After working in a private practice in Boynton Beach, she joined FAU Student Health Services in 1995, focusing on college dental health prevention, education and treatment.

Nara RubiaOliveira

Nara Rubia Oliveira

Dental Hygienist
noliveira@health.fau.edu

Nara Oliveira started working in the FAU Student Health Services dental clinic in 2014. She was born in Brasil and has lived in the U.S. since 1998. Nara moved to Florida after 10 years in Danbury, CT. Nara's passion is oral health promotion and she truly loves to help patients take control of their oral health. She believes that high quality care is one of the fundamental rights of every patient. Nara has three children, one son and two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, bike riding or walking at the beach. Nara speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Nancy McCabe

Nancy McCabe

Dental Assistant
mccaben@health.fau.edu

Pharmacy


Carline Applys

Carline Applys

Pharmacy Manager
capplys@health.fau.edu

Carline Applys graduated in 2006 from Nova Southeastern University with a Doctorate in Pharmacy. She attended Newton College, Broward College and Florida Atlantic University for her undergraduate studies while working as a pharmacy technician. Her career in retail pharmacy began in 1996. Carline's commitment to quality care and customer service landed her at Florida Atlantic University in 2010.

Anthony Pecoraro

Anthony Pecoraro

Pharmacist
apecoraro@health.fau.edu

Anthony Pecoraro graduated with a BS in Pharmacy in 1995 and a Doctor of Pharmacy in 1997, both from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston. He then went on to complete a pharmacy practice residency at University Medical Center in Jacksonville, an affiliate of the University of Florida. His pharmacy experience includes clinical practice, hospital, long-term acute care and independent pharmacy services. Originally from Connecticut, Anthony moved to Florida in 2006 and joined Student Health in 2014.

 Last Modified 2/14/18