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Beth A. Allen, M.S.

Community Relations Specialist
(954) 262-8473

Beth A. Allen joined the Lifelong Learning Institute team in October 2014 as the community relations liaison. She was the former executive director of the Joseph Meyerhoff Senior Center from 2008 2014 and was the assistant executive director of the David Posnack Jewish Community Center, where she worked for 20 years. Allen holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Barry University. She has an extensive knowledge of the resources for older adults in the community and is a board member and treasurer of the Exceptional Theater Company, which provides drama classes for children, teens, and adults with special needs in the tri-county area.


Cheryl Atherley-Todd, M.D., C.M.D.

Assistant Professor
(954) 262-1477

Cheryl Atherley-Todd, M.D., CMD, FAAFP, is an associate professor at the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and is board certified in family medicine and geriatrics. She teaches medical students from first year to final year, while being the course director for the Gastrointestinal System course and Family Medicine virtual course.

Atherley-Todd is a certified medical director of long-term care and has presented many talks on elder abuse, the hazards of driving in the elderly, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, the effects of retirement on aging and many other topics. She is also very passionate about community work, as she has organized and led several international medical outreach trips to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

Rochelle Clarke

Rochelle S. Clarke, Ph.D., LMFT, MSHR

Adjunct Professor 

Dr. Rochelle S. Clarke is the Director of Organizational Integration & Patient Experience at Catholic Hospice. In her role she oversees five programs, psychosocial clinicians, and promotes continuous learning, in addition she supports the overall assessment of organizational needs while identifying barriers to care within underserved populations. She is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, AAMFT Clinical Fellow, and a State of Florida Approved Supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapy Interns and Mental Health Counselor Interns. Dr. Clarke received her doctoral degree in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University where she is also an Adjunct Professor at the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (KPCOM) in the Family Therapy Department and a Curriculum Committee Member and Adjunct Professor for their undergraduate Health and Wellness Coaching program. As a Medical Family Therapist, she has presented locally, nationally and internationally on areas she is passionate about which includes: anticipatory and complicated grief, supportive measures to maneuver complexities of aging, the value of cultural assessments in patient care delivery, managing illness throughout the lifecycle, and the importance of self-care initiatives for frontline healthcare workers.


Dayne DuVall, LMT, CAEd

GWEP Dementia Education Coordinator  
(954) 262-1425

Dayne DuVall is a nationally certified Alzheimer's educator (CAEd) and is approved by the state of Florida to provide state-required Alzheimer’s and dementia education and training. He is the dementia education coordinator at the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). He also is the lead for the GWEP COVID Telehealth for Underserved Populations Program.

DuVall continues to dedicate his life to educating health care and elder care staff and family members, as well as the general public, about the importance of providing informed, proper care to people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.


Vincent Guida, M.D. 

Associate Professor    

Vincent Guida, M.D., FACP, received his medical degree from Albany Medical College of Union University. Following his graduation, he completed a medical residency at Montefiore Hospital Medical Center of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York.

Guida spent the next seven years in private practice and as a clinical assistant professor at Einstein College of Medicine. In 1982, Guida moved to Florida to enter private practice. The American Board of Internal Medicine in 1987 established certification of added qualification in geriatrics, which Guida earned. 

In 2017, Guida joined the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty as a member of the Department of Geriatrics. In his capacity as an associate professor, he continues to care for patients and instructs students, residents and fellows in clinical geriatrics. In addition, he participates in classroom instruction and is a lecturer participating in the Geriatric Workforce Education Program.


Heather Hettrick PT, PhD, CWS, AWCC, CLT-LANA, CLWT, CORE

(954) 262-1856

Dr. Heather Hettrick is a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Dr. Hettrick has been a licensed physical therapist since 1995. She received her PhD in physical therapy in 2003 and has dedicated her entire professional career to integumentary function and dysfunction, becoming a key opinion leader on integumentary function, repair and regeneration, as well as wound, lymphedema and burn management. Dr. Hettrick’s diverse clinical background is complemented by experience in research, professional writing and publication, speaking on the national and international circuit, volunteering on professional board organizations, consulting, lobbying for legislative change on Capitol Hill, organizing humanitarian work in Haiti, and creating entrepreneurial endeavors and medical devices for wound management.

She is a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS), Advanced Wound Care Certified (AWCC), Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), and internationally dual certified in Lymphedema and Wound Care (CLWT). She is LANA credentialed by the Lymphology Association of North America. Dr. Hettrick is also a Comprehensive Oncology Rehabilitation Expert (CORE) and Experiential Learning Fellow. She has attended over 90 continuing education courses, authored over 30 journal articles, published 6 book chapters, and presented over 200 professional programs and conference presentations on various integumentary related topics.

Dr. Hettrick is a Past President of the American Board of Wound Management and is a past Board and Executive Committee member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. She is currently on the board of the World Alliance of Wound and Lymphedema Care, advisory board for the Why Wound Care Campaign and Editorial Board for Today’s Wound Clinic. Additionally, she is on the planning committee for the American Vein and Lymphatic Society as well as Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, and Faculty /Director of Wound Education for the International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute.


Andrea Levin, Pharm.D.

Assistant Professor    
(954) 262-1370

Andrea Levin is an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Pharmacy with a practice specialty and board certification in ambulatory care. She received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), degrees from NSU. After earning her Pharm.D., she completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency, with an emphasis in ambulatory care and academia from Florida Hospital-Celebration Health. Levin then became an assistant professor at Long Island University’s Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, as well as the clinical pharmacy manager for ambulatory care at Montefiore Medical Center, where she managed patients’ anticoagulation, hypertension, dyslipidemia, contraception, and diabetes needs.

Currently, Levin assists in the care of adults with type two diabetes, hypertension, and/or dyslipidemia in the primary care setting, where she takes students on rotation and teaches in the pharmacotherapy and immunization certification courses at the College of Pharmacy. Levin has presented for continuing education programs on diabetes, contraception, and deprescribing, as well as presented to pharmacists, nurses, and physicians on diabetes and anticoagulation management.

Melinda Luis, M.S., RD, LDN

Community Relations Specialist    
(954) 262-1429

Melinda Luis earned her M.S. in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University and is currently working on her Doctor of Clinical Nutrition from the University of North Florida. Her early career involved clinical practice in hospital and extended-care settings. Her graduate work emphasized eating and cognitive challenges in older adults. She enjoys exploring the nutritional patterns of culturally diverse populations worldwide and created a unique course at NSU on world culture, food, and nutrition. Her teaching experience ranges from cooking and nutrition skill classes for children to extensive work in higher education. For fun, Luis enjoys family time, relaxing at the beach, and scrapbooking.

Dr. Hadri Masri

Hady Masri, D.O.

Associate Professor    
(954) 262-1451

A graduate of the NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Masri currently works in Davie, FL and specializes in family and geriatric medicine. He serves as an associate professor at NSU-KPCOM and is affiliated with Broward Health Medical Center and Westside Regional Medical Center. Masri is board-certified in family practice/OMT.  


Bindu Mayi, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Chair of Basic Sciences 
Professor of Microbiology    

Bindu Mayi is the chair of basic sciences and a professor of microbiology in the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. She teaches courses in virology and bacteriology, with emphasis on the medical aspects of infectious disease, for students in the medical, public health, and other allied health fields.

Mayi has been a spokesperson on measles, sepsis, flu, foodborne illness, the Zika virus, and most recently on COVID-19. She has appeared on multiple panels attended by health care professionals and public officials, including representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and has participated in multiple media interviews.

Prior to her NSU affiliation, Mayi worked in antibiotic resistance research, as well as cancer nanotechnology research. Her research interests include antimicrobial stewardship and prevention of infectious diseases. She is especially passionate about prevention of infectious diseases and has taken her efforts at prevention to a global level by writing a book about prevention of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) titled Mrs. A, a compelling, multigenerational narrative about MRSA woven into the fictional struggles of a young boy.

In 2008, Mayi’s project on prevention of MRSA in U.S. hospitals was one of 80 women winners of the O-Whitehouse Leadership Project. In 2019, Mayi wrote her second book called Something Has to Change, which deals with solutions for the hatred, rage, and mass shootings that have occurred in the United States. Scott Poland, Ed.D., a national school violence prevention trainer and first responder, has called the book “a masterpiece” and “a must-read by educators, parents, and students in today’s world.”


Raymond Ownby, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Chair of Psychiatry
(954) 262-1481

Raymond Ownby is a professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine and a professor in the public health and biomedical informatics programs. He completed his undergraduate education at Ohio University, where he was elected as member in Phi Beta Kappa, and completed his medical education at the Northeastern Ohio Medical University College of Medicine, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha.

Ownby has been selected for inclusion in Best Doctors in America and is board certified in adult psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, clinical neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry. He has published more than 200 research articles and has been the recipient of several research grants from the National Institutes of Health. He was awarded the NSU Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award in 2014. He was formerly the director of the Memory Disorders Program at the University of Miami.

His current research includes two projects funded by the National Institutes of Health. These include the development of a mobile app targeting older individuals with low health literacy that is designed to help them improve their ability to manage chronic health conditions. The other project investigates whether the use of transcranial direct current stimulation in combination with computer-based cognitive training can improve cognitive problems in persons 50 years of age and older with an HIV infection.


Alina Perez, J.D., M.P.H., LCSW

(954) 262-1655

In addition to 17 years of experience in academia, Alina M. Perez brings more than 15 years of practical experience as a licensed clinical social worker in the areas of inpatient and outpatient mental health, inpatient oncology, emergency care, and hospice care. Her clinical practice, scholarship, and community involvement have focused extensively on addressing legal, ethical, and public health issues of the aging population, minorities, and the underserved. She has presented at many local, national, and international conferences and frequently provides lectures and continuing education sessions for students and professionals in the community and other NSU colleges.


Arif M. Rana, Ph.D., Ed.S., M.S., M.P.H., M.A.

Chair, Health Informatics

Director, Biomedical Informatics

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(954) 262-1619

Arif M. Rana is an associate professor of biomedical informatics, medical education, and public health. He is the department chair and director of the Biomedical Informatics Program at NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM). Since his arrival at NSU-KPCOM, he has taught an array of courses, including Databases in Health Care, Clinical Decision Support Systems, and Introduction to Information and Communication Technologies in Health Care. In addition, he is well-versed in curriculum development and instructional design and has substantial knowledge of programming languages, including C/C++, Perl Scripting, SQL, PHP, as well as experience in database applications.


Janet Roseman-Halsband, Ph.D., M.S., R-DMT

Assistant Professor, Medical Education and Integrative Medicine    
(954) 262-1661

Janet Roseman-Halsband is an associate professor in integrative medicine specializing in spirituality and medicine and compassionate care curriculum at NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is the founder and director of the Sidney Project in Spirituality and Medicine and Compassionate Care—a unique medical education program for physician residents that offers a safe space to discuss the pressures of doctoring and learn tools for excellence in the patient/physician encounter. She received the Joseph Moore President’s Award from Lesley College and the David Larsen Fellowship in Spirituality and Medicine at the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

Roseman-Halsband has published articles in spirituality and medicine and compassionate care, as well as indigenous studies. She also writes an ongoing column on spiritual topics for the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Her latest book— If Joan of Arc Had Cancer: Finding Courage, Faith and Healing from History’s Most Inspirational Woman Writer—provides empowerment for women during their journey with cancer. She has taught at hospitals nationwide and presented her research at conferences across the country. She is a trained arts therapist, registered dance therapist and arts educator who possesses credentials from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.


Theresa Schilthorn

Special Project Manager

Division of Clinical Operations 

(954) 262-1592

Theresa Schilthorn is the special projects manager for the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program in the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned an M.S. in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, along with an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and Medical Education from Nova Southeastern University. Schilthorn has completed additional graduate work and clinical practice in pastoral ministry.

Schilthorn has worked for thirty years in developing and providing community-based primary care and public health initiatives for medically underserved communities in Florida through her work with the AHEC Program at NSU and the University of Miami Miami-Dade AHEC Center. Her community initiatives have included development of primary care clinics, school and community health promotion programs and applied community-based internship and continuing education programs. She served for more than 10 years on local geriatric education advisory boards, provided continuing education to health care professionals and students to increase awareness of and sensitivity to geriatric health care needs and implemented the provision of ongoing community education programs to elders on osteoporosis, fall prevention, diabetes, cardiovascular health, and emergency preparation. She is currently working to increase education and treatment of opioid misuse in the elderly, as well as to increase the provision of tobacco cessation services to the geriatric community.


Debra Stern, P.T., D.P.T., MSM, DBA, CLT, CEEAA 

Director of Clinical Education, Physical Therapy

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

(954) 262-1268


Ashley Stripling, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty Member, Department of Clinical and School Psychology 

(954) 262-5762

Ashley Stripling is an assistant professor at NSU’s College of Psychology. Her research interests include geropsychology, clinical training, research and advocacy, promotion of successful, healthy aging through advocacy and clinical interventions, understanding ageism, subjective aging, and the intersection of aging language and perceptions, as well as combating ageist stereotypes.

So-Yeon (Sharon) Lee, O.D., FAAO, Dipl-ABO

Assistant Professor 

(954) 262-1409

So-Yeon Sharon Lee obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, in 2002 and earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2006. She then completed a residency in low vision rehabilitation at Southern College of Optometry (SCO). Prior to joining NSU in 2015, Lee was a full-time faculty member at SCO for eight years.

Lee currently holds the rank of assistant professor at NSU and serves as the chief of Low Vision and Geriatric Service. She is also the instructor of record for the low vision didactic course, residency supervisor for the residency program in primary care with an emphasis in low vision, and an attending physician in the primary care and low vision services at Davie and Lighthouse of Broward clinics.

She has presented numerous poster publications at the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), American Optometric Association, and Southeastern Educational Congress of Optometry (SECO) international annual meetings. She has also lectured at AAO and SECO meetings, as well as internationally. Lee is board certified by the American Board of Optometry, a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and a member of the American Optometric Association.

Lee held leadership positions in the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Low Vision Special Interest Group. She has served as a clinical examiner for the National Board of Examiners of Optometry and residency site chair for the Accreditation for College of Optometry Education organization. She is also an active Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry reviewer.

Kathy Cerminara

Kathy L. Cerminara, J.D., LL.M., J.S.D.


(954) 262-6193

Professor Kathy Cerminara bridges the medical and legal professions with her work on patients’ rights in the end-of-life decision-making arena. She co-authors the nationally known treatise, The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking, and is a reviewer for several medical and medical-legal journals. Her scholarship most recently has focused on the intersection between end-of-life care, palliative care, and health care coverage policy. At the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, she is a full professor. She is also an affiliate faculty member at NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine.

Professor Cerminara teaches Torts; Health Policy, Bioethics & Quality of Care; Administrative Law; Civil Procedure; Bioethics; and other health-law-related courses. She also created and was the initial director of the online Master of Science in Health Law program for non-lawyers. In 2017, she received a Scholars Award for innovative interprofessional work with the Broward County Mental Health Court.

Since 2012, she has been a member of the International Scientific Committee for the International Academy of Law & Mental Health, based in Montreal, Canada. In that position, she has co-organized the stream of therapeutic jurisprudence presentations for four of the Academy’s bi-annual Congresses: one in Amsterdam in 2013, one in Vienna in 2015, one in Prague in 2017, and one in Rome in 2019. In recognition of that work, in 2017, the International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence awarded her and her co-organizer the first-ever Wexler/Winick Distinguished Service Award in Prague.

Prior to joining the College of Law faculty, Professor Cerminara taught at the University of Miami School of Law and St. Thomas University School of Law, clerked in the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and practiced law with Reed Smith Shaw & McClay in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Professor Cerminara received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and her LL.M. and J.S.D. from Columbia University. She is an affiliate member of the Health Law and Tort Trial and Insurance sections of The Florida Bar, a retired member of the Pennsylvania Bar, and a member of organizations such as the American Bar Association, the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Joe H. Baldelomar

Joe H. Baldelomar

Program Manager

(954) 786-1533

Joe Baldelomar, is the program manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter. Joe earned an M.S. in Neuropsychology from Boston College, along with a foundation degree in Philosophy and Theology from Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry.

Baldelomar, specialize in providing educational programs for the general public and professionals both online and in-person. The educational programs focus on topics such as diagnosis, warning signs, communication, living with Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving techniques, as well as awareness campaigns explaining the difference between Alzheimer’s and typical aging, and the power of early detection. He also facilitates support groups; to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Joe has been a guest speaker.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2.1M with 25% financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents of this website are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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