Kristin Ashford, Sharlee Burch, Ramona Carper, Jerry Caudill, Liz Combs, Holly Divine, M Lynn English, Christopher Feddock, Patricia Freeman, Ginny Gottschalk, Alan Hall II, Christopher Harlow, Janie Heath, Holly Johnson, Hannah Johnson, Sandra Kelley, Kara Lee, Sharon Lock, Michelle Lofwall, Adrienne Matson, Julie McKee, Christopher Miller, Trenika Mitchell, Nathan Morelli, M Raynor Mullins, Teresa Oropilla-Kiefer, John Ragsdale, Kami Redecker, Aaron Schwartz, Tuyen Tran, Marietta Watts, Nicole Windsor, Melissa Zook

Kristin Ashford, PhD, WHNPBC

Associate Professor
Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner
University of Kentucky College of Nursing
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Ashford earned a BSN from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and an MSN from the University of Louisville. She earned a PhD in nursing from the University of Kentucky and is a former NIH BIRCWH scholar.

Dr. Ashford has had the opportunity to lead three funded research studies all of which primarily recruited pregnant and postpartum women and included assessments for both psychosocial and biological markers of tobacco use and preterm birth. Her success in completion of the research is due in part to her ability to implement and refine recruitment and retention strategies for pregnant and postpartum women train research staff and maintain open communication between research personnel facilities staff and participants. Dr. Ashford's eleven years of clinical experience as an advance registered nurse practitioner and eight years of research experience in measurement and collection of prenatal biomarker cotininenicotineimmune cytokines in various biological mediums urine serum saliva and hair will assist the research team in developing and implementing a protocol for collection and measurement of electronic cigarette ecig biomarkers. She served as the PI on a NIH Center for Oral Biological Research Excellence COBBRE study and lead a multi-center trial across two states ended August 20, 2014.

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Sharlee Burch, RDH, MPH, EdS

Project Coordinator, Oral Health Innovation Initiative
University of Kentucky College of Public Health
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Burch began her academic career at Western Kentucky University where she earned a Bachelor of Dental Hygiene and later a Master of Public Health degree. She earned a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University.

Since 2001, Dr. Burch has served in a wide variety of research, teaching and service positions at the University of Kentucky.

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Ramona Carper, PT, DPT

Assistant Professor
University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Carper earned a BHS and a DPT from the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences in Lexington, Kentucky.

Her areas of teaching include ethics and physical therapy administration. Prior to her appointment at UK, she worked for 20+ years in a rural outpatient physical therapy facility where she had the opportunity to serve the community in a variety of settings in addition to outpatient including acute, school based pediatrics, SNF, home health and onsite industry. She was also involved in management, having functioned as a clinic director and co-owner of the business.

She has served the Kentucky chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association in a variety of roles including chief delegate and president. Currently, she serves the chapter as the legislative chair.

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Associate National Dental Director
Campbellsburg, Kentucky

Dr. Caudill is an experienced Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial dental insurance executive. He is a nationally recognized speaker on Medicaid dental administration currently administering over 1.1 million lives in Kentucky.

Dr. Caudill has challenged and passed the AADC certification examination. Certified consultants possess the clinical background to render consistent opinions on government and commercial emerging dental trends, utilization review, dental plan coverage, network management, claims policy, standards of care, and fraud, waste, and abuse investigation. Additionally, he is a Certified Telemedicine Clinical Presenter and Technology Professional.

Dr. Caudill earned a DMD from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, is a Fellow and Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, and is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the International College of Dentists, and the American College of Dentists.

Dr. Caudill is a CITA Board examiner for the ADEX Dental Boards recognized in 47 states and territories, including Kentucky.

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Liz Combs, RD

Lexturer & Coordinated Program Director, Dietetics and Human Nutrition
University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Combs joined the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition as Academic Coordinator and then transitioned into a faculty role as lecturer in the DHN Department. She is also the Director of the Coordinated Program. She still provides advising support and academic counseling to upperclassmen in the department.

She is also a registered dietitian as well as licensed dietitian.

She is interested in researching sources of nutrition information and their relationship to parenting styles and childhood health. Liz's background is in outpatient nutrition services and weight management counseling and she holds a national certification in childhood and adolescent weight management.

Liz earned an undergraduate degree in Dietetics and Food Science and a graduate degree in Dietetic Administration from and completed a dietetic internship with the University of Kentucky. She is currently pursuing an EdD in Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky College of Education.

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Holly Divine, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP, CDE, FAPhA

Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Divine is the Director of External Studies overseeing all the College’s experiential education courses in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum.

Dr. Divine has practiced in ambulatory care for over twenty years and currently provides medication therapy management focusing on diabetes care at Bluegrass Community Health Center, a Federally-Qualified Health Center and an accredited Patient-Centered Medical Home, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Dr. Divine earned a PharmD from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist, Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

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M Lynn English, PT, MSEd, DPT

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
Director, Clinical Education
University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. English earned a BS in Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University, an MA in Education from the University of Kentucky with a Certificate in Gerontology from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and a DPT from Simmons in Boston, Massachusetts.

She has a strong clinical background including practice in acute care, rural community hospital, outpatient clinics, school systems, nursing homes, and home health. Teaching responsibilities include Medical and Physical Therapy Management of Adult Neurological Problems, classes in preparation for clinical clerkships, and internships and an elective in Service Learning.

She teaches adult neurological rehabilitation, care of underserved populations, and clinical education.

She has coordinated service efforts with UK Shoulder to Shoulder Global in Santo Domingo, Ecuador, since 2008, and coordinates Samaritan’s Touch UK Student Physical Therapy Clinic.

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Christopher Feddock, MD, MS, FAAP, FACP

Senior Associate Dean, Medical Student Education
Assistant Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics
Director, Undergraduate Medical Education/Graduate Medical Education Curriculum Office & Standardized Patient and Simulation Programs
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Feddock earned an MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky. He completed a pediatric internal medicine residency program and a medical education fellowship at the University of Kentucky Medical Center serving as the Med-Peds Chief Resident in his last year. He earned a master's degree in Education from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Feddock provides faculty support and guidance to course and program directors in the development of multiple learning activities and methods. He also provides direct oversight of quality assurance programs and faculty development related to curriculum initiatives.

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Patricia Freeman, RPh, PhD, FAPhA

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
Director, Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice (CAPP)
Faculty Associate, Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (IPOP)
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Freeman's research interests are focused on substance use policy. In addition to her role as research lead for the Kentucky’s BJA COAP Category 6 project Data-driven Responses to Prescription Drug Misuse in Kentucky, she is a co-investigator on the NIH initiative Helping to End Addition Long-term (HEAL), a trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. Other recent activities include evaluating prescription drug monitoring programs and their impact and effectiveness at preventing prescription drug misuse and diversion.

She earned a BS in pharmacy and a PhD from the University of Kentucky and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

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Ginny Gottschalk, MD

Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Director, M3 Family Medicine Clerkship
Director, Family and Community Medicine-Turfland
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Gottschalk earned an MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky. She completed residency in Family Medicine at Palmetto Health in Columbia, South Carolina. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

She was previously in private practice in Danville, Kentucky practicing traditional inpatient and outpatient family medicine before returning to UK Healthcare.

Dr. Gottschalk enjoys teaching medical students and residents and this is brought her to the University. She currently serves as our third year Family Medicine clerkship director. Dr. Gottschalk is the medical director for Family and Community Medicine Turfland Clinic. She enjoys chronic disease management and caring for families.

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Alan Hall II, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine, Hospital Medicine
Assistant Dean, Competency Assessment
University of Kentucky College of Medicine Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Hall earned an MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan.

He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the
American Board of Pediatrics.

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Christopher Harlow, PharmD

Director, Pharmacy Services, and Co-owner
St. Matthews Community & Specialty Pharmacy
Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. Harlow is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and completed the UK/APSC residency. Dr. Harlow serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Kentucky and Sullivan University Colleges of Pharmacy.

Dr. Harlow served as Past President for both the Jefferson County Academy of Pharmacy and the Kentucky Pharmacists Association. Most recently, Chris served as Chair of Kentucky’s first healthcare professional’s opioid summit held in Lexington, Kentucky in April, 2019.

Dr. Harlow has implemented several patient care programs into his practice including a Pharmacist-At-Home program, integrative pharmacy, medication therapy management, immunizations, and substance-use disorder. He was the first pharmacist in Louisville to dispense Naloxone without a prescription and the first pharmacist in Kentucky to be able to manage patients with an opioid-use disorder through an approved protocol by the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy.

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Janie Heath, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN

Dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing
University of Kentucky College of Nursing
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Heath was formerly an endowed professor of nursing and the chief academic officer at the University of Virginia and Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia and now Georgia Regents University). She has provided academic leadership for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Critical-Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Programs at Georgetown University in Washington and at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Heath earned a MS with a clinical nurse specialist focus from the University of Oklahoma and her post-master’s with an acute-adult nurse practitioner focus from the University of South Carolina. She completed a PhD in Nursing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

She has more than 38 years of acute and critical care nursing experience in various positions from staff to administration to advanced practice and academia. She has been awarded more than $12 million for academic and/or research initiatives, generated more than 150 publications and abstracts, served on numerous regional and national task forces for tobacco control and advanced practice nursing initiatives. Her primary research program of study involves workforce development using the Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation Curriculum to effectively intervene with tobacco-dependent populations in acute and primary care settings.

In addition, Dr. Heath served as a member of the board of directors for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), served as the inaugural chair for the Beacons of Leadership Initiative in Pursuit of Healthy Work Environments, a 30-hospital-wide collaborative in the Washington–Baltimore, Maryland, area for the Greater Washington Area Chapter of AACN and founded the Nurses for Tobacco Control national coalition for nurse educators.

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Holly Johnson, PT, DPT, Cert MDT

Dr. Johnson graduated from the University of Kentucky Physical Therapy program and later went on to earn a DPT from AT Still University.

A life-long resident of Harlan, Kentucky, Johnson has more than twemty-five years of experience as a physical therapist and clinic director and has been a managing shareholder of PT Pros for more than twenty years.

She has also served as a clinical educator for several PT programs – including the University of Kentucky, Bellarmine University, and LSU – and her colleagues often comment on her gifts as a highly motivating educator and captivating speaker.

Johnson's areas of interest include manual treatment of spine, sports medicine, orthopedics, chronic pain management, industrial rehab, and women’s health. Since 2010, she has worked closely with Global Health Outreach – a ministry branch of the Christian Medical and Dental Association – to develop a first-of-its-kind PT outreach program in Ometepe, Nicaragua.

She is an active member of the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (KPTA), in which she has held multiple offices. In 2009, KPTA presented her with the Outstanding Physical Therapist Award. She was chosen as Health Care Provider of the Year in 2001 by the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce. She is also an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

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Hannah Johnson, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Johnson earned a PharmD from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and completed a pharmacy practice and PGY2 specialty residency at UKHealthCare.

Dr. Johnson has an active clinical practice at UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital where she provides pharmaceutical care to adult and adolescent patients with mental illness or behavioral health problems.

She created the Pharmacy Wellness Committee at UK HealthCare. Research interests include pharmacist, resident, and student well-being and burnout.

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Sandra Kelley, MSN, APRN

First Bridge Clinic
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Ms. Kelley earned a BSN from Indiana University in South Bend, Indiana. While an undergraduate, she was inducted into the Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

Her nursing career began in Pediatric ICU at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. While working at the Navy Hospital in Naples, Italy, she was exposed to many nurses preparing for graduate school to further their careers as Nurse Practitioners. After returning to Kentucky, she earned an APRN degree from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing from the Family Practice Nurse Practitioner program.

She then joined the Samaritan Nursing Center, under the leadership of Dr. Marcia Stanhope, that provided primary care in several free clinics including the Hope Center, Post Clinic, Baby Health, and at several schools in Fayette County.

With the help of Dr. Stanhope, she developed and opened the Health Clinic at the Women’s Hope Center on Versailles Road in Lexington. She continued to work with the Samaritan Nursing Center, however, her primary responsibility was working with the women at the Women’s Hope Center. She knew working with women struggling in their battle with the disease of addiction was her mission. Her work at the Hope Center built a strong foundation in the disease of addiction. She was given the opportunity to participate in SAMHSA’s Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute. Eventually, she was given an opportunity to become more involved in the use of medication for treatment of opioid use disorders.

As Director of Clinical Services at Recovery Works Georgetown, she saw the difference that Buprenorphine and Naltrexone were making in the lives of individuals with moderate to severe opioid use disorders. She completed an eight-hour class taught by Dr. Michelle Lofwall on Buprenorphine/Naloxone for the treatment of opioid use disorders.

After Kentucky authorized Nurse Practitioners to prescribe Buprenorphine/Naloxone for the treatment of opioid use disorders, she obtained an x waiver and began a limited group of patients to be offered Medication Assisted Treatment at Recovery Works in an attempt to decrease the number of patient’s leaving AMA. This successfully decreased the AMA rate to 11% in individuals offered the MAT compared to the 20% AMA rate in the rest of the patient population.

She was given the opportunity to work with Dr. Lofwall and Dr. Laura Fanucchi in the First Bridge Clinic and the Addiction Consult Education Services team. They coordinate care for patients admitted to UK Chandler or Samaritan Hospital with an Opioid use disorder. They begin the medication treatment for the opioid use disorder in the hospital, manage that portion of the patient’s care, and refer to them to outside clinics or the First Bridge Clinic upon discharge. She has the privilege of providing Medication for Opioid Use Disorder to patients on an outpatient basis at the First Bridge Clinic.

Her mission of working with individuals battling the disease of addiction continues.

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Kara Lee, PT, DPT, NCS

Associate Director, Clinical Education, Physical Therapy
University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Lee earned a Master’s in PT a clinical doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences.. After a career in pediatrics and neurologic physical therapy, she joined the College's faculty.

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Sharon Lock, PhD, APRN, FNAP, FAANP

Professor, Director of Wilmore Faculty Practice
Phyllis D. Corbitt Community Health Center
Wilmore, Kentucky

Dr. Lock earned BSN and MSN degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in Nursing Science from the University of South Carolina. She also earned a post-master's certificate as a primary care nurse practitioner from the University of Virginia. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Before coming to UK, Dr. Lock taught maternity nursing at East Carolina University and the University of Virginia. She served as the coordinator of the primary care nurse practitioner track for more than fifteen years. In 2010, she received the Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award from the College of Nursing.

Dr. Lock's research interests include teen pregnancy prevention and sexual risk reduction among adolescents. She has received NIH funding to study communication between sexual partners. She serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Adolescent Health and the Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. She served as secretary of the Southern Nursing Research Society from 2000-2002.

In 2006, as a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, she served on the National Panel for Nurse Practitioner Practice Doctorate Competencies. Dr. Lock is a member of the advisory board for the Kentucky Area Health Education Centers. She consulted with the University of Kentucky’s Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute to develop a women’s health interactive module for health care professionals, which is now offered nationally through the Public Health Foundation’s TRAIN web site.

At the University of Kentucky, Dr. Lock provided leadership for the first Doctor of Nursing Practice program in the country and has taught in the program since it began in 2001. She was recently awarded a $1.7 million HRSA grant to enhance the role of the primary care registered nurse in rural Kentucky. Dr. Lock is a fellow in the National Academies of Practice and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

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Michelle Lofwall, MD, DFASAM

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Center on Drug and Alcohol Research
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Bell Alcohol and Addictions Chair and Medical Director
First Bridge Clinic
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Lofwall completed residency training in Psychiatry and a clinical research fellowship in behavioral pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University.

The First Bridge outpatient opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment clinic provides comprehensive care to patients discharging from the emergency room and inpatient medical/surgical services.

Her clinical research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and industry with a focus on improving treatment of substance use disorders. She was as an expert panel member on SAMHSA’s newly published Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP 63) for Medication Treatment of OUD, a board member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, an invited speaker to the National Academy of Medicine, and recipient of several medical student teaching and mentorship awards.

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Adrienne Matson, PharmD, BCPS

Director, Pharmacy Quality and Engagement
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Matson earned a BS in Chemistry from Valparaiso University and a PharmD from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She completed pharmacy practice residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, and an ACCP Heart Failure Traineeship with the University of North Carolina Heart Failure Program in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is board certified in pharmacotherapy from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.

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Julie McKee, DMD

State Dental Director
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Department for Public Health
Frankfort, Kentucky

Dr. McKee has been a public health director of a multi-county health department with a home health agency attached. She has work experience with the Office of the Inspector General with an emphasis on long-term care.

She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and a DMD from the University of Louisville. She wears purple when the schools play each other!

Projects during her tenure at the DPH include a fluoride varnish program established in health departments; oversaw the General Dentists Training in Pediatric Technique; funded local oral health coalitions; worked to develop a new licensure category, Public Health Dental Hygienist, and the seven programs implemented because of this practice change; facilitated the development of the Strategic Plan for Oral Health.

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Christopher Miller, PharmD, MBA

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice & Science
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky
Director, Clinical Training Coordinator
University of Kentucky Louisville-based Clinical Education Center (CEC)
Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. Miller has oversight of the experiential education program at the CEC. This center represents an academic partnership between the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and Norton Healthcare offering pharmacy students an opportunity to complete all of their required Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) in the Louisville market area.

Dr. Miller earned a BS in pharmacy from South Dakota State University. Subsequent to this, he completed a two-year combined Hospital Pharmacy Practice MS/Residency at the University of Kansas. He later earned an MBA at the University of New Mexico, and then a PharmD from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

In his current position, he has a clinical service in adult parenteral nutrition support at Norton Hospital where he precepts UK pharmacy students and Norton Healthcare residents. Previous to this position, he worked in home healthcare for seventeen years where he had management oversight of nutrition support services. Dr. Miller is a Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist and currently serves on Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS) Nutrition Council.

Previous to his work in Louisville, Dr. Miller worked for eight years in the US FDA regulated sterile pharmaceutical manufacturing business where he held senior level management positions in the areas of Quality Assurance, Operations Management, and Business Planning. Prior to this position he was Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of New Mexico (UNM) where he developed the curriculum for the Hospital Pharmacy pathway option students.

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Trenika Mitchell, PharmD

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Mitchell earned an AAS degree from Northeast Mississippi Community College and both a BS and PharmD degree from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

Dr. Mitchell practices at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center working as a clinical staff pharmacist in the Markey Cancer Center Inpatient, Markey Cancer Center Outpatient, and Kentucky Children's Hospital pharmacies. She co-coordinates and teaches the Patient Care Laboratory Courses I and II teaching students about various aspects of institutional pharmacy practice.

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Nathan Morelli, DPT

Investigator, Sports Medicine Research Institute
University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Morelli earned a DPT from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Kentucky in Rehabilitation Sciences. His research focuses on clinical assessments of postural control deficits and motor learning in neurodegenerative disease and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).

He currently works in the Sports Medicine Research Institute investigating static and dynamic postural control deficits during dual tasks in those with mTBI.

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M Raynor Mullins, DMD, MPH

Public Health Dentist
Emeritus Faculty, Dental Public Health
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
Director, Kentucky Oral Health Innovation Initiative (KOHII)
University of Kentucky College of Public Health and College of Denstistry
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Mullins is working to develop education/ service/research partnerships aimed at improving oral health literacy and reducing oral health disparities in Appalachia and rural Kentucky.

Dr. Mullins received a DMD from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and an MPH from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina. He completed a residency in Dental Public Health at the University of Kentucky and was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Community Dentistry, serving as Department Chair from 1974-1988. He has also served as Academic Dean (Head of Education Program from 1988-1994) and as Chief of the Division of Dental Public Health (1994-2004) for the UK College of Dentistry.

Dr. Mullins has received numerous professional honors including induction into the Kentucky Public Health Hall of Fame (2006), President of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (1981-82) and President of the Kentucky Section of the American College of Dentists (1992).

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Teresa Oropilla-Kiefer, MD

Dr. Oropilla-Kiefer earned an MD from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky.

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John Ragsdale, MD, MS

Associate Professor, Medicine
Assistant Dean, Clinical Education
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Hospitalist, General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics
UK HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Ragsdale earned an MD from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, serving as Med-Peds chief resident his final year. He completed a general internal medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh and earned an MS in Medical Education.

In his role as Assistant Dean, Dr. Ragsdale oversees the curriculum for the third and fourth years of medical school. He is also an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency where he directs the Clinician-Educator Track.

He has led multiple workshops at national meetings on medical education and faculty development.

Clinically, he practices as an adult hospitalist.

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Kami Redecker

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Oncology
Norton Cancer Institute
Louisville, Kentucky

Kami Redecker has served as a preceptor for University of Kentucky since 2015 and has served as a resident preceptor for Norton Healthcare since 2009.

She received her Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy in 2010 and her Oncology Certification in 2016.

She is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA).

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Aaron Schwartz, RD, MS, MBA

Lecturer & Dietetic Internship Director, Dietetics and Human Nutrition
University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences
Lexington, Kentucky

Aaron earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky and completed a dietetic internship at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. After the internship, he worked as a Clinical Dietitian at The Christ Hospital for a little under three years. Recently, Aaron earned an MS in Dietetics Administration followed by an MBA. He enjoys combining his passions of business, dietetics and education.

Aaron is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Tuyen Tran, MD, MBA

Associate Chief of Staff, Virtual Care/Telehealth Services
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Owner and CEO
2nd Chance Clinic
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Tran emigrated to the United States in 1976 and became a naturalized citizen.

Dr. Tran attended the University of Missouri–Kansas City’s six-year program (combined undergraduate and medical school) where he earned a BS in Biology/Chemistry and an MD degree. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
While moonlighting in the local Emergency Departments, one of the hospitals asked him to be their Medical Director. After a few years, he recognized the need to acquire managerial and economic skills so he went back to school and earned an MBA at Regis University. And since he wanted to take care of the entire patient, Dr. Tran completed an internal medicine resdiency at the University of Kentucky. He completed a fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality at UK/VA in Lexington. He is board certified in Addiction Medicine, addressing the opioid epidemic which has plagued our society. Additional training of note included the KMA Kentucky Physician Leadership Institute, the VA Leadership Institute, and Black Belt certification for Lean Manufacturing.

He began working as an emergency physician and hospitalist, progressed to become assistant Chief of Medicine, then Medical Director of the Endoscopy suite, before assuming his current position. Dr. Tran's duties are to improve the institution’s mortality, hospital readmissions, physician productivity and efficiency, hospital flow, and Telehealth program. The Lexington VAMC moved from a 2-star hospital rating to a 5-star, and is only one of 11 VA hospitals out of 150+ facilities nationwide to achieve a 5-star rating.

He also enjoys teaching the UK residents and medical students who rotate to the VA for their clinical electives. Since 2009, He has served as the physician member of UK’s IRB (Institutional Review Board, a panel that insures the safety of human subjects in research) and the vice-chair of the VA’s IRB. In March of 2017, Dr. Tran was detailed for three months to Montgomery, Alabama, to serve as the Chief of Staff for two VA Medical Facilities.

He opened 2nd Chance Clinic in 2012 to treat opioid use disorder.

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Marietta Watts

Executive Diversity Liaison
University of Kentucky Office of Institutional Diversity
Lexington, Kentucky

Marietta served fifteen years as is a senior training specialist and performance consultant at the University of Kentucky before her new position leading the Unconscious Bias Initiative for UK which touches all members of the UK community. Faculty, staff and students participate in workshops and presentations designed to mitigate unconscious thoughts that impact the ultimate goal of maintaining a culture where every individual is recognized and valued.

She also provides invigorating programs in leadership development, team effectiveness, diversity, and personal and professional development. Her inspiring facilitation style helps clients and participants to maintain enthusiasm and to effectively apply their learning to meet the personal and practical challenges they face every day.

Marietta is also the creator and facilitator for UK’s outstanding Humanity Academy.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Marietta is a graduate of the Paul Brown Business School and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is a certified mediator and facilitator and is certified in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Crucial Confrontations, QAT Facilitation Train-the-Trainer, QPR Suicide Prevention, and many other business and professional programs.

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Nicole Windsor, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, CERP

PhD Student, Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Windsor earned a BS in Business Administration and Management and an MPT from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. She earned a DPT from the University of Kansas in Manhattan, Kansas. She is currently a doctoral student at University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences in the PhD Rehabilitation Sciences program.

Her research investigates the role of Physical Therapy, chronic pain, opioid dependence, and multidisciplinary collaboration to assist patients in reducing the use of opioids.

She currently serves as a staff physical therapist in the UK Orofacial Pain Clinic working with patients suffering from chronic neck pain, headaches, and TMD and at the UK Polk Dalton clinic working with the opioid-addicted patients participating in the Chronic Opioid Analgesic Therapy (COAT) program.

Most recently, Nicole owned Cornerstone Physical Therapy, LLC., in the Kansas City metro area, an outpatient physical therapy private practice that focused on manual therapy, orthopedics, and sports medicine. She also served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Saint Mary in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

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Melissa Zook, MD

London Women's Care
London, Kentucky

Dr. Zook earned an MD from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hersey, Pennsylvania, and then completed a Family Medicine residency at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina.

She is board certified in Family Medicine and is a board certified HIV Specialist.

Dr. Zook enjoys practicing medicine as a Family Practice Physician that includes caring for the entire family from birth to geriatrics. She has a special interest in managing care and treatment for Hepatitis C and HIV patients. Dr. Zook is also a provider within her practice's Opioid Addiction Program.

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