Centers, Professional Programs & Pharmacy Practices

Community Health and Family Medicine

John Gums

John Gums Pharm.D., FCCP

Associate Dean For Clinical And Administrative Affairs; Professor
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100484
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
PO Box 100484
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Dr. Gums is the interim dean of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. He also serves as a Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine in the Departments of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research and Community Health and Family Medicine at UF and holds the title of Associate Dean for Clinical and Administrative Affairs in the UF College of Pharmacy. Gums received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Gums joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1985, and is actively involved in teaching in the colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine. He has received the Faculty Recognition Award from the College of Pharmacy and twice was selected as Teacher of the Year by the University of Florida, Department of Family Medicine.

Jason Powell

Jason Powell Pharm.D., BCACP

Clinical Assistant Professor
Mailing Address:
PO BOX 100486
PHARMACOTHERAPY & TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH
GAINESVILLE FL 326100486

Dr. Jason Powell, a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist, was born and raised in Gainesville FL, with well-established roots within the Gainesville community. From a young age he has spent many fall Saturdays in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium along with countless other UF sporting events. He was able to spend his undergraduate years at UF marching in the drumline for the Pride of The Sunshine Gator Marching Band. After graduating from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Dr. Powell completed his residency with the UF College of Pharmacy specializing in anticoagulation, diabetes, hypertension, other chronic disease state management and academia. Starting in 2012, Dr. Powell began precepting 4th year pharmacy students completing their ambulatory care practice experience, while teaching within the working professional PharmD program precepting registered pharmacist seeking their Doctor of Pharmacy degree. In 2013, Dr. Powell was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor with UF College of Pharmacy and was able to maintain his clinical practice site at UFHealth Family Medicine Eastside. In 2016, Dr. Powell was jointly appointment by the Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine to become the clinical faculty pharmacist at both Family Medicine -Main st. and Eastside. With this appointment, Dr. Powell acted as clinical preceptor to the college of pharmacy fellowship program and managing editor for the college of pharmacy’s publication, Pharmanote. In 2019, he took on the additional role as the clinical preceptor to the PGY1 community pharmacy residency program. Dr. Powell continues to be active in research and scholarly works with a major focus on ambulatory care practice and newly approved medications. He continues to increase his teaching roles within the college of pharmacy while serving as the academic advisor for Doctor of Pharmacy students.

Steven M Smith

Steven M Smith Pharm.D., M.P.H., FCCP

Assistant Professor, Associate Director Of CICMD
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100496
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1225 CENTER DR
HPNP BLDG
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Steven Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, with a joint appointment in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine (College of Medicine). He also serves as Associate Director for the UF Center for Integrative Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases.

He received his PharmD degree from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. He then completed a PGY-1 residency at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System in Gainesville, FL. After his residency, Dr. Smith completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Family Medicine during which time he participated in the Advanced Postgraduate Program in Clinical Investigation (APPCI) and concurrently completed the requirements for a Master of Public Health. Dr. Smith joined the faculty at the University of Colorado in 2011. He returned to the University of Florida in 2014.

Dr. Smith’s research is in the area of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy and hypertension and is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology. He also serves in several leadership roles nationally, including on the Examination Committee for the American Society of Hypertension Specialists’ Program (ASHSP) Certified Hypertension Clinician program, in several initiatives through the American Heart Association Hypertension Council, on the Board of Directors for the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control, and as a founding member of the CDC’s National Hypertension Control Roundtable.

Dr. Smith also co-directs the UF Family Medicine Pharmacy Fellowship (see link below).

Continuing Pharmacy Education

Kristin Wiisanen

Kristin Wiisanen Pharm.D., FAPhA, FCCP

Clinical Professor And Associate Dean For Entrepreneurial Programs; Associate Director Of The UF Health Precision Medicine Program; Director Of The Graduate Program In Precision Medicine
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100486
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
HPNP BUILDING 212
HPNP BUILDING 212
101 S. NEWELL DRIVE
GAINESVILLE FL 326100001

Kristin Wiisanen received her PharmD from the University of Florida in 1998 and completed residency training at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Wiisanen is a Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Entrepreneurial Programs in the UF College of Pharmacy. She is Associate Director of the University of Florida Health (UF Health) Precision Medicine Program and Director of the Graduate Program in Precision Medicine. Dr. Wiisanen leads clinical and educational efforts for pharmacogenomics in the UF Health Precision Medicine Program and serves as Residency Program Director for an accredited postgraduate Clinical Pharmacogenetics Residency and Director of the Clinical Fellowship in Pharmacogenomics program. She is Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Today for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), a fellow of APhA and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and a University of Florida Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow.

Center for Quality Medication Management

Gainesville CQM

Tracy E Leonard

Tracy E Leonard R.Ph., BCPP, BCACP, CDCES, CPh

Clinical Lecturer
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100486
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Tracy Leonard, received her B.S. from the University of Florida in 1991. She earned her Board Certification as an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) in 2011 and her Board Certification as a Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) in 2018. She was an IPPE & APPE preceptor while Pharmacy Manager at Winn Dixie Pharmacy and is currently an APPE preceptor at the College of Pharmacy Center for Quality Medication Management (CQM). She has been a Career Coach since 2014. She has experience in community and closed door pharmacies, as well as consultant pharmacy.

She is a lifelong learner and enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets.

Office of Experiential Programs

Carolynn Komanski

Carolynn Komanski Ph.D.

Assistant Director Of Experiential Programs
Mailing Address:
PO BOX 112099
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Physical Address:
720 SW 2ND AVE STE 220
1225 Center Drive
Gainesville FL 32610

Dr. Carolynn Nath Komanski is the Assistant Director for Experiential Programs at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Komanski graduated from the University of South Florida with her bachelor’s degree, M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University and Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Dr. Komanski comes back to the University of Florida from St. Thomas University with over 15 years of administrative experience in addition to having more than 14 years of teaching and research in higher education.

Dr. Komanski is an award winning thought leader, presenter, and author who has focused on university trends, inclusive environments, compliance issues, leadership, ethics, program development, global considerations. She has delivered workshops and presentations sessions nationally and internationally.

Janel Soucie

Janel Soucie Pharm.D.

Instructional Assistant Professor And Regional Coordinator Orlando
Mailing Address:
6550 SANGER RD
ORLANDO FL 32827
Physical Address:
6550 SANGER RD
ORLANDO FL 32827

Dr. Soucie received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, following which she completed a Primary Care Pharmacy Residency at Florida Hospital Celebration Health. Since that time, she has practiced in a variety of settings, including as a staff pharmacist in both the inpatient and community pharmacy settings, and, primarily, in the area of ambulatory care which is her current area of clinical practice. She served as Adjunct Clinical Faculty for the University of Florida College of Pharmacy for many years before joining the college in 2016 in her current position. In addition to her role as an Orlando Regional Coordinator for the University of Florida College of Pharmacy Office of Experiential Programs (OEP), she serves as the OEP Disability Resource Center (DRC) Liaison for experiential accommodations.

Lisa Vandervoort

Lisa Vandervoort Pharm.D.

Instructional Assistant Professor And Regional Coordinator Orlando
Mailing Address:
6550 SANGER RD
UF, COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
ORLANDO FL 328277445
Physical Address:
6550 SANGER RD
ORLANDO FL 32827

Lisa Vandervoort received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 1995 and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in 1996. She spent 10 years as the Clinical Specialist in Infectious Disease/Internal Medicine at Orlando Regional Medical Center. She joined the faculty at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy Orlando Campus in 2007. Through coordinating the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) Readiness course, the Hospital Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (HIPPE) course, and 2PD Skills Lab for the Orlando campus, as well as her work as a Regional Coordinator for the Office of Experiential Programs, Dr Vandervoort’s focus is on preparing students for pharmacy practice. Her interests include APPE Readiness, Professional Identity Formation, and Infectious Disease.

Carinda J Feild

Carinda J Feild Pharm.D.

Assistant Director, Lead Regional Coordinator, Clinical Associate Professor
Mailing Address:
9200 113TH ST PH 105
SEMINOLE FL 33772
Physical Address:
4 221
GAINESVILLE FL 32611

Dr. Feild earned her Pharm.D. degree from the University of Florida in 1989. She then completed an ASHP accredited two-year residency with emphasis in critical care at the University of Kentucky and a two-year critical care fellowship at the University of Kentucky’s Drug Product Evaluation Unit. She joined UF College of Pharmacy faculty in 2010 as a Clinical Associate Professor and previously served as Assistant Dean and Campus director for the St Pete Campus. She currently serves as Assistant Director for the Office of Experiential Programs.

Prior to taking this position, she worked at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center / University of Maryland Medical Center for seven years. For the last four of those years she served as the critical care research section manager and a clinical research pharmacist. For the 10 years prior she worked as a clinical pharmacy specialist in critical care caring for surgical, cardiothoracic, and trauma patients and teaching pharmacy students at Boston University Medical Center, Orlando Regional Healthcare System where she also served as the Clinical Coordinator, and Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center where she was also involved in research. She has been an Assistant Professor with the University of Florida’s Working Professional Pharm.D Program since 1997. She started as an Orlando site facilitator and has also served as the regional director, a course coordinator and advisor, a pharmaceutical care project reviewer, and currently works on special projects. She was awarded the Air Force Clinical Research Award for work done at Keesler in 2001 and she was the Spring 2007 recipient of the Faculty Service Award for the WPPD program.

Office of Student Affairs

Shauna Buring

Shauna Buring Pharm.D.

Associate Dean For Professional Education; Clinical Associate Professor
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100495
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1225 CENTER DR
HPNP 4319
GAINESVILLE FL 326103007

Shauna Buring, Pharm.D., assumed the leadership role as associate dean for student affairs in May 2016, and in July 2018, she moved into her current position as Associate Dean for Professional Education.

Buring joined UF following 14 years at the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, her alma mater. She most recently served as associate dean for professional education and assessment where she helped UC secure an eight-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. In addition, she has led many curricular improvements, including the development of new pharmacy practice skills lab courses and a teaching certificate program for first-year pharmacy residents in the Cincinnati area. Prior to her work at UC, Buring was an assistant professor at Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy.

With the appointment, Buring returned to Florida where she started her professional pharmacy career as a staff pharmacist at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers from 1991-94. Additionally, she completed a drug information specialty residency at Shands Hospital in Gainesville in 1997.

Teresa Cavanaugh

Teresa Cavanaugh Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, FASHP

Assistant Dean For Student Affairs; Clinical Associate Professor
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100484
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1225 CENTER DR
HPNP G234
GAINESVILLE FL 326103007

Teresa Cavanaugh received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 2006. Upon graduation, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at The University Hospital in Cincinnati, which solidified her interest in practice-based research with transplant patients. She then completed a two-year fellowship in health outcomes research with a focus on liver transplantation. During her fellowship, she received board certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist, and a Master of Science degree in pharmacy administration with an emphasis on health outcomes research. Dr. Cavanaugh joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 2009. Her practice site was an ambulatory liver transplant clinic. Dr. Cavanaugh was actively involved in both the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists where she served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Commission on Affiliate Relations and with the Ohio Society of Health-System Services where she served two terms as division director for Organizational Affairs and was elected president in 2014. In 2016, Dr. Cavanaugh became introductory pharmacy practice experiences coordinator and the co-curricular activities coordinator. She was promoted to clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice in August 2017. Her current research interests involve student mental health and identifying characteristics that lead to success in pharmacy school.