Faculty

Amy Bucciarelli

Amy Bucciarelli, MS, ATR-BC, LMHC

Amy Bucciarelli is a lecturer with the University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine in the College of Arts and a clinical Art Therapist practicing in Pediatrics with the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine Program. Amy supports the Center for Arts in Medicine through research efforts and lecturing about the arts therapies and arts in medicine. Amy is also a lecturer for the UF Innovation Academy.

Amy received a BA in Religious Studies from Stetson University and a MS in Art Therapy from Florida State University. Her experience includes clinical work utilizing art therapy and spirituality in populations with substance abuse issues, eating disorders, psychiatric diagnoses, and behavioral issues. She has a particular focus in child and adolescent mental health care. Amy comes to the The College of Arts after working as a program administrator and grant writer for the University of Florida Streetlight Program, a palliative care program for adolescents and young adults. She has published works and presented at national conferences on topics such as: art therapy assessments, mandalas in art therapy, the therapeutic use of hand papermaking, and the integration of arts therapies in arts in health programs.

Amy is a member of the American Art Therapy Association and the Society for Arts in Healthcare. She sits on the Executive Board for the Florida Art Therapy Association (FATA). She is a Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Amy is a committee member of UF SEA Change, which is dedicated to integrating science, engineering, and the arts as a way to promote innovative ideas and enhance the campus intellectual environment through research, teaching, and service.


Camilo Reina Munoz

Camilo Reina Munoz, Program Assistant, B.A.S.

Camilo works with the Center for Arts in Medicine as the program assistant and also serves as coordinator for 352Creates. He handles a wide variety of center tasks which include scheduling, communications, expense reporting, project assistance and research assistance. He earned his A.A. in Business Administration at Santa Fe College and will be graduating with his B.A.S. in Organizational Management in Spring 2016. As a musician, he holds the field of arts in medicine in high regard and works hard to advance the mission of the Center. Should you have any questions about the Center or wish to get in touch with any of the faculty or staff, he can help you connect with the right person.


Gavin Clayton

Gavin Clayton, Adjunct Lecturer

Gavin brings a wealth of experience to the Arts in Medicine program as one of the founders of England’s National Alliance for the Arts, Health and Wellbeing. His background includes directing a mental health charity called Arts & Minds in Cambridge, and he contributed to the International Journal for Arts and Health. He was also awarded a Nesta Fellowship in Arts and Health by the Clore Leadership Programme for his exploration of the arts and their impact on sub-Saharan African development.


Lewis Ferdinand

Ferdinand Lewis, PhD, MFA, BFA

Dr. Lewis is an award-winning lecturer in the College of Design and Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UF. His research and academic interests include civic engagement, qualitative methods, urban design, and quality of life and the built environment. He is a published author, journalist, and produced a documentary entitled Art Works: The Community Arts Partnership released in 2002. Dr. Ferdinand has been an active consultant and research in the field for nearly 20 years, developing curriculum and contributing his expertise to a variety of community projects involving the performing arts.


Dylan Klempner

Dylan Klempner, Artist In Residence

Dylan Klempner is an artist in residence at UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine for the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida.

Dylan received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College, an MFA in creative nonfiction at Goucher College, and a BS in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College. A published poet and journalist, Dylan writes for publication about the importance of art and creativity in everyday life.

Dylan is a member of the Arts & Health Alliance. He guest lectures and presents at national conferences about creativity for health and well-being, writing in healthcare settings, and collaborations between artists and art therapists. His articles and artist profiles have appeared in magazines and newspapers across America. He co-edits the literary e-zine BraidedBrook.com along with Russ Beck.


Jenny Lee

Jenny Lee, MA, BC-DMT, CCLS

Jenny is a Lecturer and Faculty Fellow with University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine in the The College of Arts. She served the Center as Research Coordinator for Arts in Healthcare for Rural Communities in the Fall 2011. She’s also a member of the UF Academy of Research Excellence.

Ms. Lee’s expertise includes multidisciplinary practice, teaching, program implementation, and administration in the arts in healthcare in clinical and community settings. Her life work is dedicated to exploring the capacity of the arts, and more broadly the creative process, to impact the health of people of all ages and abilities. She is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and Child Life Specialist with 12 years of professional experience. Ms. Lee is an active member and consultant with the Global Alliance for the Arts in Healthcare and belongs to the American Dance Therapy Association and the Child Life Council. Delighting in establishing a meeting place for practice and theory, Ms. Lee is thrilled to serve as faculty at the University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine.


Jill Sonke

Jill Sonke, MA

Jill Sonke is director of the Center for the Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida (UF) and Assistant Director of UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine. She serves on the faculty of the UF Center for Arts in Medicine, and is an affiliated faculty member in the School of Theatre & Dance, the Center for African Studies, and the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. Jill is also an Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow in the UF Warrington College of Business, a The College of Arts Teaching Fellow, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Arts & Health Alliance.

Jill studied dance at Interlochen Arts Academy, the Florida State University, in London, Paris and Athens with teachers of the Horton and Duncan techniques including Bella Lewitsky, Lynda Davis, Milton Meyers, Joy Kellman, Lori Belilove, Julia Levine and Hortense Koluris. She has been a principle dancer and soloist with Lori Belilove & Company in New York and a guest performer and choreographer with Dance Alive! and Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theatre. She is a soloist and regisseur of the historic works of Isadora Duncan as well as a recognized teacher of the Duncan and Horton techniques. Jill holds an MA in Human Services from the University of Illinois.

With over 20 years of experience and leadership in arts in medicine, Jill is active in research, curriculum and program development, international cultural exchange, and is a past president of the Arts & Health Alliance. Her current research focuses on dance and Parkinson’s disease, the impact of arts programming on medical-surgical care and nursing retention, and the effect of music on cost and quality of care in emergency medicine. Jill is the recipient of a New Forms Florida Fellowship Award, a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Award, an Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, a UF Internationalizing the Curriculum Award, a UF Most Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award, and over ninety grants for her programs and research at the University of Florida.


Heather Spooner

Heather Spooner, MA, ATR-BC

Heather Spooner is an artist, art therapist and arts in medicine advocate with nearly 15 years’ experience in the arts and health field. Heather has applied the arts to health in a variety of settings including medical art therapy, museum education, community outreach, and residential substance abuse. Prior to joining the Center for Arts in Medicine, Heather taught art therapy at the undergraduate level and spearheaded the formation of a statewide arts and health organization, Arts for Health Florida. Heather joined the University of Florida in July 2014 as an Assistant Scholar and instructor in the Center’s graduate programs. Heather works in a dual capacity with the Center for Arts in Medicine and the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center. With the VA, Heather works as an art therapist in the Rural Veterans’ Tele-rehabilitation Program, providing telehealth-based art therapy services to veterans in rural communities. Heather is a frequent speaker on topics related to arts and health whose recent presentations include the relationship of neuroscience and the arts, the arts in pediatric healthcare and how to unify various arts and health professionals.


Judy Rollins

Judy Rollins, PhD, RN

The University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine is excited to have Dr. Judy Rollins as an adjunct instructor for the online arts in medicine and public health program. She brings 30 years of arts and healthcare experience in research, consulting, program development, and education.

Dr. Rollins is a registered nurse with a BFA in the visual arts, an MS in child development and family studies, a PhD in health and community studies, and a Certificate in Evaluation Practice from The Evaluators’ Institute, George Washington University, Washington, DC. She has developed programming for adults, children, families, and healthcare staff in hospitals, hospice care, and the community. Among the local arts programs she has developed are Allies in the Arts for Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, ART is the heART for children and families in hospice care, and Studio G, an artists–in-residence program in pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital.

She is adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine with a secondary appointment in the Department Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. Author of over 100 publications, Dr. Rollins is editor for Pediatric Nursing and North America regional editor for the Society for the Arts in Healthcare’s Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice. She was awarded the 2011 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for her book, Therapeutic Activities for Children and Teens Coping with Health Issues.

Dr. Rollins is the recipient of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care Research Award, Johnson & Johnson/Society for the Arts in Healthcare Partnership to Promote Arts and Healing Award, National Science Foundation Scholarship, and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership Travel Award. A long time officer and board member of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, she currently serves as an Ambassador, and in spring 2011 was among the first group of recipients of the Society’s Distinguished Fellow awards. She currently serves as President of Rollins & Associates, Inc., her own consulting firm that helps healthcare facilities implement arts in medicine programs.


Carla J. Harvey

Carla J. Harvey, AIA, LEED AP

Carla Harvey is an adjunct instructor with the University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine online graduate program. She is also an architect and construction project manager for UF Health Shands Hospital.

Carla is a registered architect in the state of Florida, with Bachelor of Design and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Florida. Her professional career has maintained a focus in health care design and architecture, with experience in multiple facets of hospital planning and design. Prior to joining the facilities development group at Shands Hospital, she worked as a project architect for various health care facilities throughout the state of Florida. Her experience ranges from conceptual space planning to detailed construction documentation and administration. This experience has led to a solid foundation of both design concepts/theories and the built environment, and their impact on patient care and experience. She is interested in the development of space and its unique impact on individual experience for all those who participate in a health and wellness environment. The physical environment plays a critical, though sometimes understated, role in the realm of the healing process.


Ellie K. Sommer

Ellie K. Sommer

Eleanor (Ellie) K. Sommer joined the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program in 1994, and served as a writer in residence through 2001 and as a volunteer artist through 2009. She is a freelance writer and editor with a comprehensive background in publishing. Her work in arts in medicine focuses on the roles of writing and storytelling as part of the healing process.

As writer in residence, Ellie facilitated the Bedtime StoryTellers & Listeners program for pediatric oncology patients and encouraged adult patients in writing projects through the Status One program on the cardiac transplant unit. In 1997, she organized the second AIM Symposium that brought together artists and health practitioners from around the country for a three-day, hands-on workshop that offered the basics for creating and sustaining arts programs in hospital or clinic settings. She also co-directed the development of the Arts in Medicine program at Alachua General Hospital in 1998. She divided her time between Shands at AHG and Shands at UF until 2001 when she become the editorial director for the Center for Applications of Psychological Type.

In 2014, Ellie graduated from the University of Florida with a master’s of science (MS) in Interdisciplinary Ecology, with a focus on communications and climate change. She is interested in environmental education and restorative natural settings, which provide additional ways to introduce patients and caregivers to opportunities for creative experiences that may enhance health and well-being.


Gail K. Ellison

Gail K. Ellison, PhD

As Writer-in-Residence with UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine from 1994-2008, Gail facilitated writing by patients and staff. Some of her creative efforts are documented in Sadler and Ridenour’s Transforming the Healthcare Experience Through the Arts. Gail is an adjunct faculty member in the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine and has also severed as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Florida College of Medicine where she taught the Reflective Writing Elective for medical students. She is co-author of Elgin Park: Visual Memories of Midcentury America at 1/24th Scale (Animal Media, 2015). Her life-long involvement in music led to forming the UF & Shands Singers; she is currently employed as a staff singer.


Tina Mullen

Tina Mullen

Tina Mullen received her B.A. from Fort Lewis College in Durango Colorado. After working as the director’s assistant for the Cleveland Institutes of Art’s foreign studies program in Lacoste, France, she returned to study at the University of Florida where she obtained her M.F.A. in drawing. She has been involved with Shands Arts in Medicine since its inception and is now the program’s director. Tina also works as the interior designer for Shands and purchases art for the corporate collection.

Other, perhaps less serious but equally formative endeavors include: taxicab driver, wrangler, farmer, ski lift operator, leather tooler, orchid illustrator and “salad girl.” Ms. Mullen is also a working artist who has exhibited her work throughout the United States. She has received numerous awards including the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs.

She is a Society for the Arts in Healthcare Consultant and a member of the Arts in Healthcare Advocates think tank.

To view Tina’s studio work visit www.tinamullen.com.


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