Primary Care Medical Providers

Ronald L Berry

Ronald L Berry MD

Ronald Berry, MD, is board certified in family practice and has been a member of the Student Health Care Center since 1989. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Florida in 1979 and his doctor of medicine from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 1982. Dr. Berry completed his residency in family practice in Pensacola in 1985. He is an assistant professor in the department of Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Clinical Interests:
  • Preventive health care
Michael D Bumbach

Michael D Bumbach PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, RN


Dr. Bumbach teaches both undergraduate and graduate nursing courses, concentrating in the DNP program as the FNP Track Coordinator. He is a board certified FNP, with 15 years of clinical practice. Within his teaching assignment he has studied the use of technology within nursing education and patient use. Examples include: a nurse triage virtual reality communication application, the use of video assessment for physical examination, the use of simulation for palliative care nursing education, and a scoping review of augmented reality applications for patient education/health literacy.


Dr. Bumbach’s research focus includes the use of advanced technology related to nursing education and patient education/health literacy. Specifically, his focus is on the use of virtual experiences, including augmented reality and virtual reality (VR). The use of virtual experience methodologies is increasing in nursing education, patient care, and patient health education/literacy. Evidence-based research aimed at evaluating the utility and benefit of these virtual experiences is essential as the sophistication and use of innovative virtual experiences increases.


As the disciplines of nursing and nursing education evolve, the use of virtual experiences is emerging as a major tool for nursing education. Current technology has advanced the functionality of virtual experiences, increasing its ability to enhance traditional nursing education. However, there is scant research testing the utility and efficacy of virtual experiences in nursing education; Dr. Bumbach aims to fill that knowledge gap by identifying how best to enrich traditional nursing educational methodology through meaningful virtual experiences.

Bryce C Catarelli

Bryce C Catarelli DNP, APRN, FNP-C


Dr. Catarelli is a clinical assistant professor whose primary teaching responsibilities involve working with undergraduate students in both the clinical and didactic setting. She is passionate about research and the use of evidence-based practice in improving patient outcomes and providing excellent patient care to children and adults. Throughout her career as an RN and family nurse practitioner, she has worked closely with RN and APRN students by developing residency programs and serving in preceptor roles in the hospital and outpatient clinic setting.


Dr. Catarelli has experience working in the pharmaceutical research arena as a sub-investigator, in addition to her strong background of implementing quality improvement and evidence-based practice projects in the clinical setting. She is actively working on exploring best practice approaches to teaching research and evidence-based practice to undergraduate students in the classroom.


Dr. Catarelli is involved with local nursing organizations and service organizations, such as Junior League of Gainesville.

Heather L Dempsey

Heather L Dempsey PA-C

My name is Heather Dempsey, and I am a primary care provider at the University of Florida Student Health Care Center. I attended UF, where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. I earned my Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2014 at UF and have been a licensed and practicing Physician Assistant for the last 9 years in the state of Florida. I have previously worked in Orthopaedics with experience in sports medicine, acute orthopeadic care as well as adult reconstruction surgery.

As a Double Gator, I am extremely excited to serve the UF community to help optimize student’s academic and personal success.

I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, including traveling and participating in and going to sporting events. I have served as a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters for the past year and a half and I enjoy giving back to the youth of Gainesville.

Kirsty Freshwater

Kirsty Freshwater APRN

Kirsty Freshwater joined the UF Student Health Care Center in 2016. She has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of North Florida and a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida. She has worked full-time as a family nurse practitioner in rural healthcare settings and family practice offices and has enjoyed the opportunity to work with a variety of patients at all stages of the lifespan. Kirsty is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Abigail Gabriel

Abigail Gabriel DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC

Abigail Gabriel joined the UF Student Health Care Center in 2007. She is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas Tech University. With her desire to work in health care she pursued her career in nursing receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). She has worked in a variety of settings in nursing including adult medical and surgical floor, pediatrics and neonatal intensive care units. She has worked full time as a nurse practitioner in rural health and private practice. She has found working in the College Health setting to be her favorite and greatest passion in her professional career.

Ann M Grooms

Ann M Grooms MD

Ann Grooms, MD, is board certified in pediatrics and a charter member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine. After completing her fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, Dr. Grooms became an instructor at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in the Pediatric Hem-Onc division. Following this, she practiced and consulted in pediatrics and hematology-oncology in California and North Carolina, and was a clinical assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Grooms joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1978 and became a charter member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine. She served as a team physician for the University Athletic Association for more than 30 years. She is currently an assistant professor in the department of community health and family medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Her primary focus now is eating disorders, anxiety and depression, women’s health issues and transgender care.

Clinical Interests:
  • Eating disorders – resources
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Preventive health care
Susan Jimenez Nesbit

Susan Jimenez Nesbit APRN

I received my BSN from the University of Missouri in 1987. In 1992 I received my MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the same university. As a nurse, I worked in the MICU, medical/surgical floor, and home healthcare. As a Nurse Practitioner, I have worked in an orthopedic clinic and a women’s healthcare clinic. I came to the Student Healthcare Clinic in 2007.

Ashley Kairalla

Ashley Kairalla DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Ashley Kairalla cares for the students attending the University of Florida at the Student Health Care Center for any acute or chronic health concern.


She volunteers as needed for Interfaith Hospitality Network families.


She received her BSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MSN from the University of Florida, and her DNP from University of Arkansas.

Candace K Malinosky

Candace K Malinosky DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Candace Kuphal joined the UF Student Health Center in 2019. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the Medical College of Georgia – Augusta University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Florida. She has experience as a FNP in primary care and retail health after years of work in numerous hospital areas and administration as a Registered Nurse (RN). Candace is passionate about teaching and utilizing a preventative, wholistic approach with her patients and students.

Eileen F Lauzardo

Eileen F Lauzardo MD

Dr. Eileen F. Lauzardo is board-certified in Family Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Drew University in Madison, N.J., where she majored in Zoology and minored in Spanish. She then proceeded to the University of Florida College of Medicine, graduating in 1991. Dr. Lauzardo completed her internship and residency in Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. Prior to joining the SHCC, she worked in private practice primary care. She was one of the owners of Gainesville Family Physicians, where she had special interest in women’s health, performing various gynecologic procedures for the ten provider group.

After eight years in private practice, Dr. Lauzardo began working in primary care with the Florida Department of Health, a position she held for the next eight years. She joined the staff of the University of Florida Student Health Care Center in 2014, working initially at the Shands satellite clinic where duties included occupational medicine and worker’s compensation, along with primary care.

Clinical Interests:
  • Influenza vaccine
  • Vaccines (immunizations)
  • Weight loss – unintentional
  • Weight loss and age
Gretchen R Lochridge

Gretchen R Lochridge APRN

Gretchen R. Lochridge is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgia State University and her Master’s in Nursing from Florida Gulf Coast University. Before joining the UF Student Health Care Center, she was privileged to work at Student Health Services in Fort Myers at Florida Gulf Coast University. She has a passion for preventative and holistic healthcare.

Asim Merchant

Asim Merchant MD, CAQSM

Asim Merchant, M.D., is board-certified in family medicine and primary care sports medicine physician. He joined University of Florida Health in August 2016 and currently serves as the team physician for University Athletic Association. He completed his family medicine residency at Rutgers University and a sports medicine fellowship at State University of New York in Buffalo. 

He is passionate about sports medicine and medical treatment regarding sports injuries.  Dr. Merchant has written articles for Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, AMSSM and numerous presentations to different organizations. Dr. Merchant served as director of the Concussion Management Clinic for Riverhead High School developing and implementing a concussion management policy.  He is also an active member of “Doctors of Tomorrow” a group to mentor high school students who have a strong desire to become a physician. 

His areas of interest include resident education, sports medicine, concussion management and medical education

Clinical Interests:
  • Sports Injuries in Young Children
Jihane Naous

Jihane Naous MD

Dr. Jihane Naous is a Family Medicine specialist with a concentration in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and Health. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. She has worked in both academic and clinical pathways, including experience working in multiple student health centers, in a sexual health center, and treating eating disorders within a multidisciplinary team. Dr. Naous also has an interest in Balint groups.

Her areas of expertise and research interests are in primary care, adolescent health, sexual health, eating disorders, and medical education.

Clinical Interests:
  • Adolescent development
  • Eating disorders – resources
Amanda N Prine

Amanda N Prine PA-C

My name is Amanda Prine, and I am a primary care provider at the University of Florida Student Health Care Center. I grew up in the Tampa Bay Area and attended UF, where I earned my bachelor’s with honors in applied physiology and kinesiology with a specialization in athletic training. I earned a master’s degree in physician assistant studies in 2012 at UF and have been a licensed and practicing physician assistant for the last 10 years in the state of Florida. In addition, I have been a certified athletic trainer since 2008 and continue to keep my certification active.

My career has been focused on emergency medicine, in which I worked during my time at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and at UF Health. I also have experience in non-operative sports medicine, orthopedic surgery, urgent care and primary care.

I enjoy outdoor activities with my husband and five children, including hiking, camping, traveling and water sports. I have served as a local 4-H club leader for the last 6 years, helping provide youth with community and mentorship opportunities. I am also a guest lecturer with the UF School of PA Studies and volunteer as a lab instructor for their advanced procedure labs.

Kristy B Smith

Kristy B Smith MD

Dr. Smith attended University of Florida where she was accepted into the Junior Honors Medical Program. She graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Biomedical Sciences at the completion of her first year of medical school. She then graduated Cum Laude with Research Honors and was accepted into AOA honors society at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She was honored to be selected into the Chapman Humanism Society during medical school. Throughout medical school, she volunteered at Equal Access Clinic and served as treasurer. She has been on multiple foreign medical trips and volunteers at different medical outreach sites in the Gainesville community. She also enjoyed participating on the medical admissions committee for the UF college of medicine. Teaching medical students and patients are among her favorite aspects of medicine.

Clinical Interests:
  • Women’s health
Sandra Topp

Sandra Topp APRN

Sandra Topp joined the UF Student Health Care Center in 2020. She is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sandra has experience working as a Nurse Practitioner in a variety of settings including rural health, urgent care, and family practice.

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