Division of Allied Health

Division Office and Administration

Division Office
West Campus, Building 2-208

Dean: Marie Vasquez-Brooks, B.S., M.Ed.

Happenings Around The Division


Novembr 2016



Valencia College Respiratory Care Students

Four students from the Valencia College Respiratory Care Class of 2016 placed fifth out of twenty-four nationally recognized teams at the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Congress in San Antonio, Texas this past October. The team prepared for the competition by organizing study groups, preparing flashcards and reviewing online resources. Their dedication and professionalism at the competition did not go unnoticed by many.


(L-R) Simon Taylor, Michelle Williams, Diana Mora, Carlos Mangual

Florida Respiratory Care Practitioners Team Places 1st

The Florida Respiratory Care Practitioner team placed 1st at the AARC Congress in San Antonio, Texas this past October. This is the first time that Florida has ever won this nationally recognized competition. Special congratulations to James Deckman (Respiratory Care Supervisor at Morton Plant Hospital), Gina Ricard (Program Director for Respiratory Care at Hillsborough Community College), Sharon Shenton (Program Chair for the BS Program in Cardiopulmonary Sciences at Valencia College) and Bob Lamme (Seminar Faculty for Kettering National Seminars).


(L-R) James Deckman, Gina Ricard, Sharon Shenton, Bob Lamme




July 8, 2016

On Friday July 8th several of our Allied Health faculty were given recognition for their valuable years of service to Valencia.


service awards

From left to right:

Tiffany Baggs 5
Pam Sandy 25
Bobbie Sartor 15
Susan Gosnell 5
Carolyn Deleo 1
Brian Bowersox 10
Penny Conners Dean of Alllied Health


July 5th, 2016

Two of our Dental Hygiene faculty were awarded Endowed Chairs for learning leadership.

Robin Poole, Professor, Dental Hygiene
Wayne Densch Chair in Geriatrics

Service Learning and A Community Project for Dental Hygiene Students

This project will give students the opportunity to participate in a service learning project at their annual American Dental Hygienists Association meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. Each year at this symposium, students and hygienists are given the opportunity to participate in community outreach. This activity may include dental health screenings, fluoride varnish application, sealant application and/or oral health education. Through these numerous activities, the students have the opportunity to help fulfill a community need by reaching out to populations in need of care. Our students at Valencia do numerous community and service learning projects throughout their dental hygiene education. This project with the American Dental Hygienists Association will include Robin and six students. These students will be selected through a leaning activity in the fall term.

Pamela Sandy, Professor, Dental Hygiene
Ira Vinson Henderson Chair in Nursing and Allied Health

Enhancing Professional Development in Dental Hygiene Students

Students will prepare an oral/visual presentation to be presented to a four-person faculty/dean committee for selection to attend the American Dental Hygienist's Association (ADHA) Annual Session in Jacksonville in June 2017, where they will compete nationally in the table clinic presentations to dental professionals. Additional students will be selected to attend the conference based upon individual interest in attending as demonstrated by submission of a brief essay. Students will attend workshops on career alternatives, a student mega issue forum, exhibits and other events geared toward students and improving their understanding of membership in a professional association.


October 28th, 2015

Five students from Valencia College's Respiratory Care program have been named 2015 Siemens Technical Scholars. Read more here.


October 5th, 2015

21 Valencia dental hygiene students attended the Florida Dental Hygiene Association (FDHA) from Thursday, October 1st through Sunday, October 4th, 2015. Dental Hygiene students Will Dallas and Melissa Guerra-Long won first place and the People's Choice award in the student table clinic competition.

Will Dallas Melissa Guerra-Long

Dental Hygiene students Ashley Hall and Alejandra Herandes tied for third place in the competition.

Ashley Hall Alejandra Hernandez


Pam Sandy, dental hygiene program chair, professor of dental hygiene and club advisor was recognized as a life member of DFHA. She and Professor Robin Poole served as delegates to the FDHA House of Delegates.

Twenty one Valencia dental hygiene students attended the symposium to participate in the table clinic competition, product exhibits, a student mega issues forum and other events on Saturday, October 3, 2015.

Dental Hygiene Volunteers


Febrary 7th, 2015

The Dental Hygiene students and faculty provided another very successful community service event through our sealant clinic for Children's Dental Health Month February 7th from 8 am to 1 pm. One hundred and ten children were provided dental sealants, oral hygiene instructions, and fluoride varnish in just over four hours. We treated children from age 1 to 16 years.

Dentall Hygiene Group


March 10th, 2014

2-year college program can bring bigger paycheck than bachelor's degree

After Meghann Carter graduates from college this summer, she could make $46,000 a year or more at her first job.

Good money for someone right out of school, it's even more impressive considering that Carter will have completed only a two-year degree at a community college

Read the rest of the story here

March 10th, 2014

Professor Dean Smith

Professor Dean Smith earns prestigious CHSE designation

Professor Smith from our Paramedic Program earned the title of Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) recently. This prestigious designation has only been obtained by 227 people in the United States. It takes several years to be eligible to sit for the exam along with a battery of other pre-requisite skills and knowledge that must be proven.

The benefit of the CHSE has tremendous value as it:

  • Improves healthcare simulation education through the identification of best practices and recognition of practice
  • Improves healthcare simulation education through providing standardization and a pool of knowledge of best practices
  • Strengthens patient safety efforts through support of simulation modalities
  • Provides external validation of individual educator knowledge, skills, and attitudes
  • Strengthens organizational, community, and learner confidence in the quality of education
  • Garners local support, resources, and commitment
  • Fosters a feedback loop between education and practice
  • Encourages performance improvement and knowledge expansion of the individual educator
  • Programs with certified simulation professionals receive a competitive edge in the community, program offerings, and grant funding
  • Recognizes expertise in simulation above and beyond domain expertise



October 4, 2013

Valencia Dental Hygiene Students Excel at State Competition Once Again!

Once again Valencia Dental Hygiene students have excelled! In the table clinic competition Valencia students were awarded second place and “People’s Choice” awards at the Florida Dental Hygiene Symposium held the weekend of October 4, 2013. In addition, students Jose Colon and Jessica Dekorver served as student delegates to the Florida Dental Hygienist Association House of Delegates along with Valencia faculty members Robin Poole, Pam Sandy, and Jennifer McCann.

Second year student, Olga Tuero, was the FIRST PLACE winner of the Pharmacology & Medical Emergencies Test Competition with the prize being a conference registration and two night hotel stay for the Medical Emergencies/Pharmacology conference on Amelia Island ( see certificate to the right.)

The Allied Health Division is very proud of the Dental Hygiene students  and  the professional manner in which they represented Valencia at the Florida Dental Hygiene Symposium state meeting.


July 30th, 2013

Congratulations to our newly hired faculty program chairs. Sharon Shenton has been named the chair of our Cardiopulmonary Science program. Kelli Lewis has been hired to chair our Health Information Technology program. Both programs will begin enrolling students in Spring of 2014.

July 10th, 2013

Our Allied Health programs collaborated with each other to produce an exciting day of interdisciplinary simulation. The project is ongoing and we are going to be conducting another joint effort on October 4th, 2013. Here is glimpse of what we have accomplished.


November 27th, 2012

Julie Kloft, professor of radiology, has written an article published in the November issue of Radiologic Science and Education. The results of her study, which included the participation of 37 radiography students, determined that “the use of personal response systems during lecture-based radiography courses increases student engagement.” Well done, Julie!

Radiologic Science

November 12th, 2012

Cardiovascular Technology Students attend TCT International Cardiology Conference in Miami. Cardiovascular Technology Professor Polly Keller selected by SICP as faculty presenter at the conference for the second year in a row.

Click here to read the full story.

Polly Kelller

June 26th, 2012

Florida RTs Reach Out to Bright Young Minds at HOSA Conference.

Valencia College students partnered with the AARC (American Association for Respiratory Care) to be part of the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Leadership Conference. Read more about our respiratory program's involvement here.

June 25th, 2012



Three faculty were recognized for their exceptional contributions to the division of Allied Health last week. Professor Lynn Capraun (Far Left) was honored with an Endowed Chair in Respiratory Care named after him. Julia Ribley (2nd from left) recently completed her 40th year of service to the institution. Likewise Professor Ray Taylor (far right) completed 21 years. Dean Penny Conners (2nd from right) proudly recognized each staff member for the invaluable service and contribution to the division of Allied Health.