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H. Teresa Cain

Ms. H. Teresa Cain is the Program Assistant for Evaluation and Accreditation within the School of Physician Assistant Studies. She is responsible for set up and maintenance of evaluation data and grades. She processes all of the evaluation information that pertains to the School including evaluation of instructors, students, clinical sites and preceptors. She has been with the University of Florida for 15 years, initially as a student employee in 1990 and now as an IT specialist. Prior to joining the staff at the School of PA Studies, she held positions in the Data Processing and Information Services departments at University Physicians/FGPA, Department of Sponsored Research, Housing and Nanoscience Institute for Medical and Engineering Technology.

Ms. Cain is a native to Gainesville and her hobbies include quilting, gardening, fishing, boating, GATOR gymnastics meets, football and baseball games.



Melinda CantonMelinda

Ms. Melinda Canton joined the School of Physician Assistant Studies staff in 2013, serving as the Program Assistant for Admissions. She processes all incoming applications, transcript evaluations, admissions correspondence, website maintenance, and provides office and clerical support. She answers applicant questions and coordinates the scheduling of selected applicants for interviews.

Ms. Canton graduated from Baylor University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree as a Communication Specialist, focusing on areas of leadership, management, and organizational communication, along with studies in mass media production and development.

Ms. Canton is a native Texan, but loves Gainesville and has called it home since Summer 2010.  Melinda‚Äôs interests include spending time with her family and friends, church activities, playing and enjoying music, reading, watching movies, and travel.


Peggy J. Cissna

Ms. Peggy Cissna has been on the School of Physician Assistant Studies staff since 1995 where she has risen to the position of Office Manager. Her main duties in the School involve creating and maintaining the rotation schedule for the clinical year as well as supervising and evaluating staff, handling personnel paperwork, and overseeing the fiscal activities of the Program.

She serves as the main administrative contact for the School of Physician Assistant Studies.

Ms. Cissna’s hobbies and interests include stained glass and home remodeling, and she has designed and created many works of art to bear witness to her talent, including the stained glass PA logo that hangs at the entrance to the School’s office; and also appears on this website under “School Description.”

Ms. Cissna holds a three-year diploma in voice and piano from Baptist College of Florida.

Rhonda R. Douglas

Ms. Rhonda Douglas joined the School of Physician Assistant Studies staff in July 2005. She is currently a Program Assistant. She performs a host of tasks including: processing all credentialing requests for graduates, prepares a variety of forms and materials for students, maintains School files and student records, and assists in Clinical Day activities for the clinical year class.

Ms. Douglas has been with the University of Florida for 15 years. She began her work at the University in 1997 at the Student Health Care Center.  Prior to serving in the School of Physician Assistant Studies, she worked in the Dean of Students Office and the Greek Life Department.

As first point of contact, Ms. Douglas establishes an atmosphere of warmth and support for potential applicants and students in the School.

She enjoys pleasant times with family/ friends, occasional traveling, and hanging out at the beach.


Keri Stone


Ms. Keri Stone is the Program Assistant for the Academic Year within the School of Physician Assistant Studies.