Joachim Stefan Gravenstein, MD, the first chair of the University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology, established the Anesthesiology Alumni Association of Florida, Inc., in 1984. To stay current and relevant the organization was renamed in 2020 to the Anesthesiology Society, Inc. We are a 501(c3) organization.
Our aim is to promote programs that further anesthesia education and research and we support education and research activities of the faculty, residents, and fellows in the UF Department of Anesthesiology and of those who have graduated from our Anesthesiology Residency Program.
The mission of the Anesthesiology Society is to bring UF Anesthesiology Alumni and friends together to network, socialize, and share current trends in anesthesiology, as well as to support the education, research, and clinical mission of the UF Department of Anesthesiology.
MEET THE TEAM
Amanda Frantz, MD
Dr. Frantz studied biology and chemistry after deciding to pursue medicine as an undergraduate at UF, an institution that offers support and countless opportunities to those finding their way through their undergraduate studies. When applying for an Adult Critical Care Medicine training position, Dr. Frantz knew immediately after her interview that she was coming back to UF for her fellowship.
The familial work environment and world-renowned Critical Care Medicine Division were the driving forces in her return to Gainesville. Academic medicine keeps Dr. Frantz on her toes. The students and residents are eager to learn and are excited to provide excellent patient care. Being surrounded by forward-thinking people who want to change medicine for the better makes UF stand out among other academic programs, as does the collegial and positive atmosphere.
Dr. Frantz is motivated by her coworkers to be a better physician. Gainesville has grown in the past decade, and after living in larger cities, she enjoys Gainesville’s cost of living, community feel, and all of the opportunities for outdoor activities.
Joyce Myers, MBA
Ms. Myers studied business administration as an undergraduate and earned her MBA from Everest University. She has been with the University of Florida for 20 years, and with the Department of Anesthesiology for 7 years. In her current role, she manages a team of administrative staff that support the day-to-day activities of more than 94 faculty across our education, research, and clinical missions. All of this requires a well-developed understanding of organizational policies and processes.
Ms. Myers’ expertise in faculty promotion and tenure, research administration, and university reporting systems is necessary to provide optimal outcomes important to the department’s success. As an academic administrator, she continuously examines work flow and procedures to improve the department’s support capabilities, resolves issues that impede progress, determines improvement opportunities, and ensures that the department is accountable for results. Ms. Myers has a passion for quality of life and serving others. She cares about the people in her organization and enjoys being a part of responding to their needs and ideas.
Karen Horowitz, MBA
Administrative Assistant Director
Mrs. Horowitz studied Health Services as an undergraduate at Florida Atlantic University and earned her master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Strayer University. She has been with the UF Department of Anesthesiology for close to 10 years and began as an Administrative Assistant III, providing support for the department’s Chair, Former Chair, Administrator, Associate Chair for Clinical Services, and Administrative Director. In that position, Mrs. Horowitz was responsible for completing a range of highly detailed documentation and coordination for travel and events, including Continuing Medical Education workshops and national conferences. She was also involved in numerous department projects such as annual faculty evaluations and marketing courses, as well as representing the department at various functions.
Mrs. Horowitz currently serves as an Administrative Specialist with a focus on professional development, a position in which she creates and delivers professional development trainings and events designed to improve teaching and learning. She collaborates with numerous offices in the department to coordinate all visiting professors, initiate faculty evaluations, and ensure timely IT updates and additions. She also works with the department faculty recruiter to help onboard new faculty and operate and maintain the divisional budget.
Mrs. Horowitz is highly skilled in the various technologies needed to ensure that the department runs smoothly and to support its world-renowned faculty. In addition, she has several years of experience in providing Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Education Units not only to physicians and anesthesia assistants, but also to nurses and certified registered nurse anesthetists.
R. Corey Astrom, ELS
Assistant Director of Communications
Ms. Astrom has over 20 years of experience in the publishing and editing industry and is a board-certified editor of the life sciences through the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences. She has been with the University of Florida for 8 years, and with the Department of Anesthesiology for 7 years. In her current role, Ms. Astrom serves as the Manager of the Communications and Publishing Office, which is responsible for carrying out all of the functions related to the department’s internal and external communications, as well as moving all research papers through the manuscript process to publication. Her team also publishes the department newsletter and disseminates information through various media channels, including two websites, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account. She and her team market and promote the Department of Anesthesiology and its clinical, educational, and research missions.
Ms. Astrom serves as an expert resource on editorial, publishing, and communication issues and strives to educate all members of the department in best practices related to these areas. She earned her Bachelor’s in English from Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, and is a member of various professional societies, including the Council of Science Editors and ACES: The Society for Editing. Ms. Astrom is passionate about communicating with others and lifelong learning.
Christina Hendricks, MA
Assistant Director of Marketing
Ms. Hendricks studied Film and Television Production as an undergraduate at Palm Beach Atlantic University and worked close to 10 years in television news as a photojournalist in Orlando before completing her Master of Arts in Mass Communication at the University of Florida.
After falling in love with Gainesville and the University of Florida, Ms. Hendricks decided to stay, and began working for the Department of Anesthesiology in 2017 as their Web Designer. In addition to running the department’s websites, she manages the department’s social media accounts, works to promote and market the department and its clinical, educational, and research missions, designs print and digital promotional materials, creates figures and images for research publications, and is the department’s photographer and videographer.
Ms. Hendricks is passionate about design and endeavors to create materials that efficiently and effectively communicate the appropriate message and are beautiful as well.
Amy Gunnett, RN, CCRC
Mrs. Gunnett is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator and the Research Manager for the UF Department of Anesthesiology. In her role, she manages the Anesthesiology Research Operations (ARO) office, a team that supports the day-to-day research activities of more than 94 faculty. Mrs. Gunnett is responsible for insuring compliance with research and nursing standards and practices, developing protocols, regulatory management for investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored protocols, developing and implementing standard operating procedures, direct patient care in clinical trials, and collaborating with the research staff to provide the best service for the department’s research faculty.
Prior to this role, Mrs. Gunnett worked under the University of Florida’s Department of Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition for 15 years as a regulatory coordinator and a certified nurse research coordinator, primarily focusing on coordinating industry-sponsored trials. She received her nursing degree through Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL; is certified through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals and is an active member in her local chapter; serves as the Co-Chair for the local pilot chapter of International Association of Clinical Research Nurses; and is the registry manager for the North American Malignant Hyperthermia Registry with the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States, which she helped to relocate to the University of Florida.
Mrs. Noel is an Administrative Specialist for the Pain Medicine and Research Divisions in the UF Department of Anesthesiology. In her current role, Mrs. Noel supports seven faculty and the Ambulatory Care Unit Manager in those two divisions with their travel itineraries, supply purchasing, grant submission support, and research volunteer coordination, among a host of other duties. She also serves on several committees in the department, bringing her special skill set to work on important issues.
Mrs.Noel earned her bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology, a BAS in Organizational Management, and is currently pursuing an MBA. She has worked as a Biological Scientist, developing novel antibodies for various research initiatives.
Mrs. Noel’s scientific background brings a unique perspective to providing efficient administrative support to the Pain Medicine and Research Divisions and she is a valuable member of the team. She maintains an enthusiastic demeanor and approaches each day with optimism and grace.