Jacksonville Clinical Research

Since 2000, CNS Healthcare has been a leader in clinical research in the Jacksonville area.

Research Team

We are the premier clinical research organization serving North Florida and South Georgia. Our team has over 40 years of combined clinical research experience.

Jerlita Asunto | Front Office Manager

Jerlita Asunto joined CNS Healthcare in 2016 as the front office manager.  She comes to us with 8 years of experience working at one of the largest inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in the country.  Jerlita’s role as the Patient Services Manager for Food & Nutrition included managing operations, serving as a departmental liaison with nursing, therapy and hospital administration, as well as conducting education for patients and hospital staff.  Jerlita has her Associate degree and is currently working on completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration at the University of North Florida.

Danielle Wilkinson, MA | Intake Coordinator

Danielle has worked in the medical field since 2013 and is a certified Medical Assistant. Prior to joining CNS Healthcare, Danielle managed the administrative team at a chiropractic office. She currently manages all patient recruitment activities at our Jacksonville location.

Melissa McMahon, RN | Clinical Research Coordinator and Prescreener

Melissa joined us in 2011 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She has over 15 years of experience as a Nurse, having worked in a variety of medical settings including Case Management, Home Healthcare, Psychiatry, Alzheimer's/Dementia, Cardiac Care, and Allergies, to name just a few. She also served in the US Navy for 13 years.

Andjela Collins, MA, LMHC | Clinical Research Coordinator

Andjela Collins is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has over 11 years of experience in the mental health field. Andjela has worked with inpatient and outpatient populations of all ages and has expertise in the following areas: depression, schizophrenia, substance use disorders, ADHD, PTSD, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. Andjela joined CNS in March 2014 and is one of our Clinical Research Coordinators.

Belinda Johnston, MEd, BSN, RN | Clinical Research Coordinator

Belinda joined CNS Healthcare in 2015 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She is a Registered Nurse and received her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of North Florida. She has worked in a variety of healthcare settings and has a diverse skill set. Her areas of expertise include acute care of adolescent psychiatric patients in an in-patient setting, pediatric medical emergency patients, and medical management of children and adolescents with chronic diseases. In addition, Belinda has a Master's Level Degree in education and has taught classes at a local college, developed and facilitated continuing education courses and corporate training courses, and has been a classroom teacher for a local school district.

Brett Gellers, MS, EdS | Clinical Research Coordinator & Clinical Operations Manager

Brett joined CNS Healthcare in 2012 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. He has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida and is a graduate of the Master of Science/Education Specialist program in Mental Health Counseling at the Florida State University. His clinical experience is diverse and includes experience with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and substance use disorders.

Kaylie Conlin, LPN | Clinical Research Coordinator

Kaylie joined us in 2015 with 6 years of experience working in the Jacksonville area with pediatrics, adolescents, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She also has over 3 years of experience working with at-risk youth and with adults with PTSD, substance abuse/dependence disorders and other mental health diagnoses.

Lauren Tomlinson, BA, CCRP | Clinical Research Coordinator

Lauren is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator and has been working in the field of research since 1997. She brings to us nearly a decade of expertise working with Alzheimer's disease and Dementia patients at a world renowned clinic. Lauren also has over four years of experience as a social worker with diverse groups of people.

Leigh Anne Whitaker, RN | Clinical Research Coordinator

Leigh Anne is a Registered Nurse with over 10 years of experience working with pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. In addition to her extensive experience in psychiatry, she has also worked at several large medical/surgical hospitals and gained nursing skills in pre/post operative care, urology, emergency care, critical care, oncology, dialysis, cardiovascular, neurological and diabetes care. She also was the Director of Nursing at a large skilled nursing facility prior to joining us in 2008.

Letitia "Tish" Goodwin, RN | Clinical Research Coordinator

Leticia “Tish” Goodwin is a Registered Nurse and graduate of Purdue University. She joined CNS Healthcare in 2016 as a Clinical Research Coordinator, and brings over 30 years of solid experience and education in a variety of settings. Her experience includes caring for the pediatric\population in both acute inpatient settings and outpatient clinics. Additionally, she has extensive knowledge in child and adolescent mental health, care of medical/surgical pediatric patients, including cardiac surgery, kidney transplants, oncology patients, telemetry, trauma, tracheostomy care, diabetes management, family relations and staff development. Tish is also fluent in Spanish.

Melissa Pohle, RN | Clinical Research Coordinator

Melissa is a Registered Nurse and works with CNS Healthcare as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She joined us in 2006 and has over 15 years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse, assisting patients with mental health needs on both an outpatient and inpatient basis.

Sujeeta Dhakhwa, RN | Clinical Research Coordinator & Staff Development Manager

Sujeeta joined CNS Healthcare in 2013 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She is a Registered Nurse and received her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of North Florida. She has worked in a variety of healthcare settings and has a diverse skill set. Her areas of expertise include experience in clinical care management for adolescent & adult patients with medical/surgical diagnosis and conditions: preoperative and postoperative care for kidney transplant patients, orthopedics, trauma, neurology, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, cardiothoracic, and obstetric surgeries. Management of care in patients requiring telemetry monitoring, diabetes management, dialysis, respiratory, psychiatric issues, oncology/hospice care, wound/ostomy care, pain management, and infectious disease care.

Domonique Holloway | Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Domonique joined CNS Healthcare in 2010. She manages all aspects of the lab including phlebotomy, ECGs and vital signs. She is IATA certified and ensures the lab is managed within the regulated guidelines.

Laura Antonelli, BS | Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Laura joined us in 2015 as an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator. She graduated from Washington College with a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience and was a member of Psi Chi International in Psychology after earning a top 35% class ranking. Laura completed a research project on biological mechanisms by observing neurological functioning, and another project on behavioral and neurochemicals by studying drug efficacy in reducing anxiety.

Sandeep Jandir, MBBS | Clinical Research Assistant

Sandeep joined CNS Healthcare in 2016 as Clinical Research Assistant. She is a Medical Graduate from Government Medical College Punjab, India. She has worked in the healthcare field since graduating from high school in 2002 and became a student of medicine. She majored in Integrative Health Sciences and Biology at Stetson University. Her area of expertise is SPM (Social Preventive Medicine) and is a published author focusing on adolescent reproductive and sexual health as well as surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases. She has completed her Rotatory Internship in various specialties for Permanent Registration as a physician at the Medical Council of India, 2011-2012. She is ECFMG Certified and currently working on Medical Board Certifications for Residency in Internal Medicine.

Jamilla Sanders | Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist

Jamilla joined CNS Healthcare in 2015. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings. She manages all aspects of the lab including phlebotomy, ECGs and vital signs. She is IATA certified and ensures the lab is managed within the regulated guidelines.

Nancy Walton | Regulatory/QA Specialist

Nancy joined our team in 2014, as our Regulatory/QA Specialist. She comes to us with over 15 years of experience as a Medical Assistant. Nancy provides continuous quality oversight of regulatory compliance and data collection.

Ashley Rich |  Director of Community Relations

Ashley joined the team in 2013 as the Director of Community Relations. She received a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of North Florida and has 10 years’ experience in marketing in the mental health community. Prior to joining CNS, Ashley worked as a Marketing Manager for a psychiatric inpatient hospital. Ashley collaborates with organizations, health centers, and physician offices to promote patient research opportunities at CNS Healthcare. She oversees all community relations for the Jacksonville Clinic.

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