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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 Pausche| 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.

Melissa McMahon, RN | Clinical Research Coordinator and Prescreener

Melissa joined us in 2011 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She has over 20  years of experience as a nurse, having worked in a variety of medical settings including: Adolescent Group Home,  Asthma-Allergy Clinic, Case Management, Home Health, Substance Abuse and Psychiatric in-house settings. Melissa served proudly in the United States Navy for 6 years.

Brett Gellers, MS, EdS, CCRP | 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. In addition to being a CRC, he provides operations management to the clinical team.

Sujeeta Dhakhwa, BSN, 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.

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.

 

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, and those suffering from Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Insomnia.

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.

Leticia Goodwin, BSN, RN / Clinical Research Coordinator

Leticia "Tish" Goodwin joined CNS Healthcare in 2016 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Tish's nursing experience includes pediatric and adult populations in both acute inpatient and outpatient settings. She brings to the team over 30 years of diverse nursing experience including mental health, cardiology, nephrology, oncology, telemetry, trauma, tracheostomy, diabetes, family relations and staff development. Tish received her Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and is 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 in both  outpatient and inpatient healthcare facilities.

Sandeep Jandir, MBBS | Clinical Research Coordinator

Sandeep is a foreign trained physician who completed her training at Government Medical College in Punjab, India and Stetson University and is working to complete an internal medicine residency in the United States. She has a special interest in 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 joined CNS Healthcare in 2016 as Clinical Research Assistant and in 2017 was promoted to Clinical Research Coordinator.

Niketa Kamble, MBBS | Clinical Research Coordinator

Niketa joined the team in 2017 as a Research Assistant, and was quickly promoted to a CRC position. She graduated from Medical School at Topiwata National Medical College in Mumbai, India, and completed an internship at BYI Nair Charitable Hospital. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Marthi. She brings experience in working with adolescent and adult patient populations with a wide range of medical conditions.

Erin N. Schulte, BS, CCRC | Clinical Research Coordinator

Erin earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Kent State University and is also a Certified Personal Trainer. Prior to joining CNS Healthcare, she worked as a research coordinator with a Phase I - IV research site. Her experience is diverse, having worked with adolescents and adults in a variety of therapeutic areas. Erin joined the team in 2019.

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.

Wednesday Smith, BS | Research Assistant

Wednesday is a graduate of University of North Florida and holds a Bachelors Degree in Biomedical Science. She has experience working in laboratory settings with both biological samples and human subjects. She joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2017.

Emir Hadziavdic, BA | Research Assistant

Emir holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology from University of North Florida. Prior to joining the team in 2018, Emir worked as a Case Manager and Residential Counselor. Emir will work to support EDC at our site.

Jordan Ellett, BS, EMT | Research Assistant

Jordan Ellett joined CNS Healthcare in 2019 an a Research Assistant. Jordan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences. She completed a post-graduate certificate in Health IT and Informatics and is a registered and licensed Emergency Medical Technician. She has experience working in a laboratory setting and as a veterinary technician.

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.

Brandon Williams, BS | Intake Specialist

Brandon joined our team in 2018, as Intake Specialist. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry from Saint Leo University. He comes to us with experience in customer service. 

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, BA |  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.