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Orlando Clinical Research

Since 1996 CNS Healthcare has been a leader in clinical research in Orlando.

Research Team

Our Orlando location opened it's doors in 1996 and has conducted hundreds of clinical trials which have led to the approval of many new medications.

Letitia Griffin, RN, BSN | Director of Client Services

Letitia is a Registered Nurse with more than 20 years of experience in psychiatric and medical/surgical nursing as well as 15 years of management experience in acute care hospitals.  She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and long-term care facilities. Letitia also assisted with the management of clinical trials on inpatient units. She joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2010 and oversees the pre-study assessment process at the clinic as well as lab and front office services.

Rebecca Klipper, RN, BSN | Director of Project Management

Rebecca "Beckie" is a Registered Nurse with a background in Gerontology. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix in 2015.  Previous to joining the CNS Healthcare team she spent five years as an Assistant Director of Nursing at a healthcare facility which specialized in caring for geriatric and aging populations.  

Brad Littlejohn, MA, SPM, CCRC | Senior Project Manager/Rater/Staff Development Manager

Brad is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received his degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2000. Brad has experience working in the psychiatric/mental health field in both hospital and outpatient settings with children, adolescents and adults.  He joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2008.

Julia Salmon, MSW, LCSW | Senior Projection Manager/Rater

Julia attended Eckerd College, where she received her BA in Psychology and then went on to receive a Master's in Social Work -- Mental Health and Military and Veteran Services from University of Southern California. Prior to joining CNS Healthcare as a Clinical Research Coordinator, Julia worked in various capacities at local behavioral health facilities, including Program Services Manager, CRS Licensed Therapist, Lead Emergency Evaluator, Supportive Services Case Manager for Veteran Families.

Ashley Westerfeld, MSW | Senior Projection Manager/Rater

Ashley joined the CNS Healthcare team in January 2022 as a Senior Project Manager and Rater. She holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Ashley brings with her many years of experience in the Clinical Research field including her work as a Clinical Site Manager and Clinical Research Coordinator.

Chelsea Wills, CNA | Project Manager

Chelsea joined the team in 2018 with prior experience as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant and has worked as a Research Assistant on over 50 clinical trials in phase II-IV with pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations. 

Nelisa Frias, BA | Project Manager

Nelisa joined the team at CNS Healthcare in 2018 with prior experience as an assistant Clinical Research Coordinator and healthcare administration. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Complementary and Alternative Health Medicine from Ashford University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. 

William "Lewis" Lewis, BS | Clinical Research Coordinator

Lewis joined the team in 2017 as an Intake Specialist. He holds a BS in Psychology from the University of South Florida. He brings experience as a Lead Mental Health Technician at a major Central Florida behavioral health facility. Lewis offers support to our sites in managing central advertising campaign referrals.

Gabriela Castro Reyes, BSN | Clinical Research Coordinator

Gabriela joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2022 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Interamerican University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Gabriela brings many years of working in a clinical setting to her role at CNS and is currently working towards her Registered Nurse License.

Charles Johnson, CNA | Lead Clinical Research Coordinator

Charles joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2022 as a Lead Clinical Research Coordinator. He brings several skills to his role which includes being a certified EMT and a certified Nursing Assistant. Prior to his role at CNS, Charles worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in Central Florida and has also earned an Associates degree in Emergency Medical Services and an Associates of Applied Sciences in Business Management.

Dante Canidate, MS | Research Assistant

Dante holds a Master of Science in Health Administration from Capella University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management from Daytona State College. He is a Certified Nursing Assistant and Basic Life Support Certified. He previously worked at an assisted living and rehabilitation center, was a Lab Technician with a private practice and a Phlebotomist with a major hospital. Dante is a member of the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians. He became part of the CNS Healthcare team in 2018.

Denise Pagan, BS | Research Assistant

Denise has over diverse experience in the medical field including 5 years as Medical Assistant, front and back duties, in a medical family practice and 3 years of Clinical Assisting/Mental Health Technician in an adult mental health facility. Additionally, Denise has over 24 years of experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Martha Hendrix | Research Assistant

Martha joined the CNS Healthcare team in October 2019 as a Research Assistant. She has experience as a Clinical Research Coordinator and a Rater for over 68 clinical trials in phase II-IV in pediatric, adolescents, adults and geriatrics. Martha’s clinical trials diagnoses include alopecia, bipolar disorder, depressive disorders, diabetes, fibromyalgia, migraine, and many more. 

Nnaemeka Ude, BS | Research Assistant

Nnaemeka joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2021 as a Research Assistant. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Central Florida. Along with bringing many years of clinical experience to his role, Nnaemeka has worked as a primary technician for the last few years and was also a crucial part in vaccine research in Central Florida.

Virna Dela Cruz-Acosta, MD | Research Assistant

Virna joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2021 as a Research Assistant. She holds a Doctor of Medicine Degree and has worked as a Medical Assistant for the past few years in the Orlando area. Virna brings several years of experience working with patients, in a clinical laboratory setting, and in clinical research which will all be essential to her role at CNS.

Alyson Miranda, BS | Research Assistant

Alyson joined the CNS Healthcare team in March 2021 as a Research Assistant. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Alyson has experience as a Research Assistant for over 105 clinical trials in phase II-IV in pediatric, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. 

Yuen Ming "Tiffany" Lo, BS | Research Assistant

Tiffany joined the CNS Healthcare team in October 2021 as a Research Assistant. Prior to her role at CNS, she worked as an Executive Administrator and also received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Central Florida in 2015. Tiffany has experience as a Research Assistant for over 105 clinical trials in phase II-IV in pediatric, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics.

Kaylie Sanchez | Research Assistant

Kaylie joined the CNS Healthcare team in October 2021 as a Research Assistant. She is currently working towards her Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Central Florida. Kaylie brings several years of experience in the healthcare field to her role at CNS and also has experience as a Research Assistant for over 105 clinical trials in phase II-IV in pediatric, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics.

Dylan Scott, BS | Clinical Research Assistant

Dylan joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2021 as an Intake Specialist. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from University of Central Florida. Dylan brings with him experience as a Pharmacy Technician, Administrative Assistant as well as skills in customer service and basic laboratory practices. 

Kandyce Downs, RN, BSN | Regulatory/QA Specialist

Kandyce joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2022 as a Regulatory/QA Specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Forensic Science from Western Carolina University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Medical University of South Carolina. She has a diverse nursing background including, Women's Health, Medical Surgical, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Mental Health, and Gerentology. Her skills and experience in forensic testing and quality assurance roles make her a strong addition to the team. Additionally, Kandyce holds the following certifications/licenses: ACLS, BLS, ELNEC, NIH Stroke, StaRN Residency, Opioid Epidemic & SBIRT Training MUSC (ACCME). 

Joe Cochran, MBA | Intake Specialist

Joe joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2021 as an Intake Specialist. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Webster University and brings several years of customer service to his role at CNS. Prior to advancing his education, Joe has served in the United States army, traveling around the globe since 1999.

Daena Senatus, MS | Intake Coordinator

Daena joined the CNS Healthcare team in May 2022 as an Intake Coordinator. She holds a Masters of Science in Medical Physiology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Daena brings many skills to her role at CNS including past work as a Research Assistant and Clinical Assistant throughout Florida and Georgia. 

Malcolm Jackson, AS | Receptionist

Malcolm brings a strong background in public service along with a strong work ethic to the front office at CNS Healthcare. He received an Associate of Science in Biotechnology Laboratory Services from Valencia College and is a Certified Biotechnology Specialist. He was also a member of the Junior Reserves Officers Training Corps (JROTC).

Tiffany Ohr | Receptionist

Tiffany joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2021 as a Receptionist. She brings over 16 years of customer service to her role while previously working at a veterinary hospital and law offices. Tiffany has also ranked #3 in the top 10 for the Southern Region for the Whole Kids foundation fundraiser. 

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