Physician Assistant Faculty and Staff - Keiser University
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PA Department Faculty and Staff

Name Title Credentials
Dr. Christine Kessler Program Director D.Ed., MMS, PA-C
Dr. Manuel Porth Medical Director MD
Renee Levy-LeBeau Assistant Director / Academic Director MMS, PA-C
Annette Sophin Clinical Director MSMM, PA-C
Christina Hejja Clinical Coordinator MMS, PA-C
Dr. Karen Scotti Full Time Faculty DC, MBA
Dr Raju Sadal Full Time Faculty DMS, PA-C
Rebecca McLaughlin Full Time Faculty MA, MMS, PA-C
Carolina Dickson Full Time Faculty MPAS, PA-C
Dr. Thomas Panavelil Adjunct Faculty PhD
Dr. Charles Powell Adjunct Faculty PhD
Dr. Boris Djokic Adjunct Faculty PhD
Nieves Garcia Administrative Assistant to the Program Director BA
Tiffany De Maria Data Manager N/A
Nikki Sawyer Admissions Manager MAHR

Dr. Christine Kessler

Dr. Christine Kessler D.Ed., M.M.S, PA-C is the Program Director of the Physician Assistant program.  She has a Doctorate in Adult Education from The Pennsylvania State University, a Masters in Medical Science (a Physician Assistant masters degree), a Bachelor in Physician Assistant from St. Francis University.  She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed by the State of Florida. Her duties include a variety of tasks, including the assurance of program assessment for the purposes of program improvement.  She is experienced in teaching a variety of topics pertinent to physician assistant education using case-based and student-centered learning and teaching methods, as well as a traditional lecture format. As a recipient of a master teacher, distinguished teaching award, she has promoted a safe learning environment which promotes student engagement.  Her clinical experience includes working in a variety of primary care and internal medicine settings.

Renee Levy-LeBeau, MMS, PA-C

Professor Levy-LeBeau is the Assistant Program Director and Academic Director. Professor Levy-LeBeau joined Keiser University Physician Assistant Program in December 2014 as Principle faculty. In September 2015 she was appointed to Academic Director. In October 2017 she was appointed to Assistant Program Director. Raised in Davie, FL she attended Nova Southeastern University for her undergraduate work as well as Physician Assistant training. She has a Master’s Degree in Medical Science. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctorate of Health Science. She is a National Health Service Corp Scholar. She has practiced primarily in Correctional Medicine for six years with the Michigan Department of Correction. In addition, she has experience working in a Ryan White title III program at which time she held certification as a HIV Specialist with the American Academy of HIV Medicine. She has experience in Infectious Disease, Pediatrics and Pain Management.

Annette Sophin, MSMM, PA-C

Professor Sophin joined the Keiser Physician Assistant Program as Clinical Director in September 2013. She previously served as Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator at Nova Southeastern University PA Program from 1995-2000. She completed a Surgical Fellowship from Montefiore PA Surgical Training Program. Professor Sophin has several years of clinical experience in New York and in Florida. Through her work as a Clinical Specialist, she developed important relationships in the local medical community. She is deeply committed to clinical site development and the education of PA students.

Christina Hejja, MPH, PA-C

Professor Hejja is from Fort Lauderdale, FL. She attended Nova Southeastern University for her undergraduate work as well as Physician Assistant training. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health. She has four years of experience working in Urology, three years working in Cosmetic Medicine, and three years working in Orthopedic Hand Surgery. Professor Hejja has been an Instructor at the Physician Assistant Program since March 2012. She teaches Physical Diagnosis I and III, Introduction to the PA Profession, and Medical & Legal Ethics. Professor Hejja also teaches the Certification Review Course for the second year students in preparation for the PANCE, and Clinical Medicine which includes areas such as: HEENT, Musculoskeletal, Geriatrics, and Surgery.

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Jessica Kircher

Going to Keiser University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. All of my deans, professors, and staff made me feel that I was a part of something very special, and I am. I would recommend for anyone to get their education at Keiser University.

Belinda Haney

The two instructors that have impacted my life are Mr. Williams and Mrs. Percy. Both of them believed in my ability to become a great graphic designer, regardless of how I felt about my skills. I appreciate their motivation to get me to where I am today.

Justin Pugh

Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.

Ryan Bushey

If not for my education at Keiser I probably would not be where I am today, in both life and career. It is because of going to Keiser and the instructors I had that I joined a club started by Mr. Williams, The Lakeland Shooters Photography Group, which allowed me to venture into an amazing and very creative field that I use to enhance all aspects of my life.

Anthony Sassano

The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.

Ty Fitzgerald

The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.

Jackson Tejada

Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…

Dale Caverly

Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!

Meisha Ebanks, R.N.

I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.

Nidia Barrios

I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.

Carlos Ramirez Flores

Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose.  The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.

Connie Sue Centrella

It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University.  Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors.  The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.

Annelise Merriner, PA-C

Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made.  The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly.  The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.

Dedrick Saxon

I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you.  I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.

Natalie Dou

After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education.  Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.

Laurie Williams

Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I had been going to another school before, I dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.

Nadege Dor

My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.

Marla Hadley

The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.

Vivian R. Howard, BA in Business Administration Graduate

I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.

Gustavo Gonzalez, Nuclear Medicine Technology Graduate