The Board


The Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine plays a leading role in the ever-changing health care environment through dialogue with the public, the legislature, academia, and the community. The Board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Five members are licensed osteopathic physicians and two members are laypersons. Despite the expiration of their term, Board members continue to serve until they have been replaced.

Are you a current or new board member? Helpful resources and information pertinent to your position are available on the new Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) board member website.

If you are interested in becoming a board member, the site contains material that provides insight into the duties and responsibilities of the role. To view the site, please visit flhealthsource.gov/board-members.

Members of the Board

Joel B. Rose
DO
Chair
Tampa, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2018
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Anna Hayden
DO
Oakland Park, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Sandra Schwemmer
D.O., FACOEP-D, FACEP, FAAOE, LHRM
Tavernier, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2018
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Michelle Mendez
DO
Jacksonville, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2020
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Valerie Jackson
Consumer
Jupiter, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2016
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Alicja Janson
Consumer
Sarasota, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2019
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Bridget Bellingar
DO
Vice-Chair
Seminole, FL
Term Ends:
10/31/2019
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Organizational Structure of the Board

The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance serves as the principle administrative support unit for the board. The board is supported by a full-time professional staff based in Tallahassee, and its regulatory functions are funded in full by fees paid by its licensees. Board members are appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate. All board members serve four-year terms. Despite the expiration of their term, board members can continue to serve until they have been replaced. To learn more about becoming a member of the board, visit the Governor’s Appointments Office website or email appointments@eog.myflorida.com.

Board Councils & Committees

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Probable Cause Panels

These panels review investigations of complaints filed against licensees and determine whether the investigation materials reflect probable cause that the licensee violated regulatory requirements, including requirements relating to standards of care and misconduct. When probable cause is found, disciplinary action is initiated by the panels for final action by the full Board, after the licensee is afforded due process rights.  Board members rotate service on this panel.

Chair
James Andriole, DO (Panel 1)

Chair
Glenn Moran, DO (Panel 2)

Member(s)
All current Board members rotate serving on the panel

Council on Physician Assistants

The Council on Physician Assistants makes recommendations to the department on the licensure of physician assistants. It develops rules regulating the use of physician assistants by physicians and makes recommendations to the Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine regarding all matters relating to physician assistants. It addresses concerns and problems of practicing physician assistants in order to improve safety in the clinical practice of a licensed physician assistant.

Chair
Joel Rose, D.O.

Member(s)
Hector Vila, M.D., Vice Chair
James W. Orr, Jr., M.D.
Dayne Alonso, P.A.
Jorge Lopez, M.D.

Negative Drug Formulary

This committee reviews petitions for additions or deletions of drugs from the negative formulary (those drugs that may not be generically substituted by the pharmacist without the physician’s approval). The Board of Pharmacy and the Board of Medicine must both agree on any changes to this formulary.

Chair


Member(s)
3 MD members – TBD if needed
Pharmacy members & DO member

Anesthesiologist Assistant Joint Committee

This committee interviews license applicants whose prior history, including malpractice cases, raises questions of concern regarding the ability to practice with skill and safety, or questions about an Anesthesiology Assistant applicant’s performance in school or prior practice in other jurisdictions. This committee also makes recommendations for rule creation and/or changes relating to the regulation of this profession.

Chair
Hector Vila, M.D.

Member(s)
James W. Orr, Jr., M.D.
Brigette Goersch, Consumer member
Joel Rose, D.O.

Pharmacist Prescribing Joint Committee

Section 465.186, Florida Statutes establishes a joint committee of the Board of Medicine, Board of Osteopathic Medicine and the Board of Pharmacy to establish a formulary of drugs, which may be prescribed by a pharmacist. Each Board is required to adopt by rule drugs and dispensing procedures established or changed by this committee. Members are appointed as needed by the chairpersons for Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, and Pharmacy.

Chair


Member(s)
Joel B. Rose, DO
2 MD members – TBD if needed
Joshua Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph.

Telemedicine Subcommittee

This subcommittee was created to review and update the current Telemedicine rule which currently relates only to Internet prescribing.

Chair
James Orr Jr., M.D.

Member(s)
Sarvam TerKonda, M.D.
Nabil El Sanadi, M.D.
Onelia Lage, M.D.
Merle Stringer, M.D.
Enrique Ginzburg, M.D.
Ronald Burns, D.O.
Anna Hayden, D.O.
Joel B. Rose, D.O.

Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine’s Joint Committee on Medical Marijuana

This committee was tasked with developing a consent form so the law could be implemented and qualified physicians could begin complying with the requirements for issuing a physician certification to a qualified patient. The Committee would be working on specific provisions of SB8-A passed during the 2017 Special Legislative Session and related to the medical use of marijuana.

Chair
Steven P. Rosenberg, M.D.

Member(s)
Jorge Lopez, M.D.
Michelle Mendez, D.O.
Joel Rose, D.O.
Sandra Schwemmer, D.O.
Merle Stringer, M.D.
Sarvam TerKonda, M.D.

Physician Certification Pattern Review Panel

Section 381.986, Florida Statutes requires the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine to jointly create a physician certification pattern review panel that shall review all physician certifications submitted to the medical marijuana use registry. The panel shall track and report the number of physician certifications and the qualifying medical conditions, dosage, supply amount, and form of marijuana certified. The panel shall report the data both by individual qualified physician and in the aggregate, by county, and statewide. The physician certification pattern review panel shall, beginning January 1, 2018, submit an annual report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Chair
Sandra Schwemmer, D.O.

Member(s)
Jorge Lopez, M.D. Vice-Chair
Steven P. Rosenberg, M.D.
Michelle Mendez, D.O.
Joel Rose, D.O.
Sandra Schwemmer, D.O.
Sarvam TerKonda, M.D.
Board Staff

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Kama Monroe
Executive Director
Responsibilities: Responsibilities are administrative and include budget, legislation, and policy issues.
Carol Taylor
Program Operations Administrator
Responsibilities: Oversees the Osteopathic Medicine Licensure Processing Team, Board Agenda and Meeting Preparation, Personnel, and Policy Issues.
Email Board Staff
Christa Peace
Regulatory Specialist III
Responsibilities: Process Applications, Research Licensure Issues, Assist with the Preparation of Board Agendas and Administrative Duties.
Email Board Staff
Jacqueline Clahar-Anderson
Regulatory Specialist II
Responsibilities: Serves as Subject Matter Expert for profession. Responsible for the application and licensure process for Osteopathic Physician; Osteopathic Physician Limited License; Physician in Training Registration; Temporary Certificate to Practice in an Area of Critical Need, Osteopathic Medical Faculty Certificate, and Active Duty Military and Veterans Temporary Certificate to Practice in an Area of Critical Need applicants with last names beginning with R-Z. This includes the collection and inspection of all credentials, knowledge of laws and rules pertaining to the application and licensure process in Florida. Corresponds with the public, licensees and applicants telephonically and in writing.
Email Board Staff
Rose Burney
Regulatory Specialist II
Responsibilities: Responsible for the application and licensure process for Osteopathic Physician; Osteopathic Physician Limited License; Physician in Training Registration; Temporary Certificate to Practice in an Area of Critical Need, Osteopathic Medical Faculty Certificate, and Active Duty Military and Veterans Temporary Certificate to Practice in an Area of Critical Need applicants with last names beginning with I-Q. This includes the collection and inspection of all credentials, knowledge of laws and rules pertaining to the application and licensure process in Florida. Corresponds with the public, licensees and applicants telephonically and in writing.
Email Board Staff
Dontae Moore
Regulatory Specialist II
Responsibilities: Responsible for the application and licensure process for Osteopathic Physician; Osteopathic Physician Limited License; Physician in Training Registration; Temporary Certificate to Practice in an Area of Critical Need, Osteopathic Medical Faculty Certificate, and Active Duty Military and Veterans Temporary Certificate to Practice in an Area of Critical Need applicants with last names beginning with A-H. This includes the collection and inspection of all credentials, knowledge of laws and rules pertaining to the application and licensure process in Florida. Corresponds with the public, licensees and applicants telephonically and in writing.
Email Board Staff
Leah Compagnone-Bolt
Administrative Assistant II
Responsibilities: Assistant to Executive Director. Responsible for travel, board cost data entry, and various administrative duties. Corresponds with the public, licensees and applicants telephonically and in writing.
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Legal Counsel

Donna McNulty
Senior Assistant Attorney General