Meet the Faculty
Julie Zemaitis DeCesare, M.D.
Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Director / Associate Professor
Dr. DeCesare received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA and completed her OB/GYN residency training at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, FL in 2002. After serving as the assistant program director for five years, she took on the role of program director in January 2012. Her clinical interests include Centering/Pregnancy, substance abuse treatment in pregnant women, and teaching the art of vaginal surgery.
Learn more about Dr. DeCesare here.
Joseph Peterson, M.D.
Assistant Program Director, Associate Professor
Dr. Peterson received his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola. He currently serves as the Assistant Program Director and Director of Robotics. His hobbies include outdoor activities, reading and computers.
Sharon Luent Seidel, M.D.
Director of Ambulatory Medicine / Assistant Professor
Dr. Seidel earned her medical degree from Louisiana State University and completed her OB/GYN residency at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola. She currently serves as the Director of Ambulatory Medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Suzanne Y. Bush, M.D.
Clerkship Director, OB/GYN Pensacola Regional Campus
After graduating from UAB School of Medicine, Dr. Bush completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola and Tulane Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the years after residency, she maintained a relationship with the residency as adjunct faculty but turned her main focus to establishing a private practice. Within five years, she became the managing partner and guided her group into a 10-provider group with nearly 50 employees. In 2002, Dr. Bush was approached to return, part time, to academic medicine to help start a new medical school at Florida State University with a regional campus in Pensacola. That role soon expanded to teaching the resident physicians along with her duties as the Clerkship Director for OB/GYN for the undergraduate medical education in the panhandle of Florida. More recently, Dr. Bush redirected from private practice and is focused on academic medicine, adding the role of Educational Director in Obstetrics and Gynecology for the six FSU campuses. Along the way, she has won teaching awards in both medical student and resident education. Her current focus is teaching adult learners clinical reasoning skills and meaningful feedback techniques. Both interests have been nationally recognized in faculty development seminars. Although she is passionate about teaching general obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Bush has additional certification in Menopause Medicine. She became a North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP) in 2006 and loves to educate anyone who will listen on the topic of health issues in women of midlife and beyond. When not teaching, she loves mentoring young health professionals at any stage of their career. You might also find her in her garden.
Lakeema Bruce, M.D.
Dr. Bruce earned her medical degree from Florida State University College of Medicine and completed her OB/GYN residency at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola. She current works as Clinical Assistant Professor with University of Florida OB/GYN residency.
Obstetrics & Gynecology Subspecialists
Steven DeCesare, M.D.
Director of Gynecologic Oncology
Dr. DeCesare received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New York and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Florida Medical Center. He completed an additional three years of training in gynecologic oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center. He is board certified in gynecologic oncology, specializing in the detection and treatment of tumors originating in a woman's reproductive organs. His areas of special interest include advanced cancer surgery and sentinel lymph node procedures.
Angela Ziebarth M.D.
Dr. Ziebarth received her medical degree from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. She completed her gynecologic oncology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Cancer Center. Dr. Ziebarth has medical interests in the detection and treatment of tumors originating in a woman’s reproductive organs, especially ovarian cancer. She performs minimally invasive surgery with the daVinci robotic surgical system. In her spare time, Dr. Ziebarth Sailing, cycling, and spending time with her husband and baby boy
Barry Ripps, M.D.
Director of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Barry Ripps, MD is an Adjunct Clinical Professor and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pensacola Campus. He has been a faculty member within Florida’s medical educational system since 1994. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Ripps has excelled in broad clinical, scientific and research endeavors within the field of Reproductive Endocrinology addressing topics such as endometriosis, osteoporosis prevention, polycystic ovarian syndrome, ectopic gestation, male infertility, and minimally invasive surgical management of gynecologic conditions.
Timothy Beiswenger, M.D.
Dr. Beiswenger received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services in Indianapolis, IN. After four years in private practice as an obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Beiswenger completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Beiswenger is board-certified in maternal-fetal medicine. He has special research interests in prenatal diagnosis, placental pathology, fetal growth restriction, and hypertensive disorders.
William J. Schwartz, III, M.D.
Dr. Schwartz received his medical degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Missouri Kansas City Obstetric and Gynecology residency program. After two years in private practice as an obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Schwartz completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Schwartz is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine.
David R. White, D.O.
Dr. White received his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Doctors Hospital in Columbus, OH. He then matriculated into fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, completing fellowing training 2012. Dr. White is board-certified.
Ashley B. King, M.D.
Director of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. King currently serves as our Director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. She received her medical degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, completed residency at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, and completed fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in 2015.
Melinda Graham, M.D.
Dr. Graham received her medical degree from the Saba University School of Medicine in the Netherlands Antilles. She completed her residency training at Louisiana State University. Dr. Graham has an interest in women's health.
John Grammer, M.D.
Dr. Grammer has additional training in surgical use of the laser and laparoscopic procedures, including the supercervical laparoscopic hysterectomy. He has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence, both medical and surgical. Basic infertility diagnosis and treatment is also available. Dr. Grammer also performs some surgeries using the daVinci Surgical System at Baptist and Sacred Heart hospitals. Dr. Grammer was the recipient of the Florida State University College of Medicine 2008 Mission Model Award for the Pensacola Regional Campus. He enjoys music, hunting, deep sea fishing, salt water aquariums, gardening and spending time with his family.
Kimberly Hood, M.D.
Dr. Hood completed medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, followed by residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania State University in association with Hershey Memorial Hospital. Prior to joining Sacred Heart, Dr. Hood managed her own private practice in Crestview. Dr. Hood has special medical interests in women’s health including obstetrical care and teenage health. In her free time, she enjoys scrapbooking and spending time with her husband and two children.
Gary Person, M.D.
Dr. Person earned his medical degree in obstetrics and gynecology from the Medical College of Georgia, where he also completed his residency. He served as a physician in the U.S. Air Force in North Dakota and South Carolina. Dr Person then served the women of Athens, Georgia for 26 years in a private practice of OB/GYN. Dr. Person is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and serves as a fellow of ACOG and a credentialed NTQR Sonographer.
Anne Marie Piantanida-Whitlock, M.D.
Dr. Whitlock earned her medical degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the Florida State University College of Medicine in 2008 and completed her residency training in 2012 with the OB/GYN residency program at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, where she served as administrative chief resident. Dr. Whitlock has a special interest in minimally invasive gynecologic procedures and general obstetrics.
Jill Prafke, M.D.
Dr. Prafke's ongoing interest in patient safety lead her to the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy Online Master’s Program for Health Care Professionals at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she completed a Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law in 2011. Dr. Prafke enjoys providing care to women for general gynecologic health maintenance and family planning, as well as treating a variety of problems including abnormal bleeding or abnormal pap smears, urinary incontinence and basic infertility evaluation and treatment. She also has a special interest in caring for women with high risk pregnancies. Personal interests include spending time with family and friends and participating in outdoor activities including running and triathalon.
Lucy Rice, M.D.
Dr. Lucy Rice received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis, Tennessee. She continued her training at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia where she completed her residency program in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Rice is a board-certified physician. Dr. Rice has special medical interests in women’s health and wellness at every phase of a woman’s life. She enjoys helping her patients focus on their nutritional and fitness goals as important aspects to improving lifestyle and wellness. Dr. Rice is also interested in obstetrics and supporting women through childbirth. Dr. Rice enjoys spending time with her husband, Patrick, and their young daughter.
Jack Ricketts, M.D.
Dr. Ricketts received his medical degree from Saint Louis University, where he also completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, ACOG and ABOG.
Brett Tidwell, D.O.
Dr. Brett Tidwell graduated with his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama, and he received his medical degree from the Georgia Campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Tidwell completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology through the University of Florida College of Medicine at Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola, where he served as administrative chief resident.
Throughout his residency, Dr. Tidwell was recognized with such distinctions as the second-year resident teaching award and the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine third-year resident award for Excellence in Obstetrics. Dr. Tidwell is a junior fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.