College of Health and Human Performance

Alisa Bonnie Clearfield Cohen (BSHSE ’78)

Interior designer and onetime medical illustrator

Alisa Bonnie Clearfield Cohen (BSHSE ’78)

Alisa Bonnie Clearfield Cohen has led an extraordinary, ordinary life. In spite of significant personal tragedies and a life altering accident, she lives her life with no excuses and pursues new adventures with relish. Cohen lives by several mottos but the one that most represents her is the phrase, “Leave the room better than you found it.” She has dedicated her life to making the world healthier, wiser and kinder. Cohen started the first wellness fair in Richmond, Virginia, and became a UF mentor, team builder for Habitat for Humanity, and founder of the bereavement support group “Parent to Parent.”

A graduate of UF in health sciences education, Cohen was first in her class, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She fused two passions, art and science, and was a medical illustrator before marrying G. Richard Cohen. Alisa and Richard, an ophthalmologist, created the Cohen Laser & Vision Center in 1991. She also created Alisa Cohen Design, an interior design firm with a focus on residential and health care design. Her greatest achievement is being mother to two sons, Joshua, an ophthalmologist and Zachary, a Ph.D. candidate in biology and entomology (both Gator grads)!

[Profile added in 2018]

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