Dr. Butina received her B.S. in Medical Technology from Winston-Salem State University in 1998. For the next few years she was a generalist medical laboratory scientist working in hospitals in Colorado and Virginia.
In 2003, Dr. Butina received her M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science from Michigan State University. For six years Dr. Butina taught in the Medical Technology program at Armstrong Atlantic State University. While teaching, she earned a Ph.D. in Workforce Education from the University of Georgia. In July of 2010 Dr. Butina joined the Clinical Laboratory Science faculty at the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Butina has taught Clinical Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, and Urinalysis and Body Fluids.
Dr. Butina’s broad research interests include investigating factors that contribute to shortages in the laboratory workplace as well as in educational programs. Her doctoral research focused on the personal and professional identity of clinical laboratory practitioners with a purpose of understanding how practitioners viewed themselves, their profession, and their professional identities through narratives.
Dr. Butina is a member of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and the Kentucky Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (KSCLS). Prior to transferring to the KSCLS Dr. Butina spent six years in the Georgia Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. She served the Georgia association by holding the office of district director for four years. In addition, she was sponsored by the Georgia association to attend two ASCLS Legislative Days and participate in the 2009-2010 ASCLS Leadership Academy.