Alumni Profiles

Darcie Larimore-Arenas, PA-C, MSPAS, MPH: CEHS '12

darcieMs. Larimore-Arenas joined the Touro University California Joint PA/MPH Program in January of 2016. Darcie has practiced clinically in orthopedics in Marin County and family medicine at a Sonoma County Federally Qualified Health Center, where she also directed a pediatric obesity group called PLAY. Ms. Larimore-Arenas has been the lead provider at a local Student Based Health Center and guest lecturer in high school and undergraduate courses. Ms. Larimore-Arenas holds a bachelor degree in Biology and Spanish from Sonoma State University and is a graduate of the Touro Joint PA/MPH Program Class of 2012. Read More



Christopher Smith, Pharm.D – COP '12

Christopher Smith COP 2012Dr. Christopher R. Smith, Pharm. D, COP ’12, first stepped into clinical practice at NorthBay Medical Center while on an Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) rotation through Touro. He returned to work with NorthBay as a clinical pharmacist supporting their core pharmacy operations, decentralized ICU and Med-Surg service lines, as well as the outpatient Oncology clinic. He also precepts Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) students and PGY-1 residents. Read More


Kamal Kalsi, DO – COM '05

Kamal Kalsi COM 2005Kalsi was only two years old when his family immigrated to the United States. He was the only Sikh child in his elementary school. At a young age, he learned how to become an ambassador for his faith. He graduated high school with the ambition of becoming a doctor someday, but he also wanted to serve in the military as three generations of his family had done before him.

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Deng Jongkuch, MPH – CEHS '11

Deng Jongkuch CEHS 2011Born in Bor County, South Sudan, Deng Jongkuch was only 7 years old, when he was separated from his family during the civil war. He spent nearly 15 years either trekking to safety or in refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. In 2001, he was selected along with 3800 other "Lost Boys of Sudan" to come to the United States where he was relocated to San Jose, California.

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Robert Fontanilla, PA-C, MPH – CEHS '15

Robert Fontanilla CEHS 2015Mr. Robert Fontanilla, MPH, PA-C, AAHIVS, grew up in Irvine. After graduating from TUC’s dual degree MSPAS/MPH program, he joined a community clinic near Palm Springs that treats underserved patients. He is a certified HIV specialist and also focuses on hepatitis and transgender health. 

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Monica Donnelley, PharmD – COP '10

Monica Donnelly COP 2010Dr. Monica Donnelley is board certified in pharmacotherapy with added qualifications in infectious diseases. She is a Senior Pharmacist at UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC). At UCDMC, she focuses on infectious diseases and medication safety. She also teaches at TUC's College of Pharmacy in the Clinical Sciences track and obtained a volunteer faculty position as an Assistant Professor with the University of San Francisco, College of Pharmacy. Read More


Lisa Gottfried, M.Ed – CEHS '16

Lisa Gottfried CEHS 2016Lisa Gottfried, CEHS ‘16, teaches 3D Design and Game Design Principles at New Tech High School in Napa. Before that, she owned and operated a video production company and homeschooled her children. Her recent capstone project for the Innovative Learning program in TUC’s Graduate School of Education engaged her students to begin blogging. She is now pushing them to create a series of board games that teach others about various mental health issues with the goal to spread awareness and de-stigmatize mental health.

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Atif Saleem, DO – COM '16

Atif SaleemDr. Atif Saleem, COM '16, spent last year at the Shirati District Hospital in Tanzania as part of his rotation in the Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine's Global Health program. Now in the pathology residency program at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Saleem is focused on anatomic and clinical pathology. And his experience in Tanzania still sticks with him to this day.

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Lauren Williams, PA-C, MPH – CEHS '14

Lauren WilliamsAfter graduating from TUC’s Joint Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Public Health program (MSPAS/MPH) in 2014 , Ms. Williams began work as a physician assistant (PA) at Petaluma Health Center. There she services a bilingual population and focuses on pediatric care and diabetes management. At TUC, she was the second Executive Director of the Student-Run Free Clinic, and spent much of her focus on HIV/AIDS treatment.

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Michael Modrich, MSN, and Janet Morris-Modrich, MSN – CEHS '16

ModrichesHusband and wife team Michael Modrich, CEHS '16, and Janet Morris-Modrich, CEHS '16, support each other in unique ways. They completed their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) together as part of the first graduating class in Touro University California's School of Nursing.

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Paul Janda, DO – COM '07

Paul JandaLeadership is paramount for the students at Touro University California, as demonstrated by 2007 TUC alum Dr. Paul Janda.

Today, Dr. Janda serves as the Program Director of the Neurology Residency Program at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas and is the President of the Las Vegas Neurology Center, a multispecialty neurology practice. Read More


Ryan Ko, Pharm.D., MPH – COP '14

Ryan KoAfter three years of waiting, Ryan was selected, as only one in every 534 people are, to be a bone marrow donor; a program he signed up for while enrolled during his time at TUC.

"It was an amazing experience and something that I will carry with me forever, knowing that I personally impacted another person's life on a whole new level," Ryan says. "You just never know when two minutes of your time could end up saving a person’s life." Read More





Jason Pasley, DO – COM '05

Pasley_FlagDr. Jason Pasley, DO, is currently serving as Chief of Trauma and ICU Director at the largest American hospital in Afghanistan, Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Airfield. Click here to learn about his experience as a trauma surgeon in the military, what it means to be a DO, and how Touro prepared him for success.



Rachna Patel, DO – COM '09

Rachna Patel v2Dr. Patel hadn't planned on becoming a medical marijuana doctor, especially not as a nerdy kid raised in a conservative Indian family. From early on, she was on what would be considered a very typical path. In 2005, she made her way to Touro University California’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Read More



Joy Dugan, MSPAS, MPH – CEHS '12

joy_duganAs a clinical instructor for the College of Osteopathic Medicine and one of the newest members of TUC's Alumni Association Board, class of 2012 alumna Joy Dugan understands first-hand the importance of giving back to her alma mater. Click here to learn what inspired her to give back to the students following in her footsteps.


Ben Abo, DO – COM '11

ben_aboBen Abo, Alumnus of the College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2011 who currently practices in Miami Beach's Mount Sinai Medical Center, helped rescue a stranger who fell onto the tracks of a subway in West Village, New York just seconds prior to a train pulling into the station. Read the full article on the New York Post Website.



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