Alumni Profiles

Victor Nuño, DO, COM '08

victor nunoDr. Victor Nuño was a world traveler before hitting the age of 10. Born in Spain, he spent his early childhood in Idaho, Colorado, Panama, and Guadalajara, before settling in the Monterey Bay Area, following his father who was an air traffic controller for the US Air Force. A second-generation Mexican-American, Dr. Nuño has always looked up to his father who put himself through college after coming to the United States at 16.

A TUC alumnus of the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), Dr. Nuño’s approach to medicine is heavily influenced by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still’s adage, “To find health should be the object of the doctor, anyone can find disease.” In addition to teaching OMM at TUC, he is a physician and owner of Seek Optimal Health, P.C., which is an integrative and holistic medical practice serving the Vallejo community. He also plays in several adult hockey leagues at the Oakland Ice Center where he has still kept his teeth against those with much more experience. Read the story here

Puja Khana, PharmD, COP '09

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Puja Khana, PharmD, wasn’t always set on becoming a pharmacist. In high school, she thought she wanted to be a physical therapist instead. But after volunteering in the field, something didn’t connect. Then tragedy struck her family with the sudden death of her sister in a car accident. Devastated, Dr. Khana put her career plans completely on hold.

“During that time, my uncle was a pharmacist at Rite Aid, and he invited me to work there as a clerk,” she explained. “I enjoyed it and became a pharmacy technician before finishing my remaining requirements to apply for pharmacy school.” Read the story here

Jessica Poquiz, PharmD, COP '09

Jessica Poquiz

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Jessica Poquiz, PharmD, first fell in love with ambulatory while on rotation. 

“You can really see the outcomes,” said Dr. Poquiz. “You’re with that patient through different time points, and you see their improvement. I’m glad that Touro allowed us to have two years of rotations to see all the possibilities of being a pharmacist. Beyond the counter, I was exposed to all aspects of pharmacist work. I definitely thank Touro for that.” Read the story here. 

 

Catherine Leng, DO, COM '14

Catherine Leng

My biggest inspiration to practice medicine began with caring for my grandmother after recovering from a toenail removal. The simple act of caring for my first patient prompted me to switch from pre-law to pre-med during my undergraduate education. I can comfortably say that this was one of the best career choices I made.  I have since graduated from Touro College of Medicine in 2014, proceeded to complete my family medicine residency training in Connecticut in 2017 and have moved back to practice medicine in Northern California. Read the story here.

 

 

Ron Eick, MAEd, CEHS '14

Ron EickRonald Wesley Eick Jr. is a mathematics instructor who has taught all levels of math, from beginning Algebra to AP Calculus. He received his master’s degree in educational technology from the Graduate School of Education and currently teaches at American Canyon High School where he is the chapter advisor of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honors Society, a youth mentor in the Gay-Straight Alliance, and a mentor for new teachers in the Napa County induction program. Having recently been named the 2018 Napa County Teacher of the Year, Ron is currently in the running for California Teacher of the Year. Read the story here.

Vivian Partida, DO, COM '18

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Inaugural Recipient of the Gregory Dean Strebel Memorial Scholarship

For Vivian Partida, providing healthcare to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex community (LGBTQI) demands the desire to understand your patients as much as treating them. Many times, patients will not open up about their needs if they feel unheard. To provide excellent patient care to that population, you also have to build trust. Read more

 

Alejandro Tamayo, PA-C, MPH, CEHS '16

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Alejandro Tamayo lives in central California and works at 3 different clinics in the cities of Avenal, Kettleman City, and Riverdale. All three are part of a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers known as Aria Community Health Centers who mostly serve the Hispanic field worker community in Kings County. Read more

 

 

 

Brenda Mitchell, MAEd, CEHS '15

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Spirits were high at the first Bay Area KidWind challenge. Middle school and high school students had arrived after putting hours of development into their own wind turbines. Still, they had no idea how their works of engineering would perform when placed in CSU Maritime Academy’s Collegiate Wind Tunnel. But Brenda Mitchell, educator at Hogan Middle School in Vallejo, had witnessed the work of her 6th grade students first hand. To her, they were already little engineers. Read more

 

 

Mandy Morris, PharmD, COP '12

MandyWhen she looks back to when she was in her residents’ shoes, Dr. Morris says, “It’s really a gift of the College of Pharmacy’s 2+2 Program to give students that additional year of rotations so that they know where they really want to go for residency. If it wasn’t for that extra year, you basically only have 4 months before you have to apply for residency and set out after what you want to do for the rest of your life!” Read More

 

 

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

 

Roger Pence, MAEd – CEHS '09

 rogerRoger Pence, meteorologist, is a 25+ year veteran science teacher in Benicia, CA public schools. He has been on the adjunct faculty team with Touro’s Graduate School of Education since earning his Master’s Degree in 2009. In 2013, he joined Solano County’s Programming and Robotics in Science and Math (PRISM) group and attended teacher training workshops through UC Davis’ C-STEM program to bring robotics and coding skills to mainstream students in science and math classes. Read More

 

 

 

Mey Saephan, MPH – CEHS '14

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During her time as a student, Mey Saephan was the Vice President of Student Affairs and was involved in a number of other clubs and research. She has worked for a broad range of organizations, including a health justice organization focusing on reducing health disparities, a small nonprofit educating elementary students on nutrition and physical activity, and Yolo County as an Emergency Planning and Training Coordinator. Currently, she is with the City of Vallejo as an analyst with the department of Public Works, bringing a public health perspective into her role. Read More

 

 

David Duncan, DO – COM '01

daveDr. David Duncan initially joined the US Navy through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. He went to flight school and performed aviation medicine while stationed in Japan. He was also part of the initial launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He later returned to the US and served with the Coast Guard, and is now Clinical Director at the prison, FCI Dublin, CA. Read More

 

 

 

 

 

Ahn Do, Pharm.D – COP '14

AndyDr. Anh (Andy) Do is an Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Supervisor at Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano service area. He is the Pharmacist-in-Charge (PIC) of both Vallejo and Vacaville oncology/infusion centers and helps oversee pharmacy services for chronic pain, home health, hospice, and psychiatry clinics.  He completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and went on to complete his PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at Palomar Health in San Diego, where he also concomitantly completed the Pharmacy Leadership Academy through the ASHP Foundation. Read More

 

Faisal Qazi, DO – COM '01

QaziDr. Faisal Qazi is amazed when he looks at Touro University California now. As a student in the first class of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, his memories of Touro involve none of the other programs that define the Mare Island school today—only the faculty and students who had come together to start the new school. Read More

 

 

 

Carmen Hering, DO – COM '03

carmenDr. Carmen Hering graduated from TUC’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003. Since 2006, she has maintained a general medical practice in Albany, CA where she utilizes osteopathic and anthroposophic medicine. She serves as adjunct faculty at Touro University California, trains medical students and residents in her office, and serves as faculty for the annual International Postgraduate Medical Training (IPMT) program for anthroposophic medicine in the US. Read More

 

 

Adrian Ruelas, PA-C, MSPAS, MPH: CEHS '10

AdrianAdrian Ruelas, PA-C, graduated from TUC’s Joing MSPAS/MPH program in 2010. He is now a Physician Assistant at Sacramento Community Clinic at Del Paso, a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center dedicated to serving the underserved population in Sacramento. 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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