The Current

Episode 9 - Jared Austin

TUC's GSOE alumnus Jared Austin, Executive Director of Kairos Public Schools in Vacaville, talks about how his faculty and student body have grown, how charter schools are similar to and different from public and private schools, and how the team at Kairos has navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Episode 8 - Dr. Henry Szeto (30 Minutes)

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Episode 8- April 19, 2021
Picture This!   

TUCCOM grad Dr. Henry Szeto takes us inside the growing specialty of Interventional Radiology, which is helping doctors see inside the human body with greater detail and accuracy than ever before. 

Dr. Henry Szeto 

Henry Szeto, DO is currently a PGY-2 Integrated Interventional Radiology resident at Christiana Care in Newark, DE. He graduated from Touro University, California College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2019. He is passionate about education, mentoring medical students, and improving awareness of interventional radiology. In his free time, you can find him exploring local restaurants, breweries, and national parks. Feel free to say hi on Twitter @DO_Angio

Episode 7 - Dr. Rachna Patel (30 Minutes)

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Episode 7- April 5, 2021
Cannabis in Medicine  

Hear about Dr. Patel's journey into her career as a medical marijuana practitioner and how her career has evolved since her time at TUC. 

Dr. Rachna Patel 


Dr. Patel ventured into the field of Cannabinoid Medicine in 2012.  In 2014, she started her own practice. She's published a book in partnership with Penguin Random House, reviews articles for Insider Inc., has established a YouTube channel, and most importantly dedicates her time to educating other medical professionals about Cannabinoids.

Episode 6 - Dr. Brooke Schneider (30 Minutes)

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Episode 6- March 29, 2021
Being Women Strong 

TUC grad Dr. Brooke Schneider discusses how she got into the field a psychiatry, as well as the evolution of the modern women's empowerment movement.  

Dr. Brooke Schneider

Dr. Brooke Schneider is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist practicing integrative psychiatry in Fort Collins, Colorado. Outside of work she enjoys snowboarding, skiing, playing soccer, practicing yoga, relaxing and laughing with friends and family, and mothering her joyful, strong, and spunky daughter! 

Episode 5 - Ari Ramos (30 Minutes)

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Episode 5- March 22, 2021
Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

Public Health alum Ari Ramos tells of her role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as discusses the challenges she faced during a 2018 trek where she jogged from Jacksonville, Fla, to Santa Monica, Ca. on her own.   

Ari Ramos, MPH

Ari is a South Lake Tahoe public health advocate and is currently coordinating medical teams to assist with the pandemic. In 2018, she ran from Florida to California to promote her healthy lifestyle campaign and she plans to continue her advocacy work with more projects. 

Episode 4 - Lisa Gottfried (30 Minutes)

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Episode 4- March 15, 2021
Vaccines & In-Person Teaching

Join us as we speak with Lisa about how districts have and will handle in-person instruction.  

Lisa Gottfried, M.Ed.

Lisa Gottfried, M.Ed., is in her eighth year of teach Digital Design, Game Design and Video Storytelling for the flagship New Technology High School in Napa. In 2017, she was recognized internationally for Innovation in Education with Blog Portfolios through HundrED.org and also won the "Innovation in the Classroom" grant from the California Educational Research Association in 2015 for her Educational Games Project. She is currently an adjunct professor for Touro University, California in the Innovative Education Masters program.

Episode 3 - Melody Reyes (30 Minutes)

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Episode 3- March 8, 2021
Stethoscopes and Yoga

Join Melody Reyes as we talk about her work as a PA, her yoga practice, and ways she mentors pre-med students.  

Melody Reyes, PA-C, MPH

Melody Reyes is a practicing PA-C, MPH in the greater Los Angeles area and is the founder and creator of @stethoscopesandyoga. She has practiced in Family Medicine, Urgent Care, and Emergency Medicine while also having a large social media following, website, and blog. There is  speaks about practicing medicine, offers mentoring to medical students, creates Medical Spanish tutorials, and shares her personal yoga practice. 

Episode 2 - Jennifer Ellison (30 Minutes)

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Episode 2- March 1, 2021
Distance Learning and Documentaries

Join Jennifer Ellison as we speak about distance learning and a documentary featuring her classroom. 

Jennifer Ellison, M.Ed

Jennifer Ellison currently teaches 5th grade at Phillips Magnet Elementary School.  She is focused on empowering students to use their voices in their community. She lives with her husband and two children, where they spend their days trying to please their two demanding cats.

Episode 1 - Dr. Tami Hendriksz (29 Minutes)

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Episode 1- February 15, 2021
Children in Crisis

Join Dr. Hendriksz in a discussion on how events like political unrest, COVID and more adversely affect children’s mental and physical health.

Dr. Tami Hendriksz, FACOP, FAAP

Dr. Hendriksz is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She also practices pediatrics, and serves as the Medical Director for the Vallejo City Unified School Based Clinics.

Episode 0 - Introduction (16 Minutes)

Join our host, Bill Hicks, with Advancement Associate Vice President Andrea Garcia, and Alumni Engagement Officer Scott Cooper as we preview the show's format, purpose and tone.

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Disclaimer: This document is a podcast recording of Touro University California alums and represents views of the guest speaker. Views contained in these podcasts are the opinions of the guest alumni and do not necessarily extend to Touro University.