M.D. class notes
I continue teaching local government, Buddhist and Catholic school personnel who take care of disabled kids in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma. With Americans Helping Asian Children (AHAC) we fund and help run the programs there as well. I am a trustee at the Museum of Man in San Diego and fund scholarships for local kids. I also teach the Junior Gemology course at Gemological Institute of America for kids fourth thru sixth grade, and fund their scholarships for gemological course work after high school. And regarding medicine, I teach one morning a week and consult two mornings. Free time is for wife, kids and grandkids.
After an exciting career in primary care, public health and then as chief medical officer of two different VA networks during the VA’s transformative years, I retired in 2011 to do all the other things life has to offer. I’m enjoying my time tutoring reading literacy to elementary school kids, volunteering at the garden of a food pantry in warmer weather, traveling with my husband and friends, taking care of my two fabulous granddaughters (2 and 4 1/2) and building a new house in the Hudson Valley. My husband, Michael, and I just celebrated our 36th anniversary and are still living in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
After 35 years, I’m still doing full-time, full-scope family practice in King City, Calif. I am the clinical site coordinator and lead family medicine preceptor for UC Davis Rural-PRIME. We are finally finishing up our long-awaited vacation home on the farm in Puerto Rico, where my wife, Ana Maria, was born. For anyone interested in a Caribbean vacation, please stay in touch! Our oldest daughter is involved in ministry and our youngest is a high school counselor. Our oldest grandson has finished school, oldest granddaughter is in high school, next grandson is in junior high, and youngest granddaughter is in elementary.
Still living in Klamath Falls. Mostly retired, working about five days a month clinically and helping manage our five private urgent care clinics in southern Oregon. We see nearly 80,000 patients a year. Still skiing avidly, both downhill and backcountry, hiking the southern Sierra, fishing and traveling. Lots of opera, and on my 11th Wagner Ring Cycle, and have been in three states and four countries following Wagner and opera. Spend a lot of time in New York City where our daughter lives. This, of course, entails lots of theater, and opera at the Met! Health is still good, but can appreciate the aging process. Relaxed and happy.
I have performed more than 30 very gratifying years of general pediatrics (from stabilizing preemies to counseling teens) with Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa. I also served as chief of pediatrics and chief of health education for many years. Since retiring four years ago I have been working on several Sonoma County public health and child development projects. I see patients at a clinic a half day a week when I am not traveling or visiting our grandkids with Phyllis, my retired teacher wife. My days are mostly filled with reading, a renewed love of the piano, exercise, and my very demanding dog, Burk.
After more than 25 years of family practice, I have been doing medical counseling with people living with illness, pain, anxiety, and so forth. I help them with medical recommendations, integrating standard and complementary-alternative care, decision-making, problem-solving, psychotherapy, meditation, imagery and neuroplastic techniques. Recently Jan Chambers (U.C. Davis 1978) and I started "Tools for Healing" experiential groups for people with pain, illness, anxiety. We teach how principles of neuroplasticity work with techniques such as meditation, imagery, journaling, expressive arts and others, thus changing the brain to decrease pain, anxiety and other symptoms. My husband, Steven, and I will celebrate our 25th anniversary this year.
G. Ray Vieyra (a.k.a. Rosendo "Ray" Lopez)
During two otolaryngology-head and neck surgery private practices, one in Texas and the other in California, I was recalled back to military duty and served my military commitment in Arizona, Louisiana and Kirkuk, Iraq. After retiring as a colonel from the U.S. Air Force in 2005 out of Travis Air Force Base, California, I am fulfilling my second stint with the U.S. Army as an otolaryngologist surgery/professor federal employee at Ft. Hood, Texas. It comes with rewards, as my patient load is predominantly pediatrics ENT, and my mentorship preps the ENT residents for future successful careers. Our ranch home is in the Texas Hill Country near the city of Bandera, where Raeleen and I are stewards of the land and wildlife. We are located north of San Antonio and send a Texas-size "howdy" to all.
It will be 12 great years since I retired in February ’02. We currently live full time in an RV, spending six or seven months in Bellingham, Wash. During the winter we travel south, and this is our second winter in Hemet, Calif. We enjoy sailing in the San Juan Islands during the summer, and I also play a fair amount of golf. We enjoy traveling and have recently traveled to China and the Baltics, and this summer will head to the East Coast and then up to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and New England in the fall. I had open heart surgery this past summer to replace a mitral valve and several bypasses, but have had a great recovery and am doing very well without any restrictions.
Still retired, and I have a lot more time to spend with my family now than I used to have. Everyone in the family lives close, and we see our sons and grandchildren very often. We are so blessed in that way. I really enjoyed working, but this is good. There’s always something new, and I’ve been recruited to spend a couple of months in a new institute in China later this year, teaching American methods of patient care. Life is good.
Semi-retirement continues to be excellent. Working 4 – 5 days a month doing urgent care, occ. med. and prison medicine. Moved last year and enjoying new house. We’re going to Germany and Poland this spring. Life is great!
Our family, from left to right: daughter-in-law Anna Soman; son Nick Soman, 33; daughter Kristina Soman-Faulkner, 30; Kristina’s boyfriend Michael Haug; Mom (Sara Faulkner); Dad (Michael Soman).
Sara Faulkner and I are now grandparents of Boone Michael Soman, born Aug. 21, 2013. I will be retiring July 1 from my job as the president of Group Health Physicians. Looking forward to making music, grandparenting, and more exercising and time in Baja, where we have a house. Will need to figure out how to keep passions alive, and looking forward to the challenge.
Like most of us who finished medical school in the 1970s, I’ve been retired for some years. And like most of you, I have wonderful memories of my time at Davis. I miss seeing some of the friends from those days – some of whom are gone. I loved my career as an ED doc, but even more, I love my family and friends. Carolyn and I are blessed and heartened to see our wonderful grandchildren blossoming. They are like spring’s flowers in the foothills – breathtakingly beautiful and instilling warmth to one’s heart.
I’ve been working as a primary care doc at Kaiser Permanente Southern California since residency at UC Irvine. I’m married to Paul, who has a private practice in the community. I’m not ready to retire yet; still paying tuition for my two daughters. Allegra is finishing her master’s degree in public health, and Andrea is about to start graduate school. I’m enjoying more free time now by playing tennis with Andrea as my doubles partner, and looking forward to more family trips while the girls are back home.
Kathleen Jennison Goonan
On the personal front, we’ve moved to the Baltimore area after living in Boston since 1982. My husband took a position in Maryland and I was ready to move to warmer climates. Our daughter is studying biology at Cornell, with aspirations to be a "real" doctor. I left Massachusetts General Hospital Mongan Institute for Health Policy in 2011, where my company was incubated for nine years. We are now a private LLC, Goonan Performance Strategies (www.GoonanGPS.com) and thriving. I’ve been working in California, keeping close tabs on my parents in Palo Alto, and very grateful for good health and our happy family.
Will Mora, M.D., did volunteer medical work in Honduras in 2013 and 2014. He went to Honduras as part of a group of doctors, nurses and volunteers from the Hackett-Hemwall Foundation (HHF). The HHF provides high quality medical, dental and surgical care to people around the world who are otherwise unable to afford it. In Sacramento Dr. Mora has a non-surgical regenerative injection practice. He uses ultrasound guidance to perform prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma injections. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine (AOAPRM).
My wonderful medical career was sadly cut short by health issues. I am managing fairly well, despite major challenges. More than a decade ago, I developed a disease that I had learned almost nothing about in medical training: Sjögren’s syndrome. Medical education continues to ignore Sjögren’s, a serious and underdiagnosed systemic disease, even though it is as common as RA, and three times more common than lupus. I can guarantee you, this disease is about much more than dryness; 70 percent of primary Sjögren’s patients have disabling fatigue; 20 – 40 percent have organ involvement. Neurologic and gastrointestinal manifestations are very common.
As much as my energy allows, I try to promote provider education and public awareness. I call Sjögren’s "The most common disease no one has ever heard of." To find out more about my story, check out my article in the November 2013 issue of The Rheumatologist (www.the-rheumatologist.org): "Under the radar, A physician-patient’s experience with Sjögren’s syndrome." I was a guest panelist on a radio show about "invisible physical disabilities" that aired on KQED’s "Forum" on Aug. 19, 2013 (www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201308191000).
On the home front, my two sons are both studying political science – go figure! We have fascinating dinner table discussions when they are both at home. Isaac is starting graduate school this fall, and Brendan is a junior at Evergreen State in Olympia. I would love to hear from you. Feel free to contact me at [Ask Alumni Office for email address].
Loretta Y. Howitt
I am still at Los Angeles Kaiser and content to practice psychiatry forever. The kids are young adults and my dogs and I live in Pasadena now. I am happy to hear from old friends at [Ask Alumni Office for email address].
I have been at Kaiser Permanente near the West Los Angeles area now for over 13 years, after having spent several years at UCLA on their full-time General Internal Medicine faculty. I am still practicing primary-care internal medicine, with an over 2,000-patient panel. I live one mile from my medical office building and usually walk to and from work. I still live in the Los Angeles area, near the outskirts of Marina del Rey, and still enjoy fitness workouts, martial arts, and going to church.
Robert R. Sloan
Compelled to start Hawaii’s first Concussion Care Centers after recent findings at Boston University about chronic traumatic encephalopathy. My dream and the culmination of work I started at UC Davis Medical Center as a PMR resident in the late ’80s with my first TBI in sports talk at Sutter Hospital. Kids shouldn’t box or play tackle football! I am privileged to take care of brain-injured veterans also. Elected the next president of the Hawaii Medical Association after getting approval from my wife, the mother of our five kids.
We live in Palos Verdes, CA. Lowell is still practicing law part time. Linda is an ophthalmologist & physician informatician for the VA. Michelle, 33, is interviewing for neurosurgery residencies. Loretta, 28, is in nursing school at NYU. Rebecca, 31, is a construction project manager.
Pictured left to right: Lowell, Loretta, Rebecca, Linda, and Michelle.
Jeffrey A. Wong
I am still enjoying life in private practice as a pediatric cardiologist in the San Fernando Valley (see www.cardiologyforkids.com for more details). My main hospital affiliation has now changed to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. My wife, Susie, and I have just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. We will be sending off our oldest, Matthew, to college this fall, while our youngest, Joshua, is currently a sophomore in high school. We continue to be involved with our local church and other ministries, and continue to travel and enjoy family whenever we can.
I’m still teaching at UC San Diego School of Medicine and enjoying working as the director of vasectomy services for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. Also volunteering as family medicine attending at the UCSD student-run free clinic. My most fun news, though, is that I just spent two weeks in the Philippines doing free vasectomies. Worked with NSVI (No-Scalpel Vasectomy International) and we did 245 cases, as well as some teaching. Life is good.
I’m happily living just outside Seattle with my husband David and now 5-year-old son, Sam. My pediatric practice is thriving, and I’m loving being a Mom. I send my best to all of you.
Hard to believe, but I’ve been a member of the Department of Anesthesiology at Emory University for more than a decade now. My professional life is kept insanely busy by being the program director for our cardiac fellowship and running our department’s coagulation research lab. Fortunately, I am blessed with an amazing wife (Christy) who keeps both our home and me organized despite having two active boys – Roman, 5, and Ryan, 4. Best to all of my UC Davis classmates, and feel free to look me up if you’re ever in the Atlanta area.
Started a fellowship program in clinical informatics at Stanford and continue to be happy living in the bay area. Lucy is 3 and Nolan is 2, so life is busy!!
King-Wah Walter Yeung
Since 2007, I have been the CEO of my own family business, a bio-medical engineering consulting company, Enbiomedic. Although I miss family medicine, I have enjoyed combining my medical knowledge with my engineering skills to advance human health; I particularly enjoy helping physicians with their research by applying new technology innovatively. Besides performing consulting work, my wife (an electrical engineer) and I invented wearable technologies that have a wide range of applications, including applications in smart watches for physical fitness and for medical/nutritional documentation, resulting in two issued U.S. patents. We plan to license our wearable technologies to a reputable company.
Martin Lee and Claudia Krispel
Martin Lee and Claudia Krispel moved to Las Vegas with their 4-year-old son following Claudia’s Retina Surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Martin spent a year working in the Pediatric ED at Johns Hopkins but since switched his focus from clinical medicine to medical device development following the sale of his first company, PreventIV Inc. Martin is now splitting his time between Luciv LLC and Adivuo Medical.
I have been living in West Sacramento with my husband Philippe since completing my residency in the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) program at UC San Francisco. I’m working as a general pediatrician at Kaiser South Sacramento, occasionally supervising UC Davis pediatrics residents and students that rotate through our clinic. Since the birth of our daughter Annalise Rose in November 2012, I’ve been working part time and loving it! We are expecting our second daughter in July.
I am currently completing my general surgery residency at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. I am wrapping up two years of research in trauma surgery outcomes and system-based process improvement. I have had the great fortune of serving on the Graduate Medical Education Committee as the House Staff Representative for two years, working with the administration to improve resident education and quality of care. I look forward to returning to my clinical residency with hopes to pursue a fellowship in trauma surgery and critical care. In addition, I am engaged to Aaron Ranck, a senior staffer for the Financial Services Committee for the House of Representatives and artisanal cheese maker. We will be married this spring on his parents’ farm in Pennsylvania.