|M.D. CLASS NOTES
Jill Freeto is now a second-year internal medicine resident at UC Irvine and plans to marry a urology resident this August. Brian Freeto is joining an orthopedic surgical group here in Napa, so he will practice with me for a few years – only a few, as I plan to retire soon. Michael is working as an emergency doc in New Orleans. I now have a 1-year-old grandson, Ben. I continue to practice GI in Napa. It has been a lot of fun. My UC Davis training has served me well.
At a time when many of my classmates are retiring or contemplating such, I am embarking on a new (actually, corporate reorganization) venture. I own and am medical director of C.O.R.E. Medical Clinic, Inc. located in Sacramento. My assistant medical director is my daughter-in-law, Kristi Bell, M.D., who was a UC Davis undergrad and completed her anesthesia training at UC Davis in 2005. We treat 500 opiate-addicted individuals through counseling and use of medicationassisted treatment (methadone and buprenorphine – Suboxone and Subutex). My wife and I now have four grandchildren we enjoy very much.
I'm still in Truckee practicing general pediatrics after 30 years. Remarried, with 24-year-old Cory at UCSF getting a doctorate in physical therapy and 17-year-old Leah finishing high school. Just returned after an eight-month leave for a septic hip and endocarditis, which led to six hospitalizations and five surgeries. I've seen the other side of our business and appreciate many aspects of life more, inside and outside medicine. I'm now a voluntary clinical professor at UC Davis in the Rural PRIME program and am enjoying teaching students. Tahoe isn't such a bad rotation. My best to all.
Rahnea L. Sunseri
I'm writing this from the Seoul airport as I prepare to leave South Korea. I've been stationed here for the past year as chief of aerospace medicine at Kunsan AB, Korea. I'm en route to pick up my wife in Texas and proceed on to do that same job at a larger base at Ramstein, Germany.
Last year, I was promoted to full professor in the departments of Emergency Medicine, Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University.
I'm still doing fulltime, long-term care in the Auburn, Calif., area.
Hello to all of my classmates. I recently heard from Connie Walker. It is wonderful to stay connected to my UC Davis friends. My daughter, Juli, who just graduated high school, and I went on a Baltic Sea Cruise and had a marvelous time. We met Simon Cohn and his wife Janet on the cruise and I was delighted to make friends with a UC Davis Medical School alumnus from the class of 1975. Hope you all had a wonderful summer.
Sara Faulkner (UC Davis Family Practice Residency) and I celebrated our 31st anniversary in April. Our kids, Nick and Kristina, are 29 and 26 years old. We both work for Group Health where Sara is the medical director of practice and leadership development and I am the president of the medical group (Group Health Permanente) of around 1,000 clinicians. Life is good, and we are grateful.
Fellow alumni, my international sojourn with Amgen started at the beginning of 2007 and will continue through the end of 2010. The Amgen clinical research and regulatory activities continue to expand outside of North America, and I continue to be delighted by learning different perspectives on medical practice, and regulation and access to medicines. I just wish my non-American language skills were better. It's rather embarrassing to speak more German and French than Chinese – particularly when I'm in China! Julie and I recently celebrated our 31st anniversary in England, where we celebrated our first, and we will soon be experiencing the "empty-nest syndrome," as our younger daughter Kathryn is following her sister's footsteps and starting her freshman year at MIT in late August. After working in Costa Rica, Melissa is a second-year medical student at Tufts; thus far, she enjoys the experience greatly.
Huey-Chen and I have been in Corvallis, Oregon, for nearly two years. What a happy change of life! We moved into a small ranch and began the life of hybrid of city slickers. We inherited eight cows from the previous owner of the property and now have a herd of 14. Four new calves were born last month. In summer, the cattle take care of themselves and do not require much labor. In the winter, half of the year, twice-a-day feeding of hay and water sometimes gets tedious. In the rainy or snowy days, there is no break! In addition to the ranching part, we are also part-time farmers, cultivating a sizable vegetable garden and taking care a small-scale fruit orchard. If the economy tanks any deeper, at least we know how to put food on the table. I have joined the local multispecialty clinic and am the solo gastroenterologist for the clinic. Fortunately, all gastroenterologists in town and surrounding towns join a call group, making call schedule much easier to bear.
I built a new office, remodeled from a classic Hilo home. It was quite a project but now I have a beautiful space to practice at 70 Olona St., Hilo, Hawaii 96720. Also my twins both graduated from high school in June.
Will Mora is the author of the soon to be published book, "For Your Doctor," which focuses on nutritional and hormonal tips that doctors can use in everyday practice.
Steven V. Edelman, MD – Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award, San Diego, California
The Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates significant contributions to the understanding of diabetes education, spent many years of effort in the field, and have benefited recipients of education.
Currently a clinical professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the University of California at San Diego and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System of San Diego, and the director of the Diabetes Care Clinic VA Medical Center. He is also Founder and Director, Taking Control of Your Diabetes (501c3). Dr. Edelman has devoted his career to teaching and educating professionals and patients about successfully treating and living with diabetes. His novel and motivational efforts in the field of professional and patient education are exemplary and unmatched.
Dr. Edelman received the American Diabetes Association's Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award at the Association's 69th Scientific Sessions June 5-9, 2009.
I moved back to Oahu for my daughter's new school, Punahou – think Obama. Punahou was Sports Illustrated number-one high school of the year for sports. My daughter just won the league championship for Judo and second place for wrestling. We have high hopes and expectations. Maybe I will end up back at the Olympics again! I will be married on Sept. 19 in Honolulu to my fiancé Misako, and her two children will be welcomed members of our family. My daughter loves them both and vice versa. We will be opening a Japanese health spa with shiatsu and physical therapy soon. I am so lucky to have found the love of my life. Took a while. Now if we could just get the AMA to actually represent physicians instead of CPT/ ICD 9 book companies, get Obama to listen to physicians about what is needed for health care, and get the insurance companies to respect us for the awesome power that we are, everything would be perfect. LOL. Look up Sermo if you haven't yet and join. It seems to be more representative of M.D.s and patients than AMA.
Dr. Thurman owns the largest neuroscience clinical research company in Oklahoma. She opened the company in 1996. The company is IPS Research Company (IPS stands for Integrity, People & Service). She was recognized as "One of America's Top Psychiatrists" by the Consumers Research Council of America in 2005, 2006 & 2007. Last year, she completed her master's in Public Health in Biostatistics. The latest exciting news is she was awarded a swine flu vaccine study. Hers is the only location in Oklahoma to be honored with this study.
I still work at the VA in ophthalmology. Michelle is in an M.D./Ph.D. program at UC Irvine. Rebecca is in the construction business, managing commercial tenant improvements. Never what I thought she would do! Loretta is working in a pediatric ophthalmology practice and giving private swim lessons. Lowell still practices law solo.
John Diego Ikegami Lewis, born Holy Thursday Night, April 9, 2009, at 10:37 p.m., baptized and confirmed by Father Anthony Hernandez at 11 p.m. Died in his Mother's arms, Easter Sunday Morning, April 12, 2009, at 9 a.m. John Diego, Our son, Little brother for Maya, Emika, Kimie, and Samuel. Our sweet, sweet little boy, we commend you to the Lord Jesus, and to His Dear Mother.
My son Jefferson graduated from Menlo School in June. He was born during our fourth year and will be starting as a freshman at UC Davis in the fall. Now I have a new reason to visit campus!
I am still living in Noe Valley in San Francisco with my husband and three children (Zachary, 11, Kiki, 8, and Micah, 6) and working in clinical development at Genentech. I would love to hear from classmates living in or visiting the area.
Roy Holeyfield Jr.
I Got engaged on June 8, 2008, during a UC Davis reunion trip. Never made the reunion unfortunately. Kena and I are expecting a baby boy on August 30! His middle name will be "Rogelio" but we don't have a first name yet. I am vice chair of the board for a new hospital in my hometown of Bellevue, Neb. We have been working on this for several years, and it will finally be completed in April 2010. This is something that our community has been looking forward to for a long time, and it is exciting to finally see it happening. I hope everyone is my class is doing well. I still feel my time at UC Davis was one of the best times of my life, and I am thankful that I was able to have such an experience with such a great bunch of people! The medspa is still going strong as well. We have some pretty fantastic staff and lasers. Check out the website at www.milanlaser.com.
The Gattey family is still happily settled in Portland. I see Andy Deck and Jane Drummond from time to time, and when I'm visiting my family in San Diego, I usually have a beer with Tom Moats. Unreal that my son Dylan is heading into his sophomore year of high school and my other son Quin is going into seventh grade. Becca continues part-time work as a doula and runs our small blueberry farm among many other activities. I was recently promoted to chief of comprehensive ophthalmology at the Casey Eye Institute, and I feel lucky to work with residents and pursue my academic interests of surgical education and international ophthalmology. If ever you are in town, look me up. I love to reminisce.
Project Africa Global, Inc. invites you to support its "Shoes for Two Feet" project. Skekelei, a 10-year-old Africa orphan, asked while observing Dr. Curley, the president of Project Africa Global, packing to return to the U.S., "Why do you have four pairs of shoes when you only have two feet?" Unable to answer, she looked down at the little boy's face and his dusty, calloused bare feet. She could only hug him. Each year since that day 10 years ago, Project Africa Global, has solicited donations to purchase desperately needed shoes for our "Shoes for Two Feet" Orphans and Vulnerable Children's program. Project Africa Global is a 501C3 organization providing medical and humanitarian services throughout Africa since 1997. Project Africa Global and the Orphans of Swaziland 2009 thank you for your donation. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greetings from Brown Dog Ranch in Grass Valley, Calif. I just want to remind people to adopt-a-pet.com. Everyone or dog deserves a second chance. Saving a life is very rewarding, and you will have a best friend forever. My latest friend is Zar (a.k.a. "token"), a beautiful German Shorthair Pointer. He gives his new home "fourpaws" up. Unleash the pack leader in you. www.healingwomeninpain.com
Received appointed to the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, as assistant professor, clinical scholar track, for North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. Renee and her life partner, Dr. Nicole Winbush, will be residing with their son, Amos Olivier Kampfe (born February 2008) in Robbinsdale, Minn. They still will be snowboarding regularly in Montana.
I am working as a general pediatrician for a multispecialty group in Issaquah, Wash. I work part-time. The rest of the time, I enjoy raising our two kids, Asha and Rohan. Once both are in school, I plan to get more involved with child health advocacy.
Since I graduated from UC Davis, I completed a residency in psychiatry at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and then completed a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. I am currently working at Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash., in the Center for Older Adult Services.
Alan Miller joined First Coast Pain Management in Fernandina Beach, Fla. He is delighted to decrease his commute time down from two hours a day to six minutes.
Tim P. Brown
I'm finishing up psychiatry residency with the military National Capital Consortium (Walter Reed Army Medical Center). We are moving to Watertown, N.Y., where I will be working as the division psychiatrist for the 10th Mountain Division at Ft. Drum, NY.
I just received a CATCH grant to work with local refugee families in Worcester, Massachusetts. The project I started is called STRIVE--Support and Train Refugees and Immigrants in Vaccine Education. I was also nominated as the CATCH Resident Liaison for District I which covers most of New England. For more on CATCH, go to: http://www.aap.org/CATCH/residentgrants.htm Looking through the magazine and recognizing all the great faces of faculty who have really helped along the way was just priceless!