The opioid addiction clinic that I own officially became C.O.R.E. Medical Clinic on July 1, 2009. We have received Sacramento city planning approval to increase the number of methadone patients we treat from 500 to 600. We also offer a buprenorphine program. Both programs include a strong counseling component. My daughter-in-law, Kristi Bell, a UC Davis-trained anesthesiologist, is my medical backup. I work three days a week to leave time to be "Grandy" to our four grandchildren, ages 1 to 5. Mary Ann is "Mimi" and enjoys her role as a primary babysitter to the little ones.
Stephen R. Stephenson
Martha and I continue to live in Des Moines, Iowa. Last year I moved from running the children’s hospital within our four-hospital system to being the chief operating officer for our three "adult" hospitals. I continue to teach and practice at the children’s hospital regularly. Martha works part time at the Des Moines Library and the rest of the time helping with our four grandchildren. Our daughter Tracy is a pediatric intensivist at our children’s hospital. Our son Bret is in Melbourne, Australia, teaching philosophy and ethics at Latrobe University. He and his Australian wife are expecting their first child this summer. That will be a long way to go to see a grandchild, but we will be on the plane.
In addition to traveling and perfecting my new, smaller home in Denver, I am still working as medical director, part time, for a branch of the VA (Health Administration Center). I am enjoying my daughter and her husband, who live five minutes away (so I can visit my 18-month-old granddaughter), my son (who is starting MBA studies at UC Davis this fall), and daughter (who is studying to become a high school math teacher).
Scott P. Smith
Greetings and best wishes to all members of the class of 1977. I just finished my third year teaching general science in middle school. For a variety of reasons I decided to look for another opportunity. I am now a biology professor. I am a full-time faculty member at DeVry University, Chicago, primarily teaching basic sciences – anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, cell biology, pharmacology, and nutrition – to BSN students enrolled at Chamberlain College of Nursing, an affiliate of DeVry. This is a perfect opportunity to combine all the things I love, including my summer clinical work in Africa, into a third career. Retirement, shmetirement! My family is doing well; son #2, Joel, graduated from SIU in December and is off to grad school in Portland, Ore. Son #3, Jonathan, will be starting his fourth year (of five) in his music education program at Illinois Wesleyan (he is a vocalist). My #1 son, Joshua, is still teaching humanities at a private high school, also in Portland, Ore. The big family news is that he and his wife, Audrey, are expecting their second child – a girl – in October. Their first, Ransom Scott, is a fine young man of 6. He is pictured in the photo with Janis and me. Janis recently returned from China, where she spent three weeks trekking around with her mother. Janis continues her early childhood consulting and teaching, and is writing a new pre-school Montessori curriculum, hopefully for publication. She and I will celebrate our 37th anniversary this summer with a trip to Bermuda, our favorite getaway destination. Life is good.
Michael Soman and Dr. Sara Faulkner enjoyed an Argentina mud bath as part of their 30th wedding anniversary celebration. Sara, who retired Feb. 1, still is consulting on team function and "issues of the soul" for docs. Michael remains president of Group Health Physicians and medical director of Group Health’s group practice. Running the business and health reform keeps him very busy. Wonderful "children" Nick (30 years old) and Kristina (27) are about to both live in Seattle for the first time since they were in high school. Life is good, complex, fascinating and always a gift.
Husband James Allen Cramer, age 71, passed away on June 22 after a bicycle accident on the American River Parkway. James was born January 11, 1939, in Portland, Ore. He attended Idaho State University on a football scholarship, graduated with degrees in English and physical education, and earned his teaching credential. He later earned a master’s in high school administration, his doctorate in educational psychology and his degree in marriage, family and child counseling. In 1981, he married Billie Harman, a family practice doctor in Sacramento. He served on the Folsom-Cordova School Board for 10 years, including several as president. His daughter Keri, following in her father’s footsteps, became a teacher in Rocklin, Calif., and his son Michael earned his doctorate in Theater Arts, and now works and teaches in New York. James was an avid cyclist, joining Cycle Oregon bicycling across the state, and cycling the California-Oregon coast many times with friends. He was a member of BRECA and Save the American River Parkways, and did all he could to care for and treasure his beloved Parkway. He was a wonderful, warm human being, full of life and love, and he will be very sadly missed and lovingly remembered. Read more: www.legacy.com
I divorced back in 1996 from Candace, the wife that my fellow alums knew when we were in medical school. My kids, Caitlin and Damon, are both in California sorting out their own paths. In 2006 I married Diane, who is shown in the photo. She is from the Blue Ridge Mountains, lived 17 years in San Francisco and Marin County, and we managed to meet and fall in love in Silver City, N.M., where I’ve lived the last 22 years. For about 20 years here I did rural family practice in the broadest sense – OB, surgery, hospital work and primary care – and worked much, much too hard. I sold the practice I owned to a federally qualified community health center, for which I worked from 2002 to 2008. During my last year I was the health center’s hospitalist, but because the community needed a more comprehensive approach to care of hospitalized people, I left that practice in 2008 to head up a new hospital medicine program. That is what I’m doing now. Leaving my 20-year practice and the profound relationships it involved was the most difficult professional challenge I have ever faced. Once the decision was made, however, I experienced many gifts to offset sadness of leaving. Surprisingly (or maybe not), there has been quite a learning curve regarding how to use this entity known as time off. Though I still work hard, I have so much more time to explore things other than medicine – writing, yoga, intimacy, biking – that I feel incredibly blessed. Diane, who is an amazing yoga teacher and a fine art painter, and I are now exploring a world of other options. We own a home in Tucson, Ariz., which is just three hours away, where we spend quite a bit of time. I will be starting some moonlighting there, and we are open to considering different locations.
Steven J. Lengle
Last year was filled with large doses of the joys and pains of life we all experience, if we are lucky to live long enough. Rhenae and I were married Aug. 15 in a simple ceremony at the seashore in Oceanside, Wash. We had a beautiful second ceremony reception and party on Sept. 4, attended by friends and family from all over the country, at Capitol Lake in Olympia Wash. Greg Carter, whom I met as my TA in physiology lab at UC Davis (and is the longtime guitar player for our band) was best man. Larry Pattis performed acoustic instrumental music for the ceremony and reception.
With my marriage to Rhenae I inherited a wonderful extended family, including my stepdaughter Hoa, Rhenae’s adopted Vietnamese daughter, her husband, Ken, and our 2 1/2-year-old grandson Brandon. I also should mention the extended American and American-Vietnamese family and friends who have welcomed me into the family.
While Rhenae and I have been busy combining the households of two longtime single adults and thinning out all the junk – oops, I mean treasures – work at my interventional radiology practice with South Sound Radiology continues to expand.
Rhenae is a medical social worker with Providence Centralia Hospital and keeps extremely busy, especially in this economic environment the country finds itself. We lost Rhenae’s dad when he was 91 years old, in May 2009, to complications of appendicitis. He raised Rhenae after her parents divorced, while working as a conductor on the railroad. He was a man of character – and a character. He had a wry sense of humor and liked nothing more than to have us visit and eat ice cream while I sat and played guitar in his and his wife Bev’s living room.
My dear mother, Alice, succumbed to an 18-month battle with lung cancer at the age of 82 a few days before Christmas 2009. She passed peacefully under the care of hospice services. Her remains were interred with full military honors, at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Dixon, not far from UC Davis. Anyone who has ever met my mother knew her as a kind, loving and fiercely patriotic woman. She was quick to smile, quicker to lend a helping hand. At 80 years old she could dance circles around people half her age (which she did regularly at gigs my brother James and I played), spent hours swimming with the turtles in Hawaii and could pump hundred-dollar bills into the "Wheel of Fortune" slots in Vegas faster than anyone I’ve ever seen. We all miss her deeply. Hope this finds all of you with more joy, less sorrow, peace in your hearts and strength in your limbs. Stay well.
Robert R. Sloan
I am happy to inform all that I have moved permanently to Oahu and started a new position as physiatrist for Manakai O Malama (Powerful Ocean of Healing), an integrative health facility in Honolulu that is physician-owned. I am still doing mostly sports and spine but with an interdisciplinary team, and my practice in Hilo is for sale – it’s lucrative, but too much for me right now. I am happy with my new family of six (yes, six). I just had another child, Shane Kai Sloan, who is now 6 months old and getting into everything. My wife thinks she might want another one, but I am being careful. My 14-year-old girl is starting her second year at Punahou and will be joining their championship wrestling and Judo teams while seeking a surfing sponsor. The middle two go to Japanese school and take Judo. We need to get a van. Check out our video on Facebook for great whale encounters – one of the highlights of my life was swimming with the humpbacks right off my own runabout in Waikiki. The whole family just got back from visiting relatives in Japan, where we went river rafting and fishing. Is anyone familiar with Yamame or Ayu fishing? It was cool. We also did hot tubbing, Japanese style, and partying on the river just a few hours west of Tokyo bordering Mount Mitake. Prices were very reasonable, surprisingly.
I continue to work with Kaiser Permanente, South Sacramento, as the assistant chief of staff of the Medical Center over Emergency and Trauma Services. Despite several bouts with cancer since 2006, I am currently cancer-free and feeling great. My wife, Susan (shown with me in the photo), and I believe that the best gift in our life is our grandson, Noah, age 5 months, the son of our daughter, Christy. Our son, David, is married and working on having children himself. Hope everybody is doing well and hope to see some of you at the alumni reunions.
I am still living in San Francisco with my husband, and three kids (Zachary, 12; Kiki, 9; and Micah, 7) and enjoying developing drugs at Genentech. I recently visited Michelle Aszterbaum and her lovely family, and am told that I am neighbors with Aditi Mandpe – although I haven’t run into her in the neighborhood yet. I would welcome hearing from any classmates in the SF bay area!
My professional update is that last fall, after 12 years in practice, I converted my traditional family medicine practice to a personalized care and concierge practice, and I love it. I now have plenty of time to spend with my patients, teaching them more about prevention and educating them about their medical conditions and treatments. It is a wonderful way to practice medicine, and brings back all of the passion and enthusiasm I felt for my profession when it was brand-new to me. My patients get my full attention, as I no longer have an internal clock ticking in my head to try to keep up with a tight schedule or worry that they will want to cover more in the visit than I have time to spend. What a win-win.
On a personal note, my family is happy and healthy. My baby girl just finished her first year of college, and my son will be entering high school this year. Time sure flies.
Residency in family medicine in Merced, locums and emergency room work in Wyoming and New Mexico. Medical missions work in Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya. Family medicine work and chronic disease prevention education in Micro-nesia, Guam, Chuuk, Yap and Majuro.
After graduating I did a residency in internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara, near San Jose. During my chief resident year I got a call from a friend of a friend saying, "We’re building the matrix, want to come?" I left my chief year to join a startup software company building an online 3-D virtual world called Second Life. I figured the company would either fail or IPO in a year, two at most. Amazingly, nine years later the company is still going strong. When my son was born I did a nine-month stint as a medical informatics fellow at UC Davis, but decided academia was not for me and returned to work on Second Life. I recently quit my job and will be going to work at Google, possibly on the Google Health initiative. Our family will move to San Jose soon. My wife, Andrea, will continue her work for the state government, and we’re hoping to find a good school for our 6-year-old son, James Junior. He’s hoping the new house has a good place to store Legos. If you’d like to get in touch, you can find me at http://facebook.com/jamescookmd.
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