David M. Freeto
My daughter Jill graduated from UCI medical school and is now an internal medicine resident at UCI. She is engaged to Adam Kaplan, a urology resident at UCI. My son Brian just finished his orthopedic residency and is doing a sports fellowship at the University of Arizona. Mike is just finishing his residency at LSU.
I had the privilege of mentoring three UC Davis medical students Bobby Dezfuli, Nhat To and Ariana Brechtel through part of their Pediatric rotation at my Roseville clinic. Three thumbs up! It was a fulfilling experience because these students all had great personalities and preparedness that made my job more pleasant. Teaching such willing students fulfills part of my sense of duty to contribute to the community. Other UC Davis Alumnus will find that teaching is indeed, a satisfying experience.
I am still with Mee Memorial Hospital and Clinics in King City doing rural family practice. Also, I recently became a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (probably got in on the senior citizen's special!). I am reminded of the story of how I became lasting friends with one of my classmates: Emmett Gonzales. Before our class started med school in September 1971, there was an elective class – a three-day trip to San Francisco to visit various health-care agencies. Several of us arrived in Davis the night before leaving for the San Francisco class, thinking that lodging arrangements had been made for us. But they had not. I guess all of the motels were full, with parents bringing their kids to start school. Emmett showed up and told a group of us that if we didn't mind sleeping in his living room, we were welcome at his house. He was living in a very small apartment in married-student housing with his wife and two children. A couple of us went, and his wife even made breakfast for us the next morning. So, to me, Emmett was a great guy right from the start. Please say hello if you see him around the med center, and remind him of this little story. On a personal note, Ana and I celebrated our 30th anniversary in June and welcomed new granddaughter Hannah Marie in July. Grandson Mark (brother to Hannah) is now 16, (other daughter's) Anyssa 9 and Angel 6. Our daughter Kim is staying home for a while to enjoy the new baby, and Katie is in her second year as a local high school guidance counselor. In November, we are planning to attend a family reunion of sorts in Puerto Rico and will see if all the rocks are still in place on our land!
I have started a "Gorilla Pit" group on Facebook. So far, only five members. Maybe we could get the whole "Gorilla Pit" class (of 1975) to join and really use the group to catch up and stay in touch.
Editor's note: UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association also has a Facebook page. Alumni are invited to come join to stay in touch with the school and classmates.
Rahnea L. Sunseri
After a long sabbatical during which I have been running the family's property business, I plan to return part-time to primary care. I had retired my private internal medicine practice of 20 years in Silicon Valley and moved to Aptos. Currently, I am exploring the options for practicing medicine in California [and maybe even some locum tenens throughout the US] and am excited about working in the frontlines of medical care. My husband Franz and I are enjoying the coast. Our children are out of the house, attending college and working. Time to bike, hike and ski as well as enjoy our families and friends. Come visit us. And, no I don't surf. Life is good.
Dr. Sara Faulkner and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in April. Our kids Nick, 28, and Kristina, 25, are wonderful, very close with us, and even closer with each other. We still live on the water on Bainbridge Island, Wash., and are very engaged with work. I just became the president of Group Health Permanente and I am still the medical director of the owned and operated delivery system as well. Sara still works in leadership development for Group Health. We look forward to retirement and a more relaxed pace. And we still love each other.
WOW – 30 years!! I am still happily working in my private practice as a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. My office is less than 10 minutes away by bicycle and most days that is how I get to and from my office. I continue to teach in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA providing supervision to child fellows. I also have continued attending in the pediatric clinic also at UCLA. My children are continuing in their education. Jenny, 25, is completing an elementary school credential program this year. Jonathan, 23, graduated from Stanford last year and is now working as an economics research assistant before (hopefully) going on to law school. An interesting choice for a chemistry major! Jeffrey, 21, a junior at Yale is hoping to find an internship in New York this summer. He would love to write for a magazine – if anyone has leads let us know! Juliana and Joelle are 16 and 15 years old respectively and are busy in high school. Andy and I are trying to carve out fun time and recently went to Australia and New Zealand for two weeks. Our commitment to trying to maintain balance comes after I went through breast cancer treatment almost five years ago. I'm feeling well and appreciative of every day!
John Friden's five daughters with spouses and grandchildren
Here is a photo of our five daughters with spouses and grandchildren. We've had another grandchild since the picture was taken and we're expecting #14 in early December (4 granddaughters and 10 grandsons). I continue to work fulltime for Intermountain Healthcare as a family physician. I enjoy the profession, especially continuing to care for patients that started with me during residency, including their children and grandchildren. I also stay busy with ecclesiastic duties in the LDS Church, but occasionally find time to golf, snow ski and water ski with the family. I have just finished restoring my 1971 Boss 351 Mustang that I drove while attending UCD. I hope all is well with you and yours!!
New job: Executive Director of the California Hospital Patient Safety Organization.
David J. Manske
I continue to thrive at Kaiser/ South Sacramento, in my 23rd year here. I am active on many committees, am the physician O.R. director, assistant chief of our Orthopaedic Surgery department, chair of our quality assurance program and am busy in the preparations for our hospital to become a Level Two Trauma Center next year! I continue to enjoy my very busy practice and the training of UC Davis Orthopaedic Surgery residents. My wife, Kerry, our OR manager, just retired and I hope to join her, in retirement, in 7 seven years. My beautiful children, my proudest accomplishments, are doing very well. Sarah, born during my fourth year, will be 28 in December and works at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. Heather, 20, is an extremely active junior at UCLA, studying art history. David, the "baby" at 18, started his freshman year at UC Santa Cruz in September. My personal and professional life could not be more fulfilling and I am truly grateful for all that I have! I miss my old med school friends and hope to see you all at our 30th reunion, in 2011.
I'm a professor of anesthesiology and biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester. Daughter Eve, 22, is a farmer in Massachusetts. Daughter Hannah, 19 is an artist in Cleveland and son Aaron, 13, is in eighth grade. My wife, Laurie, teaches Latin at the local Jesuit high school.
I have recently hired a second nephrologist for my practice (makes three total) in central N.J. I also serve as medical director for the Somerville, N.J., dialysis unit for Renal Ventures.
Jeanne A. Conry
I have been elected the chair for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District IX.
ALOHA! I recently moved back to Oahu with my 13-year-old daughter for a fine private school and Honolulu lifestyle. Still miss Yosemite and Bay Area. It is nice to be back with old friends and the "BIG CITY" life. We bought a house in Manoa near her new school. New office in Honolulu and keeping the Hilo office until transition is safe. I am done with Olympics, Iron Man, etc., and hope to retire soon. Real Estate has been good to me. Sold my Hilo house/ waterfall and selling my Hamakua farm/cabin/waterfall and my Waikiki condo now also, if anyone is interested. Come on: HELP ME RETIRE!
I am still living in San Francisco with my husband and three kids. I have been working at Genentech on drug development. We visited with Jeff McDonald (class of 1992) and his family in Alaska and had a fantastic time experiencing authentic Alaska. The photo is of Jeff and my son, Zachary
I am so blessed to be married to my best friend, Rafael. Our four kids keep mama very busy with all the sports, dance and music activities. Our children keep JOY in our life! We have travelled the world (family trips and then adult vacations), our favorite destinations being places with warm weather and good food. I work parttime for Kaiser San Diego seeing patients in the morning. I received a grant for clinical research in obesity and am presently the medical director of Patient and Health Education for Kaiser San Diego. I hope to complete my fellowship in anti-aging in the next two years. Nurturing my interests outside of medicine, I helped to develop and endorse a line of mineral makeup for Youngevity, an international company. I enjoy outdoor activities, especially hiking and biking. If you watch KPBS you might see my husband Rafael doing commercials promoting wellness and preventive health.
My wife Melinda and I have built a beautiful loving family – three boys and one girl. We keep them active in soccer, basketball, dance, piano, guitar, etc. One of my highlights has been to coach soccer for the last eight years while keeping my professional practice going. I enjoy watching my kids grow up and compete in sports. I stay in shape with biking and basketball and love working out with my boys. Professionally, I am a busy staff physician at Kaiser San Diego. In addition to clinical practice, I have served in administrative roles such as Asthma Champion for Primary Care. I am currently chair of the Diversity Council, a position which challenges me constantly.
After 11 years of practicing all aspects of family medicine, I have stopped doing hospital work and delivering babies. It was a great joy but it's nice to have more free time and fewer sleepless nights. My "side job" is training my two sons, 11 and 9, in competitive tennis. I am fortunate that my children love the game almost as much as me. I'll be traveling in mid October to play for the United States Tennis Association National Team Championships in Tucson, Ariz. My oldest son, Joshua, just skipped sixth grade and loves human anatomy more than I ever did; so far, he says he wants to be doctor, too.
Maria Cecilia Garcia-Rossier
I have been working with Sutter North Medical Foundation In Yuba City since 2001 and enjoy my work as a diagnostic radiologist. It is fantastic working outpatient since I have a lot of time to enjoy life. I keep busy with my three rescue Chihuahuas and two cats. I have been taking watercolor classes for several years and still have so much to learn. Hope all is well!
Editor's Note: This story, which first appeared in The Union August 2008, is reprinted with permission from Soumitro Sen, Union reporter. It has been edited for space.
Though her love for the outdoors is what drew neurologist Susan Greenawald to Nevada County from Sacramento last year, she has a greater mission to accomplish in the area through her medical expertise.
Greenawald, 45, is the director of a new stroke program that starts this month at the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. She has a medical degree from the University of California, Davis, and did her residency at Stanford University. Greenawald has also started her private practice in an office on Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley.
"Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and in the world," Greenawald said. "That's the reason why we wanted to start a program, because there are so many elderly people in this area."
The biggest danger with stroke is it can be painless and some symptoms could be hard to identify, such as numbness or weakness in a part of the body, speaking difficulties or loss of vision, Greenawald said.
"People need to get into the hospital as soon as they think they have stroke, because we have very beneficial therapies that need to be given within three hours of symptom onset," Greenawald said.
The hospital is hosting lectures on stroke to educate the public, Greenawald said. "Once people have a stroke, we maximize their improvement through medication and various therapies," she added. The hospital foundation is trying to raise about $100,000 for the stroke program, Greenawald said.
I work at Edelman Mental Health as a bilingual psychiatrist for the Department of Mental Health parttime. I am married to Robert Ashley, an internist, and have a 5-year-old son Colin and a 2-year-old daughter Shawna.
R. Chris Searles
Editor's note: This story, which appeared in The San Diego Metropolitan in September 2008, is reprinted with permission from Tim McClain.
Dr. Chris Searles does house calls one better. He calls on communities. As co-director of the UCSD Combined Family Medicine and Psychiatry Residency Program, Searles goes out in the field with the mobile medical unit or to St. Vincent de Paul Family Health Center and Clinic, or Hoover and Southwest high schools or the Scripps Family Medicine Residency program in Chula Vista. Searles' clinical practice is devoted to the primary care of underserved communities.
A native San Diegan, Searles, 38, earned his undergraduate degree at UCSD – in writing – and his medical degree from UC Davis. Now he is an assistant clinical professor at UCSD. His specialty is behavioral medicine; his passion, to find creative ways to deal with preventable disease and shore up the health disparities that exist for families below the poverty line. He founded RecreationRx.org, a statewide initiative that partners physicians with recreational organizations. Searles' main prescription for preventing obesity: exercise. And his ongoing mission is to find ways to break down the barriers – primarily financial – to exercise. A Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Searles also is a Chula Vista parks and recreation commissioner and immediate past chair of the Chula Vista city ethics board.
The light at the end of the tunnel is approaching! I am doing a one-year fellowship in Head and Neck Oncologic, Skull Base and Microvascular Surgery at Vanderbilt University. Afterwards I'll be heading back to the Cleveland area for work. In the meantime, Michele and the kids are holding down the fort in Cleveland. Blaise started kindergarten this fall, and Cary is enjoying preschool.
Here's a recent family photo of my two girls (Shanthi, Shermila) and my husband Tim. I just finished my child psychiatry fellowship training at UC Davis, after finishing my adult psychiatry training in San Mateo. I work three days a week for River Oak Center for children in Sacramento and have started a psychiatry private practice here in Davis working with children, but also some adults. Tim is working as a Kaiser pharmacist. My older daughter is applying to college for next year and the younger one is in 10th grade. Seems like time is whizzing by, but I've enjoyed the journey as well. It's great to be done with school after being the eternal student! It was worth every step of the road.