Three alumni honored as San Joaquin Pharmacists Association Hall of Fame recipients.

Michael Pastrick ’73 presents the Hall of Fame award to Dr. Floriddia.

Over the weekend, Drs. Donald Floriddia ’71, alumnus, current professor and Associate Dean of Student Affairs; Ralph Saroyan ‘64, alumnus, pharmacist, and retired Assistant Dean of Student Affairs; and Charlie Green ’68, alumnus and long time Green Brothers Pharmacy owner, were inducted as inaugural members of the San Joaquin Pharmacists Association (SJPhA) Hall of Fame. They were recognized during SJPhA’s annual Crab Feed Fundraiser held at the Church of Presentation in Stockton, CA which hosted more than 500 attendees including faculty members, alumni, and students. Drs. Floriddia and Green are also past inductees of the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Hall of Fame.

Nam Nguyen ’08, SJPhA president, with Dr. Saroyan at SJPhA Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

The idea for the SJPhA Hall of Fame was created by Dr. Adam Kaye ‘95, past president and board member, who saw a need to recognize individuals for their long and distinguished service to the association and profession. In addition, this award recognizes individuals who exemplify leadership qualities and provide mentorship within the local, state and national arenas.

Carlo Michelotti ’61 was a highly respected local pharmacist and when he died in 2010 I was surprised to discover that some of our own board members never got a chance to meet him or learn of his accomplishments. The Hall of Fame will help close this gap,” said Dr. Kaye.

Ed Rogan, pharmacist of Green Brothers Pharmacies of more than 10 years, presented Dr. Green with the Hall of Fame award.

The three honorees have been invited to serve on the selection committee for next year. Future installation into the Hall of Fame will continue to be held in conjunction with the annual fundraiser.

The SJPhA, a regional chapter of the CPhA, represents all pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties. To learn more about SJPhA, visit www.sjpharx.com.

Guest Blog: Here I am! Muli Bwanje (I’m sure I butchered the spelling)

Here it is, my first posting from Malawi!  I can’t believe I left only one week ago yesterday…part of that is because of the unplanned 2-day layover in Johannesburg (who knew Air Malawi stopped flying in October?).  So, I arrived in Blantyre on Saturday via South African Airways.  Still awaiting word on two pieces of luggage that didn’t show up in Johannesburg.  They were there, I’m sure, but who knows exactly where.

After my arrival and quick stop by the grocery store for essentials (TP, milk, top ramen, canned tuna, coffee and beer), Aysha greeted me and took me “big grocery shopping!”  I was thrilled to have her guidance—and the ride so I could really load up.  Her welcome itinerary also included attending a large party to wish an expecting couple well prior to the soon-to-be mother’s journey to the UK (better healthcare).  A small dinner party at her house followed this and the full day was a great way to acclimatize to Malawi.

Everyone from the luggage handlers to the taxi drivers (especially the one named “Rightfoot”) to the air-time agent (internet) has been extremely helpful and generous with their time (and patience)!  Malawian patience is one of the biggest cultural differences I have noticed.  As an example, I was at the bank yesterday at closing time (inadvertently—3pm—who knew?) and was 8th in the line for deposits.  The two being served had enormous amounts of cash to deposit—bags filled with “bricks” of 500 kwacha notes.  I was told the bricks were each 1,000,000 kwacha, and the one person must have stacked 8 bricks on the counter ($1=165kwacha).  Each brick has 10 rubber-banded bundles of 100,000 kwacha.  Well, the teller has to unbundle each and put the stack into the cash counter and then rebundle the brick very neatly.  I don’t think the line moved for 30 minutes.  I suggested to my Malawian colleague who brought me, that it might be better for me to come back tomorrow.  Her reply was, “but you are so close!” When I finally got to the teller to deposit my rent money into an account, I was told politely that I had filled out the deposit slip incorrectly.  He did not have any forms for me to fill out, so he corrected mine (“let me show you how we fill out the deposit form”), made the deposit for me, and told me to go fill out the form again and come to him directly to have the form stamped indicating proof of deposit.  I finished my banking in only 90 minutes!

The weather is fantastic.  It is hot in the sun (80s and humid) and each day thunderstorms have rolled through.  Some carry umbrellas, but no one wears a rain jacket.  I haven’t been caught in the rain, but it’s inevitable.

I am looking forward to classes starting Monday.  This week the students are on holiday so my schedule includes some meetings and time to prepare for classes.  On Friday I will lead a workshop on clinical instruction to assist the clinicians as they prepare for the 2nd year students to begin their first clinical experiences.

My housing is very nice—I have rented a 2 bedroom guesthouse on a property within walking distance of the College of Medicine.  Utilities are included, as are housekeeping, security guards, and a gardener.  I think this is fairly typical in Blantyre—people either live in a house where people work or they work in a house where people live.  Most homes have “servants” quarters as well.  This is where the housekeeper lives.  The guards rotate so there is 24 hour coverage, but live off site, as does the gardener.

As I write this, the sun has come up, the birds have awakened, and thunder is rolling in the distance.  I will post it a bit later in the day, as there is “too much traffic on the internet” to maintain connectivity in the morning and evening.  This has wreaked havoc on my plans to audio skype (either Malawi’s asleep or the US is asleep when the internet is accessible), so for now Richard and I are chatting briefly on the phone every day or two.  If you need to get in touch, email me or let Richard know!  I’m still working to send/receive international texts….

That’s it for now!  I’m safe and getting situated and looking forward to classes starting!

 

Dr. Peterson will periodically post guest blogs.  To follow her full blog visit malawinotmaui (Learning and teaching physical therapy students in Malawi).

Alumni Spotlight: Christine Nguyen ’10

When you imagine a pharmacy career, what comes to mind? Is it the pharmacist at the retail store pharmacy, the pharmacist at the hospital, or the pharmacist at your local community pharmacy? At first glance, many may not realize that there is a vast array of career opportunities in pharmacy. Dr. Christine Nguyen ‘10 shares her story and why she chose to participate in the doctor of pharmacy/master of sciences in business administration (PharmD/MBA) dual-degree program.

Dr. Nguyen received her PharmD/MBA from Pacific in 2010. Today, as trade relations manager at Envision Pharmaceutical Services, a pharmacy-benefit management (PBM) company, she manages manufacturer contracts and rebate administration operations.

Many companies are turning to PBMs to act as third party administrators for their prescription drug benefits. Dr. Nguyen saw this growing industry and jumped at the opportunity to seek a career that will allow her to practice pharmacy and business.

“My area leverages relationships with prescription drug manufacturers such as Pfizer and Astra Zeneca to provide drug cost savings and key disease management programs for our members. It is an exciting and challenging way to incorporate pharmacy knowledge and business skills,” said Dr. Nguyen.

She admits that the journey to obtain her PharmD/MBA was a bit tricky because of the areas of focus in her courses but was excited about how the two subjects provided different sets of challenges for her.

“I knew two things for sure: that an MBA would open doors not otherwise available to me and that I was very capable of handling a larger course load than was outlined in the pharmacy program,” commented Dr. Nguyen. “At the end of the day, the two areas of study make for a very well-rounded educational background,” she added.

Dr. Nguyen believes that a PharmD/MBA also sets her apart from other pharmacists who chose to only pursue a doctor of pharmacy because she enjoys the flexibility of having opportunities outside of the clinical areas of her company. In addition, she feels her educational background in business has not only benefited her in her professional career, but personal life as well.

As a student who sought to find the right career path, Dr. Nguyen believes student pharmacists should explore opportunities that play to their strengths and passions. “There are so many career options available in the pharmacy profession. You won’t regret it,” she said.

In her spare time, Dr. Nguyen enjoys cooking, running half marathons (she has completed three), and listening to news radio in the morning.

To learn more about the PharmD/MBA dual-degree program, click here.

 

Department of Speech-Language Pathology host luncheon for December graduates

Nearly 15 master of science speech-language pathology students returned to the School to celebrate their success at the Speech-Language Pathology December Graduate Luncheon after completing their clinical externships. The graduates, faculty, and staff were excited to regroup and catch up on exciting news.

“I’m excited to be back. It was a lot of hard work but it was all worth it,” said Kelly Johnson ‘10 ‘11. Johnson completed her clinical externship at Mills Health Center Hospital in San Mateo, CA working in outpatient speech therapy. She will be starting her professional career working with children for Aspire Schools in Sacramento.

The graduates will return to the School again in May to participate in the University’s Commencement Ceremony.

The graduates are students enrolled in the 15-month program. The master of science degree has three programs: 15-month, 24-month, and an evening degree program.

Dr. Ed Sherman: It’s a profession, not a job.

Children often wonder what they will be when they grow up. From pirate to rock star to doctor, children explore inexhaustible possibilities of what they could become, just as long as it’s fun and exciting. When children grow up, some continue their education through college, some find jobs to work and make money, some find something to do through the connections they have developed, and then there are the lucky few who find that special career that still gives them that joyous and exciting feeling they once had when they were young. Dr. Ed Sherman, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Pharmacy Practice, is one of the lucky people who found an exciting career he loves and has made lasting impacts on his community through his career as a pharmacist.

Dr. Sherman was born and raised in Los Angeles and Orange County. After graduating from high school, he attended a junior college then transferred to University of Southern California where he was interested in becoming a chemical engineer. “Being a pharmacist was my alternative”, Dr. Sherman said, “It was around the time of the Vietnam war and they weren’t taking any pharmacists (into war). I was able to do more of what I loved.” Although he found joy in his career as a pharmacist, Dr. Sherman’s road to happiness was not always a smooth one. “My father didn’t want me to go to college. He wanted me to take over his trucking business”, he explained, “but my mother would take me aside and say, ‘keep going, keep studying.’”

Dr. Sherman faced another bump in the road when his father-in-law had a heart attack. He decided to run his father-in-law’s industrial hardware business until he was well enough to get back on his feet. After three years, his father-in-law was ready to get back into work and Dr. Sherman was able to jump back into his career in pharmacy. Dr. Sherman shares his passion for pharmacy by opening students’ eyes to pharmacy in new light through his pharmacy elective course called “Opportunities in Pharmacy”. In his class, students have the opportunity to “round out their education to the real world”, Dr. Sherman stated, “We talk about family in class too because family is important. Having good communication skills and how you treat people is important.” He expressed his love for his career saying that “pharmacy is something I enjoyed and did well.”

On October 9, 2011, Dr. Sherman’s passion and dedication as a pharmacist was recognized by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) as the Outstanding Faculty Liaison of the Year at NCPA’s Annual Convention. This award was the first in its history for California, let alone the University of the Pacific. For over ten years, Dr. Sherman has served in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. In addition, he currently serves as Treasurer for the California Pharmacists Association and San Joaquin Pharmacists Association, and is the advisor for the NCPA student chapter. Through Dr. Sherman’s assistance and the cooperative effort of the chapter, students were able to send more than one thousand letters to law makers in Sacramento to stop the overwhelming ten percent cuts to community pharmacists.

As if Dr. Sherman doesn’t do enough, he also supervises students’ participation in the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. The NCPA and Foundation created this competition to motivate students to develop the detailed plans required to buy an existing independent community pharmacy or cultivate a pharmacy of their very own. In 2005, Pacific NCPA chapter won the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition and were finalists in 2011.

Dr. Sherman has enjoyed much success through his career in pharmacy but has also been a trail blazer for the young dreamers pursuing this career field. When asked what he hopes students would learn from him, Dr. Sherman replied, “To keep their eyes and minds open all the time. Learn to communicate; being an extrovert will help you be successful and get you a career. Realize that there is more to pharmacy than just education. It’s helping people, themselves and being creative. It’s a profession, not a job.”

 

Pang Moua ’12: Motherhood’s reach goes beyond home

Moua credits her sons for her success and ability to relate to her patients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most students go about their days worrying about how they are going to balance their studies with their social lives. Pang Moua ’12 has a different challenge—school or family?

Moua is challenged with balancing the demands of not only being a pharmacy student, but being a wife and a mother of two. “I had my second son two weeks before the first semester of pharmacy school started, so it was quite challenging to balance time at the beginning with school, family, sleep, and studying,” she said. Despite the challenge, Moua exceeds her duties as a student and a mother and never has to choose one over the other.

This year, Moua was recognized as one of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Student Chapter Outstanding Members of the Year. “Coming into pharmacy school with a background in independent and community pharmacy, NCPA was the right organization for me to expand my knowledge and leadership skills.” Moua was NCPA’s Vice President of Finance and her responsibilities included budgeting and issuing reimbursements.

However, she does not regard that as her biggest accomplishment. The humble mother of two is just glad that she finished the didactic portion of pharmacy school. “It may sound silly, but as a mother of two boys, balancing time for school and time for my kids can be challenging at times, especially when they are sick during midterms or finals and I have to be up with them during the night” Moua said.

While most students will never know what it’s like to do well in school while taking care of their own children, Moua uses her experience to thrive during her rotations. “I believe that being a mother has helped shaped me into the person that I am today and in developing my professional career,” she said. Motherhood has given her a valuable perspective in treating her patients. “Whenever I am at work and parents ask questions regarding which medication is best for their child, I am grateful that I am able to relate and help them out. It makes me see pharmacy in a totally different way.”

With a little more hard work, Moua is months away from graduating and closer to achieving her career goals in community pharmacy and owning her own independent pharmacy. “My goal is to someday open an independent pharmacy and help bridge the gap between western medicines and traditional Hmong medicines. I believe that preventive medicine is an important concept/idea that many patients don’t understand and is something that I would like to empower my patients with,” she said.

Moua is a role model among her peers. Despite her status as a mother and full-time student, she continues to excel and enjoy her journey. She encourages her fellow students to make the most out of their experience in pharmacy school. “Study hard and enjoy pharmacy school because three years go by quickly. Try to get involved in as many campus activities, organizations, and health fairs as you can because it provides you with opportunities to grow both personally and professionally.”

 

Brenda Huey ’12: Finding success in failure

Brenda Huey ’12 with Drs. Cheryl Resnik and Cathy Peterson at the 2010 Physical Therapy White Coat Ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Brenda Huey ’12 was seven years old, she tried gymnastics for the first time and after spending a year and a half in the gym, her and her parents discovered it wasn’t a good fit for her. She remained active and sought a healthy lifestyle, through her undergraduate years at California State University, San Francisco and continues that lifestyle today.

She reflected on her first experience as an undergraduate student volunteering abroad and working with patients in need of physical therapy. Huey spent a month in India in 2008 as part of an international volunteer program where she spent her time between the town’s only physical therapy clinic and on home visits to children with neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injuries.

“It was an eye opener for me because there was so much need in that community yet the services were limited to one clinic,” commented Huey. “I realized I wanted to work in healthcare, especially with children, and work in a field where I can support patients and help them facilitate their movement,” added Huey.

While completing her undergraduate studies, Huey got a second chance at gymnastics by becoming a preschool gymnastics teacher at Gymtowne Gymnastics. Although she didn’t return as a gymnast, she helped those around her master it and use the sport as a foundation to help children improve their movement skills. After graduation, Huey continued to teach gymnastics part-time and began working full-time at a pediatric physical therapy clinic taking on the role of clinic and aquatic therapy aide and teacher for the clinic’s Early Intervention program.

Just recently Huey, with support from Dr. Todd Davenport and nearly 50 Department of Physical Therapy faculty and students, organized Perfect 10 at GymStars Gymnastics in Stockton to promote the importance and benefits of having physically active lifestyles for children with special developmental needs. The event was funded by First 5 of San Joaquin and was so successful it maxed out their occupancy at more than 20 children from the community.

Her goal was to return to San Francisco after graduation, but after organizing Perfect 10 she is considering staying and continuing her work in Stockton. “San Francisco has many resources for children with special developmental needs and smaller cities like Stockton don’t. I’d like to stay in a community where the resources are low and make a difference” said Huey.

She hopes that Perfect 10 will inspire others to help the community and that peers will continue to grow the event for many years to come. Huey also encourages other students to get involved and become advocates for change to allow patients to receive services beyond treatment in the clinic. She says much of what she has been able to accomplish is because she is part of a program where faculty are invested in her professional and personal goals. “Talking and getting to know faculty members and allowing them to get to know you is important” she mentioned.

When she is not in class or organizing programs to benefit the community, Huey is enjoying rock climbing, practicing muay-thai, or training for marathons. She just completed the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco in October.

 

Dr. Tamara Phelan ’08: Providing many paths to understanding

Dr. Tamara Phelan ’08 is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. She earned her bachelor of science at Tennessee State University, her masters and doctor of orthopedic manual therapy from Ola Grimsby Institute, and her doctor of education from University of the Pacific in 2008. Dr. Phelan was inspired to become a physical therapist when she discovered that she enjoyed working with people to improve physical function, and because of the wide variety of opportunities available to physical therapists.

After earning her bachelor’s degree, Dr. Phelan practiced in a variety of clinical settings while pursuing a masters and doctorate in manual therapy, and becoming a fellow in the American Academy of Orhtopedic Manual Physical Therapy.  Prior to coming to pacific,  Dr. Phelan taught post professional courses for physical therapists for the Ola Grimsby Institute and was adjunct faculty at Belmont University and Tennessee State University. She joined the Pacific faculty in 2001 teaching kinesiology and orthopedic and manual therapy.

What Dr. Phelan enjoys most about teaching is the opportunity for creativity, the challenge of communicating an idea well and the interactions with students.  “I love the process of separating a concept into fundamental ideas and then teaching students how to reconstruct the concept from multiple perspectives, so that they ultimately gain a deep understanding of the concept”.  “I think that the process of education is universal in that a student learns not only what they need to know, but how much more there always is to know.  When education is successful one can operate comfortably in spite of that uncertainty.”

Dr. Phelan finds interacting with students extremely rewarding because they are so fully engaged and eager to learn. “The students I teach are in general so respectful and appreciative, they have worked so hard to get into the program and they are so committed to doing well and simply going forth into the world to do something good.  Teaching them makes me feel better about the world.” said Dr. Phelan.

To help aspiring physical therapists prepare themselves, Dr. Phelan encourages students to research the field well before they pursue a career in physical therapy, and apply themselves fully when completing the prerequisites, good advice that would apply to any educational pursuit.

 

 

 

 

Nicholaus Brock ’11 ’12: Turning passion into a career

For many students who enter college, whether it is a community or undergraduate institution, they face a major dilemma during their first year in choosing their program of study. After graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Stockton, Nicholaus Brock ’11 ‘12 attended San Joaquin Delta College to study art. Not long after, he decided to study psychology and then medicine before transferring to Humbolt State University to explore courses in wild life.

In 2008, Brock participated in the Quail Lakes Summer Day Camp, organized by Quail Lakes Baptist Church in Stockton, where he worked with first through fifth grade students. Because he enjoyed it so much, he continued to be involved for an additional two years. It was also during this time that he was given an opportunity to participate in the Meadowwood Springs Speech and Hearing Camp in Oregon. There he worked as a student clinician providing therapy to children with speech and language impairments and discovered his interest in speech and hearing therapy.

“During my time with the Quail Lakes Summer Day Camp, I realized how much I enjoyed working with kids and I missed that interaction when I transferred to Humbolt,” said Brock. “My brother is a speech-language pathologist and I didn’t think that was the career for me until I attended the speech and hearing camp in Oregon,” he added.

Having already changed degree programs four times, he didn’t let this final course correction slow him down or weaken his self-esteem. He was looking for his passion and he found it at Pacific in Speech-Language Pathology.

Brock came to Pacific because he enjoyed the college community atmosphere but mainly because Pacific’s speech-language pathology program is “one of the top programs in the nation.” As an undergraduate, what he enjoyed most was his time in the clinics. “My first clinical was with two children and I was excited because I love working with kids,” he commented.

Today he has taken on more than just courses and books. Brock just completed his term as co-president of Pacific’s National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). Under his leadership, they were able to increase student memberships and involvement and raise funds to support local and national initiatives at the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorder Center and in Cambodia.

Brock is also a member of the California Speech-Hearing Association (CSHA).  He provided analytical support to Dr. Jill Duthie on her research “Student Clinicians’ Perceptions of Change in Clinical Competentencies: A Comparison of Two Instructional Approaches”, which they both will be presenting at the CSHA Annual State Convention in March in San Jose. The research focuses on different self-evaluation systems that allow students to determine the impact of their services and how each client is progressing during their clinical sessions. In addition, he is also working with Dr. Jeannene Ward-Lonergan on his graduate thesis focused on the comparison of verbal communication skills by augmentative and alternative communication users and their speech-language pathologists.

Currently Brock sits on the Pacific Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Board as a student representative, a position that was created through his effort to engage and connect students and alumni while he was co-president of NSSLHA.

“We started working with our alumni because we felt it was important to get their involvement and support,” said Brock. He continued by saying “It’s important to give back to help increase current students’ educational experience and I hope to do this once I am done with school.”

After graduation, Brock hopes to work in the educational school system where he can continue to work with children. Down the road he would like to create a speech and hearing camp in California, serve as a supervisor for students, and one day take part in Operation Smile (which he says was inspired by Dr. Duthie).

Unlike many, Brock took a road less traveled but it looks like a promising one.

Pacific pharmacy students present at national meeting

With over 20 health outreach events scheduled for October and November in celebration of American Pharmacist Month, Pacific’s student pharmacists are not showing any sign of slowing down. Instead they are gearing up for the many professional meetings that are approaching quickly. Ten student pharmacists who worked together in individual groups presented three poster presentations at the 2011 American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana last week.

Virginia Hon ‘12, Sam Ekern ‘12, Zeenal Patel ‘12, et al. presented “Dabigatran co-administration with a proton pump inhibitor has no impact on activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) values: pilot results,” Christine Giang ‘12, Krystal Sherman ‘12, Andrew Haydon ’12, Wing-Chi Leung ‘12, et al, presented “An evaluation of nutraceutical thorough QT studies,” and Janice Li ‘12, Raymond Gan ‘12, Jeremy Lim ‘12, et al, presented “Pharmacotherapy vs Pneumatic Compression: A comparison between ranexa and enhanced external counterpulsation.”

Poster presentations provide students an opportunity to network with professionals in the field, garner feedback on their presentation, and enhance their communication and presentation skills.

Sam Ekern ’12 patiently wait by his poster to answer any questions that meeting attendees might have.

Haircuts for Health: Transforming Student Outreach

On November 19, 2011, student pharmacists hosted the Inaugural Haircuts for Health event in Stockton, CA to serve the African American population. After being inspired by the mission of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, which is based in Southern California, Daniel Salas ’13, Lindsay Noriega ’13, and Deshawnda Gilliam ’13, set out to create a similar event in Stockton.

Their goal is to address health care disparities among the African Americans in Stockton by offering health screenings and providing educational information so individuals can take preventive measures and family members can become more aware of the issues.

Jason Miller ’14 and Taylor Hudson ’14 attend to a health fair participant.

“The patient education provided at this event made a huge impact on the subsequent health care decisions made by the patients who were consulted, judging from feedback from the students who participated in the event,” said Dr. Oby Stan-Ugbene who provided guidance for the event.

With support from the Phi Lambda Sigma grant, funding from Phi Delta Chi, and the Flowers Heritage Foundation, the event was held at three local barbershops: Tru Barber Styles, Bay Kutz, and Dudes & Divas, to offer free health screenings, flu vaccinations, and haircuts. The students also collaborated with Dr. Kwabena Adubofour, a local African American physician who has been widely recognized for his outstanding work to curb disparities in diabetes health care in the San Joaquin Valley, to offer free follow-up consultations for any patients that may have abnormal results.

“It’s important that the students are offering these services. It’s beneficial to the community because many don’t have insurance to see a doctor” commented Sean Green, barber at Dudes and Divas.

Overall, the student pharmacists, under preceptor supervision, provided screenings to more than 40 patients and a total of 44 flu immunizations.

“The turnout wasn’t quite what I had hoped for, but it was a turnout I was expecting. We anticipated that the African American community would be one of hardest ethnic groups to reach out to, and we did our best to prepare for that,” said Salas. “But the majority of the patients we served were African American, making this our most successful African American health outreach event to date,” he added.

 

Perfect 10: Introducing gymnastics to physical therapy

On November 19, 2011, the Department of Physical Therapy hosted Perfect 10 at Gymstar Gymnastics in Stockton, CA welcoming more than 20 children and their families. Perfect 10 is an adapted gymnastics event designed for children with special physical needs to explore their movement in a safe and facilitating environment. Faculty and students led the event using their knowledge of motor development and exercise to encourage and challenge each child’s movement repertoire. The event was full of activities providing exploratory motor and sensory experiences such as jumping on a trampoline, walking on a balance beam, climbing ladders, and “swimming” through a large foam pit.

Funding and support for the event was provided by First 5 of San Joaquin. Looking towards the future, they hope to continue the success of this inaugural event through various community grants, which will allow us to provide a sustainable program for the community and provide an outlet for positive development for this special population in San Joaquin County.

In addition, they hope this type of event will encourage greater involvement from students to engage in their community where they will be inspired to combine their passion and service together to offer the community more unique resources.

DPT students and Perfect 10 participants pose for a picture before ending the night.