LKS Hosts Inaugural Hygeia Health Fair

On May 6, 2012, the sisters of Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS) hosted the inaugural Hygeia Health Fair at First Baptist Church in Stockton. By hosting the health fair, LKS gave the Stockton community the opportunity to take their health into their own hands and become more informed about their health.

The sisters prepared for the event by publicizing throughout Stockton. LKS president Su Kang ’14 even made an advertisement on the radio inviting people to stop by the health fair to take advantage of the free health screenings. The free health screenings included blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, and bone density.

In addition to the health screenings and consultations, the sisters focused on educating children about their health. The kids also took advantage of arts and crafts that included face painting and making a Mother’s Day card for their moms. This part of the health fair not only engaged the kids while their parents visited the health fair, but allowed the kids to get a jump start on learning about the importance of their health.

Nearly 200 residents from Stockton attended the health fair. “We received a lot of positive feedback from attendees who said they very grateful to be given the opportunity to be educated about their health and well-being,” said Tiffany Lorenzo ‘13.




Physical Therapy Student Spotlight: Genevieve Correa ’12

Dr. Sandra Bellamy ’97, ’99, ‘03 presented Correa with the George H. Sanderson Scholarship for Physical Therapy at the Doctor of Physical Therapy Candidacy Luncheon

When Genevieve Correa ’12 graduated from University of California Los Angeles with a bachelor of science in mathematics and computer science she wasn’t sure if she would become a mathematician or a scientist. The biggest surprise yet is she didn’t know she would become a student of physical therapy.

“After holding various jobs which included being an algebra teacher, a personal trainer, a physical therapist aide, and more, I realized I had a niche for biomechanics due to my background in athletics and personal injury,” said Correa. “I always loved helping people improve themselves in different aspects of their life and I really think that drew me towards physical therapy,” she added.

Correa was particularly interested in Pacific’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program because it was an accelerated 25-month program. She soon learned that it had more to offer than a speedy entrance into the profession. During her visit to Pacific, she was moved by the “camaraderie that the students and faculty had and how each faculty member and administrators cared for the students as human beings and not just another student in the program.”

She credits the accelerated program in helping her balance her time and stay on top of her studies while enjoying her personal life. “The intense 19-month didactic curriculum plus the 6-month externship span taught me to adapt and improvise and allowed me to learn different approaches to patient care which I can apply both in the clinics and everyday interactions,” commented Correa.

As she spends the remainder of the program as a Proprioceptive Neurological Facilitation (PNF) program resident in the Post-Graduate Physical Therapy PNF Program at Kaiser Foundation Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, California, she reminisces about her time at Pacific. “My favorite memory is coordinating the 2011 Physical Therapy Tiger Dash and Cub Run. After arduous organizing and planning, it was amazing to see how our class and the community came together to support one cause,” says Correa.

The annual Physical Therapy Tiger Dash and Cub Run is hosted on campus to raise funds to support student physical therapists at the annual American Physical Therapists Association (APTA), Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) and student activities.

Each year graduating physical therapy students complete the program in December and commence the following May. Correa will formally graduate at the 2013 Commencement Ceremony in May.



Pharmacy Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Masatoru Abe ’11

Unlike many students in high school, Andrew Masatoru Abe ’11 knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up: a pharmacist. He, a fourth generation Japanese American from Hawaii, was accepted at Pacific in the three-three pre-pharmacy program and recently graduated with a doctor of pharmacy in 2011.

His inspiration to study pharmacy came from observing a local community pharmacist. “He seemed to know everyone that came in, knew about their problems, and truly cared about their health and wellbeing. He was a healthcare professional that was actively involved in his community. I knew then that I wanted to be part of a profession that cared so much for the community that they served,” said Andrew.

Andrew is among a unique group of graduates who secured a fellowship right after graduation. Currently, he is the Fellow of Drug Information and Evidence-Based Practice at Creighton University. In addition to responding to drug information questions from healthcare professionals, conducting research in pharmacy practice, and preparing monographs and class reviews for Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) Pharmacy and Therapeutic (P&T) monthly meetings, he is also an instructor of pharmacy practice.

What motivates him to work hard is his parents. “They have been supporting me throughout everything and have never pushed me to be more than I am. I just want to make them proud by doing well in everything I do,” commented Andrew. Doing well will also help him accomplish his goal to grow as a healthcare professional so that he can better serve his patients and be a reliable source for other healthcare providers.

Other individuals also played an important role in shaping Andrew into who he is today. Although he says all of the professors were caring and concerned about each student’s professional career, Dr. James Uchizono, Assistant Dean and Director, Pre-Health Programs and Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, “was always willing to listen and discuss topics related or unrelated to his class.” “He is an example of the caliber of instructors at Pacific and someone I look up to as a role model, a professional which I could emulate.”

During his Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotation, Dr. Sachin Shah, Assistant Professor and Regional Coordinator-Travis AFB, also served as a mentor to Andrew. Dr. Shah is credited with encouraging Andrew to seek out options after graduation and “really helped me develop as a professional.” “Without him, I would not be where I am now,” added Andrew.

In his free time, Andrew enjoys cooking and trying new recipes. “When I was little, I told my mom that I would be a full time chef and a part time doctor. She started to laugh until she realized that I was serious. She then told me to switch it around and become a full time doctor and a part time chef. I guess she finally got what she wanted!”



Speech-Language Pathology Student Spotlight: Kelsey Negrete ’12

Many of us find our inspiration and passion from past experiences that have made a lasting impression on us. For Kelsey Negrete ’12, she found her passion while volunteering at a children’s rehabilitation hospital during her years in junior high.

“My sister and I had the opportunity to watch all the different therapists (physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, etc.) work with the children and saw the positive impact the therapy made on the patients’ lives. this inspired both my sister and me to become therapists,” said Negrete.  Her sister is a music therapist at a hospital in Florida.

Negrete was an active student who participated in many student organizations and held many leadership roles. Although she did not pursue a music career like her sister, Negrete played the trombone in the Symphonic Wind Esemble and Pacific Pep Band. She was a member of the Executive Board of Hillel; the Jewish Student Association, in which she served as Co-President for one year; and the Interfaith Council. In addition, she served as a Student Advisor and helped organize and lead New Student Orientations.

She recently graduated from Pacific in May with a bachelor of science in speech-language pathology. As a Florence Scott van Gilder “Tolley” Award scholarship recipient, she will be continuing her graduate work at Pacific in the 15-month master of science speech-language pathology program.

At the graduate level, Negrete hopes to continue working with children and learning more about autism. In the future, she would like to work in an elementary school setting.

“My goals are to help people communicate effectively, and to share a love of communication. Whenever I think about the difference that I can make, I am inspired to work even harder,” says Negrete.



Receive a free bag of groceries and free health services too

On Saturday, June 16, 2012 Pacific’s Rho Pi Phi collaborated with Dr. Rajul Patel ’01, ’06 in partnership with Bread of Life to host the inaugural Living Hope Health Fair. With the help of 60 student pharmacists, 15 preceptors, and a number of community organizations and volunteers, the event attracted over 200 attendees. The Living Hope Health Fair marked the very first ever health fair organized and hosted by Rho Pi Phi.

Every third Saturday of the month, Bread of Life gives away free groceries to the local community and the students saw this as a great opportunity to offer their services.

“Rho Pi Phi has always been passionate about community service not only within Stockton but internationally as well. There are not many health fairs that specifically target the homeless and low-income families who are without health insurance. We thought it would be great opportunity to serve this group of people by offering free resources, free health education, and free screenings,” said Michelle Moon ’13.

Health services included blood pressure screening, blood glucose screening, memory decline screening, bone density screening, medication management therapy, and much more.

The name Living Hope Health Fair was created as a symbolism “for hope that is beyond just the providence of the physical well-being and to help encourage and strengthen attendees’ living hope to persevere through these struggling times”.

Organizing health fairs not only gives students more experience with event planning but also serves to hone their skills in patient care. “Health fairs such as this one allow students to successfully communicate health education to the public and apply the knowledge we have learned in the classroom,” commented Moon.




Student Pharmacists Host Pharmacy Legislative Dinner

With the California budget crisis and Stockton on the brink of bankruptcy, it is important that we fight to be the change for our future.  Earlier this year when Governor Brown proposed a bill to cut Cal Grant funding available to students who attend private universities by 44%, Pacific students, staff, and alumni gathered to participate in the “Save Cal Grant” rally at the Capitol.   Bhumika Bhakta ’12, Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) vice president for industry affairs, coordinated the Pacific Pharmacy Legislative Dinner in hopes of encouraging and motivating student pharmacists to do the same for the pharmacy profession.

On Thursday, April 26, 2012, nearly 100 students, special guest speakers, and honorable guests attended the dinner.  Attendees included Dr. Jason Bandy ’00, Assistant Professor and Regional Coordinator for the Sacramento Region, Dr. Eric Gupta ’00, past president of the California Pharmacists Association, Max Vargas from Senator Lois Wolk’s office, Dean Phil Oppenheimer, Dr. Donald Floriddia ’71, Dr. Oby Stan-Ugbene ’05, and more.

When discussing how students can be the change for the pharmacy profession, Dr. Bandy offered one important piece of advice.  “The key and most important factor is to meet your legislators and talk to them about your profession,” he said.  “If you don’t know them, they won’t know you,” added Dr. Bandy.

Dr. Gupta also gave a presentation and talked about optimizing care by integrating pharmacists’ services and gave brief summaries on current legislative bills affecting pharmacy.  He discussed how chronic diseases are the leading cause of death for nearly 133 million Americans and how patients have limited access to care, even with health insurance.

Throughout the year, with support and under the supervision of pharmacists, faculty, and staff, student pharmacists host more than 10 health fairs and outreach events which provide free health information and services to nearly 5,000 community members.

“Pharmacists are well-trained and everywhere yet we are an underutilized resource because of limits set by third parties.  One example is pharmacists are not listed as health care professionals under the Social Security Act,” commented Dr. Gupta.

Students enjoy the dinner while listening to the special guest speakers

In early 2011, the U.S. Public Health Services submitted a report to U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin on “Improving Patient and Health System Outcomes through Advanced Pharmacy Practice.”  In December, she responded with a letter of support for the recognition of pharmacists as health care providers and clinicians, among other recommendations.

The support of Dr. Benjamin brings the pharmacy profession one step closer, but as Dr. Gupta points out there are many more steps to take.  At the federal level, pharmacists will continue to work towards changing the Social Security Act to include pharmacists as health care professionals.  At the state level, pharmacists are pushing hard to have clearance to administer Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waved tests (such as blood-glucose testing) without a physician lab director (Senate Bill 1481) and list pharmacists as part of the health care team for medical homes (Senate Bill 393).

Drs. Bandy and Gupta reminded the students that none of these changes can happen without the support from student pharmacists.  They urged the students to get involved in Pharmacy Legislative Day at the Capitol, write letters to their respective legislators, attend local and national meetings, and volunteer at events and conferences.

You can jump in the river and let the current direct you, or jump on a boat and steer your way in the direction you desire. I hope students decide to jump on the boat, understand they can make a difference, and get involved to leave their mark in the progression of the pharmacy profession,” commented Bhakta.



Student Pharmacists Attend Sixty-Fifth Annual World Health Assembly

Van Duong ’12 strikes a pose while attending the assembly in Switzerland

May 21 – 26, 2012, Van Duong ’13, Gina Stassinos ’13, Michael Chuang ’14, and Tammie Chau ’12 attended the 65th Annual World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland as part of Pacific’s International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF). Duong, former IPSF co-chair and current chair of the IPSF Pan American Regional Office (PARO), was made aware of WHA through her involvement with PARO and invited her peers to join her on this one of a kind opportunity.

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). It is attended by delegates from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed program budget.

“It’s important to see pharmacy students advocate for health related issues at an international level,” said Stassinos. “Attending the WHA was a great educational experience and I found it very inspirational. It is the type of work I’m interested in so I had a wonderful time,” added Duong.

Chuang, Chau, and Duong enjoy their adventure around town.

During the assembly, the group was able to network with other students, healthcare leaders and politicians; and sit in on committees and follow their discussions. They were also given an opportunity to work as a group to submit their argument on falsified medication. In addition, they gained useful information on different health-related campaigns such as immunization and malaria.

Chuang’s grandfather worked for the WHO as a representative from Taiwan and was heavily involved with programs focused on Malaria, specifically the impact it had in Africa. After attending the assembly, Chuang was inspired to continue his grandfather’s work and help spread awareness about Malaria through the use of brochures, surveys, and educational outreach events. He will be working closely with IPSF members to move this project forward.

“This trip really opened my eyes to illnesses and diseases and healthcare issues. It motivated me to get involved,” commented Chuang.

While on the trip, the group also got to experience the beauty and culture of Switzerland. They visited the chocolate factory, went paragliding, and hiking at Mount Saleve.



Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Spotlight: Marlowe Fischer ’67, ’68

Growing up in a musical family, Marlowe Fischer ’67, ’68 came to Pacific originally as a music major, but two weeks into her education she switched to speech-language pathology after hearing Professor Halvor Hansen speak about the profession. That was when she knew what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She later earned her bachelor of arts in speech-language pathology in 1967 and her master of arts in speech-language pathology in 1968.

She says she still has so many good memories at Pacific which include “finding a fabulous, rewarding major, being part of Kappa Alpha Theta, and being a song girl for Pacific’s athletic teams”. One of her favorite faculty members was Dr. Howard Runion who she served under as a graduate assistant during her master’s program. It was Dr. Runion who made it possible for her to become a faculty member in the department soon after she graduated.

Currently Fischer is the coordinator of the student teacher program, an instructor, and a credential advisor at the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University.  She also has a private practice in Del Mar specializing in Language-Learning Disabilities.

Fischer has had many accomplishments during her professional career. Most recently, she was recognized as the recipient of the Honors of Association by the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA). This recognition, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members, is given to an individual who shows excellence in their service to CSHA, clinical work, administration, service to other organizations, and University teaching.

“To hear others talk about my professional endeavors, my passionate pursuits, and my relationships with colleagues, it made me realize how fortunate I was to have the love, strength, and support of family and friends,” she says.

She served as President of CSHA from 2007 to 2009 and is also a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Outside of the classrooms, Fischer enjoys spending time with her son, Jarrod, daughter-in-law, Christina, and grandchildren, Dominic, Serena, and Simon. She also enjoys cooking, something she learned from her grandmother, Nonie, and traveling.



CSHP Residency Showcase: Preparing Students for a Successful Residency

Securing and matching a pharmacy residency is increasingly difficult these days. To help student pharmacists prepare for the challenge, Pacific’s California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (CSHP) hosted their annual CSHP Residency Showcase on Thursday, June 21, 2012.

“We hope this event will assist members and non-members to learn about the process of applying, the different rotations each program offers, and most importantly, the many doors a residency will open to a recent pharmacy graduate if they were to take an opportunity in exploring this path,” said Kim-Anh Vo ’14, CSHP Professional Affairs Chair.

CSHP Executive Board poses for a picture at the Residency Showcase

Nearly 80 student pharmacists attended the event to hear Dr. Andrea Hinton, Clinical Pharmacist, San Joaquin General Hospital, speak and attended a residency showcase following the lecture. Dr. Hinton, who has 12 years of clerkship preceptor experience, spoke about the benefits of a residency, how to apply for a program, and how the matching selection works.

Some professional benefits she spoke of included development of professional skills, gaining insights on pharmacy practice in multiple settings, gaining a competitive edge in the field, and building a network with other professionals. To help students prepare for the application process, Dr. Hinton said “the interview is one of the most important steps in the process. It can make or break you. Be prepared by proofreading and updating your resumes and ask questions. Make sure the program is also a fit for you.” She encouraged them to think about special populations that interest them, the type of working environment, program size, relocation, and more. After all, matching a student to a program is a two-way street.

Dr. Hinton also provided information about the new application process called the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) which will be in effect in the Fall. PhORCASE can be found on the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) website and will allow for an easier application process of submitting documents such as transcripts. In addition, she covered the basic information about the National Matching Service (NMS).

In the last three years the number of programs and positions have increased as well as the number of applicants. Pacific graduates maintain a competitive edge at a 62% match rate compared to the national rank at 61% for 2011.

“With residencies as competitive as they are now, students must start planning early to be successful in the application process. Events like the Residency Showcase are great tools for students to learn about what the programs are looking for in potential candidates,” commented Daniel DaCosta ’14, CSHP President.

The CSHP Residency Showcase included representatives from programs such as the California Pacific Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Central Valley, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, VA Northern California Health Care System, and more.



The Next Generation of Practitioners…Their Future is in Your Hands

Have you ever been asked “what would you do differently if you knew then what you know now”? Does the answer “attend a professional meeting” come to mind?

The Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) is an annual event hosted by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). CSM, generally a four day event, gives professional physical therapists and students alike an opportunity to learn about new developments, broaden their knowledge, network, learn about potential future employment, and more. Used as a powerful tool for professional and continuing education development, it is in increasing demand with its highest attendance in record of 12,654 participants for the 2012 CSM.

“Attending CSM will allow us to learn about new developments and interact with physical therapists throughout the country. The knowledge that we gain from the meeting will help us be better clinicians and provide better service for our patients,” commented Jordan Raya ’12.

“It is also a great opportunity to network and connect with alumni and learn about how Pacific has prepared them for the profession,” added Devin Leslie ’12.

Student physical therapists strive to do well academically and be active community members. When they are not studying for an exam or serving patients in the clinics, they are busy fundraising, volunteering their time, and planning community events. One of the main events hosted by the students is the annual 5k Tiger Dash and Cub Run which is held on campus each year to garner support for students to attend CSM and fundraise for student related activities.

Dr. Katie Graves ’03, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education, did not attend CSM as a graduate student but was able to attend the meeting after she graduated. “By going on a regular basis, you get to know the people in your profession. You make connections with like-minded individuals, outside of your daily practice, and over time you find that are you working together to move the profession forward, improving the standard of care and helping in ways you never imagined,” said Dr. Graves.

With this in mind, Raya and Leslie, along with members of the Class of 2013, have created the Physical Therapy Decades of Giving program to help support students like them. The Decades of Giving program will reach out to alumni with the same last digit in their graduating year as the current class going to CSM. For example, if you are a member of the Class of 2003 and 1993, you will be receiving information about sponsoring a student in the Class of 2013.

“We feel attending CSM will be invaluable to our careers and hope to make this a tradition that when it comes time, we can help those students of the future class of 2023,” said Raya.

For more information on how you can support these students, contact Devin Leslie ( and Jordan Raya (



PHS Pacific Alumni Weekend 2012

Couldn’t make it Pacific Alumni Weekend 2012? Here are pictures to help you commemorate the event!


Congratulations again to our Alumni of the Year recipients:

Donald G. Floriddia ’71, Ph.D., Pharmacy

Michelle “Shelley” Marchetti ’90, M.S., Physical Therapy

Harriet Doyle ’73, M.A., Speech-Language Pathology