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  • Career & Internship Fair: identify potential candidates
  • Etiquette Dinner: sponsor a table for a fun dinner with students

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Alumni Spotlight: Erin Wilson ’13

Erin-Wilson_resizedSpeech-language pathology has always been a part of Erin Wilson’s ’13 life but it wasn’t her first choice for a career. While completing her undergraduate degree in communication at Loyola Marymount University, she also completed a minor in special education because of her interest in learning more about communicative disorders. Soon after she earned her bachelor of science in communicative disorders and deaf education from Utah State University. Wilson is a member of the Class of 2013 master of science in speech-language pathology program.

“I went to a speech therapist as a child with a speech impediment and experienced the benefits and confidence of articulation. I also grew up with an uncle with profound autism,” said Wilson.

While at Pacific, Wilson was selected as the first recipient of the Janet Nimtz ‘85 Endowed Scholarship which further inspired her to pursue her career. The scholarship supports students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and are pursuing a degree in speech-language pathology. Wilson was an advisee under Professor Nimtz and looks to her as a mentor. She says Professor Nimtz “personally encouraged me to define who I am as a clinician and it is an honor to be recognized with her legacy.”

Wilson recalled fond memories at Pacific. “During the program, I broke my elbow, and the professors and staff went that extra mile for me, offering to grocery shop and drive me to doctor’s appointments,” said Wilson. “Each and every faculty and staff member deserves a sincere thank you,” she added.

Since completing the program, she is now working as a speech-language pathologist at an acute care hospital in Orange County. Wilson is also Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) Certified which allows her to work with voice therapy, predominantly with the inpatient adult population, diagnosing and treating dysphagia.


Department of Physical Therapy Hosts Sanderson Lecture at University of the Pacific: Dr. Gail Deyle

On January 31, 2013 the Department of Physical Therapy hosted the Sanderson Lecture at University of the Pacific. Dr. Gail Deyle, PT, DSc, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT presented “Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis: A Rare Combination of Low Risk and High Benefit.”

Dr. Deyle and Dr. Joseph Serra at the lecture.
Dr. Deyle and Dr. Joseph Serra at the lecture.

Dr. Deyle’s lecture explored the incidence and risks and various levels of interventions for knee osteoarthritis. Local physical therapists, Pacific physical therapy students, faculty, and orthopedic surgeons heard about Dr. Deyle’s study of the “Effectiveness of Manual PT and Exercise in Osteoarthritis of the Knee.”

When it comes to patients in the clinic “It’s okay to limp in but it isn’t okay to limp out. It’s that simple,” stated Dr. Deyle. He went on to explain his manual physical therapy approach for osteoarthritis of the knee and the importance of strength training. Dr. Deyle stressed the importance of educating patients on lifestyle strategies to avoid osteoarthritis of the knee and the advantages to being an active adult by maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, and cholesterol. Deyle suggested that physical therapists should not be providers of “no” but providers “of reason.” He went on to say that physical therapists should provide guidance and intervention consistent with the details of best evidence.

Dr. Deyle concluded the lecture with this statement, “When I see people in their sixties and seventies hiking in the mountains—that’s success!”

Dr. George Sanderson was known as Pacific’s “infirmary physician” at Pacific’s Student Health Program from 1926-1969. In the early 1970’s, to honor 50 years of medical practice, Dr. Sanderson’s colleagues established the George H. Sanderson Lectureship. This lectureship is currently administered by St. Joseph’s Foundation both at St. Joseph’s and San Joaquin General Hospital. All thanks to Dr. Sanderson’s daughter, Jean, and Sister Abby Newton at St. Joseph’s Foundation, and to honor Dr. Sanderson’s commitment to education and to University of the Pacific, these funds made Dr. Deyle’s lecture possible.

Dr. Deyle is a professor at Baylor University Graduate School and is Senior Faculty at Army-Baylor University Post Professional Doctoral Program in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Dr. Deyle developed advanced clinical practice courses on evidence-based musculoskeletal imaging and differential diagnosis for physical therapists and is well published in the area of Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

The University of the Pacific Physical Therapy Department is grateful to the Sanderson Family and St. Joseph’s Foundation for funding Dr. Deyle’s lecture. Join us for the next Sanderson Lecture on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics.


VNCARES Hosts Art and Essay Contest with Health Fair

The Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research Education Society (VNCARES) Committee organized the 6th Annual Pacific Family Health Fair which took place on March 10th, at the St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Stockton. We spent months planning, contacting vendors, organizing volunteers, advertising and much more to ensure a successful health fair.

vncares2We started off the semester representing the School and VNCARES at Stockton’s 35th Annual Chinese New Year Parade. On the day of the event, we lined up with other Stockton organizations and paraded through the streets of Downtown Stockton, passing out fliers and informing the spectators about the health fair. According to Thuan Tran ‘15, first year external co-chair, “this was a great opportunity to reach out to the Stockton community and inform them about what VNCARES and the School have to offer.”

Not only did we spend time reaching out to the Stockton community, but we also went to schools in the Lodi, Lincoln, and Stockton school districts to promote our art and essay contest. This year the students were asked to write an essay or present a work of art that described “who is your hero, and how have they inspired you to be healthy and strong.” We spent countless hours going over more than one hundred entries. It was quite the task selecting the winners, but a challenge we gladly accepted. During the Pacific Family Health Fair VNCARES, with the help of Dean Phillip Oppenheimer, Dr. Nancy DeGuire ‘89, Dean Brigid Welch, Dean Lynn Beck, and Provost Maria Pallavicini, was able to proudly present twelve students certificates and prizes for being selected as winners of the contest. Although this contest was meant to inspire and motivate the children of Stockton to be healthy, we “found that reading the entries has inspired us to continue to be healthy and advocate for our profession of pharmacy,” said Wayne Chen ‘15, first year internal co-chair.

The Pacific Family Health Fair was an event for all ages. Not only did we have the art and essay contest for the children, but there were plenty of other activities in the Kid’s Corner. Activities include reading with Book Buddies, taking pictures with PowerCat, touring the Stockton Fire Department’s fire truck, learning about healthy eating and much more. These activities kept the children occupied while their parents and guardians visited the many educational and health screening booths offered by Pacific students and local Stockton organizations.vncares

This year we are excited to say that the health fair attracted nearly 440 attendees. Of this, we provided free services to 56 patients for dental screenings, five for medication reviews, four for medication assistance, 77 for bone mineral density screenings, eight for smoking cessation, 25 for asthma screenings, 134 for blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, 170 for diabetes screenings, and 13 for anemia screenings. We are excited to continue to grow this event and look forward to reaching out to the Stockton community.

There is no time to rest; the VNCARES team is excited to start planning our next health fair which will take place during the summer months.


2013 CPhA Highlights

Please join us in celebrating our faculty, students, and alumni who received recognition at the 2013 California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) West Coast Pharmacy Exchange.

Photo credit: CPhA
Victoria Lee ’13 poses with Dr. Pat Person, CPhA President at the CPhA West Coast Pharmacy Exchange. Photo credit: CPhA

Drs. Ralph Saroyan ‘64 (2013), Royce Friesen ‘65 (2013), Jeff Jellin ‘74 (2012), and Clark Gustafson ’66 (2012) were inducted to the CPhA Hall of Fame.

Gary Basrai ‘77 was recognized as the 2013 Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year at the Pacific Pharmacy Alumni and Friends Breakfast at CPhA.

Helen Park ’98 was named as the recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia Award.

Victoria Lee ‘13 took home first place in the CPhA Patient Counseling Competition.

Pacific came in second in the CPhA Quiz Bowl Competition.

Student Pharmacists Support Victims of Hurricane Sandy and More

Natural disasters not only impact the families whose lives are forever changed by the event but also citizens who yearn to give a helping hand. The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy left many families homeless and without necessities such as food and clothes. Student pharmacists organized a fundraiser on campus to collect donations to help those in need.

Students pose with Sia Mohsenzadegan, Bon Appetit and Yvonne Derby
Students pose with Sia Mohsenzadegan, Bon Appetit and Yvonne Derby

“The idea for this fundraiser actually came from one of my classmates, Lana Nguyen ’14. She emailed me about a week or so after Hurricane Sandy devastated many states in the Northeast. Having lived on an island that was very prone to hurricanes each year, I completely understand just how traumatic that experience can be,” said Jason Miller ’14, Pacific’s Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) President.

As part of the fundraiser, students asked for monetary donations and non-perishable goods including pasta, beans and rice. To encourage more donations, student pharmacists coordinated with the Pacific Card Office and Bon Appetit to allow students to use their dining dollars and Pacific Cash to donate to the fundraiser. Dining dollars are cash value of students’ meal plans for on-campus dining.

The fundraiser ran for two months and the students were able to collect nearly $2,000 in donations to aid families impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Donations collected through dining dollars and Pacific Cash raised $3,433 which were used to purchase non-perishable goods for Stockton’s Emergency Food Bank.

“It’s wonderful what these students are doing. It is a creative solution to a problem that is ongoing. We appreciate everything that the students have done,” said Yvonne Derby, Resource and Development Manager for the Emergency Food Bank.

“We donated the funds to the American Red Cross in New Jersey and we are optimistic that we are able to support some of the local families during their time of need,” commented Miller.


Health Fair Honors National Wear Red Day

In honor of National Wear Red Day (2/1/2013), Dr. Paula Cannistraci ’05, Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) preceptor, with help from Casey Ardrey ’15 and Melika Amini ’15 hosted a free blood pressure screening and education fair for patrons at the Community I IPPE site, Walgreens site #02865, Modesto, CA. ippe outreach

The event screened nearly twenty individuals and provided information on the health risks of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, that is one in four deaths each year. “Blood pressure has symptoms that can sneak up on you, that’s why it is known as a silent disease. By teaching women what their blood pressure number means, heart disease in women can be prevented and treated,” says Amini.

Health fairs, no matter how big or small, are valuable to the community and students. “Small outreach events allow students to engage directly with patients,” commented Ardrey.

“I love hosting IPPE students in my pharmacy. Having students in my pharmacy allows me to do mini community events like “Go Red For Women” blood pressure screening day. It also allows us to showcase some of our community pharmacist clinical skills and provide education about medication adherence,” said Dr. Cannistraci.


Student Pharmacists Host Health Fair at Homeless Center

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is much more than choosing what to have at meal time, it requires some education and access to health services. Under the direction of Dr. Kimberly Hoffman ’89, 21 Pacific student pharmacists organized the Pacific Outreach Youth Service Education (POYSE) Bakersfield Homeless Center Children’s Health Fair.

The purpose of the health fair was to provide the children a fun opportunity to learn more about health and safety education. The children learned about tobacco, sugary drinks, exercise, hygiene and hand washing, sun safety and more.

In the past, a clinic was available for children and families at the center but was forced to close due to lack of funding.

In addition to spending time at their advanced pharmacy practice experience rotation site, the students found time to give back to the Bakersfield community. “It’s a great way to shift our minds away from the books and still be involved in patient care and health education,” said Nader Tossoun ‘13, coordinator of the health fair.

Tossoun and the students also provide tutoring service to children at the center through its Champ Camp program every Thursday. Champ Camp provides tutoring services to an average of 20 kids per day ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade.

“We have been able to build good relationships with the kids by helping them learn and being someone they can talk to. The most rewarding part is seeing their expressions every time they see us,” commented Tossoun.

Through their service to the center, the student pharmacists hope that they have made a positive impact on the children’s lifestyle and academic success. Most importantly, they hope their involvement will “inspire and encourage the kids to believe in themselves, make good decisions in their lives and set high standards and goals.”

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Pacific Fund Makes CSHA Possible for Students

Throughout the year there are a handful of professional meetings for students to attend. Professional meetings such as the California Speech-Language Hearing Association (CSHA) offer many benefits to student speech-language pathologists. Although the opportunities are abundant, the ability for students to attend is scarce. Pacific makes it possible with support from the Pacific Fund.

Jasmeet Samra '13 and Husna Mohammadi '13 with Dr. Jeannene Ward-Lonergan with their poster presentation at CSHA.
Jasmeet Samra ’13 and Husna Mohammadi ’13 with Dr. Jeannene Ward-Lonergan with their poster presentation at CSHA.

“When you look at the total cost of a convention, it is not just the membership and registration fees, but also the travel expenses including lodging, food, etc. Alleviating even part of this overall cost makes all the difference,” says Chris Weisker ‘14. Weisker was one nearly 40 Pacific students who attended CSHA.

Students are exposed to many facets of the profession and have access to learn about current and upcoming research. Weisker thoroughly enjoyed his time at the meeting because it “solidified that this is the profession I want to pursue.” He continues to say that the few days he spent learning about different subjects provided him with a foundation to enhance his knowledge.

“Already, just one week after the convention, several of my classmates have been able to cite information they learned at CSHA. The important part is that it sparks an interest and gets you to ask questions,” commented Weisker.

In addition, students also have a chance to network with alumni and potential employers. Weisker says the networking sessions allowed him to exchange his information with a few individuals in his desired industry, and “I know that at least a handful of students from Pacific received job offers while at CSHA.”

Weisker will complete the master of science in speech-language pathology program in August 2014 and looks forward to being part of the Pacific Alumni Family. “I truly value the opportunities I have been given by those who have come before me, and I see no reason why I should not give back in the same way,” said Weisker.

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Paving the Way for Future Generations

It’s a positive trend at Pacific to see our students join forces to support a cause; one that will benefit not just an individual but a group as a whole. Last fall, Jordan Raya ‘13 and Devin Leslie ‘13, created the Decades of Giving program to support student physical therapists’ with travel costs associated with attending theAmerican Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) each year. This year, in January, it was held in San Diego.

Catherine Vo '13, Rosanne Cereghino '13, Dr. Todd Davenport, and Nicole Basham '13 at CSM.
Catherine Vo ’13, Rosanne Cereghino ’13, Dr. Todd Davenport, and Nicole Basham ’13 at CSM.

“I had a great time at CSM attending different presentations and networking with physical therapists already in the field. I was able to meet the President of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy and talk about physical therapy opportunities throughout the world,” said Raya.

The fundraiser served as more than a resource for financial support; Raya says it provided emotional support for the students and “instilled in us the knowledge that there are generations of physical therapists that support our goal to attend the conference and experience physical therapy in a new light”.

Decades of Giving reached out to alumni with the same last digit in their graduating year as the current class going to CSM. For example, the Class of 2013 reached out to members of the Class of 1993. It is their hope to pay it forward and support the Class of 2023.

“I hope that in the future more and more people are able and willing to contribute to sending students to CSM because it is such a great opportunity to learn,” commented Leslie.

The students have passed down the responsibility to members of the Class of 2014 and have encouraged them to get involved.


Alumni Spotlight: Mary Angelii Rios ‘87

Mary Rios_resizedMary Angelii Rios ‘87 earned her bachelor of arts and master of arts in communicative disorders from Pacific with high honors. She has also earned the Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential and Multiple Subject Credential. Rios furthered her studies in early childhood special education by earning certification California State University, San Jose. After developing an interest in augmentative/alternative communication (AAC), Rios participated in a grant program at San Francisco State University and completed certification in AAC. Rios is a speech-language specialist in the New Haven Unified School District in Union City, CA.

Raised in a home with a strong Christian faith, Rios’ parents, who grew up underprivileged, taught her the value of giving back her talents, gifts, education, and skills. They demonstrated the importance of helping people in need. Rios explains, “I can make a difference in the life of a child and his or her family, that I can have a hand in improving someone’s quality of life by giving them a “voice” or way to communicate, I am motivated to continue speech and language therapy in my community.”

While attending Pacific, Rios lived in a dorm for international students. Her fondest memories are time spent with roommates, enjoying student life, meeting people in the Stockton Community—especially the church she attended. “I miss being at Pacific where I could focus my mind, my hours, my energy on learning,” says Rios. She went on to explain, “All the faculty were encouraging. I was inspired and challenged by each and every one. Smiling faces that come to mind when I think of my department are Dr. Robert Hanyak ‘79 and Simalee Stubblefield-Smith ‘83 who continue to be leaders at Pacific.”

“My first thought was to study child psychology.” Mary explains about her choice of major. “One day, a peer invited me to take a tour of the other side of the psychology building which was the Communicative Disorders Department. My interest peeked following observations and talking to a faculty member. One course hooked me and I could visualize my future career.”

Mary’s current work focus is with preschoolers who are non-verbal and /or challenged with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In addition to years of experience in the public school system, her training in AAC and early intervention influence Mary’s work with this special population. Mary notes, “I apply and share my knowledge of AAC to create and develop materials and activities using no, low, and mid tech tools and devices and early learning software to enhance the communication of my preschool students. Every week, along with my interdisciplinary team, I am meeting preschoolers and their families to identify needs across developmental areas. I have a strong interest in collaboration and in parent education. While progress may be slow at times or in small steps, I celebrate when I have been able to discover a way for a child to communicate, to help a child be understood and to understand the world around him, and make a positive difference in his life.”

Mary credits her mother as a constant source of inspiration. Her mother was the seventh child of fourteen children, and was discouraged from going to college. Mrs. Angelii had dreams of attending Pacific to become a pharmacist. “Her work ethic and organization skills pulled us out of social assistance. Taking class after class, earning certificates, she climbed the career ladder in city government and made resources possible for me to complete my studies at Pacific. From my early years, she supported me and became my teacher even when a first grade teacher told her I would never learn how to read! Her belief in me contributes to my career success!” exclaims Mary.

Spending time with her family is a priority. Mary’s twins, Tayla and John will enter middle school next year and eldest Estelle will enter high school. Mary is happily married to Zeke, who works in sales, is a softball coach, a musician, worship leader and minister in our church. As adoptive parents, they enthusiastically support adoption. “Our twins are an answer to prayer!” Mary declares. Mary also serves as the Children’s Ministry Director at her church in Union City.

Mary’s daughter Estelle plays softball on a traveling team. “We stop by UOP on the way to and from tournaments.” Mary mentioned. Mary will soon be a proud Tiger auntie, “My niece was just accepted by UOP for Fall 2013!” she announced!



Heather Abbott ’13 and Lorene Young ’13 Goes to Guatemala

Taking a trip is always a fun and exciting time. Taking a trip to Guatemala for a wheelchair distribution project is a once in a lifetime opportunity. In November, Heather Abbott ‘13 and Lorene Young ‘13 joined a group of volunteers for the Rotary International Wheelchair Distribution to provide wheelchair customization and fitting to adults and children. The wheelchair distribution is a partnership with the Department of Physical Therapy and Rotary International, with support from Equip Kids and Hope Haven International.

Heather Abbott, DPT '13 and Lorene Young, DPT '13 share a laugh while customizing a wheelchair for a young girl in Guatemala.
Heather Abbott, DPT ’13 and Lorene Young, DPT ’13 share a laugh while customizing a wheelchair
for a young girl in Guatemala.

During their trip, Abbott and Young spent time at Hope Haven customizing wheelchairs for children. They spoke about their experience interacting with patients like ‘Hector’ whose family only had one tool to adjust his wheelchair which he had outgrown over the last few years.

Before leaving for Guatemala, the doctor of physical therapy class of 2013 did a toy run to collect toys to donate to the local children. Abbott and Young were able to deliver the toys and watch the children play in excitement.

“The patients were able to play and keep the toys that the class donated while we adjusted their wheelchair. The patients and their families had a great time,” said Abbott.

In addition to adjusting wheelchairs, the students also provided evaluations of the workers at Hope Haven. They spoke about how they were able to provide ergonomic evaluations for a worker named Dionel who lost strength in his biceps and triceps. The students also worked with a worker named Gustavo who had spinal surgery that ultimately brought him more suffering than healing. He was diagnosed with paraplegia.

Towards the end of their trip, they visited Anini Orphanage and Hospital de Hermano Pedro where they provided more wheelchair customization. Young recalled working with a patient named Beverly who was fifteen years old and she was “crying and moaning and we didn’t know what was wrong. I just picked her up and she stopped crying. Small acts make such a big impact,” she commented.

When asked how the experience changed their view of physical therapy Abbott says “We learned how to communicate with patients verbally and nonverbally.” “Stretching on a daily basis is important because it helps improve your range of motion. It’s simple to do but many forget,” added Young.


Calling all alumni with international experience! 
Have you practiced abroad?
Do you know of US trained physical therapists practicing internationally?

 The University of the Pacific Department of Physical Therapy is committed to international clinical education and service opportunities. We are looking for US educated physical therapists, practicing internationally. Please let us know if you have an international contact. We hope to develop more opportunities for our students through your network.

Contact:  Casey Nesbit, PT, DPT, DSc, PCS or Cathy Peterson, PT, Ed.D.