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It was a bomb blast on the other side of the world that inspired Jennifer Elaine-Connsalvi Hodges ’16 to become a speech-language pathologist. Before coming to Pacific Hodges earned a bachelor of arts in child and adolescent development from San Francisco State University in 2008 and worked at the Ronald McDonald House. “While working at […]


An unquenchable thirst for understanding fitness led Vien Vu ’17, CSCS to pursue a doctor of physical therapy (DPT). He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a certified personal trainer. “So many times as a personal trainer I got frustrated. I didn’t know the answers to certain problems,” said Vu. He earned a […]

Student Spotlight: Vien Vu ’17


Ballerina, firefighter, veterinarian, circus performer. How many people grow up to be what they dreamt about at a young age? For Alexa Hukari ’03, DPT her childhood aspiration became a reality. At the age of 12, Hukari decided she wanted to join the circus when she grew up. Hukari recalls thinking, “I have to do […]

Alumni Spotlight: Alexa Hukari ’03, DPT


Roshanak Rahimian, PharmD, MSc, PhD, professor of physiology and pharmacology was awarded a $302,428 National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for the study entitled, “Diabetes, Estrogen and Endothelial Dysfunction.” The NIH grant allows Dr. Rahimian to continue her research on the vascular effects of estrogen. She contributes the experience […]

Faculty Spotlight: Roshanak Rahimian, PharmD, MSc, PhD


Musical festivals set Benjamin Thompson ’18 on the path to a career in audiology. “I began to wear earplugs at music festivals after a close friend recommended I consider protecting my hearing,” said Thompson. “Soon after I began personal research into the effects of noise on our auditory pathway. Audiology resonated with me because I […]

Student Spotlight: Benjamin Thompson ’18

  1. December 06,2016 at 7:30 pm: Kathy Shillaber
    Hi Ben! I knew about your Sierra Club events but was interested to learn of the seminar in Chas. and the walk on the John Muir Trail that you organized. You have one proud mama! Congratulations on being featured in this article and for the wonderful internship coming your way next year!
  2. December 06,2016 at 6:47 pm: Pamela Storey
    What an interesting Audiology student! It is so interesting how the love of music brought him to audiology. His leadership skills in both public health/education and volunteering are inspiring! What a fantastic future UoP alum!!


Redwood trees evoke different memories for different people, from Stanford University’s logo to summer camping trips in Sequoia National Park. For Avenlea Gamble ’16, ’17 redwoods remind her of home. Gamble is from Willits, California, the small city located in Mendocino County, 35 miles east of Fort Bragg, known as the “Gateway to the Redwoods.” […]

Student Spotlight: Avenlea Gamble ’16, ’17


Derek Isetti ’08, PhD, CCC-SLP, assistant professor of speech-language pathology, was awarded a grant from the University’s Strategic Educational Excellence Development fund for a project titled, “Prevention and Screening of Voice Disorders: Providing a Bridge between Academic Disciplines at Pacific.” This grant allows for the purchase of voice screening equipment and guest lectures on the […]

Faculty Spotlight: Derek Isetti ’08, PhD, CCC-SLP

  1. August 08,2016 at 4:15 pm: Simalee Smith
    So proud of our Alum and current faculty member!


When talking with Sabah Ali ’13, ’15 what becomes immediately apparent is her passion for speech-language pathology (SLP). “I always knew that I wanted to do something in a helping profession and with kids,” shares Ali. She was initially attracted to SLP because of the versatility of the profession. Working with her first client solidified […]

Alumni Spotlight: Sabah Ali ’13, ’15

  1. August 08,2016 at 4:14 pm: Simalee Smith
    What a wonderful article about such a great clinician!


Neel Prasad ’96, PharmD joined the pharmacy faculty as an assistant clinical professor of pharmacy practice. He will also serve as regional coordinator of the Modesto/East Bay region. Dr. Prasad has always had a passion for patient care. “As a child I always wanted to do something in the health care field,” shares Dr. Prasad. […]

Faculty Spotlight: Neel Prasad ’96, PharmD


Cathrine Misquitta ’96, PharmD recently served as a speaker at a Managed Care Series event titled “The Role of the Pharmacist in Controlling Costs in a Pharmacy Benefit Manager,” co-hosted by Script Your Future and Pacific PharmAssistance. Misquitta believes that it is important to give back to your alma mater by volunteering to share your […]

Alumni Spotlight: Cathrine Misquitta ’96, PharmD