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December 2007

Alumni News


DPT Class of 2007 (Stacy Suyama) won the 2007 National Championships and qualified for the World US Team.

She completed the World competition in September 2007 and we are all proud of her accomplishments. Congratulations and good luck with your clinical practice.

Other News

Engagements - Summer Somple (DPT Class of 2006) and Mike (Pountney) and Kai Somple (DPT Class of 2006) and Bryan (Marcus)are engaged. Summer and Mike got engaged on March 9th and Bryan and Kai got engaged on March 31st. They both plan on getting married in mid-late 2008. Congratulations to the Somple Family.

Please submit any important events and updates (births, marriages, and passing). Click here for contact information.


Johnnie HarrisonMSMC DPT Student, Johnnie Harrison on the right, attended a CPTA PAC Luncheon with Mike Eng, Assemblyman representing the 49th Assembly District. A financial support from a DPT faculty allowed two DPT students (Johnnie Harrison & Chris Lanski) to attend the event.

If you would like to make a donation to the MSMC Physical Therapy Professional Development Fund for such sponsorships, please contact:

DPT Graduation 2007Click on the link to view DPT Graduation 2007, October 6, 2007.

Click here to view MSMC DPT Alumni Connections.

Department News

Seasons GreetingsFROM THE DEPARTMENT: During this holiday season our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. As another year draws to a close, the Department of Physical Therapy pauses to remember our students, faculty and alumni to wish them peace, health, good cheer and much prosperity. May peace and joy be yours during the holiday season and through the New Year!

Anatomy Lab moved into the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Anatomy Lab in Doheny Campus (C116B, next to DPT Dept. Office). The Class of 2010 is inaugurating the lab this semester.

Anatomy LabAnatomy Lab

Volunteer Pediatric Rehabilitation Day in Mexico - DPT faculty & students volunteered their services to children with special needs at Hospital Infantil de las Californias in Tijuana, Mexico, September 22, 2007.

Next event date is: December 15, 2007.

If you would like to attend or would like more information, please contact:

Clinical Capstone CeremonyClinical Capstone Ceremony - The DPT faculty presented MSMC DPT lapel pins for white coats to each DPT II student at the 2nd Clinical Capstone Ceremony on October 26, 2007.

The guest speaker was Johan Otter, PT, OCS, Administrative Director of Ancillary & Specialty Services at Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego.
Mr. Otter had survived a bear attack in 2005. To read further about his recovery, click here to view the article, A Hike into Horror and An Act of Courage, LA Times.

The CCC celebration was sponsored by the DPT Is and the department.
Click here to view pictures of the event.
Click here for the 3rd CCC event date.

Faculty News

Dr. Julia Chang, PhD was awarded the Faculty of the Year Award from the MSMC & Associated Student Body in 2006-2007. Congratulations on serving the undergraduate and graduate students of MSMC.

Nancy HaradaDr. Nancy Harada, PT, PhD presented the initial finding of the telehealth study at the UCLA Center on Aging annual research conference in June, 2007.

Susie Mais-Requejo Dr. Susie Mais-Requejo, DPT, OCS and family welcomed a new baby boy (Austin) to their home.

Others: Petra Place had a baby girl and William Lee, PT had their first born (Addison), Dr. Daniel Kirages, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT had a boy (Lucas Daniel) in 2007.

Professor Renee Cordrey, PT, MPH, CWS, was awarded the AAWC's Distinguished Member award in 2007. She is serving a 3-year term on the item-bank review committee of the FSBPT.

Dr. Derrick Sueki, DPT, GCPT, OCS is serving as an editor for a textbook entitled, "Orthopedic Rehabiliation Clinical Advisor," from Elsevier Publishers.

Other faculty members earned their APTA Board Certifications from ABPTS in 2007:
Valerie Teglia, PT, DPT, NCS
Jason Tonley, PT, DPT, OCS


Faculty Development Workshop Presentation (September 15, 2007):
Click here to view Dr. Sueki's presentation.

Click here to view Current Faculty Directory.

Student News

DPT BBQ & First Annual DPT Softball Game - MSMC DPT students, faculty, staff and family hosted its 1st DPT Students & Faculty Softball game on July 14, 2007 (Frank D. Lanterman's grass field next to our DPT campus). The game was held on a nice sunny afternoon followed by a BBQ welcoming the incoming DPT Is (first year students).

Softball Softball Softball Softball

CPTA Annual ConferenceCPTA Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA - MSMC DPT Students (Sachie Maeda, Karlyn Schiltgen, W. Patrick Kollmyer and Jennifer Wells) enjoying the CPTA Annual Conference 2007.

Volunteer Pediatric Rehabilitation Day - DPT students volunteered their services to children with special needs at Hospital Infantil de las Californias in Tijuana, Mexico, September 22, 2007. DPT students assisted clinicians (PT, OT, ST, CPO) providing home programs and fitting children for durable medical equipment that were donated.

DPT Students DPT Students

DPT Students (D. Cava, R. Pickett, A. Caudillo, O. Prakash, H. Manabat) attended the event.

Mexico Mexico

Ellen Norton, PT, created this service in Mexico. Thank you for such great opportunity for our DPT students.

APTA Student Conclave 2007

APTA Student ConclaveAPTA Student Conclave MSMC DPT students attended the APTA Student Conclave in Valley Forge, PA on October 26-28, 2007. DPT students (Emily Whalen, Akemi Rico and Lindsay Turpin, Cristina Bracamonte (not in photo) enjoyed the conference and the favors of Philly.


Scripps Kensington Assisted Living FacilityDPT IIIs (third year students) provided wellness fitness screening to retired older adults at Scripps Kensington Assisted Living Facility on September 24, 2007.

CSJ Cognitive Screening - DPT IIIs provided cognitive and depression screenings at the Chalon Campus for retired Sisters of St. Joseph's of Carondelet, on November 12, 2007.

CSJ Cognitive Screening CSJ Cognitive Screening CSJ Cognitive Screening

Engagement - Oliver Severios and Sarah Ninness were engaged in the Fall semester of their third year program. The faculty and students congratulated their new engagement.


DPT II students ran in the Nike Run Hit Remix event on September 15th. The 5-mile course on Figueroa St. concluded in the L.A. Coliseum with a concert by MC Hammer. The event also featured artists: Naughty by Nature, the Sugarhill Gang, Dawn Robinson from En Vogue, and Sir Mix-A-Lot.

Nike Runhit Remix

Pictured in red shirts (left to right) are: Kenneth Paik, Johnnie Harrison, Lori Parchman, Jero Sabagan, Toni Henry-Campos, Christopher Lanski, Sachi Maeda, Erin Carr, and Jamie Wong. Also pictured: Naughty by Nature.

October PT MONTH - DPT II students joined the Department of Physical Therapy and Commuter Services in celebrating Physical Therapy Month at MSMC. Information and education from DPT II students were given on stretching, ergonomics, stress relief/massage, and injury care to the MSMC students, staff, and community.

The following exercise classes were held at the Doheny campus:
Swim with Erin Carr 
Friday Oct 12: 12:30-1:00 and 1:00-1:30 @ Doheny Pool
Pool Pilates with Abbi Fietzer
Tuesday Oct 16: 12:30-1:30 @ Doheny Fitness Center
Dance with Debbie Seeley
Wednesday Oct 17: 12:30-1:30 @ Doheny Fitness Center
Step Aerobics with Sonja Pull 
Friday Oct 19: 12:30-1:30 @ Doheny Fitness Center


Marilyn RomeroAll participants were enrolled in a raffle for gift certificates to BestBuy and a brand new iPod Nano. The winner of iPod drawing (Marilyn Romero) was given the gift at the end of PT month.

Great Job, DPT IIs.


The DPT I students hosted the 2nd CCC event for the DPT IIs.
Thank you for your hard work.

Gathering to give Thanks (DPT I - D. Cava) and his family have served a feast in Castroville over Thanksgiving weekends for past 18 years. Click here to view the article and slideshow, The Monterey County Herald.

Save the Date

Click here to view Important Dates for Students and Faculty.

The BBQ for the incoming DPT class at South Lawn of the Doheny Mansion: TBA

Faculty Development Workshop Dates: April 19, 2008 (9:00am-3:00pm).

Class of 2008 Graduation: October 4, 2008 (10:00am-12:00pm).

The 3rd Annual Clinical Capstone Ceremony for DPT IIs: TBA

Faculty Mid-semester Dinner: TBA

Click here to view APTA Future Meeting Dates. MSMC DPT Alumni Reception Dates. Stay tuned.

To submit suggestions for the next MSMC DPT Newsletter, contact:

Gabriella Lopez
Administrative Assistant, Physical Therapy
Phone: 213.477.2600
ATTN: Alumni and Student News Suggestions

Alan C. Lee
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
Phone: 213.477.2981
ATTN: Department and Faculty News Suggestions

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