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December 2010

Alumni News


Alum PT Class of 1992, Lisa Moeller, PT, MAS, began her tenure as the PTA Program Director at Concorde Career College San Diego in 2010.

Jourak Rick Rafael, DPT and Jacob Pobre, DPT Class of 2006, passed their OCS exam!

Jourak Rick Rafael, DPT Class of 2006 started his own practice in Santa Monica. Here is his website for more information:

Other News

PTs in the News

Alum DPT 2006, Summer (Somple) Pountney, PT, DPT, OCS is mentioned in an article in the North County Times.

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


APTA Federal Advocacy ForumMSMC DPT Alum (Chris Lanski) attended the APTA Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington DC April 25-27, 2010 as a CPTA student representative.

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Christopher Lanski Each year the APTA holds their Federal Advocacy Forum in Alexandria, VA. This past April, DPT student Christopher Lanski was sponsored by the California Physical Therapy Association to attend. Christopher joined five outstanding CPTA members to take on the task of meeting with the offices of both Senators and 53 Californian Representatives, including Christopher’s hometown Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R- Lancaster/Bakersfield) and Congressman Xavier Becerra (D- Los Angeles).

This three-day event educates attendees on the most recent legislation affecting the profession. There are presentations from APTA’s national headquarters, great bonding activities with fellow PT’s and students, esteemed guest speakers advocating for physical therapy, and interactive learning sessions. One of the breakout sessions even puts attendees in the shoes of a Representative by requiring them to make decisions over a simulated two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The event culminates with Capitol Hill Day, in which physical therapists and students meet with state senators, representatives, and key staff contacts in an effort to further the practice of physical therapy across the nation. This year’s legislative agenda includes:

This annual event is truly a great experience and provides insight on the inner workings of both the APTA and our political system. Thank you to the CPTA for their generosity and sponsorship of Christopher’s attendance.

Interesting fact: Politicians love hearing from their constituents and students. Please write your elected officials asking them to support and sponsor bills that catch your interest.

View the MSMC DPT Alumni Connections.


2010 Graduating Class

Click on the links to view highlights of DPT Graduation 2010 and photo gallery October 9, 2010.

View a video of the 2010 Graduation Ceremony.


Department News

Happy HolidaysFROM THE DEPARTMENT CHAIR: As 2010 comes to a close, I would like to wish all MSMC Physical Therapy alumni, students, faculty and staff a wonderful Holiday Season. I hope each of you has time to share the events of the year with family and friends and rejuvenate for 2011.

Faculty Retreat MSMC Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Faculty Retreat.
November 20, 2010
Building 2, Large Conference Room

Dr. Shirley A. Sahrmann MSMC Doctor of Physical Therapy Program hosted KP Orthopedic CEU Course by Dr. Shirley A. Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA.

Clinical Capstone Ceremony - The DPT faculty presented MSMC DPT lapel pins for white coats to each DPT II student (DPT 2011) at the 4th CCC on January 8, 2010.

Jesse BillauerJesse Billauer, professional surfer, Nike athlete, and founder of Life Rolls On served as the guest speaker. Featured in the surf epic, Step Into Liquid, Jesse’s life has also been made into a feature film, Jesse’s Story. As a motivational speaker, Billauer inspires millions each year through speaking engagements and television appearances.

Gary KarpDisability Awareness with Author/Speaker Gary Karp - This summer the DPT students had the honor to listen to Mr. Karp speak about life in a wheelchair. He described medical issues, day-to-day living, sexuality, home access and social issues. He travels and speaks at other colleges and universities. For more information visit:


Faculty News

Valerie TegliaDr. Valerie Teglia, was elected as the 2011 CPTA Secretary.

Presentation on Haiti Dr. Deb Diaz, volunteered her service during the Haiti earthquake relief.
View the In The Spotlight article from MSMC.
Dr. Diaz presented her story to the DPT students in the Donahue Center on Tuesday, October 12, 2010.

Debbie Diaz


Other News

Malia Naomi PopovichOn Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 3:25pm Malia Naomi Popovich was born at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, weighing 6lbs 14oz, and measuring 20 inches long. Baby Malia joined Dr. John Popovich and his family (Nicole, and big brother John III).

Hannah KasayamaJulie Kasayama PT, DPT, NCS, gave birth to her first child, Hannah Kasayama, on Dec. 10, 2009.

View the Current Faculty Directory.


Student News

Gary KarpKarp PresentationKarp Presentation

(Far left) Gary Karp presenting in the Rose Hills Auditorium, (Center) Signing a book for Amy Neyer (DPT 2012) and (Right) Alexander Lui (DPT 2012).


Candice CokerCandice Coker (DPT 2011) volunteered to help collect canned goods for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. “Thank you to all those in our DPT department who donated food items this holiday season. We were able to donate over 100 items to Adams Harbor where they will provide food for the community this Christmas.”



Peter Siu (DPT 2011) attended the National Student Conclave in October. "Through the generosity of the physical therapy department, I was fortunate enough to attend the 2010 National Student Conclave in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. While there, I was able to participate in information sessions, attend special interest seminars, and create networks with professionals and students alike," he said.



Alexander Lui and Noolee Kim

Amy Neyer (DPT 2012) and Emily Van Vranken (DPT 2012) promote Mount St. Mary's DPT program.






Two DPT II students, Alexander Lui and Noolee Kim (DPT Class of 2012) attended the Lamp (The Institute for Leadership in Physical Therapy) conference September 10-12, 2010. One student was sponsored by the Department and the other was sponsored by an anonymous donor through the Institute.



Rock n Roll 1/2 marathonThe students ran the Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon on October 24, 2010. They had a great time, and hope to return as medical volunteers again next year.

4th CCC eventThe DPT I students hosted the 4th CCC event for the DPT IIs. Thank you for your hard work.

Baby ShowerJoanna Gilchrist The DPT I students had a surprise baby shower for Joanna Gilchrist (DPT 2013).


Save the Date

Click here to view Important Dates for Students and Faculty.

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
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
Phone: 213.477.2981
ATTN: Department and Faculty News Suggestions

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