Students

Learn more about those who care for you at Tang

November 2014
alice sun, np

Alice Sun, NP, Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care and Urgent Care Clinic

What do you do at UHS?
I provide health care to our clients in the clinic.

When did you start working at Tang? I started working at Tang Center in August 1996.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health? I find it interesting, challenging, and rewarding to work in college health helping to take care of our students so they can achieve their dreams.

alice sun tang tipWhat is your Tang Tip for students?
Take care of yourself! Sleep 7-8 hours at night. Eat three balanced meals plus healthy snacks every day. Drink 6-8 glasses of water/fluids a day. Exercise 30 minutes 5 times a week. Establish a support system by making friends on campus. Take preventive steps such as getting flu vaccine and keeping other immunizations up to date. Make an appointment with your Primary care clinician when necessary. For preventive health visits be sure to bring your immunization records and medications with you to the appointment.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:
Gardening is the hobby that I enjoy the best. My goal is to enjoy fresh flowers in the garden all year long. My husband and I also grow vegetables, herbs, and apples in our yard.

What is your favorite quote?
"Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightenment.
Mastering others requires force;

Mastering the self requires strength." 
-from Chinese Taoism Lao Zi

October 2014
michael branzel, DPT

Michael Branzel, DPT, Physical Therapist, UHS Physical Therapy and Simpson Student-Athlete High Performance Center

What do you do at UHS?
I help students, student-athletes, and staff with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems that they are experiencing. I try to figure out what is causing their problem and then figure out how to solve or improve it. Treatment may consist of hands-on techniques, exercise, or instruction on how to move differently.

When did you start working at Tang? 2009

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?
I get to work with people from all over the world that have wonderful stories to tell. I also enjoy getting to work with a wide range of people who have different levels of activity, which ranges from those just discovering exercise all the way to division 1 collegiate athletes. michael branzel tang tip video

What is your Tang Tip for students? Get good sleep, stay hydrated, and avoid being on the computer as much as possible.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time: Surfing, skateboarding, cycling.

What is your favorite quote?
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work and theft will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it.” -Jim Jarmusch

September 2014
sarah gamble

Sarah Gamble, M.Sc., Ph.D, Health Educator, Health Promotion

sarah gamble tang tipWhat do you do at UHS?
I coordinate our academic classes and teach Public Health 14, an intro to public health and health promotion. I also act as a liaison to Tang for LGBTQ students. And I’m the Project Director of Berkeley Builds Capacity, a five year SAMHSA-funded grant aimed at reducing HIV and related substance abuse, particularly amongst queer men of color.

When did you start working at Tang? November 2008

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?
For me, what is most inspiring and interesting: helping students develop their ideas and passions and figure out who they are. What is most difficult and interesting: navigating the complex UCB bureaucracy in order to make positive change. It’s a lesson in patience and diligence.

What’s your “Tang Tip” for UHS Staff?
At Tang we always try our best to provide you with great health care. But, and if you do not feel you were treated appropriately or if you feel like some aspect of a service or system could be improved, you have a right to have your voice heard, and we want to listen. We are here for you!

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time: I just started biking the 9 miles to work from east Oakland. It involves a lot of hills and a lot of red-faced swearing, so I’m not sure I “enjoy” it, but I enjoy feeling like I wasn’t just stuck in my car! And the bikeways around Berkeley and Oakland are beautiful.

What is your favorite quote?
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

July 2014
nancy bliss

Nancy Bliss, Business Systems Analyst, IT
nancy bliss tang tip for UHS staff video
What do you do at UHS?
I help support and enhance the use of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) for the staff. I work with various groups to troubleshoot issues, to try and streamline processes that will make best use of the software systems we've been given and to partner with various people to find best ways to make the software work for them.

When did you start working at Tang? March 2008

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?
I love working directly with clinicians as well as technical staff. Working here at the Tang Center, I've been given so many opportunities to stretch and grow in IT Support and Development. I've never worked with a more interesting, diverse, intelligent and friendly group of people, both those in my department and the computer users that we partner with in the EHR. I appreciate the care and concern that we have here for our patients, and our co-workers. Anytime I've expressed an interest and could justify a project or task that could be useful to our team, I've been connected with people that helped me explore, research and develop that path. This is a wonderful place to work!

What’s your “Tang Tip” for UHS Staff?
Don't assume that you have to just put up with frustrations and inconveniences in the Electronic Health Record charting. If there is something that seems like it should be easier to do, please let Systems know about it. As we work more and more with you as users and with Point N Click, we love to find ways to make this a better experience for you. It's really about relationships and partnership. We want to help and know that sometimes, together, we can find better ways to do something or help communicate alternate ways to use the computers and tools available.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time: I love to garden, especially grow flowers and vegetables, camp and hike in the mountains, scuba dive and spend time with my friends, my family, and my church friends. Oh yeah, and go to Hawaii and watch the whales!

What is your favorite quote?
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Let your gentleness be evident to all, the Lord is near." Philippians 4:4-5

April 2014
David Turnoff, MD, Primary Care Physician at the Tang Center

David Turnoff, MD, Physician, Primary Care and Urgent Care
David Turnoff Tang Tip video
What do you do at UHS?
I work as a primary care physician in the Primary Care and Urgent Care clinics at the Tang Center.

When did you start working at Tang? August 2013

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?
I enjoy working in clinical settings that serve a diverse population, which is the case at the Tang Center. I enjoy having a positive health impact on students' lives, which I believe can help enable them to thrive at Cal. From a community perspective, there are opportunities in college health to have a positive impact on the well being of the university as a whole, in areas such as infection control and preventive health, which are public health issues that are of particular interest to me.

What’s your “Tang Tip” for students?
My Tang Tip for students is to tell you about one of the many useful resources available on the Tang Center's web site, and that is the collection of patient handouts you can find in the Quick Links section on the right side of the home page. The patient handouts section contains a plethora of useful information on a wide variety of medical topics, including ankle sprains, appropriate use of antibiotics, proper computer workstation ergonomics, head injury and concussion, insomnia, how to quit smoking and weight management. So the next time you are visiting the Tang Center's web site, check out the patient handouts. There's a lot to learn.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time: Reading, running, writing and jazz.

What is your favorite quote?
“The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head." -Sir William Osler

March 2014
Paula Jung, MA, Career Counseling Library Manager

Paula K. Jung, Career Counseling Library Manager, Counseling and Psychological Services
Paula Jung Tang Tip video
What do you do at UHS?
I provide campus and career information resources as well as individual career counseling to undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, campus staff, and public clients. I also actively develop and implement marketing and outreach programs and appreciate any opportunity to collaborate with other campus staff and departments. If I’m not on campus doing outreach, you can always find me at the Career Counseling Library if you want to chat.

When did you start working at Tang? I started as a Career Counseling Intern in August 2012 and have been at my current role since July 2013.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health? There is so much excitement on campus. Every day brings new discoveries, learning experiences, and challenges. I’m constantly learning from our students and feel privileged to work with them.

What’s your “Tang Tip” for students?
Stay connected to Tang by checking out our monthly student newsletter or following us on Twitter to find out about the resources and services available to you.

At Tang, we support students in making decisions and taking action that positively impact their health from a variety of angles. For example, in the area of academic or career goals, you may be unsure or confused about your next steps. These decisions can be complex and you may be considering factors such as the job market or family issues interacting with your personal values, interests, and skills. It can be challenging to navigate the options on your own.

Did you know we offer self-assessments that can help you better understand your skills, personality, values and interests? At the Career Library, we can help you discover what makes you tick and explore next steps and options that keep you ticking productively.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time: I am always on the move! In the Winter, I’m out snowboarding with my friends up in Tahoe. In the Spring and Summer, I love cycling and training for rides. Recently, I’ve found obstacle course racing to be a fun challenge. In the Fall, you can find me at Memorial Stadium cheering on the Golden Bears! I also really enjoy exploring the local food scene.

What is your favorite quote? I don’t have a favorite quote, but one of my favorite songs is “Let it Be” by the Beatles. “And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me. Shine until tomorrow, let it be.”

February 2014
Lisa Polley, RN, BSN

Lisa Polley RN, BSN, Staff Nurse, Allergy and Travel Clinic
Lisa Polley Tang Tip video
What do you do at UHS?
We give immunizations, TB skins tests, allergy shots and do travel consultations, advice and immunizations for travel abroad to developing countries

When did you start working at Tang? 2006.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health? I love the seasons of college life from the excitement of freshman entering college, to the challenges of midterms and finals and the excitement of graduation.

What’s your “Tang Tip” for students?
I would recommend that all students obtain previous health and immunization records from providers that they have seen before coming to UCB so that we can build on previous health maintenance efforts and help students avoid unnecessary immunizations and expenses.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time: I enjoy gardening, long walks and hikes in the beautiful hills of the surrounding bay area that we live in and walking and playing with my dogs.

What is your favorite quote? “My life has been filled with terrible disasters, MOST of which have NEVER happened.” -Mark Twain. This quote has taught me the value of living in the present and one day at a time.

January 2014
Tobirus Newby, MSW

Tobirus M. Newby, MSW, Clinical Social Worker, Social Services
Tobirus Newby Tang Tip video
What do you do at UHS? I provide therapeutic services and advocacy for students who are experiencing distress related to a myriad of concerns. As part of this work, I facilitate a queer men of color support group, serve on the UHS transgender student care team, and provide sexual health risk reduction counseling with Berkeley Builds Capacity. I am also one of the alcohol and other drug specialists who provide harm reduction counseling. I truly value the many different ways that I am able to support the student body here at Cal!

When did you start working at Tang? August 2011.

What's your favorite spot on campus? The eucalyptus grove.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
I love the opportunities to collaborate with different units at Tang to provide comprehensive care that tends to the mind, the body, and the spirit of our students.

What’s your “Tang Tip” for students?
My tip for students is to find out as much as they can about the different services available to them at Tang. For instance, the service I provide with Berkeley Builds Capacity is geared toward addressing the health and wellness needs of transgender students and gay, bi, queer, questioning, and straight male-identified students on campus. It is important to us that the Tang Center is a place where all of our students feel supported in all of their identities. If we do not have a service that you need, we will do our best to connect you to community providers that do!

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time: I enjoy writing and recording music in San Francisco.

What is your favorite quote? “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” –James Baldwin

November 2013

Veronica Orzoco, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist, Counseling + Psychological Services

What do you do at UHS? Individual counseling, couples counseling, career counseling, outreach presentations, supervise post-doctoral trainees, facilitate a supervision seminar for pre-doctoral trainees, spend 2 days a week at Cesar Chavez Student Center providing clinical services to students and consultation for staff, and am the CPS staff liaison to the Undocumented Student Program, Chicano/Latino Student Development, Casa Joaquin Murieta, and the McNair, Posse, and Miller Scholars.

When did you start working at Tang? August 2012

What's your favorite spot on campus? Any place where I get to connect and have lunch with colleagues. I have yet to go, but I think I'd really like the top of the Campanile.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
Working with amazing colleagues.

What’s your “Tang Tip” for students?
It's sometimes easier to be a good friend to others than it is to be a good friend to oneself. Think of ways in which you can be a better friend to yourself and begin to practice them.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time: Reading, trying new restaurants, and reality TV like the Real Housewives of Atlanta.  

What is your favorite quote?"They say the goodness in life belongs to those who believe, so I believe." - from a Mos Def song

October 2013

Lee Marshall Fagen, NP, Urgent Care Supervisor, Urgent/Primary Care

What do you do at UHS? I supervise the nursing staff at Tang in both Primary Care and Urgent Care, I help run the operations of the Urgent Care and serve on the clinical services management team.

When did you start working at Tang? In 1988 as an Acute Care RN in the old Cowell Hospital, then after graduate school and time away, I returned as a career staff NP in 1998 and in my current iteration as a supervisor since 2010.

What's your favorite spot on campus? Sitting at the fountain at Sproul plaza watching our diverse community go by and being entertained by whatever is happening on the steps of Sproul Hall.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
My colleagues are wonderful, and very friendly. Also, the students are incredibly bright, engaging and they constantly surprise me.

What’s your “Tang Tip” for students?
Take advantage of using the online patient portal to make an appointment, contact your Primary Care Provider or write to an Advice Nurse.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time: sculpting 

What is your favorite quote? "Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!" -Misattributed to Goethe

April 2013
picture of Holly Stern, UHS Clinical Lab Manager Holly Berryman Stern, CLS, MT (ASCP), Manager, Clinical Laboratory Tang Tip: Holly Stern, Clinical Lab Manager

What do you do at UHS? My staff and I perform the laboratory tests requested by the clinicians so they can diagnose and treat students seen at the Tang Center. We collect materials derived from the human body such as blood and urine for these testing purposes. Our focus is to perform this testing in a timely manner so the patient can get back to their studies as soon as possible. In addition to performing the more commonly ordered clinical laboratory tests, we send some specimens out to reference laboratories for specialized testing when required.

When did you start working at Tang? Spring of 2005.

What's your favorite spot on campus? The beautiful swimming pools at the old Hearst gym.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
My colleagues are wonderful, and very friendly. Also, the students are incredibly bright, engaging and they constantly surprise me.

What’s your “Tang Tip” for students?
Some students may have had a poor experience having their blood drawn in the past. Please give our phlebotomists (person who removes blood from veins) a chance. They are very skilled and very gentle. We have techniques for reducing the “fear factor.” I monitor the phlebotomy stations every day to make sure our students are well cared for and comfortable. It would be unfortunate to forgo necessary laboratory testing just because of a previous poor experience.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time: I am a new grandmother so my most enjoyable time is spent with my granddaughter. As far as hobbies go, I do watercolors. You may have seen some of my work at the staff art show last summer.

What is your favorite quote?
“Think boldly, don’t be afraid of making mistakes, don’t miss small details, keep your eyes open, and be modest in everything except your aims.”
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
March 2013
picture of Toby Morris, UHS Dietician Toby Morris, MS, RD, Clinical Dietitian, Social Services Tang Tip: Toby Morris, RD

What do you do at UHS? I spend the bulk of my time providing nutrition counseling and medical nutrition therapy to Berkeley students. I see students with any type of nutrition-related health concern, such as eating disorders, high cholesterol or blood pressure, diabetes, overweight/underweight, GI issues, or iron-deficiency. I also help students with general nutrition concerns, like food shopping and cooking, vegetarian or vegan diets, or making healthy choices in restaurants. In addition to one-on-one counseling, I lead groups, give presentations, and collaborate with other groups to promote nutrition and wellness.

When did you start working at Tang? July 2012.

What's your favorite spot on campus? I have a lot more exploring to do. I’ve been enjoying the beautiful track across from Tang Center. I also like the Student Food Collective, a few blocks from Tang Center on Bancroft—they have great organic produce and tasty snacks.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang? The energy of the students and the warmth of the staff. I feel really lucky to be here.

What’s your “Tang Tip” for students?
Mindful eating means purposefully paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the experience of eating. It is about noticing and appreciating the many aspects of the food itself and how your body responds to it. You can start today, next time you eat, with a simple mindful moment: before you dig in, sit back, take a couple of deep breaths, and simply notice—without judgment (that’s key!)-- whatever’s there—thoughts, feelings, physical sensations. Notice the food in front of you and, if you want, your surroundings. A five course meal at a fine restaurant or a granola bar in the car can be eaten mindfully. This simple practice interrupts the autopilot mode in which we so often eat. It creates some space for us to make more conscious choices about what, how, and how much we’ll eat. It is amazing what we find out when we really pay attention.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time: I don’t have spare time. I have a 17-month-old daughter!

What is your favorite quote?
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." –Michael Pollan
November 2012
picture of Dr. Maddie

Dr. Maddie Deutsch, MD, Transgender Health SpecialistLink to YouTube video of Dr. Maddie's Tang Tip, Transgender Health Clinic

What do you do at UHS? I run a monthly transgender specialty consultation clinic, and am part of the transgender team which developed and administers the transgender health services offered by UHS.

When did you start working at Tang? Summer of 2012

What's your favorite spot on campus? The big field outside of Doe Library

What's your favorite part of working at Tang? Being around such bright, interesting and engaging Cal students!

What’s your “Tang Tip” for students?
Something that I think a lot of people may not think about is that each transgender person is a unique individual. Transgender people have a range of gender expressions, personal style, and terminology which they use to define themselves.  Some transgender people are gay or lesbian, some are heterosexual, and some are bi- or pan-sexual. When referring to a transgender person’s sexual orientation, you would use the chosen gender as a reference point. So, what this means is that a transgender woman (someone assigned male at birth who transitions to female) who is attracted to men is heterosexual, and if this same person were attracted to women, they would be a lesbian. The same would go for a transgender man (someone assigned female at birth who transitions to male); if he is attracted to other men he would be considered gay.

Sometimes I find that people become anxious about knowing which is the correct name and pronoun to use when a transgender person is in transition. If you are unclear about this, simply ask in a matter-of-fact way “what name would you like me to use” or “do you have a pronoun preference?” You can also always avoid pronouns all together by relying on neutral pronouns such as “they” or “them”

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time: Noodling around in my 9x9 music studio

What is your favorite quote? “We need better leaders, who love us and don’t cheat us” – Klaus Dinger

September 2012
Robin Mills Photo

Robin Mills, MA, Health Educator, Health PromotionLink to YouTube video of Robin's Tang Tip

What do you do at UHS? Coordinate the Sexual Health Education Program (SHEP) - a group of trained student interns who provide sexual health education in various and multiple formats for the student body at large. In addition, I coordinate outreach for the Health Promotion unit as well as present many of the requested workshops.

When did you start working at Tang? December 2009

What's your favorite part of working at Tang? 
I enjoy having the opportunity to work with students as well as the staff in the building. I have gained valuable experience and information during my time here. I look forward to more positive experiences as part of my work here at Tang.

What's your "Tang Tip" for students? When it comes to sexual health, nothing is sexier than practicing safer and consensual sex. Open and honest communication is the best way to facilitate this regardless of who you are or who you have sex with.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:  Spare time??? I laugh in the face of spare time...I have a 21 month old daughter so I have no spare time. However, I used to enjoy dancing and spending time with good friends in a fun and high energy atmosphere.

What is your favorite quote?
My favorite work related quote is "life is sexually transmitted" by R.D. Laing. My favorite quote that describes how I live my life is "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO what a ride!'" I'm not sure who said that, but I like it!

September 2012
Dr. Don Capone photo

Dr. Don Capone, Psy.D, Staff Psychologist, CPSLink to YouTube video of Don's Tang Tip

What do you do at UHS? Individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, group therapy, supervision of doctoral level trainees, behavioral consultation to faculty, staff and students at Haas School of Business, crisis management services, improving the quality of life for our LGBT students vis-à-vis membership on the Trans Health Care Team and by providing drop-in support services at GenEq on Wednesdays from 4-6pm.

When did you start working at Tang?  I was hired in March of 2012 and began in April.

What's your favorite spot on campus?  Boalt Law roof top deck

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?  The diversity, warmth, camaraderie and energy of our staff and the complexity and off beat humor of our students.  Also, staff appreciation related BBQs!!

What’s your “Tang Tip” for students?
Whenever you communicate your feedback to someone, ask yourself these four questions:
1.   Is it true? (or are you embellishing for your own gain and at another’s expense)
2.   Is it kind? (respectful, compassionate, empathic)
3.   Does it need to be said? (i.e., Is it helpful.. in that it will educate others about your important needs and feelings and/or facilitate change in others.)
4.   Does it need to be said by you ?(is it the right time and are YOU the right messenger or will it hurt your relationship)

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
 mid-century modern shopping, weekend trips to the Pacific Northwest, watching professional soccer

What is your favorite quote?  My kharma ran over my dogma – random bumper sticker and What other people think of you is none of your business - RuPaul

May 2012

photo of Kristl Buluran, MPH, ACSM

 

Kristl Buluran, MPH, ACSM, Worksite Wellness Specialist, Health*MattersTang Tip video

What do you do at UHS? I work for Health*Matters as a health educator, fitness instructor, and I oversee the Department Wellness Network.

When did you start working at Tang? January 2000   

What's your favorite spot on campus? Hearst Hill. I love running (or attempting to run) it as I'm repeating to myself over and over again, "kill the hill." My second favorite spot would probably be Edwards Track. I spend a lot of time on the stairs there.  

What's your favorite part of working at Tang? My favorite part of Tang is working with the people here at Tang. This is truly is a great place to work. The work environment and culture is so great because of the folks working in it. Lots of great energy here.

What's your "Tang Tip" for students? 

While my work is focused on the wellness of faculty and staff on campus, I have always enjoyed working with students. Their needs and interests are so dynamic, and student life is always super challenging, and yet, super fun. The best tip I can offer is to always be active and keep moving. ALWAYS. Find ways to keep playing, running, jumping, walking, swimming, dancing, etc. Your 40-year old self will thank your 22-year old or 35-year old self when you get there. Living an active life will keep you feeling young, healthy, energetic, and adventurous even as the years go by. And believe me... they go by.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time: I am a closet nerd (well, not so much anymore). I love going to comic cons and dressing up as a superhero, comic book character, or sci fi character flavor of the month. I also spend A LOT of time making weapons for my costumes.   

What is your favorite quote? Some may never live, but the crazy never die. - Hunter S. Thompson

April 2012

Adriana Schoenberg

 

Adriana Schoenberg, RN, NP, Nurse Practitioner III, Clinical ServicesAdriana Tang Tip vidoe on Spanish and English

What do you do at UHS?
I provide Primary Care and Urgent Care to students and eligible faculty/staff through Clinic 3 and Urgent Care Clinic. I have been the chair of our Eating Disorder Treatment Group for over 15 years. I also provide a lot of gynecological services such as inserting IUD's and Implanon/Nextplanon. When I have some extra time I assist my boss, Jo Billington, with some of the Administrative tasks such as writing Patient Care Guidelines, overseeing the IUD and Implanon program, and peer reviews. I absolutely LOVE patient care!

When did you start working at Tang?
I started at Cowell Hospital in 1985 after leaving La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland; we moved to Tang from Cowell at the end of 1991. I have "grown up" here!  

What's your favorite spot on campus? 
I love the variety of entertainment available at Zellerbach Hall, I really enjoy walking at the Botanical Gardens, but a few times per week you can find me sitting next to the sunny windows on the south side of the 2nd floor lobby in the Tang Center with my lunch, my knitting, and some of my wonderful colleagues.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
I have been very fortunate to have a worked with many wonderful colleagues and my goal of making a positive difference in the lives of my patients!

What's your "Tang Tip" for students?
Did you know that you can actually request a specific clinician to see you? This allows you and your "Primary Care Provider" to get to know each other and work together during your years at Cal. At 8pm, some next day appointments become available for scheduling on line and most clinicians have a few slots reserved just for this purpose!

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
I spin yarn and knit; I have had some of the knitting patterns that I designed published. I also love to travel to culturally stimulating places.

What is your favorite quote? You are not what you eat but what is eating you.~Adriana Schoenberg 

February 2012

Harriet Fukushima

 

Harriet Fukushima, RNTang Tip Harriet
Advice Nurse, Primary Care

What do you do at UHS? 
I give phone advice for students calling Tang's Advice Nurse, as well as screening students who need TB clearance for school applications, jobs, EAP, and volunteer work.

When did you start working at Tang? 
This is my third time back at Tang. My first time was in 1970, after returning from Vietnam as an International Voluntary Service volunteer working at a leprosy hospital. 

What's your favorite spot on campus?
Anywhere I can walk - especially Zellerbach Hall when the cherry trees are in bloom.  

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
Working with students. I did my undergraduate and graduate studies here at Cal so I'm interested in what student life is like today.


What's your "Tang Tip" for students?
Monday and Friday are very busy. If  you want to seen on these days (or are thinking about being seen), call early: 8am-9am for same day appointment. 

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
Floral design (I have done this professionally and studied in Kyoto, Japan).  

Favorite Quote:
YOU must be the change you wish to see in the world.~ Mahatma Gandhi.  

January 2012

Aaron Cohen Ph.D.

 

Aaron S. Cohen, Ph.D.Tang Tip for students - YouTube video
Senior Staff Psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services

 

What do you do at UHS?
I am the CPS liaison to the Residence Life and work out of the Residential and Student Services Building. I work closely with the Residence Life student and professional staff to support the mental health needs of students living on-campus. I also help coordinate CPS response when there is a campus tragedy.

When did you start working at Tang?  
I worked as a post-doctoral fellow at CPS from 1999-2000, at Social Services in Spring 2001 and came back to CPS in November 2007. From 2001-2007 I worked on-campus at the Disabled Students Program.


What's your favorite spot on campus?
Anywhere I can walk.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
My favorite part of Tang is my colleagues, some of whom I have known for 13 years. I like working at Residence Life because I enjoy working with first year students and the issues that they are needing support with such as transition, homesickness and relationship concerns.

What's your "Tang Tip" for students? 
I have been working with college students for a long time and I remember being a college student, undergrad and grad...so I know that this may sound simplistic but you must get some balance of sleep, healthy eating and exercise in order to support both your physical and mental health.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
I love going to the movies...superhero and action movies! 

November 2011

Allan Creighton

 

Allan CreightonTang Tip: Allan Creighton's You tube video
Social Justice Violence Prevention Health Educator, Health Promotion

What do you do at UHS?
Workshops, trainings, classes, consultations and policy on preventing violence and promoting equity at Cal, especially in reference to gender, race, sexual orientation, gender expression, ability, and citizenship status.
When did you start working at Tang?
January 19, 2003  
 
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
University Press Books(!)...and 210 Wheeler, where I’ve taught my social justice public health class every fall.

What’s your favorite part of working at Tang?
Unquestionably all of us: the people, students and staff, who work here.

What’s your “Tang Tip” for students?
Everyone is affected by incidents of disrespect or mistreatment at Cal. You can do something about it: if you think you may be witnessing someone being hurt, see what you can safely do to prevent it: 1) trust your intuition and take a second look; 2) decide to act-if you’re there, you’re already involved; 3) do the right thing: if someone’s being hurt, figure out how safely to help them, if someone is hurting themselves or someone else, figure out how safely to stop them; 4) follow through to make sure the risk is over and everyone is safe; and 5) get back-up for yourself, from Tang or UCPD or any other of the many campus resources (you can find out about them by visiting the UC EmpowerU  website).

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
Is it possible to combine French roast, crunchy peanut butter, several books, and hiking into one hobby? Well of course!

What is your favorite quote?
“No one left out, no one left behind” 

October 2011

 

Lisa Somerville

Lisa LaNae Somerville Tang Tip: watch Lisa Somerville's Video
Medical Assistant (MA), Chronic Care Assistant (CCA)
Primary Care, Occupational Health Clinic, Appointment Office, Urgent Care and Specialty Clinic

What do you do at UHS?
I am a medical assistant and my duties consist of administrative and clinical duties. Admin duties may include scheduling appointments, greeting and logging in patients arriving at the clinic, and other general office duties. Clinical duties include showing patients to examination rooms and preparing them for their visit, recording patient's medical histories, vitals, etc. I also train interning students from various schools.

When did you start working at Tang?
October 19, 2005

What's your favorite spot on campus?
The Botanical Gardens

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
Striving to provide the best care and excellent service to our student patients. Seeing them leave with a smile truly makes my day.

What's your "Tang Tip" for students?
To make the most of your college years will be more rewarding if you learn to work in healthy habits as part of your daily routine.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
Family first - spending quality time with my family.

What's your favorite quote?
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - Philippians 4:13 KJV (King James Version) 

September 2011

Diane Drew

 

Diane Drew
Information Center Manager & Volunteer Coordinator, Administration/TIC


What do you do at UHS?
Explain where the elevator button is, point to the bathrooms, make Gold Cards, give directions to the SHIP Office AND manage 15 Community Volunteers, student volunteers and work study students who staff the TIC, our focal point for reception at the Tang Center. I also oversee the Community Volunteer Program which encompasses interns, fellows, unpaid professionals, non-UC students and members of the community who are volunteering or would like to volunteer at Tang. And other duties as assigned!

When did you start working at Tang?
January 2004

What's your favorite spot on campus?
The Durant-side patio at Tang on a sunny day sitting in a chair with a good book and a good lunch!

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
My work buddies and teaching the student staff at the TIC. Most of the students stick around for 2-3 years and I love watching them learn more about Tang, become more confident with helping our clients and seeing them grow personally. They are my extended family! I don't like saying goodbye when they graduate.

What's your "Tang Tip" for students?
Don't wait to take care of your health needs! If you feel sick, make an appointment now. If you are travelling and need immunizations, get them far enough in advance to protect yourself. If you feel stressed out or pressured to make some choices that you normally wouldn't, come in and talk with someone. Take the time to take care of yourself!!

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
GARDENING!!! I could garden 24/7. Who wants to do housework when you can be outside! I've never met a plant I didn't like or a nursery that didn't at least have one thing for me to buy.

April 2011

Peggy Brennan

 

Peggy Brennan, R.N.
Allergy/International Travel ClinicPeggy Brennan video

What do you do at UHS?
I am one of the nurses doing allergy injections, tuberculosis skin testing, and routine immunizations. Our International Travel Care Clinic helps students, faculty, and staff prepare for travel to developing countries.

When did you start working at Tang? 1987

What's your favorite spot on campus? Faculty glade in spring.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
I'm grateful for the good people I work with, learning new things all the time and the surprising and fun students!

What one thing do you wish customers knew about UHS?
I'd like every student to know that they can be seen and cared for at Tang, that we have many services for them. The staff here know that being a student at Cal can be hard work and we would like to keep students healthy and strong.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
I like walking, reading, spending time with my grandchildren in Seal Beach, CA and Medford, OR.

What is your favorite quote?   "One day at a time!"

 

 

March 2011

Lillian Chiang

 

Lillian Chiang, Ph.D.  
Psychologist, Counseling and Psychological ServicesWatch Lillian's video

What do you do at UHS?
I provide individual, couples, and group counseling at UHS. I am also active in doing outreach. I enjoy going to student organizations/clubs and classrooms to dialogue with students about mental health issues.
I have been working with our Asian American Pacific Islander student communities to promote health and wellness.

When did you start working at Tang?   Fall 2008

What's your favorite spot on campus?
Upper Sproul, especially on a nice sunny day. It's great to see all the student clubs and campus organizations tabling there. There is great energy with lots of people out and about. You get a feel of the wonderful diversity at Cal.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
Being able to work with students and having supportive colleagues. 

What one thing do you wish customers knew about UHS? 

We enjoy working with you! For counseling services, we are at Tang and we also have satellite counseling offices across campus.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:  
Reading mysteries and Hollywood gossip magazines.

What is your favorite quote?   "It is what it is."  

 

 

February 2011

Michelle Alvarez

 

Michelle Alvarez
Cashier, Cashiers Office

What do you do at UHS? Click to see Michelle Alvarez 20 second video
I collect all co-payments from students who are seen in Primary Care, Urgent Care, Specialty Clinic, Allergy/Travel, Physical Therapy, Radiology, CPS, Social Services, & Lab. I also input all charges from these departments as well if patients don't come pay the same day of service. As a cashier I provide fast, friendly and excellent customer service to all students. No matter how long the lines are, I try to get the patients out and on their way.

When did you start working at Tang?
In November 2002 I started working at the Pharmacy and then I moved next door to the Cashier's Office in October 2005.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?

Having an opportunity to meet so many friendly students. Especially the regular students when they come in, they have short conversations with me, it makes me feel like they are comfortable with the service I am providing to them. Especially when they stop by once in a while just to say hello even if they have no payments to make.

What one thing do you wish customers knew about UHS?
Everyone here at UHS is hard working & dedicated to the jobs we perform & we provide excellent customer service to all students.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time: 
In my spare time, I enjoy being with my husband and two children watching soccer almost every night.

What is your favorite quote?
"Treat others how you want to be treated."

 

January 2011

Wanda Thrower

 

Wanda Thrower, CDC
Alcohol and Drug Specialist, Social Services
 

What do you do at UHS?See the video of Wanda Thrower
With a harm reduction focus, I provide individual Alcohol and Drug counseling, facilitate groups, and do outreach and consultation to the campus community.
 
When did you start working at Tang? 1972

 What's your favorite spot on campus?
My most favorite spot is Faculty Glade; it so pretty and peaceful.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
Seeing the students that I work with reach their goal of graduating from UC Berkeley.
 

What one thing do you wish customers knew about UHS?
You are not a medical number when you walk through the doors for care. We are a unit with a huge heart. We see your face, and we want to help.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time: 
I love working out, I just need a gym buddy.

What is your favorite quote? "Let your kid out to play."

 

November 2010

Pam Cameron

 

Pamela Cameron NP, MSN
Associate Director - Public Health, Quality Improvement, and Specialty Services

What do you do at UHS?
I have multiple roles. I coordinate the UHS accreditation process with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare to assure we continue to meet the highest standards of care possible. In a related role, I work with a multidisciplinary team to look at quality of care and how we can continue to improve.  I work closely with Public Health and the local hospitals to assure prompt identification and management of infectious disease. I also oversee Specialty Services including Allergy/Travel and the flu shot clinics.

When did you start working at Tang?
August 1987

What's your favorite spot on campus?
Botanical Gardens

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
I love being on a college campus surrounded by bright, motivated staff and students all trying to make their corner of the world a better place. 

What one thing do you wish customers knew about UHS?
Selecting a Primary Care Provider and scheduling appointments with him or her can improve the quality of care and reduce time and expense for clients.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
I love gardening.

October 2010

Eleanore Kim, MD

Eleanore Kim, M.D.
Gynecologist

What do you do at UHS?
On the clinical team of providers offering women’s health care services at Tang. Member, EHR committee, Template Tuners and Chair of Women’s Health Committee.

When did you start working at Tang?
November 2009

What's your favorite spot on campus?
I enjoy people-watching on Telegraph Avenue, having fond memories of hanging out there for a few weeks in high school while on an internship at LBL.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
Working at Tang is a pleasure because I am surrounded with incredible, accomplished, intelligent and dedicated colleagues and patients.

What one thing do you wish customers knew about UHS?
The counseling/ social services (especially peer) and health education providers complement the clinical effort here at Tang so well. I appreciate their efforts and they add so much to each patient’s experience and understanding of their health issue or concern.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
Laughing at/with my kids.

 

September 2010
Gary A. Sasaki

Gary A. Sasaki
Staff Pharmacist, Tang Center Pharmacy

What do you do at UHS?
I provide counseling for patients receiving prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and answer any other questions regarding their treatment. I also discuss pharmaceutical questions with clinicians in hopes of providing total care for the patients.

When did you start working at Tang?
I started working as a relief pharmacist in 2004. When a permanent position opened, I was given a full-time position in January 2005.

What's your favorite spot on campus?
My car at lunch time, since I take a nap to get energized for the remainder of the day.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
I really enjoy interacting with the patients, as they are very intelligent and understand the purpose of counseling.

What one thing do you wish customers knew about UHS?
The service we provide is specifically for them. We are here to help them to the best of our ability.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
Tennis is a sport that I hope to enjoy for the rest of my life, but have not be able to practice due to my busy daily schedule. Some day, I hope to be the best tennis player for my age group.

 

May 2010

Craig Mielcarski, LCSW, CEAP
Director, CARE Services

What do you do at UHS?
I oversee CARE Services which is the campus employee assistance program and includes our eldercare program. I also provide direct service to clients through individual counseling and consultation for managers.

When did you start working at Tang?
January 2008

What's your favorite spot on campus?
Eucalyptus Grove

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
The human energy in the building -- the commitment that everyone demonstrates in serving clients and the community makes it fun to come to work.

What one thing do you wish customers knew about UHS?
How involved UHS is in shaping programs and delivering services all over campus in addition to what we do inside Tang.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
With three kids under 4 years old, spare time isn't so common these days, but I love to fish whenever I get a chance.

 

April 2010

Mpho Mary Ratliff, NP

What do you do at UHS?
I work in Clinic 1, providing medical care.

When did you start working at Tang?
November 1989

What's your favorite spot on campus?
Sproul Plaza and the grassy area of Oxford.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
The students. I love the variety of students and hearing about the interesting things they are doing. I also love engaging with people who are interested in improving their health.

My colleagues. I've worked in many places, most often other facilities operating with limited staffing and funds. Often it was difficult for these places to dedicate time and resources to quality assurance. Administration and the staff at UHS are great professionally; and personally there is a committment to quality care. I love their warmth and sense of humor.

What one thing do you wish customers knew about UHS?
Many of us have worked here for a very long time; we love our work and have become specialists in college health. We are not perfect, but we are very conscientious about providing quality care.

The world is big, their experiences will be varied, but I'm willing to bet at some point the quality of care provided at UHS will become apparent.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
I love to dance! I need more spare time to devote to dancing...maybe I should work 2 days per week and dance the other 5. :-)

 

 

March 2010
Mary Popylisen PT, ATC
Physical Therapy Manager, Physical Therapy

What do you do at UHS?
As a practicing clinician and manager, I have two roles. Wearing my Physical Therapist hat, I work with patients who have injuries. This includes treating the injury and more importantly, educating them on causes, prevention, home exercises and lifestyle changes. As a manager I am responsible for the smooth functioning of the physical therapy department. I also sit on a number of UHS and one campus based committee.

When did you start working at Tang?
January 2000

What's your favorite spot on campus?
Two spots: sitting at a Women's Basketball game at Haas Pavilion and going to the top of the Campanile with my daughter after a game.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
I really enjoy coming to work every day because the physical therapy team is great. We are constantly learning from each other, we do good work, we get along well and we have lots of fun. I also enjoy taking a patient from a place where they are injured and not functioning well, to a level where they can fully participate in sports, recreation, class or whatever they want to do.

What one thing do you wish customers knew about UHS?
I wish that more students knew about the Student Health Sports Medicine Clinic (SHSMC) through our specialty clinic. This is a self-referral clinic for students who have an acute sports-related injury. They see a physician who is board certified in Sports Medicine and, if appropriate, they see a Physical Therapist and get started with treatment right away. Doctors Chang and Nelson are excellent and the students like the idea of the "one stop shop."

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
Since I had twin girls 5 years ago, they are my hobby.

 

February 2010
Claytie Davis Claytie Davis III
Director of Training, Counseling & Psychological Services

What do you do at UHS?
My primary role is coordinating our psychology and social work training programs. Each year we have predoctoral and post-MSW interns as well as postdoctoral fellows come from all over the country to spend a year training with us and providing service to the UC Berkeley community. I also see a few students in individual and group therapy.

When did you start working at Tang?
Fall 1999

What's your favorite spot on campus?
Memorial Stadium

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
Working with the students and my colleagues.

What one thing do you wish customers knew about UHS?
I wish customers new how incredibly hard UHS staff members work to ensure that our clients receive the best service(s).

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
I love playing golf and watching anything related to The University of Texas.

 

February 2010
Karen Gee, MA
Health Educator, Health Promotion

What do you do at UHS?
I enjoy working on student wellness issues. We’ll be launching a new online advice column on relationships because so many students struggle with the relationships in their lives (roommates, professors, family, partners). Some students are just plain lonely. And they’re not necessarily lonely in the “romantic” sense. Plenty of students don’t have a single close friend to confide in or to go with to the movies. My job is to always look for new ways to reach students with tips and resources.

I’m also really passionate about the Health & Wellness Education and Coaching appointments. Every week I talk with students about how to make positive health changes. Most of the appointments are related to stress management and sexuality problems. I have the best job in the world: I get paid to help students learn how to have great sex!

When did you start working at Tang?
1985. I was originally hired to coordinate sexuality programming for the campus.

What's your favorite spot on campus?
Sproul Plaza—a great place to feel the heartbeat of the campus.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
Being in a position to mentor students and help them learn how to live happy, healthy lives. I’m Facebook friends with many of my former peer educators who are now health educators, physicians, activists, attorneys, professors, moms, dads!

What one thing do you wish customers knew about UHS?
That the UHS staff really care about students’ health and wellbeing. And like many staff, I’ve stayed at UHS for over two decades because I love the students and the work.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
Fooling around with paper: making collages, scrapbooks, cards. Because I love stationery, I have a small collection of artsy “greeting cards.”

 

January 2010
Harris Masket, MD
Chief Urgent Care Physician and Associate Team Physician
Urgent Care and Primary Care

What do you do at UHS?
I see patients in the Urgent Care and in the Sports Medicine Clinic. I am one of the sideline physicians covering the NCAA sports at Cal and I am the lead doctor and director of care in the Urgent Care Clinic.

When did you start working at Tang?
I started in 2003 as a part-time doctor and in 2005 I began working full time.

What's your favorite spot on campus?
The creek between University House and Haviland Hall.

What's your favorite part of working at Tang?
Talking with students, when I sew up their cuts.

What one thing do you wish customers knew about UHS?
We have tons of chocolate, just ask.

Tell us one hobby you enjoy in your spare time:
Ultimate Frisbee.

 

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