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Alphabetical by last name
Derrick Adams, DO
Dr. Adams is the Chief of Dermatology at Lassen Medical Clinic and Medical Director for Vita Dermatology and Laser Institute. He assumed the role of Medical Director of Dermatology at Lassen Medical Clinic in 2010. Since then, he has exponentially expanded treatment options for skin cancer patients in Tehama County.
Growing up in Oklahoma, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Physiology at Oklahoma State University. After graduation he was commissioned into the U.S Air Force and completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio. Dr. Adams was stationed at Travis Air Force Base where he served as a Captain and General Medical Officer at David Grant Medical Center. After his tour of duty, Dr. Adams spent three intensive years at Michigan State University where he completed his residency in dermatology with a special focus in dermatological surgery.
Dr. Adams has a special interest in skin cancer and medical dermatology, authoring a wide range of articles across dermatology, pharmacology, and dermatological surgery. He treats all diseases of the skin to include psoriasis, eczema, and autoimmune diseases. As the field of dermatology arose from within internal medicine, Dr. Adams’ approach to the skin takes into account the global health and well-being of the patient.
A particular interest for Dr. Adams is evaluating the cost/benefit ratio and science behind treatments. He prides himself on being the “Consumer Reports” of dermatology and not over treating patients.
Elizabeth Barrera, DO
Dr. Beth Barrera was born and raised in Southern California. She attended UCLA where she majored in Psychology with a specialization in Computing. During her undergraduate work she served in the AmeriCorps and by teaching at a Dorsey High in South Central LA. She volunteered to help students in the foster care system whose parents many times were afflicted with drug use, poverty, incarceration and violence. She knew at that time she wanted to dedicate her life to helping others succeed regardless of their circumstances.
After completing her Bachelors degree she went on to attend medical school at Western University of Health Sciences where she completed a Pre-Doctoral Osteopathic Teaching Fellowship and obtained her Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. During her family practice residency she became a medical director for AEGIS treatment centers in Los Angeles County, specializing in substance use disorders. She became board certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment after completing her residency at PIH Health Hospital in Downey, California.
It was during her work in addiction centers and in the AmeriCorps that she became devoted to providing compassionate treatment for women with addiction. She pursued an ACGME fellowship in Addiction Medicine and became the first Osteopathic physician to be accepted to the program. She completed the Addiction Medicine fellowship and specialized in High Risk Obstetrics at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. After fellowship she worked for her local state hospital in Washington, managing and providing care for pregnant women with substance use disorders. Her training and expertise in Osteopathic manipulation and motivational interviewing provides for a fun loving and compassionate provider that aims at serving her patients with any ailment whether it be physical, emotional or biochemical.
Dr. Barrera is the director of the social purpose corporation, Kin Health and Wellness. She serves as the Medical Director for Anthem Amergiroup for Substance use disorders (SUD) in the state of WA. She is able to offer her expertise in chemical dependency and addiction while serving as a family practice clinician trained in obstetrics. She has also practices as an Osteopathic shamanic practitioner using holistic and integrative medicine to facilitate wholeness and wellness in her clients.
Allen Boghossian, DO
Allen Boghossian, DO is a board certified and fellowship trained ophthalmologist. He grew up in northern California where he attended Santa Clara University for his undergraduate education. After graduating with honors, he attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following his ophthalmology residency in University of Missouri Kansas City, Dr. Boghossian completed an extra sub-specialty training in refractive surgery at Durrie Vision. Dr. Boghossian is in private practice in Danville, CA
Shannon Cheffet, DO, FACP
Dr. Cheffet practices Wellness and primary care in San Diego. She received her BS in Microbiology at UC Davis where she was first introduced to the osteopathic concept of whole person care. After medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, she completed a dual residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Once her training was complete, she moved to East County San Diego to serve as Chief Medical Officer for a rural Community Health Center system.
Following over 4 years of service for the underserved, Dr. Cheffet expanded her experience by joining a private practice/hospitalist group. In 2013, she accepted a position with San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center where she has been blessed to serve wonderful families, some of which span four generations. In April of 2020, she took on the role to expand the services offered by San Diego Sport Medicine & Family Health through the merger with LifeWellness Institute. In this new position, she offers varied levels of direct primary care to work closely with her patients in managing their health and meeting their wellness goals.
Kenneth Cheng, DO, FACP
Kenneth S. Cheng, D.O. (COMP 1990) is a board-certified family physician practicing in Newport Beach, California. Dr. Cheng is a regional expert on disaster preparedness, having volunteered as a FEMA-physician during the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recoveries in 2005 as part of a medical deployment to hurricane ravaged areas of Louisiana. He is a current Disaster Healthcare Volunteer for the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority (CalEMSA). He is also a disaster preparedness instructor for the Orange County (California) Sheriff’s Department, teaching Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) curriculum to community members and Disaster Emergency Response Team (DERT) curriculum to department deputies and non-sworn personnel.
Dr. Cheng is a 14-year member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department where he is a volunteer reserve deputy sheriff. In addition to being a disaster preparedness instructor with the department, he is also a member of the search and rescue team as a high-angle rope rescue technician, and he is a member of the SWAT team as a tactical physician. He has been published on the topic of The Violent Patient Encounter and has presented on this same topic at the OPSC Spring 2019 conference.
David Coffman, DO
I am a board-certified General Surgeon and fellowship-trained Trauma Surgeon and Surgical Critical Care Intensivist with more than 20 years of experience, an educator as Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Surgery at Touro University College of Medicine (TUCOM-California), and an Assistant Professor of Surgery and LIC Surgery Lead, Department of Surgery, Quinnipiac University-Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine teaching medical students in surgical clerkships. I have been involved in numerous leadership and educative roles, and possess a unique skill set, including a sound clinical acumen and a forward-thinking approach to modern medicine and surgery and its dynamic educative processes. I am first a patient advocate, insisting on quality, empathetic care.
Gail Feinberg, DO, MEd,FACOFP,dist
Dr. Gail Feinberg is currently a Professor and Chair of Primary Care at Touro University California. She graduated from UCLA with a BS in Psychobiology, and the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Interned at the Michigan Osteopathic Medical Center and Family Medicine Residency at UMDNJ Kennedy Stratford in New Jersey. After working at Rowan/UMDNJ while her husband was completing his fellowship, she began her National Health Service Corps service in Southern Ohio and was the medical director for that center for over 10 years. She then moved her practice to a community Hospital’s outpatient center in Kentucky which eventually became a family medicine residency outpatient clinic. Dr. Feinberg then became that residency’s program director and Director of Medical Education.
Prior to her move to California, she was the Regional Assistant Dean for the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (7 years) and continues to serve as DME of the Family Medicine residency in Ashland, Kentucky. Dr. Feinberg has completed the AOA health policy fellowship where her paper “Rural America: I still don’t have a physician” was selected for presentation and received a writing award, has completed the Costin fellowship, and most recently completed a Masters in Medical Education through the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Thomas Horowitz, MPA, DO
Thomas Horowitz is a family physician practicing in Hollywood. He has been involved in health policy, public health, law enforcement medicine and consulted with health departments in North America and Asia. He has served over 25 years as a reserve police officer and has chaired the boards of a health commission, health plan and hospital board.
Michael Hower, OMS4
Student Doctor Hower is a fourth-year medical student at Touro University - Vallejo College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has served as President of the Mental Health Advocacy Student Interest Group, and intends to pursue residency Psychiatry. His research focus is on the interactions between COVID-19, diabetes, and current pharmacological therapies applied, working closely with Dr. Shubrook.
Carrie Janiski, DO
Dr. Carrie Janiski is the Director of Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine at Romeo Medical Clinic in Turlock, CA. She specializes in Sports Medicine, Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Occupational Health and Family Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University (BS Athletic Training), graduate degree from Michigan State University (MS Kinesiology) and medical degree at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
She is the head team physician for California State University Stanislaus and John H Pitman High School. She is also a certified yoga instructor (ERYT-200) through the Baptiste Institute, leads yoga classes weekly and enjoys integrating yoga with her experiences in athletic training, exercise science, dance medicine and sports performance to help each patient move toward their personal goals of wellness and health. In her spare time, she is on the Board of Directors for the EMC Health Foundation in Turlock CA, is a clinical instructor with Touro University COM, enjoys speaking at the state (OPSC) and national (AAO) levels, and serves as Sports Medicine faculty for the Family Medicine Residents in Modesto (Valley Consortium for Medical Education).
Since moving to California, she has been involved with OPSC as a member, committee member (OMM Committee and Education Committee), committee Vice Chair (Education Committee), and has had the distinct pleasure of serving the OPSC membership as Education Committee Chair since February 2019. She currently serves on the OPSC Board of Directors and has been honored to receive the 2019 Rookie of the Year Award from OPSC as well as the 2020 James M. Lally, DO, National Emerging Leader Award from the American Osteopathic Foundation.
John Kowalczyk, DO, FACOS
Dr Kowalczyk has resided in Southern California since he first began practicing urology in 1996. He is the founder of the Urology Group of Southern California, which first opened its doors in 2001 and continues to serve patients in downtown Los Angeles. He received his medical training through Midwestern University, and at Indiana University where he received fellowship training in uroprosthetics. Dr Kowalczyk is a recent past president of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California and a California delegate to the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates. Additionally, he is an expert reviewer for the Osteopathic Medical Board of California. He sits on the board of the Physician’s Aid Association, the Good Samaritan IPA and the Medical Executive Committee of Good Samaritan Hospital.
Dr Kowalczyk has received many awards, including the David M Shaw Physician of the Year Award at Good Samaritan Hospital and the Physician Educator of the Year Award for Downey Regional Medical Center’s Family Practice Residency Program. He is a researcher
who continues to publish, including many journal articles and a text book chapter. His professional expertise focuses on prostate cancer, male impotentance, incontinence and urodynamics as well as gender dysphoria and gender confirmation surgery.
Brett Lockman, DO, DABPMR, DABPM
Dr. Lockman is a 2003 alumna of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, pursuing an OMM +1 year before graduation. Following a traditional rotating internship, he completed his Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2008. To pay the bills while continuing his training under an apprenticeship model, he started a consulting firm in 2008 providing electrodiagnostic, non-operative orthopedic, regenerative medicine, and spine care to patients at select clinics while working with some of the nation's top interventional spine and neuromusculoskeletal experts. He's had the pleasure of working with and training under the likes of Gabor Racz, Ed Goering, Phil Greenman, Andrea Trescot, Johnny White, Ramses Benyamin, Gerald Harris, John Sessions, Ronny Kaffiludi, and many others.
Dr. Lockman holds board certifications in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Brain Injury Medicine, and Addiction Medicine. He is the President and Founder of Advanced Wellness Sports & Spine in Sonora, CA and has broad expertise treating nerve, muscle and bone conditions with osteopathic manipulation, nutrition & exercise, conventional & regenerative injection therapies, and minimally invasive surgical procedures. Dr. Lockman was a late-comer to medicine holding over a dozen jobs including 6 years in the Marine Corps before pursuing his medical career. He is a decorated Gulf War veteran and lifelong martial artist.
His fascination with anatomy and the biomechanics of grappling arts, as well as a history of multiple poorly diagnosed & treated jiu-jitsu injuries motivated him to pursue Osteopathy and Interventional Physiatry. He is passionate about enhancing the patient experience and returning the doctor-patient relationship to the forefront of the healthcare discussion in America.
Brian Loveless, DO
Brian Loveless, DO graduated from Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in 2002. He completed his Family Practice Residency at Chino Valley Medical Center and was in private practice in Chino after residency. He became faculty at WesternU/COMP in 2011, where he is an associate professor of NMM/OMM and still maintains a clinical practice. In 2015, he established a residency program in NMM/OMM at Chino Valley and completed the program in 2016.
Krista Lund, DO
Krista Lund, DO is an Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practices at California Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine in Clovis, California. She graduated from Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 and is dual board certified in Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, completing both residency programs at Downey Regional Medical Center. After residency, Dr. Lund continued to be involved with graduate medical education. First, as an Assistant Director of Medical Education for a Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Residency Program. Then, as a Family Medicine Residency Program Director.
Dr. Lund’s prior clinical experiences include being an attending physician in the Osteopathic Center for Wellbeing in Downey; working part time as a family medicine physician in a Los Angeles based federally qualified health center; and then full time for a large physician owned practice. She has now returned to academia and is excitedly teaching the inaugural class of osteopathic medical students at CHSU-COM.
Alexandra Myers, DO, MSHS
Dr. Myers is a board-certified physician providing primary care through the San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center. She is a member of UC San Diego Health Physician Network, an alliance of health care providers based in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties.
Dr. Myers earned her medical degree along with her Master of Science from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California. She completed her residency at Downey Regional Medical Center in Downey, California, and her fellowship training at San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center. She is board certified in family medicine with a subspecialty in sports medicine.
Jeffrey Nelson, DO
Dr. Nelson earned an undergraduate degree in Medical Technology from Michigan State University before receiving his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from TCOM. He is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, with a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Practicing Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in Pasadena CA since 1992, he is a Partner and the longest standing physician at HRC Fertility, a REI practice based in Southern California, serving patients domestically and internationally.
Yoshihiro Ozaki, DO, FAAP
Board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. Yoshihiro Ozaki joined Valley Children's Hospital in Madera, California in 2016 as a pediatric hospitalist. He also has been serving as a pediatric urgent care physician at Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego and an adjunct assistant professor at California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Clovis, California. His area of special clinical interest is evidence-based medicine, resident and medical student education, and infectious diseases.
Dr. Ozaki received his medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa. He did his pediatric residency at University of Toledo Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.
Habib Sadeghi, DO
Dr. Habib Sadeghi is the founder of Be Hive of Healing, an integrative medical center based in Los Angeles. He specializes in multi-disciplinary treatment for chronic illnesses that include osteopathic, anthroposophical, environmental, psychosomatic, family, and German new medicine, as well as clinical pharmacology. He served as an attending Physician and Clinical Facilitator at UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center and is currently a Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences.
He is the author of two books, The Clarity Cleanse: 12 steps to finding renewed energy, spiritual fulfillment and emotional healing, and Within: A spiritual awakening to love & weight loss. Dr. Sadeghi is also a regular contributor to Goop, CNN, BBC News and the Huffington Post, and is the publisher of the health and well-being journal, MegaZEN.
Jay Shubrook, DO
Dr. Shubrook is a board-certified Family Physician and Fellowship trained Diabetologist. He serves as a professor in the primary care Department at Touro University CA and serves as the Director of Clinical Research and Diabetes Services. His research focus is on the prevention and early intervention of top 2 diabetes.
Prachi Singh, DO
Dr. Singh is an assistant professor of pediatric infectious diseases at UCSF Department of Infectious Diseases and Global Health, Oakland and serves as the Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship program at the Oakland campus.
Robert D. Stoffey, DO
Dr. Stoffey graduated from the Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pomona, California, immediately following medical school he performed a one year, AOA-approved transitional internship at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Aurora, Colorado. After his internship Dr. Stoffey was assigned as a battalion surgeon with the US Army in the Republic of Korea, after which he completed a four-year radiology residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Stoffey served a total of 14 years in the US Army, after his military obligation he completed fellowships in MRI, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Neuroradiology, and Phlebology. Dr. Stoffey has had numerous publications and is a peer-reviewer for a major radiology journal.
Dr. Stoffey is board certified by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, the American Board of Radiology, and the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology; he also has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Neuroradiology with the AOBR. Dr. Stoffey is currently in clinical practice at a full-service vein care center in the Greater Phoenix Metroplex.
Lawrence Suess, DO, PhD, FACN
Dr. Suess is a diplomate and fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists (ACNOP). He has been in private practice for 30 years and recently has joined Touro University as a Professor in Child Psychiatry. His responsibilities include teaching students and residents along with administrative roles.
He is an AOA Health Policy Fellow with expertise in economics of mental health delivery of care. Currently participating in several research projects examining how auto antibodies precipitate mental illness symptomology in anxiety. He is active in the AOA, KOMA, and with the move to California expects to become active OPSC. He has been a delegate to the AOA house since 2005 and has been appointed to several committees.
Michael Warner, DO, CPC, CPCO, CPMA
I practiced osteopathic family medicine for over 20 years, much of it with my wife Margaret Warner, DO, and much in private practice. I found health record documentation to be important, but difficult in light of EHR demands and E/M scoring policies. To learn the system better, I became a certified professional coder. I learned of a 2001 federal law that gave individuals the right to author content in their health records. I hypothesized it made more sense for patients to tell their story than to expect a doctor to document it within the confines of a typical medical encounter. This led to creation of a clinical research project resulting in a 2017 JAOA publication as part of a mission to improve the healthcare experience for patients and providers. CMS has responded to our flawed system by removing the work of History pay from providers and promoting History authoring by patients and documentation by ancillary staff.
Just prior to campus closure due to COVID, we replicated the JAOA study in an on-campus OMM clinical simulation lab. Time/motion studies readily suggested dramatic reduction in provider clerical burden. As a bonus, the patient authored History contained the patient's rich story, including results of previously administered OMT. I've enjoyed representing the AOA as an alternate advisor on AMA RUC. The new 2021 Medical Decision-Making grid is the result of a CPT/RUC committee. I'm proud to be a National Advisory Board member for AAPC, which has nearly 200,000 members/coders/auditors/practice managers. Having additional medical auditing and compliance officer certifications have given me extra skills. A bright future awaits the practice of medicine. New policies, however, will best favor those who know the rules. You need to know why current policies are in place and why they are being changed. We also need to know how new policies can be accommodated and implemented.
K. Scott Whitlow, DO, FAAEM
Dr. Whitlow is an Emergency Medicine Specialist in Visalia, CA and has over 22 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from WUHS/Comp medical school in 1998. He is affiliated with medical facilities Kaweah Delta Medical Center
and Sierra View Medical Center.
Kim Wolf, DO
Dr. Kimberly Wolf is the Director of Pediatric Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) and Associate Professor of OMM at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California (TUCOM-CA). Prior to this role, Dr. Wolf served as the co-program director of the Osteopathic Recognition Track of the Pediatric Residency Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital/Ohio State University, which was the first pediatric program to receive ACGME Osteopathic Recognition. Dr. Wolf received her medical degree from Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in 2010 and completed her internship and pediatrics residency training at the Nationwide Children's Hospital’s dually accredited program in Columbus, Ohio.
After graduating, Dr. Wolf began her practice at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a general pediatrician. She also developed a pediatric OMM clinic where she trained medical students and residents. She is a board-certified pediatrician, and fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians and American Academy of Pediatrics. She has spoken nationally and regionally on osteopathic scholarly activity and pediatric OMM including at OMED, OPSC, AAO, ACOP, and AAP. Dr. Wolf has served on numerous national committees for the AAO, AAP, ACGME, and AOBP, including the Education Committee for OPSC.
Miho Yoshida, DO, MA
Miho Yoshida, DO, MA is Chair and Associate Professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practices at California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Clovis, CA. Dr. Yoshida graduated from Western University of Health Sciences/COMP in 2009. She is board certified in Family Medicine/OMT and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/OMM and has been working in osteopathic medical education since 2013, a Chair of an OMM Department since 2016, and is a representative on AACOM’s Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles. She has presented at various venues on osteopathic medicine at the regional and national level.