• PA Faculty and Staff

    PA Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Grace Landel, PA-C, M.Ed.

Grace Landel, PA-C, M.Ed.

Program Director, Assistant Dean, Professor
Ms Landel joined the Joint Program as Director in April of 2010. She has been a PA since graduating from the Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in 1984. She has worked in rural and urban family practice since then. She has been in PA education since 1990 when she joined the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program. During her tenure at MEDEX she served in many roles, including Associate Program Director, Director of Diversity, Director of the Alaska Satellite, Didactic Coordinator, Clinical Coordinator, and lecturer for many courses. Ms Landel has also served the PA profession on a state, regional, and national level, having served with the Washington, Alaska, and Nebraska Academies of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). She recently completed a 7-year term as a Commissioner for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), which included 2 years as Chair and 1 year a Past Chair.

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Michelle Wolfe, MD

Michelle Wolfe, MD

Medical Director, Assistant Program Director, Assistant Professor
Dr. Wolfe joined the Joint Program in July 2010. She is a board certified Family Physician and faculty with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF. After finishing residency followed by a year as chief resident at the University of Rochester, Dr. Wolfe moved to California to be near her family. Since 2002, she has worked in primary care, women’s health, and student health settings. Currently she teaches women’s health care to family medicine residents in underserved communities.

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Kathy Clift, PA-C, MSPAS, MTh

Kathy Clift, PA-C, MSPAS, MTh

Associate Professor
Mrs. Clift has over 24 years of clinical experience, primarily in family medicine and pediatrics. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the George Washington University PA Progam in 1992. After graduation, she completed a residency in pediatrics and neonatology at Norwalk Hospital/Yale University Hospital in Connecticut. She is a published author in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and has a master's degree in Theology from the University of San Francisco.

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Josie Hunt, PA-C, MSPAS, MPH

Josie Hunt, PA-C, MSPAS, MPH

Assistant Professor
Ms Hunt is a 2012 graduate of the Touro University California Joint MSPAS/MPH Program. Upon graduation, Ms Hunt moved to Arizona and practiced clinically in the fields of Pediatric Medicine and Family Medicine for three years.  Desiring to be closer to family, she and her family returned to the local San Francisco Bay Area. She joined the Touro University California faculty a few months later in July 2015.

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Darcie Larimore-Arenas, PA-C, MSPAS, MPH

Darcie Larimore-Arenas, PA-C, MSPAS, MPH

Assistant Professor
Ms Larimore-Arenas graduated from the Joint MSPAS/MPH Program in 2012, and works clinically in family medicine and School-Based Health Centers (SBHC). Her research interests include early childhood literacy intervention at well-child examinations, SBHC impact on teen pregnancies and absenteeism, and pediatric obesity interventions in family practice. She has been with the program since early 2016.

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Jennifer Pimentel

Jennifer Pimentel, MAEd

Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor
Ms Pimentel joined Touro in 2012 and has held various positions including Administrative Coordinator to the PA Program, Learning Specialist in Student Affairs and as of August 2016, the Director of Clinical Education.  She served as a member of the Five-Year Strategic Action Planning committee, interprofessional education and various others on campus.  She received her Master’s degree in Education from TUC.  Prior to joining TUC, she was the program manager for San Mateo County’s HICAP program that provided free counseling and advocacy to Medicare beneficiaries. She is responsible for the clinical year oversight.

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eff Ritterman, MD

Jeff Ritterman, MD

Clinical Coordinator, Associate Professor
Dr. Ritterman joined the program in January 2015. Dr. Ritterman trained for three years in Internal Medicine and then completed a two year fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases in Seattle, Washington. He began his career as Chief of Cardiology at the Kaiser Richmond Medical Center, where he worked to serve the Richmond community for 30 years. Dr. Ritterman retired from Kaiser in November of 2010. Dr. Ritterman has been active in international health. In the 1980s, he started the Committee for Health Rights in Central America to help provide medical relief to refugees from the civil war in El Salvador. In the mid-1980s, Dr. Ritterman founded the Southern African Medical Aid Fund to help those suffering under apartheid. With his partner Vivien Feyer, Dr. Ritterman traveled to the Iraqi border, delivering medical supplies to refugees from the bombing in Fallujah. Recently, the couple traveled to Iran on a peace-building mission. In addition to his international work, Dr. Ritterman has been working to improve health in his own local community. He served on the Public and Environmental Health Advisory Board of Contra Costa County from 1988 until 2012. He was a Richmond City Councilmember 2008-2013, and was appointed Vice Mayor of the City of Richmond 2010-2011. He is on the steering committee of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility

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e’Anna St. John, PA-C, MPAS

Le’Anna St. John, PA-C, MPAS

Academic Coordinator, Associate Professor
Ms St.John joined the Program in 2008, coming to us from Bay Medical Center in Fairfield, California. She has worked clinically as a PA since 2004, prior to which she worked for seven years as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. She is a graduate of the Physician Assistant Program at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Ms St.John practices clinically for Medmark Treatment Centers as an opiate addiction specialist.

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Kimberlee Walsh, PA-C, MPAS

Kimberlee Walsh, PA-C, MPAS

Assistant Professor
Ms. Walsh joined the Program in January of 2015. She  is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Medicine’s FNP/PA Program. Since then she has practiced in Internal Medicine and for the past few years specializes in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology in Napa. She is Nationally Certified as a Food Allergy/Anaphylaxis Consultant and is a Certified Life Coach for the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). She volunteers serving her community by training local schools/coaches on anaphylaxis and administration of epinephrine auto-injectors and looks forward to coaching folks on diabetes prevention. She is interested in research regarding the rising epidemic of food allergies, obesity and diabetes.

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Robin Wempe, PA-C, MS

Robin Wempe, PA-C, MS

Assistant Professor
Ms Wempe joined the Program in September 2006. Ms Wempe is a graduate of MCP-Hahnemann (now Drexel) University Physician Assistant Program and brings both family practice and women’s health clinical experience to the Program. She practices clinically at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Vallejo, California.

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Joy Dugan, PA-C, MSPAS, MPH

Joy Dugan, PA-C, MSPAS, MPH

Adjunct Professor
Ms Dugan is a 2012 graduate of the Touro University California Joint MSPAS/MPH Program. She also serves as Clinical Instructor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. She sees patients and precepts DO, PA, and MPH students at the Touro University/Solano County Family Health Services Medical Clinic; additionally, she volunteers as a preceptor at the Student-Run Free Clinic (SRFC). In the PA program, she gives clinical lectures and leads small groups in the Clinical Applications course. As a student, she served as PA Class President, co-founder of the SRFC, and student representative to the California Academy of PAs. After graduation, she served on the CAPA Board as Secretary and on the Public Relations and Political Action Committees. In her spare time, she serves in the California National Guard as a PA.

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Anthony J. Trevor, PhD

Anthony J. Trevor, PhD

Adjunct Professor and Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology, UCSF
Dr. Trevor has been the lecturer for all of the Pharmacology courses since January 2007. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Kings College, University of London, and is the author of a number of pharmacology textbooks. Dr. Trevor enjoys teaching PA students because "it is clear PAs are very proactive in knowing exactly what is going on with the patient including how the medications are affecting their patients."

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Julie Charles, MBA

Julie Charles, MBA

Recruitment and Program Analyst
Ms Charles is the recruitment and program analyst of the Joint MSPAS/MPH Program. Ms Charles joined the program in August 2008. She compiles and analyzes data, writes grants, coordinates events, and recruits students who are likely to fulfill the program mission by working in underserved areas. Additionally, she performs database and accreditation work for the College of Education and Health Sciences.

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Marie Miller

Marie Miller, MUP

Administrative Assistant

Marie Miller, MUP joined the Program in late 2014 as administrative assistant to the Program with a focus on clinical year support and coordination. She holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from SUNY-Buffalo, where she was a HUD fellow. She has worked with foster and adoptive kids, and the Urban Strategies Council in Oakland.

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Regina Branch

Regina Branch

Administrative Coordinator
She joined the program in 2015.

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