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
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
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
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
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, 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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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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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
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
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Robin Wempe, PA-C, MS
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
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
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
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, MUP
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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She joined the program in 2015.
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