Mr. Simon Castellanos
Mr. Castellanos has dedicated nearly two decades of his professional career to the health and well-being of the patients his companies have served. He successfully led as the President of Fresenius Medical Services (FMS), the largest US division of Fresenius responsible for dialysis treatment to over 160,000 patients at 2,060 outpatient facilities and 900 hospitals across the country. Under his leadership at FMS, overall quality outcomes including hospitalization and mortality rates improved substantially due to standardization of processes and protocols, and globally Fresenius was named a Most Innovative Company by Forbes for three consecutive years. Before that, Mr. Castellanos directed improvement in outcomes and overall results through several leadership roles at Fresenius, and at Gambro Healthcare International.
Mr. Castellanos is known for his passion for best-in-class quality in clinical outcomes and patient care, and his strong belief that employees’ steadfast commitment together with proven protocols will best enable successful results.
Mr. Rich Coury
Co-founder of Coury and Buehler Physical Therapy
Rich has extensive training in rehabilitation of sports, orthopedic, and neurological injuries/disorders. He also serves as a senior instructor for the manual therapy based mentorship program at CBPT. Over the past 10 years CBPT has grown from a small two man office to 4 locations throughout Orange County with a 5th opening in February 2015. CBPT is well respected in the community for providing excellent physical therapy services with exceptional customer service and patient outcomes. CBPT has received multiple recognitions including Top Practice in the Nation by Advance Magazine and Top Work Places by the Orange County Register.
Rich received his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Physical Therapy at Chapman University. Rich is also one of the co-founders of POISE (Prevention of Injury and Sports Enhancement), a successful injury prevention program developed to assist athletes prevent significant injuries, help obtain full recovery for return to their sport, and enhance performance on the field or court.
Rich is a diehard sports fan. Although he considers himself a “So Cal Native,” he is a lifelong Ohio State Buckeye and Cleveland Browns fan! In his spare time Rich enjoys working out, coaching his kids’ soccer teams, and spending time with his wife and family.
Dr. Zeinab H. Dabbah, J.D. ’12
Chapman University, Board of Trustees
Dr. Zeinab H. Dabbah is a lawyer who recently established her own law practice in Pasadena. She is also a practicing medical doctor/internist. Prior to earning her JD in Law from Chapman University in 2012, she held various positions in the health care field, including senior medical director/regional vice president for Anthem Blue Cross and managing medical director of Blue Cross of California. She was also the regional utilization management medical director, and senior partner and primary care physician at Healthcare Partners Medical Group in Pasadena, California.
Dr. Dabbah and her husband Daniel Temianka are active philanthropists who have given to a wide variety of causes such as the National Institute of Transplantation, New Eyes for the Needy and the International Double Reed Society. They have also been very generous donors to Chapman University. Henri Temianka, father of Daniel Temianka, was a violinist and conductor who founded the Paganini String Quartet and the California Chamber Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to her JD from Chapman, Dr. Dabbah holds an MD from Cairo University, and completed her residency at LAC+USC Medical Center. She and Mr. Temianka have three children.
Dr. Eric Handler, MPH
Orange County Health Officer
In August, 2006, Dr. Handler was appointed Orange County Health Officer. Immediately prior, he served as chief medical officer for the CMS Boston regional office. From 1986-89, he was the Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1989-96, he served as the Medical Director for the Nisonger Center, a university affiliated program at Ohio State University as well as associate professor at Columbus Children's Hospital and the College of Medicine at Ohio State University.
Dr. Handler's experience includes serving as the deputy secretary for Children's Medical Services in the Florida Department of Health from 1996-2000. From 2000 - 2003 he was the chief medical officer for the Florida Department of Children and Families. A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Handler received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Medical Degree from Chicago Medical School. He completed his Pediatrics internship and residency at L.A. County-U.S.C. Hospital and completed a Pediatric Rehabilitation fellowship at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital. Dr. Handler received his Masters in Public Health from UCLA in 1985 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Ms. France Dixon Helfer
CEO, TinyKicks LLC
Ms. Helfer is the Chief Executive Officer for TinyKicks LLC, a University of California developed healthcare technology company recently spun out into the EvoNexus Irvine Incubator. With over thirty years in the Medical Device and Healthcare Industry, over 20 as a senior executive, Ms. Helfer brings Serial Entrepreneurship and leadership, Business and Corporate Development, Product Development and R&D, and International Sales and Marketing expertise for Fortune 500, start-up and emerging growth companies.
Her career includes successful C- level executive positions at Halo Healthcare, Medtronic, SORIN Biomedical, Xenotech Labs (acquired by MDT), Eclipse Surgical and MDDataDirect. As founder and CEO of Pegasus Biologics, she raised $32M, and in less than three years, built the company into an emerging growth revenue company with a solid product pipeline, acquired by Synovis Life Systems and more recently, Baxter. She has raised over $50M in angel funding and qualified Venture Capital firms. She worked at JNJ and Pfizer-Shiley in management positions early in her career, both following acquisitions.
Ms. Helfer serves on the Biomedical Leadership Council of OCTANe, and is a member of HBA’s Executive Advisory Boards. She is a Mentor and Entrepreneur in Residence for Chapman University’s Leatherby School of Entrepreneurship. She is renowned as a women’s leadership mentor and motivational speaker for women business leaders, particularly in science and technology. She serves on numerous boards and as a strategic advisor to medical companies. Helfer graduated in Biologic Sciences from CSUF, attended graduate school in business management from University of Redlands, and has taken advanced coursework and continuing education at UCI and USC.
Dr. Marcia Faller, RN
Chief Clinical Officer, AMN Healthcare
Marcia Faller is the Chief Clinical Officer for AMN Healthcare. She has championed the development of consistent quality standards for credentialing and competency evaluation of temporary clinicians and physicians; setting AMN Healthcare apart in the industry and giving it a name synonymous with quality staffing. Currently Marcia leads a team of approximately 200 staff in clinical operations supporting all contingent staff business lines. The team members qualify clinicians and physicians for placement with AMN companies, credential them specifically to state and client requirements, and manage performance throughout each assignment.
Marcia led the initiative to introduce training and education programs to create new supply in the form of The Center for the Advancement of Healthcare Professionals. AMN’s educational services (nursing and pharmacy continuing education) reside within The Center – delivering well over 100,000 hours of continuing education to clinicians every year.
Marcia participated in the initial Joint Commission (2003/4) advisory committee for the development of quality standards for healthcare staffing firms, and continues as an advisor today. She has been on the board of directors for the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices since 2007.
She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Arizona, a master of science in nursing and doctorate in nursing from the University of San Diego, and is currently on faculty in the school of nursing at University of San Diego where she teaches business courses to nurses in both the masters and doctoral programs
Marcia resides in Poway, California with her husband, Nelson. Their 4 children are adults, with 2 currently in college and the other 2 residing and working in the Bay Area. In addition, they have 1 granddaughter.
Dr. Maria Minon
Vice President Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Maria Minon, a native of Argentina, has dedicated her career to ensuring the well-being of children. Dr. Minon graduated with her medical degree from University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and holds board-certification in pediatrics. Her pediatric residency was spent at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) followed by a chief residency. Dr. Minon worked in private practice as a pediatrician for nearly 20 years and still hears from grateful parents and patients to this day. Dr. Minon was named as CHOC’s Vice President Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer in 1998. She is dedicated to serving the needs of Orange County’s children and families and thus serves as Chair Pre Tem of the Orange County Children and Families Commission, the Executive Advisory Committee of the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, the St. Jude Medical Center Board of Trustees and on the Medical Advisory Board of the Painted Turtle Camp. Dr. Minon recently concluded many years of service as a Board of Trustees member of the Orange County Ronald McDonald House including service as Board Chair. Dr. Minon is also dedicated to the future of healthcare in Orange County and enjoys mentoring students who are interested in a career in medicine.
Dr. Dele Ogunseitan, MPH
Professor of Public Health University of California, Irvine
Dele Ogunseitan is Professor of Public Health and Professor of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine, where he currently serves as Chair of the Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention. He helped establish the Global Health Research, Education and Translation (GHREAT) initiative, and he is the Director of Research Education, Training and Career Development for the NIH-Funded Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.
He earned his doctorate in Microbiology at the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, University of Tennessee, and his Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also earned a certificate in International Health. He earned a certificate in Teaching by Case Method at Harvard School of Public Health. He served as a Josiah Macy Foundation fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and as an Institute Faculty for Vulnerability Assessments at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria. He is alumni faculty fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
In 2012, he received the Leadership Excellence (ACE) award from the International OpenCourseWare Consortium; and recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the Health and Human Services from 2-1-1OC. He served for three years on the State of California’s Green Ribbon Science Panel. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the UC Global Health Institute, and on the Board of Directors of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).
Dr. Eric Rypins
California Surgical Assistants, APC
Dr. Eric Rypins currently holds clinical appointments at Tri-City Medical Center and North Coast Surgicenter since 1995, and at Carlsbad Surgicenter since 2009. Prior to this, Dr. Rypins held several other professional and clinical appointments in both Southern California and Chicago.
Dr. Rypins’ dedication to the health care field has also extended to his work as a professional consultant, and work as a member of numerous medical committees. He has held various teaching positions, including Faculty Advisor at UCI Department of Surgery from 1983-89 and Director of Introduction to Clinical Surgery, at UCI Department of Surgery from 1986-90.
Dr. Rypins received his Bachelor’s degree from Harpur College, and his Medical Degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery internship and residency at Emory University, as well as a fellowship in Portal Hypertension. He completed his chief residency in General Surgery at New Jersey Medical School.
Dr. Larry Santora, M.D.
Actively practicing cardiology for more than 30 years, Dr. Larry Santora is triple board-certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine and cardiovascular computed tomography (cardiac CT). He continues to put considerable time into the one-on-one consultations with each of his patients.
Sharing clear and concise information about health and wellness is primary among the reasons for the creation of “Health Matters with Dr. Larry Santora.” There is so much information out there, and even doctors sometimes have a hard time keeping up with it. On “Health Matters,” Dr. Santora cuts through all the hype and complicated medical terms and gives you the straight talk.
Dr. Santora is the medical director of The Orange County Heart Institute and Research Center in Orange County, Calif. He has specialized in the treatment of advanced heart disease for almost three decades through interventional cardiology (balloon angioplasty and stenting of coronary arteries). He is committed to early diagnosis and prevention of cardiovascular disease.
He is the medical director of The Center for Heart and Vascular Wellness and Prevention, The Cardiac Rehabilitation Center and The Dick Butkus Center for Cardiac Screening, all at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif.
Dr. Santora is co-author of The OC Cure for Heart Disease with NFL star linebacker Dick Butkus and Steve A. Armentrout, M.D. Dr. Santora is also co-author of Women and Heart Disease with Shalizeh Shokooh, M.D., and Kelly Tucker, M.D. In addition, Dr. Santora has published the only scientific paper suggesting a link between anabolic steroids and heart disease.
Ms. Sherry Schulman
Sherry is pursuing her Master of Science Degree: Nutrition, Healthspan and Longevity at USC. Her goal is to provide nutrition services to meet the complex medical nutrition therapy needs for individuals across the lifespan.
Sherry has been an active volunteer for the Emerald Bay Homeowners Association, The Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts of America, UCLA Women’s Water Polo, and the City of Long Beach.
Sherry received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Masters in Business Administration from University of California, Irvine. She and her husband have four children.
Dr. Michelle Thai
Co-Medical Director of St. Jude's Centers for Rehabilitation
Dr. Thai specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and as a certified Star Cancer Program physician, her areas of specialty include stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, and oncology rehabilitation. Dr. Thai is a graduate of UC Davis School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency at UCI medical center. She has been running a successful rehab center in California, while serving as the Co-Medical Director for the Orthopedic and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center at St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton, CA since 1991. Dr. Thai is also a faculty member and course director of UCI Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program. She served on the executive committee as chairwoman of the rehabilitation department at St. Jude Medical Center for several years. She is on the Skilled Nursing Facility consultant; her goal is to improve rehabilitation/post-acute care and facilitate the continuum of care.
Dr. Thai has been active in global health. As a native Vietnamese, Dr. Thai has returned to Vietnam multiple times to help improve health and education platforms. In Singapore, she has also been actively involved in designing a rehabilitation model that uses healthcare navigators to encourage elderly patients to participate in outpatient therapies and community exercise programs for Duke-National University and the Center for Ageing and Education.
Dr. Thai is currently working on the Tele-rehab project, which aims to provide rehabilitation care to mobility-challenged or less-accessible patients. Dr. Thai’s philosophy is to start early rehabilitation at the Intensive Care Unit level, allowing for a continuum of care regardless of their discharge destination (i.e. skilled nursing facilities or home). Dr. Thai strongly believes health care should be cost-effective, technologically enabled, collaborative, and globally accessible.