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September 2018

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Colleen Hoehn, BSN, MPH

Registered Nurse, Allergy/Travel

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What do you do at UHS?

I work in the Allergy/Travel Clinic where we help students meet the new immunization and tuberculosis requirements, update immunizations, prepare for international travel, and give immunotherapy for allergies.

When did you start working at Tang?  

March 2017.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?

I am amazed every day by how inspired and hard-working our students are. I meet students striving to do well and looking to engage in the community and gain experiences that will add to a richer college education. I hear stories of emerging adventures and bright futures, stories of heartbreak, stories of enduring trials, stories of incredible insights, and stories of optimism, realism, and hope. I am very grateful for what I get to learn from our students.

What's your "Tang Tip" for students?

My Tang Tip for students is to please use the services at the Tang Center. UHS is a welcoming environment staffed by friendly people who are eager to help you. We have a wealth of resources all in one building that you may not be so lucky to experience after leaving UC Berkeley. Whether you need to request medical records from an outside clinic or hospital, understand what your insurance plan covers, or need help with overwhelming feelings -- someone is available to answer your questions. You also have the autonomy to self-order certain labs and request certain medications without seeing a provider. Become familiar with the Tang website and know that your health is important to us and we are here to help!

What are your hobbies/what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy riding my bike, drinking cappuccinos and reading alone, camping and playing in the forest with my family, making lists of things I need to get done in my spare time, traveling and taking road trips, and gardening. I aspire to be more crafty.

What's your favorite quote? 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” --Attributed to Mark Twain, but historians can’t prove he ever wrote or said it. Nonetheless, good words to live by.

April 2018

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Catherine Ciano, PhD

Behavioral Health Provider

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What do you do at UHS?

I work as a Behavioral Health Provider in Primary Care. I see students whose Primary Care Providers have identified that a visit with me could be beneficial to their health and wellness goals. Common problems I help with include stress, anxiety and panic, sleep issues, and depression. My visits are short-term and are often in the form of counseling, therapy, or coaching (on occasion). I also help students get connected with other providers if it turns out that their needs will be better served elsewhere.   

When did you start working at Tang?  

I began working at the Tang Center in May of 2017.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?

Since education attracts individuals from all over the world and health care is a service that most students utilize at some point during their academic journey, I am afforded the privilege of engaging and supporting a rich and diverse student body. Concurrently, my skill set as a clinician is enhanced by the opportunity to adeptly adapt empirically supported treatments to the unique and varying needs of individuals while taking into consideration social and cultural contexts.  

What's your "Tang Tip" for students?

My Tang Tip is never be afraid to ask for help! Many times fear, faulty assumptions, and uncertainty get in the way of asking for what we need. Asking for help is never a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength, resilience, and self-awareness. There are hundreds of individuals here at the Tang Center (and on campus) who are very eager to help. So, again, never be afraid to ask.

What are your hobbies/what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, watching Shark Tank and HGTV, dancing, traveling and exploring new places, meeting interesting people, and experiencing robust food scenes.

What's your favorite quote? 

“Feed a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime." - Anne Isabella Richie

February 2018

Jeanine Baillie Staff Highlight

Jeanine Baillie, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

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What do you do at UHS?

I identify as a Trinidadian, multi-racial, cis-female, queer psychologist. I work from a strengths-based and social justice approach to support UC Berkeley students, groups, and systems. I provide brief individual, couples, and group counseling, outreach student drop in support, crisis intervention, supervision and training, and consultation to students, families, staff, and faculty. I'm interested in multicultural counseling, underserved and marginalized student populations, international students, student-athletes, LGBTQ+ populations, group dynamics, and students and systems struggling with a variety of intersecting identity-related questions or concerns.

When did you start working at Tang?  

September 2016.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?

The intersections of culture, spirituality, mental health, and overall well-being. I value our diverse global community and am committed to supporting the personal development and academic success of all UC Berkeley students.

What's your "Tang Tip" for students?

Breathe deeply and take care of the human body you are in. The body needs oxygen, sleep, water, nutrients, exercise, fun, and social interaction to flourish. When there are challenges in life, it's especially important to take care of the basic needs of our human body. By giving the human body what it needs to function, we are more able to raise consciousness, as well as work to our personal, academic, social, and vocational potential.

Breathing is foundation. You cannot be in your foundation if breathing is shallow or strained. If you want to feel closer to your foundation, bring your attention to your breath. Become aware of your breath, the times when you are breathing in a shallow way, and bring awareness to your thoughts that these shallow breaths are creating. You will see that your mind is chattering. None of those thoughts when breath is shallow have any depth or great significance. These thoughts are superficial like the breath is shallow. These thoughts hold no power unless you give them power. If you take a deeper and deeper breath, your body will start to relax and you will notice these shallow thoughts will fly away like clouds or scatter like birds. And then you will be in foundation, grounded by the power of your breath: you are present, relaxed and solid. 

Right now, I encourage you to take a deep breath in (to the count of 6) and exhale out (also to the count of 6). For a quick guided meditation, check out my Tang Tip video. Breathe deeply and meditate it forward

What are your hobbies/what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with loved ones, music, dancing, swimming in the ocean, gardening, yoga, hiking, and traveling.

What's your favorite quote? 

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  - Maya Angelou

November 2017

Rena Tacdol

Rena Tacdol, MD

Family Physician in Primary Care and Urgent Care

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What do you do at UHS? 

I’m a primary care doctor at UHS. I try to keep students healthy while they have fun and learn what they need to know before we send them out into the world. I see students for their cough/colds/flus, belly pain, basic gynecological care, STI issues, birth control consultations, depression/anxiety/stress, preventative care, and everything in between.

When did you start working at Tang?

July 2016 but I was also a Health Worker when I was an undergrad here.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health? 

The students are the most interesting thing about being at Cal. There’s this fantastic vibrant energy about them. They’re going places and doing things and changing the world for the better. Also, I love the diversity of the student body. They’re from all over the world and give me good ideas about my next travel destination!

What’s your “Tang Tip” for students? 

I think a Cal student’s job is to study and have fun and enjoy life- safely, of course! My Tang Tip is to use the UHS pharmacy more for low-priced condoms, dental dams (highly recommended to make oral sex safer), over-the-counter medications, and to get thermometers. Thermometers are important because sometimes we think we have a fever and we don’t!

Tell us a hobby (/hobbies) you enjoy in your spare time: 

Dancing! I love salsa dancing and started learning hip hop. I like traveling, walking my dog, and trying new recipes in my lab/kitchen.

What is your favorite quote?

“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself, and only herself.” - Maya Angelou


Summer 2017

Leslie Bell

Leslie C. Bell, PhD, LCSW, CEAP

Employee Assistance Counselor, Be Well at Work

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What do you do at UHS?

I see faculty, staff, and their families for individual and couples short-term counseling, assessment, and referrals for campus-based and community services. I also work with managers wanting to consult about challenging employees and challenging workplace dynamics. Finally I provide workshops on resilience, habit formation, emotional readiness for retirement, navigating change, and mindfulness.

When did you start working at Tang? 

2010

What do you find most interesting about working in faculty/staff health?

I enjoy providing behavioral health services in the workplace because we’re lowering the barriers to accessing behavioral health services. I’m often speaking with clients who have never spoken with a counselor before, and introducing them to the process of counseling in a destigmatized and safe environment.

What’s your “Tang Tip” for staff?

Sleep, exercise, and healthy relationships are three of the keystones to a happy life. These keystones are largely determined by our habits. 40% of what we do everyday is governed by habits. How much we move our bodies or sleep, and how we treat the people in our lives are all determined largely by habits.

Healthy habits help us to be healthy and happy. Unhealthy habits keep us from living the lives we want. When these keystone habits are in place, other healthy habits tend to follow. Changing habits is difficult for many of us, but we can change more easily if we know ourselves.

You can ask yourself the following questions to determine how to set about forming new habits to improve your life:

  • Are you someone who tends to focus on pleasing others, or on pleasing yourself? If you’re focused on pleasing others, you may want to enlist other people to help you to form new habits. If you’re focused on pleasing yourself, you may want to ensure that you have enough time to yourself to implement the habits that you want.
  • Do you like structure and rules, or are you someone who bristles at structure and rules? If you like structure and rules, setting timelines and clear goals may help you to form new habits. If you’re someone who bristles at structure and rules, you may want to leave yourself lots of latitude and free time to build new habits.
  • Are you someone who tends to care a lot about what others think, or someone who resists other people’s expectations and opinions? If you care a lot about what others think, you may want to set up accountability arrangements so that others know about your goals and what you’re working on as you’re trying to build new habits. If you resist others’ expectations you may want to keep you goals and changes private so that they’re not subject to others’ input.
  • Are you someone who is more likely to indulge in a bad habit in a group, or when alone? If you’re more likely to indulge in a bad habit in a group, you may want to avoid social situations in which it will be easy to engage in a habit you’re trying to avoid (for example, if you’re trying to move and exercise more, you might want to avoid socializing that involves sitting and instead plan for hikes or walks with friends). If you’re more likely to indulge in a bad habit when alone, you may want to remove the objects or temptations that make it easy to continue a bad habit (for example, if you’re trying to get more sleep, you might want to have a policy that you remove your phone and other electronics from your bedroom one hour before you want to get to sleep).

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

I enjoy playing guitar (I’m learning as an adult), doing yoga, spending time with my family, hiking, meditating, playing in the ocean with my daughters, seeing live theater, and reading.

What is your favorite quote? 

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” - Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2. (It turns out Shakespeare was a Buddhist by nature!)

April 2017

Molly Anderson

Molly Anderson, RN, ANP, PMHNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CPS 

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What do you do at UHS? 

I see students in the counseling and psychological services department.

When did you start working at Tang? 

2012.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?

I love listening. Hearing people’s stories and helping them to make sense of what they’re going through gives me great joy

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

I play the ukulele and hang out with my daughter.

What is your “Tang Tip” for students?

When you’re feeling stressed out and anxious, ask yourself: ‘What have I been doing to take care of myself?’   

March 2017

Karen Hughes

Karen Hughes, MPH

Health Educator

Coordinator: PartySafe@Cal & Health Worker Programs, Health Promotion

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What do you do at UHS? 

In a nutshell, I promote cultural and personal norms that prioritize student and community wellness. I use a variety of health promotion strategies with assorted students, faculty and staff both on and off campus. For example, I recruit, train and support: about fifty student Health Workers as community educators and first-points-of-contact for their peers in res halls, greek chapters, etc.; over ten PartySafe@Cal Student Advocates who aim to improve party culture and reduce alcohol-related problems; and I consult with many others who notice and are concerned about alcohol and party-related problems around campus and need help to know what they can do to make a difference.

When did you start working at Tang? 

I started half-time in 2006 focused primarily on community-based alcohol prevention. In 2010 I expanded to full-time and added the Health Worker Program to my responsibilities.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?

I enjoy working with and building the capacity of good, caring and smart people who in turn help others and collaborate to leave their communities better than they found them. It’s also gratifying that so many of my students discover new aspects of health that they love and want to pursue for their life’s work.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

Travel, cooking and eating, music and singing, and balancing physical activity with inactivity.

 What is your favorite quote?

“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.” – Albert Einstein

What is your “Tang Tip” for students?

For all students:
Embrace taking care of yourself - make wellness a priority and responsibility at this time in your life:

  • Create and maintain healthy habits - right now you’re probably the healthiest you’ll ever be. Small adjustments can produce meaningful improvements.

  • Periodically screen your behaviors (and consequences) for warning signs - hygiene, alcohol and drug use, relationships, thoughts and feelings, etc.

  • Notice and respond decisively to problems that arise – most often with self and homecare. But know and use professional help when called for.

For Tang Health Promotion volunteers:
Make sure you really have the time required for the role so you can learn, grow, succeed and enjoy the experience. The hands-on nature of this professional development will pay off for years to come.

February 2017

Manny Stephney

Manny Stephney

Medical Assistant, Speciality Clinich

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What do you do at UHS? 

Front line interaction with students and a bit of everything.

When did you start working at Tang? 

April 2005.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?

The diversity of all the students and the various languages and accents.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

Singing and play acting.

What is your favorite quote?

Refuse to worry and learn to live above your circumstances, show love and kindness to all. “No matter what God is in control”.

What is your “Tang Tip” for students?

Remain positive, stay focused, stay healthy, and remember, the Tang  Center is here for you. Go Bears!

November 2017

Justin Castello, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Social Services

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What do you do at UHS? 

Lessen negative effects of substance use disorders and sexual violence on the UC Berkeley campus and in its off-campus communities. Provide brief, trauma informed, counseling and psychotherapy with undergraduate and graduate students (individuals, couples, and groups) with a broad range of psychological problems from a harm reduction perspective. Conduct assessments and facilitate appropriate referrals to on-campus and community providers. Provide crisis assessment, management, intervention, and follow-up with trauma survivors and others. Lead workshops and trainings for UC Berkeley students, UHS staff, and campus staff. Provide case management for complicated situations. Liaise with local treatment programs and providers. Serve on UHS and campus committees. Collaborate with, support, and give consultation to the Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance Advocates, other UC staff/service providers, and faculty. Coordinate with and provide community psychology/outreach to UHS and UC affiliated staff and organizations on and off-campus. Monitor client/student progress with treatment plans. Keep detailed progress and therapy notes in UHS medical records database. Introduce students/clients with acute and posttraumatic stress to holistic/alternative treatment options. 

When did you start working at Tang? 

January 2016.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?

The variety of issues that come up for our student clients and the opportunity to provide support to them during a very crucial time in their lives.  

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

Going to plays/theatre, trying new things, home renovation.

What’s your “Tang Tip” for students?

All alcohol and other drug counseling that Social Services provides is done from a Harm Reduction perspective. This means the sessions are non-judgmental, client-centered, and tailored to your specific needs. Our goal is to help you get what you want out of your alcohol and other drug use while avoiding what you don’t want. We work with students who are experiencing negative consequences from their alcohol and other drug use and help you consider and make adjustments to your use if you choose to. We are also happy to see you when things are going well with your substance use, to have a conversation about it, and help you make a plan to keep things going well.

October 2016

Liz Nguyen, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

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What do you do at UHS? 

I provide physical therapy services to the student population and faculty/staff, consisting of evaluating muscular imbalances/movement dysfunction to assist in restoring prior function.  

When did you start working at Tang? 

June 2011.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?

The diversity of the student population, staff and their experiences; not a day goes by where I didn’t learn something new about my patients/colleagues.  

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

I enjoy exercising most days of the week for stress relief. 

What’s your “Tang Tip” for students?

Move. Take frequent breaks from sitting to move around, stretch, stand and walk. It helps to reduce muscle tension and decompress your spine. Try not to be in any one position for too long.  

What is your favorite quote?

"Bad habits are like comfortable trousers...easy to get into but hard to get out of."

September 2016

Melanie Deal, MS, NP

Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care 

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What do you do at UHS? 

I serve as a clinician in primary care (general medicine). I see patients 4 days a week for all kinds of health concerns and have a special emphasis in women’s health, STDs and contraception.  

When did you start working at Tang? 

August 2014.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?

The students, of course! Such a diversity of backgrounds, areas of study, ambitions and travel. It gives me a glimpse into our future – meeting these emerging leaders, researchers, academicians. Students inspire me on a daily basis.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

Baking bread. It relaxes me and keeps me connected with my grandmothers.    

What’s your “Tang Tip” for students?

For students who are considering a birth control method, I recommend that they check out the website: bedsider.org before they meet with a provider.

Not only will you get a quick overview about the choices, you may become interested in a method you hadn’t considered before.

Spending a few minutes orienting to the birth control choices allows your clinic visit to be more focused on the methods that best meets your specific wants and needs.  It becomes a more individualized and focused visit. What do people like about a certain method? What methods have the effectiveness you are looking for? What other benefits does a method offer?  Will the side effects be acceptable?  

What is your favorite quote?

“You can’t change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails to reach your destination.”

June 2016

Myra Lijek, MSIT, PMP

Health Care Technology Project Manager

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What do you do at UHS?

I manage and ensure timely delivery on all healthcare technology projects. Our projects vary from infrastructure and network changes, to PnC improvements, computer training, and auxiliary device configurations. All our project leads to a more efficient and technologically sound healthcare environment.

When did you start working at Tang? 

I started at Tang in October 2012.

What do you find most interesting about working in faculty/staff health?

I came from the world of IT in large hospitals and ambulatory centers. Working in student health is a breath of fresh air! There is such a strong sense of community of care and advocacy for health and wellness.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

I love going on day trips on the weekends to explore Northern California. I love live theater musicals and cherish my season tickets to SHN in downtown San Francisco.

What’s your “Tang Tip” for staff?

Have Fun! Working at Tang is great and the people are even better. Energy is contagious and since we are in close quarters and run into our fellow co-workers all day, it's easy to find something to laugh about! Laughing and being silly (when appropriate) can be a great stress reliever and making other people laugh is a great gift!

What’s your favorite quote?

No Day But Today (from Rent the musical)

April 2016

Bene Gatzert

Strategic Initiatives Manager, Adminstration

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What do you do at UHS?

I work with student advisory committees and student government, lead projects, coordinate strategic planning activities and provide staff support to two campus-wide committees. 

When did you start working at Tang? 

I started working at Tang in 1989.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health? 

The students! I am inspired every day by students’ creativity, insights, and thoughtfulness and enjoy watching students develop their own values and work together to solve common issues.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

I love hiking (especially at Point Reyes National Seashore), travel and wildlife photography. 

What is your Tang Tip for Students?

Make the most of your relationship with your healthcare provider. Be as open and honest as you feel comfortable. If you think you’ll be visiting Tang more than once, choose a clinician, counselor or health educator that’s a good match for you. You might want to take advantage of our Meet the Staff pages to learn more about our team. And if for some reason, you get paired with a provider that isn’t a good fit, feel free to ask to meet with someone else the next time. 

What’s your favorite quote?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
 -Margaret Mead

March 2016

Meckell Milburn

Health Educator/Coach, Health Promotion

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What do you do at UHS?

I address student wellness from various angles. I am one of the health coaches here which means students can make appointments with me to discuss ways to become healthier versions of themselves. You can also find me out in the Cal community providing education and workshops on important topics such as finding balance (stress management), self-love, or queer identities just to name a few. I also coordinate Pet Hugs and Cal Bears Say Hi, a social isolation awareness campaign. Perhaps my favorite part of my work is staying connected to students in the community as a point-person so that they know a friendly face at Tang!

When did you start working at Tang? 

I started at Tang February 2013

What do you find most interesting about working in college health? 

We are reaching people at a really important point in their lives. Many of the students we work with are only just beginning to figure out who they are as individuals beyond their communities of origin yet they are creating habits that can potentially last them a lifetime. Being present and supporting them at this time in their lives means empowering them to be successful, not just as students but as members of the community-at-large.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

I love reading anything I can get my hands on, exercising, collecting half marathon medals, meditation, and being outdoors feeling the sun on my skin.

What is your Tang Tip for Students?

Stress is a natural part of life, especially while in college. When it comes to managing stress, placing less energy into attempting to avoid stress completely is key. Instead, being able to recognize what stress looks like for you individually and having a toolbox of self-care techniques ready when you need it can lead to feeling more balanced overall.

What’s your favorite quote?

“The only thing that makes autumn a tragedy is our expectation that summer ought to last forever.”
–Chuck Palahniuk, Doomed

February 2016

Samuel Martinez

Medical Assistant

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What do you do at UHS?

I work in primary care assisting both clinicians and patients. As a medical assistant, I room patients, take vital signs, call patients, set up appointments, assist clinicians with messages, etc. I do both front and back office work in primary care.

When did you start working at Tang? 

I started at Tang April 2015.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health? 

I enjoy college health because even though it's a youthful environment, it offers a lot of diversity in terms of age, nationality, etc.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

I enjoy playing sports (basketball, baseball, football, soccer). I play different instruments and I love to sing.

What is your Tang Tip for Students?

Live life to the fullest. Sometimes its good to laugh at your problems. They are just life lessons. Remember you only live once....YOLO.

What’s your favorite quote?

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13; 4-7

January 2016

Amy Honigman, PHD

Clinical Psychologist, CPS

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What do you do at UHS?

I am a psychologist in CPS where I see students for individual counseling. I also run wellness groups for stress and resilience and teach mindful self compassion. I have been involved in a number of committees helping with the Student Referendum and Wellness initiatives. I also have a satellite office in CED. 

When did you start working at Tang? 

Helping student begin to think for themselves, to be kinder to themselves, more resilient and help them to make more wise choices! Students often don't believe me when I say they have a lot of wisdom already; they often need to just slow down and listen!

What do you find most interesting about working in college health? 

Helping student begin to think for themselves, to be kinder to themselves, more resilient and help them to make more wise choices! Students often don't believe me when I say they have a lot of wisdom already; they often need to just slow down and listen!

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

I love to make jewelry, bake amazing desserts, draw, exercise, meditate, and read about English history... love all of those Queens and Kings! 

What is your Tang Tip for Students?

Don't forget you're here to be a learner and learning is tough. Remember one of the reasons you got here is because you've already proven you are resilient! 

What’s your favorite quote?

"... it is only kindness that makes sense anymore, only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to gaze at bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
It is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend".
- from Naomi Shihab Nye's poem Kindness

November 2015


Michelle Kay, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care

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What do you do at UHS?

I provide primary and urgent care to the students.  

When did you start working at Tang?

August 2014

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?

 I love engaging with such a smart and curious population of young adults who are getting to know themselves and their bodies. I especially enjoy working with patients regarding sexual health, skin concerns, and gender expression. 

What’s your Tang Tip for Students?

College life is very demanding and many people have a hard time finding room for exercise in their schedule. I would like to encourage you to try to do so because the benefits are incredible and far-reaching. Regular exercise can increase your physical strength and endurance, making everyday activities like cleaning or walking across campus easier. When your energy level is up, often your mood is as well. Studies show exercise can significantly improve depression, anxiety, and insomnia, as well as improve stress regulation mechanisms in the brain, helping you better process stressful situations like taking exams and managing relationships. Studies also show that people who exercise regularly feel better about themselves and their bodies regardless of whether they lose weight. Though most college students are young and healthy and are not likely to develop major health problems while they are in school, exercise can, of course, help to maintain good cardiovascular health and manage or prevent heart problems, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

I love to go to farmers markets and cook, and I enjoy hiking and hanging out with my dog and my friends.

What is your favorite quote?

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
-Mary Oliver

October 2015

Jowell

Jowel Pascual, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

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What do you do at UHS?

I provide physical therapy services to students, faculty and staff, helping them to improve functional mobility, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability. 

When did you start working at Tang? 

I began working at Tang in 2008 as a clinic assistant in the physical therapy department. In 2011, I left for physical therapy school and returned to Tang in November 2014 as a physical therapist.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?

I find it rewarding working with a large group of motivated students wanting to improve their health. Many students who come to physical therapy have little knowledge of what physical therapy is about. I enjoy educating the students how physical therapy can help their functional limitations and guiding them with exercises/techniques for self-management and prevention.

What’s your Tang Tip for Students?

Decrease postural stress to your neck, shoulders and back by raising your laptop onto books in order to have the top of the monitor at eye level. This will help prevent an increased forward head posture and excess strain to the cervical spine. Also invest in an external keyboard in order to help to maintain a neutral trunk and prevent of rounding of shoulders. Finally, break the sustained sitting postures by getting up every 30-45 minutes. By practicing these tips you will help to decrease or prevent aches and pains to the body.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

In my spare time I enjoy exercising, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

What is your favorite quote?

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

September 2015

Annie

Annie Hope, MD

Physician, Primary Care

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What do you do at UHS?

I provide primary care services for UC Berkeley Students, including preventive health, women’s healthcare, care of acute and chronic illnesses, and minor dermatologic procedures.

When did you start working at Tang? 

November 2009.

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?

Working with students allows me the privilege of providing support and guidance as they transition into adulthood. With every interaction, I also can continue to enjoy what makes me happy about medicine: relying on medical knowledge, using detective skills, and becoming acquainted with another person.

What’s your Tang Tip for Students?

Try to make a bit of time for yourself each day, whether you choose a walk, a cup of tea, or meditation. This is a good time to set a pattern of caring for yourself that you can take into your future. Try to get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, and spend time with friends.  Connect with your PCP, explore our offerings in Health Promotion, Social Services, and CPS.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

I spend time at home and on outings with my children and spouse, reading, watching movies, going to the beach, museums, or to the park. I try to make time to exercise each day. 

What is your favorite quote?

"...may came home with a smooth round stone 
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me) 
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea"

-excerpted from 'maggie and milly and molly and may', by E.E. Cummings

July 2015

Mallory

Mallory Lynch, MA, CEA

Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics @ Work

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What do you do at UHS?

Overall, I provide input and resources to improve the fit between the work environment and the worker, which positively influences their productivity and satisfaction levels. This is accomplished by training and assisting department evaluators to improve computer workstations, creating ergonomics guidelines (dining, animal researchers, custodial, customer service counters, computer workstations, loading docks etc.) and working with staff, management, designers and architects to improve the functionality of these work spaces during remodels and new construction projects all over campus. 

When did you start working at Tang? 

October 1998

What do you find most interesting about working in faculty/staff health?

I like helping in so many different work environments where I have an opportunity to influence change, create awareness, improving work areas and ultimately workers’ health. 

What’s your Tang Tip for Tang Staff?

We each have one beautiful body and it is important to take care of it to make it last a lifetime. Take some time during the day to breathe and think about how you are working. Are you always in a hurry or can you slow down a bit? Can you work with your arms close to you in a nice comfortable position? Do you find opportunities to change your posture during the day (sitting, standing and moving around)? Ergonomics@Workoffers several 1-hour workshops (Computer Health Matters, Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomics Alternatives, Back Talk: Less Stress on Your Back and Core Essentials for Better Posture) that offer insights and tips for taking care of your body while working. Sign up soon!

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

My hobbies include staying healthy and fit, cooking, making jewelry, taking photographs and making greeting cards. I also adore spending time with Holi, my Maltese/Poodle.

What is your favorite quote?

“To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe 

June 2015


Cori Evans, MA, NSCA-CPT

Worksite Wellness Specialist, Be Well at Wrok Wellness Program

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What do you do at UHS?

I plan, deliver, and evaluate Be Well at Work Wellness Program fitness and healthy lifestyle programs, such as Know Your Numbers health screenings and special events such as Cal for the Cure and UC Walks, as well as manage the Wellness Ambassador and Walking Group programs.

When did you start working at Tang? 

July 2014

What do you find most interesting about working in faculty/staff health?

I enjoy learning about the diverse needs of our employees. I often learn the most from faculty/staff during health education at our Know Your Numbers health screenings. With this knowledge, I strive to offer fitness and healthy lifestyle programs that will support their health and wellness needs. In addition, I enjoy how committed many of the faculty/staff employees are in participating in our programs and events.

What’s your Tang Tip for Tang Staff?

When it comes to fitness, find something you enjoy doing, take it one day at time and most importantly have fun. Movement comes in many forms whether it is dancing, walking, gardening or playing with your kids. Remember moving more throughout the day is always a win-win! Check out the Fac/Staff flyer this fall or the Be Well at Work Wellness Program web page to learn how to be Active at Work.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

I have no special hobbies. In my spare time I do enjoy doing anything active and spending time with my friends. We do various things such as hiking, golfing, and obstacle events. I also enjoy exploring new getaways and wine tasting.

What is your favorite quote?

"Today, I choose awareness. I choose to be aware of the beauty of life and living. I choose to be aware of the simple pleasures in life. I choose awareness of joy, awareness of peace, and awareness of love." - Iyanla Vanzant

May 2015


Clydelle Brown

Hosptial Assistant, Primary/Urgent Care & Speciality

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What do you do at UHS?

Primarily promote a clean, safe, and healthy environment for doctors, clinicians and patients. Prepare and stock the supplies for the  next day and make sure the rooms are sanitized. I am the official autoclaver for the Tang Center, as well as the stadiums located on campus. I sterilize the instruments used by doctors and clinicians to help care for our patients.

When did you start working at Tang? 

July 7, 2002

What do you find most interesting about working in healthcare?

That I work with a group of knowledgeable doctors and nurses that care about helping people. Overall, the staff are very nice, the clinicians really care about us and our health; even though I’m not a patient here I’ve received medical advice. I love working here because they truly care about a person. I’ve also learned how to eat healthier, which is knowledge I share at my second job teaching children at Chabot.

What’s your Tang Tip for Tang Staff?

Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today. No matter the job, always do the best you can do.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

I love reading (mysteries, Ann Rule, Patricia Cromwell), crocheting, knitting, arts and crafts. I’m known for my baking, always love trying something new. I just invested in a sculpturing set - can’t wait to get started with that.

What is your favorite quote?

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” - Maya Angelou

April 2015


Warren Whitfield

Insurace Case Coordinator

Supervisor, Billing & Cashiers, Student Health Insurance Office

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What do you do at UHS?

I help students understand how their insurance works. I take complicated student insurance issues and find solutions for our students (sometimes their parents), and our providers. I help determine which non-routine services are covered by SHIP. I also oversee the billing of our claims to Aetna Student Health Insurance and the running of UHS Cashier office.

When did you start working at Tang? 

May 15, 2014

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?

Taking advantage of any opportunity I have for a teachable moment with my students. This University, for many our students, is the start of them being adults and as smart as they are, health insurance is simply a foreign concept to them. I take pride in helping students understand referrals, authorizations, in-network providers, co-insurances vs. deductibles vs. out of pocket maximums and a host of other insurance related terms and services.

What is your Tang Tip for students?

An approved referral is required for most services outside the Tang Center prior to receiving those services. Always check with the Student Health Insurance Office to confirm thatyou have a referral in place for the services you or your doctor have requested. Even if these are services you have received before.

Ultimately, you are responsible to make sure a referral is in place in advance of your appointment. If you are seen for an appointment or have services performed without a referral in place your claim maybe denied and you may be left with a very big bill. If you have any questions about referrals please call the Student Health Insurance Office at 510-642-5700

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

Watch sports (Basketball, Football, Baseball), March Madness (I take days off work for this! It should be a national holiday), playing softball, reading a good book, painting (by numbers), singing. I dream of model railroading (but not until after I’m rich and famous or retired whichever comes first)

What is your favorite quote?

“You must welcome change as a rule, but not as your ruler” - Denis Waitley
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” - Martin Luther King Jr.

March 2015


Sheila Doney

Lead Radiologic Technologist

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What do you do at UHS?

Manage the Radiology Department

When did you start working at Tang?

In 1985 at Cowell Memorial Hospital

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?

Learning about the student’s plans for their education

What is your Tang Tip for students?

As you move around the Tang Center from department to department or upon returning to UC or the PC clinics, always check in with someone to let them know you're there. We know your time is valuable and we want to take care of your needs asap.

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

Scuba Diving, knitting

What is your favorite quote?

“There is no real security except for whatever you build inside yourself” - Gilda Radner

February 2015


King Min Chan, PhD

Psychologist, CPS

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What do you do at UHS?

a. Provide counseling services for students at Bowditch satellite office 
b. Lead a Mindfulness Meditation group for students 
c. Provide drop-in consultations, triage and crisis intervention

When did you start working at Tang?

I worked as a psychology intern at CPS during 2004-2005 academic year. Subsequently, I worked as a per diem staff psychologist at CPS during Spring 2008. Then I have worked as a permanent staff at CPS since Jan 2009. 

What do you find most interesting about working in college health?

I find it very enjoyable to work with college students because they are generally motivated to change for the better. And it is uplifting to witness their positive changes. Also at Cal, the student population is very diverse and I love working with such a diverse population.

What is your Tang Tip for students?

Because of various multi-cultural reasons (such as gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, language etc), some students might want to work with a counselor with a similar multi-cultural background. At CPS, we do have counselors with a variety of multi-cultural backgrounds and we hope that you can honestly bring up your preferences so that we can provide a good match between you and your counselor. We do want you to feel connected to your counselor to enhance your experience in receiving assistance from us. 

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

I enjoy taking leisure walks and exercising around a lake.

What is your favorite quote?

“A happy life is just a string of happy moments. But most people don’t allow the happy moment, because they are so busy to get a happy life.” -Abraham-Hicks

More videos: Check out our CPS YouTube playlist to see Kin Ming discuss special challenges international students might face at Berkeley and Cantonese speaking services at CPS (video in Cantonese), plus other videos related to counseling and psycological services at UHS.

January 2015


Maile Matier, NP

Nurse Practitioner, Speciality

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What do you do at UHS?

As a nurse practitioner I provide patient care working in both the primary care and urgent care clinics. I have also been the Nurse Practitioner Supervisor since July and am very fortunate to work with a great group of NPs.

When did you start working at Tang? 

September 1998

What do you find most interesting about working in college health? 

I really enjoy the variety in my work. The students are  diverse in so many ways, they often look at health issues with unique perspectives and seek care for a variety of issues.  

What is your Tang Tip for students?

My Tang Tip  is learn to use the eTang Portal.  There is lots of health information on the portal as well as information about our services, scheduling appointments, lab results, etc. - it is a great resource!

Tell us what hobbies you enjoy in your spare time:

I enjoy gardening, biking, travelling and walking my dog with my husband (preferably at the beach). 

What is your favorite quote?

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” - Maya Angelou

November 2014


Alice Sun, NP

Nurse Practitioner, Primary and Urgent Care

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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.

What 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

Physical Therapist, UHS and Simpson Student-Athlete High Performance Center

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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.

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, MSc, PhD

Health Educator, Health Promotion

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What 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

Business Systems Analyst, IT

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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

Physician, Primary and Urgent Care

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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, CPS

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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

Nurse, Allergy and Travel

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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

Clinical Social Worker

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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, PhD

Psychologist, CPS

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

April 2013


Holly Berryman Stern, CLS, MT (ASCP)

Clinical Labratory Manager

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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


Staff Highlight Video

Toby Morris, MS, RD, Clinical Dietitian, Social Services 

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


Staff Highlight Video

Dr. Maddie Deutsch, MD, Transgender Health Specialist, 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

October 2012


Staff Highlight Video

Robin Mills, MA, Health Educator, Health Promotion

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


Staff Highlight Video

Dr. Don Capone, Psy.DStaff Psychologist, CPS

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

February 2012


Staff Highlight Video

Harriet Fukushima, RNAdvice 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


Staff Highlight Video

Aaron S. Cohen, Ph.D, 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! 

October 2011


Staff Highlight Video

Lisa LaNae Somerville, 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 DrewInformation 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



Staff Highlight Video 

Peggy Brennan, R.N.Allergy/International Travel Clinic

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!"

February 2011



Staff Highlight Video 

Michelle Alvarez, Cashier, Cashiers Office

What do you do at UHS? 
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."

November 2010



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

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.

May 2010

Craig Mielcarski

Craig Mielcarski, LCSW, CEAPDirector, 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.

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 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.

January 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.”

March 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.