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July 25, 2012
Donna Heidbrink Biography Donna Jean Riddell was born on May 23, 1927.  A southern California girl, she and her older brother Orin were raised by their parents in San Gabriel.  After her graduation from high school in 1945, she attended the University of Southern California, graduating with an art degree.  She then moved to St. Louis, where her brother was attending medical school, and began her career as an elementary school teacher.  While in...
By Lisa McLaughlin | July 19, 2010
We hear so much about how to pick a college, so let's address how not to pick a college. When we ask our students if they have a particular major or career interest, one of three things happens. Usually, we get a blank stare. Sometimes, the student whips out a detailed résumé illustrating his undying love for, say, architecture. And then, there are those students who want to major in pre-med, pre-law, pre-education, pre-everything. Rule No. 1: Don't narrow the field based on the availability of a pre-anything major.
By Patrice Apodaca | August 4, 2012
Medical industry sources estimate that the United States faces a potential shortage of 150,000 doctors in the next 15 years. If true, that unwelcome proposition makes it more important than ever to encourage today's youth to pursue an education in medicine. But how do we spark their interest? A few years ago, Dr. Behnoosh Afghani had an idea. The UC Irvine pediatrics professor wanted to find a way to expose high school students to the medical school experience. Her thinking wasn't entirely new. Plenty of colleges offer health-care themed programs for younger students.
November 7, 2004
Margarita Pereyda's office at Share Our Selves Free Clinic belies her medical training. It's small -- almost cramped. But Pereyda, 37, who in October became the Costa Mesa clinic's medical director, has found a home to practice her specialty: serving the medical needs of the impoverished. At the clinic, she supervises a staff that includes four nurse practitioners, two physicians and 13 volunteers -- including a dermatologist, a physical therapist, a surgeon, a nephrologist and a gynecologist.
September 8, 2000
While you may never be able to stop the clock, dozens of mental and physical health gurus provide advice for slowing its progress in a host of library resources. Among the newest additions to the literature on aging is "Dr. Murray's Total Body Tune-Up," by the coauthor of the hugely popular "Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine." In his new work, Michael Murray, a prominent doctor of naturopathy, outlines a plan to adjust the major organs of the body using nutrition, vitamins, herbs and the body's natural drive to heal itself.
By the end of her senior year, Dao Nguyen probably knew Costa Mesa High School better than any other student on campus | June 21, 2007
Nguyen, 18, served as editor-in-chief for two years in a row of her school's newspaper, the Hitching Post. Almost every day after school, she devoted extra hours to writing stories, assigning photographs, designing the layout. She also brought a number of innovations to the paper. This year, the Hitching Post converted to full color for the first time and set a record for length with a 32-page issue. "This year's paper has probably been the best they've seen in a very long time," said Nguyen, who sacrificed taking calculus so she could continue journalism her senior year.
By Tom Titus | January 29, 2013
As a novelist and playwright, Ira Levin refused to be categorized or pigeonholed. He could produce such rollicking comedies as "Critic's Choice" and "No Time for Sergeants" or delve into more chilling fare like "Rosemary's Baby" or "The Boys from Brazil. " "Dr. Cook's Garden," now being revived at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, falls quite definitely into the latter category. It deals with a small-town Vermont physician and gardening enthusiast who prunes his roses and the village's undesirables with the same meticulous care.
By Leigh Steinberg | September 17, 2011
A large group of supporters gathered Saturday night at the Balboa Pavilion to laud Newport Harbor High football coach Jeff Brinkley for a remarkable 25 years of cherished memories. Not only has Brinkley transformed the program on the field - a 208-90-3 winning record including CIF Southern Section championships in 1994, 1999 and 2005 and 19 postseason appearances - but he has been a sterling teacher and has impacted generations of young lives. I have spent almost 40 years in the vortex of American football.
By Mike Reicher | May 10, 2012
The two strangers leafed through the scrapbook, their memories of a man in common flowing like the airy music that earlier filled the hall. There they were, backstage at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall after Tuesday night's Philharmonic Society of Orange County concert, my grandmother and the New York Philharmonic musician reminiscing over the late Saul Goodman. Goodman was my 96-year-old grandmother's "Uncle Solly," but in the world of classical music, he was a giant among timpanists and played with the New York Phil for 46 years.
By Amy Senk | December 18, 2010
Melissa Scharfe has been a Five Crowns server for six years, but she's also a full-time student getting ready for medical school — a fact that helped save the life of a woman who began choking during a holiday meal last week. The incident occurred about 6 p.m. Tuesday when Five Crowns was packed with diners enjoying traditional holiday meals, with decorations, fireplaces and carolers adding to the atmosphere. Scharfe was working her way through a crowded hallway, a cosmopolitan on a tray in her hands, when she heard a woman in the main dining room scream.
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