Tag: Features

Ketchum University Students Dig Deep, Harness Grit to Excel

By Pamela Martineau “Grit: Firmness of mind or spirit; unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.” That’s the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of “grit,” that elusive trait that researchers are finding trumps intelligence, physical […]

2017 Optometrist of the Year, Paul Barney, OD, ’84: Changing the Future of Optometry

By Amy Mehdizadeh As a graduate from the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University, Dr. Paul Barney joined the Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute (PCLI) and moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in […]

Ketchum Health Patient Finds Her Way Around the World

By Mary Castillo If you ask Ciera Ramos, 24, what it is like to travel the world with 20/200 vision, she’ll ask you what it’s like to travel with 20/20 vision. Born with optic nerve […]

Her Own Medical Journey Led Her to a Career in Medicine

By Pamela Martineau Alicia Austerman, School of PA Studies, ’18, knows firsthand the critical role PAs play in patient care. It was a PA who made Austerman’s journey through cancer less clinical and more humane. […]

Meeting Each Challenge with Positivity and Gratitude

By Pamela Martineau Michael Goering, SCCO, ’19, learned the importance of embracing grit early in life. The second to the youngest child in a family of 13 kids, Goering’s mother was diagnosed with leukemia when […]

Setbacks Prompt Reflection – and Inner Fortitude

By Pamela Martineau Steven Nguyen, College of Pharmacy, ’20, found direction and inner strength from the unlikeliest of places – academic disqualification as an undergraduate. The experience forced him to dig deep, and learn some […]

Maneuvering Through Life’s Challenges to Chart His Destiny

By Pamela Martineau Steven Bayer, School of PA Studies, ’17, knows precisely what it takes to work through challenges – intense resolve and lots of positivity. He hopes to share that message with his patients. […]

Transitioning From Television Reporter to Optometrist: Persistence Pays Off

By Pamela Martineau Diana Nguyen, SCCO, ’19, worked for three years as a television reporter after graduating from San Jose State University. She covered some exciting stories, but also depressing ones. “Whatever bleeds leads,” Nguyen […]

Working to Help Patients Bridge the Language Barrier

By Pamela Martineau Sandy Rios, College of Pharmacy, ’20, grew up in the East San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles where she says there are many socio-economic barriers to higher education. Rios’s parents immigrated from […]

Gaining Compassion and Understanding From Life’s Challenges

By Pamela Martineau Growing up in Minnesota, Alexander Paradis, SCCO, ’19, is grateful that his best friend was his older brother. It’s not just that liking your brother enough to call him your best friend […]

Bringing Life’s Experience to a New Level of Compassionate Care

By Pamela Martineau Angie Kim, School of PA Studies, ’17, was drawn to the medical profession because it offers her the opportunity to practice compassionate care. And when she encounters a patient who has experienced […]