Student Spotlight

Shreyash Pradhan, OMS III

Class of 2020 (Fellow)

  • Hometown: Aurora, CO
  • Undergraduate Studies: Integrative Physiology (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Clubs and Activities: Anatomy Fellow, Orthopedics, Surgery, Rotary, Sports Med, Global Track, and RVU Ambassador

Why did you choose RVU? RVUCOM’s dedication to providing care to the underserved population and the Rocky Mountain region specifically. Colorado has been home for...
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Faculty Spotlight

Sarah Curtis Lopez, DO

Assistant Professor, Osteopathic Principles and Practice; Course Director, OPP I & II; OPP Pre-doctoral Fellowship Director

  • Hometown: Dallas, TX
  • Undergraduate Studies: BA in Spanish: Hispanic Studies
  • Graduate Studies: University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (Fort Worth, TX); Neuromusculoskeletal medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM) residency at St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, NY)

What class do you teach? OPP I-IV, NMM/OMM residents Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM? What drew...
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Meet Our Trustees

The University is operated by a dedicated, volunteer Board of Trustees that is composed of both osteopathic physicians and business leaders.

Yife Tien

Mr. Tien, an educational administrator with over 25 years of experience in medical education, is the founder of Rocky Vista University and was featured in a 2008 article in Forbes Magazine (Entrepreneurs – An Uncommon Practice). He has been intricately involved in various facets of medical education including planning and organizational leadership, operations and administration, business development, regulatory affairs and revenue growth. From 1995 until August of 2011, he served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) located in St. Maarten. He spearheaded the founding of a scholar program at that institution, as well as a comprehensive community services plan so that medical students can contribute to the local community. He worked closely with the University’s Board of Trustees, implementing policy in a number of areas such as marketing, legal, financial, clinical operations and accreditation. Additionally, he served for years as President and Director of Medical Education Administrative Services, Inc., and is a partner in a real estate limited partnership.

Clinton E. Adams, DO, FACHE

Dr. Adams has served as President and CEO of Rocky Vista University since October 1st, 2015. He comes to RVU from Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) in Pomona, California, where he served in numerous leadership roles for nearly 11 years. He joined WesternU following a distinguished career in the United States Navy, where he attained the rank of Rear Admiral and served in a variety of capacities. Dr. Adams is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, later completing both anesthesia and family medicine residencies. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. He completed an Academic Fellowship at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and was Chair of the Council of Osteopathic Postgraduate Training committee of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). He is a past president of the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, a member of the AOA, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Adams served on the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Board of Directors and, most recently, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Dayne Alonso, PA-C

Ms. Alonso is a past president of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants’ Board of Directors. She oversees the leukemia service and hospital consultations for a large hematology/oncology private practice in South Miami and is a Program Director at Miami Dade College in the Physician Assistant Program. She earned a Masters in Medical Science as well as a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Nova Southeastern University. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Florida International University.

Lucy Chua, MD

Dr. Chua received a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude (medical technology) from the University of San Agustin in the Philippines and a medical degree cum laude from West Visayas State College, School of Medicine in the Philippines. She completed her residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. She passed the FMGEMS, is licensed in the State of Florida, is Board certified in medical oncology and is board eligible in hematology. Dr. Chua is currently an assistant professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology of the University Of Miami School Of Medicine, as well as an attending physician in her field at the V.A. Medical Center in Miami. She has co-authored numerous publications, especially in the area of cancer and cancer treatment, and has undertaken several fellowships in hematology and oncology. Lastly, she has been the principal investigator and co-investigator in several protocols and studies.

Tate Garrett, MBA, Board Secretary

Mr. Garrett, Chief Financial Officer of DeliverLean, has over 30 years of business experience with success in both education and venture capital. He previously was CFO for AlvaEDU, a company whose software tools enabled professors to create online courseware.  Prior to that he was Executive Director of Business Development at Kaplan, Inc. In that position he directed venture investments and M&A activities, advised educational technology company Axonify, and held a Board seat at Moodlerooms (which was bought by Blackboard). He also managed an early stage venture capital fund for Advantage Capital Partners as Senior Vice President, where he led investments in eleven private companies and was the founding CFO of Pasteuria Bioscience, a natural pesticide company that was sold for over $112 million. He has also owned and operated a marine canvas manufacturing company and has been a strategy consultant to major telecommunications companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Jeffrey J. O’Neill, Vice Chair

Mr. O’Neill currently serves as the President/CEO of the a2 Milk Company-USA, a division of the a2 Milk Company worldwide, headquartered in Sydney, Australia since April 2015. Prior to this, Mr. O’Neill served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Einstein Noah Restaurant Group (“Einstein Noah”) from December 2008 through March 2014. In May 2005, Mr. O’Neill joined Priszm Income Fund in Toronto, Canada and served as its President and Chief Operating Officer until being named Chief Executive Officer in January 2008. Priszm Income Fund owned and operated 465 quick service and quick casual restaurants (KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut) across seven Canadian provinces. From 1999 until 2005, Mr. O’Neill served as President of Pepsi-Cola Canada. From March 1999 to January 2003 and from February 2003 through March 2005 he was Vice President of Sales for Quaker Foods USA.

Maha Y. Sallam, PhD, Board Chair

Dr. Sallam earned her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Computer Engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she later earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering. She also completed the Leadership and Strategy in Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Executive Education program at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts. She currently serves as President of VuEssence, Inc., a development-stage company focused on creating diagnostic solutions related to stroke and head injury applications, which she established in Florida. Previously, she served as Vice President of CT Solutions for iCAD, Inc., an industry-leading provider of advanced image analysis and workflow solutions for healthcare professionals, located in New Hampshire. As VP, she was responsible for new product initiatives in Computed Tomography (CT). She also initiated and managed a program for creating Computer Aided Detection (CAD) solutions for automated detection of polyps in CT Colonography exams—a program she managed from inception through product definition, licensing, research and development, clinical
testing and FDA submission.

Robert J. Sokol, MD

Dr. Sokol is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Addiction Medicine, with a subspecialty certification in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He is Emeritus Dean, Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Physiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He served for 16 years as Director of the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development and was founding Chair of the Department of Clinical and Translational Science at WSU. Over the years, he has also served as Executive Chief Resident at Washington University, Chief of Service at USAF Hospital Ellsworth, Chief of Staff at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at WSU.

Dr. Sokol served as President of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is currently Chair of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the Addiction Medicine Foundation. He has served on many boards, including four theater boards, chairing two, as well as having served on and chaired the board of an international medical school.

Thomas N. Told, DO, FACOFP, dist.

Dr. Told came to the University with 35 years of experience operating a rural family practice and multispecialty clinic in Craig, Colorado. He is the past President of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) and one of the authors of the first standards for the ACOFP’s Rural Family Medicine Track. He is a past Board Member of the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians and founding member of the Colorado Physicians Health Program. Dr Told is an Emeritus member of ACOFP’s Procedural Medicine Institute and a Distinguished Fellow in the ACOFP. He was selected National Family Physician of the Year in 1995 by the ACOFP and the Outstanding Medical Director for the State of Wyoming in 2009. Additionally, he received the Joseph W. Stella DO FACOFP dist. National Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award for 2014-15 and the AT Still Award for Excellence in Teaching Clinical Medicine for 2008-2009 and again for 2011-2012. He has written and presented many articles on the importance of primary care and, most recently, authored two chapters for the text, Primary Care Procedures 3rd Edition, on tonsillectomy and skin grafting techniques. A nationally recognized expert in the field of procedural medicine, Dr. Told is very active in teaching procedures to students interested in rural and wilderness health care delivery. He espouses practicing and teaching full scope family medicine as a means of improving access to health care in rural and underserved areas. He is actively involved in helping build student and resident training programs that will achieve his vision. He and his wife Mollie have three sons and are grandparents to five grandsons and five granddaughters.

Jim C. Williams, PhD

Dr. Williams has nearly 40 years of experience in scientific research, biopharmaceutical development and management, and 136 publications – including four books in the areas of infectious diseases, vaccinology and oncology. He has dedicated the last 19 years in various biologics company corporate positions, managing the regulatory process for biological and combination device products both domestically and internationally. Previously, he retired as Captain from the U.S. Public Health Service, with over twenty years of service working in human-use product development. During this time, he worked as Director Scientist for the FDA‘s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research in the Division of Vaccine and Related Product Applications. He also worked at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases as Chief of the Intracellular Pathogens branch and the National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as well as the U.S. Naval Medical Research Institute as a Research Microbiologist.