Student Spotlight

Rasa Rafie, OMS II

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cell Molecular Biology (Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Global Medicine)
  • Clubs and Activities: Lead Peer Mentor, Member of the Global Medicine Track, Member of the Days of Diversity Committee

Why did you choose RVUCOM? Feeling a sense of community in my medical school was really important to me. I attended a Meet and...
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Faculty Spotlight

Mark Wardle, DO, FAAFP

Director of Medical Spanish Elective on the Southern Utah Campus
Co-Director of the Global Medicine Track on the Southern Utah Campus
Assistant Professor of Primary Care Medicine

  • Hometown: Tracy, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Zoology and Pre-Med at Brigham Young University
  • Graduate Studies: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California; Family Medicine Residency in Utah Valley; and Rural Medicine and Faculty Development Fellowship.

What classes do you teach? I teach in both years of Primary Care Medicine, am the Director of the...
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Profile

Chris LaFontano, DO

Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practice
Department of Osteopathic Principles and Practice

clafontano@rvu.edu • (720) 875-2890
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FA-04


Education | Professional Experience | Certifications and Licenses | Service and Contributions | Professional Societies and Affiliations | Biographical Information


Education


  • Postdoctoral Training
    Michigan State University Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
    East Lansing, MI
    1999
  • Internship
    St. Mary Community Hospital
    South Bend, IN
    1997
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
    University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Biddeford, ME
    1996
  • Bachelor of Science
    University of New England
    Biddeford, ME
    1992

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Professional Experience


  • 2017-Present: Assistant Professor of OPP
    Rocky Vista University
  • 1999-Present: Founder and Owner
    Denver Osteopathic Center, PC
  • 1999-Present: Team Physician
    University of Denver Sports Medicine Department

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Certifications and Licenses


  • Physician License
    State of Colorado
  • Board Certification
    American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
  • National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners

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Service and Contributions


Miscellaneous

  • Task Force on Treatment Guidelines in Chronic Pain, Colorado Division of Workers Compensation

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Academy of Osteopathy
  • The Cranial Academy
  • Denver Medical Society

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Biographical Information


While Dr. LaFontano is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he calls Colorado home as he has been here since 1999. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from University of New England. He then went to Michigan State University for his NMM/OMM residency program. Following board certification, he worked at a private practice called Denver Osteopathic Center for nearly 20 years. During this time, he also served as a Team Physician for University of Denver.

Of coming to RVU, he said, “In residency, my two loves were working with athletes and teaching students. Since being in private practice, I’ve been able to work with athletes but have been limited in my ability to teach.” At RVU, he will be able to teach, passing on the knowledge that his mentors passed on to him. “I am excited to be a part of a University that promotes osteopathic philosophies and promotes wellness—not only on campus, but in the community.”

Dr. LaFontano is married to Julie, also a DO, and together they have two beautiful daughters: Courtney (15) and Lily (12). He enjoys sports (“Go Pioneers and Spartans!”), traveling, reading, and being with his family.

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