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COMmunicator Newsletter
      October 2005




Dr. Candy Ting and son Jason Ting

OSU feels like home

In a way, first year medical student and legacy Jason Ting already has attended OSU medical school.

“I got pregnant with him my first year of medical school,” says Candy Ting, D.O., ’80.

“When he came to campus last year for a tour, Dr. Jarolim shook his hand and said, ‘I’ve met you before, in utero,’” she laughs.

Jason is one of four first-year students whose parents are alumni. He graduated from Tulane with a B.A. in biomedical engineering. His mother says, “When he was at Tulane he asked me a few times what he should be. I said, ‘That is between God and you.’ I didn’t want to tell him what to do.”

Jason grew up hearing about the school. “When I got to college and started comparing, I found out how good the OSU school is.” The fact that his mom is a graduate helped him decide. “Mom always brags about the school.” Ting says he likes the sense of community at OSU, but the main attraction was the topnotch faculty.

Dr. Ting says having a child follow in her footsteps is a very good feeling. “I am proud he made the decision and that he sees that osteopathic medicine makes a difference.” She says she is having fun emailing her classmates the news that Jason is now at OSU.

Jason recalls thinking about becoming a D.O. as early as age 10, but his interest intensified when Robin Dyer, D.O., ’92, aided his recovery from car wreck injuries. “I always was aware of the profession because of my mom. I just decided I didn’t want to go anywhere else.”

Other new legacies are:

  • Patrick Henley
    (son of Charles Henley, D.O., M.P.H., ’77)
  • Anne Morgan
    (daughter of Joe Morgan, D.O., ‘88)
  • Brooke White
    (daughter of Debra Crawford, D.O., ‘05)


Aloha! Cowboy Doctors

Aloha Cowboy Pete email Elizabeth Nokes To register for the alumni lunch:

Taking care of champions

Family physician Girish Paranjape, D.O., ’96, soon will be sporting his second NCAA Division I National Championship ring. He receives it in recognition of his duties as head primary care team physician for the University of Denver’s (UD) championship men’s ice hockey team (back-to-back winners for 2003-04 and 2004-05). He will wear it for just a few days, then put it on a shelf at home next to last year’s ring. Team members are superstitious that wearing the rings may jinx the next season.

Paranjape came to UD to complete a University of Colorado sports medicine fellowship. He has worked with the hockey team for four years, and is head team physician for men’s lacrosse, women’s volleyball and gymnastics teams. He became head primary care team physician last year. Paranjape played soccer in college, and his favorite sport growing up in Oklahoma was football.



Summer Classic 2005 Golf Tournament



Fellow graduates:

Murray Crow, D.O.I hope all is well for all of you. Our new first year students are in the swing of things, and after the first test, they all have that familiar look on their faces. I guess life has finally arrived. The “all-school” picnic turned out great and we had a wonderful turn out. Pistol Pete was with us and the kids had a Jupiter Jump as we all enjoyed music by David John’s band.

The golf tournament was also a success with 19 teams at the Oaks Country Club. I would like to thank everyone that helped make this event a success. I would especially like to thank Dr. Rick Hastings for his help in arranging the event and for his donations. The Alumni support staff was also very important in getting the tournament off the ground. I would also like to thank all of our “Gold Hole” sponsors that gave so generously to the tournament.

The Alumni Association is working with the student organizations to help raise funds for the survivors of hurricane Katrina. Some of our graduates live in the area, so we feel it would nice to help out if we can. Any of you that would like to donate to this effort can contact either Ryan or Renee’ in the Alumni office.

A wonderful event is coming up the end of next month! It’s the UNIFIED AOA CONVENTION. It is being held in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center on October 23rd through October 27th. It’s called the “Unified” convention because it is the first time that all of the accredited colleges of the AOA are meeting at the same time. This has never been done and I hope there will be many of you in attendance.

I will be looking forward to seeing all of you in Orlando at the Alumni Luncheon on Monday, October 24th. We have a special treat for you on Monday evening. The OSU Foundation will be sponsoring a Luau at the Orlando SeaWorld. This will be a family affair, so practice your grass-skirt dancing and your limbo scooting and I’m sure you and your family are in for a fun night. Don’t forget to stop by the Alumni booth (#1217) at the Convention Center and say hello to all the gang.

God bless all of you,
Murray Crow, D.O.
OSU-COM Alumni Association

All-School Picnic
All-School Picnic
New students, parents, families and guests fill their plates at the alumni association’s All-College Picnic in August. The picnic is held on the College green after a week-long orientation for new students. Faculty, staff and current students attend the picnic to welcome new students into the OSU family.

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Media turn to Dr. John for answers

When two young Tulsa children died this summer, David John, Ph.D., saw the human toll of Naegleria fowleri. It is the deadly amoeba he has studied for more than 30 years. It took the lives of the children, and left media looking for information about it.

As a professor of microbiology and parasitology, John has taught OSU medical students about the amoeba since 1990. It exists in most bodies of fresh water but rarely infects people.

John and OSU researcher Shannon Soltow provided expertise to media to aid public understanding of the dangers of swimming or bathing in warm, untreated waters like lakes, ponds and streams. When naegleria enters nasal passages it can travel directly to the brain and cause death. Nose clips can help prevent this. Sadly, this was not the first time John’s expertise was called upon. He also assisted in public information when a local three-year-old died from naegleria in 1998.

Dr. John with David and Wilma Watson


In 1998, Dr. David John assisted David and Wilma
Watson in understanding Naegleria fowlei infection
after the waterborne amoeba took the life of their
little girl, Emerald. This summer, media turned to
him again for information when two young Tulsa
children died from the same amoeba.




Alumni Notes

James T. Cail, III (Trey), D.O., ’97, and Lillian Foster were married April 12. He is in family practice in Sayre, Okla.

Christopher Cole, D.O., ’93, has joined the general surgery staff at Saint Francis Medical Center in Tulsa as member of Surgical Associates, Inc.

James S. DiStefano, D.O., ’92, completed a sports medicine fellowship at OSU-Stillwater and is now assistant program director for the College’s sports medicine fellowship. He also is OSU assistant team physician. DiStefano and wife Jennifer adopted a son Joseph, now 2, from Guatemala in November 2004. They also have three other children.

Stephen Eddy, D.O., ’81, is director of Continuing Medical Education (CME) at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to his teaching and clinic responsibilities, he oversees the CME department and its ongoing outreach to physicians from across Oklahoma and beyond. Eddy is chair of the Institutional Review Board and was awarded his MPH in 2001.

Steven L. Gates, D.O., ’86, has been re-elected to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association. He practices internal medicine and geriatrics in Cleburne, Tex., and is a clinical assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, Tex.

Michael Moody, D.O., ’82, has joined the staff of the Chickasaw Nation – Ardmore (Okla.) health clinic. Moody is board certified in family practice and has a master’s degree in forensic science from OSU.

Kendi Hensel Pim, D.O., ’98, is one of two recipients of this year's Wyeth Emerging Leader Award. Established by the American Osteopathic Foundation, this award recognizes and honors outstanding osteopathic physicians who exhibit the exemplary characteristics of a future leader within the osteopathic profession. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Tex. Dr. Pim is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clinical Research and Education PhD program at the health science center. She currently resides in Arlington, Tex., with her husband, Jack.

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