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Danny Fontoura, MBA, FACHE

Vice-President-Wholeness
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Daniel Fontoura, MBA, FACHE, has recently been appointed VP-Wholeness at Loma Linda University Health. There he will coordinate strategy for health/wellness initiatives, working with LLU leadership & faculty, community and government leaders, and the SDA church to improve physical, spiritual, and mental health for all. He has been at LLU Medical Center since 1998, where he was most recently Sr. Vice President & Administrator - University Hospital. Before joining LLUMC, Daniel was a manager with Arthur Andersen’s Health Care Consulting practice in their Los Angeles and Washington, DC offices. He is married to Vicki and has three kids: Claire, Caleb, & Carsten.

Sue S. Spackman, DDS, FASGD

Professor, School of Dentistry
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A general dentist with certificates and fellowships in aging, teaching, and evidence-based dentistry. I have spent the last 25 years teaching dentistry at USC, UCLA and now Loma Linda. Loma Linda University School of Dentistry has embarked, under the leadership of Dr. Ron Dailey, to augment the curriculum in Aging and Oral Care which is a vital area of care in line with the vast and growing numbers of this population both in the US and throughout the world. I am very lucky to have been recruited for this effort by Dr. Janet Bauer and the Dean to create a care and training center in nearby San Bernardino for PACE (Project for the All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) where we will be teaching dental students to care for our aging dental patients who are living in place with this novel support program. This opportunity at Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry utilizes my many years of study and experience in Aging Care and Education in Clinical Dentistry. It is my hope that together we can improve, protect and prevent oral conditions from encroaching negatively upon the quality of life with increasing age.

Bonnie Nelson, DDS

Chair, Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry
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Dr. Nelson is a native of the Pacific Northwest, following her father in his footsteps as a dentist. She graduated from LLUSD in 1988 and finished her Pediatric Dental Certification Program at Oregon Heath Sciences University in 1990. She went into private practice as a pediatric dentist in Southwest Washington and practiced there until August of 2001, when she joined the Pediatric Dental faculty at LLUSD. She assumed the position of the Chair of Pediatric Dentistry in February of 2003 and in 2007 she became the Chief of Hospital Dentistry at LLU Medical Center. She loves working with children and student. She works closely with the residents on Hospital dentistry, where they treat medically handicapped and craniofacial. Her lectures to residents and per-doctoral students include topics in preventive dentistry. She works at her private practice at the Loma Linda University, Center for Dentistry and Orthodontics. She enjoys building relationships and watching children grow up with healthy teeth. She spends Monday afternoon at the Craniofacial team, making sure the patients receive dental care. She would love to see a world without dental caries in children.

Ron Dailey, MA, PhD

Dean, School of Dentristy
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Dr. Dailey received a Master of Arts degree at Walla Walla College and his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Southern California. He began his tenure at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1975 as a teacher and member of the research team. He has also served in various administrative roles for the past 36 years. In 2008 he co-authored a textbook titled "Biostatistics for Oral Health". Dr. Dailey was appointed Dean of the dental school in July 2013.

Kimberly R. Freeman, MSW, PhD

Executive Associate Chair and Program Director of the MSW Program
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Kimberly R Freeman, MSW, PhD, is the Executive Associate Chair and Program Director of the MSW Program in the Department of Social Work and Social Ecology at Loma Linda University (LLU). She is a Social Worker and licensed clinical Psychologist with a specialization in working with high-risk children. Her practice and research specializations emphasis recovery and global practice, and include pediatric psychology, child trauma and child behavioral health, and the use of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with adolescents who engage in non-suicidal self-harm. Dr. Freeman is a member of the LLU International Behavioral Health Trauma Team.

David A. Vermeersch, PhD

Intermin Chair and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology
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David A. Vermeersch, PhD, is Interim Chair and Director of Clinical Training in the Loma Linda University (LLU) Department of Psychology. He has published widely in the area of psychotherapy outcome, focusing primarily on the development of psychotherapy quality management systems aimed at early identification and intervention with patients who are not responding or deteriorating in psychotherapy. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist providing assessment and treatment to a broad range of patients with diverse presenting problems. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and the LLU International Behavioral Health Trauma Team.

Beverly Buckles, MSW, DSW

Dean, School of Behavioral Health
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Beverly J. Buckles, MSW, DSW, is Dean of the School of Behavioral Health at Loma Linda University (LLU). Dr. Buckles is well known as an expert in mental health policies and services, and international behavioral health trauma response. She has received recognition regionally and nationally for promoting partnerships between academia and public mental health, and for her work in the implementation of psychological first aid and trauma resiliency methodologies in under developed regions of the world to affectively assist governments, health systems and NGOs to prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters.

Ricardo Whyte, MD

Medical Director of the Chemical Dependency Unit
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Dr. Whyte did his Undergraduate training at Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster Massachusetts where he graduated Cum Laude with Departmental Honors in Biochemistry.  Dr. Whyte earned his Medical Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington Connecticut.  Dr. Whyte obtained training in Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry in Loma Linda University’s Department of Psychiatry.  He obtained further training in Addiction Psychiatry and  graduated from a one year Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles.   Dr. Whyte now serves as the Medical Director of the Chemical Dependency Unit at the Behavioral Medicine Center of  Loma Linda University.  He also serves as the Medical Director of the Outpatient Psychiatry Service of the  Loma Linda University Psychiatry Department at the Behavioral Health Institute.  Dr. Whyte is married to the beautiful Florence V. Whyte and they have a lovely daughter Alexi G. Whyte.  In addition to a passion for helping people overcome addictive tendencies, Dr. Whyte enjoys Biblical Integration into practice, and helping couples relate and communicate more effectively.

Edelweiss Ramal

Associate Professor
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Edelweiss Ramal is Associate Professor of Nursing at Loma Linda University and Coordinator of Master’s in Nursing Off-Campus Program. She has been a nurse educator for over 35 years having taught nursing in Mexico, Botswana, and the United States. Her passion is health promotion and lifestyle changes that help prevent and manage diabetes and other chronic health conditions. Her research on ‘Barriers to and facilitators of lifestyle changes that promote self-care management of diabetes among Latinos living in California” supports the benefits of a high fiber, low fat diet accompanied by regular exercise.

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