Columnists

Kelly Erickson, MD, graduated from the USC Keck School of Medicine in 2010  and is pursuing post-graduate training in Radiation Oncology at Kaiser Permanente – Los Angeles.  She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology.  As  an undergraduate and medical student, Kelly has always had an interest in both basic science and clinical research, particularly in the field of oncology.  She has worked on a number of publications in the field of radiation oncology, her field of interest, in the areas of lung and breast cancer.  She enjoys translating her understanding of the often-perplexing world of research and statistics into accessible information for our readers.

Despite her busy residency schedule, Kelly is avidly committed to exercise including kick-boxing, running, weight-lifting and cycling.  She enjoys discovering new methods of exercise that are both challenging and fun.  Kelly is also a food-lover and often spends her free time in the kitchen, garden and at the local farmers market.   She is particularly interested in the use of fresh and seasonal ingredients and transforming traditionally unhealthy recipes into meals that are sensible and nutritious.

Contact Dr. Erickson: erickson@myhousecallmd.com

Leah Frankel, MS, RD, is currently working at Apria Healthcare in the San Jose area as a Registered Dietitian, as well as a Nutrition Instructor for the University of Phoenix. Leah earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating Cum Laude and with Departmental Honors. After graduating from UCLA, she pursued a Master’s of Science in Nutritional Science at the University of Arizona. During her 2 years at the University of Arizona Leah worked as a Teaching Assistant, teaching several undergraduate nutrition classes, conducted research in a Nutrition Assessment Lab, and completed a thesis entitled,” Relationships between nutrient intakes and bone mineral density in healthy postmenopausal women in year 6 of the Bone, Estrogen and Strength Training (BEST) study.” After graduating with a Master’s in Nutrition, Leah completed a dietetic internship at USC + LAC Medical Center, and worked at as a Registered Dietitian at a hospital and multiple skilled nursing facilities in the Los Angeles area. In her free time Leah enjoys staying active by running outdoors, strength training, and taking fitness classes.  She recently completed her third half marathon.  When she’s not working out, she enjoys baking, cake decorating, and making healthy vegetarian meals.

Contact Leah: frankel@myhousecallmd.com

Jessica Goldman

Jessica Goldman, RN, completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of California San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus. She is currently working on the Surgical Unit at Scripps Encitinas in the San Diego area. Jessica spent two years studying at the University of Arizona in Tucson. While in Arizona, Jessica worked at the Women’s Health Clinic and was an active member of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta.  In high school, Jessica was a regionally recognized sprinter, specializing in the 100m, 200m, 4 x 100m, and 400m races.  She set a number of school records during her time as part of the Track & Field team at Palm Desert High School.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys exercising including running, spinning, hiking, lifting weights, and plyometrics.  She is also very knowledgeable regarding nutrition and enjoys cooking (she is known for her lactose-free meals as well as meals that are low in cholesterol like many of us need).  Jessica will be bringing the latest in fitness and health-conscious culinary arts to you each week.

Brian Young Kim, MD, MS is a Sports Medicine Fellow Physician at UCLA. He received his MD from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. While at UCI, Brian served as President of the Associated Medical Student Government, President of the Sports Medicine Interest Group, and was an active volunteer with the Student-Run Free Clinic and Flying Samaritans. As a graduating senior, he was awarded the Future of Family Medicine Award by the Orange County Medical Association.

Brian completed his undergraduate studies at Yale University, where he graduated with Distinction, while majoring in Religious Studies and pre-med studies. While at Yale, Brian was also a 4-year starter at setter on the Men’s Volleyball team, and captained the team for three seasons, while earning Rookie of the Year and MVP honors. He then attended graduate school at the Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition, where he earned a Master’s degree in Nutrition Science for his thesis exploring the effects of nutritional counseling on the dietary intake of elite young tennis players. Brian’s research on this topic was subsequently recognized as the Best Original Research of the Year by the Society for Tennis Medicine and Science at the STMS International Congress in 2011.

Brian is passionate about research, having first-authored five peer-reviewed publications and presented at several national conferences. His research interests include nutrition, running mechanics and injuries, and sudden cardiac death in athletes. In his free time, Brian is an avid runner, and is currently aspiring to qualify for the Boston Marathon. He also enjoys playing volleyball (both beach and indoor), soccer, baseball, badminton, and weight training.

Contact Dr. Kim: kim@myhousecallmd.com

G. John Mullen, DPT graduated from Purdue University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  He completed his graduate training at USC’s Doctoral of Physical Therapy program.  At Purdue University, John swam collegiately earning Academic All-Big Ten honors.  In 2008, John was also awarded first place in the Burton D. Morgan business plan competition at Purdue University.  John currently coaches a Master’s swim team in Los Angeles, privately trains swimmers and triathletes, and works at the Clinical Exercise Research Center at USC where he pursues his interest in the effects of resistance training in aging men and exercise in high-risk diabetic children.

In his free time, John enjoys swimming, weight lifting, reading non-fiction books, spending time with family and attending hip-hop concerts.

John also writes an outstanding Swimming Blog for the swimmers in the room.

Contact John: mullen@myhousecallmd.com

Georgina Lee, PharmD completed her graduate education at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy.  She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences.  For the last three years, she has been an Intern Pharmacist at Kaiser Permanente in various settings including the outpatient pharmacy, diabetes clinic, anti-coagulation clinic, and the drug education center.  In college, she participated in a humanitarian expedition in Guatemala as a relief worker with other members of a multidisciplinary team.  When she’s not working, you will find her cheering on her New England sports teams including the Celtics, the Red Sox and the Patriots (yes, even in a room full of Laker fans).  In her spare time she enjoys listening to Muse, trying new culinary destinations, hiking and sitting in LA traffic.

Contact Georgina: lee@myhousecallmd.com

Tania HouspianTania Houspian, PharmD completed pharmacy school at the University of Southern California. She graduated from UCLA in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics.  Having spent 4 years as a Bruin and now living in the world of the Trojans, she prefers the politically correct term “Brojan.”  While she does prefer one school over the other, she chooses to keep that preference to herself.  In her free time she loves to read, watch movies, go hiking, and laugh.  In the future she hopes to use her PharmD in a clinical setting to ensure excellent patient outcomes and proper medication use.  She sees herself working one-on-one with patients in an ambulatory care setting to help them control and overcome their ailments.

Contact Tania: houspian@myhousecallmd.com

Marissa Camilon, MD completed her medical degree at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Irvine where she graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a minor in History.

A cornerstone in Marissa’s life is her tireless involvement in the community around her.  She is the currently the President of the Associated Students of the School of Medicine. Marissa has also served as the President of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association and various other organizations on campus.

Part of Marissa’s love of medicine stems from her passion for teaching.  She feels that teaching her patients more about their health will ultimately empower them to take control of their personal wellbeing. This passion has led her to House Call, MD where she can put her writing experience (she was a columnist for her college newspaper) to work, sharing her medical knowledge with the greater community.

In her spare time, Marissa enjoys running, baking, borrowing books from her local public library and, of course, spending time with family, friends and her dog.

Contact Dr. Camilon: camilon@myhousecallmd.com

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