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We were happy to host our Virtual Academic Advantage event on April 28. Our featured speakers gave an overview of what it took for them to become the medical professionals they are today, while our college advisor gave practical advice for the next steps students should take, including college research and applications. We also awarded three $500 scholarships to students who joined us online, as well as a day of mentoring with Dr. Karas at Muir Oral, Facial, & Dental Implant Surgery.

The resources below are designed to help you continue on your path to becoming a healthcare professional. The entire presentation is available as a video to review or watch for the first time if you were unable to join us. We also have included the presentation slides and links to learn more about local colleges, universities, community organizations, and nonprofits.


Nestor Karas, DDS, MD

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Muir Oral, Facial, & Dental Implant Surgery

Donna K. Barpal, DDS

Prosthodontist/Maxillofacial Prosthodontist at Diablo Valley Prosthodontics

Sahar V. Jaffrey, DDS, MS, INC

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist at Walnut Creek Pediatric Dentistry

Jeffrey Poage, MD

Medical Director, Pediatric Surgical Services at John Muir Health; Physician Anesthesiologist at Medical Anesthesia Consultants, Inc.

Miriam Schaffer

Enrollment Director and College Advisor at SpanOne College Counseling