FYI Austin Segment

Dr. Mary Zadnik from the Austin campus for University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences was the in-studio guest for this episode of FYI Austin, discussing the university and programs offered, and the important role that USAHS has in the community. 

First Coast News

Dr. Cindy Mathena, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, was live on First Coast News in Jacksonville talking about the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ 40th anniversary and the in-demand programs that the university offers.

Atlanta and Co. Interview

As part of a media campaign to promote awareness for the university’s occupational therapy programs during National Occupational Therapy Month, I was on 11 Alive news in Atlanta.

Front Page Story

Working with this reporter I was able to garner a front page, above the fold story in the St. Augustine Record for the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

Device designed by University of St. Augustine professors helps amputees learn to run outside

Dr. DiGrado on Good Morning San Diego

After two high-profile celebrities suffered strokes this week, Occupational Therapy faculty member from San Marcos, Dr. Jennie DiGrado, was on Good Morning San Diego to talk about stroke prevention and how to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Remember F-A-S-T. Dr. DiGrado explains in the segment.

OT students serve at Arc of Putnam County

Service learning is a big component of the experience at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences because it helps the community and benefits students. This week a group of over 30 students and faculty from the occupational therapy program in St. Augustine spent the day at Arc of Putnam County in Florida, providing much-needed services to the clients of the nonprofit organization, which serves those with severe disabilities.

St. Augustine area businesses, university rally to support Parkinson’s fundraiser

A St. Augustine physical therapist has dedicated most of her career to helping those with Parkinson’s disease. Her passion inspired more than 15 area businesses and dozens of volunteers to join the cause, helping to raise over $52,000.

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University of St. Augustine featured on NBC 6 in Miami

Good Day live in Austin

I had the pleasure of welcoming a news crew from FOX 7’s Good Day Austin to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences campus for these three live segments with faculty and students in celebration of National Physical Therapy Month.

Alumni who survived breast cancer inspires university

I filmed this video news story in St. Augustine, Florida for the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

My Brother’s Keeper

Organizational storytelling is a powerful tool for creating brand affinity and generating content that is engaging and builds a sense of community. Here’s a story I recently discovered at University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

They aren’t twins, but Joshua and Kyle Rasmussen share a bond that could rival any multiple-birth sibling closeness. Born just 16 months apart, the brothers became inseparable as kids growing up in Orange County, California. The tight bond they developed in their youth has carried them on a journey through graduate school, and today they both walked across the stage at the San Marcos commencement ceremony earning their doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degrees.

Read the entire story online at: My Brother’s Keeper

Physical Therapy Professor Competes on American Ninja Warrior

A faculty member from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Dr. Todd Bourgeois, appeared on a local news show discussing his experience on the American Ninja Warrior program. Dr. Bourgeois has energized students, faculty and staff at the university through his appearance on the show; he’ll compete in the finals being held in Las Vegas later this summer. We’ll be rooting for you, Dr. Bourgeois!


Video story: Ninja Survival Challenge in St. Augustine

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences hosted the 3rd Annual Ninja Survival Challenge in St. Augustine, utilizing the obstacle course on campus. Some 50 people from across the state participated in the event, including DPT students, which raised money for the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA). It was a pleasure to be there and film this video story. Congrats to all of the student winners.


Happy National Nurses Week!

May 6 kicked off National Nurses Week, an annual event highlighting the important role that nurses play in society. In celebration of National Nurses Day and the start of Nurses Week, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) President Dr. Divina Grossman was live on “Good Morning San Diego” discussing the rewarding career of nursing and the critical need for nurses. Dr. Grossman started her career as a nurse and served as a long-time nurse educator prior to becoming a leader in higher education and being appointed president and chief academic officer at USAHS. It was a pleasure to be at the KUSI studios for this live interview.


Congrats to the Spring 2018 graduates

This is my video story from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Spring 2018 commencement ceremony for the San Marcos campus held on Friday, April 20, at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Surrounded by hundreds of family, friends, faculty and supporters, students celebrated their academic achievements at the formal ceremony with caps, gowns, tassels and even a few tears. Diplomas were awarded to nearly 100 San Marcos students who also received their new academic hoods for their ceremonial regalia.

These high-tech mannequins can talk, helping PT students learn

Graduate students from University of the Pacific’s Speech-Language Pathology joined with Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students in this simulation where the patients are high-tech mannequins that can talk. Do they complain about the hospital food? This is my video news story from the Stockton campus event.


Give Kids a Smile Day

A goat tried to eat my microphone while filming this story at the University of the Pacific’s Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco.

National Girls & Women in Sports Day

University of the Pacific student athletes and coaches hosted more than 150 Stockton-area girls for clinics in various sports to celebrate the 32nd annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Feb. 3. The annual event has empowered women and girls to embrace physical activity and build their courage, confidence, and character through participation in sports. The event was covered by the Stockton Record with a story and photos.

Physician Assistant Students Celebrate White Coat Ceremony

Faculty, family and friends gathered in support of the inaugural cohort of Physician Assistant (PA) students at University of the Pacific in Sacramento, celebrating their White Coat ceremony and I filmed this news story at the event. For more information about the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program visit

Parkinson’s clinic serves community, helps students

Faculty and students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Pharmacy programs at University of the Pacific hosted a Parkinson’s Disease clinic at the Stockton campus, providing community outreach while giving students the opportunity for practical experience with patients. This was the 5th annual clinic.

Stockton Mayor wants you to go to college

A fantastic announcement from Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs at the Bob Hope Theater today: Stockton Scholars will provide scholarship money to every student who decides to go to college or trade school, starting with the SUSD class of 2019. I wrote this story for the University of the Pacific newsroom after attending the event.

Hundreds of area high school students and local officials packed Bob Hope Theater in Stockton on Jan. 16 for a special event where the mayor announced a new initiative to increase the number of youth who earn a college degree.

Mayor Michael Tubbs said he secured a $20 million grant to launch “Stockton Scholars,” a new program modeled after similar successful endeavors in cities like Long Beach and Oakland. Tubbs said the goal of this new city-wide scholarship program is to triple the number of Stockton students who both enter and graduate from college over the next decade – and retain them in the community. Through Stockton Scholars the city is providing students in the Stockton Unified School District with scholarships focused on local institutions, including University of the Pacific.

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UOP on NBC Sacramento – Audiologists warn about hearing loss

Most teenagers listen to music with ear buds, but did you know there is a very real risk of permanent hearing loss from long periods of exposure to high volume? Experts from the audiology faculty at University of the Pacific have some recommendations.


Christmas Lecture Was a Blast

It was fun to be there as University of the Pacific faculty members Balint Sztarary and Liang Xue presented the 7th Annual Faraday Christmas Lecture at Pacific campus in Stockton. The annual Faraday Lecture featured the chemistry professors dressed as 19th century chemists, carrying out experiments that delighted audiences of all ages. The tradition comes from the Royal Institution of Great Britain’s Christmas Lecture, which has offered a science lecture to children in the London community since 1825. The famous scientist Michael Faraday presented more of these lectures than any of his contemporaries, and the series was eventually named after him. The annual lecture pays homage to Faraday while also entertaining Stockton youth and teaching them about chemistry. Here’s my video story from the event.

AUVSI leads effort to urge caution with new drone regulations

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) along with 13 other organizations sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to consider the potential consequences for the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry if the legislation was enacted affecting the federal sovereignty of the airspace. The letter was signed by a diverse group of organizations, industries and companies that represent UAS manufacturers, commercial and recreational users, and aviation stakeholders.

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Storytelling to Save Lives

I was recently hired to produce a video for the Sedona show for This Is My Brave, a thriving new nonprofit with a vital mission: to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues by sharing personal stories of individuals living successful, full lives despite mental illness through poetry, essay and original music, on stage in front of a live audience, and through stories published online. “Through the sharing of stories and experiences of those in recovery, we provide a sense of community and hope; and encourage others to share their stories. We believe that each time one of us shares our story, there’s another crack helping to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness. Right now, it’s time to #LiveBrave, stand up with us to say #isharemystory and help us bring mental health issues into the spotlight because they’ve been in the dark too long.” To learn more visit

Coming Soon: Safe Flight Drone Services

Harris Poll Study Shows Political Effect On News Media’s Brand Equity

News media brands experienced a stark change in brand equity post-election, according to new research from The Harris Poll. Conservative support for TV News and News Services – including Fox News – declined across the board in the wake of “fake news.” Liberal-leaning consumers boosted support for The New York Times and CNN, while their support of Fox News declined sharply. [Read more…]

ACP 2017 Convocation

I visited San Diego for this story about the ceremony inducting new Fellows.

Drone operators rally in Laguna Beach

I was part of a group of local FAA licensed drone pilots who rallied in Laguna Beach in response to a proposed city ordinance that would ban drone flights and require a special permit for drone filming and photography within city limits. The group successfully convinced the City Council to compromise by delaying the new rules and creating a committee of commercial drone operators to assist with updating the drafted ordinance. I’m very pleased that the City Council listened to our concerns and is engaging the commercial operators in an advisory role. I am also grateful to the Law Firm of Anderson, McPharlin & Conners and its attorney D. Damon Willens for the research and information he has provided regarding the matter.

Recent news coverage of our efforts include stories in LA TimesLaguna Beach Indy and SUAS News.

To view my online portfolio of drone and video production work visit my other website


Millennials in PR Feel Unprepared to Offer Companies Advice on Moral Dilemmas at Work, Study Finds

As the ‘doers’ become ‘deciders,’ they also don’t expect to encounter ethical issues on the job, Baylor researcher says

Millennials who are pursuing careers in public relations do not feel prepared to offer advice on ethics to their companies — and in fact, they do not expect to face ethical dilemmas at work, according to a Baylor University study.

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