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Southern California University of Health Sciences Appoints New Chair, Three New Members to Board of Regents

Significant Growth of Public Interest in Integrative Health and the Need to Transform Healthcare Education Drives University Development.

Whittier, CA, March 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southern California University of Health Sciences’ (SCU) Board of Regents recently elected Thomas S. Bakman, DC, FAFICC as the executive chair. The board also announced the appointment of new board members, Mikal Belicove, D.H.L., Susan Haeger, and Ruth Westreich.



The board provides leadership for carrying out SCU’s mission to educate students as competent, caring, and successful integrative healthcare practitioners. Bringing diverse and extensive experience in the healthcare, corporate, and nonprofit sectors—the new board members, share in SCU’s vision of transforming and redefining health and healthcare education. “SCU’s unique healthcare education provides students and healthcare practitioners with advanced integrative, interprofessional educational opportunities that prepare them to be leaders in the healthcare system of the future. We welcome the addition of these outstanding board members who bring tested professional talent, expertise, and passion for the transformation of healthcare delivery,” said SCU’s President/CEO, John Scaringe, DC, EdD.

New Board Appointments:

Thomas S. Bakman, DC, FAFICC – Executive Chair

As a licensed chiropractor since 1988, Dr. Bakman has provided healthcare in multidisciplinary practices since 1993. He believes in putting the best of medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, and Chiropractic together for the benefit of the patient. Dr. Bakman has spent his career learning from all disciplines the “subtle” signs of their body breaking down. His athletic background and discipline in fitness since the age of 13 lead him to the point of making a career of helping others achieve their health goals. His business experience of starting practices, utilization review and creating a medical provider network for California has aided him to best utilize a health care delivery system in today’s market.

Mikal Belicove, D.H.L. – Board Member

Mikal E. Belicove is a book author, ghostwriter, and brand architect who applies journalistic tradecraft to corporate and business storytelling. The third edition of his latest co-authored book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Facebook,” was published by Penguin Group (USA), while Mikal’s next book, “Strategy: You don’t know what the heck you’re talking about!,” is set to publish in early-2019. Previously, Mikal launched, managed and sold a Boulder, Colo.-based Internet start-up; wrote the ‘Ask a Geek’ and ‘Build a Website’ columns for Entrepreneur magazine; worked in Acquisitions for John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JW.A) and Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO); served on Keystone College’s Board of Trustees; and worked in a variety of executive roles for Internet start-ups and not-for-profit organizations, including the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). Mikal was the commencement speaker in May 2012 for Keystone College, at which time he was honored with a Doctorate in Humane Letters.

Susan Haeger – Board Member

Ms. Haeger is the founder and President of Transformative Health Solutions Group (THSG), which provides professional and strategic consulting services for corporate, nonprofit and advocacy development. She has a deep history of strategic vision and skillful execution that has been central to the success of significant initiatives in the health and wellness market. With over 20 years’ executive leadership and management at progressive health and wellness organizations, Haeger has consistently demonstrated proven results in strategic business growth for market application to consumer, business, and public policy markets.

Ruth Westreich – Board Member

Ruth is the President of the Westreich Foundation, a family foundation for over 20 years. She has been a major force behind the integrative medicine movement. Her expertise and areas of focus include Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, Natural Medicine, and Palliative Care for end of life and chronic conditions, the science of nutrition, food safety, vaccine safety, and the creative arts as part of a healing experience. Ruth’s expertise and niche is being a strategic advisor to create bridges between these siloed groups to change the paradigm of healthcare in the U.S. to a systems’ biology, personalized lifestyle focus with the patient and prevention of disease at the center. She was the commencement speaker in April 2017 for Southern California University of Health Sciences at which time was honored with a Doctorate in Humanities.

Current members of the board who will continue serving are:

Arturo Escobedo

Michelle Yanez-Jiminez, EdD

Lawrence Tain, DC

Martin Gallegos, DC

Sonja E. Gibson, MBA

Jason J. Jankowiak, MBA

Ron Lau, EdD, MBA

William Valusek, DC, FACO

F. Nicholas Jacobs, FACHE

Bonny P. McClain, MSC, DC

Paul A. Treinen, CPA

For more information about SCU, please visit: or contact SCU’s Office of Admissions: 877-434-7757.

About Southern California University of Health Sciences:

Founded in 1911, Southern California University of Health Sciences is located on a 25-acre campus in Whittier, California. SCU, one of the nation’s leading universities for integrative health, recently launched the first interprofessional, integrative Masters in Physician Assistant program of its kind. SCU is comprised of Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (LACC), College of Eastern Medicine, College of Science and Integrative Health, and School of Professional Studies. A pioneer in interprofessional, integrative health education, SCU offers programs leading students to successful and significant careers in patient care. For over a century, SCU faculty has drawn upon their experience and their passion for teaching to educate practitioners who are transforming the face of healthcare around the world.




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Sherise Bright
Southern California University of Health Sciences