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Alumni Story

We love to hear all about your exciting journey and accomplishments! Please share new jobs, publications, presentations, awards, honors, marriages, births, etc. Anything you would like to share, we would love to hear about it! Alumni Story submissions will be shared on our webpage and on University communications including social media, newsletters and magazines.

Would you like to share your Alumni Story?

Submit Your Alumni Journey Email alumni@westernu.edu

Have you recently married or had a baby?
Have you started a new job or received a fantastic promotion?
Have you been published, lectured at a conference, or become a leader of a professional organization?

Share your Alumni Story by emailing alumni@westernu.edu. We also welcome all photos or links pertaining to your journey.

Behnaz Behmanesh DO 10 Family Photo

Behnaz Behmanesh, DO '10

Dr. Behmanesh graduated from the WesternU College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Class of 2010. Following graduation, she completed residency in Family Medicine at Northridge Hospital Medical Center and began her career as an Associate Physician at UCLA Student Health.

Apart from her interest in medicine, Dr. Behmanesh always enjoyed reading and writing since 1st grade. She even contemplated being an English major. Though she went on to pursue a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, Dr. Behmanesh did continue to keep up her writing skills at WesternU by serving as the co-editor of the WesternU Humanism in the Health Sciences Magazine.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Behmanesh found a way to self-publish her first book I Love You All Around the World. She was inspired by her 2-year-old son, Noah, to write a children’s book because of the positive impact books have on Noah’s development.

Dr. Behmanesh continues her journey as a physician at UCLA Student Health, where she can make a difference in student lives by encouraging lifestyle changes. She also has a blog titled Doctor Mommy DO on Instagram (@doctormommydo) to share knowledge on wellness and health. In addition to her professional and personal endeavors, Dr. Behmanesh volunteers her time as the Chair of the WesternU Alumni Association’s Communications Committee.

- November 2021

Keith James Haviland, DPT '08

Keith Haviland, DPT '08

“The only thing worse than being blind with no sight, is having sight with no vision” - Helen Keller.

My intentions after graduation from Western University of Health Sciences were set on serving in the military until the U.S. had completed its missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. As the final troops are withdrawing, I have met my objective. During that time I have traveled the world, helped people in need, and made many friends among our Allies and Partners.

My journey has included getting married, and having two beautiful children. I recently received a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies at the esteemed United States Army War College, Senior Service College. Currently I am a Lieutenant Colonel stationed in Hawaii, and working to enhance security cooperation with Thailand and Malaysia.

Soon I will be returning home to California and hope to see many of you once again in the clinical setting. My vision of service to our Nation hasn’t changed; only the setting will be more familiar.

Stay vigilant and dream how we make this world a better place. Aloha and Mahalo!

Please reach out- linkedin.com/in/keith-haviland-14297a19

- August 2021

Sam Bonilla, PharmD' 15

Sam Bonilla, PharmD '15

Upon graduation from the College of Pharmacy Class of 2015, I was fortunate to immediately start my career working at Amgen at Thousand Oaks within the Regulatory Affairs group. I was able to gain experiences in drug development without having to complete a fellowship or post-graduate training — my ideal case scenario. In 2017, I transitioned into a role at Puma Biotechnology (Puma), a company focused on positively impacting breast cancer patients. One of my fondest memories at Puma was flying out with a team to the United Kingdom for a major regulatory meeting with the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Our work in the UK ultimately resulted in our company’s product getting approved, which allowed for access of our medicine throughout the European Union and UK. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to take a new opportunity. I currently am an Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs at Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Inc (Constellation) where I work on R&D programs that aim to provide new treatment options for patients with cancer. Given Constellation’s recent acquisition, I look forward to bringing more new treatments to patients in need. I remain an advocate of non-traditional roles for healthcare professionals and hope others consider the opportunities available for them in the non-traditional space.

Transforming what it means to be a Pharmacist. Check out Dr. Bonilla's blog at www.samuelcbonilla.com.

- July 2021

Grant Dunbar, DVM' 13

Grant Dunbar, DVM '13

I am a graduate from the WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine Class 2013. After school, I completed a rotating internship at Animal Emergency Medical Center in Torrance.

In January of 2017, I bought a 3-doctor, 20 employee practice, Chino Hills Animal Hospital with my brother. In just a few years, we have had substantial growth and become one of the largest small animal practices in the Inland Empire. As of June, we will employ 10 doctors and over 85 employees. We’ve grown our practice to also include doggy daycare, boarding, grooming and in house cremation services. We are currently expanding our medical practice by 3000 sq. feet to a total of over 1400 sq ft and will include 3 surgery suites and a total of 12 exam rooms. This renovation will be underway in Summer 2021.

I have taken a special interest in regenerative medicine, rehabilitation, surgery and advanced procedures. Frequently performing laparoscopy, endoscopy, orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries. Our hospital is a Small Animal General Practice rotation site for 3rd and 4th year WesternU students. As a WesternU Alumni, I feel it is my role to help educate the veterinarians of tomorrow by expanding their knowledge in a clinical setting on patient care to improve the lives of our patients.

In 2019, we started a charity event that received statewide publicity called Rescued Pets and Retired Vets. The fundraiser was held at our hospital grounds and brought the community together to bring awareness and financially support war veterans who need service animals and homeless pets needing a permanent home.

Recently, I had a unique opportunity to film a new series for Animal Planet called Pop My Pet. The pilot series is currently streaming on Discovery Plus. I am one of three doctors who will be performing mass, cyst, lump removals from patients small to large. Western Alumni and students can follow my Instagram to view cases and other interesting procedures I perform on a daily basis. Instagram: @dr.grantdunbar Instagram: @chinohillsah_petresort

- April 2021

Bryan Tucker, DO '12

Bryan Tucker, DO '12

I did residency in Internal Medicine at Indiana University and fellowship in Nephrology at Yale University. I worked for two years at Wake Forest School of Medicine as an Asst Professor, then moved to Houston, TX and started working at Baylor College of Medicine. I am now the Associate Course Director for the Renal Pathophysiology Course, the Outpatient Nephrology Ambulatory Coordinator for Internal Medicine Residency, Adult Nephrology Consultant for the Rare and Undiagnosed Disease Network, and active in publishing, with my last publication in JAMA – Urinary Magnesium in the Evaluation of Hypomagnesemia.

- March 2021

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