Allied Health

College of Allied Health


Lecture Series

2013-2014 College of Allied Health Distinguished Lecture Series

The College of Allied Health at California Baptist University is excited to announce the 2013-2014 Distinguished Lecture Series. Each event will advance your understanding of current issues and trends both locally and nationally as they relate to the promotion of health. The individuals speaking are leaders in their respective disciplines and will address opportunities available to those interested in pursuing similar career paths.

Presented By


Dr. Steve Larson - 9/16/2013

Understanding the Details of the California Healthcare Exchange:

"Covered California"

September 16, 2013, 6:00 pm, Innovator's Auditorium


Steve Larson, M.D.

Dr. Larson is the CEO and chairman of the board of Riverside Medical Clinic, a multi-specialty medical group located in Riverside, CA. He has been affiliated with the Riverside Medical Clinic since 1980. He has extensive experience in self-funded employer plans, managed care and full-risk delegated plans.

Dr. Larson is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the California Medical Association. He is a Past President of the Inland Empire Foundation for Medical Care and currently serves on its Board of Directors.

He is clinical professor of biomedical sciences at University of California, Riverside. His medical staff appointments include Riverside Community Hospital and Parkview Community Hospital and Riverside County Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Larson earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, graduating in 1975. He completed his residency in internal medicine in 1978 and a fellowship in infectious diseases in 1980, both at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospital in Milwaukee. He earned a master's degree in public health from Loma Linda University in 1988. He is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases.

Dr. Larson also serves as a Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA), representing Riverside and San Bernardino physicians.

In addition to membership in the Riverside County Medical Association, California Medical Association and the American Medical Association, Dr. Larson is a member of the Medical Group Managers Association, the Infectious Disease Society of America, the Southern California Infectious Disease Society and the American College of Physicians.

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Dr. John Walsh - 10/14/2013

Exercise in the Treatment of Brain Disease:

The Mind Body Connection

October 14, 2013, 6:00 pm, Innovator's Auditorium


Dr. John Walsh, PhD

John Walsh, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Gerontology and a member of the Neuroscience Program at USC. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of California, Irvine, and was awarded a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Texas School of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Walsh's research focuses on the analysis of brain areas that are targets of age related disease. His studies examine physiological causes of diseases like Parkinson's disease and stroke as well as the physiological mechanism underlying exercise-induced recovery of function. The focus of his laboratory is to understand how dopamine and glutamate synapses interact in the expression of disease and how the relationship changes during recovery. John is a dedicated instructor and educational innovator at USC as well. He has received numerous awards for these efforts, including grants from USC and the National Science Foundation and teaching awards such as USC's Provost Prize for Teaching with Technology and most recently USC's Associates Award in Teaching.

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Dr. Don Layman - 11/11/2013

Dr. Don Layman, PhD, Director of Research Egg Nutrition Center

November 11, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

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Mr. Rusty Bailey - 2/10/2014

Healthy Riverside:

City of Riverside Initiatives for a Healthier Community

February 10, 2014, 6:30 pm, Wallace Theater


Mr. Rusty Bailey, Mayor

Mayor William R. "Rusty" Bailey III is a born-and-raised Riversider. He graduated from West Point with a degree in political science in 1994 and went on to earn a Master's Degree in Public Policy from UCLA. He took office as the Ward 3 City Councilman on Dec 11, 2007 and served in that role until he took office as Mayor on Dec 11, 2012. A champion of responsible governance, Rusty will build on the special initiatives - Clean and Green, Sister Cities, business and higher education partnerships - that have made Riverside a model among Inland Empire cities. He is focused on making Riverside a vibrant, growing community; one which will be capable of providing the quality of life he believes his daughters and the next generation deserve.

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Dr. Gil Odendaal - 3/10/2014

Healthcare is a Justice issue:

From Ideology to Practice and the Changing Role of the Church

March 10, 2014, 6:30 pm, Wallace Theater


Dr. Gil Odendaal, PhD, Vice President of Missions

From directing global initiatives for Saddleback Church to building innovative programs for other reputable global ministries, Gil has dedicated more than 30 years to empowering the church around the world to seamlessly integrate word and deed ministries that transform communities, especially through health related initiatives.

He currently spends his time at World Relief innovating ways to empower the church to serve the most vulnerable in both the Global South and North. Whether that church consists of 2 Christ-followers gathering in a basement in a restricted access country or a church of 20,000 in an open Christian country - the goal is the same - to serve them so that that their gospel proclamation has social consequences as they call people to love and repentance in all areas of life. And their social involvement has evangelistic consequences as they bear witness to the transforming grace of Jesus Christ. Prior to holding his present position he served as Global Director for PEACE Implementation with Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California and as Global Director for the HIV/AIDS Initiative under Kay Warren assisting and facilitating the deployment of more than 10,000 short term missionaries. For the past 15 years he has progressively immersed himself in community development and the church's call to integral mission focusing on the least, the lost and the last, especially those working and living in difficult places where persecution for following Christ is par for the course. Convergence of those demographics centers on unengaged people groups. He regularly speaks and lectures on this topic in the USA and in global settings.

Other professional positions held by Gil include Regional Coordinator for Africa with Medical Ambassadors International. He also served as Regional Coordinator for Russia and Eastern Europe for a period of two years.

Deeply committed to unleash the untapped human resources latent in the church worldwide and to see health equity become a reality in the southern countries, Gil is committed to mobilize the global church to serve the most vulnerable effectively, spiritually and physically. He has developed innovative programs, projects and campaigns that empower the local church globally towards integral mission.

Gil and his wife, Elmarie, were born and raised in South Africa. They have been married for 38 years. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.


Dr. Bita Bagheri - 4/14/2014


Dermatology: Manifestations of Internal Disease

Skin Cancer, and A Brief History

April 14, 2014, 6:30 pm | Wallace Theatre 


Dr. Bita Bagheri, MD
Nationally Recognized Dermatologist
Riverside Medical Clinic

Dr. Bagheri was born in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Magna Cum Laude as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. She majored in Biology. Dr. Bagheri earned her medical degree at the University Of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philiadelphia. She completed her internship at the University of Utah Medical Center. Dr. Bagheri completed her residency at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York where she served as Chief Resident. She has been board certified in Dermatology since 2002.

Dr. Bagheri is a superbly qualified physician with years of experience in all aspects of Dermatology, including medical dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Bagheri speaks Farsi as well as English. She has published articles in several medical journals and is the recipient of several awards. She was the first prize winner at the annual Conrad Stritzler dermatology resident competition at the Dermatologic Society of greater New York, and the winner of the American Heart Association research scholar's award at Duke University.

Dr. Bagheri chose to specialize in Dermatology because she appreciated that Dermatology allowed physicians to have daily interaction with patients, both young and old. Dermatology allows for surgical treatments, as well as cosmetic improvements.


All events are currently held in the Wallace Theater on the campus of California Baptist University. Download a campus map brochure for more detail.

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