Health and Wellness Committee

Our Mission

As the Health and Wellness Committee, we aim to meet the ever-changing needs and interests of faculty, staff and the campus community by providing quality programs, services and facilities that are comprehensive and inclusive. We create environments and opportunities that foster teamwork, boost collaboration and instill a sense of community. We promote physical fitness, healthy habits and balanced behaviors, improving the overall wellness of participants.

In fulfilling this mission, we support and complement the institution's core values, and make significant contributions to the University's culture of excellence.

Upcoming Events

July - Mindfulness and Meditation

August - Healthy Back Presentation

September - Smoking Cessation

October - Cancer Awareness

November - Diabetes Awareness

December - Stress Management

PAST Events

Nutrition Consultation
The Health and Wellness Committee sponsored 25 minute one-on-one nutrition consultations with a Certified Nutrition Consultant.

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Time: 11:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: Room 405

Nutrition Consultant: Kristin Hoppe is a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Educator, and Natural Chef. She received her nutrition and culinary training from Bauman College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College. She has traveled extensively, studying and practicing meditation and mindfulness around the globe since 2004. Her practice, Food Therapy, is dedicated to improving people's health through an inspiring mind-body approach that celebrates food. She specializes in detoxification and cleansing, emotional eating, restoring balance in relationship with food and body. More here: http://foodtherapysf.com/about-kristin-hoppe/

Noise Induced Hearing Loss as it Relates to Dentistry
Participants learned how prolonged occupational noise exposure can have a damaging effect on the inner ear, causing an irreversible loss of hearing and/or tinnitus.

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Time: 1:00  - 2:00 pm
Location: Room 514B

Presenters: Rupa Balachandran, PhD received her bachelor of science in speech pathology and audiology from Bombay University and her masters and doctor of philosophy in speech and hearing sciences from Graduate School City University of New York & University College London. Dr. Balachandran also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology. She joined the Pacific Family on August 1, 2014 as the Audiology Program Director and Associate Professor of Audiology. The program director is responsible in leading the faculty, staff and students to develop the Doctor of Audiology program into one of the finest clinical training programs in the country.
Kristin R. Hallstrom, AuD, FAAA, is the Clinical Director of Audiology. Dr. Hallstrom has over 10 years of diverse experience in both clinical and rehabilitative audiology. She specializes in diagnostic hearing evaluations, newborn and infant hearing assessments using auditory brainstem response (ABR) test measures, the management of hearing loss for both pediatric and adult patients, as well as vestibular assessment.

Tai Chi
Easy to learn, effective and promoting general health and well-being, a 4-week Tai Chi series taught  gentle, beautiful and flowing movements that are enjoyable and deeply relaxing.

Date: Fridays, May 8 - 29, 2015 
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: 214 Huddle Room

Instructor: Nathan Ng teaches the ancient art of Tai Chi, which brings a balance of inner peace and inner strength to dedicated practitioners. Nathan holds a loving and compassionate space for his students and is gentle, patient and non-judgmental in his teaching approach. Nathan appreciates Tai Chi as a path of self-discovery and self-mastery. Through his program, Nathan's mission is to empower and teach you how to enjoy a more balanced and relaxed life. Nathan has been studying Tai Chi and Qigong since 1993. He is a 5th generation lineage of Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan, and a 21st generation lineage of Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan. He has studied with internationally renowned Tai Chi Grandmasters from China and he is a two-time Tai Chi Chuan competition gold medalist. To learn more about Nathan's program, visit his website: www.artoftaiji.com

Chair Massage
The Health and Wellness Committee sponsored FREE 15-minute chair massage sessions by an experienced massage practitioner.

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Time: 11:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: Room 104

Massage Therapist: Marianne Linn has studied and practiced massage therapy and bodywork since 1994, and has been providing on-site massage services to corporate clients in the Bay Area since 1999. She is fully certified and licensed by the California State Board of Massage Therapy and a long-time member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).  

Weight Loss: What Does It Take?
The presentation addressed the multi-layered emotional and physical factors to consider when managing weight. Individuals learned practical tips for losing weight in a healthful way.

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Room 437 — Gary L Weiner Executive Conference Room

Presenter: Sabina Haake, MA, RD. Sabina is a Board Certified Clinical Dietitian and Nutritional Therapist who specializes in supporting individuals with weight management goals.


Weekly Walk (Thursdays)
Time: 5:15 pm to 6:30 pm
Contact: Marco Castellanos (x56498), or Kara Bell (x56454)
Location: Meet on the first floor in the Kay Dugoni Family Room
Add a walk to your workout/fitness plan. This aggressively-paced walk is a great way to add a lower-impact cardiovascular component to your exercise. 4 to 5 miles round trip.

Boot Camp (Wednesdays)
Time: 5:15 pm (warm up) to 6:45 pm
Contact: Dr. Marc Geissberger (mgeissberger@pacific.edu)
Location: See room scheduler for room assignments.
Dr. Marc Geissberger takes participants through exercise and weight training appropriate for each individual's fitness level and goals.  

Committee Members

Jessica Allison
Kara Bell
Marco Castellanos
Jennifer Cheung
Bernadette Fa
Jommel Gutierrez
Taryn Nakamura
Armando Ortega