Dr. Daniel Nam graduated from UCLA with a BA in Piano performance in 1996 and then UOP School of Dentistry in 2002. Currently he has private practices in SF and Oakland. He is also the Director of Dental Services at the Berkeley Free Clinic where he has been serving homeless and low income families since 2003. Dr. Nam is staff dentist at Alta Bates Medical Center-Summit and Ashby campuses working with the Emergency Department, ICU, oncology and rehab departments. He is also on the Clinical faculty at UOP School of Dentistry where he teaches on Monday evenings. Dr. Nam is committed to alleviating suffering from dental pain, trauma, and fear. He is a diehard fan of UCLA sports and enjoys playing tennis, golf and his piano in his spare time.
Dr. Brian Hathcoat grew up in a military family and spent most of his formative years in the midwest. After graduating high school, he served in the Navy, then moved to California to attend U.C. Berkeley where he earned a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering. He worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory prior to attending dental school at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, where he earned his DDS. He worked as a public health dentist for Contra Costa Health Services, primarily at the West County Health Center in Richmond. He is the Associate Director at the Berkeley Free Clinic, where he provides dental care for the homeless and underserved. He also provides volunteer dental services for CDA Cares, and is active in the Alameda County Dental Society.
Kelly Vitzthum is currently an oral health policy analyst at a Massachusetts health policy and consumer advocacy organization. She has work experience in topics ranging from homelessness to health care quality improvement, and believes inequity in oral health is a vastly overlooked social justice issue. Kelly has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is currently a dental student at the UCLA School of Dentistry.
Ashley Cheng grew in up Torrance, CA. She earned a B.A. in Public Health and minor in Global Poverty and Practice from UC Berkeley. Ashley is a recent graduate from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She assisted on the delivery of Teledentistry and the Virtual Dental Home model at the Pacific Center for Special Care while studying at Pacific Dugoni. She completed a MPH at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health focusing on healthcare management and hopes to continue working for non-profits and health centers to address oral health inequities.
Edward Hsu is currently an auditor for one of the four major public accounting firms in the world. For past four years, he has worked in the Silicon Valley and his expertise is in the technology industry. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California. He holds a B.A in Economics and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice from the University of California, Berkeley. In his free time, he enjoys going outdoors and discovering new places to go hiking.
Matt Nickell is an attorney who defends the rights of low income tenants facing eviction and displacement. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Matt's primary interests are in using law and policy to advance social justice and empower underprivileged individuals and communities. He seeks to address some of the most significant social determinants of health by fighting for safe, sanitary housing conditions and neighborhood stability.
Antoinette Siu is a journalist interested in international law, independent media and social justice. She holds a B.A. in peace and conflict studies from the University of California, Berkeley and M.A. in journalism from Syracuse University as a Newhouse fellow. In 2014, she served as editor in chief of a team that was awarded first place for web by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and a national and regional Mark of Excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists. Antoinette has been published in The Washington Post, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Business Times, The Post-Standard and others.
Dr. Akhil Reddy graduated from the University of the Pacific with a B.S. in Biology. He then attended the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the UOP Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Alumni Association. His main interests include dental business management, operations and marketing. When he has free time, Dr. Reddy enjoys Muay Thai Martial Art, and exploring vineyards and wine.
Jean Marie Calvo is a pediatric dental resident at the University of California San Francisco. She completed dental school at UCSF, holds a bachelors degree in Economics and Natural Science, from the University of Southern California and Masters in Public Health, from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. She is a Bay Area native.
DJ Freitas is currently a family medicine resident at UCSF, where he completed medical school and received his MPH at UC Berkeley. His professional interests include primary care and social justice, which includes health equity and disparities, right to housing/affordable housing, and school to prison pipeline. DJ’s concentration in medical school has been providing care to urban underserved populations. His concentration in graduate school has been city and regional planning to provide housing as a health intervention. DJ’s research has focused on homeless populations in Oakland and San Francisco in regards to HIV, substance use, oral health, and other general health outcomes of the aging homeless population.
Shruthi Bhuma was born and raised in San Jose, California. She is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley where she received a degree in Molecular Cell Biology and Ethnic Studies. For the past five years, she has worked as a community organizer in the SF Bay Area predominantly on issues related to housing and health. Her work with low-income communities has fueled her belief that civic engagement is essential in transforming basic human needs into human rights guaranteed to all. She holds expertise in legislative advocacy and leadership development as well as multiple certifications in quality improvement, lean methodologies, and design thinking from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Acumen Foundation.
Swathi Bhuma was born and raised in San Jose, California. She obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Molecular Cell Biology and minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. For the past five years, she has worked as a political and community organizer in the greater San Francisco Bay Area on issues pertaining to tenant advocacy, affordable housing, and healthcare access. Her expertise lies in legislative advocacy and leadership development. She also holds multiple certifications in quality improvement, human centered design, and lean methodologies from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Acumen Foundation.