Dr. Franklin Cobos II graduated from Loma Linda Medical School in Y2K. Recently, he left the University of NE as an assistant Professor of Anesthesiology to volunteer and teach overseas in extreme & challenging conditions at hospitals run by Adventist Health International. While there, he was instrumental in helping to design and build a surgical clinic near Darfur. Currently, by day, he is director of the Department of Anesthesiology at Cumberland Medical Center, retiring to a log cabin out in the country at night.
Tim Arakawa, MD, PHD
Tim Arakawa, MD, PhD is a board-certified endocrinologist practicing at the SDA Guam Clinic in Tamuning, Guam. He received doctoral degrees in physiology and medicine at Loma Linda University. He also completed an internal medicine residency at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio and an endocrinology fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Since his time in Loma Linda, he has been involved with several ministries and nonprofit organizations including Advent HOPE, Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC), Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN), and AudioVerse. He has a deep appreciation for lifestyle medicine and the Adventist health message.
Calvin Kim, DDS
Dr. Calvin Kim completed his dental training at LLU in 2000 and currently operates 2 private practices in the state of WA. He was the co-founder and the current director of ARME Bible Camp which is a ministry dedicated to “Arming” God’s people with tools for Biblical revival through Bible study, prayer, and personal witnessing. Dr. Kim can attest through his life experience that happiness comes from a life of service in Jesus. He lives in Lakewood, WA with his beautiful wife Amy and 2 daughters Charis and Caia.
Daniel Binus, MD
Dr. Binus is a graduate of Loma Linda University. While in medical school he became fascinated with the intricacies of the mind and began to focus in the area of mental health and subsequently completed a four year residency in Psychiatry. While in residency, Dr. Binus became quite interested in practicing whole-person care and spent many hours studying emotional, physical and spiritual factors that also play a role in mental illness. As a result of his study, he now incorporates lifestyle principles to help people correct the underlying causes of their mental illness. Dr. Binus is currently the Clinical Director of Beautiful Minds Medical. In addition, he is on the medical staff at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, a Clinical Instructor at Loma Linda University, and teaches psychology at Weimar College.
Dona Cooper-Dockery, MD
Dr. Cooper-Dockery has been practicing medicine for more than 24 years, she is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She owns and operatesCooper Internal Medicine and Cooper Wellness Center. She is the host of a weekly TV show, “Get Healthy with Dr. Cooper” and authors “My Health and The Creator “Spiritual Health Bible Study Guide.
Dwayne Lemon is an Ordained Elder in the SDA Church. He is the Director of PTH Ministries, a bible based ministry of Preaching, Teaching and Healing. He is also the Co-Director of a missionary training school in New Hampshire called Tekoa Missions. Elder Lemon believes the heavenly combination of medical missionary work combined with the 3rd Angel’s Message is the means that will help produce a people that are prepared to meet their God. More than anything else, Elder Lemon desires to help both youth and adults know that they can have a very real, dynamic, and fully consecrated life in Jesus Christ.
Dr. Joe Kretschmar is a gastroenterologist practicing in Greeneville, TN. He and his wife have a daughter that is an ICU nurse, and triplets who are seniors in two different academies. He enjoys spending time with his family, running before daybreak while listening to AudioVerse, and sharing God's method of healing with his patients.
Ronnie Hold, DDS
Dr. Ronnie Hold has been in private dental practice in Blue Ridge, GA for 15 years. For him dentistry isn’t just a profession, but a way he can help others. He is passionate about using his skills to improve his patients’ lives. He is committed to making a difference in his local community and is involved in numerous church and community initiatives.
Michael Hollie, MD
Michael C. Hollie, MD is a practicing physician board certified in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Hollie graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1985. He currently practices in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area and is the speaker for “Dinner with the Doctor.” instructional programs developed to educate people on how to implement a whole food, plant based approach for treating, preventing and reversing disease. He is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Crystal Pierson, DDS
Thomas Sanders, OD
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Eric Nelson, MD
Eric Nelson grew up in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico to medical missionary parents. Despite being a music major in college, he saw God leading him to medical school after a year spent observing his future father-in-law demonstrate a blended medical/spiritual ministry and the power of lifestyle outreach. While at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he worked with classmates to implement a lifestyle medicine elective rotation, which included presenting a CHIP program to the community. After completing medical school in 2006, he spent a year doing oncology research and founded Western Youth Conference in Weimar, CA. Eric then completed surgical residency at University of California, Davis, finishing in 2012, and continued his work with Western Youth Conference and health outreach with his local church. He then did a Colon and Rectal Surgery fellowship at University of TN, Chattanooga and stayed on as Assistant Professor of Surgery. He attends the SouthBay SDA Church, a new church plant, where he enjoys teaching and preaching and leading health ministry endeavors such as "Dinner with the Doctor."
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Naren James, MD
Dr. Naren James was one of the founders of AMEN and served as its first president. He is a board certified family physician with over 25 years of experience in rural family medicine. Since recovering from a serious health challenge last year, Dr. James has committed himself to the practical implementation of AMEN’s mission through a nonprofit ministry he launched, the Center for Optimal Health.
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Michael Orlich, MD, PHD
Michael J. Orlich is a Co-Investigator of the Adventist Health Study 2. He is Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine of the School of Medicine, Loma Linda University and Program Director of the Preventive Medicine residency program
Dr. Mueller graduated from medical school at the University of Freiburg in Germany. In 2004 he opened a private ENT-Practice inWeinheim/Germany. For the past 11 years he has done extensive study on the relationship between mind and body.
John Chung, MD
Dr. John Chung is a dermatologist who practices in North Georgia and around Chattanooga, Tennessee. While he practices dermatology, his passion and mission are to lead people to Christ.
Roby Angelina Sherman
Mackintosh has a rich background in medical missionary work / ministry. He has worked as a registered nurse in multiple settings, a church pastor / evangelist, and an evangelism school Director. He currently serves as the lead pastor / chaplain and the Director of NEWSTART Global at Weimar Institute in Northern California. He is married to Luminitsa, and has 4 growing children (James, Donnie, Katherine & Elisabeth).
John Torquato, MD
Randy Bivens, MD
Dr. Randy Bivens is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology currently managing two hospital imaging contracts. He is also the COO for Weimar Institute (serving there for the past 4 years).
Dr. Bivens is committed to medical ministry, currently serving as the President of Life and Health, the treasurer of AMEN, and a board member of ASI Missions, Inc.
Dr. Bivens and his wife Tami, have three children: Alec, Cristian, and Savannah. Tami is a dietitian and full-time homeschool mom.
Steve Chang, DDS
Steve Chang was raised in a Buddhist home. He learned of God at an early age but found the truth while attending Pacific Union College. He has been in private practice in Monterey, CA for the past 24 years. Dr. Chang also works for Holland America Crusieline as their Dental Director. He has a passion for ministry and serves on the ASAP and ARME boards. God has enabled him to lead teams serving on all 7 continents and over 100 countries. Chang is passionate about sharing the good news, teaching, and going on mission trips with his family of six.
Lyndi Schwartz, MD
Dr. Lyndi Schwartz is a graduate of Loma Linda University’s School of Medicine. She currently serves as the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Kettering Medical Center. While she is a physician, her first love is theology. She teaches the Word every opportunity she gets including teaching a large Sabbath School class at her church in Centerville, Ohio. She is married to Dr. Brian Schwartz (for over 29 years). Together they are active in several supporting ministries and have spoken nationally and internationally on health and theology.
Steven Grabiner, is president of Outpost Centers International, a global network of supporting ministries. He travels extensively, conducting seminars on the book of Revelation, apologetics, and leadership principles. He lives with his wife Vivian in Tennessee and volunteers as the pastor of the East Ridge SDA church.
Peter Landless, MB, B.CH, FACC, FASNC
Dr. Peter Landless, a cardiologist from South Africa, is the Director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department and the Executive Director of the International Commission for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (ICPA). He has been actively involved in medical mission work, either directly or administratively, throughout his entire career.
His wife, Rosalind, is a software engineer. He has two daughters who are in health and allied health professions-music therapy, occupational therapy.
His passion is the blended ministry-the recognition and practice of spirituality in health.
Todd Guthrie, MD, PC
Dr. Todd Guthrie is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, practicing in Mt. Shasta, California. Dr. Guthrie sees AMEN as a catalyst to further facilitate the bringing together of the everlasting gospel of Revelation 14:6-12 and the Adventist health message. He firmly believes that medical missionary evangelism will open hearts in preparation for and in conjunction with the outpouring of God’s Spirit in the final days of earth’s history. Dr. Guthrie, his wife, Patti, and their four children have been involved for years in ministry in their local church and abroad.
Brian Schwartz, MD
Dr. Brian Schwartz is Medical Director of the Heart and Vascular Service Line at Kettering Health Network in Dayton Ohio. Although raised a fourth generation Seventh-day Adventist, he had a circuitous journey to discover the message of Christ's righteousness and develop a personal relationship with Jesus.
Dr. Schwartz struggled for years with the nagging conviction that medicine should be more than a job. He longed to make his medical work a healing ministry. His association with AMEN has helped him to integrate Christian spirituality into his practice in a more intentional and natural way. It brings him great joy to share with his patients the message that has so touched his heart.
Dr. Schwartz served as the editor of the Medical Evangelist (AMEN's journal) for 10 years. His tenure as AMEN President began in October 2017. He and his wife, Lyndi, also a physician, are a powerful ministry team in Dayton, Ohio.
Zeno Charles-Marcel, MD
Dr. Zeno Charles-Marcel was born in Trinidad and Tobago and moved to the United States at age 13. He studied Physics and Physiology at McGill University and Zoology at Howard University, where he later completed his medical degree in 1980. He is board certified in internal medicine with an added qualification in geriatric medicine.
His career has included a broad range of experience- preventive medicine, critical care, hospital administration, community health, and medical research and education.
A sought-after public speaker and health educator through personal appearances and media, his research and academic interests are in the areas of Nutrition, Lifestyle Medicine, Metabolic Syndrome, and Seventh-day Adventist health practices.
Dr. Charles-Marcel served in Mexico from 2002-2012 as dean of the medical school and health sciences at Montemorelos University.
He is currently the Vice-President for Medical Affairs at Wildwood Lifestyle Center and Hospital, and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Health and Healing. He holds academic appointments at both Montemorelos University and Loma Linda University. He is happily married to Anita, his lovely partner in ministry. They have three children.
Mark Finley, DDiv
Although semi-'retired', Pastor Finley still serves as an assistant to the president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He is a renowned evangelist, having presented well over 200 evangelistic series around the world. Medical ministry is near and dear to Finley's heart. He has been working with physicians and other healthcare professionals throughout his career.
He and his wife Teenie founded the Living Hope School of Evangelism in Haymarket, VA. They have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren.
Per Houmann, DDS
Per Houmann spent his early years in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia while his father, Carl Houmann, MD, was a missionary physician at Empress Zewditu Memorial Hospital. This experience defined Per's desire to work in health outreach.
Dr. Houmann received a bachelor's degree in biology at Columbia Union College, followed by a doctoral degree in dental surgery at Loma Linda University.
Dr. Houmann has served as a missionary dentist in Kigali, Rwanda where he and his family lived when the great conflict occurred. After escaping Rwanda he completed almost five years of mission dentistry in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Dr. Houmann is currently practicing dentistry in Hagerstown, Maryland where he has served for the past thirteen years. He is actively involved in outreach, including Bible studies, prison ministry, preaching and teaching.
Aysha Inankur, MD
Aysha Inankur is board certified in Internal Medicine and Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism. She practices at Park Ridge Health Endocrinology in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 2006, completed internal medicine residency at Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, and fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
Dr. Inankur’s interest in medical ministry began during grade school when she observed physicians teach community health classes at her church. Having attended the 2005 conference as a medical student, she credits AMEN with teaching her practical ways to integrate faith into her medical practice. She believes God will continue using AMEN to train students and professionals to perform comprehensive health ministry.
Edwin Nebblett, MD
Dr. Edwin Nebblett currently practices family medicine, serving two small clinics in Catron county, New Mexico. His passion for sharing the principles of good health is surpassed only by his desire to live and share the practical gospel. Dr. Nebblett and his family regularly speak at churches and campmeetings, helping families to embrace Jesus Christ as an ever-present help in life’s challenges. Edwin is married to Maria; the couple have four young-adult children whose joy it is to engage in ministry with their parents.
Mark Ranzinger, MD
Mark Ranzinger is a board certiﬁed, minimally invasive surgeon currently practicing in Goshen, Indiana. Though Dr. Ranzinger has many honors to his credit, the aspect of his medical service that he values the most is his service as a missionary surgeon in Africa for seven years. What many do not know about Dr. Ranzinger, is that his undergraduate degree was in theology. Thus he has, since the beginning of his training, had a deep and abiding interest in combining the practice of medicine with the preaching of the gospel. Dr. Ranzinger considers himself blessed to be married to his wife Ruth, and they have three children - Andrew, Aubrey, and Elliot.
Lisa Walke, MD
Dr. Lisa Walke is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. She is an Associate Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and Associate Chief of Geriatrics for Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Walke developed an interest in medical missionary work during her fourth year at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine but she did not act upon her interest until an appeal was made during the 2006 AMEN conference. As a result of her participation in AMEN, Dr. Walke has participated in short term missions to SDA Hospital, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and Hospital Adventista, Valle de Angeles, Honduras. She was also instrumental in organizing a medical mission trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic for Yale medical, nursing, and public health students. Having been inspired during several AMEN conference sessions to combine medical and gospel ministry, she has begun partnering with her pastor to conduct outreach efforts in Connecticut. Dr. Walke believes God will continue to use AMEN to empower and equip health care professionals to present a message of health and healing at home and abroad.
Edwin Krick, MD, MPH
Dr. Krick grew up a preacher’s kid, listening to weekend programs on healthful living presented by his nurse mother. Inspired by an uncle who spent 50 years as a medical missionary in Africa, he studied medicine at Loma Linda University, graduated in 1961, and went to Japan for eight years. There he passed the Japanese medical boards and served four years in Tokyo. He then spent four years in Kobe, where he started a clinic on the site of the first Seventh-day Adventist hospital in the far east (established in 1902) and made preparation to re-establish that hospital.
After returning to the states in 1970, Dr. Krick earned a masters in public health with an emphasis on nutrition, an internal medicine residency at LLU, then a rheumatology, allergy, and immunology sub-speciality at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in San Diego. Since 1976 he has been on the faculty at Loma Linda University holding various positions, including: chief of the division of rheumatology, director of preventive medicine in the School of Medicine, dean of the School of Public Health, and director of the rheumatology fellowship plrogram. His hobbies are travel, hiking, flying and reading.
Dr. Krick likes to explain to patients grateful for improved health and function that “God does the healing, we do the co-operating.” Taking a brief spiritual history often opens an opportunity for prayer and encourages patients to balance the stresses of life with dependence on God’s guidance.
Phil Mills, MD
Phil Mills is a dermatologist in private practice. Throughout his time as a clinician, Dr. Mills has always found his greatest joy in soul winning. To him, nothing else compares.
One of the founders of AMEN, Dr. Mills is convinced that God is using this organization to catalyze a revival of medical missionary work that will impact outreach on every level - family, church, clinic, and community. He prays for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on medical evangelists all over the world to empower them to do their part in fulfilling the gospel commission.
Carlos Moretta, DDS
Dr. Carlos Moretta completed his dental training at Loma Linda University in 2001. He worked briefly in private practice and served as a part-time faculty member at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry before completing post-graduate training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 2009.
Dr. Moretta strongly believes in overseas mission work. In his first year of dental school alone, he went on eight missionary trips including trips to Mexico and Brazil. He is active in church ministry and is a mentor to many students, young dentists, and residents in the Loma Linda area. His wife Dafne is an internal medicine physician.
Neil Nedley, MD
Dr. Nedley is an internal medicine physician with emphases in cardiology, gastroenterology, preventive medicine, mental health, and the difficult-to-diagnose patient. Dr. Nedley is a highly acclaimed speaker and author. His seminars and publications focus on the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and health.
Dr. Nedley has a passion for soul winning. He has been instrumental in the baptism of six patients and one employee. Dr. Nedley hopes AMEN will help physicians and dentists increase their emphasis on combining acute medical work with lifestyle medicine for the purpose of saving souls.
Dr. Nedley practices in Oklahoma, but frequently travels to Weimar, California, where he serves as president of the Weimar Center for Health and Education. He is married to Erica and they have four sons.
David Otis, DDS
Dr. Otis practices dentistry in Collegedale, TN. His interest in medical ministry began early in life, as he observed compassionate Christian healthcare professionals from an Adventist hospital in his town.
Dr. Otis received his dental degree from Loma Linda University in 1985. He now practices with a dedicated team at Otis Family Dentistry. He’s married to Ida and they have four adult children- William, Melissa, Bethany, and Bryan.
Stephen Waterbrook, MD
A 2004 graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Dr. Waterbrook completed his general surgery residency at Northeastern Ohio University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is certified by the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Waterbrook serves at Kettering Medical Center and Sycamore Medical Center, and is a clinical assistant professor of surgery for Wright State University School of Medicine. He serves on the board of directors for Physician Hospital Alliance, at Good Neighbor House, and on the Kettering Health Network Cancer Committee.
Beyond these professional activities, Dr. Waterbrook has a passion to make “each work of healing an occasion for implanting divine principles in the mind and soul” -Ministry of Healing, p. 20.
He is happily married to a beautiful nurse named Katie.
Christopher Halloway, Medical Student
Christopher is a fourth year medical student at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He has a passion for medical ministry. For many years he has worked in local and international mission projects helping people get to know Jesus for themselves. He currently works as a student chaplain on Loma Linda’s campus inspiring his fellow students to become the next generation of medical missionary workers. He plans on pursuing a career in Family Medicine. He is engaged to be married to Davern Francis, a future dental student.
Halloway serves as President of the Adventist Medical Evangelism Student Association (AMESA) at Loma Linda University.
P. William Dysinger, MD, MPH
Dr. Dysinger grew up in Tennessee where he finished premed at Southern Adventist University. He studied medicine at Loma Linda University in Southern California, interned at Washington Adventist Hospital in Maryland, and subsequently completed post-graduate education in public health at Harvard University. His career included service to the native Americans in Montana and Arizona, diplomatic service with the U. S. State Department in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 28 years of teaching andadministration at Loma Linda University where he helped Dr. Mervyn G. Hardinge found the School of Public Health (SPH). Dr. Dysinger now lives in Tennessee with his wife, Yvonne.
Andrew Kim, MD
Andrew Kim is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, with subspecialties in orthopedic sports medicine and the shoulder. He trained at Loma Linda University. Dr. Kim has a private practice in Temecula, CA. He and his wife Young have four adult children and four grandkids. They love sharing God’s love with others, both locally and abroad.
Harvey Hahn, MD, FACC
Dr. Hahn, Director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program at Kettering Medical Center, lives in Dayton, OH. Hahn admits that, although he was born and raised a Seventh-day Adventist, only recently was he truly converted. Now he is committed to serving Christ in all aspects of his life.
Dr. Hahn became an AMEN member 2012 and currently serves on the Life and Health Network board.
Robert Hunsaker, MD
A graduate of Loma Linda University, Dr. Hunsaker specializes in cardiac anesthesiology. He is currently living in the Boston area with his lovely wife Andi.
Dominique Wakefield, MA, CPT
Dominique Wakefield is Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at La Sierra University, Riverside, CA. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer and approved instructor through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). In addition to teaching at Universities, she has worked as a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Wellness Coach at fitness centers and in the Cooperate Wellness setting since 2001. Dominique is currently working on her PhD in Health through the University of Bath, England. Her studies and research center on physical fitness and lifestyle change through exercise, nutrition and healthy behaviors. Dominique is a passionate, energetic and innovative health and fitness enthusiast.
Chad Tanag, RN, BSN
Chad Tanag, RN, BSN is currently working as an emergency room nurse in Chattanooga, TN. He is also pursuing his graduate degree at Southern Adventist University to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. When he’s not at work or in class, he is teaching nursing students as a clinical instructor or out on an adventure with his golden retriever, Tucker.
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Mario Robinson, MD
Mario Robinson is an MD currently working at Kaiser, Riverside.
David DeRose, MD, MPH
Dr. David DeRose is a board certified physician in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. He also holds a Masters of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University. In addition to hosting a weekly radio program, he is a published researcher and has lectured widely, presenting complex health topics to the public in an understandable way. Currently, DeRose teaches at Weimar College and serves as a physician at Weimar’s NEWSTART Clinic.
Kelly Kinsley, MD
Dr. Kinsley practices Dermatology at North Pacific Dermatology. He and his wife Beverly live in McKinleyville, CA. The couple has twins, Micah and Anya, who are attending their first year of college at Southern Adventist University.
James L. Marcum, MD
Dr. James L. Marcum is a board-certified cardiologist practicing with Chattanooga Heart Institute, and has been named by USA Today as one of the most influential physicians in his field. He is the author of The Ultimate Prescription and Medicines That Kill, as well as an in-demand speaker for his role as the director of Heartwise Ministries. To learn more visitHeartwiseMinistries.org and LIKE us on Facebook.
Danny Kwon, JD
Danny serves as executive director of AMEN and Life and Health Network in Auburn, CA. He has over 15 years of non-profit management experience and is an attorney licensed in California. Danny and his wife Lisa have three young children. To reach Danny, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Matthew J. Hayden practices dentistry in Hermiston, Oregon and remote villages in Zambia. He lives in Pilot Rock, Oregon with his wife Ronna and their four children.
John Shin is currently a fourth year medical student at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He serves as president of the AMEN Student Chapter and Chaplain for the LLU School of Medicine Senate. John plans to go into internal medicine and is passionate about using his future career to reach people for Christ. He is happily married to Elisa Shin and enjoys spending time with their dog Teddy.
Eric Walsh, MD
Dr. Walsh is a graduate of Oakwood University. Currently he is the Chief Medical Officer at Health to Hope Clinics in Riverside CA. He seeks to serve God through the practice of medicine and the preaching of the gospel.
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Kelley Fowler, Missionary
Allen and Kelley Fowler are the founders of the Diné Outreach. They began their ministry when Allen felt a call to reach his own people for Christ. The Navajo people in the Coppermine area of the Navajo Nation are very traditional. Until the Fowlers began their ministry, the inhabitants had been virtually untouched by Christianity.
A graduate of Southern Adventist University, Jeremy Arnall currently serves as senior pastor at the Greeneville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Greeneville, TN. For nearly 8 years he has enjoyed serving this active congregation. Together they have sought to explore and expand new and creative ways of outreach to their community. He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Tina, and together they have two young boys, Jason & Jordan. Their hobbies include backpacking, photography and travel.
John Howe, MD
"Radical Resolution” describes both the moral vision to recognize our brokenness and the resolve to live with integrity. The Faith of Christ and the Rest (as in Sabbath Rest) of Christ will be explored as the healing instruments of God to wholeness and salvation."
John grew up as the youngest of three brothers in the Howe home on the coast of Maine. He married the love of his life -- Martina (Houmann) Howe -- in May of 2012 shortly before beginning their respective educations in Medicine and Dentistry at Loma Linda University (Classes of 2016). They are now based in New Hampshire where John is a Medical Intern in the Internal Medicine Residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
Berenice Cheng, DDS
Berenice Cheng is a dentist based in Melbourne, Australia actively involved in health and secular campus ministry. A second-generation Seventh-day Adventist, she continues to be an active leader in her local church and is passionate about challenging SDA youth to have a real and meaningful experience with God, whilst still maintaining a focus on winning souls.
Daryl Cheng, MD
Daryl Cheng is a pediatric fellow at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, with interests in public and preventative health in both urban and developing contexts. Raised as a Seventh-day Adventist, Daryl’s passion lies in blending his healthcare background with evangelistic methods to reach the secular mind - especially students and young professionals.
Sebastien Braxton is a graduate student in communication, a Christian entrepreneur seeking to leverage new technologies and communications for the cause of God, and a radical preacher of our end-time message. He serves as CEO for The New Life Challenge. He is loving life with his wife Candis, and their three kids: Naphtali, Zenon, and Merari.
Desiree serves as the executive assistant for AMEN and the Life and Health Network in Auburn, CA. With a degree in nutrition and a love for people, cultures and languages, she enjoys sharing God's love and health message with people far and near.
Diana Santos, MBA
Diana serves as the Marketing Director and Creative Producer for AMEN and the Life and Health Network. She is an integral part in planning AMEN free clinics all across the United States.
Elise Harboldt, RN, BSN
Elise serves as Creative Producer and Development Director of AMEN and Life and Health Network in Auburn, CA. Elise has a background in health ministry, marketing and journalism. Before joining AMEN, she co-authored Goodbye Diabetes with Dr. Wes Youngberg. Elise can be reached at email@example.com
Mark Brown, DDS
Mark Brown completed his dental training at Loma Linda University in 2009. It was during dental school that he began attending AMEN conferences, which sparked his interest in medical missionary work. He currently practices dentistry in the Auburn, California area.
Dr. Brown is also very involved with his local church and enjoys playing piano, studying theology, giving Bible studies, and teaching Sabbath school. He and his wife Kristi have two children - Maddie and Jake.
Douglas Tilstra is a
professor at Southern
Adventist University, where,
for the past 15 years he
has trained future pastors
and teachers in leadership,
spiritual development, and
how to connect students
with God through nature
and scripture. He and his
wife, Lorraine, are the happy
parents of three adult children
(and 1 daughter-in-law) who
constantly deepen their
gratitude and appreciation for
what a family can be.
Sarah Nadarajan is a
first year medical student
at Loma Linda University.
She enjoys traveling,
hiking, and reading.
Andrew Roquiz, MD
Andrew Roquiz is a family medicine physician learning medical ministry through mentoring in Hayden, Idaho. He is a recent graduate of Loma Linda School of Medicine and Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Family Medicine Residency.
Brock Arms, MD
Dr. Brock Arms is a graduate
of the University of Michigan
School of Dentistry, Dr. Arms
has practiced dentistry for
22 years. Currently he has
a dental practice in Cadillac,
Michigan. He has a passion
for giving back through
mission dentistry both locally
& abroad. He and his wife
Heidi live in the country,
have horses and many other
animals. They have been
married for 14 years and have
three children: Brockton(12),
Weston(10) and Gabriele(5).
Lynda Nelson, Doctor
Dr. Lynda Nelson graduated
from Loma Linda University in
1973, along with her husband,
Harry. After completing
residencies, they spent 10
years working at Bella Vista
Hospital, Puerto Rico. Since
that time, her primary focus
has been health education
and she has been privileged
to teach around the world
on the effects of nutrition on
health. Health ministry is
also important to her in her
local Greeneville, TN home
where she has been a local
director for CHIP (Complete
Health Improvement Program)
for the last 10 years. Just as
important to her is her role
as mother to two children,
who are both now married.
This has given Lynda
the opportunity to enter
that very special realm of
Clifford Goldstein is editor
of the Adult Bible Study Guide.
He’s working on a book
tentatively titled Baptizing
the Devil: Evolution and the
Seduction of Christianity.”
He interviewed Dr. Larry Cohen
to obtain information for
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Eddie Ramirez, MD
Dr. Ramirez is a physician, clinician, researcher, and author. He has 26 years of experience working in lifestyle centers in America, Europe and Africa. He currently serves as Director of Research for Nedley Clinic & Weimar Institute. Over thehe traveled to 32 countries sharing his research and speaking about complete spiritual, physical, and emotional healing. He enjoys camping and traveling with family.
Dr. Adrien Charles-Marcel graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2018. Currently he is completing a 1-year internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore prior to returning to Loma Linda for another 6 years of OMS residency. His desire is to one day soon be an overseas missionary surgeon, spreading the gospel and helping to change lives.
Eunice Park is a third year medical student at Loma Linda Medical School. She currently lives in Temecula, CA with her husband, David. Together they enjoy serving God through giving personal Bible studies.
Patrick Kelley, DDS
Dr. Patrick Kelley is a 1985 graduate of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Since graduation, he has practiced as a general dentist almost solely in the rural mountains of North Carolina, bringing his compassionate spirit and his dental expertise to the wonderful people of the Appalachians. Over the years, his patients have come to trust him for spiritual guidance and support as he listens and prays for their concerns.
He and his wife, Mig, have three married children and reside in Andrews, NC.
Dr. David Bowers, a graduate of Loma Linda School of Medicine, is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He currently serves as Medical Director of Siskin Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. In addition to numerous medical abstracts, presentations and publications, Dr. Bowers has worked with an exchange program with the Institute of Spinal Cord Rehabilitation in Moscow, Russia.
Jonathan Harper is a fourth year medical student at Loma Linda University, pursuing a residency in Internal Medicine. He is passionate about whole person care and seeks to serve God as a medical missionary here and abroad.
Daniel Busch, DDS
Dr. Daniel Busch is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry with 34 years of private practice experience located in Marietta Ga. He is currently a lay pastor of Advent Hope SDA church in Atlanta Ga. while living in Ellijay Ga. since 2012. He has 2 children and 5 grandchildren.
Ricardo Whyte, MD
Dr. Ricardo J. Whyte was born in the Republic of Panama. He grew up in New York and attended Atlantic Union College. He is a graduate of Connecticut School of Medicine, then completed a Psychiatry Residency at Loma Linda University and an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles.Currently Dr. Whyte serves as Medical Director of Psychiatric Services at the Community Hospital of San Bernardino and is an Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He is Double Board Certified in Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry as well as Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Whyte is married to the lovely Florence Vincent. Together they have a beautiful daughter named Alexi Genevieve.
Elvin Adams, MD, MPH
Elvin Adams, MD, MPH, FACPM is a 78 year old and nearly retired specialist in Internal Medicine and Public Health. His most recent focus has been in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. Adams has authored several books, most recently, "The Principles and Practice of Health Evangelism" and "Jesus Was Thin, So You Can Be THIN Too. Adams is also the author of the Best Weigh Nutrition and Weight Management Program.
Alistair is the Executive Director of AudioVerse. An alumnus of Ouachita Hills Academy and College, he also has a graduate degree in business from Southern Adventist University. Alistair and his wife, Deborah, live in Collegedale, Tennessee with their daughter, Leilani. In their free time, they manage a personal finance blog called SavingTheCrumbs.com where they share Christian financial principles along with practical tips from their own experience on living a meaningfully frugal and financially free life.
Miroslav Stanic, DDS
Dr. Stanic was born in Bosnia part of former Yugoslavia. He graduated from Loma Linda School of Dentistry in 1989. Dr. Stanic began private practice in 1993, building his practice from the ground up. Prior to that he worked in a very unique ministry. He was a missionary in Trinidad and Tobago in a center run by the Catholic church. He and his wife, Katarina, serve the local church in various leadership capacities.
Ken Matthews, MD
Kenneth Mathews Jr. MD is a physician since graduation from Loma Linda University in 1975. He has resided in Greeneville TN, since 1980. He has worked in Public Health, taught Preventive Medicine at East Tennessee State University, and is current a Corrections Physician. He is the author of a two-volume commentary on Revelation entitled Revelation Reveals Jesus, which has been in print for five years.
David Small, MD
Dr. David Small grew up in Loma Linda, CA with the blessing of a solid, conservative SDA home. Following medical school and residency in 1965, He served five years as Medical Director of the Montemorelos, Mexico, Adventist hospital. In 1970, he and his wife Nancy, moved to Kettering, OH where he has served for 47 years as faculty at Kettering Medical Center. Dr. Small recently retired from teaching, practice, and administrative work but ministry is still a part of his daily life. He and Nancy are blessed with 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
Jukes Namm, MD
Jukes P. Namm is a husband and father of three who hails from Michigan where he was involved in CAMPUS at the University of Michigan. He obtained his medical training at Loma Linda University. He was a NIH T32 research fellow in tumor immunology at the University of Michigan and completed surgical oncology and clinical ethics fellowships at the University of Chicago. He is currently a surgical oncologist and clinical ethicist at LLUH.
Stephen Wright, DDS
As a "kid dentist" in respects to both my profession and my age, I have much to learn. After graduating dental school in 2013, my family and I moved to Peru where I served as a dental missionary for 2 years. I then worked as an associate for a pediatric dentist for 2 years and now I am currently a pediatric dental resident in Ft. Lauderdale. Since my profession will take up such a large portion of my time, here on this earth, it's important to me that I use it effectively for God's glory.
James Tarin, MD
Dr. James Tarin is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He is board certified in Family Medicine, He believes the Adventist health message is the “present truth” that gives freshness to the gospel and has the power to bring healing and salvation to a hurting and diseased world. He is married to his childhood sweetheart, JoGina. Together they have 2 daughters.
Debbie Beihl is a 3rd year OBGYN resident in Reading, PA. Originally a nurse, she fell in love with evangelism while teaching a Biblically based MCAT course at Weimar College. Her fondest memories at Loma Linda include having united prayer with the School of Medicine class chaplains, organizing vespers featuring AMEN physicians, and working with AMEN members which greatly influenced her current practice. She chose OBGYN because of her passion to optimize prenatal influences as well as provide spiritual and emotional support at critical points in women's lives. Debbie enjoys playing the piano, cooking, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends.
Norman McNulty, MD
Norman McNulty, M.D., is a board-certified neurologist practicing in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Prior to starting his neurology practice, he served for two years as a missionary at the Adventist hospital in Trinidad. He is a Loma Linda School of Medicine graduate and also completed neurology residency and clinical neurophysiology training at Loma Linda.
Dr. McNulty enjoys studying the Adventist prophetic message and travels around the world speaking in his free time. He is the author of the recently published book 'Daniel: Practical Living in the Judgment Hour'. He is married to Joelle, and they have four young daughters, Saralyn, Anneke, Madeline, and Ruby.
Shannon Fujimoto, Medical Student
Shannon is a 3rd year medical student at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Through involvement in a variety of ministries and international mission trips, God began to develop in her a passion for people and for sharing His love with others. She is currently a student chaplain on Loma Linda's campus and desires for her fellow students to know Christ for themselves and catch His vision of medical missionary work for their future professions.
Shannon serves as president of the Adventist Medical Evangelism Student Association (AMESA) at Loma Linda University.
Joyce Choe, MD MPH
Joyce Choe is a board certified ophthalmologist who practices in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to moving to Vancouver, WA, she worked in Southern California as a glaucoma specialist for 8 years. Here she had opportunity to develop long term relationships with patients and educated as many as were interested about the importance of nutrition and lifestyle for chronic disease. She tried to learn how to listen to her patients and to find the keys to their hearts, to help motivate them to make good decisions, with the hope that with improved health, they would be better able to hear God’s voice in other areas of their lives. By God’s grace, she saw patients make amazing transformations, with even brief encounters.
Since moving to the northwest, she is still actively educating by holding lectures, classes on nutrition and natural remedies, and helping with lifestyle programs at churches and lifestyle centers. She loves studying the Bible with others and considers it her greatest privilege. She is especially challenged by the simplicity of the gospel message, of how Christ worked when on this earth, and how it should apply to her life as a Christian physician who wishes to follow in His footsteps.
Brad Emde, OD
Dr. Emde is a 1992 biology graduate of Southern College of Seventh-day Adventists (now Southern Adventist University). He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center School of Optometry in 1997. He currently lives in the countryside of beautiful East Tennessee. He owns East View Eye Care, P.C., a private group practice in Greeneville, and has been in practice there for 22 years. His wife of over 25 years, Angela, is a high school teacher at Greeneville Adventist Academy where their three daughters attend. Dr. Emde has a passion for medical mission work and has traveled to Costa Rica, Peru, Mongolia, Moldova, and Kenya providing free eye care and glasses to those in need.
Gayle Daniels, OD
Born into a military family, Dr. Daniels' passion for service was nurtured at an early age. She attended Oakwood College and then Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia. Upon graduation, she was commissioned as a Captain in the Air Force and stationed at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC. It was a mission trip to Mexico that ignited the flame for mission work. This flame still drives her today. She has an intense passion for service and ministry. Dr. Daniels owns a practice in Fort Worth, TX and learned Spanish to better serve her patients. Daniels created a program called "Better Vision Better Hope" which provides humanitarian services to those in need locally and internationally. She also partners with United Hands, Inc providing care in St Kitts, St.Vincent, South Africa, Jamaica, Haiti, Guatemala and Honduras. Locally, the program partners with several homeless shelters, churches, and numerous other charitable organizations in her effort to fulfill her mission of service.
Chad & Fadia Kreuser
Chad and Fadia have a video ministry called Anchor Point Films, in which they produce the documentary series entitled, “Scripture Mysteries Documentary Series.” They also share seminars on health, the gut-brain connection, overcoming habits, and Biblical subjects. They have taught in Europe, Africa, Asia and throughout North America, and travel full time.
Stephen and Katie Waterbrook
Stephen is a general surgeon practicing in Grass Valley, California and Katie is a registered nurse who recently graduated with her masters in public health. Together they enjoy raising their daughter Savannah and partnering together in ministry through Stephen's office.
Elizabeth Chung, MD
Elizabeth Chung is a Board certified OB/GYN who works in a private group practice in Mansfield, Ohio. She completed her dual degree in medicine and law from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and her OB/GYN Residency from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. She also earned a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
Growing up in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Dr. Chung dreamed of serving as a physician sharing God’s love in a tangible and practical way that transforms lives. She feels very blessed to be part of God’s work in AMEN and very much looks forward to the Day when there will be no more death, mourning, crying, and pain.
Talisa Jackson is a 4th year medical student at Loma Linda University. She is looking forward to starting her residency in internal medicine also at Loma Linda University. She enjoys playing classical music, cooking healthy food, and outdoor activities including hiking, downhill skiing, and enjoying the beach. She is passionate about medical ministry, especially praying with her patients, and is looking forward to following in the footsteps of Jesus as a Christian physician.
Introduced to sexual sin at a young age, Danielle Harrison’s struggle with same-sex attraction grew deep rooted and served as a conduit into other sin as she matured. Now she knows what the world has to offer and the terribly bitter crop it yields. Since she surrendered to Jesus, He has been using her story to share the message of Philippians 1:6. She is now an international speaker and an Associate Director for ‘Coming Out’ Ministries, uniting four testimonies of freedom from sexual sin and same-sex relationships. She and her colleagues bear messages of hope and restoration, not just for the homosexual, but for all sinners in need of a Savior. Most of all Danielle longs to encourage every soul that God truly can change ANY heart that will yield to Him.
Robert Miskimen is a resident in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Buffalo, NY. He first felt called to the dental field on a medical mission trip to the Brazilian Amazon in 2006. He completed his studies at the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2014. Also a concert pianist, Robert continues to direct these two passions for music and medical missions to the glory and ministry of God. More information about Robert’s ministry may be found at www.lovestriumph.com.
Dr. Ben Lee graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2000.
He currently works as a dentist for the California Correctional Healthcare Services / CA State Prison System.
He resides in Valencia, California with his amazing wife Karen, and their awesome daughters Lauren and Megan.
Leasa Hodges, RN, currently serves as
Vice President of Eden Valley Institute of Wellness. She is passionate about sharing Christ and mentoring young people. In addition to her role at Eden Valley, Leasa also serves as the leader for ASI’s Youth for Jesus program, an annual residential evangelism experience for youth aged 15 - 25.
Victoria Chung, medical student is a second year medical student at Loma Linda University. She hails from the beautiful state of New York and loves reading, traveling, and stepping on crunchy autumn leaves. She is thankful to have an amazing family and to be a daughter of God.
TJ Knutson, MD
Dr. TJ Knutson is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He currently lives in Northern California and works as an ER physician in Redding. When not working, he enjoys gardening, cooking it up in the kitchen, jumping in ice-cold water, and many other outdoor activities with his wife of 12 years and their 4 children.
In addition to medical evangelism, his passion is to make plant based food that is 100% healthy & 110% delicious. He frequently tests out recipes on co-workers & friends. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to brainstorm.
Greg Steinke, MD
Rebecca Barnhurst, RD
Rebecca is a registered dietitian by education and values nutrition & healthy living. However, her true passion is ministry. She has worked for AMEN since its inception in 2005 when she helped get AMEN established. Now she serves as AMEN's Conference & Membership Director and is assistant editor of The Medical Evangelist.
Rebecca enjoys working behind the scenes to equip those in ‘front-line’ ministry with tools to share Christ on a daily basis. She is committed to helping young professionals become passionate about making ministry a part of their careers right from the beginning.
Rebecca is married to Dr. Loren Barnhurst, professor of Chemistry at Southern Adventist University, and momma to their 9-year old daughter Claire. Rebecca loves adventure, especially anything in, or on, the water.
Wes Peppers currently serves as the Associate Ministerial Director and Evangelism Coordinator for Michigan Conference. Previously he has served as a pastor, evangelist, and Bible teacher. He became a Seventh-day Adventist Christian at the age of 22 after being an atheist/agnostic for several years. As a two 'type' cancer survivor while in his 20’s, he has a powerful testimony of God’s goodness and a renewed passion for His message. His greatest desire is to lead people into a deeper, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Inspiring them to become faithful disciples who share Him with others. His highest ministry and calling is being a husband to his wife Marion and father to their children, Levi and Liana.
Ken Pierson, DDS
David Lee, MD
Melinda Skau, MD
Dr. Melinda Skau is a Family and Lifestyle Medicine physician in Oroville, California. She is the Medical Director of Feather River Tribal Health, a beautiful facility with a Wellness Center.
Dr. Skau grew up in a single-parent Seventh-day Adventist Christian home. She presented her testimony at ASI, "Painful Past, Eternal Opportunities" which can be found on AudioVerse.org.
Dr. Skau ministers with a non-denominational organization, ‘Hearts Being Healed’, which presents one-day seminars for women seeking God’s healing in their lives. Melinda co-leads a women’s Bible study called “Treasures Out of Trauma”.
Dr. Skau is married to Dr. Randy Skau (a surgeon). Together they served as teaching physicians in Nigeria from 1994-2004. Their son and daughter, David Skau and Keri Genstler (and son-in-law, Kaleb) enjoy joining them on family mission projects.
Kianna Simmons, DDS
Tasha Schellenberg, OD
Periza DeLeon, DDS
Angie David, DrPH, MHS, RDN
Laren Tan, MD
Todd Lang, OD
Dafne Moretta, MD
Tash Ching, MD
David Woosuk Lee, MD
Dr. Lee graduated from Andrews University, with a B.A. in Religion and a B.S. in Biology. He received his M.D. at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill and completed an internal medicine residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA. Since 2008, Dr. Lee has worked with Texas Health Resources in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is currently the medical director for the Arlington Internal Medicine Group. He also now serves as the health ministry director for the Korean American SDA Association (KASDA), North American Division. It is his passion to share health seminars combining modern medical research with the inspired writings of Ellen G. White.
Born and raised in Northern California, Carissa McSherry has spent the past 5+ years traveling as an evangelism speaker and teacher for Amazing Facts. She is currently enrolled as a chaplaincy student at Loma Linda University. Carissa is deeply passionate about ministry, particularly overseas, and will (almost) never turn down a great adventure!
Mark Sandoval, MD
Mark Sandoval is board certified in emergency medicine and lifestyle medicine. Currently, he serves as the president of Uchee Pines Institute, medical director of the Uchee Pines Institute’s lifestyle center, director of the Gulf States Conference health ministries department, and founder and chairman of H.E.A.L.T.H. by the Book.
He has a passion for God and seeks to serve Him in everything that he does. He particularly enjoys sharing about the gospel and its impact upon healing, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. He also enjoys home life with his wife and seven children.
Suzie Lee, Dental Student
Suzie is a 4th year dental student at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.
Suzie was first introduced to AMEN while in college when she heard about the AMEN free clinics. She was inspired to volunteer at a free clinic and, as a result of that and other experiences as a short-term missionary in various international countries, God placed a passion on her heart for sharing His love through medical evangelism. Her desire is to, not only provide medical/dental services to patients, but through personal interactions share the Christ she loves with those around her.
Suzie serves as president of the Adventist Medical Evangelism Student Association (AMESA) at Loma Linda University. In this role, she hopes to inspire and equip fellow students and colleagues to follow the Great Physician’s example in medical evangelism.
Katie Sloop is a third year medical student at LLUSM. She spent five weeks at Kanye Adventist Hospital in Botswana between her first and second year of medical school. Katie wants to do long-term medical mission work and is passionate about reaching out to those who have never heard the gospel. Most of all, she longs to serve God in her day-to-day activities and follow His plan for her life.
Drs. Eric and Rachel Nelson
Drs. Eric and Rachel Nelson met studying for the MCAT, got married at LLU after their first year of medical school, and pursued surgery and pediatric careers respectively. After completing residencies at UC Davis, they relocated to Chattanooga, Tennessee where Eric completed a colorectal surgery fellowship. Both Eric and Rachel are Assistant Professors with University of Tennessee and enjoy training residents and fellows. They are both active in health ministry at South Bay SDA church along with their children, Amy (8) and Michael (6).
Jenifer Jesson is a fourth year dental student at Loma Linda University (LLU) and has a Master’s in Public Health. She currently serves as the LLU Student Association Religious Vice President. She has a passion to grow in Christ and to help others. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, creating new recipes, setting and then reaching challenging goals, and exploring the great outdoors. In December, she completed her first half-Ironman triathlon; she has also finished two marathons during dental school. After graduation, she hopes to make a difference in her community through being involved in the local church, in her dental practice serving her patients, and doing outreach/mission trips.
Paul Chung, MD
Dr. Paul Chung is a cataract surgeon and glaucoma specialist at Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute in Chehalis, Washington. Even though his work involves giving sight to the blind, his greatest desire is to give people insight into God’s love for us. He and his wife, Iris, have five children that are growing up very fast. Two are at Southern Adventist University and three are at home.