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Dr. Jeffrey Lai, MD, CAQSM, Head Team Physician
Dr. Lai grew up in the South Bay and attended medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Thereafter, he returned to Southern California and finished residency training in family medicine at the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he served as Academic Chief Resident. Dr. Lai is board certified in both family and sports medicine and practices as a Primary Care Sports Medicine specialist in Long Beach, California. Dr. Lai took over as the Head Team Physician in 2015 after volunteering with the athletic department the past 2 years. He is also the volunteer team physician for the Long Beach State Rugby club, and has provided sideline sports medicine coverage for numerous local high schools. Dr. Lai is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).




Dr. Kim Fodran, Team Physician
A Los Angeles native, Dr. Kimberly Fodran rejoined the CSULB Sports Medicine Team in 2015, after completing her Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship training at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center. She is a team physician for Long Beach State Athletics and is Chief of Medical Staff at CSULB Student Health Services. Dr. Fodran received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Family Medicine at HonorHealth Medical Center, in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.




Dr. David Shin, Team Physician
Dr. Shin is a Philadelphia native and avidly trusts the Process. He attended Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia for medical school and completed his family medicine residency at the O'Connor Family Medicine Residency Program in San Jose. He has now traveled down south to join the CSULB sports medicine team as a Sports Medicine fellow at Long Beach Memorial.





Dr. Terry St. Germain, Team Dentist
Dr. Terrie St. Germain has lived in Long Beach since 1962. He attended Long Beach State from 1968-1973 and graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco in 1976. He established his private dental practice in 1980 and became team sports dentist for LBSU. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the International Academy for Sports Dentistry. Dr. St. Germain is married to Susan Gust, and has three boys, Thomas, Joseph, and Christopher.





Dr. Leif Hertzog, Team Opthamologist
Dr. Leif Hertzog was born and raised in Long Beach, California. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all physicians. The practice of ophthalmology by the Hertzog family began in Long Beach in 1927, more than eighty years ago. Dr. Hertzog graduated from high school in Long Beach and then attended La Sierra College-Loma Linda University where he graduated with highest honors. He served as president of his medical school class at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and graduated Alpha Omega Alpha, a member of the national honor society. His internship and residency in ophthalmology were completed at the prestigious Estelle Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles, California. He has practiced ophthalmic surgery for the past twenty years. Dr. Hertzog specializes in the small-incision technique of cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants. He also emphasizes all of the latest laser techniques, including Lasik. He is a board certified ophthalmologist. He is on the teaching staff at USC for the education of surgical residents and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He currently lives in Long Beach with his wife and has four children, one of whom is currently attending medical school.

Dr. Michael Pahl, Team Orthopedic Surgeon, Shoulder & Knee Specialist
Dr. Michael Pahl is an orthopedic surgeon at Memorial Orthopedic Surgical Group. He is a Southern California native and went to Chapman University. He then attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He then completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital before returning home to Southern California to complete his training with a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine in Long Beach. He specializes in the treatment of complex shoulder injuries as well as knee and sports medicine injuries. You can visit his website at: and




Dr. Ross Nathan, Team Orthopedic Surgeon, Hand & Wrist Specialist
Dr. Ross Nathan is a board-certified diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and Medical Director of The Hand & Wrist Center. Dr. Nathan has been in practice in the Long Beach area for years. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of all disorders related to the Hand and Wrist. Specialty treatment includes the evaluation and determination of diagnoses resulting from injuries (Sprains and Strains), Arthritis (Osteo- and Rheumatoid), tumors, infections, tendonitis-type origins, and congenital and/or acquired deformities. In addition, Dr. Nathan also specializes in treating severe injuries of the upper extremities (resulting from Spinal Cord Injuries), nerve and tendon injuries/lacerations, amputations, microvascular and replantation surgery, and reconstructive surgery. His state-of-the-art facility incorporates amenities that maximize patient care and convenience. Services feature the use of an electronic medical record, digitized radiographs, an internet café, a patient learning center, and an on-site, comprehensive hand therapy and rehabilitation center. You can learn more about Dr. Nathan and The Hand & Wrist Center by visiting online at


Dr. Doug Richie, Team Orthopedic Surgeon, Foot Specialist
Dr. Doug Richie received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from California State University, Long Beach in 1976 and was awarded Most Outstanding Graduate in the School of Natural Science. He received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the California School of Podiatric Medicine in 1980 and then completed a surgical residency at Western Medical Center in Orange County, California. Dr. Richie is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and served for seven years on the Board of Directors of that organization, including one year as President. He is also certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Richie has been actively involved with Athletics at Long Beach State for over 30 years. He has also been an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Kinesiology at CSULB where he has taught graduate courses in athletic training. Dr. Richie maintains a private practice specializing in podiatric sports medicine and foot and ankle surgery in Seal Beach and Los Alamitos, California.

Dr. Paul Woodworth, Team Orthopedic Surgeon, Knee and Shoulder Specialist
Dr. Paul Woodworth is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and began his pursuit of a medical degree at UC Irvine College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center. He finished his training with a fellowship, at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, in sports medicine. Dr. Woodworth specializes in athletic injuries, with an emphasis in knee and shoulder conditions, and arthroscopic surgery. Before pursuing his medical degree, Dr. Woodworth worked as an athletic trainer at the University of Pennsylvania and as a physical therapist first in Philadelphia and then at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group in Long Beach, California, with Dr. Peter Kurzweil. Dr. Woodworth is now the director of sports medicine at Kaiser Permanente, Bellflower.

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