Athletic Training Doctors
A San Francisco native, Dr. Alexandra Chrysanthis earned a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and then went on to medical school at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. After earning her doctoral degree in internal medicine, she returned to California and completed her residency at Saint Mary's Medical Center in Long Beach. She has been in the Long Beach area for years and is an active member of the local community. She volunteers her time and talents to sports both locally and internationally. Most recently she has traveled as a team physician for USA Water Polo and started in May, 2003 as a volunteer team physician for LBSU student-athletes. You can visit her website at www.msports-imed.com.
Dr. Larry Drum is a Long Beach native and a Wilson High graduate, who went on to USC and graduated in 1980. He then attended Northwestern University School of Medicine and graduated in 1984. After medical school, he completed his internal medicine residency at UCLA. He currently is in private practice in Los Alamitos with his partner Dr. Alexandra Chrysanthis. Dr. Drum was asked to be the traveling physician for the USA Water Polo, Inc. in 1998, and in 2001 as the physician at both the 2004 Summer Olympics and Pan Am Games. He has been the Medical Director for LBSU since 1998 and coordinates physician care and coverage for our student-athletes. You can visit his website at www.msport-imed.com.
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 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. Peter Kurzweil is originally from New York and trained in orthopedic surgery at The Columbia - Presbyterian Medical Center. He completed his training with a Fellowship in Sports Medicine and specializes in athletic injuries, knee and shoulder problems, and arthroscopic surgery. He is now the Director of the Fellowship at the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine in Long Beach. He serves on the editorial board of several prestigious Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy journals. In his spare time, he volunteers his orthopedic knowledge and skills to our student-athletes and enjoys skiing with his family, playing tennis and jogging. You can visit his website at www.socalsportsmedicine.com.
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: www.socalsportsmedicine.com and www.pahlortho.com.
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 www.handwristcenter.com.
Dr. Doug Richie graduated from CSULB in 1975 (B.S.- Zoology) and received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco in 1980.
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.