M.S. Forensic Toxicology (in progress), University of Florida
1983, Completed courses in Toxicology, University of California
1982, Completed one year of graduate courses in Chemistry. Teaching assistant for two semesters. University of San Francisco
1976, B.A. Chemistry, Indiana University
2001, Forensic Alcohol Supervisor, State of California, Dept. of Health Services
2000, Forensic Alcohol Analyst, State of California, Dept. of Health Services
1981, California Toxicologist Scientist License
2007 American Bard of Forensic Toxicology (certified as a Forensic Toxicology Specialist)
2002, National Registry of Certified Chemists (certified as a Toxicological Chemist)
Qualified as an expert witness in regard to forensic alcohol analysis and interpretation, including drugs of abuse in urine, over 80 times in Municipal and Superior Courts in Los Angeles and San Francisco Counties. Testified in DMV hearings for DUI cases also.
June 2005 - Present Forensic and Clinical Consultant
December 1999 – March 2000, Pacific Toxicology Laboratories, Certifying Scientist
Certified positive and negative drug screen results in a SAMSHA laboratory.
March 2000-May 2005, Supervisor of Forensic Toxicology (a division of Pacific Toxicology Laboratories) Forensic Toxicology Associates, Woodland Hills, CA
Supervised and performed forensic toxicological analyses: forensic blood alcohols, under Title 17 regulations, and narcotics analyses (qualitative and quantitative). Performed urine screening for drugs by immunoassay using the HITACHI 717 and confirmation by GC and MS. Performed screening of drugs in the blood. Maintained GC, GC and MS instruments. Assisted in supervision of laboratory assistants. Analyzed pills, powders, unknown liquids, and many other items for traces of drugs. Assisted lawyers in preparing for cases. Testified in court for alcohols and narcotics. Performed reweighs of drugs at crime laboratories and Forensic Toxicology Associates.
March 1995 - Present, Toxicology Supervisor, Clinical Toxicology Dept., Quest Diagnostics, Inc., Van Nuys, CA
Supervise the night shift. Responsible for production, employees, and other administrative duties.
Perform analysis of drugs and metabolites in biological fluids utilizing GC and MS, GC, and immunoassay including ElA.
December 1991 – December 2001, Toxicologist, Kaiser Permanente Regional Lab, California
Performed analysis of drugs and metabolites in biological fluids, utilizing GC, GC and MS, HPLC, spectrophotometry, and immunoassay. Used turbochrom software for GC and HPLC. Maintained and troubleshot analytical instrumentation used. Worked as a team member with other sections and functioned as the nighttime Safety Officer.
October 1994 – March 1995, Consultant, ANSYS Inc., California
Involved with training and technical support for clients. Maintained client business and research and development in thin layer chromatography and solid phase extraction
September 1990 – September 1994, Supervisor of Clinical and Forensic Toxicology, Damon Reference Laboratory, California
Responsible for maintenance of all laboratory equipment within the department and supervision of 30 employees in the forensic and clinical toxicology laboratory. Served on the Quality Assurance Committee. Wrote Standard Operation Procedures (more than 50). Prepared all assay validations for all new procedures. Acquired many computer skills related to new instrumentation software. Worked closely with the technical manager of chemistry and toxicology and was involved with in-service training of employees. Performed research and setup procedures in GC and MS, GC, HPLC, and immunoassay. Prepared monthly reports on quality control and assurance, resolved problems, prepared departmental budgets, and provided information for contract associations. Testified in court as required. Analyzed solid dose narcotics.
September 1985 – September 1990, Supervisor of Clinical and Forensic Toxicology, MetWest and BPL Toxicology Laboratories, California
Responsible for supervision of 20 employees in the forensic and clinical laboratory. Performed research and setup procedures in GC, GC and MS, HPLC, RIA, and immunoassay. Wrote all Standard Operating Procedures and prepared all assay validations. Responsible for maintaining and troubleshooting all HPLC’s, GC and MS, GC, spectrophotometers, and immunoassay equipment. Demonstrated strong problem solving abilities. Acquired laboratory automation experience. Maintained all required documentation for compliance with regulation for State and Federal codes. Acted as Safety Officer and implemented all training and instructions for safe disposal of waste. Resolved technical problems and prepared departmental budgets. Performed forensic analyses on unknown samples, powders, blood and urine alcohols, and some tissues. Testified in court as required. Analyzed solid dose narcotics.
March 1981 – March 1985, Toxicologist, Smith Kline-Bio Science, California
Performed clinical analyses on emergency drug screens and therapeutic drug monitoring in biological fluids, utilizing GC, HPLC, immunoassay, RIA, and TLC.
March 1978 – March 1981, Forensic Toxicologist, County Coroners Laboratory, Associates in Lab Medicine, Arizona
Responsibilities included analysis of biological fluids and tissues for drugs using GC, TLC, UV-VIS, and RIA. Received one year of company training. Held forensic alcohol license and testified in court.
2006, The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists
2000 - Present, Society of Forensic Toxicologists
1981 - Present, California Association of Toxicologists