Meet the Staff of the Health & Wellness Center!
Alireza Rezapour M.D.
Dr. Rezapour (or "Dr. Ali" to many students) is a physician, graduate of the American University of the Caribbean, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF Fresno in 1996. He was in a private practice for 12 years in Fresno and later moved to the Bay Area in 2008. He's been with Saint Mary's College ever since. He has been an active member of the Physicians for a National Health Program since 2003, and received "The Way of Peace" award from Fresno Center for Nonviolence in 2008. As a lifelong learner, he enjoys having conversations with students-- "One of the most endearing parts of my work is the interaction with the youth, their openness to new ideas and information, and the energy and eagerness they show in changing the world." His passion lies in social justice and peace, striving towards access to quality health care, education, and economic equity.
Sue Peters, R.N., B.S.N.
Sue Peters began her college health nursing career in 1977 at the University of Michigan Health Center where she worked until 1984. This is when she and her husband brought their family to sunny California. She began working at Saint Mary’s College in 1989 and has watched college health services grow over her years at SMC. She enjoys working with the students and watching them mature as they learn to make healthy choices and lifestyle changes. In her free time, Sue enjoys her travels to Michigan’s UP during the summer, playing with her grandsons and cooking and treating her family to good eats.
Erin Perkins N.P.
Erin started her career in college health at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where she worked as a nurse practitioner and associate director of student health services. She and her husband moved to Oakland in 2009 just before the birth of their daughter. Erin worked at a family practice in Oakland until she was able to return to practicing college health at Saint Mary’s Health and Wellness Center in 2012. She loves all aspects of working with the college population, but is especially interested in women’s health, sexually transmitted infection counseling and treatment, and anxiety and depression management. Erin is also a writer and performer. You can see some of her work at www.strindbergandhelium.com
Charlene Soots, R.N.
Charlene began her nursing career 25 years ago working in the Newborn Nursery and Postpartum units of John Muir Hospital. In 1993, she changed her focus to college students and began working at Saint Mary's College Health & Wellness Center. Charlene often says that interacting with the students is the best part of her job, along with spending time on this beautiful campus. She loves her free time with her husband, children, and grandsons and enjoys cooking, going for walks, and cheering at the Raider games.
Carrie Thomas, R.N.
Carrie Thomas trained as an RN at Oxford, England, where she worked in general surgery, pediatrics, and intensive care. She moved to California in 1991. She has been at Saint Mary's for three years and loves living and working in Moraga. With three college age kids of her own, Carrie enjoys spending time with others just like them! In her spare time she loves to ski, ride her road bike, and travel around the world.
Carol Graham M.A.
Coordinator for Health Promotion and Education:
Irene Umipig, MPH
Irene Umipig has been in the field of Health Promotion and Education for over 5 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and continued her academic career by attaining a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Community Health and Disease Prevention. She has joined our team with experience working with Health Promotion at CSU Fullerton and as a previous Alcohol & Drug Education Specialist for the Orange County Health Care Agency. Her passions in Public Health center on alcohol and drug prevention, youth advocacy, and addressing mental health issues. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, hiking, music, good food from all parts of the world, and spending time with family and friends.