Dr. Jaime Yrastorza left his native Philippines after graduation from high school to begin his collegiate studies at the University of Minnesota where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Then, he obtained a doctorate degree in dental medicine from Washington University and specialty training in oral-maxillofacial surgery from Georgetown University. He maintained a private practice in Wheat Ridge, Colorado for 35 years before retiring in 1995.He was a frequent lecturer and author of scientific publications, a diplomate of the American Board of Oral-maxillofacial Surgery and a Clinical Associate Professor of the University of Colorado School of Dentistry. For 3 years immediately before and after retirement, he served as a United Nations Development Programme consultant in oral-maxillofacial surgery for the Philippines, helping to organize and develop a qualifying training program in his specialty at the St. Porres Charity Hospital of Manila. On a personal note, Jaime remains active in his community as a Rotarian.
GREG ARFSTEN, M.D.,UI President
I’ve had the honor being selected to the role of President of UI. I’m excited to participate and help lead this exceptional mission. I’m a pediatrician with 26 years of clinical experience. I have participated with both local and international volunteer medical missions. I was fortunate to be on the 2017 and 2018 UI teams. I have been struck by the excellent care that UI doctors, nurses, and outreach staff provide the children that we have the opportunity to impact. My predecessors, Dr. Yrastorza, the founder of UI, Dr. Steve Krebs, and Dr. Jerry Capoot have set the bar high. They have developed relationships that allow us to continue to serve these lovely children in the Philippines. I hope to continue to foster relationships here and abroad that provide growth and success of UI’s mission and purpose.
GERALD CAPOOT, M.D., Past President, Mission Coordinator
I was born, raised and educated in the Chicago area, including medical school and an otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. My two years in the U.S. Navy included being the medical officer on a guided missile cruiser. After doing my internship at the old Denver General Hospital and a general surgery residency at the old Colorado General Hospital, I knew I would eventually return to Denver. I have now been in the private practice of otolaryngology for 38 years in Denver, Highlands Ranch and now Littleton.
My first surgical mission with Uplift Internationale was last February. I was so impressed by the quality of the work done by Uplift Internationale that I accepted an invitation to be on their Board of Directors and definitely plan to go on the next surgical mission in February 2012.
ELLIOT DUBOYS, M.D., Lead Surgeon
Dr. Duboys is an outstanding UI Mission Team member who has been providing mending care to Uplift’s patients for many years. Dr. Duboys conquers the most intricate cases with ease and expertise.
Dr. Duboys works in Long Island in his Plastic Surgery clinic, where his greatest satisfaction is seeing the happiness his work brings to his patients. Dr. Duboys is also an Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at Stony Brook University Medical Center and Nassau University Medical Center where he has assisted in the training of over 70 plastic surgeons sharing his knowledge, experience, and philosophy. Additionally, within his private practice, he regularly precepts medical students and family practice residents from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he holds the title of Adjunct Associate Professor.
Whether they have undergone a procedure to correct a major defect, needed reconstructive surgery after cancer or trauma, or cosmetic surgery, Dr. Duboys has been able to help his patients improve their physical appearance and live a more prosperous life.Dr. Duboys’ dedication to his patients and willingness to indulge in rare cases has given him the well-earned reputation as one of the most respected plastic surgeons in the field. He takes time to understand what each patient is seeking, what they expect, and the outcome they hope to achieve.
EDITH PASION, R.N., Vice President of Missions, Taghoy Committee,
Edith Pasion was born and raised in the Philippines. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Right after, she immigrated to Kansas City, Missouri, married, and thereafter moved to Colorado. Her husband, Wilbert, and Edith, in thirty years of marriage, have had two children, Eric and Jessica.
Edith has been working at Intensive Care Unit of Saint Joseph Hospital as a Staff Nurse and Clinical Scholar since moving to Colorado. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing: Leadership in the Health Care System at Regis University. Edith has assumed leadership positions in several Filipino-American and Asian Pacific organizations in the Metro Denver area; is a past president of the Philippine American Society of Colorado (PASCO); past Co-Chair of the Aurora Asian Pacific Community Partnership; and a founding president of the Philippine Nurses Association of Colorado.
Her involvement with Uplift Internationale started when she was president of PASCO, assisting with providing cultural presentations during fundraising events and promoting Uplift Internationale among the membership of the Filipino-American and Asian Pacific organizations. Prior to being a Board Member, Edith was part of the Circle of Advisors and medical mission volunteer.
Edith says: “providing excellent care to the poor children of the rural Philippines, that is what UI believes and delivers!”
GURDEV “DEV” RAI, M.D., Anesthesia Lead
Dr. Gurdev Rai is a graduate of Chicago Medical School. He completed his residency at the University of Colorado.
He taught anesthesiology at the University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Rai formerly served as the Chief of Anesthesia at the Denver VA Hospital for 10 years. Throughout his years of practice, he has served on a multitude of committees and task forces. In addition, Dr. Rai has various publications regarding anesthesiology. Dr. Rai strives to improve the quality of providing anesthesia to assure all patients receive state of the art care.
Dr. Rai and his wife have three children and reside in Colorado. Dr. Rai attended his first mission with UI in 2017 and immediately became hooked on the incredible work UI provides.
JAMES NIQUETTE, Finance Committee, Treasurer
FRANK DeANGELIS, Development Committee, Emcee
CIRCLE OF ADVISORS
SALLY CAPOOT, R.N., Taghoy Committee, Lead OR Nurse
I worked as an Operating Room Technician at Porter Memorial Hospital in Denver from 1977-1983, during which time I went back to school to earn my Registered Nurse degree. I continued to work in the operating room specializing on the cardiac surgical team until 1990. From 1990-2005 I worked as an office nurse and private scrub for Dr. Gerald Capoot. Most recently I have volunteered at the Dumb Friends League in Health Care/Surgery services. I had the opportunity to be a part of the surgical team on the 2011 Operation Taghoy Mission. It was such a rewarding experience that I plan on coming back for the 2012 mission. My favorite activities include skiing, golfing, bicycling, hiking and gardening.
GINA LUTTRELL, Taghoy Committee, Outreach Lead
Born and raised in Virginia. Colorado resident for 16 years. I work as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Saint Joseph’s Hospital. That is where I first heard about Uplift Internationale. I went on my first mission in 2009. I was so moved by this organizations caring spirit, commitment and ability to change children’s lives forever that I have been involved every year since.
It is a sincere privilege to be a part of such a life changing transformation that occurs for each recipient.
STEPHEN KREBS, M.D. President Emeritus, Taghoy Committee
Doctor Steve Krebs is a Colorado native and a graduate of the Eastern Virginia Medical School. He practices as a primary care Internist and serves as the CEO of Wheat Ridge Internal Medicine. He is also the Chief Medical Officer at Correctional Health Partners and Physician Health Partners.Steve has served on numerous boards and is actively involved as a clinical instructor. Steve’s first mission with Uplift Internationale was in 2010. For the 2012 and 2013 mission, he was appointed as the Head of Mission. He and his wife Ellen have three daughters and all enjoy running in their free time.
LARRY WOLK, M.D.
Dr. Larry Wolk is former Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Since joining the department in September 2013, Dr. Wolk’s mission has been to simplify the health system for the citizens of Colorado and to position the department as the leader in providing evidence-based health and environmental information. During his tenure, he has overseen flood recovery, a federal shutdown, and the promulgation of the nation’s first air quality rules specific to methane reduction for oil and gas operations. His new frontier is addressing the myriad issues surrounding medical and retail marijuana.
Before coming to the department, Dr. Wolk served as Chief Executive Officer of CORHIO, Colorado’s nonprofit health information exchange. He was an executive with Correctional Healthcare Companies, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Colorado, Prudential Healthcare of Colorado, and CIGNA Healthcare. In 1996, Dr. Wolk founded the Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, one of Colorado’s largest safety net clinics and a national model for providing care to the uninsured. He continues to practice medicine there.
Dr. Wolk has received many honors, including Colorado Pediatrician of the Year, Denver Business Journal Healthcare Executive of the Year, and the 7News Denver Everyday Hero award.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides high-quality, cost-effective public health and environmental protection services. The department plays a critical role in providing education to Colorado’s citizens so they can make informed choices. In addition, the department is charged with identifying and responding to emerging issues that could affect Colorado’s health and environment.
CASEY TIGHE, ESQ.
JACK DAHL, M.D.