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It’s rare when the name of an organization so squarely aligns with it purpose. But such is the case with Presence, which Ladera resident Sonoo Thadaney leads as Executive Director. She co-founded the organization with Dr. Abraham Verghese.

“The business of medicine has taken over the practice of medicine,” she said in partial explanation of the organization’s goal. “We want to re-focus on the physician being present with patients.”

Sonoo’s involvement with Presence, along with the Program in Beside Medicine, which teaches and promotes bedside exam skills to students, residents and healthcare professionals, is a continuation of her lifework of engaging faculty around their scholarship and research, and helping them think about what’s needed to scale their work for the widest impact.

She cites her “magical childhood” in Pune, India, where her parents immigrated to in 1947, as an important foundation. “My parents gave me unconditional love that I’ve not seen elsewhere. They gave us space and let us figure out who we were. They let me try things that maybe I shouldn’t have, like riding a motorcycle!”

After being the first in her family to attend college, Sonoo followed a boyfriend, who was embarking on a PhD, to the United States. He’s now her husband of 36 years, and together they raised two daughters in Ladera, which she describes as “a wonderful community similar to Pune, just wonderful people.”

Reflecting on the influences on her life both in the states and India, she says succinctly: “Am I proud of what I do? Would I do it even if no one paid? I can say, yes to both.”

Photo by Scott R. Kline (c) 2018

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Talking hearing loss with Bill Facteau, CEO of Menlo Park-based Earlens

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A brand new trophy sat on Earlens CEO Bill Facteau’s desk — and it was one to be proud of. The Menlo Park-based medical technology company had received a “Best New Product Award” for it Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid by the 2018 Edison Awards, who wrote: “Earlens brings people with hearing loss closer to normal hearing […]

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Benefit for ALS in Menlo Park raises $1 million

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In 2014, Menlo Park resident Nancy Sallaberry was playing tennis almost daily, as you might expect from someone whose teams at both Ladera Oaks and Sharon Heights had advanced to the USTA Nationals. Then, Nancy realized something was a bit off. She felt clumsy on the court. Doctors initially suspected she might have a pinched […]

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Teen mental health is the topic of community event in Menlo Park on April 22

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“Unmasking Teen Mental Health” is the topic of a community event on April 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Trinity Church in Menlo Park. “About a year ago, I received an email from a fellow youth minister who was forwarding an email from a school that concerned the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, which […]

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New free workshops on teen meditation and mindfulness begin April 19

SafeSpace is please to announce free Teen Meditation and Mindfulness classes taught by Julie Brody starting this Thursday, April 19 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave.in Menlo Park. These weekly workshops run through May 24. Please register through Eventbrite.

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15th Annual Circle of Support Luncheon featuring Dr. Tina Payne Bryson set for April 27

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Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, a leading voice in the world of psychotherapy and brain-based learning, will be the featured speaker at the 15th Annual Circle of Support Luncheon in Menlo Park on April 27. Dr. Bryson will address this year’s theme “Today’s Youth and Their Mental Wellness,” with remarks drawn from her practice and research […]

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Yuhui Chen brings her passion for fitness to Menlo Park

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If anyone can inspire a person to get fit, it’s Yuhui Chen, owner of SBM Fitness in Menlo Park. She now lives and breathes the steps and tools needed to achieve fitness, but that wasn’t always the case. A native of Taiwan, she came to the U.S. via Tokyo in 2008, having moved 19 times […]

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Class offered on Feb. 24

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SafeSpace is offering a Youth Mental Health First Aid class designed to teach parents, family members, and youth how to help a young person (aged 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge. This one-day, eight-hour course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action […]

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Changemakers: Dr. Marion Nestle and her favorite arugula salad (part 1)

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Editor’s note: Former chef and now Menlo Park stay-at-home mom, Andrea Potischman, is launching a new series on her blog Simmer and Sauce called Changemakers. We feature part one today, which has been edited for length, and will follow up with the recipe in part two. The post can be viewed in its entirety here. A […]

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SafeSpace offering mental health classes for teens & adults

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SafeSpace is offering Youth Mental Health First Aid classes open to the community on Saturday January 20 from 9:00-5:00 pm or Saturday, Feb. 24 from 9:00-5:00 pm at the SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave. Menlo Park. These classes are open to teens and adults. Register through Eventbrite; the cost is $20. This […]

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Michelle DeWolf’s aim is to get people to stick to their healthy New Year’s resolutions

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For Menlo Park resident Michelle DeWolf, what started as a volunteer project teaching cooking classes at Oak Knoll School  morphed first into cooking classes and party planning for kids and parents, and, more recently, health and wellness coaching. And it’s all under the umbrella of The Festive Table. “This is what I was born to […]

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