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Clinical Coordinator Staff


Deborah Olasin Fontaine, M.S, G.N.P. is a B.S.N. graduate of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA.  After practicing in Philadelphia for several years, she attended Boston University.  There she became a Nurse Practitioner and received her M.S. in Gerontology.  She is AMA certified and has, since joining the ADRC in 1992, concentrated on working with AD, Parkinson’s disease (PD), and other movement disorders  


Helen Vanderswag , R.N.  earned an Associate degree at Palomar College and B.A. from the University of Phoenix . She joined the ADRC in 2002.   In her 22 years of nursing experience she has worked in psychiatric inpatient and home care, and clinical research.  She comes to us from the Geropsychiatry Unit at the VA Medical Center.


Sarah Espinoza, B.A. grew up in Sinaloa, Mexico and returned to the US at the age of ten. Sarah moved to San Diego for her BA in Spanish Literature at the University of California San Diego.  Sarah has studied abroad in Argentina and travelled to Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.  Sarah became interested in language acquisition and retention through her travels and personal history.  Sarah is a Hispanic Study Research Associate at the ADRC and plans to pursue an MA in Speech Pathology.