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Doctor Earns Credentials in Dependency Treatment

July 29, 1993

Glendale Adventist Alcohol and Drug Services medical director James L. Gagne has earned two new professional accreditations in the areas of diagnosis and treatment of chemical dependency and pain management.

Dr. Gagne is one of 229 physicians nationwide certified this year by the American Society of Addiction Medicine Inc. and has also become a Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine.

He has been director of the alcohol and drug services program for five years.

* Barbara Goen Nemer of Glendale has been elected president of the Glendale Youth Symphony board of directors. Nemer, who is vice president of public information for KCET Channel 28, will replace outgoing President Ed Wolf.

Board vice president will be Ed Metzler, with May Haven as secretary and Diana Rutledge as treasurer.

This is the fifth year for the orchestra, which is composed of teen-agers from Glendale and surrounding areas.

* The Los Angeles County Medical Assn. elected Dr. Daniel Marion Asimus president of its Glendale District, which includes La Canada Flintridge.

Asimus, a psychiatrist on staff at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Memorial Hospital and White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, will serve as leader and spokesman for the district's 342 members through July 1, 1994.

* Phyllis Villareal, health and fitness director of the Glendale YWCA, is retiring, effective Saturday.

Villareal, who began working for the organization in January, 1966, started many of the health and fitness programs at the YWCA, including adapted aquatics for elderly and disabled adults and children.

She also developed a support and exercise program for women who have undergone breast surgery. Through her work with local chapter of the American Red Cross, she taught the first CPR classes in Glendale.

As a result of Villareal's work establishing a yoga program for victims of multiple sclerosis, the Glendale YWCA received the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Key Award earlier this year.

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