Dr. Kris Olson-Garewal on Prison Medical Services at DGT

    Dr. Kristin Olson-Garewal has been a doctor for 43 years. The child of a large Catholic family, Kris attended parochial schools while moving periodically due to her father’s civil engineering career and attended high school in Puerto Rico.

    She received her Pre-Med and Medical degrees from Boston University.  During medical school, she took a year off during Med school to work in a clinic in the Guatemalan highland, completed 3 months of electives while working in Medellin, Colombia and completed her community medicine requirement with the United Farm Workers Clinics in Fresno, CA.

    After 3 years of Internal Medicine residency in Boston, Dr. Olson-Garewal went to work at a federally-funded migrant health clinic in Oregon before moving to Arizona for her husband’s Oncology training and his subsequent career as Head of the VA Medical Center’s Oncology Department.

    Dr. Olson-Garewal has worked as Medical Director for El Rio Clinic, University Family Care, ACCCHS, and CIGNA.  Returning to Tucson, she became a clinical researcher in bioethics and healthcare delivery (focused on the Yaqui Diabetes program) at the UA Med School.

    After her husband’s passing, she entered the world of prison healthcare.  She has been working with CoreCivic, formerly CCA.

    Dr. Olson-Garewal will be discussing the urgent need for prison doctors and her experience as a Physician in the Arizona Corrections system. 


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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