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WesternU Alumnus to be Sworn in as President of State Osteopathic Organization on February 25

by Rodney Tanaka

February 14, 2000

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Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California (OPSC) will install Orange

County resident Rolf Knapp, DO as its new president on Friday, February

25, during the organization’s 39th Annual Convention at the Sheraton

Universal Hotel in Universal City.

Dr. Knapp, who is an alumnus of Western University of Health Sciences’

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), will assume

leadership at an inaugural banquet in his honor. He is the first COMP

graduate to do so. WesternU Provost Donald Krpan, DO served as OPSC

President in 1982 and 1988. The banquet is included in the OPSC convention

fee, and is $60 for non-registered attendees. Those planning to attend

the banquet are requested to RSVP to OPSC’s Jennifer Reuther at (916) 561-


“”Rolf’s inauguration is a moment of pride for the entire WesternU family,””

said Philip Pumerantz, PhD, president of Western University of Health

Sciences. “”The OPSC Presidency is a very important leadership post within

the osteopathic profession. There will be some wonderful opportunities to

influence and shape the quality of health care in California and beyond. I

am confident that Rolf will serve effectively and inspirationally.””

In his role as OPSC President, Dr. Knapp will serve approximately 600 dues

paying members, as well as another 600 student members. It is a volunteer

position, and each president sets his or her agenda. Dr. Knapp is expected

to outline his priorities at the February 25 banquet. Overall, He will

guide policy for the organization, make appointments to its committees,

and serve as a member of the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA)

House of Delegates.

“”This is an exciting time to be stepping up to this position,”” said Dr.


“”We are at the beginning of a new century and a period of tremendous

growth for our profession. We are facing a dramatic transition of our

health care system, here in a state that, despite many challenges, holds a

bright and promising future.””

Among his priorities, Dr. Knapp said he looks forward to working with new

OPSC Executive Director Kenneth L. Young, that he wants to extend the

AOA’s Unity campaign throughout California, and that he wants to improve

statewide recognition of the osteopathic profession.

OPSC is a chartered divisional society of the AOA. Its mission is to

advance the practice of osteopathic medicine as an independent scientific

and complete system of medicine for the restoration and preservation of

good health. Furthermore, it strives to present educational and

informational programs that contribute to the effective, professional

practice of osteopathic health care for the benefit of all members of the

profession. The organization is headquartered in Sacramento, California.

A member of COMP’s Class of 1987, Dr. Knapp is Board Certified in Family

Practice and is currently in private practice in the city of Orange, where

he resides with his wife and two children. He also serves as President of

WesternU’s Alumni Association, and is an active and generous supporter of

his Alma Mater. Dr. Knapp was inspired to enter the osteopathic

profession by his older brother, Bryn J. Henderson, D.O., J.D.””


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