February Alumna Profile: Clarisse Casilang ’02

OLP not only helped me to find my ultimate purpose in life, but it also taught me how important it is to make it our mission to share our gifts and talents with others. At OLP, I participated in student government, peer counseling and also spent many hours volunteering in our San Diego community, all of which involved serving others. OLP planted the seed of service to the dear neighbor in my heart. It was up to me to nurture and preserve it.

In June of  2014, I began my medical residency in the specialty of Pediatrics at UC San Francisco, Fresno Campus. Little did I know that a fellow alumna, Alicia Mikolaycik Kurtz, OLP ’03, was also a resident at UCSF Fresno in the Department of Emergency Medicine until… that moment we happened to share a shift together in the Community Regional Medical Center ER in Fresno. It was a wonderful reunion. By the end of our rotation, nearly everyone in the ER knew we had attended the very best High School together!

I graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2006 with a BS in Human Biology and a minor in Film Studies. My Junior year was spent abroad studying at Kings College, London. After graduating, I taught undergraduate chemistry and biology while supervising other tutors in UCSD’s Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services. I continued my education at the UCSD School of Medicine and became the Program Assistant there for the Comprehensive Research Center for Health Disparities with the Department of Community Pediatrics. Later, I attended and graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine, where my training brought me to Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, Grenada West Indies, and New York City. Prior to residency, I was able to travel to the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bali. The highlight of my trip alongside getting to reunite with my family, was being able to hug elephants and go white water rafting.
I have been blessed to have lived all over the world and meet amazing people. It has been a gift to experience different cultures, all while pursuing my dream of becoming a pediatrician. My goals for the future include someday returning to San Diego to practice primary care and possibly pursue adolescent medicine. One day I want to produce a medical film documentary.
OLP has definitely given me the foundation and values necessary to live a fulfilling life serving others.
Thank you for being a part of my story,

My name is Clarisse Casilang, and I am a proud to be a graduate of the Class of 2002