I have lived a life of service to others. On the way, I’ve acquired professional and educational experiences that have positioned me to be of service to my community.
I obtained my real estate license in 1998, after several years working as a residential mortgage loan officer. Focused on helping families seek their dream of home ownership, I built a successful career in lending and real estate.
SURVIVOR OF MEDICAL HARM
In 2002, I was injured by a doctor addicted to alcohol who was a participant in a secret diversion program run by the Medical Board of California. The program hid his addiction from his patients, while still allowing him to practice. Because of his negligence,I still suffer with excruciating pain, spitting sutures, gaping holes, disfigurement and a mutilated body. I am forever reminded of the harm this doctor caused me and how the Medical Board failed to protect me.
I turned my pain into hope for others, going public with my story with consumer investigative reporter Kurtis Ming at CBS13 News in 2005. Kurtis was the only reporter who took an interest in my story and helped me expose the Medical Board of California’s secret diversion program. I found countless of other victims of the same doctor and went nationwide to share my story and bring awareness to media outlets nationwide, including The Morning Show, Anderson Cooper, LA Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2007, at a quarterly Medical Board meeting, I and other advocates told our stories of harm, survival and anger about the secret diversion program. After hours of testimony, the board unanimously agreed to shut down the diversion program. Former MBC President Dr. Richard Fantozzi said, “To hide something from Consumers, something so blatant…is unconscionable today.” It’s still unconscionable!
In 2008, I and other advocates were instrumental in creating Senate Bill 1441 (Ridley-Thomas) Uniform Standards Regarding Substance – Abusing Healing Art Licensees.
The series of stories about my case earned Kurtis an Emmy Award, and shortly thereafter CBS13’s “Call Kurtis” was born. I became a volunteer consumer advocate for Call Kurtis, volunteering behind the scenes on the investigative research of some on-camera stories and undercover work, while also negotiating with companies to help consumers settle their disputes off-camera. I did this until May 2015.
My commitment to justice, health care and consumer advocacy, especially to those who have been forgotten -- our veterans and seniors -- led me to advocate for them as well.
VETERANS & SENIORS
I’ll never forget the call I received from an elderly veteran in San Francisco, whom I had never met. Another vet in the Palo Alto VA hospital waiting room had given him my phone number and said,“Maybe Tina can help you.” He asked if I could help him get his service-connected disability benefit, which had been denied four times over the past 16 years. He was a very ill Vietnam War veteran with prostate cancer and lung disease. He said he was tired, weary and discouraged. I told him not to give up, that if he was willing to fight, I’d fight right by his side. We filed his claim, and six months later he was denied again. He called me and said,“Forget it, I’m done.” I said, “Don’t give up. The first time we filed it was because you asked. This time, I’m asking…one more time.” He finally gave in, and nine months later he received nearly 16 years of retroactive pay. He called me crying and so thankful. Two months later, I received a four-foot stuffed bulldog with a card: “To My Love, Tina - I will never forget you. I’m your soldier for Life. God bless you for everything you do for our Vets. Love always, Steve.”
In 2009, I began volunteering with Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports Magazine. The Consumers Union Safe Patient Project, a nationwide campaign, organizes patient safety advocates from across the state of California on issues relating to hospital and physician safety. I worked side-by-side with countless of other survivors of medical harm and their loved ones,attending state and national medical board and legislative meetings, lobbying, issuing press releases, and providing media interviews. In 2010, we were instrumental in mandating that California physicians notify patients that they are licensed by the Medical Board of California and post the board's contact information in their offices.
AT LAST – LEGALSHIELD
In April 2016, less than 4 months ago a dear friend reached out to me for help, after getting ripped off $12,000 from an internet marketing company. She asked me if I knew anything about a company called LEGALSHIELD. I told her no but I’ll research them and get back to her. She said they claimed they could provide her an attorney for a low monthly fee, without her having to pay $250-$500/hr. I was very skeptical and my consumer advocacy antennas were activated.
I am so grateful, honored and quite frankly EXCITED that my friend had me do the research on LEGALSHIELD. My friend signed up and got her $12,000 back. I decided after decades of experience advocating and fighting for patient, consumer and veteran rights, the timing was right for me to join LEGALSHIELD.
I believe my life experiences prepared me for LEGALSHIELD. This is by far the greatest service I have EVER come across that allows me to continue to protect consumers, while giving those I care about affordable access to a network of top quality law firms throughout the United States and Canada without having to pay the high hourly costs of an attorney.
In 2002, after I was badly hurt and disfigured by a doctor, trying to find an attorney was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. My friend and I called dozens of medical malpractice attorneys in the yellow pages over a two-week span before I finally landed one. With LEGALSHIELD, there’s no stressing or guessing: an attorney is ready to help.
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If you don’t know what your rights are, you don’t have any.
I know what my purpose in life is: Make a difference in the world by Helping Other People Everyday Worry Less and Live More.
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