Our Staff

James E.T. Jackson, MPH
Chief Administrative Officer
Fairmont Hospital

With more than two decades of experience as a hospital executive, James Jackson applies his knowledge to support Fairmont hospital's specialized mission of caring for patients with severe health problems that render many of them incapable of living independently. He defines, develops and implements strategic initiatives aligned with the mission and strategic vision of the overall organization.

In addition to his role at Fairmont Hospital, Mr. Jackson is also the Chief Administrative Officer of San Leandro Hospital, the city’s 93-bed community hospital acquired by Alameda Health System (AHS) in late 2013.

Mr. Jackson joined AHS in May 2012, after serving as Support Services Assistant Administrator with Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in the Diablo Service Area, including Walnut Creek, Antioch and Martinez. He was responsible for all support services at the facility including Engineering, Security, Clinical Technology, Nutrition, Environmental Services, Environmental Health, and Safety and Materials Management. While at Kaiser he was also actively involved in the management of the Labor Management Partnership in his service area.

Mr. Jackson holds a Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a Bay Area native and lives in Oakland.

Teresa E. Thomas, Ph.D
Licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist PSY 16869

Dr. Thomas completed undergraduate work in Psychology with a Biology Emphasis at UC Davis in 1994 and completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant University in 1999. She completed internships and training at the UCSF Epilepsy Center, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and the VA Martinez.

Her post-doctoral residency in Neuropsychology was at the UC Davis Medical Center, Department of Neurology, and she completed rotations at the Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the Highland Hospital Dementia Clinic. She was on staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Department of Rehabilitation, and most recently was on staff at San Francisco General Hospital (UCSF) in the Neurosurgery Department. She is now in private practice specializing in the assessment and treatment of older adults. Dr. Thomas has been a licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist since 2000.

Rose Balolong
Clinical Nurse V

Rosalind "Rose" Balolong graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Pangasinan in the Philippines. She started working at the Alameda County Medical Center in 1984 as a Clinical Nurse II and began working in Acute Rehabilitation Unit in 1986. She became a Clinical Nurse III (Charge Nurse) in June,2001 and became a Clinical Nurse V, a nurse manager, in June,2009.She has been a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) for 20 years. She is married with three children and enjoys vacationing with her family and friends in her spare time.

Dr. Lance Stone, Medical Director

Dr. Lance Stone is Medical Director at Fairmont Hospital and the current Chairman of Rehabilitation Medicine for Alameda Health System. Following his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the University of Colorado and Craig Neurological Center, Dr. Stone completed a neuro-rehabilitation fellowship under the guidance of Robert Waters, MD and Jacqueline Perry, MD at the renown Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Stone subsequently developed the P.M.R. residency program as Co-Chair of the Rancho Los Amigos/USC Neurosciences Department.

Dr. Stone has held academic positions within neurology programs at USC and UCSD, and orthopedic appointments at UCSD. These experiences have enabled Dr. Stone to publish in the field of 'neurorestortive neurology'. In collaboration with V.S. Ramachandran, MD of the Center for Brain and Cognition, Dr. Stone co-authored a seminal work in Lancet (1999) on the use of 'mirror' therapy as a successful treatment for upper-limb motor recovery following stroke.

Dr. Stone's current passions focus on the use of  tDCS neuromodulation following stroke. Most recently, he co-directed the first West Coast tDCS symposium devoted to neurocognitive disorders. Dr. Stone believes robotic therapies, individually and in combination with tDCS, offer an opportunity to re-establish innate supraspinal pathways, which lead to improved motor recovery following stroke, an innovation in the context of existing therapies. In providing healthcare to a low-income population, Dr. Stone strongly advocates for progressive rehabilitation technologies that he feels must ultimately become available to all in need.

Christine Gibson
Speech-Language Pathologist

Christine Gibson received her B.S. and M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from California State University Hayward.  Christine holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association and is a California licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. 

She began working in Acute Rehabilitation inpatient service in 1991 and has also covered the following services throughout the years:  acute medical, skilled nursing and outpatient.  In addition she has done per diem work for an Alzheimer’s day program, home visits, and day programs for individuals with Autism Spectrum disorders.  She developed expertise, working with the adult population in the areas of speech pathology related to CVA, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and dysphagia.  She enjoys reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Joan K. Denzler, M.S., P.T.
PT/OT Manager

Joan Denzler graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. She started work at Fairmont Hospital in 1981 as a staff Physical Therapist in Acute Rehabilitation. Joan has provided care on every service at the Fairmont Campus including the Acute Medical unit (now closed), Neurorespiratory unit, Skilled Nursing Facility, and Outpatient services.  Joan became the Physical Therapy Department Manager at Fairmont in 1996, and also became Manager of the Highland Campus Physical Therapy Department in 2010. Since May of 2012 Joan has been interim Manager of the Occupational Therapy department too.  Joan is an American Physical Therapy Association credentialed Clinical Instructor and coordinates a robust student training program at both hospital campuses.  Joan leads the Fairmont Campus Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinic and Amputee Grant program.