Vaping & Cannabis 

Get the Facts: What You Need to Know

To view the PowerPoint presentation from the Vaping and Cannabis Workshop on January 14, 2020 please click HERE

Parents/Guardians and children twelve years of age and older are invited to attend an educational workshop on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 that will discuss the topic of Vaping & Cannabis. The event will be held in the Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center.  Doors will open at 6:30 PM for a resource fair.  The workshop will be from 7:00 to 8:30 PM with presentations from the Ventura County Behavioral Health Alcohol and Drug Programs, Ventura County Sheriffs Department and Los Robles Regional Medical Center. 

Meet the Presenters

David Tovar

David Tovar is a Program Administrator for Ventura County Behavioral Health. He works on local strategies that reduce the impact of impaired driving and youth substance use issues while expanding access to treatment services within Ventura County. David’s goal is to implement effective and sustainable initiatives using local data to reduce the impact of alcohol and drugs within our community. In Sacramento, David is a member of the California Highway Patrol's Impaired Driving Task Force, Teen Drivers Safety and Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) Work Groups. Before coming to VCBH he worked for the California State Assembly, David holds a BA in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration focusing on Public Policy Analysis.

Captain Don Aguilar

Captain Don Aguilar has served with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office for over 32 years.  He has worked a variety of assignments including Custody, Patrol, Narcotics, Major Crimes, Administration, Community Oriented Police and Problem Solving (C.O.P.P.S.), Patrol Watch Commander, Sheriff’s Adjutant, and Jail Facility Manager.  Don is currently the Assistant Police Chief at the Thousand Oaks Police Department.  He served as the Sheriff’s Public Information Officer (P.I.O.) for several years, leading press conferences, speaking at critical incident scenes, and performing impromptu interviews for local, regional and national media outlets.  Captain Aguilar has been a certified law enforcement instructor since 1995 and has spoken nationally on several law enforcement topics.  Don has a Master’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach, and is a graduate of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and the P.O.S.T. Executive Development School.

Dr. Ali Farrokh

Since coming to Ventura County in 2014 Dr. Farrokh has quickly established himself as a highly respected member of the medical community and a leader in pulmonary, internal, and critical care medicine. In addition to joining Dr. Giron’s practice, Dr. Farrokh now has the distinction of serving as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Los Robles Regional Medical Center.

Born in Paris, France, Dr. Farrokh’s parents relocated their family to America when he was only a toddler. Once here they settled into the beautiful seaside town of Redondo Beach where Dr. Farrokh grew up enjoying all that the California coastal lifestyle has to offer.

Choosing a profession dedicated to helping others was almost pre-destined for Dr. Farrokh, having witnessed his grandfather serve as a revered physician in his homeland. His career path initially took Dr. Farrokh to UCLA before moving to New York City where he became an Internal Medicine resident at NYU Brooklyn. This was followed by three years at Albany Medical Center, a prestigious tertiary care center. It was during this time that Dr. Farrokh began to cement his passion for Pulmonary Medicine while working with some of the world’s leading experts in the fields of Pulmonary Medicine, including Sleep Medicine, Interventional Pulmonology and Critical Care.

“There’s nothing more basic to human life than breathing. It’s a gift. I take great pride when I can make a meaningful difference in a patient’s life through the new Pulmonary approaches and non-invasive treatments we can offer”.

While he was serving his residency at NYU Dr. Farrokh met and fell in love with his wife who was a Pediatric Dental Resident and a native of Thousand Oaks.  After the birth of their twin daughters they decided to leave the east coast to raise their family in the community she called home. Shortly after arriving Dr. Farrokh was approached by Los Robles Regional Medical Center to help establish a comprehensive Critical Care Program at the hospital. It was there that Dr. Farrokh met Dr. Giron, which led to a friendship and the decision to join forces to create an office that offers the finest and most advanced Pulmonary and Sleep treatments available.

Dr Farrokh is dedicated to his work and his patients but in his free time he enjoys traveling, technology, watching the Lakers, days at Disneyland, and most importantly, enjoying time with his wife and daughters. Dr. Farrokh is looking forward to meeting and getting to know you.

Ali Farrokh, MD, FCCP, Diplomate American Board of Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine

Q & A Facilitated by

Selfa Saucedo

Selfa Saucedo is the Director for Health Education for Ventura County Public Health.  She oversees the Department’s Chronic Disease Prevention programs including Tobacco Education, Cessation and Policy programs as well as Nutrition Education, Diabetes Prevention and Obesity Prevention programs.

She has lead successful countywide efforts to address policy, systems and environmental changes for all County residents, including countywide initiatives that have resulted in the adoption by the Board of Supervisors of a Health in All Policies framework, a Comprehensive Smoke-free County-wide ordinance and the development of an Office for Health Equity for Public Health. Selfa believes that the choices people make are determined by the choices people have available to them. Her goal is to be part of making this a reality for all residents of Ventura County and California.

Selfa is from Ventura, California. She is blessed with both parents and 5 brothers, 1 sister, all of whom have adopted a lifelong commitment to public service.  She has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. She loves her job and her children and can think of no better way than spending it with her grandchildren.


Agenda for January 14, 2020