8th Element Hyperbaric Medicine is a specialized group of talented medical professionals who are dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ community. Every member of our team is compassionate, understanding, and respectful, and we do all we can to make your healing journey after gender affirmation surgery pleasant, comfortable, and very successful.
PhD, MSN, NP-C, Center Director
Judy was called to nursing later in her career. She began her career as a research scientist but was drawn to medicine as she was interested in seeing the application of basic research. She chose nursing because she enjoyed providing ongoing care for patients and having the special relationship patients develop with their nurses.
Her desire to become a nurse practitioner was driven by her belief that the more care that is provided in an outpatient setting, the better, which is where nurse practitioners excel. One of Judy’s main goals is to keep patients out of hospitals and living and interacting in the community while they are undergoing care. Judy has a particular interest in non-medication-based treatments, so the holistic approach of hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a perfect fit. She especially enjoys the great teamwork with her colleagues at 8th Element and watching her patients heal quickly and successfully.
In her spare time, Judy is usually attached to her dog and enjoys cooking with her husband.
Joseph S. LoPresti
MD, FACS, Supervising Physician
Dr. LoPresti graduated from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, then completed his residency in General Surgery at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. He entered private practice following this, while also serving as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at LAC-USC. He moved to Seattle several years later, where he continued in private practice as well as becoming a member of the teaching faculty in surgery at Swedish Medical Center. It was here that he had his first experience with hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the management of life-threatening bacterial infections.
He returned with his family to their native California to re-establish practice there. Through these years, he has gained experience with hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the healing of complex wounds and post-operative compromised wounds. When Dr. Gordon approached him with the opportunity to become involved with 8th Element, he did so enthusiastically to expand the knowledge and experience with hyperbaric oxygen in surgical patients. He believes that hyperbaric oxygen has the potential to be a valuable adjunct in the healing of post-operative wounds and looks forward to expanding the horizons of knowledge and utilization.
In his free time, Dr. LoPresti enjoys playing, writing, and recording music in his home studio, bicycling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Joshua wanted to become a productive member of society and the best way he thought to do that was to provide healthcare because people will inevitably need it (preventative care or otherwise). Unsure of where he wanted to practice in the medical field, he decided to start his career in nursing where he could hone his technical skills as well as find his area of expertise and affinity. He graduated from Chico, California State University and became a registered nurse. It was during his time as a registered nurse that he discovered he had a passion for preventative care and wound care, which he took as a sign to pursue primary care as a nurse practitioner. After his graduate program at Samuel Merritt University, he worked at several clinics and Covid-related jobs until he found a company that embodied his same principles, passion, and interests here at 8th Element Hyperbaric Medicine. Joshua takes pride and joy in the satisfaction of his patients being healed through the miracles of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and hopes to continue on as a pioneer in the field.
In his free time, he dabbles in multiple hobbies, some of which include rock-climbing, 3d-printing, electronic arts, and exploring his keen interests in food.
Jack Liu is a certified emergency medical technician with experience in multiple medical specialties over several years, including emergency medicine, bariatrics, and pediatrics. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a BS in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology. He aspires to become a Physician Associate in the future, working with underrepresented communities such as geriatric populations. In his free time, he enjoys reading, camping, and traveling.
Farah is a certified EMT working amongst the many great hyperbaric technicians and NPs at 8th Element. As an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz she studied political science only to find that her passions also lie elsewhere. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, Farah pursued a pre-med/pre-health post-baccalaureate at SFSU, where within the last few years she became an EMT and worked as a COVID-19 tester. Farah has come to a strong resolve to do her part and tend to the medical and emotional needs of patients. Her plan is now to work towards becoming a Physician’s Associate.
Outside of her career roles and aspirations she enjoys spending time with family and friends. As well as going on hikes with her dog, reading comics, weight training, and eating lots of food.
Clinical Medical Assistant
Our Clinical Medical Assistant at 8th Element, Joshua Palmer, hails from Moorpark, California. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he achieved a degree in Psychology. He plans to continue his education, ultimately becoming certified as a Physician Associate so that he can have a greater impact on the community. In his free time, Josh enjoys playing guitar, traveling, and watching basketball.