About Us

Our Experience


                                CURRICULUM VITAE

L.B. Sandy Rock, MD, MPH
                                  Issaquah and Richland, WA
                                  (425) 260-4051
                                        President, Interpretive Consultations, Inc.  


  • BA, with distinction 1966, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
    • Area of concentration ("Major"): Biology.
  • MD 1970, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Internship  (Family Practice) 1971, Naval Hospital/Mercy Hospital, San Diego, CA
  • MPH 1972, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA--Field of Study: Population Dynamics and Family Health
  • Pediatrics Residency (partial) July 1972-December 1972, University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, VA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Family Practice, 1976, 1982, 1989
  • Additional Training:
    Health Risk Assessment; Embryologic and Reproductive Toxicology (1994); Occupational Medicine (1994); Special Topics in Epidemiology  (1997),  University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Certification, Radiation Medicine and Thyroid Disease, Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, Nagasaki University School of Medicine, 1999 Atomic Bomb Disease Institute (abomb.med.nagasaki-u.ac.jp)


Project Consultant, American College of Preventive Medicine, I-131 Environmental Health Education Project, October 1, 2001--->March 2004
Project Consultant, Water Resources Education Center (WREC), City of Vancouver (WA), PBT Exhibit, March 2002-April 2003; October 2003-March 2004
Environment and Health Research Director, Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center, January 2001--->2004
Instructor, Environmental Science, Cell Biology, Environmental Health- Bellevue (Community) College, Bellevue, Washington, September 2000---->March 2005

Adjunct Professor, Washington State University Tri-Cities, Environmental Science and Regional Planning, teaching Environmental Risk Communication, Spring 2005

Public Health Physician, Washington State Department of Health; Seattle, WA, May 1995 to May 2000 (Hanford Health Information Network--HHIN) Responsible for education of health care providers in the Pacific Northwest regarding possible health effects from exposure to radioactive materials released from the Hanford Nuclear Site. Many presentations given to HCPs and public. Organized Radiation Risk Communication conference, September 1996. Co-Director, Radiation Risk Communication conference, 1999. Researcher/writer for newsletter.
Primary Care Physician
Self--contractual to ambulatory clinics
Seattle, WA area 1993 to 1994
Primary Care Physician
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
1990 to 1992
Public Health/Primary Care Physician
Santa Barbara County Health Department  Lompoc, CA
1988 to 1990 Community and public health to mixed migrant worker, Hmong, and indigent community. Supervised public health outreach staff.
Acute and Ambulatory Care Physician/Director
San Diego State University Student Health Services San Diego, CA
1983 to 1987
Direct patient care: Supervisor, Acute Care; Disaster Response Planning
Committee member, 1985-87
Family Practitioner
Lewis Gale Family Practice Center
New Castle, VA 1980 to 1983
Patient care; Medical Examiner; Medical Director, Rescue Squad; solo physician for rural county of 4000 population.
Solo Family Practitioner
Solo General Practice
Jonesville, VA 1976 to 1980
Solo GP in rural coal mining and farming community. Member of Plan Development Committee, Subarea Health Council of Health Systems Agency, 1978-80; member,  Child Abuse/Neglect Team, 1977-80; Vice-Chair, Mental Health/Mental Retardation Services Board, 1978
Emergency Room Physician
Lonesome Pine Hospital Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital Big Stone Gap, VA 1973 to 1975
Medical Director
Model Cities Neighborhood (Ninth Ward) Health Center New Orleans, LA
1972 to 1973
Patient care; supervisor of physicians and other medical personnel; member neighborhood/community advisory board. (Inner city, Ninth Ward, "project" clinic.)

"Low Dose Exposures Near a French Nuclear Plant" CONNECTIONS - Winter/Spring 1998

"Genetic Sensitivity to Radiation" CONNECTIONS - Summer/Fall 1998

"Downwinders: Are You Prepared to Answer Their Questions?" Northwest Physician Magazine, Summer 1996; Summer 2000

"Be Quick to End Mercury Pollution"  Op-Ed in Seattle Post-Intelligencer,
January 3, 2003

"Mercury Rises as a Health Concern," Northwest Public Health, Summer 2003
  American Public Health Association since 1972
  Washington State PHA since 1995.
  Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR) 2001-2004

  Spanish: Conversational. (Teaches course: "Spanish for Health Care
  French: Basic conversational.
  Farsi: Can get around in it.
  American Sign: Basic communication skills.
  Japanese: enough to greet, order sushi, find the bathroom, comment on the weather
  Swahili: jambo! Habari gani!?

  • Biology 100, Bellevue Community College (BCC), Spring 2000; Fall 2003
  • Environmental Science, BCC, since Fall 2000 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
  • Spanish for Health Care Professionals, BCC, Winter 2001, Spring, Fall 2002; Fall 2003; Spring 2004
  • Biology 101 (Cell Biology), Fall 2003; Winter, Spring 2004
  • Environmental Health (joint course with UW EH); Winter 2005
  • Risk Communication, Washington State University-TriCities, Spring 2005


  • Reducing Mercury ("Health and Environmental Effects of Mercury")
  • ACPM Annual  Meeting, San Antonio (TX), 2/01, I-131/Potassium Iodide  (moderator)
  • "Public Health Effects of Global Climate Change," Earth Week, BCC, April 18, 2002
  • "PBT's, POP's, PPCP's, PUB's and Antibiotic Resistance," MIRT      Pharmaceutical Seminar, May 15, 2002
  • "Radiation Health Effects and Risk Communication," various
  • "Chemical Quagmirists vs Technologic Optimists," American Chemical Society, NW Regional meeting, June 20, 2002
  • PBTs
  • Risk Communication: When, Why and How
  • Health Policy Advocacy by Health Care Professionals
  • Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
  • Occupational and Environmental Health services at Hanford
  • Potpourri of Important Public Health Issues
  • Beryllium Disease: Increasing Awareness/Protecting Worker Health
  • Health Hazards and Risks for Hanford Cleanup Workers
  • Infectious Disease at the Workplace
  • Hepatitis C--Get the test!


  • Global Climate Change---Washington State Legislature
  • Mercury---Washington State Legislature
  • Wood Smoke (King County Board of Health, May 16, 2003)
  • Wood Smoke educational video from King County Public Health 

Book Reviews

Extracurricular activities, hobbies, talents, travels, and volunteer work:

  • Guitar playing and singing since 1960; banjo during Seventies
  • East Africa work/study/visit, Rondo Plateau, Tanganyika (Tanzania), Summer 1962
  • Counselor, Camp for Diabetic Children, Virginia, 1968, 1969
  • Research: ribosomal RNA, 1965; hemorrhagic shock, 1966; renin-angiotensin, 1967 (UVa Dept Biology; UVa Dept Pharmacology; Naval Medical Research Institute, Bethesda, MD, respectively)
  • U.S. Navy Reserve, 1967-1971, Honorable Discharge, April 30, 1971
  • SCUBA Certification, 1971, San Diego, CA
  • Pilot's license, Single Engine Land, 1973 to present (not current)
  • Radio Program ("Doctor Rock's House Call"), WLSD & WSWV, 1973-74
  • Built house at Dot VA ("with a little help from my friends,") Lee County, Virginia 1975-1978
  • Service Trip physician with Sierra Club to Denali National Park (Peter's Dome), 1983
  • Member Nicaragua medical survey (of health care system) team , CHRICA,1984
  • Emergency medical team member, Mexico City (EARTHQUAKE), Ejercito de Salvacion, 1985
  • Volunteer Physician for "Flying Samaritans" in Baja California, 1986
  • Great American Peace March (for Nuclear Disarmament) physician, 1986
  • Outdoor Leader for "Leisure Connection," SDSU, 1986-1987 (mountaineering; canoeing; XC skiing)
  • Kayaked from San Felipe, Baja California to Santa Rosalia, BC, Oct-Nov, 1987
  • Led successful ascents on Mt. Shasta, 1987; general mountaineering, lifelong;
  • Past member, Wilderness Medical Society
  • Cross-country (Nordic) skiing, 1983 to present
  • Initiated recycling program at condominium complex, Santa Barbara/Goleta, CA, 1988
  • Taught "Spanish for Medical Personnel" to non-Spanish-speaking medical staff, Lompoc, CA, 1989.
  • Parapente certification and flying, Washington State, 1992
  • Extensive travel in Mexico and Central America, 1984-1993.
  • Tour Guide/Interpreter, Costa Rica, January through June, 1993
  • Created "Hammering Man with Ball and Chain" postcard, 1994
  • President, Denny Regrade (Seattle) Community Council, 1996-1997
  • Member, Tobacco Control Program Committee, American Lung Association of  Washington (www.alaw.org), October 2000-
  • Member, Board of Directors, Northwest Council on Climate Change, June 2001-
  • Chair, Environment & Health Committee, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (www.wpsr.org), June 2001-June 2004
  • Co-Founder, s.e.n.s.e. (Solutions for the Elimination of Neighborhood woodSmoke Emissions), 2001
  • Member, Mercury Chemical Action Plan Advisory Committee, Washington State Department of Ecology, 2001-2002 
  • Voting Member, Issaquah Highlands Community Association, 2006-2010
  • At-Large Board Member, Tanglewood (Richland, WA) Homeowners Association, May 2012