Our Health Center
Serving Our Patients and Their Family…
Accepting Health Insurance
Medi-Cal from Care 1st Health Plan, Community Health Group, and Molina Healthcare; Covered California plans from Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Health Net, and Molina Healthcare; Private insurance PPOs.
Our healthcare model ensures patients receive the best possible care: when they need it and in a manner they can understand. We engage our patients in their care as part of our treatment team.
Our patients receive evidence-based quality care with a human touch providing a wholistic approach to health care.
SDAIHC is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient Centered Medical Home, a recognition that demonstrates our commitment to providing evidence-based whole-person care.
Public Health Nurse – Home Visits
Dan Thomas and Christine Romero are experienced Public Health Nurses with passion for our patients and their families. Duties include:
- Reviewing our patient population for opportunities to support those with unique needs.
- Partner with patients in managing their chronic disease.
- Educate and support our team for an integrated holistic approach to patient-centered care.
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Our Patient Experiences…
The best group of clinicians ever. I love it here and feel very cared for with competent providers but also with kind human beings. Thank You.
I couldn’t be happier with my care here. All of my doctors have taken the best care of me, than I have ever had. Richard Tew-Primary Care, Rebecca Barratt-Psychologist, Chelsea Richardson-Dentist.
Today’s visit went off without a hitch. In and done in a timely manner. I have always been treated with respect at this clinic and have no complaints. I would recommend my friends here and have. My daughter turned me on to this clinic because I was not happy where I was going to before.
I have a fear of dentists, but today the doctor made me feel comfortable and it help ease my nerves. Kind staff all around.
Best therapy I’ve ever had in my life. I actually have been helped for the first time ever and being taught tools and skills to help me cope with the past traumas.
As a parent of a special needs child I am appreciative of all the support of patients and care of my daughter. I know she is well taken care of and respected as the young adult she is.
Kevin holds expertise implementing culture-focused performance improvement in clinics, ambulatory surgical centers and hospitals. He is Skilled in identifying performance gaps, defining strategy, and creating measurable change. Kevin has a focus on integrating systems and culture to align behaviors to achievements in safety, patient experience, and cost containment. He is also a community-minded leader with a lengthy history in serving refugee populations through the non-profit organization he founded in 1999 focused on leadership development and project-based learning for underrepresented refugee communities. This includes an annual medical outreach abroad for a month.
Education: Six Sigma Black Belt, Bachelor of Science in Business Management (Minor in Organizational Behavior/Development), Master’s in Public Administration, Doctorate of Education in Leadership.
Kevin previously served as National Director of Care Experience, Patient Safety & Risk for Kaiser Permanente, Consulting Advisor for Press Ganey & Associates, Corporate Director of The Sharp Experience, The Sharp University, and Consumer Research at Sharp HealthCare, Director, Support Operations at Scripps Health, Adjunct Professor at National University and Walden University. Kevin also served as a police officer and an elected school board member.
Tim has over 23 years of healthcare experience working in health plan operations, medical groups/IPA and also Not for profit/for profit/district hospital systems and FQHC clinics. He implemented cost saving initiative through supply chain consolidation and labor productivity improvement. Other achievements include:
- Optimized revenue cycle operations through Lean Six Sigma process improvement
- Managed full risk capitated arrangement between hospital and medical groups
- Financed and implemented IT system conversion
- Engineered a financial turnaround for hospital
- Certification of Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) from HFMA,Master of Healthcare Administration, Fellow in Healthcare Financial Management Association,Fellow in American Association of Health Plans
SDAIHC’s Medical Director, Dr. Pavla Bednarek received her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Palacky in the Czech Republic. She began her medical career in the U.S. at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH as a research associate. After receiving an M.D. degree in the U.S., she joined an Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Mt. Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, OH, where she acquired extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient care, which included work at an outpatient Cardiac, Pulmonary, ENT, and Allergy & Immunology clinic. After residency, Dr. Bednarek received her American Board of Internal Medicine Certification and joined a private medical group.
In San Diego, she served as a Physician taking care of hospitalized patients at Scripps Mercy & Chula Vista and Sharp Memorial Hospital. She provided consults to many specialists, including those working in behavioral medicine and rehabilitation, coordinating care across multiple disciplines. She refined her skills in physician leadership working in the Sharp Experience (a Best-Practice, Patient-Centered Care Model), and through patient and family centered care.
Dr. Bednarek was given the privilege to help save lives when people were acutely ill, and she has spent much of her career assisting those in need of acute medical attention—but she always thought there must be another way of healing, where education and prevention can keep people living healthier lives. She brings deep expertise and genuine excitement to the San Diego American Indian Health Center—as she works to make the latter vision of medicine a reality. Under Dr. Bednarek’s leadership, SDAIHC is going to develop an annual patient treatment plan for every patient, through full integration of our service departments, and our staff’s knowledge of and respect for Native customs and traditions. Working together, our staff will banish the days in which patients move from one crisis to another, while building a strong personalized foundation for each client’s health.
Dr. Bednarek is excited to give her heart and soul to the San Diego American Indian Health Center as a place of well-being, to create a healing environment where we work together with our patients to care for not only the body, but also our emotional and spiritual health—knowing that prevention is always our best way to promote health, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding is as important as any medicine prescribed. She is looking forward to working with her team to provide the highest quality health care for every patient who enters the health center and to creating a positive environment that promotes employee teamwork and engagement.
“We should take care of each other with dignity and respect, no matter our origin or status in the world.”
Dr. Chelsea Richardson is the dental director for the San Diego American Indian Health Center. She received her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, San Diego prior to attending dental school at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Richardson also earned a certificate in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her dental practical training in Southwest Florida, Colorado, Maine, and at the Winslow Indian Health Care Center for the Navajo Tribe.
Dr. Richardson is certified by the Western Regional Examining Board, is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, and is recipient of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists Sullivan Schein Pre-doctoral Achievement Award. She enjoys world travel, has taught English in Thailand, practiced archaeology in Jordan, and studied Spanish in Costa Rica. She currently enjoys being active with her husband and two young children.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you’ve said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou
Dr Bob Henley, a licensed California Psychologist PSY#15291 has worked in the Behavioral Health field professionally since 1988. He has provided counseling and psychotherapy services to individuals, couples and groups addressing a variety of issues including improving coping and communication skills, effectively managing trauma, managing serious mental illnesses, and helping to manage co-occurring substance use and mental illness issues safely. Dr Henley has worked the last 8 years as a psychologist and manager for the San Carlos Apache Tribe’s Wellness Center and as Director of Behavioral Health for the Pasqua Yaqui Tribe. He has over 12 years’ experience as a manager and supervisor, plus has authored or co-authored 14+ articles in professional journals on “enhancing resilience processes” as a program evaluation specialist. He was originally licensed as a Psychologist in Colorado in 1993, then licensed in California in 1997, and is also certified nationally as a psychologist with the Association for State & Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB).
On his free time Bob does pottery, is learning to paint, is learning Spanish, enjoys spending time with friends, likes to take road trips, listens to music, takes long walks and loves to go to the beach. Dr. Henley is very happy to be a member of the SDAIHC team!
Martin has worked within the nonprofit sector for several decades. He has worked in program administration and development for both UC San Diego Health and the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has served as Senior Grant Writer for one of the nation’s largest Federally Qualified Health Centers, located here in San Diego. During his tenure as Senior Director for Programs and Advancement at the Jacobs Center, Martin was the San Diegan who initially convened agency leaders representing multiple nonprofit sectors to successfully pursue a federally-designated Promise Zone for our city. During his tenure as Director of Grant strategies at San Diego’s LGBT Community Center, he nearly quadrupled extramural grant funding, securing multiple grants to serve our region’s homeless youth, and a large grant to research the needs of HIV+ seniors, through a unique partnership with UCSD. Martin is known in San Diego as a leader who creates and secures funding for large, agency-crossing, multi-faceted public health and social service programs that meet the needs of our region’s most-challenged families. He has served on the Board of Directors or fundraising boards of several San Diego nonprofits, including: Compassion Breast, San Diego Reach Out and Read, and the San Diego International Sister City Association. He has also served as a member of the County’s CDC-mandated Community Review Panel for HIV Services passthrough funding.
Education: Martin received his B.A. in English and biology from Williams College. His degree included a years’ study credit from Exeter College, Oxford. Martin attended Michigan State University as a graduate recruitment fellow in English. He Holds the M.A. degree and is ABD on the Doctorate. He has a certification in the fundamentals of Kaizen continuous quality improvement techniques, a National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) certification in sponsored project administration, and he was selected to be an NIH Regional Seminar attendee at the Institute’s well-known grantsmanship program.
Brooks is the Health Analytics Manager for the San Diego American Indian Health Center. He received his bachelor’s degree at Kalamazoo College in Michigan and obtained his Masters of Public Health from National University in San Diego. He will complete his PMP certification from UC San Diego in 2020. His experience is in data analytics and using data to drive decision-making. His passion comes from knowing that his work will positively impact a patient’s visit.
Brooks grew up in southeast Michigan and moved out to San Diego at the end of 2013. He enjoys many outdoor activities like baseball, golf and hiking. He also enjoys traveling, camping, and going to concerts.
“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
Cari Gloria, Community Wellness Manager.
I’m a native Californian. I have been involved in the San Diego Urban Native American Community for over 20 years. I have served as Chairwoman for Title IIV: Indian Education Program at The Ballard Center and as a board member for Soaring Eagles Urban Native Dance Troup. I have a BA in Human Behavior with a minor in art. I received my certification as Master Life Coach, with special certification in Art and Shamanic therapy, Nutrition &, Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle coach. Other interests include aroma therapy, traditional and alternative medicine.
I’m an award-winning fiber and bead artist and instructor. I enjoy combining my 30 plus years of graphic and web design experience with the love of fiber (felting, quilting) gourds and beads to transform a variety of materials into beautiful and unique objects.
I’m passionate about engaging with the community and SDAIHC staff to implement new innovative programs that incorporate cultural traditions and values.
Veronica “Ronnie” Whitehorse (Dine’) is a Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse, and the Manager of Disease Control and Prevention at the San Diego American Indian Health Center. Ronnie was born at Ft. Defiance, Arizona and her family soon afterwards relocated to Los Angeles. She previously worked in student affairs at the University of California, San Diego, and California State University, San Marcos, before completing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at San Diego State University.
As Clinic Manager at SDAIHC, Ronnie supervises a busy staff and is in charge of the Women’s Health, Diabetes, and Childhood Immunization programs. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and in her free time enjoys sewing, traveling, and attending Pow Wows.
Optimistic, hopeful people view barriers and obstacles as problems to be solved and not as the reason to give up or turn back. Positive people never, ever give up. – Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee