Kevin M. LaChapelle, EdD, MPACEO
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 Nguyen, MHA, FHFMACFO
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
Pavla Bednarek, MDMedical Director
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.”
Chelsea Richardson, D.M.DDental Director
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
Bob Henley, PhDBehavioral Health Director
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 FureyProgram Development Director
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 TuynHealth Analytics Manager
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 GloriaCommunity Wellness Manager
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” WhitehorseRegistered Nurse
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
Richard Tew, MDGeneral Practitioner
Dr. Richard Tew is a general practitioner with the San Diego American Indian Health Center, a position he has held for more than 20 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, and is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, where he completed research in cancer immunology. Dr. Tew’s internship was at the Herrick Memorial Hospital in Berkeley, California. Early in his tenure with SDAIHC, Dr. Tew served as its Medical Director and today provides primary outpatient medical care for patients of all ages, including reproductive health, gynecological care, and family planning services.
Annette Ramos-HagganNurse Practitioner
My name is Annette Haggan. I completed my education as a Nurse Practitioner at United States University in San Diego in 2015. I received a Master’s degree in Nursing with a concentration in Family Medicine.
When not in clinic, I enjoy being a part of my Church and volunteering with children. As a Provider, I feel fortunate with American Indian Health Center because it not only considers how culture influences an individual’s health, but is also involved in outreach to meet Community needs.
Joe ShepherdPhysician Assistant
My name is Joe Shepherd. I am a Physician Assistant, originally from the East side of Michigan.
I moved to San Diego two years ago and worked as a PA in an underserved family medicine clinic in East County. I am excited to serve the American Indian population and others in the San Diego area. I am passionate about health and wellness promotion, education, and forming genuine relationships with patients so that we can formulate the most effective plan of care together. In my free time I enjoy surfing, going to the beach, golfing, and spending time with friends and my wife Carley.
Michelle Epstein, DMDGeneral Dentist
Dr. Michelle Epstein is a general dentist with the San Diego American Indian Health Center. She was raised in Oklahoma and earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Epstein completed dental school at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, where she gained clinical experience in a state of the art facility. It was here that Dr. Epstein solidified her passions for serving the local community and helping others by providing dental health care and educational outreach. Dr. Epstein is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry. When she isn’t practicing dentistry, Dr. Epstein enjoys traveling, golfing, trying new restaurants, and cooking with her husband and mini labradoodle.
Christain Lin-Burns, DDSPediatric Dentist
Dr. Christain Lin-Burns was raised in San Diego. She attended UCLA and majored in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics with a minor in developmental psychology. During her time at UCLA, she became involved with the Lili Claire Foundation and helped families with special needs children. It was there that Dr. Lin-Burns would discover her interest in pediatric dentistry.
After earning her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Southern California, Dr. Lin-Burns completed the University of Washington General Practice Residency. Her training in pediatric dentistry was completed at NYU Lutheran Medical Center-San Diego, where she served as the chief resident.
Currently Dr. Lin-Burns is an attending pediatric dentist for the NYU Lutheran Pediatric Dental Residency Program located at Rady Children’s Hospital and San Ysidro Health Centers, and is on the medical staff for Rady Children’s Hospital. Her goal is to help provide all her patients with a positive dental experience to ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Dr. Lin-Burns is married to her best friend and has two energetic sons. When she is not working, she enjoys baking, camping, and convincing her boys that she is a LEGO Master Builder.
Dyana Eidelstein, DDSGeneral Dentist
Dr. Eidelstein was born and raised in Orange County. She pursued her undergraduate degree at University of California Santa Barbara with a focus in psychology. She then completed her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University in Arizona.
Dr. Eidelstein has spent a lot of time volunteering for those in need, such as “Give Kids a Smile,” events for veterans, and traveling to Guatemala to serve those in need in underserved communities. She is a member of ADA, Alpha Omega International, and the California Dental Association.
As a third generation dentist in her family, she understands the importance of treating the patient as whole. She strives to be honest and compassionate while maintaining quality dental care. In her time outside the office, she enjoys yoga, hiking, and camping.
Jason Liu, DDSGeneral Dentist
Dr. Jason Liu was raised in Orange County. He attended UC Davis and majored in pathology, microbiology, and immunology, along with minoring in Studio Art. During his time at UC Davis, he held a leadership position in Alpha Phi Omega (Service Fraternity) and enjoyed working in a research lab and volunteered at a Dental Community Clinic.
After earning his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from New York University, Dr. Liu completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program at NYU/Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Liu is a member of the California Dental Association, American Dental Association and San Diego Dental Society.
Dr. Liu has been living in San Diego since 2009 and enjoys spirituality, nature, yoga, art, traveling, and is a huge animal lover
Luis Clemente, Psy.DLicensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Clement was born and raised in San Diego. He received his BA in American Studies with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his first MA in Education with an emphasis in multicultural counseling at San Diego State University Community Based Block Program. Dr. Clement earned his MA and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Multicultural Emphasis at Alliant International University. Prior to becoming a psychologist he was a middle school teacher and an Assistant Director at UCSD’s Early Academic Outreach Program.
Dr. Clement has been working in the mental health field for 10 years now. Prior to coming to SDAIHC he was a clinical psychologist at Indian Health Council in Valley Center, CA for close to 4 years. Over the course of his career he has worked with a diverse group of clients: individuals, couples and families in both English and Spanish. He’s always felt honored and blessed to assist clients in their journey to building the life that they are proud to live. While not working he enjoy’s time with his family, the beach, visiting tropical locations, trying new foods, and kayak fishing.
Rebekah Barratt, Ph.D.Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Rebekah Barratt is a licensed clinical psychologist with the San Diego American Indian Health Center. She received both her master’s and doctoral degree from Alliant International University with research emphasis and training on cultural competent clinical practices. Dr. Barratt has more than 16 years of experience as a therapist, and has been serving tribal communities in this capacity since 2011. She is passionate about community focused psychology, and specializes in individual, couples, and family therapy to men, women, teenagers, and children of all ages.
Dr. Barratt formerly served as the behavioral health director for the Indian Health Council, Inc. before joining the SDAIHC team as a full-time therapist in November 2015. Additionally, she has experience with program development and clinical oversight creating community outreach projects targeted at high risk youth and suicide prevention. Her clinical experience is broad, covering a variety of treatment modalities and areas of specialization including: trauma, grief, behavior modification, and mood management. She enjoys music, nature, and spending time with family and friends.
“The process of therapy requires thoughtfulness, commitment, and courage. I have always considered it a great honor to embark upon the path of personal growth and healing alongside my clients.”
Margie AndersonSubstance Abuse Treatment Provider
J. Margie Anderson, Diné Navajo, given to (Shi-hastiin) in traditional Navajo Ceremony, maternal Yoeme Yaqui/Apache born for the Native Hawaiian, is a registered CCAPP substance abuse counselor and certified White Bison Native American substance abuse treatment provider with the San Diego American Indian Health Center. Margie is a certified traditional tobacco educator, Native American traditional talking circle facilitator and certified recovery coach. Margie is experienced in providing individual and family counseling, and supporting the Native American adult and youth population.
Margie was born in San Diego, California. She previously worked as a project manager in construction, energy conservation, and the IT industry. Margie enjoys volunteering in the community, spending time outdoors, and traveling with her husband to visit relatives.
I believe the Humming Bird is a healer. May you be blessed by the Humming Bird.
Dan Thomas, PHNBehavioral Health Case Manager
“Nurse Dan” earned a Double Major Bachelor of Arts degree followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree both from Indiana University. He was a “Tundra Nurse” in the ER of a remote hospital nursing the Yupiq and Inuit Eskimos. He would also fly to villages to teach Well Child Exams. He is a retired prison nurse and most recently nursed children and adolescents in psychiatric crisis. Nurse Dan is an American Red Cross Registered Nurse and a Public Health Nurse with the County of San Diego Medical Reserve Corps. He was also an Ebola Nurse in the Hot Zone in Liberia, West Africa, with the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders and the Department of Defense during Operation United Assistance.
As a Registered Nurse Behavioral Health Case Manager, Nurse Dan operates our Resource Center where he will help you find resources you may not know are available. Case management will help to coordinate procedures and help any patient with just about anything. If you need help, if you don’t know where to turn or what to do, case management can help you find direction. You will find hope and help to heal right here.
Melisa Aleman B.A.Youth Center Program Manager
Melisa Aleman, Yaqui and Cherokee, Youth Center Program Manager at the San Diego American Indian Health Youth Center (SDAIHYC). She is a San Diego native and has been part of the Urban Native American Community for 30 years. Her passion is working youth and is honored to work in her community after graduating from Cal State Dominguez Hill. Melisa will be attending SDSU in the Fall 2020 to start working on her Masters in Social Work. She has an extensive history working for the San Diego American Indian Health Center, working as an intern, medical assistant, outreach specialist and project coordinator for Circle of Care. Ms.Aleman hopes to guide the SDAIHYC into the future, with plans of Native American programming and increase in youth participation.
Larry EdmondsYouth Program Coordinator
“Hacho”. . . My name is Larry Edmonds; I support the community by working as the Youth Program Coordinator. I am a full blood Native American Indian from the Kiowa/Caddo tribe of Oklahoma. My role is to assist with transportation, programming, outreach, and liaison to contractors and vendors. I am passionate about working with Native Americans and Urban Indian youth. I participate in the many Pow-Wows and cultural events. I feel my skills in graphic arts, property management, and parenting is beneficial to the position. I have completed courses in Behavioral Health; these are Cultural Competency, Introduction to Trauma Informed Care and various Children Youth and Families System of Care Trainings. I have two daughters that I have raised on my own and I am so proud of their accomplishments. I can relate with single parents because I did it too. I feel this job is “where I belong”. I look forward to each day helping to support Native youth in prevention and early intervention on their journey to adulthood.
Ethan Maxwell LandryPrEP Navigator
I was born in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. I have four brothers and one sister. We were raised in a small village called Htoolar near the city of Dawei, which is about 600 km from Yangon. Myanmar has eight different ethnic groups. I was born into the ethic group Karen, often referred to as Kayin by the people of Myanmar. I’ve lived in various states including Washington, Illinois, and most recently have been in California, with the past 3 years living in Los Angeles. My hobbies include travel, hiking, spending time at the beach and lifting. I try to average about 2 hours per day at the gym.