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Primary Care Physicians

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Allison Aiken, MD

Medical Home: Clinic 1

Fall 2019 Schedule:

Monday: 9am-6pm 

Wednesday: 8:30am-5:30pm

Thursday: 8am-5pm

Friday: 8:30am-5:30pm

Dr. Allision Aiken joined UHS in 2015 and works in Primary and Urgent Care. She received her BS in Chemistry from Penn State (2000) and her MD from the University of Pittsburgh (2005). She completed a residency in family medicine at East Tennessee State University in Kingsport, TN (2008). Allison has a special clinical interest in reproductive health and also serves as a Primary Care Provider on the UHS Trans Care Team

Dr. Aiken is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Lynne Alper

Lynne Alper, MD

Medical Home: Clinic 1

Fall 2019 Schedule:

Monday: 9am-6pm

Tuesday, Thursday: 8am-5pm

Dr. Lynne Alper joined UHS in 1994 and works in Primary and Urgent Care. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and her MD from the University of Southern California. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Alper has a special clinical interest in internal medicine (including asthma, pulmonary conditions, migraine, diabetes, rheumatologic and autoimmune conditions, anxiety, and depression), travel medicine (pre/post travel consultation), and eating disorders. She's a member of the Eating Disorders Treatment Team at UHS.

Dr. Alper is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Howard Backer

Howard Backer, MD, MPH

Dr. Howard Backer joined UHS in 2000 as a clinician in Urgent Care. He received his MD from UC San Francisco (1975) and completed an internship at Highland Hospital in Alameda County followed by an Emergency Medicine fellowship and residency at San Francisco General Hospital.

Many years later, Dr. Backer returned to UC San Francisco for a residency in Preventive Medicine and completed his MPH at UC Berkeley (1999). Before transitioning to public health, Dr. Backer worked with the Permanente Medical Group in Hayward. After practicing emergency medicine for 25 years in urban county hospitals, community hospitals, and small resort communities, Dr. Backer joined the California Department of Health Services in 2000.

Dr. Backer is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Rahmat Balogun

Rahmat Balogun, DO, MPH

Occupational Health Clinic

Rahmat Balogun joined UHS in 2019 as an Occupational Health Physician. Prior to joining UHS, Rahmat was a full-time faculty member at UCSF Occupational Health and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in both the Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) department and OEM residency. She currently maintains her role as Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF OEM.

Rahmat received her BS from CUNY City College, MS in Neuromuscular Skeletal Medicine from the NY Institute of Technology (NYIT), DO from NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, and her MPH from UC Berkeley. She has a special clinical interest in mindfulness and its role in health and healing, osteopathic manipulative treatment, occupational allergies and asthma, teaching medical students and residents, and lifestyle medicine. Rahmat was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine last year, “Occupational Rhinitis and Occupational Asthma: Association or Progression?

Rahmat is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive (Occupational and Environmental) Medicine.

Cynthia Carmichael

Cynthia Carmichael, MD

Medical Home: Clinic 3

Fall 2019 Schedule:

Tuesday: 8am-12pm

Dr. Cynthia Carmichael joined UHS in 2018 as a physician in Primary and Urgent Care. She completed her MD at UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco's joint medical program. Prior to joining UHS, Dr. Carmichael was a Family/HIV Physician at Kaiser Richmond/Pinole. She’s also previously worked at the North Richmond Center for Health as a Contra Costa Health Services and Family Practice resident teacher. Dr. Carmichael also has experience working at Jackson Memorial Hospital and clinics in Miami, FL and the Florida AIDS Education and Training Center.

Dr. Carmichael has a special clinical interest in HIV/AIDS medicine and caring for the underserved. She has been published in the HIV/AIDS Primary Care Handbook and received the TPMG Teaching Award for Excellence in Clinical Medical Evaluation in 2017. 

Dr. Carmichael is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Lavanya Chekuru

Lavanya Chekuru, MD

Dr. Lavanya Chekuru joined UHS in 2019 as a physician in Primary Care. She received her MD from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and completed her residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Chekuru has a special clinical interest in integrative medicine, the impact of stress on health, and women's health.

Dr. Chekuru is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Jeff Chiu, DO

Jeff Chiu, DO

Dr. Jeff Chiu joined UHS in 2019 as a physician in Urgent Care. He also currently works as an attending physician in the emergency room. Dr. Chiu received his BA in Molecular Cell Biology, BS in Business Administration (UC Berkeley), MS in Medical Sciences, and DO (Touro University). He has a special clinical interest in urgent care, emergency, critical care, and point-of-care ultrasound.

Dr. Chiu is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Additional Languages: Mandarin

Leslie Gee

Leslie Gee, MD

Dr. Leslie Gee joined UHS in 2014 as a physician in Primary Care. She received her MD from the University of Chicago (2005) and completed her Pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland (2008) followed by a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine (2011). Before joining UHS, Dr. Gee worked in Adolescent Medicine at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She has a special clinical interest in eating disorders and adolescent medicine.

Dr. Gee is board-certified in Adolescent Medicine and Pediatrics.

Michael Goertz Occ Health Physician

Michael Goertz, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Occupational Health Clinic

Dr. Michael Goertz joined UHS in 2019 as an Occupational Health Physician. He received his MD and MPH from the University of Minnesota and has a special clinical interest in disability prevention and management. Dr. Goertz has published papers on risk factors for poor outcomes in low back pain and is a member of the ACOEM and ICSI Low Back Pain Guideline Committees.

Dr. Goertz is certified by the American Board of Preventive (Occupational and Environmental) Medicine.

Anna Harte

Anna Harte, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Anna Harte (née Bloxham) joined UHS in 2001. Dr. Harte was appointed Medical Director in January 2017 after serving as Associate Medical Director from 2011-2016. She received her BA in Music from UC Santa Cruz (1992), her MD from Yale University (1998), and completed her residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at the UC San Francisco (2001). 

Dr. Harte has a special clinical interest in tuberculosis, HIV and infectious diseases, travel medicine, transgender health, and the care of underserved populations. She serves as a primary care provider on our UHS Trans Care Team and also consults for the City of Berkeley Public Health Division's Tuberculosis Program. Dr. Harte still loves music, which she shares with her husband Alexis and children Mia and Leo.

Dr. Harte is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Additional Languages: Danish, Swedish

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Elizabeth Hedelman, MD

Dr. Elizabeth Hedelman joined UHS in 1995 and serves as a physician in Urgent and Primary Care. Dr. Hedelman received her bachelor's degree from UC Santa Barbara (1986), her MD from KU Medical Center at the University of Kansas, and completed her residency in Family Practice at UC Davis (1995). She has a special clinical interest in eating disorders.

Dr. Hedelman is also a Healthnet Provider, an Asthma Protocol Committee member, a Migraine Protocol Committee chair, and a member of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team at UHS.

Dr. Hedelman is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Annie Hope

Annie Hope, MD

Medical Home: Clinic 1

Fall 2019 Schedule:

Monday-Wednesday: 8am-5pm

Thursday: 8am-6pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Dr. Annie Hope joined UHS in 2009 as a physician in Primary Care. Dr. Hope received her BA from Harvard University (1986), her MD from UC Los Angeles (1994), and completed her Family Practice residency at Moses Cone (1998). When she isn't working, you can find Dr. Hope hiking, reading, or driving her children (all five) to after-school activities.

Dr. Hope is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Cynthia Johnson

Cynthia Johnson, MD

Dr. Cynthia Johnson joined UHS in 2011 as a physician in Urgent and Primary Care. She received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle (1973) followed by her MD (1976). Dr. Johnson comes to UHS with over 30 years of experience, having mainly worked in family practice in the Seattle area.

Dr. Johnson is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

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Beth Kaplan, MD

Dr. Beth Kaplan joined UHS in 2018 as a physician in Urgent Care. She received her MD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and has a special clinical interest in sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and HIV testing and care. Prior to joining UHS, Beth worked as an emergency medicine attending at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFGH) for 23 years. She’s also currently a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine. 

Dr. Kaplan has written numerous publications on the topic of HIV testing and referral for emergency department patients and instituted rapid HIV testing at the ZSFGH emergency department. She also instituted an Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) program for identification and intervention at ZSFGH and serves as a national and international speaker on IPV and health care. Dr. Kaplan was previously the medical director of a rape treatment center and trauma recovery center in SF.

Dr. Kaplan is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Eleanore Kim

Eleanore Kim, MD, FACOG

Dr. Eleanore Kim joined UHS in 2009 as a gynecologist. Dr. Kim received her bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1993), her MD from the University of Illinois (1998), and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at UC San Francisco (2002). 

Dr. Kim has a special clinical interest in women’s health, family planning and contraception, cervical dysplasia, and colposcopy. Prior to joining UHS, she was an obstetrician/gynecologist and surgeon in a Berkeley private practice for seven years. Dr. Kim is also involved with the Women’s Health/Dysplasia and Electronic Medical Records Committee at UHS. When she's not working, Dr. Kim enjoys leisure time and travel with her husband and daughters, Gabrielle and Millicent.

Dr. Kim is certified by the American Board of Gynecology.

Jin Kwon MD

Jin Kwon, MD

Dr. Jin Kwon joined UHS in 2019 as an Urgent Care Physician. Dr. Kwon previously worked in primary care at Asian Health Services, a community health center in Oakland, and in Urgent Care at Kaiser in South San Francisco. She received her MD from Tufts Medical School and completed a UCSF Family Medicine Residency at Sutter Santa Rosa. She has a special clinical interest in international medicine and community health.

Dr. Kwon is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Lynne Lazarus, MD

Lynne Lazarus, MD

Associate Medical Director

Medical HomeClinic 2

Fall 2019 Schedule:

Monday, Friday: 1-5pm

Wednesday: 8am-5pm 

Dr. Lynne Lazarus joined UHS in 2017 as the Associate Medical Director and a clinician in Primary and Urgent Care. Dr. Lazarus received her BA in Religion and Studio Art from Wesleyan University and her MD from State University of NY, Downstate Medical Center. A family practitioner with over 20 years of clinical experience, Dr. Lazarus joined UHS from Kaiser East Bay where she held a number of management and leadership positions including assisting with the intersection between primary care and behavioral health -- her area of special interest.

Dr. Lazarus is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Additional Languages: Proficient in medical Spanish

Odile Leland-Arizmendi

Odile Leland-Arizmendi, MD

Dr. Odile Leland-Arizmendi joined UHS in 2003 as a physician in Urgent Care. She received her BA from Harvard University and her MD from Columbia University. Prior to joining UHS, Dr. Leland-Arizmendi worked in the Kaiser ER and the Chinese hospital in San Francisco. She was lucky enough to spend some time within the French medical system in Paris during her training.

Dr. Leland-Arizmendi is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Additional Languages: French, Spanish

Daisy-Scarlett MacCallum

Daisy-Scarlett MacCallum, MD

Occupational Health Clinic

Dr. Daisy-Scarlett MacCallum joined UHS in 2017 as a physician in Urgent Care. She now works in the Occupational Health Department. Dr. MacCallum completed a Family Medicine residency in Atlanta, GA (2015) followed by a Sports Medicine fellowship at Boston University (2016). Prior to joining UHS, she was a hospitalist in Georgia. Dr. MacCallum has a special clinical interest in elastography and concussions. 

Dr. MacCallum is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and Sports Medicine

Additional Languages: Polish

Joanna Mandell

Joanna Mandell, MD

Dr. Joanna Mandell joined UHS in 2017 as a physician in Primary Care. She received her BA from UC Berkeley, her MS/MD from UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and completed her family medicine residency at Santa Rosa Family Medicine Program. Dr. Mandell is core faculty at the UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program where she teaches medical students. She also precepts family medicine residents at the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency.

Dr. Mandell is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Additional Languages: Spanish and Portuguese

Rosemary Mann

Rosemary Mann, MD

Dr. Rosemary Mann joined UHS in 2008 as a physician in Urgent Care. Dr. Mann received her BS from the University of Santa Clara and her MD from UC San Francisco. Before joining UHS, she practiced emergency medicine at Kaiser Hayward and Kaiser Walnut Creek for 35 years. 

Dr. Mann is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

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Harris Masket, MD

Dr. Harris Masket is the Chief Urgent Care Physician and Associate Team Physician at UHS. Dr. Masket received his BA from UC Berkeley, his MD from George Washington University Medical School, and completed a Primary Care Internal Medicine residency at Alameda County Medical Center with an emphasis in adolescent medicine. Dr. Masket is also the clinical lead for health care-related IT projects, including the eTang patient portal and UHS website.

Dr. Masket is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Joann Moschella DO

Joann Moschella, DO

Dr. Joann Moschella joined UHS in 2019 as a physician in Primary Care. Along with working at UHS, Dr. Moschella is also an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at UCSF ZSFGH, Family Medicine Residency. She has a special clinical interest in teaching medical students and residents, transgender and global health, reproductive health, and preventative care and education.

Dr. Moschella is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. 

Additional Languages: Spanish

Jeffrey Nelson

Jeffrey D. Nelson, MD

Medical Home: Clinic 2

Fall 2019 Schedule:

Monday, Wednesday: 8am-5pm

Tuesday: 9am-5pm

Friday: 8am-6pm

Dr. Jeffrey Nelson joined UHS in 1999 and serves as a physician in Primary and Urgent Care as well as an Associate Team Physician. Dr. Nelson received his bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley (1986), his MD from Dartmouth Medical School (1990), and completed the Flight Surgery training program with the US Navy in Pensacola, Florida (1992). Dr. Nelson then completed his residency in Family Practice at UC Davis (1997) and a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the UC Davis/UC Berkeley combined program (1999). Dr. Nelson is a member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine and serves as Team Physician for the Cal Men's Soccer and Basketball teams. He has a special clinical interest in HIV prevention, including the use of PrEP.

Dr. Nelson is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Melanie E. Odeleye MD, MPH

Melanie E. Odeleye, MD, MPH

Dr. Melanie E. Odeleye joined UHS in 2017 as a physician in Primary Care. Dr. Odeleye received her BS from the University of Michigan, her MD from the University of Chicago, and her MPH from San Diego State University. She has a special clinical interest in health systems and population wellness. 

Dr. Odeleye is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Edna Pedido

Edna Prieto, MD

Dr. Edna Prieto joined UHS in 2018 as a physician in Primary Care. She received her BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley, her MD from UC San Francisco, and completed her residency at Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency.

Dr. Prieto is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine

Additional Languages: Spanish

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Heather Readhead, MD, MPH

Medical Home: Clinic 3

Fall 2019 Schedule:

Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:30am-5:30pm

Thursday: 2-5pm

Friday: 8am-5pm

Dr. Heather Readhead joined UHS in 2018 as a physician in Primary and Urgent Care. She received her BA from Bowdoin College in Family Medicine, her MD from Penn State College of Medicine, her MPH from UCLA School of Public Health, and she completed her residency at Columbia University. Dr. Readhead also serves on the American College of Preventative Medicine's Diabetes Prevention Advisory Board. She has a special clinical interest in mental health, weight loss, women's health, preventive care, public health, and emergency disaster management.

Dr. Readhead is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. 

Tom Richards

Tom Richards, MD

Dr. Richards is a physician in Urgent Care and also works at UCSF. He received his BA in Biochemistry from the University of Wyoming, his MS and MD from the University of Utah, and completed a family medicine residency at the Ventura County Medical Center. Dr. Richards has practiced in a variety of settings including multi-specialty primary care, urgent care, rural family medicine, a staff physician in Yellowstone National Park, and for most of his career, as an emergency department physician. He has a particular interest in travel medicine, sports medicine, infectious disease, and health IT with a focus on telemedicine and point of care application development. Dr. Richards enjoys exploring the Bay Area with his wife, Jennifer, and dog, Oliver. He enjoys reading, writing, and is learning to sail.

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Virginia Sauer, MD

Dr. Virginia Sauer joined UHS in 2016 as a physician in Urgent Care. She received her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1979 and completed an internal medicine residency in 1982. Dr. Sauer practiced emergency medicine from 1982 to 2016. 

Dr. Sauer is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Erika Schwilk, MD, MPH

Occupational and Environmental Health Chief

Dr. Erika Schwilk joined UHS in 2011 as a physician in Occupational Health. She transitioned into the Occupational and Environmental Health Chief role in 2018 after six months in the interim position. Dr. Schwilk received her BA in Biology (with environmental emphasis) from Occidental College, her MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed training in Internal Medicine at UC Davis where she worked as a hospitalist. Dr. Schwilk then completed fellowship training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at UC San Francisco and obtained her MPH in Environmental Health from UC Berkeley.

Dr. Schwilk has a special clinical interest in public health, environmental health, toxicology, and infectious disease.

Dr. Schwilk is certified by the American Board of Preventive (Occupational and Environmental) Medicine.

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Dennis Shusterman, MD, MPH

Occupational Health Clinic

Dr. Dennis Shusterman joined UHS in 2014 as a physician in Occupational Health. Dr. Shusterman received his BA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College (1971), his MD from UC Davis (1978), and his MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from UC Berkeley (1982).

Dr. Shusterman is the author of roughly 90 peer-reviewed publications and received the Clean Air Award for Research from Breathe California in 2013. He has a special clinical interest in glove dermatitis occupational rhinitis and asthma and vocal cord dysfunction.

Dr. Shusterman is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Preventive (Occupational and Environmental) Medicine.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Rena Tacdol, MD

Medical Home: Clinic 2

Fall 2019 Schedule:

Monday: 9am-6pm

Tuesday-Friday: 8am-5pm

Read Rena's Staff Highlight

Dr. Rena Tacdol joined UHS in 2016 as a physician. Dr. Tadcol received her BA in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley (she used to be a Health Worker as an undergraduate)! She then received her MD from St. George's University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas (a UCSF affiliate). Prior to joining UHS, Dr. Tadcol worked at Kaiser in Family Medicine and in Salinas with a primarily Spanish-speaking migrant farmworker population. Rena has a special clinical interest in clinical procedures. 

Dr. Tacdol is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Additional Languages: Spanish

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Julie Thompson, MD

Dr. Julie Thompson joined UHS in 2013 as a physician in Urgent Care. Dr. Thompson received her BS in Mathematics from Metropolitan State University (2004), her MD from the University of Colorado (2008), and completed an Internal Medicine residency and a Palliative Care fellowship at UC San Francisco (2011, 2012). In addition to working at UHS, Dr. Thompson also works with seriously ill patients at a South Bay palliative care clinic. She's also worked at Student Health Services at San Francisco State.

Dr. Thompson is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

David Turnoff

David Turnoff, MD 

Medical HomeClinic 3

Fall 2019 Schedule:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8am-5pm

Wednesday: 9am-6pm

Dr. David Turnoff joined UHS in 2013 as a physician in Primary and Urgent Care. Dr. Turnoff received his BS and BSE from the University of Pennsylvania and his MD from Case Western Reserve University. Having worked in student health services at both New York University and Columbia University, Dr. Turnoff comes to UHS with a wealth of college population experience. He has a special clinical interest in infectious disease, musculoskeletal injuries, travel medicine, and preventive medicine.

Dr. Turnoff is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Read Dr. Turnoff's Staff Highlight.

Jeffrey Weitzman

Jeffrey Weitzman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Weitzman joined UHS in 2014 as a physician in Urgent Care. Dr. Weitzman received his BA from Pennsylvania State University, his MD from Drexel University, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Massachusettes Medical Center. He has a special clinical interest in career mentoring for health-related fields.

Dr. Weitzman is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

Behavioral Health Providers

Being emotionally well is more than just handling stress. It also involves being attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, whether positive or negative.

Catherine Ciano, PhD

Catherine Ciano, PhD

Behavioral Health Provider

Medical Home: Clinic 3

Catherine Ciano joined UHS as a Behavioral Health provider in 2017. Catherine received her BS in Psychology from Cleveland State University and her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego. She completed her internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and her Postdoctoral Fellowship in the ER at El Camino Hospital. 

Catherine has a special clinical interest in mindfulness, emotion regulation, and dual diagnosis.

Read Catherine's Staff Highlight.

Sahar Dorani, PsyD

Sahar Dorani, PsyD 

Behavioral Health Provider

Medical Home: Clinic 2

Sahar Dorani joined UHS as a Behavioral Health provider in 2017. Sahar received her BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University (2009), her MA in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute (2011), and her PsyD from The Wright Institute (2015). 

Sahar has a special clinical interest in working with multicultural students, forensics, substance abuse, and attachment disorder.  

Additional languages: Farsi

Robyn Shannon

Robyn Papathakis Shannon, PsyD

Behavioral Health Provider

Medical Home: Clinic 1

Robyn Papathakis Shannon joined UHS as a Behavioral Health Provider in 2019. She received her PsyD from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Northern Virginia.

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Anthony Pollard, PsyD 

Behavioral Health Manager for Collaborative Care Services

Medical Home: Clinic 2

Anthony Pollard joined UHS in 2015 as the Behavioral Health Manager for Collaborative Care Services. Anthony received his Doctor of Psychology from Georgia School of Professional Psychology (2010).

He has a special clinical interest in anxiety, attachment theory, interpersonal effectiveness, and unhealthy substance use.

Heath Schechinger, PhD 

Behavioral Health Provider

Medical Home: Clinic 3

Heath Schechinger joined UHS in 2015 as a doctoral intern with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). After completing the CAPS internship and postdoctoral fellowship programs, he joined Primary Care as a Behavioral Health Provider in 2017. Heath received his BS in Psychology and MEd in Higher Education from Iowa State University (2007, 2010) and his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas (2016).

Heath has a special clinical interest in gender and sexual diversity, social justice, and multicultural issues, first-generation students, identity development, insomnia, and anxiety disorders.

Raghav Suri, PsyD

Raghav Suri, PsyD 

Behavioral Health Provider

Medical Home: Clinic 2

Raghav Suri joined UHS in 2017 as a Behavioral Health provider. Raghav received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University and has a special clinical interest in complex trauma, co-morbid medical/mental health concerns, and childhood abuse/trauma survivors.

Additional languages: Hindi and Punjabi

Michael Waldo, PhD

Michael Waldo, PhD 

Behavioral Health Provider

Medical Home: Clinic 1

Michael Waldo joined UHS in 2017 as a Behavioral Health provider. Michael earned his AD from the College of San Mateo (1973), his BA in Psychology at UC Berkeley (1976) (Go Bears!), and his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City (1979).

Michael has a special clinical interest in managing stress and overcoming symptoms of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. 

M. Sara Yap, PsyD

M. Sara Yap, PsyD 

Behavioral Health Provider

Medical Home: Clinic 1

M. Sara Yap joined UHS in 2017 as a Behavioral Health Provider. Sara received her BA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2005) and her MA and PsyD from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago (2011).

She has a special clinical interest in attachment, mindfulness, phase-of-life/developmental issues, anxiety, trauma, sexuality, and transgender issues.

Health Coaches

The UHS health coaches provide 45-minute sessions focused on manageable lifestyle changes to improve wellbeing, reduce stress, and increase success. Coaching topics may include time management, procrastination, healthy eating, communication and sexuality concerns.

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Summer Jackson, MSW

Health Coach

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Summer Jackson joined UHS in 2018 as a Health Educator. She received her MSW from the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley and has a special clinical interest in perfectionism, self-understanding, and boundary-setting. 

Meckell Milburn, Health Educator

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Health Coach

Pronouns: she/her/hers

meckell milburn joined UHS in 2013 as a Health Educator. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana and her master's degree in Integrative Health from California Institute of Integral Studies. meckell has a passion for supporting people in becoming healthier versions of themselves in ways that center their needs and individual experiences, with a deep commitment to supporting the black community and queer & trans communities of color. Her philosophy is that the whole person (mind, body, spirit) must be considered in order to reach optimal wellness. She has a special clinical interest in physical movement, eating habits, mindfulness and meditative practices, and spirituality. meckell sees clients for these and other general wellness issues.

In addition to serving as a Health Coach, meckell coordinates the Cal Bears Say Hi, Love Cafe at Cal  and Pet Hugs programs and serves as a liaison for LGBTQ+ student health issues.

meckell sees clients for wellness issues including healthy eating, physical activity, procrastination, time management, stress management, and general wellness.

See meckell's Staff Highlight

Robin Mills

Robin Mills, MA

Health Coach

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Robin Mills joined UHS as a Health Educator in 2008. She received her BA in Psychology from Mills College and her MA in Human Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University. In addition to serving as a Health Coach, Robin coordinates The Sexual Health Education Program and serves as a liasion for black student health issues.

Robin sees clients for sexuality/sexual health issues including relationships and communication, sexual health/birth control education, and sexuality concerns and issues.

See Robin's Staff Highlight.

 

Registered Dietitians

The UHS Registered Dietitians provide medical nutrition therapy and nutrition counseling for any UC Berkeley student with nutrition-related health concerns.

Elizabeth Aong, MPH, RD

Elizabeth Aong, MPH, RD

Elizabeth Aong joined UHS in 2017 as a part-time clinical dietitian. She completed her undergraduate degree at UC San Diego and received her MPH in Nutrition from the University of Washington. Elizabeth has a special clinical interest in community public health, food security, and weight management

Karen Johal

Karen Johal, MSc, RDN

Karen Johal joined UHS in 2018. She received both her BS in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics and her BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley, completed a Dietetic Internship at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and received her MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Surrey. Karen serves as the Diversity Liaison for the Bay Area District of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and volunteers with a UC Berkeley club that organizes free health clinics across the Bay Area (she also volunteered here as an undergraduate). She has a special clinical interest in weight management for overweight and underweight individuals, plant-based lifestyles, holistic health, and behavior change.

Sarah Minkow, MS, RD

Sarah Minkow, MPH, RD

Sarah Minkow joined UHS in 2017 as a clinical dietitian. She completed her BA in Psychology with a minor in Exercise and Health Science at UC Santa Barbara (2006) and her MS in Nutritional Science at California State University, Long Beach (2016). Sarah has a special clinical interest in nutrition for disease prevention and treatment, mindful eating, and food security.

Toby Morris

Toby Morris, MS, RD

Lead Clinical Dietitian

Toby Morris has been the lead clinical dietitian for students at UHS since 2012. She received her BA in Communication Studies from UCLA, her MS in Nutrition from San Jose State University, and completed her dietetic training at UCSF Medical Center. Toby specializes in eating disorders and mindful eating.