Medical Assistants

Medical Assistants

Yadira Alvarez

Yadira Alvarez

MA I - Specialty Clinic 

Yadira Alvarez has a clinical interest in women's health and enjoys hiking, reading, and going to Disneyland.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Jeisi Ayala

Jeisi Ayala

MA I - Primary Care

Additional Languages: Spanish

Shelly Bachhuber

Shelly Bachhuber

MA III - Speciality Clinic

Shelly decided to re-enter the workforce and return to medical assisting after being a stay-at-home mom for 25 years. She has many grand animals that she loves visiting (eight kitties, two horses, and three dogs) and she always have a picture or two to share. Her favorite hobby is working in the yard, but battling with gophers, gophers, and many more gophers is NOT her favorite!
Kevin Belardo MA

Kevin Belardo

Per Diem - Primary Care

Kevin Belardo received his MA certificate from Contra Costa Medical Career College. He enjoys spending time with his dogs, making music, reading, dancing, and watching anime. 

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Lisa Bell

MA II - Primary Care

Lisa joined UHS in 2005 and she's worked at the Appointment Office, Primary Care, Specialty, Urgent Care, and Occupational Health. She loves dancing, good music, entertaining her family and close friends, and admits to being a very good cook. Lisa is married to the man of her dreams and they have a cat, Nipsey, that they adore and love to spoil. Lisa and her husband are both believers in Christ Jesus.

Susan Canchan-Erive

MA I - Primary Care

In addition to being an MA, Susan Canchan-Erive is also certified in chronic care assisting, medical terminology, community emergency response, and CPR. She's part of a Health & Human Service Club. Susan loves dancing and learning new things.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Lucy Chacon

Implementation and Integration Analyst

Lucy began working at UHS in 2008 as a Medical Assistant until she transitioned into a supervisory role in 2016. She has worked for UHS for a total of 13 years. Lucy enjoys patient-facing work and working behind the scenes to improve patient care and patient satisfaction. She also enjoys working on projects that help streamline ways of caring for UHS students. Lucy is a big geek when it comes to thinking of ways we can modernize ourselves using newer technology to better connect with students. Additionally, Lucy project managed the complete renovations of UHS' Primary Care and Pharmacy departments.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Cintia Chavez Rodriguez MA

Cintia Chavez Rodriguez

Per Diem - Primary Care

Prior to joining UHS, Cintia Chavez Rodriguez was an MA with Scripps Clinic in San Diego. She received her BS from UC Santa Cruz and has a clinical interest in working with underrepresented minorities. Cintia loves hiking and going for runs by the beach. Her favorite season is fall and her favorite month is October!

Additional Languages: Spanish

Lupe Del Rio

MA I - Primary Care

Additional Languages: Spanish

Maria Delgadillo

MA II - Urgent Care 

Maria Delgadillo joined UHS in 2013. Overall, she’s been an MA for 15 years working the majority of the time in urgent care and also internal medicine, sports medicine, occupational health, primary care, women's health, pediatrics, and vaccine clinics. Maria graduated as an MA from Merritt College and she’s also certified as a phlebotomist, orthopedic technician, and a surgical technologist.

Maria loves working in the Urgent Care department because every day is different. She enjoys helping patients feel better when they come in in so much pain and being part of a team that can impact patients with compassionate care. Maria loves her job at UHS taking care of students and been part of a place that feels like family. When not at work, Maria loves watching movies and spending time with her daughters, husband, and family. She’s a cat lover and currently has five beautiful cats who are like family.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Maria Duran

MA II - Primary Care

Maria attended Webster Career College for her MA and BAMA for CPT1. Prior to joining UHS in 2016, she worked at US HealthWorks in Berkeley and Chevron Refinery Medical Services in Richmond (Occupational Clinic) for nine years. Currently, Maria works closely with eating disorder patients and she loves giving injections, doing procedures, and training new staff members. On her free, time she enjoys going out to eat with family and assisting with every single one of her boy's' soccer games. 

Additional Languages: Spanish

Tiara Evans MA

Tiara Evans

Per Diem - Primary Care

Prior to joining UHS, Tiara Evans was a stay-at-home mom to four homeschooled children. She was also pursuing her nursing degree while running a small business on Amazon. Along with being an MA, Tiara earned her Associates in Liberal Arts. She has a clinical interest in gynecology, trans care, and mental health. Most of Tiara’s days off are spent with her children and she enjoys visiting the East Bay Regional Parks.

Rolly Fernandez, Medical Assistant

Rolly Fernandez

Per Diem - Urgent Care

Additional Languages: Filipino & Tagalog

Maria Louvir Fernando

MA II - Primary Care

Louvir joined UHS in 2016. She received her MA certification from Mt. Diablo Adult Education. She also completed her BS in Nursing in the Philippines. Prior to working at UHS, Louvir was a full time mom to her four children and volunteered at the Zuckerberg-SFGH Emergency Department.

On her free time, Louvir works on social media as an online business coach. Aside from that, she enjoys  working on her DIY home improvement projects. You'll know she's a foodie because she strongly believes that food is the key to a great party! Louvir is also a wanderer and the beach is her happy place.

Additional Languages: Filipino & Tagalog 

Cynthia Garcia-Gaitan

Primary Care Medical Assistant Supervisor

Additional Languages: Spanish

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Paola Gutiérrez

MA II - Primary Care

Prior to joining UHS, Paola Gutiérrez worked at West Berkeley Family Practice (Lifelong West Berkeley), a nonprofit organization that provides health and social services to underserved individuals. She has a clinical interest in eating disorders and enjoys spending time with her partner and two fur babies.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Muhammad Haroon

Muhammad Haroon

Per Diem - Primary Care

Muhammad Haroon received his training at Castro Valley Adult and Career Education. He enjoys watching movies, sports, and playing with his kids.

Additional Languages: Pashto, Dari, Urdu, Farsi

Dieisha Hodges

MA III - Specialty Clinic
Leticia Iniguez

Leticia Iniguez

Per Diem - Urgent Care

Additional Languages: Spanish

Lizbeth Jimenez

Liz Jimenez

MA I - Primary Care

Liz Jimenez received her education from Contra Costa College. Prior to joining UHS, she was working as an MA at Marin Community Clinics. Liz enjoys spending time with her daughter.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Kim Lipton

MA III - Urgent Care

Kim has been an MA at UHS for over 20 years, primarily in the Urgent Care department. In addition to her MA certification, she has a BA from UCSC in Health Studies, she's a registered orthopedic tech, and she's completed the Rosen Bodywork training. Kim has a clinical interest in health education and women's health care. She lives with her extended family in Berkeley and spends her personal time creating, crafting, reading, cooking, and taking long walks in her neighborhood.

Andrea Lopez MA

Andrea Lopez 

MA - Occupational Health

Imma Martiello

MA I - Occupational Health

Imma Martiello has been an MA for 4 years and received her training at San Leandro Adult School. She loves traveling, spending time with her family, going to street festivals, and trying different types of food.

Additional Languages: Italian

Sam Martinez MA

Sam Martinez

Per Diem - Primary Care

Sam Martinez received his MA certification from Boston Reed College and he also has his California State License for Life and Health. He has previously worked at Kaiser. Sam loves helping people get to their best versions of themselves both in health and state of mind. He also enjoys working with students within the eating disorder and Specialty clinics. Outside of work, Sam likes to spend time with his daughter, sing, and stay active with sports (baseball, basketball, football).

Additional Languages: Spanish

Viridiana Martinez

MA II - Urgent Care

Viridiana received her AA from Heald College. She's been working as a medical assistant for eight years. Viridiana is happily married and enjoys hiking, ziplining, horseback riding, and traveling. She loves spending as much time with her family as she can.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Maria Morales MA

Maria Morales

MA I - Primary Care

Maria Morales received her AA in Medical Assisting from Heald College and is certified by the AAMA as a certified medical assistant. She's also certified by the NHA as a certified phlebotomy technician. Prior to joining UHS, Maria was working as an MA within the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundatio. She is married with two kids and enjoys long family walks with her dog, Taco, exploring the outdoors, and hosting family events at her home.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Christina Orduna-Figueroa

Christina Orduna-Figueroa

MA I - Primary Care

Estela Ornales

MA - Urgent Care

Trish Pericone

Trish Pericone

MA I - Primary Care

Trish Pericone received her MA, EKG, and phlebotomy training at the Gurnick Academy. Prior to joining UHS, she was an MA at UCSF Student Health and Counseling Services. Trish is a mom to two amazing men and they love hiking and beach days. She is also a licensed cosmetologist and spends some of her free time getting creative with hair for long time clients and friends.

Maria de Pilar Perez

Maria Perez

Hospital Assistant, Primary & Urgent Care

Maria Perez joined the UHS Custodial team in 2018 and transitioned to the role of Hospital Assistant. Maria now supports doctors and patients in all clinics by promoting a clean, safe, and healthy environment. She prepares and stocks clinic supplies, sanitizes exam rooms, and sterilizes medical instruments.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Salvador Rios

Salvador Rios

Per Diem - Primary Care

Salvador Rios is a certified Medical Assistant and UC Berkeley Retinopathy Camera Operator. Prior to joining UHS, he worked for a community family practice. Salvador has a clinical interest in assisting with procedures and vaccinations.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Nova Rodriguez MA

Nova Rodriguez

MA II - Allergy/Travel

Nova Rodriguez completed her MA training at the Mt. Diablo Adult Education school in Concord. She's currently in school completing her prerequisites for nursing school. Prior to joining UHS, Nova was working as an MA for Stanford Healthcare. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching moves, cuddling with her cat, trying new foods, and going to concerts.

Additional Languages: Spanish

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Angela Ross

MA I - Primary Care

Angela Ross received her Medical Assistant certificate from Merritt College. Prior to joining UHS, she was working at an urgent care clinic. Angela loves the 49'ers, dogs, coffee, and her three daughters and grandson.

Michael Snider

Michael has been a full-time EMT/medical assistant at City College of San Francisco for over 10 years. He earned his Medical Assistant Certification, EMT Certification, Registered Orthopedic Certification, and his Allied Health Instructor Certification. Michael has a clinical interest in vaccines and emergency care. He enjoy volunteering and spending time with his three cats — Jessie, Nobe and Abbey.

Per Diem - Urgent Care

Manuella Stephney

MA II - Specialty Clinic

Manuella joined UHS in 2005. She graduated with her AA degree and Medical Assistant certification from Heald College. She love singing, dancing, and bible reading.