Current Members: 510-433-1150
Become a Member: 844-319-1150
Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday
1497 Alcatraz Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
Serving our respected elders in Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Kensington, North Oakland, Claremont, Rockridge, Temescal, Emeryville
Our Berkeley PACE center offers a full-service medical clinic, a large social center and a fully equipped gym.
Elders who are enrolled in our all-inclusive healthcare plan often visit this center to eat a tasty lunch with friends, enjoy performances or activities, speak with their social workers or see their nurse, doctor or spend time with their physical therapist.
This center features a rooftop outdoor patio to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.
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People You'll Meet at Berkeley PACE Center
DIRECTOR, BERKELEY CENTER
“Our elders are major contributors to our society, culture and history. It’s always been a priority and honor for me to work with seniors.”
Our elders are major contributors to our society, culture and history. It’s always been a priority and honor for me to work with seniors. Since I was in high school, I always felt called to work in an elder healthcare capacity. I strongly believe in the mission here at Center for Elders’ Independence and am beyond excited to be a part of this incredible team.
I earned my bachelor’s of Gerontology at California State University, San Marcos and shortly after graduation, I started my career in a variety of director positions in the Residential Care Community setting. I moved from San Diego to the SF Bay Area in 2017 and worked at a local assisted living and memory care community serving over 200 older adults. I am drawn to the PACE model of senior healthcare because of the holistic and easier ways to provide the care and attention seniors need and deserve while remaining at home for as long as possible.
I am a Certified Dementia Practitioner as well as certified in Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE). Fun fact: I also hold a sommelier certification and have a deep appreciation of wine and the wine making process.
For fun, travel is a big part of my life having visited over 30 countries in the last 15 years with future plans to explore more of the United States with my husband. We enjoy going to live music concerts and exploring all the food, art, wine, and hikes the Bay Area offers. We also love taking our two dachshunds to the beach.
MD, BERKELEY CENTER
Jessica Neil, MD
“I envision a world where all older adults can age with dignity and respect, and have the support they need to feel safe and cared for.”
I envision a world where all older adults can age with dignity and respect, and have the support they need to feel safe and cared for. My grandmother’s experience heavily influenced my vision of successful aging. At age 90, she was transformed after joining a community that brought her connection, stimulation and a sense of safety. I deeply believe in the PACE model of senior care, which gives the opportunity for human connection and care for so many older adults.
I earned my Doctor of Medicine and continued my medical residency focusing in Internal Medicine at UCSF. My fellowship training concentrated solely on the care of older adults in both the outpatient and in-home settings as part of the UCSF Geriatrics Fellowship. Upon graduation, I joined my first PACE program and it was there that my deep belief in PACE took root. I experienced firsthand the direct positive impact on various type of health that PACE offers.
I speak English and conversational Spanish. I am board certified in Geriatrics and Internal Medicine.
In 2021, I moved across the SF Bay to Oakland with my husband and two young boys. The boys keep us very busy enjoying hiking, biking, playing in the parks or anything else outdoors.
MS, RN, PHN, GNP-BC, WCC, BERKELEY CENTER
“I have a deep respect and passion to teach and coach older adults how to maintain their health and well-being while reducing stressors. I’m honored to work directly with seniors.”
I have a deep respect and passion to teach and coach older adults how to maintain their health and well-being while reducing stressors. I am honored to work directly with families of elders with Parkinson’s disease and dementia through movement therapy. By dancing, my patients are maintaining their strength and balance.
When I learned about the greater opportunities for teaching and coaching, I was inspired to become a nurse. As I already had a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley, I applied to the Master of Science in Nursing at UC San Francisco. I graduated completing the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner program and obtained my board certification in 2006. Also, I am a member of several professional organizations including the American Geriatric Society and the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Association and hold a number of other certificates and licenses. After several years as a nurse practitioner for a small doctor’s office, I chose to return to my love for seniors by joining Center for Elders’ Independence in 2007.
I currently volunteer as a board member for both the Suitcase Clinic, which serves the homeless in Berkeley and Brightstar of Marin, which is a home health agency in Marin County.
Wadokai karate is a big passion of mine and I hold a third degree black belt in the martial art. My bicycle is my main form of transportation. I also love to spend time with my mother and close friends. I love being outdoors and appreciate a good garden rock over a diamond any day.
FNP-C, BERKELEY CENTER
Tara Apriletti, FNP-C
“I am passionate about working with elders. I love learning from the wisdom and rich life experiences elders bring to our community.”
I am passionate about working with elders. I love learning from the wisdom and rich life experiences elders bring to our community. The PACE model of care allows me to listen to the participants to help them live a full and independent life. I also love learning about their different cultures.
After serving in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, I followed my passion for community service by attending UCSF and earning a Master’s of Science in Nursing to be a Family Nurse Practitioner. After graduation, I began my career at LifeLong Medical Care working with older adults providing treatment plans for chronic conditions and urgent care.
I speak English and Spanish. I am deeply committed to the PACE model to bring participant centered care to all participants in their native language.
Outside of the clinic, I enjoy my time hiking, yoga and spending time with my partner, dog and cat. As a Berkeley native, I’m proud to serve my home city at the PACE Berkeley Center.
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