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
“I fell in love with the PACE model of healthcare and knew I wanted to follow that path. It inspires me how we creatively contribute to our seniors’ care with many different resources.”
I fell in love with the PACE model of healthcare and knew I wanted to continue that path in my career as the Facility and Rehabilitation Director at the Brandman Centers for Senior Care PACE organization in Reseda, California. There, I discovered my passion in caring for the elderly and frail in the community. PACE inspires me as it offers a huge support for seniors and how we creatively contribute to our seniors' care with many different resources.
I am fluent in English, Hindi, Marathi, Konkani and rehab Spanish.
I earned my Bachelors of Physical Therapy from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India. Shortly after graduation, I moved to Southern California to develop my clinical skills as a physical therapist. I pursued my clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University as I worked as a physical therapist primarily with the elderly. I continued my studies in Speech Language Pathology earning a Bachelor’s from the University of Colorado, Boulder. I also obtained the Business of Health Care Certification from the University of Pennsylvania and am currently pursuing a Master’s in Health Care Administration at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania. I am also a Certified Administrator for RCFE and Assisted Living in California. In addition to my formal education, I hold various certifications including the Otago exercise program for fall prevention, manual therapy and vestibular rehabilitation.
In my personal life, I enjoy traveling with my husband, dancing, painting abstract art and drawing comics. My husband and I are looking to publish my first comic book with COVID as a main character.
MD, BERKELEY CENTER
“It was during my residency at John Peter Smith Hospital that I realized being a conscientious, caring and communicative geriatrician was my calling. Now I am inspired by each family I meet.”
I am drawn to the PACE healthcare model as I’m passionate about providing healthcare that aligns both my own and my patients’ goals, ethics and values. My grandmother inspired me to consider geriatrics during medical school. It was during my residency at John Peter Smith Hospital that I realized being a conscientious, caring and communicative geriatrician was my calling. Now I am inspired by each family I meet.
Graduating from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, I earned my doctor of medicine in 2009. From there, I began my family medicine residency and geriatric fellowship training at John Peter Smith Hospital located in Fort Worth, Texas. Afterwards, I practiced medicine in a number of settings: home visits, emergency rooms, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities for the past eight years before joining Center for Elders’ Independence in Fall 2020. I am a member of the American Geriatrics Society as well as two other professional associations.
I speak English and conversational Spanish.
I'm also passionate about poetry, music, and cooking as they are essential creative outlets for me. I stay active by running, hiking and during the winter, hitting the slopes with my snowboard with my wife and two daughters.
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.
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