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, PACE BERKELEY
“Throughout my career, I have enjoyed taking care of elderly patients because managing complex problems makes my job interesting, challenging and satisfying.”
Throughout my career, I have enjoyed taking care of elderly patients because managing complex problems makes my job interesting, challenging and satisfying. Being in a PACE program allows me to spend more time with patients to manage complicated conditions and to communicate more effectively with them. I can provide better care and easily develop relationships with my patients in this setting. I also enjoy working in teams and feel grateful to have lots of support from the nursing staff, social workers, physical therapists and mental health professionals.
I became more passionate about geriatrics when my father got very ill and I had to coordinate his care with home health nurses, physical therapists and other specialists. It was a very challenging time in my life but I gained a lot of experience in treating end-stage disease. I now have more interest in palliative care and hospice and want to help find ways to improve the quality of care for all patients.
I began my education at UC Berkeley earning a molecular and cell biology bachelor’s degree. From there, I earned my medical degree at St. George’s University in Grenada and completed my post-graduate studies at SUNY, Stony Brook, New York. I moved to the Bay Area shortly thereafter and began my career as an internal medicine physician. Many of my patients were older adults and I thoroughly enjoyed each of them.
I speak English as well as limited Hindi and Spanish.
I enjoy traveling, music, hiking and volunteering my time to help the underserved. I spend most of my free time with my 3-year-old daughter and it brings me lots of joy to help her learn new things.
MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN PACE BERKELEY
“Connecting with older adults about what matters most to them while helping them improve their health is my ultimate goal. I want them to do all of the things they truly enjoy in life!”
To honor my grandmother, I trained to become a geriatric primary care provider as well as a palliative care and hospice nurse practitioner. Connecting with older adults about what matters most to them while helping them improve their health is my ultimate goal. I want them to do all of the things they truly enjoy in life!
I received my training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), earning a master’s degree in nursing with three minors: geriatrics, palliative care, and HIV care. I graduated as an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner after doing a year-long clinical rotation at the Center for Elders’ Independence in East Oakland.
After completing my studies, I moved to rural Humboldt County, California to provide full-spectrum primary care, urgent care, and palliative care to older adults. I returned to the SF Bay Area to continue working with older adults with complex health needs in San Francisco and all around the East Bay. I am thrilled to return to Center for Elders’ Independence and collaborate with on-site multidisciplinary experts. It deeply inspires me every day.
In addition to English, I speak conversational Japanese and medical Spanish.
For fun, I spend as much time as possible outdoors hiking, camping, backpacking, paddling, and mountain climbing. I also volunteer with the Berkeley Free Clinic and Remote Area Medical, providing free healthcare to those in need. Originally from Chicago, I moved to San Francisco in 1995 and have lived in the East Bay since 2011.