Current Members: 510-433-1150
Become a Member: 844-319-1150
Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday
510 17th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Serving our respected elders in Downtown Oakland, Chinatown, Lake Merritt, West Oakland, Alameda, Piedmont, Montclair, Rockridge, Emeryville
High-quality healthcare and a senior gym await you in Downtown Oakland
The Downtown Oakland PACE site is co-located with the Center for Elders' Independence administrative building in a beautiful Chicago art style four-story building in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood. The building is dedicated to a beloved CEO of Center for Elders Independence, Linda Trowbridge, who led the organization between 2013 to 2020, when she passed away. She was an inspirational leader and led the redesign of the Downtown Oakland space, transforming it from a neighborhood bar to the beautiful day center you see now.
Our Downtown Oakland PACE center offers a large activity area and a fully equipped gym. Elders who are enrolled in our all-inclusive healthcare plan often visit this location to join their friends to play bingo, create beaded jewelry or enjoy a hot meal for lunch.
Unique to this location is a demonstration kitchen, an upright piano, a sitting lounge area, a computer lab, a small group activity room and a beautiful outdoor courtyard to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.
The full-service medical clinic is located just a few blocks away at 1955 San Pablo Ave, Oakland.
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People You'll Meet at the PACE Downtown Oakland Center
“Elders are the brightest among us. This belief is what propelled me to advocate for the aging as they are most overlooked, misunderstood and maligned members of our society. Being center director gives me the opportunity to roll my sleeves up and make a positive, direct impact on a senior’s daily life.”
Elders are the brightest among us. This belief is what propelled me to advocate for the aging as they are most overlooked, misunderstood and maligned members of our society. Being center director gives me the opportunity to roll my sleeves up and make a positive, direct impact on a senior’s daily life.
Raised in New York, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Social Work at SUNY, Albany and shortly thereafter, made the cross-country journey to California. I began my career in a variety of positions working with children, ex-incarcerated homeless women and their children, and eventually found my passion of working with senior populations. Most recently, I spent the last eight years building strong programs of services and activities for senior residents in Mill Valley, California. I am proud to bring all of my in-depth experience to Center for Elders’ Independence.
Several years ago, I earned a Master in Public Health Administration (MPH) from the University of San Francisco and hold a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) Administrator license.
I enjoy walking, reading, biking, yoga and enjoying food with friends. I currently live in San Rafael with the two cats my children left behind.
MD, SAN PABLO CLINIC
“Seniors have so many lessons to teach and stories to tell. It’s an honor and a privilege to talk with them. I thrive on patient and colleague diversity.”
I have always enjoyed working with senior patients as I can easily relate to them. They have so many lessons to teach and stories to tell. It’s an honor and a privilege to talk with them. I thrive on patient and colleague diversity that includes varying nationalities, gender identities, sexual orientations and religious beliefs. One major thing I love about working at Center for Elders’ Independence is the access to all the specialties under one roof. There is no waiting to get a referral to anything needed here, whether it’s dentistry, podiatry or rehab. It’s all at my patient’s fingertips.
For over 20 years, I was a medical technologist. Inspired and encouraged by my mentors, I began medical school at age 41. I graduated with my medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine located in Detroit, Michigan. I also hold a Bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the School of Pharmacy and Allied Health from Wayne State.
For fun outside of the clinic, I enjoy volunteering at my wife’s church as well as canning and preserving fruit. We love to watch zombie movies after a home cooked meal. We moved to the Bay Area in 2011 and really love being here.
MD, Downtown Oakland
Laura Perry, MD
“I prioritize practicing care that takes in account the person’s unique medical history, cognitive abilities, understanding their own health and their goals of care.”
As a young adult, I watched elders around me struggle to get the healthcare they needed. That built a fire in me to help make healthcare better for seniors, and that fire still burns today. Now, I focus on older adults with dementia, significant mobility challenges, PTSD, and other complex illnesses. I prioritize practicing care that takes in account the person’s unique medical history, cognitive abilities, understanding their own health and their goals of care. I enjoy getting to know my patients as human beings.
I started my education at Harvard University, then earned my Medical Doctor degree at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. From there, I completed my internal medicine residency at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC and finished a geriatric medicine fellowship back at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. I was working at UCSF Medical Center when COVID hit. I shifted roles to help with admissions. I fell in love with the area and decided to make the Bay Area home.
Because my primary passion is serving older adults, I am thrilled to be at Center for Elders’ Independence PACE program. PACE is one fantastic solution to the challenge of “how do we give great healthcare to older adults who have many complex needs?” PACE is designed for those with multiple needs and they deserve to have an entire team to help them.
I speak English and some Spanish.
I am an avid gardener and am happiest with my hands in the dirt, especially if I can grow something that ends up on my kitchen table later. I am married to a wonderful man and have one stepson in the Air Force. We have two mischief-making cats, Moose and Squirrel.
MSN, FNP-BC, San Pablo Clinic
“I appreciate being part of an organization that reduces the burden for the elderly and their families.”
Working as a caregiver to an elderly patient showed me just how disconnected resources are and how stressful it is for their families. As a result, I appreciate being part of an organization that reduces the burden for the elderly and their families. The healthcare system is difficult to navigate, even for younger people. The PACE setting provides a central location for seniors to get their needs met without the confusion. Growing up, I helped my own parents translate during their medical appointments and called different offices to figure out their care needs. It wasn’t a simple or streamlined process like it is with PACE.
The elderly is one of the most vulnerable populations, yet they have the most to share through their experiences and wisdom. They have lived through so much, it’s only fair they receive the support they need to enjoy their lives.
In 2018, I joined Center for Elders’ Independence as a Nurse Practitioner shortly after earning my Master’s degree in nursing from Columbia University located in New York City. I also earned my Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the same school. During my studies, I worked at various primary care clinics for women, children and other adults throughout the New York metro area. When I returned to Oakland, I became a home care provider for an elderly patient assisting with daily living activities. Then I found CEI and love knowing that I’m making a difference in participants' lives. I speak English, Cantonese and conversational Mandarin.
For fun, I really enjoy putting together jigsaw puzzles. Seeing how all the little pieces come together to form the bigger picture is gratifying. I also love to hike in Lake Chabot and Redwood Park. I was born and raised in Oakland and am proud to call it home.
RN, NP, PhD, San Pablo Clinic
“Helping seniors increase their quality of life and their quality of death is important to me while helping them maintain as much independence and dignity as possible.”
I joined Center for Elders’ Independence in 2007 and continue to stay as our mission inspires me. Helping seniors increase their quality of life and their quality of death is important to me as well as helping them maintain as much independence and dignity as possible in the community. We are very team oriented. I trust my team members greatly when they share their observations of changes in the participants helping prevent further decline. I don’t need to make referrals outside to other specialists such as physical therapist, occupational therapist, or dietitian as we have them all right here.
I began my nursing career with my studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. I worked as a nurse in an intensive care unit at Yonsei University Medical Center. Then, I moved to San Francisco to earn my Masters and doctorate degrees in Nursing from UC San Francisco. I currently work as a clinical faculty in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) program at UCSF as well as teach UCSF NP students within our clinics. I am a member of the Korean Nurses’ Association along with three other professional memberships.
I speak both English and Korean fluently.
I volunteer as a consultant with the Korean Health Fair providing guidance on chronic health conditions for Korean Americans.
My two young, very active boys keep me busy with hiking, biking and swimming.
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