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Chief Medical Officer

MiteshPopat

Mitesh Popat, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer

Specialty: Family Practice
Education: Tufts University Medical School, Boston, MA
Residency: O’Connor Hospital/Stanford Family Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Popat joined Marin Community Clinics as Chief Medical Officer in November 2013. He brings a broad range of experience, most recently as Associate Medical Director at La Clinica de La Raza in Vallejo, CA. He is a Board Certified Family Physician with a Masters in Public Health and MD from Tufts University Medical School in Boston.  He returned to his California roots to serve in the O’Connor Hospital/Stanford Family Medicine Residency Program in San Jose. It is his real life experiences that prepared him for leadership in community healthcare, including stints in India and South Africa, working with local medical professionals to improve preventive care for diabetes patients and to solve some of the mysteries of HIV.  He speaks Spanish, Kutchi/Gujarati and Hindi.

Chief Dental Officer

ConnieKadera

Connie Kadera, DDS

Chief Dental Officer

Specialty: Dentist
Education: University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry

Dr. Kadera joined MCC in 2008 and was instrumental in establishing the state-of-the-art dental clinic in San Rafael. She has continued to see patients and oversee dental operations ever since. While attending UCSF School of Dentistry, she initiated outreach programs for the underserved which have now been expanded nationally. She was a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, and often contributed to free clinics for the homeless. Prior to moving to Marin County, she practiced at Mountain Valley Health Centers serving Siskiyou and neighboring counties in northern California. A native of Colombia, Dr. Kadera is fluent in English and Spanish.

Medical Leadership Team

ErikSchten

Erik Schten, MD

Novato Medical Director

Specialty: Internal Medicine
Education: Medical College of Wisconsin
Residency: University of California at San Diego Medical Center

BrianaAxline

Briana Axline, FNP

Larkspur Medical Director

Specialty: Family Practice
Education: Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, NY

 

Dr. Schten has been providing primary medical care to adults at the Novato clinic since 2001. He has also taken on a leadership role as Medical Director, as well as serving as our lead expert in skin diseases, including cancer prevention and treatment. Additionally, he provides expertise in geriatrics and epidemiology.

Although his medical training was in Wisconsin and San Diego, it was his childhood years living in Ethiopia and Colombia that sparked his passion for working with diverse international populations.  His world map in the clinic, with pins marking the country of origin of every patient, is visual evidence of Dr. Schten’s wide world view. He speaks Spanish with his patients, but admits, “I still get frustrated when I don’t understand the punch line of a good joke.”

Briana Axline is a Family Nurse Practitioner providing primary care to adults.  In 2014 she also took on the leadership role for the Greenbrae clinic in order to lead that clinic toward a more patient-centered approach to medicine.  She places a strong emphasis on prevention and collaboration with patients to help them achieve their personal health goals. She is most passionate about treating obesity, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, and diabetes, and hopes to bring more health education to our patients.

Briana has worked in Santa Cruz, New York City and San Francisco to provide education, chronic disease treatment, and family planning in medically underserved areas.

 

Dr. Nijagal

Malini Nijagal, MD, FACOG

Medical Director of OB/GYN

Specialty: Obstetrics/Gynecology
Education: University of California, San Francisco
Residency: University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center

TraceyHessel

Tracey Hessel, MD

Lead Pediatrician

Specialty: Pediatrics
Education: University of California, San Francisco
Residency: UCSF

Dr. Nijagal has been providing obstetrical and gynecological care to our patients since 2011. She also provides inpatient OB/GYN and surgical care at Marin General Hospital. Prior to joining us, Dr. Nijagal spent five years with the County of Marin OB/GYN program. She played a key role in the transition of that program to MCC, as well as the development of the collaborative Midwife-Physician Hospitalist program for OB/GYN care to patients at MGH.

She is an Assistant Clinical Professor on the UCSF OB/GYN Volunteer Clinical Faculty, Director of Women's Health Research for the Prima Medical Foundation, and serves as a member of the American College of OB/GYN Committee on Healthcare for Underserved Women. She also provides free surgical care to the uninsured as a volunteer for Operation Access.

 

Dr. Hessel is a long-term veteran at Marin Community Clinics, now overseeing all pediatric care for the clinics. She devotes her full-time professional expertise to the under-served children of Marin County, often emphasizing the value of literacy and education by promoting the Reach Out and Read program and giving books to her young patients.

Her view from the clinic says it all: “I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work at a clinic that serves such a richly diverse patient population. I enjoy working with families to improve their children’s health as well as the health and well-being of our community.”

 

KatieBallinger

Katharine Ballinger, MD

Director of Behavioral Health

Specialty: Psychiatry
Education: St. Louis University, MO
Residency: University of California, Davis Medical Center

PeterSimon

Peter Simon, MD, MPH

Lead Health Informatics Clinician

Specialty: Pediatrics
Education: Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto
Residency: University of California, San Francisco

 

Dr. Katharine Ballinger is a board-certified psychiatrist providing consultation, diagnostic evaluation, and medication management. She joined Marin Community Clinics as a provider in 2010, and assumed a leadership role in Behavioral Health in 2014. She brings her strong interest in community mental health, women’s health, and lifestyle medicine to our rapidly growing Behavioral Health department.

Dr. Ballinger works with adults, adolescents, and pre-teens to address a variety of behavioral health concerns including mood disorders, anxiety, substance use, psychosis, and sleep disorders.  She has experience working with women during pregnancy and post-partum, and working with patients with complex medical concerns, including HIV/AIDS.

 

Dr. Peter Simon is a board certified pediatrician deeply committed to improving the lives of young people and providing excellent medical care to children of all ages.  He enjoys building relationships with families and working with them to support and help their children grow.

Before coming to Marin Dr. Simon spent time studying and working in Central America, Mongolia, Taiwan, and Brazil, and he is dedicated to providing care that is culturally sensitive and aware.

Dr. Simon received his medical degree from Stanford and completed his medical training at the UCSF Pediatrics Residency Program.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University.

MEDICAL Clinicians

LohrasbAhmadian

Lohrasb Ahmadian, MD, MPH

Specialty: Family Medicine
Education: Tehran University of Medical Sciences; MSc New York University; MPH Columbia University
Residency: Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

LisaLeavitt

Lisa Leavitt, MD

Specialty: Pediatrics
Education: University of California, San Francisco
Residency: University of California, San Francisco

Albujar

Rose Mary Albujar, PA

Specialty: Family Practice
Education: Physician Assistant Program (PA), Stanford University School of Medicine

JanieLee

Janie Lee, MD

Specialty: Pediatrics
Education: University of Southern California School of Medicine
Residency: Children’s Hospital of Oakland

HithaAmin

Hitha Amin, MD

Specialty: Pediatrics
Education: Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Mangalore, India
Residency: UCSF Fresno Pediatrics Residency, Madera and Fresno, CA

SheriMatteo

Sheri Matteo, CNM

Specialty: Women's Health
Education: Columbia University School of Nursing

MyrtoAshe

Myrto Ashe, MD

Specialty: Family Practice
Education: McGill University Medical School, Montreal, Canada
Residency: Brown University, Pawtucket, RI

CharlieNgo

Charlie Ngo, OD

Specialty: Optometry
Education: University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry
Residency: Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center

BrianaAxline

Briana Axline, FNP

Specialty: Family Practice
Education: Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, NY

Nunnally

Janet Nunnally, NP

Specialty: Internal Medicine
Education: Massachusetts General Hospital School of Health Professions, Boston
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

 

YamileeBermingham

Yamilee Bermingham, MD

Specialty: Obstetrics/Gynecology
Education: Yale University School of Medicine
Residency: University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center

MiteshPopat

Mitesh Popat, MD, MPH

Specialty: Family Practice
Education: Tufts University Medical School, Boston, MA
Residency: O’Connor Hospital/Stanford Family Medicine Residency Program

 

JoleenBishop

Joleen Bishop, RNC, MSN, WHNP

Specialty: Obstetrics/Gynecology
Education: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX

MichalleRamirez

Michalle Ramirez, FNP

Specialty: Family Practice
Education: University of California, San Francisco

 

 

TeresaBlack

Teresa Black, MD

Specialty: Internal Medicine
Education: University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
Residency: San Francisco General Hospital Primary Care Internal Medicine

HeatherRenz

Heather Renz, CNM

Specialty: Women's Health
Education: University of California, San Francisco

 

 

JodyBranham

Jody Branham, CNM

Specialty: Women's Health
Education: University of Southern California

AnnReppun

Ann Reppun, NP

Specialty: Women's Health
Education: University of California, San Francisco

 

AidaCalvillo

Aida Calvillo, MD

Specialty: Internal Medicine
Education: Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School and University of Washington School of Medicine

 

ErikSchten

Erik Schten, MD

Specialty: Internal Medicine
Education: Medical College of Wisconsin
Residency: University of California at San Diego Medical Center

 

KathyChang

Kathy Chang-Lipsenthal, MD

Specialty: Internal Medicine
Education: Howard University, Washington, DC
Residency: Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

ElizabethShaw

Elizabeth Shaw, MD

Specialty: Family Practice
Education: University of California, San Diego
Residency: Ventura County Family Medicine Residency Program

 

 

ElaineChristian

Elaine Christian, CNM

Specialty: Women's Health
Education: San Francisco State University

CarolynShore

Carolyn Shore, MD

Specialty: Internal Medicine
Education: University of Pennsylvania Medical School
Residency: Mt. Zion Hospital (UCSF)

 

EleanorChung

Eleanor Chung, MD

Specialty: Pediatrics
Education: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Residency: University of California, San Francisco

PeterSimon

Peter Simon, MD, MPH

Specialty: Pediatrics
Education: Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto
Residency: University of California, San Francisco

 

 

Doug Ehrenberg, DPM

Specialty: Podiatry
Education: California College of Podiatric Medicine, San FranciscoI
Residency: Veterans Administration Medical Center, Denver, CO

RobertSinaiko

Robert Sinaiko, MD

Specialty: Internal Medicine
Education: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Residency: U.S. Public Health Service Hospital, San Francisco

 

DanielleEigner

Danielle Eigner, DO, MPH

Specialty: Family Practice
Education: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pomona, CA
Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch, Austin, TX

SamuelSinger

Samuel Singer, MD

Specialty: Pediatrics
Education: University of California, San Francisco
Residency: Children's Hospital and Research Center, Oakland, CA

GeorgiannaFarren

Georgianna Farren, MD, MEd

Specialty: Internal Medicine
Education: George Washington University, Washington, DC
Residency: George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC

HectorStreeter

Hector Streeter, MD

Specialty: Obstetrics/Gynecology
Education: University of Chile School of Medicine
Residency: University of Chile, Obstetrics & Gynecology

CaraGutterman

Cara Gutterman, FNP

Specialty: Family Practice
Education: University of California, San Francisco

BertrandVandeville

Bertrand Vandeville, DO

Specialty: Internal Medicine
Education: Western University of Health Sciences
Residency: University of Southern California

 

TraceyHessel

Tracey Hessel, MD

Specialty: Pediatrics
Education: University of California, San Francisco
Residency: University of California, San Francisco

HeleneWalters

Helene Walters, MD

Specialty: Pediatrics
Education: Universite Paris-Est Creteil Val de Marne (Paris XII), UPEC Medical School, Creteil, France
Residency: Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland

 

SusanHollander

Susan Hollander, NP

Specialty: Women's Health
Education: State University of New York at Stonybrook

TonyaWatson

Tonya Watson, OD

Specialty: Optometry
Education: New England School of Optometry, Boston, MA
Residency: University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry

Jessica Hollman, MD

Jessica Hollman, MD

Specialty: Pediatrics
Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School
Residency: Children’s Hospital and Research Center, Oakland

MelanieWice

Melanie Wice, CNM

Specialty: Women's Health
Education: University of Southern California

KeithJohnson

Keith Johnson, MD

Specialty: Family Practice
Education: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
Residency: UCSF - Fresno Family Practice

BrianWolff

Brian Wolff, OD

Specialty: Optometry
Education: University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry
Residency: New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA

SamanthaGoldsteinKamras

Samantha Goldstein Kamras, MD

Specialty: Pediatrics
Education: Harvard University Medical School, Boston, MA
Residency: University of California, San Francisco

PHaroldWoodring

P. Harold Woodring, OD

Specialty: Optometry
Education: University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry

JeanetteKrolikowski

Jeanette Krolikowski, DO

Specialty: Internal Medicine
Education: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Residency: Franklin Square Hospital Center, Baltimore, MD

AlexandraYamnik

Alexandra Yamnik, CNM

Specialty: Women's Health
Education: University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing

ErinnLance

Erinn Lance, CNM

Specialty: Women's Health
Education: University of California, San Francisco

AriZadel

Ari Zadel, MD

Specialty: Pediatrics
Education: University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento
Residency: University of California, San Francisco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DENTAL Clinicians

MichaelAaronson

Michael Aaronson, DDS

Specialty: Dentist
Education: University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, San Francisco

ConnieKadera

Connie Kadera, DDS

Specialty: Dentist
Education: University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry

 

PayonBahrami

Paymon Bahrami, DDS

Specialty: Dentist
Education: University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, San Francisco

JeanieKim

Jeanie Kim, DDS

Specialty: Dentist
Education: University of California , San Francisco, School of Dentistry

ShermanChan

Sherman Chan, DDS

Specialty: Dentist
Education: University of the Pacific School of Dentistry
Residency: Mare Island Veterans Administration

PaulKim

Paul Kim, DDS

Specialty: Dentist
Education: University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry

NikkiDejbod

Nikki Dejbod, DDS

Specialty: Dentist
Education: University of the Pacific School of Dentistry

MikoyanLagrimas

Mikoyan Lagrimas, DDS

Specialty: Dentist
Education: SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Buffalo, NY

KarenEdwards

Karen Edwards, DDS

Specialty: Dentist
Education: New York University College of Dentistry, New York, NY

SheilaLefall

Sheila Lefall, DDS

Specialty: Dentist
Education: Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, Nashville, TN

NicoleFlanigan

Nicole Flanigan, DDS

Specialty: Dentist
Education: University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry

 

SusanaVerbis

Susana Verbis, DMD

Specialty: Dentist
Education: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

ReneeGonzalez

Renee Gonzalez, DDS

Specialty: Dentist
Education: University of Iowa School of Dentistry, Iowa City, IA

RobertWilson

Robert Wilson, DDS

Specialty: Dentist
Education: University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, San Francisco

MarcelloIndelicato

Marcello Indelicato, DDS

Specialty: Dentist
Education: University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, San Francisco

TaraWongchaowart

Tara Wongchaowart, DDS

Specialty: Dentist
Education: University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, MI

 

 

 

 

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Clinicians

KatieBallinger

Katharine Ballinger, MD

Specialty: Psychiatry
Education: St. Louis University, MO
Residency: University of California, Davis Medical Center

JulieStahl

Julie Stahl, MD

Specialty: Psychiatry
Education: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
Residency: Stanford University Dept. of Psychiatry

PiaLitzNunes

Pia Litz-Nunes, LCSW

Specialty: Behavioral Health
Education:MSW, University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice
Residency: University of California, Berkeley

ZoeStrominger

Zoe Strominger, NP

Specialty: Behavioral Health
Education: University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing

ElizabethO'Brien

Elizabeth O'Brien, LCSW

Specialty: Behavioral Health
Education: MSW, San Francisco State University

PatrickThompson

Patrick Thompson, NP

Specialty: Behavioral Health
Education: University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



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