Meet Our Team

The Hurtt Family Health Clinic provides a full scope of primary for all medical, dental, mental health; chiropractic and optometry care for patients on a sliding fee scale basis. We treat patients through all the stages of life-from pediatrics to geriatric care.

Click on a provider’s name below to learn more about our team.

David House, MD

  • Specialty
    Family Medicine

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography

I was born and raised in Southern California. I was extremely fortunate to have attend the UCR/UCLA Biomedical Sciences program, graduating from UCLA School of Medicine in 1985. I completed training in Family Medicine at UCI in 1988 and have been working very hard ever since.

 

Practice Philosophy

In the autumn of my career, I’ve decided to do what I had originally intended, that is to provide medical care to anyone who needs it. That is why I am so happy to be at the Hurtt Family Medical Clinic and intend to finish my career in medicine right here.

Robert Bader, MD

  • Specialty
    Internal Medicine

  • Languages Spoken
    English

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Mark Wade, MD

  • Specialty
    Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography

I was born in Santa Ana, and grew up in Orange and Riverside Counties. I went to college at UC Irvine, where I majored in both Biological Sciences and Chemistry. I then went to medical school at Wake Forest University, in North Carolina, where I received my M.D. degree. I completed my Residency in Internal Medicine at UCI Medical Center. I completed my Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at LA County-USC Medical Center and am board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.

As I grew up and recognized that my strongest aptitudes were in the areas of math and science, I came to understand that the best way I could use my abilities to serve others would be as a physician. Practicing Medicine to the best of my ability is the best way that I can attempt to make my life matter.

 

Practice Philosophy

My practice philosophy is that access to excellent healthcare is a basic human right, and should not be considered to be a commodity for sale to those who can afford it. Prior to returning home to Southern California and joining the staff of the Hurtt Family Health Clinic in 2014, I had spent my last nine years practicing full-time at a nonprofit clinic in Memphis, Tennessee, providing comprehensive healthcare for the uninsured poor population. It is that commitment that I bring to our patients at the Hurtt Clinic.

Meghan Petzy, NP

  • Specialty
    Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography

I received my BSN from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and my MSN from Simmons College in Boston. I started my work in the medical field as an RN in the acute and critical care settings 6 years ago before transitioning to primary care this spring. I am from New England and moved to California with my husband this spring through a NP residency program as a new grad to begin by family nurse practitioner career with the Hurtt Family Clinic.

 

Philosophy

I believe preventative care is the best way to maintain health and well-being. Holistic care is very important to me, taking into account the whole person, not just the physical, when considering a patient’s plan of care. I consider health care a basic human right and I try as best I can to provide the best care to each individual I meet, regardless of their circumstances.

Loan Ha, NP

  • Specialty
    Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography

Growing up with immigrant parents, I understood the hardships my parents faced in this country. I knew I wanted to work in the health field to help those with the same hardships my parents faced and visits to the ER helped solidify that passion. In college at UCLA, I volunteered in health organizations providing free services to the community.  I then graduated from California State University, Long Beach as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Finally, I was able to begin my dream and I started working in community clinics. Working with the underserved has given me great meaning in life.

 

Practice Philosophy

I believe that everyone should have access to health care and it is our job as health care providers to provide quality of care to the community. In providing medical care, we work with our patients to prevent disease and live a healthy lifestyle. My goal is to help patients ensure the best quality of life.

Marc Sandoval, PA-C

  • Specialty
    Physician Assistant

  • Languages Spoken
    English, Spanish

Biography

I attended college at University of California, San Diego where I received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Animal Physiology and Neuroscience. I went on to attend Charles R. Drew University, School of Health Sciences where I studied to become a physician’s assistant. I have served in a variety of different specialties such as urgent care and cardiology but I continue to practice in a family practice setting because of the impact I can have and the relationships I can have on my patient’s day to day health.

 

Practice Philosophy

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” said Ben Franklin. That’s where I steer my patients in regards to medical care. The other driving principle is that a healthy mind is integral for healthy living. I want to help and provide my patients with the resources available so that, not only are they making good choices, but they understand why they are good choices. I want them to make good choices in regards to both health and life, so they may thrive.

Art Cano, RN

  • Specialty
    Tattoo Removal, Wound Care

  • Languages Spoken
    English, Spanish

Biography

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Lisa Gershman, MD

  • Specialty
    Pediatrics

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography

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Monica Ball-Zondervan, MD

  • Specialty
    Family Medicine

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography

I grew up in Washington state. First exposed to healthcare in my teenage years, I worked in various positions from helping hospitalized patients as a nurses’ assistant, coordination physicians and patients as a surgery scheduler, and serving those with acute issues an an ER tech. These experiences sparked a passion for medicine and service in me, which led me to complete her medical education at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. I completed my postgraduate training at Long Beach Memorial’s Family Medicine Residency. I am board certified in Family Medicine, and love the opportunity to work with patients of diverse backgrounds and ages. My particular areas of interest are pediatrics and women’s health.

Outside of the office, I enjoy running, hiking, cooking, playing with my dog, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Practice Philosophy

Through communication and education, my goal is to empower patients with the knowledge and tools they need to achieve their best health.

Eriq Nguyen, DDS

  • Specialty
    Doctor of Dental Surgery

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography

I received my DDS degree from UCLA. I have been dedicated to serving the patients of the Hurtt Family Health Clinic since 2009.

 

Practice Philosophy

I believe that all patients deserve the same high quality, professional dentistry. I see both adults and children but as the father of two young children, I am especially skilled at treating children.

Mojdeh Rouboubi, DDS

  • Specialty
    Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) General Dentist

  • Languages Spoken
    English, Farsi

Biography

I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Since a very young age, I got exposed to serving the underserved population through my father’s practice. As a physician, he had his clinic in a remote area, and I would sometimes join him on his mission trips providing care for those in need. That is how I became interested in healthcare and eventually decided to pursue dentistry in an effort to serve those in need.

We migrated to the US on my eighteenth birthday. I attended the local community college at Fullerton and transferred to Cal Poly Pomona to complete my Bachelors degree in Biology. I continued my studies towards a Master’s in Bioinformatics and Epigenetics. Research seemed exciting to me because I felt I could change people’s lives by making new findings and discovering cures. But as time passed, I found myself drawn to helping people more directly. This worked as an affirmation to pursue my childhood dreams and attend dental school at Western University of Health Sciences. I have been practicing in this field for three years now and I am happier than I have ever been in my life.

 

Practice Philosophy

I believe in providing quality treatment for all patients no matter where they come from or what circumstances they are dealing with. Educating patients and motivating them to maintain their oral health is a big part of my practice. I feel responsible for every single patient that comes my way and hope to be able to improve their quality of life, one smile at a time.

Mark Tsao, DDS

  • Specialty
    Doctor of Dental Surgery

  • Languages Spoken
    English, Chinese

Biography

Since I was a child, I have been fascinated by the intricacies and mysteries of human biology. That, coupled with my desire to provide care to those in need, led me to dentistry as a career. After graduating from UCLA School of Dentistry, I completed a General Practice Residency program at Veterans Affairs Hospital in Long Beach where I honed my clinical skills while taking care of our veterans’ dental needs. Since then, I have provided care in various practice settings including both private and non-profit. Working at Hurtt Clinic allows me the opportunity to serve those who lack the usual access to dental care.

 

Practice Philosophy

I believe oral health is an important, yet often neglected, aspect of our lives. My mission is to not only treat dental diseases, but also promote the prevention of those diseases through education and timely maintenance procedures. I believe everyone deserves a healthy smile that they can be proud of, regardless of their social or economic circumstances. I utilize a gentle approach to dentistry, and my goal is to make every patient as comfortable as possible under my care.

Rafael Ochoa, RDH

  • Specialty
    Registered Dental Hygienist

  • Languages Spoken
    English, Spanish

Biography

I was born and raised in Santa Ana and graduated from dental hygiene school in 2016, but have had the privilege to be part of the Hurtt Family Health Clinic team since 2011. Working in public health and providing the community with top quality dental care has always been my goal.
Practice Philosophy

Hurtt Family Health Clinic allows me to fulfill my goals by allowing me to council patients on the vitality of good oral health and educating in preventative maintenance. I believe patient care is top priority and a huge responsibility. It is also the highest trust a patient can give you and should not be taken lightly.

Erin Benesch, DO

  • Specialty
    Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography

I graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of the Pacific.  I completed General Psychiatry residency at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, and I completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the same institution.  I am proud to serve the patients of the Hurtt Family Health Clinic.

 

Practice Philosophy

The best health care results are achieved with a multidimensional treatment plan which often includes both therapy and medication management.  I believe in minimizing the amount of medications needed and in whole-person health.

Grace Kwon, DO

  • Specialty
    Adult Psychiatry

  • Languages Spoken
    English

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Arthur Montes, LCSW

  • Specialty
    Therapy services for child/adolescent mental health disorders, including Autism Spectrum disorders, Mood disorders, and Anxiety disorders

  • Languages Spoken
    English, Spanish

Biography

I grew up in the beach cities Costa Mesa/ Huntington Beach. I am also a Veteran of the Armed Forces (Army) and served our country proudly as an Infantryman with the 101st Air Assault Infantry in Ft. Campbell Ky. Upon returning from serving our country I began studying locally at Orange Coast College to obtain my associate’s degree and then transferred to Long Beach where I acquired my bachelor’s degree in psychology and my master’s degree in social work. I am currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Moreover, I am an ordained minister and the lead Pastor of the Spanish Ministry at my Church.

My relationship with Jesus is the main goal of entering this profession of counseling. I suffered abuse and trauma as a child and never received formal counseling or help. It was through my born again experience that I found new life and hope along with the call of God upon my life to help those in similar need. I believe that the Lord has helped and guided me to the profession I am in the job I hold. I feel blessed to be serving the community with the OCRM and Hurtt Clinic and I love and enjoy helping to make a positive impact on the lives of the children and families I interact with on a daily basis.

 

Practice Philosophy

My practice philosophy encompasses the theories and modalities of various schools of thought within generalist social work and I use a biblical approach to serving the clients and needs of the community. I have a heart to help those who have suffered from trauma and neglect and love to advocate for families that are disenfranchised and suffer discrimination and barriers. I strive to improve the quality of life of the children and the families that I serve and advocate for those who have suffered trauma, abuse, and are hurting.

Warren Beacom, LCSW

  • Specialty
    Therapy services for individuals, couples, and families; trained in case assessment, crisis management, and complex substance abuse/mental health treatment needs

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography

I grew up in Pasadena, CA and graduated from Blair High School.  I received my bachelor’s degree in social ecology from UC Irvine, my master’s degree in counseling from Cal State Fullerton, and my master’s degree in social work from San Diego State.

One of my first jobs was working with YMCA New Horizons, which took disabled youth camping and even to Vegas and Hawaii!  It was such a cool experience and such great people that I was intrigued by the field of counseling and social work. Coming from a broken home gave me empathy for those who had losses and difficulties in their lives.

 

Practice Philosophy

My practice philosophy is summed up by Romans 8:28.  No matter what your situation, God uses it to move you forward and grow your spiritual muscles.  I encourage clients to journal because you can literally see God at work in your life when you go back and read the entries in the past.

Michelle Santana, LCSW

  • Specialty
    Certified Clinical Trauma Professional-Intl. Assoc. of Trauma Professionals (IATP); trained in integrative treatment of complex trauma for adolescents, Non-violent Crisis Intervention (CPI), and Suicide Prevention Intervention

  • Languages Spoken
    English, Spanish

Biography

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker receiving my training and degree from Azusa Pacific University. For the past 5 years, my clinical experience in school settings and private practice have trained me to support a variety of issues. I have extensive experience in working with adult and adolescent mood disorders, childhood sexual abuse, trauma related concerns and crisis intervention. I specialize in providing a personalized treatment for individuals by honoring values, strengths, and cultural, spiritual and generational experiences. My approach is catered to your needs as an individual and dependent on your own God given abilities to overcome any adversity!

 

Practice Philosophy

I believe the biggest set backs are the platform for your biggest come backs! Whether your struggle as a parent, single adult, teen, couple or family causes you pain or despair, my commitment is to meet you where you are and walk with you until you reach your come back! My goal as a therapist is that together we discover the resilient power within you that propels you towards better choices, relationships and an authentic life.

John DePaola, LMFT

  • Specialty
    Marriage and Family Therapy; trained in Postmodern, Post Structural, and Narrative Therapy

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography

I was born in Santa Monica and grew up in Van Nuys and Hacienda Heights. After receiving my undergraduate degree in sociology from Cal State Fullerton, I attended graduate school at Pepperdine University where I obtained my master’s degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy.  I am in love with the work and ministry of the counseling profession. I pursued this profession after I felt a God-given desire, peace and call to do so.

 

Practice Philosophy

My philosophy is to take what a person says at face value and believe that their personal experiences have come many skills, preferences, abilities, and competencies.  The problematic stories that people tell me about their lives are usually socially constructed and shape and impact the person’s life. I believe that these problems are the problem and the person is never the problem. I love working with people, consulting with them about their individual stories, and seeing their lives and relationships change for the better.

Karina Arrendondo, ASW

  • Specialty
    Therapy services for individuals, couples, and families dealing with issues of problem solving, coping, anger management, and stress management; trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Mindfulness

  • Languages Spoken
    English, Spanish

Biography

I was born in Orange County, California and received my bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Merced. Shortly after, I attended the University of Southern California for my master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in health.

My passion for healthcare began, at age 2, when my sibling was diagnosed with a severe disability. Living with someone with a severe disability allowed me to experience the roller coaster of emotions that follow illness and healthcare. Growing up as minority in low income neighborhoods, I was also able to become culturally competent and understand the impact of biopsychosocial disparities. As a result of my experiences, I gained empathy for helping people in need. I love to help make a positive impact on the lives of children and families by helping them through losses and difficulties in their lives.

 

Practice Philosophy

My practice philosophy abides by the belief and drive to challenge injustice surrounding the vulnerable and oppressed. I strive to improve the quality of life of children and families that I serve by following the social work oath and advocating for those who have trouble finding their voice

Raul Castorena, ASW

  • Specialty
    Psychotherapy for Veterans; trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused therapeutic interventions

  • Languages Spoken
    English, Spanish

Biography

I called Santa Ana home for the majority of my life. I spent my summers ranching and tending to the farm life between the ages of 7-14 in a small town in Jalisco, Mexico. I enlisted in the Navy at the age of 19 with the hope for discipline and direction. I began my educational path in the Navy, I served four years and those four years were probably the best investment I could have ever made for myself. The Navy gave me the tools and experience to face life, it was in the Navy that I adopted the motto “adapt and overcome”. Shortly after my term was up in the Navy I began at Santa Ana College, then transferred to Vanguard University of Southern California were I earned my degree in Psychology. I worked in case management for a few years in the field of social work while at Vanguard and sometime after was when I realized that I wanted to increase my skill set. I then began and completed my clinical social work program at the University of Southern California, it was while at USC that I became enlightened to my true potential to be able to impact the lives I encounter as a clinical social worker. Helping to restore lives and aid in the healing process encourages me every day.

 

Practice Philosophy

To aid people with finding the proper mind, body and spirit balance in order to unlock their true potential, encourage the lost and the wounded to seek out their passions.

Orizbeth Cortes, ASW

  • Specialty
    Therapy services for individuals, couples, and families dealing with issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, anger management, and self-esteem

  • Languages Spoken
    English, Spanish

Biography

I was born and raised in Mexico. At the age of 14 years old my parents and I immigrated to the United States with the hope of finding a better future, but with the limited resources we had and the language barriers, my high school years were extremely challenging. However, I found people (I like to call them angels) along the way that made my journey much easier and inspired me to get into the helping professions. With this in mind, I attended Orange Coast College for my undergrad as a Sociology major. Two years later, I transferred to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to pursue my degree in Social Work. After completion of my undergrad program I joined the Advanced Standing Program at CSULB to complete my master’s degree in Social Work. As part of my master’s program I served as an intern at the Hurtt Family Health Clinic for a year, and eventually I joined the team as a full time employee on June 2015.

 

Practice Philosophy

As a Social Worker and Mental Health therapist I strive to provide my clients with a sense of hope and empowerment. I truly believe that the client is the expert of his/her own life. Therefore, I seek to partner with them throughout the process of understanding themselves so that they can make the changes they want to improve their lives and their sense of self-confidence and self-efficacy.

Stefanie Zargarbashi, ASW

  • Specialty
    Therapy services for individuals, couples, and families; trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Systems, and Psychoeducation

  • Languages Spoken
    English, Spanish

Biography

Since early childhood I have always had a passion to serve others as other have served me in the past. I began studying at Cal State Fullerton, where I acquired my Bachelor’s degree in psychology. My goal was to become a Clinical Psychologist, but my path changed when I took an elective in the Social Work Department. My professor, a Clinical Social Worker at Kaiser, inspired me and changed my perspective and expanded my knowledge on how to serve others. I realized that as a Clinical Social Worker I would make a positive impact on the lives of the children and families that I interact with. I began studying at the University of Southern California where I acquired my master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. I am currently an Associate Clinical Social Worker and have been blessed to work with the Orange County Rescue Mission and the Hurtt Family Health Clinic.

 

Practice Philosophy

I believe that anything is possible when you find the strength within you. I consistently strive to provide resources to the community, therapeutic services, and provide an environment that patients  feel safe,  to strengthen our working alliance. I am committed to providing the best service to my patients at Hurtt Family Health clinic.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Melany Meier, DC

  • Specialty

  • Languages Spoken

Biography

I bring over 37 years of clinical experience to the Hurtt Clinic Care Center team. I owned and operated my private practice for 20 years but returned to academia to help develop and train new doctors entering the field. I am a peer reviewer for the journal of Alternative Therapies and Health and Medicine and have acted as a consultant for several different insurance and health systems.

Aside from my clinical practice, I am also the current community outreach coordinator for the Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS). I am a Vet Net Ally and was the first doctor to reach out to the Stand Down for Veterans group to provide chiropractic care to the inactive and active military personnel during their events.

 

Practice Philosophy

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders have on general health. Doctors of Chiropractic practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment.

Our goal is to be the practitioner the patient comes to assist them in better choices for a healthy lifestyle.  Our department will work hand in hand with other health care practitioners to help bring positive lifestyle changes.

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