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.

Robert Bader, MD

  • Specialty
    Internal Medicine

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Coming Soon

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.

Lisa Gershman, MD

  • Specialty
    Pediatrics

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography

Dr. Lisa Gershman is a Board Certified Pediatrician and has practiced Pediatrics in Orange County for over 8 years. The last 2 years she has been the Pediatrician at Hurtt Family Health Clinic. She was born and raised in Orange County. She studied Biological Sciences at University of California at Davis and then returned to Orange County to complete both Medical School and Pediatric Residency at University of California at Irvine. She has always had a passion for working with and caring for children. She is committed to improving the health and lives of her patients.

 

Practice Philosophy

Laughter, preventative care and education are the best medicine. My goal is to provide even my youngest patients and their families with the tools and knowledge to empower and engage them in their health. I strongly believe in family-centered care and that all children have the right to comprehensive health care.  

Jonathan Chhean, NP

  • Specialty
    Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography:
My parents immigrated from Southeast Asia to the United States in the 1980s. Due to our low socioeconomic status, I was raised in an underserved community here in Southern California. While growing up, my family faced many financial barriers and limited access to resources.

In 2010, I graduated from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health. Four years later, I completed my Masters in Nursing at University of San Diego. I worked as a registered nurse caring for oncology patients for 3.5 years at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. I completed my family nurse practitioner certificate from Samuel Merritt University in 2017. As a family nurse practitioner, I am ready to educate, empower, and make a difference in the lives of my patients here at Hurtt Family Clinic and in the community on the mobile clinic.

Philosophy:
Prevention is the best medicine. My public health background has always taught me that disease prevention is the key to good health. Additionally, nursing has taught me to always treat the patient as a whole individual, especially mind, body, and spirit. These elements are a huge influence on a patient’s overall health.

I strongly believe in a holistic care model to ensure optimal physical, mental, and emotional health. I want to work together with my patients to help them achieve the best level of health for themselves and their families.

Nichola Usher, FNP

  • Specialty
    Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography
I received my Master’s of Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Vanderbilt School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to this, I received my undergraduate degree at the University of San Diego where I studied Behavioral Neuroscience. I grew up in Seattle, Washington but now call Southern California my home. My favorite activities include yoga, hiking, cooking, and spending time with my family and friends.

 

Practice Philosophy

I believe every individual deserves compassionate health care. My goal is to create a positive environment in which all patients feel welcomed, listened to, and encouraged.

Cindy Lee, MD

  • Specialty
    Family Medicine

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Coming soon..

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.

Poupak J. Zadeh, DMD

  • Specialty
    General Dentist

  • Languages Spoken
    English, Farsi

Biography

I was born in Iran and grew up in Louisville Kentucky where I completed my high school education, undergraduate and dental school studies. I’m a proud graduate of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. My journey as a dentist has been full of diverse experiences and I’m happy to now be a part of this amazing group of health care providers at Hurtt who strive to offer quality dental care to our community at large.

 

Practice Philosophy

My practice philosophy is to provide high quality and compassionate dental care to all my patients. I strive to educate them with kindness as to the importance of dental health and it’s direct correlation with our overall health. Getting to know my patients and finding out how I can help them is often the highlight of my working day. I feel fortunate to have joined a team of caring providers who give patients of all back grounds their absolute best.

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.

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.

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.

Steven Johnson, LCSW

  • Specialty
    Substance abuse counseling, anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, grief/loss, anger management

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography

I graduated from California State University, Los Angeles where I became a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Women, Youth, Children, & Families. I thereafter became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker serving the serious and persistent mental illness, homeless, and substance and alcohol abuse addiction populations. I take great pride in serving patients of the Hurtt Family Health Clinic.

 

Practice Philosophy

My clinical practice is guided by theory, clinical data, and the therapeutic relationship. I use a client-centered approach that places sole focus on the patient to meet his/her desired mental health needs and goals. When clinically appropriate and indicated, I perform a variety of evidence-based practices to best address anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction. I also practice from a multidisciplinary approach to ensure that the best patient care is provided for optimal health.

Kassandra Hurtado, ASW

  • Specialty
    Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other various persistent Mental Illness

  • Languages Spoken
    English, Spanish

Biography

I graduated from California State University of Long Beach with a Bachelors of Social Work. I then went on to purse a Master of Social Work at the University of Southern California, with a concentration in Adult Mental Health and Aging. As an associate clinical social worker I have been working with individuals in acute psychiatric settings in the healthcare industry. I have had the privilege to serve individuals with persistent and severe mental illness, chronic medical concerns, homelessness, and substance use. I am honored to serve the patients of the Hurtt Family Health Clinic.

 

Practice Philosophy

My clinical practice is tailored to the necessity of the person. I utilize a various scope of evidence based treatment modalities to focus on the needs of the individual in order to heal. I believe to achieve the optimal treatment outcome the individual requires a compassionate collaboration amongst the patient and clinician.

Peter Hung, MD

  • Specialty
    Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography

I graduated from the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, and went on to complete my training in adult psychiatry at the Olive View UCLA Medical Center. I then obtained additional training to work with children and adolescents at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA. Since completion of my training I have worked in a wide variety of practice settings.

 

Practice Philosophy

I believe in taking a collaborative and evidence based approach to my practice. My goal is to use the latest available research to guide you towards making a decision for your mental health treatment that fits you best, whether that involve medication or not.

Mohini Bolkhovitinov, LCSW (Behavioral Health Manager)

  • Specialty
    Anxiety, depression, mood disturbances, trauma, stress, grief and loss. I utilize the evidenced based modalities of EMDR, Brain Spotting, Emotional Freedom Technique Tapping, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Techniques, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and other talk therapy modalities

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography

I graduated from the University of Southern California where I obtained my Masters in Social Work. I later completed my clinical hours working in acute psychiatric care and then with homeless adults and families. After becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I have worked in private practice settings and pursued certifications and training in Somatic Therapies. I love being a therapist and a social worker, to have the privilege of supporting clients through their healing and discoveries.

 

Practice Philosophy

My practice philosophy is client centered and guided by the premise that I can be a conduit of each client’s healing, stabilization and understanding. Each person holds the ability to heal within themselves and I am there to support this process. I incorporate somatic (mind-body) therapy into traditional talk therapy modalities, when clinically indicated.

Elizabeth Salazar, MSW

  • Specialty
    Therapy services for children, families and individuals with anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief/loss, anger management & trauma

  • Languages Spoken
    English & Spanish

Biography

I graduated from University of Southern California where I became a Master of Social Work where I learned to practice and apply my clinical skills for marginalized communities. In addition, to serving the serious and persistent mental illness, homeless, survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. With this knowledge, I look forward to making a difference in the community and providing quality care for patients of the Hurtt Family Health Clinic.

Practice Philosophy

My clinical practice is guided by evidence-based practices, clinical data and a client-center approach. I use this as a way to build the therapy & client relationship to address the needs and goals of every client.

Elsie Hernandez, ASW

  • Specialty
    Children, adolescence, adults, anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, communication; modalities such as EMDR, CBT, problem solving therapy and Motivational Interviewing

  • Languages Spoken
    English and Spanish

Biography

I graduated from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) with a Bachelor degree in Human Services, went on to work with different community agencies in Orange County mainly providing case management services. I then went on to graduate from the University of Southern California (USC) where I obtained my Masters in Social Work with a concentration in children, youth and families and obtained my Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC). I have worked with individuals of different ethnicities as well as different stages of their life to better their current situations. I am excited to serve the patients of the Hurtt Family Health Clinic

Practice Philosophy

My clinical practice is tailored to the necessities of the patient. I utilize various evidence based treatment modalities by getting to know the person before beginning any treatment in order to provide the appropriate modality based on needs and process of healing.

Laurie Mazzei, MSPAS, MPH

  • Specialty
    Adults

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography

I completed my training at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA where I received a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. I was trained in a dual diagnosis treatment setting where I treated patients with both addiction, and mental health diagnoses. I consider it a privilege to work with this population, and others in need of treatment.

Practice Philosophy

I consider working as a Physician Assistant an opportunity to make a contribution to my community. I believe in a multi faceted approach to treatment that includes medication, therapy, and other modalities that address the whole person.

Melany Meier, DC

  • Specialty
    Doctor of Chiropractic

  • Languages Spoken
    English

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.

Linda Cooley

  • Specialty
    Substance Abuse Care Navigator

  • Languages Spoken
    English

Biography

I have resided in California over 60 years. I have worked in the field of Substance Abuse for almost 24 years, beginning at Cypress College where I worked with the Human Services department providing support, community integration, and speaking engagements at Probation and Parole mandated programs.  I have been employed in court-mandated drug/alcohol programs, such as, Drug Diversion and Parolee Services Network. I interned with the mandated Domestic Violence offender program.  In 2003, I began working in mental health with the homeless mentally ill. In 2006, I began working for Mental Health Services Act Criminal Justice program and worked there for 11 years with an emphasis in dual diagnosis populations. In November 2017, I joined the team at Hurtt Family Health Clinic.

I have a Master’s of Science in Addiction Counseling and am credentialed as a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADAC) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAODC-A).

I currently reside in Anaheim and have two children, nine grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

 

Practice Philosophy

My practice philosophy is to meet people where they are at in their journey in life/recovery and to build from that point forward. Using innovative case management and recovery methodologies, I believe that all people are capable of change and the ability to rewrite their own story.

 

Contact: Linda.Cooley@hurttclinic.org