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Medical Lead

Dr. Andres Smith is an emergency care physician for 27 years. He graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Martin Luther King-Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. He is the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center with Vituity HealthCare and Medical Staffing. Dr. Smith is the President of the Board of the Red Cross, Tijuana, Mexico. He has Board Certification through the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Smith is an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He has received numerous awards, such as Physician of the Year by the Mexican Consulate,  San Diego, CA, San Diego Physician of the Year, and Mexican Red Cross Physician of the Year. He speaks both English and Spanish.


Healthcare Provider

DNP Razel Bacuetes Milo is a Family Nurse Practitioner with years of experience in academia, research, hospital, home health, and primary care environments. She has expertise in quality care and patient satisfaction for acute and primary care settings as well as managing medical treatment and care plans for patients with chronic illnesses. She has substantial knowledge and experience in Healthcare Informatics. She is a graduate professor at the University of San Diego.  Her educational background includes a Ph.D. from the University of San Diego and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. DNP Bacuetes-Milo is nationally board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Her peer-reviewed article, titled Predictors of Glycemic Management Among Patients with Type 2 Diabetes, was published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing. She speaks both English and Tagalog.



Healthcare Provider

DNP Merlie Buenviaje Ramira has been an Emergency Nurse Practitioner for over 18 years. She is also a Family Nurse Practitioner and nationally board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), an AANP and California Association of Nurse Practitioners (CANP), and a Certified Emergency Nurse. She is a Professor in the Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Program at United States University. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of San Diego and her Master of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner from the California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her peer-reviewed article, titled, Pain Management in the Emergency Department: An Evidence-Based Approach has been published in a Pediatric Nursing journal. She speaks both English and Tagalog.


Healthcare Provider

DNP Maricel Veluz-Delacruz is a caring Family Nurse Practitioner who serves patients across San Diego, California. Her desire to help fill the increased demand for healthcare providers to combat the novel COVID-19 encourages her to contribute to the healthcare workforce to provide compassionate healthcare services. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of San Diego, California. It is her unwavering passion to provide individualized high quality, urgent, and chronic care needs to patients utilizing evidence-based practices through telehealth. Her busy schedule does not stop her from continuously giving back to underserved people locally and internationally. She is a proud spouse of a military veteran. She speaks both English and Tagalog.



Healthcare Provider

Mr. Jose Nuno started his medical career while serving in the United States Army.  He was trained as a combat medic and began his Army career as an emergency room medical technician at Willian Beaumont Army Medical Center.  He was later trained to become part of a flight crew and joined the 2nd platoon of the 507th Medical Evacuation Company as a flight medic.  Mr. Nuno studied at the University of Southern California and graduated from the USC Physician Assistant Program through the Keck School of Medicine.  Upon graduation, he immediately commenced his PA career working in family practice.  He was recruited by an East Lost Angeles community clinic which focused on servicing a large population of medically underserved patients.  He later returned to his home town of San Diego, where he continued his work in family practice with medically underserved residents in rural San Diego.  He speaks both English and Spanish.

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