Our Health Center
Serving Our Patients and Their Family…
Accepting Health Insurance
Medi-Cal from Care 1st Health Plan, Community Health Group, and Molina Healthcare; Covered California plans from Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Health Net, and Molina Healthcare; Private insurance PPOs.
Our healthcare model ensures patients receive the best possible care: when they need it and in a manner they can understand. We engage our patients in their care as part of our treatment team.
Our patients receive evidence-based quality care with a human touch providing a wholistic approach to health care.
SDAIHC is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient Centered Medical Home, a recognition that demonstrates our commitment to providing evidence-based whole-person care.
Public Health Nurse – Home Visits
We have experienced Public Health Nurses with passion for our patients and their families. Duties include:
- Reviewing our patient population for opportunities to support those with unique needs.
- Partner with patients in managing their chronic disease.
- Educate and support our team for an integrated holistic approach to patient-centered care.
past 5 years
Our Patient Experiences…
The best group of clinicians ever. I love it here and feel very cared for with competent providers but also with kind human beings. Thank You.
I feel like this is a family. Instead of waiting for long delays, I get in pretty quickly. Also nice having everything her, my dental, behavioral and dental!
Today’s visit went off without a hitch. In and done in a timely manner. I have always been treated with respect at this clinic and have no complaints. I would recommend my friends here and have. My daughter turned me on to this clinic because I was not happy where I was going to before.
I have a fear of dentists, but today the doctor made me feel comfortable and it help ease my nerves. Kind staff all around.
Best therapy I’ve ever had in my life. I actually have been helped for the first time ever and being taught tools and skills to help me cope with the past traumas.
As a parent of a special needs child I am appreciative of all the support of patients and care of my daughter. I know she is well taken care of and respected as the young adult she is.
Kevin joined SDAIHC in November 2019. Kevin has expertise in the implementation of culture-focused performance improvement in clinics, ambulatory surgical centers and hospitals. He is skilled in identifying performance gaps, defining strategy, and creating measurable change. Kevin has a focus on integrating systems and culture to align behaviors to achievements in safety, patient experience, and cost containment. He is also a community-minded leader with a lengthy history in serving refugee populations through the non-profit organization he founded in 1999 focused on leadership development and project-based learning for underrepresented refugee communities. This includes a month-long annual medical outreach abroad.
Education: Six Sigma Black Belt, Bachelor of Science in Business Management (Minor in Organizational Behavior/Development), Master’s in Public Administration, Doctorate of Education in Leadership.
Kevin previously served as National Director of Care Experience, Patient Safety & Risk for Kaiser Permanente, Consulting Advisor for Press Ganey & Associates, system Director of The Sharp Experience, The Sharp University, and Consumer Research at Sharp HealthCare, Director, Support Operations at Scripps Health, and continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor at National University. Kevin also served as a police officer and served as a publicly elected school board member.
Tami brings with her 10+ years of expertise in FQHC Finance. Tami is detail oriented, driven, and highly regarded for her leadership with exceptional analytical skills, and the ability to deliver comprehensive reports. Accustomed to managing multiple projects and multiple departments simultaneously in a fast-faced, deadline-driven environment. Strong collaborative skills and the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds, Tami is a valuable asset!
Doctor of Education candidate in Health Professions expected 2023
Dr. Melinda Astran provides her expertise & expansive experience as both a Board Certified Family Physician and as a Physician Administrator. Serving as Colorado River Service Unit (CRSU) Clinical Director, she received a Commendation Medal for her outstanding leadership in the delivery of medical, dental, optometry, emergency department, pharmacy & inpatient services for the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT), Hualapai Tribe, Havasupai Tribe, and Moapa-Paiute Tribe providing clinical supervision of 1 hospital and 5 clinics in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to develop and implement strategies and programs to maximize quality patient care service while optimizing Quality Assurance and Compliance measures was critical in her roles as CRSU Clinical Director, Immigration Customs Health Service Corps (IHSC) Clinical Director, CRSU Outpatient Medical Director, CRSU Acting Emergency Department Director, and Medical Director of La Paz Regional Hospital Rural Health Clinics. Partnering with Tribal Leadership, County, State, and Federal agencies to identify healthcare disparities and health inequities and to collaboratively develop innovative policies, programs, and strategies to achieve measurable and impactful healthcare goals.
Serving as a Family Physician in numerous different practice settings – Emergency Department, private practice in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Community Health Center in rural Florida, rural Arizona solo practice, Medical Director of Arizona Rural Health Clinics, Dr. Astran has found it incredibly rewarding to provide medical services in under-served communities for over fifteen years. Her passion lies in nurturing the doctor-patient relationship via patient partnership and patient empowerment. She believes one must never take for granted this phenomenal privilege to practice the “art of medicine” described by Hippocrates: “Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity…Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.”
Dr. Astran’s passion for medicine, her innovative and collaborative leadership style, her tenacious work ethic coupled with her diverse experience and outstanding interpersonal skills serve as invaluable assets to the San Diego American Indian Health Center Leadership Team. She strives to embody the words of Sir William Osler: “The practice of Medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head.”
Dr. Chelsea Richardson is the dental director for the San Diego American Indian Health Center. She received her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, San Diego prior to attending dental school at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Richardson also earned a certificate in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her dental practical training in Southwest Florida, Colorado, Maine, and at the Winslow Indian Health Care Center for the Navajo Tribe.
Dr. Richardson is certified by the Western Regional Examining Board, is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, and is recipient of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists Sullivan Schein Pre-doctoral Achievement Award. She enjoys world travel, has taught English in Thailand, practiced archaeology in Jordan, and studied Spanish in Costa Rica. She currently enjoys being active with her husband and two young children.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you’ve said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou
Dr. Clement was born and raised in San Diego. He received his BA in American Studies with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his first MA in Education with an emphasis in multicultural counseling at San Diego State University Community Based Block Program. Dr. Clement earned his MA and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Multicultural Emphasis at Alliant International University. Prior to becoming a psychologist he was a middle school teacher and an Assistant Director at UCSD’s Early Academic Outreach Program.
Dr. Clement has been working in the mental health field for 10 years now. Prior to coming to SDAIHC he was a clinical psychologist at Indian Health Council in Valley Center, CA for close to 4 years. Over the course of his career he has worked with a diverse group of clients: individuals, couples and families in both English and Spanish. He’s always felt honored and blessed to assist clients in their journey to building the life that they are proud to live. While not working he enjoy’s time with his family, the beach, visiting tropical locations, trying new foods, and kayak fishing.
Maamoon Majeed grew up in Iraq and moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2007, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. After coming to the United States in 2015, Maamoon earned his master’s degree in healthcare.
Maamoon began his focus in helping patients to receive better care and utilize his knowledge and experience to help improve the delivery of quality health care. Maamoon has experience in the continuum of care to include Hospice operations for over five years. In addition, Maamoon earned his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is passionate about performance improvement using data analytics.
Maamoon’s hobbies include his zest for life, and lifelong personal and professional growth. His physical fitness includes practicing Martial Arts, specifically Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other physical activities. He enjoys photography, hiking, and snowboarding.
Katie Perry serves as a Family Nurse Practitioner graduating from Azusa Pacific University, her undergraduate work at Saint Louis University. Katie has great experience and is passionate about women’s health and pediatrics. Katie is a great listener and believes in patient and family centered care.
Veronica “Ronnie” Whitehorse (Dine’) is a Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse, and the Manager of Disease Control and Prevention at the San Diego American Indian Health Center. Ronnie was born at Ft. Defiance, Arizona and her family soon afterwards relocated to Los Angeles. She previously worked in student affairs at the University of California, San Diego, and California State University, San Marcos, before completing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at San Diego State University.
As Clinic Manager at SDAIHC, Ronnie supervises a busy staff and is in charge of the Women’s Health, Diabetes, and Childhood Immunization programs. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and in her free time enjoys sewing, traveling, and attending Pow Wows.
Optimistic, hopeful people view barriers and obstacles as problems to be solved and not as the reason to give up or turn back. Positive people never, ever give up. – Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee
As a Behavioral Health Case Manager, Dean serves our clients within Behavioral Health and Substance connecting them to resources that can improve their quality of life.
As a Registered Nurse and Public Health Nurse for more than 10 years, Dean has provided a variety of care to members of the San Diego community, including community health screening and education, vaccination administration, sub-acute nursing, long-term and short-term rehabilitation, home health nursing, and geriatric care.
Dean believes in providing excellent and culturally-competent community care and approaching every individual with compassion.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Business Administration – Management