The clinic staff of the Santa Cruz Community Health Centers is comprised of caring, experienced, professionals who maintain a passion and an expertise for community health. Our medical team includes physicians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses. Our team of Licensed Clinical Social Workers offer behavioral health services through individual counseling, brief therapies, and group visits and they work closely with primary care providers to integrate mental health services into each patient’s care plan. Acupuncture and chiropractic care rounds out our whole person orientation to care. Our front office and billing staff are trained to help you find options to help pay for your visit and enrollment specialists are available to enroll you in health insurance (Medi-Cal and Covered CA), CalFresh, and other programs. Call us at (831) 427-3500 to make an appointment and to find a practitioner to meet your needs.
East Cliff Family Health Center Providers
W.A Manuel Arredondo, LCSW, MPH
Manuel received a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2003 before attaining a Masters in Social Work from San Jose State University. More recently, he received a Masters in Public Health from the University of San Francisco, where he was given the 2015 Kia James Founder Award, an acknolwedgement for public health research and interventions that demonstrate commitment to social justice. Manuel practiced clinical social work in San Francisco for a decade prior to joining the East Cliff team in the summer of 2016. He utilizes a non-judgmental, client-centered approach, and specializes in Harm Reduction. Manuel is very grateful to live and work with the community of Santa Cruz. Manuel is bilingual (English/Spanish).
Rebecca Breton, MD, Pediatrician
Dr. Bretón received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology at California State University, Long Beach in 1987. She attended Medical School at UC San Diego and completed her Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 1994. She is board certified in General Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. After completing her training she moved to the Bay Area and was employed at a community health center in Alameda County for 20 years. Dr. Bretón moved to Santa Cruz with her daughter to be closer to family. She looks forward to continuing her career working with the families of Santa Cruz to help promote healthy lifestyles and wellness. She is fluent in Spanish and is proud of her Latino heritage. Dr. Bretón began working as a Pediatrician at East Cliff Family Health Center in August of 2014. She welcomes children of all ages to her practice, from newborn babies to adolescents. On her free time she enjoys spending time at home reading, crocheting and gardening. She is a nature lover who loves all things outdoors including hiking and camping.
Lee received his Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Wyoming in 1980 and spent over twenty years working with children and families involved in the juvenile justice system before joining the East Cliff Family Health Center in April 2015 . Since receiving his Master’s in Social Work from San José State University in 2008, Lee has worked as a school social worker and family therapist in the East Bay. Lee’s interests include trauma recovery and restorative justice; he has led workshops and taught in both fields. Lee grew up on the Peninsula and spent many family days on the Santa Cruz beaches. He and his wife, Cathy, are excited to make Santa Cruz home.
Leelia Franck, MD
Dr. Crummer received his MD from UC Davis, Master of Arts from Eastman School of Music, Bachelor of Science from University of Rochester and Bachelor of Music from Eastman School of Music. Residency in Pediatrics at UC San Diego and Fellowship in Community Pediatrics at UC San Diego. He is a general pediatrician, certified with the American Board of Pediatrics and see newborns to young adults. He enjoys practicing with a holistic approach and recently was board-certified by American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Dr. Crummer has background in community health and Native American healthcare. Before moving to Santa Cruz, he was a professor at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and practiced pediatrics and conducted community based research with Native American communities in San Diego. He has lived and practiced medicine in Santa Cruz for a decade, and starts at East Cliff Family Health Center in June. Dr. Crummer is married with two children. He enjoys native plants and gardening, surfing, mountain biking and most of all exploring Santa Cruz nature and community with my family. I also love playing music with friends and my kids. He’s working on his Spanish skills.
Eileen has been a Physician Assistant for 32 years. She graduated from the Stanford PA program in 1982 and was trained in Family Practice with an emphasis on pediatrics. Her primary job for the past 10 years as been as a provider and the clinic/case manager at Dominican Pediatrics clinic. She started as a full-time provider with SCCHC on May 1, 2014, working at the East Cliff Family Health Center. Eileen is focused on pediatrics but also continues to do a few family practice shifts per week. Before being hired full-time, Eileen was a regular fill-in provider at the Women’s Health Center for the past decade.
Before joining the East Cliff Family Health Center in November 2014, Caroline received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and a Bachelor of Art in Art from UCSC in Santa Cruz, her Osteopathic Medical Degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA in Vallejo, and completed residency at the Family Medicine Residency Program at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. During her Family Medicine training she predominantly provided primary care to women and children, including prenatal patients. Caroline has done volunteer medical work in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Gabon, and hopes to do more in the future. In addition, she has completed training in craniosacral osteopathy, and continues to seek osteopathic manipulation therapy instruction. Caroline speaks English, Spanish and German. In her free time, Caroline loves to surf, do yoga, dance, hike, bike, ski, make jewelry, relax at the beach, and spend time with her family and friends.
Maria Fuchs, PA-C, MPH
Maria achieved her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies at the UC-Santa Barbara (2003). She completed a Post-Baccalaureate Program at San Francisco State University (2007). She received her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies along with her Masters in Public Health at Touro University, CA (2012). Her medical training includes the following clinical rotations: FQHC’s; Alliance Medical Center and Napa’s Clinic Ole, ER training at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, Pediatrics at Sutter Delta Peds in Antioch, Orthopedic Surgery at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, Geriatric training at Laurel Creek Health Center in Fairfield, and Integrative Medicine Cardiology at Scripps Institute San Diego. She lives with her husband in Santa Cruz and in her free time enjoys swimming, hiking, biking, scuba diving and traveling. She was born in the United States, and has lived in Venezuela and California for the majority of her life.
Kristina graduated from the University of California in Santa Cruz in 1990 with a BA in Psychobiology. She has a long history with the Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center starting as a Medical Assistant volunteer in 1989 and then working as a Services Coordinator from 1990 to 1992. Kristina graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine in 1998. After graduating, she worked as an acupuncturist in the San Fancisco jails and at the Portland Alternative Health Center, where she treated clients who were both homeless and addicted to drugs and alcohol. Since 2003, Kristina has been working at the Women’s Health Center as an acupuncturist. She currently sees patients at both the Women’s Health Center and the East Cliff Family Health Center. Since 2008, Kristina has also been on the faculty at Five Branches University where she teaches acupuncture protocols to help the clients at Janus of Santa Cruz detox from drugs and alcohol. Kristina feels drawn to work with the underserved, low-income population and to make acupuncture accessible to all people.
Holly has provided behavioral health services and developed the integrated behavioral health program at the Women’s Health Center since 2008. She has nine years’ experience in the delivery and management of behavioral health services, including individual and group psychotherapy, interventions targeting substance abuse disorders, and case management. Holly previously had a thriving private practice in Santa where she was actively involved in providing supportive therapy and advocacy for queer and transgendered youth in the community. Prior to living in Santa Cruz, she was employed as a clinical social worker at the University of California- San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital where she worked closely with medical providers to reduce over-utilization of emergency services, at the AIDS Services Foundation in Irvine, California, and at the department of psychiatry in a Kaiser Permanente facility in southern California. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and a Master of Social Work from California State University-Long Beach.
Casey KirkHart, DO, Medical Director
A Long Beach native, Casey attended UC Berkeley, where he studied biology and sociology. He spent a semester abroad in Costa Rica where he perfected his Spanish and salsa skills, and met April who’d become his dance partner for life. They moved to New York for medical school, choosing a D.O. degree (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) for its openness to complementary medicine, its approach to the patient as a whole person, and its philosophy that physicians are teachers and guides to support the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. Casey engaged in health care advocacy and activism in New York and Washington, DC, where he mobilized thousands of future physicians and community organizations to bring their voice on justice in health to the public and political forum. Casey continued to hone his clinical, leadership and advocacy skills during residency training at Harbor-UCLA, a large County hospital in Los Angeles. Casey has served as Associate Medical Director at Saban Community Clinic, a busy, urban family practice in Southern California.
Meredith earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from UC-San Diego in 2003, followed by a Master’s in Nursing from Boston College in 2007. She worked at Planned Parenthood in Seaside as a Quality Management Clinician for three years before being hired by SCCHC in September 2013. Her clinical focus as a Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner is prenatal care, contraceptive counseling and procedures, colposcopy and gynecological issues. She works two days at each site per week and also makes home visits. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. Outside of the clinic, Meredith enjoys spending time with her two daughters, playing on the beach and going for hikes with the family’s two doggies.
Dr. Macwhorter received his BA in Biology from Bloomfield College in 1972. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1980. He was a professor at both Palmer College of Chiropractic Iowa and California for 8 years, as well as adjunct faculty at Cabrillo College. Dr. Macwhorter was the first chiropractor employed with Doctors On Duty Medical Clinics as well as being the first chiropractor certified as a provider with Santa Cruz Division of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. He was one of the founding chiropractic providers with Central Coast Alliance for Health serving Medi-Cal and Healthy Families clients of Santa Cruz and surrounding counties since 1996. He has been in private practice in Santa Cruz county for 30 years and has been with SCCHC for over 10 years. Dr. Macwhorter is bilingual in English and Spanish and is now seeing patients at both clinic locations. He is married with 2 children and enjoys water sports, reading, travel and photography.
Dr. Magarian earned an undergraduate degree from Emory College Atlanta in 1971, completed medical training at Harvard Medical School – Boston in 1976 and completed the Pediatric Residency University of Utah in 1979. He was a practicing pediatrician in Salt Lake City from 1979 to 1992, and then served as Dominican Hospital Pediatric Medical Director from 1992 to 2008. He was the founding director of Dominican Pediatric Clinic, serving in that role from 1998 to 2014. Dr. Magarian started at East Cliff Family Health Center in spring 2014. He is bilingual in English and Spanish. Outside of work, he likes gardening, hiking, biking, playing piano, and enjoying nature in every way.
Rosemary Milich, LCSW, Behavioral Health Team
Rosemary came to the Santa Cruz Community Health Centers in March of 2015 bringing experience and an enthusiasm for the mission and services provided. She received her Master of Social Work from Sacramento State University and previous to that her Bachelor of Arts from Sonoma State’s Hutchins School of Liberal Studies. She has been in practice for fifteen years in various capacities ranging from: case management of seniors to those with HIV/AIDS, therapy in an LGBTQ center, county mental health, and working in a variety of medical inpatient and outpatient settings with those facing life threatening illness. She is interested in a mindfulness based humanistic approach to her practice integrating motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral techniques. She loves living amongst the beauty of the Santa Cruz beaches and redwoods enjoys them every moment she can.
Jennifer Morrison, PA
Jenn earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Language Studies/Linguistics, with an emphasis in Spanish and Italian from UC Santa Cruz in 2001. After working as an EMT and Medical Assistant in Santa Cruz, she went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of New England in 2010. Jenn worked at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in Watsonville, CA as a bilingual (English/Spanish) family practice provider for over 4 years before joining the SCCHC team at East Cliff in February, 2015. When not working, Jenn enjoys mountain biking, photography, and reading.
Mallory Pascal, NP
Mallory has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner doing primary and reproductive health care in the Santa Cruz community since 2014. She earned a bachelors degree in Psychology from UCSC and Masters degree in Nursing from Samuel Merritt University in Sacramento. Her passion is mental and behavioral health and she is currently working towards continuing her education to specialize in the field. During her free time she enjoys reading, cooking, many forms of exercise and spending time outdoors with her family and two dogs.
Mila received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz in 1996 and her Master’s degree in Social Work from UC Berkeley in 2001. She specialized in children, families and school social work, and spent the beginning of her career working in Oakland Unified School District. She in particularly interested in supporting young adults, teens and children with their health and educational goals, and has worked at SCCHC since December 2013. Mila has lived and worked in the Santa Cruz area since 2004 and spent seven of those years working at the Parents Center with children and families involved in the child welfare system. Mila has two young sons and enjoys living in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains.
Julia completed her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Sociology at University of New Hampshire in 2004. She worked as a Perinatal Coordinator and Patient Care Coordinator at the Women’s Health Center from 2005 to 2010, an experience that inspired her to continue her education in the medical field. She earned a Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner at Yale University in 2013. Julia returned to SCCHC in September 2013 and is a Nurse Practitioner with a concentration in diabetes. Julia is bilingual in English and Spanish. She said she loves living in Santa Cruz for it’s beautiful and magical coast and forests. When she’s not working, Julia enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking and cooking.
Sandra has a BS in Community Health Education from San Jose State University with a focus on maternal and post-partum health. Sandra has been teaching childbirth education Classes for 11 years and is a certified Positive Discipline instructor. Sandra loves her job and the fact that she gets to talk to women and families about some major changes in their lives. She sees herself as a sort of a “tour guide” through pregnancy. Sandra started teaching childbirth education classes as a contractor for Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center in 2003 and continues to do so to this day at the East Cliff Family Health Center. Sandra was also a Promotora Program Coordinator from 2008 to 2012.