Meet the Medical Director
Veronica Velasquez-Morfin, MD
Dr. Velasquez is a graduate of the UC Davis Post-Baccalaureate Program and matriculated to the UCLA School of Medicine, where she was a recipient of the prestigious Dean Merit Scholarship for outstanding community service. After receiving her medical degree in 2001, she completed a Family Medicine Residency at UCSF-San Francisco General Hospital in 2004 where her training emphasis was caring, advocating, and allocating services to the underserved community in San Francisco.
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Harpreet Singh, MD
Dr. Harpreet Singh obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Davis before earning his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. During his residency at Valley Consortium in Modesto, he worked his rotations at a local community health center where he treated the underserved and underinsured. Dr. Singh joined EDCHC because he values building strong relationships with patients to give them the best care in a community health setting. He enjoys spending his free time with friends and family while traveling, hiking, paddle boarding, watching and playing basketball. Fun Fact: Dr. Singh was also voted class clown by his class during residency
Erin Cotton, MD
Dr. Erin Cotton obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Duke University in Durham, NC before earning her medical degree from Cornell Medical College in New York, NY. During medical school, she volunteered on a mobile health van in Quito, Ecuador and at a clinic in the rainforests of Bolivia. She completed her residency at Sutter Family Practice Residency Program in Sacramento, where she was elected chief resident in her final year. After completion of her residency, Dr. Cotton and her husband moved to Western Australia where she worked at Wirraka Maya Health Service, a community health center which serves rural Aboriginal populations.
Dr. Cotton returned to the United States in mid-2016. She joined the EDCHC team to work with a committed staff focused on providing care for patients in a warm and caring environment. Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Cotton and her family fell in love with Northern California and the Sierra Nevada when they moved here for residency training. Dr. Cotton enjoys hiking, camping, swimming, and spending time outdoors with her husband and young daughter.
Tim Sellers, FNP
A local, having started his undergraduate studies at Folsom Lake College, Tim Sellers, FNP earned his Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Roseman University in Utah, then his Masters of Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Gonzaga University while also working at San Joaquin County Hospital. While still in school, Tim first came to EDCHC as a preceptor-student and additionally as an RN has worked with at-risk youth and adults in detention facilities throughout California. Returning to EDCHC, Tim believes that great healthcare is only possible when patients and providers actively work together on healthy goals and have friendly and open discussions about patient needs. Tim looks forward to building these relationships at EDCHC and in his spare time, enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, gardening, hands-on projects, reading a good book, and various water activities.
Hai Le, MD
Dr. Hai Le completed medical school at Ross University School of Medicine and his Family Medicine residency at Valley Consortium for Medical Education in Modesto, CA. Throughout his residency, Dr. Le had the pleasure of caring for the area’s most vulnerable patient population; both a rewarding and humbling experience. Relating to his patients as he and his family were once categorized as underserved, Dr. Le joined EDCHC for the opportunity to continue working with a similar patient population, as well as for the friendly atmosphere. His hobbies include fishing, hiking, taking long walks with his family, and various sports such as basketball and martial arts.
Jay Miser, PA-C
Jay Miser, PA-C completed his physician assistant training at the Stanford Primary Care Associate Program and has worked as a PA-C in family medicine since 1999. With experience in private practice as well as at Sacramento Family Medical Clinics, Molina, and Marshall Hospital, Jay joins EDCHC eager to care for the medically underserved. Jay enjoys spending quality time with his wife, six children, and eleven grandchildren and his hobbies include gardening, woodworking, and traveling with several overseas mission trips being a major highlight.
Reyhan Anbarghalami, FNP
Reyhan Anbarghalami graduated with a BSN from Mashad, School of Nursing and Health Science in Iran. She realized her dedication to patient care and completed her MSN, as a Family Nurse Practitioner in May of 2007 from the Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Dallas Texas. Reyhan has a strong background in nephrology the study of the kidneys and has done extensive work with patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). She now lives in the El Dorado community and she is focused on improving the health of the community.
Michael Ngo, MD
Dr. Michael Ngo, who was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, earned his medical school degree from George’s University in St. George, Grenada. He joins EDCHC after completing his residency at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. A safety net county hospital, Dr. Ngo’s training at Hennepin involved experience with the full spectrum of family practice including care for newborns, pediatrics, OBGYN, adults and geriatric patients. A board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Ngo joins EDCHC eager to provide care for patients in areas where there is a shortage and need for family physicians and is motivated to help those living in areas with limited resources.
Pam Fallo, FNP
Pam Fallo received her BSN from Sonoma State University in 1980 and her MBA from Golden Gate University. Pam Fallo has worked as a primary care provider for over 20 years and has experience with all age groups. Pam’s experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner includes; urgent care and family medicine. Pam joined the EDCHC because she wanted to work with Placerville’s underserved patient population.
Dale Rasmussen, PA-C
Dale Rasmussen earned his MPAS from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, before relocating to El Dorado County to join EDCHC’s committed staff in providing high quality primary care to our community. Prior to EDCHC, Dale worked in walk-in and primary care clinics for a nonprofit hospital in New Hampshire, as well as provided primary care in Haiti with the Haitian Health Foundation. Dale enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, art and music.
Clinton Collins, MD
Dr. Clinton Collins graduated with the highest distinction from the University of Kansas in 1976, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He then went on to the University of Michigan Medical School where he earned his medical degree in 1981 with Academic Honors. Dr. Collins completed his residency through the University of Utah Family Practice Residency Program. During this time Dr. Collins earned a Master of Science in Public Health degree from the University of Utah. Dr. Collins has over 25 years of emergency medicine practice and served as the Medical Director for Mercy Care Connect of Folsom for 5 years. At EDCHC, Dr. Collins brings years of clinical experience and a passion to serve the underserved communities of El Dorado County. Closed to chronic pain patients.
Vaughna Dusek, FNP
Vaughna Dusek received her BSN from Humboldt State University in 1994 and completed her MSN/FNP from the University of Phoenix, Sacramento campus. Vaughna has since worked with patients of all ages with an emphasis on women’s health. Vaughna has been a prominent part of the local Placerville community and has worked as a RN at Marshall Medical Center for over 12 years. In addition to Vaughna’s successful career as an RN, she has also practiced primary care as an FNP at EDCHC for over 10 years. Vaughna joined the EDCHC team so that she could provide primary care to all ages.
Gabriel Reina, MD
Dr. Gabriel Reina was born and raised in Southern California and earned his B.A. in History from Fresno State University, where he developed his interest in rural underserved medicine while volunteering for a FQHC in Sonora. Later Dr. Reina would earn his medical degree from UC Davis where he was a member of the Rural PRIME program that further gave him opportunities to work with the medically underserved including migrant farm worker populations. Dr. Reina was selected as chief resident in his final year of residency which he completed at Methodist Hospital of Sacramento, and now comes to EDCHC as a National Health Service Corps Students to Service awardee eager to help the community by providing full spectrum, team-based care. In his free time, Dr. Reina enjoys spending time with family, backpacking, cycling, traveling, and playing with his dog.
Lauren Gaines, FNP
Lauren Gaines relocated to El Dorado County from Mississippi where she completed her education at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She has experience both in a large family practice setting working alongside a multidisciplinary staff, as well as urgent care clinics.
Feeling her passion for patient care would be better-served in a primary care setting, Lauren joins EDCHC to better serve her patients by utilizing our patient centered medical home model. She is excited to serve the needs of her new community through health awareness and promotion, and continually strives to learn new and better ways of providing care.
Staying active and being outdoors is one of Lauren’s favorite activities, so she is thrilled to be living in California with beautiful weather and abundant access to nature. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, water sports, camping, live music and walking her teacup poodle Betty.
Andrea Casillas-Chavez, MD
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Dr. Andrea Casillas-Chavez is a local, having studied at Sacramento City Community College before relocating to San Diego to finish her undergraduate education. The board-certified family medicine physician earned her medical school degree from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, before returning to the area to complete her residency at Methodist & Mercy General Hospital. Dr. Casillas-Chavez participated in many community volunteer and extracurricular activities throughout her schooling and was the recipient of several honors including most recently, the American Academy of Family Physician Outstanding resident award. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Dr. Casillas-Chavez brings a wealth of skill and knowledge to EDCHC, having worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, UC San Diego’s student-run, free health clinic as well as WellSpace’s Oak Park Community Health Center in Sacramento.
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Thomas Seivert, PA-C, RCP, RRT
Thomas Seivert received his A.S. in Respiratory Care from the Valley College in 1973. He is a gradute of UC Davis School of Medicine and has been a part of the Placerville community for over 30 years and has been a prominent leader in the development of Marshall Medical Center’s Cardio-Pulmonary department. Thom managed this department for 20 years and continues to bring exceptional care to the Placerville community both as a PA and as a registered respiratory therapist.
Andrea Quintana, PA-C
Andrea Quintana obtained her undergraduate degree from UC Santa Cruz before completing her Masters/Physician Assistant training at UC Davis. During her program at UC Davis, Andrea worked in several community health center settings before joining the EDCHC. A Placerville native, Andrea is excited for the opportunity to now give back to her home community. With her family, Andrea enjoys doing outdoor activities such as hiking with their dog, kayaking, camping, and gardening.
Elia Saleh-Werthman, FNP
Elia, a bilingual FNP, graduated from UC Berkeley with her undergraduate degree in Sociology before completing her Masters of Science in Nursing as an FNP at UC San Francisco. Elia brings years of experience working with the underserved and underprivileged in the San Francisco Bay Area working for health centers, including her position as the Director of Clinic Services. Elia enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, traveling and listening to live music.”