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Vida Mobile Clinic, a non-profit organization, was envisioned by two Latina physician assistants as a response to the increasing healthcare needs of residents in the San Fernando Valley. Growing up in medically underserved communities, physician assistants, Karla and Ana learned first-hand how barriers to health care could impact health outcomes. This led to their desire to find a way to help underserved individuals. As healthcare providers, these two physician assistants have experience working with non-profit organizations and federally qualified health centers, serving impoverished and uninsured individuals. Their prior experiences led to the creation of Vida Mobile Clinic. Vida Mobile Clinic’s purpose is to increase health care access and promote healthy living for all individuals regardless of their socioeconomic status and ability to pay.












Administrative Team

Vida Mobile Clinic serves patients thanks to Lestonnac Free Clinic 

Ana Ruiz- Peña, PA-C, MHA

CEO

As Chief Executive Officer, Ana believes that healthcare is a human right. Ana is excited to grow with Vida and help individuals obtain the necessary healthcare they deserve. When Ana is not working, she likes to travel and spend time with family, friends, and her many pets!

Education

University of California, San Francisco

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

California State University, Northridge

Karla Rugamas, PA-C, MCHS 

COO

As Chief Operating Officer, Karla has pursued her dream of helping the community that she was raised in. As an Angeleno, Karla is happy to dedicate her time to help underserved communities. When Karla is not working, she likes to travel and spend time with family and friends!

Education:

University of Washington

California State University, Los Angeles



Cecilia Martinez, MPA

Office Manager/ Volunteer Director

For over the past two years, Cecilia has been an integral part of the Vida family. Cecilia's passion for helping others is what drives her volunteer work at Vida. Cecilia has over fourteen years of experience in health and social services and is currently Vida's Office Manager and Volunteer Director, working directly with our student volunteers. 

Education

University of California, Los Angeles

California State University, Northridge 

Marie Olguin

Volunteer Coordinator

As Vida's volunteer coordinator, Marie has dedicated and volunteered her time to help her community. Marie's aspiration to become a physician assistant pushes her to continue the work she does with Vida's volunteers and patients. 

Education:

California State University, Northridge 

Betty Olazabal, PA-C 

Pre-Health Program Director

Betty recently joined Vida as the Pre-Health Student Director.  Betty has dedicated and volunteered her time to help patients and students. Betty was a student mentee at Vida, and now is excited to give back as the Pre-health Program Director.

Education:

California State University, Northridge 

Western University of Health Science 

Holly Green, PA-C , MPAS

Homeless Outreach Coordinator

Holly is a Physician Assistant with 35 years of experience. She has worked in Houston Texas with Baylor College of Medicine Department of Community Medicine, and at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Pediatric Surgical Oncology. Currently at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in General Pediatric Surgery. Developed interest in homeless outreach after witnessing adverse living conditions of LA’s elderly while doing home visits for Medicare Home Health.  Holly is currently leading Vida's efforts in providing healthcare services to unhoused individuals in the San Fernando Valley. 

Education:

Pace University

Baylor College of Medicine


Board of Directors:

Christopher Quevedo, Board President

Atilio Rugamas, Treasurer

Jessica Venegas-Ruiz, Secretary

Gabriela Zepeda, Member

Silvia Aguirre, Esq, Member

Tony Adkins, PA-C, Member

Cecilia Martinez, Office Manager

Marie Olguin, Member

Karla Rugamas, Chief Operating Officer

Ana Ruiz, Chief Executive Officer

Ixchel Estrada, Member


To learn more : (818) 332-0463