Vida Mobile Clinic

Vida's History

Vida Mobile Clinic, a non-profit organization, was envisioned by two 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 Rugamas and Ana Ruiz 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 its parent clinic Lestonnac Free Clinic 

Ana Ruiz- Peña, PA-C, MHA

CEO

As Chief Executive Officer, Ana believes that healthcare is a basic 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, B.A. 

Volunteer Director

For over the past year, 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 thirteen years of experience in health and social services and is currently Vida's 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 


Board of Directors:

Christopher Quevedo, Board President

Atilio Rugamas, Treasurer

Jessica Venegas-Ruiz, Secretary

Daisy Sagastume, Member

Gabriela Zepeda, Member

Cecilia Martinez, Member

Carol Ramos, Member 

Marie Olguin, Member

Karla Rugamas, Chief Operating Officer

Ana Ruiz, Chief Executive Officer


To learn more give us a call: (818) 332-0463