“I think what makes this clinic special is it really does belong to the community. I think this clinic is very much loved and supported by those … in this area,” he says. “So, in that sense, for me, it feels like … one of the last grassroot places where you can work—you can have a direct impact in the community and everybody’s behind you. … It’s amazing, the support the clinic gets.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinic pivoted quickly, offering nearly 600 telehealth calls so far to reduce contact and reserving in- person appointments only for those that were truly necessary. In April, the clinic received per- sonal protection equipment—a donation of face shields from Cerno, an Aliso Viejo company that makes light fixtures, but switched to making face shields to help medical personnel during this difficult time.