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Jay Gladstein, M.D

I am board-certified in Internal medicine and Infectious diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine and as an HIV-Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I left Portland for upstate New York, attending Vassar College. After spending my junior year of college studying Chinese at People’s University in Beijing, I received my undergraduate degree in Asian Studies in 1986.  As I love learning, so I also love teaching. After graduating from Vassar, I taught public elementary and junior high school in Seattle.

The late 1980s and early 1990s were rough years for gay men. AIDS was an ever-present fear. In 1992, a close friend, Tom, died quite suddenly of pulmonary Kaposi Sarcoma, an AIDS-related cancer. It was a wake-up call for me. Despite my background in Mandarin Chinese and experience as a public school teacher, I’d been drawn to the practice of medicine since I was a child. When Tom died, I heeded that call. I returned to school to complete my pre-medical requirements at the University of Washington. In 1997, I entered the USC School of Medicine, graduating with Dean’s List Honors in 2001. From there, I completed my internal medicine residency at Cedars-Sinai, and my training in infectious diseases at Cedars-Sinai and UCLA where I had the honor to train under and work among world-class physicians and researchers. After residency and fellowship training, I practiced as an infectious disease specialist for several years in Cedars-Sinai.Foot Traffic Flat  cropped  version 07-04-2013

 

However, I came to learn that, at heart, I was more of an old-fashioned generalist than a specialist.  In 2009, I made the leap into private solo practice, offering general primary care in addition to my specialty of infectious disease and HIV medicine.

I love what I do. I consider it an honor to be invited into my patients’ lives as a trusted confidant. This job is not easy. I don’t have all the answers. But you will have my sincere attention. I will give my full effort to achieve and maintain your health.

While I love practicing medicine, and consider myself fortunate to fill this role, I don’t do it all the time. When not practicing medicine, I can be found sometimes running on the beautiful trails around Los Angeles, sometimes at the gym, working on various home-improvement projects, cooking, or reading.

 

 


 

Christian Takayama, MD

Christian Takayama, MD received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Harbor-UCLA where he served as Chief Resident and resident director of the Harbor-UCLA Family Medicine Free Clinic. After residency he completed an HIV Fellowship through the USC Pacific AIDS Educational Training Center (PAETC). He continues to work for the PAETC as an Assistant Clinical Professor of HIV Medicine with the Keck School of Medicine at USC, teaching residents and community physicians about HIV testing, diagnosis, and management.  He served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Bartz-Altadonna Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center, and Ryan-White funded clinic. He also practices at the APLA Health & Wellness Center, as well as the Rand Schrader Infectious Disease Health and Research Center, the largest publicly funded HIV clinic in Los Angeles.  He is board-certified in Family Medicine and as an HIV-Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Dr. Takayama is a fluent Spanish-speaker, born and raised in Lima, Peru.  He often travels to South America to provide primary care as well as HIV care.

 


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John Burdick, Office Manager

I moved to Los Angeles from Central Illinois and have been involved in healthcare since 1982, my first job in that field as Administrative Assistant in the Men’s STD clinic at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center. From there I went to Midway Hospital Medical Center, where I worked in Administration and Medical Staff Services, eventually serving in the position as Admitting Coordinator for the Immunosuppression (AIDS) Unit from 1989 to 1996. That was a very challenging rewarding experience, and one that very much taught me the important role I can play in alleviating some of the anxiety patients experience in navigating the healthcare experience. From that position I moved on to an HIV research study sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, where we collected non-identifiable data regarding medications and treatments at several large medical practices around the country, along with providing each of these practices with hardware, software and training on electronic medical records systems. In 2005, I returned to work in a medical office setting for a busy practice that specialized in HIV care, leading at the Front Desk and specializing in helping patients with prescription issues and prior authorizations. I joined Dr. Gladstein at the opening of his new location here on Olympica Boulevard in February 2014 and am very happy to be a part of such a hard-working and professional group of individuals.

 


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Tracie Gibson-Donaldson, Medical Assistant and Back Office Lead

My name is Tracie Gibson-Donaldson and I have worked in health care for nearly twenty-five years. Youth and the elderly seem to have an affinity for me. I have become an “Auntie” to many young ones within minutes and I have the ability to calm and even bring laughter to some of the grumpiest elderly patients. It is truly a delight to see the lighter side of them. My bedside manner is the tool I use to paint a smile on their faces. Even though I have worked in multiple physicians’ offices, my career has never had heavy involvement with children or the elderly. Over the last ten years, my job has been more focused on HIV/AIDS. Whether I’m taking vital signs, relaying lab results, or drawing blood and giving an injection, care is the most important part of the process. While I take my role very seriously, an unwritten part of my job is to lighten the burden of each patient that I come in contact with.

 


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Brenden Jones, Front Office Lead

Brenden Jones has been working in the healthcare field since early 2004. He began in the medical records department for a very large family practice and was eventually asked to move up to the front office. Since then, he has worked many roles in the fields of Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, HIV and Infectious Disease.

 


Chrissy Huynh, Certified Medical Assistant

Chrissy Huynh is a certified medical assistant and a licensed phlebotomist. She graduated from Cal State LA in 2013 with her Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She began her career in healthcare by working at a family clinic/urgent care center. Chrissy then transitioned into the HIV/AIDS field when she started working for the City of Pasadena Public Health Department. Her time at the Andrew Escajeda Clinic was what strengthened her passion and love for working in the HIV/AIDS field. She found it very rewarding to work with this particular patient population. Therefore, she continues to do so, as well as working with other patient populations. She finds working in the healthcare field to be her calling and continues to pursue her career by working at Global Healthcare LA, where the environment promotes learning and outstanding patient care principles.

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