Dr. Javier Rodriguez, Chief Medical Officer, heads up a highly qualified team of physicians and staff that represent the cultures and the community they support. La Maestra's 40+ physicians and staff collectively speak 19 languages and are selected to work at La Maestra based on their cultural expertise as well as their medical training. Many of the staff are recruited from the local community and are immigrants themselves. This policy benefits the diverse community in many ways: La Maestra is able to provide culturally competent care for our patients, and provide community residents with professional development opportunities. Physician "medical residents" are recruited from partnerships with Children's Hospital and Health Center, University of California San Diego, Scripps Health and Sharp HealthCare, and other hospitals throughout the country. La Maestra has expanded into a main Center in the nation for professionals to receive culturally competent professional training. It is hoped that these healthcare providers will apply their new knowledge and experience to other diverse communities.
Medical Director: Javier Rodriguez, MD
Medical Consultant Family Practice, Mumtaz Almansour, MD
Dr. Almansour joined La Maestra in 1999. He has over 13 years of health care administration experience in the United States, working with community health centers and urgent care facilities, and he has been involved in medical research. Dr. Almansour currently maintains a private practice in addition to his work at La Maestra. He is a Board Certified physician specializing in Family Practice. Dr. Almansour is an immigrant from Iraq and interchangeably speaks English, Arabic and Chaldean, meeting the needs San Diego's growing Chaldean populations. He is currently studying Spanish.
Dental Director: Pauline Tran, DDS
Dr. Tran joined La Maestra in 2000 and has been practicing dentistry for 11 years, specializing in pediatric dentistry. Prior to La Maestra, Dr. Tran worked at Western Dental, and she is a graduate of USC. Dr. Tran is an immigrant from Vietnam and speaks English, Vietnamese and Spanish.
Behavioral & Mental Health Our Family Wellness Unit is a team of culturally competent licensed clinicians that have many years of experience in the field, whose operations are overseen by Medical Director Dr. Rodriguez.