Our Team

CMC Staff

J. Gabriella Heinsheimer, MD
Medical Director/Co-Founder
yvonne charles
Executive Director
Maria Yung, LAc, MSTCM
Clinic Manager
Kris Waller, CMT, MLIS
Volunteer Services Director
Joanne Calderon
Client Advocate/Latina Program Coordinator
Kam McCallum-Gesher, MA
In-Home Care Coordinator
Betty Segal
Lymphedema Program Coordinator
Stephanie Hughes
Shift Coordinator/Scheduler
Linda Wardlaw, DrPH
Development Director
Joanne McAndrews
Karissa Sellman
Office Manager

CMC Volunteers

CMC is privileged to have a highly skilled corps of over 200 complementary integrative practitioners, interpreters, drivers and support staff. Many are bilingual, increasing linguistic access for our clients with limited English proficiency.

All our dedicated volunteers give generously of their time, energy and heart as well as their talent. CMC is a nationally recognized volunteer model for providing compassionate, cost-effective care within the public health care setting.

CMC Board of Directors

Pam Pierson, Esq

Pam has over 20 years of experience on other nonprofit and community boards, including Kids’ Turn, St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco. She founded Rally, an organization providing families with supervised visitation and exchanges.

Eileen Palmer
Vice President

Eileen has 30 years of human resource and organizational development experience, specializing in healthcare, community non-profits and technology. She teaches at Bay Area graduate schools and has been a facilitator for Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Caroline Li, CPA

Caroline is the controller for a shared service organization at Kaiser Permanente. Prior to joining KP, Caroline served as an audit manager of PricewaterhouseCoopers. She provided audit and risk advisory services and assisted clients in strengthening internal controls procedures in accordance with Sarbanes Oxley requirements.

Claudia Carlson

Claudia is a consultant who specializes in training, organizational development and communication. Her specialties include health care, universities and technology. She has a background in marketing, advertising, and broadcast production.

Yolanda Jenkins, PhD

Yolanda has 20 years experience in marketing, project management and strategy development working at companies such as Apple, IBM and Compaq in the area of educational technology. She also has skills in research and policy development from her work for the city and county of San Francisco and the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.

Peggy Powers

Peggy has spent more than 20 years helping families facing critical illness navigate the medical world and connecting them to available resources. Previously working in pediatric cardiology and pediatric oncology, she is now Coordinator of Sutter Health’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program. Peggy is a volunteer with the Adult Congenital Heart Association, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, and has been active in supporting Berkeley schools.

Elena Schmid

Elena has worked extensively in Human Resources and for the implementation of sustainable energy sources in California. She is currently serving as president of the Children’s Council of San Francisco and is a board member for the Center for Resource Solutions.

CMC Medical Advisory Council

Lisa Bailey, MD

Practicing in the East Bay since 1982, Dr. Bailey specializes in the care of patients with breast cancer and other breast health issues. She is a Co-Founder and the Medical Director of the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center, and a Co-Director of the Breast Cancer Program at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

Misha Cohen, OMD, LAc

Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Licensed Acupuncturist, Misha Cohen is the Clinical Director of Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine, Executive Director of the MRCE Foundation, and Research Specialist of Integrative Medicine at the University of California Institute for Health and Aging. She has been practicing traditional Asian medicine for over 40 years and teaches CMC volunteer practitioners the role of Chinese medicine in chemotherapy.

Marsha Haller, MD

In 1999, Dr. Haller began physician-specific acupuncture training through the TCM oriented Academy for Pain Research in San Francisco.  She subsequently augmented her training through the UCLA course in Medical Acupuncture and in 2004 became a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.  Since 2002, she has dedicated her practice to medical acupuncture and acupuncture related techniques.

Gabriella Heinsheimer, MD

CMC Medical Director and Advisory Council Chair, Dr. Gabriella Heinsheimer has been in practice as a primary care physician and homeopath for over 30 years. She is also a CMC co-founder and one of the original practitioners. Dr. Heinsheimer is certified by the American Board of Integrative Medicine.

Connie Herrick, LAc, Dipl OM, MBA

For over 22 years, Connie Herrick has served the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic in many capacities – as volunteer driver and acupuncturist, Vice President, Board member, Advisory Council member and Executive Director. She has an MBA in corporate finance and statistics, holds a national certification in Oriental Medicine and is licensed to practice in California, Washington and Hawaii.

Susan Love, MD, MBA

A surgeon, a prominent advocate of preventive breast cancer research, and author, Dr. Love maintains a board position at the National Cancer Institute and continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at UCLA. She also serves as the medical director of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, and lectures nationally and internationally on breast cancer, menopause, and women’s health.

Judith Luce, MD

Director of San Francisco General Hospital Oncology Services and Clinical Professor of Medicine for UCSF, Dr. Luce has held a long interest in cancer issues for underserved women, and has worked with the Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program of the SF Department of Public Health as its Medical Director. In addition to serving as co-investigator for several women’s cancer studies, she has collaborated with the UCSF School of Nursing on projects involving chemotherapy-induced nausea and post operative pain.

Dolores Moorehead

With 20 years of progressive experience in cancer services, Dolores Moorehead is the Client Services Manager for the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland, CA. She has been awarded the Spirit of Activism Award by Breast Cancer Action, and the prestigious Lane Adams Quality of Life Award from the American Cancer Society. Currently, she co-chairs the Each One, Reach One Conference Planning committee and the annual breast cancer conference for African American women.

Ellen Rinehart, MEd

For many years, Ellen Rinehart was the Program Administrator for the Alameda Health System. She oversaw three major cancer support programs for the medically underserved in Alameda County—the Cancer Navigation Program, CDP: Every Woman Counts and Screen For Life colorectal cancer screening program. She has served in leadership and fund development roles for over 25 years in public health and nonprofit services in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sally Savitz, LAc, Di Hom

For over 35 years, Sally Savitz has treated humans and 4-legged creatures with Classical Homeopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She teaches and lectures locally on these topics, and her practice has been commended in publications dealing with infertility, cancer, and other 21st century ailments. Sally was the recipient of the National Organization of Women Fabulous Feminist Award in 1992. She is co-founder of the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic.

Surrena Washington

Surrena Washington, CMC volunteer for over 24 years, is a Licensed Vocational Nurse, single mother of 5, and a Peace Corps graduate. In 1991, she attended hypnotherapy school and has synthesized a unique discipline combining nursing, hypnotherapy, guided imagery and a universal spirituality. Over the last 22 years, Surrena has led many women’s groups, maintained a private practice, and continues to empower and support women from all walks of life.