Our Team

CMC Staff

J. Gabriella Heinsheimer, MD
Medical Director/Co-Founder
yvonne charles
Executive Director
Joanne Calderon
Clinic Manager
Hewson Shepherd
Volunteer Coordinator
Norah Crean
Shift Coordinator/Scheduler
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.

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.

Feather Ives

Feather has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, project management and affordable housing property management. She has a passion for environmental justice and health equity. She made a career transition in 2016 to biological imaging and works as a microscopist research associate in the Molecular Imaging Center at UC Berkeley.

Melbra Watts, MBA, CHt

Melbra has over 30 years of experience in economic, career and workforce development, having worked for such organizations as the Port of Oakland, John F. Kennedy University School of Management, and the Oakland Private Industry Council. Her background has included positions in operations analysis and strategic planning, marketing and program development, contracts administration, and executive management. In the past 5+ years, Melbra has shifted her focus to providing coaching and training in wellness and holistic development to individuals and groups to reduce stress, improve performance and lower healthcare costs.

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 23 years, Connie Herrick has served the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic in many capacities – as volunteer driver and acupuncturist/herbalist, Executive Director, Board Vice President and Medical Advisory Council member. She has an MBA in corporate finance and statistics, MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine, a national certification in Oriental Medicine and is licensed to practice in California 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.