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Founded in 2009 by Dr. Edgar Chavez, UCHC is a 501c3 non-profit and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) located in central Los Angeles, one of the most diverse and impoverished areas in the city.


UCHC also receives HHS (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.


The UCHC service delivery model provides comprehensive services across all life cycles, with a focus on prevention and empowerment of its patients to take charge of their health and lead healthier lifestyles.  All services are provided either directly, through contract, or through documented cooperative arrangements. 

Our mission: To provide quality and accessible healthcare to underserved communities and to provide a patient- centered model of care to empower communities towards wellness. 



Care Providers

Dr. Edgar Chavez, MD & CEO

Dr. Edgar Chavez received his BS in Neuroscience from Pomona College in 1998 and his MD from Stanford University in 2004. He completed his residency in Family Medicine in 2007 at White Memorial Hospital, which helped forge his ongoing relationship with the hospital. Following his residency, Dr. Chavez decided to pursue his dream of serving the low-income community of South Central Los Angeles where he grew up following his family’s immigration to the Unites States from El Salvador. 

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Dr. Crystal Unzueta, Family Practice, MD

Dr. Kerry Park, OB/GYN, MD


Leilani P Mookini, Physician Assistant


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Teresa Sanchez, Physician Assistant

Teresa Sanchez, is a board certified Physician Assistant. After graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UC Irvine she obtained her medical degree from USC Keck School of Medicine. 


Ms. Sanchez is trained in family medicine and specializes in dermatology. A highly sought after hair, skin, and nail specialist, Ms. Sanchez is known for providing her patients with a personalized and thoughtful approach. She is committed to helping her patients achieve optimal wellness and improved quality of life. 

Isabelle Pamart-Tran, Physician Assistant

Isabelle Pamart-Tran studied in France before earning a Bachelor from the University of California Irvine in 2004 and a Master in Public Health with a focus on Epidemiology & Biostatistics in 2008. 

Isabelle is a board-certified Physician Assistant who finished her training in family medicine at USC Keck School of Medicine in 2013 and who also specializes in pediatric and adult otolaryngology (Ear-Nose-Throat). 

Isabelle is following her dreams in dedicating her life to helping underserved communities and providing each patient with a customized plan towards wellbeing. 

Isabelle enjoys removing ear wax as much as she enjoys playing ping pong. 

Marina Compean, Behavioral Health Specialist

Marina Compean, LCSW is a seasoned clinician social worker and teacher who knows trauma-informed, responsive, integrated health care from the inside out. Working alongside primary care providers for over 15 years now, she is a mental health professional dedicated to bidirectional integration of behavioral health and patient-centered, whole-person care. Marina has dedicated her professional efforts to providing culturally responsive, collaborative and holistic care in medically under served communities of East and South Los Angeles. 

Sonia E. Jaramillo-Lua, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist


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Dr. Chavez comes from this very community and having seen and experienced what being poor meant in terms of medical treatment, decided early on that he wanted to become a doctor and to ‘really care for the people’.

- Susan Silbert, Ph.D.
Executive Director
One Voice

UCHC is well respected and trusted among community residents and healthcare professionals alike for its commitment to quality of care, innovation and responsiveness to unmet community needs.

- Luis M. Perez, O.D.
Lorena Vision Center