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Care Team

The DAP Health care team is staffed by astute, compassionate healthcare professionals who lovingly support the healing process of each unique patient.

Care Team

The DAP Health care team is staffed by astute, compassionate healthcare professionals who lovingly support the healing process of each unique patient.

Jill Gover, Ph.D.

Jill Gover, Ph.D. 

Behavioral Health Director

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Working together with her patients, Dr. Gover establishes goals for therapy and identifies the steps needed to achieve those goals. Her patients will have clear and realistic expectations of what they can accomplish in therapy. And as trust deepens, Dr. Gover invites patients to connect with her on a more intimate level.

With curiosity, and without judgment, she draws her patients into a collaborative approach to investigate the evidence and efficacy of particular thought patterns, and helps patients reconstruct a new narrative of self-talk that improves their quality of life. Dr. Gover believes that the story we tell ourselves can often be distorted and, because of that, we experience unnecessary emotional distress. As a cognitive behavioral therapist, she's interested in exploring the mistaken beliefs, unhelpful rules we live by, and faulty thinking that causes problems in our lives.

Prior to joining DAP in 2019, Dr. Gover worked for many years as the Mental Health Director at the Scott Hines Mental Health Clinic @ The Center where she developed, established, and supervised outpatient mental health services. In addition to her many other responsibilities at The Center, she provided individual, couples, family, and group therapy for the LGBTQ+ community. Dr. Gover has also provided psychological services to students on campus at College of the Desert; been the Director of Mental Health Services, Clinical Psychologist for the Long Valley Health Center in Laytonville, California; and has worked at numerous other organizations and in private practice.

Dr. Gover is passionate about social and environmental justice advocacy and LGBTQ+ political activism and she has volunteered with various political causes and campaigns such as the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Human Rights Campaign, and Equality California.

"I establish a therapeutic alliance in therapy where patients know they will be heard without judgment. I create a safe place for them to learn and practice the tools and skills they need in order to make the changes they want to make in their life."

DAP Health clinicians, including Dr. Gover, provide the latest HIV/AIDS treatments in a safe, judgement free environment. They are skilled in working with LGBTQ+ individuals to craft treatments that work and enhance their patients' quality of life. Services includes HIV testing; STI screening; linkage to care; HIV medications, including antiretrovirals, PEP and PrEP; patient education; mental health services; dental services; and more.

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Noe Lopez

Physician Assistant, MHS, PA-C

Noe's daily interactions with DAP Health patients include taking their medical histories, conducting physical exams, ordering and interpreting tests, diagnosing and treating disease, and providing preventative health counseling. He has a natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. His patients find him approachable and relatable and they know that their concerns are being heard and that he will continue to follow up and address any future health issues on subsequent visits.

Prior to joining DAP Health in 2018, Noe was Physician Assistant, Internal Medicine for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Medical Facility in San Diego where, among his many responsibilities, he provided medical services to a culturally diverse population of patients who were mainly foreign-born and had varying cultural and religious practices. He also managed acute and chronic illnesses in the adult and geriatric population and provided appropriate follow-up care, as well as managed transgender care including initial workup and hormone replacement therapy.

Noe has also been a Physician Assistant for a number of other organizations including Salud Digna Medical Clinic in Los Angeles; Family Medicine Residency Clinic in Fort Hood Killeen, Texas; and Samaritana Medical Clinic, also in Los Angeles. In addition, has been a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and California Academy of Physician Assistants

"I actively listen to patients to gain insight, and in doing so I am able to provide personalized, comprehensive care. Building rapport provides a sense of accomplishment."

DAP Health clinicians, including Noe, provide the latest HIV/AIDS treatments in a safe, judgement free environment. They are skilled in working with LGBTQ+ individuals to craft treatments that work and enhance their patients' quality of life. Services includes HIV testing; STI screening; linkage to care; HIV medications, including antiretrovirals, PEP and PrEP; patient education; mental health services; dental services; and more.

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David Morris, MD

Chief Medical Officer, AAHIVS

Whether patients come to DAP Health specifically for HIV Care, or are HIV-negative and looking for high-quality primary health care, David and his skilled staff of doctors, nurses, and assistants are here to serve the residents of Coachella Valley. David maintains an ongoing, nationwide search for his Dream Team to help ensure DAP Health continues offering quality health care at every stage of adult life.

David takes pride in his service to the LGBTQ+ and straight communities. His calm personality, deepened by a natural sensitivity to providing stigma-free care, is a great fit for DAP Health. These traits translate into a comforting manner of assurance to his patients who feel confident that their care is in good hands. David's patients bond with him over his excellent current, progressive, and integrated approach to their medical care and his ability to build trust with them through honest, clear communication.

Before joining DAP Health in 2016, David was Medical Director and Attending Physician at Pride Medical, an LGBTQ+-oriented clinic in Atlanta, from 1999 to 2015. He is a certified HIV Specialist and Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician with a proven commitment to the medical excellence of hospital and outpatient clinical experience.

David attended medical school at the Emory University, School of Medicine in Atlanta and did his residency at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. His certification and licensure includes the American Board of Family Medicine; American Academy of HIV-Medicine; California (Physician’s) Medical License, (Medical Board of California); and Georgia Physician’s Medical License.

David has been a part of missions to El Salvador, where he did research on the effect of chiropractic adjustments in lowering blood pressure, as well as volunteering with Doctors/Surgeons Without Borders in Colombia. He also volunteered with Dr. Robert Grant of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation on “Ending the Epidemic with PEP and PrEP.” Among his research projects at DAP Health are HRA/Anal Dysplasia and Treating Antibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea.

“At the end of the day, my professional commitment is pretty simple: I want DAP to provide a safe place for our patients to be well, healthy, and happy.”

DAP Health clinicians, including Dr. Morris, provide the latest HIV/AIDS treatments in a safe, judgement free environment. They are skilled in working with LGBTQ+ individuals to craft treatments that work and enhance their patients' quality of life. Services includes HIV testing; STI screening; linkage to care; HIV medications, including antiretrovirals, PEP and PrEP; patient education; mental health services; dental services; and more.

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Howard A. Aronow, MD

Primary Care Physician, Adult Neurologist, AAHIVS

Howard Aaron Aronow, MD, or Aaron as everyone including his patients call him, is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine where he has been on faculty since 1990. At present, he directs the HIV Neurology program part-time, but is happy to also join us part-time at DAP Health.

Dr. Aronow has been treating people living with HIV since the beginning of the epidemic, in 1981, when he finished medical school. He completed his Neurology residency training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and his fellowship in Neuro-virology at the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, in the mid to late 1980’s. Dr. Aronow was a member of the first Neuro-AIDS Study Group in the nation.

In addition to previously serving as the first Medical Director of the HIV Health Care Center, subsequently known as the Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, Dr. Aronow currently serves as Attending Neurologist at the HIV Outpatient Clinic of the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center.

Moreover, in addition to extensive clinical experience, Dr. Aronow has expertise in the field of neurological HIV/AIDS research, and is the co-investigator on numerous studies researching the neurological effects of HIV on various populations, resulting in publications including “Effects of Coinfection with HIV and Hepatitis C Virus on the Nervous System.”

Dr. Aronow has served as a board member for many organizations including the Center for Health Justice, Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (GLASS), and Jewish AIDS Services. He is the only physician on the Los Angeles HIV Legal Services Advisory Panel.

For over twenty-five years, Dr. Aronow has devoted his medical career to the research, teaching, clinical, and neurological care of patients living with HIV/AIDS. Over the course of the past ten years alone, he has clinically treated or supervised treatment of thousands of HIV/AIDS patients. Consequently, he has developed a deep understanding of the emotional and medical challenges this particular patient population endures.

As an open, long-time survivor of HIV himself, Dr. Howard Aaron Aronow has a lengthy and unique personal experience in caring for people living with HIV/AIDS.

DAP Health clinicians, including Dr. Aronow, provide the latest HIV/AIDS treatments in a safe, judgement free environment. They are skilled in working with LGBTQ+ individuals to craft treatments that work and enhance their patients' quality of life. Services includes HIV testing; STI screening; linkage to care; HIV medications, including antiretrovirals, PEP and PrEP; patient education; mental health services; dental services; and more.

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Daniel Jo, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Daniel Jo Dentist Daniel is a native Californian who is a member of both the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association. Prior to joining DAP Health in 2015, he attended the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and then worked in private practice where some of the many services and procedures he offered included surgical/non-surgical extractions and bone grafting, crown/bridge/inlay/onlay, cosmetic concerns, root canal therapy, and dental cleanings.

Daniel provides a comfortable, relaxed environment for his patients, thoroughly explaining the purpose of all the procedures they will undergo, what they can expect during the process, and assuring them that they will get the best possible care. DAP Health's dental clinic offers basic dental services such as fillings, crowns, extractions, and dentures, plus the dental hygienists provide cleanings as well.

Daniel has been involved with a number of community service organizations where he has provided restorative dental procedures pro bono. He has taken several international service trips to provide dental/medical care, including trips to Nicaragua and Uganda. He has also performed restorative dental procedures at a number of California community organizations. He finds his work at DAP Health very fulfilling and enjoys being part of an organization that is working to help underserved and marginalized communities.

"I am always learning and trying to provide the best care for our clients. I enjoy using my skills as a dentist to help alleviate pain."

DAP Health clinicians, including Daniel, provide the latest HIV/AIDS treatments in a safe, judgement free environment. They are skilled in working with LGBTQ+ individuals to craft treatments that work and enhance their patients' quality of life. Services includes HIV testing; STI screening; linkage to care; HIV medications, including antiretrovirals, PEP and PrEP; patient education; mental health services; dental services; and more.

Shubha Kerkar, MD

Director of Infectious Diseases, FACP, AAHIVS, FIDSA

Shubha has been performing infectious disease consultation since 1991 and has the distinction of having been a part of DAP Health since 1993 when she joined us as a part-time infectious disease consultant. Her practice is primarily focused on inpatient or hospitalized patients at both Desert Regional Medical Center and Eisenhower Health where she cares for individuals with serious infectious diseases. Once these patients recover and leave the hospital they continue on their path to a healthier life by transitioning to Shubha's office-based skilled management program at DAP Health.

At DAP Health, she also evaluates, treats, and provides consultations in infectious diseases for patients referred from physicians throughout the community. In addition, she works with DAP Health's network of other services such as Social Services, Case Management, Substance Abuse Counseling, Mental Health, Community Outreach and Advocacy, and our pharmacy and laboratory services to provide a seamless, total care experience for patients.

In her early career at DAP Health, Shubha worked toward setting up a HIV/AIDS Health Center at Desert Regional Medical Center to care for DAP Health clients who needed hospitalization and hospice care. Her practice has evolved into skilled management of these clients, allowing them to lead healthy, productive lives. She is also involved with research into newer medicines such as those able to cure infections like Hepatitis C.

Shubha is Board Certified in Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine and has maintained certification and credentialing by the American Academy of HIV Medicine since 2012. In 2008, she became one of the founding members of the 100 Women Charitable Foundation which provides assistance to women and children living with HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Kerkar is an Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Fellow, a recognition of and honor conferred upon those who have achieved professional excellence in the field of infectious diseases.

She has also volunteered at several organizations such as Guide Dogs of the Desert, the Braille Institute, and the Palm Springs Art Museum.

"Touch is the most important thing. When you touch somebody, I think it makes a difference. Touch and empathy are my mantra."

DAP Health clinicians, including Dr. Kerkar, provide the latest HIV/AIDS treatments in a safe, judgement free environment. They are skilled in working with LGBTQ+ individuals to craft treatments that work and enhance their patients' quality of life. Services includes HIV testing; STI screening; linkage to care; HIV medications, including antiretrovirals, PEP and PrEP; patient education; mental health services; dental services; and more.