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8am to 5pm Mon - Fri

Felipe Saavedra, MD

Primary Care Physician

Dr. Felipe Saavedra (he/him/his) is an HIV Specialist and Family Medicine physician who has been working with the LGBTQ+ community since 2009. He completed a fellowship in LGBTQ Healthcare at UCLA in 2021, becoming the first Latinx physician specifically trained to care for the diverse population of the LGBTQ+ community.

In 2021, Dr. Saavedra joined DAP Health as a primary care physician and HIV Specialist (AAHIVS). He takes great pride in providing excellent and thorough care to patients of all backgrounds and has extensive experience caring for queer and gender-diverse individuals and their families.

Dr. Saavedra is passionate about connecting with patients to address acute, ongoing, and routine medical issues and achieving better health outcomes. He provides care for HIV/AIDS, PrEP/PEP, STI screening, and other specialized services like High-Resolution Anoscopy (HRA), Suboxone treatment, and gender-affirming care.

Felipe was born and raised in Chile, where he graduated from the University of Chile. During this time, he developed a passion for caring for the LGBTQ+ community as a researcher at an HIV/AIDS specialty clinic in Santiago and later as a primary care physician.

 

In 2015, Felipe joined a pre-residency program at UCLA, where he also completed his Family Medicine residency in 2020. During his training, he educated himself and colleagues on critical healthcare issues impacting LGBTQ+ individuals and improved the lives of underserved patients throughout LA County, many of whom were Spanish-speaking. He cared for trans and gender non-binary adults and kids as part of the groundbreaking UCLA Gender Health Program and co-created the UCLA Gender Health Resiliency Group. As a Clinical Instructor at UCLA, Felipe created a curriculum for first-year medical students exposing them to various LGBTQ+ topics, and continues to mentor clinicians and trainees today.

“I want to put my knowledge, experiences, and bilingual and bicultural skills to work for the diverse LGBTQ+ community in the Coachella Valley. My goal is to create a judgment-free space for my patients to ask questions and feel heard. I believe in using the latest research to inform the most effective treatments for my patients.”

Outside of work, Felipe enjoys spending time with his husband and corgi and exploring Southern California. He also enjoys traveling, volunteering, practicing yoga, and cooking traditional Chilean food for friends and family.

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

Megan Stone, DO

Primary Care Physician, FAAMFM 

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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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