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James Lindquist

Director of Development

As Director of Development, James Lindquist draws upon more than a decade of experience stabilizing and improving the lives of people living with HIV / AIDS (PLWHA) and others. He built a strong foundation in development and community relations at Our House, an AIDS Service Organization (ASO) in Oregon, before a successful role in development at Angel View in Palm Springs.

Making an Impact at Angel View in Palm Springs

Most recently, James worked as Director of Development for Angel View in Palm Springs, an organization whose mission is helping children and adults with disabilities reach their maximum potential.

James worked to strengthen and build relationships with other non-profits, chambers, and global network groups like Rotary. During his time, Angel View broke its own record for fundraising in a two-year period.

Angel View has 22 resale stores supporting 19 residential homes, a Day Program, and an Outreach Program that helps kids 18 and younger stay in their homes instead of going into residential care.

One of his favorite memories is seeing how much students enjoyed their school after he convinced Home Depot Palm Springs to provide a major remodel after it had been decaying for many years.

Prior to Angel View, James was Director of Development for Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.

Roots serving ASO Our House in Portland, Oregon

Over almost a decade, James made valuable contributions at Our House in Portland, Oregon. As he built a deep understanding about the additional aspects of care needed by PLWHA, he became passionate about ensuring access to life sustaining care and guidance for anyone who cannot afford it.

Our House provides healthcare, housing, therapeutic activities, peer recovery mentorship, and other vital services to PLWHA.

James grew in his time with the organization, starting as Events Coordinator in 2008 and earning a promotion to Events Manager. He went on to become Associate Director of Development, and then Director of Development.

CJ Tobe, MA

Director of Community Health and Sexual Wellness

C.J. Tobe is our Director of Community Health & Sexual Wellness. He's dedicated his career in community health to eliminating barriers and improving access to health care and social support services for those living with and/or at risk for HIV/STIs. C.J. joined DAP Health in 2015 as a medical case manager and has advanced through roles in clinic case management, prevention programs management, and community health program management.

In his current position, and as part of DAP Health’s Leadership Team, C.J. oversees the operations of our Sexual Wellness Clinics where clients can receive free HIV/STI testing/treatment, Rapid Start ART, and PrEP/PEP services. C.J.'s professional, academic, and life experience has motivated him to spearhead DAP Health’s expansion of sexual wellness services. Some of his innovations have included eliminating cost barriers, along with expanding the access to testing and linkage to care through licensing a mobile testing clinic and opening our second Sexual Wellness Clinic in Indio, the first two new sites to offer clinical services in nearly 40 years.

C.J. is also the Project Director at DAP Health for the HRSA Special Projects of National Significance Rapid Start ART initiative, one of 10 grant-funded implementation sites in the U.S. Other new services developed and implemented by C.J. include a California-certified, mobile harm-reduction program, a self-HIV testing program, a home delivery program, a Tracfone program, as well as a statewide virtual PrEP program through a partnership with MISTR.

Before joining DAP Health, C.J. worked as a Medical Case Manager and Prevention Services Coordinator for Colorado Health Network in Grand Junction. He helped broaden and manage a state-funded, legal syringe exchange program, and he expanded the men’s HIV prevention program. Thanks in part to his efforts, the MPower Colorado program expanded into three additional counties, raising public awareness about HIV prevention and linkage to care. This life-changing program was also integrated at Transcend, the area’s transgender, non-binary, and cross-dressing advocacy organization.

C.J.’s commitment to homeless advocacy grew as he served on the board of Grand Valley Peace & Justice, a social justice and support organization serving the Grand Junction, Colorado area. He furthered his efforts by serving on the board of Western Slope National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

C.J. holds a Bachelor of Arts, History from Arizona State University, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

He was born and raised in Ohio, but loves calling the Coachella Valley home. He believes health care is a human right, and his favorite thing about DAP Health is the organization’s history and how it continues to leverage its experience to respond to today's community needs.

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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.

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.

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Ryan Yamashiro, DDS

Dental Director

In his daily practice, Ryan follows the DentiCal guidelines and provides medically necessary dental care to his patients, including dentures, fillings, crowns, root canals, and more. His patients bond with him because he is direct and honest about the type of treatments he can offer within the scope of the clinic.

Ryan works alongside a great dental team that supports everything he does. He feels fortunate to be associated with such an exceptional group of people who not only make his work very enjoyable, they also help him provide the best dental care possible.

Prior to joining DAP Health in 2015, Ryan worked at Wellness Dental Care and the Loma Linda School of Dentistry. He's provided pro bono services and volunteered for a variety of organizations including Lugonia Elementary School in Redlands—where he performed general restorative dentistry procedures on underprivileged pediatric patients—Clinic With a Heart, and CDA Cares which is associated with the California Dental Association.

Ryan is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. He's originally from Hawaii, which most likely accounts for his love of hiking and surfing.

"I am helping to restore people's smiles, which also helps build their confidence."

DAP Health clinicians, including Ryan, 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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