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8am to 5pm Mon - Fri

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.

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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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David Brinkman, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

David Brinkman, M.B.A., Chief Executive Officer & President, joined DAP Health in 2006. David has led the organization through a period of unprecedented expansion, increasing the number of people served, diversity and volume of services, number of volunteers and donors, and size of the budget by 500%. Under his leadership, DAP Health established a dental clinic, a permanent supportive housing community, 3 primary care clinics, a wellness center, a behavioral health clinic, a department of Community Health, and a vocational program as well as achieved Federally Qualified Health Center status.

During his tenure, DAP Health was named one of the “Top 20 HIV/AIDS Charities” by, for the high percentage of funding spent on programs vs. overhead, fundraising efforts (raising $100 for every $15 spent), and financial transparency. In addition, Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, awarded DAP Health “four-star status” for 10 consecutive years. This is an achievement reached by only 5% of all nonprofits they rank.

Mr. Brinkman has served the not-for-profit community for over 25 years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lewis & Clark College and a Master of Business Administration degree, with an emphasis in Ethical Business Management, from Pepperdine University. He is also a Specialist in Planned Giving certified by the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies.

He was twice invited by the White House Office on AIDS to present on the work of DAP Health and the success of Get Tested Coachella Valley. Mr. Brinkman services on the Board of Directors of UCR School of Medicine, National AIDS Housing Coalition and is a mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. He also is a prominent voice for community-based organizations, the local LGBTQ community, and a leading advocate at State and Federal levels.

Cortney Weir

Chief Development Officer

Cortney joins the DAP Health family having had a very specific connection to the early days of the organization, when it was still known as Desert AIDS Project.

Moving to Palm Desert as a teen in 1984, Cortney and her roommate lived in a 10-unit apartment complex where they were the only two women among nine gay male couples of various ages. When those new friends soon became ill with HIV and AIDS, Cortney and Elizabeth provided care and support to them, often driving them to their appointments at DAP. For her, coming to DAP Health in November 2022 was like coming home.

A true California girl, Cortney spent the first half of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area. She moved to the Coachella Valley for the second time in her late 20s. When her youngest son was diagnosed with autism in 1996, Cortney joined a group of other concerned parents to form a local chapter of the National Autism Society in order to better serve the desert community. Thus her love for philanthropy and mission delivery was born.

Cortney has since gained experience working for various national mission-driven organizations, such as the American Heart Association, Best Buddies International (where she was the director of development for 11 states coast to coast), and the Arthritis Foundation (where she served as executive director for six years right here in the Coachella Valley).  Cortney’s most recent venture was as regional director for the California Southland Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, where she worked for nearly six years.

On her successful professional life in non-profit and new role with DAP Health, Cortney reflects, “Knowing that every day I am working to move an important mission forward has been the hallmark of my career. And there is no more compelling and important mission than that of DAP Health and the people and communities we serve. I am so honored to be part of this team.”

Today, Cortney lives in La Quinta with her husband of 34 years, John, and their two rescue dogs, Butler and Maggie, as well as an assortment of rescue cats. She enjoys traveling, reading, movies, outdoor activities, and spending family time with John and her two adult sons, Tucker and Harley.

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Sheri Saenz, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Chief People & Places Officer

A native of Palm Springs, Sheri Saenz joined Desert AIDS Project in 1998, in the early years of HIV. “I came to Desert AIDS Project at a time when there was a lot of loss. I saw how people with HIV were treated; what they had to endure, and I wanted to help our community.”

Sheri received her BA in Business Administration from CSUSB. With over 30 years of experience in Human Resources and Business Administration, Sheri has worked with our leadership team to help expand the organization. As Chief People & Places Officer, Sheri’s responsibilities include strategic planning for human resources, space planning, staffing, talent management, compensation and benefits, employee relations, leadership development and training, and participates in organization risk management. It is so rewarding to work for a nonprofit supporting our valley and serving our community.

Carol Wood

Chief of Clinical Operations

Carol Wood joined the Desert AIDS Project in July 2017, accepting the newly created position, Director of Clinical Administration. Carol brings over 40 years of healthcare experience having served in various executive leadership including acute care, skilled nursing, home health, hospice, and graduate medical education.

Prior to starting with D.A.P., Carol served as Director of Operations for Graduate Medical Education at Hemet Valley Medical Center. She has previously held positions as Chief Administrative Officer at KPC Global Management, Chief Operating Officer at Inland Empire Home Health & Hospice, President/CEO at Ramona VNA & Hospice, SNF Administrator at Hemet Valley Healthcare Center and Ramona Manor Convalescent Hospital, Utilization Management Supervisor at Partnership HealthPlan of California, Administrator at IME Services, as well as various supervisory and management positions on inpatient units at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital.

Ms. Wood has been a Registered Nurse since 1977 and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of La Verne in 1983. She is a licensed California Nursing Home Administrator, Certified Forensic Nurse, and Certified Hospice Administrator. Ms. Wood has also served as an expert witness for the Board of Registered Nursing since 2000.

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Zayda Welden

Director of Social Services

Zayda Welden started her career at DAP Health as a Case Manager 21 years ago. She is a native of Quito-Ecuador where she completed her studies in Clinical Psychology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. She’s also bilingual (Spanish) and multicultural, an asset at DAP Health. Zayda has had the opportunity of seeing the face of HIV and AIDS change significantly during the last 25 years through her direct work with people living with HIV and AIDS.