David B. Reuben, MD - Program Director/Lead Physician
Dr. Reuben is Director, Multicampus Program in Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology and Chief, Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Health Sciences. He is the Archstone Foundation Chair and Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the UCLA Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care program.
He sustains professional interests in clinical care, education, research and administrative aspects of geriatrics, maintaining a clinical primary care practice of frail older persons and attending on inpatient and geriatric psychiatry units at UCLA.His bibliography includes more than 190 peer-reviewed publications in medical journals, 33 books and numerous chapters. He is lead author of the widely distributed book, Geriatrics at Your Fingertips.
Dr. Reuben is a past President of the American Geriatrics Society and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs. He served for 11 years on the Geriatrics Test Writing Committee for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and for 8 years on the ABIM's Board of Directors, including as Chair from 2010-2011.
Leslie Chang Evertson, DNP, RN, GNP-BC, Lead Dementia Care Specialist
Dr. Leslie Evertson has been serving as lead Dementia Care Specialist for the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care (ADC) program since 2012 and is a geriatric nurse practitioner with experience in primary and long term care. She graduated from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences with a Master of Science in Nursing as an Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialist. Dr. Evertson obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the Northern California State University Consortium.
Michelle Panlilio, GNP - Dementia Care Specialist
Michelle Panlilio graduated from Mount St. Mary's College with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing in 2001. While working as a Registered Nurse at UCLA Medical Hospital, she attended school at UCLA and finished with her Master's Degree in Nursing as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner in 2005. Since graduation, Michelle has had experience in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Dermatology, and clinical research trials about Alzheimer's Disease. She currently holds a position at UCLA in the Department of Geriatrics as a Nurse Practitioner and Dementia Care Specialist. Michelle is currently in the process of completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at UCLA and is scheduled to graduate in 2021.
Kemi Reeves, GNP-BC - Dementia Care Specialist
Kemi Reeves graduated from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Minor in Biology in 2004. She worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of specialties including Infectious Diseases: HIV/AID and Tuberculosis, Orthopedic Surgery, Telemetry, and Geriatric Intermediate Care. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009 with a Master of Science in Nursing, specializing as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She has worked as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with Valley Geriatric Medical Group in Sherman Oaks and with Scan HealthCHEC Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Center. Kemi has worked within the UCLA Division of Geriatrics as a Nurse Practitioner since 2010 within the Post-Acute Program in Santa Monica and help to develop the UCLA Geriatric Program in the Northwest Corridor of Los Angeles. Kemi lectures at UCLA's School of Nursing in addition to serving as an Assistant Clinical Professor, mentoring students specializing in the Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program. Kemi’s areas of clinical interest include Dementia, Geriatric Psychiatry, Quality Improvement, Post-Acute/Skilled Nursing Facility Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, as well as Transitions of Medical Care.
Winnila May Escalante, ANP-C, ANP-BC - Dementia Care Specialist
Winnila May Escalante graduated from the University of the City of Manila in Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2005. She then moved to the United States and worked in the inpatient setting as a bedside nurse handling the adult and geriatric population. In 2014, she completed her Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) with an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) specialty at Azusa Pacific University. As a nurse practitioner, she focused on Primary Care and Internal Medicine, caring for the adult and geriatric population. Ms. Escalante finds the complexity of dementia and memory disorders both fascinating and challenging. She is hoping to maintain and/or improve the quality of life of the patients and families she will encounter, and is excited to be working with the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program.
Andrea Centeno, MS - Dementia Care Assistant
Andrea Centeno received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Gerontology and Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from Mount St. Mary's University. Andrea has experience working in long-term care/skilled nursing and in non-profit settings. She enjoys working in dementia care and aims to assist patients and caregivers wherever she can.
Jagrup Kaur – Dementia Care Assistant
Jagrup received her bachelor's degree from India and is currently pursuing her master's in Public Health. Jagrup has been working in the geriatric department for four years at UCLA. She is passionate about working with the geriatric population and her goal is to create a positive impact on those living with dementia.