David B. Reuben, MD - Program Director
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.
Zaldy S. Tan, MD - Lead Physician
Dr. Zaldy S. Tan is the Lead Physician of the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program and Associate Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles. He is the Director and Principal Investigator for the UCLA California Geriatric Education Center.
Dr. Tan is a clinician, researcher and educator. He maintains clinical practices on memory disorders evaluation and primary care, and attends on the inpatient and geriatric psychiatry units at UCLA. He performs dementia researcher at the Framingham Heart Study and the UCLA Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research. His studies on brain aging and memory have been published in major medical journals and featured in the New York Times, Time, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other national publications. Prior to coming to UCLA, Dr. Tan was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, where he was director of the physical diagnosis course and for medical education at the Brigham and Women's Hospital Division of Aging and the VA Boston Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center.
As the Medical Director of UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care, Dr. Tan supports the program’s dementia care specialists as they put together comprehensive, effective and timely care plans and work with referring physicians to help patients, families, and caregivers attain their treatment and personal goals.
Leslie C. Evertson, GNP - 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 Care Specialist. Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart Paolo, and they have two daughters Isabella and Noa. They currently reside in Woodland Hills, CA.
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.
Andrea Centeno - Dementia Care Assistant
Andrea Centeno has always been passionate about working with older adults. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Gerontology from Mount St. Mary's University and is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management. Andrea has experience working with various service populations, ranging from older adults to active duty military personnel. Her main goal is to improve quality of care for patients and to provide assistance anywhere she can. In her free time, Andrea enjoys hiking, playing with her dogs, and trying new restaurants.