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, DNP, GNP-BC - Dementia Care Specialist
Dr. Michelle Panlilio has been a Dementia Care Specialist in the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program since 2013. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in nursing from Mount St. Mary's College and completed her Masters and Doctoral Degree from UCLA. Prior to joining the ADC Program, Dr. Panlilio worked in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Dermatology, and clinical research trials about Alzheimer's Disease. She is hoping to expand her clinical interests of working with caregivers for patients with dementia and management of Early Onset Dementia.
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.
Katherine Molina - Dementia Care Assistant
Katherine Molina will be completing her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Fall 2021. She has experience working in behavioral health assisting clients in crisis and assisting them with coordination of their care. She is passionate about helping patients and families find solutions to meeting their goals of care.