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 - Medical Director
Dr. Zaldy S. Tan is the Medical Director 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 managers 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 Manager
Leslie Evertson graduated from California State University Sonoma with a B.S. Degree in Nursing, Certificate in Gerontology and a Minor in Biology in 1998. She worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of specialties, including Bone Marrow Transplant, Medical/Surgical Oncology and Intensive Care. She graduated from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences in December of 2005 with a Master of Science in Nursing as an Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has worked as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with Valley Geriatric Medical Group in Sherman Oaks, the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System, West Los Angeles Nursing Home Care Unit, and the California State Veterans Home -West Los Angeles in the RCFE. At present she has a position in UCLA Geriatrics as the Lead Dementia Care Manager/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with the Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program. Leslie is married and has two children and currently resides in Simi Valley, California.
Mihae Kim, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, PHN, CCRN-CSC-CMC - Dementia Care Manager
Mihae Kim joined the Division of Geriatrics as a Nurse Practitioner for the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program in May, 2014. She graduated from University of California Los Angeles with a Master of Science in Nursing as an Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of specialties in inpatient settings, including Cardiothoracic Surgery, Geriatric intermediate care, and Intensive care. Mihae has received numerous certifications (Adult Gertontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified, Public Health Nurse, Critical Care Registered Nurse, Cardiac Surgery Certification, and Cardiac Medicine Certification) and scholarships (UCLA Staff Assembly Scholarship and Korean Nurses Association of Southern California) from her clinical and academic settings. Prior to joining the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program, Mihae worked as a lead Nurse Practitioner at UCLA Hypertension Program, involved in various hypertension and kidney disease researches as a Sub-Investigator, and served geriatric populations with refractory hypertension and advanced chronic kidney disease while working for the Division of Nephrology, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. Currently Mihae is serving as a board member for California Association for Nurse Practitioners since 2012. Mihae’s special interest is to improve quality of care for older adults and to provide community based health promotion and disease prevention for diverse geriatric populations.
Michelle Panlilio, GNP - Dementia Care Manager
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 Manager. Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart Paolo, and they have two daughters Isabella and Noa. They currently reside in Woodland Hills, CA.
Claudia Wong, MSN, FNP-C, PHN, AHPCN - Dementia Care Manager
Claudia Wong graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Minor in Psychology. She then went on to receive a Master of Science in Nursing at the California State University of Los Angeles' Accelerated Masters in Nursing program in 2009 with a focus in Family Medicine. Claudia is board certified in Family Practice, Public Health, and Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing. She has worked as a Nurse Practitioner in various areas such as family medicine, infectious disease, palliative care, and geriatrics. Her previous position as a Nurse Practitioner was in home care where she was the primary care provider for fragile geriatric patients who could no longer leave their home due to a disability. She currently holds the position of President for the California Association of Nurse Practitioners for the West Los Angeles (South) Chapter. Claudia Wong joined the UCLA Division of Geriatrics Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program in 2015 as a Dementia Care Manager to help support patients diagnosed with dementia and their family and friends who care about them.
Kelsey Stander, AGNP-BC - Dementia Care Manager
Kelsey Stander graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. Degree in Public Health in 2011. She continued her education at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and a Master’s of Science in Nursing as an Adult and Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, graduating in 2014. She worked as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner in various settings firstly with Commonwealth Care Alliance in Boston providing primary care to homebound frail elders in the community and then in both the clinic and home setting for Mount Sinai Geriatrics in New York City. At the Present time she has a position in UCLA as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program. Kelsey is the most recent addition of Dementia Care Managers in the program.
Jason Nabor - Program Manager
After serving in the United States Army, Jason Nabor graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Masters Degree in Business. With over seven years of experience in healthcare, four of those years here at UCLA, Jason is committed to providing excellent patient care.
The three years he spent as a Comprehensive Care Coordinator, along with his passion and dedication to care for those in greater need, such as the elderly and those who suffer from mental cognitive disorders have allowed him to seamlessly transition into his role as the Program Manager for UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program. As a Program Manager, Jason is very excited to be a part of not only this innovative program, but to demonstrate his commitment to the community as a whole.
Ynez Tongson - Dementia Care Manager Assistant
Ynez Tongson is a Dementia Care Manager Assistant with UCLA's Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program. Ynez received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis on community psychology from CSU Long Beach. She has over 7 years of experience working with at-risk/high-risk populations at the prevention and intervention stages, and has been certified in group facilitation and crisis management. Her passions include the improvement of quality of life and advocating for culturally competent care. Ynez likes cute things and food, separately, and oftentimes, together.
Marlene Lozano - Dementia Care Manager Assistant
Marlene Lozano joined UCLA four years ago with the goal to provide the best customer service, support, and care to each person that she meet. Her compassionate and caring personality, contribute to her ability in making a difference in those lives that she touches. As in her previous role as a Physician Support Representative and her long medical involvement with patient care, Marlene finds it truly rewarding that she is able to play an integral role in providing comfort and security at times when patients and families are most vulnerable. As a Dementia Care Manager Assistant, Marlene is delighted to continue her career path and provide all the care and resources within her reach for a better quality of life of all patients.