Meet Our Medical Leadership Staff
Meet Our Senior Medical Leadership
Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) prides itself on “Leadership in Action”! We encourage you to read the bios of our senior medical staff.
Christopher Gordon, M.D., FAAFP
Dr. Christopher Gordon is the Chief Medical Officer and the Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency Training Program at Family Health Centers of San Diego. He received his medical degree from the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in 2001. After graduation, Dr. Gordon completed a residency program in family medicine at the Riverside County Regional Medical Center. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and member of the California Academy of Family Physicians, San Diego County Medical Association, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Dr. Gordon also speaks German and enjoys running and playing soccer in his free time. He is board-certified in family medicine and has been part of FHCSD since 2009.
Facika Tafara, M.D., MPH
Dr. Facika Tafara serves as the Assistant Medical Director of Adult Medicine and Laboratory Co-Director at Family Health Centers of San Diego. Dr. Tafara received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1997. As a medical student, Dr. Tafara traveled to South Africa and provided medical care to patients suffering from tuberculosis, and also provided care while at the Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. She received her master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, she completed a comprehensive three-year residency program with Brown University at the Rhode Island Hospital, focusing on internal medicine with an emphasis in primary care. In 2004, she completed a two-year Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program in Health Services at UCLA. She also received training regarding community participatory research methods, focusing on delivering health services to immigrant and refugee populations. One of the many projects Dr. Tafara completed as a scholar was performing health assessments for Ethiopian immigrants in San Diego. She is board-certified in internal medicine and speaks Spanish. Dr. Tafara has been part of FHCSD since 2003.
Charles Smoot, M.D.
Dr. Charles Smoot is the Assistant Medical Director for Clinical Quality at Family Health Centers of San Diego. He is responsible for directing the organization toward improving quality metrics across a wide variety of national standards using interdisciplinary methods. He works closely with the medical providers and the IT department to help develop a robust e-decision tool, as well as improve our proprietary electronic health records system. Dr. Smoot received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego in 2005 and completed his family medicine residency at UCSD in 2008. Dr. Smoot is a recipient of the UCSD Outstanding Contributions to Medical School Community Award and the Roderick K. Calverley Humanitarian Service Award, and was a member of the Gold Humanitarian National Medical Honor Society. He has traveled to both Haiti and the Honduras to provide medical care to patients. Dr. Smoot is board-certified in family medicine and speaks proficient Spanish. He has been part of FHCSD since 2008.
Christian Ramers, M.D., MPH
Dr. Christian Ramers serves as the Assistant Director for Research & Special Populations at Family Health Centers of San Diego. Dr. Ramers earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego in 2003 and completed his internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center in internal medicine/pediatrics. He completed a fellowship specializing in adult infectious diseases at the University of Washington, and received a graduate degree in public health from the University of Washington School of Public Health. He is board-certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases and pediatrics. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Ramers has been part of FHCSD since 2012.
Khawla Suleiman, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Khawla Suleiman serves as the Assistant Medical Director for Pediatrics, as well as the Medical Director for Pediatric Development Services at Family Health Centers of San Diego. She earned her medical degree from the University of Baghdad in 1984, and joined a family practice residency at the Kuwait Ministry of Public Health. After moving to the U.S., she completed a pediatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco-Fresno. She is board-certified in pediatrics and has a great interest in community medicine and population management. She completed a community pediatric fellowship at the University of California, San Diego where she worked closely with the African community to help educate medical providers on cultural practices. Through a program with the UCSD School of Medicine, Dr. Suleiman worked with a number of San Diego Unified School District underachieving schools, leading a team to help children with chronic illness reduce their absenteeism and improve their school performance. She is a UCSD Voluntary Associate Clinical Professor, has enjoyed teaching pediatric residents for the past 20 years and currently teaches residents in a community clinic setting at North Park Family Health Center. She was awarded the “Provider of Compassion” award by FHCSD in 2005. Dr. Suleiman has been a part of FHCSD since 1998.
Alan Zieg, M.D.
Dr. Alan Zieg is the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Family Health Centers of San Diego. Dr. Zieg received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1990. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Minnesota, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Zieg is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.He has served as Vice Chairman and Chairman at two of our partner hospitals, Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Dr. Zieg has been part of FHCSD since 1994.
Sandra Cervantes, M.D.
Dr. Sandra Cervantes is the Assistant Medical Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Family Health Centers of San Diego. Dr. Cervantes received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston in 2007. She attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso, where she completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University Medical Center. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Cervantes is a board-certified OBGYN and has been part of FHCSD since 2011.
Claudio Cabrejos, M.D., MPH
Assistant Medical Director of Psychiatry at Family Health Centers of San Diego, Dr. Claudio Cabrejos received his medical degree in 1988 from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. After earning his master’s degree in public health from the University of Miami, Dr. Cabrejos joined the psychiatry residency program at the Tulane University School of Medicine. With the school’s medical anthropology department, he provided mental health services, including psychosocial assessments and treatment, to displaced communities in the Peruvian Andes. Upon completion of his residency at Tulane University, Dr. Cabrejos joined an advanced psychiatry residency program at Yale University, where he specialized in addiction psychiatry. He is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Psychiatry. In addition, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSD School of Medicine. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Dr. Cabrejos has been part of FHCSD since 2002.
Garrick Tong, M.D.
Dr. Garrick Tong is the Assistant Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Family Health Centers of San Diego. Dr. Tong received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in New York. He attended the University of California, San Diego, where he earned a degree in biochemistry. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. Afterward, he completed a fellowship in child psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Tong is fluent in Cantonese and Spanish, and has been part of FHCSD since 2011.
Joe Anthony Sepulveda, M.D., ABPN
Dr. Joe Sepulveda serves as an Assistant Medical Director overseeing the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at Family Health Centers of San Diego. He is also our physician champion in charge of overseeing the clinical planning, implementation and ongoing development of the Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program. Dr. Sepulveda received his Bachelor of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He then received training in clinical research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital prior to receiving his formal psychiatric training at Stanford University Hospital & Clinics. He is a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry and is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Sepulveda is also a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the San Diego Psychiatric Society, the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the California Society of Addiction Medicine. In addition, Dr. Sepulveda sits on a California advisory board where he assists with how best to spread successful practices and lessons learned in addiction medicine more broadly into the primary care setting. Further, he is the consulting psychiatrist for the University of Washington AIMS Center – Archstone Foundation Community Collaborative Care Partnership Geriatric Grant. Dr. Sepulveda is fluent in Spanish and has been with FHCSD since 2013.
Jan Sebring, MSN, FNP-BC
Jan Sebring is a Family Nurse Practitioner and the Clinical Applications Coordinator at Family Health Centers of San Diego. Ms. Sebring completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at Villanova University. She was awarded her masters’ of science degree in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina as a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist. She received her Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Ms. Sebring has worked in the acute care hospital setting, taught at the undergraduate and graduate nursing level and practiced in the outpatient clinic setting. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau and California Association for Nurse Practitioners. At present she divides her time between the clinic and working on the Clinical Quality team at FHCSD. She has been with FHCSD for over 8 years.
Cindy Mangene, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Cindy Mangene is the lead nurse practitioner at Family Health Centers of San Diego. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and Master of Science in Nursing degree from Vanderbilt University. She was a National Health Service Corps recipient and is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Honduras as a rural healthcare worker for the Ministry of Public Health. She is a member of the California Association for Nurse practitioners and board certified as a family nurse practitioner. She is fluent in Spanish and has been part of FHCSD since 1998.
D. Anthony Jensen, MD
Dr. Tony Jensen is the Assistant Medical Director of Concentrated Mental Health Services and Medical Director of the Concentrated Mental Health Program at Family Health Centers of San Diego. Dr. Jensen received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, IA. He also attended the University of Iowa as an undergraduate, earning his degree in microbiology. He completed a residency training program in Psychiatry and also a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. After completing his training, he moved to San Diego to take on a full-time faculty position at the University of California, San Diego where he was the Director of the Adolescent Inpatient Unit at UCSD Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Services (UCSD CAPS), and also provided psychiatric services at the UCSD Mother, Child & Adolescent HIV Program. He later began working at the San Diego-based Mental Health Systems (MHS), a nonprofit mental health and alcohol and drug services organization, where he provided clinical leadership as the Chief Medical Officer over all MHS programs. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry and in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Jensen has been part of Family Health Centers of San Diego since July 2016.