After earning his degree at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Joshua Armijo completed his Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe residency in El Paso, TX. Serving vulnerable populations has been his calling since high school when volunteer dental trips showed him the impact of caring hands-on for those in need. Dr. Armijo deliberately chose training sites and a public health dentistry career to directly help underserved communities through quality, compassionate oral care.
His undergraduate degree in developmental studies provided a global perspective on the roots of poverty to understand patients’ experiences better. Dr. Armijo aims to educate that oral health is tied to overall well-being and quality of life. He strives to instill the importance of preventive dental care.
When not caring for patients, Dr. Armijo enjoys soccer, hiking, traveling, and time with family.
Received her Master`s in Nursing-case management at Samuel Merrit University and her Post-Master`s Nurse Practitioner at University of Northern Colorado. She has been working as a Nurse Practitioner since 2011 and at CHC since 2014
Lisa lives in Grover Beach with her four-legged family members. On her days off you can find Lisa at the local nursery or book store or riding around town on her scooter. She also is an avid traveler and hopes international missionary work to her traver adventures
Hugo Gonzalez, M.D., M.B.A, M.P.H., received his doctor or medicine degree from Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA and graduated medical residency from UCLA-Olive View Medical Center , Sylmar, CA. Dr. Gonzalez is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Physician Specialties, received his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from UC Irvine and Masters in Public Health (MPH) from UCLA. Dr. Gonzalez has been practicing on the Central Coast for over 3 years.
Dr. Palma is a board-certified Optometrist who received her Doctor of Optometry from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. She completed her residency at the Manchester VA Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.
As a young girl, she would go to her parents’ medical appointments to translate for them. The medical field always intrigued her and she felt a calling to serve those in need. With optometry as her dream career, Palma feels very blessed that her passion and purpose are aligned with her career.
She chose to work at a community health center to give back to her community. Growing up in a Spanish-speaking household and going to community clinic appointments as a child made her aware early on of the lack of representation in health care when it comes to Latino and Latina doctors.
Dr. Palma states she is “dedicated and passionate about ocular and overall health and is committed to bringing patients the best vision care.” She pursued her residency to learn as much as possible to become the best doctor for her patients. “Regardless of your background, I will always treat you as family with compassion and warmth.”
Wanting to see more Latino/Latina doctors in the healthcare field, she loves to be involved in community outreach and youth education to share why the health field needs them. She is also working to educate patients on the importance of annual comprehensive eye exams.
Dr. Palma believes:
Healthcare is not a privilege; it is a right.
Preventative and annual eye exams can quite literally save your eyes.
The eyes are the window to your soul and your overall systemic health.
In her free time, she loves the outdoors – hiking and exploring new places with her golden retriever. She loves to travel and would love to visit every single country in the world. She enjoys cooking and learning new recipes.