Program Director
Carol Stewart, MD, F.A.A.F.P.

Dr. Carol Stewart, Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA, began her education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, earning her BS in Biology, Summa Cum Laude in 1986. She completed her combined BS-MD degree program at Albany Medical College, receiving her Doctorate in Medicine, Cum Laude in 1988. She returned to her hometown for residency, completing her three years in Family Medicine at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica, NY in 1991. She stayed on as faculty there for the next nine years, ultimately serving as Program Director from January 1996 through her departure in early 2000.

After two years as Medical Director of the South Central Family Health Center and an Assistant Professor at USC, she migrated across town to UCLA where she served as core faculty for UCLA’s Family Medicine Residency. She continues to practice full scope Family Medicine, including obstetrics, and enjoys teaching these skills to residents and students both at the bedside and through formal courses as a certified ALSO instructor (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics).

Current Professional Activities/Committees:
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Dept. of Family Medicine
  • Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor 2009 - 2014
  • Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor, 2002 – 2009
Skirball Hospice Medicine
  • Associate Medical Director 2010 – 2014
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
  • Medical Director of South Central Family Health Center 2000 - 2002
Bassett-St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency I formerly St. Elizabeth Hospital
  • Residency Program Director 1998 – 2000
  • Interim Director 1996 - 1998
  • Associate Director 1994 - 1995
  • Faculty 7/1991 – 1994
Emergency Room Physician
  • Faxton Hospital, Utica, NY 1995 – 1997
  • St. Elizabeth Hospital, Utica, NY 1991 -1995
  • Little Falls Hospital, Little Falls, NY 1989- 1992
Nursing Home Attending
  • Eden Park Nursing Home Utica, NY 1991 - 2000
  • Good Shepherd Healthcare Center, Santa Monica, CA 2004 - 2014 (as well as various other local facilities on and off since 2002)


Our Faculty team are current staff physicians with Clinica Sierra Vista and each have show a tremendous amount of dedication and commitment to serving our patients and community.
  • Tana Parker, MD

    Dr. Tana Parker graduated from the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba in 2011, and completed her Family Medicine residency training at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. She was the track resident for the Medically Underserved track for two years, and during her time there Dr. Parker worked with the faculty to develop curriculum that provided extra training to the residents in the areas of health care disparities, serving the homeless, cultural competency, and understanding the complex health care system.

    She received the “Spirit of Family Medicine” award for her dedication to her patients in clinic, and was awarded five-star recognition for her service in the hospital.

    Dr. Parker is fluent in English and Spanish, and was awarded a certificate from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) for completing the Patient Centered Medical Home Curriculum.

  • Jacqueline Uy, MD

    Dr. Jacqueline Uy graduated from the Loma Linda University of Medical Center as a chief resident in June 2016 after receiving her Doctor of Medicine degree from the College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila. In 2003, Dr. Uy received a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

    Dr. Uy current holds a Master’s degree in Population Medicine from the School of Public Health, Loma Linda University Medical Center.

    Dr. Uy is fluent in English, Tagalog and Visayan.

  • Verna Marquez, MD

    Dr. Verna Marquez is the first graduate of Rio Bravo Family Medicine Residency Program (June 2018) to  become one of their own  Faculty Physicians.  A local resident of Bakersfield, she served as a Chief Resident during her training, and was mainly in charge of their didactics and wellness activities.  Her ultimate goal is to practice the full scope of Family Medicine including Obstetrics.

    She earned her MD degree at Far Eastern University-NRMF Institute of Medicine in the Philippines. In 2006 she became a Diplomate in the Philippine Board of Radiology and a Fellow in the Ultrasound Society of the Philippines before migrating to the United States. Dr. Marquez worked as a Registered Nurse for 8 years while waiting for her opportunity to be accepted in a residency program. At Adventist Health Bakersfield (formerly known as San Joaquin Community Hospital), she became a Charge nurse in Medical/Surgical/Pediatrics department and shift leader in the Burn Unit.

    She enjoys her free time cooking Filipino foods for her family. Working out in the gym is part of her daily routine. Next to God, a healthy, simple and contented life with her family matters most to her. Listening to music is her favorite thing to do just as singing and dancing.

  • Hector J. Arreaza, MD

    Hector J. Arreaza, MD

    Dr. Hector Arreaza was born and raised in Venezuela. He graduated cum laude from the Romulo Gallegos University Medical School in San Juan de los Morros. After graduating from medical school, he accepted a one-year position as a medical director in a rural clinic in Parapara, Guarico State, where he provided urgent, primary and emergency care. He left Venezuela for a two year mission in Salt Lake City, Utah. After completing his assignments, he decided to become a U.S. licensed family physician and moved to Salt Lake City where hevolunteered as a medical interpreter in various primary care and urgent care settings serving uninsured and refugee populations. He worked as a Spanish translator and helped with the translation of several health-related manuals and websites. Further, he was featured on BYU TV as a medical consultant. In 2013, Dr Arreaza graduated from the UCLA International Medical Graduate Program. He successfully completed a residency training at our own Rio Bravo Family Medicine Residency Program, where he was selected as the first Chief Resident in our institution. He is eager to utilize his medical knowledge and language skills in underserved areas of California.

  • Dr. Rao

    Anuradha Rao, MD

    Dr. Rao is a board certified pediatrician who has practiced in the Bakersfield community for nearly 20 years. She joined Clinica Sierra Vista in 2015 as a pediatric faculty member in the Rio Bravo Family Medicine Residency Program. Having practiced in multiple settings (HMO, solo private practice, and group practice), she is excited to work for a federally qualified health center that is dedicated to providing patient centered health care to Kern County’s underserved population. Dr. Rao received her bachelors degree in biochemistry from UC Berkeley. After attending medical school at UC San Diego, she completed her Pediatric residency training at Stanford University. She enjoys teaching general pediatrics to students of all levels, including nursing and medical students, nurse practitioner students, as well as family practice residents.

    In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr.Rao practices general pediatrics at CSV’s Greenfield Community Health Center. Her active areas of interest include : providing comprehensive and integrated medical care to CSV’s medically fragile pediatric population; early diagnosis and management of developmental disorders; delivering primary care in resource poor settings outside the United States. As a member of the Flying Samaritans, she routinely visits the town of San Felipe in Baja California, Mexico to provide primary care services. Dr. Rao serves on the medical advisory board of Caring Corner, a daycare for medically fragile children. She is a member of the Medically Vulnerable Child Coalition Project (MVCCP), an advocacy group for at risk medically fragile children. She also represents Clinica Sierra Vista at Operation Saving Smiles, a state-wide Initiative which aims to improve dental health in young children through oral health education and linkage to dental services.

  • Brent Burket, MD

    Dr. Burket joined CSV and the Rio Bravo Family Medicine Program in 2016.  He and his wife Dr. Thoene spent nearly 10 years providing medical care to patients in various countries including Cameroon, Guatemala, Ghana, Kenya, Ecuador, Malawi, India and others.  Dr. Burket leads the Global Health Track at Rio Bravo, introducing residents, students and staff to opportunities of service in other parts of the world.

  • Jennifer Thoene, MD

    Drs. Burket and Thoene have been working with CSV and the Rio Bravo Family Medicine Program since 2016.  They have spent nearly 10 years working in various countries including Cameroon, Guatemala, Ghana, Kenya, Ecuador, Malawi, India and others.  They are excited to be part of the Global Health Track at Rio Bravo and introducing residents, students and staff to opportunities of service in other parts of the world.

  • Dr. Schlaerth

    Katherine Schlaerth, MD

    Director of Pediatrics Curriculum

    Dr. Schlaerth is a native of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Manhattan College and received her medical degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo. Dr. Schlaerth completed her pediatrics residency at LA Children’s Hospital and an Infectious disease fellowship at LAC-USC Medical Center. She is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric infectious diseases, family medicine and has a Certificate Added Qualifications in Geriatrics. Dr. Schlaerth was an associate professor at Loma Linda and is an associate professor emeritus at USC. She has a special interest in research and has published in addiction medicine, child development and other areas.

  • Sunday Irene, MD

    Dr. Irene graduated from the University of Benin College of Medical Sciences in Nigeria and completed his residency at the Department of Family Medicine, Martin Luther King Jr./ Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles, California.

    To learn more about Dr. Irene, see: Biography