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.

  • Hendry Perez Pascual, MD

    Dr. Hendry Perez-Pascual graduated with honors from the Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana, Cuba in 2005. In 2009, he immigrated to the U.S in a quest for freedom, to advance his knowledge and skills, and provide care to California’s undeserved communities. He joined the UCLA Family Medicine Residency in 2014, and served as a Chief Resident from July 2016 to June 2017.

    He received the “2017 STFM Resident Teacher Award” for his commitment and interests in teaching. Dr. Perez-Pascual is currently part of the core faculty at Rio Bravo Residency Program. Through teaching the Next Generation of Family Physicians, he is looking forward to lessening California’s Latino Physician Shortage.

    Hobbies: Beyond medicine, Dr. Pascual enjoys salsa dancing, Cyber world, and traveling.

    Special Interests: Addiction Medicine, Medical Education, Clinical Informatics, and Full-spectrum Family Medicine.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Sudha A. Russell, MD, FAAP

    Dr. Russell is a board certified Pediatrician who received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA in 1979. She completed her residency program in general Pediatrics from the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA, where she was a chief resident. Dr. Russell also completed several fellowship programs after her residency program, including studies in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Emergency Medicine, and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  

    Dr. Russell had several academic appointments, including an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. She is also involved in several community lectures and workshops, community services activities, and has committee appointments. Her major areas of research interest include asthma and respiratory diseases, risk management in the clinical setting, and cost efficiency in the ED/Urgent Care setting. She actively served in the United States Air Force as a Lt Colonel. Dr. Russell’s main goal as an active faculty is to optimize her availability to the  residents and the Medical students with:

    -Having the residents rotating with her for a month for their Peds outpatient rotation since 2015.

    -New rotation for the contracted medical students since July – they spend 4 weeks with me at ACHC for all the shifts that she works.

    -She gives lectures during the didactic sessions at ENCHC on certain Wednesdays about 6 times a year since 2015.

    -She loves proctoring the residents during the procedures that they do at ENCHC under her supervision – e.g. Tongue tie release,  etc.

    -Providing the 2 Pediatric lectures for the core curriculum for the Medical students.

  • 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.