Anita Gaind, MD, MPH, FACP

 
Dr. Anita Gaind
 

Meet Dr. Anita Gaind, a Bay Area resident for over 20 years and practicing physician at Calyx Health. Dr. Gaind is a board-certified internal medicine doctor who completed her training at Highland Hospital in Oakland with a focus on preventive health and management of chronic diseases for seniors.

What first drew you to practice medicine? 

At a young age, I watched my father experience a major cardiac event and felt fearful and overwhelmed. From then on, I knew I wanted to combine my passion for science and serving others to help shape a healthcare system that was equitable and available to anyone who needed it.

What do you value most in your patient relationships? 

I take great joy in getting to know patients on a personal level, not just a constellation of their diagnoses. Instead of a narrow, symptom-based approach to care, I work with patients and their families to understand their holistic needs so we can present a full range of medical options—always with the patient’s goals at the forefront. I am grateful to be in a role where patients can share the most intimate aspects of their lives, and entrust me to guide them through challenging decisions. Partnering with patients to help them achieve their health goals makes my job even more fulfilling.

What has been your experience with the healthcare system? 

The current healthcare system is plagued with inefficiencies. Hospitals and physicians have to balance business goals with caring for patients all while using outdated technology. This, in addition to treating a diverse patient population, makes it challenging to provide quality care, especially to seniors.

I would like to see more focus on preventive care to reduce healthcare costs and improve health outcomes, leveraging technology to reduce administrative burden and allow physicians to spend more time with patients, and empowering patients to be an active agent in advancing their health and wellness. Calyx Health is a prime example of this model, and I’m excited to be part of this change.

Why did you join Calyx Health?

 I wanted to be a part of rebuilding primary care from the ground up, revolutionizing healthcare for seniors in America. The use of technology enables me to build better care plans and deliver the best experience possible for patients. The team at Calyx Health are passionate about building something extraordinary.

 

Latonya King, DNP, MSN, APRN, NP-C

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Latonya is a skilled Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse Educator and Nursing Leader, with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Executive Nurse Leadership. Latonya has been practicing as a Nurse Practitioner for 9 years, working in primary, acute and chronic care, and retail healthcare services. She has a passion for advocating for underserved and indigent populations.

What made you choose nursing as a career? 

My biggest influencer in becoming a nurse was my grandmother. At a very young age, my grandmother was diagnosed with colon cancer and I helped care for her. After that experience, I knew that my calling was to care for others. As a nurse, I have the privilege to help people in their moment of need. This is something I never take for granted and I am humbled by this opportunity every day. The journey to become a Nurse Practitioner is not an easy one, but it is a fulfilling career. 

What have you found most rewarding about being a Nurse Practitioner?

As a Nurse Practitioner, I am positioned to be an advocate for one's health and well-being. I am passionate about advocacy and providing compassionate, patient-centered care. I will always work tirelessly to provide hope for people who are struggling or motivated to take care of their health.

Why did you decide to join Calyx Health?

I knew this was the place for me because Calyx Health highlights the importance of treating seniors with respect, compassion, and care. I have seen first hand the special needs and challenges that the senior population is faced with, and I am committed to doing my part to improve their lives. Its mission to revolutionize primary care and serve our country's seniors resonates with me. I am so proud to be part of this team.

 

Rosemarie Sabado, NP

 
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Rosemarie was a nurse for 12 years before continuing her education to become a Nurse Practitioner, now more than 6 years ago. She gained valuable experience in oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, and endocrinology before working in primary care and urgent care. She has dedicated her career to being an advocate for the elderly.

What made you choose nursing as a career? 

For me, nursing isn't a job—it's a calling. I've always had a passion for caring for others and I knew nursing would provide me with a meaningful career. I became a nurse because I have a passion and a drive to be a part of the healing process. I believe that nursing is simply to give tender loving care while applying it to the every day concept of medical care. 

What have you found most rewarding about being a Nurse Practitioner?

The most rewarding part of my job is the opportunity to develop a personal, intimate relationship with my patients. I strive to empower my patients to take an active role in their healthcare through education on disease prevention and healthy lifestyle choices. I have seen my patients grow, learn, and thrive, and in many ways, they have taught me as well. I am thankful and humbled to be in a role where I can have such a profound impact on someone's life.

Why did you decide to join Calyx Health?

Healthcare has changed tremendously since I became a nurse. Modern medicine has provided wonderful medical advances, but has also created an impersonal approach to care. I joined Calyx Health because I want to continue to be an advocate for elderly patients—showing them care, compassion, and truly listening to their needs. Being part of the Calyx Health team allows me to help others who may not be able to help themselves.

Sharon Nearn, RN

 
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Sharon has been a Registered Nurse for more than 36 years, working in a range of settings from hospitals to clinics to home care. Her clinical focus has been on geriatric care for the majority of her career. (Oh, and her favorite color is blue!)

What first drew you to nursing? 

The beauty of nursing is that it blends mind and heart, science and compassion. I like the science of the profession, but most especially I enjoy the caring, the purity of the nurse-patient relationship. In nursing, you have to listen beyond the words and allow space for the patient's story to unfold. 

What do you value most in your relationships with patients?

I treasure the shared stories. I've never lost my sense of gratitude to patients and their caregivers who allow me to step into their lives and witness their experience. It's a very powerful exchange of energy on a cellular level. Also, I take the role of patient advocate very seriously. Personal healing beliefs and practices must be heard and merged with the medical plan of care. Providers must find common ground to achieve shared goals of care.

What has been your experience with the healthcare system?

I started my career over 36 years ago during the era of "managed care."  There were times when I felt the burn-out of a system that was rigid or unkind, wondering how administrators decided the best way to manage the product of care. It was difficult to translate the language of business into the realities of a care provider. Healthcare requires a new language and culture to better reflect and promote the art of caring. Now with Calyx Health, I see how a "team approach" can result in a more extensive network to nurture and support patients, respectful of each patient's unique life story.

Why did you decide to join Calyx Health?

I was impressed by Dr. Gupta's article in our local paper, and I felt an inner surge, a spark of hope, and reached out to Calyx Health. The team has created an innovative healthcare delivery system, rooted in kindness. The focus on value-based care is refreshingly sincere and evident as I watch my colleagues interact with our patients and with each other.  (And for the record, I look forward to turning 65 in 3 years so that I can register as a patient!)