Shoreline Team

Your Team. At Shoreline Practice.

 

When you start down the path to health and wellness, it’s great to know your team will be with you all the way providing expert knowledge, timely motivation, and even a little inspiration. Everyone at the Practice shares a passionate belief in the power of relationships and rewarding experiences that can help you achieve your goals. We want you to get to know each of the care providers who will take care of you at the Practice.

Elise Torres, MD  |  Primary Care

 

Elise is a board certified family physician who believes in empowering patients by providing them with the information they need to make healthy decisions. She has particular interests in caring for patients within the context of their individual and family lives. She has developed special expertise in women’s health. She enjoys learning about how new technologies can improve access to healthcare, healthcare outcomes, and efficiency. Before joining Crossover, Dr. Torres was an attending physician at the Stanford affiliated family medicine residency and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

 

Elise grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Medical School. She completed her family medicine training at the Stanford affiliated family medicine residency and her obstetrics fellowship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. In her free time, Dr. Torres likes to bake and to explore the various parks of the Bay Area with her husband, two children, and dog.

Akbar Zikria, DO  |  Primary Care

 

Akbar is a board certified family physician dedicated to helping his patient’s achieve the highest level of satisfaction with their health. He had done his residency at a community clinic in San Jose (CA) working with an underserved population and continued sharpening his clinical skills while working with a similar population for a few years after residency. The intricacies of insurance plans and coverages were at times difficult to decipher, however, Akbar welcomed the challenge and was driven in figuring out how to steer through these obstacles. This is a testament to his hard work and perseverance in making sure his patients receive the services they deserve.

 

Akbar has always enjoyed the diversity in the south bay area and has embraced it having found many lessons to be learned from the various cultures. Part of the reason behind this is due to his interest in learning languages and having grown up in an eastern culture himself; he speaks Farsi and Spanish in addition to English. He also finds having insight into a patient’s culture will ultimately help lead to clinical decision making that is most appropriate for that particular patient. Having trained at an osteopathic program for medical school, the holistic philosophy of medicine and strong understanding of the musculoskeletal system is engrained in him.

Leslie Luff, BSN, RN  |  Practice Manager

 

Leslie is an experienced Registered Nurse with over 20 years of health care delivery experience. She began her career at Stanford Hospital where she worked as a staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, physician liaison, and PACU nurse. She later gained experience in several specialities including cardiology, orthopedic spine, gastroenterology, internal medicine, and ambulatory surgery. Leslie brings her love of serving and caring for others to her role as the practice manager, responsible for the day-to-day clinical management of the health center. She will help ensure your visit to the health center combines the highest quality of care with an exceptional experience.

 

Leslie is a California girl who was born in Malibu and raised in Menlo Park where she still resides today. She finds great satisfaction in working with people to help them reach their full potential. She is an active mom who enjoys baking, pilates, tennis, and is a huge football and baseball fan! She can often be found helping with her daughter’s crew team or trying to keep up with her son on a dirt bike.

Somerlyn Paul, BSN, RN | Registered Nurse

 

Somerlyn obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Azusa Pacific University. Her journey as a nurse has provided her with a wide range of opportunities and experiences in both traditional and non-traditional settings, shaping her global perspective of health care. From working autonomously in pediatric home health care, to collaborating with diverse medical teams internationally, and most recently coordinating research studies at Stanford, Somerlyn has developed a passion for preventative health care and patient education. She believes that wellness is key and that with the right care and education, we can inspire people to identify and pursue their own health goals.

 

Her heart for service and zest for adventure has led her to many different countries including Kenya, Germany and Mexico. During her time in these countries she was able to work, serve and educate those with little to no access to quality health care. When Somerlyn isn’t doing patient care, she enjoys cooking, good books, running, the ocean and traveling with her husband to the far corners of the globe.

Rachel Demsey  |  Lead Host

 

Rachel is a California native but with family roots in New York. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in anthropology and has gravitated toward careers in fast paced environments. This plays to her strength of being able to adapt quickly, her natural inquisitiveness to comprehensively understand process, and her diligence in creating new and better ways to achieve best outcomes. She has been in several roles in the service and hospitality industry and understands the many dynamics that go into an exceptional service experience. She looks forward to applying her professional experience in her role as host and ambassador of the health center.

 

Rachel loves to travel and gain insight on the vast variety of people, culture, and lifestyles all over the world. Her knowledge of cultural norms, societal structures, and human history create an endless interest in current events and politic news. She has aspirations to obtain a masters in nursing and become a midwife. In her free time, she loves to create unique jewelry using precious metals, stones, and organic materials.

Andrea Cerezo |   Host

 

Andrea is ambitious and driven to put her best work forward as she enjoys working with people and is passionate about the health and wellness field. She graduated as a Dean’s Scholar from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Andrea has over 7 years of experience in the health care field from working in a Nursing home and at a Physical Therapy clinic. She believes and values the importance of creating a positive patient experience for every member as they walk through the door.

 

Outside of work, Andrea enjoys spending her time outdoors and venturing out to find new places to eat. She loves to explore different hiking trails, enjoys going out for a run, and loves weekend trips to the beach.

Anastasia Alvarez  |  Host

 

Anastasia has a gift for relationship building which she has honed in a variety of clinical settings over her working experience. In her role as host, Anastasia is the first person to greet you and help you feel welcome as you begin the care experience. She also helps with any patient service issues, including coordinate appropriate follow up. She was fortunate to work and gain experience while in various medical clinics ranging from a surgery office to a physical therapy clinic. Anastasia is a San Francisco native and a graduate of St. Mary’s College of California.

 

Anastasia loves San Francisco and continues to enjoy exploring and finding hidden gems the the city has to offer. She has a goal to visit every stadium in the NFL and MLB. She has a passion for sports, including both the Giants and 49ers. She previously served as a 49ers Fan ambassador where she provided game day customer service for 5 seasons. When not working she enjoys traveling and hanging with friends and family.

Annie Low, OD  |  Optometrist

 

Annie is a primary care optometrist who has been in practice for five years. She began her career in a small private practice and has continually expanded her practice settings by moving to a large retail setting and then to the employer health industry. She has continued to develop her patient skills as well as learned how to successful manage the business side of optometry in these various settings. Her practice scope ranges from infants and geriatrics and everything in between. She has employed by Crossover Health for several years and appreciates the opportunity to practice in an integrated care environment. She is excited to help launch the new Mountain View Practice.

 

Annie grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but lived in the East Bay for almost 10 years during her undergraduate years and as she began her career in optometry. She loves the California sunshine and enjoys her free time with her husband and twin sons. She is a voracious reader (2-3 books per week), a music aficionado who can play six instruments, and has the dream to one day produce an album.

Conrad Young, PT | Physical Therapist

 

Conrad graduated from Physical Therapy School in Auckland, New Zealand and has subsequently completed additional training in the 18 month long Folsom Physical Therapy Manual Therapy training, completed mutliple parts of the McKenzie method for mechanical diagnosis, training in the Ola Grimsby Institute Long Term training, become a Certified “Whole Body” Active Release Technique Practitioner, and attended multiple short courses on everyting from neural mobilization techniques to sports conditioning. Conrad has also been part-time faculty of the Auckland Institute of Technology Sports Medicine Dept as well as the Hayward Kaiser Long-term Residency program.

 

Outside of his occupation, Conrad is an avid multi-sport participant especially with Triathlons. He has run everything from Sprint to Ironman distance races. He is also a USAT Certified Triathlon Coach, Vice President of the Palo Alto Run Club, and a general fitness enthusiast. One usual interest is his special skill as an apiarist (a fancy word for a beekeeper) which he maintains on the weekends.

Mason Orme, DC   |  Chiropractor

 

Mason is a board certified Chiropractor who is passionate about both sports chiropractic and general health, wellness, and vitality. At an early age Mason was encouraged to become a chiropractor when his mother’s migraines were relieved through treatment. This inspired him to learn and study the human body where he began to understand the connectedness with various parts and systems of the body. From this emerged an comprehensive view of health which was reinforced during his Chiropractic education at Palmer College of Chiropractic West. Mason has since served thousands of patients from professional athletes to stay at home moms to reach their health potential.

 

Mason was born and raised in Merced, CA and is currently residing in San Jose, CA. In his spare time, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife and discovering new locations to hike. He enjoys Crossfit training and loves to volunteer at his local church’s large events and homeless shelters. Dr. Orme is an avid reader who values investing quality time with family, friends, and people as a main priority and calling in his life.

Rachel Combs, LAc  |  Acupuncture

 

Rachel is a Bay Area transplant who grew up in the suburbs of Long Beach, CA. She graduated from San Francisco State in 2012 where she earned a Bachelors degree in Anthropology. In that program, her passion for human history created a space to fill with knowledge of evolution, culture, and the future of civilization as we move forward with technology.

 

Her professional career has gravitated more towards fast paced environments where she can adapt quickly while working with people.
When Rachel isn’t working as an ambassador for the health center, she is hiking with friends, travelling all over the world with her partner, and creating unique jewelry using precious metals, stones, and organic materials.

Ross Nelson, PsyD | Clinical Psychologist

 

Ross obtained his bachelors in psychology from Santa Clara University and later his Doctorate in Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, Ross received his bachelors in Psychology from Santa Clara University. Ross completed both his pre-doctoral internship year and post-doctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente. He then went on to work for Kaiser for an additional 2.5 years where he continued to work amongst an integrative team supporting adult clients. He is interested in research-based interventions and has developed a specialty in treating anxiety, improving cognition, increasing performance, and reducing stress.

 

Ross was born and raised in San Diego, but has made the Bay Area his home for the past 14 years. He considers himself a “foodie,” enjoys playing as well as watching various sports, being outdoors, and spending time with his wife and friends. As an extension to his clinical practice Ross is experienced in guided mindfulness practices, interpersonal effectiveness, and integrating tech opportunities with client services.

Christina Becker, MPH, RDN  |  Health Coach

 


Christina’s mission is to empower people to achieve optimal health and well being by guiding their wellness journeys with an integrative, wholesome, and caring approach. She has over 12 years of experience working with a combination of disciplines including dietetics, non-profit community health, corporative wellness and coaching. Christina attended Hunter College in New York City for her undergraduate studies in food sciences, her dietetic internship and her Masters degree in Public Health. In 2014, she graduated from the inaugural class of the Integrative Health & Lifestyle program (IHeLp) at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and is a certified Hatha yoga instructor.

 

German by birth, world-citizen by choice, Christina recently re-located from NYC to California. She was in search of an environment that aligns with her philosophy for healthy living and chose Half Moon Bay, California to be her new home. Christina enjoys yoga and meditation, exercise, the beach, travel, and Brazilian samba. Passionate about wellness and believing firmly in what she teaches, Christina lives the life she encourages her clients to strive towards.

Merry Reimer, MT | Massage Therapist

 

Merry initially graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and worked in a hands-on technical environment. In a career shift to seek a more fulfilling endeavor, massage therapy provided a great fit; it’s hands-on, requires problem-solving, and allows her an opportunity to assist people in their healing journeys. While Merry has been trained in a number of different massage modalities, including deep tissue, neuromuscular techniques, sports, Swedish, Reflexology, and Reiki, she uses her knowledge to offer a customized session to meet each of her clients’ needs. She has received her National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Merry continues to expand her skills with ongoing training and workshops.

 

Merry lives in the Bay Area with her husband where she enjoys the region for its scenic and challenging roads and trails to bike, run, and hike. She pursues an active lifestyle and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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