Community Health Resource Center About | Community Health Resource Center SF

For 30 years, Community Health Resource Center has supported the health and well-being of individuals and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a non-profit organization, CHRC provides a range of beneficial health education programs including:

  • Dietitians
  • Social work counseling
  • Nutrition guidance
  • Community health screenings
  • Educational lectures
  • Health information and local resources
  • Employee and group wellness presentations
  • Support groups
We serve thousands of Bay Area individuals and families each year, and our services are offered free, at a reduced cost, or on a sliding scale. Call or visit us today!

Meet Our Team

Scott Plymale, LCSW, PhD

Executive Director

Scott is licensed clinical social worker and earned a Ph.D. in organizational systems. He has worked in the healthcare field throughout the Bay Area for fifteen years providing both direct care services, as well as supporting organizational development. His published research, Leadership and Learning Organizations (Plymale, 2010) provides quantitative results on transformational leadership styles and their positive impact on organizations transitioning towards increased information sharing processes.

Linda Gates

Administrative Coordinator

Linda has worked in the Bay Area healthcare field in in various capacities for over 15 years. Working at Community Health Resource Center combines her penchant for organization with long held interests in nutrition and health education.

Eric Hernandez, RD

Registered Dietitian

Eric is a Registered Dietitian and Medical Nutrition Therapist who provides individual counseling for a variety of medical issues at the Community Health Resource Center. He was credentialed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and received a Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science from Cal Poly SLO. Before working at the CHRC, Eric interned and trained at multiple hospitals. He then worked at the San Francisco City Council Department for six and half years where he helped create programs that focused on educating the community about living a healthy lifestyle. Eric came to the CHRC in summer 2007, and has been working on individualized nutritional education since. As a nutritionist, Eric hopes to help people meet their nutritional goals by listening carefully to what individuals are trying to achieve. He provides guidance so that healthy and achievable goals can be met. Eric hopes his patients can maintain their dietary objectives while ensuring they also align with their medical conditions and health goals. He sees all medical conditions that require nutritional guidance but works mostly with chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, digestive diseases, cystic fibrosis, obesity and pre-diabetes patients. Eric enjoys running and has run 5k’s and half marathons. He also enjoys spending time with his family and going to his daughters’ ballet practice and swimming practice.

Sabina Haake, RD

Registered Dietitian

Sabina Haake, MA, RD, Registered Dietitian: Sabine joined Community Health Resource Center in September of 2011 and she has nearly a decade of previous experience working at the agency between the years 1994 and 2001. Included among her many professional skills is supporting individuals with their weight management goals as well as supporting individuals struggling with disordered eating.

Elena Zidaru, MA, RD


Elena is passionate about working in the outpatient setting and supporting her clients achieve their health goals. She provides individualized nutrition counseling for weight loss and disease prevention, but also provides nutrition therapy for people with various medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, gastrointestinal disorders, and more. Elena also provides nutrition therapy for cancer patients going through chemotherapy at the Bryan Hemming Cancer Care Center or radiation treatment at the CPMC Radiation Oncology Department on an as-needed basis. Her goal is to meet her clients where they are in terms of readiness to change and help them set goals that are realistic and achievable to promote self-efficacy in achieving health behavior change. Elena completed her Dietetic Internship Program through San Francisco State University and the bulk of her rotations at CPMC, CHRC, and the Center for Diabetes Services. She received both her BS in Dietetics and her MA degree at SFSU. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, music, cooking, hiking, traveling, and reading.

Edward Dusovsky

Patient Navigation

Edward has been with Community Health Resource Center for over 20 years. He has provided a warm smile and friendly hand to individuals coming to visit a Community Health Resource Center practitioner, health education program or health screening. In addition to his professional life, he has traveled extensively, visiting some of the most remote regions in the world with stories to share about each voyage.

Julio Lagos, LCSW

Julio is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences in the State of California. Since 2004, he has devoted his time to providing direct care services, counseling services and emotional relief support to individuals and families. He is dedicated to promoting social emotional health and wellbeing through a strength-based therapeutic style that braids cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, narrative therapy practices and positive relationship-based approaches to challenging social and interpersonal connections. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Southern California. He specializes in anxiety, stress, depression, trauma and life transitions. Julio is originally from Southern California, moved to San Francisco in 2010 and has since worked as a consultant in the San Francisco bay area. He is the oldest of three siblings and during his leisure time, enjoys writing, photography and visual arts. Julio Lagos joined the Community Health Resource Center team in February of 2015.

Erica Eilenberg, MPH, RD

Erica Joined Community Health Resource Center in June of 2015 as the Program Coordinator. Erica’s previous experience includes working with children and families in a community health setting, and developing health and nutrition related programs. Her interests include community nutrition, prevention and early intervention, factors influencing behavior change, developing sustainable programs, and program evaluation. Erica Received her BS in Health Education from SFSU and completed her MPH and dietetics program at SJSU. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and music.

Jennice Wong LCSW

Jennice is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist who joined Community Health Resource Center in February 2016. The vast majority of her work as a social worker has centered around healthcare and chronic illness. She joined the CHRC team to expand her services to provide counseling and emotional support for those who suffer from issues such as chronic illness, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, life coaching, and grief. Integrating a variety of treatment models such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral, and strength based techniques, her goal is to provide empowerment and emotional well-being for those who are struggling to find a light at the end of the tunnel. Jennice received her Master in Social Work from the University of Southern California and is licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, taking adventurous trips, reading and relaxing.

Sarah Kindelberger, MSW

Sarah Kindelberger, MSW, is a social worker and psychotherapist. She completed her Master of Social Work degree at U.C. Berkeley and a two-year post-graduate training at The Psychotherapy Institute. She specializes in working with people from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds and identities who are struggling with PTSD and complex trauma, childhood abuse, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, chronic illness, spiritual direction, and grief/loss. Sarah brings a warm, interactive style to her work, which is informed by relational and cognitive behavioral modalities. Ultimately, she works with clients to recover joy and purpose. Sarah presented her research thesis Adolescent Depressive Symptoms and School-based Psychotherapy at U.C. Berkeley in 2014. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her two dogs and cooking.

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