Dr. Chelsea Dean, Medical Director

A California native, Dr. Chelsea Dean is originally from Simi Valley, CA. Her education took her to University of California, Berkeley where she completed her B.A. in Molecular Cell Biology with a minor in Dance and Performance Studies. She received her M.D. from Ross University School of Medicine, graduating with high honors. Dr. Dean returned to California to complete her Internal Medicine Residency at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. She is ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Intentional about holistic care, Dr. Dean approaches medical problems with an open perspective and whole person mindset.

Dr. Dean’s passion for medicine originated in practicing with underserved populations. She grew up shadowing her Internist father on medical missions to Mexico and the Philippines. During medical school, Dr. Dean volunteered with Salybia Mission Project, bringing medical care to the local indigenous tribes on the island of Dominica. While in residency, she was a regular volunteer clinician with Doctor’s Without Walls. She currently works at the Santa Barbara Public Health Department Adult Clinic as a Primary Care Physician and HIV provider.

Dr. Dean lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and their pit-bull rescue, Reina. When not working, she is usually running along the beach or hiking in the beautiful mountains. She is always on the look out for the best taco in town, along with opportunities to practice her Spanish.

Jason Prystowsky MD, MPH – Board Member

Jason Prystowsky attended University of California Santa Barbara where he studied philosophy and biology. He then went on to get his medical degree and Public Health degree at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Jason trained in emergency medicine at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA where he also served as chief resident and did a one-year ethics fellowship. He has worked all over the world participating in emergency medical humanitarian aid and long-term sustainable development projects.

He is currently an emergency physician at Santa Barbara Cottage emergency Department where is also the co-chair of the ethics committee. He is the medical director for Santa Barbara City Fire Department. He also serves on the board of directors for Santa Barbara County Clinics. Every few months he serves the Navajo Nation in the emergency department at Chinle Comprehensive Health Facility.  Jason lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, son, and two dogs, Petunia, and Kivu

Laura Polito, MD – Board Member

Laura Polito, MD is Family Medicine Doctor and Assistant Medical Director of Health Information at Sansum Clinic. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University and Creighton University School of Medicine. In addition to serving on the board, Dr. Polito volunteers as DWW’s Street Medicine Team Director. From 1993 through 2003, Dr. Polito practiced at the Vandenberg Air Force Base and is the former Medical Director of the base’s Family Practice Clinic. Dr Polito also sits on the Board of the Santa Barbara County Medical Society.

Dr. Polito’s true passion lies in humanitarian medicine, providing needed care to the most vulnerable and underserved population in a community. While in the Air Force, she was fortunate enough to serve on several humanitarian medical missions to Central and South America, providing medical care and health education to vulnerable communities.

Connor C. Cote – Board Member

Connor Cote is an estate planning attorney at the Law Offices of James F. Cote. He attended Loyola Marymount University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Political Science in 2010. He then attended Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he earned a Juris Doctorate in 2014. Connor has been working at the Law Offices of James F. Cote where he specializes in estate planning.
Connor was born and raised in Santa Barbara and enjoys many of the outdoor activities Santa Barbara has to offer. He loves to hike, surf, golf, and play tennis with his friends. He currently serves as the Trust and Estates chair for the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. In the past, Connor served on the board of the Santa Barbara Barristers, volunteered as a tutor at the Santa Barbara Public Library’s adult literacy program, and has volunteered his time on Wednesday nights at Pershing Park with Doctors Without Walls.

Dr. Cherylynn Lee – Board Member

Dr. Cherylynn Lee is a First Responder Psychologist and Behavioral Sciences Manager for the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office. She graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology with an PhD in Behavioral Health Psychology and completed rotations at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center, San Mateo Medical Center, and Sharp Memorial Hospital during her graduate graining. At the Sheriff’s Office, Dr. Lee oversees the Behavioral Health Co-Responder program where a deputy and clinician are partnered up and respond to mental health crises with the intent to divert persons from the criminal justice system and into treatment. She also trains law enforcement in Post-Traumatic Stress, Wellness, Crisis Intervention and De Escalation and is on call 24/7 to assist when officers and deputies need consultation. Dr. Lee serves on both the Santa Barbara Police Department and Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office crisis negotiation teams and has a private practice where she treats first responders exclusively and specializes in trauma work.
As a member of the workforce tasked with caring for the community, Dr. Lee is a champion for access to behavioral health treatment for all Santa Barbara residents and sits on several committees that work to improve access to services. Dr. Lee is thrilled to be a part of the Doctors Without Walls leadership and help support the mission of caring for the most vulnerable members of our community and looks forward to providing her expertise and clinical skill set to further the good work being done!

Jordan Turetsky – Board Member

Jordan Turetsky became Chief Operating Officer of CenCal Health in July 2023 after joining the organization as the Provider Network Officer in May 2022. In her current role, she oversees Provider Services, Provider Relations, and Claims functions and is leading the implementation of CenCal Health’s Medicare Dual Special Needs Program.

Before her tenure at CenCal Health, Ms. Turetsky served as Provider Services Director at Central California Alliance for Health, where she directed operations for the 40-person Provider Services Department and oversaw the development, maintenance, and education of the provider network. She has additional work experience at the Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Biotechnology.

Ms. Turetsky’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

In addition to her work at CenCal Health, she serves as a Board Member for Doctors Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine, a nonprofit serving Santa Barbara County’s unsheltered and low-income population.