Dr. Alex Leasure

I was born in Jacksonville, FL and attended University of Central Florida in Orlando for my undergrad in biology. I later went through EMT training but never worked as an EMT, that was my first introduction to the medical field. I attended medical school at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. It was a unique program that formed from a partnership between the University of Queensland and Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. We did our first 2 years in Australia and our clinical rotations at a large hospital in New Orleans. After med school I completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville. My professional interests include point of care ultrasound, suturing techniques, and infectious disease. Outside of work, I coach at a local crossfit gym, enjoy surfing, spearfishing, stand up paddling, rugby, cooking, fermentation, and cycling. I met my wife, Marie Claire Lamb, in med school while playing touch rugby. I proposed to her some years later, while surfing. She also works at Sansum as a primary care physician and volunteers with DWW. I have 2 hound dogs named Quincy and Fiona and they are both hilarious.

Dr. Chelsea Dean

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.

Jorie Nilson – Medical Director of the Women’s Free Homeless Clinic

Jorie has been a Nurse Practitioner for the past 40 years. She obtained her BSRN from California State University, Fresno. Immediately after graduation in 1976, she entered an elite comprehensive Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certificate program. From 1978 to 1980, she practiced with the United States Peace Corps and with the United States Embassy in Bamako, Mali, and West Africa. Upon return to the U.S. in 1980, she earned her MSN with a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner Option in 1982. After that, she worked with the Teen Pregnancy Resource Center in Fresno serving high-risk teens ages 16 and under; the Birthing Center in Fresno, an out-of-hospital birthing facility; Central California Indian Health in Clovis, where she made health trips to the various Native American rural clinics; a weekly clinic in various locations in the San Joaquin Valley performing physical exams on the children of migrant farm workers; and briefly at Fresno Juvenile Hall.

In 1988, she moved from Fresno to Santa Barbara and worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner at UCSB Student Health until 2010. During summers, she also worked for Santa Barbara County in various clinics (Franklin, Carpinteria, Calle del Remedio), the Westside Neighborhood Clinic, and Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic (now renamed Sansum Clinic).

After retiring in 2010, she took a year “off,” then began volunteering with Doctors Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine, primarily with the Women’s Free Homeless Clinic, but occasionally in both Pershing and Alameda Parks and on Street Rounds. A few years ago, she became the Medical Director of the Women’s Free Homeless Clinic. During retirement, she has also gone on medical missions to Malawi, Guatemala, and Honduras as well as travelled to Vietnam, Cambodia, and China with a group of medical people to study the various health care systems.

Volunteer Coordinators

Jesse Basra
Parks Coordinator

Jesse grew up in Yuba City, a rural agricultural town in Northern California, and recently graduated from UCSB with a degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Since graduating, Jesse has spent his time during the pandemic working as a medical scribe at Cottage Hospital and Sansum Clinic and volunteering with DWW. He has been a part of Santa Barbara Street Medicine for two years, serving as a Packs volunteer and Scribe before becoming Parks Coordinator. Jesse was inspired to join DWW after seeing the lack of access to medical care for many immigrants and minorities in his hometown. Building personal connections with the homeless of Santa Barbara as Parks Coordinator and serving a population like the one he grew up with has been a deeply gratifying experience for him. Jesse aspires to enter medical school to treat addiction and mental illness within low-income and minority communities. In his free time, Jesse enjoys weightlifting, brewing espressos, reading, playing piano, and watching Formula 1 racing.

Oscar Delgadillo
Companion Care Co-Coordinator

Oscar Delgadillo was born and raised in the mountains of Santa Barbara surrounded by wild animals and avocados. He graduated from UCSB in 2017 with a BS in Biopsychology and a minor in Applied Psychology. He has been blessed to be a part of DWW since November of 2019 starting as a volunteer with the Companion Care program. In 20-21 Oscar assumed the role of Companion Care Coordinator and continues in the capacity for the 21-22 year. Under medical supervision, he led the COVID-19 vaccine efforts for DWW-SBSM. In his free time, he plans to grow closer with his new mountain bike. After successfully helping Ellie and Lev find freedom, he now plans to take on Ragnarok with the help of Kratos and Atreus!

Lauren Estess
Companion Care Co-Coordinator

Lauren is originally from San Diego, California and graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2021 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, an emphasis in Medical Humanities, and a minor in French language. She started as a Companion Care volunteer over two years ago and since then has cross trained into becoming a Packs, Women’s Clinic, and Scribe volunteer. Currently serving as the Companion Care Co-Coordinator for the 2021-2022 cycle, she is excited to be able to spend her gap year in Santa Barbara with the DWW community before applying to medical school. She is extremely grateful for the people, memories, and knowledge that she has gained through DWW’s clinics and strives to continue to embrace and encourage the amazing community that past coordinators and DWW leaders have created. She hopes to become a physician specializing in either pediatrics or women’s health and one day wishes to practice her French and medical skills helping to serve underserved populations abroad. In her free time, she loves traveling, cooking, going to the beach, practicing yoga and dancing.

Stefanny Gonzalez
Parks Coordinator

Stefanny graduated from UCSB in 2015 with a degree in Pharmacology. She has been with DWW since 2017, initially serving as a general volunteer at the Women’s Free Homeless Clinic and later continuing as a packs volunteer. She served as the Packs Coordinator for the 2019-20 cycle, the Volunteer Coordinator for the 20-21 cycle and will co-lead our Parks team as the Parks Coordinator for the 21-22 year. Originally from Harbor City, CA, Stefanny grew up around many individuals with limited healthcare access and financial resources. Stefanny currently works with individuals with severe mental illness and helps them manage medical and psychiatric needs. She is anticipating helping the underserved Latino community as a physician in the future. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, learning new languages, and going on outdoor adventures.

Joanna Le Galloudec
Packs & Logistics Coordinator

Joanna is a fourth-year undergraduate student at UCSB pursuing a degree in Microbiology with a minor in French. She has been with Doctors Without Walls since 2019 and initially volunteered with companion care, later volunteering as a scribe and with the Women’s Clinic. She is preparing for a career as a physician and plans to continue working with underserved communities throughout her career. Joanna enjoys running, surfing, and painting in her free time. She is very grateful for all the valuable experiences Doctors Without Walls has given her. She served as a co-Coordinator for the 20-21 Companion Care Program and is very excited to serve as the Packs and Logistics Coordinator for the 21-22 cycle.

Isabel Rauchle
WFHC Coordinator

Isabel was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a proud graduate of UC Santa Barbara Class of 2021 with a B.S. degree in Biopsychology. She has been with Doctors Without Walls since 2019, beginning as a packs volunteer at the Women’s Free Homeless Clinic. She is now excited to serve as the WFHC Co-Coordinator for the 21-22 cycle before applying to medical school. Isabel is drawn to DWW by her passion for learning and the opportunity to apply our knowledge directly to our community. It drives her to always see the person in the patient, provide compassionate care, and

advocate for those around us. She aims to remain a part of the DWW community as she works towards a career in medicine, hoping to return in the future to serve as a clinician.

Until then, she plans to continue the dedicated work of her predecessors and establish a strong community among the women and people of Santa Barbara. In her free time Isabel enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, snacking, and taking any opportunity to learn something new.

Andrea Ure
WFHC Co-Coordinator

Andrea graduated from UCSB in 2019 with a degree in Biopsychology and began working as a medical scribe for a local orthopedic clinic. Since joining Doctors Without Walls in 2019, Andrea has volunteered primarily in the Women’s Free Homeless Clinic while also obtaining experience as a scribe in the Parks Clinic and as a Companion Care volunteer. Andrea feels grateful for all the times she’s shared with the ladies of the WFHC, and she is very excited to serve as WFHC co-coordinator for a second year during the 2021-22 cycle.

Jessica Weiss
Volunteer Coordinator

Jessica grew up in Los Angeles, California and graduated with honors from UCSB in 2019 with a degree in Biopsychology. She has been volunteering with Doctors Without Walls for about a year and a half working as both a general volunteer at the Women’s Free Homeless Clinic and as a packs volunteer. Jessica has enjoyed forming friendships with the individuals living on the streets and deepening her passion for helping others. She currently works as the Lead Medical Assistant for a local Orthopedic Surgeon. She plans to become a Physician Assistant and continue working with underserved populations in the future. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, walking her dogs, and spending time with her loved ones. She is extremely excited to be the Volunteer Coordinator this year and help DWW continue its mission of service and care.

Nick Wilson
Data Coordinator

Nick graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2020 with a degree in chemistry and biochemistry. He has been with Doctors Without Walls for over 2 years. He has served on the Packs and Scribe teams, was the 20-21 Data Coordinator and will happily continue in that role with DWW-SBSM while applying to medical schools with the intent of starting med school in the fall of 2022. Volunteering with Doctors Without Walls has given Nick the opportunity to explore the field of street medicine and learn the complexities of bringing medicine to the people, wherever that may be. Nick is currently working as a medical assistant at Santa Barbara Skin Institute and in his spare time enjoys surfing, cycling, diving, reading, and camping.

Albert Yang
Data Coordinator

Albert grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2021 with a degree in Biopsychology and a minor in Applied Psychology. He has been with Doctors Without Walls since 2019 and has served with the Packs and Scribe teams. Doctors Without Walls has been an integral component of his understanding of the value of street medicine and has given him unique experience with meeting the underserved community where they are. In the future, Albert is planning on applying for medical school in hopes of becoming a physician to continue to work with underserved populations. In his spare time, Albert enjoys reading, cooking, and exercising.