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

Stefanny Gonzalez
Volunteer 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 and is now serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for this cycle. 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.

Sean Scheiner
Parks Co-Coordinator

Sean grew up in Northern California and graduated from UCSB in 2019 with a degree in Biopsychology. He has been with Doctors Without Walls for almost four years working as a Scribe and EMT served as Data Coordinator last year, and will be working as one of DWW’s Parks Coordinators for the 2020-21 cycle. Volunteering with Doctors Without Walls has given him the opportunity to explore the field of medicine and develop his passion for street medicine and public health. He currently works as a Medical Scribe in the Cottage Hospital Emergency Department and is hoping to join the armed services as a clinician later down the road and work with underserved populations on a global scale. In his free time, Sean enjoys hiking, rock climbing, practicing yoga or spending time with his friends and family. He couldn’t be more excited to continue working closely with all the amazing people involved in Doctors Without Walls.

Abby Lau
Parks Co-Coordinator

Abby is originally from Los Angeles, California and graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Biology. She has been volunteering with DWW-SBSM as both a scribe and member of the Communications Team for the last two years. In that time, she has enjoyed learning from clinicians and fostering strong relationships with the wonderful people living on the streets. As one of the new Parks Clinic Coordinators during these unprecedented times, she hopes to work closely with the DWW teams to find new ways to increase access to care for the homeless and working poor. She plans to become a physician assistant and continue working with the underserved community in the future. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, photography, and watching TV.

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 a co-coordinator for the WFHC during the 2020-21 cycle.

Jamila Campwala
WFHC Co-Coordinator

Jamila is an incoming fourth-year undergraduate student at UCSB pursuing a degree in Biological Anthropology. After joining the Doctors Without Walls family in 2017 she has served as a packs, companion care, scribe, and Communication’s Team volunteer. The Women’s Free Health Clinic has had a positive impact on her life in more ways than she can count, and she is very excited to take over the role as clinic coordinator for the upcoming term. In the future she hopes to work towards a medical degree, and eventually become a practicing physician. In her free time she enjoys painting, diving, and hiking!

Youssef Sibih
Packs Coordinator

Youssef grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from UC Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies with a degree in Biology in 2020. He has been a packs volunteer with Doctors Without Walls for three years and is currently serving as the Packs Coordinator for the 2020-2021 cycle. He was inspired to join DWW after seeing the wide range of health disparities that underserved populations face within the cities he has lived in. Youssef currently works as a medical scribe in Cottage Hospital’s Emergency Department and is volunteering with Santa Barbara’s Medical Reserve Corps as an EMT. He is currently applying to medical school and plans to become a physician in the future while continuing to work with underserved populations. In his free time, Youssef enjoys landscape/street photography, long-distance cycling, and playing tennis.

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 joined DWW in November of 2019 as a companion care volunteer and in June of 2020 he assumed the role of Co-Companion Care Coordinator. During the COVID19 pandemic he will continue to help the underserved in his community. During his free time, he loves to read, play a spartan warrior in AC Odyssey and a fearless survivor in the Last of Us II.

Melanie Cushman
Companion Care Co-Coordinator

Melanie is a Santa Barbara local who graduated with a Master of Social Work degree from USC in 2018. She began volunteering in the parks of Santa Barbara in high school. During this time her passion for justice began to unfold. She wanted to understand more about underserved populations in the community, and continued to intern in the parks over summer breaks from Biola University where she graduated in 2015 with a degree in sociology. After graduation Melanie spent 6 months working with a Humanitarian Aid organization in the Philippines before returning to the United States and pursuing her masters. Since graduating Melanie has worked for a local medical nutrition company, Kate Farms, where she has grown a love for people and macro social work in the healthcare sector. She is thrilled to use her knowledge of Santa Barbara community resources, and understanding of behavioral intervention skills to serve the community alongside the DWW team!

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 a year and has served on the Packs and Scribe teams. 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, and he plans to apply to medical school in 2021. In his spare time, Nick enjoys surfing, camping, and reading.