Tony Mills, MD
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
ASSIS. PROFESSOR OF CLINICAL MEDICINE, UCLA
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD, MUSCLE & FITNESS MAGAZINE
Dr. Anthony Mills is an HIV Specialist and is the CEO of the Men’s Health Foundation and President of the Southern California Men’s Medical Group in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Mills is also the Principal Investigator at Mills Clinical Research and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Mills earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and his medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Mills has an extensive research background and has conducted numerous clinical trials for HIV treatment and prevention. Dr. Mills is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of American, HIV Medical Association, International AIDS Society, IAS-USA, and the American Academy of HIV Medicine.
Joseph DeFoto, MD
Dr. DeFoto graduated medical school in 1989 and practiced for 5 years as a board-certified family practitioner in New York. After moving to Los Angeles in 1998, he worked for the Gay and Lesbian Center’s Primary Care and HIV Practice (Lambda Medical Group) for 5 years. Before joining Anthony Mills, MD in 2008, Dr. DeFoto worked with Tower Infectious Disease. Dr. DeFoto got into the field of medicine because he wanted to work in a profession that made him feel like he did something good for people. The ability to help people while performing a job he loves is something that Dr. DeFoto considers to be a tremendous gift.
Manuel Pardo, MD
Infectious Disease and INternal Medicine
Dr. Pardo is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and is nationally recognized as an HIV specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. After completing medical school in 2002 in Colombia where he was born and raised, Dr. Pardo moved to the US to continue his education. While preparing for the medical boards, he worked in the medical research field and collaborated in clinical trials. In 2009, Dr. Pardo completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Tufts University in Boston. Dr. Pardo then completed his fellowship at University of California Irvine in 2011, where he focused on Infectious Diseases. Before joining SoCal MMG, Dr. Pardo worked in Long Beach, CA for The CARE Center, a non-profit HIV program for underserved patients, and was also an Infectious Diseases Consultant for Long Beach Memorial Hospital and Saint Mary's Medical Center. Driven by his passion for treating infectious diseases and HIV, Dr. Pardo is highly compassionate toward each one of his patients.
Summer Drake, DO
Dr. Drake completed osteopathic medical school at Western University in Southern California in 2006 and became Chief Resident during her residency training in Family Medicine. She spent several years living in China, working with special needs orphans, including those with HIV. Dr. Drake completed a fellowship in HIV medicine at USC, adding to her diverse background in Osteopathy and Family and Adolescent Medicine.
Jay Kim, AGNP-C
Jay Kim brings to the team his critical-care experience and specialty in gerontology. In 2015, Jay received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the California State University, Los Angeles, where he worked in the critical-care unit at Huntington Memorial Hospital. There, he helped launch a pilot program, bridging mentors and new-graduate nurses to overcome barriers and prevent burnout, which became known as, the “SOAR” program. Jay worked at Kaiser Permanente’s West L.A. Medical Center where he continued his nursing practice in a step-down, critical care unit. In May 2018, Jay received his Master of Science in Nursing, along with his nurse practitioner degree in Adult-Gerontology. Mr. Kim is a board-certified AGNP with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Casey Welk, AGNP-C
primary care nurse practitioner
Mr. Welk is a board-certified Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with a strong clinical background in Cardiology, HIV and Transgender Medicine. Casey held clinical and administrative positions at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NYP-Cornell Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital. He earned BS Nursing at Columbia University and his Nurse Practitioner training and Master’s Degree at Duke University.
Sergio Hurtado, PA-C
Mr. Hurtado is a board-certified Physician Assistant with a strong clinical background in Family Medicine, HIV and Transgender Medicine. He earned his Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Human Physiology at San Francisco State University and his Physician Assistant training and Master’s Degree at Marshall B. Ketchum University.
Brentton Lowery, PA-C
Brentton Lowery is a board-certified Physician Assistant and is nationally recognized as an HIV specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Before joining SoCal MMG, Brentton worked in Dallas for the Health Education Learning Project, a non-profit sexual health and HIV prevention clinic. He earned his Master of Science in Medicine degree from Mississippi College, where he completed a six-month clerkship in HIV and Adult medicine.
Felipe Findley, PA-C, MPAS, AAHIVS
physician assistant (in South Los Angeles)
Felipe is a Physician Assistant providing HIV medical care and prevention services specializing in the needs of communities of color for fourteen years. Felipe began his career in his hometown of Chicago at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County.
Felipe most recently practiced at the Oasis Clinic at Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Center and Charles R. Drew University in the Watts-Willowbrook-Compton area. In addition to his clinical work, he was site provider for a Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) research study with CDU and UCLA, and also an assistant professor with the Charles R. Drew University Physician Assistant Program.
Rodney Fox, NP, PhD, AAHIVS
Mr. Fox grew up in rural Tennessee and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee State University. Rodney moved to Atlanta where he worked as a RN, specializing in HIV care since 1999. After receiving a graduate degree from Emory University in 2001 and completing his Nurse Practitioner training, Rodney continued his work as a primary care HIV specialist. Previous to joining Men’s Health Foundation, Rodney hsa been providing care in the Coachella Valley since 2015, at a FQHC focused on HIV care. Rodney also holds a PhD, a research doctorate, studying the relationship between HIV stigma, quality of life and lipodystrophy.