Student Health & Wellness Center
13612 E. Philadelphia St.
Hours of Operation
During the Academic Year
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CLOSED for lunch from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00p.m.
CLOSED for lunch from 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
CLOSED for Lunch from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Health & Wellness Center is staffed fulltime by RNs and LVNs. We also contract with Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital Family Practice to provide physician services. Board-certified physicians, physician assistants (PAs), and nurse practitioners (NPs) are available during various hours throughout the week.
Director of Health Services
Stella Wohlfarth, RN, MSN, BC, PHN, FNP Student
As director of the Student Health & Wellness Center, Stella has a three-tiered responsibility. First, she manages and directs the operations of the health center as part of her administrative role. Second, she provides health educational programming and outreach with events, presentations, monthly newsletters, etc. Third, she is responsible to make sure that all students have completed their health requirements and are in compliance with state and college standards. Stella has been an RN for more than 21 years with experience in ICU, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, and College Health Nursing. She has worked at the health center for 5 years and has 19 years of experience in college nursing. She has a Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) from University of Phoenix, and received a National Board Certification in 2004 as a College Health Nurse. She holds a Public Health Nurse Certificate and is certified in childbirth education, CPR, First Aid and AED. She is currently studying to be a Family Nurse Practitioner at Azusa Pacific University. Stella believes in holistic care and her goal is to help you achieve physical and emotional well-being while you are a student so that when you can graduate from Whittier, you will make healthier life-style choices.
Student Health Nurse
Maria Yepes, LVN
Maria is the vocational nurse at the health center and has worked in the medical profession for more than 15 years. Maria started as a medical assistant and has worked at Family Care Specialists, White Memorial Medical Center, and St. Jude Medical Center. Maria decided to go back to school to further her education and became a licensed vocational nurse in November 2011. She is excited to be a part of Whittier and believes in working hard and treating people with respect. When Maria is not at work, she is spending time with her family, working out, or doing outdoor activities. She hopes to make your visit to the health center as pleasant as possible.
562.907.4200, ext. 4400
Gracie has been the office manager at the health center since 2010. When you drop by the health center, she will be the one to greet you and is happy to assist you in any way she can. Her family and friends are a big part of her life, and while you are a student at Whittier, her goal is to treat you with the same compassion.
Anali Quinonez is the newest member of our team, but she is no stranger to the Whittier Community or the medical scene! Anali has over 17 years experience as a medical receptionist and has close ties to the Whittier campus. She was a former uptown Whittier business owner, resident, and even had a daughter who attended Whittier's Broadoaks Elementary school. Anali gets joy from spending time with her family and working out to maintain a healthy balance of mind, body, and soul. Her new position as a Medical Receptionist at the Student Health and Wellness Center allows her to extend compassion to students and families and has brought her full circle; embodying everything she loves about the Whittier community and her professional and personal goals!
Virag Shah, M.D. Program Director
Dr. Shah finished the honors program in medical education at Northwestern University in 1991, completed residency training at USC-PIH Family Practice Residency Program, and since 1999 has been at PIH serving as associate program director before becoming program director.
Ana Bejinez-Eastman, M.D.
Associate Program DirectorDr. Eastman received her medical degree from USC, graduated from the USC-PIH Family Practice Residency Program in 1991, and served as Co-Chief Resident in her third year. Dr. Eastman returned to PIH Family Practice in 1996 with the goal of encouraging high quality, low risk obstetrics among residents.
Ingrid Patsch, M.D
Associate Program Director
Dr. Patsch graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 1997, completed Family Practice Residency at USC-PIH in 2000, and in 2003 became full-time faculty at the PIH Residency Program. Dr. Patsch is currently responsible for developing the residency's educational lecture series, organizing community medicine and dermatology experiences, and is also involved with curricular development.