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Brett V. Curtis, MD, JD

Executive Director

Dr. Curtis was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He was encouraged as a child to strive to achieve. During one period of his life he seriously considered a career in public service, as a politician.

He had in mind to be the first African-American President of the United States. However, somebody named Barack Obama beat him to that position.

His political ambitions were set aside when he found his calling as a military reservist. The field medical training inspired Dr. Curtis to change his undergraduate major at UCLA and focus on becoming a doctor. He attended medical school and trained in general surgery at UCLA.

Thereafter, he attended law school at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He did this not only to gain a broader educational experience, but to attach himself to two disciplines for the benefit of his patients and clients.

This is something Dr. Curtis feels is a major pillar of his practice at the Medical Center of Marin Urgent Care Clinic & Health Care Clinic.
Warren L. Cipa, DC

Director of Rehabilitation

Dr. Cipa attended Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo for his undergraduate training and Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles, graduating in 1988. For the past 20 years, he has been practicing in the Bay Area.

Prior to joining Medical Center of Marin, Dr. Cipa was the Director of Rehabilitation of a large medical center in San Francisco where he managed a multidisciplinary team of acupuncturists, physical therapists and massage therapists, all while working with orthopedic surgeons and clinicians on patient care. His chiropractic techniques include diversified, Activator and ART™ (Active Release Technique).

Dr. Cipa’s main focus is in orthopedics, rehabilitation and exercise as an adjunct to utilizing evidence-based chiropractic care at the Medical Center of Marin Urgent Care Clinic & Health Care Clinic. During the winter, Dr. Cipa is an active member of the National Ski Patrol and patrols Sugar Bowl in North Lake Tahoe. During the spring and summer months, you will often find him riding his hard tail 29er with a large group of local mountain bike enthusiasts in Marin County.
Meet Our Providers and Staff

At Medical Center of Marin Urgent Care Clinic & Health Care Clinic, we pride ourselves in the quality of care and expertise that we provide our patients in Marin County, San Rafael, Novato, Mill Valley, Sausalito & the surrounding areas. Our providers and staff are experienced professionals who are dedicated to optimal treatment for each and every patient that walks through our doors. Our primary goal is to provide efficient, accurate, exceptional care—at a cost that is far less than an emergency room visit. Come to MCoM and for your urgent care needs and experience high-quality medical treatment without the hassle of the ER.
Vila Phoulavan PA-C

Vila completed his undergraduate English and Art degrees from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Samuel Merritt University in 2004. He is conversant with many aspects of adult and general medicine and has considerable experience treating work-related injuries. His personal interests include neural cartography, artificial intelligence, manga, and poker. He speaks Lao/Thai and Spanish. He is an avid golfer and recreational soccer enthusiast. 
Dr. Patricia Huertas, MD

Dr. Huertas has ten years of experience in urgent care and occupational health. She received a BA in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she was part of a breast cancer research team. She then attended medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and was a resident at the University of California, San Francisco, Family Medicine program. Dr. Huertas has always enjoyed the urgent care setting where she has the opportunity to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical issues. Dr. Huertas has a variety of interests outside of medicine as well. Prior to attending medical school, she received a bachelor's degree in Art History from UCLA. She also plays guitar and loves to hike and spend time outdoors as much as possible.
Dr. David Dempsey, MD

Dr. David Dempsey attended medical school at the University of Nebraska, Class of 1974, with an internship at St Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center in San Francisco 1974–1975, followed by a Residency at UCSF/SFGH 1975–77. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine as well as Internal Medicine and has spent the majority of his career employed as a full-time ER physician from 1975–2014. After retirement from ER work, he brought his talents into the urgent care market. He has been a treating physician at MCOM, for nearly two years. Dr. Dempsey’s outside interests include, hiking, biking, and kayaking. He recently received his license in real estate, and is actively pursuing that career as well. He is a father of five and has raised his entire family in Marin County having been a resident here for 35 years.
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