Dr. Matthew Abinante, DO, MPH
Board-Certified Family Physician (not accepting new patients, waitlist available)
Dr. Matt had a few health issues when he was younger and got to work with several doctors that became role models to him. He loves working with people and is fascinated by the human body. Family medicine allows him to follow in the footsteps of his role models in providing excellent care while working with people of all ages in their quest for good health.
Dr. Matt received his DO and MPH from Touro University in Vallejo, CA and completed his residency training at PIH Health Hospital in Downey, CA. He is a board-certified Family Physician.
Dr. Matt lives in Huntington Beach with his wife, Chelsea, and their four daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family whether it's at the beach, his parents’ house in Sacramento or with his wife’s family in San Diego. He also loves spending time on his grandparent’s ranch in Idaho.
He speaks fluent English and Tagalog.
Dr. Paul McKinley, DO
Board-Certified Family Physician
Dr. Paul, a native of Southern California, has been in practice since 2002 and joined Elevated Health after serving as a medical director in Chicago for Iora Health, a nationwide, innovative, direct primary care organization. Prior to his time in Chicago, he spent 13 years in private practice in Orange County taking care of patients in both the office and hospital settings.
Dr. Paul practices the full spectrum of primary care medicine managing all health conditions and is skilled in outpatient medical procedures. He emphasizes a preventive approach to health with all of his patients. As a former college basketball player and athlete he enjoys the field of sports medicine. He has also completed a training program in the science of longevity medicine which aims to prevent the chronic diseases of aging and increase healthspan (the period of life in which you are healthy). This is achieved using a combination of nutrition, exercise, medications, nutritional supplements, and hormone replacement, if necessary.
Dr. Paul loves practicing in the direct primary care model where he can spend time with patients and develop relationships with them. This allows him to deliver a personalized approach to each individual patient and have the opportunity to help them live healthier and more vibrant lives.
In his spare time Dr. Paul loves being in the outdoors with his wife Kate, and son. He especially enjoys the mountains, where he has climbed Mt. Rainier twice, and can be found snowboarding every winter.
Dr. Lucy Pun, DO
Board-Certified Family Physician
Dr. Lucy Pun has always loved being the medical caretaker of her family.
Eventually, that passion motivated her to pursue a career in medicine and
take care of many other families. She enjoys taking care of people of all ages and considers her patients as part of her family. Dr. Pun chose Direct Primary Care because it allows her to spend quality time with her patients, provide education, and empower her patients to be in charge of their
Dr. Pun received her Bachelor of science at UC Irvine. Prior to starting medical school, she trained in child development and was a Montessori preschool teacher. She then received her medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences, and completed residency at PIH Health Hospital in Downey. She is board certified in Family Medicine.
In her spare time, Dr. Pun enjoys traveling, watching movies, and spending
time with her husband and her son.
She speaks fluent English and Armenian.
Ivette Adame, RDMS
Front Office Assistant/Ultrasound Technician
Ivette has been in the medical field since 2012. She has worked everything from urgent care, family practice, hospitals, to mobile Ultrasound companies. Her work has allowed her to travel all of California for work. She is now overjoyed to join our team here at Elevated Health.
Ivette knew she wanted to be an ultrasound technologist the moment she saw her younger sister up on the ultrasound monitor when she was 15 years old. In pursuit of her dream, she graduated from a Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. She completed her training at Bellflower medical center in the city of Bellflower.
Ivette lives in Garden Grove with her Husband, Mark. In her spare time, she loves spending time in Laguna Hills visiting her parents and younger siblings. She also has a passion for music (mostly reggae) and loves to see live bands with her husband.
She speaks fluent English and Spanish.
Danny Gutierrez, RN
Danny received two Associate Degrees from Cerritos College, CA, in the fields of Nursing and Communication Studies. Education is a lifelong journey for Danny. He is currently working on his Bachelor’s Degree of Nursing (BSN) at The University of Texas at Arlington, TX.
Healthcare has always been his calling. He started 7 years ago as a Medical Assistant and now has entered this new chapter of his life as a Registered Nurse. He takes this proverb with him, “Do what you can see yourself doing in a world where money didn’t exist.” That world is healthcare, Nursing.
Danny currently resides in Norwalk with his wife. In his spare time, Danny is dedicated to his church, taking on the leadership roles of minister, youth leader and lead musician. On any given day he can get a smile from you with his impressive Stitch character voice.
He speaks fluent English and Spanish.
Daniel Zike, BS
Daniel has been a medical assistant for nearly 6 years. He has worked in rural health centers, urgent cares and now a direct primary care office. Before joining Elevated Health, he was a Clinical Services Supervisor for a chain of urgent cares across Orange County. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors in Healthcare Administration at CSU Long Beach.
Daniel currently lives in Belmont Shore, Long Beach with his fiancé (now wife!!) Shannon and their two fur babies, Detective Mittens and Haydes. Before moving to Southern California, Daniel has lived in Redding, CA and Roseville, CA. He prefers the weather down here in Southern California, and has no plans of leaving. His wife and him were recently married in San Marcos, CA on July 26th, 2018.
Fun fact about Daniel, when he was a kid, he had a pet bull-frog he raised from a pollywog. His name was Homer. Be sure to ask him about it sometime!
Dr. Stephanie Jacobs, Ph.D.
Dr. Steph has a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University. She has worked in university counseling, primary medical care, cancer treatment, and in private practice. Her areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, PTSD, death/dying/bereavement, chronic pain, and chronic health issues. She will help you develop effective coping strategies, manage chronic health conditions, and improve your quality of life. Dr. Steph is passionate about her work and looks forward to meeting you!
You can read more about her services here.
Dr. Ben Pun, D.C.
Dr. Benjamin Pun completed his Bachelors of Science degree at University of California, Irvine and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the Southern California University of Health Sciences where he graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors.
Dr. Ben uses a variety of gentle and effective hands-on chiropractic techniques including Diversified, Activator, Webster, and Cox-Flexion Distraction Technique. In addition to treating acute and chronic conditions, he also has experience treating an abundance of sports related injuries. He was a member of the Sports Injury Council and has volunteered his chiropractic services in various sporting events such as the Wildflower Triathlon and Surf City Marathon.
Dr. Ben is so passionate about improving the health of entire families that he extended his education to include pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic treatment which has become his specialty.
Heather Salazar, LVN
Heather has been an LVN since 2005. She has worked in hospice and home health, registry positions, flu clinics and wellness centers. Prior to joining Elevated Health, Heather was a Nurse Manager at an outpatient clinic in Torrance, CA. It was in this position that she found where she wanted to be in nursing - in a healthcare model where the patient is the emphasis and the cause. She brings those years of diverse experience and passion to the Elevated Health team.
Heather lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband and their dog, Mister Toast. When she’s not working, Heather likes to read, travel, catch up on TV and spend time with her family and friends. You can usually catch her on her phone or computer looking up travel destinations. Her goal is to keep adding stamps to her passport!