Franklin Health Care Center Staff

Elvia Lopez

Elvia Lopez, Health Care Administrator

Elvia Lopez is a native of Santa Barbara and the administrator for the Franklin Health Care Center and provides administrative support to the Health Care Centers at PATH and Rescue Mission.

Elvia has worked for 28 years in health care and has worked with the Santa Barbra County Public Health Department for the last 22 years working with the County's vulnerable populations. Assuring that our patients have access to quality care in a respectful and courteous environment is very important.

She enjoys spending time with her family and road trips to new and exciting places.

Adult Providers

Duane DeAmicis, NP

Duane came to the FHCC in 2010 from Sacramento. He has been a Nurse Practitioner for more than 25 years having trained at U.C. San Francisco and U.C. Davis. He has worked in Critical Care, Emergency, Occupational Health and Family Practice. Before joining the PHD, he was faculty at UC Davis School of Medicine for more than 10 years training Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. Currently he provides primary care at FHCC as well as our satellite clinics in the local homeless shelters. Integrating physical and mental health is especially important to him. Outside of work, he enjoys all that Santa Barbara has to offer.

Douglas Duncan, M.D. - Primary Care

Dr. Douglas Duncan: Graduated Texas A&M Summa Cum Laude 1976 (Psychology) Graduated U.Texas Medical School 1980. UC Irvine Residency Family Med Completed 1983. Attended and graduated from UC Irvine Residency Occupational Med completed 1984.

UCLA Master Public Health 1986. USAF Fellowship Aerospace Med completed 1987. USAF Flight Surgeon 1987-2013 (deployed Baghdad 2010). Flight Surgeon United Airlines 1985-1989, and again in 2001. Flight Surgeon Northrop B2 Bomber project 1989-1992.

Urgent Care Physician 1984-2000. Westside Neighborhood Clinic Physician 2002-2008. CA Dept Corrections and Rehabilitation Physician 2009-2016.I have been happily employed by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department since April, 2016 where I enjoy serving the local community. I give gratitude for all that I have and pray for good outcomes for our patients daily.

I am married with 2 lovely daughters and a wonderful granddaughter who is the apple of my eye!


Jaclyn Kucharski, MD

Dr. Kucharski was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA and graduated from UC Davis with a dual degree in Spanish and Biology. She then attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency training at Ventura County Medical Center Residency Program in 2014. Since completion of her training she has worked as a primary care physician in the clinic setting as well as Urgent Care and Labor and Delivery at VCMC Hospital. She truly enjoys providing primary care to the whole family; from pregnancy to the newborn period, to old age and everything in between, it is an honor for her to care for patients in all stages of life. She joined the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department in January 2020 where she now serves as a Primary Care physician for Franklin and Carpinteria Health Care Centers.

In her spare time she loves being outdoors with her husband and two sons playing at the beach, hiking, camping or at the local Farmer's Market.

Tomas Wy

Tomas Wy, MD

Dr. Wy, MD practices Adult Medicine at the Santa Barbara Health Care Centers. Dr. Wy graduated from University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine & Surgery in 1987 and has been in practice for 33 years. He completed his residency at Hamot Medical Center. Dr. Wy is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and he currently provides care to our patients at our Carpinteria and Franklin Health Care locations. In his free time, Dr. Wy enjoys running, basketball, swimming and spending time with his family.

Elspeth Mills

Elspeth Mills, PsyD

Elspeth Mills grew up in Santa Barbara, but has lived in various parts of the country and world since then. Elspeth graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) in 2004; lived in New York City for a few years while attending Columbia University; then began graduate school in Clinical Psychology at Pacific University in Oregon in 2008.

Elspeth completed her Predoctoral internship (2014) and Postdoctoral residency (2015) at San Jose State University (SJSU), where she enjoyed working with a diverse student body. After SJSU, Elspeth worked in the Adult Psychiatry Department of Kaiser Permanente in San Jose before moving for a couple years with her family to South Africa.

Elspeth is happy to return home to Santa Barbara and have the opportunity to work in a collaborative primary care setting providing mental health treatment to the patients of FHCC.



Katherine Cardenas, M.D. - Pediatrics

Katherine Cardenas attended nursing school in San Diego and received her Master's at UC San Francisco.

She has been with the Public Health Department since 2010 working in pediatrics.

Katherine enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.

Kristen Hughes, M.D.- Pediatrics

Dr. Hughes graduated summa cum laude with her BS in Biology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara in 2004. She graduated medical school from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, followed by pediatric residency at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. She served as faculty at Loma Linda University initially afterwards, before moving back to Santa Barbara. Dr. Hughes then practiced at Cottage Children's Medical Center for 4 years as a pediatric hospitalist. She joined the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department in February 2016, where she now serves as a part-time Pediatrician for Franklin and Carpinteria Health Care Centers.

In her spare time she enjoys various outdoor activities including hiking, soccer, and paddle boarding. Her greatest joy is spending time with her family including her son and daughter.

Rhonda Gordon, M.D.- Pediatrics

Dr. Gordon was born and raised in Hawaii, and graduated from Harvard College in 1992 with a degree in Environmental Geoscience. She then attended UCLA School of Medicine, graduating in 1996 and continued at UCLA Children's Hospital for her Pediatric residency training.

Before joining Santa Barbara County Public Health in July 2015, she had been a pediatrician in private practice for 16 years in Thousand Oaks. She enjoys nurturing relationships with her patients and their families, and hopes to provide them with excellent and compassionate care each day. She is very happy to have joined Public Health and enjoys being part of the community here.

In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, running, hiking and going to the beach with her husband and their two boys.

Women's Health Providers

Lawrence Bines, M.D. - O.B.G.Y.N

Dr. Lawrence Bines completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated medical school from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency in Houston, Texas at St. Joseph Hospital; a University of Texas affiliated hospital where he received his Obstetrics and Gynecology license.

Dr. Bines came to work for the Public Health Department in September, 1991. He splits his time between Carpinteria Health Care Center, Franklin Health Care Center, Lompoc Health Care Center and Santa Barbara Health Care Center. He thoroughly enjoys practicing general and OB/GYN medicine.

Blanca Viramontes, NP

Blanca Viramontes-Bordas received her AA in nursing at Cerritos College and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cal State, Dominguez Hills. Blanca received her Nurse Practitioner license in Women's Health from Harbor University of California, Los Angeles. She is a board certified Nurse Practitioner, is certified in Public Health Nursing and is a Registered Nurse. Blanca is a member of NCC and Nurse Practitioner Women's Health.

Blanca has worked at Planned Parenthood in Upland and Santa Barbara. She has been working as a part-time provider in Women's Health at the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department since 1994 as well as in private practice.

She enjoys assisting those who are in great need and are unable to obtain services at other institutions. Blanca states, "I enjoy listening to my patient's health concerns and working with my patients to resolve some of their issues".

Blanca enjoys walking, reading, skiing and spending time with her family when she is not meeting the needs of her patients.

FHCC Staff