University of California, Riverside

Graduate Medical Education

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Family Medicine Palm Springs

Meet the Family Medicine-Palm Springs Core Faculty

Gemma Kim, M.D.

Program Director, Family Medicine
Dr. Gemma Kim

Dr. Gemma Kim joined the UCR faculty in March 2013 after moving from Belton, Texas where she practiced in academic medicine for nearly 10 years. She completed her residency at Texas A&M School of Medicine - Scott & White Family Medicine Residency and was chief resident of her class. She stayed on as senior staff and was an associate program director for the Scott & White Family Medicine Residency from 2007- 2012. Her professional interests include academic medicine, health maintenance, preventative medicine, women's health, chronic disease management, and outpatient procedures.

Kim is dedicated to developing and expanding primary care in the Coachella Valley. Her focus is to assess and serve the needs of the community by promoting prevention, health, and wellness.

Tae Kim, M.D.

Medical Director, UCR Health
Associate Director, Family Medicine Residency
Dr. Tae Kim

Dr. Tae Kim is the regional medical director for the UCR Health Medical Group and is an associate program director for the UC Riverside School of Medicine, Family Medicine Residency Program in Palm Springs. He joined UCR in March 2013 after moving from Belton, Texas. Kim is a family medicine physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating all age groups with a special interest in women's health, preventative medicine, minor surgeries, chronic medical management, and academic medicine. He was training at Texas A&M School of Medicine, Scott & White Hospital, where he was selected as chief resident. After completing his residency, he stayed on as senior staff and assistant professor and continued to teach medical students and resident physicians. In March 2013, he joined the UCR School of Medicine to continue to educate future physicians and to strengthen primary care in the Coachella Valley.

Nina Ruedas, M.S.

Behavioral Scientist

Nina Ruedas, M.S.Nina Grace Ruedas is a behavioral science educator at the UCR Family Medicine Residency in Palm Springs. She received her M.S. in counseling with an added certification in marriage and family therapy from San Diego State University. Ruedas has been practicing psychotherapy in the Coachella Valley for five years. She is also an adjunct faculty member at a local marriage and family therapy program, where she teaches courses related to relationships and diversity.

Ruedas is a core faculty member who helps teach and develop the behavioral science curriculum for the residency program. She also provides assessments of residents’ interaction and problem solving skills and presents education plans to optimize their effectiveness.

Luanne Carlson, D.O.

Assistant Clinical Professor, Family Medicine
Dr. Luanne Carlson

Dr. Luanne M. Carlson, D.O. is an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine and practices at UCR Health Family Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif. She is also an adjunct clinical professor of family medicine at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, Calif.

Prior to joining UCR, Carlson cared for patients in the hospital, primary care, and urgent care settings in Northern California.

Carlson attended Cal State Fullerton as an undergraduate, then earned her D.O. from Touro University – California. She conducted her internship and residency in family medicine at Mercy/Methodist Hospital in Sacramento, Calif., serving as chief resident and recipient of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Resident Teacher Award.

She is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the California Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Medical Association.

Marc Debay, M.D.

Associate Clinical Professor, Family Medicine
Associate Director, Family Medicine Residency Program
Dr. Marc Debay

Dr. Marc Debay is a family and preventive medicine physician who cares for patients of all ages. His clinical interests include full-scope patient-centered primary care; reproductive, maternal and child care; and lifestyle and integrative medicine. He joined the UCR faculty in July 2017 after serving for six years at the Loma Linda University, where he maintains a faculty appointment.

Debay has a special interest in providing and developing quality comprehensive health services for underserved populations in the US and globally. In addition to patient care, he has served as a public health physician in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. His experience includes program planning, implementation, and evaluation at the community, district, national and international levels with government and private organizations. His areas of expertise include reproductive, maternal and child health; HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases; behavior change communication; health systems strengthening; and training of physicians and other health professionals for global service.

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