Jose M. Lara MD
Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine
Specialties: Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese
Dr. Lara's Medical practice strongly emphasizes the importance of preventive medicine. He is a strong advocate for the study and practice of geriatrics and encourages his patients to get educated about the diseases that affect them in their daily lives. Dr. Lara's patients have come to appreciate him for a variety of reasons, one of which is his ability to listen and explain in detail about the condition and options for treatment. Dr. Lara understands that communication with the patient is key for creating a healthier lifestyle.
After graduating and obtaining his doctoral degree from the University of El Salvador, Dr. Lara completed his internship and student residency in Internal Medicine from Los Angeles General Hospital/University of Southern California-LAC+USC Medical Center (IM). Soon after, he began his own practice in the city of Bell, CA and has been serving the community for over 20 years.
Dr. Lara's patients come from far and diverse regions such as: Texas, Oregon, Mexico, El Salvador, and Peru. He's been married to his wife of over 20 years, Marina, and has 3 children. He enjoys golfing, playing guitar, and biking.
Elsa Gomez FNP-C
Member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society
Nationally Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Specialties: Family Medicine and Geriatrics
Languages: English and Spanish
For as long as she can remember, Elsa has always had compassion to help others. Her compassion for helping those most in need and love for medicine is what led her to pursue a career in the medical field and become a medical provider. Her love for her career grows more each day as she feels privileged to take care of the community. She has become fond of educating her patients in understanding and better the means of improving their quality of life.
Elsa started her healthcare career as a Registered Nurse and received her Associates in Nursing and Science at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. She worked in the ER at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, CA, where she worked for 7 years gaining valuable experience and knowledge that allows her to take care of both minor and urgent health issues. She returned to school and received her Bachelor’s of Science degree at University of Phoenix. She started the Family Nurse Practitioner program and received her Master’s degree and FNP license at California State University of Los Angeles. Now she is working as a Nurse Practitioner at Bell Clinica Familiar.
Her parents are from Jalisco, Mexico and she was born and raised in Los Angeles. She is proud of her Latino heritage and loves her culture very much. She enjoys the great outdoors and loves to hike.