Meet Our Team

All Big Sur Health Center practitioners are trained in family practice or emergency medicine, both of which include basic cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, gynecology, pediatrics, urology and general medicine. If a problem is discovered which requires specialty care, the health center maintains a working relationship with many specialists on the Monterey Peninsula and will help arrange the appropriate referral.

Staff

BritaDr. Brita Bruemmer

Medical Director
Family Practice Physician

Dr. Bruemmer graduated from UC San Diego School of Medicine in 1987 and completed her family medicine residency in Merced, part of the UC Davis network of residencies, in 1990. She is board certified in family medicine.

Dr. Bruemmer has been a family practice physician in Coastside Medical Clinic, Half Moon Bay; Foundation Health Medical Group, Fair Oaks, CA; and in private practice on the Monterey Peninsula for 17 years prior to joining Big Sur Health Center in January of 2015.

In 1991, she spent 2 months as a volunteer staff physician at Maua Methodist Hospital, Maua, Kenya.

Dr. Bruemmer lives in Monterey with her husband and two daughters She is an accomplished athlete and an avid knitter.

Dr. Sharen CareySharen Carey, PA-C,
Executive Director,
Physician Assistant

Board Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Sharen started her career as a laboratory technician for Dr. Jonas Salk at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California.  She became a licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist in 1969, working at Children’s Hospital in San Francisco for 2 years, followed by 7 years in immunology and cancer research at the University of California at San Diego. With a keen interest in medicine, Sharen returned to school at the University of Southern California where she completed her Family Practice training in 1981.  She has been a Physician Assistant at the Big Sur Health Center since 1987.  In 2005 Sharen received the Outstanding Service Award from the California Academy of Physician Assistants. In 2006, she was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Women of Monterey County. Sharen was Administrator of the Big Sur Health Center from 1990-1994 and 1998-2008. She became the center’s first Executive Director following a strategic plan update and reorganization in early 2008.  Sharen is a member of the California Academy of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the Allied Health Staff at Westland House.

Danielle GlazerDanielle Glazer, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner

Danielle was born in Southern California but has called Big Sur "home" since the age of four. After graduating from Carmel High School, she studied Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley where she received her Bachelor of Arts in 2003. She then spent a year traveling and working in New Zealand before returning to school to study medicine. In 2010, Danielle received her RN license and in 2012 completed a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner, both from the UC San Francisco, School of Nursing. Danielle's clinical experience encompasses a wide range including family practice, women's health and children's care. Danielle has a special interest in end-of-life care and planning. While at UCSF she completed research on how to integrate advance care planning into everyday family medical practice.

Danielle brings a diverse set of skills and experience with her. She has an intimate knowledge of the health center, having worked at BSHC intermittently since 2001. During that time she served in a variety of capacities including: Front Office Receptionist, Medical Assistant, IT Project Manager, and relief RN. She is also fluent in Spanish.

Elizabeth FriesElizabeth Fries, PA-C

Board Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Originally from the East Coast, Elizabeth graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Zoology. She taught high school science and French in a rural New Hampshire town where her work as a chemistry teacher was recognized with the Distinguished Teacher of the Year award from the White House in 1989.

Prior to her completing training as a Physician Assistant at the University of Colorado in 2001, Elizabeth spent many years as a full-time mom of twin sons.

Elizabeth’s previous experience includes a Rural Health Center in eastern Colorado and internal medicine, gynecology and urology practices in Denver. Her clinical interests include asthma and allergy management, diabetes prevention, family planning, and cancer screening. Her focus is preventing diseases through education and empowering patients to make healthier choices.

Elizabeth came to BSHC in 2015 after completing the Somatic Studies and Bodywork certificate program at Esalen Institute in 2014. Since joining BSHC, she has completed certification in Oncology Massage and Lymphatic Drainage. Her intention is to integrate allopathic medical knowledge and treatments with proactive holistic approaches.

JanyceJanyce Brumsey, RN

Registered Nurse

Born in Virginia and raised in New York City, Janyce came to California in 1979.      Initially working as a Nurse’s Aid at Beverly Manor, she later attended Maruine Church Coburn School of Nursing in Monterey. Upon graduation in 1993, she worked as a registered nurse at Natividad Medical Center.  After leaving Natividad, she worked at Crestwood Skilled Nursing Facility as a Wound Care Specialist and Nursing Supervisor, from 1994 until 2001. She joined the staff at the Big Sur Health Center in June of 2001.  Her passions are reading, quilting and walking.

FelaFelicitas Tejeda “Fela”

Front Office Manager

Originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Fela came to California at the age of 11. After graduating from Carmel High School she worked at Apple Pie Preschool as a teacher’s aid.  She frequently accompanied Spanish-speaking patients to the Big Sur Health Center to assist with translation, so when there was an opening at the health center for a receptionist in 1997, it was obvious that Fela was the perfect choice.  She soon expanded her duties and was promoted to Front Office Manager. She is the busy working mother of 2 daughters.

Board of Directors

President - Jaime Reed
Vice President/Secretary - Derric Oliver
Treasurer - Barbara Ray

Directors:
Carissa Chappellet
Elske Daigle
Michael Linder
Chris McGreal
Nancy Sanders