THE CENTER FOR HEALTH AND PREVENTION

*The Center is now open and providing services in the clinic! *

Confidential, Caring, & Inclusive!

Walk-ins welcome and same-day appointments available, call us today!
Arroyo Grande: (805) 489-4026     San Luis Obispo: (805) 544-2478

The Center for Health and Prevention provides free to low-cost family planning services and reproductive/sexual health services to men, women, teens, and undocumented individuals. We accept CenCal and are open to ALL!
Most clients will qualify for free services through a state-funded program based on a sliding fee scale

Se Habla Español. 

Services include:

  • Pregnancy Testing & Counseling
  • All Contraceptive Methods
  • Emergency Contraception (Plan B)
  • External Condoms
  • Internal Condoms
  • Dental Dams
  • Testing & Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
  • HIV Testing, Counseling & Referrals
  • Hep C Testing, Counseling & Referrals
  • Clinical Breast Exams & Referrals for Free Mammograms
  • Pap Smears
  • Genital Exams
  • Menopausal services
  • Sexual Health Education
  • Colposcopy /Cryotherapy for Treatment of Abnormal Pap Tests
  • The Teen Wellness Program

For more information on these services, please contact (805) 544-2498 x21

Patient intake paperwork to complete before arriving at The Center, if possible.

Please call to schedule an appointment before filling out the paperwork.

1152 East Grand Avenue
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Phone: (805) 489-4026

Clinic Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30am-5:30pm

Teen Only Hours:
Tuesday: 3pm-6pm
Friday: 3pm-5:30pm

705 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 544-2478

Clinic Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30am-5:30pm

Teen Only Hours:
Monday & Thursday 3pm-6pm

Teen Wellness Program

For over 24 years, the Teen Wellness Program has worked in collaboration with various federal, state and local funders as well as local youth-serving agencies to promote healthy behavior among teens in our community. Local teens are hired and extensively trained by health services professionals to work as medical assistants in the clinics. Teen Wellness Providers run teen-only clinics: managing the front desk; performing lab procedures; and providing medical history review, risk assessment, counseling, referrals, and health education.  In addition, teen staff have the opportunity to work side-by-side with adult staff during all ages clinic hours.

Teen Clinic: A unique clinic environment is created during teen clinics to help patients feel more comfortable in a health care setting.  One example is the adult-free, teen-designed waiting room that has movies, music, snacks, games, and magazines. Patients are encouraged to come with friends and their partners to ask questions, get tested, access contraception and support each other.

*Teens are welcome during all clinic hours and need not utilize the teen-only hours.

Meet The Center Staff

Kayla Wilburn

Kayla is The Center’s Clinic Director and the backbone of the clinic! Kayla loves going on adventures with her husband, cuddling with her fur babies and coffee! She has been with The Center for over 19 years!

Rosemar Avila

Rosamar has been with The Center for four years as a Medical Assistant and loves to teach patients about topics they aren’t familiar with. In her free time she likes to go hiking, having game nights with family and watching comedy movies. 

Michele Brooks

Michele graduated from Cal Poly, and eventually got her FNP/PA certification from UC Davis. Michele lives in SLO with her two animals, little dog Bonny and cranky cat Marty along with her husband. One of her highlights was acting in teen monologues and she also enjoys playing with a local steel drum group which she has been in for many years .

Agueda Diaz

Agueda is the clinic coordinator/ case manager at The Center and has been working with us for 14 years! Agueda finds happiness at the beach and being with her family! 

Andrea Echavarria

Andrea is the administrative assistant at The Center and is in the process of completing her schooling from Allan Hancock College and Brandman University! In her free time she likes to spend time with her two dogs, Spence and Jordyn.

Kellie Fernandez

Kellie has been the Health Outreach Enrollment Specialist at The Center for a little over 2 years and has a passion for women’s health care in a variety of settings. In her free time she likes to read, head into nature and tend to her many houseplants.

Dani Folks

Dani is a Patient Services Assistant at The Center and likes to hang out with her wife Alex and work on muscle cars in her free time.

Mira Green

Mira has been a Teen Wellness Provider for a little over one year at The Center. Before she worked at The Center she was a Peer Health Educator with Capslo’s Teen Wellness Division. She has a passion for sexual health education and a love for helping her peers receive the care they need. In her free time she helps dj for events !

Nuvia Hernandez

Nuvia Hernandez is next up on our staff highlight! She is a Medical Assistant here at The Center and has been with us for close to two years! In her free time she likes to spend time with her husband. 

Jennifer Koos

Jennifer Koos: Jennie grew up on the Central Coast and returned back in 2005.  She graduated from Loma Linda University nursing school and received her master’s degree in the Family Practice Nurse Practitioner program at UCLA. She is American Nurses Association certified and has been licensed for 20 years. She has worked in a variety of settings and has been at the Center for over 12 years. She enjoys traveling, baking, knitting and living in the country with her family.

Cynthia Magana

Cynthia has been at The Center for over 2 years as a Medical Assistant and loves educating patients about birth control and STI prevention. Her pastimes include making crafts and spending time with her family. She has 4 children and 2 dogs!

Gricelda Navarro

Gricelda is a Medical Assistant at The Center and loves spending time with her husband, son, two brothers and parents. She has worked at The Center for almost 11 years!

Nikki Pesce

Nikki has been working for The Center for over 6 years. She started as a Teen Wellness provider and progressed into the adult staff as a patient services assistant. Nikki has her CNA certification and for the past 2 years she has been doing the medical billing for both the slo and ag clinic. She is now the Billing Coordinator! In her free time she trains as an aerialist, likes to rock climb and loves to spend time with her bearded dragon Wednesday. 

Andrea Quintana

Andrea is a Patient Services Assistant at The Center and likes to go on trips with her family and discovering new places!

Joanne Tarkington

Joanne has been a clinician at The Center for seven years and she loves working with this clientele. She has practiced in the San Luis Obispo County area for the past thirty years . When she’s not working at The Center you’ll find her camping or off hiking with her dog! 

Avery Vess

Avery Vess is a Teen Wellness Provider and started working at The Center in October of 2019. He graduated from CCNTH and spends most of his free time watching netflix, hulu, youtube or almost any other media player. When Avery is not online, he’s normally out skating or with friends! 

Lesley Zepada

Lesley has been a Medical Assistant/ Patient Services Assistant at The Center for around 6 months and enjoys the friendly working environment. In her free time she likes hanging out with her friends, going on walks to the park and also loves to dance to almost any kind of music! 

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