Eva Snow, MD
I was born and raised in Uruapa, Mexico with a large and loving family. I was educated as a doctor in Mexico and practiced medicine there for 15 years before coming to the United States. Over the last 10 years I have enjoyed being a primary care doctor in Las Vegas and have taken care of many Culinary patients. I am passionate about helping people improve their health, am very excited about the opening of the Culinary Extra Clinic.
Scott Jacobson, MD
I was born in Halifax, Canada and grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts and Toronto, Canada. I have also lived on the island of St. Martin, in Michigan before moving to Las Vegas in 2007. I graduated from the American University of the Caribbean and trained in a general surgery internship at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI. I completed my residency at the Department of Family Medicine of the University of Nevada School of Medicine here in Las Vegas. I provide traditional medical care and also functional medicine, a new way of managing chronic disease with individualized diets and stress reduction techniques including Tai Chi, meditation and yoga. Tai Chi is a passion of mine and I teach two weekly classes for our patients at our sister clinic, Turntable Health. I love being a part of this amazing team, providing exceptional care to all of our patients. In my spare time, I enjoy snowboarding, hiking and traveling with my wife and sons.
Sumair Akhtar, MD
I was born in Dubai, U.A.E. and moved to the U.S. when I was ten years old. I have lived on the East Coast for most of my life in places like New York, Connecticut, and Maryland, and I moved to Las Vegas when I joined the Culinary Extra Clinic. I completed my medical education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and trained in internal medicine at Yale University’s School of Medicine/Yale-New Haven Hospital. I am thrilled to be able to take care of such fantastic patients at Culinary, and the most refreshing part of my job is that I learn something new from my patients every day. My professional interests include improving how we provide better care at lower costs; thinking outside the box about care delivery; and advocating for patient rights. I truly believe that the care we provide to our patients at Culinary is special and revolutionary – and I hope we can share some of what we do with you!
Praveen Jayakumar, MD – Medical Director
I am a board certified Internal Medicine physician. I grew up in England and Saudi Arabia before heading back to India for high school. I attended medical school at the Kottayam Medical College in the gorgeous state of Kerala in India. I also earned a Masters in Population Health/Administrative Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a Fellowship in Hospital Administration at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics. I continued to apply these skills as a hospital administrator and completed my residency in Internal Medicine at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. My professional interests include performance improvement and population health. My career has crossed multiple countries/cultures and I was most recently was the Assistant Director of Quality at Saudi Arabian National Guard Health Affairs and an Assistant Professor of Medicine/Director of Quality at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. In my spare time, I use data to reduce my utility bills or find the next opportunity for a home improvement project. I am a committed Las Vegan and live here with my wife, daughter and our furry family of dogs and cats.
Behavioral Health Specialist
Olivia Cruz, LCSW
I was born in California and raised in Las Vegas from the age of three. My parents are both from Guatemala. I am a Nationally Registered EMT-Intermediate. I was class Valedictorian for my EMT- Basic course. After graduating, I have helped to teach practical skills to new EMT-Basic students. I received my experience as an Explorer for the Clark Count Fire Department, and through student training at numerous community hospitals. I enjoy volunteering my free time to help others. I am highly passionate in the medical field and love making a difference at the Culinary Extra Clinic.
When I moved to Las Vegas with my 5 boys, a neighbor recommended the Culinary Union. As a single mother, the Union was a glimmer of hope. Through local 226 I was blessed to receive a higher wage, a better education, and health benefits for my boys and myself. I worked at the Sahara for 8 years. As a shop steward and organizer, I was able to help my coworkers and the community with holiday baskets and at job fairs. At the Culinary Extra Clinic I feel I’ve found the outlet I wanted to give back the help I have received here in Las Vegas. I will be able to give back by helping people change their lives. I’m very thankful to be a part of the Culinary Extra Clinic.
I was born and raised in California. My parents moved to California from Michoacan Mexico in the early 70’s. I have been in the medical field for 10 years. I have three boys who always keep me on my toes! In the past year Ihave volunteered in many programs, including feeding the homeless, visiting the elderly and coaching twelve young cheerleaders. I believe I was born for a purpose: to help others. I love to have a rewarding career where I feel I am making a difference in someone’s life.
Hello! My name is Veronica Jaime. I was born in Orange County, CA and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have enjoyed living in Southern Nevada since 2004. I have a beautiful daughter and am fortunate to have my family close to me here in Las Vegas. My family is the core of my life, while love and friendship the engine of my soul. My professional past includes working for the Governor of the State of Nevada, and the Nevada court system, as well as several health-related positions. I enjoy traveling, music, and helping my daughter grow. I am honored to have been chosen to work with the Culinary Extra team to help others achieve a healthier lifestyle. It is a privilege to be here.
As your Health Coach, I am able to practice my passion for educating and empowering people to take control of their lives and health. I believe in “walking the talk”; I’m currently pursuing my own health and fitness goals. I help facilitate groups including the Diabetes Club and Fitness Club. When I’m not at the clinic, you can find me at the ranch with my horse, “Capricho,” practicing my horsemanship skills. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and my parents are from Zacatecas, Mexico. I received my Bachelors in Health Science, Community Health Education from Cal State Long Beach and moved to Las Vegas in 2013 to join the Culinary Extra Clinic.
I was born and raised in the “Biggest littlest city in the world”, Reno, NV. I have recently moved to Las Vegas with my amazing husband and our four furry 4-legged kids! One of my life mottos is to live life to the fullest and enjoy every piece of it and learn to live in the moment. Life is too short and we must take advantage of each day that we are blessed with. I love meeting new people and getting to know everyone’s story. We are not an ordinary healthcare clinic and everyone feels that as soon as they open our doors. I am very lucky and eager to help our patients and providers to the best of my ability.
I was born in Jalisco Mexico and lived in California during my adolescence. I moved to Las Vegas, NV in 2005. I have been blessed with a beautiful family; I am a proud wife and mother to 4 children. I have been in the medical field since 2010 and enjoy every aspect of it. I am passionate about helping others and making a difference. My past experience includes customer service and phlebotomy. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of the Culinary Extra Clinic team.
Las Vegas Market Operations
Karina Bocker – Las Vegas Operations Analyst
I was born in Torrance, California and have lived in Las Vegas since the age of three. I attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for both my undergraduate and graduate education in Health Care Administration. I live here with my family who come from Cuba and the Dominican Republic. I consider myself very fortunate to have not only found a career straight out of college but to have found one where I am surrounded by an amazing group of people who constantly inspire me to be the change that I want to see in the world. I am honored to work at the Culinary Extra Clinic and enjoy serving our patients the best I can.
Jordan Coleman – Las Vegas Operations Manager
Jordan joined Iora in 2015 to help expand Iora’s operational and treatment capabilities in Southern Nevada. He has 10 years of clinical and administrative health care experience in private, public and military sectors. Most recently, he served as a Health System Specialist in the Systems Redesign section of the Department of Veterans Affairs, responsible for process improvement and project management. Jordan also has a BS in public administration from UNLV. Go Rebels!