Wellness Clinic
We are a fully-licensed, federally qualified health center (FQHC) serving people of color and the LGBTQ community. Our team provides respectful, compassionate health care that focuses on you as a whole person. Your medical staff can connect you to counseling, therapy, case management, and community services—everything you need to reach health, wellness, and equality.

We are open:
726 Polk Street, 4th Floor Location:
M-T-W-F: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Th: 11:00 am – 7:30 pm

1800 Market Street, Suite 401 Location:
M: 11:00 am – 7:30 pm
T and Th: 9:30 am-6:00 pm
F: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Closed Wednesdays.

Contact 415-292-3400 or theclinic@apiwellness.org to make an appointment.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. If you need to reach a provider after hours for urgent matters, please call (415) 292-3400 ext.368
What we can do for you

Primary Care

Get your annual physical or work with us to manage or prevent chronic diseases. Got the flu? Come see us. We also provide vaccinations.

Family Planning

We can provide a full complement of sexual and reproductive health services, including birth control, emergency contraception, pap smears, and sex education.

HIV/STD Testing

We can provide rapid HIV testing, STD testing and treatment, and hepatitis B and C screenings.

Transgender Health

Our team respects and understands transgender health. We can help you manage your hormones and offer hormone injections.

Mental Health & Substance Use

We can connect you to our mental health team to help you deal with crisis, depression, anxiety, addiction, or other issues preventing you from reaching health, wellness, and equality.

Health Education

Come to our workshops and support groups to learn more about your health.
Your Medical Team
Dr. Tri Do
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Do is board-certified in Internal Medicine and passionate about addressing inequalities in health. He grew up in several Bay Area counties and graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1998. He was on the board of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association for years and served as president, advocating for LGBT health nationally. As UCSF faculty, his research focuses on health disparities and HIV prevention & treatment. He was a provider at the Positive Health Program at SFGH and contributed to international guidelines, training, and research. In his spare time, Dr. Do enjoys poetry, ecological restoration, photography, and going to concerts with his partner George.
Carlos Bermudez
Director of Nursing / Nurse Practitioner

For over 15 years, Carlos has stayed true to his passion for individual care and basic human rights for all, actively seeking opportunities to work with people living with HIV/AIDS, mental health disorders, and substance abuse. He has a Masters degree in Advanced Nursing, a degree in Clinical Psychology, and has worked in social service agencies and federally qualified clinics with communities that face isolation, trauma, poverty, discrimination, and severe social inequalities. Carlos was forced to leave Colombia, his native country 16 years ago. He was persecuted for his sexual orientation and for working with people living with HIV/AIDS. During that time, he volunteered at a non-profit organization where he counseled people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, learning about cultures, spending time with his fiancé and friends, working out, training for triathlons, and walking his two dogs at the beach.
Dena Mckinney
Medical Assistant

Dena Mckinney grew up in El Cerrito, California and graduated from Nursing at San Francisco State with an AA Degree. She went on to Bryman School of Nursing and Trinity University, receiving her Medical Assistant and Surgical Tech License. She joined the Pacific Urology Group in Walnut Creek and several surgery centers in the Bay Area. Her passion for patient care include surgeries, labor and delivery, and plastic surgery. Dena Mckinney lives in Hiddenbrooke with her family and grandchildren. She enjoys shopping, traveling, swimming, cooking, and caring for others.
Cheryl Shirley
Physician Assistant

Cheryl Shirley is a certified Physician Assistant who grew up in California and has been a Bay Area resident for over 15 years. She graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Anthropology and Psychology, and later went on to complete the Physician Assistant program at Saint Louis University. Having experience advocating for community access to healthcare at the VA hospital system and at Lyon-Martin Health Services, she returned to San Francisco to continue her passion of providing primary care services with cultural humility. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, and SCUBA diving.
Dr. David Martinez
Clinical Psychologist

David A. Martinez, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at University of San Francisco and a licensed Clinical Psychologist at API Wellness. He provides clinical supervision for USF Clinical Psychology PsyD students. Dr. Martinez has over 7 years of psychotherapy experience, working primarily with underserved populations including monolingual Spanish speakers and the LGBT community. Dr. Martinez conducts mental health assessments and provides individual psychotherapy services for people with depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use, personality disorders, and other mental health issues. He also has experience working with individuals with chronic illness, including HIV/AIDS, diabetes, cancer, hepatitis B, and chronic pain. In his free time, Dr. Martinez really enjoys cooking and dancing Mexican folklorico.
Talencia Brownwell
Eligibility Specialist

Talencia Brownell is an eligibility specialist who attended school for a Medical Assisting Certification. She has been a Medical Assistant for 6 years and was born in Mississippi. She moved to California at the age of 11 and loves reading , writing, and beautiful experiences. 
Mary Hunter
Nurse Practitioner

Mary Hunter says that working at API Wellness as a nurse practitioner is her favorite job ever. That is really saying something, because Mary has been providing primary care for over 30 years. She has worked in community clinics and private practices in Montana, Washington, Hawaii, and California. Mary is a PhD student at UCSF, and her doctoral research relates to clinical decision-making. When she is not working, Mary enjoys hanging out with her dog Buttercup and her husband Bob.
Make an appointment
Contact 415-292-3400 or theclinic@apiwellness.org to make an appointment.
We are open: M-T-W-F: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm, and Th: 11:00 am – 7:30 pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligibile?

    We provide health care to everyone, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay. We specialize in health care for LGBTQ communities and people of color.

  • How much does it cost to see a doctor?

    We are a federally-qualified health center offering on-site primary medical care, mental health care, and social/community support services. Services are provided on a sliding scale based on income level and ability to pay. We accept private insurance through Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, and Humana in addition to Medi-Cal and Medicare. We will not turn you away if you are unable to pay for high-quality health care.

  • Is my information kept private?

    Yes, all of your information here is kept confidential.

  • What do I need before coming in?

    Download your patient primary care demographic, history, and consent forms prior to your visit.

  • How do I refill my prescription?

    When you need a refill for a medication prescribed by our clinic, please call your pharmacy and request a refill. It is helpful to have the prescription number on the bottle or the packaging available when you call. The pharmacy will contact our office if approval is needed. If you do not have refills remaining, please still contact the pharmacy and they will send a refill request directly to us. Please call the pharmacy at least 72 hours (3 business days) before you run out of medication for refills to be processed. If you are planning to go on vacation, please check your supply. If you need an early refill please notify your pharmacy.