Leadership

Chrissy Capati, DO


Chrissy Capati, DO
  • Title:  Medical Director

Prior to joining Bay Clinic’s clinical team in 2010, Dr. Capati was Chief Resident at Scripps Mercy Hospital, the largest hospital in San Diego California. Committed to serving communities with limited access to care, Dr. Capati is a former National Health Service Corps provider who completed her service at Bay Clinic where she later became the Medical Director. She has dedicated her career to serving the health care needs of the most rural and underserved communities domestically and abroad, in places such as Fiji, Panama, Costa Rica, and Honduras.

Brian Michael Higa, DMD


Brian Michael Higa, DMD
  • Title:  Dental Director

Originally from Hilo, Dr. Higa has over ten years of experience providing comprehensive dental care services in rural and underserved regions. He was a key member of our BCI team that planned and implemented the establishment of our Hilo Family Dental Center in 2011 and our new Ka'u Family Dental Center that opened for operations in November 2013.

Youlsau Bells


Youlsau Bells
  • Title:  Director of Development

Ms. Bells has over twenty years of experience in strategic program planning and implementation, grants development and management, fundraising, and donor relations for government agencies and non-profit organizations domestically and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Over the years, Ms. Bells has worked with The World Bank, the United Nations regional programs, international aid agencies, the three COFA governments and the Territory of Guam, among others in promotion of sustainable development initiatives within the context of the Millennium Development Goals.

Timothy Marino


Timothy Marino
  • Title:  Director of Human Resources

Mr. Marino has over 25 years of Human Resources experience. He holds SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications, has taught Human Resources classes at Hawaii Community College, and served in several SHRM leadership positions including Hawaii Island Chapter President.

Claudia M. Roman, RN


Claudia M. Roman, RN
  • Title:  Director of Clinical Operations

Ms. Roman has over fourty years of experience in various registered nursing capacities. She has been with Bay Clinic, Inc. since 2005. She welcomes the challenges of sharing in providing quality primary and preventive medical care to a very culturally diverse patient population. Claudia, a US Air Force veteran, has established a reputation as a superb organizer, a thoughtful communicator and a readily approachable manager.

Derek Okawa


Derek Okawa
  • Title:  Interim Director of Health Information Technology

A native of Hilo, Mr. Okawa joined Bay Clinic in 2005 as an Information Technology Intern through the Hawai’i Community College placement program. Upon completion of his internship, Mr. Okawa accepted a permanent position with the organization and has worked in various positions within the Health Information Technology (HIT) Department. Mr. Okawa was a key team member in Bay Clinic’s transition to a fully electronic medical practice. This transition included the full upgrade of the organizations HIT, such as electronic health records, electronic prescribing, e-labs, as well as the interactive Patient Portal.
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