Our Mission & Philosophy

The mission of Healing Grove Health Center is to share the love of Jesus through Health Care, Soul Care, and Culture Care, thus bringing "the healing of the nations" to our community.

True healing is only experienced once our bodies, minds, and souls are each restored. At Healing Grove Health Center, we achieve this intensive restoration for each patient through cutting-edge, personalized care. By wholly mending our individual health, we can gradually heal our neighborhoods, our communities, and our world.

Restoring your health     |     Understanding your soul     |     Empowering your culture

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.”

Revelation 22:1-5

Our name “Healing Grove” comes from the passage above. In this passage we are given a beautiful image of heaven, where God’s lush river nourishes the city. The trees along the riverbanks bring healing – an allusion to the Tree of Good and Evil that brought death in the Garden of Eden. However, the trees don’t just bring healing to individuals; they bring healing to entire nations.

It’s a profoundly holistic vision of healing in the Kingdom of Heaven. That image of healing inspires us at Healing Grove Health Center to bring holistic healing to the city of San Jose. It’s our hope that a diverse group of nations right here in our city comes together to seek after God’s healing.

Leadership & Staff

Senior Leadership

Brett Bymaster

Executive Director

Brett Bymaster is one of the founders of Healing Grove Health Center.

Brett graduated from Purdue University with honors and a BS in electrical and computer engineering. Brett spent 15 years as an analog chip designer for medical equipment in Silicon Valley startups, earning several patents for his novel inventions.

Brett then served as pastor at a church in San Jose CA for seven years before becoming the executive director at the Healing Grove Health Center Foundation. Brett has more than 20 years of experience in helping low-income youth and families in urban communities transform their lives through the good news of Jesus. Brett has volunteered at Washington Elementary in the low-income Washington community of Downtown San Jose for the past 14 years.

Dr. Cheryl Ho, MD

CEO & CMO
Dr. Cheryl Ho, a board-certified physician in internal medicine and addiction medicine, graduated from Stanford University with a BS in biological sciences. She then went on to the University of California – San Diego School of Medicine for her medical training. She completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Dr. Ho was the recipient of the 2017 National Underserved Clinician of the Year award, and serves as a consultant for both local and national policy initiatives. Dr. Cheryl is currently a Stanford University clinical assistant professor of medicine.
Dr. Cheryl’s husband, Douglas, is a pastor at San Jose Christian Alliance Church and, along with Cheryl, is a leader in their new Mountain View church plant, New Vine Community Church.

Maria Marcelo

Community Engagement Director

Maria Marcelo is the president and founder of Madre-A-Madre. Madre-A-Madre is a Latina empowerment program Maria founded 15 years ago along with then-principal of Washington Elementary, Maria Evans. Madre-A-Madre currently meets every Thursday under Maria and Brett’s leadership. Maria is a leader, activist, organizer, parent of three grown kids, and amazing chef.

Sandy Kang

Director of Staff & Donor Engagement

Sandy Kang grew up in Los Angeles. Upon completing her studies in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley, she pursued a MA in Religious Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Alongside her husband and four daughters, has been pastoring at San Jose Christian Alliance Church since 2002. From 2011-2021, she was the founding director of Gateway Preschool Academy.  At Healing Grove, she supervises the staff and engages with our faithful donors.

Dr. Angela Bymaster, MD

Family Physician

Dr. Angela Bymaster graduated from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at O’Connor Hospital. Dr. Bymaster is a board-certified family medicine physician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Angela, her husband Brett, and their four kids have been residents of the Washington community in Downtown San Jose since 2006. Angela and her husband attend Cathedral of Faith Church in San Jose.

Paola Gonzalez

Director Of Operations

Paola graduated from UC Riverside where she studied biology. Paola is fluently bilingual in Spanish and English. As director of operations, she oversees Healing Grove’s clinical operations while directing our employment programs and community programs. Paola is a member and leader at Venture En Español Church.

Pastora Dania Meza

Director Of Pastoral Ministry

Pastora Dania Meza leads Venture En Español Church along with her husband, Pastor Carlos Alejandro. As director of pastoral ministry, Dania leads Healing Grove’s women’s groups, prayer ministry, and Arte De Vida.

Cindy Sutter-Tkel, MSW

Director Of Financial Aid

Practicing social work for over 30 years, Cindy has a strong commitment to social justice issues. Cindy has worked on issues facing women in poverty both domestically and internationally at Cedarville University, Salvation Army, Baylor University, and San Jose State. Cindy leads Healing Grove’s financial aid and rent assistance programs.

Foundation Board Of Directors

Daniel Stallsmith

Board Chair & Business Leader

Daniel grew up in North Carolina and came out West after graduating college when he felt called by God to be a missionary in business. Daniel worked and witnessed in tech and now is a full time dad to two daughters, leads a house church with his wife, and wants to journey alongside others in the Bay to better know God.

Julie Bonner

Treasurer

Julie Bonner graduated from Boise State University with a BA in accounting. She began her career working for the Internal Revenue Service in San Jose, and then moved on to Deloitte where she worked in both the tax and audit departments. She has been a CPA for more than 25 years.

Julie has her own business where she works with both startups and publicly traded companies, assisting the CFO in the areas of SOX, SEC reporting, process improvement, training, and special projects.

Karen Chu

Secretary

Karen Chiu graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in industrial engineering and operations research.

Karen has spent her entire career in the tech industry in various roles in supply chain, operations planning, sales operations, and business operations. She is currently head of business operations for Barefoot Networks, a startup that was acquired by Intel Corporation in 2019.

Andres Quintero

Spanish Speaking Community Rep & Government Relations

Andres Quintero is a public policy professional with extensive experience in local government.  Quintero has served as a Senior Policy Advisor, District Director, and Chief of Staff for various local and state elected officials.  Having been elected to public office, Quintero has served the people of East San Jose since 2012.

In 2015, Andres joined the faculty of the Political Science Department at Evergreen Valley College.

Quintero has an extensive record of community service that includes serving as a board member and officer for various non-profit and civic groups, city commissions, various oversight committees, and an advisory body to the President of Mexico.

Quintero’s educational background includes a BA in Political Science, San Jose State University (SJSU), a Master of Public Administration, SJSU.

Cliff Chew

Church Elder

Cliff Chew grew up in Sunnyvale, California when the city was best known for its fruit orchards.  Upon graduation from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BS in Computer Science, Cliff began a 30-year career at Hewlett Packard in various customer support and program management positions.  During this time, he also earned an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Cliff currently serves on the Elder Board of San Jose Christian Alliance Church, chairs multiple committees, and is a teacher and principal of SJCAC’s Discipleship Academy.  Cliff’s desire is for all to know and experience Jesus’s love and restoration.

Michael Erkelens

Advertising & Marketing

Born in Guatemala, Michael Erkelens moved to California in 1996 and graduated from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. He is the founder of a marketing agency in the Bay Area, and his extensive network has allowed him to spearhead ministry and marketing efforts all over the world. Michael offers a unique perspective in bridging the cultural gap between top business practices and diverse audiences. Fluent in Spanish and English, he grasps the nuances of both Latino and American cultures and often serves as a liaison for local businesses and their Spanish-speaking clientele. Michael sees his role with Healing Grove as a way to help ensure all people receive the opportunities they need to thrive in our modern society.

Luz Camey

Spanish Speaking Community Rep & Education

Luz is a certificated bilingual elementary school teacher in the San Jose Unified School District. Luz received the 2016 San Jose Unified and Santa Clara County teacher of the year award.

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