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Medical (In-Person/Virtual)

Student Health Services treats short-term medical conditions, and most services are provided without charge, except nominal fees for some laboratory tests and medications. Appointments are available in-person or virtually. 

Meet with a Nurse Practitioner

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Student Health Services (SHS) provides comprehensive health care and mental health resources, as well as a variety of specialty services. All registered students who have paid the Student Health Fee may use Student Health Services.

SHS is staffed with professionally licensed nurse practitioners and plays a vital role in helping you achieve your academic and personal goals while at El Camino.

Meet with our friendly nurse practitioners in a safe environment to discuss your health needs online or in person.

  • Treatment of common illnesses and infection
    • Wound care, joint sprains, ear lavage
  • Reproductive health
    • Birth control: PAPs, NuvaRing, birth control pills, condoms, emergency contraception (Plan B)
    • STI testing, HIV testing, UTI testing, pregnancy testing
    • Cervical cancer screening
  • Physical exams
  • Vaccines and tests
    • Influenza
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis​ - TDaP 
    • Tuberculosis TB Screening or Assessment
    • Hepatitis B
    • MMR
    • Titers
  • Diagnostic blood, urine, strep tests
  • Cryosurgery
  • Antibiotics, antihistamines, Advil, Tylenol
  • Alcohol, marijuana, tobacco usage screenings (eCHECKUpTOGO)
  • Get more information about becoming tobacco free, discuss tips that will help you quit smoking, and learn how tobacco impacts you personally
  • Referrals
    • Optometry/basic glasses
    • Mammography 
    • Ultrasounds​​
    • Management of chronic/long-term medical conditions

How to Book an Appointment

Request an appointment online or call 310-660-3643.

Book Appointment


  • In an effort to cut down on missed appointments, appointment times are released and made available to all students for the current week and the next week only. Thank you in advance for being responsible and courteous to your fellow students by canceling your appointment if unable to keep it.
  • After completing the necessary form(s) and self-scheduling your appointment in the secure patient portal, you will receive your appointment confirmation immediately.
  • Your personalized Zoom meeting invitation will be sent to you 15 minutes prior to your appointment via secure messaging in your patient portal.

Meet the Medical Staff

Doris Lyonga, MD, MBA

Dr. Doris Lyonga received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1975 and an MBA degree from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School in 1995. She specializes in internal medicine, hematology and oncology. Dr. Lyonga joined the Student Health Center in 2015 as the medical director.


Nohea Avery, Nurse Practitioner 

Nohea received her master’s of nursing from California State University of Dominguez Hills in 2011 and is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She is also an alumna of El Camino’s nursing program. As a nurse practitioner, she has worked with patients of all ages, from infants to the geriatric population, and finds the young adult and college population to be fun and intriguing, while keeping her on her clinical toes. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and son, especially outdoors and at the beach.

Vickie Z Beckwith, RN, MSN, PHN

Vickie completed her MSN degree in Nursing Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She received her School Nurse Services Credential from California State University, Northridge and undergraduate degree from University of California at Los Angeles. She has been a registered nurse for over 25 years. She is passionate about public health and emergency medicine with a special interest in school health as well as community mental health and wellness. She is also a retired colonel from the United States Air Force where she served as a flight nurse as well as a clinical and mental health educator both nationally and around the world.

Deborah Herzik, Family Nurse Practitioner 

Deborah is a family nurse practitioner and has been working at El Camino College Student Health since 1996. In addition to working in the Student Health Services, she has spent time teaching in the Nursing department and has also worked in a variety of clinics throughout rural California. No matter where the setting, she brings caring and advocacy for her patients and believes in a holistic approach to health and wellness. Deb's practice is very much geared to engaging with patients and working together as a team to achieve their highest level of well-being possible. She loves working with college students and is forever moved by their resourcefulness, strength, resiliency, and humanity in these very challenging times!


Aileen Kizlinski, Family Nurse Practitioner-BC, MSN

Aileen has been a licensed NP since 2003 and has been working with Student Health Services at ECC since 2017. In addition to working at ECC, she teaches in a nursing program for a local university. Her areas of interest are health promotion and education. She has many years of experience working with a diverse clientele and enjoys working with college students.


Julie Poepoe, DNP, FNP-BC

Julie is board certified as a Family NP. She received her doctorate of nursing practice from UCSF in 2020 and her MSN/family nurse practitioner from UCLA in 2003. She has been with ECC Student Health Center since 2012 and is passionate about preventative medicine and offering an individualized approach to patient care.


Ellen Schmidt-Olaivar, Nurse Practitioner

Ellen has worked as a nurse practitioner and RN/NP educator for 28 years. She graduated from the University of Hawaii and CSULB. Her passion for education and health care started at Kapiolani Community College and then here at El Camino College, where she found herself and gained skills and support to complete her career goals. Ellen has worked at El Camino College since 1996.


Sandra Sloan, BSN, RN

Sandra is a registered nurse with a BSN from CSU Dominguez Hills. Previous work experience includes Cardiac ICU at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. New to the Student Health Center, Sandra enjoys working with the students and providing care in the outpatient environment.