Palliative Partners

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Palliative Partners

Meet our Providers

We are primary care providers, medical professionals, and healthcare staff dedicated to providing exceptional care to our patients.

Palliative Partners


We are primary care providers, medical professionals, and healthcare staff dedicated to providing exceptional care to our patients.

Cielito Blanco-Capistrano, FNP


Cielito Blanco-Capistrano completed her Doctorate of Medicine at the Manila Central University in the Philippines where she also practiced as a medical physician for several years. She then completed her Masters of Science degree and Family Nurse Practitioner at Charles Drew University School of Nursing in Los Angeles, California. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a clinical instructor for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at California Baptist University. She works in conjunction with our physicians to enhance our team approach to patient care and is fluent in English and Tagalog.

Philosophy: “I am passionate about understanding the needs of each of my patients in order to help them manage their physical and emotional health. Each patient is a member of a family, and a member of a larger community with their own individual experiences, and my goal is to support each of my patient’s values and preferences throughout the clinical process.”

rosaura moreno, lcsw


Rosie developed a passion for helping people that lacked resources and access to mental health while working for a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Indianapolis. Rosie completed her graduate degree at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2018; becoming one of a hand full of counselor that provide mental health services in English and Spanish. Rosie was been recognized as Provider of the Year by the Indiana Latino Expo (2019). She was also recognized as the Indiana Primary Health Care Association’s Employee of the Year for two consecutive years. Rosie comes with over 11 years of experience working with underserved communities, FQHC/non-profits health care centers, community engagement and development, and 3 years of counseling services for children, and adults.

Philosophy: “I believe that most individuals can find solutions to their problems with a little help and guidance; the individual is an expert in their lives not the therapist. As a therapist I see myself as a facilitator that listens, empathizes, encourages, and celebrates success – no matter how big or how small.”

Ana Ivanova, MD, FAAFP


Dr. Ivanova attended medical school at the Academy of Medicine in Sofia, Bulgaria. She completed her internship at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky and stayed at the university to complete her residency as well. She then earned a Geriatrics Fellowship at the University of California in Irvine, California. Dr. Ivanova speaks fluent English and Bulgarian. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine and is Board Qualified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Ivanova is also certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Benjamin T. Mahdi, MD


Dr. Benjamin Mahdi attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies. He completed his Family Medicine internship and residency at the Eisenhower Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Benjamin T. Mahdi is Board Certified by the American Academy of Family Medicine.

Tarek Mahdi, MD, CMD, FAAFP


Dr. Mahdi graduated from the Sofia Medical Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria and completed his residency at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky specializing in Primary Care. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is also a Certified Medical Director. He has served in a Leadership Role at the RCMA since 2005 and serves on the board of the Inland Empire Health Information Exchange. He is board certified in family medicine, hospice and palliative medicine. As an active member of the Riverside and Corona communities, Dr. Mahdi has worked with Riverside Community Hospital and as Medical Director of the Palliative Service at Parkview Community Hospital in developing palliative care programs. Additionally, he is the Medical Director of several nursing homes in Riverside, California. He has been elected chair of the Ethics Committee at Riverside Community Hospital. Dr. Mahdi’s community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Inland Empire Palliative Care Coalition. His affiliations include serving as Assistant Clinical Professor at Loma Linda School of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine. In 2012 he received the CMA Foundation’s Robert D. Sparks, M.D. Leadership Achievement Award for successfully leading the Inland Empire to increase the quality of care for patients facing end of life issues. Dr. Mahdi and his wife, Dr. Ana Ivanova, live in Orange County and their son, Dr. Benjamin Mahdi, is a physician with Riverside Family Physicians as well. In his leisure time, Dr. Mahdi enjoys spending time with his grandson, making his own beer and sausages and traveling with his wife.



Mariza Ramos graduated from Riverside Community College in 2003 from a Licensed Vocational Nurse Program. Mariza has years of experience working with geriatrics in various settings. Mariza’s main passion is nursing but she also enjoys hiking and spending time with her daughter. Mariza is continuing to pursue higher education by obtaining her RN BSN degree. She strives to provide the best nursing care and service to her patients.



Jaclyn K. is a Registered Nurse.  She began her career in Healthcare as a caregiver in 2002 and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Vermont in 2013. Jaclyn enjoys building relationships with her patients and their families and providing individualized, compassionate care.

audra paduraru, rn

palliative nurse

Audra Paduraru is a Registered Nurse who graduated from Victor Valley College in 2011. She worked 14 years in Hospital in Telemetry and ICU, 4 years in Hospice. She has been a Nurse for 18+ years.  During her Nursing Career, she has found that she loves patient interaction, bringing positive light and laughter to each patient. The elderly/geriatric population has always held a spot in her heart. Outside of work, she loves being with her family, doing anything together. In the very near future, her goal is to push herself further and become a Nurse practitioner!