About Balboa United

Balboa United is a medical practice management services organization, designed to help medical practices develop and operate their practices. 

Today, Balboa United works exclusively providing management services for a family of companies owned by the shareholders of Balboa Nephrology.

Balboa United staff includes over 200 team members providing clinical office support, revenue cycle services, research, data analytics, IT, care management and leadership for this growing nephrology platform.

Our Mission

To consistently deliver superior care to every patient with kidney disease.

Our Vision

At Balboa United, we will rely on our proven knowledge and management ability to drive the relentless pursuit of enhanced patient satisfaction, superior clinical outcomes, and financial outperformance.

Stakeholder alignment, risk-contracting, predictive analytics, patient engagement: looks like the future to us!

Our Culture

  • Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and embracing different perspectives is the pursuit of our goals.
  • We have great interest in our team member’s goals and interests.
  • We prepare our staff for a long-term career in patient care.
  • We support a healthy work-life balance and love where you work attitude.

Our Values

  • Patient – Centeredness: The needs of our patients guide us and patients come first.
  • Accountability: We measure and accept responsibility for the care we provide.
  • Respect: For our patients, our staff, our colleagues, and our community.
  • Innovation: New ideas help us continually set the standard for excellence.
  • Data Driven: Data helps to drive the practice toward better outcomes.

Our Leadership Team

Bijal Patel, M.D.

Position: President
Categories: Aetna, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, American Choice Provider Network (ACPN), Anthem Blue Cross, Balboa Institute of Transplantation, Blue Shield, Blue Shield PROMISE Health Plan (Formerly Care 1st), California Health & Wellness, CHG, Cigna, Cigna Local Plus (Invitation only), Clinicas de Salud: Community Care IPA, Complete Care IPA (Avanta), Coventry (CCN): First Health/ Mail Handlers/ GEHA, Dept. of Veteran's Affair (CalVet), EA Health (Sharp), Easy Access Care IPA, Executive, Family Health Center San Diego PACE, Freedom Physicians IPA, Health Excell IPA (Formerly XIMED), Health Net, Health Net Federal Services (TRICARE), Health Now IPA, Health Smart, Humana ChoiceCare Network, Imperial Health Holdings, IN Physician Associates, Insurance Providers, Integrated Health Partners, Kaiser, Medi-cal, Medicare, Molina, MPMG, Multiplan/ PHCS/ Beech Street, Networks By Design, PFMC, Primary Care Associates of California IPA, Prime Health Services, Regal Medical Group, San Diego, SCMG, Scripps Health Plan Services: Scripps Coastal IPA, Scripps Physicians Medical Group, Scripps Preference Network, Sharp Health Plan, Sharp Rees- Stealy (SRS CLINIC & HOSPITAL ONLY), ST. PAUL'S PACE, United Healhcare, United Physicians International, Universal Care (Brand New Day), Western Growers/ Pinnacle, YOUnity Medical Affiliates IPA
Location: Balboa Institute of Transplantation, San Diego

Location: Balboa Institute of Transplantation

Location: San Diego – Metro
Address: 8010 Frost St # 510, San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-637-4700
Fax: 858-637-4701

Dr. Patel joined Balboa Nephrology Medical Group in 2007. He practices in the Sharp Metro area; specializing in kidney diseases which includes hemodialysis patients at both FMC and DaVita Dialysis units.

Dr. Patel attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree. He completed both his residency and Nephrology fellowship at the University of California Irvine.

President

Dr. Patel joined Balboa Nephrology Medical Group in 2007. He...

Ramin Berenji, M.D.

Position: Vice President
Categories: Aetna, AHCCCS, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, American Choice Provider Network (ACPN), Anthem Blue Cross, Balboa Research, Blue Shield, California Health & Wellness, CFMC, Cigna, Cigna Local Plus (Invitation only), Clinicas de Salud: Community Care IPA, CMSP, Coventry (CCN): First Health/ Mail Handlers/ GEHA, Easy Access Care IPA, El Centro, Executive, Freedom Physicians IPA, Health Excell IPA (Formerly XIMED), Health Net, Health Net Federal Services (TRICARE), Health Smart, Humana ChoiceCare Network, Imperial County Physicians Medical Group, IN Physician Associates, Insurance Providers, Medi-cal, Medicare, Molina, Multiplan/ PHCS/ Beech Street, Network Providers (Health Net), Networks By Design, NX Health, PFMC, Prime Health Services, Regal Medical Group, ST. PAUL'S PACE, United Healhcare, Universal Care (Brand New Day), Western Growers/ Pinnacle
Location: Balboa Research El Centro, El Centro

Location: El Centro
Address: 2205 Ross Ave #101, El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: 760-353-0404
Fax: 760-353-0392

Dr. Berenji joined Balboa Nephrology Medical Group in 2006. He practices in the El Centro and Brawley area; specializing in kidney diseases which includes hemodialysis patients at Fresenius Medical Care.

Dr. Berenji attended medical school at the University Of Hamburg School Of Medicine, in West Germany where he obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree. After he completed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital/John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, he completed his Nephrology fellowship training at Stanford University.

Dr. Berenji holds the following Memberships: American Medical Association, California Medical Association, Imperial County Medical Society, American Society of Nephrology and American College of Physicians. He has been awarded the Fellow of American College of Physicians and the Fellow of American Society of Nephrology.

Dr. Berenji is a Clinical Instructor at Imperial Valley College and also speaks German and Farsi. He is also a Balboa Nephrology Board Member, a principal investigator at Balboa Research, and a member of the research advisory committee.

He enjoys jazz, playing tennis, travel and photography.

Vice President

Dr. Berenji joined Balboa Nephrology Medical Group in 2006. He...

Terry Behrend, M.D.

Position: Chief Medical Officer
Categories: Executive

Terry Behrend is the Chief Medical Officer of Balboa Nephrology. Dr. Behrend’s clinical practice is focused on the care of patients with End Stage Renal Disease, with particular interest in using technology to drive efficiency, improve quality and provide value.

Dr. Behrend received his medical degree in 1994 from University of Michigan. He completed his nephrology training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2000. In addition to being a Nephrologist, Dr. Behrend is also an Interventional Nephrologist where he performs thousands of vascular access procedures each year.

Outside of work, Dr. Behrend enjoys anything technology related, snowboarding, and college football.

Chief Medical Officer

Terry Behrend is the Chief Medical Officer of Balboa Nephrology....

Shaun Edelstein

Position: Chief Financial Officer
Categories: Executive

Shaun Edelstein was raised in South Africa attending the prestigious Stellenbosch University receiving Bachelors & Masters Degrees in Economics. Emigrating to the USA in 1996, Shaun quickly found a niche’ in Healthcare becoming the Executive Director of Surgical Specialty Associates, the largest multi-specialty surgical IPA in California with over 250 surgeons. In 2001 Shaun transitioned to the University of California San Diego, as Administrator for Surgical Services. In 2010, Shaun joined Balboa Nephrology Medical Group as Chief Operating and Financial Officer.

Chief Financial Officer

Shaun Edelstein was raised in South Africa attending the prestigious...

Glenn Davis

Position: Chief Operating Officer
Categories: Executive

Glenn Davis joined Balboa United and BNMG as the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) in June 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Maryland College Park in Business Administration and Management.

Glenn is also active in the renal community serving as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Renal Services Exchange (RSE) – a program affiliated with the National Renal Administrators Association. Glenn is also the President of Camino Renal Care – a value-based care organization with focus on CMS/CMMI’s Comprehensive Kidney Care Contracting Model.

Chief Operating Officer

Glenn Davis joined Balboa United and BNMG as the Chief...

Faiza Solehdin

Position: Vice President of Operations
Categories: Executive

Faiza Solehdin is the Vice President of Operations for Balboa United. Faiza has an extensive background in health care and has delivered sweeping impact as an operational problem solver for over a decade as manager, director, regional director and project manager. Faiza’s creative strategies for facility management have addressed the pain points of hospitals and healthcare businesses in improving the services and products delivered to patients and their families.

Faiza holds her Bachelor’s in Sociology, Master’s in Information Technology and Master’s in Business Administration.

In addition to her role at Balboa United, Faiza loves to read, listen to classical crossover music and yoga. She has recently been trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle to reduce her carbon footprint.

Vice President of Operations

Faiza Solehdin is the Vice President of Operations for Balboa...

Jacel Raulli

Position: Director of Human Resources
Categories: Executive

Jacel Raulli is the Director of Human Resources for Balboa United. Jacel has over 13 years of HR experience working in healthcare, finance, tech and hospitality. Jacel studied Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. Her career path has shaped her passion for employee engagement and culture. She sees working at Balboa United as the perfect bridge to continue her passion for HR while being part of the bigger picture of patient care.

Jacel enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and is frequently hiking or enjoying nature with them. She also loves to attend concerts, travel and read.

Director of Human Resources

Jacel Raulli is the Director of Human Resources for Balboa...

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