Simply Salud

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Simply Salud clinicians believe in educating the next generation of health care clinicians by expanding opportunities for talented students from minority and underprivileged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Dr. Zeller developed the original Volunteer Health Apprentice Model in 2005 when he was the Executive Director of a health office in the South Valley of Albuquerque. The program was moved to Simply Salud in 2015 and continues to evolve with the highest standards of mentoring, teaching, and accountability. We have collaborated with UNM Service Corps since 2006, hosting work-study and service corp students and greatly appreciate the shared value of promoting the careers of students.

At Simply Salud, we know that students crave responsibility and want to be leaders. These are our future clinicians, nurses, and health care techs. And we treat them as such. Our program brings medicine back to its educational roots, with our unique and effective apprenticeship program. Our students are challenged to think about patients holistically, to learn about disease and therapy, and to see the strengths and weaknesses of each modality of medicine. Fundamentally, we want our students to learn how patients heal.

We offer a comprehensive volunteer health apprentice training program for pre-health professional students interested in advancing their health careers. Our apprentices dedicate at least two years (6 hours per week) as volunteers, helping us run every aspect of the office. In exchange, we train our students in professionalism, medical assistant skills, blood draw, compassionate patient interaction, inspirational medicine, and the power of integrative health care services so that they are fully prepared to be leaders in the health care field for future generations.

Apprentices must be conversationally fluent in both English and Spanish and prepared to deepen their knowledge of both languages daily as they learn Medical English and Spanish. Approximately 75% of our patients are mono-lingual Spanish speakers, many from immigrant backgrounds. We serve people in recovery from drug abuse, have a strong focus on nutritional transformation for our many diabetic patients and work transformatively with chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia.

Our volunteer apprentices not only get a great learning experience for themselves but also offer tremendous financial value to our community by helping save our patients $100,000 per year in staffing costs. These savings are passed on directly to patients in the form of markedly reduced health care costs.


202 Morningside Dr. SE.
Albuquerque, NM 87108

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Phone, Fax & Email:
(505) 266-0888 (voice)
(505) 207-0710 (sms text)
(505) 738-3936 (fax)

Hours of Operation:
Sunday                   Closed
Monday                  Closed
Tuesday                  8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wednesday            8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday                8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Friday                     8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday                8:00 am – 6:00 pm