The Team


Medical Director

Dr. Whooley is Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Whooley’s research is focused on improving health behaviors, especially exercise, in patients with heart conditions. She is currently Principal Investigator of a research study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, entitled “Improving Delivery of Patient-Centered Cardiac Rehabilitation.” Dr. Whooley received her B.A. from Yale University and M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine, followed by a fellowship in Clinical Research, at the University of California, San Francisco. She has worked as a staff physician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center since 1998.


Healthy Heart Program David Schopfer



Dr. Schopfer is a cardiologist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. His research is focused on developing and implementing cost-effective strategies to deliver high quality cardiovascular care. Presently he works primarily on improving cardiac rehabilitation programs for patients with ischemic heart disease and heart failure. Dr. Schopfer received his B.S. from Boston College, M.D. from the Chicago Medical School, and Masters in Clinical Research at University of California San Francisco. He completed residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Boston University then Cardiology fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Healthy Heart Program Greg Rohrbach

Greg Rohrbach, RN, BSN

Nurse Manager

Greg Rohrbach is a Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse and Manager of the Healthy Heart Program. Following a five year tour as a Naval Air Crewman, Greg received his BSN at Barry University in Miami, FL in 2005 and is currently attending the University of San Francisco for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Greg’s work experience includes cardiovascular and trauma ICU and cardiac device monitoring. Greg has a passion for health education and enjoys sharing his insights on health promotion.

Healthy Heart Program Kimberly Rush

Kimberly Rush, RN, BSN

Cardiac Rehab Nurse

Miss Rush is a Cardiac Rehabilitation Research Nurse in the Healthy Heart Program. She received her nurse training and Bachelors of Science in nursing degree from UCLA and is currently pursuing her PhD at the UCSF School of Nursing. Miss Rush previously worked as a Staff Nurse on the telemetry floor at Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center. In addition to working toward her doctorate, she likes to indulge in San Francisco cuisine and is up for anything active (hiking, biking, running), especially if her two dogs Lucy and Stella can come along. She considers the recovery process to be a team effort and looks forward to partnering with you to meet your wellness goals.

Healthy Heart Program Stephanie Hasara

Stephanie Hasara, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Stephanie Hasara is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. As a dietitian, Stephanie aims to provide Veterans with the tools to help improve their health through nutrition. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University in New York City and completed her dietetic internship at the Bronx VA Medical Center. In her free time she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and exploring the outdoors in the Bay Area. She is thrilled to collaborate with Veterans to achieve their nutrition and health goals.

Healthy Heart Program Michael Bettencourt

Michael Bettencourt

Exercise Physiologist

Michael Bettencourt is an Exercise Physiologist in the Healthy Heart Program. Michael served 7 years in the US Coast Guard before pursing his passion for health and fitness by completing his BS Degree in Kinesiology at Sonoma State University. Michael has a keen awareness for helping clientele become more active and leading healthier lives; including sports performance, weight loss/management, and corrective exercise prescriptions.

Healthy Heart Program Scott Munson

Scott Munson

Administrative Assistant

Scott Munson spent over thirty years as a Research Associate studying Vitamin D metabolism before joining the Healthy Heart Program as an Administrative Assistant. He currently coordinates Non-VA Cardiac Rehabilitation referrals for Veterans enrolled in the Healthy Heart Program. As a long time Bay Area resident, Scott enjoys photography, reading science fiction, hiking, and cooking.