VCMRF Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation

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SAVE THE DATE for the 29th Annual Tauber/Fainer, MD Awards Celebration!

SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2022



The 29th Annual Leo Tauber, MD & David Fainer, MD Awards will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at Rancho Santa Clara del Norte (the Lloyd-Butler Ranch).  The event will recognize outstanding community contributions by those directly involved in the delivery of health care in Ventura County who, through professional, charitable, and public service activities, have demonstrated they exemplify Dr. Tauber and Dr. Fainer's ideals of generosity, excellence, and integrity.


We want to thank our supportive sponsors and donors, who continue to provide funds to help us carry out our mission "To improve, in partnership with others, access to needed health care for the most vulnerable and underserved residents of Ventura County.”  We could not put on this event without you!



The late Leo Tauber, MD and David Fainer, MD, served as role models and mentors to many in the medical community.  Exemplary and empathetic professionals, Dr. Fainer and Dr. Tauber were known for their motto, “The secret of care of the patient is caring for the patient.”  The event is always a huge success.  The funds VCMRF raises touch many lives, and help support underserved children and families throughout Ventura County obtain access to health care services and programs, including dental and vision care services for vulnerable, low-income children and seniors in pain.  


29th Annual Tauber/Fainer, MD Awards "A Day to Shine"

To View last year's Event Program, click here: 2021 Event Program


Deserving recipients of the 2022  Leo Tauber, MD & David Fainer, MD Awards include:

  • Hospital Physician: Neil Canby, MD (Community Memorial Health System)
  • Clinical Physician: Michael Tushla, MD (Identity Medical Group, Family Practice Santa Paula & Dignity Health/St. John’s Regional Medical Center & Pleasant Valley Hospital)
  • Community Physician: Timothy Horita, MD (Kaiser Permanente, Buenaventura Oxnard Medical Offices)
  • Nurse: Shari Gerber, RN (Assisted Home Hospice)
  • Behavioral/Mental Health Professional: Jason Cooper, MD (Medical Director-Ventura Behavioral Health & Acute Psychiatry at the Ventura County Medical Center & Faculty-Community Memorial Health System/Ventura County Psychiatry Residency Program)
  • Trailblazer Award: Judith Balcerzak, MSW, PhD, LCSW
  • Oral Health Specialist: Marie E.C.S. Alejandrino-Buell, DMD (Dental Designs)
  • Vision Care Specialist: S. Asha Balakrishnan, MD (Dougherty Laser Vision)
  • Community Service Advocate: Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub (Ventura County Sheriff’s Department) 
  • Veterinarian Health Care Professionals: A.J. Regnier, DVM & Marianne Regnier, DVM (Ventura Veterinary Hospital)
  • Social Worker: Rosie Hernandez, MSW, LCSW (Palliative Care Social Worker, Dignity Health/St. John’s Regional Medical Center & Pleasant Valley Hospital) 






Nomination Form

To nominate a deserving health care provider, please fill out the form below and return it to VCMRF:
2022 Tauber & Fainer, MD Awards Nomination Form 


Past Honorees

To see a list of past honorees, please see the document below:

Tauber & Fainer, MD Past Award Recipients List

 Past Honoree - Dr. Jack Halpin Obituary

James Lloyd-Butler Obituary - Donor


For more information about VCMRF’s programs and services, click here:



To watch the 2020 Virtual Event, just CLICK one of the links below:





To view a past event program, click on a link below: 

2020 Event Program

2021 Event Program 

2022 Event Program