In Memory of Dr. Terri Brehove

Theresa M. Brehove, MD

We at Venice Family Clinic are stunned and indescribably saddened by the passing of our dear friend and coworker Dr. Terri Brehove on September 13 from a brain hemorrhage caused by abnormal blood vessels. Terri was universally loved, respected, and admired, and her kindness and patience were truly unsurpassed. As much as anyone, she was the heart and soul of Venice Family Clinic.

A family physician, Terri joined the Clinic in 1996 and quickly established herself as the archetypal doctor and advocate, always putting patients and their well-being first. In fact, “What would Terri say?” became a refrain among the Clinic’s staff when making decisions affecting patients. It will certainly remain one for years to come.

With her exceptional sensitivity to the needs of the most vulnerable members of society, Terri was soon named director of Venice Family Clinic’s homeless health care program, transforming it into a model for clinics and community health centers nationwide. She was undaunted in the truest sense of the word, leading outreach efforts to homeless shelters and access centers, as well as to local parks and beaches, to provide medical care and encourage people experiencing homelessness to access additional services at the Clinic and at partner agencies. No matter how limited the setting, she sought to provide all the care she would deliver in a full exam room.

When OPCC, now The People Concern, built two exam rooms for Venice Family Clinic at the Annenberg Access Center, in Santa Monica, Terri became the site lead. She also led the effort with OPCC to establish a respite care program for homeless patients requiring recuperative care following discharge from two local hospitals.

After passing the torch to a new director of homeless services, last year Terri became the clinical director at Venice Family Clinic’s combined Irma Colen Health Center and Lou Colen Children’s Health and Wellness Center, in Mar Vista, helping to usher in a new level of access to health care for a previously greatly underserved population.

Always selfless and thoughtful, Terri donated her organs and so continues to help people in medical need. Her legacy also survives in a generation of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other physicians to whom she was a mentor and a teacher.

Our thoughts are with Terri’s family—including her husband, Richard, daughters Lisa and Christina, and son, Matthew—and everyone else she touched over the years.


To make a gift via phone, please call Pamela Kerr, Development Coordinator at 310.664.7947

To contribute via mail, please send to:

Venice Family Clinic
Attn: Development
604 Rose Avenue
Venice, CA 90292