Giving Back to Our Community

At LJCSC, we believe in giving back, and we’ve found many great organizations that need committed sponsors to help our neighbors here and around the world. Our practice, physicians, providers, and team families support a broad range of community and international causes. From animals to the cultural arts, as well as social services and health-related causes, we invite you to learn about some of the organizations we actively support.


Sponsoring Las Patronas Jewel Ball

Las Patronas is a volunteer organization whose goal is to help support nonprofit organizations. Las Patronas covers a very wide variety of services, including health, education, cultural arts and social services. Dr. Salazar’s wife, Ingrid, is a current member and Dr. Wheeler’s wife, Laura, is a sustaining member.

For over 60 years, Las Patronas has been helping charitable institutions throughout San Diego County. They have donated over $17M to more than one thousand different charitable organizations. Beneficiaries are chosen and evaluated on the basis of their strength of mission, service to the people of San Diego, breadth of influence in the community and fiscal responsibility.

LJCSC is proud to be a sponsor of the Jewel Ball, the premier fundraising event for Las Patronas, as well as one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer season in La Jolla. For more than twenty years, LJCSC has supported Las Patronas with a combination of donations, guest gifts and program advertising.

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Humble Design

Humble Design is a nonprofit that serves families and veterans emerging from homelessness by transforming an empty house or apartment into a home—a very simple idea that can change a family’s future. Humble Design turns dwellings into dignified and welcoming homes. Less than one percent of their recipients return to homelessness. They describe their mission as “not just furnishing homes, we are furnishing hope.” LJCSC is happy to help this newcomer to San Diego. In 2019, LJCSC is underwriting  three home transformations

Youth Causes & Sports

LJCSC routinely supports youth activities including soccer, water polo, and volleyball. We support Rotary, Lions Club, and Children’s Hospital programs as well. We believe participation fosters a healthy community.

Helping families fight ALS at the Team Justin Golf Tournament

LJCSC is delighted to have participated in the 6th Annual Team Justin Golf Scramble tournament, which took place in July 2018. Founded by friends of San Diego resident Justin Whitehead, who lost his life to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Team Justin is a grassroots organization that raises awareness and funds for the fight against ALS. All proceeds from the Team Justin Golf Scramble were donated to the Greater San Diego Chapter of the ALS Association, which provides education and support services to ALS patients and their families in the local community as well as contributing to research towards a cure.


Supporting Women’s Breast Health

Our Director of Patient Services, Janelle Robinson, presenting our donation to the Scripps Polster Breast Cancer Center.

Over the years, LJCSC has given to many breast cancer groups. The most recent statistics from state: “About 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer of the course of their lifetime.” As over 80% of our patients are women, LJCSC remains committed to helping support breast cancer research and awareness.

The Scripps Polster Breast Cancer Center offers compassionate, personalized breast care to women in San Diego. Their goal is to provide comprehensive care in a private, welcoming environment with state-of-the-art technology and the highest quality treatment. LJCSC is proud to have had the opportunity to donate a portion of all skincare proceeds to the Center. To learn more, click here.


Giving Adorable Dogs a Second Chance

LJCSC is for the dogs! Our homes are filled with dozens of dogs and a variety of breeds which enhance our lives and surround us with love. We are always helping in one way or another.

LJCSC is proud to support Passion for Pitties, a San Diego non-profit devoted to rescuing and finding safe, loving homes for American pit bull terriers. We had a blast putting together this gift basket for the Passion for Pitties fundraiser.

LJCSC is for the dogs

LJCSC staff regularly pitch in to supply dog food for OR tech Heather Kruse, who has rescued many fine canines as a Passion for Pitties foster.

Supporting a Local Furry Foster Mom

ljcsc-dog-giving-backLJCSC is proud to support one of our very own team members, who fosters dogs in the community who are waiting for their “furever” home or who require additional attention.

She is currently caring for 13 dogs—and we’re sure you can imagine how much that many dogs eat! That’s why we are glad to support her by funding dog food for her pups.

Humane Care for Animals, Therapeutic Programs for People

Helen Woodward Animal Center

is a no-kill animal shelter located in San Diego that is dedicated to saving the lives of animals and enriching the lives of people. They offer humane care and animal adoption for orphaned animals, as well as animal-centered educational and therapeutic programs for people. The center also teaches others around the world how to market and promote animal adoption and humane programs. Our patients and followers chose them as the winner of LJCSC’s 2011 Charity Giveaway contest. To learn more, click here:

Arts & Culture: Supporting Those Who Enrich Our Community

Making Music Happen as a Mainly Mozart Sponsor

The annual Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego is a summer chamber music series featuring the works of (you guessed it) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! Concerts feature world-class soloists, chamber groups, and a youth orchestra. LJCSC is proud to support this beloved music series and their mission to “to enrich the lives of today’s and tomorrow’s passionate music lovers by connecting them to the genius and innovation of Mozart and the Masters, to world-class musicians and music-making, and to each other” as a Mainly Mozart Community Partner for 2018. Dr. Brahme is Vice President of their Board of Directors.

Making beautiful music in San Diego

The La Jolla Music Society brings world-class music to San Diego. From its early beginnings in Sherwood Hall to its new home, The Conrad, which opened April 5, 2019. La Jolla Music Society is a great asset to our community offering broad-based programs. The Society’s SummerFest series receives international acclaim. The Society also provides programs for schools and young musicians.

Our support for the Society extends back to the 1970s. Over the years, LJCSC surgeons and their wives have taken leadership roles and given substantial time and money to this wonderful organization that enriches our community. For more information, click here:

Both Dr. and Mrs. Olesen are former Presidents of the Society. Dr. Brahme served on the board for many years.

International Programs

Supporting Doctors without Borders

Doctors Without Borders

In honor of National Doctor’s Day, LJCSC donated $500 to the foundation Doctors without Borders in support of the wonderful things they do every day.

Reaching Out to Our South-of-the-Border Neighbors

nunFor over 68 years, we’ve supported the work of a remarkable American nun, Mother Antonia Brenner and her order, Eudist Servants of the 11th Hour, who help the “poorest of the poor” in La Mesa Penitentiary in Tijuana and greater needs of their families.

In the early years, Dr. Olesen went to the prison regularly and performed plastic surgery on the prisoners. Later, LJCSC began to support Casa Campos de San Miguel, a refuge for women leaving prison and for women visiting incarcerated family in the nearby prison. Women and children who come to Tijuana for cancer treatment also use the house. Dr. Salazar’s mother,

Two Pulitzer Prize winning authors wrote a book, Prison Angel, about Mother Antonia’s incredible life. Intuitively, she recognized the relationship between self-esteem, productivity and personal appearance. She appealed to dentists and plastic surgeons to help transform the appearance and help rehabilitate her prisoner “children.” Although she died in 2017, her work lives on and we continue to support her mission to help so many begin their lives anew.

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Making Loans That Change Lives

Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website. According to their website, “Dreams are universal, opportunity is not. Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.

Since its inception in 2010, Kiva has helped facilitate $1.3B in loans in over 80 countries. They report a repayment rate of 96.8%. LJCSC is happy to be a part of this global effort.

You can go to and lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world. Click on the link for more information:

Helping Women Help Themselves Here and Abroad

The Foundation for Women (FFW) is a local organization that serves impoverished women locally and globally by funding and creating micro-credit programs. FFW programs reach women in transition, at risk, and in crisis, as well as offering programs to inspire and educate all women. Since its inception, the FFW has touched the lives of thousands of women in their local and international programs. We applaud and support their efforts. To learn more, click here:

Changing the World—One Girl at a Time

Because LJCSC serves so many women, we take a special interest in women’s issues. Using the principle that it’s better to teach someone to fish than to give the person a fish, we are strong supporters of programs that provide micro-credit loans to would-be entrepreneurs. Here’s a great video about the impact of changing the lives of girls around the world. To find out more, click here: