About Centro Médico Latino

Centro Médico Latino is committed to providing you with the highest quality family medical services in a friendly environment. With two locations in Charlotte, North Carolina, and one location in Monroe, North Carolina, we proudly receive walk-ins six days a week and are also happy to accommodate patients with same-day appointments. Our staff speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Affordable Family Care

From infancy to old age and everything between, Cento Médico Latino cares for every member of your family on any walk of life. If there is a service or treatment we do not offer inside the office, we are well-connected with labs and imaging centers in the area. We also know the best medical specialists in Charlotte, Monroe, and other cities in North and South Carolina; we will connect you with these specialists if need be.

Centro Médico Latino is a family practice clinic in North Carolina serving the needs of the Latino and the underinsured/uninsured communities in Charlotte, Monroe, and surrounding areas of the Carolinas, with a low structure providing the full scope of quality family medicine. Keeping your expenses as low as possible is important to us, and we assure you that our recommendations will take your financial situation into account.

We have established links with different specialist providers and laboratories, as well as imaging centers, to provide our patients with more affordable services, making diagnostic and specialist evaluations within our patients’ reach. The Mecklenburg Area Partnership for Primary Care Research is one of the organizations we work with, making us the only private practice with this distinction.

Serving All Patients

Family medical services are available for all patients, including children, adolescents, adults, and Third Age patients. We specialize in female wellness, abnormal PAP diagnosis (colposcopy), and treatment (Leep), as well as infertility and STD treatments.

Maintenance and preventive care are big parts of our practice, as is our participation in the state’s free vaccination program.  We specialize in the management of diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and mental health. You’ll receive care from a residency-trained family practitioner with more than 20 years of experience, with additional training in surgery, urology, emergency room medicine, and colposcopy.

Meet the Doctors/ Providers

Dr. Carlos M. Rish, M.D., FAAFP, Owner, Centro Médico Latino

Dr. Rish is well aware that in order for true healing to occur there, a high level of trust must exist between the doctor and patient. The treatment of an illness or disease is more than handing you a bottle of pills and a bill. You are trusting us with your health and wellbeing – that’s both a physical and emotional commitment between our “family” and yours. We strive to provide you with the best, most professional and compassionate care in Charlotte and surrounding areas. Dr. Rish is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Education: Medical Degree, Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Faculty of Medicine, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico – 1976 to 1982; Social Service and Internship, American British Cowdray Hospital, Mexico City, Mexico – 1976 to 1982

Residency: Residency Family Practice – PGY-I, PGY-II General Surgery, Brooklyn Jewish Hospital and Medical Center, July 1982 to June 1984; Fellowship Urology – Stony-Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook, NY, July 1984 to June 1985; South Nassau Communities Hospital and Medical Center, Oceanside, NY, Affiliated with Stony-brook University, NY, July 1985 to June 1988; Chief Resident – July 1987 to June 1988

Specialties: Family Medicine; Additional Training in Surgery, Urology, Emergency Room Medicine, Infertility, and Colposcopy

Alvaro A. Gomes PA-C

Alvaro A. Gomes is a board-certified Physician Assistant in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has been living in the United States for more than 40 years. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He has experience in multiple sub-specialties, including emergency medicine, urology, and radiology. He has been practicing since graduation in 2001.

Education: Undergraduate School: Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ; Radiologic Science: Farleigh Dickinson University, NJ; PACE University / Lenox Hill Hospital, NY, NY

Studies: Undergraduate School – Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ; Radiologic Science – Farleigh Dickinson University, NJ; Physician Assistant School, PACE University/Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY

Specialties: Family Medicine; Emergency Medicine, Urology and Radiology Subspecialties

Auxiliadora K. Valdivieso CNP-BC

Auxiliadora K. Valdivieso is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner since 2007. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Winston-Salem State University; Bachelor of Arts in Spanish University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner – Licensure; NC State RN Licensure; Basic Life Support Provider; Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider

Specialties: Family Medicine; Cardiology and Urgent Care Subspecialties

Claudia C. Diaz PA-C

Claudia C Diaz is a board-certified Physician Assistant since 2007. She has experience in multiple sub specialties as family medicine, pediatrics, obstetric gynecology, emergency medicine. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Education: Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies – East Carolina University, Greenville, NC; Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with Chemistry Minor – Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC

Certifications: Advanced Cardiac Life Support; Pediatric Advanced Life Support; Basic Cardiac Life Support; Certified Nursing Assistant

Specialties: Family Medicine

Alicia Allman PA-C

Alicia Allman is a board certified Physician Assistant since 2013.  She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Education: Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies – Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Certifications: Advanced Cardiac Life Support; Basic Cardiac Life Support; First Aid

Specialties: Family Medicine; Pulmonology Subspecialty

Contact our team today to find out more about our family medical services. We proudly serve patients in Charlotte and Monroe, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas.