Health Care Providers:

We help you to meet the challenge



To teach medical Spanish to health care providers, in order to better serve the Latino community. The "Latino" population is the fastest growing group in the United States, and Health Care Professionals may wish to be prepared to meet the challenge and the needs of this sector of the population by educating themselves in the language and the culture.



Tamara Ríos


CEO of Ríos Associates. Dr. Ríos was raised in both Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico and Tucson, AZ, is bilingual and bicultural and holds a BA and an MS in Psychology with a minor in Spanish as well as a PhD in Psychology and Education. She has been teaching and coordinating programs with Rios Associates since 2000. Dr. Ríos has served as a consultant to various hospitals and medical groups for over 15 years. In addition, she has collaborated with and served as a consultant to a number of international hospitals and medical groups in Mexico, Spain and Peru.


Joanna Ríos

Ph.D. Director

Founder and director of Ríos Associates and developer of this unique system, Dr. Ríos has been teaching General, Medical & Legal Spanish for over 25 years and has authored several published text-books and recorded corresponding CD packages using the "Ríos Method". She is a translator and simultaneous Interpreter for various International businesses, the Court System; as well as, an instructor and consultant at the University of Arizona. Dr. Ríos designed and developed her delightful and creative, yet highly intensive specialized programs and techniques which have proven extremely successful over the years. She holds a B.A in Spanish and romance languages, as well as an M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). She is ABD towards Ph.D. coursework in Latin American Studies at U.N.A.M (National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico City), and also holds a Ph.D. in Education and Spanish Studies from Columbia Pacific University


José Fernández


José is a native Spanish speaker born in Mexico and raised in Cuba. He lived and was educated in several countries giving him a unique international flavor. He translates legal and medical documents, and has developed and negotiated international business contracts, acting as the liaison for various U. S. and foreign companies. He has also taught Spanish in several colleges and Universities over the past 25 years, specializing in medical, legal and business Spanish. Lic. Fernandez has been an integral part of Ríos Associates since 1993.


Yolanda "Yola" Ruanova


Tía “Yola" is a native Spanish speaker who was born and raised in Mexico. She has taught and proofread with Rios Associates since 1983, and prior to that, worked in the nursing field in Mexico City for 11 years. She brings with her a unique insight to Mexican culture and customs.


Milagros Martinez


Born and raised in Camagüey, Cuba, Dr. Martinez graduated with honors from Habana University with an MD in Pediatric Medicine and Child Psychiatry. She has been the medical consultant for Rios Associates since 2000.


Rafael R. Ghinis


Rafael has contributed many of the drawings for Rios Associates being an Architect graduated from UNAM, The National Autonomous University of Mexico. He also received his Master’s degree from the University of Arizona. He has been a consultant and contributor to Rios Associates since 1990.


Enrique Tuchmann


Dr.Tuchmann graduated from the Colegio de Medicina at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara as a surgeon with a specialty in Sports Medicine. He also graduated with honors from the University of Miami in Cosmetic Surgery. Currently, Dr Tuchmann is working at el hospital Juan Maria de Salvatierra, as counsel for the State’s Commission on the Prevention of Accidents in Baja California Sur, México, as well as tending to the athletes' medical needs at the Sports Institute of Sudcalifornia. Dr. Tuchmann has worked with Rios Associates since 2004 as a consultant and presenter, as well as a guest speaker in many of our seminars.