Our Team

Our Team


Deborah Bickel

As the founder of Be Well San Miguel, I use my knowledge and experience as an international health worker to ensure that the needs of each one of our clients is met with utmost professionalism, compassion, and confidentiality.

I am a graduate of the Stanford University Physician Assistant program and hold a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. I have lived and worked in many countries including the United States, the Netherlands, Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, Nicaragua, Zambia and Mozambique.

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I moved to San Miguel in March of 2014 and am delighted to call this community my home. Previously, I practiced medicine in a busy inner city clinic for nine years while teaching medicine at Stanford. I also did post graduate work in nutrition at the Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. I am fluent in Spanish and have practiced medicine in the United States, Mexico and Guatemala.

Now, after nearly 10 years working in the San Miguel community as a  patient advocate, my mission continues to be giving clients a voice, to understand their needs and provide valuable information to help them make informed decisions.

I have a particular interest in geriatrics and helping people choose the highest quality of living even when that may mean shortening our span of years but vastly improving our experiences moment by moment.

Phone : +52 (415) 115-7815
Email : deborah@bewellsanmiguel.com


Dr. Emilio Ramirez

A very popular doctor and excellent colleague,  Dr. Emilio is a core part of our team. He most recently was appointed the Director of Joya Hospital. As a certified and highly experienced Emergency and Critical Care Physician, he is committed to ensuring that an ER physician is available at all times at Joya Hospital because, as everyone knows, in an emergency. TIME IS LIFE.

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Emergency Medicine is one of the most challenging medical specialties because it requires broad knowledge as well as the ability to manage acute medical crisis. These range from stroke, to cardiac arrest, gastrointestinal bleeding, complex trauma such as accidents, gunshots, stab wounds, fractures, head injuries, hypertension, complications related to diabetes, respiratory failure, coma and shock  among many others. To adequately prepare for this challenge the training and skills of an ER physician are much broader and deeper than for other specialty physicians.

The Be Well Team has worked closely with him for six years now and has developed a deep respect for his medical knowledge, his ability to recruit the finest specialists, and his commitment to the oversight of each and every Be Well patient.

We consult him or a specialist referred by him on all our patients when they are sick or injured. We have not had a single case in these many years of a complaint about his treatment of our patients nor the courtesy he shows everyone from fellow physicians to the other Be Well Staff and most especially his patients. If you get to know him very well you will find he has a great sense of humor and endless energy for being a fine physician.

Mobile Phone : +52 (322) 109 1414

Lic. Laura Miranda

Be Well is delighted to announce the addition of Ms. Laura Miranda to our support and advocacy team. Laura is a seasoned attorney and graduate of the esteemed faculty of law at the Universidad de Guanajuato, further honing her expertise with a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Tecnológico de México. Her specialization in mediation and dispute resolution brings an invaluable dimension to our services.

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Before embarking on her legal career, Laura gained valuable experience at the Tribunal Fiscal de la Federación and the government of Guanajuato, where she contributed to statewide education and training programs. Her dedication to social justice is evident in her subsequent tenure as a subdirector within the Ministry of Social Development from 2005 to 2015, where she spearheaded poverty relief initiatives.

In 2015, Laura established her own consulting services, catering to a diverse clientele ranging from civil organizations and private firms to hotels, local and external commercial markets, and real estate agencies. Her extensive experience and expertise have made her a sought-after advisor in the social and legal spheres.

Laura’s arrival at Be Well marks a significant expansion of our services, allowing us to provide comprehensive support that encompasses both legal and social aspects. Her expertise will be instrumental in enhancing our emergency planning capabilities, ensuring effective logistics, and bolstering our member and patient care activities. We are incredibly fortunate to have Laura on board, and we look forward to the invaluable contributions she will make to our team.

Phone : +52 (415) 115-7815
Email : laura@bewellsanmiguel.com