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Free Heart Smart Presentation – March 5th

Dr. Noel Santo-Domingo

Dr. Noel Santo-Domingo

Join us for NCMA Ukiah Cardiology’s free Heart Smart program—a heart screening and presentation that will provide you a new understanding and practical approach to transform your heart health and well-being. The event takes place March 5 at the Ukiah Senior Center located at 495 Leslie St., Ukiah, CA. Screenings start at 8 AM and NCMA Cardiologist Noel Santo-Domingo will present from 10:00-11:00AM. Contact (707) 569-7862 to RSVP. We hope to see you there!

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Sonoma Medicine Publishes “Office-Based Balloon Sinus Dilation” by Dr. Stefan Zechowy

A veteran member of NCMA’s Santa Rosa Head and Neck Surgical Group (SRHN), Dr. Zechowy is an expert Otolaryngologist specializing in nasal and sinus surgeryear surgerysleep apnea surgery, as well as thyroid surgerySonoma Medicine Magazine recently published Dr. Stefan Zechowy‘s article detailing the efficacy of the state-of-the-art Balloon Sinus Dilation (BSD) procedure.



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Click Here to read Dr. Zechowy’s full article as published in Sonoma Medicine’s Fall 2014 Issue.

Dr. Reza Sepehrdad joins Northern California Medical Associates Cardiovascular Services Team


Sepehrdad, MD

Dr. Reza Sepehrdad, Interventional Cardiology

Northern California Medical Associates (NCMA) Cardiovascular Services proudly welcomes Reza Sepehrdad, MD, to the elite team of physicians at FountainGrove Cardiology in Santa Rosa. With interventional cardiology as his primary specialty, Dr. Sepehrdad has completed three fellowships in different cardiology subspecialty areas from UC Davis.

Dr. Reza Sepehrdad is a board certified cardiologist who practices the most current, innovative treatments in cardiovascular medicine. During medical school at New York Medical College, Dr. Sepehrdad distinguished himself from his fellow classmates, earning six research awards in six years. Dr. Sepehrdad obtained his residency training from UC Davis before going on to complete fellowships in cardiovascular medicine, interventional cardiology, and vascular medicine and peripheral arterial interventions from the same school. While completing his fellowship in cardiovascular medicine, Dr. Sepehrdad worked as an Emergency Room/Urgent Care Staff Physician for the VA Northern California Health Care System.

Dr. Sepehrdad carries professional society memberships with the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He has also written papers on a variety of medical topics for multiple respected publications such as Cardiac Interventions Today, American Journal of Medicine, Cardiology in Review, and more. Dr. Sepehrdad is fluent in English and Farsi, and is partially fluent in Spanish. In his free time, Dr. Sepehrdad enjoys exercising, cooking, and spending time with his wife and family.

Dr. Sepehrdad plays an integral role in the team of highly qualified cardiologists at FountainGrove Cardiology. Providing treatment and services for everything from cardiac catheterization to open-heart surgery, from electrophysiology to rehabilitation and prevention, this highly qualified staff maintains its commitment to deliver the most current, innovative treatment in cardiovascular medicine and the best possible patient outcomes.

Dr. Sepehrdad practices cardiology and interventional cardiology at FountainGrove Cardiology in Santa Rosa, and he is currently accepting new patients. For more information about NCMA Cardiovascular Services, visit Call (707) 573-6199 to make an appointment with Dr. Sepehrdad or any other NCMA doctors at FountainGrove Cardiology.

Dr. Michael Lazar Noted For Comprehensive Approach to Treating Patients

testimonialAs a retired malpractice insurance professional, Charles Lawrence is very familiar with the many complex problems in today’s healthcare industry. He knows what to look for in a good doctor, and he deeply appreciates quality healthcare services. When Charles thought he was having urinary problems, he came to see Dr. Michael J. Lazar in Santa Rosa for an examination. Dr. Lazar didn’t find any problems with Charles’ urinary system, and Charles’ symptoms went away on their own shortly thereafter. The appointment proved to be well worth Charles’ time, however, as Dr. Lazar discovered a lump, also known as a nodule, in his thyroid that other physicians had failed to find in past appointments with Charles.

Charles explains, “The busyness of doctors is a major problem in our healthcare system today. It’s not easy for a doctor to spend an hour with every patient, but Dr. Lazar is proof that it is possible.

Dr. Lazar discovered the nodule in my thyroid because he was thorough in his evaluation. It’s as straightforward as that, and I cannot be more appreciative of his comprehensive approach to treating patients. Dr. Lazar even had my wife sit in on the first 15 minutes of my appointment to include her input. After finding the lump in my thyroid, I was referred to a surgeon who removed it. The surgeon was blown away that of all types of doctors, a urologist had been the one to discover the nodule—which fortunately turned out to be benign.

Dr. Lazar and his office staff conduct business with an impressive adherence to professionalism with a personal touch. The office staff briefed me over the phone the day before my appointment for how to prepare for my examination, and treated my wife and I with respect upon our arrival. I was happy to find that I have a healthy urinary system, but if I ever have any problems I know I will be back to see Dr. Lazar.”

Charles Lawrence lives with his wife in Fort Bragg, CA, and he enjoys working in his garden in his free time.

Michael Lazar, MDMichael Lazar, MD – Urologist

Michael J. Lazar, M.D. graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1978 and completed postgraduate training in surgery and urology at LSU in 1983. He is four-­time board certified by the American Board of Urology and is Managing Physician Director of Santa Rosa Surgical Management Co., LLC, which manages Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s Ambulatory Surgery Center. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Redwood Health Services and is a member of the American Urological Association. For the last seven years, Dr. Lazar has worked tirelessly to advance High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) treatment for prostate cancer.

SNM’s Quality Care Award Goes to NCMA’s Kenneth Murachanian, M.D. for providing the highest quality care in the western region

Sutter Medical Network (SMN) announced the recipients of this year’s esteemed Quality Care awards on December 17th. Our very own Kenneth Murachanian, M.D. from the prestigious group of NCMA’s Santa Rosa Internal Medicine was awarded the highest recognition as the best internal medicine physician for providing quality care in the western region.

Dr. Murachanian’s award was presented to him by Dr. Michael van Duren Vice President of the Clinical Transformation Program at SMN.

Dr. Murachanian’s award was presented to him by Dr. Michael van Duren Vice President of the Clinical Transformation Program at SMN. The SMN Quality Care Award is presented to a total of three primary care physicians in each region (one family medicine physician, one internal medicine physician and one pediatrician) with the highest overall Quality Pay for Performance mean scores compared to all other eligible clinicians in his or her region.

Dr. Murachnian and SRIM care staff were recognized for working diligently to ensure that patients receive the preventive care and screenings that they need — an important factor for patients who are very selective about the healthcare they choose to pursue.

All SMN affiliated medical foundations and IPAs that reported quality data to Sutter Health in 2013 were eligible to participate in this award opportunity. Congratulations Dr. Murachanian!

Northern California Medical Associates (NCMA) Welcomes Jaime Molden, M.D. Cardiac Electrophysiologist to the NCMA Cardiovascular Services Team

Northern California Medical Associates’ (NCMA) Cardiovascular Services is delighted to welcome Dr. Jaime Molden to the elite Fountaingrove Cardiology team. Dr. Molden previously served as Medical Director of Electrophysiology at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.


Jaime Molden, M.D. Dr. Molden earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, where he was recognized with the Dylan Award in Medical Ethics. Returning to California, and following internship and residency in internal medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Dr. Molden joined Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Los Angeles as an internist. In 2009 he completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center during which time he also served as a clinical instructor. Dr. Molden went on to complete the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Program at Los Angeles’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2010.

Dr. Molden currently holds board certifications in clinical cardiac electrophysiology, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and internal medicine, as well as, advanced cardiac life support and has authored numerous clinical publications.

Cardiology and More

Dr. Molden is trained to diagnose and treat a variety of heart and cardiovascular conditions including congenital heart defects, congestive heart failure, heart disease, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, arrhythmias, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and many other heart-related conditions. As an electrophysiologist, Dr. Molden is able to also provide advanced diagnosis, treatment and management of electrical- based diseases and disorders of the heart. His education and experience in electrophysiology allows him to perform specialized surgical procedures such as ablation and drug therapy to manage complex arrhythmias.

By joining Northern California Medical Associates’ (NCMA) Cardiovascular Services team Dr. Molden becomes an important part of a highly recognized team of dedicated professionals, all working together to deliver the highest quality care with the best patient results.  Providing treatment and services for everything from cardiac catheterization to open-heart surgery, from electrophysiology to rehabilitation and prevention, this highly  qualified staff not only maintains its commitment to patient health and well-being, they also follow a tradition of excellence and expertise to deliver the most current, innovative treatment in cardiovascular medicine.

Making an appointment

Dr. Molden is pleased to be accepting new patients at NCMA’s Fountaingrove Cardiology office in Santa Rosa. For more information about NCMA visit our site at, and to arrange for an appointment call (707) 573-6199.


Northern California Medical Associates is Northern California’s premier provider of medical and surgical care north of the Golden Gate and has been serving individuals and families since 1975. Every highly skilled professional comprising the NCMA team shares a strong commitment to preventive programs and health screening designed to promote and maintain everyday health. NCMA has successfully built a legacy of excellence that is recognized nationwide.

Dr. Thomas Guyn and Dr. Vishal Goyal join Northern California’s elite team of Physicians in Santa Rosa

Northern California Medical Associates (NCMA, Northern California’s premier provider of medical and surgical care in the North Bay, welcomes Internal Medicine physician, Dr. Thomas Guyn, and Cardiologist, Dr. Vishal Goyal. NCMA employs only the most highly respected primary care physicians and specialists in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties.

Dr. Thomas Guyn, internal medicine physician with NCMA

Dr. Thomas Guyn, internal medicine physician with NCMA

NCMA welcomes Dr. Thomas Guyn to an elite team of physicians at NCMA’s Santa Rosa Internal Medicine office. Dr. Guyn makes the transition to NCMA after he served as a hospitalist at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (SRMH). Dr. Guyn acted as a liaison between patients during their hospital stay and their primary care and specialist physicians. As a hospitalist, Dr. Guyn has experience with a wide range of diseases and worked extensively with geriatrics and general internal medicine. Formerly, Dr. Guyn held a private practice as well as performing medical consultant services and acute care medicine. With a desire to serve out-patients and hospitalized patients more on a long-term basis, Dr Guyn is making the transition to an internal medicine physician at NCMA’s Santa Rosa Internal Medicine office.

Dr. Guyn completed his undergraduate studies at Chico State University and went on to UC Santa Barbara for graduate studies in genetics and protein structure. After finding a passion for medicine and travel, Dr. Guyn completed his medical degree at the University of Rome Medical School in Rome, Italy. During his stay in Italy, Dr. Guyn met his wife and they now have two grown children. Dr. Guyn’s interests include environmental health, where he has earned a Masters of Arts in Value and the Environment (MAVE) from the University of Lancaster.

During his free time, Dr. Guyn enjoys spending time with his children, running, and pottery.

Dr. Guyn’s specialty is in internal medicine and is immediately available for appointments. Call to (707) 544-3411 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Vishal Goyal, cardiologist with NCMA

Dr. Vishal Goyal, cardiologist with NCMA

NCMA additionally welcomes Cardiologist, Dr. Vishal Goyal to their cardiovascular services team at FountainGrove Cardiology in Santa Rosa. Dr. Goyal specializes in invasive and non-invasive cardiovascular medicine including disease prevention, diagnostic cardiac catheterization, pacemaker implantation, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology.

Dr. Goyal received his undergraduate degree from UC San Diego in Economics. He then earned his Medical Degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine with a Distinction in Community Service. Dr. Goyal then went on to complete his internship at UC Davis Medical Center. During his fellowship, Dr. Goyal was named Chief Fellow from the University of New Mexico Health Science Center.

Dr. Goyal recently moved to Sonoma County with his wife and young daughter and they are excited to be back in their native California. Dr. Goyal and his family enjoy road cycling and gourmet cooking.

“I am very excited to return to Northern California and I look forward to becoming an active supporter of the Sonoma County community,” states Dr. Goyal.

Dr. Goyal is accepting new patients at NCMA’s FountainGrove Cardiology office in Santa Rosa. To set up an appointment call (707) 573-6199. For more information about NCMA and our physicians visit our site at

Northern California Medical Associates receives IAC Accreditation in Nuclear Cardiology

IACTwo Northern California Medical Associates (NCMA) locations, Santa Rosa and Ukiah, received accreditation from The Intersocietal Accreditation Committee in the practice of Nuclear Cardiology. This three-year accreditation is awarded to those facilities that provide the highest standards in patient care.

NCMA Nuclear Medicine has passed the rigorous application and needed for accreditation as well as compiling with national standards. Accreditation ensures patients that the facility has been carefully critiqued and all aspects of operations in the field of Nuclear Cardiology are up to medical standards.

With cardiovascular disease the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible with the use of nuclear cardiology in hospitals, outpatient centers and physician’s offices. NCMA has met the requirements for nuclear cardiology testing as well as the standards demanded for other contributing factors including the skill of technologists preforming examinations, the equipment used and the background and knowledge of practicing physicians.

The Intersocietal Accreditation Committee is a widely respected organization within the medical community with support from national medical societies that include industry leaders of physicians, technologists and medical physicists. The IAC continues its twenty-year accreditation divisions by developing standards and methods for the overall evaluation of the quality of care delivered. The IAC also provides peer review processes for multiple imaging modalities within the medical community.

NCMA has led the way in exceptional patient care since 1975.  It holds the only establish cardiac rehabilitation, lipid treatment, congestive heart failure and adult fitness program north of the Golden Gate. With highly respected primary care physicians and specialists in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties NCMA is the premier provider of cardiovascular surgery state-wide and is committed to the improvement and health of its community and patients and will continue to establish and hold the highest standards for patient care.

NCMA Staff Visits New Sutter Medical Center Facility

WP_001858NCMA staff recently was given a tour of the new Sutter of Santa Rosa Hospital next to the Wells Fargo Center. The facility, currently under construction, will open in 2014 and will bring with it a higher standard in healthcare to Sonoma County. The project is expected to cost the organization $284 million. The hospital will focus on the many advances, treatments and innovative technology in healthcare.

The new facility is built on a dynamic, green design that will result in a significant reduction in green house gas emissions. The hospital will also implement a water and energy conservation program. Upon completion, the new hospital is expected to be LEED Certified, the internally recognized green building certification system that uses a rigorous 100-point checklist. The building also will boast a seismically sound infrastructure, electronic health records and advanced imaging technology that will make the new Sutter Medical Center an unmatched state-of-the-art facility that will enhance 21st century healthcare in Sonoma County.

WP_001869Project managers showed NCMA staff around the grounds where the efforts and progress made by the collaborating teams has reached a level that is worthy of Sutter Medical Centers’ high standards. You can see the facility, its progress and innovate design on Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa’s website. Also, watch live video of the construction progress, as the hospital’s countdown to opening gets closer. See the photos on our Facebook for a complete insight into our visit and the progress of the new hospital.

Dr. Patrick Coleman named Physician Leader by Center for Well-Being

NCMA is proud to congratulate Dr. Patrick Coleman with the honor of Physician Leader 2013, named by the Northern California Center for Well-Being. Dr. Coleman is a leader in Cardiovascular Disease and has been with NCMA for over twenty years. His efforts in lifesaving research with the Coastal Valley STEMI program has significantly increased heart attack victim’s prognosis through a specialized treatment protocol in both Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Dr. Coleman additionally volunteers his time at the Department of Family Practice at UCSF as well as a staff teacher at Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa. He is constantly promoting health education within the community by speaking at local events.

Dr. Patrick Coleman, Cardiology

Dr. Patrick Coleman, Cardiology

The Northern California Center for Well-Being is a non-profit health education and wellness center that serves Sonoma County and surrounding areas since 1996. The center and its staff work with those suffering from chronic disease including diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. Their services include the only diabetes program in Sonoma County accredited by the American Diabetes Association as well as the only Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation program in Santa Rosa. The over four thousand individuals the Center care for with chronic conditions are from low to moderate incomes and often have difficulty affording healthcare.

Each year the Center for Well-Being honors five outstanding individuals in Sonoma County who have demonstrated an unsurpassed commitment to community, family and individual health. This year’s event is Celebration of Dreams 2013 and honors individuals in the categories of Physician Leader, Community Leader, Healthcare Professional Leader (Non Physician), Healthy Business Leader and Youth Leader. See their website for a full list of all the leaders honored this year.

The event, Celebration of Dreams 2013: Honoring Leaders in Health and Wellness will take place September 27th 11:30-1:30 p.m. at Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club. This event presents a special occasion for local business and community members to support the Center for Well-Beings’ philosophy of providing health education, free services and programs to low income families to Northern California residents. All proceeds benefit the Center for Well-Being and their mission to provide patients with equal opportunity healthcare. Join us this year and honor Dr. Coleman on his dedication to advancements in healthcare. To become a sponsor or purchase a ticket visit their website for more information.