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Tara Bartlett, DO, joins NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center of Santa Rosa

Tara C. Bartlett, DO, joins NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center to become the newest member of a team of healthcare professionals made up of compassionate, expert doctors, midwives, nurses and medical assistants, all aimed at providing unmatched care to patients. Dr. Tara Bartlett is a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles as a Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors. She holds a B.S. degree in Biology with a minor in Global Studies. Dr. Bartlett obtained her medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in California. She completed her residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

Dr. Bartlett holds numerous awards and certifications including Da Vinci robotic surgery certification. She is trained in minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic surgery, hysteroscopic surgery, myosure device, novasure endometrial ablation, nexplanon insertion, and intrauterine device placement. She has participated in a number of research projects pertaining to her specialty including HPV genotyping research.

Dr. Bartlett has a special interest in international medicine and was awarded the Rafi Younoszai International/Cross-Cultural Health Scholarship Award in 2013. She has participated in medical outreach providing OB/GYN services for areas with minimal healthcare access in Peru, the Dominican Republic, and northern Spain.

About the NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center

With a team made up of compassionate, expert doctors, midwives, nurses and medical assistants aimed at providing unmatched care to patients, NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center offers a full range of obstetrics and gynecology services to women in the North Bay region. Services offered include:

  • General gynecological health screenings
  • State-of-the-art diagnostics
  • Comprehensive pregnancy and postpartum care
  • Full midwifery services
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery
  • Uro-gynecological procedures
  • Incontinence care
  • Menopause care
  • Laser hair reduction, skin care and Botox Cosmetic

Along with Dr. Bartlett, the NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center’s physicians include: Shazah Khawaja, MD, Amita Kachru, MD, and Melissa Seeker, MD. Together, our doctors share a unique whole-body approach to medicine as they strive to find the underlying causes of a woman’s health problems, rather than simply treating the symptoms. Every one of the health professionals at NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center is committed to both alleviating short-term ailments and maximizing long-term health.

NCMA welcomes internal medicine & geriatric specialist Rachel Mayorga, MD

Dr. Rachael Mayorga NCMA Healdsburg physician Dr. Rachel Mayorga is a primary care doctor who specializes in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. Her practice focuses on individualized preventative and long-term wellness.

Dr. Mayorga’s practice philosophy is based on the principles which enable patients to enjoy greater access to and more quality time with their doctor. Her practice is particularly suited for people seeking a doctor who will spend time with them to design a personalized plan for health.

Board certified in Internal Medicine and in Geriatric Medicine, Dr. Mayorga is a specialist in “Healthy Aging,” and has lectured and participated in community outreach programs. Dr. Mayorga collaborates with her patients to customize a care plan focused on their unique health needs and life goals.

Dr. Mayorga received a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine from Rush-Presbyterian, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. She completed residency in internal medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated with an MD from the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah.

NCMA’s Internal Medicine & Geriatric Physicians diagnose, treat, and manage a full spectrum of health conditions. In addition to general internal medicine services, they also have expertise, special interest, and experience in gastroenterology, endocrinology, health screenings, diabetes management and care, immunizations, women’s health and much more. To schedule an appointment call 707.385.0222.

Just a few extra pounds has big consequences on heart health

NCMA Cardiology expert Dr. Thomas Dunlap on the importance of maintaining healthy weight over time as new study reveals hazards associated with heart health and minimal weight gain.

NCMA Cardiology expert Dr. Thomas Dunlap on the importance of maintaining healthy weight over time as new study reveals hazards associated with heart health and minimal weight gain.Researchers now say that gaining just a small amount of weight can have a negative impact on the structure and function of the heart muscle over time, increasing long-term risk of heart failure. The study tracked a group of 1,262 adults (average age 44) who were originally free from heart disease and other conditions that put them at high risk for heart disease for seven years. Participants underwent MRI scans of their hearts and multiple body fat measurements at the start of the study and then again seven years later. Scientists discovered that even a five-percent weight gain led to an increased risk of thickening and enlargement of the left ventricle.

“We’ve known for some time now that patients who carry extra pounds are much more likely to develop heart disease,” says NCMA cardiologist Dr. Thomas Dunlap. “This study helps to stress the importance of maintaining optimal weight and points out the need to be persistent with an exercise program that will help keep the pounds off.”

One bit of good news from the study was revealed by those who actually lost weight. The participants of that group were more likely to exhibit decreases in heart muscle thickness, resulting in lower risk of heart disease.

“It’s important to take steps to improve heart health before a problem arises,” says Dr. Dunlap. “If maintaining weight at optimal levels can decrease a person’s chances of developing heart disease over time, then making lifestyle choices to improve cardiovascular health will also improve quality of life, while lowering the risk for heart disease. Once symptoms begin to manifest, walking back the clock to earlier levels of cardio health is not always easy, or in some cases; even possible.”

Heart disease is serious business

According to the American Heart Association more than 5 million people in the United States suffer from heart failure, less than 50 percent of those with heart failure live a full five years following diagnosis. The deadly duo of heart disease and stroke are among the most prevalent and costly health complications today. Heart disease or stroke wreak havoc on people’s lives measured in increased medical bills, lost wages and decreased quality of living.

  • 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes occur every year in the United States.
  • 800,000 deaths occur from heart disease each year, a total of 1 in every 3 deaths – about the same number as die from cancer, respiratory disease and accidents – combined.
  • 150,000 of deaths from heart disease occur in people under age 65.
  • $320 billion in health care costs and lost productivity were attributed to heart disease and stroke in 2011.

The top five ways to get a handle on heart disease include; managing high blood pressure (talk to your doctor), take up a daily routine of physical activity (at least 20 minutes per day), make an effort to eat whole foods (avoid processed alternatives), avoid excess salt and quit smoking. 

About NCMA Cardiology Services

From cardiac catheterization to open-heart surgery, from electrophysiology to rehabilitation and prevention, the NCMA’s Cardiovascular Services team is dedicated to delivering the highest quality care and the best patient results. The professional staff not only maintains its commitment to patients’ health and well-being but maintains a tradition of excellence and expertise in the practice of the most current, innovative treatments in cardiovascular medicine. For more information, visit the NCMA website.

 

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 NCMAhealth.com. Call (707) 573-6199 to make an appointment with Dr. Sepehrdad or any other NCMA doctors at FountainGrove Cardiology.

Women’s OB/GYN Medical Group joins NCMA

Northern California Medical Associates (NCMA) welcomes Women’s OB/GYN Medical Group to its model healthcare organization. Women’s OB/GYN has built a first-rate obstetrics and gynecology practice for Santa Rosa women and their families, and the practice is excited to offer patients access to NCMA’s full range of specialty health services.

NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Medical Group

Santa Rosa, Calif., July 2014 — In keeping with its goal of providing Northern California with a comprehensive network of state-of-the-art health services from leading specialists in a full-spectrum of medical fields, NCMA is proud to welcome Women’s OB/GYN Medical Group to its ever-growing practice. For nearly 25 years, Women’s OB/GYN Medical Group has offered a comprehensive selection of premier obstetrics and gynecology services to women in the North Bay Area. An all-women practice, Women’s OB/GYN Medical Group has fostered a safe, comfortable environment for women where practitioners fully comprehend patient needs and expectations. The practice offers an elite team of doctors, midwives, nurses, and medical assistants that coordinates care to provide unmatched OB/GYN health services to its patients.

Women’s OB/GYN Medical Group’s elite physicians include Amita Kachru, MD, and Shazah Khawaja, MD. The doctors at this practice share in the whole-body care philosophy, meaning that they always strive to find the underlying causes of a woman’s health problems rather than simply treating the symptoms. Drs. Kachru and Khawaja carry specialty expertise in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, uro-gynecologic procedures, as well as general obstetrics and gynecology care.

The providers at Women’s OB/GYN also offer pregnancy care in collaboration with certified nurse midwives (CNMs). CNMs are specially trained in providing healthcare to pregnant women from conception through labor and delivery. Many women opt to have CNMs serve as their primary healthcare providers during pregnancy. Maximizing the birth experience and the health of newborns and their mothers is a CNM’s primary goal for pregnant patients. Achieving this goal requires expert knowledge about the gestation period and birthing process, as well as heightened empathy between providers and their patients. By working in close collaboration with the practice’s physicians, Women’s OB/GYN CNMs serve as the perfect health resource for pregnant women whom prefer to involve the personal touch of a midwife during their pregnancies.

Women’s OB/GYN Medical Group, located at 500 Doyle Park Drive, Ste. 103 in Santa Rosa, is currently accepting new patients. From pregnancy, menopause, minimally invasive surgery, incontinence, and regular gyn and breast health screenings, the team of health professionals at Women’s OB/GYN is committed to both alleviating patient ailments and maximizing patient long-term health. Visit www.womensobgynmed.com for more information on the practice’s services and providers.

To start care with a knowledgeable OB/GYN physician who will always treat you with compassion and expertise, call (707)-579-1102 to schedule an appointment today.

Northern California Medical Associates is the premier provider of medical and surgical care north of the Golden Gate and has been serving individuals and families since 1975. In addition to OB/GYN health services, NCMA offers exceptional care in cardiology, cardiovascular/thoracic surgery, internal and family medicine, urology, vascular surgery, endovascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, rheumatology, podiatry, pulmonology, ophthalmology, and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). 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.

For a complete listing NCMA services and physicians in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties, visit NCMAhealth.com.

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.

Background

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 ncmahealth.com, and to arrange for an appointment call (707) 573-6199.

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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.