It is one thing to practice medicine, but these doctors use medicine as an outlet to make personal connections with their patients. Word of Health would like to recognize a few of these family practitioners in Huntington Beach who go above and beyond their work to help their patients.
1. Bart Barrett, M.D.
Dr. Bart Barrett graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCI with a degree in Biology in 1986, and started Medical School at UCI the following fall. While there, he was mentored by a wonderful Family Physician who instilled in me the desire to care for entire families. After graduating from medical school in 1990, Dr. Barrett began his Family Practice training at Northridge Hospital in the San Fernando Valley. His interest in obstetrics grew while he was there, and he purposely pursued extra training in the care of pregnant patients. Dr. Barrett shared that interest in Obstetrics with fellow residents and was given awards for teaching, Obstetrics and for Outstanding Resident when he graduated from the program in 1993. In my years in private practice, I have continued to do what I most love, which is caring for families. He mentioned that his “greatest professional joy comes from the blessing of being present when my patients welcome their children into the world and then sharing the milestones as those children grow up.”
2. Michael Tarnay, M.D.
Dr. Tarnay is WellNow’s Medical Director, founder, and architect of our service offerings. WellNow provides high quality, affordable medical care in modern health clinics staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants overseen by a medical doctor. They take care of the 90% of healthcare issues that your family practice doctor, Huntington Beach urgent care center or ER would normally handle. Dr. Tarnay has been an emergency medical physician for over 15 years and serves on the medical staff at a renowned hospital and two urgent care centers in Southern California. Dr. Tarnay was trained in emergency medicine at UCLA Medical Center and attended Georgetown University Medical School. In addition to his world travels and busy work-life mix, he has served as a clinical faculty member at UCLA and has dedicated time to training physicians in East Africa.
3. Dr. Natasha Thomas, M.D.
Dr. Natasha Thomas was born in England and raised and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she graduated with an MD in 1990, and worked as a Family Physician and as an Emergency Room Physician for many years before moving to the US. She completed her second residency in Family Medicine in Mississippi in 2008, and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Thomas then worked as a Hospitalist and Emergency Room Physician in rural Mississippi, gaining great experience in every possible situation, as well as some great friends. After moving my family to Huntington Beach in 2011, she worked as an Urgent Care Physician for a short time, while making sure my family was happily settled in this wonderful town. Now her dream of owning her own solo practice, where she can truly care for my patients, spend time and establish relationships while providing great medical care, is being realized by opening Huntington Beach Family Medicine.
4. Dr. Matthew Abinante
Dr. Matt received his DO and MPH from Touro University in Vallejo, CA and completed his residency training at PIH Health Hospital in Downey, CA. He is a board-certified Family Physician. Dr. Matt had a few health issues when he was younger and got to work with several doctors that became role models to him. He loves working with people and is fascinated by the human body. Family medicine allows him to follow in the footsteps of his role models in providing excellent care while working with people of all ages in their quest for good health. Dr. Matt lives in Huntington Beach with his wife, Chelsea, and their four daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family whether it’s at the beach, his parents’ house in Sacramento or with his wife’s family in San Diego. He also speaks fluent English and Tagalog.
5. Dana Yan, D.O.
Dr. Yan attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her Family Practice residency at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, California. She joined Family Care Center in 2001. She chose Family Practice because she enjoys working with a wide variety of people and because it provides a unique opportunity for continuing care. “As their family physician, I am in a special position as my patients’ advocate and healer. I find treating patients and their families truly rewarding,” she added. Dr. Yan enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and listening to music in her free time. Dr. Yan also speaks fluent Tagalog.
6. Michelle Bennett, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Bennett has been practicing in Huntington Beach since 1998 and is Board Certified in Pediatrics. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UC San Diego for undergraduate study and with honors from UCI Medical Center for both medical school and residency. She was voted “Primary Care Physician of The Year” from Hoag Greater Newport Physicians IPA group in which she had previously served on their advisory committee. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons and is very involved in her kids’ school and sporting activities.
7. Lincoln Tom, M.D.
Dr. Tom is a board-certified family medicine physician and native Californian. He received his bachelors of science with great distinction in biochemistry and honors in chemistry. Dr. Tom was awarded a Regents Scholarship to attend medical school at UC Irvine. He completed his internship and residency in Family Medicine at UCLA, where he received the Resident Teacher Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He enjoys helping patients of all ages. He enjoys spending his free time with family and playing ping pong.
Top Cardiologists in Inland Empire
According to the CDC, every one in four deaths can be attributed to heart disease. Needless to say, the heart is one of the most vital organs in our body. Ensuring that the heart functions properly can significantly enhance the quality of our lives in terms of longevity and sustainability. Cardiologists specialize in treating diseases in the heart and some areas of the circulatory system.
Word of Health would like to recognize the top cardiologists in the Inland Empire for their impactful work that they are doing for their communities to combat heart disease.
Dr. Don Ahn, M.D.
Dr Ahn is the founder of Inland Cardiology. He originally started as an individual cardiologist at San Antonio Community Hospital in 1985, and eventually formed the Inland Cardiology Medical Associate Group in the year 2000. He is board certified in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases,and Internal Medicine. He performs cardiovascular procedures ranging from diagnostic to therapeutic interventions. He graduated from Kyunghee Medical school in Seoul, South Korea, studied at Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, and underwent his Internal Medicine Residency at Wright State Medical shool in Dayton Ohio. He then finished a Cardiology Fellowship at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Invasive Cardiology at San Antonio Community Hospital. He also was previously honored to serve as the Chief of Staff there in the year 2006.
Dr. Hetal Bhakta, M.D.
Dr. Hetal Bhakta is one of the most sought-after cardiologists in the Coachella Valley. Specializing in the Field of Electrophysiology and also board certified in Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Internal Medicine, he offers state-of-the-art care for both diseases of the heart and its electrical malfunctions that disrupt the proper blood flow.
After graduating from Albany Medical College in New York, Dr. Bhakta completed his clinical training in internal medicine and cardiology from University of Southern California. He then completed advance fellowship in electrophysiology from Kaiser-UCLA program. After finishing his clinical training Dr. Bhakta moved to Palm Springs and founded Desert Heart Rhythm Consultants and started the Electrophysiology Program at Desert Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Bhakta has since built a comprehensive EP program which offers a full complement of services for patients suffering from heart rhythm disorders—from device-based therapies to advance ablation therapies which cure heart rhythm disorders in many cases. Dr. Bhakta also is a leader in introducing cutting-edge technologies and new procedures to the Coachella Valley and Inland Empire that provide new and safer options for improving the lives of people who live here.
Dr. Mimi Sen Biswas, M.D.
Dr. Biswas completed her B.S. at the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), received her MD from the UCLA School of Medicine, and completed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. At Duke University Medical Center, she completed her Cardiology Fellowship, a fellowship in Women’s Health, obtained a Master’s in Health Science, and is still involved in clinical research. While on the faculty at Duke, she founded and was the Clinical Director of the Duke Women’s Heart Care Clinic. In addition to being board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Nuclear Cardiology, she is trained in cardiac CT imaging. She specializes in cardiovascular imaging, prevention, and women’s cardiovascular care. Dr. Biswas is dedicated to developing a center for Women’s Heart Health in the Inland Empire, and to raising awareness about women and heart disease.
Dr. Syed W. Bokhari M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Syed W. Bokhari, MD is the owner and lead care provider at Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Riverside, California, and the greater Inland Empire area, and also serves as a Chairman for the Department of Medicine at the Riverside Community Hospital. As an esteemed specialist in his field, Dr. Bokhari specializes in and treats varicose veins, structural heart disease, and cardiovascular disease. He performs carotid stenting, as well as minimally invasive and nonsurgical vascular procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Bokhari received his medical degree from King Edward Medical University and completed an internship and residency at Los Angeles County, University of Southern California Medical Center. He also completed general and interventional cardiology fellowships at the University of California, Irvine and University of Chicago Medical Center. He’s board-certified in endovascular medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and interventional cardiology and enjoys helping his patients regain and maintain healthy and joyful lives.
Harit V. Desai, M.D.
Dr. Harit Desai attended medical school at the M.S. University Baroda Medical College, India where he was amongst the top 5 students in the graduating class. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at New York Medical College Westchester Medical Center where he was selected as a Chief Medical Resident. He then completed fellowship training in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at University of Miami, Florida, where he also served as a Chief Interventional Cardiology Fellow.
Dr. Desai performs all ranges of coronary interventional procedures such as angioplasty, stent placement, atherectomy, intravascular ultrasound and is proficient in performing these procedures via the radial artery (wrist) approach. He also implants permanent pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. He has expertise in a variety of cardiac imaging methods, including nuclear cardiac imaging, vascular ultrasound, transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiograms. He specializes in the management of peripheral arterial disease causing leg pain (claudication) and/or impaired wound healing. He is also trained in structural heart disease interventions including ASD/PFO closure, balloon aortic valvuloplasty and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Desai has published numerous research papers in peer reviewed medical journals and presented his work at several national meetings.
Top Optometrists in San Diego
Sight is one of the most powerful senses that allow us to perceive and experience the world around us. The field of optometry strives to maintain optimal eye health by testing for visual acuity, depth, eye pressure, and color perception. Word of Health would like to recognize the important work that top optometrists are doing in
Dr. Amanda Dexter
Dr. Amanda Dexter received her training at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where she was the class of 2010’s Valedictorian and former President of Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. Dr. Dexter completed residency training at the VA San Diego Healthcare System in La Jolla where she gained an extensive clinical experience in ocular disease, geriatrics, traumatic brain injury and low vision rehabilitation. Dr. Dexter is a past president of the San Diego County Optometric Society where she actively participates in local vision screenings for underprivileged children. She is a current Candidate for Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry, a distinguished association of accomplished eye care providers.
Dr. Olivia Do
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Dr. Olivia Do completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in 2003. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry, Class of 2008 in Boston.Dr. Do
Dr. Rambod Esfandiari
Raised in San Diego, Dr. Esfandiari did his undergraduate work at the University of California, San Diego. He received his doctorates in optometry from New England
Dr. Jared Hagan
Dr. Jared Hagan was born in Rochester, Minnesota, where he attended Mayo High School. Shortly after
Dr. Gary A. Klein
Dr. Klein is originally from the Washington, D.C. area and has been a San Diego “native” since 1989. He received his Bachelor of Science from Emory University in Atlanta and Doctor of Optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia where he completed his internship at The Eye Institute in Philadelphia. With over 35 years of experience in various clinical settings including multi-specialty group practice, Dr. Klein has remained a clinical investigator and professional consultant for various companies in the ophthalmic industry responsible for bringing new eyecare technologies to fruition. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the California Optometric Association. In 2007, Dr. Klein opened Urban Optiks Optometry with a mission to provide San Diego with the highest level of
Dr. Melanie Langford
Dr. Melanie Langford received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University Bloomington. She then went on to receive her Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. She also chose to complete a residency with the University of California Berkeley at the Palo Alto VA Hospital where she specialized in primary care and low vision. Dr. Langford practices full scope optometry and she enjoys working with patients of all ages. She is licensed in the treatment and management of ocular disease with therapeutic pharmaceutical agents, primary open angle glaucoma, and lacrimal irrigation and dilation.
Dr. Jason Tu
Dr. Jason Tu received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Irvine and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, a Trustee of the California Optometric Association (COA) Board, a past member of the Education & Clinical Practice Committee of the COA, and a Past-President of the San Diego County Optometric Society.
Dr. Meredith Walton
Dr Walton received her Doctorate in Optometry in 2011 from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. Following graduation she moved with her husband who is in the Navy to his new duty station in Italy. While in Italy, Dr. Walton worked at the U.S. Naval Hospital-Naples, Italy providing eye exams for active duty military members and their families. Additionally, she lectured as an adjunct professor at the Italian optometry school, Universitá Frederico II and served local communities by participating in multiple free eye-care clinics throughout Europe. After relocating to San Diego, CA, Dr. Walton opened Heights Optometry in her own neighborhood of Normal Heights in the spring of 2015. She is passionate about serving her community by delivering quality care, providing thorough eye examinations and educating her patients about the importance of routine eye health. Dr. Walton is committed to helping every patient see to the best of their ability. Dr. Walton is a participating member of the national, state and local Optometric Societies and volunteers locally to help patients with limited resources have access to eye exams and glasses.
Top Podiatrists in Orange County
The field of podiatry strives to prevent, diagnose, and treat the health of the lower legs and the feet. These areas of the body are significant as they grant us mobility and allow us to perform day-to-day tasks. Podiatrists ensure than common issues including calluses, warts, and plantar fasciitis are treated effectively to maintain proper pressure and support around the feet area.
Word of Health would like to recognize a few of these podiatrists for the wonderful work they have done in the Orange County area.
- Dr. Ebonie Vincent, D.P.M.
Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM is a highly trained foot and ankle surgeon in Orange County, California. She has extensive experience in the latest treatments for foot and ankle conditions and specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques, corrective and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, diabetic limb salvage, pediatric foot condition and sports medicine. Dr. Vincent is a native of Temecula, California yet completed her undergraduate education at Hampton University in Virginia, a Masters of Biomedical Science at Philadelphia college of osteopathic medicine in Philadelphia, Pa, and completed her Doctor of Podiatric medicine degree at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. She went on to complete a 3-year residency program at Inspira Health network in Vineland, New Jersey. Dr. Vincent has co- authored several research articles, with published articles in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT). She has won research awards for poster and oral presentations through research presented at Des Moines University. Dr. Vincent has been an athlete playing volleyball at the Division 1 collegiate level throughout her undergraduate education and she continues to lead an active lifestyle. She has a passion for preventative health care and mentorship. She is looking forward to returning to her home state of California and serving the people of Orange county.
2. Dr. David Petersen, D.P.M.
Dr. David Petersen was raised in Westminster, California where he graduated from La Quinta High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology from Brigham Young University in 1994. Dr. Petersen earned his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine in 1998 from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. He completed his residency training in podiatric medicine and foot surgery at the University of Southern California/L.A. County Hospital. He followed this with a 2 year fellowship in Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgery in Irvine, California. Dr. Petersen has practiced in Orange County since 1998 and is currently associated with the American, California, and Orange County Chapters of Podiatric Medical Associations. He is an Eagle Scout and loves playing basketball, soccer, and beach volleyball. He has coached soccer in AYSO, AYSO Extra and the Elite signature soccer league over the past 10 years. He also enjoys playing the piano and organ at his local church. He and his wife have four children.
3. Dr. Charles Baik, D.P.M.
Dr. Charles Baik is a board certified podiatric surgeon. His training includes reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, trauma surgery, diabetic foot management including diabetic wound care and limb salvage.The practice he took over in 2008 had been operating for over twenty years and has served the Tustin community well. Dr. Baik hopes to continue the care of the existing patients as well as welcome any and all new patients in the nearby areas.Dr. Baik aspires to help and give back to the nearby communities with podiatric education through presentations, volunteering at charity runs/walks as well as health fairs, and involving himself with local sports teams. When Dr. Baik is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, and reading books.
4. Dr. Philip Radovic, D.P.M.
Dr. Philip Radovic has been practicing foot and ankle surgery and podiatric medicines for 30 years in Orange County California. His main office is in San Clemente where he lives and has raised his three children with his wife Tracey. Dr. Radovic has been and continues to be one of the most outstanding foot and ankle physicians in the country. He has trained and mentored foot and ankle surgeons and sports medicine specialists for over twenty five years; many who successfully practice in Orange County around the world having benefited from his guidance after they completed three years of surgical residency training. He has been an elected leader by his peers and served on committees on virtually every hospital and surgery center in south Orange County. He is one of the very few triple board certified podiatric surgeons in the nation as well as podiatric sports medicine Fellow. Dr. Radovic has maintained an ethical practice, uninfluenced by commercial interests and yet is sought out by multinational medical societies, journals and pharmaceutical corporations for non-compensatory consultancy advice and guidance. Dr. Radovic specializes in revision of prior foot surgeries, Advanced Bunion Surgery, Non-Incision, Non-Surgical Heel Pain Treatment, Ankle Arthroscopy and Endoscopic Heel Surgery, as well as general foot/ankle care and complex surgery. He is published in internationally peer reviewed journals and holds several seminal medically related patents under license. Dr. Radovic has been a regular on-air consultant with the nationally syndicated The Doctors television show.
5. Dr. Elle Farajian, D.P.M.
Dr. Elle Farajian is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and is recognized as one of Orange County’s leading practitioners in both preventative and surgical care of the foot and ankle. She currently serves a the Vice Chief of the Surgery Department at the Huntington Beach Hospital. In private practice for the past fifteen years, she is often called the “doctor to the doctors” because of the way she combines her knowledge, experience and superior patient care. You can expect advanced treatment techniques, a famed bedside manner, and a truly dedicated doctor that will give you excellent care. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, she attended the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery in Miami, Florida, where she earned her doctorate degree. Dr. Farajian then completed a three-year post-doctorate training program in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Atlanta Veterans Medical Center, which included extensive non-surgical and surgical training in the diseases of the foot, ankle and lower leg.
6. Dr. Neil B. Mansdorf, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Dr. Neil Mansdorf, DPM, FACFAS has dedicated himself to providing the finest foot and ankle care available in Orange County. He is well trained and versed in all current therapeutic techniques in sports medicine, wound care and Board Certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and an Associate of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.Dr. Mansdorf received his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. He pursued two additional years of graduate training in Neuroscience at both the University of California, San Diego and the University of California, Los Angeles studying neuronal development of both the eye and ear. He subsequently received his medical degree from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. Dr. Mansdorf is the current President to the California Board of Podiatric Medicine. This is also a Governor Appointed position. The Medical Board’s mission is to protect consumers by setting and enforcing California laws based upon contemporary standards and to provide accurate and timely information that promotes sound consumer decision-making.
7. Dr. Douglas H. Richie, Jr., D.P.M.
Douglas Richie D.P.M. is certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Currently, Dr. Richie has faculty appointments at the California School of Podiatric Medicine (Oakland, Ca) as well as the Podiatric Medical School at Western University (Pomona, Ca). He is the Chairman of the Podiatric Medical Education Committee at the California School of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Richie has authored over 50 original articles published in respected medical journals and medical trade magazines. He has been an invited speaker at over 100 medical symposiums throughout the United States as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain and Australia. Dr. Richie’s past accomplishments include serving as a Board member and Past President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine for 7 years and also serving as Section Editor (Sports Medicine) for the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery for 10 years. Dr. Richie is a two-time winner of awards for original research given by the American Podiatric Medical Association. He is a recipient of the Richard Schuster Biomechanics Award given by the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He holds four U.S. Patents for inventions relating to footwear and ankle brace technologies. Dr. Richie continues full time clinical practice at two locations in Seal Beach and Los Alamitos, California. His practice focuses on sports injuries, chronic ankle deformities and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.
8. Dr. Mark Reed, D.P.M.
Podiatrist Dr. Mark Reed has more than 25 years experience and is board certified by the Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association. The Podiatrist has been at the same medical office located in the Placentia Linda Hospital Medical Building for since 1990. Dr. Reed finished his medical school training at the USC / L.A. County Medical Center. The Foot Doctor completed his residency at a joint program at UCSF and the San Francisco VA Medical Center — considered the top podiatry residency in the United States. In addition, Dr. Reed completed a fellowship at the Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Reed is active with community related activities and has been providing seminars and educational services to numerous organizations and companies through the years.
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