HealthBreak


Dignity Health is pleased to provide the Central Coast community with an exciting project called HealthBreak – a weekly health care program airing on KSBY and CW evening news.

HealthBreak focuses on pertinent health care topics, procedures, and treatments found right here on the Central Coast. Each weekly segment features a Dignity Health affiliated physician which specializes in the presented topic.

Connect directly with our HealthBreak doctors and learn more by using our Find a Doctor online-search feature or by calling 805.270.2513.

This Week’s Featured HealthBreak

Gallbladder Surgery
Daryl Reid, MD, General Surgery and Trauma, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses gallbladder surgery.

HealthBreak Video Archive


Please click on the links below to view the episodes or watch this introduction.

Arthritis

Arthritis in Back of Thumb
Han Soo Kim, MD, Hand Surgeon, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses arthritis in the back of the thumb.

Acute Rehabilitation

Acute Rehabilitation Center
Julia Bryson, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Acute Rehabilitation Center, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, discusses the value of the Acute Rehabilitation Center.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism
Dr. Debra Balke, Pediatric Neurologist, and Dr. Laurie Ferguson, Clinical Psychologist, discuss the symptoms of autism and how early intervention has the best prognosis.

Bariatric

Complex Bariatric Cases and Revisions
Edward Felix, MD, FACS, Senior Bariatric Consultant & Surgeon for Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses complex bariatric cases and revisions.

Evolution of the Bariatric Program
David Maccabee, MD, FACS, Director of Bariatric Surgery for Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses the evolution of the bariatric program.

Gastric Bypass
Carol McCloskey, MD, FACS, Bariatric Surgeon, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses gastric bypass surgery.

Weight Loss Surgery
Dr. David Maccabee, Director of Bariatric Surgery, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses weight loss surgery.

Weight Loss Surgery Institute of the Central Coast (WLSICC) Team Approach
David Maccabee, MD, FACS, Director, Weight Loss Surgery Institute, Weight Loss Surgery Institute of the Central Coast (WLSICC), discusses the team approach of WLSICC.

Cardiology

3D Echo
Alex Harrison, MD, Director of Non-Invasive Cardiovascular, discusses 3D Echo.

Electrophysiology
Brett A. Gidney, MD, Electrophysiologist, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses electrophysiology.

Electrophysiology Options
Chris Porterfield, MD, French Hospital Medical Center Electrophysiologist explains how electrophysiology offers better treatment options.

Heart Attack and STEMI Protocol
Samir N. Bhatt, MD, FACC, Director of Invasive Cardiology Services, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses heart attack and the STEMI protocol.

Heart Failure  
Dignity Health Cardiologist Dr. Andrea Tackett, discusses heart failure. 

Marian Heart Center
Mark L. Ginkel, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Director of Cardiovascular Services, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses the importance of the Marian Heart Center.

Marian Heart Center's Advanced Technology
Jason Choi, MD, Cardiologist, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses the advanced technology of the Marian Heart Center.

Peripheral Vascular Intervention
Bruce A. Ourieff, MD, Cardiovascular and Peripheral Intervention, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses peripheral vascular intervention.

Preventive Cardiology
Dr. Alex Harrison, Director of Non-Invasive Cardiovascular, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses cardiovascular diseases.

Shortness of Breath
Peter Thom, MD, Cardiology, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses causes of shortness of breath.

TAVR Accomplishments for French Hospital Medical Center
Robert Doria, MD, FACC, Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses TAVR accomplishments for French Hospital.

TAVR Capabilities
Mark Bocchicchio, MD, Interventional Cardiology, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses TAVR capabilities.

TAVR Aortic Valve Replacement
Dignity Health Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Robert J. Doria discusses the TAVR procedure for Aortic Valve Replacement.

TAVR Team Approach
Lorianna Fletcher, MD, MPH, FACC, Cardiologist, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses the TAVR Team Approach.

STEMI 
Dignity Health Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Robert Doria explains why it is important that everyone knows the signs and symptoms of this type of heart attack.

Dentistry

Frenotomy
David Cottrell, DDS, Pediatric Dentist, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses frenotomy.

Pediatric Dentistry
Keith Tam, DDS, Pediatric Dentist, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses pediatric dentistry.

Ear, Nose and Throat

Allergy Treatments
Zach Vandegriend, MD, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses allergy treatments.

Parathyroid Surgery
Rick Wikholm, MD, FACS, MS, Otolaryngology, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses parathyroid surgery.

Emergency Department

Family Care Clinic in Lompoc
Dr. Dale Ekstrum, Board Certified Family Practice, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses the Family Care Clinic in Lompoc.

Inpatient Palliative Care
Larry Foreman, DO, Medical Director, Palliative Care Services, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses inpatient palliative care.

Marian's Level III Trauma Center
Joseph Centeno, MD, FACS, General, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses Marian's Level III Trauma Center

Palliative Care
Shauna Conry, MD, FACEP, Palliative Care Specialist, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses palliative care.

Truven Top 100 Hospital in the Nation
Alan Iftiniuk, President and CEO, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses the Truven Top 100 Hospital in the Nation award.

Ultrasound - Musculoskeletal Pain
Dr. Phillip Zinni III, Primary Care, Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Medicine, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses ultrasound imaging.

General Surgery

Barrett's Esophagus - Barrx
Igor Nastaskin, MD, Gastroenterologist, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses Barrett's Esophagus - Barrx

Gallbladder Surgery
Daryl Reid, MD, General Surgery and Trauma, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses gallbladder surgery.

Hand Surgery
Han Soo Kim, MD, FACS, FAACS, Hand Surgeon, discusses hand surgery.

Minimally-Invasive Surgery
Daniel Oh, MD, FACS, General Surgeon at Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses minimally invasive surgery.

Misconceptions about Anesthesia
Scott Smelser, MD, Co-Director, Anesthesia, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses the misconceptions of anesthesia.

Pre-Evaluation for Anesthesia
Ted Burdumy, MD, MBA, Medical Director, Anesthesia, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses pre-evaluation for anesthesia.

Robotic Knee Reconstruction
Marc Weise, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, discusses robotic knee reconstruction.

Robotic Surgery for Urologic Cancer
Dr. Samuel Kieley, Urologist at Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses robotic-assisted surgery. 

Stroke
Dr. Joseph Centeno, General, Vascular and Thoraric Surgery, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses stroke.

Total Joint Knee Surgery
Tom Ferro, MD, FAAOS, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, discusses total joint knee surgery and rapid recovery.

Hospice

Hospice
Dr. Michael Schrager, Medical Director for Dignity Health Hospice at Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses hospice care in the patient's home.

Imaging

Coronary Artery Risk Assessment
Fred S. Vernacchia, MD, Medical Director of the San Luis Diagnostic Center, discusses the coronary artery risk assessment.

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
Fred Vernacchia, MD, Medical Director, San Luis Diagnostic Center, discusses digital breast tomosynthesis.

French Hospital's GE Optima 660 CT
Jaywant Parmar, MD, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses the GE Optima 660 CT.

Mammography
Monica Rocco, MD, Medical Director, Breast Care Center, Mission Hope Cancer Center, discusses mammography.

MRI Technology
Steven Sonnabend, MD, Medical Director of Imaging Services, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses MRI technology.

Osteoporosis
Dr. Mary Oates, Medical Director, Marian Osteoporosis Center, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses osteoporosis.

Nasal Care

Comprehensive Nasal Care
Zach VandeGriend, MD, Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses comprehensive nasal care.

Neurology

Marian’s Level III Trauma Center and Treatment of Spinal Injuries
Nicolas P. Slimack, MD, Neurosurgeon, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses Marian Hospital’s Level III Trauma Center and treatment of spinal injuries.

Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery
Dr. Alan Edleman, Neurologic Surgeon at Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses minimally-invasive spine surgery.

Neurosurgery
Nicholas P. Slimack, MD, Neurosurgery, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses neck and back pain options.

OB/GYN

Birthing Experience at French Hospital Medical Center 
Michele Whitt, MD, MBA, FACOG, for Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses the birthing experience at French Hospital Medical Center.

DaVinci Robot Benefits
Kenneth Park, DO, OBGYN, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses DaVinci Robot Benefits.

Diabetes and Pregnancy
Daniele Feldman, MD, FACOG, Maternal Fetal Medicine, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses diabetes and pregnancy.

Gestational Diabetes
Mitchell Adler, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses gestational diabetes.

Hematuria Treatment
Kenneth Park, DO, OBGYN, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses hematuria treatment.

High Risk Pregnancy Diabetes and High Blood Pressure
Larry Shields, MD, Director of Perinatal Services, Marian Regional Medical Center, discussed high risk pregnancy diabetes and high blood pressure.

Integrative Pregnancy Care
Anne Kennard, DO, OBGYN, Integrative Medicine, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses integrative pregnancy care.

Marian Maternal and Newborn Center
Dr. Elaine Yin, Chair of Prenatal Department, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses the Maternal and Newborn Center.

Marian's Perinatal Center
Larry Shields, MD, Director of Perinatal Services, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses Marian's Perinatal Center.

OB/GYN Care Philosophy
Eric Colton, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses OB/GYN care philosophy.

Pelvic Injury Caused by Childbirth
Arthur I. Segal, MD, Gynecology, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses pelvic injury caused by childbirth.

Pelvic Pain
Dr. Carol Karamitsos, OBGYN, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses pelvic pain.

Preeclampsia
Stephanie Lin, MD, Maternal Fetal Medicine, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses preeclampsia.

San Luis Obispo's Perinatal Center
Daniele Feldman, MD, FACOG, Maternal Fetal Medicine, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses the San Luis Obispo Perinatal Center.

Oncology

Breast Cancer
Deborah Villa, MD, Hematology and Oncology, SLO Oncology and Hematology Health Center, discusses breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Services at Mission Hope Cancer Center
April Kennedy, MD, Hematologist, Oncologist, Mission Hope Cancer Center, discusses breast cancer services at Mission Hope Cancer Center.

Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Gary Donath, MD, Plastic Surgery, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, discusses breast reconstruction surgery.

Breast Surgery
Monica Rocco, MD, FACS, Director of Breast Cancer Program, Mission Hope Cancer Center, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses breast surgery.

Breast Tomosynthesis
Monica Rocco, MD, Director of Breast Cancer Program, Mission Hope, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses breast tomosynthesis.

Cancer Center Clinical Trials
April Kennedy, MD, Hematology and Oncology, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses Mission Hope Cancer Center Clinical Trials.

Cancer Rehabilitation Program
Robert Dichmann, MD, Medical Oncology, Mission Hope Cancer Center, discusses the cancer rehabilitation program.

Cancer Survivorship Services
Cheryl Decker, MD, FACEP, Director of Survivorship and Supportive Care, Mission Hope Cancer Center, discusses cancer survivorship services.

Cancer Treatment at the San Luis Obispo Oncology & Hematology Health Center
Brian DiCarlo, MD, Hematology/Oncology, French Hospital Medical Center discusses cancer treatment at the San Luis Obispo Oncology & Hematology Health Center.

Colon Cancer
Robert Dichmann, MD, Medical Director, Mission Hope Cancer Center, discusses colon cancer.

Danger of the Sun's Ultraviolet Rays
Ping Tsao, MD, FACS, Plastic Surgeon, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses the danger of the sun's ultraviolet rays on human skin.

Facial Skin Cancer
Zach VandeGriend, MD, Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses facial skin cancer.

Gynecologic Oncology
Christopher Lutman, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, Mission Hope Cancer Center, discusses gynecologic oncology.

Hearst Cancer Resource Center
Tom Vendegna, MD, Pulmonary & Critical Care Specialist, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses the Hearst Cancer Resource Center.

Mission Hope Cancer Center
April Kennedy, MD, Hematology and Oncology, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses the importance of the Mission Hope Cancer Center.

Mission Hope Cancer Center - Screening Tool for Cancer Risk
Cheryl Decker, MD, FACEP, Director, Survivorship and Supportive Care, Mission Hope Cancer Center, discusses the screening tool for cancer risk.

Mission Hope Cancer Center - Tumor Board of Cancer Specialists
Robert Dichmann, MD, Medical Oncology, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses the cancer tumor board of cancer specialists.

Oncology Clinical Trials
Brian DiCarlo, MD, Director of Clinical Research, SLO Oncology, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses oncology clinical trials.

Skin Cancer
Ping Tsao, MD, FACS, Plastic Surgery, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses Skin Cancer.

Tomosynthesis
Monica Rocco, MD, Director of Breast Cancer Program, Mission Hope, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses tomosynthesis.

Treating Cancer
David Palchak, MD, Medical Oncology, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, discusses treating cancer.

Women's Cancer Services
April Kennedy, MD, Hematologist, Oncologist, Mission Hope Cancer Center, discusses women's cancer services.

Ophthalmology

Cataract Lens Implants
Spencer Rogers, MD, Ophthalmology, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses cataract lens implants.

Cataracts
Dr. Terry Kaiura, Ophthalmology, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses cataracts.

Glaucoma and iStent
Larry Baldwin, MD, Ophthalmology and Glaucoma, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses Glaucoma and iStent.

Treating Strabismus
Rena Stathacopoulos, MD, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses treating strabismus.

Orthopedics

Anatomy of Hand Nerves
Han Soo Kim, MD, Hand Surgeon, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses the anatomy of hand nerves.

Anterior Hip Replacement
William Sima, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses Anterior Hip Replacement.

Hip Pain Treatment
James Kasper, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses hip pain treatment.

Partial Knee Replacement Using MAKOplasty
Dignity Health Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Tom Ferro discusses this minimally-invasive MAKOplasty procedure to help alleviate knee pain.

Rotator Cuff Tear
Rotator Cuff pain is common in people of all ages and is typically caused by overuse.  Dr. Sean Devine, an Orthopedic Surgeon for Dignity Health, explains your treatment options and some exciting breakthroughs in this area.

Shoulder Pain
Jeff Spoo, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses shoulder pain and treatment.

Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Marc Weise, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, discusses shoulder replacement surgery.

Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery
James Kasper, MD, Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgeon, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses involvement in many local sports programs, and when necessary, how orthopedic surgery can benefit.

Total Knee Replacement
Dignity Health Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Michael Laird discusses how a total knee replacement can improve the quality of your life.

Total Shoulder Replacement
N. Birrell Smith, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses Total Shoulder Replacement.

Pediatrics

Pediatric Asthma
Ricardo Flores, MD, Pediatric Pulmonary and Critical Care, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses pediatric asthma.

Pediatric Leukemia - 1
Mary Mott Okimoto, MSN, PNP, Nurse Practitioner, SLO Oncology & Hematology Health Center, discusses pediatric leukemia.

Pediatric Leukemia - 2
Mary Mott Okimoto, MSN, PNP, Nurse Practitioner, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses pediatric leukemia.

Pediatric Sleep Disorder
Richard Wikholm, MD, MS, FACS, Sleep Medicine and Otolaryngology, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses pediatric sleep disorder.

Plastic Surgery

Breast Reconstruction
Dignity Health Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wally Hosn explains the various options for breast reconstruction.

Breast Reduction Surgery
Dignity Health Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ke-Ping Tsao, discusses breast reduction surgery.

Podiatry

Podiatry Innovation
Julie Chatigny, DPM, Podiatric Foot & Ankle Surgeon, French Hospital Medical Center, discussed podiatry innovation.

Primary Care

Augmedix and Google Glass Technology
Matthew Talarico, MD, Family Physician, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses the benefits of Augmedix and Google Glass Technology.

Critical Reasons to See Your Primary Care Physician (PCP) Annually After Age 50
Wendy Weiss, DO, Family Medicine, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, discusses critical reasons why people should see their primary care physician (PCP) annually after age 50.

Marian's Residency Program
Rick McClaflin, MD, Director, Marian Family Residency, Marian Regional Medical Center, discusses Marian's Residency Program.

Pacific Central Coast Health Centers Family Care
Thomas M. Dawes, Jr., MD, Family Physician, Pacific Central Coast Health Centers, discusses family care at the Pacific Central Coast Health Centers.

Primary Care Physician
Margaret Greenough, MD, Family Medicine, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses the importance of a family physician.

Research and Expansion

Clinical Trials
Mary Oates, MD, Research Director, Central Coast, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses clinical trials.

French Hospital Expansion Projects
Alan Iftiniuk, President and CEO, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses expansion projects at French Hospital.

SIM Lab at French Hospital Medical Center
Jill Urmy, MSN, RN, Clinical Educator, French Hospital Medical Center, discusses the SIM lab at French Hospital Medical Center.

Urology

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Chris Johnson, MD, Urologist, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).

Urinary Incontinence
Over 25 million Americans experience urinary incontinence and 80% are women. Dignity Health's Board Certified Urologist, Dr. Bret Lebed, discusses treatment options.

Urinary Tract Infection
Brett Lebed, MD, Urologist and Female Pelvic Health Specialist, Dignity Health Central Coast, discusses urinary tract infection.