Santa Maria Specialty Health Center – Neurosurgery
Santa Maria Specialty Centers’ Neurosurgery team provides general and specialized neurosurgical care for treatment of brain, spine and nervous system disorders. Our team of neurosurgeons use advanced techniques such as: Endoscopic neurosurgery, Stereotactic and micro-neurosurgery and Minimally invasive surgery.
Our neurosurgeons use the most advanced techniques: minimally invasive, micro and endoscopic neurosurgery. We offer the latest in neurological treatments. We are accepting referrals for new patients.
Dr Slimack was born and raised in Illinois. He went to Swarthmore College in Philadelphia, then went on to medical school at Loyola University and completed his residency training at Northwestern University. He received his Fellowship training at Spine Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and is Board Certified in Neurosurgery. He has resided on the Central Coast with his family since 2013. Dr. Slimack’s care philosophy is to provide effective, quality care to the people of the Central Coast.
Matthew Schreckinger, MD, completed Neurological and Advanced Spine Surgery training at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center. He earned his Medical Doctorate at University of Massachusetts and received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University. His commitment to Neurosurgery and patients includes active involvement in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and North American Spine Society. Dr. Schreckinger specializes in Neurological Surgery for spine, back and neck disorders as well as for disorders of the brain.
He is skilled in the most up-to-date minimally-invasive procedures and traditional surgery. Dr. Schreckinger’s expertise includes: Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Fusion, Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion, Cervical disk replacement (arthroplasty), Spinal reconstructive surgery, Brain surgery and brain tumor surgery, Back surgery, and Herniated disk surgery.
Nicole Thompson, MSN, NP-C, grew up on the East Coast and received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing from George Mason University in 2010. She worked as a nurse across multiple specialties while doing traveling nursing. In 2019 she graduated with a Master's of Science degree in Nursing. She is a board certified Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and RNFA caring for patients in the clinic and assisting the surgeons in the operating room.
Cerebrovascular disorders, including stroke, carotid artery stenosis and intracranial hemorrhage
Tumors and neuro-oncology, including primary and metastatic tumors of the brain, spine, peripheral nerves, skull base and pituitary
Hydrocephalus, including obstructive and normal pressure hydrocephalus
Neurotrauma and critical care, including traumatic brain and spinal cord injury and complex spinal fractures
Palmar hyperhidrosis and intraventricular tumors
Pain, including trigeminal neuralgia and peripheral neuropathy
Complex spine disorders, including herniated disck, radiculopathy, degenerative arthritis and craniocervical junction anomalies
Sacroiliac joint pain
Minimally invasive spine surgery
SI joint fusion
Pain pump insertion
Programmable shunting systems for hydrocephalus
Percutaneous discectomy, a surgical procedure for a herniated disc
Spinal instability instrumented fusion, a procedure to join together two or more vertebrae in the spine
Pacific Central Coast Health Centers contracts with most health insurance plans, including Medi-Cal, and provides health care services that fit your health plan benefits. If you have questions about the health insurance plans we accept, contact the office where you would like to be seen and our staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Our neurosurgeons treat spine, back and neck disorders as well as disorders of the brain. They are skilled in the most up-to-date minimally-invasive procedures and traditional surgery and are always accepting new patients.