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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.

This office also provides Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pulmonology Services

Meet our Expert Team

Nicholas Slimack, MD

Nicholas Slimack, MD – Neurosurgery

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.

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Matthew Schreckinger, MD

Matthew Schreckinger, MD – Neurosurgery

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.

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Nicole Thompson, MSN, NP-C

Nicole Thompson, MSN, NP-C

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.

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Santa Maria Specialty Health Center

There is free parking in the spaces in front of the clinic and there is also street parking.

  • Tumors and neuro-oncology, including primary and metastatic tumors of the brain, spine
  • Hydrocephalus, including obstructive and normal pressure hydrocephalus
  • Neurotrauma and critical care, including traumatic brain and spinal cord injury and complex spinal fractures
  • Complex spine disorders, including herniated disc, radiculopathy, degenerative arthritis
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery 
  • Microdiscectomy 
  • Laminectomy 
  • Disc replacement
  • Spinal fusion 
  • SI joint fusion 
  • Kyphoplasty 
  • Pain pump insertion
  • Neurostimulator insertion
  • 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.

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • CenCal
  • Cigna
  • Coventry – First Health
  • Health Net
  • Healthsmart – Interplan
  • Medi-Cal
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan – Beech Street
  • Networks by Design
  • Tricare
  • TriWest
  • United Healthcare
  • Western Growers


What makes our Expert Team at Santa Maria Specialty Health Center stand out?

At Santa Maria Specialty Health Center we offer three specialties services. Neurosurgery, Pulmonology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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. 

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Dr. Matthew Schreckinger

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