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From great weather to award-winning schools, North County San Diego is our home sweet home. What really makes a community special, though, is neighbors taking care of each other. Our local communities are teeming with medical professionals – from dentists and orthodontists to general physicians and specialists – who live where they work and are dedicated to helping their neighbors stay healthy and happy. With cutting-edge technology, a wealth of experience, and human compassion, they spend each day making a difference. Outside of their offices, they might be cheering next to you on the bleachers, volunteering in the same classroom, or eating at the same restaurant on a Friday night. ZCode’s 2019 Medical and Health Professionals Issue is proud to introduce you to some of these local superstars.


UC San Diego Health – Encinitas

Company: UC San Diego Health – Encinitas
Address: 1505 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024
Website: health.ucsd.edu/encinitas
Phone: 800-926-8273

Pediatrics, Primary Care, and Express Care in Encinitas

ucsdencinitaslogoUC San Diego Health’s brand-new medical clinic is a one-stop shop for residents of Encinitas and surrounding communities. The new location, which opened in June, offers world-class care to patients of all ages in one convenient location.

Infants, children, and teenagers receive compassionate care from pediatricians through all their developmental stages in a supportive, family-friendly environment. “A new patient to my practice can expect to collaborate with me on the health of their child,” said pediatrician Dr. Robert Coles. “I want parents to be involved, to ask questions, and for us to walk through the process together.” Services offered include prenatal consultations, newborn care, well-baby and well-child visits, and coordination with pediatric specialists if needed.

(From left to right) Yewah Jung, DO, MPH; Robert Coles, MD; Benjamin Shleifer, MD; and Desiree Leithem, FNP-C

(From left to right) Yewah Jung, DO, MPH; Robert Coles, MD; Benjamin Shleifer, MD; and Desiree Leithem, FNP-C

Family medicine at UC San Diego Health offers providers who can care for the entire family, including children, adults, and seniors. With a model of care that is based on building personal relationships and putting patients first, physicians emphasize communication, shared decision-making, and accessibility. “Family doctors take care of the whole patient, not just the medical and clinical aspect of their lives,” said primary care physician and Encinitas medical director Dr. Yewah Jung. “I like to ask my patients how their day was and how their family is, because those are often very important factors in a patient’s health.”


Choosing UC San Diego Health for primary care also means that patients have access to an entire network of advanced specialty care. As a nationally recognized academic medical center, UC San Diego Health includes multidisciplinary teams of experts who can provide medical and surgical resources not offered in other settings or networks. Patients have access to the state-of-the-art Jacobs Medical Center hospital in La Jolla, as well as various specialty services in nearby offices in Encinitas, including cancer care, women’s health and obstetrics, orthopedics, urology, and more.


For common health care needs including coughs, colds, sore throats, ear infections, and simple fractures or sprains, as well as wellness visits for certain kinds of prescriptions or school health screenings, patients have a same-day access option with Express Care, available 12 hours a day, seven days a week. And with the Save My Spot feature, patients can check wait times online and save their spot in line so they spend less time at the clinic.

UC San Diego Health is an integral part of the local community as a member of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce and the North San Diego Business Chamber. Clinic leadership also includes Encinitas resident Desiree Leithem, nurse practitioner and director of advanced practice providers for UC San Diego Health. Her children go to school in Encinitas and participate in local YMCA and Little League activities.


All UC San Diego Health physicians and nurse practitioners are board certified and focused on the importance of accessible, personalized care. “I believe the patient and the doctor are part of a team,” said Dr. Jung. “My job is primarily to listen and figure out the tools to empower my patients to make healthy changes in their lives.”


Dr. Kami Hoss Improves the Teeth Straightening Process with Acceledontics™

Company: Acceledontics
Address: Multiple locations in San Diego County
Website: Acceledontics.com
Contact: acceledontics.com/contact/
Phone: 1-866-8-FASTER

thesuperdentist-acceledonticsThe Super Dentists’ Dr. Kami Hoss is transforming the dental experience for children and adults – orthodontics included. Traditional braces typically take years to straighten teeth and can cause decalcification and discomfort. Dr. Kami Hoss decided it was time to modernize braces, so with his team of orthodontists at The Super Dentists, he created Acceledontics™, a revolutionary five-step program designed to give patients a healthy bite and straighter teeth in as little as four months, along with a whiter smile in as little as four minutes. Using exclusive AADvance® braces hardware, Acceledontics™ can effectively correct all orthodontic issues such as rotated teeth, malocclusion (misalignment of upper and lower teeth), and overcrowded teeth. Acceledontics™ also incorporates professional whitening to keep teeth sparkling during and after treatment.

While traditional braces fill the mouth with metal brackets, wires, and elastics to move teeth into alignment, Acceledontics™ AADvance® braces and auxiliary devices are lightweight and self-adjusting, allowing teeth to move into alignment with less pressure. The self-adjustment element also results in a decreased likelihood of damaging teeth and roots.


There are no age limitations for patients to receive Acceledontics™, as long as they qualify for treatment. “Acceledontics™ is best for patients who have their permanent teeth and who enjoy good dental health and good overall health,” Dr. Kami Hoss said. “If a patient meets those criteria, whether they are 10 years old or 80 years old, they are likely to be a good candidate.” The average cost of Acceledontics™ is comparable to traditional braces, but patients complete their treatment in as little as four months, making it the perfect solution for an upcoming event such as prom or a wedding. “With Acceledontics™ you can have straight teeth up to 50 percent faster [than traditional braces],” said Dr. Kami Hoss. “And it will greatly reduce the amount of time you spend in the orthodontist’s chair.”

Patients can make an appointment for Acceledontics™ at four of The Super Dentists locations in San Diego: Carmel Valley, Eastlake, Kearny Mesa, and Oceanside. The Acceledontics™ offices work with almost all dental insurance, along with PPO insurance. For more information go to www.Acceledontics.com.


Sharp Rees-Stealy Del Mar

One of 22 Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers Countywide

A Healthy Family Starts With a Doctor You Can Trust

sharplogoManaging your family’s health care is not usually top of mind until a loved one is sick or you’ve had a life change. Choosing the right care can be overwhelming and confusing, but selecting a primary care doctor ahead of time helps ensure the best care for your family when the need arises.

A primary care doctor coordinates your family’s routine and specialty care. Finding the right doctor will depend on your unique needs. If you haven’t given much thought to this important decision, here’s a good place to start:


Decide which type of primary care doctor you want.
There are four types of primary care doctors:
Pediatricians care for children and adolescents.
Family medicine doctors treat the whole family, from infants to older adults.
Internal medicine doctors treat adults age 18 and up.
Internal medicine/pediatric doctors are board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics, and treat people of all ages.

sharp2Think about your personal preferences.
• Are you more comfortable with a male or female doctor?
• Do you want your doctor’s office close to your home or work?
• Do you need a doctor who speaks a language other than English?
• Which hospitals does the doctor admit to?

Consider convenience.
Many North County families that have busy schedules look for a doctor who offers a wide variety of ways to access care. These can include:
• Video and phone appointments.
• The convenience of a medical center where many services, such as pharmacy, lab, radiology, and urgent care, are all under one roof.
• Same-day appointments.
• After-hours pediatric care for when the kids are sick.
• The ability to securely manage your and your family’s health care online by messaging your doctor’s office, making appointments, viewing lab results, and more.

Confirm your insurance coverage.
When you find the ideal doctor, you’ll need to verify if they are in your health plan network. Call the number listed on your insurance card to confirm, and let your insurance carrier know you’ve selected that person as your new primary care doctor.

Sharp Rees-Stealy can help you navigate your options and make it easy to find a doctor. Plus, they accept almost all health insurance plans. Select your doctor at sharp.com/srsdoctor or by calling 858-264-2539.

Sharp Rees-Stealy Del Mar

Address: 2600 Via De La Valle, Suite 200, Del Mar, CA 92014
Phone: 858-264-2539
Website: sharp.com/srsdoctor
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Care You Need Under One Roof

• Primary and specialty care, including dermatology, OB-GYN, orthopaedics, and more
• Personalized care in a convenient, spa-like setting
• Lab, radiology, travel clinic, and more
• Same-day and after-hours appointments
• Video and phone visits
• FollowMyHealth® — a secure, online patient portal

Plus, urgent care and after-hours pediatric appointments nearby.


Drs. Robert Gramins and Albert Lin

Company: La Jolla Oral and Facial Surgery
Address: 7855 Fay Ave., Suite 240, La Jolla, CA 92037
Website: www.LJOFS.com
Email: info@LJOFS.com
Phone: 858-459-0862

Company: Boulder OMS
Address: 12630 Monte Vista Rd., Suite 205, Poway, CA 92064
Website: www.BoulderOMS.com
Email: info@BoulderOMS.com
Phone: 858-485-1290

boulderlogo-ljDrs. Robert Gramins and Albert Lin grew up in Chicago, where they both attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Dr. Gramins was commissioned as an officer in the Dental Corps and after his service returned to Chicago to Loyola University Medical Center for his oral and maxillofacial residency. Dr. Lin went on to Northwestern University Medical Center for his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency.

Both doctors love being part of their San Diego communities and are committed to supporting youth sports, the arts, and local charities. Their young children are active in Little League, and it’s not uncommon to find them cheering on (or even coaching) their teams.


Both Dr. Gramins and Dr. Lin are specially trained in facial trauma reconstruction, orthognathic jaw surgery, placement of dental implants, and removal of wisdom teeth. They are also among a select group of oral surgeons licensed by the State of California to perform cosmetic facial procedures.

Because of their expertise in facial trauma, they have been selected as the oral and facial surgeons to the San Diego Gulls hockey team and attend home games to treat players when and if injuries arise.

Drs. Gramins and Lin are committed to providing the absolute best care in the most comfortable setting at both of their San Diego-based practices.

With safety being of utmost importance, Boulder OMS and La Jolla Oral and Facial Surgery are both AAAHC accredited. Every three years, the practices and staff participate in a rigorous third-party survey to ensure adherence to the highest standards in safety and patient care.

Dr. Gramins is an avid golfer, skier, and vintage car enthusiast. He lives in 4S Ranch with his wife Jennifer and their son. Dr. G, as he’s known to many of his patients, is an active supporter of March of Dimes, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Las Patronas, ALZ San Diego, and numerous local high school and community sports teams.

“Jen and I are honored to give back to our community and to so many organizations whose missions we care deeply about.” – Dr. Robert Gramins

Dr. Lin loves to snowboard and enjoys traveling with his wife Christy and their two children to hit the slopes. Dr. Lin actively supports the arts and has given generously to local dance groups and high school performance teams, in addition to the Oral Cancer Society and ALZ San Diego.

Drs. Gramins and Lin aim to provide a positive experience for each patient, from consultation to follow-up. Both doctors achieve tremendous results by utilizing the latest techniques and best treatment options for every patient. Learn more at www.LJOFS.com or www.BoulderOMS.com.


Arch Health Medical Group

Company: Arch Health Medical Group
Address: Multiple locations throughout North County
Website: www.ArchHealth.org

archhealthlogoWorld-Class Health Care in Your Backyard

Arch Health Medical Group has a world-class reputation for its orthopedics and cardiology programs. People come from all over the world to get treated by our specialists for hip, knee, and joint replacements and heart procedures. What you may not know is Arch Health Medical Group also has some of the finest specialists in a variety of other fields, including dermatology; ear, nose, and throat; family medicine; gastroenterology; internal medicine; ophthalmology; optometry; pediatrics; pulmonology; rheumatology; sleep medicine; and sports medicine.

As affiliates of Palomar Health, Arch Health specialists also have access to the Mayo Clinic Care Network, the number one-ranked health system in the world. Palomar Health-affiliated physicians are the only physicians in Southern California with access to Mayo Clinic expertise.

Arch’s 83 providers focus on offering superior patient experience and the highest quality care by treating patients as members of the Arch family, helping them come to their own best solutions of care.


A great example of the type of physician you will meet at Arch is Dr. Young Lee. Recognized as a Palomar Health Physician of the Year, Dr. Lee is a practicing general and interventional cardiologist in Poway and Escondido. His care ranges from treating clogged arteries to rhythm disorders, coronary artery disease, and heart failure.

“You have to customize treatment to not only the medical issue but to the patient’s own beliefs.” ~ Dr. Lee

He prioritizes informed and shared decision-making with his patients to make them aware of their own medical issues. He does this by explaining complex information in ways the patient will understand by laying out the pros and cons of each treatment option. “You have to customize treatment to not only the medical issue but to the patient’s own beliefs,” Dr. Lee said.

To start your journey to better health with Arch Health Medical Group, please visit www.ArchHealth.org.


Laura Greenlee Johnson, DVM

Company: Santaluz Animal Care
Address: 14677 Via Bettona, Ste. 105, San Diego, CA 92127
Website: www.SantaluzAnimalCare.com
Email: office@SantaluzAnimalCare.com
Phone: 858-258-5590

Dreaming Big for Small Animal Caresantaluzlogo

Santaluz Animal Care Provides Progressive, Innovative Service for Pets and Their Humans

Top-notch medical care is key to keeping our families healthy and happy – and that goes for our four-legged family members too. That’s why San Diego native Dr. Laura Greenlee Johnson grew up dreaming of becoming a small animal veterinarian. She’s worked with both human and animal patients over the course of her education and career. After graduating from University of California San Diego’s Muir College, Laura worked for several years as part of a team conducting cardiovascular health research in children through early school intervention programs, while also completing a master’s degree in exercise physiology.

At 28 years of age, Laura decided it was time to follow her childhood dreams and ventured off to the Caribbean to the island of St. Kitts in order to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She thrived there and even earned the seventh-semester achievement award for her class, which is given to the top student at the end of their final semester of the pre-clinical portion of studies in St. Kitts before heading off to the full clinical year at another U.S. veterinary school. Laura attended Washington State University for her senior clinical year of veterinary school and embraced the change of living in and exploring Washington, Oregon, and Idaho during this fast-paced and intensive portion of her veterinary education.


Dr. Greenlee, as she was known by for the next 14 years while working at All Creatures Hospital, Inc. in Del Mar as an associate veterinarian, married her husband Brian Johnson, a longtime Fairbanks Ranch resident, in 2010 in Rancho Santa Fe. They started a family, which now consists of three boys: Nate (8) and Luke and Blake (4-year-old twins).

In 2018, Laura decided it was time to follow her next dream and embarked on the journey to establish her own veterinary clinic. After 16 years of practicing, Laura had established a vision of what she felt an ideal veterinary clinic would be like. She’s worked hard to bring that vision to life at Santaluz Animal Care (SAC).

SAC provides general practice veterinary medicine, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery (including spays, neuters, mass removals, and other basic procedures), and orthopedic and specialty surgeries can be scheduled at SAC with a mobile board-certified surgeon. The practice specializes in the care of dogs, cats, and some exotics including rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, and reptiles. SAC treats sick pets and handles veterinary emergencies, as well as focusing on preventative medicine and wellness visits. The office offers a variety of prescription dietary options and medicines onsite and through their competitively-priced online pharmacy.

In addition to these traditional services, SAC also offers complementary therapies (alternative medicine), including acupuncture, Chinese veterinary medicine, cold laser therapy, and regenerative medicine. Dr. Johnson and her highly trained staff also use diagnostic tools that are progressive and unique, such as digital thermal imaging, stance analysis, abdominal ultrasound, and digital radiography, as well as digital dental radiography. “The breadth of our offerings, as well as the Fear Free approach to our patients and true quality customer service, is what sets us apart and goes above and beyond the standard veterinary practice experience,” explained Dr. Johnson.

Laura’s team members flocked to join her clinic’s staff upon reading about the clinic’s vision in the job descriptions. They are now a cohesive unit, and the clinic’s dream is now their dream job too. “We can’t wait to show you and your furry family members around our Fear Free-inspired, sPAW-like, gorgeous veterinary clinic,” shared Laura. “Oh – and I almost forgot – we also offer full-service pet grooming on site!”


Children’s Primary Care Medical Group

Company: Children’s Primary Care Medical Group
Established: 1995
Phone: 858-502-1177
Website: www.CPCMG.net

cpcmglgooFind the best pediatric healthcare for your family with Children’s Primary Care Medical Group (CPCMG), the region’s only health network focused solely on children and their health and well-being. Since its inception 23 years ago, CPCMG has grown to include more than 130 pediatricians and certified pediatric nurse practitioners working in 29 offices located throughout San Diego and Riverside counties.

CPCMG offers patient-focused, family-centered pediatric healthcare for children from birth to age 18. This includes well visits, developmental screening and guidance, camp and sports physicals, immunizations, weight management and nutrition tips, behavioral consultations, and teen healthcare. CPCMG also offers a complimentary prenatal visit for parents-to-be, providing the opportunity to meet their new pediatrician.


Scheduling an appointment is easy and convenient thanks to after-hours and weekend appointments. The patient portal, MyChart, offers secure online access to your child’s medical records and the ability to manage appointments, check test results, communicate with your pediatrician, and request prescription refills. CPCMG’s Nurse Care Connect program links you to pediatric registered nurses who are available Monday through Friday to provide advice and guidance. After-hours telephone triage care and extended care visits are also available.

CPCMG pediatricians are board-certified with the American Board of Pediatrics, representing their ongoing commitment to the health and the well-being of children. In addition, CPCMG maintains close relationships with the pediatric specialists at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego to coordinate patient referrals and follow up when specialty care is needed.

Find the best pediatrician in your neighborhood by visiting www.CPCMG.net or calling the CPCMG Welcome Center at 858-502-1177. See you soon!