Many new physicians coming to Lompoc Valley Medical Center are unfamiliar with the area and need to spend a bit of time getting to know the Central Coast.

That’s not the case with Dr. Sheppard Peng, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Peng, Lompoc Health’s newest otolaryngologist, moved to Santa Maria at the age of 5. He’s a graduate of St. Joseph High School and previously played violin with the Pacific Conservatory Theatre.

Now established at Lompoc Health – North H Center, he treats patients with disorders of the ears, nose and throat, or ENT. It was a job in Santa Maria as a Medical Assistant for an ENT surgeon that sparked his interest in the field.

Dr. Sheppard Peng
Dr. Peng working at his desk

“The more involved you are in a problem, the more satisfaction you have when it’s resolved,” he says. “I believe as physicians, we bear a great deal of responsibility for a patient’s outcome. We have to have a holistic view of the patient’s situation as well as all the available tools to help. Overall, it’s the comprehensive experience that is very gratifying for me.” 

At Lompoc Health – North H Center, he’s off to a busy and exciting start. So far in Lompoc, he’s treated patients with sudden hearing loss, metastatic cancer, nasal obstruction, allergies, swallowing problems, dizziness and more.

“I couldn’t imagine a better transition,” says Dr. Peng, who also holds a Masters of Public Health. “I get the chance to streamline the workflow for patients and staff. I get to walk patients through the entire process.”

Dr. Peng is a newlywed, and his wife Mayra is a Physician Assistant associated with the hospitalist group working at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. She grew up in Grover Beach, and both of them knew how great it would be to work here.

“Lompoc is a small town; I like that lifestyle,” he says. “I did my residency in the small town of Joplin, Missouri. There’s more community, less traffic, you feel safer. People are so welcoming here.”

About the Author

Author: Nora Wallace, Public Relations

Nora Wallace was hired as LVMC’s Public Relations Coordinator in October 2014. She previously was employed as a newspaper reporter for 25 years at the Santa Barbara News-Press, primarily covering North County news. At LVMC, Nora is also responsible for the management of the Blue Coat hospital volunteers. She is a graduate of Santa Barbara City College and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism from San Francisco State University.

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