Dr. Peng examining Patient
Dr. Sheppard Peng - Finding Familiar Ground on the Central Coast

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.

LVMC
LVMC Hospitalist Saves Life Mid-flight

Dr. Srinivas Vuthoori, LVMC Co-Chair of Internal Medicine and CEO of V2Health, wasn’t expecting much excitement on his American Airlines flight from Miami to Las Vegas this week. But luckily, Dr. Vuthoori was in the proverbial “right place at the right time” when a fellow passenger went into medical distress.

Iris Radler, MD
Doctor Spotlight: Iris Radler, MD

After experiencing minus 45-degree cold in Wisconsin, and searing 122-degree heat in Phoenix, Dr. Iris Radler is looking forward to starting her OB/GYN practice in the more temperate climate of Lompoc.

Dr. Bakir
Childhood Illness Led Dr. Bakir To Pediatrics

Dr. Mohammad Bakir has lived in New York for the past three years, completing his medical residency at a Brooklyn hospital.

Dr. Tettin
Dr. Trettin: Returning Home as a Healer

Lompoc Valley Medical Center - Emergency Department physician Dr. James Trettin acknowledges that his father’s career might have influenced his own decision to pursue medical school.

Dr. Silkman
Dr. Silkman: Trading Science for Healthcare

If you follow the career progression that brings Dr. Lee Silkman to Lompoc Health — North Third Center, you should begin at a small clinic in Honduras. It was there that the University of Vermont environmental sciences major had her first exposure to working one-on-one in a healthcare setting.

Nancy Mutoro, MD
Doctor Spotlight: Nancy Mutoro, MD

Dr. Nancy Mutoro was looking for a place to practice medicine, she considered the importance of working for a facility that treats people like individuals, rather than a number. With that philosophy driving her, she found Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

V2 Health
V2 Health: Caring for the Community

Patients being treated in Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC)’s 60-bed acute care hospital now have their care managed by hospitalists, known as “V2 Health.” The two “V’s” in that name is Dr. Dushyant Viswanathan and Dr. Srinivas Vuthoori. Both internal medicine physicians began working together several years ago in various medical facilities in Palm Desert, before moving to the Central Coast. The physicians, who are joined by Dr. Daryl Chestney, have been handling hospital cases since Aug. 1.

Dr. Dushyant Viswanathan
Dr. Dushyant Viswanathan

Dushyant Viswanathan, MD, a dual board-certified integrative internal medicine and hospital medicine specialist had one purpose in bringing his service to Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Hospital; “We want to create a culture that will ultimately serve the community,” said the physician known as Dr. DV.

Dr. Srinivas Vuthoori
Dr. Srinivas Vuthoori

Dr. Srinivas Vuthoori, or Dr. V as he is called, has worked in large hospitals, and in managed care practices with thousands of patients. “I was a hospitalist before I knew what a hospitalist was,” the internist says.

 Dr. David Cortese
A New Orthopaedist Comes to Town

Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Physician Services welcomes Dr. David Cortese to the facility on Third Street, where he will provide a full range of Orthopaedic services to the community. Dr. Cortese is a fellow of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has additional fellowship training in Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Gill, Orthopedic Surgeon
Our Community's Fix-It Doctor

In his practice, he surgically repairs and replaces knees and hip joints repairs fractures and takes care of orthopedic ailments. “That’s one of the nice things about practicing and living in Lompoc,” the orthopedic surgeon muses. “There’s obviously things you sacrifice, not only on a personal level but a professional level, but it’s still the personal relationships you develop that are the most rewarding things. People trust you with their lives. That has an impact on me. It’s priceless.”