Dr. Michael Ashnin

in Staff Spotlight

Dr. Michael Ashnin is the son of a nurse. His late wife was a nurse. He is the father of a nurse. And as he put himself through medical school, he too was a nurse. In his family are many medical professionals – nurses, doctors, and dentists. He was born and raised in the medical world. The native of Latvia – a country on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia – earned his medical degree from the Latvian Medical Academy.

Amy Misner

in Staff Spotlight

A year after graduating Lompoc High School, Amy Misner was working in the LVMC cafeteria, serving meals and staffing the cash register.

She met her future husband that way, and also found a career. One day while working at the register, a coworker stopped by and mentioned she was leaving her job as a hospital phlebotomist and asked Amy whether she’d be interested in applying for the position.

Dr. Hossam Gamal, PharmD - Pharmacy Director

in Staff Spotlight

I might seem born to become Director of Pharmacy at LVMC – my grandfather, father, brother, and sister are pharmacists. The native of Cairo, Egypt, grew up following my father Amer Gamal Amer to work at the family’s pharmacy, learning about the ways of medicine. Then one day while exploring around the shop, I found an ornate diploma for my grandfather’s degree of pharmacy – and learned that my own father had once explored around my own father’s pharmacy as a youngster. 

Vince Moya, CCU Monitor Tech

in Staff Spotlight

As he sits in the central nursing hub of Lompoc Valley Medical Center's (LVMC) Critical Care Unit (CCU), the hands of Telemetry Technician Vince Moya never stop moving. Moya is seated between two computer screens, each listing names of patients and critical medical information such as cardiac rhythm, blood pressure, oxygen saturation level and more.

Staff Educator, Melinda DeHoyos

in Staff Spotlight

In-service days, staff development and better orientation training for new nurses are some of the ways LVMC’s new nurse educator is making an impact. I'm Melinda DeHoyos, and my 20-hour a week position combines my clinical background with a desire to teach and expand the education of the nursing staff. I keep nurses up-to-date with the most relevant Evidence-Based Practice information – in order to provide safe, effective care.

Summer Janklow

in Staff Spotlight

When presented with the blank canvas of designing the interior of the newly constructed Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Summer Janklow saw it as an opportunity to repay all the gifts she’d been given in her life.