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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.


Sharp Rees-Stealy Scripps Ranch

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 Scripps Ranch

Address: 10670 Wexford St., San Diego, CA 92131
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 allergy, dermatology, OB-GYN, sports medicine, and more
• Lab, radiology, optical, audiology, and hearing aid services, and more
• Same-day 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.


Dr. Susan Hong

Company: Dr. Susan Hong Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
Established: 2015
Address: 11848 Bernardo Plaza Ct., Suite 220, San Diego, CA 92128
Website: www.dentistRB.com
Email: info@dentistRB.com
Phone: 858-247-3020

susanhonglogoWhether in her warm, welcoming office or at home in the North County community, Dr. Susan Hong is committed to fostering lifelong relationships. Her patients’ needs and comfort are her highest priority, and she uses her years of expertise and cutting-edge technology to create lasting smiles.

Dr. Hong has practiced dentistry for nearly 20 years. A native New Yorker, she ran a private practice in downtown New York City and taught at Columbia University School of Dentistry before moving to San Diego. She spent 10 years practicing downtown before deciding she wanted to connect more closely with her North County community, where she lives in Rancho Peñasquitos with her husband and three children. She opened her Rancho Bernardo family and cosmetic dentistry practice in 2015, continuing to provide comprehensive, compassionate care with the highest-quality technology. Her office is equipped with heated massage chairs and televisions, and she offers sedation for anxious patients, but more importantly, her focus on the whole patient creates an effective, trust-based relationship.


A key part of that is staying up to date with the latest developments in dental care. Dr. Hong has recently implemented a new technology that allows for a radiation free way to examine teeth like never before. DEXIS CariVu is a new alternative to traditional X-rays that bathes individual teeth in near-infrared light while capturing live video and still images.

Because it photographs the tooth from multiple angles, CariVu is especially useful for discovering cracks and early-stage cavities, letting Dr. Hong recommend preventive measures and individualized treatment. “It is a wonderful adjunct to the technology that I already use in providing comprehensive care,” Dr. Hong shared, adding that CariVu is also beneficial for young children and pregnant women who want to avoid ionizing radiation.

Dr. Hong also offers Invisalign, laser periodontal treatment, metal-free restorations, implant restorations, and TMJ treatment. Learn more about Dr. Susan Hong Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at www.DentistRB.com.


Dr. Pegah Salami

Company: Serenity Dental Group
Address: 12396 World Trade Dr., Suite 208, San Diego, CA 92128
Website: www.SerenityDentalGroup.net
Email: info@SerenityDentalGroup.net
Phone: 858-673-1000

serenitylogoSerenity Dental Group was established by Dr. Pegah Salami with the philosophy of providing patients with excellent oral health care and advanced treatment in a relaxed and spa-like atmosphere, right here in her hometown. Dr. Salami grew up in San Diego and earned her B.A. at University of California San Diego, before graduating with honors from Boston University School of Dental Medicine. She is also a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, a prestigious title she earned through more than 500 hours of continuing education classes and passing the exam covering the seven disciplines of dentistry.

At Serenity Dental Group, Dr. Salami wanted patients to be comfortable and not feel like they were in a cold and clinical environment. In the waiting area, patients will find a beverage bar, massage chairs, and soothing aromatherapy. Patients can also hear the sounds of a water fountain in the courtyard. When patients are brought back to the dental chairs, they are given warm neck wraps and blankets. Each operatory has televisions on the ceiling, and patients are able to choose from a menu of movie options.


The services offered at Serenity Dental Group include general, cosmetic, and laser dentistry, Invisalign, implants, periodontics, oral surgery, endodontics, and sedation dentistry. The practice sees patients who reside throughout Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Escondido, Scripps Ranch, and Ramona and range in age from teenagers to those in their 60s and 70s.

Convenience is also an important aspect of oral health care at Serenity Dental Group. The practice provides same-day service for most procedures, allowing the patient to take minimal time off of work. In addition, the practice is dedicated to using the latest in dental technology and procedures, from Cerec technology on crowns, veneers, and implants, to laser technology to treat gum disease. Serenity Dental Group is also chartless and all digital, including the X-ray equipment.

Dr. Salami and her husband are parents to three children, and they enjoy spending time in San Diego’s beautiful outdoors. Dr. Salami practices yoga and Pilates, and has a passion for skiing. To find out more about Serenity Dental Group, please visit www.SerenityDentalGroup.net.


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!


Dr. Christopher Maulik

Company: Scripps Poway Orthodontics
Address: 12112 Scripps Summit Dr., Suite F, San Diego, CA 92131
Website: www.ScrippsOrtho.com
Email: office@ScrippsOrtho.com
Phone: 858-527-0090

scrippspowayorthologoSince Dr. Christopher Maulik took over Scripps Poway Orthodontics in 2007, he has worked hard to earn a trustworthy reputation in the community for delivering top-quality care and exceptional results. Dr. Maulik is known for refusing to take shortcuts and managing tough cases well. He also isn’t afraid to tell patients if orthodontia isn’t needed, but if it is, he and his office staff are committed to making it a positive experience for everyone. “We treat our patients well and we thrive primarily from word of mouth in the local community,” he said. “Ask your neighbors – chances are, one of them has come to us.”


As someone who had braces as a teen, Dr. Maulik comes from a place of understanding and experience. He saw what a positive impact orthodontic treatment could have on patients and decided to pursue a career in the field. After graduating from one of the top dental schools in the country, the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, he was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national dental honor society for the top 5% in the class, and went on to complete an orthodontic residency at UCONN.

These days, Dr. Maulik is focusing his efforts on his patients and the community at large. His practice has supported many schools and sports teams within the community. He also understands that his patients have busy schedules – he offers late night appointments during the week and is open one Saturday a month and on most school holidays so that children miss as little school as possible.

When he’s not working hard to serve the community, Dr. Maulik can be found surfing or spending time with his wife and four children. His oldest daughter is nine, he has six-year-old boy and girl twins, and a two-year-old daughter.


Dr. Kami Hoss Reinvents the Toothbrush

Company: The Super Dentists
Address: Multiple locations throughout San Diego County
Website: www.TheSuperDentists.com
Email: webcontact@TheSuperDentists.com
Phone: 1-855-GO-SUPER

thesuperdentistlogoAccording to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, childhood tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children right now. It is four times more common than early childhood obesity, five times more common than asthma, and 20 times more common than juvenile diabetes. In fact, one in five California kindergarteners has had more than seven cavities and 71% of California third graders currently have dental decay. Because oral care is a critical part of overall health, poor oral health can impact a child’s long-term physical health and even longevity.


Dr. Kami Hoss and The Super Dentists have introduced The Super Toothbrush, an interactive toothbrush that encourages children to brush their teeth properly with a special integrated augmented reality component. Each toothbrush includes a magic sticker for the bathroom mirror that, when paired with VIVARRA Dental app, brings The Tooth Keri to life to remind kids how to brush and floss their teeth correctly. The Super Toothbrush also features a two-minute tooth-brushing song so children know how long they should be brushing, as well as premium Tynex DuPont bristles for comfort and a long-lasting battery.


“Parents have been asking us for toothbrush recommendations for years,” said Dr. Kami Hoss, Co-founder of The Super Dentists. “We developed this toothbrush with the latest in augmented reality technology, to make brushing fun for kids. Getting them to develop good oral health care habits while they’re young is part of an overall whole-person health care plan that will benefit them for the rest of their life.”

There are four Super Toothbrushes featuring The Super Dentists superhero and villain characters – Dr. Have One Super Smile, The Tooth Keri, Cavitar, and Molar – available in all The Super Dentists offices or on Amazon. A collector’s set with all four characters will be available this fall. Other oral health care products, including toothpastes and mouth washes, will follow.

For more information go to www.TheSuperDentists.com/TheSuperToothbrush.


Arch Health Medical Group

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

archhealthlogoWorld-Class Health Care in Your Backyard

Arch Health Medical Group is your neighborhood health care provider with seven medical offices and two urgent care centers located throughout the North County inland region in Poway, Rancho Peñasquitos, Escondido, Ramona, and Valley Center. As your neighbor, Arch cares about your health and wellness as much as you do.

As affiliates of Palomar Health, Arch doctors 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.

You might already know Arch has a world-class reputation for its orthopedics and cardiology programs. What you might not know is that Arch also has some of the finest primary care providers and 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.


Two Arch providers were recognized as Physicians of the Year by Palomar Health for their high-quality patient service delivery. Dr. Sonal Khattri is a practicing pediatric physician who entered the field of pediatrics because she loves the innocence and curiosity of kids and wants to help them develop healthy habits now so they grow up to become responsible adults.

“Listen to their fears. It’s human connection.” ~ Dr. Khattri

She develops trust with her patients by reading, playing, and counting with them to break down barriers and make her seem less threatening. And when parents come to her with questions, she listens. “You have to be patient and a good listener,” Dr. Khattri said. “Listen to their fears. It’s human connection.” Once parents and kids feel she has their best interests at heart, they can build a strong doctor-patient partnership and create mutually agreeable patient outcomes.

Also recognized as a Palomar Health Physician of the Year, Dr. Young 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. Dr. Lee prioritizes informed and shared decision-making with his patients to make them aware of their own medical issues by explaining complex information in ways they will understand. “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.


Brian Davey, DDS

Company: Brian Davey DDS, Inc.
Address: 7805 Highlands Village Pl., Suite G-105, San Diego, CA 92129
Website: www.drdavey.com
Phone: 858-538-8300

Bridging the Gap Between Medicine and Dentistrybraindaveylogo

At Brian Davey, DDS Inc., patients can have peace of mind and the knowledge that their overall health and well-being is a priority. That is because the doctors and team at Brian Davey, DDS Inc. are on a mission to improve the health of people in the San Diego community by the year 2022, by bridging the gap between medicine and dentistry.

Dr. Brian Davey, Dr. Alexander Stanton, and their team are focused on continuing education training surrounding the oral systemic connection. They want to provide you with an integrative approach to your health and be a part of your medical team.


Heart attack and stroke, diabetes, brain health, pregnancy, oral cancer, and sleep apnea are all areas of your health that have lowered risks when inflammation, disease, and airway obstruction in your mouth is absent. Brian Davey, DDS Inc. provides a thorough dental exam, including key health-related questions, blood pressure readings, access to DNA diagnostics for oral pathogens, and, along with a high standard for treating inflammation and disease present in the mouth, it is their goal to bring you to optimum health and help you lower health-related risks.

Not excited about going to the dentist? The practice also offers sedation dentistry! As a licensed sedation dentist, Dr. Davey can help you achieve your health goals even if you have fear. With their CEREC technology, you will experience same day dentistry. No more temporaries for restorative work are necessary, and all while you are resting.

Dr. Stanton is a graduate of Mt. Carmel High School and is happy to return to his hometown with his wife. Dr. Davey is a 4S Ranch resident and has loved being a part of his patients’ lives by supporting the community. They are both committed to giving back to families by sponsoring schools, local events, organizations, foundations, and even providing free dental work needed by the kids of the Monarch School affected by homelessness.

Customer service and service to the community and patients is their focus and they welcome all families as new patients.

Dr. Davey has recently been recognized as a Fellow for the Academy of Oral Systemic Health and the San Diego Union-Tribune Top 10 General Dentists for 2019.


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!”


Dr. Sinan Alhamdi

Company: Del Mar Dental Arts
Address: 12750 Carmel Country Rd., San Diego, CA 92130
Website: www.delmardentalarts.com
Email: info@delmardentalarts.com
Phone: 858-481-8107

delmardentalartslogoThough Del Mar Dental Arts’ new owner, Dr. Sinan Alhamdi, is new to San Diego, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in his field. Dr. Alhamdi earned his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from Boston University School of Dental Medicine, where he received extensive training in medicine, dentistry, and comprehensive dental care. He was a faculty member at Drake College of Business, teaching in the Department of Dentistry in New Jersey, before opening his own dental practice in Boston, MA. After many years serving the Boston community, Dr. Alhamdi and his wife Jumana relocated to San Diego to get her dream job.

“I carefully evaluated numerous candidates and was fortunate to have found Dr. Sinan Alhamdi,” said Dr. Ramin Ghassemi, former owner of Del Mar Dental Arts, “who I believe possesses the highest qualifications and is extremely well skilled, to take over my practice.”

Dr. Alhamdi practices all areas of general dentistry, with experience ranging from small fillings to advanced dental procedures and Invisalign. He is especially passionate about cosmetic, restorative, crown, and bridge work. “I love giving someone the confidence they deserve with a new smile!” Dr. Alhamdi said. He is also an affiliated member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the San Diego Dental Society.

“Smiles are what we create. People are our passion.”

In his free time, Dr. Alhamdi enjoys watching and playing outdoor sports and activities. If he’s not playing a game himself, he can be found watching from the stadiums or at home.

Del Mar Dental Arts offers a wide range of services using state-of-the-art technology at the highest standard of quality. Personalized, affordable care and exceptional customer service are always top priorities. For more information visit www.DelMarDentalArts.com.