New doc­tor heads Cam­bria Com­mu­nity Health­care Cen­ter

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There’s a new doc in town, who’s here in per­son on Fri­day morn­ings and is read­ily avail­able at other times to con­sult by phone or email with other prac­ti­tion­ers at the Cam­bria of­fice of Com­mu­nity Health­care Cen­ter.

Craig Brown, who now heads the Cam­bria CHC staff, spe­cial­izes in fam­ily medicine. He prac­tices the rest of the week in CHC’S Paso Robles fa­cil­ity, where he’s been since Septem­ber 2016, but is “avail­able to us at all times,” ac­cord­ing to reg­is­tered nurse Cor­rine Rat­cliffe, who man­ages the of­fice.

The of­fice’s busy nurse prac­ti­tioner Ce­silia “Cece” Lomeli will con­tinue to treat pa­tients all week long, as she has for years, Ratliffe said, and will con­sult reg­u­larly with Brown, who is her su­per­vi­sor. Others who prac­tice at the Cam­bria of­fice are chi­ro­prac­tor Joel Cor­rea, di­eti­tian Ha­ley Garelli and clin­i­cal so­cial worker Min Ri­ley.

CHC ac­cepts most in­sur­ance poli­cies, in­clud­ing Medi­care and Medi Cal. Brown, 34, said in a May 3 phone in­ter­view that he grad­u­ated at the top of his class from St. Ge­orge’s Uni­ver­sity in Gre­nada, and did his un­der­grad work at Florida State in Tal­la­has­see and his res­i­dency at the Uni­ver­sity of Mi­ami.

That uni­ver­sity had the na­tion’s first aca­demic fam­ily medicine de­part­ment. He and wife Erica Ver­gara, who is a nurse prac­ti­tioner with an in­ter­ven­tional ra­di­ol­ogy group, live in San Luis Obispo. They are ex­pect­ing their first child in Au­gust. Brown said they con­sider them­selves “very, very lucky” to be liv­ing and work­ing where they are.

He said with a laugh that “when I told a friend that I was think­ing about San Luis Obispo County, he ad­vised me to ‘move there im­me­di­ately.’ And he was right.”

“My pas­sion is serv­ing the un­der­served, help­ing the peo­ple who need it most.” Brown said. “I love my com­mu­ni­ties. I love com­ing to Cam­bria, love the town, love the peo­ple. My pa­tients are fun. It’s such a unique, di­verse pa­tient base, with re­ally great dynamics.”

Craig Brown

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