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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 Rancho Bernardo

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 Rancho Bernardo

Address: 16899 W. Bernardo Dr., San Diego, CA 92127
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 cardiology, OB-GYN, orthopaedics, and more
• Urgent care
• Lab, mammography/radiology, pharmacy, physical therapy, optical, and more
• Same-day appointments
• Video and phone visits
• FollowMyHealth® — a secure, online patient portal

Plus, after-hours pediatric appointments nearby.


Dr. Jodi McGrady

Company: McGrady Dental Group
Established: 2016
Address: 12350 Oak Knoll Rd., Poway, CA 92064
Website: www.McGradyDental.com
Email: McGradyDental@gmail.com
Phone: 858-748-3090

mcgradylogoDr. Jodi McGrady opened McGrady Dental Group with one goal: taking care of families. “I love working with kids and helping to introduce them to dentistry without fear,” Dr. McGrady explained. “By offering services for the entire family, kids don’t have to age out of our practice, and busy moms can get their teeth cleaned at the same time as the kids.”

mcgrady1She has always had an interest in comprehensive, community-minded dentistry. After receiving her first dental degree at University of Pittsburgh, she studied hospital dentistry and trained to treat children with special needs at University of Iowa, receiving a master’s degree in dental public health. She and her husband, periodontist Dr. Michael Spilotro, practiced together in Santa Fe, NM for 10 years before relocating to San Diego.

Dr. McGrady continued studying pediatric dentistry at University of California Los Angeles and Rady Children’s Hospital, completing her pediatric residency in 2011. She remains involved with the hospital. “I’m currently the Chief of Dental Services at Rady Children’s Hospital,” she explained. “This gives us one more option for kids with health concerns or extensive treatment needs to be treated in a safe environment.”

Providing safe, high-quality treatment and serving the community is a family affair at McGrady Dental Group. Dr. McGrady lives locally with her husband and three teenagers. Her husband works in the office two days a month, and two of her children join Dr. McGrady on trips to Ensenada, Mexico, volunteering with 1000 Smiles.

“I enjoy the relationships you build in pediatrics and family dentistry,” Dr. McGrady concluded. “You truly watch kids grow up and get to share in their joys and successes.”


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. 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.


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.


Drs. Albert Lin and Robert Gramins

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

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

boulderlogoDrs. Albert Lin and Robert Gramins grew up in Chicago, where they both attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Dr. Lin went on to Northwestern University Medical Center for his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency. 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.

Both doctors love being part of their 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.


Dr. Lin and Dr. Gramins are specially trained in facial trauma reconstruction, orthognathic jaw surgery, 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.

Drs. Lin and Gramins are committed to providing the absolute best care in the most comfortable setting at both of their San Diego 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. 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.

“Giving back to our local community is something Christy and I are passionate about, especially the arts and youth sports.” – Dr. Albert Lin

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.

Drs. Lin and Gramins 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.BoulderOMS.com or www.LJOFS.com.


Dr. Nelson Y. Howard

Company: Nelson Y. Howard, DDS, Inc.
Address: 12540 Oaks North Dr. Suite A3, San Diego, CA 92128
Phone: 858-451-0550
Website: www.nyhowarddds.com

San Marcos Location
Address: 1903 W. San Marcos Blvd. Suite 110, San Marcos, CA 92078
Phone: 760-599-6559

nelsonhowardlogoOne of the most rewarding aspects about being a dentist is the ability to artistically restore a person’s smile. With 33 years in practice, Dr. Howard’s patients are like family. “Being able to care for another person is one of the highest gifts a dentist can be honored with. My love for this profession has allowed me to do this for thousands of patients.”

In today’s ever-demanding world of knowledge and increased consumer awareness, especially in the health care field, more and more people are looking for advanced levels of expertise in the individuals they choose to take care of themselves and their family and friends. Person-to-person referral is the best way that Dr. Nelson Y. Howard’s two very distinctive state-of-the-art dental offices have flourished over the last 27 years. Dr. Howard is the owner of the Center for Advanced Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. The original center opened in San Marcos 27 years ago and in 2009 expanded with the Rancho Bernardo location. His practices focus on the Art and Science of Cosmetic, Functional, Implant, and Restorative Dentistry for adults and children.


Dr. Howard has been practicing dentistry since 1986 after graduating from the UCLA School of Dentistry and he completed a General Practice Residency at the V.A. Medical Center in West Los Angeles. “There is no better compliment than to have another person in our practices refer someone to our office because of the trust they have in us as well as the precise nature of what we do and the outstanding results we achieve for everyone who seeks the highest level of dental excellence for their own health and well-being.”

Dr. Howard is one of approximately 400 dentists worldwide who has earned the honor and distinction of being an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). In order to achieve this honor, Dr. Howard has undergone extensive training in the area of cosmetic dentistry. He has proven his exceptional level of dentistry in front of the foremost leaders in the field of cosmetic dentistry, who evaluated his dentistry in over 100 different areas in multiple case types of dental care. Dr. Howard was the first dentist in all of North San Diego County to receive this award. No other dentist in all of Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Rancho Peñasquitos, San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad, Mira Mesa, or many of the immediate areas has this distinction. That is just one of the reasons so many people come to his offices for this advanced level of cosmetic dentistry. Many people are demanding this exceptional level of dentistry now more than ever, especially after having been mistreated by someone who claims to have qualifications and skills that cannot be authenticated.

Dr. Howard is an active member of the AACD’s Give Back a Smile Program, which assists in rebuilding the smiles and lives of adults who’ve suffered dental injuries from domestic and physical violence, through compassionate cosmetic dental services and support programs at no cost to the patient.

If you are having a dental concern, experiencing an ongoing problem from recently completed dental care, want a second opinion, or would like to become a patient, please call either office that is most convenient for you. For more information please visit www.nyhowarddds.com.


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. David Li

Company: San Diego Orthodontic Specialists
Established: 2005
Address: 16766 Bernardo Center Dr. #203, San Diego, CA 92128
Website: www.Smiles4SD.com
Email: info@Smiles4SD.com
Phone: 858-487-8900

sdorthologoDr. David Li, a board certified specialist in orthodontics and owner of San Diego Orthodontic Specialists, has been creating beautiful smiles in the San Diego community for over 14 years. “We are a patient-focused practice that really listens to each patient’s needs,” said Dr. Li of his practice’s success.

Dr. Li attended the University of Southern California for his undergraduate degree, dental degree, and orthodontic specialty training. He describes the atmosphere at San Diego Orthodontic Specialists as “comfortable and relaxed,” and that his team is “friendly, caring, and knowledgeable.”


“We use the latest technology to provide the most advanced and efficient orthodontic treatment available,” explained Dr. Li, who sees both children and adults. “Invisalign has become a popular alternative for those looking for a more esthetic alternative.”

He and his wife, Dr. Natalie Li, optometrist and owner of nearby 4S Eyecare and Optometry, have been longtime residents of 4S Ranch and have three beautiful children. Their oldest daughter Madeline will be in eighth grade at Oak Valley Middle School, and enjoys swimming and volleyball. Their son Jonathan will be in fifth grade at Stone Ranch Elementary, and loves baseball. Their surprise bundle of joy, Charlotte, loves naps and stroller rides in the park. Dr. Li has been a prominent community leader for over a decade as past president of the Stone Ranch Foundation, past chair of the 4S Ranch-Del Sur Community Foundation, and currently the president of the Oak Valley Falcon Foundation.

The practice has been recognized as one of San Diego Magazine’s Top Dentists in the orthodontic field for seven consecutive years. Learn more at www.Smiles4SD.com.