Blood Drive a Success!


VMC partnered with the Central California Blood Center to host a much needed Blood Drive. A total of 62 registrations were received and 47 units were collected at the drive. Thank you, to those who came out to help “Save a Life.”

Visalia Medical Clinic Announces
New Wellness Center

VMC now offers The Wellness Center, a program designed just for Medicare patients to help ensure that they receive their free annual preventative care visits.

The Wellness Center is staffed by Jamie Ruddy, a certified physician assistant, and nurse practitioner Juanita Castellano. Together, they offer the annual no-cost wellness visits that include creation of a personalized prevention plan, with the goal of keeping patients healthier and more independent.

“Each patient receives a personalized Health Risk Assessment which will identify risk factors for future health problems,” Castellano said. “We will then develop a screening schedule to monitor
the patient’s health going forward, and offer education on health conditions and medications.”

Ruddy noted that Visalia Medical Clinic launched The Wellness Center to ensure “that our
Medicare patients can take full advantage of the preventive health services that Medicare
provides at no cost.”
Kirk Coverston, MDRuddy is a graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in North Carolina, with a master of
health sciences degree and a physician assistant certificate of completion. She completed her undergraduate bachelor of science degrees at Fresno State University.

Castellano, a native of Visalia, earned her associate of science
degree at College of the Sequoias and both her bachelor of
science, nursing, and her master of science, nursing, degrees
from Fresno State University.

Have you been putting off visiting
a doctor?

Like most of us you know you need to visit a doctor but you are not sure what sort of doctor you actually need. VMC is here to help. New patients are welcomed and encouraged to speak with our Patient Coordinator 738-7528 to discuss the nature of their health needs and will be referred to the appropriate physician. Wait no more! Let the VMC family provide outstanding healthcare to you and your growing family for generations to come.

The Aesthetic Center has a new look!

VMC’s Alex Lechtman, MD, FACS has just launched his new website with a whole new look. Visit The Aesthetic Center online at

Visalia Health, Summer 2016


Education and support

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This group of diabetics and family members meets monthly at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Visalia Medical Clinic, 5400 West Hillsdale Avenue and discusses a variety of topics to better manage diabetes. Cost to attend the one-hour meetings is $5 per family. Meetings are led by Susan Smith, certified diabetes educator. $5 per family 739-2087.

Flu shots

Visalia Medical Clinic offers flu shots. The federal Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get a shot. There are certain people who are more strongly encouraged to get a shot, including seniors, those with chronic lung disease such as asthma or COPD and people with diabetes or kidney disease, to name a few.

Whooping cough

Also known as pertussis, this is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection that can be very serious for infants. To make an appointment at Visalia Medical Clinic for the vaccine, call 739-2000.

Health tips
Get It Checked
A schedule of check-ups and age-approriate screenings for men and women.
A tool for families
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Visalia Medical Clinic’s team of pediatricians has added a new resource to our web site. This is a new developmental screening tool for parents to use.
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Have a concern or need help finding a physician? Please call Visalia Medical Clinic's Patient Coordinator at
(559) 738-7528.

Look here to learn about some of our
special areas of expertise:

  • Dementia care, Rohini Joshi, MD 738-7597

  • Hypertension Olayinka Omololu, MD 738-7557

  • Diabetes Susan Smith, Ph.D. 739-2087

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