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October is national breast cancer awareness month

This condition affects one out of every eight women in the United States. We encourage women over the age of 40 to talk with your physician about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer. Schedule your breast cancer screening today and ask your VMC provider about early detection and VMC's Hologic Dimensions Mammography. For more information contact Teresa Simas, RN, NP at 559.739.2000.

Find a provider

VMC is proud to offer the services of over 60 providers, working together to help you Be Well. Whether you need care for your child, your feet, your asthma, your heart or just need a check-up, VMC’s providers are here to help.

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Same day or next-day appointments

Did you know that Dr. Mihalcin offers same-day or next-day appointments for acute injuries such as fractures? Call today to schedule an appointment, 559-738-7541

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VMC job openings

Join the VMC team! VMC’s service area covers 2 counties - 500K+ patient lives and is affiliated with Kaweah Delta Medical Foundation.


 

Careers with VMC


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Welcome Dr. Shams

Visalia Medical Clinic has added an internal medicine physician to the growing roster of providers.

Sharmineh Shams, MD, completed her internship and residency at the University of Southern California, Department of Internal Medicine. She completed her medical school studies at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, followed by a research fellowship at the University of Southern California.

Prior to joining Visalia Medical Clinic, she was a hospitalist with Barstow Community Hospital and later provided hospitalist care at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

She also completed numerous research projects through organizations such as the University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Division of Neurocritical Care and Stroke at the USC Keck School of Medicine.
Dr. Shams is now seeing new patients.

Visalia Medical Clinic offers the expertise of more than 60 providers. VMC also offers a lab, imaging including CT and MRI, extended hours through the QuickCare and Sequoia Prompt Care walk-in clinics, a Sleep Disorders Center, and a Physical Therapy Department, all in one location at 5400 W. Hillsdale. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For information, call 739-2000 or visit www.vmchealth.com.


Diabetes symptoms: what to look for

• Blurred vision
• Unusual thirst
• Frequent urination
• Slow-healing cuts
• Unexplained tiredness
• Rapid weight loss (Type 1 diabetes)
• Erectile dysfunction
• Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet

If you experience any of these symptoms, please call to make an appointment with your primary care provider. Symptoms may occur rapidly with Type 1 diabetes; however, with Type 2 diabetes the onset is more insidious and may not be noticed.

Healthy alternatives for diabetics

Walnut-Nutmeg Pumpkin Custards

 

 
Diabetes expertise

VMC is pleased to have a nationally certified Diabetes Educator available to help our patients understand and manage their diabetes. Learn more about Susan Smith, Ph.D., here.


Breast reconstruction after cancer

By Alex Lechtman, MD
Breast reconstruction after mastectomy can be a very important part of woman's recovery from breast cancer.  Reconstruction is a personal decision and one woman’s concerns and feelings are just as valid and real as any others. 

When considering breast reconstruction, it is important to know what is available and then spend time with your plastic surgeon and discuss it with him or her.  You may not be a candidate for a particular method of reconstruction, but there are others available that may work very well for you.

Also, reconstruction after mastectomy has to be covered by your insurance.  It is federal law from the Women’s Health Act of 1998.

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For your convenience, the VMC lab is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and it is fully staffed on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Off-site blood draw stations are offered
in Visalia and Tulare:


Visalia Court Street

1912 S. Court, Suite B
Visalia, CA 93277
Contact: 559-741-9297 
Regular Draw Station Hours:
Monday - Thursday
8:000 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.
Court Street Map


Willow Plaza draw station
100 Willow Plaza, Suite 210
Visalia, CA 93291
Contact: 559-732-5794
Regular Draw Station Hours:
Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Willow Plaza Map

 

FIND a Provider

VMC offers over 60 physicians in a wide variety of specialties. Let us help you find the physician who is right for you.

Fun Fitness

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Walk with a Doc details have changed:

Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle.

What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer!

Date: Second Saturday of every month.
Time: 8:00 a.m
Location: Blain Park
3101 S Court St
Visalia, Ca   93277
Info: 559-624-2416
Cost: FREE
More info: www.walkwithadoc.org

Lifestyle Center Walking Program

Location: Visalia
Mall-Food Court
When: Mon. through Fri.

Time: 9:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE

 
HEALTH TIP

    Get It Checked
    A schedule of check-ups and age-approriate screenings for men and women.

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