Welcome to the VMC Family

Physician assistant Robert Cardenas has joined the Visalia Medical Clinic team of primary care providers, working with internal medicine and family medicine physicians.

Cardenas graduated from the Physician Assistant/Primary Care Associate Program at Stanford University and earlier earned his associate of science degree and emergency medical technician II training at Merced Community College. He has been a physician assistant since 1983, and also served as a part-time instructor at San Joaquin Valley College.

He speaks fluent Spanish and served as vice-president of the Tulare/Kings County NA/PA Association. To schedule an appointment with Robert Cardenas, PA, call 559-739-2000.



VMC proudly welcomes internal medicine physician Lara Atchabahian, MD, to the VMC family. Dr. Atchabahian completed her undergraduate studies in biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. She then went on to receive her medical degree from Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and completed her residency program in Internal Medicine at Los Angeles County + University of Southern
California Medical Center. To schedule an appointment with Lara Atchabahian, MD, call 559-738-7565.



Visalia Medical Clinic Plastic Surgeon Named Physician of the Year


Alex Lechtman, MD, was recently honored as the “George Tiss Physician of the Year” by the Tulare County Medical Society, in recognition of his community service.

The late George Tiss set the example of selfless devotion to the well-being of all people in the community, and donated services to the indigent and charitable groups for over 40 years.

Dr. Lechtman, a plastic surgeon with the Visalia Medical Clinic’s Aesthetic Center, has been donating his services to underserved youth and adults since he was in medical school in the early 1990s. He continues to volunteer with InterFACE, a group of physicians that travels to Mexico to perform cleft lip and palate surgeries on children and adults. He also helps with cleft lip and cleft palates in Tulare County through his affiliation with Kaweah Delta Health Care District.

For more information about Alex Lechtman, MD, FACS and The Aesthetic Center visit www.drlechtman.com or call 559-738-7572.

The Wellness Center staff expands

VMC is pleased to welcome Andrea Van Beek, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, to the staff of our new Wellness Center.

The Wellness Center offers no-cost wellness visits that include creation of a prevention plan designed to keep our Medicare patients healthier and more independent.

In addition to Andrea Van Beek, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, the staff includes Juanita Castellano, RN, NP, and Jamie Ruddy, RN, PA-C.

Andrea, a native of Tulare County, has extensive experience as a nurse practitioner, as staff nurse at the Cardiac Catheterization lab at Tulare Regional Medical Center, and as an intensive care unit nurse at Kaweah Delta Medical Center. She is a registered nurse, holds a master’s degree in nursing from Duke University and is working toward her doctorate, also from Duke University. She is certified as an adult gerontology nurse practitioner.

Each Wellness Center patient receives a personalized Health Risk Assessment that identifies risk factors for future health problems. Staff then develops a screening schedule to monitor each patient’s health going forward, and offers education on health conditions and medications.

To schedule an appointment, call 559-738-7536.

Going Less and Living More

A new procedure addresses common prostate problem.

A 15-minute procedure under light sedation is restoring quality
of life to men living with prostate issues.

An enlarged prostate, which commonly affects men in their 60s, causes frequent urination and, in particular, the need to urinate multiple times during the night. The loss of sleep can cause a loss of productivity, depression and decreased qualityof life. The new procedure, known as “Urolift,” provides more immediate improvement and causes fewer complications than other options available, explained VMC urologist Marty Prah, MD.


“The Urololift is newly approved by the Food
and Drug Administration, but it has been in development and testing for several years, and it has been proven to last at least five years,”
Dr. Prah explained.

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 559-738-7528 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.




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
Get It Checked
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

  • Vasectomy reversal/enlarged prostate treatment, Marty Prah, MD 738-7548

  • Post-mastectomy reconstruction
    Alex Lechtman, MD, 738-7572

  • Balloon sinuplasty for chronic sinus infections Craig Calloway, MD, F.A.C.S. 738-7526

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