There’s a new doc in Cambria — two days a week — an arrangement that began about 18 months after longtime North Coast physician David McBride went on a prolonged sabbatical from the local clinic of Community Health Centers of the Central Coast (CHC).
McBride treated area patients for more than a quarter-century.
Lawrence Paikoff of Davis and Cambria, a board-certified internal-medicine specialist, is to treat CHC patients on most Mondays and Tuesdays. Previously, Paikoff was public health officer for Stanislaus County and chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.
Certified nurse practitioner Cesilia Lomeli is to continue running the Cambria clinic Mondays through Fridays and on occasional Saturdays for special health fairs and related events. She’s been working at Cambria’s CHC clinic since before McBride left.
Another physician, Geoffrey Kamen, is to be available as needed on Thursdays, according to a letter sent to clinic patients last month by Ronald Castle, CHC’s chief executive officer.
Paikoff said Sept. 9 that he and his wife, physician Susanne Powell, have owned their Cambria home since the summer of 2010, but he said they have much deeper ties to the area. They visited during their 1986 honeymoon and many times since then.
“We just love the Central Coast,” he said, noting that among the couple’s favorite spots are the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and the Moonstone Beach boardwalk.
He called the Cambria office “an excellent, well-equipped, extremely well-run clinic” and Lomeli “a superb nurse practitioner.” Paikoff said he’s looking forward to being able to spend more time on the North Coast, both on and off the job.
Physician Robert Gong also has an active practice on the North Coast, a relatively remote area of the county that’s 25 miles from the nearest hospital. Cambria has a high percentage of older residents and no emergency-care facility. The Cambria Community Healthcare District provides ambulance service.