Category Archives: Our Physicians

Atul B. Vachhani, M.D.

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361 Town Center West Suite 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458
805.922.6581

Dr. Vachhani earned his medical degree from M.P. Shah Medical College in Jamnagar, India in 1992.  He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the Wilson Memorial Medical Center in Johnson City, New York, and his advanced Gastroenterology Fellowship at UCLA.  Dr. Vachhani is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

Dr. Vachhani is dedicated to the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer, the second most deadly cancer in the United States.

He specializes in state-of-the-art, cutting edge GI procedures, including small bowel capsule studies for small bowel disorders , Bravo PH testing for acid reflux, and high resolution esophageal manometry for swallowing disorders.

Dr. Vachhani is married with two children.  He is an avid hiker, having recently climbed Half Dome at Yosemite National Park.  During his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

 

Robert Evans, M.D.

Photo Dr. EvansRobert Evans, M.D.
361 Town Center West Suite 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458
805.922.6581

Dr Evans is a specialist in treating disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. He received his Internal Medicine training at the University of Pittsburgh and he specialized in Gastro-entrology at the Pennsylvania State University. He is proficient in performing procedures such as colonoscopy and the removal of polyps as well as evaluating the upper digestive tract. Dr. Evans is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and the Subspecialty of Gastroenterology.

Dr Evans is married with two young children. The family are avid outdoors enthusiasts and have been very happy to be part of the central coast. Dr Evans enjoys golf and fishing on his days off.

 

Thomas P. Hsia, M.D.

hsia_thomasThomas P. Hsia, M.D.
361 Town Center West Suite 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458
805.922.6581

Dr. Hsia earned his Medical Degree from the University of California , San Francisco, in 1986. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at U.C. Davis School of Medicine in 1990 and his Gastroenterology Fellowship at U.C. Davis School of Medicine in 1994. Dr. Hsia is Board Certified in Gastroenterology.

 

Igor J. Nastaskin, M.D.

Photo Dr Nastaskin1Igor J. Nastaskin, M.D.
361 Town Center West Suite 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458
805.922.6581

Dr. Igor J. Nastaskin is a graduate of UCLA and Virginia Commonwealth University, gaining his M.D. in 2004. He successfully completed Internal Medicine residency training at the renowned Cedars Sinai Medical Center, followed by advanced training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the prominent University of California, Davis. Dr. Nastaskin is trained in the latest advances in diagnosis and successful treatment of disorders of the esophagus, upper gastrointestinal tract, colon, liver, bile duct system, and pancreas. He has particular interest and is thoroughtly trained in colorectal cancer prevention and early detection using the latest state of the art colonoscopy procedures and techniques. Dr. Nastaskin is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and the Subspecialty of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Nastaskin and his wife Ika have two children and wishfully hope that one or both kids may eventually choose a career in medicine. His many interests outside medicine include soccer, basketball, fishing, and mountain biking.

 

Gretchen Batson, M.S.N. F.N. P. -C

batson_gretchenGretchen Batson, M.S.N. F.N. P. -C
1311 S. Miller St., Ste. 100
Santa Maria, CA 93454
805.922.6991

Ms. Batson earned her Nursing degree in 1980. She received her Bachelor of Nursing Science in 1996 and a Master’s degree in Nursing Science as a Nurse Practitioner from the California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1999. She is certified by the American Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has specialized in Gastroenterology since 2002. She has experience with all areas of gastroenterology with special emphasis in the treatment of Hepatitis C. Previous experience includes Critical Care and Public Health.

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Paramjit S. Benipal, M.D.

benipal_pjParamjit S. Benipal, M.D.
361 Town Center West Suite 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458
805.922.6581

Dr. Benipal earned his Medical Degree from SDU Medical School in Kolar, India in 1996. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1999 and his Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 2002. Dr. Benipal is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

 

Eric W. Jahnke, M.D.

jahnke_ericEric W. Jahnke, M.D.
1311 S. Miller St., Ste. 100
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: 805-922-6991

Dr. Jahnke earned his Medical Degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1978. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Cottage Hospital in 1981 and his Gastroenterology Fellowship at U.C. Davis/V.A. Medical Center, Martinez, California in 1984. Dr. Jahnke is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

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