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From great weather to award-winning schools, North County San Diego is our home sweet home. What really makes a community special, though, is neighbors taking care of each other. Our local communities are teeming with medical professionals – from dentists and orthodontists to general physicians and specialists – who live where they work and are dedicated to helping their neighbors stay healthy and happy. With cutting-edge technology, a wealth of experience, and human compassion, they spend each day making a difference. Outside of their offices, they might be cheering next to you on the bleachers, volunteering in the same classroom, or eating at the same restaurant on a Friday night. ZCode’s 2019 Medical and Health Professionals Issue is proud to introduce you to some of these local superstars.


Dr. Kami Hoss

Company: The Super Dentists
Owners: Dr. Kami Hoss and Dr. Nazli Keri
Address: Multiple locations throughout San Diego County
Website: www.TheSuperDentists.com
Email: webcontact@TheSuperDentists.com
Phone: 1-855-GO-SUPER

thesuperdentistlogoThe Super Dentists’ Dr. Kami Hoss and Dr. Nazli Keri, also known as their alter-egos Dr. Have One Super Smile and The Tooth Keri, respectively, are transforming the dental experience for children and adults. The Super Dentists is the largest, most trusted, top-awarded group practice in San Diego, providing a unique patient experience through original movies, music, and fun superhero and villain characters. The offices look like theme parks and feature video games, a dress up area, and even a special door for children. “We’ve taken something that is typically feared and created an environment where kids beg to visit and don’t want to leave,” said Dr. Kami Hoss, Co-Founder of The Super Dentists. “Because we know that if kids like going to the dentist, they will go to the dentist and will take care of their mouths.”


thesuperdentist5The Super Dentists experience begins before patients even step foot through the door with the practice’s innovative augmented reality app. Parents receive a link to the augmented reality welcome video and watch it with their children so they know what to expect. They are also introduced to The Super Dentists characters: Dr. Have One Super Smile, The Tooth Keri, MeloD, Cavitar, and Molar. “The app has been downloaded thousands of times, because it’s fun and interactive,” said Dr. Kami Hoss. “Kids can take their picture with the characters to become part of the experience, then share photos and videos with their parents and friends via text or social media.” This summer, children will be able to experience a bit of The Super Dentists magic at home as well with the practice’s own line of character-inspired toothbrushes.

Though pediatric dentistry is the core service at The Super Dentists, the practice also offers dentistry for parents and orthodontics for the whole family – and it can be fun, too! “We’ve changed everything adults hate about going to the dentist,” Dr. Kami Hoss said.


thesuperdentist4The Super Dentists are very active in the community, especially with causes related to children and education. They regularly present at community programs and speaking engagements and participate in career fairs at local schools. They also host on-site job shadowing opportunities, wellness fairs, and mouth guard fitting clinics. “Every year, hundreds of children across the county receive free dental care from our pediatric dentists during Free Dental Day,” Dr. Kami Hoss shared. And for the past 15 years, The Super Dentists has hosted its popular Candy Buy Back program during the week of Halloween, paying kids for their candy and then donating it to military troops overseas. More than 20,000 pounds of candy have been donated since the program began.

“We love seeing the reaction of children and parents when they come to see The Super Dentists and interact with all of our services and amenities,” Dr. Hoss said. “We know how important oral health is to your overall health, and we are honored to be making a big difference in peoples’ lives and futures.”


UC San Diego Health – Encinitas

Company: UC San Diego Health – Encinitas
Address: 1505 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024
Website: health.ucsd.edu/encinitas
Phone: 800-926-8273

Pediatrics, Primary Care, and Express Care in Encinitas

ucsdencinitaslogoUC San Diego Health’s brand-new medical clinic is a one-stop shop for residents of Encinitas and surrounding communities. The new location, which opened in June, offers world-class care to patients of all ages in one convenient location.

Infants, children, and teenagers receive compassionate care from pediatricians through all their developmental stages in a supportive, family-friendly environment. “A new patient to my practice can expect to collaborate with me on the health of their child,” said pediatrician Dr. Robert Coles. “I want parents to be involved, to ask questions, and for us to walk through the process together.” Services offered include prenatal consultations, newborn care, well-baby and well-child visits, and coordination with pediatric specialists if needed.

(From left to right) Yewah Jung, DO, MPH; Robert Coles, MD; Benjamin Shleifer, MD; and Desiree Leithem, FNP-C

(From left to right) Yewah Jung, DO, MPH; Robert Coles, MD; Benjamin Shleifer, MD; and Desiree Leithem, FNP-C

Family medicine at UC San Diego Health offers providers who can care for the entire family, including children, adults, and seniors. With a model of care that is based on building personal relationships and putting patients first, physicians emphasize communication, shared decision-making, and accessibility. “Family doctors take care of the whole patient, not just the medical and clinical aspect of their lives,” said primary care physician and Encinitas medical director Dr. Yewah Jung. “I like to ask my patients how their day was and how their family is, because those are often very important factors in a patient’s health.”

Choosing UC San Diego Health for primary care also means that patients have access to an entire network of advanced specialty care, including the state-of-the-art Jacobs Medical Center hospital in La Jolla and various specialty services in nearby offices.

For common health care needs such as coughs or ear infections, as well as wellness visits for certain kinds of prescriptions or school health screenings, patients have a same-day access option with Express Care, available in Encinitas 12 hours a day, seven days a week. And with the Save My Spot feature, patients can check wait times online and save their spot in line so they spend less time at the clinic.

UC San Diego Health is an integral part of the local community as a member of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce and the North San Diego Business Chamber. All physicians and nurse practitioners are board certified and focused on the importance of accessible, personalized care. “I believe the patient and the doctor are part of a team,” said Dr. Jung. “My job is primarily to listen and figure out the tools to empower my patients to make healthy changes in their lives.”


Sharp Rees-Stealy Del Mar

One of 22 Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers Countywide

A Healthy Family Starts With a Doctor You Can Trust

sharplogoManaging your family’s health care is not usually top of mind until a loved one is sick or you’ve had a life change. Choosing the right care can be overwhelming and confusing, but selecting a primary care doctor ahead of time helps ensure the best care for your family when the need arises.

A primary care doctor coordinates your family’s routine and specialty care. Finding the right doctor will depend on your unique needs. If you haven’t given much thought to this important decision, here’s a good place to start:


Decide which type of primary care doctor you want.
There are four types of primary care doctors:
Pediatricians care for children and adolescents.
Family medicine doctors treat the whole family, from infants to older adults.
Internal medicine doctors treat adults age 18 and up.
Internal medicine/pediatric doctors are board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics, and treat people of all ages.

sharp2Think about your personal preferences.
• Are you more comfortable with a male or female doctor?
• Do you want your doctor’s office close to your home or work?
• Do you need a doctor who speaks a language other than English?
• Which hospitals does the doctor admit to?

Consider convenience.
Many North County families that have busy schedules look for a doctor who offers a wide variety of ways to access care. These can include:
• Video and phone appointments.
• The convenience of a medical center where many services, such as pharmacy, lab, radiology, and urgent care, are all under one roof.
• Same-day appointments.
• After-hours pediatric care for when the kids are sick.
• The ability to securely manage your and your family’s health care online by messaging your doctor’s office, making appointments, viewing lab results, and more.

Confirm your insurance coverage.
When you find the ideal doctor, you’ll need to verify if they are in your health plan network. Call the number listed on your insurance card to confirm, and let your insurance carrier know you’ve selected that person as your new primary care doctor.

Sharp Rees-Stealy can help you navigate your options and make it easy to find a doctor. Plus, they accept almost all health insurance plans. Select your doctor at sharp.com/srsdoctor or by calling 858-264-2539.

Sharp Rees-Stealy Del Mar

Address: 2600 Via De La Valle, Suite 200, Del Mar, CA 92014
Phone: 858-264-2539
Website: sharp.com/srsdoctor
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Care You Need Under One Roof

• Primary and specialty care, including dermatology, OB-GYN, orthopaedics, and more
• Personalized care in a convenient, spa-like setting
• Lab, radiology, travel clinic, and more
• Same-day and after-hours appointments
• Video and phone visits
• FollowMyHealth® — a secure, online patient portal

Plus, urgent care and after-hours pediatric appointments nearby.


Drs. Robert Gramins and Albert Lin

Company: La Jolla Oral and Facial Surgery
Address: 7855 Fay Ave., Suite 240, La Jolla, CA 92037
Website: www.LJOFS.com
Email: info@LJOFS.com
Phone: 858-459-0862

Company: Boulder OMS
Address: 12630 Monte Vista Rd., Suite 205, Poway, CA 92064
Website: www.BoulderOMS.com
Email: info@BoulderOMS.com
Phone: 858-485-1290

boulderlogo-ljDrs. Robert Gramins and Albert Lin grew up in Chicago, where they both attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Dr. Gramins was commissioned as an officer in the Dental Corps and after his service returned to Chicago to Loyola University Medical Center for his oral and maxillofacial residency. Dr. Lin went on to Northwestern University Medical Center for his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency.

Both doctors love being part of their San Diego communities and are committed to supporting youth sports, the arts, and local charities. Their young children are active in Little League, and it’s not uncommon to find them cheering on (or even coaching) their teams.


Both Dr. Gramins and Dr. Lin are specially trained in facial trauma reconstruction, orthognathic jaw surgery, placement of dental implants, and removal of wisdom teeth. They are also among a select group of oral surgeons licensed by the State of California to perform cosmetic facial procedures.

Because of their expertise in facial trauma, they have been selected as the oral and facial surgeons to the San Diego Gulls hockey team and attend home games to treat players when and if injuries arise.

Drs. Gramins and Lin are committed to providing the absolute best care in the most comfortable setting at both of their San Diego-based practices.

With safety being of utmost importance, Boulder OMS and La Jolla Oral and Facial Surgery are both AAAHC accredited. Every three years, the practices and staff participate in a rigorous third-party survey to ensure adherence to the highest standards in safety and patient care.

Dr. Gramins is an avid golfer, skier, and vintage car enthusiast. He lives in 4S Ranch with his wife Jennifer and their son. Dr. G, as he’s known to many of his patients, is an active supporter of March of Dimes, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Las Patronas, ALZ San Diego, and numerous local high school and community sports teams.

“Jen and I are honored to give back to our community and to so many organizations whose missions we care deeply about.” – Dr. Robert Gramins

Dr. Lin loves to snowboard and enjoys traveling with his wife Christy and their two children to hit the slopes. Dr. Lin actively supports the arts and has given generously to local dance groups and high school performance teams, in addition to the Oral Cancer Society and ALZ San Diego.

Drs. Gramins and Lin aim to provide a positive experience for each patient, from consultation to follow-up. Both doctors achieve tremendous results by utilizing the latest techniques and best treatment options for every patient. Learn more at www.LJOFS.com or www.BoulderOMS.com.


Arch Health Medical Group

Company: Arch Health Medical Group
Address: Multiple locations throughout North County
Website: www.ArchHealth.org

archhealthlogoWorld-Class Health Care in Your Backyard

Arch Health Medical Group has a world-class reputation for its orthopedics and cardiology programs. People come from all over the world to get treated by our specialists for hip, knee, and joint replacements and heart procedures. What you may not know is Arch Health Medical Group also has some of the finest specialists in a variety of other fields, including dermatology; ear, nose, and throat; family medicine; gastroenterology; internal medicine; ophthalmology; optometry; pediatrics; pulmonology; rheumatology; sleep medicine; and sports medicine.

As affiliates of Palomar Health, Arch Health specialists also have access to the Mayo Clinic Care Network, the number one-ranked health system in the world. Palomar Health-affiliated physicians are the only physicians in Southern California with access to Mayo Clinic expertise.

Arch’s 83 providers focus on offering superior patient experience and the highest quality care by treating patients as members of the Arch family, helping them come to their own best solutions of care.


A great example of the type of physician you will meet at Arch is Dr. Young Lee. Recognized as a Palomar Health Physician of the Year, Dr. Lee is a practicing general and interventional cardiologist in Poway and Escondido. His care ranges from treating clogged arteries to rhythm disorders, coronary artery disease, and heart failure.

“You have to customize treatment to not only the medical issue but to the patient’s own beliefs.” ~ Dr. Lee

He prioritizes informed and shared decision-making with his patients to make them aware of their own medical issues. He does this by explaining complex information in ways the patient will understand by laying out the pros and cons of each treatment option. “You have to customize treatment to not only the medical issue but to the patient’s own beliefs,” Dr. Lee said.

To start your journey to better health with Arch Health Medical Group, please visit www.ArchHealth.org.


Children’s Primary Care Medical Group

Company: Children’s Primary Care Medical Group
Established: 1995
Phone: 858-502-1177
Website: www.CPCMG.net

cpcmglgooFind the best pediatric healthcare for your family with Children’s Primary Care Medical Group (CPCMG), the region’s only health network focused solely on children and their health and well-being. Since its inception 23 years ago, CPCMG has grown to include more than 130 pediatricians and certified pediatric nurse practitioners working in 29 offices located throughout San Diego and Riverside counties.

CPCMG offers patient-focused, family-centered pediatric healthcare for children from birth to age 18. This includes well visits, developmental screening and guidance, camp and sports physicals, immunizations, weight management and nutrition tips, behavioral consultations, and teen healthcare. CPCMG also offers a complimentary prenatal visit for parents-to-be, providing the opportunity to meet their new pediatrician.


Scheduling an appointment is easy and convenient thanks to after-hours and weekend appointments. The patient portal, MyChart, offers secure online access to your child’s medical records and the ability to manage appointments, check test results, communicate with your pediatrician, and request prescription refills. CPCMG’s Nurse Care Connect program links you to pediatric registered nurses who are available Monday through Friday to provide advice and guidance. After-hours telephone triage care and extended care visits are also available.

CPCMG pediatricians are board-certified with the American Board of Pediatrics, representing their ongoing commitment to the health and the well-being of children. In addition, CPCMG maintains close relationships with the pediatric specialists at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego to coordinate patient referrals and follow up when specialty care is needed.

Find the best pediatrician in your neighborhood by visiting www.CPCMG.net or calling the CPCMG Welcome Center at 858-502-1177. See you soon!