Published June 21, 2011
Volume 19, Number 6

Health Care Facilities and Practitioners Meet Community Needs 

Whether selecting a business or residential location, the quality and availability of medical care typically play a large role in the decision-making. The Tri-Valley has attracted world-class health care facilities and top-notch medical professionals to meet the gamut of community needs, from disease education to diagnostic facilities to urgent care and surgery centers.

Hospitals and Medical Centers

Axis Community Health
4361 Railroad Ave.
(925) 201-6017 (Administrative Offices), (925) 462-1755 (Appointments)
Axis Community Health provides medical, mental health, substance abuse counseling, and health education services to residents of the Tri-Valley, regardless of ability to pay. Medical clinics in Pleasanton and Livermore (3311 Pacific Avenue) offer adult, pediatric and geriatric medical care, women’s health, obstetrics, immunizations, family planning, and pregnancy and TB testing. Its WIC nutrition program is housed at 1991 Santa Rita Blvd., Suite H in Pleasanton. Axis Behavioral Health, located at 6666 Owens Drive, offers mental health services, a teen drug and alcohol program, and a DUI program. Facilities at 446 Lindbergh Avenue in Livermore offer adult drug and alcohol services. Axis provides certified pre-employment and DOT (Dept. of Transportation) testing and is a Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF)-accredited agency offering outpatient drug and alcohol recovery programs.

John Muir Medical Group
5720 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 330
(925) 225-1234
This family practice group offers complete family care and checkups, occupational medicine, sports medicine, preventive care and immunizations, women's health, and urgent care. New patients are welcome, and same-day appointments are available. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  After-hours care is available through the John Muir Urgent Care at 2305 Camino Ramon in San Ramon, (925) 866-8050.

Pleasanton Urgent Care Medical Center
3128 Santa Rita Road
(925) 462-9300
Along with urgent care, services at this center include occupational medicine with employment and DOT physical exams, adult immunizations, ergonomic evaluations, and drug screening. Industrial medicine services include Workers Compensation treatment and acute injury care. Diagnostic radiology, laboratory, X-ray, and EKG services are on-site, as are orthopedic spine and orthopedic hand specialists (by appointment). Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

ValleyCare Medical Center-- Pleasanton
5555 - 5575 W. Las Positas Blvd.

ValleyCare Medical Plaza
5725 W. Las Positas Blvd.

ValleyCare Health System – Livermore
1111 - 1133 E. Stanley Blvd.
(925) 847-3000
ValleyCare Health System consists of ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton and the ValleyCare Livermore campus for a total of 242 beds and a medical staff of over 300. In addition to Programs of Excellence in Cancer, Diabetes, Heart, Orthopedics, and Weight Loss Surgery, ValleyCare offers diagnostic imaging, emergency and urgent care, laboratory draw stations, LifeStyleRx, maternity services, occupational health, pediatrics, physical and sports medicine, senior behavioral health, surgery, and the ValleyCare Health Library. The Pleasanton Center recently joined with UCSF Children's Hospital to offer a prenatal diagnostic center and a pediatric specialty clinic in Pleasanton. ValleyCare Health System reinvests any profit it makes into the organization for new technology, facilities, and services.

Children’s Hospitals

Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland
747 52nd Street, Oakland
(510) 428-3000
Founded in 1912, Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland is one of only 45 freestanding children’s hospitals in the nation that is not connected to a university or other institution. A regional and global resource for advanced pediatric care, research, and medical education, Children’s has Northern California’s most active pediatric trauma center, the region’s busiest pediatric intensive care unit, and one of the largest sickle cell treatment and research centers in the world. Its hospital-based physicians provide expert care in 30 pediatric subspecialties, from adolescent medicine to urology. The new Pleasanton Specialty Care Center at 5820 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 210, (925) 462-8970 offers specialty pediatric services including cardiology, gastroenterology, and neurology. 


NorCal Imaging Pleasanton
5924 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 105 and 106
(925) 463-0554
The 10,000-square-foot facility is a dual imaging center with “best-of-breed” technology. The multi-modality imaging center features a high-field MRI, 16-slice CT, a high-resolution GE 16-slice PET/CT scanner, ultrasound, and DEXA (bone densitometry). NorCal’s state-of-the-art Women’s Imaging Center offers digital mammography, breast MRI, breast ultrasound, and special procedures: stereotactic, MR-guided, and ultrasound-guided biopsies; ductograms; and fine needle aspirations. 

Women's Imaging Center at ValleyCare
5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 120(925) 734-3376
Part of the ValleyCare network, this facility has just installed an Automated Breast Volume Scanner,  a dedicated imaging system that provides automated 3D ultrasounds of the entire breast in 10 to15 minutes. The center also offers digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and ultrasound guided biopsy.

End-Of-Life and Bereavement Services

Hope Hospice
6377 Clark Avenue, Suite 100, Dublin
(925) 829-8770, 1 (800) Hospice
Hope Hospice, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization since 1980, provides compassionate care, insight, and guidance as families navigate through the end-of-life process.  The team of professionals, many with hospice and palliative care certification, provides emotional and spiritual support and state-of-the art methods of pain and symptom control to maximize quality of life.  Hope Hospice serves families in Alamo, Blackhawk, Castro Valley, Diablo, Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Sunol and the surrounding communities in the East Bay of San Francisco.

Health Information

ValleyCare Health Library and Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center
5725 West Las Positas Blvd., Suite 270
(925) 734-3315
Since 1991, the ValleyCare Health Library has offered free services to the public. Features include personalized reference assistance with a medical librarian and an RN who specializes in cancer, databases with full-text medical journals, newsletters, pamphlets and patient education sheets, and a  large collection of books, videos, posters, models, and interactive kits for check out. Visitors also have access to reliable, evaluated health-related web sites. The Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center, within the Library, focuses on material relating to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. 

ValleyCare Health System Lactation Center
5725 West Las Positas Blvd., Suite 235
(925) 416-3598
Lactation support services.

Health and Wellness

Positive Changes
5990 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 112
(925) 737-0251, 877-POSITIVE
Part of a national network of behavior modification centers, Positive Changes uses personal coaching backed up by hypnosis to help patients in weight loss, smoking cessation, pain management, stress reduction, accelerated learning, improved sports performance, and more.

Managed-Care Membership Plans

Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices
7601 Stoneridge Drive
(925) 847-5100
Kaiser Permanente is one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Medical services for plan members at Kaiser Permanente Pleasanton Medical Offices include adult medicine, allergy, audiology, dermatology, head and neck surgery, ophthalmology, optometry, podiatry, pediatrics, psychiatry, urology, and women's health (OB/GYN). Diagnostic services include mammography, ultrasound, CT scans, and laboratory. Other services include an Ambulatory Surgery Center, a Minor Injury Center, mental health, a Medical Weight Management Program, occupational health, pharmacy, and physical therapy. The Health Education Center is open to both members and the public.

Physician Referral

Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
6230 Claremont Avenue, Oakland
(510) 654-5383
The ACCMA’s online referral service can connect you with physicians whose training, background, office location, and linguistic capabilities are tailored to your needs. The Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association (ACCMA) is a professional association of physicians throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties who are dedicated to addressing local health issues of concern to their patients and their profession.

ValleyCare Health Information and Physician Network
(800) 719-9111
This help line assists with locating doctors and fields questions about the ValleyCare System.


Hacienda Surgery Center
4626 Willow Road, Suite 100
(925) 734-6744
The state-of-the-art Hacienda Surgery Center is a 14-bed multi-specialty Ambulatory Surgical Center. With three operating rooms and two procedure rooms, it has the ability to offer orthopedic, gastroenterology, ENT, and spinal surgical procedures. Open since late 2008, the center services over 300 patients per month. Its staff works closely with Tri-Valley Orthopedic Physicians and other specialty surgeons to deliver comprehensive care to patients. The 35,000-square-foot center also includes physician offices, open MRI diagnostics, and physical and occupational therapy.

Northern California Spine Institute
5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 200
(925) 469-6274
As a Center of Excellence for the Treatment of Spinal Disorders, this facility is home to board-certified spine surgeons with training in the latest spinal treatments, as well as board-certified physiatrists who perform many non-invasive procedures and offer spine pain management.

Pleasanton Surgery Center
1393 Santa Rita Road, Suite F
Pleasanton, CA  94566
(925) 462-2334
Open since 2007, this is a four-bed, multi-specialty outpatient surgery center.

Emergency and Poison Control
Dialing 911 in the Pleasanton city limits puts you in touch with a dispatcher at the Pleasanton Police Department who is in direct communication with fire, police, and emergency medical resources.

The California Poison Control Action Line is a 24/7 service and can be reached at 1-800-222-1222. The organization has a web site at www.calpoison.org.

Health Care in Hacienda

Dentists & Orthodontics
Alisal Dental Care, 5933 Coronado Lane, Suite 205, (925) 846-6308, www.alisaldentalcare.com
Artistic Dental Care, 4695 Chabot Drive, Suite 101, (925) 469-0918
Breeze Dental Group, Ganga Thota, D.D.S., 4430 Willow Road, Suite E, (925) 225-0215, www.breezedentalgroup.com
Melissa Chen, D.M.D., 5677 Gibraltar Drive, Suite B, (925) 225-9855, www.jyaungdmd.com
Steven Chew, D.D.S., 4430 Willow Road, Suite J, (925) 462-0010, www.stevenchewdds.com
Yvonne DeMesa, D.D.S., 4430 Willow Road, Suite A, (925) 462-2311
Gateway Dental Care, Francine Kitagawa, D.D.S., 4825 Hopyard Road, Suite F17, (925) 598-9825, www.pleasanton-dental.com
Hacienda Dental Care, Wilson Myers, Jr., D.D.S., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 111, (925) 734-0104
Linda Mori, D.D.S., 5990 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 117, (925) 416-1054
Thompson Tom, D.D.S., 5990 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 115,  (925) 734-0748
Henry Uy, D.D.S., 4430 Willow Road, Suite A, (925) 462-2311
John Yaung, D.M.D., 5677 Gibraltar Drive, Suite B,  (925) 225-9855, www.jyaungdmd.com

Home Health Care
LifeGuard Home Health, 5976 W. Las Positas Drive, Suite 106, (925) 271-0221, www.lifeguardhomehealth.com
Sunshine Home Health Care, 4637 Chabot Drive, Suite 240, (925) 469-1000

Mental Health Services
Dipti Bhakta, M.D., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 217, (925) 227-1967
Marjorie Bolander, M.F.T., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 218, (925) 417-5456
Lori Brown, L.C.S.W., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 217, (925) 997-9003
Susan DuPree, Ph.D., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 218, (925) 734-0664
Bram Fridhandler, Ph.D., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 218, (925) 417-1079, www.fridhand.net
Daniel Kostalnick, M.D., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 217, (925) 463-3527
Diana Li-Repac, Ph.D., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 217, (925) 484-5602
Pathways to Wellness, 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 108, (925) 520-0066, www.pathwaystowellness.net
John Patty, Ph.D., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 218, (925) 937-8637
Jon Peterson, M.D., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 217, (925) 463-9115
Judy Petrick, L.M.F.T., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 217, (925) 462-7457
Patrick Petti, Ph.D., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 218, (510) 653-6570
L. Pipsker, Ph.D., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 218
Jill Rodgers-Quaye, Ph.D., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 218, (510) 282-2197, www.drjillrodgersquaye.com
Dale Siperstein, Ph.D., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 218, (925) 484-5441
Rebecca Stanwyck, L.C.S.W., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 218, (510) 881-2540, www.rebeccastanwyck.com
Marcia Toyohara, M.F.T., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 218, (510) 790-6562
Diana Weinstock, Ph.D., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 217, (925) 426-0718
Michael Wetter, Psy.D., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 217, (925) 519-7755
Diana Young, Ph.D., 5674 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 217, (510) 524-6749

Medical Groups
Premier Comp Medical Group, 5635 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 401, (925) 520-0055, www.premiercomp.org

Medical Information
Diabetes and Nutrition Education, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 220, (925) 416-6710, www.valleycare.com/programs/diabetes.html
ValleyCare Health Library and Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center, 5725 West Las Positas Blvd., Suite 270, (925) 734-3315.

Physical Therapy
Physiotherapy Associates, 5980 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 100, (925) 847-8833, www.myphysio.com

Lisa Breuner, DPM, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 280, (925) 416-0990
Sonia Erickson, DPM, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 280, (925) 416-0990

Prosthetics & Orthopedic Devices
Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, 5880 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 57, (925) 734-0344, www.hanger.com
Marzel's, 5980 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 119, (925) 227-1402, www.marzels.com
Pacific Medical Prosthetics & Orthotics, 4626 Willow Road, Suite 102, (925) 227-1306, www.pacmedical.com

Attention and Achievement Center, 4637 Chabot Drive, Suite 102, (925) 416-1400, www.drugfreeadd.com
Breastlink, 5924 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 108, (925) 225-0138, www.breastlink.com
Compass Chiropractic Center, 5976 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 220, (925) 730-0220, www.compasschirocenter.com
Heart of the Valley Pediatric Cardiology, 5933 Coronado Lane, Suite 104, (925) 416-0100, www.heartofthevalley.us
Mission Peak Orthopedic Medical Group, 5924 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 110, (925) 846-6200, www.mportho.com
Pacific Dermatology, Hank Fung, M.D., and Cecile Lee, M.D., 5924 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 101, (925) 426-8828, www.pacderm.com
Pain Medicine Consultants, 5924 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 102, (925) 287-1256, www.painmedicineconsultants.com
Pleasanton Dermatology, Anna McNay, M.D., 5933 Coronado Lane, Suite 200, (925) 226-7910, www.pleasantonderm.com
Tri-Valley Orthopedic Specialists, 4626 Willow Road, Suite 200, (925) 463-0470, www.trivalleyorthopedics.com
ValleyCare Medical Foundation Pediatrics, Christi Klimisch, M.D., Yatin Shah, M.D., 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 110, (925) 416-6767
ValleyCare Medical Foundation Otolaryngology and Endocrinology, 5725 West Las Positas Blvd., Suite 210
ValleyCare Weight Loss Surgery Program, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 220, (925) 416-6720, www.valleycare.com/programs/bariatrics.html      
Weight Watchers, 4811 Hopyard Road, Suite G-04, (925) 484-9017, www.weightwatchers.com
Young M. Kang, M.D., General urology, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 250, (925) 468-0404

Vision Care
Hacienda Park Optometry, 4825 Hopyard Road, Suite F-01, (925) 227-0400,  www.haciendaparkoptometry.com
Charles Hom, OD, 5679 Gibraltar Drive, (925) 463-3937
Visual Eyes Optometry, 4555 Hopyard Road, Suite 19, (925) 463-7330, www.veoptometry.com


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