Santa Maria Health Care Center Staff
Michael Camacho-Craft - Health Care Administrator
A graduate of UCLA, Michael oversees all aspects of the Santa Maria Health Care Center, including Women's Health and the clinic located at the Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter. Having worked for Santa Barbara County for approximately 20 years, Michael is committed to sustaining a center where staff flourish and patients thrive. He believes strongly in partnering with patients to identify and meet their health care goals. Michael promotes personal empowerment of staff and patients alike, with a deep, consistent focus on customer service. When not at the center, Michael enjoys travel, family time, and lifelong learning.
Primary Care Providers
Dr. Asia De La Torre
Dr. Asia De La Torre received her Bachelors of Arts in Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California and later obtained her medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. She then returned to Southern California for her residency training in Family Medicine at Harbor-UCLA, a large county hospital in the greater Los Angeles area. Owing to her deep desire to provide medical care for underserved populations, she continued to work for the County of Los Angeles at a health center in Bellflower, CA upon graduating residency and then sought her current position with us in Santa Maria.
Dr. Gabriela Diaz
Dr. Gabriela Diaz joined Santa Maria Health Care Center in January 2015. Dr. Diaz grew up in our community and, after completing her medical training, could have set up practice any place but returned to Santa Maria to serve locally. Trained in Family Medicine, she has additional interest in pediatrics, women's health, and care for farm workers. She exhibits an abiding commitment to reaching those who most need care but face the greatest barriers in finding it.
La Dra. Gabriela Díaz se unió al Centro de Salud de Santa Maria en Enero del 2015. La Dra. Díaz creció en nuestra comunidad y, después de completar su entrenamiento médico, pudo haber establecido su práctica en algún otro lugar pero regreso a Santa Maria para servir localmente. Entrenada en Medicina Familiar, tiene un interés adicional en pediatría, la salud de la mujer y el cuidado de los trabajadores agrícolas. Ella muestra un compromiso permanente para llegar a aquellos que necesitan cuidado pero enfrentan las barreras más grandes.
Lisa DiModica, PA
Lisa DiModica joined Santa Maria Health Care Centers in March 2011. She currently provides part time Urgent Care at Santa Maria Health Care Center. Lisa loves to travel with her family and appreciates the opportunity to serve at the center.
Dr. Rachel Hawkins
Psychologist Dr. Rachel Hawkins joined the Santa Maria Health Care Center in November 2016. Dr. Hawkins completed doctoral training at the Family Service Agency of San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital. Prior to joining the team at the Santa Maria Health Care Center, she was a behavioral medicine supervisor at the San Mateo Medical Center. Dr. Hawkins uses evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing tailored to primary care settings. She believes in partnering with patients to support their healing and growth.
La psicóloga Dra. Rachel Hawkins se unió al Centro de Cuidado de la Salud de Santa Maria en Noviembre del 2016. La Dra. Hawkins completo su doctorado en la Agencia de Servicios para la Familia de San Francisco, así como en el Hospital General de San Francisco. Antes de unirse al equipo en el Centro de Salud de Santa Maria, fue supervisora de medicina conductual en el Centro Médico de San Mateo. La Dra. Hawkins utiliza terapias basadas en la evidencia incluyendo Terapia Conductual Cognoscitiva, Terapia de Conducta Dialéctica y Entrevista Motivacional adaptadas a atención primaria.
Dr. Karen Hougo
Dr. Karen Hougo is a recent addition to the Santa Maria Health Care Center team. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. Dr. Hougo is a loyal UCLA alumna, even during this woeful football season; however, she did her residency and endocrine fellowship at USC-affiliated programs. She enjoys every inch of Santa Barbara County and its residents. One of her greatest joys is watching people regain control over their diabetes and health. Dr. Hougo is honored to play a small part in your journey towards health.
Robert Martin, PA
Robert Martin graduated from Charles Drew University magna cum laude in 1996 as a Physician Assistant. He joined the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department in that same year and has served in multiple Health Care Center locations, including Santa Maria, Lompoc and New Cuyama. Robert works half time at the homeless shelter and half time here in the clinic. In his time with the Public Health Department, Robert has consistently contributed through multiple facets of services: Urgent Care, Family Practice, Healthy Child visits, Juvenile Hall services and Homeless Shelter Care. Robert enjoys speaking Spanish with patients and is both proud and honored to serve his community with the Public Health Department.
Robert Martin se graduó como Proveedor Médico de la Universidad Charles Drew magna cum laude en 1996. Se unió al Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Bárbara en ese mismo año y ha servido en varios centros de salud, incluyendo Santa Maria, Lompoc y New Cuyama. Robert trabaja medio tiempo en el refugio para indigentes (personas sin hogar) y medio tiempo aquí en la clínica. En el tiempo con el Departamento de Salud Pública, Robert ha contribuido consistentemente en múltiples áreas de servicios: Cuidado de Urgencia, Practicas Familiares, Visitas de Niños Saludables, Servicios de detención Juvenil y Servicios de Refugio para Indigentes. A Robert le gusta hablar español con pacientes y se siente orgulloso y honrado de servir a su comunidad con el Departamento de Salud Pública.
Dr. Josephine (Phyllis) Preciado
Dr. Phyllis Preciado began her health care career serving as a Registered Nurse in Northern California for over 15 years. She made the decision to pursue medical school and graduated from the University of California Irvine School of Medicine in 1999. She is proud to have been actively involved in community health education for over 35 years. Dr. Preciado joined the Public Health Department at the Lompoc Health Care Center as an Adult Primary Care Staff Physician in March of 2011 and moved to the Santa Maria Health Care Center in September 2015. She has a three-fold focus in health care: providing evidence-based medical care for underserved and uninsured communities, addressing health literacy utilizing a team-based model, and mentoring pre-health students to pursue health related careers. Dr. Preciado also serves as the supervising physician for the SMHCC.
Dr. Tushar Yadav
Dr. Yadav graduated from Seth G.S. Medical College in India and completed his residency at Jackson Park Hospital, Chicago, in 1998. He joined the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department in 1999 and has been practicing Family Medicine at the Santa Maria Health Care Center since then. In addition to seeing patients in clinic, Dr. Yadav provides care to patients in local skilled nursing and long-term care facilities. He loves his work, and his clinical endeavors show his passion for serving patients.
El Dr. Yadav se graduó de Seth G.S. Medical College en la India y completo su residencia en el Hospital Jackson Park en Chicago en 1998. Se unió al Departamento de Salud del Condado de Santa Bárbara en 1999 y ha estado practicando Medicina Familiar en el Centro de Salud de Santa Maria desde entonces. Además de ver a los pacientes en la clínica, el Dr Yadav proporciona atención a los pacientes en centros de atención de enfermería especializada y en centros de atención de enfermería a largo plazo. Le encanta su trabajo y sus esfuerzos clínicos muestran su pasión por servir a los pacientes.
Women's Health Providers
Dr. Carolyn Griffith
Dr. Carolyn Griffith is a specialist in Women's Health. She cares for women throughout life, with a focus on the reproductive system and health during pregnancy. She received her degree in biochemistry from the University of California at San Diego and attended Medical school at the University of Southern California, where she graduated on the Dean's Honor list. Dr. Griffith worked in private practice in Santa Barbara for nine years, practicing out of both Goleta Valley and Cottage Hospitals. In 1998 she was selected as Physician of the Year for the Cottage Health System.Board certified as a specialist in women's health by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Griffith has worked for the Public Health Department since 2003. She is married and has three sons.
Brittany Helmer, PA
Brittany Helmer is a physician assistant who is passionate about providing high-quality, personalized healthcare for women across the lifespan here in Santa Maria. She graduated from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Physician Assistant Program before moving to California to specialize in Women's Health. She then completed an OB/GYN post-graduate residency training program at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in San Bernardino County. Brittany is honored to work at the Public Health Department and hopes to empower patients through education and access to care to improve their health, as well as the health of their families.
When Brittany is not working, she enjoys exploring her new home in California, traveling with her husband, and spending quality time with her family and friends in Arkansas.
Kelly Jenei MSN, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner Kelly Jenei completed her undergraduate work at Boston University and is a graduate of Frontier Nursing University, the oldest Nurse Practitioner program in the country. She holds a Master's degree and board certification in Family Practice and has additional training and experience in Women's Health. NP Jenei received her clinical experience at Waikiki Health Center caring for the underserved and homeless communities and providing prenatal care to women who were incarcerated or suffered substance addiction. She feels that this experience not only sharpened her skills as a clinician but also informed her understanding that each patient brings a unique history to their needs and desires from their healthcare provider. NP Jenei provides holistic and evidence-based care that is respectful of the concerns, values, and aspirations of her patients.