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UCLA Health opens primary care center in Montecito

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UCLA Health has opened a new primary care center in Montecito.

MONTECITO, Calif. — Aiming to provide convenient and world-class health care for Santa Barbara-area residents, UCLA Health has opened a new practice in Montecito.

“We are thrilled to expand UCLA Health’s model of community-based academic medicine into Santa Barbara County, starting with Montecito,” UCLA Health regional medical director Adam Cavallero said.

UCLA Health Montecito medical services include routine exams, physicals, preoperative consults, same-day sick appointments, immunizations and coordination of care for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. The clinic will add after-hours and weekend appointments starting in early fall. 

Specialty care services, including cardiology, will be added at the Montecito office in the fall, and a full hematology/oncology practice and new infusion center will open in Santa Barbara in January 2021.

“We’re very well-poised to bring some of the modern changes in medicine that typically were only available in large urban settings into this community,” Cavallero said.

Dennis Hughes (MD) and Amanda Scott (MD) staff the clinic and both live in the community.  

“The unique aspect of our care is that we’re part of the UCLA and we’re coming to a small community,” Scott said. “We’re really excited to provide our services.”

Scott received her medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and completed her residency at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. She practiced medicine in the Santa Barbara area for eight years before joining UCLA Health.

Hughes received his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School and completed his training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where he practiced for several years. He has practiced medicine in California for more than a dozen years and worked in the San Francisco area prior to joining UCLA Health.

In addition to in-person visits, patients will also have access to UCLA Health’s full spectrum of services via telemedicine visits, which enable patients to connect with their doctor through a secure portal online or by phone.

As with all UCLA Health medical facilities, the Montecito Primary Care office has taken steps to protect patients and staff from COVID-19 by screening patients, visitors and staff before they enter the building. 

Universal masking, physical distancing in waiting rooms and enhanced disinfecting and sterilizing procedures are conducted throughout the day.

The UCLA Health Montecito Primary Care practice is located at 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 10-A.

The facility is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments can be made through their website or by calling (805) 565-0020.

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