Health Care for the Entire Family

Dr. Patricia Schechter Family Practice is a primary care medical group that has been dedicated to family medicine since 1988. The group currently consists of two family clinicians: Dr. Patricia Schechter, DO and Naomi Waak PA. We care for all-age patients ranging from infants to pediatrics and adolescents, full adult medicine, and even geriatrics.


We routinely schedule appointments from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Lunch 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM) on Mondays to Thursdays and closed on Fridays. After hours, the clinician-on-call may be reached through our answering service for any urgent medical advice.

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Address

5905 Capistrano Ave # C

Atascadero, California 93422

Directions

From North of Atascadero

101 South, exit Highway 41 (Morro Rd.), turn left (East) on Highway 41, and turn left at the second light (Capistrano Ave.). Our parking lot is the third driveway on your right. We are located near Bank of America and next-door to the county clerk’s office.

From South of Atascadero

101 North, exit highway 41 (Morro Rd.)—this exit comes out onto El Camino Real. Turn left onto El Camino Real, turn right (East) on Highway 41, and turn left at the first light (Capistrano Ave.). Our parking lot is the third driveway on your right. We are located near Bank of America and the new library.

Phone and Fax

Phone: (805) 461-7144

Fax: (805) 461-7141

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NOTE: We are not contracted with any of the Covered California Plans, Cencal, or HMOs and apologize for the inconvenience. Please verify your insurance coverage before your appointments.

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Our Clinicians

Dr. Patricia Schechter D.O., M.S.

Dr. Patricia Schechter attended Western University (College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific) in Pomona, California. She received her medical degree in 1986. She continued her training at the Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, where she completed her residency in Family Practice. Additionally, she has earned her Masters of Science from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in Vegetable Science.


Dr. Schechter also is the founder and president of the local branch of Osteopathic Physicians, Central Coast Osteopathic Regional Society (CCORS), which is affiliated with Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC). She has been in practice in Atascadero since 1988. 


What Is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)?

Similar to allopathic physicians, osteopathic physicians complete four years of medical school. They can also choose to specialize in any field of medicine. However, these physicians must go through an additional 300 to 500 hours of studying hands-on manual medicine and the musculoskeletal system of the human body.


Osteopathic medicine is dedicated to treating and healing the entire body of the patient instead of focusing on only one part or system. Physicians in this field often use a treatment method called osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). This is a hands-on approach of making sure that the body is moving freely. The free motion then ensures that your body’s natural healing systems work unhindered.


All osteopathic physicians adhere to the principle that a patient’s history of illness and physical trauma can be seen in the body structure. The practitioner’s highly developed sense of touch allows him or her to feel the flow of fluids, motion and texture of tissues, and the structural makeup of the patient.


Naomi Waak PA

Naomi Waak attended University of California, Davis Medical School in Sacramento, California. She received her Physician Assistant degree in 2008. Additionally, she did graduate work at Texas A&M in Plant Genetics. Naomi earned her Bachelor of Science in Crop Science from California Polytechnic State University, graduating in 2001. She has been part of our team for over 10 years.


What Is a Physician Assistant (PA)?

Physician assistants are health professionals licensed to practice medicine so long as they are supervised by an actual physician. PAs perform a comprehensive range of medical duties—from basic primary care to high-technology specialty procedures. They often act as first or second assistants during major surgeries and provide pre- and post-operative care to patients.


In some rural areas experiencing a lack of physicians, PAs serve as the primary providers of health care. They confer with their supervising physicians and other medical professionals as needed and as required by law. Every medical and surgical specialty contains PAs.

The Staff

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Connie Campoverde

Connie Campoverde is our medical assistant. She earned her certificate in 2006 from Cuesta College. Additionally, she has been trained and certified as a phlebotomist. Connie has been part of our team for over 18 years.

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Lorena Campoverde

Lorena Campoverde is our office administrator. She is currently training in medical billing and medical office management. She has been part of our team for over seven years.

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Kathy Lindemans

Kathy Lindemans is our medical records administrator. She has been part of our team for over two years.

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