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 Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, 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/president of the local branch of Osteopathic Physicians, Central Coast Osteopathic Regional Society (CCORS), which is affiliated with OPSC (Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California). She has been in practice in Atascadero since 1988.
What is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)?
Like allopathic physicians (or M.D.s), osteopathic physicians complete 4 years of medical school and can choose to practice in any specialty of medicine. However, osteopathic physicians receive an additional 300 - 500 hours in the study of hands-on manual medicine and the body's musculoskeletal system.
Osteopathic medicine is dedicated to treating and healing the patient as a whole, rather than focusing on one system or body part. An osteopathic physician will often use a treatment method called osteopathic manipulative treatment (also called OMT or manipulation) -- a hands-on approach to make sure that the body is moving freely. This free motion ensures that all of your body's natural healing systems are able to work unhindered.
Osteopathic physicians hold to the principle that a patient's history of illness and physical trauma are written into the body's structure. The osteopathic physician's highly developed sense of touch allows the physician to feel (palpate) the patient's "living anatomy" (the flow of fluids, motion and texture of tissues, and structural makeup).
Naomi Waak PA
Naomi Waak attended University of California, Davis Medical School in Sacramento, CA. She received her Physician Assistant degree in 2008. Additionally, she did graduate work at Texas A&M in Plant Genetics. Naomi earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Crop Science from Cal Poly, graduating in 2001. She has been part of our team for over 10 years.
What is a Physician Assistant (P.A.)?
Physician assistants (PAs) are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs perform a comprehensive range of medical duties, from basic primary care to high-technology specialty procedures. PAs often act as first or second assistants in major surgery and provide pre- and postoperative care.
In some rural areas where physicians are in short supply, PAs serve as the primary providers of health care, conferring with their supervising physicians and other medical professionals as needed and as required by law. PAs can be found in virtually every medical and surgical specialty.
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.
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 7 years.
Kathy Lindemans is our Medical Records administrator. She has been part of our team for over 2 years.