Welcome Dr. Rafie, MD

Reza Rafie, MD, has returned to Visalia Medical Clinic after completing a fellowship in interventional cardiology at the Kaiser Permanente Department of Cardiology.

Interventional cardiology is a non-surgical process that focuses on catheter-based procedures, such as balloon angioplasty, stenting and valve repair, to address damaged or weakened vessels, narrowed arteries or other affected parts of the heart’s structure.

Dr. Rafie completed medical school and his residency at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences, followed by research at the Institute of Genetic Medicine at USC and his residency at the Department of Internal Medicine at USC. A fellowship in cardiology at Kaiser Permanente followed, along with several years of research at the Heart Institute of Cedar Sinai Medical Center and at USC’s cardiovascular department.

VMC welcomes gastroenterologist

Gastroenterologist William Hsueh, MD, has joined Visalia Medical Clinic and is now accepting patients and referrals.
Dr. Hsueh recently completed his fellowship in gastroenterology at West Virginia University. Previously he served his internal medicine residency at MedStar Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center and he earned his doctor of medicine degree, cum laude, at St. George’s University, School of Medicine. Dr. Hsueh is certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

“I grew up in a heavily populated, underserved community in New York and my mother had medical issues so I saw the needs first-hand,” Dr. Hsueh said. “I chose gastroenterology because it allows for a diverse mix of procedures and I can really make a difference in patients’ lives, right away.”

Gastroenterology focuses on diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. Conditions include colon polyps, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome and hepatitis.
Dr. Hsueh joins fellow gastroenterologist Shirley Pua, MD, on the VMC staff.

The Wellness Center expands staff

Nurse practitioner Denise Junio, RN, BSN, PHP, MSN-FNP, has joined the VMC Wellness Center.
“I just fell in love with medicine, so I pursued my registered nurse license and followed that with earning my public health nurse license and a Master of Science in nursing,” she said. “My wide base of knowledge helps patients feel more at ease.”

She pursued a position at Visalia Medical Clinic after working with VMC pediatrician Kirt Coverston, MD, to earn her hours in the
pediatric rotation.

“Dr. Coverston told me about the Wellness Center so I applied and I just love it here. The program that VMC has put together is amazing and I feel very much at home.”

The Wellness Center is a no-cost program designed just for VMC’s Medicare patients to help ensure that they receive their free annual preventative care visits. The goal is to keep patients healthier and more independent.

For information, call VMC at 739-2000 or visit vmchealth.com.

VMC nurse practitioner earns 
doctoral degree

Visalia Medical Clinic adult gerontology nurse practitioner Andrea Van Beek has earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Duke University.

Van Beek, who sees patients at VMC's anticoagulation clinic, described the new degree as focused on evidence-based practices, quality improvement and systems leadership. The program trains nurse leaders to implement research into a clinical practice.

"I wanted to further my education so that I can best help my patients receive the highest level of care, based upon evidence-based research," Van Beek noted. "The result will be a continual improvement in the care we provide. The DNP degree is not common in this area but it is going to prove to be very valuable to our patients."

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Considering a breast reduction?

Breast reduction patients are typically some of the happiest patients in a plastic surgeon's practice because 95% of them have either complete relief or significant improvement in their pain.

A breast reduction can reduce the size and the droopiness. The reduction procedure includes a lift of the breast, which reproduces a more youthful form.

If you are considering a breast reduction and are ready to learn more, call VMC's Board-certified plastic surgeon Alex Lechtman, MD, FACS, at 559-738-7572.


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Do you have diabetes? Protect your feet!
By Jeffrey Hagen, DPM

Uncontrolled diabetes causes damage all over the body and can lead to nerve and circulatory damage to the feet and lower legs. In fact, about 73,000 amputations were performed in the U.S. in one year alone due to uncontrolled diabetes. Learn more about VMC's diabetes team at www.vmchealth.com.



VMC physicians reaching out to
the community

The Visalia Host Lions Club opened up their meeting to Visalia Medical Clinic endocrinologist, Noman Saif, MD, to learn more about measures to prevent and stabilize diabetes.

To learn more about Dr. Saif or to invite a VMC physician to speak at an event call 559-733-3737.


  • Join the VMC team!

VMC’s service area covers 2 counties - 500K+ patient lives and is affiliated with Kaweah Delta Medical Foundation. Learn more about career opportunities here.



Radiology Department highlights

  • Current Technology
  • Quick turn-around
  • Quick access
  • Full range of exams available for MRI
  • Full-range CT exams, 64 slice




Education and support

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This group of diabetics and family members meets monthly at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Visalia Medical Clinic, 5400 West Hillsdale Avenue and discusses a variety of topics to better manage diabetes. Cost to attend the one-hour meetings is $5 per family. Meetings are led by Susan Smith, certified diabetes educator. $5 per family 739-2087.

Flu shots

Visalia Medical Clinic offers flu shots. The federal Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get a shot. There are certain people who are more strongly encouraged to get a shot, including seniors, those with chronic lung disease such as asthma or COPD and people with diabetes or kidney disease, to name a few.

Whooping cough

Also known as pertussis, this is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection that can be very serious for infants. To make an appointment at Visalia Medical Clinic for the vaccine, call 739-2000.

Health tips
Get It Checked
A schedule of check-ups and age-approriate screenings for men and women.
A tool for families
Get It Checked
Visalia Medical Clinic’s team of pediatricians has added a new resource to our web site. This is a new developmental screening tool for parents to use.
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Have a concern or need help finding a physician? Please call Visalia Medical Clinic's Patient Coordinator at
(559) 738-7528.

Look here to learn about some of our
special areas of expertise:

  • Dementia care, Rohini Joshi, MD 738-7597

  • Hypertension Olayinka Omololu, MD 738-7557

  • Diabetes Denise Giroux MS, RD, CDCES

  • Vasectomy reversal/enlarged prostate treatment, Marty Prah, MD 738-7548

  • Post-mastectomy reconstruction
    Alex Lechtman, MD, 738-7572

    Balloon sinuplasty for chronic sinus infections Craig Calloway, MD, F.A.C.S. 738-7526


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