A walk in the right direction

Visalia Medical Clinic's Fourth Annual Diabetes Walk is now part of VMC history. The walk continues to raise diabetes awareness in honor
of the late Dr. James Mohs, an endocrinologist who worked with diabetic patients in Visalia for many years.

The 3K/5K welcomed nearly 200 registered participants. Walkers were met at the finish line by over 27 informational booths ready with health related and medical information to support the needs of our extended VMC family.

Dr. James Mohs Memorial Diabetes Walk Dr. James Mohs Memorial Diabetes Walk Guests were also given the opportunity to meet VMC physicians and staff and have their blood sugar and pressure checked and to provide a blood donation at the blood mobile.

A special thank you to all of our sponsors who made this day a success: Novo Nordisk, Lilly and Abbot, Sanofi, Astra Zeneca and Janssen and to all of our vendors, physicians, staff, volunteers and participants! We couldn't have done it without you!

Welcome to the VMC Family

Shirley Pua, MD, has joined the VMC family. Dr. Pua completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of
Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and she completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.  She is Board certified by the American Board of Gastroenterology.

As a gastroenterologist, Dr. Pua is specially trained in diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver, and provides endoscopic procedures as part of the diagnosis and monitoring of disease. Dr. Pua speaks fluent Tagalog.



Dr. Javed is a nephrologist – a physician who specializes in kidney care and treating diseases of the kidney. He sees patients at VMC two days a month. He completed his medical school at Allama Iqbal Medical Collee, Lahore, Pakistan and his internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his nephrology fellowship as chief fellow at Ochsner Clinic Foundation. He speaks Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.




Family Medicine physician Dr. Roy Chan has joined Visalia Medical Clinic and is currently accepting new patients. Dr. Chan offers a full scope of primary care at VMC/KDMF’s Tulare office which includes a lab draw station.

Dr. Chan earned his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of medicine and completed his family medicine residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Chan’s undergraduate studies were completed at Yale University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology with emphasis on neurobiology. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.



Physician assistant Robert Cardenas has joined the Visalia Medical Clinic team of primary care providers, working with internal medicine and family medicine physicians.

Cardenas graduated from the Physician Assistant/Primary Care Associate Program at Stanford University and earlier earned his associate of science degree and emergency medical technician II training at Merced Community College. He has been a physician assistant since 1983, and also served as a part-time instructor at San Joaquin Valley College.

He speaks fluent Spanish and served as vice-president of the Tulare/Kings County NA/PA Association. To schedule an appointment with Robert Cardenas, PA, call 559-739-2000.



VMC proudly welcomes internal medicine physician Lara Atchabahian, MD, to the VMC family. Dr. Atchabahian completed her undergraduate studies in biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. She then went on to receive her medical degree from Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and completed her residency program in Internal Medicine at Los Angeles County + University of Southern
California Medical Center. To schedule an appointment with Lara Atchabahian, MD, call 559-738-7565.



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VMC adopts new billing service


In an effort to improve our billing process, we are adopting a new patient billing service. The process of transitioning from one system to another will require us to change the paper statements that are mailed to our patients.

Any services billed BEFORE March 1, 2018 will use the statement shown below:

Any services billed AFTER March 1, 2018 will use the new statement show below:

For a period of time after March 1, 2018, some patients will continue to receive these two statements, reflecting the different dates of service. We recognize that this may be confusing and a little frustrating as we make this transition.

We value our patients above all and apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. Thank you for your patience.


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 Susan Smith, Ph.D. 739-2087

  • 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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