Dr. Laura Ulibarri has been a part of the Catalina Island Medical Center team since July, 2007. The family practice physician attended medical school at the University of New Mexico and served patients both in that state and in Alaska for two decades before moving to Catalina Island. Her experience includes private practice and hospital settings in both urban and isolated, rural areas. Dr. Ulibarri enjoys the island’s natural beauty, its small town charm and its sense of community.
Dr. Tracey Norton joined the Catalina Island Medical Center team in July, 2008. A family practice physician for more than two decades, the doctor of osteopathy left a teaching position at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine to practice on the island, where she is able to devote herself full-time to improving the lives and health of her patients. She has been visiting the island since she was a child and lives in Avalon with her husband Carel Struycken.
Dr. Monte Mellon joined the Catalina Island Medical Center staff in early 2010. Board certified in both family and emergency medicine, Dr. Mellon has more than 35 years experience in emergency medicine. Before his move to CIMC, Dr. Mellon worked at Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego and also founded an emergency medicine training practice in the United States Navy where he served for 20 years. An avid boater, Dr. Mellon visited the island frequently before moving here with his wife full time.
Catalina Island Medical Center bridges the divide separating our patients from mainland health services through telemedicine. Utilizing both web-based and dedicated technologies, tele-medicine continues to evolve and offer new and exciting opportunities for partnerships with mainland facilities and providers.
Radiologist John Nesson, M.D., board certified by the American College of Radiologists, serves the radiological needs of Catalina Island Medical Center. He has been practicing medicine for more than three decades and attended medical school at the University of Southern California, completed his residency at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center and practices full time at Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop, Calif.
Psychiatrist Jagdeep Garewal, M.D., is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has been practicing for more than 10 years. He has a telemedicine private practice based from Ridgecrest Regional Hospital in the southern Sierras. He attended medical school at Gandhi Medical College in India and completed his residency at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City. Dr. Garewal meets with Catalina Island Medical Center patients once a month via secure tele-conferencing equipment.
Ophthalmologists Dr. Joseph Fan and Dr. Michael Rauser, who are both board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, interpret scans which are taken using CIMC's Automated Retinal Imaging System. Dr. Fan attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego, and completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Rauser attended medical school and completed his residency at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Both physicians serve patients full time at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where Dr. Fan is an assistant clinical professor and Dr. Rauser is the residency program director.
Downey Regional Medical Center
For several months a year, Catalina Island Medical Center works with the Family Practice Internship and Residency Program at Downey Regional Medical Center. Second and third year residents see patients in the Catalina Island Medical Group Office, spend time on-call in the emergency room and provide care to the facility's in-patients. The program allows the California-licensed osteopathic physicians to gain experience in a rural environment and gives the medical center additional physician coverage between March and October.
Visiting specialists regularly see patients at Catalina Island Medical Center, typically on a Saturday in the medical group offices. Dermatology, podiatry and ophthalmology are just some of the medical specialties available through this program.