Our doctors have a variety of backgrounds and experience but we have one thing in common: CAMA physicians are all Board-certified anesthesiologists, which means we have the training and expertise to provide top-quality anesthesia for whatever type of surgery you are having. Every physician hired since the group began came from excellent medical schools and with outstanding professional and personal references. We aim for friendly, professional service—we want a patient to feel comfortable asking any question before surgery and to feel safe during surgery. All the CAMA physicians and families enjoy living in the San Luis Obispo County area and strongly believe in the importance of top quality physicians in our local hospitals and communities. It’s important to our doctors that when our patients think of excellent anesthesia services, you think of Coastal Anesthesiology.
CAMA is helped on the business side by a great team of quality professionals. All billing, insurance claims and fee matters are handled by our independent billing service, Specialized Billing Service, located in Santa Maria. SBS works only with anesthesiologists and understands the unique aspects of anesthesia billing and claims, with 25 years of experience working closely with our physicians. Owners Tracy Moreno and Sandy Sands take pride with their staff in their timely, professional approach to helping you understand your insurance plan and billing details.
On the administrative side, Practice Administrator Carlyn Christianson works closely with the group on all of the business aspects not connected with billing and claims—such as scheduling, contracting, hiring, communication. Like our physicians, one of Carlyn’s biggest interests is making sure that CAMA is delivering high-quality care, and so it is important to her that you contact her should you have feedback or questions about the care you received, even if you do not wish to speak directly to the doctor (or even if you do!)
Garrett Owen, M.D., M.P.H. and his wife moved here in March 2016, both returning to the Central Coast after graduating from Cal Poly in 2005. Dr. Owen received his medical degree from Tulane along with a Masters in Public Health, then did his residency in New Orleans also. He completed a Fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic before starting his practice in San Francisco. CAMA welcomes him home!
Chris Peinado, M.D. came to SLO with his family in October 2015 from San Diego after practicing there for nearly 10 years. He received his medical degree from UC San Francisco and did his residency at UC San Diego.
Jesse Rohde, D.O. joined CAMA in July 2014 after completing a cardio-vascular Fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic. He received his medical degree from Touro University of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, CA while completing a Masters in Public Health at Harvard. His residency training was at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Owen Shea, M.D., joined CAMA in 1998, having moved to San Luis Obispo in 1996 directly out of residency at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he distinguished himself as Chief Resident. He also received his medical degree from UCLA.
Larry Silver, MD., moved to SLO from the Lake Tahoe area in summer of 2012. He received his medical degree from UCLA and completed his residency at Stanford University.
Julie Smelser, M.D., joined CAMA in 1998, having moved to San Luis Obispo in 1994 with her husband to start her career in anesthesiology. She completed her medical degree at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and did her residency at the University of California in San Francisco, distinguishing herself by serving as Chief Resident.
Scott Smelser, M.D. also joined CAMA after moving to the area in 1994 with his wife. He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego and completed his residency at the University of California in San Francisco.
Ronald Smith-Arizmendi, M.D. joined CAMA's practice in 1999 after completing his studies at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California.
M. Margaret Stenger, M.D. joined CAMA after working in San Luis Obispo for a number of years prior to 1998. She received her medical degree from the University of California in Los Angeles, and went on to distinguished post-graduate training, completing her residency at Yale University.
Andrew Sun, M.D. joined CAMA in 1998 after working in the area since 1994. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, completing his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Sun has the unusual background of being a former instructor and assistant professor at Loma Linda which allowed him the opportunity to teach in China under a joint venture.
Kang Tsau, M.D., moved to SLO in 2010, coming from Lompoc where he served as Chief of Anesthesiology and Medical Director for a number of years. Dr. Tsau completed his residency at Loma Linda University, and his medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Bennett Weiss, M.D. joined CAMA in the fall of 1999 after working in Santa Barbara for several years. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed his residency at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Paul Wolfrom, D.O. joined CAMA in May 2008 after working in the Riverside area and then Las Vegas for five years. He is happily familiar with the Central Coast after visiting family here for years. He received his degree from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, and completed his residency at Loma Linda University in California.
Eric Zeeb, M.D. joined CAMA in 2003, directly out of his residency at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Medicine at Denver, where he also received his medical degree. He was distinguished by serving as Chief Resident during his residency.
Here are the CAMA doctors in alphabetical order:
Glen Aquino, M.D., joined CAMA in July 2013, moving to San Luis Obispo with his family (his wife is also a physician, with family in the area) after completing his medical education at UCLA and a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.
Matthew Barry, D.O., joined CAMA in July 2008, coming to San Luis Obispo upon completing his military obligations after getting his training with the army. He attended the TOURO College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo for his D.O. and did his residency at the Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley. Dr. Barry distinguishes himself by graduating from Cal Poly SLO in 1995.
Guy Chirman, M.D. arrived in SLO in May of 2000, moving here from Bakersfield after visting the Central Coast on many occasions. He received his training in California, getting his M.D. from the University of Southern California and completing his residency at the L.A. County-USC Medical Center.
Steve Chu, M.D. joined CAMA in July of 2015, moving with his family from a small practice in the Bay Area. He received his medical education from USC's Keck School of Medicine after completing his undergraduate work at Stanford, and did his residency at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.
Saul David, M.D. was hired in the fall of 2001, moving here from Bakersfield. His medical education was received from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico and at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey. Dr. David performed his residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, and then went on to earn Fellowships in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia at The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and in Obstetrical Anesthesia at USC Women’s Hospital in Los Angeles.
Andrew Dixon, M.D., who graduated from SLO High and Cal Poly, moved back to SLO in August 2016 with his family after completing his Anesthesia Critical Care Fellowship at UC Irvine and his residency at the University of New Mexico, with his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine.
Shawn Fouhy, M.D. was hired in July 2005, moving here directly after completing his residency at the University of California San Diego Medical Center. His medical degree was received from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Terry Hack, M.D. was hired in 2005 and came to SLO via New York, having originally completed a stint in the Navy where he received his medical degree, at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD and then going on to complete his anesthesia residencies at the Naval Hospital in Oakland and then at the University of California at San Francisco.
Robert Hetzel, M.D. was instrumental in forming CAMA and served as its original Managing Partner in 1998 after working in the San Luis Obispo area for a number of years. He received his M.D. from Georgetown University and completed his anesthesia residency at Tufts University St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts.
Curby Jenkins, D.O. joined CAMA in 2013 after practicing in Michigan. There he completed his training at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic/IRMC where he was Chief Resident and Assistant Clinical Professor. Afterwards he served as Director of Cardiovascular & Thoracic anesthesiology at McLaren Regional Medical Center in Lansing. He received his medical degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Los Angeles.
Sundarampillai Jeyanandarajan, M.D. or “Dr. Rajan”, is distinguished by being one of the original team of physicians brought to San Luis Obispo to begin the award-winning heart program at French Hospital many years ago. He received his medical degree from the University of Sri Lanka and completed his anesthesia residency at the French & Polyclinic Medical School & Hospital in New York City.
Rachel Kyler, M.D. joined CAMA in summer 2010, after completing her residency at Stanford University and working in Arizona for a couple years. She received her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, and enjoys the distinction of also completing an M.A. degree in Biology & Biomedical Sciences at the same time.
Thomas Kyler, M.D. joined CAMA in summer 2010 after completing his residency at Stanford University and working in Arizona for a couple years. He received his medical degree from the University of Arizona School of Medicine in Tucson.