Two New Awards for Dr. Bretsky

Sometimes good things come in bunches, and this is no exception for Dr. Bretsky who recently received two prestigious acknowledgments from his peers.

For yet another year, Dr. Bretsky has been recognized as a Super Doctor ( The selection process for Super Doctors is a rigorous multi-step process designed to identify physicians who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made by other physicians who are asked the following question: “If you needed medical care, which doctor would you choose?”

In addition, this year Dr. Bretsky earned an American College of Physicians Fellowship (FACP). This is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize Dr. Bretsky for his accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for an ACP Fellowship is a physician’s excellence and contributions made to both medicine and the broader community.

According to the American College of Physicians, “Fellowship in the ACP means that as a patient, you have confidence...Read more

Santa Monica Primary Care Adds New Clinical Staff in Our Expanded Space

Long-standing patients of Santa Monica Primary Care have had the same reaction when opening the door to our newly renovated space – Wow.

They are coming in through the same door at the end of the hallway, marked Suite 230, but there is a whole new feel. Beginning last year, we remodeled our existing space and expanded into the adjacent suite. We added additional exams rooms, and opened up the entire bank of west facing windows making entry into our waiting room a bright and welcoming experience. We have never been an office that wished to greet you with a closed glass window, but now our front desk is even more open with a beautiful Santa Monica backdrop.

In addition to our new space, we now have more clinical staff to accommodate the growing needs of our patients. Along with Dr. Bretsky, we have two Physician Assistants (PAs) – Sandra Ovadia and Jillian Payne. Both of our Physician Assistants have many years of experience not only in Primary Care, but also in diverse specialties including Uro-Gynecology, Thoracic Surgery, and Emergency Medicine.

In general, PAs play a broad and expanding role in our health care system, working in a variety of practice...Read more

Exciting Changes at Santa Monica Primary Care

If you’ve been to Santa Monica Primary Care lately, you may have noticed the construction happening around our office. Back in February we began building a new office space that will double our size! The final phase of this construction is almost complete, and soon our full office space will be open with new services and providers. Come see the new space as we continue to grow and offer our patients the best, most comprehensive care on the Westside.

In addition to our expansion, our office is also very proud to announce that Sandra Ovadia, MMS PA-C will be joining the team as our new Physician’s Assistant! Sandra comes to us from the Cedars Sinai ER Department, where she regularly treated patients for illnesses, wounds, and injuries. Sandra also has extensive experience with OBGYN care and procedures, and will serve as our main provider of all Women’s Health services. She has over 7 years of experience providing excellent patient care, and we are very excited to have Sandra join our team.

Sandra will be joining our staff beginning June 6th, 2016. She will be taking over for Jennafer Piccolo PA-C, who has left our practice to work at a cosmetic spa in...Read more

Santa Monica Primary Care is Expanding

We are happy to announce that we will be expanding our office in 2016. We have taken over the space next door, and we will be combining the two spaces to create one large primary care office. With construction already underway, the new office will be completed in early summer 2016.

In late March, we will move our offices next door temporarily. We will continue to see patients as scheduled and offer all of our usual services. We will stay next door for about 6 weeks while our original office space is remodeled to combine with the new space. Once completed, our new office will feature more exam rooms, a business office, and a new waiting room and reception area. We will also be adding additional providers, as well as new services for our patients care and convenience. Stay tuned for news on new providers and services.

We are excited about our expansion, and we look forward to welcoming our patients to our new improved office. Visit our website and our Facebook page for updates on construction, new services, new staff, and special promotions.

Dr. Bretsky Featured In New Book

We are proud to announce that Dr. Bretsky has been featured in a new book about the benefits of having a good primary care physician, and the positive relationship that patients share with their doctors.

“The Patient’s Playbook,” written by Leslie D. Michelson, explores how to select a primary care physician who will provide excellent treatment as well as coordinate care through the different stages life. Dr. Bretsky was profiled in the book by one of his patients, who praised the doctor for being “really open and warm” and “paying close attention to his patients’ care.”

Dr. Bretsky also provided the author with expertise to help patients achieve better outcomes when choosing a doctor. He emphasized the importance of providing his patients with a positive experience, and addressing their needs when coordinating care. He is referenced in the book as an example of a knowledgeable and compassionate physician who has demonstrated the benefits of proper medical care for his patients’ wellbeing.

The book has been reviewed by numerous health care professionals, and has been described as an invaluable resource for both patients and their caregivers....Read more