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Published on August 09, 2011

Peninsula Primary Care opens in Marina


Contact: 582-2100


MONTEREY, Calif. — Peninsula Primary Care opens its second office today, expanding its mission of easing the shortage of primary care physicians in the region.


PPCThe new office is part of the Peninsula Wellness Center complex in Marina. It will initially be staffed by three full-time physicians, with a part-time physician joining the team in October.

Peninsula Primary Care (PPC) opened its first practice in 2009 at the Crossroads Shopping Village in Carmel. It is a subsidiary of Community Hospital Foundation, the nonprofit parent company of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.


“Having a relationship with a primary care doctor is key to maintaining good health,” says Steven Packer, MD, president and CEO of Community Hospital. “Through Peninsula Primary Care, we are making it easier for residents to establish that relationship.”


Increasing the number of primary care doctors is especially critical in Marina, whose residents visited an emergency department at double the rate of the rest of the Peninsula, according to a 2007 community health assessment.


“That reliance on emergency care should be reduced by more convenient access to primary care,” says Carlotta Gabard, executive director of PPC. “We’re pleased to be able to fill this need for residents of Marina as well as the surrounding area.”


PPC patients will have easy access to lab and X-ray services, provided by Community Hospital in the same complex. The site is also home to Community Hospital’s outpatient Rehabilitation Services, offering physical, speech, and occupational therapy, and its Cardiopulmonary Wellness program.

PPC adjoins Community Hospital’s Peninsula Wellness Center, which brings together health, fitness, and medical expertise in a setting that offers cardio and strength-training equipment, lap and therapy pools, and a broad range of fitness classes. Membership is open to everyone, from people interested in establishing or continuing a path to wellness, to those referred by their doctor for treatment such as rehabilitation after joint replacement or heart surgery.


“The Marina campus offers a continuum of care,” Packer says, “from preventive services to rehabilitation to a defined path to wellness.”


Peninsula Primary Care is accepting new patients, including those covered by Medicare. It contracts with all insurance plans that are generally available in the area. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Information and appointments are available by calling 582-2100. The center is off Highway 1 at Imjin Parkway, across from the shopping center that includes REI and Target.


Dr. Agnieszka Lech will be the practice’s medical director and see its first patients. On September 1, she will be joined by Dr. Alicia Paris and Dr. Daniel Son. In mid-October, Dr. Nancy Chang will join the practice. All are accepting new patients.


Here is a closer look at the medical team:


Dr. Agnieszka Lech graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nebraska and received her medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1998. She completed the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program in 2002 at the University of Rochester and is board certified in both specialties. She practiced as an internist and pediatrician in New York and with the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Stockton prior to moving to the Peninsula. 


Dr. Nancy Chang graduated from Northwestern University and received her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1995. She completed the Family Medicine Residency Program at UCLA in 1998 and is board certified in family medicine. Prior to moving to Monterey County, Dr. Chang practiced for seven years at Sharp Medical Group in San Diego.


Dr. Alicia Paris received her medical degree from the University of LaSalle School of Medicine in Mexico City in 1991 and a master’s of science in epidemiology from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada in 1999. She completed the Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine Residency Program at Loma Linda University in May. Before her residency training, Dr. Paris was a communicable disease controller and public health epidemiologist with the Monterey County Health Department.


Dr. Daniel Son graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received his medical degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1998. He completed the Family Medicine Residency Program at UCLA in 2001 and is board certified in family medicine. Dr. Son has practiced in Colorado, Palo Alto, and Monterey.






Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at