The nurses, doctors and admins of Sacramento Heart and Vascular Medical Associates have a respected history of Primary Care and Cardiology services in Placerville.
The enterprise has had a presence in Hangtown for 17 years, and recently added more staff for a continuing, healthy future. With two physicians, two nurse practitioners, two medical assistants and a reception group, the team handles ailments from tummy aches to advanced heart disease. Internal Medicine and Family Practice are handled by Dr. Matthew Watson and Dr. Leeanne Camisa. Dr. Watson is full-time locally while Dr. Camisa divides her days between Sacramento and Placerville.
Once a week the facility is visited by renowned cardiologist Dr. Philip Bach, SacHeart’s managing partner, to explore concerns about matters cardio. His Placerville schedule is always full.
Recently, the SacHeart office lost a working relationship with a local physician who opted to leave private practice to join a hospital. A primary care physician was needed at once. The recruiting question was obvious — who would be willing to move their successful practice from a robust city to a small town?
Four years earlier, young Dr. Matthew Watson was completing his residency at the Cambridge Health Alliance (Harvard Teaching Hospital). This Columbia-educated physician had already made his choice of hometowns, and it wasn’t the northwest megalopolis. He would return to his roots in the Northern California foothills, become a doctor of internal medicine and serve underrepresented populations, including American Indians. Part of that commitment was contractual — his medical education was underwritten by the Indian Health Service, part of the federal government’s Health and Human Services. He would serve American Indians in Jackson, once a thriving gold rush town, now a pristine mountain community of antique stores, theaters, restaurants and parades. It worked well for all.
With the four-year contract up in 2013, Dr. Watson contemplated his next move.
Meanwhile, in nearby Placerville, Sacramento Heart and Vascular was in full search mode for exactly that profile.
The Jackson physician received his undergraduate degree from Berkeley, MD from Columbia University in New York, and his Internship and Residency in the Cambridge Allied Health system near Boston. While in med school, he was able to fit in a master’s degree in Public Health.
SacHeart and Dr. Watson met and the marriage was quick and happy, a win-win. Dr. Watson found an opportunity for balance, able to be a people’s doctor while having a real home life with wife Bonnie, whom he met in the Masters of Public Health program. She is also a healthcare expert specializing in children’s obesity. The couple recently had its first child.
Besides Dr. Watson and Dr. Camisa, the facility located at 3105 Cedar Ravine Road, Suite 103, includes nurse practitioners Lee Rea and Teresa Levinson, medical assistants Catherine Rhode and Christy Hall, and reception team Dorothy Raisbeck-Creason and Tara White. The facility is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for a half-hour lunch. For more information, call 530-295-9378.