FAMILY PRACTICE PHYSICIAN Dr. Wayne Daniel, of Fair Oaks, performs a checkup on Amaya Vargas, 9, of Rescue, at the Shingle Springs Health and Wellness Center on Sept. 5. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

Medical Guide 2013

Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center: Healthcare for the whole family

By From page MP26 | September 16, 2013

When it comes to choosing the right healthcare provider, the doctors and staff at the Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center know patients aren’t only concerned about themselves — they’re also concerned about their families. That’s why the Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center is committed to providing personalized, compassionate, high-quality care for the whole family and is proud to accept most insurance, including Medicare and Medi-Cal.

Opened in October 2011, the Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center, which is run by the Shingles Springs Band of Miwok Indians, is a beautiful brand new 60,000-square-foot clinic located on Red Hawk Parkway just across from Red Hawk Casino. The center replaced the old 17,000-square-foot facility on Mother Lode Drive and offers three floors of medical, dental and administrative offices, and has room to expand for future growth. Currently, the center offers all aspects of ambulatory medical care as well as family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, dentistry, orthodontics and mental health. It’s all just part of the center’s effort to provide the best possible care to the community.

“A common misconception is that we are only open to Native Americans,” said Ernest Vargas, tribal administrator for the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. “We are open to the general public, and we treat everyone with great respect and care.”

In addition to all of the clinic’s healthcare services, the Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center is proud to offer support groups for those coping with chronic illness or addictions. The center also offers a once-a-week diabetes clinic where patients can learn about their disease and how to best manage it.

“Often healthcare is reactive,” said Vargas. “Wellness is about prevention. At the Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center, our goal is to help patients focus on a healthy diet and living a healthy lifestyle. After all, prevention is the surest way we have of treating many of today’s health issues.”

Prior to 1995, Miwok tribe members had to receive their health care from Chape de Indian Health located in Auburn. Because this was such a long drive, it was decided it would be in the tribe’s best interest to open a clinic in El Dorado County. That’s when the Mother Lode clinic was born. Today, the Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center is proud to offer top-notch care in a comfortable environment to patients from all walks of life.

“We pride ourselves in being able to assist not only patients with Medicare and Medi-Cal, but also those who need help with the Medi-Cal application process or are uninsured,” said Vargas. “Our goal is to be the one-stop shop for all of the community’s healthcare needs. We want patients to know they can ‘come on in. We’ll take care of you.’”

For more information on the Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center, visit or call 530-387-4975.

Jessica Cyphers

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