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Health & Medical Guide Sept/Oct 2017


Dermatology Affiliates Medical Group is the most established, long standing, private practice dermatology office in Modesto. It was established over 50 years ago and was the first dermatology office in town. In addition, Dr. Biren has been serving her patients for almost 30 years. After completing medical school, Dr. Biren completed a specialized post-graduate residency in Dermatology at the University of California Irvine and Long Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center. She is lifetime board-certified and an active member in many leading medical organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, just to name a few.

Dermatologists are the acknowledged experts in skin disease and treatment. In fact, that is the definition of dermatology: derma, meaning “skin,” and -ology meaning “study.” We also have very skilled professionals attending to our patients, including one Physician Assistant and a Licensed Vocational Nurse. All of our medical assistants are certified and very experienced. We take pride in our patient care and our friendly, well-trained staff members.

We offer a wide range of services including dermatologic medical services, surgical services for skin cancer, acne treatment and cosmetic procedures. These include Botox and fillers, chemical facial peels, and laser treatments for skin rejuvenation and hair removal. Most recently we have added Ultherapy, which is the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive, non-surgical treatment to lift skin on the neck, chin, and brow, as well as improve lines on the décolletage. Ultherapy tightens loose skin by boosting collagen!  There is no down time with the procedure and it gives natural results. One of our patients was asked after having the procedure if she had had a face lift, and many other patients that have had the procedure have received many compliments.

Dr. Catherine Biren
1324 Nelson Ave., Modesto




Salida Surgery Center is dedicated to the well-being of oral health in children.

We understand that it is very difficult for some parents to obtain quality dental care for their young ones, especially when they are uncooperative and fearful of the dentist. We are here to give parents an alternative other than strapping their child to a papoose board. Dental treatment is usually completed in just one visit!

Our dentists believe in the prevention of severe dental caries and that starting at a young age with good oral hygiene habits will continue throughout their lifetime.

We like to educate our parents on how to establish good oral habits and we hand-out educational materials for reading and future reference. Oral health is a very important factor in a child’s development and should be taken seriously.

Each of our staff members is an important, essential part of our specialized team and we are pleased to have them as a part of our family. Our staff promotes a welcoming environment where children and their families feel at ease. We find that many of our parents have been greatly assisted by our bi-lingual staff members. When you call, we will be happy to answer all of your questions.

Be sure to have your dentist refer your child to our office.

Please visit our website @: to meet our doctors, staff, and read our valuable dental information, including our referral form.

Dr. Patel
5712 Pirrone Rd., Salida




Sometimes, life doesn’t go as we planned—but thankfully we have an option in our community to make the best first choice possible.

First Choice Health Services is a licensed community clinic that provides pregnancy tests and support, STI testing and education, and first trimester ultrasounds. They prioritize competent and compassionate care, striving to provide a safe place for all in need of assistance, healing, and support.

In fact, their new incoming Medical Director Dr. Catherine Song OB/GYN said that the strongest theme about First Choice Health Services is “Celebrating Life, Sharing Hope.” And their new name, First Choice Health Services (previously “Modesto Pregnancy Center”) only further perpetuates that message. They have expanded their current health services clinic located at 2801 Coffee Rd., Ste. A5 in Modesto, by adding an additional 800 sq. ft. to better service the community—so that you can easily make them your first choice.

First Choice Health Services’ medical team provides clients personalized and honest information at each and every visit. They also offer Incentive Program Classes covering a variety of topics from Labor & Delivery to Breastfeeding. All services, including classes, are completely confidential and free of charge.

Finding out that you may be pregnant can be one of the happiest moments, or one of the scariest. First Choice Health Services’ licensed Registered Nurses, OB/GYN and support staff are here to offer clients a safe and confidential place to get their  questions answered.

Dr. Catherine Song
2801 Coffee rd., Ste. A5, Modesto
209-353-3247 (office) 209-259-0742 (text)




Dr. Paula Tremayne and her team at Tremayne Center for Medicine in Modesto have a mission to deliver personalized, high-quality medical care. She offers a comprehensive, internal medicine practice of dedicated, experienced clinicians who believe in working with patients to dramatically improve their health.

Dr. Tremayne is an osteopathic physician who believes education is a key element to a patient’s success which is often overlooked. With a better understanding of his or her medical condition, every patient can become an ally in the fight for good health.

Dr. Tremayne’s team include a nurse practitioner, chiropractor, neuro-reflexologist, myofacial massage, and a restorative yoga practitioner—everyone is committed to helping patients heal, build, and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Dr. Paula Tremayne
817 Coffee Rd., Bldg. D, Modesto




Dr. Tammy Wu, a board certified plastic surgeon, graduated top of her Ivy League Medical School, Brown University. She has been on the Board of Directors for the Cooperative of American Physicians based in Los Angeles.

Dr. Calvin Lee is a board certified general surgeon specializing in Botox®, acupuncture, and veins. He is also a graduate of Brown University Medical School. Dr. Lee, originally from New York City, was accepted to Stanford, Harvard, and Yale. He practiced broad based general surgery that included trauma at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto prior to joining Dr. Wu in 2006. As a violinist, he performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall twice and was concertmaster of orchestras at Brown and Harvard. He believes that the dexterity challenges of playing a musical instrument translates over to surgical skills. He lectures for Allergan (makers of Botox®, Latisse, and Juvederm) and he is an author for MedicalSpaMD, a resource for aesthetic physicians.

We are a husband-wife surgical team and we can take care of you together. A decade ago, we chose Modesto, CA to become extremely busy surgeons and to offer our personalized style of medical care. We turned down surgical opportunities in Kansas, Taipei (Taiwan), San Diego, and Los Angeles. A year after we came to Modesto, Kaiser also believed that Modesto was a great place for medicine. High volume with diversity is one of the keys to practicing surgery at its highest technical level. We do surgery and talk about it all day long, and we are available via cell phone to our patients. We love Modesto. We are founders of the Gallo Center for the Arts, founding titles sponsors for the Surgical Artistry Modesto Symphony Pops Series and founding titles sponsors for the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon.

Tammy Wu, MD, Plastic Surgery
Calvin Lee, MD, Botox®, Kybella, Acupuncture
2336 Sylvan Ave., Ste. C, Modesto


Drs. Dean and Amanda invest a lot of time in continuing their education in order to offer a wide range of services from implant placement and restoration to cosmetic dentistry. At Brewer Family Dentistry, they practice in an up-to-date office that uses the latest in dental innovation—like CEREC (Ceramic Reconstruction) technology that enables them to install crowns in a single visit, saving the patient time and allowing them to avoid uncomfortable impressions and temporaries. CEREC also integrates with their digital cone beam CT technology which allows them to safely plan implant surgeries in 3D. This can be especially helpful when replacing multiple teeth.

Even more than their technology, they are most proud of the relationships they’ve built with their patients. Many patients and team members have been with Brewer Family Dentistry for over three decades. These relationships are important to them as they facilitate a partnership with patients to improve and maintain their oral health care.

1213 Coffee Rd., #H, Modesto


Pezoldt Orthodontics specializes in orthodontics. Dr. Pezoldt was a dentist for 10 years before going back to school to become an orthodontist. Ever since 2007, he’s been practicing orthodontics in this very office, treating every patient as though he knows them personally. We prioritize customer service, quality of work, and being an office that truly cares about our patients and families. And we have fun doing it. We pride ourselves on keeping patients happy, from the first phone call to their final visit.

1316 Coffee Rd., Ste. 10, Modesto

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