Spotlight on Our Medical Staff
Get to know the doctors who trust Rideout Health.
Meet Our Featured Doctors
(check back often - more bios will be made available in the coming months)
Dennis Bechini, D.O. MS
Dr. Dennis Bechini has been practicing medicine in Yuba City since 1991, and is now part of the Rideout Primary Care Clinic at Plumas St., (in partnership with UC Davis Health System).
Dr. Bechini earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Lebanon Valley College, a Masters degree in education from Shippensburg State College and an MS from the American University, where he also was a University Fellow and a teaching assistant. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1980, returning there in 1987 for a year as a clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine.
Prior to moving to Yuba City, Dr. Bechini was a family medicine physician Phoenix and Tempe, AZ, and Harrisburg, PA; and a General Medicine Officer for the United States Public Health Service in Williamstown, PA. He served his medical internship in Springfield PA at the community's Tri-County Hospital.
Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice, Dr. Bechini also is a member of the National Biological Honor Society, the American Osteopathic Medical Society, the Osteopathic General Practitioner Society and the American College of General Practitioners in Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. His other memberships include the American Institute of Biological Science, New York Histotechnical Society, the American Institute for the Advancement of Science and the American Underwater Diving club.
Brandon Bentz, MD
Rideout Ear Nose Throat Clinic
Dr. Bentz is the Medical Director of the Otolaryngology service at Rideout Medical Group, and serves on a number of committees in various organizations related to Ear, Nose and Throat and cancers. He is a reviewer for seven different medical journals.
Dr. Bentz specializes in pediatric and adult Otolaryngology services, including ear tubes; tonsil and adenoid surgery; head and neck surgery; skin cancer excision and reconstruction of the face; endoscopic sinus surgery and more. His focus is on providing the most up to date medical information and treatment of ear, nose and throat conditions.
Dr. Bentz attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, graduating in 1993. He completed an Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Residency at Northwestern University School of Medicine, in Chicago, Illinois, and then did a Head and Neck Surgical Oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Prior to joining the Rideout Ear Nose and Throat Clinic, Dr. Bentz was Chief of the Otolaryngology service at the Salt Lake City Veterans Administration Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as achieving an Associate Professorship at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
Dr. Bentz has been the principal investigator on a number of grants examining the use of lasers to diagnose and treat cancers. He was also a member of a familial paraganglioma study group examining several large families that harbor a genetic mutation that predisposes these family members to specific types of tumors. Furthermore, he studied a particular type of mutation that is prominent in thyroid cancers. He has lectured throughout the country and overseas on clinical and research aspects of Head and Neck Cancer.
In his free time, Dr. Bentz enjoys skiing, running, camping and fly fishing. He has three wonderful boys, including twins, who are his entire life.
Rideout Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic is located at 370 Del Norte Ave., Yuba City, CA, 95991. He is currently accepting patients. Please call, (530) 751-4015 to schedule an appointment.
Daniel J. Brink, MD
Daniel J. Brink, MD, now part of the Rideout Primary Care Clinic at Plumas St., in partnership with UC Davis Health System, has been practicing family medicine in Yuba City since 1994. A native of South Africa, Dr. Brink received his medical education at the University of Pretoria there. After completing his internship in Kroonstad, he served in the South African Defense Force, volunteering to provide medical care to civilians in a rural community.
Following his National Service, he was a general practice anesthetist and surgeon at Goldfield's Hospital in Carletonville, a small gold mining town near Johannesburg. Moving to Canada, he continued his service to rural communities as an anesthetist/surgeon at United Church/Baie Verte Hospital in Baie Verte, Newfoundland (population 1,300) and in his private family practice in Barriere, British Columbia, a logging town, (pop. 1,770).
Dr. Brink completed his residency in family practice at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, and has been Board Certified in this field since 1994.
Dr. Brink's comprehensive family practice provides healthcare for patients of all ages from newborns to the elderly, including minor office surgeries, psychiatric care and health maintenance.
In 2000-2001, Dr. Brink was assistant clinical professor at UC Davis medical school in the Department of family practice, and was program director for the Yuba City satellite campus. In 2002 served as chief of the medical staff for Rideout Health.
Dr. Brink is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Yuba-Sutter Medical Society. From 1999 to 2004, he was president of the Yuba Sutter Independent Practice Association.
Peter Callaham, MD
Dr. Callaham brings more than 30 years of non-invasive and interventional cardiology experience to Rideout Specialty Care. His expertise includes a full range of consultative cardiology and the management of cardiac diseases; electrocardiography; transthoracic and stress echocardiography.
He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine for Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine in 1982. His Residency hospital was University of Kentucky Hospital.
"I am pleased to be part of the cardiology team at Rideout Specialty Care and look forward to providing more coverage and being able to expand the services to our patients"
Dr. Callaham will provide cardiac physician visits as well as diagnostic services, including but not limited to:
- Holter Monitor Testing
- Vascular Ultrasound
- Event Recorder
- Stress Echo
Dr. Callaham is accepting appointments now. To learn more about him or to make an appointment call: 205-9850
Aaron A. Centric, DO
Aaron A. Centric, DO is on the medical staff of the Rideout Otolaryngology Clinic in Yuba City, where he specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the ear, nose and throat.
Dr. Centric received his Bachelor of Science degree, in Biology from the University of Nevada at Reno. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine following which he completed a one-year internship in General Surgery and Otolaryngology and a four-year residency in Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, both at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Centric provides medical and surgical care for a full spectrum of ENT and head and neck disorders. He has special interests in allergy and sinus disorders and sinus surgery, laryngology and care of the voice, chronic ear disease, sleep apnea, pediatric ENT and thyroid/parathyroid disorders.
In addition to medicine and music, Dr. Centric’s diverse personal interests include travel, classical piano performance and the outdoors.
Dr. Centric sees patients at the Rideout Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic, located at 370 Del Norte Ave., Yuba City, CA, 95991. He is currently accepting patients.
Please call (530) 751-4015 to schedule an appointment.
Rajpreet S. Dhesi, M.D.
Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a subspecialty of pain.
Dr. Dhesi specializes in the medical management of chronic pain, and does require a physician referral. Patient contracts with random drug testing are required. Evaluation of potential abuse is done on a regular basis. Dr. Dhesi's patients will be seen at the Urgent Care Center located at 1531 Plumas Court in Yuba City.
Dr. Dhesi is also the attending physician at the Urgent Care Center in Yuba City.
Call 751-4800 for more information.
Patrick Griffith, MD, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
The Heart Center at Rideout
Dr. Griffith has combined extensive experience and skill with the most advanced technologies and procedures to provide complete surgical care for complex diseases of the heart, chest and lungs. He has over 20 years of cardiac and thoracic surgery experience.
As a thoracic surgeon, he has performed over 1000 lung procedures, including general thoracic surgery and video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS).
Dr. Griffith is Board Certified by The American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and by the American Board of Thoracic Surgeons in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.
His board certification qualifies him to perform transplants, coronary bypass and valve operations, including complex mitral valve repairs, pediatric heart operations, thoracic and vascular surgery. Also, Electrophysiologic Surgery – including the Cox-Maze procedure and pain control operations with Transmyocardial Revascularization. He has also established a minimally invasive valve program at the Heart Center at Rideout. Dr. Griffith accepts patient appointments by calling, 743-5125.
Baron D. Harper, MD, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
The Heart Center at Rideout
Dr. Harper has been in practice for more than 19 years and is Board Certified by The American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and by the American Board of Thoracic Surgeons in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.
Dr Harper has had 19 years thoracic surgery experience and 19 years in Video Assisted Thorascopic (VATS) surgery for lung cancer and other lung diseases. He has done research in lung transplantation, and has coauthored several lung research articles.
His board certification qualifies him to perform coronary bypass and complex valve repairs and replacement, vascular surgery and carotid endarterectomies. Also Electrophysiologic Surgery – including the Cox-Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation and pain control operations with Transmyocardial Revascularization. He also performs resection of lung tumors and minimally invasive lung surgery. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians.
Andrew Macbeth, MD, FACS
Leading Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon Joins the Heart Center at Rideout; New Less Invasive Procedures
Andrew Macbeth, MD, FACS, a vascular and Endovascular surgeon trained in new, less invasive procedures, has joined the surgery team at the Heart Center at Rideout.
Dr. Macbeth comes to us from Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Stockton, California. He provides treatment using leading-edge technology to deliver the highest quality vascular care to patients at the Heart Center at Rideout.
Vascular and Endovascular surgery is a specialty of surgery in which diseases of the vascular system, or arteries and veins, are managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures and surgical reconstruction.
Dr. Macbeth received his medical degree, residency in general surgery and his vascular fellowship from the University of Arizona. He served as a Major in the USAF Medical Corp., and as Chief of Vascular Surgery at David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB in California. He is board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery, but specializes in vascular procedures.
Dr. Macbeth is accepting patients now, to learn more, call his office at 749-6650. His office is located at 414 G Street, Suite 221 in Marysville, near the Heart Center at Rideout Memorial Hospital.
Gretchen V. Marsh, DO
Dr. Marsh has been a resident of the Yuba-Sutter area for over 20 years. A graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, she is board certified in Family Medicine. She took time from practicing medicine to spend time at home with her sons. She is thrilled at the opportunity to serve and educate the families in our community. She has special interest in diabetes and NaPro Technology.
R. Keith McAfee, MD
R. Keith McAfee, MD, brings to the Rideout Primary Care Clinic at Plumas St., (in partnership with UC Davis Health System), a wealth of experience in primary care medicine both in California and abroad.
Dr. McAfee has been in family practice in Yuba City since 1993, prior to this he was a private physician at the US Army CHAMPUS clinic in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, providing medical care to family members of active-duty soldiers stationed there. Before his stay in Germany, he spent a year at Yolo County Hospital as an Emergency Room physician.
Dr. McAfee received his BA in biology from UCLA, where his studies included a year abroad at George August University in Goettingen, Germany where he studied zoology and developed his German language fluency. He received a Masters degree at the New College for Advanced Christian Studies in Berkeley and his MD from the University of California at Davis. During medical school he took off one year to work to pay for medical school. He completed his internship and residency in family practice at Merrithew Memorial Hospital in Martinez. Between his internship and residency, he stayed home for a year with their daughter and foster children, working part-time at a family practice clinic, while his wife completed her pediatrics residency.
He has a particular interest in the fields of diabetes care and autism, authoring the chapter "Medication Management in Autism" in the book, The Official Autism 101 Manual, published in 2006 by Autism Today. Dr. McAfee's oldest daughter is autistic.
Dr. McAfee's comprehensive family practice provides healthcare for patients of all ages from newborns to the elderly, including minor office surgeries, psychiatric care and health maintenance. He continues to follow and coordinates care for his patients in the Hospital.
Dr. McAfee is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
J. David Miller, III, DO
Dr. Miller is a board certified family physician and graduate from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, TX. As a family physician, he provides care for the entire family, from newborns to geriatrics. He follows his patients in the hospital and provides care at some nursing homes. He provides FAA physicals for class II and III pilots. Dr. Miller places an emphasis on preventive medical care along with providing the full spectrum of family medical care. Dr. Miller accepts patient visits by calling, 671-2020
Daryl Munzer, MD
Daryl Munzer, MD, FAAFP, has been practicing medicine in the Yuba Sutter community since 1990. Board Certified in family medicine, Dr. Munzer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice.
On staff at the Rideout Primary Care Clinic at Plumas St., (in partnership with UC Davis Health System), he currently serves on the ethics committee at Rideout Memorial Hospital, and has previously served as Chief of Family Practice and a member of the hospital's Bylaws, Infectious Disease and ICU Committees.
Dr. Munzer received his Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University, graduating summa cum laude with a distinction in biology. While at San Diego State, he was a research assistant at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla. He earned his MD at the UCLA School of Medicine, and did his internship and residency in family practice at the San Bernardino County Medical Center, affiliated with UC Irvine, followed by two years in private practice in San Luis Obispo.
In 2008, Dr. Munzer was voted "Best Physician" in the Appeal-Democrat's annual reader's poll, "The Best of Yuba-Sutter."
Chad Nadler, MD
Chad Nadler, MD recently joined the Rideout General Surgery Clinic as an experienced hand and general surgeon. He comes to the clinic from Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, FL and the Broward Health System in Ft Lauderdale, FL. He has been in practice since 2012.
The many bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles in the hand, wrist, arm, and elbow are particularly prone to injuries and timely, proper treatment is essential for the overall health of the hand and arm. Dr. Nadler is an expert at evaluating, diagnosing and treating acute and chronic, minor and complicated hand, wrist, and elbow injuries. He is the only physician
in the area who performs minimally invasive carpal tunnel surgery.
Dr. Nadler received his undergraduate degree in 2000 from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He graduated from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse
in 2004. After completing medical school, he completed his General Surgery Residency at West Virginia University in 2011 and Hand Surgery Fellowship in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, MS in 2012.
Dr. Nadler’s professional associations include: The American Society for Surgery of the Hand; American Association for Hand Surgery; American Society for Peripheral Nerve and the American College of Surgeons.
In addition to his extensive medical commitments, he enjoys golf, running, tennis, soccer, ice hockey and scuba diving and spending time with his wife, two children and two labradoodles. He speaks English and limited Spanish.
Physicians and surgeons providing services at the Rideout Clinic are not employees, representatives, or agents of Rideout Hospital. They have contracted to provide services to their patients at the Clinic but are independent practitioners.
Dwain W. Rickertsen, MD
Dr. Rickertsen is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Board of Geriatrics. He graduated from Brigham Young University and completed his training in Dearborn, MI. He and his wife Linda have 14 children and are active in their church and community. Dr. Rickertsen provides complete family care. His special interests include preventive health care and relieving back pain using IDD therapy. Dr. Rickertsen accepts patient visits by calling, 671-2020
Sukhdeep S. Sagoo, DO
Dr. Sukhdeep Sagoo is a native of the Southern California region. He received his BS degree from the University of California, Irvine; where he was on the Dean's list. He earned his medical degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in 2005; where he graduated in the top ten percent of his class.
Dr. Sagoo completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011. During his residency, he trained under a diverse group of Orthopaedic surgeons, covering a wide spectrum of procedures, and defining his clinical and surgical skills amongst some of the top, field-defining surgeons in Orthopaedics.
During his residency, he had the opportunity in taking care of athletes from the Philadelphia Eagles, 76ers, and Flyers. Dr. Sagoo also pursued subspecialty training in Sports Medicine at the University of Massachusetts, earning his fellowship degree in 2012.
He worked as an assistant team physician with the Boston Red Sox organization, covering their baseball games, as well as, assessing and treating their athletes. Dr. Sagoo was also an assistant team physician to a lot of the local university athletic programs; including covering their football and ice hockey games, and helping treat their athletes.
Dr. Sagoo is the only attending providing hip arthroscopy for labral tears, cartilage defects, and femoroacetabular impingement pathologies in the Yuba City/Marysville area. In his practice, Dr. Sagoo covers general Orthopaedic cases including, but not limited to, fracture care and joint reconstruction. He also specializes in providing subspecialty care in sports-related injuries, whether it's an athlete, or someone who has developed shoulder, elbow, hip, knee or ankle pain.
He is a member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics and the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Sagoo is also a candidate member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.
Besides a very strong interest in medicine and Orthopaedics, Dr. Sagoo enjoys playing sports such as soccer, tennis, hockey, basketball, and likes running regularly. He also has a strong interest in being involved with his Sikh and Panjabi cultural community, and believes in doing seva (community service). Dr. Sagoo accepts patient appointments by calling, 751-7201
Babak Sanei-Fard, MD
Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical and Interventional Cardiology
Dr. Babak Sanei-Fard an Interventional Cardiologist, brings a commitment to provide the highest level of clinical excellence in cardiovascular health care to our community and further expands interventional cardiology services to patients and referring physicians across the region.
Another scope of Dr. Sanei-Fard's practice is to provide diagnostic and minimally invasive transcutaneous treatment of peripheral arterial disease.
Dr. Sanei-Fard completed his cardiovascular disease and Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of New York. He was Chief Medical Resident (2004-2005) and completed his internal Medicine Residency at New York Medical College at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York. He is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology and Internal Medicine.
Dr. Sanei-Fard is an expert in performing transradial catheterization and intervention. Transradial approach is proven to decrease the rate and severity of complications that are associated with coronary angiography and intervention, as well as improving patients comfort.
Dr. Sanei-Fard is currently accepting patients. Call 749-6628 for more information.
Douglas G. Tolley, Jr., MD
Dr. Tolley was born and raised outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Penn State University in 1968 and Jefferson Medical College in 1970. Internship and residency were performed at David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB. He was board certified in OB-GYN in 1979. He served 22-1/2 years in the Air Force, retiring at the end of 1990 with the rank of Colonel. He practiced for 2-1/2 years in Sacramento before coming to Yuba City in August 1993. He has delivered over 5000 babies here in Yuba City. He has been an active member of the medical staff at Rideout Health, serving as chairman of the OB-Gyn department numerous times, Chief of Staff, and on numerous medical staff and hospital committees. He is an active member of the Yuba Sutter Colusa Medical Society, serving as president for several terms. He is a delegate to the California Medical Association House of Delegates. He is married to the former Lois Gustafson, and both their sons, Gus and Derek, attended First Lutheran School, Barry School, and Yuba City High School. Dr. Tolley accepts patient appointments by calling 671-8718.