Dr. Robert Gish is a physician who is renowned throughout California for his expertise in hepatology (liver diseases). He is board certified in internal medicine, hepatology, and liver transplantation. His original medical training was at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Gish has a number of academic appointments including Professor of Medicine & Attending Physician Loma Linda University School of Medicine.
Dr. Gish has had and continues to have an active research program in viral hepatitis (HBV,HCV, HDV and HEV) liver transplant, bioartificial liver, and public policy especially related to liver cancer, liver transplantation and viral hepatitis.
He has published more than 600 original articles, review articles, abstracts and book chapters.
Dr. Gish joined the team at the Valley Springs Health & Wellness Center in 2021. He brings a great knowledge and skill-set to the clinic where he provides hepatology (liver) consultations each month.
Dr. Thomas Drakes is an Internal Medicine specialist who is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Santa Clara University and then completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. His internal medicine training was at St. Mary’s Long Beach, CA followed by additional specialty training at UCLA Medical Center.
Dr. Drakes became a fellow in the American College of Physicians and then served 15 years on the faculty of U.C. Davis School of Medicine as an Associate Professor. He has authored a variety of scholastic papers on the treatment of various cancers.
In 2021 Dr. Drakes decided to relocate from Oregon to join the staff at the Valley Springs Health & Wellness Center. He has been a wonderful addition to our clinic and culture. He is the consummate internist: thoughtful, thorough, professional, and compassionate.
Dr. Randy Smart graduated from U.C. Davis with honors. He then started his medical training with a scholarship to the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. His interest was in medical problem solving and human systems so he entered a three year residency in Internal Medicine. Following his residency, he then embarked on a twenty year medical career with the United States Air Force. He led medical missions to numerous third-world countries serving as an envoy for various United States interests. Dr. Smart returned to Calaveras County in 2002 and has served in a variety of leadership positions at the Mark Twain Medical Center. He is now the CEO of the Mark Twain Health Care District and has offered to also provide part time Internal Medicine services at the Valley Springs Health & Wellness Center.
Brandi Gomez is a Family Nurse Practitioner who is committed to providing the highest quality of care and service to Calaveras County. Her national service began in 1998 when she served four years in the United States Navy, including deployments to troubled areas of the world. Her nursing career was highlighted as a Nurse and leader at the San Joaquin County Primary Medicine Clinic where she also provided staff training. She took her amazing career one-step further when she enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Samuel Merritt University. She has graciously decided to join the health care team at the Valley Springs Health & Wellness Center. Brandi will be a great addition to the health services of Calaveras County.
Dr. Harvard Robbins is a board certified pediatrician who has dedicated his life to caring for children who are underserved. His professional career was launched when he completed his Doctorate of Pharmacy training at the University of Southern California in 1968. He later attended the University Autonama of Guadalajara in 1976 where he was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine (MD). His passion for pediatric medicine drew him to Loma Linda University, School of Medicine where he excelled in a 3-year residency. Dr. Robbins was then distinguished as the Chief Resident in Pediatrics, White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Although Dr. Robbins is sought after and respected throughout California, he has chosen to serve the children of Calaveras County.