Dr. Jana Kokkonen Reed

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Dr. Jana Kokkonen Reed was born and raised in the Central Coast of California in San Luis Obispo. After graduating from SLOHS, she attended the Air Force Academy where she was a soaring instructor and intercollegiate athlete. She attended medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Jana returned to California to complete her residency training in Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center. 

An officer in the US Air Force, Lt Col Reed served on active duty for 10 years where she saw deployments to Turkey, Africa and Afghanistan. She continues to serve as a flight surgeon in the California Air National Guard, based at the 129th Rescue Squadron at Moffett Air Field. 

For the past decade, Dr. Reed has worked at French Hospital and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital as an Emergency Physician. Jana is married to Patrick and has two daughters, Anja and Lucy, ages 14 and 16. Jana can’t wait to get started serving the community of Cambria.

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Dr. Dave Griffith was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona but in a family with deep roots in California. Dr Dave went to high school at the Thacher School in Ojai, attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut earning a BA in physics and obtained an ED.M. from Harvard University. He spent his 20s teaching sixth and eighth grade science and traveling the world every summer, exploring remote and exotic surf locations with close friends. In a desire to understand how the human body works, he went to UCSF medical school in his early 30s. Dave chose to specialize in Emergency Medicine and did his residency at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. During these years he met his future wife, Anna and together they purchased empty land in Cambria in 2007, moved to Cambria in 2010, and moved into the home they built in 2013. They have a 14-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter as well as numerous cats, dogs, chickens, goats, ponies and one lonely fish. Dr. Dave joined the ER group at French and Arroyo Grande Hospitals in 2010 and branched out into a solo practice of elderly homebound patients in 2018. He plans to continue to care for the patient's in his home visit practice several days a week while staffing the clinic at Coastal Pines Medical Group on the other days. He continues to find his home in medicine as a place he can pursue lifelong learning and growth and finds his life enriched beyond measure by the relationships he has developed practicing primary care since leaving the emergency room.

 

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Karen Chestnut was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, CA. She is a third generation San Luis Obispo native. She graduated from Cuesta College Registered Nurse Program and worked in the Emergency Departments at Twin Cities, Sierra Vista and French Hospital as an RN. She worked on the side while working in the Emergency Departments at San Luis Ambulance as a Critical Care Transport RN.

Wanting to continue her education, Karen went back to school at Sonoma State University and graduated from the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. For about two years after graduation she worked in Oxnard at St. John's Regional Hospital as a Nurse Practitioner. She was then recruited by the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at French Hospital to help establish an Advanced Practice Provider program at French and Arroyo Grande Hospital. The program has been successful and is currently still in practice at French and Arroyo Grande Hospitals. This is where she met Dr. Griffith and Dr. Reed.

Fortunate to live and work in the community that she grew up in, she has cared for many people and families she has known her entire life. The choice to move into Family Practice was easy as this was a way for her to slow down and spend time with her patients. 

Karen lives one block from her father. He still lives in the house she grew up in. Her mom lives in San Luis Obispo as well as one of her sons. She has two other children that live on two separate ranches in Creston. Karen has horses, dogs, chickens and one cat. She enjoys everything that has to do with the outdoors.