Dignity Health Merced | helloHealthy | Winter 2019

2 DignityHealth.org/Merced | Winter 2019 Naseem Beauchman, MD, is bringing his passion for athletics and excellent surgical skills in orthopedics and sports medicine to Merced, where he will offer individualized care for a wide range of patients—from high school and college athletes to patients considering joint replacement. Dr. Beauchman will be practicing the latest techniques in arthroscopic surgery for joint preservation, cartilage restoration, ligament reconstruction, instability repairs, and joint reconstruction of the shoulders, hips, and knees. Dr. Beauchman understands how important an active lifestyle is and plans to incorporate his extensive training into the treatment of his patients so that they can “get back to work, sports, and life.” He completed medical school at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and continued his education by completing his orthopedic surgical residency at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He furthered his training by completing his sports medicine fellowship at Houston Methodist Hospital. While in Texas, he was the assistant team physician for three professional sports teams: the Texans, the Rockets, and the Astros. Dignity Health – Mercy Medical Center welcomes Diane R. Thomas, MD, to our community. Dr. Thomas is a female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgeon—also known as a urogynecologist—and a certified robotic surgery specialist. Urogynecology is a subspecialty that focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of women with conditions concerning the female pelvic organs and their supporting muscles and tissues. Women who previously had to see multiple physicians for urinary, reproductive, and gastrointestinal problems can now see one specialist. Some of the common problems urogynecologists treat include urinary incontinence or leakage, overactive bladder, and pelvic organ prolapse. Dr. Thomas is looking forward to being part of the new da Vinci surgical robotic program at Dignity Health – Mercy Medical Center. She earned her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. She completed a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. Originally from San Francisco, Dr. Thomas and her fiancé, Ronnie, are excited to move back to California and raise their daughter in Merced. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and live music, laughter, and food. Dr. Thomas strives to educate her patients on their individual medical conditions so that they, too, are actively involved in their personal health care. She is committed to helping the women of Merced be healthy. “I believe in the importance of returning my patients to an active lifestyle and in its effect on both their physical and mental health. I strive to involve my patients in every level of their care, empowering them to make informed and meaningful medical decisions. I strive to provide the best possible quality and compassionate care to all of my patients.” —Naseem Beauchman, MD “Growing up in an underserved area allowed me to experience firsthand how limited access to health care can affect the community. Thus, being part of the community that I practice in, as well as being able to relate to the people that I serve, is very important to me.” —Diane R. Thomas, MD Dedicated to women’s health Back to work, sports, and life