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MemorialCare Medical Group

MemorialCare Medical Group

MemorialCare Medical Group

Coming Soon to Sendero Marketplace

MemorialCare Medical Group
If you are looking for top-rated physicians to help keep your family healthy, MemorialCare Medical Group (MCMG) delivers. MemorialCare Medical Group physicians were ranked number one in Orange County in the 2018 statewide Patient Assessment Survey, which measures overall patient satisfaction with medical groups.*

In addition to top-ranked physicians, MCMG also offers you a broad selection of primary care physicians and specialists in south Orange County. The current Rancho Mission Viejo facility, located in the Gelson’s shopping center at Sendero Marketplace, offers primary care and walk-in medical services. In August 2019, a brand-new health center will open nearby. This two-story, state-of-the-art health center will offer:

  • Primary care
  • Pediatric care
  • Specialty care
  • Cardiology
  • Pain Management
  • X-ray services
  • Saddleback Medical Center Breast center
  • Lab services

Providers in the Rancho Mission Viejo health center emphasize overall wellness and preventative care. 

Mark Schafer, MD, CEO of MemorialCare Medical Group says “Physicians at MemorialCare Medical Group are dedicated to delivering high-quality health care to patients. We also want to make accessing care as convenient as possible. That is our primary goal when planning new health centers.” In partnership with Saddleback Medical Center, the future health center will offer a variety of specialty services such as asthma consultations, orthopedic services, cardiac testing, lab services, breast center, EMT diagnostics, EKG tests, digital X-ray and ultrasound.

In the event of a minor medical incident, patients within the community can also seek non-emergency care and treatment for common illnesses at the San Juan Capistrano Urgent Care Center. Located just three miles from Sendero Marketplace on Rancho Viejo Road, the Urgent Care Center is open 7 days a week, including holidays. MemorialCare Urgent Care physicians will see patients right away, with no appointment or prior authorization needed.

A Proud Member of MemorialCare
MemorialCare is a nonprofit integrated healthcare delivery system which includes four top hospitals, two medical groups, a health plan, and numerous outpatient health centers, imaging centers, surgery centers and dialysis centers. As a member of MemorialCare, MemorialCare Medical Group is dedicated to providing quality compassionate care to patients in Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

With healthcare locations across the Southland, MemorialCare Medical Group serves over 660,000 patients annually. Overall, the group includes roughly 250 physicians practicing in areas such as: internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, pulmonology, gastroenterology, neurology and more. MCMG accepts most major HMO, PPO, EPO, POS and some covered California plans, as well as Medicare, Tricare, Medicare Advantage and Supplemental plans.

MemorialCare Medical Group strives to offer top-notch, personalized healthcare options to each and every community within the MCMG network. In order to develop long-lasting relationships with their patients, many MCMG providers choose to live near the area where they serve, so they can participate in community events and activities on a regular basis.

In addition to its multiple health centers, MemorialCare Medical Group also provides Urgent Care Centers that are open 365 days a year, and Telephone Advice Nurses available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In fact, 85% of patients within MemorialCare Medical Group are Urgent Care and walk-in cases transitioning to permanent primary care physicians.

MemorialCare Medical Group patients can access the entire MCMG network through its EMR (electronic medical records) portal, myChart. Powered by Epic Systems software, myChart makes it easy for patients to log into the network from any digital device to schedule appointments, view medical history, refill prescriptions and message your physician directly. In doing so, myChart heightens around-the-clock care as patients can review their online medical information anytime, anywhere.

In an effort to streamline medical staff communication, myChart allows for integrated messaging between doctors and specialists at separate locations. It also consolidates patient records into a digital, one-chart system that can be used by MCMG health centers and offices.

When you are weighing your health care options, look to MemorialCare Medical Group. You can trust its family to take care of yours.

MemorialCare Medical Group

Top Docs 2018

TOP DOCS 2018:
Featuring South Orange County’s premiere health care professionals
Advance Laser & Cosmetics Advanced Dermatology* Elite Vein Institute Frank Mogavero, DDS Jeffrey Briney, DDS John Redmond Orthodontics Judy L. Bourget, MD Monarch Veterinary Hospital Orange County SkinLab Pediatric Dentistry Samer Kaanen, MD, FACS, FCCP San Clemente Smiles Sea View Pharmacy Seaside Skin Care Trestles Chiropractic Williams Dental read more

Sinister Pointe’s Scary Place

Sinister Pointe's Scary Place

Sinister Pointe’s Scary Place

California’s largest multi-level Halloween event is unleashing a terrorizing great time on Friday, September 28 at Laguna Hills Mall. Sinister Pointe’s Scary Place marks the huge, blood-soaked return of one of the most inventive haunted attraction companies in Southern California. This new, interactive fear factory will offer haunt lovers three stories of unrelenting horror. The 150,000 square foot venue is filled with mazes, an interactive Phobias exhibit, creepy magicians, strange stage performances, live music and a brand-new haunted ride through darkness.

Where do you go when you close your eyes? What’s your idea of a scary place? The creators at Sinister Pointe have made it their mission to produce an event that allows the brave and foolhardy alike to cross the veil into the foggy realm of fear. Geared toward ages 14 and above, haunt goers will be immersed in a murky realm of terror that delivers a full night of Halloween fun.

Sinister Pointe has transformed a huge, abandoned retail location at Laguna Hills Mall into South Orange County’s premier house of horrors. “For 22 years, I have been producing Haunted Houses that many guests have traveled great distances to experience,” shared Jeff Schiefelbein, the creative ghoul behind Sinister Pointe. “With our success, it was time to expand and provide our fans with an experience that would last an entire evening.”

The Boogeyman Express

The train may not have skipped the tracks, but the mayhem and terror persist on the Boogeyman Express. Rumor has it that the boogeyman and his evil minions roam the grounds hunting innocent bystanders. If you are brave enough, you can explore it for yourself. As always, please keep your hands and arms inside the carts at all times, for limbs are known to have gone missing on this hair-raising terror train through wilderness.

Evil on 2

As guests enter the second floor of Scary Place, they will discover a quaint little hotel that has been overrun by evil. Keeping their wits about them, this brave souls will need to navigate through the hotel to investigate the terror within, knowing that a horrific fate may soon await them.

Facing Your Phobias

A fully interactive maze will test your abilities to cote with your worst nightmares in Scary Place’s Phobias experience. Step right up and see if you have what it takes when you’re facing your greater fears. For your sake, we hope being alone isn’t one of them.

Between the screams, horror fiends can feast on a variety of snack foods while checking out the revolting entertainment including main stage performances, wandering magicians, games, roaming packs of monsters, and the Sinister Pointe Dark Market where new merchandise from vicious vendors will be available for purchase.


Two types of tickets are available nightly, allowing guests to choose their fate. The Local DISH Magazine readers can save $10 per ticket with promo code “DISH” at checkout. The All-Night Pass offers guests unlimited access to all entertainment, attractions, and vendors for a single price starting at $52 on select nights, and $62 on Friday and Saturday nights. The All-Night VIP Access option provides front-of-the-line access to all mazes and attractions, along with priority seating for shows and performances. VIP Access prices start at just $70 on select nights, and $80 on Friday and Saturday nights. Save time and purchase your tickets in advance at

Scary Place debuts on Friday evening, September 28. The event runs Thursdays through Sundays throughout October, with a Halloween Night finale. Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays.

Sinister Pointe’s Scary Place
Laguna Hills Mall
Tickets Available at




by Dina Scaglione

Located at the Ritz Carlton is enoSteak, an elegant and contemporary chophouse. Complete with an ambiance imbued with soft jazz music, lively artwork by Sandra Jones Campbell, and attentive service, enoSteak offers an upscale culinary experience. This intimate steakhouse is the perfect place to linger, a spot that feels more like an escape than a dining destination.

I recommend starting your evening with the artisan cheese and meat board, while you sip a glass of wine, chosen from their expansive wine list. For my fellow cork dorks out there who are consistently underwhelmed with the typical “by-the-glass” offerings, you are in for a real treat. Whether it’s a mellow Merlot or a complex Cab, enoSteak’s impressive wine offering will not disappoint.

Intro your entrée with your choice of salad; my favorites are the burrata and strawberry salad with spinach and pickled spring onion, topped with a savory balsamic glaze. Wedge salad fans will also enjoy this traditional favorite, served with crumbled bacon, blue cheese and shaved onion, generously layered with a creamy buttermilk dressing. The must-have starter is their delectable French onion soup – warm, cheesy and heavenly.

For the main course, experience enoSteak’s signature cuts of hand-crafted meats, from the highest quality pasture-raised beef, perfectly prepared to melt in your mouth, and served with an assortment of signature sauces. Pescatarians can enjoy a generous salmon filet with a Moroccan glaze or the succulent butter basted scallops with smoked pork belly and buttermilk puree.

What is commonly known as a “side dish,” enoSteak fondly refers to as “enhancements.” Choose from sautéed mushrooms, drenched in a lovely sherry cream sauce, loaded fingerling potatoes, truffled white cheddar cavatelli (my favorite!) Yukon potato mash, grilled zucchini and squash or creamed corn. You may need to sample several of these flavorful dishes to get the full experience and round out your meal.

Be sure to save room for dessert as enoSteak’s offerings are beautifully prepared and sinfully delicious. Choose from a variety of sumptuous treats including a layered chocolate cake with fudge sauce and charred meringue or crème fresh and berries, layered between paper-thin sheets of crispy wafer.

Next time you are looking for a tasteful and well-dressed dining experience, look no further than enoSteak. They are open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and reservations are recommended.

Located at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point    949.240.2000

Advance Laser & Cosmetics

Advance Laser & Cosmetics


Advance Laser & CosmeticsDr. Tim Roham has been an Orange County cosmetic surgeon since 2003. He specializes in the newest and the most innovative techniques in lasers and cosmetic surgery of the face and body. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), Fellow of The American society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery (ASCBS), and is a diplomate of the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM).

Advance Laser & Cosmetics Center was established in 2003 by Dr. Roham with the mission to bring the latest FDA-approved procedures in aesthetic science and medicine to todays on-the-go person who wants maximum results with little down time.

The surgical suite has been designed for patient and surgeon comfort and ease-of-use. The facility provides confidential and private pre-operative and post-operative rooms. There is also ample parking and the privacy and comforts patients desire, including a beautifully designed waiting area with TV and internet services for the families and friends of patients. Advance Laser & Cosmetics boasts a state-of-the-art Orange County surgery center, and offers the latest in aesthetic treatments.

Advance Laser does not follow protocols for every patient. Every skin is unique and requires personalized attention. Dr. Roham’s focus is to achieve safe and effective treatment without having the serious downtime of major surgery.

Dr. Roham also specializes in injectable fillers Botox, Restylane Lyft and Restylane Silk, Juvederm, Voluma Injections, Laser Hair Removal, Kybella, Fat Transfer, CO2 Laser, IPL, Photo Facial and Laser Tattoo Removal.

Advance Laser & Cosmetics is dedicated to providing the latest cosmetic therapies with exceptional quality of service. It provides a comprehensive range of services for the breasts, face, and body. Dr. Roham attracts patients from many areas throughout Orange County including San Clemente, Dana Point, Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Irvine, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Marguarite, Coto De Caza, San Juan Capistrano and Newport Beach.

Call Advance Laser & Cosmetics to set up a free consultation at (949) 248-1900.

629 Camino De Los Mares, Suite 103
San Clemente
(949) 248-1900

Advance Laser & Cosmetics


Advanced Dermatology

Advanced Dermatology*


Advanced DermatologyAt Advanced Dermatology the team of board-certified dermatologists, Maryam Moinfar MD, Mahsa Abdollahi MD, and Jeffrey Lander MD, PhD, have been providing medical care to South Orange County residents for over 10 years. Their one and only office is located in the heart of Dana Point. It is regarded as the premier dermatology practice in the area, and it has set the standard for exceptional medical care while upholding its mission of providing a friendly and patient-centric setting.

All three dermatologists completed their training at the renowned University of Minnesota, one of the largest and most prestigious dermatology programs in the nation. They came together as a team in Dana Point by serendipity, and they have made it their goal to provide excellent medical care and superior customer service to the community. They believe in a collaborative approach to your care, regularly consulting with one another to bring forth the most precise, informed and detail-oriented treatment.

Advanced Dermatology patients have access to all aspects of skin, hair, and nail treatments at one location that houses a Cosmetic Specialist, Acne Specialist and the top Mohs Surgeon in Orange County. Services include: Mohs surgery, non-surgical treatment of skin cancer, pathology, pediatric dermatology, and cutaneous oncology. Cosmetic services include: Botox, Xeomin, fillers, Microneedling, Peels, Kybella, lasers and much more! They offer a minimally invasive neck lift using Dr. Moinfar’s unique technique that increases patient safety and yields beautiful results — ask about Dr. Moinfar’s Swan Lift. Advanced Dermatology also provides personalized skin care treatments and at home regimens to meet the medical and cosmetic needs of each patient.

Located on PCH in Dana Point, Advanced Dermatology is in a beautifully designed office with ample parking and 1st floor access. The practice utilizes cutting edge and state of the art technology. It offers the best of every skin cancer treatment option including non-surgical treatment of skin cancer and Mohs. Together, the dermatologists provide an academic level of dermatology in a family friendly and compassionate environment.

In addition to delivering exceptional care, the doctors pride themselves in their accessibility and provide patients their personal cell phone numbers should any questions or concerns arise. This level of attentiveness, combined with exceptional standards of medical care, is why most of the doctors in South Orange County and their families entrust their dermatologic care to the MDs of Advanced Dermatology.

34213 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Dana Point

Advanced Dermatology




Elite Vein Institute

Elite Vein Institute


The Vein Clinic at Elite MedizinExperience Healthy, Beautiful Legs Again.
People suffering from the harmful effects and discomfort of spider and varicose veins have discovered extraordinary results at the Elite Vein Institute. Founder Anne Luhan, MD, FACS has been chosen “Top Doctor of OC” as well as “Physician of Excellence” and “Best of Dana Point” several years in a row now.

Do you experience discomfort, ankle swelling, heavy legs or varicose veins?
If so, you may be one of 80 million Americans who are plagued with varicose veins and may not even realize you have them. Many who have experienced varicose veins believe they are simply a cosmetic issue that is more of a nuisance than a genuine medical concern. The fact is that varicose veins are a massively underdiagnosed and undertreated problem that can progress into a more serious medical condition, if not addressed properly. Dr. Luhan is making it her mission to educate patients and the community about varicose veins.

Venous reflux or venous insufficiency develops when the valves that usually keep blood flowing out of your legs become damaged or diseased. One of the most common clinical manifestations of venous reflux is varicose veins. Varicose veins are superficial veins that have dilated in response to increased pressure due to incompetent valves in the legs. The main treatment alternative is to re-route blood flow through healthy veins. In the past, this has been done by surgically removing (stripping) the troublesome vein from your leg. Now patients can be treated with minimally invasive alternatives to vein stripping.

Dr. Luhan’s practice offers a comprehensive approach correcting multiple causes of vein disorders and helps restore the look and health of every patient’s legs, whether the issue is cosmetic or health-related.

Procedures can be performed without invasive anesthesia and require little down time and are often covered by Medicare and major insurance companies. As a faculty member of national phlebology organizations, Dr. Luhan is always at the forefront of the latest technologies in the treatment of vein problems. For many patients, receiving treatment is life-altering, enabling them to now lead active, productive lives that were once not possible.

Dr. Anne Luhan is certified by the American Board of General Surgery, the American Board of Surgical Critical Care, the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and the American Board of Woundcare Management. Having passed these prestigious boards shows full commitment to the treatment of venous disease. With these credentials and expertise, it’s no wonder that Dr. Luhan’s patients put their full trust in her hands.

Elite Vein Institute
34052 La Plaza, Suite 102
Dana Point
949.388.4800  •


The Vein Clinic at Elite Medizin

Frank Mogavero, DDS

Frank Mogavero, DDS


Frank Mogavero, DDSFor 28 years, Dr. Frank Mogavero has been creating big, beautiful smiles for kids, teens, and adults throughout Southern California and beyond. He and his talented team are known for compassionate orthodontic care and exceptional results that are delivered in a cool, fun-loving environment. Through the utilization of clear and metal braces, Invisalign, early treatment, and surgical and airway orthodontics, Dr. Mogavero customizes a treatment plan to meet the needs and goals of each patient, whether it’s for preventative, restorative or cosmetic outcomes. Now, he is one of only a select group of orthodontists in the U.S. to offer an innovative technology that may transform the path to gorgeous teeth — INBRACE.

As one of approximately 100 orthodontists invited to offer the cutting-edge INBRACE system, Dr. Mogavero is uniquely positioned to provide this remarkable new technology that straightens teeth far more efficiently and quickly than traditional braces. “I think this is the most significant orthodontic advancement in many years.” says Dr. Mogavero, “I am proud to be one of only a handful of orthodontists across the country to be able to treat with INBRACE before it is released nationally next year.”

INBRACE was originally developed by a dedicated team of Orthodontists, Engineers, Biologists, Computer Scientists and Advanced Manufacturing Experts at USC’s Ostrow School of Dentistry. This revolutionary system works through the use of friction-free Smartwires made of flexible interdental loops that are designed to fit behind teeth, instead of in front of them. Unlike metal braces and Invisalign (which uses aligners and fasteners that can still be seen on the front of teeth), this makes INBRACE truly invisible.

“The Smartwires move teeth more efficiently with light continuous forces,” relates Dr. Mogavero, “which is the best way to move teeth. All of the activations are built into the loops of the Smartwire, which starts working immediately.” This translates into less dental visits for patients, more accurate results, and faster treatment times. Patients can also floss and brush normally while wearing INBRACE, due to the ingenious Smartwire design. INBRACE is also more hygienic than removable clear aligners, which tend to trap food and liquids, and can become stained and discolored over time.

Dr. Mogavero is a Board Certified Orthodontist (Baylor Orthodontics) with degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Dentistry from UCLA and he has taught Orthodontics for five years at USC. His practice includes locations in San Clemente, San Diego, and Mammoth Lakes. Give him a call today to schedule an appointment or visit

1031 Avenida Pico, Suite 101
San Clemente • 949.373.3737

Jeffrey Briney, DDS

Jeffrey Briney, DDS


Office Philosophy & Procedures
Jeffrey Briney, DDSDr. Jeffrey Briney and his comprehensive staff specialize in many facets of dentistry and body nutrition within his private practice. General, Laser, Cosmetic and Surgical Dentistry harmonized with facial aesthetics and body nutrition, bring the most complete oral, facial & nutritional healthcare to his patients. Since 1996, Dr. Briney and his staff have taken tremendous pride in offering the finest and most innovative procedures resulting in patients knowing that their result and experience will far exceed any expectations. Dr. Briney has made a commitment to excellence and perfection culminating in a dental visit that patients come to appreciate. The office thrives on having friendships with its patients and providing a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere to reduce any stress that is typically paired with a dental visit.

Dr. Briney was born and raised in Indiana where he studied Biochemistry at Indiana University and continued to receive his dental degree at IU. He also completed a residency at the Indiana University Hospital concentrating in surgery and cosmetics. In 1997, he moved to Southern California where he bought a practice in Beverly Hills. Two years later, he found the true home for his private practice in Dana Point. He has become a global leader in teaching for many dental & medical manufacturers; Biolase Lasers, Coltene, CLEAR CORRECT Orthodontic Aligners  and Straumann Implants. Dr. Briney also writes for several publications who consider him a “Peer to Peers”! His office has the most current technology due to his dedication in research and development for several companies. Dr. Briney also commits several weeks a year to mission work in Haiti and local charities

Advanced Technology
Dr. Briney’s office has been referred to as one of the most advanced in the country according to various dental publications. A distinctive and highly impactful technology, which is rare in dental practices, is the use of microscopes. Dr. Briney believes every procedure should be performed under a microscopic view in order to provide the best oral health possible. His office also utilizes CAD/CAM dentistry that allows for same-day porcelain fillings, crowns, and veneers. Dr. Briney and his staff use four different lasers in order to provide a true laser dental experience for your implant, periodontal, and endodontic needs. Dr. Briney’s advancement in facial aesthetics (Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse) has allowed for true facial/smile makeovers that are custom to each patient. The newest technology for non-surgical facelifts and skin tightening is performed utilizing the Venus Legacy which has demonstrated proven patient results. One aspect that is commonly forgotten in offices is body nutrition and wellness, which is addressed through nutritional counseling and nutritional injections (Vitamin B12, HCG, Super MIC).

Contact Dr. Briney today for more information on a specific procedure or to schedule a consultation.

24921 Dana Point Harbor Dr., #B-120
Dana Point • 949.496.0131

Jeffrey Briney, DDS

John Redmond Orthodontics

John Redmond Orthodontics


John Redmond OrthodonticsDr. John Redmond has been creating beautiful smiles in San Clemente for the last 17 years. His team has a combined 150 years of experience and they pride themselves in providing quality care in a warm and friendly environment where you will find yourself feeling more like family than patients.

Whether you’re wanting to straighten your teeth with traditional braces, lingual braces (behind the teeth) or Invisalign, Dr. John specializes in them all.

Traditional Braces
Braces can correct crooked and crowded teeth, a misaligned bite, and jaw problems. Braces also eliminate issues you may have with eating, speaking properly, or with keeping your teeth clean. With advancements in dental technology, traditional braces are now sleeker, smaller, and more comfortable.

INBRACE Lingual Braces
INBRACE dramatically improves on the most important aspects of orthodontic treatment. Hidden behind your teeth, INBRACE is quicker and more comfortable. INBRACE reimagines fundamental orthodontic principles with 21st century technology to create something both revolutionary and familiar. With nothing attached to the front of your teeth, enjoy the benefits of your improving smile with INBRACE within weeks.

John Redmond Orthodontics in San Clemente will help you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve. With Invisalign, you can get the straight teeth you’ve always wanted without dealing with braces. Dr. John Redmond has earned “Premier” provider status with Invisalign, which means he has an exceptional amount of expertise and experience.

iTero Digital Impression System
No more goop, gagging, or discomfort! Using an iTero scanner, Dr. John takes a highly accurate digital impression. This new technology completely eliminates the tray and putty impression. The iTero scanner ensures a more accurate impression from the start, resulting in improved treatment and a more comfortable patient experience. Digital impression also gives you the ability to see an instant 3D simulation of what your teeth will look like after orthodontic treatment!

Call today to schedule your complimentary consultation. The office is open Monday through Friday and offers convenient evening appointments. John Redmond Orthodontics also accepts most insurance and provides flexible payment options including zero down and zero interest.

181 Avenida Vaquero, Suite C
San Clemente

John Redmond Orthodontics