Lompoc Health Care Center Staff

Jeanie Sleigh M.S.- Lompoc Health Care Center Administrator

Jeanie Sleigh was born and raised in South Dakota and Nebraska. She completed her undergraduate education and received her Master of Science Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska, Kearney in 1991. She is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor II.

She spent the first 29 years of her career in various Mental Health and Substance Abuse settings including forensic, private, public and non-profit programs where she focused her efforts on program development, training, quality improvement and administration. She has spent several years serving as a consultant for mental health, forensic and substance abuse organizations assisting in developing and implementing programs and evidence-based practices in organizational settings. Jeanie's call to Public Service brought her to Santa Barbara County Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Services in 2002.

In June, 2013, she was given the opportunity to venture into Primary Care, serving as the Lompoc Health Care Center Administrator. She feels honored and privileged to be working with the outstanding and dedicated staff of the LHCC in service to the Lompoc Community and looks forward to doing so for many years to come. She and her husband reside in Lompoc. They have four grown children residing in Texas, Colorado, Nebraska and San Francisco.

Adult Providers

Edith Foley, M.D. - Internal Medicine

Dr. Foley graduated from Loma Linda University Medical Center in 1998 and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. She completed an internal medicine residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in 2001 with an emphasis in primary care. She then served as chief medical resident at the Jerry L Pettis Veterans Hospital from 2001 to 2002. She obtained board certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2001.

Before moving to Santa Barbara County she worked at Kaiser Permanente in Riverside. She joined the team at the Lompoc Health Care Center in April of 2008 and looks forward to many years of practice with the Public Health Department.

Howard Gregersen, M.D. - Internal Medicine

Dr. Howard Gregersen was raised in Northern California and educated in the public school system. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California- Berkeley. He then earned his medical degree at St. George's University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine in New Jersey.

Dr. Gregersen came to the Lompoc in 1994 and he has enjoyed living in the community and practicing medicine here since that time. Dr. Gregersen also enjoys spending time with his brothers and sisters, watching his five nephews grow up. He's has especially enjoyed seeing one of his nephews become a West Point Graduate and establish a military career following in the footsteps of Dr. Gregersen's father.

Herminio Franquiz, Jr. PA – C

Herminio was born in Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico. He served in the United States Army from 1969 – 1972 and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. In 1973, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of California – Santa Barbara. He then enrolled in graduate school at UCSB, earning a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology in 1975. Herminio later chose to pursue his Physician Assistant license and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from City University of New York in 1981 attending The City College campus.Herminio's practice has included 12 years of emergency medicine, 10 years of surgery (orthopedic and reconstructive) and 2 years of Adult Medicine in Maryland. Herminio joined the Lompoc Health Care Center team in 2015 where his practice includes Adult Primary Care and Adult Urgent Care.When he is not working, Herminio enjoys skiing, traveling and reading historical novels.

Jose Chavez, P.A. - Family Practice

Jose Chavez attended Lompoc High School, playing soccer all four years for the Lompoc Braves. He graduated with honors in 1994. Jose began his career with the Lompoc Health Care Center as a Medical Assistant.

After earning a degree in biology, he went on to Cal-State - Long Beach to become a Registered Respiratory Care Practitioner, completing medical residencies at hospitals including Martin Luther King Trauma Center, Cedar Sinai Hospital, City of Hope Cancer Center, Clinica Para la Mujer (Mexicali Baja California, Mexico) and others.

Jose worked for ten years at the Lompoc Hospital Cardiopulmonary Medicine Department in the Intensive Care Unit with emphasis in pulmonary life support. He worked for Cottage Hospital Neonatal and Marian Medical Center Cardiopulmonary Departments. Jose went on to receive his Physician Assistant education at Loma Linda University.

He then returned to his beloved Lompoc community to work at the Lompoc Health Care Center where he provides urgent and primary care to Adult patients. Jose is married and has four children. He is very proud to see his children grow up in this great community.

When he is not working, Jose loves to garden and still plays soccer.

Dr. Andrew Frerking, DO

Dr. Frerking was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Ohio. He completed his undergraduate education at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with interest in Medical Anthropology in 2007. During his undergraduate studies, Dr. Frerking spent several months doing a research project in Oaxaca, Mexico where he became fully bilingual learning to speak Spanish. He later lived abroad in Chiba Prefecture in Japan where he studied and became fluent in Japanese, making him trilingual.Dr. Frerking entered a post-baccalaureate program at Dominican University in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. During that time he worked as an assistant to a Pediatric Occupational Therapist.Dr. Frerking attended Medical School at Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience – College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. KCU was also his mother, father and grandfather's alma mater. During his last two years of Medical School, Dr. Frerking participated in DOCARE, an international medicine group that provided healthcare annually in Guatemala. He completed medical school receiving his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 2014. Dr. Frerking did his residency at Harbor UCLA Family Medicine in which he was trained in full spectrum family medicine. His passion is treating underserved populations and doing Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy.Dr. Frerking joined the Lompoc Health Care Center team in 2017 with a desire to serve the patient population and an appreciation for all the Lompoc Valley offers as a community.Dr. Frerking and his wife have one daughter who keeps them delighted and busy. When he is not serving the needs of the LHCC patients, he enjoys traveling, cooking, playing guitar and trying to catch his toddler as she runs around the house!

Dr. Martha (Viviana) Martinez

Dr. Martinez was born in Mexico City, Mexico and raised in Northern California. She completed her undergraduate education at California State University – Sacramento. Following obtaining her undergraduate degree, she went on to complete her medical school education at the University of California – Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Martinez studied in a dual-degree program earning both her M.D. and also earning a Master's Degree in Public Health at California State University – Long Beach. She completed a Family Medicine residency at White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles in 2013. Following residency, Dr. Martinez worked in several clinic settings until she found her professional home at the Lompoc Health Care Center. Her practice at LHCC includes Adult Primary Care and Women's Health.

Sarah Adams

Sarah Adams

Sarah Adams, Licensed Clinical Social worker (LCSW), is the Behavioral Health Specialist at Lompoc Health Care Center, providing brief psychotherapy, advocacy and support for our patients.

Sarah graduated from UCSB with a degree in Sociology and Chicano Studies, she went on to complete her Masters in Social Work at USC. Sarah started her social work career working in several non-profit agencies in the Santa Barbara Area including Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, The Glendon Association, and CALM . Sarah then dedicated seven years to providing services to youth at Casa Pacifica acting as a Crisis Specialist, Clinical Supervisor, and Program Manager of SAFTY Mobile Crisis Team.

Sarah continues to offer supervision, mentoring and training to colleagues in the field and our community. She has presented at local, state and national conferences on mental health topics such as crisis intervention, suicide prevention, positive workplace relationships, leadership and self-care. Sarah was recognized by the local unit of the National Association of Social Workers as Social Worker of the Year in March 2017.

Pediatric Providers

James Williams, M.D. - Pediatrics

Dr. Williams received his medical degree from the University of California Irvine, and residency training at the U.C.I Medical Center, Orange, CA and St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Tehran, Iran. His practice experience includes Children's Hospital Oakland and San Francisco General Hospital. He was also medical director for the Child Abuse Crisis Center at the Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center.

In February 2008, he joined the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, which he enjoys very much.

Rani Falconer, N.P. - Pediatrics

Rani Falconer, N.P. began her career after graduating from Duke University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She joined the U.S. Air Force in 1981, serving as a Staff Nurse for six years before becoming a Nurse Educator. In 1991, she was selected to attend the Air Force Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, finally encountering her true calling. During her next ten years, she continued as a PNP, moving to three more bases, serving also as a Flight Commander, a Clinic Director and managing the hospital's Asthma program at Langley AFB before retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 2001.

Having always planned to return to Lompoc, Rani was delighted to accept a position as a PNP at Sansum Clinic in 2001, where she continued until 2009. That May, she happily joined the Pediatric Staff at the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department's Lompoc Health Care Center.

Rani's credentials include a Master of Arts in Education from George Washington University, she is a nationally certified Asthma Educator and she is working hard to become proficient in speaking Spanish.

Danilo Alesna

Dr. Danilo Alesna - Pediatrics

Dr. Dan Alesna was born and raised in Cebu City, Philippines. He earned his medical degree from Cebu Doctors College of Medicine. Before moving to the United States, he finished Pediatric Residency training in the Philippines. He settled in Chicago and completed his Pediatric Residency Training and a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Alesna is passionate about serving the underprivileged and underserved. Before joining the Santa Barbara Public Health Department, he worked with the Lake County Public Health Department in Illinois for over 20 years. His philosophy about the practice of medicine is this: Patients can help heal themselves when they understand the condition that afflicts them and realize their own capacity to heal themselves. My role is to provide the tools and resources to promote health and well-being.

Women's Health Providers

Julianne McGandy, N.P. - Women's Health

Julianne McGandy, N.P. has been a Nurse since 1977. She received her associate degree as a Registered Nurse from Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. She moved to Santa Maria in 1983 and worked in Labor & Delivery at Valley Community Hospital.She worked with Dr. Michael L. Wyatt, MD (OB/GYN) in Santa Maria. In 1995, she received her Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Planned Parenthood Federation of America in collaboration with U.C.S.F. She became Board Certified as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in 1996. In 2004, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Holy Names University in Oakland. She has been with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department since March 2006.

Julianne McGandy N.P. considers it a privilege to serve the community Lompoc. She strives to educate her patients on the importance of health care maintenance.

Lawrence Bines, M.D. - O.B.G.Y.N

Dr. Lawrence Bines completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated medical school from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency in Houston, Texas at St. Joseph Hospital; a University of Texas affiliated hospital where he received his Obstetrics and Gynecology license. Dr. Bines came to work for the Public Health Department in September, 1991. He splits his time between the Lompoc Health Care Center, Carpinteria Health Care Center, Franklin Health Care Center and the Santa Barbara Health Care Center. He thoroughly enjoys practicing general and OB/GYN medicine.

Lompoc Health Care Center Staff