Dr. David Hernandez MD is board certified in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine specializing in the medical management of eating disorders, adolescent medicine and college health. He presently serves as the medical director for the La Ventana Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Program in Santa Barbara, the medical consultant for the Central Coast Eating Disorder Treatment Center, Santa Barbara and The New Beginning Counseling, Camarillo. He is the Director of Student Health Services at Westmont College and has been serverd over the past 19 years. Prior to his time at Westmont College, he had a Private Practice in Peadiatrics in Santa Barbara, CA for 11 years. He completed his residency in Pediatrics followed by a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine after attending Furman University and graduating from California State University Fullerton studying the physical sciences and psychology.
Dr. Hernandez became interested in eating disorders when he noted the significant impact these disorders were having on the health and well being of the college students under his care. His work in the field of eating disorders now extends beyond the campus to include helping the professionals in the Santa Barbara community care for their clients struggling with eating disorders. Over the years he has developed a unique and caring clinical approach that stresses the bio/psycho/social/spiritual nature of this complex disorder. While Dr. Hernandez’s primary responsibility is to monitor and care for the physical well-being of his patients he believes that it is not enough to simply treat the body, but that the mind and ultimately the spirit must heal before a person has truly recovered from an eating disorder. In order to accomplish this, a great deal of time is spent listening to and learning about each person so as to be able to provide care unique to that individual.
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