Virtual care is the new normal
Since the global pandemic, virtual care makes a lot of sense.
We've been practicing this way at Sage for over a year now, and on balance, people seem to like it as much or better than the old way.
The New Medicine
In the new medical paradigm, patients want control.
They want to be informed and be part of the decision-making process.
Today's medicine has to integrate different disciplines and modalities from meditation to medication.
Finally, patients want to be engaged in their care and human-centered technology, like apps can be very useful to monitor diet, sleep, medications and outcomes.
Dr. Antonio Ocana
MSc, MD, CCFP, ABAM
I sit at the crossroads of family practice, mental health, addiction medicine and virtual care.
I started my medical education in Canada, at the University of Toronto, where I was awarded, first a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition in 1987, and then my MD in 1991. Then moving westward to Calgary, Alberta, I did my residency in Family Medicine in 1993, and then moving westward to Vancouver, where I opened my first clinic in 1997. Over the next few years I began to focus my practice on eating disorders, mental health and eventually addiction. I did a fellowship in Addiction Medicine at University of British Columbia in 2004 and was certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2005.
How we got from there to here
Lawrence Sheppard, Steve Holliday and I founded the West Vancouver Addiction Day Program later in 2005.
We then went on, with a dedicated group of clinicians, to establish the NorthShore ADHD and Addiction Clinic in North Vancouver in 2007.
I "retired" in June 2019 and moved to LA to launch my "start-up", a mental health app for family doctors.
In the meantime we had COVID-19, so I decided to re-open my Canadian clinic and then decided to open a US clinic. So here we are. Welcome to Sage.
California Medical License - C164730 - expiry date 08/31/2021
DEA Registration Number - xxxxxx2294 - expiry date 12/31/2022
National Provider Identification - xxxxxx3848
Our new home
The office in Marina del Rey
Since 2020, we're a virtual clinic with two locations. We see Canadian patients through the NorthShore Clinic and American patients through the Sage Clinic.
We love our new location. The view, the people and the ocean come together to create the perfect place to work.
The latest addition to the team is Ms. Astrid Sherman. She has 20 years experience at keeping things smooth, graceful and pointing in the right direction. In the past, she did this with ballet dancers on point. Now, it's our clinic that she's keeping straight.