Exciting Changes at Santa Monica Primary Care

If you’ve been to Santa Monica Primary Care lately, you may have noticed some of the exciting changes that have occurred over the last several months. First, you will see that our office is now shared with a great group of our colleagues – with specialties including Obstetrics, Gynecology, Urology and General Surgery. After such an extended period of quiet due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is nice to have a busy and bustling office again. You will see that our mitigation efforts including spaced appointments, adequate airflow, HEPA filters, masking and 100% staff vaccination compliance remain in effect.

Secondly, Santa Monica Primary Care as you know it is significantly smaller than it was in 2019. We have moved to a physician led practice with physician assistants exclusively in a support role. That means that you will be seeing Dr. Bretsky for in office visits – both periodic preventive examinations and sick visits. As always, we have physician coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 365 days a year.

Now offering at Santa Monica Primary Care – the Galleri cancer screening test.

Long in development, this testing modality relies on the detection of DNA methylation patterns that not only can signal cancer development but also provides clues as to its point of origin. The Galleri detection test evaluates the presence of more than 50 types of cancer, many of which do not have routine screening guidelines.


Dr. Bretsky Awarded “Super Doctor” for the 5th Year in a Row

For yet another year, Dr. Bretsky has been recognized as a Super Doctor (www.superdoctors.com). He was first recognized in 2017 and has been selected in every consecutive year since that time.   

The selection process for Super Doctors is a rigorous multi-step process designed to identify physicians who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made by independent research and other physicians who are asked the following question: “If you needed medical care, which doctor would you choose?”

Candidates are evaluated on 10 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

  • Years of experience
  • Hospital appointments
  • Fellowships
  • Professional activities
  • Leadership positions
  • Academic achievements/positions
  • Board certifications
  • Publications, lectures & presentations
  • Honors and awards
  • Other outstanding achievement

Dr. Bretsky’s page:  https://www.superdoctors.com/california-los-angeles/doctor/Philip-Michael-Bretsky/aebdc62d-b4f3-4dc3-a98a-237a87e55e8b.html