Public Health Department (PHD)

Lompoc Health Care Center Staff

Jeanie Sleigh

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

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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.


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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.   



Dr. Guerra, M.D.

Robert Guerra, M.D. - Internal Medicine

Dr. Robert Guerra was born and raised in California.  He was educated in the California public school system.  Dr. Guerra graduated from Cal State University Long Beach and UCLA School of Medicine.  He completed his residency training through UC San Francisco Internal Medicine Program.    He also completed additional training in Geriatric Medicine through UCSF at the Veteran’s system in Fresno.  He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.  Dr. Guerra spent twelve years in private practice in Fresno and then in Lompoc before transitioning to the Public Health Department Lompoc Health Care Center.  He has been a staff physician at the LHCC for the past 10 years.  Dr. Guerra has been married to his wife for 28.  They have two boys – one serving in the United States Air Force and one finishing college. 





 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.



Pediatric Providers

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PN Ramalingam, M.D. - Pediatrics

Dr. Panangattur Ramalingam was born and educated in India.  He attended Pre-Medical school at Loyola College in Madras, India and received a diploma in Child Health from the Children’s Hospital Institute of Child Health at the University of Madras, India.   Dr. Ramalingam served as a House Surgeon and Senior House Surgeon from 1966 – 1968.  He completed his Internship and Residency in Pediatrics at State University Hospital, Kings County in Brooklyn, New York where he also served as Chief Resident in Pediatrics from 1972-1973.  From 1973-1974, Dr. Ramalingam was a Clinical Instructor for the Pediatric Outpatient Clinic at Kings County Hospital and he achieved Board Certification in Pediatrics in 1974.  In 1975 he moved to Lompoc and was in Private Practice Pediatrics for two years before coming to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department in June, 1997.  Dr. Ramalingam has been a Staff Pediatrician at the Lompoc Health Care Center since that time and has provided outstanding care to thousands of pediatric patients. 


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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. 


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Gowthamy Balakumaran, M.D. - Pediatrics

Dr. Gowthamy Balakumaran was born and raised in Sri Lanka.    It was there that she earned both her undergraduate and her medical degrees.   She began her residency in Pediatrics in Sri Lanka until she came to the United States in 1995.  She completed a Pediatric Residency in Los Angeles County at the University of Southern California Medical Center.  She earned Board Certification in Pediatrics.  Dr. Balakumaran then worked as a staff Pediatrician for Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles County until moving to Lompoc in 2006.  It was then that she joined the Public Health Department as a Staff Pediatrician, later becoming a Contracted Pediatrician.  She loves children and her work with the Lompoc and other PHD Health Care Centers.  Outside her love of Pediatric Medicine, Dr. Balakumaran enjoys gardening and frequently brightens up the Lompoc Health Care Center not only with her cheerful demeanor, but also with her beautiful home grown flowers! 

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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. 

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Nancy Nudell, M.D. - Pediatrics

Dr. Nudell graduated from UCLA School of Medicine and then did her internship and residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center.  After finishing her training she moved to Santa Barbara California where she was in private practice at the Children's Medical Clinic of Santa Barbara.  Afterwards, she joined the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and has been practicing pediatrics in its various clinical branches for over twenty years. 

She is married to a physician and has three children, two of whom are presently in medical school. 

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 r 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  Science degree in Nursing from Holy Names University n 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.  

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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.



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