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Dr. Michael Coulson received his MD from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1995. He holds a degree in physiology from UC Davis and worked for three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras. He speaks fluent Spanish, having completed his residency in Family Practice at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Prior to coming to Scotts Valley, Dr. Coulson was Associate Medical Director of the Clinica De Salud in Soledad. He and his wife Shawn, an Acupuncturist, have two sons. Dr. Coulson enjoys spending time with his family and coaching lacrosse.
Dr. Karen Lynch fell in love with Santa Cruz while completing her undergraduate degree in Medieval History. She returned here after 10 years in private family practice at the Woodland Clinic near Sacramento CA. Dr. Lynch attended UC Davis School of Medicine and had completed 2 years of an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency before changing direction to primary care medicine. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at UC Riverside Medical Center. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice and is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice. She is trained in homeopathy and integrates its use in her medical practice. She lives in her Soquel home with Sweetface and Ginger a Bengal and a Maine Coon Cat. In her spare time, she continues her studies in homeopathy, works in her garden, knits and works her way through a reading list that spans the range from histories to mysteries.
Dr. Thomas majored in Microbiology with an emphasis in Genetic Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1988. She received her M.D. from the University of California at San Francisco in 1993; she did her internship at UCSF/Fresno Dept. of Family Community Medicine in 1994 and her residency at University of Colorado, Health and Sciences Campus, Dept. of Family Community Medicine at ìClinica Campesinaî in 1996.Dr. Thomas has worked at Santa Cruz Womenís Health Center and UCSC Student Health Center. She was the Associate Medical Director of the Westside Community Health Center-Planned Parenthood, Santa Cruz. She also practiced family medicine in Watsonville for a couple years before joining the Scotts Valley Medical Clinic family in 2001. Dr. Thomas has been involved in The Cordillera Project, Charazani- a health education project in the Bolivian Andes, has served as part of the Central Coast Health Alliance Physicians Advisory Group and been a Board Member for the Neighborhood Childcare Center. Dr. Thomasí professional interests include family, preventative medicine and nutrition. She would like to help enable people to be their best advocate in their health care, to foster a better understanding of maintaining health and vitality through nutrition, exercise and creating a healthy lifestyle.Dr. Thomas enjoys spending time with her family, reading, rafting and you can see her outrigger canoeing off the beaches of Santa Cruz. Dr. Thomas is proficient in Spanish.
I am a transplant from the East Cost, having grown up in Florida and moved to California in the mid 80's. I graduated from San Francisco State University magna cum laude degrees in Biology and Chemistry. I attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine and post-graduate Family Medicine training at Mercy Methodist Hospital in Sacramento. I am board certified in Family Medicine with additional qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. I am the Medical Director of a local hospice. I have also received training and certification as a Hakomi Therapist and Teacher (a form of body-centered psychotherapy). I am married and have one son.
I am on the perpetual quest to practice medicine in a manner that truly achieves ultimate health for my patients. The word that best describes my style of family medicine is "collaborative" -- both with patients and with other health providers. My areas of particular interest are adolescent and women's health care (but I really do enjoy caring for a wide variety of patients).
I have been practicing Family Medicine in Santa Cruz County since 2002. I received my undergraduate degree in physiology from UC Davis and my Medical Degree from Loyola University in Chicago. In addition to my medical practice, I am actively involved with the California Academy of Family Physicians. Working with the Congress of Delegates, I enjoy taking part in governmental advocacy surrounding optimal patient care.
As much as I love being a doctor, my most important job in life is mother to three amazing young girls.
My medical journey began when I accepted an internship at a local county clinic in Northern California at sixteen years old. The idea of being a part of a team that helps people during their time of greatest need inspired me and by the end of the first day my career path had been decided. My path continued over the next few years working convalescent care as a certified nursing assistant while attending college. I transferred to University of California, Santa Cruz as a junior to finish my degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental biology with an emphasis on genetics. While completing my Bachelors degree at UCSC, I started working at Scotts Valley Medical Clinic as a medical assistant for Dr. Dawn Motyka. I received my degree from UCSC in 2000 at which time I continued to work at SVMC where I continued to grow and extend my medical knowledge. In 2002, I decided to become a Physician’s Assistant and attended Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, CA. I graduated in 2006 as Valedictorian of my class. I was fortunate enough to do rotations in cardiothoracic surgery, spine surgery at USCF, and ER rotation at Highland Hospital. After graduation, I worked as first assistant for a general surgeon that specialized in laparoscopic procedure as well as with a plastic surgeon completing over 600 cases in under a year. The surgical experience provided a valuable background, but made me aware that I missed the patient connection that is forged when working in Family Practice. In 2008, I was invited back to join Scotts Valley Medical Clinic as a Physician Assistant. Since then I have been working under Dr. Thomas, Dr. Lynch, and Dr. Motyka all the while continuing to expand my medical knowledge. In 2014, I was excited to join SVMC as a practicing member under supervision of all the doctors. I believe in working as a team with my patients, discussing all the possible options, and finding what works best for them since everyone is an individual and should be treated as one. My husband and I recently bought a home in Bonny Doon where we enjoy our countryside with our border collie, Turbo. I plan to make Scotts Valley Medical Clinic a long term practice in order to provide the best continuity of care for my patients. My outside activities include racing cars with my husband, hiking in the beautiful redwoods with Turbo, and traveling through Europe, Central America, and Asia to embrace other cultures and explore all parts of the world.