Not only does he feel lucky to have the opportunity to practice medicine near Santa Barbara where he grew up, Dr. Ali Javanbakht has a strong passion for what his patients can do as families, at home, to improve their health.
Many of Dr. Javanbakht's younger patients have a hard time pronouncing words like temperature or stethoscope, so when it comes to his name, they just call him Dr. Ali, which suits him, just fine. The name of his website, Healthcrap.com, is a clear indication of his sense of humor and easygoing manner.
"The great advantage of working at Sansum Clinic is the tremendous support and dedicated, professional staff that we have. It frees me to be a doctor, with the ability to focus my attention on my patients."
In his bio he writes that as a boy he dreamed of becoming a clown or a soccer player, but "settled" on medicine instead. The events that led him to begin his practice at Carpinteria Urgent Care & Family Medicine in 2001, actually provide a warming back-story for the dedicated team of physicians and medical staff that have come together to serve the medical needs of Carpinteria's growing number of families.
After graduating from Dos Pueblos High School and while attending UCSB, the undecided young Ali enrolled in a program where he spent time shadowing Dr. Eduardo Clark. That experience helped guide him toward the decision to attend the Medical College of Wisconsin. He now considers it an honor, yet a perfectly natural result, to be working side by side with his one time mentor, Dr. Clark, who has been providing Urgent Care at Sansum Clinic for more than two decades.
Dr. Javanbakht enjoys the opportunity to work with entire families and to help them address their health issues before they become medical problems. He tries to focus his patients and their families on prevention. "We have access to great healthy foods and plenty of opportunities to walk those few extra steps to help keep ourselves fit. Learning what is good for you is easier than most people think. And I think it can be a lot more fun when the whole family is involved."
Dr. Javanbakht also speaks Spanish, Farsi and French. His book, For the Health of It!, which is a collection of his most loved columns by the same name that have appeared regularly in the Coastal View News, uses humorous analogies, everyday metaphors, and made-up organizations to humanize medicine, covering a broad range of topics from illnesses, to medical politics, to anatomy and physiology. When asked what he likes most about Family Medicine, his answer covers the same complex gamut of issues, only with a strong emphasis on getting to know his patients. "I have the opportunity to treat and to become familiar with entire families and that provides a perfect environment for primary care."
His own family and involvement in the community keep him busy outside of the Clinic. His wife is also a doctor and he likes to add that he is "being raised by his two children" here in Santa Barbara. His dream of clowning for the circus never materialized, but he still plays a competitive game of soccer and his patients and colleagues are genuinely glad that he "settled" for practicing family medicine — here at home.
"The simple practice of eating well and exercising is do-able for everyone — and worthwhile."