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Nicole Christiano, MD

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How are star ratings for providers determined?

Star ratings are based on responses to survey questions that focus on a patient's likelihood to recommend the provider's office to family and friends as well as the provider's care, including whether the provider listened carefully, spent enough time with you, explained things in an easy-to-understand way, and seemed to know important information about your medical history. Press Ganey averages and converts all survey responses into a single star rating, with five stars being the highest.

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Languages
  • English

About

  • Dr. Christiano has recently been appointed as a The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) medical examiner and has been doing second and third class medical certifications for pilots at Sansum Clinic's Occupational Medicine clinic. Dr. Christiano is one of only two physicians in Santa Barbara county authorized to do these kinds of pilot exams for the FAA. There are 3 levels of medical certification; first-class, which is all commercial pilots, second-class which includes cargo and charter pilots, and third-class, which is mainly for pilots of smaller air crafts or recreational pilots. This work with the FAA stems from her position as a flight surgeon for the 146 Channel Islands Air National Guard, which she has done for about 10 years. 
  • Currently, Dr. Christiano is designated to do second and third class medical certifications and will soon apply for the authorization to do first-class exams.
  • These exams are done by appointment at Sansum Clinic's Occupational Medicine clinic. For more information, please call Sansum Clinic Occupational Medicine at (805) 898-3311.

Practicing since:

 1997 (25 years)

Training & Certification

Medical School/Graduate School

  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Residency

  • Family Medicine - White Memorial Medical Center

Additional Information

  • Dr. Christiano earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1992 and her Medical Doctorate at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 1996. She completed her Family Medicine residency at White Memorial Medical Center in 1999. Dr. Christiano has been board certified in Family Medicine for over 20 years. Currently, Dr. Christiano is a staff physician at Sansum Urgent Care department. Dr. Christiano is a certified Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) medical examiner and performs second and third degree FAA medical certifications at Sansum Occupational Medicine department. As a Lieutenant Colonel in the California Air National Guard, Dr. Christiano has deployed as a flight surgeon in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve.  

About Ratings

How are star ratings for providers determined?

Star ratings are based on responses to survey questions that focus on a patient's likelihood to recommend the provider's office to family and friends as well as the provider's care, including whether the provider listened carefully, spent enough time with you, explained things in an easy-to-understand way, and seemed to know important information about your medical history. Press Ganey averages and converts all survey responses into a single star rating, with five stars being the highest.

Who receives a Press Ganey survey?

Press Ganey emails or mails surveys to patients who received care at Sansum Clinic and Ridley-Tree Cancer Center. This process ensures that feedback comes directly from patients who have been treated by our providers.

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