June 13, 2020 Newsletter: Understanding the confusion of COVID-19, Diabetes care, Don’t Ditch Your Mask Yet, Introducing Lifewellness Institute, Working From Home–Ergonomically

Unraveling COVID Confusion and the WHO Statements on Coronavirus:

In the past few days, you may have read conflicting information about how asymptomatic carriers may or may not be contagious or able to transmit COVID-19 to others. At a June 7 media briefing WHO lead investigator, Dr. Maria Van Kerkove made a statement that came under much scrutiny from the scientific community.

American Heart Association CPR/AED Awareness Week

We love the American Heart Association and the amazing work they do in our community. It's CPR/AED Awareness Week and everyone should know CPR and how to use an AED. In this KUSI interview you can learn more about AEDs, and even smartphone apps that can help you save a life.

Newsletter May 29 : Temperature Checks, Vitamin D, MISc Symptoms in Children, Masks, and Antibody Testing

What’s the Deal  With  Temperature  Checks? 

As businesses start re-opening, we will come into contact with more people and the microbes they carry with them. Airlines, gyms, hair salons and restaurants are examples of places where an additional layer of protection can go a long way to help our economy remain open and avoid a ‘second wave’ of COVID-19.  

SDSM has been implementing safe social distancing and interactions for many weeks now by asking every patient about recent fever, cough, cold or flu symptoms, recent travel, contact with anyone experiencing any of the above, and taking temperatures of those entering our facilities.

Newsletter May 15, 2020 TMJ treatments, Keeping Kids Busy, Pregnancy and COVID-19,

TMJ Disorders and Treatment

The Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ) connect the upper jaw or maxilla, to the lower jaw called the mandible. These joints, located both on the left and right side of your jaw, are the most frequently used joints in the entire body and exert an average of 160 pounds of pressure! These powerful joints are used with chewing, talking, laughing and swallowing.

Newsletter May 8, 2020: Skin cancer, food safety, sports physicals and more…

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Skin is one of the largest organs of your body. It plays many important roles in keeping our bodies healthy, including protecting us from the harmful radiation of the sun.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer

About 5 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year (almost 10,000 a day)

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all the other cancers combined

1 in 5 Americans will develop a form of skin cancer by the age of 70

The rates of skin cancer are on the rise.

Video visits using MY CHART

San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center is proud to offer MyChart portal access to our patients.  Especially during this time of social distancing, we highly recommend signing up for MyChart.If you are not already using MyChart  we will be contacting you to assist with the sign up process over the next few weeks.

The COVID-19 Dilemma: “Safety vs Freedom”

The most frequent question we seem to get is: "Doctor, What's your opinion of what it will take to return to some semblance of normalcy?" Here is the best answer we can give.

In order for our communities to "re-open" we must be able to figure out how to accomplish significant risk stratification and allow a greater degree of freedom and social re-integration among those at least risk.


SDSM does not recommend COVID Antibody testing at this time. Currently the test results are inaccurate and unable to be adequately interpreted, and therefore do not change the management of the individual patient. We do expect with further work that the tests will become a valuable tool in the overall management of this crisis.

April 17 Newsletter: Flattening the curve, antibody testing, mask donation and special presentation by Dr. Shannon Cheffet

Flattening the curve---are we there yet?
Encouraging data from the San Diego Department of Health has shown that fewer new cases of COVID-19 have been identified the past few days. Officials are encouraged by this data, but say it is too soon to know if this trend will hold for the long-term, and when we can expect to return to a semblance of our former lives.