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SSVMS Medical Society News is a monthly e-bulletin from the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) containing up-to-date information and breaking news on issues impacting physicians practicing in El Dorado, Sacramento and Yolo counties. To receive your free subscription, contact SSVMS at (916) 452-2671 or


SSV Medical Society News - 2018 - Volume 7 - Issue 08 - August

Latest News from Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society



Volume 7, Issue 8
August, 2018
The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society is dedicated to bringing together physicians from all modes of practice to promote the art and science of quality medical care and to enhance the physical and mental health of our entire community.
Dear Physicians,
The most serious drug crisis the U.S. has ever experienced is with overdose deaths from opioids in the forms of prescription medications or illicit drugs. This issue has become a public health crisis with devastating consequences. In Sacramento, our medical society has been addressing opioid misuse and abuse and leading the charge with the SSVMS RX Safe Physicians program. This coalition of physicians and community experts focuses on educating providers, promoting complimentary methods of pain management to physicians and patients, and increasing access to Naloxone. RX Safe Physicians, along with Sacramento County, the Sacramento County Opioid Coalition, CSU Sacramento, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration is hosting an Opioid Summit on September 12, 2018 at CSU Sacramento. I invite you to join healthcare professionals, treatment and prevention experts, educators, students, and law enforcement leadership for an in-depth discussion of the prevention, treatment, and enforcement efforts being undertaken to combat this growing public health crisis. For more information or to register click here.
Rajiv Misquitta, MD
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society President

Not a Member? Join here or contact Megan Sharpe at or (916) 452-2671.

Joy of Medicine Paint & Sip Night
Joy of Medicine Paint & Sip Night. Enjoy an evening of guided painting, light appetizers, and socializing with physician colleagues.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018, Folsom 6:00pm-8:30pm, Register Here
Sacramento Opioid Safety Summit
Sponsored by SSVMS, Sacramento State and the US Attorney's Office, focusing on prevention, treatment and enforcement efforts.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, Sacramento State University, 7:30am to 5:00pm, Information/Register Here
2nd Annual Joy of Medicine Summit
Sessions include the Science of Happiness and Journaling as a Healing Practice.
Saturday, September 22, 2018, Arden Hills Spa, Sacramento, 8:30am to 1:30pm, Information/Register Here.
CMA House of Delegates
Saturday, October 13, 2018- Sunday, October 14, 2018, Sacramento, CA, More information
Connect with your Colleagues
Meet monthly with a group of fellow physicians who understand and identify with what it means to be a physician. Groups are located throughout the Sacramento Region. Join a Group/More Information
CMA Webinars are no cost for members.
Click here to explore on-demand webinars.
Other Events

Northern California Education Foundation Inaugural Fundraising Gala
Proceeds help fund California Northstate University's student activities, scholarships and a free community clinic for the Sacramento Region.
Saturday, August 4, 2018, Elk Grove, CA, 6:00pm, More Information /Register Here

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Webinar, The Opioid Epidemic: Approaches to Adolescents and Honored Elders 
This event will highlight the importance of collaboration among clinicians and community members to address the opioid crisis.
Thursday, September 6, 2018, 10am-3:00PM PST

Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) Summit
The NEPO Summit is a unique and exciting educational event for physicians, medical students, public health professionals, and community leaders.
September 13-15, 2018, Pasadena, CA
In The News
Joy Of Medicine Corner

Mindful Minute

Yoga encourages you to slow down and focus on the present. It is a good way to briefly escape from the hectic day to take a moment for yourself. Even in five minutes, a short yoga practice will help you reset and destress. Try this guided five minute Yoga-On-the-Go exercise. No equiment is needed and you can do this in your home, office, or wherever you can find a space.

Featured Joy of Medicine Provider

Lori Klett Roberto, Ph.D., 20491

Physicians face extreme stress and a heavy workload. If you are feeling overwhelmed, SSVMS sponsors up to six wellness sessions, at no cost to physicians, with licensed and vetted psychologists and life coaches to physicians living and working in the Sacramento Region.
It is with great pleasure that Dr. Roberto joins the Joy of Medicine program. Her interest in working with physicians stems from both personal and professional experiences. Her practice specialties include Stress Management, Work/Life Balance, Coping with Illness or Injury, Life Transitions, Anxiety, Depression, Perfectionism, Living with Chronic Pain, Health Behavior Change, Eating Disorders, Weight or Body-Image Issues, Insomnia & Sleep Disorders, Self-Care and Healthy Relationships.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Roberto, contact her directly and identify yourself as a physician in the Sacramento Region who participates in the Joy of Medicine Program. For more information about Resiliency Consultations visit:
Service Spotlight
Joelle L. Jakobsen, MD
As a SPIRIT Volunteer, Dr. Jakobsen is motivated by patients' thankfulness and the smiles on their faces during their post op appointment. Dr. Jakobsen exclaims, "the SPIRIT program is a great way to make a difference in peoples' lives." SPIRIT is very lucky to have Dr. Jakobsen and we thank her for making time to volunteer amidst her highly active schedule. Read more here.
SSVMS involves physicians and the larger healthcare community in community service, education, and research through its charitable programs. SSVMS' programs and services are focused on increasing access to healthcare services, improving health outcomes, and building the future of healthcare. SSVMS' community programs are supported by grants and generous donations from the community.
Vetted Vendor

Lonnie Dickson, Branch Manager
NMLS # 747878
The Mortgage Company
Lonnie Dickson, of The Mortgage Company, brings a wealth of mortgage experience to every purchase and refinance loan, and sets himself apart by delivering exceptional, concierge level service. The Mortgage Company is a locally owned boutique residential mortgage lender, focused on delivering tailored financing solutions to our clients. Guidance is personal and unique, as clients have all their questions answered up front and throughout the loan process. The Mortgage Company is backed by a top ten nationally ranked independent mortgage bank-American Pacific Mortgage (also locally owned).
Additionally, The Mortgage Company will donate a portion of proceeds from closed loan transactions to the SSVMS Joy of Medicine Program to benefit local physician well-being.
To access this resource, contact Megan Sharpe, at 916-452-2671 or email her at

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