COVID-19 Vaccine Update for Epic Care Patients

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the lives of many, including our patients, their families, friends, and caregivers.

You may be wondering when you will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. As vaccine production and availability increases. Here’s a general overview of vaccine planning, and more specifically, information for patients with cancer (or with a history of cancer) CLICK HERE to read.

In addition, we strongly encourage you to visit the county’s website for which you live and work and consult your Epic Care physician on the risk and benefits of the COVID vaccine.

Thank you for your continued support! We greatly appreciate our Epic Care community and are heartened by the great interest in receiving the vaccine, as it is the most effective way to end the pandemic.

Dr. Carlyon Parma for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery

For many, scars tell a story, but what if that story is cancer?

Dr. Carolyn Parma, Fellowship Trained Breast Surgeon shares, “One in eight women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. With Hidden Scar surgery, our Epic Care patients have even more access to transformative options to make their post-recovery journey easier.”

Hidden scar surgery, paired with our oncoplastic breast surgery techniques and other minimally invasive approaches, provides breast surgery specialists like Dr. Carolyn Parma the tools to effectively treat breast cancer while minimizing the daily emotional reminder of a breast cancer diagnosis.

To learn more about the hidden scar breast surgery technique, or to meet with Dr. Carolyn Parma, please ask a member of our Epic Care team for support or call us directly at (925) 875-1677 to schedule a consult.

We greatly appreciate our Epic Care community and are heartened by our patients desire to seek compassionate and expert care close to home.

We look forward to meeting you!

Gary’s Story

Not too long after Gary’s prostate removal, his PSA numbers began to increase and he made the tough decision to complete 39 radiation treatments.

It was then Gary met Dr. Swamy and shortly after began his 8-week course of radiation treatment at the Epic Care practice in Dublin.

“I felt very comfortable with Dr. Swamy since my initial consult. Dr. Swamy, and the rest of the Epic Care Radiology team, took my hand and helped guide me through treatment.” says Gary. He continued, “Really, it’s the preparation for each session that requires work. In the beginning, when I was just learning and my circumstances weren’t right, Elise and Amanda coached me very kindly and made sure my treatments were safe and effective.”

Now, 8 weeks later, Gary has completed his Radiation treatment and shares,

“Going through this is not easy, add the threat of COVID-19, and I have been especially limited to what I can do. The entire Epic Care team is made up of wonderful people that I looked forward to spending time with. Albeit brief interactions, each visit was such a pleasure. I felt safe, welcomed, and knew they were taking every extra step to keep me and the other patients safe.”

Gary shares, “There are a lot of people who show up each day for treatment with very serious illnesses, yet no matter the circumstance each is greeted by a helpful hand and smiling face when they walk into the Epic Care practice. They truly do a fantastic job!”

Welcome Dr. Elaine Lee to the Epic Care Team!

Epic Care is proud to welcome Dr. Elaine Lee as the latest Breast Surgeon to join our team of expert multi-specialty physicians.

Dr. Lee is now accepting new patients at our Emeryville and Oakland(Chinatown) locations.

For more information about Dr. Lee, check out her bio here.

CARE CORNER: Employee Spotlight, Susie F.

Employee Spotlight: Susie Forslin, Lab Manager.

Congratulations on your 25-year milestone! The Epic Care family greatly appreciates your hard work and dedication to Epic Care, and more, the patients we serve. Thank you for your commitment and for making a difference in the lives of others.

The Epic CARE Minute with Dr. Irene Lo – Session 4

General Surgeon, Dr. Irene Lo is back on The Epic CARE Minute to break down exactly what the FACS credential means to our patients.

Mask Wearing Tips with Dr. Murphy

Did you know? There are ways to make wearing a mask more comfortable without making them any less effective! Here’s Epic Care General Surgeon, Dr. Aileen Murphy, to show us one of her go-to tips.

On behalf of our staff and patients, we thank you for doing your part to slow the spread by wearing a mask, washing your hands, and social distancing.

CARE CORNER: Employee Spotlight, Maria L.

Maria is an important part of the Epic Care team in her role as a Medical Telephone Operator. Recently, Maria received a call from a patient asking for advice from their doctor and further stating they had an emergency. After a few moments the patient was no longer responding. It was then Maria immediately called 911 and stayed on the phone to ensure our patient received the help they needed. Thanks to Maria for demonstrating our Culture of CARE and exceptional customer service! We appreciate your commitment to the health and safety of our patients and the great work you do, everyday. Join us in thanking Maria!


The Epic CARE Minute with Dr. Irene Lo – Session 3

Let’s face it, Healthcare related myths can be dangerous. That’s why General Surgeon, Dr. Irene Lo is here to give it to you straight on The Epic CARE Minute.

Meet Epic Care’s Newest Practice Managers

We’re excited to acknowledge and celebrate three new Practice Managers who recently joined the Epic Care team. Each are dedicated to guiding operations within their practice and working closely with our staff to provide an excellent experience for our patients all year long.

The Epic CARE Minute with Dr. Irene Lo – Session 2

Being open and honest is critical to managing your health. That’s why we’re answering your most frequently asked questions on The Epic CARE Minute. Watch to learn more about the greatest misconceptions of Surgeons

The Epic CARE Minute with Dr. Irene Lo – Session 1

We’ve put in place many precautions to help keep you safe should you need care for any conditions. We’re open, we’re available, and we’re ready to care for you. Here’s Epic Care Physician and General Surgeon, Dr. Irene Lo to tell us more on The Epic CARE Minute!