Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012
Apex welcomes 5 doctors at open house
By Corey Pride / Cpride@losbanosenterprise.com
About 40 people attended an open house Apex Medical Group hosted for its latest crop of medical practitioners at its 9,300-square-foot building at 311 W. I St.
Apex is constructing a second building of 8,700 square feet to accommodate the new hires and allow more patients to be seen.
"We're bringing doctors to the people. The new services will be good for the people of Los Banos," said Dr. Karthikeya Devireddy, who founded Apex in 2005.
Earlier this year, Devireddy said he wanted to expand Apex because he's noticed many Los Banosans drive out of town for specialized services. He's hoping to reverse that trend.
Since July, the new doctors have joined Apex at a rate of about one per month. Those doctors are Roy Tabigo-On, internal medicine; Erwin Boco, family medicine; Juan Carlos Galvez, sports medicine; and Amit Bajaj and April Bariuan, pediatrics.
Cardiologist Yohannes Gebreegziabher said he's also hoping to change his twice-a-week stint and be in town daily in the near future.
Apex now has nine physicians at its facility.
"We can see more patients, but there's no more space to treat them," he said.
The new building will open in March.
Bariuan said she is looking forward to being in the new building.
"I think the extra space will be very helpful, she said.
As a pediatrics doctor, Bariuan will likely encounter some of the 44.5 percent of children in Los Banos who are obese or overweight. She's optimistic about being able to help.
"Obesity can lead to a lot of diseases like diabetes. Being in pediatrics, I see kids and a lot of problems can be caught early," she said.