Adventist Health and Rideout Bariatric, and Breast Surgery Clinic Team

Tejveer Dhillon, MD

Tejveer-Dhillon-MDTejveer Dhillon, MD, graduated from Yuba City High School as Valedictorian ten years ago, and now returns to the community as a General Surgeon at Adventist Health and Rideout Bariatric and General Surgery. Dr. Dhillon was highly awarded during his studies at Albany Medical School and the University of California, Davis (Magna Cum Laude) where he earned several prizes including the American College of Surgeons Resident Trauma Paper Competition (2014) and the Dean’s Letter of Scholastic Excellence. A published researcher, Dr. Dhillon recently completed a fellowship and residency at the University of California, Davis, specializing in general surgery and trauma critical care


Arturo Garcia, MD

Arturo-Garcia-MDDr. Arturo Garcia, General and Bariatric Surgeon, completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, and general surgery residency at UC San Francisco, East Bay. More recently, Dr. Garcia completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at UC Davis Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Garcia provides general and bariatric surgery service within Adventist Health and Rideout Medical Foundation and at Adventist Health and Rideout Regional Medical Center. For an appointment, call (530) 749-2409.


Mitchell A. Goettman, DO,

mitchell-goettmanMitchell A. Goettman, DO, has joined Adventist Health Physicians Network in Yuba City. Dr. Goettman is a board-eligible general surgeon, providing compassionate and restorative health care through general surgery and laparoscopic procedures.

He completed osteopathic medicine school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania, and served as Chief Resident during his General Surgery Residency at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital in Wyandotte, Michigan. He completed his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Dr. Goettman served a two-year mission in Sacramento where he translated for the Hmong community and provided support for their awareness and education of a variety of health concerns, including Hepatitis B.

When not at work, Dr. Goettman enjoys a variety of hobbies, including hiking and running, as well as spending time with his wife and children.


Flora Varghese, MD

Flora Varghese, MD, brings to Adventist Health and Rideout Bariatric and General Surgery her clinical and research experience as a surgeon. Board Certified, Dr. Varghese has published research papers on breast cancer. She completed medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas in 2006. She has worked in rural Texas, the Indian Health Service in Oklahoma and at the University of California San Francisco where she was a Fellow and Surgeon. A native of Texas, Dr. Varghese recently added to her knowledge by completing studies in Health Management after serving in the United States Air Force at medical facilities in Japan, England and Qatar.


Kendra Look, FNP-C, Surgical Weight Loss Center, MBS Coordinator
Bariatric Nurse Practitioner

Kendra-Look-FNCPKendra Look joined Adventist Health and Rideout General Surgery as the coordinator of the Surgical Weight Loss Center in June of 2017. She previously worked as a bariatric nurse practitioner at Northeast Surgery of Maine prior to relocating to the west coast. She also has experience in Internal Medicine, having served as a primary care provider to the adult and geriatric populations before transitioning to the bariatric specialty. Kendra is an avid yogi and CrossFitter, and enjoys spending her free time exploring all that California has to offer.


Katelyn Fernandez-RDKatie Fernandez, RD, Surgical Weight Loss Center, Bariatric Dietitian, Nutrition Program Dietitian

Katie joined Adventist Health and Rideout as a clinical dietitian in 2019 and provides nutrition counseling to patients for bariatric surgery, offering evidenced-based medical nutrition therapy to promote good health. She creates personalized plans to help each individual to implement dietary changes to help manage their weight, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, and more. Currently she is the dietitian at Adventist Health and Rideout General Surgery clinic in Yuba City, supporting patients through the bariatric surgery program. Katie helped with nutrition education and support for a number of facilities, including senior nutrition programs in the north state and cooking classes for the North Valley Boys and Girls Clubs while obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science. When not at work, Katie enjoys powerlifting, participating in local 5K runs, cooking, and spending quality time with friends and family.