Comprehensive Health Care

We help people get well and stay well by offering a wide range of services, which integrate patients’ primary medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health care. We also offer services for substance use treatment, child development, and health education.

Primary Care for Children and Adults

Quality medical care is at the heart of what we provide

Access to high quality primary care is the foundation for health and well-being. Our care team can help with both acute and chronic conditions, whether patients are suffering from a cold or managing a chronic illness like diabetes. Many of our clinics offer multiple services on-site, and our medical providers work together to ensure that all our patients’ health needs are being addressed as holistically as possible.

Specialty Care

From allergies to urology, we're here to help

All patients have access to a wide array of specialty medical care offered by volunteer clinical providers. If patients need services that we do not provide at the Clinic, we refer them to one of our many community partners.

Dental

Dental care made accessible for everyone

We offer comprehensive dental services, including exams, x-rays, cleanings, root canals and fillings. Physicians routinely screen children and their parents during medical visits, perform fluoride varnishes on children, and refer patients to our dental team or partner agencies. Our tele-dentistry program brings exams and dental screenings to children in 16 schools across Los Angeles.

Vision

Full service eye care, from glasses to glaucoma

Venice Family Clinic provides a wide range of vision care services, including optometry and prescription glasses. Our in-house optometrists perform exams, after which a member of our vision care team helps patients select a suitable frame, which is provided for free. Our volunteer specialists and community partners provide ophthalmology services to detect and treat eye conditions or diseases.

Behavioral Health

Integrated services that helps patients achieve better outcomes

Venice Family Clinic is proud to offer a full suite of compassionate and sensitive mental health services through one-on-one counseling and group sessions. Our psychiatry services include medication for mental illnesses such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. We also provide specialized care including couples and parenting counseling, support for children who have witnessed in-home violence, a domestic violence program, HIV services, and substance use treatment.

Substance Use Treatment

Addressing addiction in a primary care setting

Our Substance Use, Motivation and Medication Integrated Treatment (SUMMIT) program is a revolutionary evidence-based program that integrates treatment with primary health care. This unique approach to addiction includes counseling, therapy, and case management. We can also help with nutrition education and job placement, and connect patients with emergency medical services such as detox programs. In coordination with the Clinic’s Common Ground program, we offer a syringe exchange program.

Integrative Medicine

We treat the whole person holistically

The Clinic’s Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center houses our integrative medicine program, where our team blends conventional and alternative treatment methods including yoga therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, and osteopathy. Our treatment programs are complemented by activities that enhance well-being, such as mental health support, stress management, nutrition and fitness education, obesity prevention and management, and a chronic pain clinic.

How Our Program Started

Pharmacy

Convenient access to medicine

Sometimes staying healthy means taking medicine. That’s why we have full-time licensed pharmacies at three clinic locations, so our pharmacists can make sure our patients leave with their medication in hand.

Health Education

Knowledge helps our patients to live healthy lives

Health educators are available to provide easy-to-understand information through one-on-one visits and group classes for everything from prenatal education to how to manage conditions like diabetes, asthma, obesity, or high blood pressure. Our educators also teach the important impact diet, exercise, and sleep can have on people’s lives.

Health Education Classes

Special Programs for Unique Health Needs

Our professional care teams provide primary medical care, dental care and behavioral health services for a large and diverse population. As part of our personalized approach, we offer many specialized services that address the unique needs of our patients, including:

We support expectant families through their entire pregnancy. Mothers get focused attention from our care team and referrals for related services, from prenatal vitamins and ultrasounds, to blood testing and amniocentesis, through labor, delivery, and postpartum checks. We even offer baby showers to help mothers-to-be meet each other.

Venice Family Clinic’s Fineshriber Pediatrics Program ensures that our youngest patients get the care they need to stay healthy. In addition to state-of-the-art medical care, children benefit from a range of services to promote their health and well-being, including dental and vision care, free books to promote reading, and nutrition classes at our teaching kitchen. Families participating in our Children First Early Head Start program get personalized attention and participate in group sessions, all of which helps them access our full comprehensive health and social services offerings.

Venice Family Clinic provides teens with not only primary medical care, but also mental health services, domestic violence screening and support, and referrals to a wide variety of specialty care as needed. We also offer confidential contraceptive counseling, pregnancy and sexual health tests, and counseling related to common issues such as sexuality and substance use. We provide this care through our Teen Clinic and also through our clinics at Santa Monica High School and Culver City High School.

Women have unique social pressures and medical needs. Venice Family Clinic’s Judy and Bernard Briskin Women’s Health Program provides integrated and comprehensive care that addresses the broad spectrum of women’s health and well-being. We provide reproductive health services, mammograms, pap smears, HPV vaccinations and other vital medical services. We also have programs to address mental and behavioral health needs, as well as help women impacted by domestic violence.

We treat people experiencing homelessness in-clinic or through our groundbreaking street medicine program. Our locations are friendly and welcoming, and we offer access to care for both acute and chronic conditions, as well as support for mental health issues, addictions, and emotional trauma. We work with community partners to provide medical support as part of ten street outreach teams that span Los Angeles from the Westside to mid-city. These teams, comprised of medical providers, case managers, social workers and psychiatrists, integrate our patient’s health care with programs to get them housed and off the streets.

We offer gender-affirming services for our patients who identify with a different gender than what they were assigned at birth. These include hormone therapy and surgical referral, behavioral health consultations to manage the emotional aspects of transitioning, and case management.

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